We can track the current influx of designer collaborations, in which two brands collaborate on a capsule collection, back to the launch of H&M’s first collection with Karl Lagerfeld in 2006. The recipe has remained the same in essence: high street brands acquire the cool-factor and dedicated fan-base of a high fashion designer; the designer’s, in exchange, get to experience producing in vast quantities and reach previously unattainable clients globally.
Copenhagen is known for many things: hotdogs, tall-legged blondes, and visionary urban planning, if you ask most people. But Denmark’s capital and DANSK’s home town also sports an ambitious fashion and textile industry, which constitutes the third biggest export of the country, and is celebrated world wide for its minimalist sensibilities and democratic price tag. Textile manufacturer Kvadrat is one of the bastions of this field, producing high-quality textiles since the 60s, with collaborators including Miriam Bäckström, Raf Simons, Peter Saville, and artist Olafur Eliasson. Now, Kvadrat has teamed up with sportswear giant adidas to pay homage to the city in which he city where utilitarian design, Japanese aesthetic and modernist values collide,” as they put it in their recent release. The result is three new colorful editions of the brand’s classic Stan Smith shoe in fabric by Danish textile designer and artist Vibeke Rohland, countered with embroidered details of the 3-stripes mark and a constrast leader heel patch. Released on the 6th of July, it’s the perfect shoe to break in the summer sales hot-dog in hand, but if you have chicer plans for yourself this summer, that would work too.
Raf Simon’s glorious descent onto New York has in just a few months given a revolutionized new identity both to Calvin Klein and American fashion as a whole (ironic, considering that he is as Belgian as french fries). The austere European has a panache for art and pop culture, balancing elegantly the different sub-milieus that fashion intersects with. As of today, that includes music, with the announcement that Simons recently teamed up with photographer Alisdair McLellan to oversee the creative direction and concepualization of the XX’s most recent single, “I Dare You”.
HERMÈS – LIVESTREAMING SHOW MENS SS18
SATURDAY, JUNE 24TH, SHOWSTART AT 20.00 O’CLOCK
Whether you’re stuck in a sweaty office in Helsinki, or trapped in a nightmarish holiday resort in Germany with your extended family-in-law, fear not: you’ll also get a slice of Paris Fashion Week. As per tradition, Louis Vuitton shares with DANSK their CCTV passwords so we can livestream their highly anticipated SS18 menswear show. Get your vitamin water and your Marlboro Lights, you’re very welcome! To watch, click “more”
In what must be the most A-list residency since Louis Vuitton moved into Dover Street Market, Balenciaga has announced a summer stint at the doyenne of concept stores, colette! From June 19th to August 5th, the Paris institution will be playing host to a Demna-curated series of events and installations, with artist Yngve Holen’s CAKE as the centrepiece: a Porsche Panamera sliced in four, the work is as pithy a remark on the redistribution of luxury symbols as those that pepper each collection we’ve seen thus far in this new era of Cristobal’s house.
A few fashion stores are worth visiting just because of the architecture and design. Need we say Prada? The Prada glass building in Tokyo Aoyama by Herzog and de Meuron, and Rem Koolhaas’ Prada epicentre in New York are not to be overlooked. These days the french brand Zadig & Voltaire are launching a new flagship store by the Belgian architect and La Cambre graduate Bernard Dubois.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been less than half a year since Raf Simons, the Belgian avant-garde designer and recently-crowned doyen of designer streetwear, swapped Paris for New York to take on the American fashion giant Calvin Klein.
Lots of mystery has surrounded ARKET since it was announced in March as H&M’s new retail brand, then described as a “modern-day market that will offer essential products for men, women, children and home.” ARKET follows the mega-retailer’s previous expansion & Other Stories, which quickly has become a high street favorite for upscale beauty and fashion garments for high-street prices – but with this new brand, H&M seems to be moving specifically into the territory of interiors and homeware. First, a Regent Street location was announced to open in London in autumn 2017 – and now, amazingly, it was revealed this week that ARKET will open their first store in Copenhagen too.