As the [brand name] x [brand name] hysteria reaches unforeseen fever pitch, you might be forgiven for the jaded sigh you find yourself letting out at the announcement of yet another collaboration. Well, this DANSK bulletin shall no doubt prove revitalising, or shall at least succeed in raising an intrigued eyebrow: the Italian low-key kitsch supremo Marni and Swedish rainwear vanguard Stutterheim have shacked up, paving the way for a capsule collection that promises to harmonise “the world of couture” and the once-incompatible world of outerwear.
The only thing we can never get too much of is books – fashion books in particular. As a counter-weight to a phenomenon that is notoriously ephemeral and fast-paced, printed matter grounds fashion in a timeless tradition, and gives designers an opportunity to apply their creative thinking to the narrative sequence and graphic framework of a page. Danish womenswear designer Stine Goya is the latest to release an imprint, retrospecting 10 years of distinctly elegant and feminine garment-making. The Goya Book tells with few words, and many images, colors, and moods, the celebrated universe of the Goya brand across ready-to-wear, accessories, graphics, and drawing. Like Goya’s clothes, the idea of the project was to leave an imprint – a word that, of course, posses a bit of a divisive double entendre, referring both to publishing terminology and fashion’s powerful effect on the human sensorium. This baby-pink collectible is perfect for your library and coffee-table book.
If we can gather anything from this week’s Met Gala, it’s the resurgence of the party boot. Priyanka and Solange both rocked low-cut boots on the red carpet, but the ultimate winners of the evening when it comes to shoes were model Lily Aldridge and our beloved Salma Hayek. Both showed up in the show-stopping 80s-revival spandex thigh boot from last season’s Balenciaga, just one of the many meta-kitsch-chic tropes implemented by head designer Demna Gvasalia since his appointment at the French fashion house last year. In bright neon colors ranging from violet to crimson red, the boots brings any dress, pant, or skirt to new dimensions – adding a surreal twist to contemporary luxury in their blatant celebration of the lycra hey-days of the 80s we thought were best forgotten. If Salma can rock a Spandex look, so can we – so see you on the dancefloor.
We admittedly have a hard time finding a good pair of speakers. If they’re good, they’re usually monstrous-looking and impossible to integrate into our post-minimal Scandi homes, and if they’re pretty, they usually give out a sound comparable to playing Justin Bieber off your 2009 cell-phone. Why can’t we have our cake and eat it too – have our Bieber and look good while doing it? Music nerds are aesthetes too, and fashionability is no longer something reserved for the chosen few. Enter Urbanears Connected Speakers, the monochrome plastic cube you didn’t know you’ve always needed.
What is a good outfit without an appropriately good setting? As we commence planning our new summer wardrobe, we couldn’t help but look for fabulous new locations for us to show them off in — and by that, we don’t mean fashion weeks or the streets of our home city. We mean vacation. The sun, pool, cocktail kind of vacation. The kind of vacation where you lounge for hours by the private pool, reading erotic novels by Anaïs Nin, and get tipsy at inappropriate (but totally appropriate) hours of the day. Preferably, with your boo – but sometimes (most times), your BFF is an equally ideal partner.
White has always been the natural choice for summer dressing, bringing as it does a sense of freshness and light. White t-shirts, white jeans, white jackets - all get pulled out from the back of the wardrobe once the clocks change and the weather gets warmer.
While cross-disciplinary culture has been encouraged for years, examples of truly genre-defying projects are still far too rare. The exception to this is the PIN-UP SHOPPE, the tongue-in-cheek and visually exciting e-commerce platform by the world’s most expansive architectural magazine, PIN-UP.
The Breton shirt remains an absolute cornerstone of our wardrobes. Its horizontal stripes cites a certain French elegance (it was first worn by sailors in the Napolean era) while slimming us with a subtle optical illusion. French fashion brand Armor Lux was the first to transcend this naval trend into the realm of fashion, as they began to produce Breton shirts in 1938 from their headquarters in Quimper, Brittany. It has since dressed bohemians, celebrities, school children – and the Breton shirt has in the last decade become synonymous with contemporary minimalism, a fusion of Scandinavian and East Asian simplicity (think Kinfolk meets Wallpaper). This convergence between East and West is now being celebrated by hyped South Korean superstore Beaker, known for their hip and eco-friendly approach to retail, as they release their collaboration of shirts with the seasoned French brand this week. Head down to their location in Gangnam-gu, Seoul to snatch a piece exclusively – or, if you for some reason happens not to be in South Korea, shop online from here.
We’re very happy to witness the renaissance of rain coats in recent years – from the logomanic insta-look from Vetements, to the global success of Danish start-up Rains, we’re once again seeing the sartorial acceptance of protecting yourself against nature’s forces (very necessary in the North European climate). We almost get excited for a gloomy spring with torrential rains and countless abruptly cancelled summer BBQs when we see the new raincoat collaboration between Swedish outwear brand Stutterheim and Henrik Vibskov, which merges the otherworldy universe of the Danish designer with the advanced durability and comfort of premium raincoats. “We champion all creativity, and to be able to work with Henrik, who we admire greatly, has been a true privilege. To combine our two aesthetics forced us to push ourselves in terms of what can be done while both staying true to ourselves.” says Stutterheim’s Marketing Director Johan Loman of the collaboration, which comes in two distinct designs. The Stutterheim x Henrik Vibskov coats will be available in a limited quantity at stutterheim.com and at Stutterheim’s flagship stores in Stockholm and New York, alongside Henrik Vibskov’s stores in NYC and Copenhagen and at henrikvibskovboutique.com from March 15th.