Ariana Grande gets married in a Vera Wang creation.
Not only was Ariana Grande’s marriage to real-estate agent Dalton Gomez a surprise (the couple began dating in January 2020), but so was her chosen wedding dress. The custom Vera Wang gown was, according to Vogue, a pact made between Grande and the designer ever since the latter dressed her for the Met Gala back in 2018. And — quite on-brand, in our opinion — the dress is reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s in Funny Face, bow-detailed veil and all.
North Korea says no to skinny jeans.
And the TikTok generation breathes a collective sigh of relief. After months of campaigning for the death of skinny jeans, Gen Zers have finally made an impact in North Korea. We kid. Kim Jong-un has reportedly banned skinny jeans — as well as mullets, shirts with slogans, and lip and nose piercings — in the country as a way to fight “capitalist lifestyles”. But perhaps, it’s a sign that the Supreme Leader of North Korea is actually our new style icon.
Saint Laurent Rive Droite holds exhibitions in honour of Memphis.
We’re not referring to Memphis, Tennessee but rather the Italian design and architecture studio that celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2021. As part of the celebrations, Saint Laurent has collaborated with Memphis on a series of hoodies, dresses, a shirt, and two pairs of sneakers, all incorporating Memphis’s spirit. In addition to the fashion collection, the Saint Laurent Rive Droite boutiques in Paris and Los Angeles are currently exhibiting a selection of the studio’s creations until 23 June 2021.
Coach announces a return to the runway.
After a year of virtual showings, Coach is making a return to the physical realm with a runway show complete with a live audience. The catch is, that instead of its usual New York City locale, the show will take place in Shanghai, China. The winter 2021 collection will be a continuation of the brand’s autumn collection with the introduction of newer designs and will see the return of the Coach TV format but this time, done completely live from Shanghai.
Loewe announces its 2021 Loewe Foundation Craft Prize winner.
Chinese artist Fanglu Lin has been named as the winner of the 2021 Loewe Foundation Craft Prize. The winner was handpicked by the jury out of 30 finalists, and earned the award with her work, ‘SHE’ — an artwork made with cloth and influenced by ancient sewing techniques of women of the Bai minority in the Yunnan province of China. While there’s no physical exhibition this time around, the works of this year’s finalists are currently exhibited online at www.loewecraftprize.com until 30 September 2021. Additionally, all of the works of finalists since 2016 are now available for online viewing at the Loewe Foundation The Room.
Uniqlo announces a collaboration with Mame Kurogouchi.
Uniqlo is not taking a rest from collaborations anytime soon. Launching on 18 June 2021, Uniqlo and Mame Kurogouchi will focus on innerwear as both intimate pieces worn under clothing as well as clothing themselves — effectively blurring the lines between the two. The collection is set to make use of signature Uniqlo technologies such as AIRism and 3D Knit.
RIMOWA breathes new life to its eyewear offerings.
It’s been quite some time now that RIMOWA has traversed beyond its travel luggage and accessories. The brand’s eyewear range is receiving a bit of an uplift with the introduction of two new styles — RIMOWA Foldable and RIMOWA City. As the name suggests, the former sees the first foldable eyewear style for the brand, while the latter incorporates prints of iconic global landmarks such as the Copacabana beach walk in Brazil and Japan’s Shibuya crossing right onto the lenses. RIMOWA’s Bridge series also gets an update in the form of new silhouettes and colours.
Pitti Uomo announces guest designer for its 100th edition.
Pitti Uomo is making a return this year for its 100th edition. As with every season, a guest designer — a brand that typically doesn’t show at Pitti Uomo — will be taking part in the festivities and Thebe Magugu has been announced to take the runway. The South Africa-based LVMH Prize winner and Woolmark Prize finalist is known for his womenswear but will debut his first-ever menswear collection.