The Fashion News You Missed This Week
From gender-fluid fashion to a new Canadian store opening and cool collabs, this is what had people talking.
Dr. Martens and Stüssy have collaborated on another shoe
Dr. Martens and Stüssy are connecting with each other once again this holiday season, bringing a brand new shoe to the market. Named the 8053 HY, it captures the essence of both brands. What’s unique about this low-top shoe is that it can withstand the cold weather and wet conditions—contrary to Stüssy’s history in the Southern California surf scene. Built on Dr. Martens’ latest PVC/rubber hybrid sole, the innovative ‘Wintergrip’ offers traction in frigid temperatures. It is also crafted with Snowplow, Dr. Martens’ water-resistant leather, which is robust enough to combat salt and grit. Shop this shoe at drmartens.com and stussy.com.
Virgil Abloh is partnering with Japanese streetwear veteran Nigo on a Louis Vuitton capsule collection
Eighteen months after starting his role as artistic director with Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh is partnering with A Bathing Ape and Human Made founder, Nigo. The Japanese streetwear legend, who is also a close friend of Abloh’s within the streetwear crowd, is working on a capsule for Louis Vuitton which will no doubt be major. This joint-venture is a full circle moment, Abloh told Vogue earlier this week. “Me being at Louis Vuitton is directly attributable to work Nigo’s done in the past,” he said. The pre-fall 2020 collection, titled LV², is set to be released in September next year, but first looks of the collaboration will be available in the coming months. Louis Vuitton confirmed it will include ready-to-wear pieces, leather goods, shoes and accessories, and naturally, Abloh and Nigo fans alike can probably expect logo-heavy pieces. Watch this space.
Fendi released gender-fluid sneakers
This week in fashion we saw another new gender-fluid drop from Fendi. The Italian brand launched a shoe called the Fendi Ffluid, a cutting-edge sneaker in a bold silhouette that celebrates the increasingly boundary-less culture we found ourselves in globally. The glossy neoprene and mesh styles are both designed with an arched shape, chunky sole and curvy lines. A script reading “FENDI 41’ 50’ 11’ ‘N” is emblazoned on the shoe as a representation of the geographical coordinates of Fendi’s Italian headquarters. Step out in this forward-looking sneaker after shopping it in Fendi boutiques worldwide or on fendi.com.
Karlie Kloss teamed up with artist Shantell Martin to raise money for her non-profit
Kode with Klossy launched in 2015 with the aim to encourage young girls to get into coding, helping them build knowledge and confidence with different learning experiences throughout the year. In recent efforts to promote this organization, founder Karlie Kloss teamed up with British artist Shantell Martin to design a limited-edition hoodie. The hoodie is covered in several symbols only a coder would make sense of, and the net-proceeds will go toward the non-profit. Martin, a technology and coding expert herself, said: “It’s important to share messages of impact, growth and education in as many areas as we can — be it fashion, art, technology or commerce in some ways. That’s where we have the biggest reach and the biggest impact.”
Arc’teryx just launched its first lifestyle concept store in B.C.
Calling all outdoor adventurers: Today Canadian athletics brand Arc’teryx opens its first lifestyle concept store in Burnaby, B.C. Located in one of the highest traffic malls in all of Canada—Metropolis at Metrotown—the sustainable products found here are designed for urban environments, with minimalism and high-performance in mind. Over the weekend, visitors will experience a live musical performance from a local artist, receive wellness tips from a nutrition lab and have opportunities to win products. There will also be a station set up for shoppers to customize their Arc’teryx gear. “Exceptional retail experiences are a priority for Arc’teryx. With our new lifestyle concept store, we are welcoming our customers into a beautifully designed space,” says Megan Cheesbrough, VP of Retail at Arc’teryx. “They can touch, feel and try our products, and really experience the uniqueness of our brand.”