The Fashion News You Missed This Week

Here's what had people talking.

Balenciaga releases T-shirts and hoodies in support of Australia’s bushfire crisis

Australian bushfires
Photography courtesy of Balenciaga

The tragic bushfires are still burning across Australia, and Balenciaga has stepped in to help raise funds for relief efforts. The Paris-based luxury brand has released a T-shirt and a hoodie featuring an illustration of a very cute koala, and will send 100% of proceeds from the sales of the items to local conservation organizations. The two gender-neutral pieces are available on Balenciaga.com right now.

Jennifer Lopez is the face of Versace’s Spring 2020 campaign

Some friendships last through the decades, which is especially true for Italian fashion house Versace and Jennifer Lopez. JLo is officially the face of Versace’s Spring 2020 campaign, and we couldn’t imagine a more natural fit. “To me, Versace represents empowerment. It’s a dream to collaborate with my friend Donatella Versace again on this gorgeous campaign and to create something new and fresh out of a piece of iconic fashion history,” Lopez expressed. The new campaign is a nod toward how Lopez basically broke the internet in 2000 after wearing Versace’s now iconic jungle-print dress. It drives home the message that fashion is a catalyst for technological progress. The luxury brand suggests the campaign is “furthering the amalgamation of fashion and technology championed on a runway,” and blurs the line between public and private life in today’s internet-driven society.

Eileen Fisher and Nordstrom launch a sustainable, genderless capsule collection

This week, Pop-In@Nordstrom introduced an ungendered, sustainable capsule collection from Eileen Fisher. The vision for this collaboration was to design a collection, not for him or her, but for everyone, and it marries the visions of both the Eileen Fisher brand and Nordstrom. “I have always had tremendous respect for [Eileen Fisher] not only as a woman who founded a successful business, but one that has done so with a thoughtful and responsible approach to fashion,” says Olivia Kim, Nordstrom VP of creative projects. “We are aligned in our core values around inclusivity and sustainability and we are excited to share these important messages with our Pop-In@Nordstrom customers.” The collection is crafted from a variety of sustainable fabrics. It also features pieces in an array of minimalistic colourways that effortlessly work together. Shop the collection until February 9 at Toronto’s Eaton Centre, Vancouver’s Pacific Centre, or online.

Roots and contemporary athleisure brand Boy Meets Girl are launching a limited-edition streetwear collection next month

This February, Canadian brand Roots and contemporary athleisure brand Boy Meets Girl will launch their limited-edition streetwear collection in North America. More than 45 years of heritage are packed into this 15 piece capsule collection, which celebrates three core values shared by both brands: community, freedom and integrity. Stacy Igel, founder and creative director of Boy Meets Girl says, “I love the challenge of joining two brands together, and locking-up the Roots and Boy Meets Girl logos was like putting the perfect puzzle together. When I consider a collaboration, I pay a lot of attention to what the other brand stands for and who its audience is. Roots and Boy Meets Girl speak to the same customer – authentic, fun, purposeful.” The collection features organic cotton unisex T-shirts, recycled yarn sweatpants, cropped and zip-up style hoodies, a sweatskirt, leggings, and a mini kids collection. Boy Meets Girl has been worn by celebrities such as Mindy Kaling, Kendall Jenner and Nina Dobrev, while Roots has been sported by hometown icons like Drake, Justin Bieber and Toronto Raptors players, to name a few. Follow the brands for their announcement of an official release date, and then shop it in select Roots stores or online.

Diesel announces sustainability strategy in partnership with Eco-Age

Diesel is the latest brand to join the sustainability movement within the fashion industry. The brand announced it has formally committed to a responsible business strategy that promises to act in ways that benefit and respect current and future generations, as well as the environment. The venture, named For Responsible Living, will achieve this with the help of Eco-Age, and will see the brand create alternative, responsible products and packaging, minimize their greenhouse gas emissions and water footprint, celebrate individuality and diversity within and promote integrity. “I grew up and actually still live in the countryside surrounded by nature, it is where I truly feel at home and it is what I deeply love,” said Diesel founder, Renzo Rosso. “Today, we face a new vital challenge, the biggest one yet – as we become more and more aware of the social, economic and environmental impacts of the fashion industry at large, and Diesel is ready to face it full-steam ahead.” Livia Firth, co-founder and creative director of Eco-Age says that a bold step like this takes courage and commitment, but she is confident that Renzo has plenty of both.