All you need to know about the latest drops, collabs and happenings in luxury fashion this month
We get it: It’s tough being a full-time fashionista, especially when the shifting fashion landscape ebbs and flows with fresh tidings of new drops, collabs and happenings on the daily. Let this ongoing column efface the noise and soothe out the fluff, so you’re left with only the latest and greatest that’s taking the realm of luxury fashion by storm. This month, we’re taking a dip in Gucci and living that island life with Loewe.
Check out Burberry’s new swimwear collection
Get your summer vibe going with Daniel Lee’s debut swimwear collection for Burberry, an ode to summer escapism inspired by the house’s roots in the outdoors. Here, the Burberry Check—which first lined its raincoats in the ‘20’s—takes pride of place across a light-hearted curation of swimwear shorts, robes and beach totes. The perfect excuse for a beach getaway, we’d say.
Surf’s up with Dior
Sustainability doesn’t mean mundane. Now in its second year running, Dior has once again teamed up with Parley for the Oceans on a refreshing beachwear capsule composed of 96 per cent recycled materials. Marine plastic debris and fishing gear recovered from coastlines and islands across the world have been given a new lease on life across a range of shorts, pants, T-shirts, polo shirts and sweaters, embellished with Dior motifs like the Dior Italic or the CD Diamond. To top it off, you’ll also be able to ride the waves in surf wetsuits by Vissla and a special Notox-designed surfboard.
A touch of Marc Jacobs for Fendi
The “king of fashion in America”, according to Kim Jones, Fendi’s artistic director of womenswear, is “a master at branding and experimentation.” He certainly isn’t one to shy away from giving the iconic Baguette bag a new facelift on its 25th anniversary. As such, Marc Jacobs’ take on the Baguette comes in a sleek assortment of nappa leather, sequin or canvas variations, often adorned with a Fendi Roma bow or miniature Baguettes. Paying tribute to the grit and glamour of New York, the Fendi by Marc Jacobs capsule collection also features parachute train skirts, balloon-backed denim jackets, rustling opera capes and fluorescent recycled fur stoles in edgy, glittery colourways.
Take a dip with Gucci
The arrival of a new season calls for fresh tales of cheer. Cue Gucci’s Summer Stories, a vibrant collection that revisits classic Gucci icons like the Jackie 1961 and Horsebit 1955 in summer-esque woven raffia. Rounding up the collection are women’s silk jacquard shirts and swimsuits, along with men’s bowling shirts and blousons, arrayed in vivid stripes and floral prints. Don’t forget those raffia slides and terrycloth beach towels emblazoned with the GG motif to complete the laidback beachwear ensemble.
Embrace the island life with Loewe
Long before its Loewe resurgence, Paula’s was once the chicest spot in Ibiza, a bona fide bohemian destination for those in the know. The Spanish luxury brand’s recurrent Paula’s Ibiza collection encapsulates that carefree ideal, with versatile pieces encompassing polo shirts, skirts and dresses in breezy materials like crochet and alocasia leaves. Incorporating Loewe’s immaculate sense of craftsmanship, islandish styles of woven raffia and iraca palm have also introduced to the Loewe Front Tote, Petal basket bag and Anagram basket bag.
Paul Smith gets a pop of colour
The eclectic Paul Smith has joined up with Amsterdam-based Pop Trading Company on a skate- and stripe-infused collection, celebrating a playful workwear-meets-tailoring aesthetic. True to form, Paul Smith’s Signature Stripe features heavily across the collection, imbued across graphic and logo tees, technical outerwear, pants and accessories including a skate-inspired belt and skateboard. Meanwhile, the addition of a Tulip print is a nod to the Paul Smith archives—a bold reinterpretation of one of the designer’s photoprints from the ‘90’s.