Although February is the shortest month of the year, there is no shortage of exciting fashion news. From Lunar New Year celebrations to the newest handbag from YSL, this week has provided fashionable and timely drops. Keep coming back for more to see all the hottest drops and collaborations that you won’t want to miss.
Louis Vuitton Releases New Spring Bags
Who: Louis Vuitton
What: Cuisson and Rendez-Vous Bags
Where: In Louis Vuitton stores and on louisvuitton.com at the end of the month
Why: As part of their Spring Summer 2021 collection, Louis Vuitton is releasing two new handbags to the brand, the Coussin and the Rendez-Vous. The Coussin is a relaxed, soft leather bag embossed with the LV monogram. This season’s colors are on full display, including a saturated green and a bold silver, making loud statements that marry perfectly with Ghesqiuere’s Spring vision. The second offering, the Rendez-Vous, takes on more structure and features a flap with gold lock hardware. Both bags emphasize the chain strap that were integral to the season’s trends. Both available for pre-order now.
What: Tod’s Legacy
Where: During London Fashion Week
Why: Tod’s recognizes the need to support young creatives, financially and creatively, and they are releasing their newest initiative entitled “Tod’s Legacy.” Releasing during London Fashion Week, the program is produced in conjunction with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts in London. Central Saint Martins selected 35 young designers from around the world to participate in this exciting collaboration, asking them to reimagine one or more of Tod’s icons, including the D Bag, Gommino, and T Timeless. They have given these young creatives full reign to deconstruct, reconstruct, re-embroider, reimagine the house codes, pushing the idea that creative minds must be fostered to their utmost, unbridled by financial or commercial worry.
The young talent have been paired up with fashion mentors from around the world including Hamish Bowles, Sarah Mower, Simone Rocha, and Carla Sozzani, mentoring the young knitwear designer and multidisciplinary artist Ranura Edirisinghe, whose work is pictured here.
Alexander McQueen Partners with Vestiaire Collective
Who: Alexander McQueen
What: Partnership with Vestiaire Collective
Where: Online at us.vestiairecollective.com
Why: Lee McQueen fans rejoice! Vestiaire Collective is launching its new program, ‘Brand Approved’, debuting with the legendary fashion brand Alexander McQueen. This collaboration allows McQueen clients to sell back archival pieces in exchange for credit notes to use for purchases at select McQueen stores. Vestiaire will work closely with the brand and its clients to authenticate pieces and items, such as an iconic tartan skirt from the opening look of FW06 ‘Widows of Culloden’, which will be available for purchase from the VC website. This collaboration was born from a desire to close off the vicious cycle of luxury fashion consumption and create a more circular, sustainable, and connected fashion experience. Just as Lee McQueen set out to create lasting clothing with a career and eye unlike any other, this new initiative seeks to reinforce the durability and sustainability of well-made, timeless pieces worth investing in.
Ganni Continues Software Line
What: Software Drop #3
Where: online at GANNI.com
Why: Ganni continues their sustainable and traceable loungewear line with the third release, entitled “Software.” No iOS updates here, just soft, easy pieces to wear for your work from home uniform or your daily coffee run. The 11 pieces are made from recycled organic materials and do not compromise quality or durability in the process. Snatch one of the short or long sleeved jerseys to be part of the eco-conscious Team Ganni.
Vans and Opening Ceremony Are Back
What: Collaboration with Opening Ceremony
Where: on Vans.com, Vans stores, select Vans retail partners
Why: If you’ve been missing the creative work of Opening Ceremony co-founders Humberto Leon and Carol Kim, you’re welcome in advance! Vans and OC have partnered again for their first collaboration to be launched with Vans on a global scale. The creative duo behind OC have reimagined the classic Vans Authentic with two new patterns, including a black leopard pattern that was also used for the ready-to-wear pieces. The team tapped Malaysian-Chinese photographer Zhong Lin to shoot the campaign and enlist her friends to model, capturing the carefree and evergreen cool factor that comes with both Vans and Opening Ceremony.
Fendi Debuts Moonlight Bag
What: Moonlight bag
Where: Fendi boutiques worldwide and on Fendi.com
Why: Following the release of the Sunshine Shopper tote, Fendi debuts its other Sunshine style from the Spring Summer 2021 collection: the Moonlight bag. Named after its semicircle lunar shape, the bag features hand-stitched leather with the signature FF logo emblazoned on gold hardware. The bag opens to ample suede-lined storage with the hot-stamped FENDI Roma logo underneath the flap. The bag comes in a variety of colors, including the wonderful bright orange pictured here, and can be worn crossbody, or under your arm bag thanks to its adjustable shoulder strap.
Farfetch Teams Up With Wishi
What: Partnership with Wishi
Where: Online at FARFETCH.com
Why: FARFETCH is bringing online shopping to the 22nd century with their newest partnership with the online styling service Wishi. Wishi, co-founded by super stylist Karla Welch, works closely with their clients to provide the most streamlined luxury shopping experience, providing insight into customers’ desires using both innovative technology and one-on-one user information. FARFETCH brings global boutiques and brands right to your screen, wherever you are, and will now provide the ultimate infusion of personalization and curation of fashion from across the world in partnership with Wishi. This program is available to FARFETCH’s Platinum and Gold Tier Access loyalty program customers exclusively in the US and UK and is available to use now on FARFETCH.com.
Anthropologie Taps Peter Som for Collaboration
What: Peter Som Collaboration
Where: Online only at anthropologie.com
Why: Anthropologie is partnering with designer Peter Som for the second time to create their first size-inclusive designer collaborations. Som used the contrast of light, breathable fabrics with a varied color palette inspired by Greece. The line is filled with easy dresses and separates, staying true to the laid-back ethos of Anthropologie available in sizes 00P-26W.
Belstaff x Blackstone Lane Denim
What: Blackstone Lane Collaboration Collection
Where: In the Belstaff Meatpacking District store in NYC and on belstaff.com
Why: English brand Belstaff, known for its durable wears, is partnering with London-based denim brand Blackhorse Lane to create a limited capsule of jackets, jeans, and a unisex tote bag. All pieces are made from Redlined Selvedged denim, ensuring that each piece is made with quality in mind without sacrificing environmental sustainability. The signature indigo raw denim is built to last and will be a timeless addition to any wardrobe.
Hanifa Releases Capsule Collection
What: Capsule Collection
Where: On Hanifa.co
Why: Following Hanifa’s “Pink Label Congo Collection,” the newest drop from the brand’s designer Anifa Mvuemba celebrates the everyday woman in search of optimism. This latest collection is bright and expressive and serves as a little dose of happiness for the customer who is adjusting to the ever-changing times of living, working, and socializing in different ways in 2021. Standout pieces include the luxurious yellow silk shirt and pant set, and a playful brown shearling coat. Prices range from $109-800 and sizing is available in XXS-2XL.
Zara Launches Pet Collection
What: Pet Collection
Where: On Zara.com
Why: Zara wants to dress the entire family, including your furry friends! Keep your dog warm during the dead of winter with adorable quilted down jackets. The collection also has toys, leashes, and bandanas, ensuring your pet is stepping out in style just like you, all at the price point you’ve come to expect and love from Zara.
Coach Unveils Tabby Pillow Bag Campaign
What: Tabby Pillow bag
Where: On Coach.com and in select Coach stores
Why: If you’ve been looking for a bag that is as comfortable as it is practical, stop your search here. Coach unveiled its newest bag, the Tabby Pillow, in a campaign lensed by Juergen Teller and starring familiar faces to Coach, including Jennifer Lopez, Quincy, and Paloma Elsesser. This tactile handbag comes in a variety of colors and is easily worn on the shoulder, adding a soft touch to every fit. Bags are priced at $495.
Levi’s Debuts Collaboration with Fresco Steez
Who: Levi’s x Fresco Steez
What: Limited edition Black History Month collaboration
Why: Levi’s has joined forces with organizer, founder of BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100) and designer Fresco Steez to create two pieces that celebrate the past, the present, and the future of Black liberation. Inspired by the signage of the Memphis strikes of 1968, Steez created a crewneck and trucker jacket that honor the power, honor, and truth in being “Unapologetically Black.” The crewneck’s back asks the imperative questions: “What legacy do you continue? What are you fighting for? What do you love?”
In coordination with this launch, Levi’s is making a donation to Power U Center for Social Change, which focuses on empowering youth with political education, civic engagement, and community investment, working to broaden Black futures.
Vans Announces Artists Collaborations and “Foot the Bill” Initiative
What: Black Artists Collaboration and Fit the Bill Initiative
Where: In Vans stores nationwide on Vans.com
Why: Vans is sponsoring four talented Black artists during Black History Month with a special initiative that has called on each artist to design a sneaker for Vans. The four featured artists are Chris Martin, Rewina Beshue, Tony Whlgn, and Sydney James, and a different artist will be highlighted every week this month, starting with Rewina on the 8th (pictured). The artists will also have installations in Vans storefronts across the US during February. Vans is furthering their support of Black creatives by donating $40,000 to the Black Arts Future Fund, which funds community-based Black artist organizations nationwide. All four shoes are now available for purchase.
In coordination with this collaboration, Vans has announced “Foot the Bill,” which will provide direct financial support to small Black-owned businesses that have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vans will be announcing the beneficiaries throughout the month.
Mulberry Releases Icon Edition Bags
What: Icon Edition Bags
Where: in Mulberry stores and on mulberry.com
Why: Mulberry is turning 50 this year, and in celebration of half a century’s worth of rich English heritage, the brand is releasing several special projects throughout 2021. The first of these are the Icon Edition bags, celebrating Mulberry’s most beloved handbag silhouettes over the years. With sustainability at the forefront of their craft, Mulberry is re-releasing handbags in new colorways and mini sizes, all made from sustainably sourced leather.
Khiry Joins NET-A-PORTER’s Vanguard Program
Who: Khiry Fine Jewelry
What: Khiry launches on NET-A-PORTER
Where: exclusively on NET-A-PORTER.com
Why: Fine jewelry brand Khiry joins NET-A-PORTER’s Vanguard program, marking the brand’s first fine jewelry collection. Khiry is producing his first collection in sponsorship with three fine jewelers as well as with mentorship from fine jeweler Mateo. 15% of all KHIRY FINE sales on NAP will go to the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center, which KHIRY designer Jameel Mohammed is an alum of.
What: Clair AI
Why: Launching on February 3, Rebag is bringing AI to the world of luxury resale. The popular retailer is updating its Clair technology—a database that acts as the Kelly Blue Book for designer handbags— and introducing image recognition technology that can help identify and price luxury handbags within seconds. You can use it to help appraise your own closet, check out the online value of a bag you spot IRL in stores, and you can even snap a picture you see on TV (as long as the proportions work for the app).
Saint Laurent Debuts Le Maillon
Who: Saint Laurent
What: LE MAILLON bag
Where: Available on YSL.com and in Saint Laurent boutiques
Why: Saint Laurent’s newest bag is the sleek Le Maillon bag, which debuted in Anthony Vacarello’s Spring21 collection for the brand. The satchel is optimally sized for everyday use and includes a chic brass chain clasp. The bag comes in a variety of colors, including a perfect forest green.
Moncler Celebrates Lunar New Year
What: Lunar New Year collection
Where: Available on moncler.com and in Moncler boutiques internationally
Why: Moncler is celebrating the Year of the Ox by teaming up with Chinese photographer Leslie Zhang to create the campaign for this launch. This is Zhang’s second collaboration with Moncler. His imagery focuses on traditional Chinese architecture, the color red, and Kung Fu, infused with his modern take, representing contemporary Chinese creative culture. The products themselves cherish Chinese lunar traditions and represent the astral constellation of the Ox.
Teva x Anna Sui
Who: Teva x Anna Sui
What: Teva x Anna Sui capsule collection
Where: Available on Teva.com and Annasui.com
Why: Teva has partnered with Anna Sui for their second collaboration. The designer known for her whimsical and fresh designs opted for classic Liberty Prints for the flatform and boot she has designed specifically for this collaboration. The flatform (pictured here) is available for $150 and the boot is priced at $190.
BVLGARI x Tribeca Studios
Who: BVLGARI x Tribeca Studios
What: Premiere of two short films made with Bulgari and Tribeca Studios
Where: Premiering on February 1 on bulgari.com
Why: BVLGARI and Tribeca Studios are releasing the last two of six film collaborations on February 1st. These films were created in order to champion women in creative fields excelling in their own, independent ways. Cynthia Erivo will be hosting the premiere of Lot 448 and Ezinma, both directed by women, following the unique career paths of an art anti-crime archivist and a prodigious violinist, respectively.
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