The fashion landscape is no stranger to surprises. Every now and then, the scene is met with something new—from directional changes on the executive level, jaw-dropping collaboration announcements or the buzzy news of a fresh celebrity face set to represent one of the luxury maisons. With some of such news, the sartorial realm is bound to be roused, as conversation is steered towards what the change might mean for the rest of the designer world. Up top, a change in creative directorship is inevitably the most palpable—where house codes and signature silhouettes might discover reinterpretation in the hands of a new captain. The most recent of the lot? Think Daniel Lee’s debut at Burberry earlier this year or Pharrell Williams as Louis Vuitton’s latest menswear creative director.
In other cases, the fashion-forward will find themselves stirred by happenings closer to the ground—in terms of what they can admire, collect and own in their very own wardrobes. This might include the most covetable of collaborations—each one drawing in their own enthusiasts from various corners of culture. Just this year alone, we’ve seen Louis Vuitton drop their second collaboration with Yayoi Kusama, the Mugler x H&M collection and Nike drop its highly-awaited Kwondo 1 ‘Panda’ with Peaceminusone, G-dragon’s fashion label.
Amidst the buzz of affairs this month, it’s inevitable that you might have missed out on some significant drops and announcements over the past few weeks. Not to fret however, for with Vogue Singapore’s roundup, you can consider yourself all caught up. This week, a number of celebrities take the creative helm and mark their foray into the fashion realm. Kylie Jenner announces Khy, her new clothing line, whilst rapper and style vanguard A$AP Rocky swerves into a creative director role with Puma’s exclusive partnership with Formula 1. Meanwhile, Loewe creates spellbinding buzz with Maggie Smith on its latest campaign and Bottega Veneta launches an academy dedicated to training the next generation of craftspersons.
Catch up on all the fashion news to know, below.
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Maggie Smith fronts Loewe's latest campaign
Jonathan Anderson takes us into his topsy-turvy world with Loewe’s latest spring/summer 2024 pre-collection campaign. Lensed by Juergen Teller, the idiosyncratic campaign features a star-studded cast of Dakota Fanning, Josh O’Connor, Greta Lee, Rachel Jones, NCT’s Taeyong, Mike Faist, FeiFei Sun and to everyone’s surprise, Professor McGonagall (who goes by Maggie Smith in the Muggle world). Each of them are captured in a range of gritty backdrops related to everyday life; a sofa, a wooden patio, a blue bedroom, a red brick wall, an empty pool…? Smith’s own sees her emulating her on-screen character in a stylish head-to-toe fur ensemble, complemented by one very covetable Puzzle bag.
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Bottega Veneta launches a new academy dedicated to craft
Committed to its founding values of craftsmanship and creativity, Bottega Veneta has launched Accademia Labor et Ingenium: an academy dedicated to fostering the future generation of artisanal talent. A comprehensive training program for 50 selected students every year sits at its core—with guaranteed employment with the house post-completion of the course. Led by five of the maison’s master artisans, the school will serve as a permanent workshop area for both new students and existing employees to learn and upskill themselves. Ruggero Negretto, one of Bottega Veneta’s longest-serving employees, says: “It’s a great honour and responsibility to pass on this unique knowledge to a new generation and continue the great tradition of the ‘bottega’ (workshop) in all its community, creativity, and cultural heritage.”
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A$AP Rocky takes the creative helm for Puma x F1
As if to follow in his long-time partner’s footsteps, A$AP Rocky is stepping up in the fashion world. The rapper has been appointed as the creative director of Puma’s partnership with Formula 1, a few months shy of the sportswear giant’s announcement that it will become the official licensing partner and exclusive trackside retailer for the Grand Prix. Rocky will be going full speed ahead, as he is expected to design apparel and accessories to be released come the Las Vegas Grand Prix in November.
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Stone Island and Supreme return for yet another capsule collab
Supreme® has released its next collaborative collection with streetwear stalwart Stone Island. Marking the duo’s eighth collab together, the pair have come together yet again for a fall/winter 2023 capsule. It’s a clear nod to the colder days to come in the temperate climes of the world, with a catalogue focused on a range of jackets and supplementary outerwear. Think a cowhide leather bomber, a reversible down jacket, a trucker jacket and jean pant combination—the latter set designed in cotton bull denim. Rounding off the collection are a wool blend bouclé cardigan, a few tops, a hooded sweatshirt and pair of sweatpants, complete with a spider web-printed camp cap.
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Kylie Jenner launches a new clothing line
Who is Khy, you ask? She’s a soon-to-be clothing line—birthed by none other than Kylie Jenner. Already a beauty mogul herself with Kylie Cosmetics, Jenner’s swerve to the fashion realm might not come as a surprise to some. Since the announcement of Khy earlier this week, she’s since shared her purpose for the brand: “Khy seamlessly blends designer fashion with everyday style into highly edited drops, starting with Faux Leather + Base Layers.” According to Jenner, the first drop has been designed together with Berlin-based label Namilia and will offer 12 different essentials with a size range that spans from XXS to 4X.