May 2021 Fashion Collaborations, News, and Launches

The weather is slowly but surely heating up, and spring fashion is following suit. From…

The weather is slowly but surely heating up, and spring fashion is following suit. From Burberry’s newest bag launch to Fendi’s trippy collaboration with Sarah Coleman, watch this space for the month’s newest and most anticipated fashion collaborations, launches, and products.

Christopher John Rogers Launches Collection 008 Pre-Order

Who: Christopher John Rogers

What: Collection 008 preorders

Where: Exclusively on christopherjohnrogers.com.

Why: Christopher John Rogers debuted his newest collection, titled Collection 008, marking his strongest outing to date. Rogers is expanding his offering of daywear with kaleidoscopic prints, intense kelly greens and neon oranges, and oversized suiting. Fans of the brand will find pieces instantly recognizable to CJR DNA, and newer styles that expand his brand’s vocabulary to new heights of wearability and drama, including Rogers’ foray into outerwear. This season also marks the first time Christian Louboutin created custom shoes exclusively for CJR, using the collection’s boldest prints and colors on heeled boots and slingbacks (the Clare Sling is pictured here). The brand is accepting pre-orders for the collection through the 30th, with orders shipping in December for a Resort 2022 drop.

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Bloomingdale’s Debuts Mary Katrantzou x AQUA Collaboration

Who: AQUA, Bloomingdale’s Exclusive Brand

What: Collaboration with Mary Katrantzou

Where: Available now online and at Bloomingdale’s stores

Why: Bloomingdale’s launched AQUA x Mary Katrantzou, a limited-edition collaboration between the retailer’s best-selling exclusive brand and the “Queen of Print”. The 18-piece collection of summer-ready dresses and separates blends Katrantzou’s expertise in bold prints with AQUA’s trend-driven style. The capsule has four print stories that Katrantzou created especially for this capsule, based on animal motifs and vibrant florals. There are also four designs for girls, which marks the first time the designer has created a collection for kids. The prices are also perfect for you to grab a style for you and your mini me!

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Saint Laurent Debuts Collaboration with Memphis

Who: Saint Laurent

What: Collaboration with Memphis

Where: Available now online and at YSL Stores worldwide.

Why: Anthony Vaccarello, creative director at Saint Laurent, has teamed up with Memphis Milano to create an assortment of homeware pieces, ceramic objects, and textile accessories. The collaboration will also include an exclusive capsule for Saint Laurent consisting of two hoodies, two dresses, one shirt, and two pairs of sneakers. There will be an exhibition to debut the electric collaboration held in both Saint Laurent Rive Droite stores in Paris and Los Angeles from May 19 to June 23. A selection of rare books representing the history and works of Memphis Milano will also be accompanying the collection in stores.

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Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize Announces Panel of Judges

Who: Tom Ford

What: Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize panel of judges

Where: Submissions accepted now thru October 24, 2021 at www.plasticprize.org

Why: Tom Ford and 52HZ have teamed up to take on the world’s ever increasing waste management issue, with the Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize. Together, they’re calling upon inventors and entrepreneurs to rethink how thin-film plastic is created. Responsible for 46% of all ocean plastic leakage, thin-film plastic in the ocean is expected to reach 29 million metric tons by the year 2040. Knowing that the fashion industry is one of the most polluting on earth, Ford & 52HZ hope to accelerate meaningful innovation around a replacement for this polluting material. But they’re not doing it alone. Joining the force is a powerful group of investors, major brands, and other partners who will offer their support to help Prize finalists reach scale & market adoptions by 2025 (a crucial marker year). Mentors will include Stella McCartney, Don Cheadle, Susan Rockefeller – to name just a few. Submissions are open now through October 24, 2021.

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More Joy Launches First Le Specs Collaboration

Who: More Joy

What: Sunglasses collaboration with Le Specs

Where: Available in-store and online May 20th

Why: Christopher Kane’s More Joy line is inspired by just that: a line that inspires joy, hope, and optimism that go beyond a label or item. They have brought their classic logo and happy-go-lucky attitude to their first eyewear line with Le Specs. They have reworked two classic Le Specs silhouettes with three bold colors and the More Joy wording on the temples. These positive affirmations (More Joy, Sex, Special) will brighten the wearer’s day, while of course providing shade from the sun all day long.

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CUUP Ventures Into Swimwear

Who: CUUP

What: Swimwear collection debut

Where: Available online at shopcuup.com

Why: CUUP has been formulating their swim debut for over 2 years, making sure their signature coverage and hold were carried through into this seamless six-piece collection. The brand saw their customers on social media wearing their beloved underwire bras to the beach and knew they had to provide the same support in their swim styles. This simple range offers vintage-inspired silhouettes with modern fabric and classic colors that will never go out of style. The campaign features faces that are close to the brand; Camille Rowe is pictured here wearing the Balconette Bra and The Highwaist Swim. Their signature size range carries over into swim, with sizes range 30A – 42F for bikini tops and XS – XXXL for bottoms.

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Self-Portrait Launches Kidswear

Who: Self-Portrait

What: Kidswear collection

Where: Available in the Self-Portrait boutique in London, online and in select global boutiques.

Why: Self-Portrait, known for their delicately feminine yet strong designs featuring eyelets and lace, is looking to dress the whole family now. Launching in 21 adorable styles for kids ages 3 to 12, the dresses are equal parts whimsy and beauty and are sure to inspire fun in any age. Self-Portrait will now launch two childrenswear collections annually. Get a similar style and match with your mini me all summer long!

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Burberry Debuts Olympia Bag Campaign

Who: Burberry

What: Olympia bag campaign

Where: Now available to purchase globally in Burberry stores and online.

Why: Launching today is Riccardo Tisci’s Olympia handbag for Burberry, a sleek, modular, and timeless design. It comes in multiple sizes and colors, including this smooth leather option featured on artist Shygirl. Tisci tapped Inez and Vinoodh to shoot the campaign, and Ib Kamara styled Kendall Jenner, FKA Twigs, and Shygirl in simple yet very strong images that celebrate each woman’s uniqueness and fierceness. Snatch this delectable half-moon bag for the perfect summer accompaniment to every look.

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Ferragamo Releases Tuscan Wildflower Collection

Who: Salvatore Ferragamo

What: Tuscan Wildflower collection

Where: Available in Ferragamo boutiques and on ferragamo.com

Why: Ferragamo is celebrating spring’s new beginnings in style by launching their Tuscan Wildflower collection, using the surroundings of Florence’s wildflower fields as inspiration for the organic and refreshing bloom prints. The Ferragamo Studio Bag is reimagined for several key cities globally, and each shoulder strap is customized based on the city of purchase. In order to further the organic and artistic nature of the collection, Ferragamo tapped six different visual artists from around the world to bring its digital campaign to life. The result is Ferragamo’s “travel diary,” focused on multiple perspectives on the same pieces, available for viewing now on Ferragamo.com and their respective social channels.

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Alison Lou Debuts LoveShackFancy Collaboration

Who: Alison Lou

What: Collaboration with LoveShackFancy

Where: Available in on AlisonLou.com, the brand’s shoppable showroom in NYC’s UES and the jewel box of a shop located in East Hampton, NY

Why: Jewelry designer Alison Chemla of Alison Lou has partnered with casual lifestyle brand LoveShackFancy for the perfect accessories to up your ear game this summer. Both brands celebrate the fun, femininity, and vibrancy of getting dressed, so this collab was a no-brainer. The fresh and floral patterns that LSF is known for find a perfect home in Chemla’s signature “Loucite” hoops, offering a fresh and unexpected take on the hoop earring that are sure to carry over beyond seasons and trends.

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Fivestory Opens Southampton Outpost

Who: Fivestory

What: Southampton store opening

Where: 38 Jobs Lane , Southampton, NY

Why: Luxury boutique and Upper East Side shopping staple Fivestory has come under new ownership, and they are heading to the beach this summer! New owner Karen Murray has chosen Southampton as the second destination for the curated luxury selection of RTW, accessories, and homegoods Fivestory fans have come to know. Brands such as Dauphinette, Muse x Muse charms, Le Sirenuse Clothing, Lug Von Siga dresses, Bathseva, and even a curated selection of “pre-loved” items are all available. Stop in after a day at the beach and shop your summer wardrobe, head-to-toe.

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Photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank Releases Series of Floral Portraits

Who: Claiborne Swanson Frank

What: Release of Flowers, a series of floral portraits

Where: Available in a variety of sizes from May 13th on claiborneswansonfrank.com, Moda Operandi, and Chairish.

Why: Known for her portraits, often of mothers and their children, Claiborne Swanson Frank found inspiration in nature during last year’s lockdown at her Greenwich, Connecticut home. Having moved in just six months prior, she was thrilled to finally have a garden, though the blooms featured were sourced from all over the area (even the local Whole Foods!). The dynamic shots capture the uniqueness of each flower as Frank approached the new subject as she would her portraits of women. Also making an appearance: her young son, Hunter, whose hands are pictured holding many of the blooms and “reminding us of the powerful relationship of humanity and our connection to the natural world.”

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Ralph Lauren Launches New Partnership with MLB

Who: Ralph Lauren

What: Partnership with Major League Baseball

Where: Available at specialty stores globally, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, the MLB™ Flagship Store (NYC), select MLB™ Club stadium shops, and select Ralph Lauren stores globally, as well as on RalphLauren.com, MLBShop.com, and The Polo App.

Why: American icon Ralph Lauren is joining forces with another American institution, Major League Baseball, for an exciting new partnership. This special collaboration is coming in three pieces and will start with a collection honoring a handful of MLB teams: the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, and Cardinals. Ralph Lauren infused his signature Americana colors and silhouettes into shirts, satin varsity jackets, and caps in new colorways. The RL Airstream will be going cross-country this summer to celebrate the new collection at baseball stadiums, and two more collections will follow this first launch.

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Mother Launches ‘MOVE IT’ MovementWear Collection

Who: Mother Denim

What: ‘MOVE IT’ MovementWear collection

Where: Exclusively online at motherdenim.com

Why: Casual activewear is slowly but surely taking over, and editor-favorite Mother Denim is releasing their first MovementWear line, offering their take on relaxed classics. Heavyweight sweatshirts and sweatpants come in muted tones and MovementWear tops and leggings will ensure you break a sweat in style. The collection comes in an amazing baby blue (my pick) with exaggerated ties in bright orange that provide a stylish, finishing touch. Prices range from $95-188 and are sold as separates to mix and match as you please.

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Ray-Ban Releases Limited Edition 70s Archive Designs

Who: Ray-Ban

What: Release of 70s archive designs

Where: Available for a limited time only in select Ray-Ban stores, Ray-Ban.com and Ray Instagram Shop starting May 3rd for $191

Why: If you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the new Halston show, or are catching up on The Serpent on Netflix, you’ve no doubt been inspired by the eyewear on both shows. Ray-Ban is re-releasing two frames from their iconic 70s archive, the Vagabond (pictured here) and the State-Side. The frames feature the original Havana Acetate and Ambermatic yellow lenses, so you can live out your American Hustle fantasy all summer long.

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