Raf Simons and The xx
Fashion designer Raf Simons and musical group The xx have lifted the lid on their recent collaboration. The Belgian creative has been working with the British band (whose members are Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith) on a special capsule collection designed to mark the 10th anniversary of the group’s debut album, “xx.” The collection, which is set to launch on December 12, spans t-shirts, patches, a cap and a set of pins, it has been revealed.
“When they reached out to do something together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ‘xx,’ I didn’t have to think twice,” Simons told issue number 14 of System Magazine, where the collection has been unveiled and photographed by Willy Vanderperre. “I have been a fan of theirs since the very beginning, and I’m so happy and grateful for the fact we became friends and got to collaborate in so many ways.”
Simons and the band have enjoyed a close working relationship over the years — The xx performed at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2014 at Simons’ invitation, and the designer worked with the photographer Alasdair McLellan to create the video for the band’s video “I Dare You” in 2017.
The collection will go on sale via The xx’s website, as well as at select retailers including Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Galleria in Seoul and DSMG in Tokyo, among others.
McDonald’s serves up McFashion
McDonald’s is serving up a side order of fashion this holiday season. The fast-food giant has opened ‘Golden Arches Unlimited,’ an online merchandise shop for US fans who love Big Macs so much that they want to wear them.
The store will remain open year-round and feature different seasonal pieces, but things are kicking off with a winter collection that includes cosy items such as a beanie and a holiday sweater. The line also features a Big Mac sandwich bag, a Happy Meal t-shirt, a Sesame Seed zip hoodie and World Famous Fries socks, alongside various accessories such as hair ties, umbrellas, journals and tote bags.
“McDonald’s has been ingrained in the fabric of culture for years, and there’s a long history of fans wearing our brand with pride,” said Colin Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing at McDonald’s Corporation, in a statement. “We’re excited to help customers wear their brand love on their sleeves with the unveiling of Golden Arches Unlimited as we continue to inspire feel-good moments with McDonald’s.”
McDonald’s first dipped its toe into fashion merchandise in 2017, when it launched a limited-edition ‘Big Mac’ clothing line. It isn’t the only restaurant chain to have developed a taste for the business — Taco Bell, KFC, Cheetos and Auntie Anne’s have all succumbed to clothing launches over the past few years.
Virgil Abloh goes ‘Crystal Clear’ with Baccarat
On the occasion of Miami Art Basel, the venerable crystal manufacturer Baccarat has called on the services of much sought-after designer Virgil Abloh for a limited-edition home collection. Presented as a mix of modernity, tradition, elegance and industrial codes, the “Crystal Clear” collection comprises chandeliers, table vessels, and drinking glasses. The pieces, which are numbered and made to order, were inspired by Abloh’s touring exhibition “Figures of Speech.”
“Working with Virgil was an amazing experience for our artisans at Baccarat. Right from our first meeting, Virgil had the idea of ‘Crystal Clear’ in mind, and could imagine how these geometric shapes would elegantly dance together, whether suspended from a ceiling or sitting on a table,” said Baccarat Global CEO Daniela Riccardi. “Crystal Clear” can be seen throughout the month of December at the Baccarat Boutique BBar and Lounge in Miami’s Design District.
Vetements teases a Star Wars collaboration
Vetements is the latest big brand to feel the force with a Star Wars collaboration. The streetwear label is launching a 44-piece, limited-edition Star Wars capsule collection, it has announced.
Spanning menswear and womenswear, the series will include everything from logo t-shirts and oversized hoodies to evening dresses and high heels. Accessories such as socks, caps and backpacks will also feature in the line-up.
The collection was inspired by iconic Vetements items and the legacy of the famous franchise, the brand revealed via Instagram. It is set to go on sale globally on December 16, with WWD reporting that the collection will be unveiled at Tsum in Moscow on December 12.
The Zurich-based label is not the only big brand marking the imminent release of the cinematic franchise’s newest installation “The Rise of Skywalker,” which is set to hit theatres later this month. Cult beauty brand Pat McGrath Labs has also teamed up with Disney on a collaborative makeup collection, while the footwear brand TOMS unveiled a second Star Wars-themed sneaker capsule series in November.
Vetements is no stranger to high-profile collaborations — the label has previously doubled up with the US fashion giant Tommy Hilfiger, as well as with Dr Martens, Levi’s and Reebok.
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