Alright—stop, collaborate, and listen. These perfect pairings bring together some disparate yet dedicated fashion fanbases to ring the new year in with sartorial splendor.
GO OUT IN STYLE WITH RICK OWENS + MONCLER
Combining Rick Owens’s dystopian design sensibility with Moncler’s high-tech winter wear, Moncler + Rick Owens is a collection to dress us for the end times. Insulation reaching new proportions stands front and center, set against the backdrop of the esoteric designer’s Sleep Pod, a surprisingly inviting (and available for purchase) soundproof steel chamber for two. Other pieces include a puffy quilted-down scarf and puffier tie-up boots (an Arctic homage to the
sock sneaker), shield sunglasses, and a cashmere beanie. Apocalypse accessories sold separately.
LOEWE X SUNA FUJITA PAIRS WELL WITH PRANCING
Loewe’s SS 2024 pre-collection ushers in a new season, literally and figuratively. Partnering with Kyoto-based ceramic studio Suna Fujita, they’ve given us garments suited for frolicking in Shohei Fujita and Chisato Yamano’s whimsical world. Bamboo sticks and mangrove trees embellish much of the collection marked by the organic and luxurious textiles for which the house is beloved. Classic Loewe bags and shoes have been reimagined in exciting colors and shapes as they are every season, only now accompanied by anthropomorphic mandrakes and smiling pandas.
MCM & BAPE GO FOR LOUDER LUXURY
Calling all streetwear lovers who see showing out as a non-negotiable. MCM and BAPE® have joined forces for a second capsule collection to celebrate Lunar New Year. This collaboration, honoring the Year of the Dragon, succeeds in serving the playful city slicker. For shark hoodie collectors and new fans alike, the capsule offers a unique take on the iconic collectible, adorned with logomania. BAPE®’s proprietary camouflage also covers some of MCM’s most cherished bag silhouettes, for commuting in anything but quiet luxury.
AN ENCORE FOR GUCCI ANCORA
Gucci is collaborating with its own new creative director, Sabato De Sarno, to debut Ancora. In an unexpected departure from the eccentric Gucci of yore, the collection provides clothes meant to be truly lived in, uniforms for the everyday fashion head. Throughout life, a clothing wearer takes countless twists and turns in their style direction, similar to the time-honored fashion house. Pseudo-suiting, knitwear, platform loafers, and easy jumpsuits make this new wave feel at once familiar and fresh.
NEW LOOK, NEW SMELL FOR DIOR BEAUTY
Ahhh, a chance to start anew. Francis Kurkdjian, the nose behind an extensive catalog of bestsellers and an eponymous label of his own, has gifted Dior Beauty (and us all) with “New Look.” Amber, an olfactory staple desired for its syrupy sweetness, is struck with jolts of unexpected freshness to the tune of frankincense and aldehydes. Much like the fashion house that is constantly reinventing itself while remaining true to its unwavering codes of timeless self-expression, this “skin scent” plays an exciting new song.
MAX MARA AND ARTHUR ARBESSER DO IT BETTER
Garments for life’s many stages abound in Phantasie, the SS 2024 Signature collection from Weekend Max Mara and designer Arthur Arbesser. Inspired by his upbringing in Vienna with renowned ballet and opera houses (for which Arbesser also designs costumes), the collection celebrates the city’s simultaneously rigid yet creative persona. Full skirts and dresses in easy, wearable textiles serve as harbingers of the Weekend Max Mara ethos, while nods to utilitarian workwear, sharp silhouettes, and stripes anchor the collection.
COACH & LIL NAS X ARE AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE
Coca-Cola, rock ’n’ roll, Lil Nas X. Coach has called on the musical trailblazer as muse and global ambassador to its FW 2023 collection by Stuart Vevers. The musician’s nonconformist attitude is omnipresent throughout with new Iterations of LLDs (little leather dresses), sweatsuits, and corporate suits in equal measure, and patchwork denim jackets and overalls that use repurposed fabrics and textiles as part of Coach’s (Re)Loved program. Redefining contemporary fashion in rave-y sheer dresses, what could be more Americana?
APRÈS SKI WITH BALENCIAGA
Be it Aspen or the American Dream Mall, Balenciaga now has you covered for hitting the slopes in style. Introducing Balenciaga Skiwear, with a rather effortless RTW lineup consisting of chic thermal layers, water-repellent cargo pants, and puffer coats cut to flatter. Stamped on gear, the namesake logo shines icier than ever. Even non-skiers will find it hard to resist longing for a glossy helmet and poles with “Balenciaga” scrolled across in sans serif type.
Photography Alex Black
Fashion Xander Ang
Makeup Allie Smith (MA+ Group) using LANCÔME
Hair Erol Karadag (MA+ Group) using ORIBE
Model Ansley Guilemi (Heroes)
Executive producer Jillian Johnson (Walther Schupfer Management)
Photo assistant Daren Thomas
Stylist assistants Liv Vitale, Natalie Cohen
Location SHIO Studio