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One of our favourite emerging menswear designers has just launched his AW22 graduate collection with SSENSE – a mix of subversive tailoring, sheer fabrics to flirt in and leather to get you laid. With a sweet spot that blends sensual romance, heady nightlife and structured silhouettes, Aaron Esh’s namesake label is offbeat and deconstructed, flipping the basic fundamentals of menswear on its head in favour of something altogether more freeing. It’s as smooth as a fine wine, but as rough as the morning after. Drink up, we say.
Grace Ladoja, founder of pioneering Lagos-based festival Homecoming, has made a fitting foray into fashion with the official launch of Homecoming’s online store this week. For the occasion, Ladoja has collaborated with some of the sexiest names in streetwear: Patta, Stüssy, Cactus Plant Flea Market, Ambush and loads more, to create pieces that celebrate Nigeria and the richness of young African talent. With the final chunk of summer fast approaching, get your mits on them before they’re gone – from thigh-grazing Muay Thai shorts to last-a-lifetime tees.
There's something effortlessly exciting about a collage. Grab a pair of scissors, a knackered glue stick, a load of print media and away you go turning mags into riches. Of course, artist Martin Laborde is far more of an expert – splicing together found imagery based on feeling – and it's why Acne have tapped him for its new AW22 collaboration. There's a series of froggy green and aquamarine pieces featuring scraps of wrappers and nature, but the major motif is equine; the horse girl moment is ridden big time via a series of tees and sweats with printed ponies. Mega, thee stallions!
Spanish fashion house LOEWE has added self care to its bow, following a series of addictive fragrances and cult scented candles. Inspired by Armin Heinemann and Stuart Rudnick’s legendary early ‘70s Ibiza store and hang-out spot Paula’s Boutique, frequented by the likes of Donna Summer and Freddie Mercury, the brand’s namesake lives on in the spirit of its luxury wellness offering. The body lotion has the same woody grounding and orange floral notes as the Paula’s Ibiza Eclectic fragrance and a Balearic sensibility infuses the body scrub, which contains Ibizan salt crystals and ground olive stones (all sourced in Spain, of course). It’s made to be applied to wet skin and then rinsed to reveal softer, more hydrated skin – ideal for dance floor-ready limbs.
Summer always burns a hole in our wallets – and it’s not because of the dim British sun. There are just too many nice things to buy – sexy swimwear, bucket hats, unnecessary beach towels – and not enough time to actually enjoy it. To help you with your own (well-deserved) spree, here's a round-up of some of our most-wanted beachwear, including a few pieces from Louisa Ballou's new collection made for those electric, something-in-the-air summer nights and Worme x Clio Peppiatt's jewelled collection that's destined for hot Mediterranean nights. Race you to the sea!
Sergio Tacchini’s legacy has gone from the tennis court to British football terraces, worn by golden era hip-hop artists, and the Italian mobs of The Sopranos. Now, it’s landed in the hands of London’s unruly skate brand, Yardsale, in a collab featuring terry cloth tracksuits, slick cotton piqué polos and throwback graphics from the Italian apparel brand’s early beginnings. And, in a slick twist, they brought along La Haine actor Saïd Taghmaoui for its campaign – originally wearing the clobber throughout the 1995 film: “For the last 25 years people have been asking me to do this and that and this just felt right,” Taghmaoui says. “Being from the French ghetto and the history with the brands, it just felt right.” Mwah.
The technical process of becoming a saint requires submitting a form to a special Vatican tribunal - Turkish-British designer Dilara Fındıkoğlu said no need to do the paperwork and has become one anyway. For her 2022 Swimwear Collection, the CSM grad - and legendary #encoreCSM founder - whisks away her disciples to Saint Dilara Beach Club, teaching us all how to become a hot and holy person of the island. Inspired by real eighteenth-century muses and cut from velouté-smooth satin with risque ruching, the ensemble is so boldly sexy you'll want to emerge from the Aegean Sea, head back in and repeat until the sun runs cold.
Motifs maketh the brand. The Cotton Wreath of Denim Tears - started by one-in-a-zillion polymath Tremaine Emory - is as powerful as it gets, a symbol of the project's commitment to telling the story of Black cotton farmers. For their new Denim Tears Rhinestone Capsule - available exclusively at Dover Street Market from June 28 - Emory embellishes pieces with the visual and hundreds of hand-applied rhinestones. Entirely cotton, the capsule stylishly continues Denim Tears' impact-led thread.