adidas celebrates a decade of SPZL

Photography by Paul Husband

Fashion news of the week: Plus, JordanLuca’s pee pants, Dior’s logo on leather, Sydney Sweeney hits Palm Springs with Jimmy Choo and Erykah Badu’s wellness retreat.

To celebrate 10 years of SPZL, adidas are making some noise with a brilliant exhibition in Darwen, Lancashire: Decade – Celebrating 10 Years of adidas SPZL.

In aid of local youth homelessness charity Nightsafe, the retrospective will show off vintage design references, unseen samples, technical drawings, signed footwear and a mammoth selection of rare adidas SPZL artefacts to wet the whistle. Plus, for its opening night (17th May), adidas have booked in a mega performance from Shaun Ryder’s Black Grape, as well as a DJ set from former Stone Roses bassist Mani. Then, on 24th May a special release of the new Blackburn SPZL, made in collaboration with Nightsafe, will launch exclusively at the exhibition, raising much-needed funds for the charity. The shoe, limited to 100 pairs, features a red leather swing tag and a Nightsafe-branded sock liner, and is part of adidas’ new Decade pack: a drop featuring four updated shoes from the SPZL archive.

Decade – Celebrating 10 Years of Adidas SPZL, 14 Market Street, Darwen, Lancashire BB3 1AZ, 17th-26th May. Admission is free, but donating to Nightsafe is strongly encouraged

Photography by Jody Hartley

And in more adidas news, soul musician Olivia Dean has collaborated on a limited-edition capsule collection, just in time for her Messy Tour, which kicked off at London’s Hammersmith Apollo last night. The collection – which includes a Firebird Tracksuit set and a lilac T‑shirt designed by Dean and the adi team – features her scrappy, handwritten logo as well as a hand-drawn white flower designed by Emily Anderson, who was behind the motif of Dean’s 2023 debut LP, Messy.

The collection hits stores on Friday 3rd May, starting at the in-store event Olivia will be hosting at adidas’ flagship store on London’s Oxford Street

JordanLuca get pissed

JordanLuca’s Jordan Bowen and Luca Marchetta have never been ones to conform. Since launching the brand in 2018, their designs have stretched and twisted conventional menswear silhouettes, riffed off underground fetish clubs, and blurred traditional gender codes to hyper-sexual heights. Last week, they really took the piss, with the brand’s pee”-stained jeans causing a slippery stir on old and new media. The Daily Mail called them bizarre”, while the New York Post asked why would anyone wear this?” Well, Jordan might have the answer: The fetish feeds the capitalists, but the capitalist is the fetish; an ecosystem where one feeds the other.. Plus, it’s fun watching old fogies get their knickers in a twist, right?

Erykah Badu is curating Desa Potato Head’s latest wellness festival

If life’s beating you down, consider booking yourself a stay at Desa Potato Head in Bali. From 1st June, none other than neo-soul legend Erykah Badu will be taking over the five-star resort for a week, where she’s curating a wellness festival, Merasa. Erykah will be conjuring up a state of calm during talks and morning sessions, where she’ll also be joined by friends such as KT The Arch Degree, Notep and Tjok Gde Kerthyasa. Then, further festivities will kick off with traditional Indonesian practices to sooth the mind, as well as a packed schedule including yoga, mindfulness, breath work, movement and energy work. We’ll ohm to that.

Dior defies gravity

Kim Jones has tested a new technique for the range of bags he’s designed for Dior’s Fall 24 collection, Dior Gravity. It embosses the house’s motif onto buttery leather for an all-over effect that repeats Dior” across each bag. Find the graphic on a selection of messenger and weekender bags, plus accessories including a belt, card-holder and B33 and B27 trainers.

EBIT™ launches its mental health-first collection

EBIT™ (Enjoy Being In Transition) is no ordinary clothing brand. Founded by Simon Whitehouse in 2023, it puts mental health awareness first, inspired by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the increase in depression and anxiety that followed. Its latest collection is accompanied by a concept that reclaims the often negatively used term psycho”, with the aptly titled Psycho Penpals [E100]. It’s a project that questions how we speak about mental health, calling for offline engagement via letter-writing and note-passing. Part of this project provokes a respect, a consciousness, almost reclamation of the vocabulary we are using around mental health,” Whitehouse says. Word.

Jimmy Choo goes on a road trip with Sydney Sweeney

Jimmy and Sydney have linked up for the brand’s Road to Joy campaign. Shot by Oliver Hadlee Pearch, the duo took to Palm Springs for a sun-soaked adventure, escaping the humdrum city for a long weekend of road trips, pool dips and good times a‑plenty. Sydney embodies the spirit of Jimmy Choo. Talented, confident, and playful, with an inspiring work ethic,” says creative director Sandra Choi. Her effortlessly cool sense of glamour is underpinned with an empowered sense of self. We loved working with Sydney to create the campaign story taking us on an uplifting adventure.”

Fungibles finds a home at Dover Street Market

Since launching in 2019, London-based clothing brand Fungibles has been sported by the city’s skaters, artists and dwellers alike. Known for its unconventional design methods, Fungibles’ esoteric style mashes up playful colour palettes and utilises old and new fabrics. A perfect match for off-the-wall concept store Dover Street Market, then. They’re launching an exclusive release of graphic tees, caps and patchwork beanies featuring witches, bears, creepy dolls and a money-making frog – all friends of Fungibles.

The collection launches in-store and online at Dover Street Market London and Ginza from Friday 3rd May

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