Burberry takes us on a summer holiday to Jamaica

Fashion news of the week: Plus, C.P. Company’s mind-bending collab with Kiko Kostadinov, Hugo Blue’s big Berlin bash, Miu Miu Women’s Tales, Bottega’s latest fanzine and Glenn Martens celebrates 10 years at Y/Project.

This week, we introduced our brand-new series Club Night of the Week, where you’ll find us diving head-first into the coolest clubs around the UK. To kick things off, we got up close and personal with Virus, the elusive London collective that’s thrown killer parties here in London and over in LA, New York, Miami and Paris, blending and bending genres such as internet rap, hyperpop, leftfield club music and straight-up noise.

Aside from the music, it’s the styles seen on the dancefloor that make it a proper good club night. And at THE FACE, we’ve long been obsessed with how ravers’ styles have evolved over time, whether we’re reporting on Barcelona’s hottest club night, the sweat-soaked ecstasy of British clubs, the goths and queer punks of East London’s GutterRing or even documenting ravers’ shoes at a warehouse party.

At Virus, only the maddest and most brilliantly chaotic trends are accepted on the door, as documented by photographers such as legendary party boy Cobrasnake. Speaking of, Cobrasnake spent fashion month snapping celebs at clubs after dark, bumping into our Digital Director Brooke McCord along the way. You can catch up on his fashion month diary here, and hear all about Virus and Brooke’s PFW party adventures in this week’s FACE Podcast episode. But for now, it’s time for the news bulletin.

Burberry Jet2 Jamaica

Planning your summer getaway? Allow Burberry to lead the way. For its Summer 2024 campaign, the house escaped from blighty to the sweet, sunny shores of Jamaica, along with a killer holiday crew including photographer Tyrone Lebon, models Karen Elson and Sang Woo Kim, and dancehall legend Sister Nancy. Packed in their suitcases cases were trench coats reimagined for summer in super light gabardine, silky shirts, bandeau tops and floaty full-length skirts printed with English garden flowers and summer fruits, plus Burberry’s new bags, the Horn and Swan. Shooting our summer campaign in Jamaica was an obvious choice as we celebrate the rich culture and influences that make up Britishness today,” says creative director Daniel Lee. My youth in Northern England and adulthood in London has been surrounded by creativity and diversity – our biggest pride in modern Britain.” Pass the factor 50, will ya?

C.P. Company and Kiko Kostadinov make sweet harmony

Four years ago, cult sportswear label C.P. Company tapped polymath fashion designer Kiko Kostadinov to create a limited edition jacket. The result? The highly covetable green Sinesis hoodie, which combined C.P.’s knack for cutting-edge techwear and Kostadinov’s esoteric approach to casualwear. Now, the duo are back with a killer capsule collection defined by loose shapes and functional elements, as seen on a modular jacket, a pair of cargo trousers and a cotton blend hoodie. Using Flatt Nylon – a suede-like, opaque nylon mixed with malleable Mais gabardine – the front insert of the jacket is removable and can be transformed into a zip bag. As if that isn’t enough, the front two buttons on the sleeve can further transform the jacket for an alternative look, as can a hidden zip and velcro straps. A collection for the indecisive.

Hugo toasts to Blue in Berlin

Two weeks ago, we filled you in on the launch of Hugo’s new youthful line, Hugo Blue. With a Gen Z‑inspired approach to denim, slouchy fits and bucket hats (don’t worry, over 25s are welcome, too), there was no better place for the German brand to celebrate its latest venture than in the country’s nightlife hotspot, Berlin. At the party, around 1,000 guests passed through a blue tunnel that led to the mammoth Wilhelm Hallen warehouse, where the space had been transformed with immersive product installations, as well as entertainment from the world of gaming. In one corner, local artists Rafaella Braga and Max Teutsch were also on hand to add personalisations to the guests’ brand-new Hugo Blue pieces. And while we’re on launches, the event also unveiled Planet Hugo, the brand’s new platform on Roblox, which is now home to Hugo Hangout and Hugo Fashion Match.

The big fight for Miu Miu Women’s Tales #27

The 27th film in Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales, released this week, is a superb lesson in self-discovery. Directed by award-winning Malaysian filmmaker Chui Mui Tan, who took home Best Picture at the Shanghai International Film Festival Golden Earl Awards in 2021, it’s centred around protagonist Gita, a girl from China who comes to Malaysia to search for herself,” Tan says. Titled I am the beauty of your beauty, I am the fear of your fear, we see Gita surrounded by a tough sisterhood who are teaching her how to fight. Seemingly haunted by the ghosts of her past, the film brilliantly culminates in her defeating a series of men in a fight club, whom she knocks out one-by-one with clean blows. All while wearing Miu Miu, of course.

Bottega Veneta releases its latest fanzines

Bottega’s creative director Matthieu Blazy has released fanzines after each collection ever since he joined the house in 2020. These little nuggets offer an insight into the making of his collections, where Polaroids, notes, sketches and reference images live side-by-side as collectable scrapbooks. Now, Blazy is back with four new volumes, bringing together the photography of Alec Soth, who shot the brand’s Summer 24 campaign in a Tokyo playground, as well as a travel notebook and stickers. It’s a combination that will, hopefully, lead to a fantastical odyssey of discovery. It is a journey that is both free and hopeful. A connection to who you once were, who you would like to be and where you want to go,” Blazy says. The fanzine allows any reader, anywhere, to join that journey, and to imagine and record their own escapes and adventures – whether in the world, or their creativity.” And if that fails, they still make for a killer addition to the coffee table.

Glenn Martens celebrates 10 years at Y/Project

In the absence of a runway show during last month’s Milan Fashion Week, Y/Project’s much-loved creative director Glenn Martens brought things a little closer to home for AW24, with a lookbook starring his closest friends, collaborators and even his dad. After all, he’s celebrating 10 years at the helm of the brand, a role that’s established him as an era-defining designer who’s merged subcultural styles from Parisian streets and darkened dancefloors with endlessly innovative garments that seemingly defy gravity. The brand’s latest collection, modelled by the likes of Charli XCX, Mia Khalifa and Irina Shayk, flexes Martens’ draping skill with hoods on familiar Y/​Project gems such as a second-skin evening gown, zip-up fleece shirts and utilitarian parkas. Then, he adds the Martens’ Midas touch with heavy denim, ripple-effect thigh-high leather boots and razor-sharp evening coats. Cheers to the big 1 – 0, Glenn.

Acne team up with K-pop’s next big thing

Eagle-eyed Acne fans will have noticed some new faces on the front row of its AW24 show last month, as new K‑pop girl group ILLIT hit Paris Fashion Week. Turns out, this appearance was a tease for the brand’s new SS24 campaign, which stars the ILLIT’s five members – Yunah, Minju, Moka, Wonhee and Iroha – in a pastel-hued daydream. Shot by Charlotte Wales and styled by Léopold Duchemin, the band got all dressed up in bits from Acne’s summer collection for the campaign, as well as signature denim and the brand’s latest It-piece, the Multipocket bag. Music is a big part of my life and often inspires me; music and fashion are so intertwined. Right now, it is all about K‑Pop,” says Jonny Johansson, creative director of Acne Studios. We loved the idea of working with a band from the start of their career and growing with them. We have always supported and championed up-and-coming talents, so this felt like the right way to go about it for a new generation.”

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