Gigi Hadid gets in her Miu Miu bag

Fashion news of the week: Plus, Moncler and Stone Island hit Salone, New Balance’s 1906, Birkenstock’s latest artist residency and Simone Rocha’s Crocs.

For Miu Miu’s latest campaign by Steven Meisel, Gigi Hadid transforms into photographer Yevonde Middleton, who pioneered the use of colour photography during the 1930s. A feminist and suffragette, Middleton opened her own photography studio at just 21, at a time when jobs for women were hugely limited. With Miu Miu’s Wander and Arcadie bags in tow, Hadid shimmies into the role with flying colours. Tonight, Michael, I’m going to be…

Shop Miu Miu’s bags here

Moncler takes over Milan’s Central Station

If you’re heading to Milan’s Salone del Mobile furniture fair next week, it’s a good idea to pencil in some worthwhile cultural visits in between all the free booze and cuts of salami. Head over to the city’s Central Station for Moncler’s mammoth public exhibition, An Invitation to Dream. The luxury outerwear brand has transformed the station into one of the world’s largest public galleries, partnering with Jefferson Hack, who is on curator duty, and mega photographer Jack Davison, who shot dreamy black and white portraits of Rina Sawayama, Isamaya Ffrench, Jeremy O. Harris, Daniel Arsham and many more.

Dream on! Moncler’s Invitation to Dream exhibition will run from 15th-21st April at Milan’s Central Station, Piazza Duca d’Aosta, 1, 20124

Stone Island heads back to Salone

Sneakerheads. They love an exclusive, don’t they? This week, New Balance announced the launch of some brand new colourways for its 1906 trainer, which will be sold exclusively at JD Sports. The much-loved mid-’00s classic, which has bounced from the feet of marathon runners to everyday fashion fans over the years, comes with features such as a shock absorbing outsole and a stability web for added arch support, plus an Acteva Lite midsole and Abzorb SBS heel cushioning for serious comfort. Pick a colour: steely grey or slick, stark white. To accompany the launch, New Balance enlisted Leicester-born rapper Sainté to feature in the campaign, who propped himself against a set of stairs for the photo-op. Race you to the top?

Shop JD Sports’ exclusive New Balance 1906 here

While we’re on the topic of Salone, Stone Island – a regular fixture at the design fair – is launching the seventh edition its Prototype Research_​Series. A collection of limited edition pieces, here, you’ll find garments made from fabrics that are yet to be fully industrialised. Born out of sheer research, Stone Island has used advanced industrial techniques” to create new fabrics that provide rigid shells for high-octane movement – such as motorsports and boating – that requires flexibility and durability. As for Salone, Stone Island will be hosting its very own immersive exhibition, Prototype Research_​Series 0, where you’ll find a break-down of the project’s development journey, plus unseen pieces and a whole host of lights, sounds and action.

The pieces from Prototype Research_​Series will be on sale at selected Stone Island stores on May 28th. As for the exhibition, head down to Via Savona 54, 20144 Milano from 15th – 21st Sunday, where it’s open from 10am-7pm.

New Balance goes back to 1906
Birkenstock welcomes its newest resident artist

In February, Birkenstock swung open the doors to a first-of-its-kind studio, Walk With Me, located in Shoreditch’s Truman Brewery. The shoe brand transformed the space into a hub full of free programmes and events in a concrete-clad building, with a chill-out zone in one corner and an intimate, makeshift factory in the other. For the opening, Birkenstock invited Royal College of Art graduate Helen Kirkum to its first artist resident. Now, it’s the turn of 26-year-old artist and designer Jyrrel. During his three-week residency, the Londoner will be customising Birkenstocks in his signature pop-coloured spray paints, as well as hosting a pendant-making workshop. Turns out he’s a mega jeweller, too.

Join Jyrrel this April at Birkenstock’s Walk With Me studio located at 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QR. And click here to sign up for the workshops.

Ganni teams up with Paloma Elsesser

Paloma Elsesser has taken a break from storming the runways, instead rolling her sleeves up and flexing some serious design muscles. Joining forces with Danish brand Ganni, the model has designed a size-inclusive collection that takes inspiration from Elsesser’s low-key style, one that’s high on comfort yet big on glam. Just in time for the warmer season, the collection features knitted dresses with hoods, light dress-trouser combos and a noticeable lack of sleeves. It’s looking to be a slouchy summer.

Ganni and Paloma Elsesser’s collab collection will range in prices from £145 – 325, and will be available on gan​ni​.com, as well as select stores across the EU and US, from 17th April.

Simone Rocha collaborates with Crocs

When it comes to Crocs, the possibilities are endless. We’ve seen em in animal prints, studded with badges, hiked up on platforms and, now, given a touch of romance courtesy of Simone Rocha. First shown during the Irish designer’s SS24 show in September, the collaboration comes in three distinct silhouettes: a reimagining of the Crocs Siren Clog, the Classic Clog and the Quick Trail. Then, time to wave the magic wand for a touch of Rocha’s signature pearls, crystals and jet beading, transforming the humble Croc into something pretty spectacular. A glass slipper for the modern age.

Shop Simone Rocha’s revamped Crocs here

The British Fashion Council's got a plan for LFW

After 40 years of London Fashion Week, the British Fashion Council is looking to shake things up. From 7th June, the BFC has announced a programme that will kick off at the ICA. Here, an exhibition and panel talks will accompany three specially curated events based on Black culture and self-love, South Asian culture and its influence in textiles, patterns and craftsmanship, and queer culture, spotlighting voices from the trans community. Plus, there’ll be a retrospective installation looking back at the impact of LFW over the years. To finish: a 40 for 40” schedule, which will see 40 activations, including catwalk shows, presentations and events, from some of the UK’s biggest brands. It doesn’t end there, though – this looks to be an ongoing plan from the BFC. As Chief Executive Caroline Rush says, We will celebrate and pay homage to some of the cultures which contribute so much to the UK fashion industry, the aim is to build on this with different cultures each year.”

One for the diary: London Fashion Week is on from 7th-9th June.

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