The Big D: Diesel drops its Durex collaboration

Fashion news of the week: plus! Bottega Veneta’s Kate Moss fanzine, Sage Flowers’ new book, Flannels’ exhibition with Corbin Shaw and brand-new Pleasing.

Diesel drops the Big D

In February, Diesel won Milan Fashion Week after making 200,000 condoms the centrepiece of its sexy, turbo-charged AW23 show. It was all part of a collaboration with Durex, which was officially unveiled today, complete with capsule collection that includes a T‑shirt, a hoodie and a baseball cap, all splashed with the brand’s new wink-nudge slogan For Sucsexful Living”. While Diesel’s certainly got the horn, the collab is about way more than shagging: it’s a celebration of freedom, choice, sex positivity and human rights. Get into it.

Diesel x Durex is available at diesel​.com

Sage, flowers and the Art of Starting

Since setting up shop in 2018, Sage Flowers’ floral arrangements have changed the game, taking floristry from old and stuffy to cool and contemporary. Its founders, Romy and Iona, have a real eye for design, so much so that they’ve worked with brands such as Prada, Miu Miu and Fenty, to name a few. Clearly, they know a thing or two about launching a successful business and it’s all detailed in their very first book, The Art of Starting. With contributions from industry insiders such as DJ and producer Benji B, artist Suzannah Pettigrew and creative director Ollie Olanipekun, who all give their advice on starting from the ground up, think of it as a start-up handbook.

The Art of Starting is available for £16.99 at sage​flow​ers​.co​.uk

Bottega Veneta feeds the Kate Moss fandom

Like most of us, Bottega Veneta’s Matthieu Blazy is a big fan of Kate Moss – so much so that he’s dedicated an entire fanzine to the supermodel, as part of the house’s Summer 23 book collection. Kate Moss was my first Google search. She’s the first photo to be printed on the family printer,” Blazy writes in the opening page. A tribute to Moss, the zine features page after page of golden-era Kate: her most memorable runway moments, the Calvin Klein ad that shot her to superstardom, Vogue covers and candid 90s pap shots. It also follows Moss’ close relationship with Blazy and Bottega, which most recently resulted in her walking in the brand’s SS23 show in a look loosely inspired by her casual 90s style: a checked shirt, jeans and a white T‑shirt (shirt and jeans made out of leather, of course).

Bottega Veneta’s fanzine is free and available in-store.

Flannels launches its first-ever exhibition

As part of Flannels’ mega Youth-Phoria takeover, which includes events, collaborations and the unveiling of its creative council, the brand is about to launch its first-ever exhibition. Hosted in the basement of the brand’s flagship store on Oxford Street, the whole thing comes courtesy of artist Corbin Shaw and Elgar Johnson’s sports-style magazine CircleZeroEight. Titled For The Love Of The Lads, the work will explore perceptions of masculinity in the UK today – something Sheffield-born Shaw has often tackled head-on in his pieces. Alongside new imagery and a film, Shaw’s also made his signature flags that have phrases such as Every man has a soul”, in collaboration with the school children of Aylesbury Grammar, who were asked to portray their idea of masculinity.

For The Love Of The Lads will be on display 3rd and 4th May in Flannels, Oxford Street.

Pleasing’s Pollinators

To welcome summer with open arms, Harry Styles’ Pleasing has released a new range of biodegradable polishes and have restocked the brand’s hoodie and T‑shirt that previously sold out in a flash. Inspired by the rolling hills of Hampstead Heath, where the grass really is greener, the Pollinators collection brings five lush new shades to the table: super fresh white, coral, grass green and a punchy cobalt blue.

The Pollinators Set, T‑shirt and hoodie is available at pleas​ing​.com

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