Ten Craves: Balenciaga’s Pride Celebration, Cartier Beautés du Monde and More!
Ten Craves is our online series that rounds up all the best product launches and must-know fashion happenings week in, week out.
Summer is pretty much upon us so say goodbye to eight-hour days, demure hues and the seasonal blues and say hello to crazy collaborations, beachy capsules and pop-ups for the dog days. From high jewellery, floral dresses, fluffy sandals and Pride celebrations – in this week’s Ten Craves, we are all about bringing the heat.
Cartier presents Beautés du Monde
The pinnacle luxury haven of gemstones and precious metals, Cartier, has just launched a high jewellery collection and we’re drooling over it. Recognizing the beauty of the world wherever it may be, the collection, dubbed Beautés du Monde, illustrates Cartier’s ability to both admire and enhance beauty through design specificities such as tension of lines, geometry, abstraction and the interplay of stone. Akin to sculpture, the fine jewellery on offer amplifies the elements of nature with unique blossoming roses and glistening oceanic pieces. What’s more, Cartier has created an additional three-set jewellry edit that, in keeping with the Cartier tradition of modular pieces, boasts a necklace that can be transformed into two bracelets or a choker, a series of earrings and more. To shop Cartier Beautés du Monde click here.
Photography courtesy of Cartier
Stüssy links up with Tekla for Series 2
Stüssy and Tekla’s ongoing partnership shows no signs of slowing down as the duo reveals its sophomore venture. Taking cues from simple, refined essentials to take you from bed to the beach and back again, the link-up carries forward the nomadic spirit of last year’s partnership reigniting an old flame. Captured by two seperate photographers, Sirui Ma and Stefan Armbruster, the range sees transcendent sleepwear and bedding in understated hand-drawn stripes and with jacquard swirl borders. A striped logo beach blanket envelopes the collection in vibrant hues of Egyptian blue and cream, while hand, bath and beach towels alongside bermuda shorts and button-up tees add a touch of black and white. Stüssy x Tekla is available exclusively at stüssy.co.uk, at selected Stüssy Chapter stores, and select Dover Street Market locations. Shop here.
Photography by Sirui Ma and Stefan Armbruster
Crocs launches its Classic Cozzzy Sandal
Calling all the cool kids! Brought to you by the world’s favourite chintzy footwear brand, Crocs, the all-new unisex Cozzzy sandal is a plush and playful slip-on for all kinds of fun in the sun this summer. Featuring a soft fuzzy liner and heightened outsoles with Crocs trademark closed-cell resin Croslite, like the yeti-boots of summer, these trendy shoes would suit any hot child in the city. Available in five kaleidoscopic colours, each model has seven classic Crocs holes so it’s any Jibbitz charm-obsessed art kid’s personalization dream. With social media megastars and Crocs ambassadors, Bella Poarch and Bretman Rock taking centre stage for the campaign, it’s time for furry feet – but make it fashion. The all-new unisex Cozzzy sandal is available for purchase now. Shop here.
Photography courtesy of Crocs
Cecilie Bahnsen gets uber-feminine for Encore 14
Submerged in sensuality, Cecilie Bahnsen has just launched a limited edition edit of three precious upcycled garments that give life to deadstock fabrics. Called Encore 14, the designer’s intricate couture-like workmanship appears in the ultra-feminine silhouettes and pale-pink palette as well as the quilted-organza frocks and serene, lightweight dresses crafted from smocked or flower appliquéd organza.
Keeping every scrap from her own studio – from the luscious linings to the culminating ribbons and bows – Bahnsen sees the collection as a further step in the right direction toward integrity and environmental consciousness. Shop now.
Photography courtesy of Cecilie Bahnsen
Adidas x Gucci hosts a series of pop-ups
From a mutual fixation on stripes, Gucci has tapped into Adidas and the result is an unconventional streetwear edit worth splurging on. But with the brand new series of ephemeral pop-ups to celebrate the crossover that Adidas x Gucci has just announced – there’s no doubt it’ll be an edit you have to scramble to get your hands on.
Gucci’s unconventional approach to luxury fashion is discernible in the kaleidoscopic retro aesthetics while Adidas sports-inspired savoir-faire shines through. Including Gucci’s own take on the famous Adidas Gazelle sneaker, the collection on offer was anticipated by the first Adidas x Gucci lookbook.
Presently on debut at Selfridges flagship store in London, the space – while defined by a perimeter of illuminated pointed arches juxtaposed with vintage-inspired furniture – is dedicated and immersive, providing a captivating shopping experience. Get moving!
Photography courtesy of Gucci
Balenciaga celebrates Pride in 2022
Pride month is upon us and according to Balenciaga, anybody is queer. But what does that mean, really? Its message is one of diversity and inclusivity, proving that there is not a typical look for someone who falls into the categories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or queer. Through a series of photos and videos lensed by Patrick Welde, a diverse cast decked out in skin-tight tops, baggy hoodies, graphic tees, caps, scarves, socks and graphic jewellery inspired by gendered symbols made manifest by a skirt and pants – all of which of course suit Balenciaga’s quintessential silhouette.
While in some places a chart of international inclusivity flags are featured, there are also exclusive iterations of the Pool Slide, the Track Sneaker and some gym shorts. Each has rainbow colour accents which function as a visual aid to Balenciaga’s history of promoting LGBTQIA+ visibility and acceptance. Plus, 15% of profits from the offering will be donated to Outright Action International, a critical LGBTQIA+ advocate organisation — the only of its kind with consultative status and a permanent presence at the United Nations Headquarters.
MatchesFashion unveils an exclusive capsule collection with Gabriela Hearst
Florals for spring? Groundbreaking. According to London-based eponymous label Gabriela Hearst’s exclusive capsule collection with MatchesFashion florals really are on the up and up. In fact, the collection came about with Hearst’s personal botanical studies in mind and in particular her wild Ceanothus – a beautiful blue flowering shrub – which weaves its way into embroidery and comes printed all over the delicate sundresses on offer. Taking inspiration from Hildegard of Bingen the capsule is also made from 80% sustainable materials in a myriad of sunny colours from reds and oranges to pale blues and oatmeal hues. A part of the +45 exclusive vacation capsules launched in celebration of MatchesFashion’s Grand Tour Italy Part II running through Rome, Florence, Naples and Ischia, it really is the closest thing to sartorial heaven. Available exclusively at matchesfashion.com. Shop now.
Photography by Leonardo Veloce
Browns Focus is back for Series Two
We all know that sequels tend to outshine the original, and the revival of Browns Focus for Series Two is by no means an exception. Initially set in motion in 97’, Browns Focus was an incubator for new talent around the world, championing now-acclaimed labels such as Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha and Hussein Chalayan. Last year the initiative was reborn, but this season the edifying programme supports emerging, innovative BIPOC creatives.
What’s more, cemented through upfront payments for young talent, mentorship schemes and ongoing partnerships with the BFC, the project celebrates and supports the values and ambitions of R.O.T.A (Representation On The Agenda) via a pragmatic partnership with HOME, a multifunctional creative space by Ronan Mckenzie. Browns Focus is available online at brownsfashion.com and instore at Browns East. Shop the full edit here.
Photography courtesy of Browns
Otiumberg and Hunza G are off to the beach
Cult British brands Otiumberg and Hunza G have joined forces this summer for a hand-crafted jewellery capsule collection and the three sets of earrings on offer are the perfect companions for beach-bumming. All in recycled sterling silver and gold vermeil, the limited-edition edit began with a still image of the sea – each golden curve of the accessories informed by the soft flow of the glistening ocean.
Brought about by a shared belief in responsible craft and seasonless innovation, the pair set off on a mission to make the ultimate gold hoops and oh did they ever get it right. The Otiumberg and Hunza G link-up is available exclusively at otiumberg.com. Shop now.
Photography courtesy of Otiumberg
Dior presents Print High Jewellery
Dior Print High Jewellery has landed and it’s all the eccentric opulence we could ever want and more. At 137 virtuoso pieces strong, the couture-inspired collection is just as dazzling as it is unexpected. Playing with pink, violet and blue sapphires, white and yellow diamonds, mauve amethysts, spinels, rubies and cushion-cut gems, there’s a whole host of accessories on offer from rings, earring, gold-braided and ribbon necklaces, to cufflinks and even an eye-catching secret watch.
Having long wished to “draw prints on jewellery,” French jeweller Victoire de Castellane brings the idea to life carrying forward her exploration in Lace for Dior Dior Dior in 2018, textile dye effects in Tie & Dior in 2020 and braids in Galons Dior in January 2022. Transposing two-dimensional liberty prints, checks, stripes, florals and tie-dye colour gradations onto three-dimensional parures, this whimsical concept suggests a specialised sort of savoir-faire, for gems of character for a collection with an outsized personality.
Photography courtesy of Dior
Margaret Qualley fronts the Chanel Coco Beach Collection Campaign for 2022
At the precipice of luxury, Chanel is devoted to pure leisure, incarnating the joys of summer in every sophisticated design. That’s why with its Chanel Coco Beach collection for 2022, the Paresian house stays true to Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel’s love of the sea, the sun and the great outdoors.
With Once Upon A Time in Hollywood actress Margaret Qualley at the helm, a film and a series of dreamy images carry the campaign across the water, rocks and sunlight of the Mediterranean sea. Embodying an art de vivre, a delicate ecru top with flounces, a one-piece swimsuit laced up with pearls, a big black satin bag, black cycling shorts, a simple bikini top, an elegant checked dress in two-tone black and white enriched with pink and coral – also available as a shirt-jacket and a wrap-skirt ensemble – are the summer essentials set to fly off the shelves. Plus, fluid tweed trousers are revisited in a lightweight textile that could almost be terry towelling.
The Chanel Coco Beach 2022 collection is available for purchase in select Chanel boutiques. Show now.
Photography by Lachlan Bailey
Christian Louboutin and Idris and Sabrina Elba launch Chapter II of Walk a Mile in My Shoes
If you’re not obsessed with Idris and Sabrina Elba what are you even doing? The pair are a transcendent, which is why we are so elated about the second instalment to a collaborative dyad of capsule collections where Christian Louboutin links up with the iconic power couple for Walk a Mile in My Shoes. Inspired by their friendship, Chapter two is a magnetic invitation to celebrate hope, empathy, diversity and to support education, creative arts, and empower global youths by donating 100% of proceeds from the sales to six charities. In honour of the trio’s own heritage as well as African culture, souvenirs of Africa such as the Protea flower (Somalia), the Cotton tree (Sierra Leone) and the Desert Rose (Ghana) are apparent in the floral footwear and summery handbags on offer. Shop the collection here.
Polo Ralph Lauren is the official outfitter of Wimbledon 2022
Rounding off its 17th-anniversary celebrations as the Official Outfitter of The Championships, Wimbledon, in partnership with The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Polo Ralph Lauren unites its signature craftsmanship with sportswear constructed for optimal performance. Focussing on stretch, comfort, breathability, moisture-wicking properties, temperature control and UV protection, the heritage house turns to recycled materials, such as recycled COOLMAX® fibres, in a bid to prove its commitment to responsible design principles and contributing to positive social and environmental change.
Inspired by the elevated sense of style that spectators bring to The Championships, the collection unites the dress codes of all Wimbledon on-court officials including chair umpires, line umpires, ball boys and girls, combining the heritage of the brand with modern fabrications and silhouettes.
This summer, female owned and operated labels, Flower by Edie Parker and LA-based brand Ian Charms, have uncovered an extraordinary synergy. Both loved by the likes of instrumental tastemakers like Pete Davidson, Kacey Musgraves, Kendall Jenner and the Biebers – to name a few – the cult-favourite brands have joined forces for a playful collection of necklaces that double as smoking pipes.
All in eye-popping colours, the whimsical collection reimagines Edie Parker’s oversized Heart Hitters necklaces, which are essentially ‘pendants for pot’ – we’re talking beads and buds!
With Ian Charm’s signature handmade technicolour beaded chain dressing up the Flower best seller, it’s time to make some hazy summer memories. So if you’re over stateside (in a weed-legal state) you’ll want to cop this trinket before it sells out. Enjoy responsibly – but do it in style with Ian Charms x Flower by Edie Parker. The One-Hitter Heart necklaces are available exclusively via edieparkerflower.com and iancharms.com. Shop now.