Fashion buzz: A first look at G-Dragon’s next Nike sneakers, Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami collab for Uniqlo drops online today, and more

Fashion buzz: A first look at G-Dragon’s next Nike sneakers, Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami collab for Uniqlo drops online today, and more

Back to business

Text: Joan Kong

From new collabs to new appointments, here’s how fashion is slowly returning to normalcy

G-Dragon’s next PEACEMINUSONE x Nike sneakers, revealed

5 months after G-Dragon’s PEACEMINUSONE label unveiled its first collaboration with Nike, the duo is rumoured to be back again with a new iteration of the Air Force 1 kicks, as renowned sneaker insider @py_rates_ posted a new “Para-Noise” design on Instagram. According to the image, the shoes will be in inverted colours from the previous collection, with white paint strokes at the midsole. The limited-edition line is expected to be released end of the year.

Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami for Uniqlo drops online today

Want a piece of Billie Eilish and Takashi Murakami's magic? The news of the collaboration was revealed less than two weeks ago, and now, you can shop them exclusively on Uniqlo’s website. The UT collection—available for men, women, and kids—features T-shirts in eye-catching graphics that’s a combination of Billie’s Blohsh symbol and Takashi’s iconic flower motifs, one with a UT-original Billie Eilish logo, one with a collage of her photos, and more. This marks the duo’s second partnership, as the pop star and contemporary artist previously worked on the music video for Billie’s song, You Should See Me in a Crown.

The Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami for UT collection is available online on May 25, and in-stores on May 29.

Swarovski appoints new creative director

For the first time in 125 years, Swarovski is appointing its first company-wide creative director, and it’s none other than Italian fashion heavyweight Giovanna Bataglia Engelbert. She’ll be overseeing the full creative direction across all divisions moving forward, and her first designs will be unveiled in the brand’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection. According to a release by the brand, Giovanna said, “For decades, Swarovski has been illuminating the world of fashion, design, entertainment, in general the whole creative industry. I am thrilled to be leading the creative vision of a cultural powerhouse like Swarovski in the future.” Aside from her role as a creative director for the brand, she also works as an editor and a fashion consultant.

Jacquemus’ latest campaign features the queen in his life

Simon Porte Jacquemus was one of the first few brands that have kick-started a virtual photoshoot during the lockdown period, and the latest star of the #JacquemusAtHome campaign? His very own grandmother, Liline. In the series of images posted on Instagram, his muse was spotted in the brand’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection, from a hot-pink pantsuit to a spaghetti-strap maxi dress, accessorised with Jacquemus’ signature straw hat and the micro Le Chiquito bags. Two words: Grandma goals!

Gucci is going seasonless

Saint Laurent previously announced that it’s pulling out of the fashion calendar this year, and now, Gucci has revealed that it’ll be going seasonless, showing only two collections per year. In a diary entry posted on Gucci’s Instagram, creative director Alessandro Michele writes, “I will abandon the worn-out ritual of seasonalities and shows to regain a new cadence, closer to my expressive call. We will meet just twice a year to share the chapters of a new story. Irregular, joyful and absolutely free chapters, which will be written blending rules and genres, feeding on new spaces, linguistic codes and communication platforms.” Will more fashion houses follow suit? Stay tuned to find out.

Dior’s Designer of Dreams exhibition lands in Shanghai

Fashion buzz: A first look at G-Dragon’s next Nike sneakers, Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami collab for Uniqlo drops online today, and more (фото 11)

Dior’s “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” exhibition is one of the most successful fashion retrospectives of all time—there’s no doubt about that. And now, after making stops at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the exhibition will (finally) make its way to Asia, as it’s scheduled to run at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai from July 28 to October 4. According to WWD, the retrospective will showcase over 250 haute couture dresses, illustrations by late famed artists René Gruau and Christian Bérard, as well as “works by leading Chinese artists to highlight the historic bonds between Dior and China.”

Catch up on last week's fashion buzz here.