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Fashion buzz: Gentle Monster unveils Kris Wu collab, Fendi’s California Sky collection launches today, and more

Fashion buzz: Gentle Monster unveils Kris Wu collab, Fendi’s California Sky collection launches today, and more

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Text: Joan Kong


On our list this week: New collabs, collections, and an exciting announcement to look forward to

Gentle Monster and Kris Wu’s ‘Gentle Wu’ collab is almost here

Two months after Gentle Monster launched its ‘Jentle Home’ collection in partnership with Blackpink's Jennie, the South Korean eyewear brand has tapped yet another style star for its next collab—Chinese-Canadian singer, rapper, actor (and former EXO member) Kris Wu. Dubbed the Gentle Wu collection, the eyewear comes in a range of designs, from the classic square to an über cool goggle-like style. Each pair comes with a chrome signature GW logo.

The collection will launch on its website on June 25.

Fendi’s California Sky collection launches today

After first partnering up for its pop-up cafe—the Peekaboo bar—at Harrods last year, Fendi has continued its collaboration with LA-based artist Joshua Vides for Pre-Fall 2020. The result: a collection that highlights its graphic marker aesthetic. Named the ‘California Sky’, the line-up consists of women’s, men’s, and kid’s ready-to-wear and accessories; and it includes pantsuits, bucket hats, sneakers, and bags that have been given the sketch treatment in black and white.

The collection will be available at Fendi’s Suria KLCC and Pavilion stores from June 25 onwards.

Kate Spade New York now offers home delivery

Kate Spade New York has announced that it’ll be providing complimentary home delivery on all purchases (with no minimum spend) for select stores in Malaysia. The process is simple: Shop via the brand’s e-catalogue, contact its store staff via text or email ([email protected]) to order, and proceed with payment. All that’s left is to wait for your new goods to arrive!

Willow Smith is Onitsuka Tiger’s new brand ambassador

Less than a year after Will Smith collaborated with Onitsuka Tiger on a short film, his daughter, Willow Smith has been tapped as the new face of the brand. “Willow Smith is a woman blessed with universal humanism and excellent creativity, going beyond the limits of Generation Z or Millennials. In 2020 when we will enter into a brave new era for humans, we feel a strong affinity and joy as a brand for the fact that we can collaborate with someone who has both a unique perspective on society and intelligence and share messages globally,” said the brand’s Communication team.

As for Willow, she said, “I immediately connected with Onitsuka Tiger’s vision for their new campaign. I loved that we were able to align both of our energies and create something that promotes a positive existence in this world. I’m excited for the future of the brand." In the first campaign images unveiled by Onitsuka Tiger, the 19-year-old can be seen sporting the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2020 collection that merges pop art, fashion, and sportswear.

Emma Watson joins board of French luxury fashion giant Kering

Well-known for her advocacy for sustainability, Emma Watson has added a new job to her résumé—she’s now a board member of the Kering group which owns luxury brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Bottega Veneta. In a presentation of its annual general meeting, the company said that “Watson will bring to the Board her commitment to sustainable development and women’s issues.” The move is undoubtedly a strategic one, as it promised to reduce its environmental footprint by 40 per cent in its 2025 sustainability strategy.

Khoon Hooi launches lifestyle collection

Local designer label Khoon Hooi has launched a lifestyle collection in light of “the current state of the world”. In a statement released by the brand, it says: “Over the last couple of months, we have all been forced to stop and pause, and re-evaluate the way we live. With everything that has happened, it’s never been more important to focus on the comfort of your personal space. It was with this in mind that the Lifestyle capsule came into being.”

Whether you’re a fan of the brand or not, you’ll definitely be able to appreciate its offerings so far, which include luxurious loungewear—in the form of silk pyjamas, maxi dresses, robes, and kaftans—face masks, scrunchies, tote bags and more. The bags, in particular, are made from up-cycled fabrics from its previous collections.

Shop the Khoon Hooi lifestyle capsule collection on its website.

Read last week's Fashion Buzz here.

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