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Fashion buzz: The Met Gala is back, Boss teams up with Russell Athletic, and more

Fashion buzz: The Met Gala is back, Boss teams up with Russell Athletic, and more

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Text: Joan Kong


Read up on all the collab launches and the latest industry updates

Met Gala 2021 is happening

Fashion fans, rejoice! The industry’s biggest night is back this year, but don’t mark your calendar for the first Monday of May though—the gala will be taking place on September 13. The themes for the next two years have been set. Part One, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” will launch in 2021; and part two, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” will debut next year. The co-chairs have yet to be announced.

Andrew Bolton, The Met’s Costume Institute curator says: “Responding to this shift, Part One of the exhibition will establish a modern vocabulary of American fashion based on the expressive qualities of clothing as well as deeper associations with issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Part Two will further investigate the evolving language of American fashion through a series of collaborations with American film directors who will visualize the unfinished stories inherent in The Met’s period rooms.”

Boss teams up with Russell Athletic

What happens when you fuse Boss, a luxury brand that’s known for its casual tailoring, and Russell Athletics, a classic activewear brand together? Result: A young, fresh, and new collection that’s fit for the new generation. Combining the best of both worlds, the collaboration dug into both House’s archives to evoke a retro-inspired feel, but pieces-wise, they’re the perfect addition to one’s modern-day wardrobe. Case in point: The soft cotton blazers, the sweatshirts, the cosy knits, and the track shorts.

A month after its big event held in Gotham Hall, New York City, the collection has finally arrived in store, and Boss has converted the space into a basketball’s playground. The brand also worked with local mural artist Aries Kong (aka Jagung) on an exclusive 3D artwork at the Pavilion KL main entrance.

Shop the Boss x Russell Athletics collection here.

Longchamp collaborates with Emotionally Unavailable

Never one to shy away from collaborations, Longchamp has joined forces with Emotionally Unavailable (EU) for its next launch. Founded by Edison Chen and Kybum Lee, EU is a contemporary fashion label for the hopeless romantics, and it’s known for the text graphics and deep art messages.

Chen and Lee had their eyes set on a few of the French luxury brand’s iconic lines, and gave it a boxing-inspired twist. From the Le Pliage and the Le Pliage Cuir bags to the ready-to-wear separates, humorous tagline such as “Been a CHAMP a LONG time” and “Professional Heartbreaker” can be found emblazoned on them. And while boxing served as the main design inspo, the wider message is that we can all be champions in life.

“For me, in a collaboration, what is very important is to keep both identities. I think what is very successful in this collaboration, and in the products we made together, is that you can feel the authenticity and the know-how of Longchamp, and you can feel the energy and power of Emotionally Unavailable,” says Sophie Delafontaine in a statement.

The Longchamp x EU collection will launch online and in-store on Tuesday, April 27.

Take a virtual tour of the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo’s Silk Exhibition

Miss going to museums? Salvatore Ferragamo has introduced a virtual tour of its new Seta (Silk) exhibition, and you’ll be able to immerse yourself in all things silk, from the history to the Italian Maison’s designs through the decades. Although it first made a name for itself as a footwear brand, in the late ‘50s, the founder began producing silk scarves that celebrate the country’s “artistic and handcraft traditions”. The rest is history, and you can explore them from the comfort of your own couch.

The exhibition will be available until April 18, 2022. Join the tour here.

Kris Van Assche exits Berluti

Artistic director Kris Van Assche is exiting Berluti after three years with the brand. According to CEO Antoine Arnault, the decision was made in order to “let Berluti lead its own rhythm and give freedom to its presentation schedule”. He also thanks Van Assche, saying “he has brought his own vision to Berluti, particularly by integrating new codes into its signatures.”

The Belgian designer took to Instagram to announce his decision, stating that “reinventing and reshaping the brand’s DNA, its history and tradition, craft and luxury in a contemporary and creative manner was definitely a challenge, and all limitations and restrictions around COVID didn’t help.” He also revealed that while he’ll be finishing some remaining projects in the coming weeks, the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2021 ‘Living Apart Together’ collection, which was presented last week, will be his last.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Read the previous Fashion Buzz here.