Fashion buzz: Peek at Taylor Swift and Stella McCartney’s fashion collab, Polo Ralph Lauren creates sustainable uniforms for the U.S. Open, and more


By Stephanie Boey

Fashion buzz: Peek at Taylor Swift and Stella McCartney’s fashion collab, Polo Ralph Lauren creates sustainable uniforms for the U.S. Open, and more

First peek at Taylor Swift and Stella McCartney’s fashion collab

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After teasing Swifties and fashion fans with a collaboration in June, the pair have finally released the lookbook to the collection. The exclusive merchandise to Taylor’s latest album, Lover, sees a range of apparel from t-shirts, sweaters, hoodies, bombers to accessories like caps and tote bags. In line with the pastel album art, the collection is decorated in soft dreamy hues and lyrics from her latest songs. Taylor’s beloved cat Benjamin Button makes an appearance, too!

Halsey is the face of DKNY’s 30th anniversary campaign

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The upcoming Autumn/Winter 2019 season marks DKNY‘s 30th birthday, and to commemorate the joyous occasion, the label calls on fellow New York native, Halsey. Both born and bred in the Big Apple, they share the same ethos of irreverence and being unapologetically themselves. In a statement released by the brand, the artist reveals, “DKNY is the spirit of New York. It’s diversity and drive. It’s hard work and a pinch of destiny. They say if a bee strays too far from its hive, it will die. DKNY keeps my home in my heart, and the magic in my mind. It’s an honour to be a part of their 30th birthday”.

Tommy Hilfiger incorporates deadstock materials into their Autumn/Winter 2019 denim collection

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After releasing a collection of “100% recycled denim products” for Spring/Summer 2019, Tommy Jeans continues to work towards closing the loop by repurposing unused materials into their latest offering. The jeans are claimed to be made from at least 90% deadstock fabric, trims, rivets and labelling from previous seasons, and has been upcycled to form a range of silhouettes from slim tapered jeans, to high waisted cuts, and even denim skirts. Studies show that denim is one of the most resource consuming fashion products. It is said that it takes 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to produce a single pair. Add the dyeing and finishing processes, and the figure grows to an alarming number. The good news is that jeans are sturdy and with the proper TLC, can survive for years. Treat your existing pairs well and you won’t have to replace them every so often.

Halycon Days opens their first official store in Pavilion KL

The British heritage brand has selected Kuala Lumpur as the location of their first franchise store. Known for their antique and enamel homeware goods, Halcyon Days (which means happy and peaceful days in Old English) has extended their products into jewellery since 2012. The glass box of a store on the third floor of Pavilion KL was designed to resemble a jewellery box; and rightfully so with their glittering trinkets within. Each item is handmade by artisans in England and their wide range of bracelets, cuffs and bangles will surely catch your fancy with its 18K gold finish.

Polo Ralph Lauren is creating sustainably made uniforms for US Open 2019

Proudly American, the stateside brand is the official outfitter for the yearly tennis tournament since 2005. This year, according to WWD, the ball person uniforms is said to have been made from recycled plastic, which goes in line with their push towards sustainability and their commitment of using 170 million plastic bottles into their products and packaging by 2025. The US Open Ball Person’s uniform will consist of a Polo shirt, short and skort are woven from yarn derived from seven recycled plastic bottles, and is said to hold additional performance features such as stretch and moisture-wicking properties.

Corporate rivals band together and commit to sustainability by signing the “Fashion Pact”

With the current social and environmental climate, fashion companies have signed on an agreement to tackle the industry’s environment impact. Some of the commitments include eliminating single-use plastics, using renewable energy and promoting sustainable agricultural practices. Lead by Kering chairman and chief executive officer, Francois-Henri Pinault, the “Fashion Pact” was a prompted request by French President Emmanuel Macron as well as the continuing pressure by consumers for brands to be sustainable. Henri-Pinault will present the pact at the Group of Seven summit to world leaders. Currently there are 32 company signatories which in total, control about 150 fashion brands which include luxury brands such as Burberry, Chanel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Hermès, Prada as well as H&M, Adidas, Nike and Puma.

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