When it comes to end-of-year festivities, we all just want to find the perfect mix of glamour and comfort in our lives. And that's exactly what we've got covered in this week's roundup of fashion moments and news – from SKIMS x Swarovski's latest glittering shapewear collection and Lululemon's new ultra-soft conforming bodywear to Sarah & Sebastian and Kowtow's newest, elevated retail experiences in Sydney and Melbourne.
Below, we've rounded up the best in fashion that you might have missed this week...
Louis Vuitton returns to Italy's Isola Bella for its Cruise 24 campaign starring Emma Laird
Louis Vuitton has released its Cruise 24 campaign imagery featuring British actress and model Emma Laird. Through the lens of photographer Jamie Hakesworth, Laird can be seen in the Maison's latest collection, backdropped against the ornate baroque architecture of Isola Bella in Italy's northern region. The campaign is a first for the actress, who is joined by models Mica Arganaraz, Valentina Castro, Ida Heiner and Chu Wong, each embodying the fantastical spirit of the collection and island.
You can shop Louis Vuitton's Cruise 24 collection online and in stores now.
Sarah & Sebastian appoint new 'Head of Ear Alchemy'
Photography: Tom Ferguson
Expanding on their highly acclaimed 'Ear Alchemy' experience, jewellers Sarah & Sebastian have proudly announced the appointment of Tamila Purvis as their new 'Head of Ear Alchemy'. Since 2021, the brand's vision has been to redefine the piercing landscape and establish a new industry standard through transforming the bland and conventional piercing experience into a more personalised and luxurious journey.
To coincide, the brand have just opened their fifth Piercing Lab downstairs at The Strand Arcade in Sydney. Here, Sarah & Sebastian will be offering bespoke engagement consultations in an intimate engagement suite, and one of their Diamond Specialists in-store can take you through the brand's design ethos, quality parameters and signature offerings according to your requirements.
You can visit Sarah & Sebastian's website for more information on their piercing services.
Balenciaga appoint Michelle Yeoh as newest ambassador, launch ‘Balenciaga It's Different' campaign
Oscar-winner Michelle Yeoh has joined ranks as Balenciaga's newest ambassador this week, an announcement that comes off the back of Yeoh's longstanding relationship with the House, and will see her represent the label at key events and in campaign imagery. Balenciaga's have also launched their latest campaign entitled 'Balenciaga It's Different'. Distinct from seasons, and intended to mirror the House's new social media approach, the new campaign format celebrates the essence and iconic silhouettes of Balenciaga designs.
You can see more of the campaign on Balenciaga's website.
Louboutin Bar and Spring Summer 24 Collection preview
Louboutin hosted a pop-up 'Louboutin Bar' event at their Sydney store this week, adorned with the iconic Christian Louboutin red and offering a curated menu of handcrafted cocktails, monogrammed coffee and bar snacks, each inspired by the French Maison's playful and charming essence.
The event coincides with the launch of the House's Spring Summer 24 collection, which is now available to shop in stores and on the Louboutin website.
Swarovski release capsule collection with SKIMS
Crystal connoisseurs Swarovski have released a one-of-a-kind collaboration with Kim Kardashian's loungewear brand SKIMS in a shimmering array of ready-to-wear styles and accessories. The collection will be dropping exclusively into Swarovski's Westfield Sydney Store – the only store across Australia and New Zealand that will stock the collection. The pieces can otherwise be purchased online via the SKIMS website.
Rosie Huntington-Whitely stars in Valentino's Spring 24 collection
Valentino's latest digital campaign was released this week, shot by renowned photographer Thoe Wagner and starring British supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whitely. Shot within the walls of Place Vendôme, the historical headquarters of the Maison, Huntington-Whitley is the epitome of effortless glamour, perfectly delivering sophisticated festive dressing.
Shop the full collection now on Valentino's website.
Kowtow open their first Australian flagship store in Melbourne
New Zealand's own Kowtow have found a home for their first Australian flagship boutique on Melbourne's historic Gertrude Street. Situated over two floors of a mid-Nineteenth Century commercial building, the space was designed with longevity and a light-touch environmental impact in mind– interior architect Rufus Knight utilising locally sourced, recycled timbers and natural fibres to create warmth and spotlight their proclivity for natural materials.
You can find more information about their new flagship destination on the Kowtow website.
Lululemon launch new Wundermost collection and campaign
Canadian activewear juggernauts Lululemon's latest collection and campaign circles on a suite of ultra-soft Nulu bodywear that moulds to the body – no shaping or compression. The collection is rounded out in nine silhouettes that come in fourteen different colourways, each intended to fit the body as it is.
You can shop the full Wundermost collection in stores or on the Lululemon website.
Champion launch Fast Food Collection
Activewear and streetwear brand Champion have launched their Fast Food Collection in time for the holiday season – each piece served up in a pizza box, ready to be the most camp and kitch present under the tree this year. The collection is available in a range of designs and genderless sizes – with socks to match.
Champion’s Fast Food Collection is available to purchase now on their website.