Goodbye, February! As the fastest month in history comes to a close, and we are right in the middle of Fall Winter 2022 shows, we are rounding up the week that has been. In this weeks news, we have international announcements from Valentino and TAG Heuer, our neighbours in Aotearoa at Maggie Marilyn are ramping up their sustainability efforts and more, in our favourite fashion moments this week, below.
Valentino releases SS22 One Stud bag
Alongside their complete SS22 offering, Valentino have released their latest bag offering, the One Stud bag. First unveiled in the brands SS22 show, the One Stud bag offers a quintessential brand staple to an everyday wardrobe. An updated offering to the iconic Stud bag, the latest addition to the brands accessory offering features a magnet closure, reverse stitching, soft nappa leather, and Valentino's signature petit chain.
TAG Heuer announces Wi, Ha Jun as new brand ambassador
Luxury Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer has announced Squid Game's Wi, Ha Jun as the brands newest ambassador in Korea. “I dreamt big since I was a child to become an entertainer and to overcome boundaries and come as far as I did. Partnering with TAG Heuer now is a great timely achievement for me and yet another affirmation to don’t crack under pressure and go for what you dream for.” Wi, Ha Jun said in a statement.
“Wi, Ha Jun is an unstoppable, avant-garde spirit who we are thrilled to welcome as part of the TAG Heuer family in Korea – one of the very important and growing markets for our brand. A rising star even beyond his home borders, he is the perfect embodiment of the elegance and passion for action spirit of our Connected watch” says TAG Heuer CEO Frédéric Arnault.
Maggie Marilyn introduces Restore program
In line with Maggie Marilyn's continued efforts to reduce their footprint, the brand has launched Somewhere Restore, an initiative that sees brand new, never worn Somewhere garments crafted out of fabric that has been deemed "unusable" due to minor imperfections, reduced in price and restored to endure, as opposed to being incinerated or dumped. Every garment’s imperfection has been concealed by one of Maggie Marilyn’s signature heart motifs, meaning that no two items are alike - playfully reimagined with love and purpose.
“Since launching Somewhere at the end of 2019, I’ve been sitting on an idea for how to make the most of every single Somewhere piece, including those that encounter a mistake during the production process, to ensure no Maggie Marilyn garment ends up in landfill. Almost three years later, I’m so delighted to bring these special items to market,” says Maggie Hewitt. “It’s kind of like giving Somewhere a second life. Except, really, this is just the beginning.”
Joslin launches Ophelia
Local label Joslin launches their new SS22 collection, Ophelia. Inspired by a tree-top escapade to the Dandenong Ranges, east of Melbourne, in 2021. The brand offers a new campaign, lensed by Ivana Martyn-Zyznikow, featuring rising First Nations model, Emily Stenberg. “Miles away from Melbourne’s heartbeat, surrounded by absolute tranquillity, I discovered a sanctuary to revisit the label’s poetic aesthetic and breathe new life into it. The new collection epitomises freedom and celebrates the Summer season with versatile pieces - it’s about laidback glamour that can move effortlessly from day into night”, says Joslin's founding designer, Elinor McInnes.
Bottega Veneta opens the door to creativity
Bottega Veneta offers a new platform utilising the signature Bottega Veneta parakeet green and transforming it into a ‘green screen’, the Bottega Veneta platform features augmented reality. Serving as a doorway into the world of the brand, the new creation is revealed in the run-up to creative director Matthieu Blazy’s debut collection and show, appearing wherever
green may be. For example, the colour can be found in outdoor advertising, such as on bus shelters throughout Milan, as well as just being come across casually in already existing contexts. Just download the app on your phone, point in the direction of Bottega green, and a virtual world will unfurl.
Updated regularly with new content, features and functionalities, the creative platform also incorporates more utilitarian aspects, such as the presentation of live fashion shows, the first being Matthieu Blazy’s foundation collection. The show will be streamed live from Milan on Saturday 26th February, 8pm CET.
Dior celebrates the savoir-faire of the Tribales earrings
The iconic Dior Tribales earrings have been reinvented this season with versions in see-through shades of blue, orange, yellow or pink. The fruit of a unique craftsmanship, these creations are fashioned from a transparent resin made in Florence, Italy.
The bold accessories are punctuated with the initials “CD”, in the form of a delicate extruded signature, or as a precious pendant. Irresistibly mix-and-match objects of desire, they can be worn alone or in pairs.