There is plenty to celebrate in March. It’s Women’s History Month, we can soon swap our winter sweaters for spring dresses, and, most importantly, Bridgerton Season 2 is back on March 25. As you start prepping your wardrobe for the seasonal turnover (so long crusty snow boots!), you’re likely seeking out new pieces to add into your closet. And, all the major brands and retailers are taking note of this. The Marni x VEJA footwear collaboration, for example, is counting on your desire to shop for comfy, flat shoes by offering a cool, artsy sneaker. Meanwhile, Levi’s recent partnership with artist Gianni Lee offers fresh takes on your favorite denim jackets and jeans from the brand (the perfect winter-to-spring transitional staples, if you will).
Elsewhere, luxury retailers like Burberry opened a flagship store (in Paris) to remind everyone that shopping in-person is infinitely more fun since you can interact with the products. This train of thought also explains Bloomingdale’s Bridgerton pop-up in its New York City store. Fans of the show can drop by to shop, eat, and admire several original costumes on display from the hit Netflix series.
Thus far, March’s fashion lineup is already proving to be eventful. Catch up on all the industry news, ahead, and stay tuned for more in-the-know tidbits, as this post will be updated with all the fresh fodder.
Maje Launches A Rental Program
If you want to refresh the items in your closet while being more purposeful in how you shop, take a look at Maje’s new clothing rental program. Dubbed Maje Forward, the subscription starts at $160 per month and shoppers can rent four items at a time from the brand. (You can also swap out items with no additional fee throughout the month.) If at the end of your rental period you find yourself unable to part with that tweedy blazer or classic blouse, you can either extend the rental period for an additional daily fee or purchase the piece at a discounted rate. This eco-friendly program will ensure you’re always dressed to impress without leaving a big environmental footprint.
Simon Miller Drops A New Capsule Collection
Simon Miller partnered with Melissa on a special footwear capsule collection, which combines the casual and colorful minimalism of the label with Melissa’s iconic technologies and joyful aesthetic. Fans of the brands will see that the Bubble Clog and Cloud Slides come in a vibrant, rich color scheme of a deep blue and a mustard yellow. Prices range from $129 for the slides to $219 for the clogs, and you can scoop up your favorite selection from simonmillerusa.com or shopmelissa.com.
Tom Ford On Its Plastic Innovation Prize
In a move towards sustainability in the fashion world, designer Tom Ford partnered with Dune Ives, CEO of Lonely Whale, on the Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize. According to a press statement from the brand, “the global competition focused on creating scalable and biologically degradable alternatives to thin-film plastic polybags ... Every year, an estimated 180 billion thin-film plastic polybags are used by the fashion industry. Thin-film plastic pollutes the ocean, making up an estimated 46% of the nearly 14 million metric tons of new plastic that enters the ocean annually.” The eight finalists, which you can read about on plasticprize.org, will now enter a year-long material testing phase where brands such as Nike, Stella McCartney, and J.Crew will use said materials in their packaging.
Recreational Habits Debuts Its Golf Capsule
If you need more proof that the golfcore fashion trend will replace tennis dressing this year, turn your attention to Recreational Habits. The label just launched its Golf Capsule for spring 2022, which includes pieces designed to be worn on the links or in the clubhouse. Signature items include the Driver Hoodie and Fairway Long-Sleeve Tee along with a reintroduction to the brand’s iconic styles like the Moose Jogger. You can also find tongue-in-chic golf phrases such as “see you on the green” and “two putt from anywhere,” printed on the pieces. Shop the entire drop now on recreationalhabits.com.
Giorgio Armani’s Flagship Store Reopens
Giorgio Armani celebrated the reopening of its flagship boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills over Oscars weekend. In honor of the opening, a private cocktail party was held, and hosted by Roberta Armani, in celebration of Nicole Kidman for her Oscars nomination. (Kidman, who received the Best Actress in a Leading Role nod for her role in Being the Ricardos ultimately lost out to fellow friend and actor Jessica Chastain, who took home the Oscar.) The store reopening drew in Hollywood’s top crowd including the likes of Tiffany Haddish, Barbara Palvin and Dylan Sprouse, and Miles Teller.
Telfar Partners With A Mystery Brand
Designer Telfar Clemens dropped a four-piece collection with a mystery brand on March 25. (Hence, the pixelated images and cryptic tweets from its social media account.) The convoluted messages didn’t deter fans from placing their pre-orders blind, however, as all four bag styles are now marked as sold out on the website.
& Other Stories Drops A Collection With MINJUKIM
On March 24, & Other Stories and MINJUKIM dropped their limited-edition collection of ready-to-wear and accessories. The collaboration features voluminous dreamy dresses and colorful printed sets that all touch on the whimsical and playful vibes inherent to the South Korean label. (Designer Minju Kim is based in Seoul and was the Season 1 winner of Netflix’s Next in Fashion.) You can shop the entire drop right now on stories.com.
Manolo Blahnik Collaborates With Birkenstock
Two of the most iconic brands on the market are partnering together to release new footwear: Manolo Blahnik and Birkenstock. The duo refreshed two Birkenstock styles — the Boston clog and Arizona slide — with Manolo Blahnik signatures: embellished crystals and the use of bold hues. The shoes will also come in an exclusive polka dot shoebox and dust bag, following traditional Manolo Blahnik design. You can shop the shoes on March 24 on birkenstock.com, manoloblahnik.com, and at select stores/retailers.
Tiffany & Co. Debuts Its HardWear Campaign
Tiffany & Co. tapped Blackpink’s Rosé for its latest Tiffany HardWear campaign, which was shot by photographer Mario Sorrenti in New York City. Through intimate portraits of the singer, the images showcase the luxury house’s finest diamond jewels. (Tiffany HardWear first debuted in 2017 and has since become one of its signature jewelry collections.) Here, Rosé debuts the label’s new necklace and bracelet that features striking links made of black titanium, 18k rose gold, and diamonds. The new pieces will launch in July.
Alo Launches Its Embody Collection
Alo released its new Embody Collection, which encompasses pieces that are made for moving in. Fans of the label will love the fresh styles such as the Airlift Intrigue Bra, High-Waist Airlift Short, and Airbrush Invisible String Thong. To celebrate the launch, Alo tapped a powerful group of individuals such as Olympic rhythmic gymnast and model Stasya Generalova and model Mia Kang to showcase the drop. You can shop the new collection on aloyoga.com.
Dior Reopens Its Flagship Store
The luxury fashion house has reopened its iconic global flagship store at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris. (For the fashion history buffs out there: Christian Dior first started creating his collections, over 70 years ago, at this address.) Architect Peter Marino lead the design for this project which features the women’s and men’s boutiques, an Haute Couture Salon, Haute Couture Atelier, High Jewelry Atelier, Dior Café and Restaurant lead by top Chef Jean Imbert, and a gallery. If you’re traveling to Paris this summer, make sure to add this place to your sightseeing list.
Fear Of God Releases Womenswear For The First Time
For Fear of God fans, the label just dropped its Fear of God ESSENTIALS spring ‘22 collection. The new lineup consists of men’s, kids, and the luxury house’s very first women’s specific offering. You can shop a cozy cable knit turtleneck sweater as well as rugby and polo shirts featuring the label’s new 1977 insignia. All the pieces are available for purchase on March 10 on fearofgod.com and at select retail partners worldwide on March 11.
CISE Launches A “Protect Black Women” Collection
For Women’s History Month, CISE released a “Protect Black Women” bag collection, which includes its mini style in vegan leather and vegan suede. In addition, customers can also purchase a “Protect Black Women” sweatsuit and a “Protect Black Women” tote bag. This statement comes on the heels of its popular “Protect Black People” bags, which has been spotted on the likes of Lizzo.
Bloomingdale’s Hosts A Bridgerton Pop-Up
Ahead of Bridgerton’s Season 2 release, Bloomingdale’s is hosting a pop-up shop dedicated to the show in its flagship store in New York City. While the store windows will showcase one-of-a-kind original costumes from the series (exhibited for the first time in the U.S.), customers can shop limited-edition regencycore pieces from the likes of Hope for Flowers by Tracy Reese and Malone Souliers x Bridgerton. To continue the high society experience, visitors to the Bridgerton Carousel pop-up can also enjoy a special tea bar from Wedgwood.
Burberry Unveils Its Paris Flagship Store
The luxury house opened a new, three-story flagship store on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris. Burberry worked with renowned architect Vincenzo de Cotiis on the design, and fans will immediately notice the brand’s core colors — beige, black, white and red — throughout the space. “The store represents all that we stand for as a brand — being authentic, bold, and creative — and we look forward to inspiring our customers with a truly elevated British luxury experience in this iconic setting,” said Gianluca Flore, Burberry’s chief commercial officer in a press statement.
Marni x VEJA Launch A Sneaker Collab
VEJA’s V-10 and V-15 high-top kicks feature Marni’s free-spirited aesthetic, expressed through a colorful scribbled motif. For earth-conscious consumers, the leather was sourced in Uruguayan farms and tanned in Brazil (at a Gold-certified tannery by the Leather Working Group). Meanwhile, the soles are composed of 31% Amazonian rubber, 22% rice waste, and 12% recycled rubber. Each pair has been assembled by hand. You can shop the sneakers now on Marni or on VEJA’s websites.
UGG Teams Up With Tschabalala Self
UGG partnered with Harlem-born artist Tschabalala Self to reinterpret several footwear styles for the brand. The two-toned knee-high boots and multicolored slippers reflect the artist’s bold, canvas-based mixed media aesthetic. A few of the pieces from the collection were also worn by performers who participated in Self’s experimental play “Sounding Board.” The live performance first debuted at the Performa 2021 Biennial in Harlem. You can shop the entire collection now on UGG and partnering retailers like Moda Operandi.
Levi’s Launches A Collection With Gianni Lee
The Levi’s x Gianni Lee capsule collection features iconic Levi’s pieces, like the Type III Trucker jacket, imbued with unique design accents of Lee’s artwork. Here, the jacket’s sleeves showcase colorful panels from the multidisciplinary visual artist. Lee’s designs were inspired by Egyptian drawings, as well as Lee’s African lineage and odes to the beauty of the Black body. You can shop the entire collection on Levi’s website.
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