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Your Cheat Sheet To May’s Most Intriguing Fashion News
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It’s the final day of May and it’s safe to say this month was especially good to fashion lovers. From all the vintage Chanel looks at the 2023 Met Gala to the impeccable outfits that graced the 76th Annual Cannes Film Festival red carpet (um, Elsa Hosk’s Viktor & Rolf gown, anyone?), the celebrity style moments were top notch. Not to mention, the May fashion news, from brand campaigns to must-have summer collaborations, likely had you feeling inspired and, even better, eager to shop.
First off, Cartier announced on May 1 that Elle Fanning is its last global ambassador and the face of the Grain de Café collection. The Great actor kicked off her new role at the Met Gala, where she wore pieces from the luxury label’s aforementioned jewelry assortment — and looked absolutely gorgeous, we should add.
Meanwhile, if you’re prepping your wardrobe for a summer vacation, Sandro’s latest collaboration offers pieces meant to be worn on your tropical getaway. The label teamed up with Louis Barthélemy, a French artist and designer, for a capsule collection filled with vibrant, print-heavy clothing and accessories. For those who are located in New York City (or dropping by for a trip), you’ll want to check out Madewell’s curated assortment of vintage goods at its Williamsburg men’s store — all the items were handpicked by the label’s Head of Design, Joyce Lee.
What else is going on in the fashion world, you may ask? Well, keep reading to find out.
Dior Opens Its Beverly Hills Pop-Up
Will you be in Los Angeles this summer? If yes, you’ll want to clear some room in your schedule to stop by the Dioriviera pop-up at The Beverly Hills Hotel, which is open now until September 4. Inspired by the Mediterranean, the stunning boutique celebrates the luxury label’s Dioriviera capsule collection that launched this year.
Sézane & FARM Rio Release Their First Collaboration
On May 28, Parisian label Sézane and Brazilian brand FARM Rio released their first-ever collaboration just in time for summer. “I felt an immediate connection when I met Katia Barros, founder of FARM Rio,” Sézane’s founder and Creative Director Morgane Sézalory said in a press release. “We both share an ardent passion for creative pieces in surprising color palettes that can be worn forever.” The collection features 40 print-heavy styles, which run the gamut from breezy dresses to splashy swimwear.
Christie’s Presents Handbags Online: The New York Edit
From May 30 to June 12, Christie’s will host Handbags Online: The New York Edit, a virtual sale that offers up luxury styles from Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and more esteemed brands. “This sale represents the true highlights of 100 years of luxury handbag collecting, with everything from a rare Louis Vuitton Malle Fleurs from the 1920s to an exceptional diamond-encrusted Hermès Constance,” Paige Rubin, Christie’s specialist & head of sale for handbags & accessories, said in the press release. “We are also delighted to present a selection of carefully curated fashion jewelery from Karl Lagerfeld-era Chanel...”
adidas & Prada Release A Football Boot Collection
On May 25, adidas and Prada dropped their first-ever football boot collection. The three unisex styles are reinterpretations of best-selling adidas products: the Predator Accuracy, the Copa Pure, and the X Crazyfast. “For the collection, dedicated to men and women, the two companies combine to explore and celebrate the fundamentals of their respective DNAs – adidas performance footwear reimagined with luxury materials, meticulous craftsmanship and design details synonymous with Prada’s Linea Rossa,” the press release said.
Pamela Love & Wildlike Launch Collaboration
Jewelry brands Pamela Love and Wildlike teamed up to create a capsule collection, which is available to shop now. The piercing experts and founders, who are long-time friends, were inspired by Wildlike’s signature lightning bolt. In addition to the lightning motif, other playful studs in the assortment, priced from $300 to $350, include cactuses, butterflies, mushrooms, and clouds.
Cartier Announces Its 2023 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awardees
On May 10, Cartier announced the awardees for this year’s Cartier Women’s Initiative at its annual awards ceremony in Paris. The event honored women entrepreneurs and change-makers, with recipients receiving various monetary prizes for their businesses. Those who came in first place received $100,000 while second and third place received $60,000 and $30,000, respectively. Amal Clooney, the co-founder of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, opened the event with a moving speech.
Ferragamo Reveals Its Pre-Fall 2023 Campaign
Ferragamo dropped a stunning campaign, shot by esteemed photographer Tyler Mitchell, for its Pre-Fall 2023 collection. Designed by the Italian luxury label’s Creative Director Maximilian Davis, the new product assortment features “minimalist silhouettes, clean cuts, and versatile denim, colored by the spirit of the American Western,” said the press release.
Nuuly & Eloquii Launch An Exclusive Partnership
On May 19, Nuuly, a rental service under URBN, announced an exclusive partnership with plus-size retailer Eloquii. To kick off the exciting collaboration, Nuuly is introducing 25 products this May, with more to come monthly. You can shop the edit of special occasions dresses, laid-back tops, and leather separates (to name a few) here.
David Yurman Announces Its Newest Brand Ambassadors
Earlier this month, David Yurman revealed the newest group of celebs joining its starry roster of brand ambassadors. Enter Olympic gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, models James Turlington and Taylor Hill, and actor Aldis Hodge, who will appear in the luxury jewelry label's 2023 campaign. “Expanding our brand ambassador partnerships has increased our digital and social presence with younger consumers,” the brand’s Chief Marketing Officer Carolyn Dawkins said in a press release. “Through these programs, we're able to authentically connect with new audiences and tap into our customers passion points including music, film, sports and fashion.”
Chanel Opens Its New Flagship Boutique In Beverly Hills
On May 5, Chanel opened the doors to its new four-story Beverly Hills flagship boutique, which was designed by architect Peter Marino. The store is the largest Chanel location in the United States, and offers up all of its product categories, including ready-to-wear, watches, fine jewelry, and beauty. But that’s not all: To commemorate its latest boutique, Chanel released exclusive products like butterfly-shaped sunglasses and two special Le Vernis Nail Color sets.
Bernadette Is Partnering With Matchesfashion
To celebrate its five-year anniversary, Antwerp-based label Bernadette joined forces with Matchesfashion to present its Pre-Fall 2023 collection with exclusive styles for the luxury retailer. The mother-daughter design team shot the imagery for the capsule, which was inspired by the gardens at the family’s Antwerp home, in New York.
Wolford Collaborates With N°21
Earlier this month, Wolford dropped an exclusive capsule collection with N°21 and its designer, Alessandro Dell’Acqua. Crafted from vegan leather and 100% biodegradable fabric, the selection of bodysuits, skirts, and leggings marry Wolford’s timeless style with N°21’s modern aesthetic.
Chloé Launches A Summer Collection With ERES
Are you on the hunt for new bikinis and one-pieces? If yes, the search ends here: Chloé teamed up with swimwear brand ERES on a must-have exclusive collection, which is available now. “Creative Director Gabriela Hearst aspired to create swimwear with the highest savoir-faire and instinctively chose to team up with ERES and its Creative Director Marie-Paule Minchelli to craft the swimsuits and bikinis,” the press release said. In addition to swimwear, the assortment includes breezy dresses, a basket bag, sunglasses, and a bucket hat. You’ll have all that you need for your next tropical beach vacation.
Saint Laurent Launches Its First Fine Jewelry Collection
On May 2, Saint Laurent introduced its first-ever fine jewelry collection, which features bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, and cuffs. The French fashion house’s Creative Director, Anthony Vaccarello, designed the inaugural assortment using gold, diamonds, and other sumptuous materials.
Calvin Klein Introduces Collection With Jennie
Calvin Klein collaborated with Blackpink’s Jennie on a limited-edition lineup. “This collection reflects my everyday style and is based on many of the Calvin Klein essentials that have become staples in my wardrobe,” she said in the press release. “I wanted to bring a personal touch to these pieces, which you’ll see reflected in the fit, the color palette and the details.” The capsule, which includes underwear sets, denim, tees, and knits, will be available to shop on in-store and online starting May 10.
Mimi So Partners With Chloe Flower & Daniel Martin
To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, fine jewelry brand Mimi So, pianist and fashion influencer Chloe Flower, and celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin came together to create limited-edition rings. “The exclusive design is a variation of Mimi So’s signature paintbrush ring from the Parsons Collection, featuring a unique red enamel finish to symbolize strength and elegance — shared qualities of the three artists and friends,” the press release said. The sleek rings, which are priced from $480 to $7,380, are available to shop now. Moreover, the brand will donate partial proceeds to Apex For Youth.
Staud Releases Its First Swimwear Collection
Just two months after releasing its inaugural bridal collection, cult-favorite label Staud is now making its first foray into another category: swimwear. The 40-piece collection, dubbed Staud Sea, features bikinis, one-pieces, cover-ups, and dresses splashed with the label’s signature bold colors and splashy prints. The lineup is available to shop online, in stores, and at Shopbop.
Madewell Opens A Vintage Pop-Up In NYC
From now until May 21, you can shop a vetted selection of vintage gems at Madewell’s Williamsburg men’s store. Another perk? Each secondhand purchase comes with seedling plants and an exclusive market tote.
Cartier Announces Elle Fanning As Its Ambassador
The morning of the Met Gala, Cartier announced that Fanning is the jewelry brand’s latest global ambassador and the new face of the Grain de Café collection. “To mark the beginning of her partnership with the maison, Ms. Fanning will wear the Grain de Café collection this evening to New York’s exclusive Met Gala,” the press release said. And, the actor looked stunning that night.
Celine Customizes A Moke Car
For the La Collection de Saint-Tropez campaign, Celine partnered with motor specialists in the South of France to revamp a vintage Mini Moke car. As a result, the customized automobile features the fashion house’s hallmark Triomphe logo on the steering wheel and hood.
Sandro Taps Louis Barthélemy For A Capsule Collection
Sandro tapped French artist and designer Louis Barthélemy for a capsule collection, which is available to shop now. Barthélemy and Sandro’s founder and Artistic Director Evelyne Chetrite both have roots in Morocco; the artist splits his time between Paris, Egypt, and Morocco, while Chetrite is from there. “This shared desire to celebrate Morocco and its know-how was at the heart of the creative partnership between Sandro and Louis Barthélemy,” the press release said. The assortment includes clothing, scarves, and bags splashed with Barthélemy’s colorful illustrations.
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