Ten Craves is our online series that rounds up all the best product launches and must-know fashion happenings week in, week out.
THE TOM OF FINLAND FESTIVAL HEADS TO LONDON AND LA
Good news – festivals haven’t packed it in just yet! The 27th annual Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival is back and kicking off tomorrow from noon to 7pm in two simultaneous, congenial locations. In Los Angeles for the second consecutive season, the hybrid al fresco garden campus of Second Home Hollywood will host an array of innovative art installations, performances and presentations. The latter spot is in London, and it’s the first time the festivities have ever voyaged East. In Spitalfields, erotic artists, vendors, awards, barbers, tattooists, VR experieences, music and galleries will link up under the common thread of the ToFF Festival. There’s set to be a live conversation with Jonathan Anderson of JWA and Loewe too, which you already know we’ll be running to.
The entire weekend kicks off Friday night at the Eagle London with a party and viewing of Gay Propaganda, curated by Slava Mogutin featuring the work of Bruce LaBruce and Matt Lambert. Get your tickets here.
KAIA GERBER IS IN CAHOOTS WITH ZARA
Lensed by French photographer Fabien Baron, Kaia Gerber in Zara is a sensual sight. The newgen supermodel sports her first collection for the high street fashion favourite label, with styling by Karl Templer.
To satisfy your every need, there are 30 slick garments on offer encapsulating the likes of “new classic” suiting, transferable footwear and awesome accessories. Drawing inspiration from the style codes of the 1990s, it’s a confident collection rendered through a demure palette inclusive of grey, navy, white, black and camel colours. Double denim and cowboy-inspired pieces reference Americana and are a love letter to the land from which Kaia was born and bred. The collection made its debut smack dab in the middle of Paris Fashion Week with a bang, but who could expect any less – after all Kaia is a bombshell. Shop here.
AXEL ARIGATO IS PUFFING THINGS UP
Renewed Warmth; that’s the name of Axel Arigato’s covetable AW22 puffer jacket collection and if you ask us, it’s worth the £330 to £620 a pop. The campaign, shot by acclaimed photographer David Luraschi on site in Lake Como, displays a slew of mindfully made modern silhouettes for bearing the elements. To support the launch, the brand has created a 360 virtual puffer experiential space in collaboration with Immersivo, which allows customers to have an interactive shopping experience on the Axel Arigato website.
You should know that it’s a sustainable edit too, with all puffers made from recycled polyester and filled with reused down. If you’re down to get winter weather ready, then we’re here to let you know that Axel Arigato puffers are available here.
HAILEY BIEBER HOOKS UP WITH WARDROBE.NYC
You may not be familiar with Wardrobe.NYC but you surely know the model and media personality Hailey Bieber; well, it’s to become acquainted with them both because the two American stars have just dropped a cosmopolitan collection. The edit is made up of streamlined, statement closet staples that are offered in 4-piece and 8-piece wardrobes where the sophisticated blazers, dresses, trousers, tops and coats create a complete capsule wardrobe. If minimalism is your thing, don’t bother buying any other garms cause this HB collection by Christine Centenera has got you covered. Shop here.
CHARLES AND KEITH FORGE FOOTWEAR WITH BOTH
Coming together with Parisian-based independent footwear brand Both – known for its innovative rubber designs – Charles and Keith just debuted an exclusive capsule collection. It’s a 90’s inspired offering, marrying punk vibes and urban-chic streetwear aesthetics that play with the art of imperfection. The ancient Japanese art form of Kintsugi informs the accessories; Kintsugi is a traditional method of utilising gold to mend cracks in ceramics or to bind broken pieces together, a metaphor for embracing flaws and imperfections. On offer are chelsea boots and chunky loafers and futuristic shoulder bags. Shop here.
SELFRIDGES IS PAINTED VALENTINO PINK PP
Unfolding this month, a dedicated series of initiatives and installations are putting the illustrious think-pink AW22 Maison Valentino collection by Pierpaolo Piccioli concocted in league with the Pantone Colour Institute, on the world’s stage. The latest in the activations is a titillating takeover at Selfridges and it is totalizing. For one thing, last week the in-store cinema presided over a unique Valentino Pink PP club night. Now, the outside of the store too, is cast in Pink PP light and the interiors take on custom fuschia flooring and furniture. There’s also a capsule collection of sweatshirts and t-shirts created with author Douglas Coupland that read: “We all have secret messages hidden within us; Beauty has kind of become an act of rebellion; My brain feels like fridge magnet poetry; I miss my pre-internet brain.” Valentino Pink PP is on its way to world domination. Discover the conquesting collection here.
DUST OFF DEBUT PHOTOGRAPHY SALE IN AID OF WAR CHILD UK
Until 30 November, the creative-led project that aims to raise proceeds and awareness for children in crisis, Dust Off, is selling a slew of photographic prints, depicting everything from fashion to documentary, to portraiture, shot by over 150 internationally renowned photographers in aid of War Child UK – a non-profit organisation that protects, advocates and stands up for the rights of children living through conflict across the world, from Afghanistan to Ukraine. The initiative is the first curated by Dust Off, since its institution earlier this year. The prestigious line-up includes the likes of David Sims, David Bailey, Inez & Vinoodh, Casper Sejersen, Venetia Scott, Carlijn Jacobs, Drew Vickers, Willy Vanderperre, Walter Pfeiffer and Tim Walker among many others. All prints will be unsigned and available in an open edition for the duration of the fundraising period for just £125 with all proceeds going to War Child UK. Get involved here.
D’STASSI ART PRESENTS SUPER STREET ARTIST ANGEL ORTIZ’S COMEBACK
This month at D’Stassi Art, the legendary street artist, Keith Haring makes a spirited comeback by the brush of his longstanding collaborator and creative partner Angel Ortiz, who channels Haring oeuvre in the modern age. Oritz is a Puerto Rican street artist based in New York who was discovered by Keith Haring at only 12 years of age and has collaborated with art legends like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Richard Hambleton, and Andy Warhol to name a few, and for this – his first UK show in 40 years – he created over 30 new, large-scale paintings – we’re impressed! Called King of Hearts, the exhibition tells a tale of friendship, brotherhood and redemption and it’s on until Friday 28 October. Book now.
LIL KIM IS THE LATEST FACE OF MACKAGE
Legendary artist Lil’ Kim is the freshest face of Mackage, the leading global luxury outerwear label. Lensed by Drew Vickers in a steamy winter campaign, on display is the Montreal-based brand’s first-ever monogram collection, and it is an unapologetically powerful, unreplicable and truly desirable offering. Mackage see’s the 90s icon as the blueprint for originality and female power, so who better to model the monogram garms than the trailblazing, embodiment of divine femininity that is Lil’ Kim? “Mackage has always designed for powerful women, so it just felt like a natural fit,” says Eran Elfassy, Mackage’s Founder and Chief Creative Officer. Explore the collection here.
NIGHT CREATURES BAG BURBERRY
A new campaign from Burberry celebrates the power of curiosity and engages in an exploration of the unknown. Named Night Creatures, a short film created in collaboration with Megaforce brings the story to life. Taking centre stage, are a trio of explorers decked out in Burberry outerwear tentatively approach an colossal, otherworldly creature before being swept away by the chimaera and the spirit of adventure into a courageous dance. The still imagery, which expands upon this trippy urban exploration, is shot by George Eyers. Learn more.
IRIS LAW MODELS SPORTMAX’S MARILYN MONROE COLLECTION
Sportmax’s newest capsule collection is a timeless knitwear range inspired by cinematic icon Marilyn Monroe and model and activist Iris Law – the the Gen Z version of Miss Monroe – is the face of it. Dubbed ToBeLovedByYou, the collection gets its name from the words, “I wanna be loved by you,” sung by Monroe in Billy Wilder’s 1959 cult movie, Some Like It Hot. The cozy clothes crafted in cashmere feature dainty heart motifs stitched into tight-fitting dresses with plunging necklines or with slender straps and a bare back, humongous sweaters and sleek trousers inspired by Marilyn’s own wardrobe. Discover ToBeLovedByYou now.
JW ANDERSON TAPS RUN HANY THIS WINTER
Run, don’t walk, because JW Anderson just dropped a kaleidoscopic womenswear capsule collection for Autumn/Winter 2022 inspired by the popular ’80s South Korean cartoon, Run Hany. The 13 episode TV show,was centred around a plucky teenage female protagonist named Hany, who in a coming-of-age experience, commits to running a marathon to take solace from her adversities. The collection, composed of ready-to-wear kitten heel boots, bags, tracksuits, party dresses, hoodies, graphic tees and accessories are even emblazoned with illustrations recreated by Run Hany’s true and original cartoonist. Shop here.
Top image courtesy of The Tom Of Finland Foundation.