March marks the beginning of spring, so new spring fashion is just around the corner (even if it’s not quite time to put away your winter coat yet). We’re rounding up the hottest drops of the month, and this week brings an initiative to help BIPOC jewelry designers, spearheaded by jewelry legend Lorraine Schwartz.
Come back for more as we continue to update our gallery with the latest fashion news and launches that you do not want to miss.
Lorraine Schwartz Announces BIPOC Jewelry Designer Initiative
Who: Lorraine Schwartz
What: Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative with the Natural Diamond Council
Why: Lorraine Schwartz is initiating a one-of-a-kind program with the Natural Diamond Council with $1 million dollars of diamond credit dedicated to supporting emerging Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) jewelry designers. Young designers have an especially hard time accessing diamonds with limited resources, and Schwartz wants to provide these designers with the contacts and finances needed to get their brands off the ground. The program, announced in January, will offer mentorship and $20,000 credit to each designer and stand as a guarantor with the diamond supplier. A well-appointed selection committee including Lorraine Schwartz, NDC CEO David Kellie, Nicole Chapoteau of Vanity Fair, and celebrity stylist and designer Jason Rembert will review and approve designer applications until the $1 million diamond credit runs out. Honorary advisors Pharrell, Kelly Rowland, and Tina Knowles will also lend their expert opinions at various stages of the program. The committee has just announced the first six designers participating in the program: Constance Polamalu of Birthright Foundry, Dorian Webb of Dorian Webb, Lisette Scott of Jam + Rico, Malyia McNaughton of Made by Malyia, Marvin Linares of Marvin Douglas Jewelry, and Jameel Mohammed of KHIRY (all pictured here). The goal is to start endorsing, financially and creatively, more diverse viewpoints and allowing voices previously unable to break through in the industry the space to flourish.
Loro Piana Debuts The Sesia Bag
Who: Loro Piana
What: The Sesia Bag
Where: Available online and in Loro Piana boutiques
Why: Italian luxury brand Loro Piana, known for their unmatched cashmere and wool, is introducing their newest handbag shape for 2021, the Sesia bag. Named for the river that flows through the heart of the northern Italian valley where Loro Piana is based, the Sesia bag is made in harmony with nature. Its minimalist lines are complemented by leather in colors native to the region.
BVLGARI Introduces Serpenti Through The Eyes Of Mary Katrantzou
What: Collaboration with Mary Katrantzou
Where: Available for pre-order in selected Bvlgari boutiques worldwide and on Bulgari.com from April 15. Online pre-orders will start from March 21st.
Why: Bvlgari has allowed another designer to reimagine the iconic Bvlgari Serpenti and infuse their personal style and taste into the original design. British-born Greek designer Mary Katrantzou, known for her intricate and colorful designs, reworked on the Serpenti Metamorphosis bag, the Serpenti Metamorphosis Handle bag and the Serpenti Metamorphosis minaudière. Katrantzou emphasizes the relationship between the butterfly and snake with her playful patterns. Pictured here on fashion icon Natalia Vodianova, the Serpenti Metamorphosis Handle bag is reimagined in sublime Nappa leather in a variety of new colors.
Altuzarra Introduces Re-Crafted
What: Re-Crafted upcycled collection
Where: Available at altuzarra.com
Why: The push towards sustainable and circular fashion production is something more and more designers are taking seriously. Hopefully for most, it’s not a trend but rather a commitment to eco-friendly fashion. Altuzarra is beginning that journey with a line called Re-Crafted, a capsule of limited skirts, tops, and bags made with archival fabrics. Using leftover textiles from previous collections, Altuzarra created chunky and colorful knits, available now and starting at $395 on Altuzarra.com.
Loewe Launches Elephant Bag in Shuka Fabric
What: Elephant handbag capsule, in partnership with Knot On My Planet
Where: Available exclusively online at Loewe.com and Mytheresa.com
Why: Loewe continues their commitment to local craft and environmental justice as their collaboration with wildlife campaign Knot On My Planet enters its third year. This year, the Elephant bag is crafted in traditional Shuka shawl colors, a fabric used by the Samburu people of Kenya to symbolize the red of the cattle’s blood, the blue of the sky, and the white of the cow’s milk. The tassle strap is hand-woven by a skilled team of artisan women on the Samburu Trust. 100% of the proceeds from the limited run of handbags goes directly to the Elephant Crisis Fund, an initiative that directly works with conservationists in order to preserve the fragile future of the African elephant.
Uniqlo Launches +J SS21 Collection
What: Spring Summer 2021 Collaboration with Jil Sander
Where: Available in Uniqlo stores and on Uniqlo.com
Why: Since 2009, fashion legend Jil Sander has been collaborating with Uniqlo, creating timeless and sophisticated pieces at a price amenable for every customer. This spring, Jil focused on easy, breathable fabrics in muted tones, ready for a “regeneration and a fresh start” after a biting winter. The collection comes in a size range XXS-XL and is available now exclusively in Uniqlo stores and on Uniqlo.com.
MAMAG/group and PHLEMUNS Collaborate on Bucket Hats
Who: MAMAG/group and PHLEMUNS
What: Bucket hat collaboration
Where: Available online at Phlemuns.com
Why: Genderless label PHLEMUNS based out of Los Angeles has teamed up with their parent company MAMAG/group, a holding company focused on representation and equitable opportunity across multiple sectors and industries.Their first product collaboration resulted in these timeless bucket hats made in cow print, coming in three unique colors and seamlessly meshing with the elevated, accessible and cool designer James Flemons has become known for at PHLEMUNS. Each hat is handmade and 20% of the proceeds from profits go back to Homeless Health Care Los Angeles, an organization focused on supporting the homeless population and specifically the residents of Skid Row.
UGG Releases Collaboration with Molly Goddard
What: Collaboration with Molly Goddard
Where: Available at UGG.com, select global UGG® stores, and retail partners including Dover Street Market, Nordstrom, SSENSE and Blake
Why: The wait is finally over! As soon as fashion industry favorite Molly Goddard debuted her collaboration with UGG on the runway of London Fashion Week last September, we’ve been drooling over the shoes she created with the Southern Californian shoe brand. Molly is known for her elegant yet playful designs, and her eye for color is unmatched. This collaboration highlights the whimsy of her vision with the platform slide in exuberant colors, a mini boot with floral pattern, and a furry slide that mimics some of Molly’s designs. Grab a pair, and fast– they definitely won’t stay on the shelves for long!
A.P.C. Debuts Interaction #9 With Sacai
What: Collaboration with Sacai
Where: In A.P.C. stores and on apc-us.com
Why: A.P.C. has initiated their 9th collaboration, or Interaction, with the Japanese brand Sacai. Designer Chitose Abe infused her signature hybridity and deconstruction of wardrobe basics with the French label known for easy, wearable pieces. Jean Touitou said of the collaboration that they “push the limits of what we might call ‘wearability’.” Denim jackets have nylon bomber jacket vents seamlessly integrated on its sides and hoodies and t-shirts are printed with the hybrid logo, SA.P.C.AI. The end result are pieces that speak to both brand’s core style and chicness.
OPPO Launches Find X3 Pro
What: New Find X3 Pro Smartphone
Where: Online at oppo.com
Why: OPPO has launched one of the most movie-ready smartphones on the market. The 4 different cameras capture 1 billion colors (yes, you read that right), making every picture and video a cinematic experience. The phone features state of the art glass wear, beautiful display, and even ringtones composed by the legendary Hans Zimmer. It’s time to reconsider the iPhone and switch to this sleek, chic option!
Dr. Marten’s Teams Up With Rick Owens
Who: Dr. Martens
What: Collaboration with Rick Owens
Where: Online at Drmartens.com or Rickowens.com
Why: It’s almost impossible to believe that Dr. Marten’s and Rick Owens have never collaborated until now, since both brands represent the irreverent grunge movement born from the early ’90s. Owens says of that time that “Dr. Martens became a symbol of a raw and sweaty vitality.” Now, almost 40 years later, Owens is dropping two releases with the shoe brand, the first of which is a redux of Dr Marten’s 1460 Bex platform boot. Owens has outfitted the boots with intricate lacing, which immediately brings to mind the visceral and complex designs that he has become notorious for. The first drop from the match made in heaven releases on Saturday, March 20.
Birkenstock Collaborates with Central Saint Martins Graduates
What: Collaboration with Central Saint Martins
Where: In select Birkenstock stores worldwide and on 1776.com
Why: Birkenstock reached out to London fashion school Central Saint Martins in 2018, inviting Fashion Theory students to discover Birkenstock’s extensive archive, and the project went so well Birkenstock has partnered with them again. In 2020, they asked MA Fashion students to reimagine classic Birkenstock styles, including the Arizona and the Milano. The students were given carte blanche and were mentored by a dozen of the industry’s premier talents in design, publishing, and business. A final four was selected to have their shoes produced; the four winners are Alex Wolfe, Dingyun Zhang (whose design is pictured here), Saskia Lenaerts, and Alecsander Rothschild. This organic collaboration between two renowned names in fashion has allowed young talent to flourish and create exciting new designs, available for purchase now.
Hermanos Koumori Launch Pre-Spring Summer Collection
Who: Hermanos Koumori
What: Pre-Spring Summer 2021 collection
Where: Online at https://hermanoskoumori.com/
Why: Mexican streetwear brand Heramons Koumori is always interested in storytelling through their clothing, and their latest collection is no exception. Inspired by a text written by Mexican novelist and short story writer, Antoni Ortuño, about a fictitious airline Aerolíneas Populares, or AeroPop. “AeroPop” inspired a line of pilot uniforms, vintage airline logos on t-shirts and hats, all produced in Mexico with fabrics sourced internationally.
Alexander McQueen Releases Skull Mask Eyewear
Who: Alexander McQueen
What: Skull Mask sunglasses
Where: Available on Alexandermcqueen.com
Why: We’re all used to covering our faces at this point, and these McQueen sunglasses allow for even more facial coverage. The XL frames are industrial chic and will keep you covered from the sun all summer long. The metal frames have a miniature skull on the temple, a signature motif of McQueen that brings the gothic edge to these sleek sunnies.
Adidas and Peleton Announce Partnership
Who: adidas and Peleton
What: Ongoing partnership and activewear collaboration
Where: Available starting March 25 on adidas.com, in select adidas retailers, apparel.onepeloton.com and in select Peloton showrooms
Why: Peleton is continuing to broaden their sense of community by collaborating with premier activewear and lifestyle brand, adidas. The partnership will kick off with a clothing line made in collaboration with Peloton instructors Robin Arzón, Ally Love and Cody Rigsby. These instructors had the opportunity to create pieces tailored to Peleton’s at home workouts, both on and off the bike, as well as relaxed loungewear for rest days. The collection is vibrant, wearable, and size inclusive, running from XS-2X. Prices range from $30-85 and the line will be available on March 25.
Hinge Collaborates for Virtual Date Night Kit
What: Virtual Date Night Kit collaboration with Uncommon Goods
Where: Online at uncommongoods.com
Why: If you’re struggling to come up with a cute way to virtually meet your online crush, this is the solution for you. Hinge has partnered with Uncommon Goods to enhance your first date with your Hinge match, albeit a virtual one. Purchase a Date Night Kit for $30, and Uncommon Goods will give you a code to send to your date for them to purchase one at no cost. The kit includes one of three mixing kits for cocktails and a selection of prompts from Hinge to break the ice.
Merlette Debuts Handbags
What: Line of handbags
Where: Online at https://merlettenyc.com/
Why: New York based brand Merlette, known for their easy day dresses, ventures into the world of accessories with their first line of handbags. The 3 styles are made with sustainable, traceable fabrics and complement the relaxed comfort of the brand’s ready to wear offerings. The Asha Tote pictured utilizes Indian hand-stitching practices and requires over 90 hours of handwork. Prices range from $460-560.
Isabel Marant Debuts Spring Eyewear
Who: Isabel Marant
What: Spring Summer 2021 Eyewear
Where: Online at Isabelmarant.com
Why: Isabel Marant is synonymous with effortless Parisian chic, and the brand’s Spring-Summer 2021 eyewear offering delivers on that premise. The launch includes geometric and oversized shapes, which mix seamlessly with the ease of the Isabel Marant wardrobe. The Spring campaign was shot by Juergen Teller and features Isabel regular Rebecca Leigh Longendyke.
Jacquie Aiche Participates in Make March Matter
Who: Jacquie Aiche
What: Make March Matter fundraising
Where: Online at jacquieaiche.com
Why: LA-based jewelry brand Jacquie Aiche is using the month of March to fundraise for the annual campaign Make March Matter. This campaign is focused on raising funds for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and both businesses and the community of LA rally around this fundraiser every year. Jacquie Aiche will be donating 20% of all proceeds from this line to Make March Matter, which includes best-selling items worn by Rihanna and Gigi Hadid, for the entire month of March.
Reformation Releases Jean’s Genes
What: Sustainable jeans collection
Where: Online at thereformation.com
Why: Reformation is seeking to increase the transparency in their clothing production from start to finish, and the latest offering of denim includes FibreTrace technology which engrains scannable, luminescent pigments into the fabric. When scanned, customers are able to view where the textiles came from that compose the jeans they’re wearing. Find out where the cotton was responsibly farmed and culled, to where the jeans were produced, and finally how they ended up on your legs. The range includes 6 styles, including some Reformation favorites, and range from $78-148.
Forevermark Launches Avaanti Collection
What: Avaanti Collection
Where: Online at Forevermark.com
Why: The De Beers Group brand Forevermark has released their newest collection, Avaanti. Avaanti translates to “forward” from Italian, and the new collection symbolizes a kinetic energy brought to life by brilliant 18K gold and conflict-free diamonds. The collection includes bracelets, pendants, necklaces, and rings, all characterized by a swooping circular pendant, signaling perpetuity in motion.
Loewe Launches Surplus Accessories
What: Surplus Woven tote and Crab Charms
Where: Online at LOEWE.com
Why: It’s no secret that Loewe handbags are some of the most luxurious and well-crafted leather goods in the business. Jonathan Anderson’s craftsman touch can be seen in the Surplus Woven tote bags, made from scraps of grained and smooth leather from previous seasons, tightening the production circle and maximizing the use of raw materials. The result is a timelessly gorgeous piece of art that’s practical and durable.
Dolce & Gabbana Announce Collaboration with DJ Khaled
Who: Dolce & Gabbana
What: Collaboration with DJ Khaled
Where: Online and in select D&G boutiques worldwide on March 15
Why: The duo behind Dolce and Gabbana are no strangers to the music scene, having collaborated with some of the biggest names in music. The latest talent on their roster? DJ Khaled, world famous producer and DJ. He brings his signature flair and casual style to the collaboration, which is bright, flowy, and size inclusive. The capsule drops on March 15th, online and in select boutiques.
Kassl Editions Presents Dog Bags
Who: Kassl Editions
What: Dog Tote Bags
Where: Online at kassleditions.com
Why: From the brand making the perfect oversized tote comes an even bigger tote than before—this time, for your pet. Kassl Editions was founded in 2018 to make the perfect fisherman’s trench coat, and their style has become synonymous with quality and European ease. The newest rendition of their hit Oil Tote bag comes in two sizes to accommodate any pooch, in 4 stunning shades.
Miu Miu Famous Cats
Who: Miu Miu
What: Famous Cats T-shirt Collection
Where: In select Miu Miu boutiques and on Miumiu.com
Why: Miu Miu released an exclusive line of five new t-shirts featuring some of film’s favorite felines. Didn’t think that The Godfather or Alien could be cute? Think again. Each tee features a printed still from the film, alongside a text blurb explaining just why these kitties are so iconic. Retailing for $655, sizes XS-L. Meow!
Marc Jacobs Hosts Open Book Conversations
Who: Marc Jacobs
What: Open Book Conversations
Where: On Marc Jacobs Instagram Live @marcjacobs
Why: To honor Women’s History Month, Marc Jacobs has invited some of his closest friends in the fashion industry along with new faces and talents to talk about the industry as a whole through the lenses of race, innovation, and giving back. The talks will kick off on Tuesday, March 9, with a discussion with Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell, two dear friends of Jacobs’. Their discussion will also be a live fundraiser for Every Mother Counts.
Dior Launches Her Dior Book
What: Her Dior book
Where: Available on Dior.com
Why: In celebration of creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s tenure, Dior is releasing a special book in conjunction with International Women’s Day. The cover features the shirt Chiuri designed for her first collection, which became an instant hit and manifesto for her career at the French fashion house. Inside are works from 33 female photographers who have collaborated with Dior, honoring their work and uniquely female perspective.
Bloomingdale’s Launches Stella McCartney Pop-up “Stellabration”
Who: Bloomingdale’s & Stella McCartney
What: “Stellabration”, The Carousel Pop-Up
Where: Online at bloomingdales.com, select stores (NY & CA)
Why: In its latest Carousel Pop-Up, Bloomingdale’s invites a taste of spring with “Stellabration”. Shoppers will browse a curated assortment of brands & products chosen by Stella herself – from her own SS21 collection and beauty must-haves to home goods and snacks. Better yet, all of “Stellabration” supports and uplifts Stella’s eco-conscious ethos & leadership in sustainability efforts. Just in time for Earth Month! Stocked among giant video walls displaying exclusive Stella McCartney animation & illustrations by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, in-person shoppers will be fully immersed in a Stella-approved world. Stop into the store or shop the site, now through May 17th.
Brown University Announces Brown Fashion Week
Who: Brown University
What: Brown Fashion Week
Where: Online at www.fashionatbrown.com
Why: Brown University has announced an exciting two week long “Fashion Week.” The student organization Fashion@Brown has expanded greatly upon last season’s fashion week and is offering over a dozen exciting talks and panels over the course of the two weeks, with speakers such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Emma Chamberlain. The two week long program culminates in The Brown University 11th Annual Runway Show on Friday, March 26 at 7:00 pm ET, presented virtually for the first time. The show will include the collections of twenty-six student designers from both Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. The show must go on, and Brown has used the new virtual normal as a means to engage students in discussions and allow more eyes to come to these emerging student designers.
Nordstrom Introduces Second Goodfair Drop
What: Collaboration with Goodfair
Where: Shop at Nordstrom.com
Why: Expanding upon their Sustainable Style offerings, Nordstrom is partnering with Goodfair to bring the thrill of thrifting to your online cart. Goodfair is a one-of-a-kind digital thrift store, lightening the burden of shopping vintage by curating the best of their finds and creating an in-house sizing system to ensure everything fits perfectly the first time. Monthly drops feature exclusive vintage finds ranging from $40-$80.
Cuyana Releases Double Loop Bag
What: Double Loop Bag and Mini Double Loop Bag
Where: Online at cuyana.com
Why: San Francisco based brand Cuyana has been devoted to high quality and sustainable leather goods since its inception ten years ago, and the latest offering is an expansion on their best-selling Oversized Double Loop Bag. The Crossbody allows hands-free, travel-friendly carrying of just the essentials. Don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for the Mini Double Loop, a smaller version, which is available for pre-order now before its launch in May.
Neous Unveils New Handbag Shapes
What: The Venus and Mercury Handbags
Where: on Neous.co.uk, Net-a-Porter, and Matchesfashion
Why: The increasingly popular British handbag brand Neous is releasing two handbags today inspired by British artist Barbara Hepworth. The Venus and the Mercury (pictured on this adorable llama) draw on the geometric and spatial works of Hepworth, bringing the infinity of the circle to life in both symmetrical, art-like handbags.
Canada Goose Announces Partnership with NBA and Collaboration with RHUDE
Who: Canada Goose
What: Partnership with NBA and Product Collaboration with RHUDE
Where: In select Canada Goose retail stores and online
Why: Hypebeasts and hypebaes, unite. Canada Goose is initiating a partnership with the NBA, releasing a collaboration with a new designer each year. The first of lot is with Los Angeles-based brand RHUDE, dropping on March 7th. Four unisex outerwear pieces will be available right before Sunday night’s NBA game, including this bright traffic cone orange puffer vest. Be sure to grab one before they’re all gone.
Gucci Announces Collaboration With Tommey Walker’s Label DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY
What: Collaboration with Tommey Walker and his label DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY
Where: 11 US cities picked as Changemakers cities by Gucci, and on Gucci.com
Why: Gucci is furthering its commitment to its social impact initiative, Gucci Changemakers, by collaborating with Detroit native Tommey Walker and his brand DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY on a series of eleven t-shirts highlighting Gucci’s eleven Changemaker cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C). Gucci tapped Walker and his brand because the ingenuity and sincerity of his brand caught their eye and matched perfectly with the brand’s reinvigorated commitment to community-based change.
This is the first fashion-based program that the Changemakers program is releasing, and a portion of the profits from the shirts will be donated to the 2020 and recently announced 2021 Gucci Changemakers North America Impact Fund winners. The winners are organizations striving towards social and racial equity, focusing on building connections and opportunities within communities of color.
The shirts retail for $390 USD, available in all eleven cities and Gucci.com. A special edition shirt which says “GUCCI VS. EVERYBODY” will be available exclusively at Troy Somerset Collection Gucci in Detroit.
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