Your recap of fashion news and updates, the lowdown on fresh releases and what’s buzzing in retail this month
Anticipating 2022 was a fun moment. We got to help ourselves to fun forecasts, like zeroing in on standout hair trends, fashion news, and even shoe trends to look forward to. Now we’re in the thick of January, which has us confronting expectation versus reality.
Previously, we figured more exciting, surprise-move collaborations, another volatile year for fashion shows, and brands taking on the metaverse, just to name a few. In the wait to see whether these things play out or not, here’s what the head start in fashion looks like. Scroll through for the fashion news and updates to know in January.
Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga Is Coming
Kanye West (who now goes by “Ye”), Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia (who now just goes by “Demna”) and GAP are taking co-branding to new heights.
2021’s run of collaborations-slash-crossovers like Fendi x Versace and Gucci x Balenciaga was so warmly received, 2022 might just be the year brands kick it into overdrive. Case in point: rapper and designer Ye has taken to Instagram to preview something huge in the works. Ye, Balenciaga’s Demna and Gap, Inc. are partnering up on a collection, injecting an element of luxury to the ongoing Yeezy Gap collaboration between Ye and the retail giant.
The first collection is expected to drop in June.
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Bottega Veneta Announces Its Chinese New Year 2022 Campaign by Taking Over the Great Wall of China
The brand is making big moves in the Year of the Tiger.
The Italian luxury label sends its greetings via a digital installation that takes up a portion of the Great Wall of China. The signature Bottega Veneta green is paired with a splash of tangerine that spells out “Happy New Year” in Mandarin. This not only ushers in the brand’s Lunar New Year celebration, but its pledge to a donation in support of the renovation and maintenance of the wall’s “Shanhai Pass,” also known as “First Pass under Heaven.”
The installation is also one of the brand’s first endeavors under the tutelage of its new creative director, Matthieu Blazy (following the controversial and sudden departure of Daniel Lee in November). The next is the Chinese New Year 2022 campaign itself photographed by Charlotte Wales and starring He Cong and Wang Chenming.
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Cher Is the New Ugg Ambassador
And it’s already doing the numbers: the new campaign starring the icon has triggered a 1,280% spike in demand for the shoe company.
She’s Cher, bitch—and the new face (and feet) of California footwear company UGG. Kicking off the brand’s “Feel ___,” campaign, Cher stars in a video and photoshoot set in her Malibu home, where she lounges in the UGG Classic Boot and Coquette Slipper. In the official campaign video, she also shares some pearls of wisdom: “I’ve spent a lifetime of people either hating me or loving me,” she says. “And I mean, you want to be loved, but finally it’s like ‘fuck it.’” The campaign is set to continue throughout the year featuring, as per the brand, more “icons, leaders of culture and champions of change who inspire generations, promote individuality and evoke emotion.”
For now, Cher alone has caused a 1,280% spike in demand for the shoes featured in her shoot.
Fashion News: Fine Art Meets High Fashion in the Sansó x Septième Rebelle Collaboration
Manila-based couture label Septième Rebelle teams up with Fundacion Sansó for a collection inspired by the distinguished Spanish-born painter Juvenal Sansó.
Quick history lesson: In the 1960s, celebrated master painter Sansó once dabbled in fashion as a textile designer while studying at the École Nationale des Beaux Artes in Paris. Jumping into 2021 and 2022, this part of legacy is revisited by Filipino couture label Septième Rebelle.
For its founder, Robbie Santos, getting to fuse Sansó’s work into fashion was a meeting of two design journeys. “He was still new as an artist [when he worked as a young textile designer]. I feel a certain level of parallelism with Sansó in [the] way that I’m also starting my life as a fashion designer—sixty years later,” shares Santos. “I think there is a connection between what he made and what I am making for the collaboration.”
The collection highlights the meticulous process of digitally printing Sansó’s hand-painted original designs on fabric, as well as drawing inspiration from Sansó’s paintings in order to find fabric that embodied the painter’s aesthetic.
Loewe Releases a Spirited Away Capsule With Studio Ghibli
Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson introduces another dreamy collaboration.
Around this time last year, Studio Ghibli fans got a treat when luxury label Loewe launched its My Neighbor Totoro capsule. He does it again this year, taking on another classic: the 2001 film directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki. Pieces here feature the beloved characters of the movie, including Chihiro, Haku, Yubaba, and the no-face spirit Kaonashi.
Beyond obvious motifs, however, the capsule explores and honors some Japanese traditions, like the traditional stitching method boro, quite beautifully. “The collection looks at different types of craft, and we’ve applied it to everything from the blankets to the way in which the embroideries have been done—it’s about having fun with the narratives of the film,” says Anderson. “My favorite pieces are the Hammock bag with Chihiro’s face in 360-degree embroidery all over, and the hand-knitted crewneck sweater with the Yu-bird and Bô intarsia motif—it’s a mix of lurex embroidery with 3D crochet technique on the wool ball, which emphasizes the craft—a big signature of Loewe.”
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In the Philippines, Loewe is exclusively distributed by the country’s largest specialty retailer Stores Specialists, Inc. Visit the store located at Shangri-La Plaza Mall East Wing. Meanwhile, for more information, head to ssilife.com.ph or follow @ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.
Fashion News: The “Cuir de Russie” Bag of Longchamp Gets a 2022 Update
Longchamp’s famous cuir de Russie (Russian leather) gets the summer basket bag treatment.
Longchamp has an early contender for this summer’s “it” bag. The newly announced “Cuir de Russie” is a refreshed take on a classic silhouette and the brand’s first major release for the year. Apart from coming in six varied shades (including three jewel brights, garnet red, burnished brown and jet black), it’s accompanied by two smaller companions: a four-slot cardholder and a phone case with two card slots and a Le Pliage-style flap.
“[The] Cuir de Russie has long been a familiar feature of collections, not least because it forms the flap and handles of the iconic Le Pliage bag,” the brand shared in a press release. “For Spring/Summer 2022, however, not content with playing a supporting role, this emblematic material steps into the spotlight and lends its firm structure and distinctive grain to the season’s must-have shape.”
In the Philippines, Longchamp is exclusively available at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Cebu, Greenbelt 5 and Rustans.com.
Fashion News: Capital Brings the Best Sneaker Brands to Pampanga
This is the brand’s eighth store and can be located in SM City Clark.
With the new branch, Capital brings its full roster of everyone’s favorite sportswear brands like Nike, Adidas, PUMA, and New Balance for sneakerheads in the area. In addition, the sports and altheisure goods store also features a carefully curated selection of apparel, accessories, and tools to complete the lineup in the Pampanga store.
In keeping with the times, store visits are not the only option for shoppers. Shoes and apparel are shoppable online on www.capital.com.ph or via consulting Capital’s Sneaker Specialists on Demand. Simply send a DM on Facebook, Instagram or Viber.
Capital stores can be found at TriNoMa, UP Town Center, Robinson’s Magnolia, Glorietta 4, SM Aura, Uptown Bonifacio, Festival Mall, and now, SM City Clark.
Fendi Celebrates the 2022 Spring Festival and the Start of the Year of the Tiger With an Exclusive Capsule
This kicks off with a campaign featuring Jackson Wang and Joni.
FENDI is leaning into a “courageous, vigorous, active and enthusiastic” persona as the Year of the Tiger calls for. Updating several of its iconic, signature elements, Fendi’s exclusive capsule for the 2022 Spring Festival features fun tiger skin patterns, floral prints, and tinges of orange.
Special personalities also join the brand for the campaign. “To capture the spirit of the festive vibe, the FENDI 2022 Spring Festival Exclusive Capsule Collection campaign features FENDI Greater China Men’s Collection Spokesperson Jackson Wang and dancer Joni,” the brand shared in a statement. “Against the backdrop of the red carved ancient Chinese windows, a symbol of auspiciousness, the season's signature looks and accessories are presented by Jackson and Joni, creating a contrast between softness and strength.”
The FENDI 2022 Spring Festival Exclusive Capsule Collection will be available in selected FENDI boutiques worldwide, on fendi.com from January 6, 2022. In the Philippines, FENDI is located at Greenbelt 3 and Solaire Manila.
Onitsuka Tiger Is Set to Pepper 2022 With Its Unique Tiger Motif
The contemporary Japanese fashion label is celebrating the zodiac sign of the year, all year.
Onitsuka Tiger’s brand of fashion meeting sports, heritage meeting innovation is getting a Lunar New Year makeover. With the tiger being the year’s zodiac sign and the brand’s icon, Onitsuka Tiger announces its rollout of special tiger print items throughout 2022.
“It is said that holding the zodiac sign of the year will bring good luck,” the brand shares in a press release. These “tiger goods” lend themselves to that tradition, adding a fresh, new interpretation seen on running shoes, windbreaks, jogging pants, graphic tees, socks and more.
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Fashion News: COS Introduces Its Lunar New Year Capsule Collection 2022
The theme of the new year: soft, luxurious textures.
London-based fashion brand is gearing up for the Lunar New Year with a capsule collection “centered on anticipating a bright new year ahead.” Announced alongside a campaign shot by contemporary Chinese photographer Nick Yang, the capsule especially highlights soft, luxurious textures that allow layering to become lighter so that bold colors can peek through.
Other highlights include shades of red (COS’s emphasis on cheer for the season), tonal dressing and oversized accessories, such as graphic wool scarves, quilted accessories and statement knit hybrids.
The rest of January 2022 has more exciting fashion news in store. Check back in for updates!
Art Matthew Ian Fetalver