Including a “Body Confidence” collaboration with The Birds Papaya and Hilary MacMillan, plus the release of Doja Cat’s latest capsule.
Watch the 40th anniversary Michael Kors fashion show live on April 20
On April 20, Michael Kors is unveiling its Fall 2021 collection, and you can livestream the show right here at 9:00AM EST. Return back next week to see the thumbnail above transform into your own front row seat. This is a milestone for the American label, as it celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. And if that isn’t exciting enough, the digital experience will feature a special performance from New York-born, Montreal-raised singer, songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright.
This show sits outside of traditional fashion week timing, and is a result of Kors’s announcement last year that he would be taking a new approach to the fashion calendar.
The Birds Papaya teams up with Hilary MacMillan to champion body confidence
Prolific body confidence digital creator Sarah Nicole Landry, known by her handle The Birds Papaya, has created an exclusive capsule with Canadian designer Hilary MacMillan — and the theme is confidence. The collection consists of limited-edition varsity jackets that come in black and pink colour ways (for both adults and youth) with bold embroidered phrasing: “Not Made to be Subtle.”
“Each year, I try and think of something to remind myself of and reflect on,” she shares. “This year, it was not to minimize myself — my voice — my being. I came across the words ‘not made to be subtle’ and felt it in my bones. So, when I discovered Hilary MacMillan and met her at a pop-up in my hometown, I’ve adored and supported her work since! To now be in collaboration feels so special. These varsity jackets worn by me, my children, my friends… [are] a reminder to all of us to not minimize ourselves, our dreams, and our greatness in this walk we call life.” The collab launches on April 19, exclusively on hilarymacmillan.com.
Roxanne Assoulin releases a jewellery-inspired puzzle
Coincidentally on cue with the continued lockdown measures in some parts of the country, esteemed jewellery designer Roxanne Assoulin has released a 500-piece puzzle. The On The Brite Side puzzle puts a colourful spin on this homebody activity and, once completed, is a visual compilation of all of Roxanne’s vibrant and mood-boosting bracelet styles. Included in the puzzle kit are four puzzle trays and one zip pouch, to aid you in organizing your puzzle pieces. Plus, the included puzzle trays double as jewellery plates — to keep all your stacks in one place.
Pretty Little Thing releases their second collection with Doja Cat
Ditch the loungewear look and explore the lively selection of pieces from Pretty Little Thing’s latest celebrity collaboration. Teaming up with three-time Grammy-nominated rapper/singer Doja Cat for a second time, the digital retail giant has just rolled out a selection of figure-hugging silhouettes that showcase the artist’s unique and eclectic style: think floral ruched bikinis, cross-over tops, and co-ord sets.
“We’re delighted to be launching a second collection with one of the most talented artists of the moment: Doja Cat,” the brand shares. “She has been working extremely hard on these designs with our team and I couldn’t be more excited for Doja to be fronting this summer campaign and sharing her designs with our customers.”
H&M unveils two exciting new partnerships, with Maisie Williams and Diane von Furstenburg
It was a busy week for H&M, starting with its announcement designating actress Maisie Williams as the brand’s new global sustainability ambassador. Aligning with H&M’s goal to solely use recycled or sustainably-sourced materials by 2030, Williams is embarking on several initiatives throughout 2021 that will drive change in both the virtual and real worlds of fashion. The partnership will unveil “Avatar Maisie,” a lifelike, digital twin created by 3D animators at Goodbye Kansas Studio. Avatar Maisie will appear in innovative videos throughout the year, in an effort to spark interest and encourage a united effort to close the loop in fashion.
In H&M’s home sector, the brand launched a collaboration with Diane von Furstenberg this week. The home wares by DVF feature bold prints that will surely make a statement in your home, with zebra and leopard patterns, kissing lip motifs and abstract signature lettering. “The prints in the H&M Home collaboration are very iconic. The ‘Diane’ print I created 20 years ago when I started the company, while the lips print comes from the painting Andy Warhol did of me. Personally, I love animal prints — zebra is very DVF — and also vibrant orange and pinks, but monochrome black and white is very chic, too. The whole collection is fabulous, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone,” says Furstenberg.
The 31-piece capsule includes double-sided blankets, cushion covers, amber-scented candles, espresso cups, colourful rounded vases, a robe, and more. The collection is available on hm.com.