SHOWNews: Fashion of the Week

by SHOWstudio on 7 June 2024

Your weekly fashion newrsround.

Your weekly fashion newrsround.

Breaking News! Bianca Saunders Wins The BFC/GQ Prize

Menswear maestro Bianca Saunders joins the BFC/GQ hall of fame amongst other previous winners of the award including Wales Bonner, Ahluwalia and Nicholas Daley. Early this morning, the British Fashion Council announced Saunders as the recipient of the esteemed award which includes a cash prize of £150,000 as well access to a one-year mentoring programme.

The Bianca Saunders man is a distinct one - carved and sculpted by Saunders' own pool of references, many of which are inspired by the designer's own British and West Indian background. Having built a reputation for questioning the notions and tropes of masculinity within her designs, Saunders has never been quiet in her wish to break down social constructs that make up the elusive world of menswear; once telling SHOWstudio she considers her man to be a 'creative polymath, quietly confident in his identity'.

Bianca Saunders A/W 24

Mugler’s Shanghai Moment

Putting down bricks-and-mortar for the first time in Shanghai, Mugler’s otherworldly fashion and fragrances have found a second home away from Paris. Housed in an aluminium spaceship, which is entirely recyclable, those Spiral Jeans and the viral Curve bag plus the signature fragrances Angel and Alien land at the Réel shopping mall, as the brand’s second coming under creative director Casey Cadwallader continues.


It’s A Versace World at LN-CC, London

Versace’s new sneaker is a toteme of the future. According to the Italian megabrand, more is never enough. The Versace Mercury is the latest unisex addition to the ever-growing sneaker family designed by the icon Donatella - who last week was recognised by the Italian government for her services to fashion - and features a futuristic, multi-layered leather upper. London’s leading concept store LN-CC is currently hosting an immersive pop-up to celebrate. The Mercury Lab takes an object fetish approach to the sneaker, presenting it as a future artifact. Go visit it now on 24 Shacklewell Lane, London.

Fashion’s Ballet Pump Obsession Continues

Heritage brands are reframing nods to the archive through the on-going resurgence for the ballet pump. This week Ferragamo, whose founder Salvatore Ferragamo had a penchant for the dancing flat, launched their Pre-Fall 2024 styles. Putting a spin on the popular Varina model which features an engraved plate on the toe, there are pointed and square toe styles. The former feature the new Vara plate, such as in denim complete with crystals, with a range of square toe styles this season finished with the iconic double Gancini motif.


The Swiss luxury brand Bally, meanwhile, have made a ballet flat from their boater shoe, putting a spin on sartorial staples across men's and women's with the covetable Ballyrina and Plume styles, available to shop now.


IM MEN Issey Miyake Launches in London

The statement ‘I AM MAN’ feels deeply cringe this decade. Thankfully, Issey Miyake sub-label IM MEN is available in London to sober up neanderthal mindsets and dusty sportswear closets. IM MEN rethinks Issey Miyake codes to liven up cloth-based house principles called ‘series.’ FLAT defines clever 3-D folds to store garments easily. AIR is obviously lightweight, hollow-feeling, breezy formalwear. COMPACT is IM MEN's Smart Car version to condense pack jobs, option detachable collars for business-casual and wrinkle resistance to avoid iron scars. It all boils down to a new mindset for new men and your flat front khakis off to Oxfam.

IM Men

Balenciaga Crushes Time With New Campaign

Balenciaga and Basque keep the house in modern times with a new bag campaign lensed by Mario Sorrenti. Emphasising distinctive shapes with distinctive personalities puts the campaign in an historic chats timeline. Mario Sorrenti is an icon shooting icons — Balenciaga brand ambassador Nicole Kidman to top model Adut Akech to rising top model Mona Tougaard to pop polymath Yang Chaoyue. It all cinches in nicely with Basque sleekness from the Hourglass pushing shiny, supple, quilted Crush desires into eternal house shapes. No wonder Kidman wears it easily. Rewards click with awards.


MM6 Maison Margiela x Salomon / X-Alp

Still holding onto your pay day earnings? This week MM6 Maison Margiela and SALOMON dropped the latest addition to the growing collection of footwear designs. A take on a hiking shoe, the X-Alp is now available in two additional colourways, from black, white and cream to all black.



Bally A/W 24

Creative Director: Simone Bellotti
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