From Hood by Air’s much-anticipated capsule collection and new products from Boy de Chanel to Prada’s Harrods pop-up and Loewe’s new Home Scents
Commission’s new e-shop
New York-based label Commission this month launches a new denim campaign and e-shop. The brand’s Jeans campaign features imagery inspired by Nan Goldin and Nobuyoshi Araki’s seminal collaborative book Tokyo Love: Spring 1994, shot by Huy Luong (Luong is one third of Commission’s design trio, alongside Dylan Cao and Jin Kay). Crafted in Japan and using Japanese cotton, Commission’s covetable jeans continue the brand’s focus on elevating Asian creativity, beyond stereotypes. “We really want to push the representation of Asian culture and East Asian identities with what we’re doing,” Cao told AnOther earlier this year.
Hood by Air’s H13A
Hood by Air announced its return in July of this year, since going on hiatus in 2016. Celebrating 13 years of the brand, H13A is a limited-edition collection which reimagines graphics from the Hood by Air archive (the collection is launched under Museum, the brand’s “new archival arm”), and the second drop arrives this month. “The H13A drop serves as the prelude to the much anticipated new collection from Hood By Air. H13A, symbolic of Shayne Oliver’s past as a designer and the 13 year history of HBA, will manifest as a human character in Genesis, a new film,” says the brand, hinting at the imminent release of a new collection and film.
Louis Vuitton’s LV²
For LV², Louis Vuitton’s menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh has teamed up with Japanese designer Nigo, marking Abloh’s first collaboration since joining the storied French house. The two designers have reimagined the Louis Vuitton Monogram logo and Damier check for the collection, which comprises accessories, ready-to-wear and shoes with a particular focus on denim and leather goods.
Throughout September, a new Prada pop-up can be found in Harrods. Spread over three windows in the Knightsbridge store, the pop-up – entitled Prada Hideaway and designed by Martino Gamper – features bespoke furniture and a series of pieces forming “wooden landscapes with both intimate spaces and openings with views” to house an elegant Autumn capsule collection from Prada. (In other Prada news, the brand’s much-anticipated collaboration with Adidas Originals launched this week, in which the sportswear giant’s classic silhouettes have been given a Prada makeover.)
The Artists Series, by Bella Freud and Karla Welch
Works by Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Ellen Gallagher, John Giorno, Beatriz Milhazes, Annie Morris and Ugo Rondinone feature on a series of T-shirts created by Bella Freud and Karla Welch for ‘The Artists Series’. The designer and the stylist have collaborated on the charitable project: proceeds from the eight T-shirts donated between the East Los Angeles Women’s Centre and Southall Black Sisters, organisations based in California and London respectively which provide support for victims of domestic abuse.
Boy de Chanel
Chanel has expanded its offering of men’s skincare and beauty products with the latest Boy de Chanel launch: the new collection features a gel moisturiser, concealer (perfect to wear with the Boy de Chanel foundation, released in 2018), three-in-one eye pencil and Le Vernis nail colour. Chanel calls these new must-have products “the essentials of a new state of mind: to live your life while being completely yourself, only better”.
Loewe Home Scents
Inspired by the earthy and rich aromas found in vegetable gardens, Loewe’s new Home Scents collection comprises candles, wax candleholders, home fragrances and rattan diffusers available in a range of 11 fragrances: honeysuckle, beetroot, juniper berry, tomato leaves, coriander, liquorice, marijuana, pea, oregano, cypress balls and ivy. Together, the scents resemble “something in between a botanical garden and an apothecary”, according to Loewe’s in-house perfumier Nuria Cruelles, who spoke to AnOther about the collection this week.
MATCHESFASHION and Wedel Art Collective’s face coverings
Lorna Simpson, Jenny Holzer, Rashid Johnson and Barbara Kruger are among a selection of artists who have designed face masks for a collaboration between Wedel Art Collective and MATCHESFASHION. The masks’ sales proceeds will be split between three charities: with half going to the World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and the other half to organisations dedicated to supporting artists, the US-based Artist Relief and Common Practice in the UK.