So, the “In honor of Karl” Met Gala happened on Monday May 1st. Bronx rapper Ice Spice made her event debut in partnership with eBay and Vogue, Jared Leto showed up in a costume modeled after Lagerfeld’s pet cat Choupette, Chen Peng dressed Cardi B, and Chinese music artist Cai Xukun attended holding a fan designed by Chinese artist Xu Bing. Also over the past week, Feng Chen Wang starred in Nike’s new campaign alongside Grammy-award winning rapper Megan Thee Stallion and others.
For Pharrell’s Something In The Water music festival in Virginia Beach, Louis Vuitton (LV) created exclusive merchandise to celebrate its new men’s creative director. The release proves just how much the luxury house plans on leveraging Pharrell’s existing fanbase, showing a distinct affinity to his artistry. Luxury fashion is now centered entirely on popular culture, with brands like LV tapping into the rise of community-led purchasing through merchandise.
This week, though, the Collabs & Drops newsletter focused on another merch-move of Sacai and Ghetto Gastro. We also look at Tommy Hilfiger’s latest ready-to-wear collection featuring the work of Andy Warhol, and Ganni’s first jewelry collaboration. For our verdict on those, check out the below, and subscribe here to receive these updates straight to your inbox.
Tommy Hilfiger x Andy Warhol
Date: April 25
Verdict: A collection dedicated to the late artist Andy Warhol’s love for Montauk, New York. The 28-piece line incorporates colors, prints, and textures inspired by the seaside. Instead of taking the artist’s IP and slapping it on T-shirts and hoodies, this collection feels more artistically done.
One of Tommy Hilfiger’s dedicated Instagram posts has just 429 likes currently, but the comments are all positive, expressing love for the color palette in particular. When artist collaborations feel overdone, utilizing their works for creative inspiration rather than just for graphics makes for more appealing apparel collections. Brands should take note.
Ganni x Veneda Carter
Date: April 28
Verdict: Ganni has decided to bring its new butterfly logo to its first jewelry collaboration. Made in partnership with LA-based creative Veneda Carter, the collection features the revamped logo on earrings, a bracelet, and necklaces in silver and gold. Seeing as the celebrity stylist’s eponymous brand only launched in 2022, Ganni evidently has confidence in its growth and reach.
After all, the Copenhagen-born talent has 290,000 Instagram followers, and has previously worked as head stylist for Yeezy and as a day-to-day stylist for Kim Kardashian. Fans of Ganni are likely to overlap with fans of Veneda Carter, so both names will benefit from the relevant exposure.
Sacai x Ghetto Gastro
Date: April 28
Verdict: It all started with the “Sacai Gastro” pop-up in Tokyo back in December, which presented a menu inspired by Nike and Sacai’s Waffle collabs. Sacai and the culinary collective have now come together on a clothing capsule. Seeing as the bandana print is an ode to the Bronx gangs of the ’70s and blue-collar workers, the clothing collection is steeped in meaning that resonates with Ghetto Gastro’s core identity.
This collab is proof that fashion and food can mix well when they find common ground. Not only does the capsule allow Ghetto Gastro to extend its reach in Asia, but it also invites Sacai’s streetwear-oriented consumers into its world, thus marking an amazing milestone for the two increasingly established talents.
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