This week brings us more than a few exciting fashion releases: Clarks introduces their retro-inspired Craft Sports Collection for Spring/Summer 2021; Japanese designer Tomo Koizumi collaborates with the house of Emilio Pucci for a dreamy capsule collection; Pomelo and TikTok launch a streetwear collection. Peppered among these are notable beauty launches that caught our eye, and our favourite isn’t even a product. Intrigued? Keep reading to know the details on these hot updates.
Clarks introduces their Craft Sports Collection
Modern meets retro in Clarks’ Craft Sports Collection. Inspired by the brand’s expansive almost 200-year-old archive, the designs featured are fresh updates on beloved styles. You’ll find vintage elements seamlessly blended with contemporary touches; the result are unique, revamped pieces that suit today’s athleisure lifestyle. Under the collection are three categories: CraftRun Lace, Hero Air Lace and SprintLiteLace (SGD199/~USD151).
The CraftRun Lace is perfect if you’re looking for an all-around shoe that’s versatile enough to be paired with many outfits — from dainty dresses to casual sporty pantsuits. What’s more is that it’s very comfortable because it’s equipped with a removable Cushion Plus™ Eco Foam. Style and comfort? Sign us up!
Looking for something that has a more retro feel? Check out the Hero Air Lace, which has a vintage-reminiscent perforated laced upper. It's equipped with Active Air™ so your feet feel fresh even after a long day. For joggers, the SprintLiteLace is the way to go. It has padded toplines for ankle comfort, removable Cushion Plus™ Eco Foam, breathable leather socks and lightweight soles — perfect for your routine.
Wanna start strutting in these? The SS21 Craft Sports collection is now up for grabs at Clarks ION, Suntec, Jewel stores.
UNIQLO surpasses ZARA as “most valuable” clothing brand
We’ve got some hot fashion tea. UNIQLO has dethroned ZARA as the “most valuable” clothing brand, with the former reaching JPY10.87 trillion (about USD103 billion) last week, making it the leading clothing brand “in terms of market capitalisation”, according to Nikkei Asia. The lead may have been caused by many factors. One could be the Japanese brand’s design versatility and masstige appeal (affordable goods that are marketed as prestigious). Another factor could be ZARA’s various controversies over the last few years. Whatever the cause may be, we’re keeping an eye on this exciting battle of the brands.
Tomo Koizumi x Emilio Pucci
What happens when you combine the signature clean yet colourful style of Emilio Pucci with Tomo Koizumi’s flamboyance? You don’t have to imagine it any longer. A unique capsule collaboration between Tomo Koizumi and Emilio Pucci has just launched exclusively on NET-A-PORTER for a two-week preview. Expect splashes of colourful looks in unapologetically billowing silhouettes. The collection features 11 outfits with sculpture-like quality, an exuberant pouch with a personality of its own, fancy tees and festive pom pom sandals. This is maximalist style at its finest.
Pomelo and TikTok launches streetwear collection
A social media collaborating with a clothing brand? It now exists. For some time now, TikTok has been a goldmine for anything fashion-related. It’s where new fashion trends and hacks are born. Even so, it still came as a surprise for us when it partnered with Pomelo for a streetwear collection, its first-ever fashion collaboration. The release includes 13 fun streetwear pieces in TikTok’s signature colours: Red, Light Aqua, and White. As part of the launch, Pomelo has also introduced the #BeBoldBeYou TikTok challenge (running from 24 February to 5 March) where users can showcase how they style their favourite looks. Those with the most creative entries will stand a chance to win the full Pomelo x TikTok collection and win prizes worth up to USD300. The Pomelo x TikTok collection is now exclusively available online via the Pomelo App (IOS/Android) and in Pomelo stores.
SocietyA presents collaboration with Korean brand Tibaeg
In celebration of their fifth anniversary, SocietyA launched the ‘x SocietyA’ Project, a collaboration collection with some of the best Asian designers. After launching pieces from Sean Loh and Sheila Agatha Wijaya from Sean Sheila, Wei Lin and Mijia Zhang from PH5, and Chung Chung Lee from LIE, the multilabel platform is set to release their limited-edition capsule collaboration with Cho Eun Ae from Tibaeg.
This collection is inspired by the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay that Eun Ae saw when she first visited Singapore in 2014. The highlight of the collab are the prints that feature abstract green imagery with shades of navy blue. This design will be incorporated in Tibaeg’s first trench dress, the Bay Printed Trenchcoat as well as in her iconic long-sleeved dresses. The Tibaeg x SocietyA capsule collection is now available at SocietyA’s flagship boutique at Takashimaya and Society-a.com.
RboW adds CASE STUDY fragrance series to its line-up
Up-and-coming South Korean beauty brand RboW is adding a new product line-up: the Case Study fragrance series. It has four scent categories: sweet, spicy, fruity and floral. The scents are inspired by the enticing elegant aromas encountered outside Parisian ateliers. The most intriguing for us? Case Study #3 O.A.C (short for One Accord Composition), which is infused with notes of jasmine, rose, orange blossom and cardamom. Want to bring one home? The collection is now available on Beaubit.
CHANEL launches the Lipscanner
Long gone are the days when you could simply walk into a store and swatch lipsticks to your heart’s delight. Now that we’re in the midst of a pandemic, we have to be more careful about what we touch. So what does that mean for our swatching adventures? CHANEL has a solution: virtual swatching via the Lipscanner. While virtual lipstick try-ons aren’t new, this one allows you to scan anything — from the shade of your favourite red bag to your favourite movie heroine’s lips — and the Lipscanner will match the closest shade to a CHANEL lippie. Sounds so exciting!
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