The Juicy Couture x Aries collab is The Simple Life meets Brokeback Mountain
Plus, the latest feel good fashion news from Copenhagen Fashion Week, Vans and Fashion East
image Juicy Couture/Aries
words Sophie Lou Wilson
The fashion set might have departed from Paris after couture week, but that doesn’t mean things have quietened down on the fashion news front. Copenhagen Fashion Week kicked off yesterday, marking the first season where on-schedule brands will have to meet specific sustainability requirements. Meanwhile, Fashion East announced their new lineup and Collina Strada connected with her inner tween. So, let’s get into it. Here’s all the best fashion news to drop this week.
Aries and Juicy Couture channel rhinestone cowboys
Two loungewear heroes have come together for the first time to create velour sets so glamorous that it’d be rude not to wear them out and about. The collection, titled ‘Rhinestoned Cowboys’, is inspired by American tailor Nudie Cohn who popularised rhinestone covered cowboy suits in Hollywood in the 1950s and 60s. Dressing stars from Elvis to Cher, his designs were the epitome of camp Americana. Juicy Couture has a similarly camp history, famously associated with Y2K icons like Paris Hilton and Britney. The Juicy Couture x Aries capsule feels like a meeting point between mid-century and turn of the century American fashion, paying homage to the rhinestone cowboys and '00s it-girls at the same time. The classic velour tracksuits are updated with in-house designed Aries prints like a distorted snake print that continues the western theme. There are also some versatile tees and baby tees emblazoned with “I Am Juicy" to complete the collection.
Johanna Parv joins Fashion East for AW23
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Ahead of London Fashion Week, talent incubator Fashion East recently revealed their new line up for Autumn/Winter 2023. Estonian-born, London-based designer Johanna Parv is a new addition this season. Her athletic aesthetic is inspired by the busy lives of women who cycle through the city to work each day. Meanwhile, Karoline Vitto will return with her inclusive, sensual cut-out designs and Standing Ground will show their elegant, draped silhouettes for a second season. Fashion East designers typically go on to become the biggest names in London fashion so these three are ones to watch. Alumni include Jonathan Anderson, Simone Rocha and Grace Wales Bonner as well as more recent names like Knwls, Chet Lo and Nensi Dojaka.
(di)vision host an indie sleaze dinner party
In the popular imagination, Scandinavian fashion is associated with sophisticated minimalism. Well, (di)vision turned that on its head, instead focusing on the aftermath of a booze-filled dinner party with a collection titled, ‘Dressed for Disaster’ – it’s the end of Dry Jan, after all. Guests were seated around tables with red wine stained linens and half-eaten food while models wore grungy Y2K looks like matching tracksuits, plaid shirts and jumpers tied around waists. For the final look, a model in a pink corset and miniskirt emerged from the audience, revealing that the tablecloth was part of her outfit and leaving a trail of food, plates and cutlery in her wake.
P.L.N joins the goth renaissance
Elsewhere at Copenhagen Fashion Week, Danish label P.L.N joined the goth revival that fashion has embraced in recent seasons. With low-rise leather, accessories made from hair and bare midriffs galore, we can imagine Julia Fox wearing this collection very soon. The show took place in a dimly lit room that exploded with hardcore techno beats and, indeed, some of the outfits wouldn’t look out of place in a ‘before and after I moved to Berlin’ TikTok. Strands of hair hung from necks, eyelashes and t-shirts, adding a touch of grotesque to the offering. The brand partnered with new material Circulose® to create fully-recyclable textiles, keeping with the emphasis on sustainability at Copenhagen this season.
Collina Strada and Vans connect with their inner tween
Collina Strada’s Hillary Taymour says she’s always been a Vans girl so when the opportunity to collab with the skater shoe brand came up, she jumped at the chance to connect with her inner tween. “Growing up, I was a surfer-skater girl meets a horseback rider-girl,” she told Vogue. “I was always a Vans girl.” The playful, psychedelic collection features doodle prints and bubblegum pink shades drenched in schoolyard nostalgia in Vans’ timeless silhouettes. The soles are covered in green grass stain graphics and paw prints, courtesy of Taymour’s dog, Pow. The apparel offering includes neon terry tracksuits and candy coloured socks. If all that wasn’t adorable enough, the campaign features a cast of adorable piglets. The collection will be available to purchase from 10 February.