Ancuta Sarca’s dynamic SS23 campaign wins the fashion olympics
Plus Aries’s new London flagship store, Rosalía’s custom tour wardrobe, Kano’s Burberry campaign and more
image Zach Apo Tsang / Ancuta Sarca
words Sophie Lou Wilson
Fashion isn’t only about clothes. That’s why this week we bring you feel good news spanning music, furniture and footwear. After all, great style rarely exists in a vacuum. First up is Fashion East alumni Ancuta Sarca whose futuristic SS23 campaign starring model and musician Soo Joo Park showcases her sporty upcycled sneakers. Meanwhile, Acne Studios have designed a 128-piece custom wardrobe for Rosalía’s world tour. And if you’re in London, why not pop to Aries’s first UK flagship store, opening next week? Plus, the latest from Burberry, Loewe and Peachy Den. Here’s all the feel good fashion news from this week you might have missed.
Sports day has never looked so good in Ancuta Sarca’s SS23 campaign
If you’re a heel lover who can’t quite commit to wearing trainers or a sneakerhead who wants to sample a more high fashion look, then Ancuta Sarca’s designs were made for you. The Romanian-born London-based designer’s upcycled footwear turns old trainers into sporty chic kitten heels. Sarca made her fashion week debut in 2019 with support of talent incubator Fashion East and this season, she put on an official presentation herself, showcasing her distinctive kitten heels alongside mini bags and furry boots. This week, the brand dropped their SS23 campaign starring model and musician Soo Joo Park posed running a relay, snorkelling and dashing off to work. Gladiator-style metallic trainers, hot pink Barbiecore flip flops, orange neoprene pumps and gradient knee highs prove that, when it comes to footwear, Sarca is way ahead of the game.
Rosalía’s 128-piece tour wardrobe by Acne Studios is a Motomami romance
We love a show stopping tour wardrobe moment and Rosalía always delivers. The Spanish pop icon recently cemented her fashion icon status, performing at Louis Vuitton’s Men’s show in Paris in January. Now, it’s been announced that Acne Studios have created a 128-piece custom wardrobe for the singer and her dancers to wear onstage during this summer’s festival circuit. Kicking off with her first Coachella set last weekend, Rosalía wore a romantic ruffled pink blouse that cascaded down past leather trousers. The on-stage wardrobe is a true meeting of minds with the soft, saccharine themes of Acne’s SS23 collection combined with Rosalía’s Motomami aesthetic. The singer will hit Europe this summer to play Primavera Sound.
East London’s calling in Burberry’s new Kano-fronted campaign
With his AW23 runway debut, Daniel Lee presented his vision of new Britain for Burberry. For Lee’s latest campaign as creative director, British rapper Kano is captured in the streets where he grew up in East Ham. The revived Equestrian Knight logo sits in the corner of the image as Kano leans over a North Circular road sign donning a classic Burberry trench. The Tyrone Lebon-shot campaign continues Lee’s vision to take the heritage brand in a more youthful and personality-driven direction. Kano joins Shygirl, Skepta, John Glacier, Raheem Sterling and more as a new face of the classic British brand.
Aries arise! The brand launches their first London flagship store
The high street might be taking its last choking breaths, but so far, 2023 has proven that the IRL shopping experience isn’t dead yet. First, Heaven opened the doors to its first London store in Soho last month. And now, this week, Aries opened their London flagship, also in Soho. The internet might offer speed and convenience, but sometimes you just can’t beat spending a Saturday afternoon browsing a well curated concept store IRL. The Aries space will function as a shop and art space hosting exhibitions, experiences and events. Fancy a hot drink while you shop? No problemo! Parisian coffee shop Paperboy is on hand to serve you in their first official outpost outside of Paris. Aries fans, arise!
Peachy Den’s new campaign is The Virgin Suicides meets <u>The Devil Wears Prada</u>
Following on from their football themed capsule collection helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have access to the game, Peachy Den’s latest campaign draws inspiration from early 2000s Hollywood. Bored models lounge on suburban front lawns like a scene from Sofia Coppola’s 1999 cult classic The Virgin Suicides. Elsewhere, they strut through the city clad in lace and Y2K silhouettes. Shop Peachy Den here.
Loewe’s chairs are colourful bursts of joy
Pivoting from fashion to furniture, Loewe turns a playfully surreal eye to its collection of new chairs showing at Salone del Mobile in Milan this week. Covered in foil and faux fur, these avant-garde pieces display a quirky, experimental mix of bright colours and hand woven materials. The collection even includes colourful toadstool stools. In typical Loewe fashion, these chairs take something from the everyday and make it absurd. On that note, JW Anderson’s Wellipet shoes are now available to buy here. Take them as a reminder to find wonder in weirdness.
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