Welcome back to FIB’s weekly drop list. Here are our favourite new releases for the third week of November!
This week’s highlights include Harry Styles’ non-binary beauty brand and Midorikawa x Suicoke’s FiveFinger Sneaker. Read on take a look at Gucci’s special edition Xbox, Jason Wu’s new pet lifestyle line and more.
Midorikawa x Suicoke x Vibram, FiveFinger Sneaker
Midorikawa and Japanese avant-garde label Suicoke drop a humorous version of Vibram‘s FiveFingers sneakers. With Midorikawa’s heavily deconstructed menswear basics inspired by “unfashionable clothes”, the 2021 LVHM Prize selected business has acquired a strong local following.
This isn’t Suicoke’s first attempt at the controversial FiveFingers, however. The NIN-LO has been part of Suicoke’s repertoire for years.
Toed shoes are polarising enough, but Japanese label Midorikawa’s anatomical twist on the Vibram FiveFingers silhouette adds an additional nightmarish element to the mix: Toenails.
The beautifully monstrous footwear is available in six different colours based on ivory, snow, and mocha skin tones.
Shop the drop online.
Harry Styles, Pleasing
This week’s celebrity drop is Harry Styles’ new non-binary beauty brand, Pleasing.
Find your Pleasing. pic.twitter.com/tYWH15C9rG
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) November 15, 2021
The gossip started in May, when the pop star was listed as the director of a new company. Style registered a trademark in the UK for a “wholesome perfume and cosmetics” company. In the initial filing, Styles takes the credit as a director alongside Emma Spring.
The official announcement came on November 15 in Dazed magazine’s winter issue. Since, Styles has been seen wearing hoodies with the word “pleasing” printed on them. British GQ Style Editor, Zak Maoui, has also been busy tweeting photographs of posters across London.
Styles is known for his avant-garde fashion choices, which often include brightly coloured nails. It’s only natural for him begin the business with polish.
He tells Dazed,
“It was a fun little project, but during the pandemic, and when we eventually named it Pleasing, it felt like it was so much more than nail polish”.
The range includes an iridescent nail paint with a matte finish, a pearl white nail polish with a glossy finish and a nail polish set. It also features a moisturising antioxidant serum, and a serum-filled roller pen.
The brand launches with a four-polish ‘Perfect Polish Set’ for $95. Also available are two single nail polish colours, ‘The Pleasing Pen’ to “refresh lips and eyes” and an illuminating serum.
The range is available now thru the Pleasing website.
CUUP, Lurex Underwear
To commemorate the holidays, CUUP has just released its newest underwear collection. To get you in the Holiday spirit, the brand has created a new range in glittering colourways “Gold,” “Onyx,” and “Pyrite.”
The dazzling intimates are now available in a softer form, made with CUUP’s new Lurex fabric, which keeps wearers comfy all day. Combine the slinky underwear with a Balconette, Plunge, Scoop, Triangle, or Demi bra from the line to complete the look.
To elevate your outfit to the next level, you can match your intimates with dresses, suit sets or sultry mesh pieces.
Shop the full collection online.
Jason Wu x Cat Person
Cat Person has dropped a range of feline home essentials with Jason Wu. Wu, 39, has dressed Michelle Obama. He’s also won a CFDA Award and launched his own cosmetics line.
This recent collaboration with the pet lifestyle brand aims to win the hearts of pet owners with a sense of refinement. The line includes furniture and toys for pets, providing a minimalist yet elegant design which serves to elevate your space.
This decision makes perfect sense for someone whose friends have been calling him “the resident cat lady” of the group for years. Per People,
“I’m always lamenting about how there’s not really beautiful, but effective solutions for cat care products,” he tells PEOPLE. “It’s always in the back of every pet store. And so I always thought one day I’m going to make my own. I’ve been saying that for years.”
Wu explains that when Cat Person approached him about creating a line for their brand, his response cited it as “the perfect opportunity” to design his “dream collection.”
Wu is a cat owner – Jinxy and Peaches – whom Wu says inspired the collection. The release features a sleek litter box, a stylish cat food bowl, a metal scoop, a catnip toy and a black hoodie.
The designer tells People that there are differences between designing for animals and designing for humans. However, he concludes that everyone is looking for the same thing.
“What’s in common is really about aesthetics,” he says. “I think our cats deserve beautifully designed things, just like we want for ourselves.”
The full collection is now to view and purchase online.
Opening Ceremony x Birkenstock
Birkenstock has teamed up with Opening Ceremony to honour legendary artist René Magritte’s surrealist creations. The Belgian artist is celebrated for his thought-provoking paintings that experiment with reality perceptions.
The resulting Birkenstock X Opening Ceremony René Magritte Boston Clogs find inspiration from two artworks; “The Empire of Lights” (1954) and The False Mirror (1929). The collaboration features an ad inspired by Magritte’s surrealist style.
“We are thrilled to be teaming up with @birkenstock to celebrate the birth month of Belgian artist René Magritte with a limited edition capsule that features two of his most iconic works…”
Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon share in a statement.
“We founded Opening Ceremony with the goal of celebrating creativity in all forms. Partnering again with the Magritte Foundation to rework the Birkenstock Boston clogs is a testament to our commitment to supporting the arts”.
Xbox x Gucci
To celebrate Xbox’s 20th anniversary, Gucci and Microsoft collaborate to release a special edition Xbox series X. This first-time collaboration takes the fashion house’s roots in sports and leisure to the next level.
The special edition bundle includes one of 100 numbered Xbox Series X consoles, featuring laser-Cut Monogram Motifs. Each console has a serial number prominently displayed on the chassis.
The set also includes two wireless controllers and a Gucci branded carrying case. You can also immerse yourself in a library of over 100 games with the included Xbox Game Pass; if you can spring $10,000 for the release.
The Gucci Xbox Series X drops on November 17th, 2021.
New Balance x Malbon Golf
New Balance announces a new relationship with lifestyle brand Malbon Golf. The runner profile was resurrected by Malbon and NB’s 997G earlier this year.
The result is the 997G, which features a weather-resistant leather top and performance mesh. This edition appears in two new colourways, black and grey. The heel features Malbon script logo as well as NB branding. The FastTwist 3.0 Pulsar cleats on the NDurance outsoles provide more grip and stability on the golf field. This acts to massively reduce slippage. The shoes also come with a StockX and Malbon Golf golf towel.
This limited edition drop includes only 200 pairs of each of the black and grey golf shoes.
The Malbon Golf x New Balance 997G drops on November 18 via the official website.
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