We are stronger together! Following this principle, our May round-up brings the latest collaborations in the worlds of fashion and beauty.
Travel in Style
The travel and lifestyle brand TUMI has launched a limited-edition partnership with supercar maker McLaren. The TUMI | McLaren 60th Anniversary collection celebrates six decades since the founding of the automobile label. The capsule is the final instalment of the brand’s spring 2023 campaign entitled Unpack Tomorrow, featuring Lando Norris, the McLaren Formula 1 driver. “We are thrilled to have collaborated on this collection with McLaren, utilising their famous papaya colour and combining modern, lightweight materials to create luggage, bags and accessories that celebrate their 60th anniversary,” said Victor Sanz, TUMI’s Creative Director. The campaign features the racing superstar in a short-film montage of his travels, showcasing a hybrid McLaren Artura supercar and the ways that his TUMI bags’ performance matches his own.
H&M has been collaborating with big names in the fashion industry since 2004 – Karl Lagerfeld was the first to design a capsule for the streetwear label. The latest collaboration to hit the stores on May 11 is with the iconic house of Mugler. Discussions for this partnership began before Manfred Thierry Mugler’s passing in January 2022. The collection unites the house’s history with its present and future, offering various Mugler classics and signatures. The pieces showcase the Mugler world today and the intriguing ways that the American designer Casey Cadwallader (Mugler’s Creative Director) has twisted and reinvented the brand to make it fresh and relevant for the new generation. “It is truly an honour to collaborate with H&M. The collection is a celebration of everything that defines Mugler as a house, and each piece is authentic Mugler, from the bodysuits, which have become a signature of ours, to the sharp tailoring and worked denim. It is a showcase of our icons,” said Casey Cadwallader. The limited edition includes womenswear, menswear and accessories.
The fresh, handmade cosmetics company, Lush, released an exclusive product collection in partnership with Nintendo + Illumination’s animated film The Super Mario Bros. Movie. The special capsule features a Princess Peach body spray, Mario and Luigi shower gels and a first-of-its-kind mystery Question Block bath bomb. The surprise bath bombs come with a hidden collectable power-up soap inside, each with its own unique fragrance and colour. There are six options, from mischievous mushrooms to the elusive and exclusive gold star. The Lush X The Super Mario Bros. Movie collection allows fans to get their hands on a limited-edition eight-piece range based on some of the most popular characters from the film. “The collection is innovative and iconic with surprise and delight elements inspired by the film, and we can’t wait for the reaction from fans,” said Stephanie Kraus, SVP Global Design and Product Development, Universal Products & Experiences.
Another collaboration is between Bosa, an internationally known Venetian ceramics workshop, which has been creating completely handmade objects and pieces of furniture since 1976, and Karl Lagerfeld. The KARL LAGERFELD X BOSA collection is comprised of two distinctive sculptures inspired by the signature look that made Karl Lagerfeld an instantly recognisable figure. POP KARL is a humorous and playful representation embracing Karl’s irony and wit. Designer Elena Salmistraro uses colour and contrast to create a vivid, textured piece, while Nika Zupanc’s ROCK KARL captures his signature look in more monochromatic tones. Each piece measures 41cm in height and 18cm in width – a homage to the designer’s endless ability to create from an innovative perspective. The sculptures are limited-edition, handmade and crafted from ceramics, 24-carat gold and platinum paints.
Maison Chloé has teamed up with swimwear brand ERES on an exclusive collection. Chloé’s Creative Director, Gabriela Hearst, partnered with ERES and its Creative Director, Marie-Paule Minchelli, to craft unique swimsuits and bikinis. Chloé has made a range of beachwear essentials to complement the capsule, such as ready-to-wear, bags, shoes, eyewear and hats. The items are inspired by the maison’s design signatures, including broderie anglaise and trademark ‘C’ detailing. The Chloé X ERES swimwear is made from Peau Douce – an innovative second skin material created by ERES that combines elasticity, resistance, shape and comfort and comes in earthy colours inspired by the Mediterranean. A commitment to continuously improving environmental and social impact is reflected throughout the collection. The Peau Douce material is derived from castor oil-based polyamide, and the Patricia shirt and Paloma skirt are cut from embroidered linen. Linen cultivation emits fewer greenhouse gases and requires less water, making it a lower-impact material in nature compared to other conventional fabrics.