The Drop: Tatler's Round-Up of the Hottest Fashion Launches in May 2021
New season, new collections to lust after and get our hands on. From Prada's Timecapsule series to Balenciaga's latest covetable bag, stay tuned for all the newest and most desirable forthcoming launches and product releases right here.
JIMMY CHOO LAUNCHES ITS HIGH SUMMER 2021 COLLECTION
Who: Jimmy Choo
What: Launch of the High Summer 2021 collection
Why: Summer isn't cancelled—and neither is summer style. Jimmy Choo is bringing the idyllic glamour of Miami to the world with its latest High Summer 2021 collection. Featuring an array of sculptural heels, languid sandals and bold, summery bags, it is an ode to the unique visual aesthetic of the beachside city.
“High summer to me is about sun, sea and blue sky—an escape, to have fun and not be weighed down. I wanted to drown myself with heat, be uplifted by colours and a sense of freedom, which naturally led me to Miami,” said Sandra Choi, creative director of Jimmy Choo. “Unlike anywhere else in the world, it’s an incredibly exciting city with a dose of sophistication and a vibrant art deco scene. We were thinking about fusing all of those ideas through unexpected finishes, a sensuality in shape, from day through to evening, and warmth in colour. This collection is about pleasure and enjoyment, feeling the heat and being sun kissed.”
When: Available in stores now
TOD’S BRINGS ITS FULL SUMMER COLLECTION TO SINGAPORE
What: Debut of the Full Summer collection
Why: Having just unveiled its newly revamped store at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands—where the boutique has been refreshed with luxurious travertine marble floors, silver and taupe saddle-stitched, leather-panelled, steel vitrines, among other design elements in line with brand's new global image—the Italian luxury brand beloved by royalty and celebrities alike, has brought its Full Summer collection to our shores.
Evoking the languid charm of an Italian summer, the collection draws on quintessentially summery materials such as raffia and macramé for its shoes, bags and accessories. Standouts include the Kate bag in black with a bold gold buckle, and the Timeless crossbody in leather and raffia. Perfect for our tropical climes!
When: The Tod’s Full Summer collection is now available at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-81, Galleria Level, Singapore 18972.
DIOR BRINGS A TOUCH OF STYLE TO YOUR HOME
What: Kim Jones' first Homewear Kit for men
Why: With most of us spending our time indoors these days, homewear has never been more essential. But, according to Dior Men's Kim Jones, you can do it in style. Enter: the luxury brand's first Homewear Kit for men. The four piece set includes a sleeping mask, silk-lined slippers, a cashmere throw and a pochette to house all of the items, done up in the House's iconic Dior Oblique print. Now, you can truly say that it's a luxury to stay at home.
When: Available in-store from May 2021
MONCLER INTRODUCES TWO SUMMER-READY CAPSULES
What: Introducing the Exploring Coastlines and The Freshener capsule collections
Why: Are you ready for a hot, hot summer? Moncler has launched two new "themes" (as they call it) just in time for the season—Exploring Coastlines for men, and The Freshener for women. Both have their unique takes for summer: The Freshener is a clean, crisp collection of monochrome pieces, while Exploring Coastlines features vivid colours of red, off-white and navy blue. It's the perfect wardrobe refresh for people out to make the most of the sunny weather in style.
APPLE DEBUTS NEW APPLE WATCH PRIDE EDITION BAND
What: New Apple Watch Pride Edition band and dynamic watch face
Why: Just in time for Pride month, Apple is unveiling a new Apple Watch Pride Edition band and dynamic watch face, which includes a broader set of colours drawn from various Pride flags representing the LGBTQ+ communities. The woven band features colours from the original rainbow Pride flag, with the addition of black and brown colours representing the Black and Latinx communities, in addition to those who have passed away from or are living with HIV/AIDS, while light blue, pink, and white represent transgender and nonbinary individuals.
“On many fronts, Apple supports the ongoing and unfinished work of equality for diverse and intersectional communities, and we want to provide every opportunity to celebrate and honour this history during Pride season,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. Time to wear your Pride on your wrist!
LOUIS VUITTON COLLABORATES WITH NBA
Who: Louis Vuitton
What: Capsule collection with the National Basketball Association (NBA)
When: May 28
Why: Taking sportswear to the next level, Louis Vuitton's latest capsule collection is not one to be missed by basketball fans. In its second collaboration with the NBA, the collection pays tribute to the basketball mania of the ’90s, translated into shirts and shorts that take their graphic cues from the colourful basketball jerseys—what's more, font variations on the ready-to-wear pieces reference the typeface of an NBA team—leather bags that boast a grain reminiscent of a basketball, and jewellery that was inspired by those worn by basketball players in the ’90s.
For the first time ever, hardcore fans will also be able to buy Louis Vuitton’s first-ever basketballs in a 29.5” life-size version, made in partnership with official game ball supplier Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Needless to say, these are limited edition and highly collectible.
MOSCHINO TAKES US TO SESAME STREET
What: Capsule collection with Sesame Street
When: May 25
Why: The iconic children's show gets a high fashion reboot with this kitschy collaboration with Moschino. Creative director Jeremy Scoot reimagines all our favourite characters—Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Grover, and Bert and Ernie—onto Moschino's signature pieces including a biker jacket, tracksuits, shoes, and more. Also starring in the campaign is singer Kasey Musgraves, who has described herself as a lifelong fan, and even appeared on the show as a guest star.
Where: The Moschino Sesame Street collection will be available globally on May 25 at moschino.com and Moschino boutiques worldwide.
SHANGHAI TANG JOINS FORCES WITH YUNI AHN
Who: Shanghai Tang
What: Collaboration with Yuni Ahn for pre-fall 2021
Why: Known for its deep appreciation of Chinese culture and heritage, Shanghai Tang is tapping on the refined sensibilities of designer Yuni Ahn for its pre-fall 2021 collection. Ahn has some serious design chops, having honed her craft at Maison Kitsuné and Celine, and it is evident in the desirable collection of sleek, streamlined bags and minimalist ready-to-wear that references the lines of the qipao. Motifs such as the latticework of traditional Chinese windows, the bamboo and the moon are cleverly worked into the design of the collection—enhancing its quiet allure.
DIOR DROPS ITS FALL 2021 COLLECTION IN STORES
What: Launch of Dior's Fall 2021 collection
Why: It's the start of a new season (in stores, at least) and Dior's beat most of the brands to the punch by launching their latest Fall 2021 collection in stores. Shown just a few weeks ago in Shanghai, the collection's highlights include the new Mizza print—which can be seen on key items such as the Bar jacket, the Saddle, Lady D-Lite and Dior Book Tote bags—a fabulous PVC raincoat splattered with the Dior Oblique print, and outré metallic coats and skirts.
Where: The Dior Fall 2021 collection is now available in stores.
RALPH LAUREN COLLABORATES WITH MLB
Who: Ralph Lauren
What: Collaboration with Major League Baseball for a capsule collection
Why: Ralph Lauren has hit a home run with his latest collaboration. Teaming up with Major League Baseball to celebrate the beauty of the game, the quintessential American brand's capsule collection pays tribute to some of baseball's most recognisable clubs, including the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Cardinals, with an eye to expand to other teams in the future. For now, get your hands on baseball jackets and polos (among other must-have items) in stores and online now.
BALENCIAGA UNVEILS THE GROCERY SHOPPER
What: Launch of the new Grocery Shopper tote
Why: With sustainability becoming an increasingly important factor in consumers' shopping habits, Balenciaga is contributing its own effort to make the world a better place. Introducing the Grocery Shopper, a reusable, collapsible shopping bag that fully uses recycled materials in its production.
Where: The Balenciaga Grocery Shopper is now available online and in store at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
ZEGNA PRESENTS ITS SUMMER SHOES
What: Launch of the Triple Stitch Sneaker and Valencia Espadrillas
Why: Step into summer in style with Zegna's new Triple Stitch Sneaker and Valencia Espadrillas. Made with warm weather climes in mind, the lightweight fabrics and rich colours evoke an effortlessness that will be the perfect accompaniment to the sunnier days ahead.
LOUIS VUITTON PROVIDES OFFICIAL TROPHY TRAVEL CASE FOR THE FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO
Who: Louis Vuitton
What: Partnership to provide the official Trophy Travel Case provider for the F1 Grand Prix de Monaco
Why: Staying true to its heritage as trunk makers, Louis Vuitton has long created special trunks for some of the world's most iconic sporting events. This year, the French luxury house teams up with the F1 Grand Prix de Monaco for the first time ever to specially design a trunk to house and display the trophy that will be awarded to the winner of the racing competition on May 23.
VALENTINO RELEASES THE ONE STUD SNEAKER
Who: Valentino Garavani
What: Launch of the Valentino Garavani One Stud Sneaker
When: From May 7
Why: Part of the house's Roman Stud family, the oversized stud takes pride of place on the new sneaker style that Valentino is releasing as part of its Fall 2021 collection. The sneaker comes in two styles (a high-top and low-top version), and three colourways with accents in white, black and red.
Where: The Valentino Garavani One Stud Sneaker is currently available in stores.
PRADA LAUNCHES FIFTH TIMECAPSULE SERIES
What: Launch of the fifth Timecapsule series
When: May 6
Why: Available for 24 hours on the first Thursday of each month, the Prada Timecapsule series is always a covetable drop of limited edition products. One of the key highlights this month includes a classic Prada boxy shirt with a reinterpretation of the company's triangle logo bearing the month of the drop.