Our round-up of everything you need to know about the latest fashion drops, collaborations and launches this month

As Candy Pratts Price immortalised in The September Issue, September is the January of fashion—and this month’s roaring line-up of fashion drops, collaboration and launches are already proving that it’s going to be hot, hot, hot month. From Italian luxury label Tod’s fresh new collaboration with Japanese brand Hender Scheme, to pop princess Ciara’s new fashion line, there are just so many things to keep your eye on as they roll into stores—both physical and online—this month. Stay up to date with all the latest news right here and check back every week for updates.

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Valentino launches (V)accinated hoodie

Who: Valentino

What: VLogo (V)accinated hoodie in partnership with Cloney

Why: Tongue in cheek, chic, and for a good cause? There are many reasons to love Valentino’s latest drop, but we’re loving it simply because it’s the perfect anathema to our pandemic-riddled lives. The VLogo “Vaccinated” hoodie, created in collaboration with Internet sensation Cloney, is a hilarious take on the brand’s instantly recognisable logo and combines our penchant for loungewear with a touch of humour. What’s more: all revenues from the sale of the hoodie will be donated to UNICEF in support of the organisation’s delivery role in the global COVAX Program. 

“Getting vaccinated has become the most effective way to fight this global pandemic, as well as a symbol of respect for others and social responsibility. One cannot hide behind the concept of freedom by deciding not to get vaccinated. Freedom must always be protected, and we must all fight for freedom but respecting others: the freedom to be ourselves, the freedom of thought, the freedom of love, the freedom to express and fight for our own ideas. Unfortunately, not all countries have equal access to Covid-19 vaccines. With this collaboration, Valentino supports UNICEF in the delivery efforts of life-saving Covid-19 vaccines,” says Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli.

When: Available for pre-order September 23 at valentino.com

Louis Vuitton introduces the LV Pont 9 Soft bag

Who: Louis Vuitton

What: The release of the LV Pont 9 Soft bag

Why: Louis Vuitton is introducing another version of its popular LV Pont 9 bag this season. Enter the LV Pont 9 Soft, which (as its name suggests) is a softer, pliable version that has been crafted from grained calfskin leather and comes with a large textile strap. The versatile crossbody bag takes its name from Paris’ Pont Neuf, one of the city’s oldest and most famous bridges, and just happens to be situated opposite the maison’s headquarters. 

It will be available in two sizes: MM, which comes in classic black and a warm golden sienna shade; and PM, which is available in black, golden sienna, a chic blue, and elegant grey.

When: Available now at all Louis Vuitton boutiques and online

Burberry releases new additions to the Lola bag family

Who: Burberry

What: The Lola Zip and the Lola Bucket

Why: Two new additions have been made to Burberry’s Lola bag family—the Lola Zip and the Lola Bucket. The Lola Zip is a fresh interpretation of its predecessor, with the addition of a zip closure, instead of a flap. It is crafted from lamb leather with the house’s exploded check quilting and will be available in several colorways, including pale vanilla, deep saffron, black and maple brown.

The Lola Bucket is Burberry’s take on the ever-popular bucket bag style, and will come in in three sizes—medium, small and micro. It is crafted from Italian-tanned quilted lambskin, and has chain straps, and features the Thomas Burberry Monogram. A versatile style, it can be work on the shoulder or crossbody as well.

When: Available in stores and online

Tod’s launches new Sneakers

Who: Tod’s

What: Release of new Sneakers

Why: Reflecting the current demand for comfortable and sporty sneaker styles, Italian luxury brand Tod’s has released its new Sneakers that blend technical mastery with its signature craftsmanship. Made of technical mesh with leather or suede inserts, the sneakers boast incredible detailing and an ergonomic silhouette for greater comfort.

When: Available at Tod’s boutiques worldwide and online 

Brunello Cucinelli collaborates with Oliver Peoples

Who: Brunello Cucinelli

What: Collaboration with Oliver Peoples

Why: For its latest collaboration, Brunello Cucinelli has partnered with Oliver Peoples on a line of eyewear. Comprising of five styles—the Disoriano, the Artemio, the Filu, the Nino and the Oliver Sun—and takes its inspiration from Brunello Cucinelli’s beloved “Monile” pattern translated into corewire, to Solomeo’s skyline. “For the design process, working with Cucinelli’s team was seamless,” said Giampiero Tagliaferri, creative director of Oliver Peoples.  “We spoke the same design language as we both champion the process of crafting something simple yet incredibly special—through the use of purposeful materials and intricate details. For this reason, the collection is characterised by a luxurious simplicity.”

When: Available globally on September 22 in Oliver Peoples and Brunello Cucinelli boutiques and online, as well as at select wholesale partners from October 2021 

Louis Vuitton releases the Vendôme Flex collection

Who: Louis Vuitton

What: Release of the Vendôme Flex collection

Why: As its name suggests, the Louis Vuitton Vendôme Flex collection presents three flexible shoe styles this month. This includes a a Derby shoe, a loafer and a Chelsea boot that have been specially treated by the house’s master craftsmen in Italy. How this technical feat is achieved is no simple matter: the shoes’ traditional Goodyear-welted seam has been enhanced with a new flex technique, and the traditional sole, lining, and upper leather have all been treated extensively to improve their softness. The insoles have also been switched out with technical materials that could previously only be found in sneakers for extra comfort.

When: Available in stores from September 2021

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Tod’s collaborates with Hender Scheme

Who: Tod’s

What: Capsule collection collaboration with Hender Scheme

Why: Tod’s creative director Walter Chiapponi is joining forces with Japanese designer Ryo Kashiwazaki of Hender Scheme for a capsule collection that will be revealed in a special launch event at the upcoming Milan Fashion Week. Part of the brand’s Tod’s Factory initiative, where the brand collaborates with the fashion world’s most creative visionaries, Hender Scheme is combining the legacy and heritage of the Italian luxury brand with its own contemporary approach called ‘New Craft’ and the results are set to be spectacular. Look out for more updates.

When: The collection will launch in September and will be available in selected Tod’s boutiques, on Tods.com, and at 10 Corso Como in Milan and Seoul; and Dover Street Market in Tokyo, Beijing, and Singapore.

Balenciaga drops Laser Cube

Who: Balenciaga

What: Release of the Laser Cube sculpture

Why: Balenciaga has dropped the latest of its Balenciaga Objects—a glass sculpture that creates optical illusions of the brand’s Triple S, Track, Tyrex and X-Pander sneakers. Rendered via laser etching to create a negative 3D image of the iconic Balenciaga sneaker, each sneaker etching is almost a perfect replicate of its physical counterpart, right down to the smallest detail. The Laser Cube will also feature the Balenciaga logo and the name of the sneaker—a fabulous collectible if you’re into sneakers.

When: Available now at Balenciaga Paragon

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Dior opens new Lady Dior pop-up

Who: Dior

What: Lady Dior pop up opening

Why: French luxury brand Dior celebrates its iconic Lady Dior this season with a dedicated pop-up at Ion Orchard. See the latest season’s offerings, including a fully embroidered version of the Lady Dior named Lady D-Lite, designed by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, as well as other versions with the house’s Mizza motifs and ultra-glossy cannage. The pop-up will also house several other interpretations of the Lady Dior—whether heavily embellished and embroidered or more classic styles.

When: The Lady Dior pop up will run from September 1 to October 3, 2021 at Level 1 Atrium, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801

Ciara debuts new fashion label

Who: Ciara

What: Launch of LITA by Ciara

Why: Pop princess Ciara has launched a new, bold women’s fashion line under The House of LR&C, the company she cofounded with her husband, NFL star Russell Wilson, and Lululemon alum Christine M. Day, reports WWD. Dubbed LITA by Ciara, which is an acronym for love is the answer, the 160-piece strong line is a mix of high glamour and casual pieces that was inspired by vintage and staples in the pop star’s closet. “I am so proud to share my women’s brand—LITA by Ciara...I poured a lot of love into every part of the process of creating this line,” the singer wrote on Instagram. “My goal is for LITA to be your best friend in fashion, your one-stop-shop from day to night. LITA has all your fashion needs covered.”

When: Available now online

Braun Buffel launches its fall/winter 2021 collection

Who: Braun Buffel

What: Launch of the ‘Micro/Macro’ fall/winter 2021 collection

Why: For fall/winter 2021, Braun Buffel played with the idea of “reliving the past with tools of the future”. This culminated in their ‘Micro/Macro’ collection, which brought sleek, sci-fi-inspired silhouettes and classic together with an eye-catching colour palette. Expect geometric shapes and curved lines, fused with an architectural sensibility and detailed craftsmanship—best highlighted in the Athena bag, inspired by the greek goddess of wisdom; and the Iconic, a Bauhaus-inspired piece that is both stylish and fucntional.

When: Available from September 2021 at all Braun Buffel boutiques, retail counters in leading department stores, and online

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