Cover Photo: Courtesy of Longchamp

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

It’s the beginning of a brand new year, and what better way to celebrate it than to take stock of all the launches and collaborations that will be making their debut this January (and beyond). Watch this space for Tatler’s edit of the hottest fashion news and fashion drops that are making their way to stores this month.

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1. Longchamp releases new Cuir de Russie bucket bag

Who: Longchamp

What: Launch of the new Cuir de Russie bucket bag

Why: It’s roomy, colourful and oh-so-whimsical—what’s not to love about Longchamp’s new Cuir de Russie bucket bag? Launching this January, the adorable and versatile bucket bag style has been given an upgrade by the French fashion brand, who has done up the new classic in its signature Cuir de Russie leather. The bucket bag comes in an array of vibrant colours that will carry you through spring and summer: yellow, orange and green hues, as well as more classic shades such as garnet red, burnished brown and jet black. Whether you’re toting it to brunch to to the beach, these spacious bags will be more than enough for your essentials, and then some.

When: Available in stores and online from January 7; red colourway available exclusively online in February

2. Strathberry rings in the new year with SS22 collection

Who: Strathberry

What: Launch of the spring/summer 2022 collection

Why: A firm royal and celebrity favourite, Strathberry has not failed to put forth a collection that we consistently lust after, and spring/summer 2022 is no different. Taking inspiration from the post-modernist work of artist Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh, her sister Frances MacDonald and embroiderer Ann Macbeth, the new collection takes these disparate inspirations and turns them into instant cult classics. For starters, there’s the Supple Suede limited collection that transforms Strathberry mainstays like the Crescent Shoulder and Lana Osette into cognac-hued, butter-soft incarnations; then there is the Rose/Black limited collection with its vibrant roses embroidered onto leather backgrounds. 

What’s more: the East / West Baguette, a structured clutch with a contrast flap, joins the brand as its newest addition; the Black Diamond with Fire Edge collection gives an otherwise monochrome interpretation of the brand’s favourite bag styles a literal crimson edge; and the ever-popular Multrees Chain Wallet now comes in a limited edition star-studded version.

When: Available online now

3. Riccardo Tisci announces ‘Friends and Family’, a new creative series

Who: Riccardo Tisci and Burberry

What: A new creative series called ‘Friends and Family’

Why: Riccardo Tisci is known for his impeccable direction when it comes to navigating fashion’s future, and his latest creative venture proves just that. Announcing a new creative series titled ‘Friends and Family’, Tisci is bringing together diverse creatives and perspective to interpret the Burberry identity in their own personal ways. First up, Tisci favourite Lea T, who most recently walked the brand’s spring/summer 2021 show and has featured in Burberry campaigns in the past, will be taking on the autumn/winter 2022 pre-collection and is set to unveil the creative outcome later this month. We can’t wait to see what this new series entails for the brand.

When: Launching in January 2022

4. Furla launches the Primavera

Who: Furla

What: The new Primavera bag

Why: With the Y2K aesthetic well and truly back (take a scroll on TikTok if you need any convincing), Furla’s new Primavera bag has come at the perfect moment in time. With its crescent shape and delicious colours—think bright fuschia, moss green, and a pale pastel pink—the bag calls to mind the petite carriers favoured by Paris Hilton or Nicole Richie circa The Simple Life. It’s the perfect arm candy whether you want to sling it over your shoulder, in the nook of your elbow or just simply carrying it in hand.

When: Available in stores and online now

5. Shu Shu Tong partners up with Charles & Keith

Who: Charles & Keith

What: A collaboration with Chinese brand Shu Shu Tong

Why: Singapore fashion label Charles & Keith is giving us yet another surprise for the new year. After announcing Krystal Jung as its first-ever global brand ambassador, the brand has also announced a collaboration with Chinese brand Shu Shu Tong. The capsule collection blends Shu Shu Tong’s signature irreverently feminine aesthetic with a modernity that hits all the right notes. “We used flowers and bows which are recurring motifs we’ve employed in our previous collections,” the designers said. “The rose takes centre stage in this capsule, its beauty, prickly complexity and uniqueness are part of the Shu Shu Tong design DNA.”

When: Available in stores and online now

6. Miss Sohee collaborates with Dolce & Gabbana

Who: Miss Sohee

What: A partnership with Dolce & Gabbana

Why: If 2021 propelled London-based Korean designer Sohee Park onto the red carpet, 2022 is when she finally takes her well-deserved turn in the spotlight—Milan Fashion Week’s runway spotlights, to be exact. The promising young designer (who describes her label Miss Sohee as demi-couture) will be showing her new collection at MFW, supported by Dolce & Gabbana. The Italian luxury label will host the presentation of Miss Sohee’s collection in its Milan spaces, and will help to organise the affair as part of their ongoing commitment to young fashion talent.  “I’m truly excited to see my creative vision finally come to life,” said Park. “I am extremely grateful to Domenico and Stefano for their generous support and for this unique opportunity. Knowing that I can count on them and that they encourage my creativity is a real honour.”

When: Miss Sohee’s new collection will be shown at Milan Fashion Week in February 2022

7. Alexander McQueen’s ocean-inspired jewellery hits stores

Who: Alexander McQueen

What: Launch of the pre-spring 2022 seasonal jewellery collection

Why: Drawing on the oceanic themes present in its spring/summer 2022 collection, Alexander McQueen has unveiled its pre-spring 2022 seasonal jewellery collection. Crafted to resemble seabed denizens and beachcombing finds, the sculptural shapes of the jewellery bring to mind coral branches, seashells and pearls, finished in polished silver or antique yellow gold. Bright coral-hued gems have also been included to further bring the oceanic theme to the fore.

When: Available in stores now

8. Bottega Veneta kickstarts ‘Bottega for Bottegas’ initiative

Who: Bottega Veneta

What: Introduction of the ‘Bottega for Bottegas’ initiative

Why: There’s no better time to shine a spotlight on artisans and craftspeople—with the pandemic still going on, it’s hard to sustain a handmade business—and Italian luxury brand Bottega Veneta is putting its power and influence to do just that. Fresh off the holiday season, the maison has launched its ‘Bottega for Bottegas’ initiative, highlighting the work of 12 Italian bottegas and artisans that specialise in products such as biscuits (Krumiri Rossi), ceramics (Orsoni), paper (Amatruda) and more.

“We are thrilled to launch Bottega for Bottegas alongside Italian artisans with whom we share the common values of creativity and craftsmanship. We are proud to offer worldwide visibility to these “Bottegas” that are deeply rooted in Italian culture, specially at a time where smaller entities continue to be impacted by the pandemic. It is with honour that we have passed on our advertising spaces, website, newsletters, and store windows and we hope that this will further highlight their excellence at a global level,” said Bartolomeo Rongone, CEO of Bottega Veneta.

Watch the meaningful campaign above and look out for these bottegas’ products both in store in Bottega Veneta’s stores in Italy, as well as online on the brand’s website.

9. Gold medal champion Eileen Gu models Louis Vuitton’s new Twist bags

Who: Louis Vuitton

What: Launch of new Twist bag campaign starring Eileen Gu

Why: What do you get when you put an iconic bag line, the stunningly Brutalist Messner Mountain Museum Corones in the Italian Dolomites together with a free-ski gold medallist? Louis Vuitton’s new campaign starring Eileen Gu answers that question. Sporting the French luxury brand’s newest iterations of the Louis Vuitton Twist bags, Gu takes her place among the fashion firmament with a jaw-dropping series of images that show off her boldness of spirit, along with the bag’s modern architecture.

When: The Louis Vuitton Twist bags are available in stores and online now

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