Cover Photo: Louis Vuitton

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

With summer on the horizon, fashion brands have been releasing plenty of playful collections to welcome the balmy season with. Headed to the beach? You’ll have an array of raffia bags, bucket hats and breezy floral shirts to choose from. And, at night, complete your party looks with more glamorous pieces like sequin dresses and bejewelled shoes. Below, we spotlight all the new fashion collaborations and collections you don’t want to miss out on this May.

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1. Louis Vuitton Launches the Bubblegram Collection

Who: Louis Vuitton

What: A bag collection for Spring/Summer 2022

Why: Louis Vuitton’s beloved bags are all puffed up for the new Bubblegram collection, which is marked by its use of quilted monogram leather. Iconic styles like the Alma BB handbag, the Papillon BB and the Over The Moon shoulder bag are now soft to the touch and come in fun colours like Dragon Fruit pink, Banane yellow and Bleu Glacier blue. They’ll surely add pops of colour to your summer wardrobe.

When: Available now in Louis Vuitton stores, and online

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2. Prada Launches the Raffia Triangle Bag

Who: Prada

What: New styles of the Prada Triangle Bag

Why: The Prada Triangle Bag was one of the hottest bags of 2022—and it’s about to get even hotter now that the Italian fashion brand has unveiled fresh takes on the bag in raffia. Like the Prada raffia tote bag that dominated last summer, the new Triangle Bags are lightweight and casual, coming in striking colours like yellow and green, and neutrals like tan, white and black. You can discover the bags as well as the rest of the brand’s summer offerings—think colourful bucket hats and Foam rubber sandals—at the Prada Tropico pop-up that runs until May 17 at Ion Orchard Singapore.

When: Available now in Prada Ion Orchard, and online

3. Chanel Unveils New Ballerina Flats

Who: Chanel

What: A ballet flats collection for Spring/Summer 2022

Why: The epitome of French chic, Chanel’s ballet flats have long been a staple for the likes of Kate Moss, Alexa Chung and Meghan Markle. Now, the classic ballerinas have been blinged out, coming in sequin tweed versions or embellished with bejewelled chains. The glamorous styles are just the thing to elevate your outfits this season. And if you want to keep things simple, you can always detach the striking straps.

When: Available now in Chanel stores, and online

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4. Kenzo Launches Nigo’s Limited Edition Poppy Capsule

Who: Kenzo

What: Poppy capsule collection

Why: For his fourth and final Kenzo capsule collection for Spring/Summer 2022, creative director Nigo looks to the poppy—a key motif of the Japanese fashion brand. The bright red flower adorns a range of summer essentials, including cotton poplin Hawaiian shirts, drill shorts and soft jersey T-shirts that are more or less unisex thanks to their relaxed and boxy cuts. It makes sense that the collection is exclusively dropping in Singapore, where the collection can be worn all-year-round.

When: Available from May 6 in Kenzo Marina Bay Sands, and online

5. Moncler Collaborates With Gentle Monster

Who: Moncler

What: A collaboration with Gentle Monster

Why: As part of its Moncler Genius project, Moncler has tapped on Gentle Monster to create a limited-edition capsule collection. The South Korean brand is best known for its edgy eyewear, especially its bestselling sunglasses made with Blackpink’s Jennie; now, it has imparted its cool aesthetic on an array of T-shirts, technical pants and Moncler’s signature puffer jackets. The collection, inspired by digital culture, also includes a range of futuristic sunglasses, some of which  feature a new Moncler logo that mimics a button that has “swiped” on.

When: Available from May 9 at Moncler Marina Bay Sands Singapore

6. Loewe Collaborates With Paula’s Ibiza

Who: Loewe

What: A collaboration with Paula’s Ibiza

Why: Loewe and Paula’s Ibiza are back to curate your summer wardrobe yet again. This time, the collaboration’s bohemian spirit is imbued with high glamour, courtesy of party pieces like sequin miniskirts, bodysuits and dresses (one of which Kendall Jenner has already worn), as well as matching platform mules.

Crochet also takes centre stage, especially through pieces like a rainbow top and a see-through strappy dress to be worn over a bikini. The capsule collection is rounded off with an array of Loewe’s bestselling bags like the Puzzle, the Hammock, the Amazona and the Anagram Basket, now flaunting beautiful ombré designs inspired by the psychedelic sunsets of Ibiza.

When: Available now in Casa Loewe Ion Orchard and online

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