Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, June 1) — Kick off the month by checking out the new collections of legacy jeans, designer, and sneaker brands, and visit local brand sales and pop-ups.
Levi’s celebrates 150 years of 501 Jeans
The legacy jeans brand celebrated the 150th anniversary of its 501 Jeans with an immersive experience at the Mall of Asia Central Atrium last May. The two-day event featured a customization booth with patches designed by artists Soleil Ignacio, Kitty Jardenil, Juss Lim, Kris Abrigo, and Zuh Dai. The brand also tapped designers Rik Rasos (ProudRace), RJ Santos (Randolf), Nina Amoncio (Antonina), and Kendrick Cay & CP Garcia (Construction Layers) to design their own versions of the iconic jean, all of which were put on display at the event. Stay tuned this June for more, as Levi’s will be releasing new products in the 501 line, including more colorways of the cropped version of the 501 Original for Women, the 501 Original, and the 501 Shorts.
New Balance launches Grey Day collection
Dad shoe stigma aside, New Balance has in the past few years been a go-to brand for anyone looking for sneakers that don’t sacrifice maximum comfort for style. The color grey in particular is special for the brand, as its sneakers are known for sporting the neutral color. They recently released the Grey Day 2023 collection that includes apparel and the Moon Daze pack, which includes exclusive variations of the 9060, 550, 580, and Fresh Foam x More Trail V3 shoes. “The color’s transcendent nature has always reflected both our history of innovation and identity,” said MAP Active Marketing Manager Bea Madrid at the brand’s Grey Day Celebration last May 24. The exclusive pack is available at New Balance stores nationwide.
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Fortune W.W.D. holds Kicked-Out Sale
If you’ve been looking to own your very own Fortune W.W.D. piece, now might just be the time to cop. This weekend, they’re hosting a “We’re Getting Kicked Out” sale for family and friends before moving out of their Makati outpost. All items from the brand’s War is Hell Archive up to their Staple Pack collections will be marked 10% off, with additional discount taken at the register if you come in Fortune W.W.D. pieces. If you’re wearing two Fortune W.W.D. items, you get an additional 20% off, if you’re wearing three, you get 30% off, four at 40% off, and five or more items gets you 50% off. The sale runs from June 2 to 4 at the Fortune W.W.D. outpost at Cattleya Condominiums in Makati City.
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Gucci’s Cruise 2024 Korean-inspired Cruise Collection
With throwbacks to ‘90s and early 2000s Tom Ford era but in the colors of today’s kinetic styles, luxury fashion house Gucci showcased their Cruise 2024 collection with a meeting of worlds. Gucci presented their Cruise 2024 collection at the grand 14th century Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, highlighting the importance of the Korean market and culture, which, as Vogue's Monica Kim pointed out, was “a metropolis that once slept in the shadow of its neighbors Tokyo and Shanghai.” The collection is a visual dialogue of the house and the frenetic culture that’s dominating significant conversations in fashion, music, and film.
Gucci highlights bourgeois wear spliced with sportswear of everyday life of Seoul, leading to a deconstructed structure that makes for an interesting collection. Zippers expand the shapes of trousers, detachable sleeves become accessories, and jackets elongate into coats. The collection is brought to life by the ceremonial courtyard’s anchor to the past while Seoul’s futuristic skyline glitters nearby, which sort of also tracks as to how the fashion brand has evolved, with a “century-old creative legacy now evolved by designers and artisans of different backgrounds — who each interpret the House’s codes through their own individual and cultural gazes.”
Check out the collection with the video above or at the Gucci website.
Linen brand Sunki releases new styles
The brand Sunki, known for their transparent approach to fashion and cute product names, like the “Schedule My Meeting” pants, released new styles this May. This new drop features two dresses and one top designed to help you beat the summer heat: the "Shake Your Margarita" Dress, a no-frills mini dress with a square neckline and inverted pleats at its sides. The 'Dream Girl' Bias Midi Dress is a slip dress with an asymmetrical helm and a plunging neckline that comes in six colorways, including black, oat, and olive silk. The "Fan Yourself" Halter Top is a cropped halter with a tie neckline and a tie back — good for lazy days spent lying under the sun. Get them on the Sunki website, or visit their (Not So) Summer pop-up this weekend in Muntinlupa, which will also feature items from Tela Story Collective, Moko Plants, and Aly Kangleon.
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