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From NYC's coolest label bringing us spring-ready accessories to a sustainable activewear launch and a '90s-inspired collaboration (hello, jelly sandals!), here's what fashion is bringing us this March.
1 of 12 New Label Sunday Archives Launches
The pandemic had us supporting more indie brands than ever before and it's been thrilling to see creatives pivot to launch new businesses in the midst of such a turbulent time. Tracey Curran did just that, leaving her role as fashion buyer at ASOS to found her brand Sunday Archives. Launching this month, the London label's debut collection is a big dose of vitamin D: think vintage-inspired holiday pieces in sunset colours that'll have you dreaming of summer. From palm prints to silk slips, it's got warm-weather dressing wrapped up.
Sunday Archives, from £35, launches here this month. 2 of 12 Collina Strada x Reebok Launches
NYC's coolest label Collina Strada and streetwear giant Reebok have teamed up to deliver exactly what we need for spring: serotonin-boosting colour and playful prints which herald sunnier days. The collaboration is titled 'Call Mom' after Collina Strada founder Hillary Taymour "kept forgetting to call my mom back" during a busy show season. "I had notes all around my apartment to ‘Call Mom’ and then it just stuck." This collection, she says, is a reminder "to check in with your loved ones during this time. Everyone’s going through problems… just make sure you write everyone to let them know you’re safe.” Made up of two bold twists on the Reebok Classic Leather and Classic Leather Legacy, it's the freshest way to put your best foot forward for spring.
Collina Strada x Reebok, from £72, is available here from 31st March and here from 2nd April. 3 of 12 Lacoste x Ricky Regal Launches
Not familiar with Ricky Regal? You might know the man behind the mask, Bruno Mars. That's right, the megastar musician has adopted a new designer alter ego and for his fashion scene debut he's teamed up with Lacoste on a collection of ready-to-wear, footwear and accessories. Inspired by vintage sportswear, the slick collection is unisex, priced from £20 to £250 and features '70s hues, vibrant prints and patterns (we'll be wearing the tie-dye all summer) and retro silhouettes like ringer socks and bowling shirts.
Lacoste x Ricky Regal, from £70, is available at Selfridges from 5th and Lacoste from 8th March. 4 of 12 SAMSØE SAMSØE x Gore-Tex Launches
After the success of the first collaboration between purveyor of Scandinavian simplicity SAMSØE SAMSØE and utilitarian technical brand Gore-Tex, the duo are back in business and bringing us an equally fantastic second drop. Made up of five new products, every piece is perfect for city strolls and countryside rambles – whatever the weather. We've got the Maude style in our basket ready to buy.
SAMSØE SAMSØE x Gore-Tex, from £480, is available to buy here now. 5 of 12 Lazy Oaf x Melissa Launches
Calling all '90s babies! Lazy Oaf, the bright and bold brand bringing you kitsch motifs and playful colour season after season, has teamed up with footwear label Melissa on a collection of accessories straight out of fashion's favourite era. Think jelly bags, foam-soled sandals and velcro fastenings in a sweet array of shades. We're ready to channel our inner Groovy Chick.
Lazy Oaf x Melissa, from £35, is available here now. 6 of 12 Reformation Launches Ref Active
Sound the alarm! Reformation has launched activewear and we want the lot. The brand's first foray into gym gear is just as sustainable as its main collection, with the drop being made up of two fabrications: "EcoMove is for your HIIT class, whilst the EcoStrect fabric is for making an excuse and cancelling." Both are made from REPREVE, which uses 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and is GRS and Oeko-Tex certified. Coming in sizes XS-3XL and priced from £63, it has everything from park runs to Zoom barre classes sewn up.
Ref Active, from £62, launches 2nd March here . 7 of 12 Reiss Launches Modern Staples
Search for capsule wardrobes has surged in lockdown as the past year has called for more simplicity from our wardrobes. Reiss has created the perfect collection, then, with its latest drop of Modern Staples. These easy basics can be mixed and matched accordingly – think white shirts, marled grey loungewear and classic trench coats that'll take you from sofa to Zoom meeting to daily stroll around the park. We'll take the lot.
Modern Staples, from £55, is available to shop here now. 8 of 12 Red Wing Launches 'Out Of Fashion Since 1905' Campaign
If you're already a fan of heritage footwear brand Red Wing, you won't be surprised by the talent they've tapped for their latest campaign, 'Out Of Fashion Since 1905'. Celebrating those who live intentionally out of fashion, it's an ode to people who do things differently. First up are Wan-ji and Sho-er Chang, the octogenarian couple behind
Want Show Laundry
who share experimental outfits compiled from pieces left at their family business. The second face of the campaign is
Erin Brown aka The Concrete Cowgirl
, an equestrian who runs the Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy and pushes the community conversation to provide better access and representation for Black riders. A badass campaign, we're sure you'll agree.
You can shop Red Wing's Classic Moc Toe Boots, from £269, here. 9 of 12 Dr. Martens Partners With The ICA
The pandemic has revealed how little support there is for the UK arts but help is at hand: our favourite leather and lace label Dr. Martens has teamed up with The Institute of Contemporary Arts on a dual commitment to support emerging artists by awarding £60,000 in production grants for Image Behaviour 2021, The ICA’s annual platform dedicated to experiments in artists’ moving image. UK-based artists can apply through an open call until 30th March, with the chance to present their new works through Dr. Martens’ digital platforms and on Cinema 3, The ICA’s new online platform.
You can apply for Image Behaviour 2021 until 30th March here. 10 of 12 Allbirds Launches Plant Leather Allbirds has long been a leader in the sustainable fabric space, creating innovative and impressive solutions to the climate crisis. Now, the San Francisco-based footwear and apparel brand has launched Plant Leather, the world's first 100% natural plant-based leather alternative. With a 40% lower carbon impact than leather and 17x less carbon than synthetic leather made from plastic, it's fully biodegradable, made from vegetable oil, natural rubber and other bio-ingredients and will be used as part of an upcoming product launch. Keep an eye on Allbirds' site and social platforms for news of Plant Leather launches. 11 of 12 Koibird Launches Break A Sweat
Koibird, the Marylebone-based concept store, typically drops two seasonal edits per year, spotlighting a roster of emerging designers from a specific location (for Lagos last year, we were introduced to pieces from Thebe Magugu, Lisa Folawiyo and Studio 189). This season, Koibird is pivoting to focus on athleisure and loungewear, with the majority of brands being woman-owned and contributing to the sector positively in some way, whether through sustainable fabrication innovation or charitable efforts. From high-shine pastel hues to '90s tie-dye, the collection is as retro as it comes. Grab your leg warmers and let's get physical!
Shop Koibird's Break A Sweat Drop here now. 12 of 12 UNIQLO +J SS21 Launches
Minimalists, rejoice! After the triumphant return of UNIQLO's +J collaboration with legendary designer Jil Sander, it's announced a second collection, dropping on 25th March. Made up of spring-ready parkas and voluminous basics to relaxed tailoring, the drop, priced from £34.90, is the fresh injection our wardrobe needs. Set your alarm, it's sure to be a sell out.
UNIQLO +J SS21, from £34.90, drops here 25th March.