The Launch: April’s Hottest Fashion Drops

calvin klein x palace collaboration

Alasdair McLellan

We’re finally getting into the swing of spring, and fortunately, the fashion is right there with us, ready to bloom. From Wandler’s new collaboration with Germans Ermičs to the most recent amalgamation of Calvin Klein and Palace Skateboards, we’ve got the scoop on the best and boldest fashion news, collaborations, and releases this month. Watch this space for more intel as the month continues.

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1 Calvin Klein Teams Up with Palace on CK1 Palace

Who: Calvin Klein and Palace Skateboards

What: New collaborative collection

Where: Available online at palaceskateboards.com and calvinklein.com and at Palace stores in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo

Why: Few places represent the bustling energy of metropolitan life better than New York and London. It makes sense, then, that the two skylines set the scene for the latest collaboration between Calvin Klein and Palace Skateboards, two brands that call the cities home, respectively. CK1 Palace is a combination of the cool minimalism of Calvin Klein and Palace’s devilish streetwear attitude. The collection takes its inspiration from the ‘90s, when skate culture was a dominant force in fashion and Calvin Klein’s iconic campaigns were omnipresent. For CK1 Palace, the tri-Ferg logo is imprinted on CK’s signature underwear, denim, tees, fleeces, basketball jerseys, baggy shorts, and, to top it all off, a unisex fragrance. The look, feel, and scent of the collab brings us back to Calvin Klein’s glory days—with Palace’s modern take, of course.

2 Still Here Launches New Denim Collection and Café Concept

Who: Still Here

What: New bone wash denim collection and café

Where: Available exclusively online at stillhere.nyc and at Still Here Café later this month

Why: Denim and coffee are pretty much a match made in heaven—ask any fashion person ever. Just in time for Earth Month, denim brand Still Here is bringing everyone’s favorite pairing under one roof at the soon-to-be-open Still Here Café in New York’s Nolita neighborhood. In addition to serving coffee made from actual cotton waste (yes, you read that correctly), the store will house the label’s new (and sustainable) bone wash jeans, made from fabric comprised of 80 percent upcycled cotton and 20 percent organic cotton. Just make sure not to spill.

3 Louis Vuitton Releases Charitable Bracelets Made by Virgil Abloh

Who: Louis Vuitton and UNICEF

What: Charity bracelet collection

Where: Available online at louisvuitton.com and at select Louis Vuitton stores

Why: From the mind of the late, great Virgil Abloh comes the latest creative riff on Louis Vuitton’s Silver Lockit bracelets benefitting the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The first LV Lockit collection created for the worldwide humanitarian aid organization debuted in 2016; since then, a new iteration is released each year to raise money for relief in areas like India during the COVID-19 outbreak, Lebanon after the Beirut explosion, and, most recently, the crisis in Ukraine. The colors and materials of the bracelets hark back to Abloh’s runway presentations, with black titanium details contrasting against neon cords. For each purchase of the new Silver Lockit bracelet, $100 is donated to UNICEF to help children in urgent need—a steady continuation of LV’s commitment to aiding UNICEF in its efforts to protect children around the world.

4 Lafayette 148 Presents the L148 Outdoor Collection

Who: Lafayette 148

What: New outerwear collection

Where: Available online at lafayette148.com

Why: Lafayette 148 is bringing its luxury POV (literally) into the wild with the launch of its new outerwear collection, appropriately called L148 Outdoor. Comprised of a waterproof elongated anorak, trench, and car coat, each piece is constructed to brave the elements—in the most stylish way possible. Special design techniques such as thermo-sealed taped seams that form masculine silhouettes are softened by feminine details. April showers have truly met their match.

5 Wandler Launches Artist in Residence Series With Germans Ermičs

Who: Wandler

What: First Artist in Residence collaboration with Germans Ermičs

Where: Available exclusively online at wandler.com

Why: Elza Wandler, the creative director behind cult accessories brand Wandler, is a passionate art and design enthusiast—a trait that’s exhibited in her sculptural handbags and footwear. So it’s no surprise that Wandler is launching its very own Artists in Residence program for artists to inject their unique POV into Wandler’s beloved accessories. For the very first collab in the series, Wandler has tapped Lavtian-born, Amsterdam-based artist German Ermičs, known for his innovative takes on color play and space, and using striking color permutations on glass objects. Ermičs’s signature Blue Collection was the jumping off point for the series of handbags, spray-painted by hand in an elegant blue gradient. The result? Wearable art that blends utility and style.

6 Etam Debuts in the U.S.

Who: Etam

What: Etam’s U.S. debut

Where: Available for purchase at 10 Nordstrom locations in the U.S. (NYC, Seattle, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Washington D.C., and Phoenix) and online at nordstrom.com and us.etam.com

Why: A new brand is touching down in the States, offering the French tradition of savoir-faire corsetry for all fashion-loving Francophiles to enjoy. For background, Etam, founded in Paris in 1916, is the only lingerie label to participate in Paris Fashion Week, and its most recent collection includes a very covetable genderless capsule. The company prides itself on being a sustainable option for delicate, low-profile lingerie. In fact, half of Etam’s styles are made using recycled or organic fiber, and it uses technical methods such as vegetable dyeing and making linen lace from flax to reduce harm to the environment. Suffice to say, Etam’s lingerie gives your everyday undergarments what it’s been missing—that certain je ne sais quoi.

7 Goldie Introduces Goldie Organic

Who: Goldie

What: New sustainably sourced T-shirt line

Where: Available online at goldietees.com and amazon.com

Why: Goldie, purveyor of high-quality, sustainable basics, single-handedly changed the T-shirt game back in 2016 when it quietly launched with a curated collection of its perfect take on the staple. To further improve on its first (very successful) design attempt, it’s now rolling out Goldie Organic, a new collection featuring six new styles certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard, meaning both the materials and supply chain are environmentally conscious. Additionally, the manufacturing process prioritizes fair pay and working conditions in the northern Amazon and mountains of Lima, Peru. These lightweight, super-soft tees complete any casual look and serve as a testament to Goldie’s mission of protecting both each other and the planet.

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