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Welcome to the second “Wednesday Meeting” post, a new blog feature dedicated to all of the amazing fashion and lifestyle gossip in London.
This week, I’ve been mostly enjoying an exclusive early access to the amazing Moncler x Adidas Originals collaboration and of course indulging in some binge watching of the new Love Is Blind season. There are some hot new collabs on my radar and some interesting new launches from the likes of Sporty & Rich and Chanel. I hope you enjoy!
Moncler x Adidas Originals Released
If you were quick and are a member of MatchesFashion, you’ll have been granted exclusive early access to this brilliant collaboration. Pre-launching at MATCHES for 24 hours, you could have been be the first to discover colourful puffer jackets, essential separates and sneakers in the must-have collection.
Don’t worry though, you can now shop the collection online here.
Catherine Tate & David Threlfall; The Enfield Haunting
Paul Unwin’s new play based on the extraordinary true story of one of the most famous poltergeist events in the world.
Written by Paul Unwin, and directed by Angus Jackson, The Enfield Haunting will play at Brighton Theatre Royal and Richmond Theatre, before moving to The Ambassadors Theatre in London for a limited West End season from 30 November 2023 until 2 March 2024. Press night is on Wednesday 6 December 2023.
Tickets from www.enfieldhauntingplay.com.
Love Is Blind: Season 5 Begins
If you know me you’ll know I don’t watch TV. I do however, love my Real Housewives, The Ultimatum and Love Is Blind (can you see a theme here?).
Well, fans, rejoice! Season 5 of Love Is Blind has just started and I’m already on episode 3, fully invested, and rooting for my favourite couples. Dating in the pods and meeting their chosen partners who they have proposed to, sight unseen. Honestly, I’m so excited just typing.
I can’t help but notice that in this series, there appears to be a lot of food… no doubt in retaliation to the scandals of previous years where they’ve come under fire for not giving the contestants access to enough food and too much alcohol. Interesting.
Cos Unveils New AW/23 Collection
If there’s one thing I love about fashion in high street stores (well, mid-luxe stores) these days it’s that things are starting to feel a bit more considered again. By that, I mean pieces can be mixed and matched, the quality is improving and the price point appears to be static.
Cos ring true on every count. Cos Autumn/Winter 2023 collection was debuted at New York Fashion Week and now you can shop online.
H&M collaborates with Paco Rabanne
Rabanne H&M flirts with fantasy, dances through decades and dreams about the future. Bringing together the carefree exuberance of the 1970s, the optimistic futurism of Rabanne and a touch of retro-inflected romance, the collection channels a modern vision of approachable opulence, joy and confidence.
There’s a floor-length tiered chiffon gown bedazzled with crystals, a crisp poplin button-up with broderie anglaise detailing and oversized pleated sleeves, a rich floral jacquard cutout dress, structured wool outerwear, gracefully draped jersey knit separates and lots of leopard print — truly something for everyone to wear to the party.
Rabanne H&M launches globally in selected stores and on hm.com on 9 November 2023. Rabanne H&M HOME will be available at selected H&M HOME stores and on hm.com in selected markets from 9 November 2023.
Gucci Brings Its Changemakers Programme to London
Gucci recently announced the Programme’s expansion into the UK, which sees the house partner with the University of the Arts London’s (UAL) London College of Fashion (LCF) to continue offering multidisciplinary scholarships to a new group of university students who face financial barriers.
North Face Collaborates With Comme des Garçons
The North Face has teamed up with Comme des Garçons on a new collection that merges functional outerwear and high-end fashion. Comme des Garçons’ ‘Wear Your Freedom’ and ‘My Energy Comes from Freedom’ slogans are printed on the interior of essential The North Face styles including the Nuptse Vest, Denali Fleece Jacket, and Hydrenaline Jacket and Pant. Also featured in the collection are logo-focused t-shirts and hoodies, as well as a cap and a fanny pack.
The collection will be available at select The North Face, Dover Street Market, and Comme des Garçons stores worldwide as well as for a limited time available at a pop-up in Paris. The collection will also be available on online and the Dover Street Market London.
Seán McGirr Named Alexander McQueen Creative Director
The former ready-to-wear director at J.W. Anderson will succeed Sarah Burton. It’s the latest in a string of executive shakeups as Kering seeks to reinvigorate its business on multiple fronts.
The Irish fashion designer Seán McGirr has been appointed creative head of Alexander McQueen following the departure of Sarah Burton after 13 years at the helm of the namesake fashion house and her final runway show in Paris this week.
Sporty & Rich Expands Into Beauty
Sporty & Rich has announced the launch of Sporty & Rich Beauty.
All products are dermatologist tested, vegan, paraben-free, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and safe for sensitive skin as well as formulated to comply with EU regulation requirements. The launch starts with five genderless products: Skin Softening Milk Cleanser, Multi-Vitamin Face Mist, Multi-Purpose Balm, Nourishing Body Oil, and Replenishing Hand Cream. Each product is formulated with soothing actives, hydrating nutrients and antioxidants.
Shop the full range here.
Chanel's New Limited Edition Eyeshadow
The CHANEL Makeup Creation Studio has incorporated the Byzantine influences that inspired Mademoiselle’s jewellery pieces in LES 4 OMBRES BYZANCE. These four eyeshadow palettes come in cases that are elevated by a hammered interior, a nod to Gabrielle Chanel’s cuff bracelets.
Four colour harmonies, which were inspired by the bold combinations of precious stones and pâtes de verre that Gabrielle Chanel used in her jewellery pieces, become four dazzling, contrasting, opulent sets of jewels for the eyes.
Discover the collection here.