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First Look: Raf Simons Collaborates with The xx

Inspired by youth culture, Raf Simons and The xx debut their capsule collection

07.12.2019

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To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their debut album ‘xx’, The xx have collaborated with Raf Simons to create a capsule collection of merch. Dropping on 12th December, a series of t-shirts, patches, set of pins and a cap will be released on the band’s webstore, as well as selected stores around the world. The band, a trio made up of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sims and Jamie xx, first worked with Simons when he invited them to perform at The Guggenheim in New York at a Dior show back in 2014. They also worked together in 2017 on the video ‘I Dare You’ with photographer Alasdair McLellan, apparently having an instant connection; “I felt really close to him from the beginning… nothing is flippant, everything comes really from a thought-out and cared-about place” says Croft.

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Maurizio Cattelan duct taped a peeling to a wall, and someone bought it for $120,000 USD (yes, you read that correctly). Presented by Perrotin, the artwork ‘Comedian’ is the first of the artist’s contributions to an art fair, and rumours have circulated that two of the three editions have now sold, with the latter selling for even more. However, this isn’t the first time Cattelan has made headlines in the art world and beyond, earlier this year his $6million USD 18-karat gold toilet was stolen from Winston Churchill’s childhood home, Blenheim Palace.

GUCCI GLASSES

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Harmony Korine, director of Kids, Spring Breakers and Gummo, teamed up with Snap and Gucci to launch a pair of sunglasses that explore the medium of 3D video storytelling. Korine’s short film made for the project Duck Duck featured an old man in a hot dog costume skateboarding around Miami Beach, and was erm… a little trippy. The Spectacles 3 glasses however, fitted with two cameras and have the Gucci monogram across the lenses, we can get on board with. Who cares if they block the sun, we want a pair.

BALENCIAGA COUCH

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Before the whole week really kicked off, Balenciaga teamed up with Crosby Studios’ founder Harry Nuriev to create a vinyl couch filled with worn and discarded clothing from the brand. By making a sofa stuffed with disposed garments, Nuriev intended to question the responsibility designers have to create consciously and sustainably.

BOTTEGA GOLD DINER

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The legendary 11th Street Diner got a Bottega makeover, featuring a lot of gold. It had all the fast food, milkshakes and fries you’d expect from a diner, but with a MUCH swankier interior.

DIOR X SHAWN STÜSSY COLLAB

You’d have to have been living under a social media rock to have not seen the collaboration between Dior and Shawn Stüssy. For the pre-fall collection Kim Jones and the Stüssy founder dished serious sartorial-meets-surfer style, with a footwear collaboration from Air Jordan’s too.

VERSACE X SASHA BIKOFF

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Working with interior designer Sasha Bikoff, Versace presented a series of limited-edition objects, clothing and accessories to showcase at the art fair. In true Versace fashion, the message was excess. As well as the house’s classic silk printed shirts, there was a surfboard bed, ship chandeliers and a bondage-detail swing.

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