5 just launched essential collabs with a Scandinavian touch
We highlight the new drops by CDLP, Cecilie Bahnsen, An Ivy, Handsome Stockholm, and Zalando.
By JOHAN MAGNUSSON
October 26, 2020
Cecilie Bahnsen x Mackintosh
The Danish womenswear label combines sculptural silhouettes with couture techniques, reinterpreting this with a modern approach. In her latest collab, Bahnsen brings her modern vision of femininity and Danish simplicity to that most utilitarian of pieces, the bonded cotton rain Mac, teaming up with the iconic British luxury brand Mackintosh.
Cecilie has designed seven coats in two silhouettes for her A/W 2020 collection. Both are interpretations of traditional men’s coats from the Mackintosh archive and instantly recognisably as Cecilie Bahnsen, with their sculptural shapes. The first is Bahnsen’s spin on the archetypal Mac, reimagined with her signature volume, a detachable hood, and removable quilted lining. The second is an oversized hooded cape.
CDLP x Cuixmala
Originally designed as a home for international financier Sir James Goldsmith, Cuixmala is a small eco-friendly luxury resort embedded in over 30,000 acres of nature reserve on the Mexican Pacific coast. It’s also well-known for its characteristic color blocking throughout the property, now highlighted in a new capsule with Swedish design company of luxury men’s essentials, CDLP. The collection includes a swim brief, swim short, and throw, where each style is consciously crafted in Portugal using Econyl — an innovative Italian-sourced regenerated nylon fibre made from ocean waste. The Throw is made in 100% modal.
Close Up and Private x An Ivy
Covid-19 has changed a lot of things. Also how we get dressed. But emerging Danish brand An Ivy is putting on a fight for classic menswear, also through the release of a special collaboration.
Since 2009, artist and fashion legend Sergei Sviatchenko and his son Erik has left marks on the Danish and international fashion scene with the blog project Close Up and Private. They’ve defined a refreshing new style movement with its roots in classical menswear interpreted in a way that is both up-to-date and distinct.
The collab, called The Splash, takes its aesthetic starting point in the distinctive approach to wardrobe classics that have made Close Up And Private one of the most revolutionary art projects on the international fashion scene in the last decades. It’s built around the concept that all items can be mixed and matched and consists of two shirts, five narrow ties with striped, dotted, and club-inspired designs as well as two bow ties.
B. Åkerlund x Handsome Stockholm
Handsome Stockholm is a contemporary Swedish brand for exclusive designer gloves, established with the notion that few accessories are as elegant as a pair of matching leather gloves — they are the final piece of a perfect outfit.
They also offer the worldwide unique Lose One, Buy One service, which enables previous customers to purchase one replacement glove.
They’ve now teamed up with fashion activist and costume designer, B. Åkerlund (who’s worked with every A-list celebrity in the industry, including Beyonce, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Britney Spears, to name a few) for the launch of The Royal Collection. It’s a line of superb quality leather gloves, inspired by royalty, for which Åkerlund has a particular admiration. Each style is named after a celebrated royal position, including the Queen, Duchess, and Countess styles among others.
Zalando’s sustainable capsule
Following last spring’s launch of the first Small steps. Big impact. By Zalando. collection, the leading European e-tailer now introduces a new sustainable capsule. This time, the drop includes both men’s and women’s clothing where 116 different pieces have been put together by eight European brands; Closed, Designer’s Remix, Henrik Vibskov, Holzweiler, House of Dagmar, Mother of Pearl, Mykke Hofmann, and Progetto Quid. They were selected based on their values around sustainability and asked to create a conscious collection under a common aesthetic, with a focus on using materials from sustainable sources.