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5 things we love this week: Adidas x Allbirds, Zoe & Morgan’s underwater-inspired collection & more

13 May 2021

Each week the Fashion Quarterly team rounds up what to read, buy, see, shop, drink and eat.

WORDS BY Hemma Vara

1. RUBY Champ

Steffi Turtleneck & Ruby Rae Trouser (left), Vinnie Blazer & Trouser, Watermelon Vest (right)

RUBY creative director Deanna Didovich presents Champ, a nod to the change RUBY wants to see, with four of the campaign faces cast through the brand’s first open casting. We admire Didovich’s direction: Champ is about taking responsibility and driving change for a world we all belong in.

Champ adds energy and lightness while staying true to RUBY’s playful vibe with chocolate mesh styles, pops of pink and vermilion, and classic suiting.

2. Allbirds x Adidas

This is the Adidas x Allbirds running shoe we’ve been waiting for, a collective best for style, sports and sustainability.

In the pursuit of a carbon-neutral future for style and sports, FUTURECRAFT.FOOTPRINT has a carbon footprint of 2.95kg and is created with 63% less emissions. Inspired by the Tangram Principle, FUTURECRAFT.FOOTPRINT is produced with as little waste as possible and comprises of recycled polyester, Tencel, and Allbird’s own sugarcane-based SweetFoam.⁠ 

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The shoe will see an initial launch with a raffle of 100 pairs to adidas Creators Club members, before a FW21 release limited to 10,000 pairs, and a wider release in SS22.

3. The Walters Prize at Auckland Art Gallery

Mata Aho Collective: Atapō, 2020

The Walters Prize returns to Auckland Art Gallery for its tenth iteration, showcasing Aotearoa art produced and exhibited during the past two years. Notably, the biennial prize aims to make contemporary art a more widely recognised and debated feature of cultural life.

This year’s finalists include Fiona Amundsen, Sonya Lacey, Mata Aho Collective and Sriwhana Spong.

4. Mutiara by Zoe & Morgan

Kina Stacker Ring, Connected Stacker Ring

Taking inspiration from the underwater world, Zoe & Morgan’s latest collection, Mutiara, was dreamt up while diving in tropical seas. Mutiara, meaning pearl in Indonesian, is a tribute to nature and its organic form.

Experiences and discoveries underwater influence the designs of the collection. The shape and texture of corals, algae and plants are captured within pieces that express the natural form of this wildlife. Cultured freshwater pearls in baroque and circle shapes adorn the collection, exuding a vibrant iridescent lustre unique to each piece.

5. M.A.C x Disney Cruella collection

Disney’s Cruella de Vil is MAC’s latest inspiration, a bold, unapologetic and fiendishly fashionable anti-hero. Enter the Disney Cruella Collection by MAC, a collection that takes its cues from Cruella’s vivid crimson lips and hardcore black-and-white shadows. Featuring punk-rock reds and haute metallic hues, the collection is rebellious, glamourous and undeniably fabulous, standing for the rebels and rulebreakers.

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