Fashion doesn't sleep. Indeed, in our globally connected world you can click, purchase and receive anything, anytime, and Italian luxury house Gucci is well aware of the power of e-commerce. Gucci.com.au has launched in the country, allowing those down under to shop 'round the clock, and they're offering an exclusive Guccissima leather mouse pad for the first shoppers.
Swedish denim brand Cheap Monday is releasing a new line but, to our surprise, there's no denim in sight. And just as well, really, given its a line of underwear being release, allowing you to coat your entire lower half in the popular brand. The inaugural collection consists of briefs, trunks and woven boxer shorts, all of which are clean-cut and comfortable. Alongside classic black and white, the range is available in seasonal berry-toned colours of plum, raspberry and blueberry. The range will be available in Australia from General Pants Co, The Iconic and Maple.
High-end men's retailer Harrolds is unleashing a three-day weekend sale to close the season. As if you needed any more incentive to shop at the luxury store, its offering up to 50% off its stable of leading international designers including Tom Ford, Rick Owens and Thom Browne, all of which are, coincidentally, exclusive to the store in Australia. The sale begins this Friday (24 August) and runs through Sunday at its Sydney, Melbourne and Crown Casino stores.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off in New York City in two weeks, leaving what feels like no breathing time following the recent menswear and couture shows in Europe. But while Milan and Paris offer the only dedicated menswear events, the Big Apple's schedule is also full of familiar names from the menswear department including Joseph Abboud, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste and Michael Bastian (pictured). Some highlights, at least from the schedule, include Marlon Gobel (the promotion video seems to indicate an extraterrestrial outlook on New York glamour), Chinese designer Vlov Qingqinq-Wu and Osklen (already giving fans a preview with some twilight skyline colour on the label's Twitter account). The event begins September 5. Image: Michael Bastian at New York Fashion Week 2011, ©Dan & Corina Lecca.
Paul Smith, perhaps the most iconic of British menswear designers, is sharing his colourful world with bootmaker John Lobb. Mr Smith's outstanding use of colour combined with the high quality of John Lobb's designs results in a range of classic Oxfords (some with colourful laces), sleek slip-ons in lightweight calf suede, and a colourful range of derby shoes. Although there's nothing yet confirmed for Australian buyers, despite Mr Smith's recent opening of a Melbourne store, the first in the country, these should are the perfect addition to a summer wardrobe.
Edited by Patrick Weyland-Smith with additional reporting by Mitchell Oakley Smith.