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Fashion Obsessions: Sneakers galore from Dior, Balenciaga, and more

Take your pick between sneakers or handbags from the likes of Dior, Cartier, and more in the world of fashion.

Welcome back to our bi-weekly edition of Fashion Obsessions, where we show you the latest and greatest style releases and news to keep you updated with the times. What’s special about this week’s edition is that it’s solely on accessories with sneakers and handbags being the dominant forces.

Names like Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Balenciaga make up half of that list in the luxury sneaker section with Onitsuka Tiger and ASICS coming in with its lifestyle kicks. Puma also makes an appearance, featuring a collaboration with Von Dutch.

As for handbags, Louis Vuitton is also here as it brings out six new handbags for its Artycapucines collection, Cartier goes back into its vaults and reintroduces a 70s classic, and Kate Spade New York shows us all the bags you’ll need from its Fall 2020 collection in conjunction with National Handbag Day earlier this month. To top it all off is the latest Fendi x Chaos collection, bringing luxury tech-cessories into our lives.

Read on to know more about these latest releases in the world of fashion.

Dual Dior sneakers

Dior isn’t resting on its laurels just because it launched what’s arguably the sneaker of the year. Instead, it launched not one, but two more sneakers — the Dior B27 and the Dior Solar from its AW2021 collection. For the former, Dior’s creative director Kim Jones transforms the B27 sneakers, moving from its vintage 80s look to a more contemporary approach, more notably, the world of skateboarding. The B27 comes in two colourways — white and black in both a high and low-top variant.

For the Dior Solars, Dior’s women’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri brings slip-on sneakers into the foray with the iconic Oblique pattern on an elegant touch of velvet. It comes in a range of autumn shades — burgundy, bronze, and blue. Crafted in the house’s ateliers, a virtuoso savoir-faire is deployed: more than 150,000 stitches are required to make each pair.

Image(s) courtesy of Dior.

Balenciaga x Vibram

Balenciaga Toe in collaboration with Italian footwear brand, Vibram.

It was during the Balenciaga Winter 2020 runway show that we first caught sight of the Toe. This limited-edition pair is finally available in selected international Balenciaga stores and online retailers. What makes it such a worthwhile cop is the fact that it’s done in collaboration with Italian footwear brand Vibram, known for its rubber sole production. The Balenciaga Toe collection features two limited-edition sneakers and a high-heeled alternative, each made from recycled knit. The design of the shoes incorporates Vibram’s patented FiveFingers, but in a new direction by adding bounce and height to an already extrasensory experience. First off, there’s the Balenciaga Toe Sock in carmine red or black; there is also the Balenciaga Toe Lace Up in black that rest on a heavy-duty suspension heel; lastly is the The Balenciaga Heeled Toe, available in neon pink or black with a moulded block heel.

Image(s) courtesy of Balenciaga.

Louis Vuitton Trainer Denim

The Louis Vuitton Trainer is back once again, this time in denim.

Since the debut of the Louis Vuitton Trainer at its inaugural runway show, it has since become a staple addition to all of the latest collections to date. The Trainer flirts with nostalgia and basketball shoes — each season shows a reinterpretation of the sneakers in various materials and colourways. This time, Monogram denim gets the nod in shades of blue and embellished with various Louis Vuitton signatures such as the Monogram flowers on the outsole, “LV” logo on the leather tongue, and the new signature from the Fall Winter 2020 show on its sides. The sneakers were crafted in the House’s own workshop in Fiesso d’Artico, Italy with almost the entire shoe being defined and manually assembled, taking seven hours of precise stitching for a single pair.

Image(s) courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

ASICS GEL-Miqrum with KARD

ASICS is bringing performance components to its lifestyle selections with the GEL-Miqrum, pairing form and function into eye-catching sneakers. ASICS also throws it back to the 90s for its silhouette with bold colour-blocking details combining retro and neutral palettes. Comfort is also expected with the GEL-Miqrum due to the shoe’s cushioning system, which extends from the medial to the lateral side of the heel to ensure lasting comfort. And of course, ASICS taps K-pop group KARD once more for its latest GEL-Miqrum campaign, detailing the artists in various ASICS Sportstyle apparel and sneakers.

Image(s) courtesy of ASICS.

Onitsuka Tiger releases five new footwear collections

October is the month of Onitsuka Tiger as the Japanese footwear brand unveils not one, not two, but five new collections. First up is the well-loved P-Trainer PRZM with a facelift, reworking the silhouette with a bold design and monochromatic iridescent hues. There is also a FlyteFoam Propel midsole and the OrthoLite inner sole that promises better cushioning and resilience. Next, there is the P-TRAINER KNIT LO, now in a low-top version. It has the same upper knit for a sock-like fit to go with the monochromatic sole with an embroidered Onitsuka Tiger logo.

The Icon Series brings about a contemporary reinterpretation of the brand’s iconic designs from over 70 years ago. It features three modern-day reinterpretations of its popular athletic shoes with each pair limited and numbered. The three sneakers are the Noppon ’60, the Delegation ’64, and the Mexico ’66. Lastly, there’s the Big Logo Trainer 2.0 and the Big Logo Trainer 2.0 MT models. It has a classic running shoe upper and the bold Onitsuka Tiger Stripes stretching to the outer sole to give this style maximum impact.

Image(s) courtesy of Onitsuka Tiger.

Puma x Von Dutch

The entire collection features self-expression from both Puma and Von Dutch.

A throwback collection designed for self-expression, Puma and Von Dutch team up to bring us its debut collection. It brings Puma’s sporty streetwear to meet Von Dutch’s iconic graphics, resulting in nostalgic details like pops of plaid, pink, and a material mix of leather and mesh inspired by the iconic Von Dutch baseball caps. The collection features a reversible track jacket, sweatpants, and track pants to name a few alongside tees, cropped tops, and caps.

Image(s) courtesy of Puma.

Louis Vuitton Artycapucines collection

The Louis Vuitton Artycapucines collection with six new designs.

Louis Vuitton is bringing the Artycapucines collection back once more, this time with six new designs. Each bag was designed by six leading contemporary artists, bringing their unique visions to Louis Vuitton’s modern classic bag: the Capucines. This includes celebrated international artists Beatriz Milhazes, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Josh Smith, Henry Taylor, Liu Wei, and Zhao Zhao. All the bags will be available on 30th October 2020 in a limited edition of just 200 in selected Louis Vuitton stores worldwide.

Image(s) courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

Kate Spade New York’s Fall 2020 pieces

Kate Spade New York
Kate Spade New York Tourjours bag.

In conjunction with International Handbag Day on 10th October 2020, Kate Spade New York introduces key silhouettes that are worth celebrating in its Fall 2020 collection. This includes brand favourite Nicola in a micro version, which can also be turned into a clutch, a crossbody, or a waist bag. The Remedy is aptly named given its ability to add the finishing touch to any outfit for a fancy night out. Lastly, the Toujours is the perfect everyday bag with an optional satchel, ensuring it can complement any outfit while being functional.

Image(s) courtesy of Kate Spade New York.

Must de Cartier Handbag

Must de Cartier
Must de Cartier in burgundy.

Launched in 1973, the Must de Cartier was an immediate success and established burgundy as a signature Cartier colour. Directly inspired by the ultra-masculine professional wardrobe, it breaks with the classicism of traditional handbags. While the modern-day reinterpretation stays true to its roots, it also keeps up with the times with its relaxed urban style, monochromatic elegance and androgynous chic clearly capture the spirit of today. The collection is made of three models: the game bag and hobo bag in three sizes and the tote bag in one size. Aside from burgundy, you can also opt to get it in black or beige.

Image(s) courtesy of Cartier.

Fendi x Chaos Accessories Capsule collection

Fendi x Chaos.

Tech accessories, or rather, ‘techcessories’ are a booming market these days since smartphones have become a staple inclusion into our daily lives. This collaboration between Fendi and London-based accessories brand, Chaos showcases with a series of ‘tech jewellery’ pieces that offer a luxurious alternative to everyday accessories. This was first unveiled at the Fendi Women’s Fall/Winter 2020-2021 Fashion Show in Milan this February. The Fendi x Chaos collection reimagines accessories iconic to the era of old Hollywood glamour into the modern the world. Its designs fuse perforated and engraved metal shapes with Fendi leather craftsmanship touches of satin and iconic logo hardware. This will instantly transform your smartphone, smartwatch, and wireless earbuds into jewel-like accessories. Each of the tailor-made cases is designed as an interconnected system to clip onto the season’s Fendi waist belts, zipper chain lanyards from the collaboration or any Fendi handbag.

Image(s) courtesy of Fendi.

Fashion Obsessions: Sneakers galore from Dior, Balenciaga, and more

Wi-Liam Teh

Senior Writer

Wi-Liam is a geek at heart with a penchant for tattoos. Never without a drink in hand (preferably whisky, gin, or Guinness), he is also a writer by day and a keyboard warrior by night. On his day off, he masquerades as a streetwear and sneakerhead enthusiast while his bank account says otherwise.


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