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July 30 2014

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EXCLUSIVE: A First Look at the New Puma x Ronnie Fieg Collab for Dover Street Market

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Ronnie Fieg has made a name for himself as a guru of sneaker collaborations. His remixes of classic designs from brands like Asics and New Balance send streetwear kids into hype-fueled frenzies, regularly creating block-long lineups at his shop, Kith in New York, and instantly selling out online. Among his most coveted collaborators: Dover Street Market. His latest, releasing at DSM and Kith stores later this month, is the Puma XT-2 “Achromatic,” an aptly named retro runner that features no color and no branding, just a premium black-and-white Italian glove leather uppers with a supple calfskin lining and quilted detailing.

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“Removing all branding is daring and risky, but the opportunity to sell product based on quality alone is very rewarding,” Fieg told Style.com. “When the consumer purchases this product, they are not paying for the branding, they are paying for the most luxurious upper ever constructed on a trainer.” A bold claim, one we’ll have to wait with everyone else for release day to confirm.

The Split-Second Preview: Sibling

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The Fall ’14 menswear collections are under way in London, and will be followed by the shows at Florence’s Pitti Uomo, in Milan, and in Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.

Sibling Fall '14 Menswear Preview

WHO: Sibling, designed by Sid Bryan, Joe Bates, and Cozette McCreery

WHERE: London

WHEN: Wednesday, January 8

WHAT: “John Bulmer’s portraits of workingmen inspired Fall ’14. Coal black, arsenic green, berry, blue, grey and navy knits, jacquards, and prints.”—Sid Bryan, Joe Bates, and Cozette McCreery. The designers sent us an exclusive snap of their first-ever footwear collaboration with Puma, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Sibling

A Wild Night In London, When Fashion’s Finest Party At The Zoo

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While Americans were talking turkey over the weekend, the Brits had other animals in mind—like cheetahs, for example. They were among the guests (albeit caged) at a dinner and auction at one of the city’s more unusual party venues: the London Zoo. Proceeds from the evening, cohosted by sprinter Usain Bolt and PPR’s Jochen Zeitz, went to the Zoological Society of London and Zeitz’s own foundation.

In his off hours, Zeitz, the Swahili-speaking, monastery-dwelling CEO of PPR’s Sport & Lifestyle division, devotes his time—and funds—to conservation and community-building efforts, racking up accolades like the FT‘s Strategist of the Year and Germany’s Federal Cross of Merit along the way. If Bolt—the Zeitz Foundation’s ambassador for culture—is the world’s fastest man, Zeitz may be the greenest.

Friends from the office, so to speak—the likes of Stella McCartney, with husband Alasdhair Willis (above, with Zeitz and Bolt), Suzy Menkes, and Ozwald Boateng—came by to show their support, and several PPR brands had contributed auction items. Among them were a dress from Sarah Burton’s first McQueen collection, a pair of Bolt’s running shoes (he is sponsored by Puma), and a gown from a fellow environmentalist, Vivienne Westwood. A surprise lot from Sir Richard Branson was announced to the cheers of the crowd: a flight to Branson’s Necker Island to run 100 meters against Sir Richard himself. It went for £30,000 to an anonymous bidder. Racing Bolt, on the other hand, still requires passing Olympic trials.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Gucci Honors Women In Film, Vuitton Gets Sticky, Puma Sets Sails for America’s Cup, And More…

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Actress Jessica Chastain, one of the stars from this year’s Cannes Film Festival, has been nominated, along with Caroline Champetier, Federica Pontremoli, Nansun Shi, and Athina Tsangari, for Gucci’s first Award for Women in Cinema. The final decision will be made at the 68th Venice International Film Festival by an impressive group of judges: Frida Giannini, Robin Wright, James Franco, and Valeria Golino. [Vogue U.K.]

Here’s a new pairing for you: milk and Vuitton. Under the name La Belle Jardiniere, Louis Vuitton has released its haute honey, straight from the roof of their Paris headquarters. [Hint]

During this year’s America’s World Cup Series, you can hit up port Puma in between races. As the official sportswear label for the event, they will have pop-up fan shops at ports hosting the races and official America’s Cup gear for sale online as well. The series’ kickoff events begin August 6 in Portugal. [WWD]

New mom Miranda Kerr proved she is ready for sailing and suit season when she showed off her rocking body in a Jets swimsuit on the David Jones runway this morning. She didn’t wait to get rid of any baby weight, that’s for sure. [Racked]

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Matthew Williamson For Guys (And Sympathetic Gals), Hussein Takes The Reins, And More…

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After testing the waters with a few men’s pieces for his H&M collaboration, Matthew Williamson is diving head-on into the men’s market with a small line due out this February. Looking at the first pieces, we think Williamson’s ladies will find plenty to poach here, too. [WWD]

Score one for the little guy: Hussein Chalayan has bought back Puma AG’s stake in his namesake company. (He’ll remain creative director of Puma.) Fashion’s high priest of avant freed of corporate control? Get ready for avant to get even, uh, avant-ier. [WWD]

The couple that works together, stays together. The first issue of the Viennese 25 magazine edited by Anja Rubik and her boyfriend, fellow model Sasha Knezevic, is out this February. We can’t imagine how Anja balances modeling, editing, and designing her own accessories line in her native Poland, but we imagine all the yoga keeps her pretty centered. [Fashionologie]

And speaking of model multi-hyphenates, Daisy Lowe has been tapped by Swarovski to design a capsule line of jewelry inspired by the stars. That’s the astronomical stars, mind you, not stepmom Gwen Stefani. [Grazia]