5 things we love this week: Simone Rocha x H&M, Adam Driver, and so much more

11 March 2021
By Fashion Quarterly

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

1. Karen Walker gets a Barbie

This week – on Barbie’s 62nd birthday – Karen Walker joins the star-studded line-up of Barbie Role Models, as the 2021 Official NZ Role Model. 

In Barbie’s efforts to close the Dream Gap – the time when young girls start doubting their value and potential – Barbie Role Models celebrate women who are breaking boundaries, to show girls they can be anything and make a difference in this world.

Honoured with her very own one-of-a-kind Barbie, Karen Walker’s design journey has come full circle. Her first experience with fashion design? Making a skirt for Barbie. 

See the full list of Barbie Role Models, and find out more about the Dream Gap here

2. Brighten your day with Emma Lewisham

The queen of natural, yet efficacious beauty, Emma Lewisham, launches a next-generation Day Crème that brightens, illuminates and hydrates the skin’s complexion for an unparalleled glow.

Much like the brand’s cult-like products – Skin Reset Serum and Supernatural Triple Vitamin A+ Face oil, to name a few – Brighten Your Day Crème stays true to Emma Lewisham’s innovative green-tech ethos, and is scientifically proven (in vitro testing) to rebuild the skin’s natural collagen production synthesis at a cellular level, increasing the natural bounce, strength and elasticity. 

For those who are fans of vitamin C’s effect on skin glow, this is a must-try. And for the planet-conscious, look no further. Available in a new circular-designed, refillable jar, customers will have the option to buy refillable Day Crème pods and send back empty jars for sterilisation and repurposing or recycling at no expense, through the Emma Lewisham Beauty Circle

Emma Lewisham Brighten Your Day Crème is now available online and at selected stockists here

Image: Instagram @ladygaga

3. Adam Driver and Lady Gaga in the House of Gucci

The iconic duo we didn’t know we needed until now. Lady Gaga and Adam Driver are set to play Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci (the latter of whom was an heir to luxury fashion house, Gucci) in the upcoming film, House of Gucci. 

A marriage story like no other, director Ridley Scott captures the real life story of Reggiani and Gucci, from Reggiani’s high society affairs to the duo’s penchant for the finer things in life (which led Gucci to sell his shares of the eponymous brand), and ultimately, their downfall, divorce and Gucci’s death. 

The film is said to be released this coming November – the countdown is on!  

We’re also making a mental note to add a beige cable knit sweater (alongside anything Gucci) to our winter wishlists, too.

4. Simone Rocha at H&M

The wait is over. The Simone Rocha x H&M collection is here. 

With the glamour, regality and play on scale and silhouette that Simone Rocha is known for, the H&M collection is “an amalgamation of a decade of design – a cross-pollination of Rocha’s sensibilities and signatures. A tribute to Ireland, Hong Kong, texture, shape, tactility, history, family, intimacy and joy,” says H&M. 

Think organza, beads, sequins, tulle, and jewels – the capsule is nothing short of Simone Rocha’s signature look (sparkly pink tweed coat included) and, for the first time ever, the brand explores men’s and children’s wardrobes, too.  

Shop the Simone Rocha x H&M collection – womenswear, menswear and childrenswear – in store now at H&M Commercial Bay. 

5. RUBY x CanTeen

This Bandanna Day, RUBY partners with Canteen, creating a limited-edition bandanna that encapsulates the spirit and youth of CanTeen – with all proceeds going towards supporting young people experiencing cancer through their own diagnosis, or that of a loved one. 

The RUBY x CanTeen bandanna features the brand’s iconic Bounty print – to keep it super fresh and joyful, RUBY’s creative director, Deanna Didiovich, says. “This print is an absolute favourite of our Rubettes and is sure to add a pop of colour to someone’s day”.

CanTeen Aotearoa is the only organisation focused solely on supporting young people in NZ aged 13-24 whose lives are impacted by cancer. To find out more or to donate, visit canteen.org.nz

The RUBY x CanTeen bandanna is available online now, and in stores from March 15. 


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