5 things we loved this week

14 March 2024
By Fashion Quarterly

Matteau and Ruby welcome new collections; Barbour joins forces with Specsavers; Acne launches its first fragrance; and the runway show living rent-free in our heads.

1. Changing tides

Few brands do quiet luxury like Australian label Matteau. For their first collection of the year, the resort wear brand is building upon its simple and considered ethos, welcoming new iterations of some of their bestselling styles. Beloved for their use of natural fibres and classic cuts, many of the brand’s organic cotton dresses, silk slips and beachside staples are returning for autumn alongside several new season prints. Like all of the brand’s designs, elegant touches are incorporated throughout by way of floral patterns and delicate lace up detailing. The collection’s campaign, shot on Sydney’s Coogee beach, reminds us that, while cooler days are on their way, we should savour every moment in the sun.

Matteau’s Edition 1 2024 collection is available to shop now online.

2. Cherry on top

Nothing sparks joy for us like a new season drop from Ruby. For their latest collection ‘Sequence’, the brand is entering their self-proclaimed ‘Polishing Era’, moving away from complicated prints in favour of simple yet elevated styles. As their first drop for autumn, the collection is also celebrating the shift in mindset that comes with the arrival of a new season — introducing a selection of lightweight layers and heavier knits to carry you seamlessly into the cooler months. To the delight of the brand’s loyal ‘Rubettes’, beloved styles like the Matilda cardigan and Milo sweater are staging a return in vibrant new colourways, with pops of red, lime and periwinkle peppered throughout the range. Our top pick of the collection? The oh-so cute Annie cardigan in cherry red — a guaranteed staple in our wardrobes come winter.

Sequence drop one arrives in store and online from Thursday 14th March.

3. Follow your nose

Virtually every major brand has its own fragrance, and Acne Studios are the latest luxury label to join the party. Set to release on April 17th, the Swedish brand called on esteemed perfume company Fréderic Malle to make their debut scent, with perfume designer Suzy Le Helley being the nose behind the project. “Acne Studios par Fréderic Malle marks the meeting between two icons of fashion and perfume,” said Acne Studios in a statement. “ This revolutionary collaboration aims to conquer a new target of consumers, aiming above all at Generation Z, lovers of fashion and design.” The new scent, which is housed in one of Fréderic Malle’s signature sleek glass bottles, features a blend of aldehydes, rose violet, orange blossom, vanilla, peach, sandalwood, musks, and frankincense. With opening notes reminiscent of fresh landry, it’s a crisp, clean fragrance that we’re looking forward to adding to our repertoires.

Acne Studios par Fréderic Malle will launch on April 17th in freestanding Acne Studios stores and Frederic Malle boutiques all over the world. It is set to be sold in two sizes, 50ml and 100ml, priced at $295 and $470.

4. Country mile

In an age where style trends are often as fleeting as the weather, finding a classic pair of glasses should be at the top of your priority list. This season, Specsavers have added the iconic British brand Barbour to their repertoire — a fifth-generation family-owned label known for its timeless countryside aesthetic. For their new eyewear collection with Specsavers, Barbour sought inspiration from the iconography of their renowned wax jackets, weaving in hints of tartan and houndstooth prints throughout the range. Equal parts practical and stylish, there are 14 optical frame styles within the collection, designed to complement a wide variety of face shapes. “The new Barbour range delivers premium, on trend, durable and beautifully crafted frames that you’d expect from two brands with over 126 years of combined style heritage between them,” said Specsavers’ Head of Frames, Nelly Soleil. “The collection of frames, much like Barbour’s own brand ethos, is fit for purpose, timeless and transcends fashion providing the wearer with a unique pair of frames to take them seamlessly from the rush of the city to the calm of the country.”

The Specsavers Barbour collection is available in-store and online now.

5. Child’s play

The international fashion circuit may be fini for another season, but we’re still dreaming about Miu Miu’s latest runway. Last week, the Maison held their AW24 show in Paris’ Palais d’Iéna where they made a compelling case for playing dress up. As the little sister label to Prada, Miu Miu has long been associated with a sense of  girlishness, and for this collection the luxury brand showcased an undone ladylike aesthetic, reminiscent of a child trying on their mother’s clothes. A far cry from the mico-mini skirts of season’s past, the 68-piece collection featured an array of oversized professional silhouettes, though some garments had deliberately shrunken proportions and cropped sleeves to convey a sense of childlike whimsy. Trousers were worn underneath long coats and accessorised with large purses, brooches and pearl necklaces. Notorious for their star-studded runway casts, this season’s line up included the likes of singer Ethel Cain, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ángela Molina, to name only a few. 

Read the full show notes here.


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