HUNGER’s MVP of the week
Welcome to HUNGER’s Most Valuable Player, the place to find the best things to buy, watch, do or listen to each week. Forget about the hype, we want to separate what’s hot, what’s not, and what needs to be on your radar…
As we edge closer towards Mother’s Day this Sunday, it’s only right we give all those of you a hand looking for a last-minute gift. Introducing Aesop’s new gift kit, Mimamori. Included in the set is a trio of gifts to show appreciation for parents, caregivers and other guiding figures: Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, an emollient-rich formulation with citrusy, woody and herbaceous notes; A Rose By Any Other Name Body Cleanser, providing a distinctively spiced floral lather; and Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm, an aromatic source of hydration enriched with Macadamia Nut and Sweet Almond oils. Aesop Mimamori is available to shop now.
Next, we have the Karl Lagerfeld capsule collection in collaboration with Disney, celebrating 100 years of the legendary media and entertainment company. The line plays on an illustration of Donald Duck that the late designer drew in 2004 to honour the character’s 70th anniversary. Lagerfeld modelled Donald on himself, depicting him wearing his trademark black blazer with dark shades. The sketch features across the collection which spans t-shirts, sweaters, jeans, bombers and trench coats as well as small leather goods. The collection is now available to shop here.
Of course, as always, we’ve got something for your playlist this week. This time in the form of Manchester rockers ROLLA, who return with their latest single, ‘Hey You.’ The anthemic track is a must-listen that shows off the band’s graduation into more abrasive, in-your-face sonics, matching the band’s self-confessed “creative carnage” in the studio during the track recording. If that track is up your alley, then look out for their debut EP ‘Nothing Less Than Everything’, which follows on April 5th, alongside tickets for their UK headline tour dates here.
Next, timeless British mainstay brand Fred Perry links up with Japanese streetwear brand A Bathing Ape for a second collaboration on a five-piece clothing collection of reworked Fred Perry classics. Japanese street culture and British counterculture combine here in a match made in heaven, which sees the classic BAPE camo paired with Fred Perry silhouettes – including polo shirts, taped track jackets and hooded sweatshirts. The Fred Perry x A Bathing Ape collection is available from Saturday 18th March, in selected Fred Perry shops, BAPE’s Mayfair shop and online at fredperry.com and bapeonline.com.
This week’s MVP is none other than London designer Saeedah Haque, who released her first drop of hoodie abayas this month – the eponymous label being the first to reinvent the Abaya garment into utility wear with street sensibility. The hoodie abayas are unisex and the first of their kind, reimagining the traditional garment into a symbol of unapologetic modesty amidst the political landscape of hijab legislation and securitisation of Muslim bodies. The first drop became a roaring success, selling out overnight, while the second drop will ship globally and is scheduled to be released during Ramadan. Drops are exclusively announced on social media, with the store open for 72 hours only until stocks last, with no restocks to maintain exclusivity.