MVP of the week — Featuring Nicholas Daley SS25

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…

Your first fashion fix (of many) comes in the form of Nicholas Daley‘s newly unveiled SS25 collection, which feels like the Central Saint Martins alumni’s most attuned yet. Daley, born to a Jamaican father and Scottish mother, has reflected on what it means to be part of a diaspora since his debut collection back in 2015. With “Sacred Drums” (the name given to his SS25 collection), however, Daley hones in on Rastafari culture and Jamaican Nyabinghi drumming, while simultaneously paying homage to his mother’s heritage. Throughout the collection, there’s playful mixing of textures and silhouettes, and in some instances tartan even meets Daley’s reinvention of traditional Jamaican garments (the Field Shirt and Hooded Pullover). The collection’s ostensible centrepiece comes in the form of the SLYGO Jumper, which is Daley’s recreation of a hand-knitted piece worn by his father at a trailblazing reggae event in Edinburgh. Even the shoes featured in the campaign pay homage to the designer’s cultural heritage — they’re Clarks Originals, whose iconic Wallabee silhouette has historic links with dancehall culture. It’s an impressive collection, and although no release date has been announced yet, it’s definitely one to keep on your radar.

Whatever you think of a pair of Salomons – whether you think they’re @socks_house_meeting all over, or the comfiest shoes you can own (fact) – it’s not up for debate that they just got even better. For that, you can thank MM6 Maison Margiela, who just collabed with the French brand to create an exclusive and rather limited edition collection of XT-4 Mules. The XT-4 mules are neither a slide nor a sneaker. They are, however, something you can imagine Iris Law gallivanting around Japan in. Coming in three different colour ways and emblazoned with that characteristic MM6 numeric signature, they’re the perfect, edgy little shoe to see you through the summer. Also, can you really go wrong with something you don’t even have to fiddle about with to get it on your foot? We don’t think so. The MM6 Maison Margiela x Salomon XT-4 Mules are available to shop, here.

Ever since Spike Jonze’s Video Days – if you don’t know, get to know – hit the airwaves, the coolest thing you could do as a skate company was create a fairly lengthy skate video. We imagine that was the thinking behind Pop Trading Company’s first ever full-length skateboard video, anyway. Documenting three years of skating around the cities of Amsterdam and Antwerp, POP features not just skating from the best and brightest, but fictional interludes directed by director Patrick Louwerse. POP is having its physical premiere in London this Saturday, and is expected to be released online later this summer. We’re putting this on your radar because when it is available for the average joe to watch, reposting it on your story will earn you about 10% more street cred. Or, at least, a DM from that fit skater you fancy.

Though weather in the UK is certainly on the fickle side, we’d say we’re just about entering tiny shorts weather. The perfect accompaniment to that? Enter: Juicy Couture’s newest collection, named ‘The Icons’. The brand’s latest collection really taps into the bold slogans designs that pop princesses of the 00s had such a hankering for. Think Britney Spears in that unforgettable “DUMP HIM” shirt. It’s more than just being a bit cheeky — it’s a kind of social commentary. And that’s exactly what ‘The Icons’ is honing in on. Featuring twelve tees and tanks – coming in everything from baby pink to particularly Britney-esque light blues – the collection pays homage to not just the provocative sentiment behind this genre of clothing, but the role Juicy played in its popularity. Also, how can you say no to the paparazzi-inspired campaign?

‘The Icons’ is already available to shop online, here.

From Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with the Australian Open to CELINE’s pilates collection, we simply can’t get enough of blending the worlds of sport and high fashion. Getting in on the action this time round is Tommy Hilfiger, who have teamed up with Mercedes-AMG F1 and emerging designer Clarence Ruth to create a limited edition clothing collection. What can we say of this capsule other than it perfectly blends the three styles it brings together — it’s signature Tommy prep mixed with sporty detailing that’s taking cues from everything from American football to motocross. Think cable-knit pullovers sprinkled with that iconic Mercedes logo, footy-esque tees, long-sleeved jerseys, and varsity jackets in that signature Tommy colour palette… And the campaign is headed up by F1 drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton.

Tommy x Mercedes-AMG F1 x Clarence Ruth is available to shop online, here.

The 90s are back in full force, and with them comes the resurgence of a true icon: the Tod’s Di Bag. Lady Gaga was recently spotted carrying a customised version emblazoned with the word “GAGA,” signalling that our cultural obsession with the era is about to extend its reach into the world of haute handbags. Since its debut in 1990, the Tod’s Di Bag has been a symbol of understated elegance. At its core, it’s a sleek, sophisticated tote, but its legacy runs far deeper, earning itself cult status thanks to its impressive roster of celebrity devotees. Princess Diana was an early champion, while A-listers like Naomi Campbell and Nicole Kidman have long been seen with the Di Bag adorning their arms. In a nod to its enduring appeal, Bella and Gigi Hadid even headlined the bag’s 2022 campaign. But what truly sets the Di Bag apart is its chameleon-like ability to reinvent itself for new generations. Pop on over to their website to see the vast array of customisation options. There’s a variety of different sizes, a boatload of vibrant hues to choose from, and you can even add personalised text. Go mad, we reckon — there’s something there for even the boldest of Gen Z-ers.