The week's top stories in fashion news.
⋅ And the award for cutest designer collaboration of the week goes to… Babar Meets Soulland! The world's best-dressed elephant is teaming up with the Danish design brand for a charming, unisex collection of embroidered sweatshirts, printed shirts, and shorts. There's a pun in there somewhere about clothes that makes you look as big as an elephant…while we think of it, check out the clothes available on Opening Ceremony's website. (Opening Ceremony)
⋅ Probably the most important fashion news item of the week is the limited edition t-shirt Adidas will be selling in honor of victims of the Boston Marathon attacks. Proceeds are going to The One Fund Boston setup by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino to aid those affected by Monday's attack. (USA Today)
⋅ Calling all aspiring writers: Prada has organized a short-story contest. Anyone who can write 10-20 pages in response to the prompt, "What realities do our eyes give us?" could be in the running for a 5,000 prize. And at the current exchange rate (the conversion equals around $6,500), that pretty much means you can't afford not to channel your inner Faulkner and give it a go. (WWD)
⋅ For all of us diehard #menswear fanatics who drool over Michael Bastian's luxe preppy offerings, rejoice! The designer is the latest to join forces with Uniqlo. It's not your typical designer-meets-mass-market-retailer collab, though. Bastian will be debuting a tightly focused capsule collection of polo shirts. Smart move to have a specific vision in a market so saturated with designer collaborations. The shirts will be available starting May 20, 2013. (StyleCaster)
⋅ In the New York City area on Saturday with nothing to do? Jack Spade is hosting a belt-making workshop at its Greene Street store in Soho with DIY guru, Billy Moore, of handmade leather accessories brand, Cause & Effect. At $165, the price of the belts is a little steep, but after the one-on-one instruction from Moore you can make your own belts at home and it will pay for itself in no time! But be prepared for long lines—there's a pickling class and hemp-braiding workshop in Brooklyn that gets out right before. (Jack Spade)
—Todd Plummer. Follow him at @toddkingston.