From Moschino’s 2014 ‘ready-to-wear’ fast food-inspired collection to Vetements’ SS20 runway in a literal McDonald’s, high fashion has long commented on consumerism using cues from the fast food industry. Now, one of Saudi Arabia’s favourite contemporary womenswear designers has partnered with The Colonel to create an exclusive KFC-inspired streetwear capsule collection.
Jeddah-born Arwa Al-Banawi is the latest creative to join forces with the fast food fried chicken chain, which counts Los Angeles-based Sandalboyz, Japanese designer Nigo and London’s Katie Eary among its previous collaborators. There’s even a bizarre KFC X Crocs collab, for anyone interested in looking like they’re wearing a bucket of the Colonel’s world famous fried chicken on their feet.
Arwa Al-Banawi’s array of finger-licking designs – which currently remain under wraps, pun very much intended – will include gender-neutral pieces “as a tribute to the edgy style of Saudi Arabia’s youth”, Grazia writes. You can be sure of one thing though: the capsule collection may be inspired by everyone’s favourite take out, but it’s guaranteed to set you back a fair few 14-piece party buckets.
The respected Dubai Design District-based designer, who has previously worked with Pepsi, Adidas Originals and Levi’s, is renowned for her urban-luxe approach, merging razor-sharp suiting with androgenous streetwear, so we’re keen to see what she creates with a sprinkle of inspiration from the Colonel’s secret recipe chicken.