Never mind the name — none of the wood frames in Termite's glasses have burrowing bugs. Which isn't to say the workers at the UK-based company haven't been busy handcrafting the frames from birch plywood culled from sustainable sources around Europe. All box packaging, too, is made from recycled paper goods. Design-wise, the fall collection draws from the Bauhaus movement, with its unexpected combinations of clean, bold shapes and lines.
Saint Laurent has a tony new home in New York — a remodeling, to be exact, of the Upper East Side flagship that originally opened in 2003. The new boutique, overtaking the Los Angeles outlet as the largest in the U.S., illustrates creative director Hedi Slimane's rigorous and straight-edged retail vision for the house, a total concept that utilizes marble and brass almost exclusively.
A complement to the house's Soho location, the renovated UES address has also added a third floor, where menswear is housed, in addition to women's on the second floor and lifestyle on the ground floor.
Saint Laurent, 3 East 57th Street, NYC
His first foray into eyewear, New York jewelry artist Chris Habana has launched a line of sunglasses with Korean eyewear label Gentle Monster. The capsule collection features three architectural frames in two colors, and coincides with the launch of Gentle Monster's first stateside store. The three styles — the Chola, the Hunt, the Fang — draw on Chris' signature pop-punk style with accents such as solid gold and silver diamond settings.
Though he's originally from Fresno, Rick Owens spent much of his misspent youth in L.A. How apropos that he's just opened his first store there, just down the street from, he says, "a Mexican drag bar where I spent a lot of late, boozy nights 20 years ago."
More than anything, he wanted the space to reflect his twisted view of Hollywood — a kind of brutalist Cecil B. Demille — which he achieved with the help of longtime architect Anna Tumaini. Together they installed a large-scale fog machine, the kind he has in his New York and Seoul stores. And they even incorporated what he calls a swimming pool (pools are big in the movies, right?), but which is more akin to a floor-to-ceiling tank in which bubbles, one at a time, rise to the surface.
What do you get when you mix buffalo bone, bull leather, silver, bronze, and an eye for Brutalism? You get Rick Owens' studded and stacked cuff bracelet, new for fall. But if this hunk of wrist art is a little too intense for you, Rick also made simpler versions with only leather or leather and bronze.
$3,674 at Rick Owens
It's unclear what kind of netting this calfskin Céline bag for fall refers to: fishing, tennis, www. No matter, really, because the bundle of intertwined ecru flowers is a bigger head-scratcher. Together they make one of the more surreal creations to pop out of Phoebe Philo's ever-moving imagination, far removed from the minimalist hobos and wearable vest-bags she also showed in the collection. While reminiscent of trendy fringe, the net in fact appears to be a new thing — and the shape of things to come, as usual.
$3,600 at Céline
This pool floatie of a jacket from London designer Christopher Raeburn bridges concept and comfort. Not only does it bring back memories of childhood buoyancy, but it's surprisingly warm and super lightweight, too, as it's made of little more than latex and air. The hoodie alone could double as a cushion. Plus, the blow valves are exposed for easy re-inflation.
Fellow straphangers on the subway won't take kindly to the jacket, but if even they spitefully poke a hole in the latex, worry not, for it even comes with a puncture repair kit.
£949 at Christopher Raeburn
Who needs sensual glamour when there's sculptural innovation? That's the thinking behind the French label Côte & Ciel, who, although they're known primarily for their architectural backpacks, create a wide range of eccentric, unisex bags.
The team takes a science-is-sexy approach, tapping into the harmony of forces at work between the wearer and the weight carried, but without crossing over into high-tech sporting territory. And lately, Côte & Ciel has been focusing on clever sleeves for mobile devices — no great surprise for having formerly worked on Apple accessories — rounding out a progressive vision of the modern schlepper.
Available online at Côte & Ciel, as well as 10 Corso Como, Dover Street Market London, and Selfridges
Rick Owens has opened an expansive store in Hong Kong — his largest in Asia, made in collaboration with Joyce Boutique — and it's a reminder of his peculiar self-idolatry. Inside the three-story space — which stocks his complete men's and women's collections, as well as his DRKSHDW second line — sits a vérité statue of himself. On hands and knees, the piece serves as a coffee table, literally, complete with Owens' own coffee-table book, the gargantuan Rizzoli publication from a few years ago.
Designers often use the self as muse, but Owens takes the notion to a bizarre and bizarrely captivating new level. Consider his giant outdoor sculpture for Selfridges last year (putting the self in Selfridges) or his urinating statue at Pitti Uomo in Florence in 2006 (putting the pee in Pitti). He's long said he doesn't believe in muses; unless, apparently, the muse is meta.
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