Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty exhibit opens tomorrow at the V&A in London and even those scatterbrained souls who forgot to reserve a ticket can get in on the action with these extraordinary silk scarves. Each of the five prints refers to a landmark piece from the archives, such as the armadillo shoes from the Plato's Atlantis collection (spring 2010), the tulle and black lace peacock dress (fall 2008), and the dramatic number from spring 1999 that saw Shalom Harlow spray-painted by robotic arms.
52.7 sq. inches, $595 each at Alexander McQueen (4-5 Old Bond Street, London) and online
With all the crotch-watching at Rick Owens' men's show last week, the shoes may have gone unnoticed. And what nice, restrained statement shoes they were, the designer's latest collaboration with Adidas.
The new generation of his signature Runners sneakers — a kind of haute-caveman hybrid — sees several new models in stretch suede: a high boot, an ankle boot, and the reintroduction of the original in fur. All styles are available in women's or men's sizing, and in black or various shades of brown.
$790 - $1,435 at Adidas concept shops in mid-July 2015 and Rick Owens stores
In its fifth season, the collab between Adidas and Raf Simons is starting to show signs of wear — on purpose. The new range, shown on Simons' fall runway in Paris, features the classic white Stan Smith model in happy hues of yellow, purple, and green, as well as four age-distressed versions.
Two other Adidas styles, the Response Trail Robot and the Ozweego Robot, have also been reimagined. Drawing inspiration from vintage astronaut suits and backpacks, Simons pepped them up with molded and machined closures, zippers and straps.
$455 - $730 at Adidas concept shops in Paris and Berlin in mid-July 2015, as well as select stores worldwide
Here it is, our slightly wrong yet totally right anti-gift gift guide — mostly unisex, in order of price...
Personalized Nutella jar
The ultimate stoner snack will be a lot a trippier with your name on it
£3.99/$4.67 at Selfridges locations
Clashist 'Dapper Ryan' socks
Because Ryan Gosling, duh
$14.95 at Clashist
The pinnacle of art journalism has popped up at DSM, selling new and vintage copies
$15 - $55 at Dover Street Market
United Bamboo 'Catclub'
Get your paws on the NY label's anthropomorphized calendars and greeting cards
$21 at United Bamboo
Scott Hug poster of Justin Timberlake
Limited-edition, signed by Justin — for those times you need some teenage spirit
$25 at Hell to Pay
Unused Japanese fabrics are shipped to Brooklyn to make very small batches of boxers
$25-32 ($75 subscription) at Druthers
Moschino iPhone case
This is the phone case everyone wants — until 5 minutes from now, when it'll be a totally different case
$43 (50% off) at Moschino
Don't adjust your screens. The scrambled stripes of Céline's canvas and leather bags for resort 2015 are as intentional as the cartoon face created by the zippers and handles. It's a colorful, telegenic addition to the house's classic trapeze and clutch styles — and the ideal companion for any of Phoebe Philo's other technicolor options for resort.
$375 - $1800 at Céline
Marc Jacobs loves a good gotcha. His holiday beanie collaboration with Yestadt Millinery is a prime example of his taste for trompe l'oeil, his fondness for faux. Molly Yestadt and her small artisanal team used super-luxe rabbit felt to craft each beanie on a custom wood hat block in their lower Manhattan studio and topped it off with a hand-beaded pom pom and logo. In other words, no knit whatsoever. Surprise!
$350 - $1500 at Marc Jacobs boutiques and online
This video explains how it works...
The problem with thigh-high boots is, well...they're sorta cliche. Enter Rick Owens' thigh-high sneakers. Crafted in Italy from stretch calf-leather, the shoes hug the thigh with smug temerity. But the pièce de résistance is found below, where a rounded rubber sole brings much-needed punk sashay — which is probably why they're called Ramones. Message: leave the stiletto heels for working girls and Helmut Newton photos.
While Louis Vuitton's press team is busy pointing out new offerings — i.e. the splashy Frank Gehry-designed Fondation in Paris and the Monogram collaboration with the likes of Cindy Sherman and Karl Lagerfeld, not to mention Nicolas Ghesquiere's debut fall/winter 2014 collection — its vintage products still attract a lot of attention. The heritage house is, after all, more heritage-y than most.
Take a gander at the items in RESEE's vintage Vuitton sale, spanning the 20th century and tiptoeing into the 21st. A good number of pieces hail from Marc Jacobs's recent tenure, for example various Alma and Speedy bags (most of them sold out), as well as those peg-heel clogs from his spring 2010 collection. Historians, however, will salivate over a few museum-worthy pieces, most notably a red ribbon used to fasten a lady's hat inside a travel trunk and believed to date to the 1900s (with box and instructions, 650€) and a jewelry box also thought to hark back to the 1900s (1150€). More recently, a rare first-edition City Guide from 1998 is also up for grabs (550€). Who knew those things were already collector's items?
Comme des Garçons' massive semi-yearly sale, which it calls Market Market Town, is the stuff of legend. John Waters — who, according to lore, wears nothing but Comme — is routinely seen at them, quickly scuttling between the racks to avoid stalkers like us. Aside from cult celebs, there is no better place to score Comme and its ever-expanding universe of lines — men's or women's, recent or current.
Like the Olympics, the host city is always hotly anticipated. And so, announced today, the next Market Market Town will be held in...Paris! That's right, as if Parisians didn't have enough of the world's best design at their fingertips, they're about to have all the Comme they could possibly cram into their closets for roughly 70% off.
The merch is never-ending, replenished periodically throughout each day. You could spend half a day there, as we typically do, and still discover new racks, new bins, new rooms full of stuff. In other words, you'd be a fool not to go. Don't forget to print out the pic above and show it at the door.
L'Entrepôts Eiffel, 107 rue du Chemin Vert, Paris, 75011
Fri, Nov 7, 11 am - 7 pm
Sat, Nov 8, 11 am - 7 pm
Sun, Nov 9, 11 am - 5 pm