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
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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
For her collaborative twirl with Adidas, London designer Mary Katrantzou took track shoes worn by former medal winners and jumbled, layered, camouflaged their codes and colors. Employing elaborate, immersive prints, she infused the sneakers with her own visual language and vivid-dream colors. She also had a go at clothing, most notably an A-line mini-dress with a large-scale print of shoe lacing and an ultramarine and coral-red neoprene coat-dress.
At Adidas Originals stores starting November 15, 2014
While some people — fast-food workers — didn't see the humor in Jeremy Scott's McDonald's bags for his Moschino debut collection, it hardly fazed the politically-incorrect designer with a gift for tweaking and usurping pop-culture icons (his most recent collection was based on Barbie dolls). The bags were in fact produced, contrary to speculation, and they're surprisingly, deliciously well-made. Not like 100% calfskin, embroidered detailing, and lined interiors will do anything to calm the naysayers. If it makes them feel any better, McDonald's wasn't the only junk-food brand that got played: Cheetos, Hershey’s, and Froot Loops also got the dubious nod.
$750 - $1265 at Moschino stores and online
Jonathan Anderson's debut collection for the Spanish house of Loewe draws on many of the primal impulses that inform the London designer's own line, JW Anderson. For resort 2015, he's introduced Meccano, a series of colorful, oversized safety-pin brooches that seem to reference punk's glory days. Or Calder mobiles. Or Ritz crackers. Actually, none of the above. Made of various metals and calf-leather cutouts, they take after the curlicues in Loewe's new logo — designed by the creative agency M/M Paris — that evokes the label's original branding iron used to mark its cattle.
$120 - $222 at Loewe stores
Alexander Wang is ushering in a whole new era at Balenciaga, and with it, a revamped website. Made in collaboration with Yoox, the new site is "nimble, intuitive and visually elegant," says the company, "a dynamic hub for e-commerce and communication."
The navigation is indeed satisfyingly nimble, plus pictures are bigger and easier on the eyes. It's the online store, though, that appears to have seen the most revamping. Chiefly, the site is now compatible with all devices. WIth more and more people buying high-end etail (no 'r') straight from their smartphone or tablet, that's a no-brainer. And there are nice smaller tweaks, too. For instance, the user can rotate the models — both men's and women's — for a complete 360-degree view of what they're wearing. Simple, clean stuff — so clean that there isn't a Kardashian in sight.