Hats are wonderful things. They shade your eyes when sunglasses aren't enough, they shield your face when you've forgotten your umbrella, and they divert people's attention on those days you couldn't be bothered to do anything with your hair. There's just one problem with hats in the summer — they get unbearably hot. So, here are an assortment of summer hats whose makers have shown mercy and given some thought to wicking away heat and sweat...
Junya Watanabe trilby
$491 at Colette
Larose Paris X White Mountaineering cap
$170 at Colette
Lanvin straw fedora
$350 at Mr. Porter
Rag & Bone fedora
$175 at Barneys
Just Don It python cap
$695 ar Barneys
Relatively quiet as of late, artist Terence Koh — he of gold-plated feces, piano design for Lady Gaga and Elton John, and Chinese baby adoption — has teamed up with Louis Vuitton on a limited-edition collection sold exclusively at Dover Street Market Ginza. The bare-bones three-piece capsule includes a nautical striped T-shirt, a long-sleeved blue shirt, and a non-leather biker jacket.
Koh’s artistic embroideries include a narwhal (that whale with a crazy tusk that looks like a unicorn's horn), a pair of rabbits, and an intricate and unexplained double-oval design on the back of the biker jacket.
At Dover Street Market Ginza on June 6, 2014
British artist-designer Patrick Ian Hartley makes what he calls "face corsets," an apt descriptor for what's essentially custom neck art in carefully molded leather, silk, and PVC — a lot of PVC. And you thought 17th-century ruffs were the height of neck art.
Naturally, Lady Gaga is a client, as well as heaps of other musicians looking for something a little exotic to wear in their music videos. Haute magazines, too, are stampeding to Hartley's studio, hunting for that certain something to help their editorials stand out — literally stand out, like the partial exoskeletons you see here. They may look uncomfortable, but stiletto heels probably also looked uncomfortable, before they were everywhere.
Every time you miss a good sale, you tell yourself, "Never again!" Remember? Here's your chance to keep your promise...
Opening Ceremony Sample Sale
— 70-90% off OC, Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane, Kenzo, and more
— Fri, May 30 - Sun, Jun 1, 11 am - 8 pm (Sun 11 - 7)
— Friends & Family pre-sale: Thu, May 29, 11 am - 8 pm
— 76 Mercer Street (b/w Spring & Broome), NYC
Net-a-Porter Spring Sale
— Up to 50% off Isabel Marant, Lanvin, Chloé, Alexander Wang, Jimmy Choo, and more
— Starting Tue, May 27
— Online only
Matches Summer Sale
— 30-50% off Givenchy, Erdem, Acne, Carven, Stella McCartney, and more
— Starting Mon, May 26
— Online only
Alexander McQueen Sample Sale
— Until Sat, May 31, 10 am - 9 pm
— 22 Clerkenwell Green, London
Barneys Designer Sale
— 40% off
— Starting Thu, May 29
— 660 Madison Ave, NYC
Starworks PR Sale
— Jonathan Saunders, Prism, Roksanda Ilincic, Marios Schwab, Peter Pilotto, Richard Nicoll, House of Holland
— Fri, May 30 & Sat, May 31, 9 am - 6 pm
— 21 Albemarle St, London
Christian Louboutin Sample Sale
— Women's and men's shoes, plus women's bags
— Thu, Jun 5 (9 am - 7 pm) & Fri, Jun 6 (9 am - 1 pm)
— The Clerkenwell Centre, 61 Lever St, London
As if toasting Dover Street Market NY's still-new space, Prada has created a stunning capsule collection for the store's seasonal Golden Week of new arrivals and special events, which starts today. Essentially a reimagining of the house's spring 2008 collection, the range comprises dresses, skirts, shirts, and parkas made from solid organza, each hand-painted and accented with gold and silver leaf. Shine on, Dover!
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Selima, the Paris-New York eyewear label, already had a bestseller on its hands with the Andy, frames based on those Andy Warhol wore. Now Selima has teamed up with Colette on a mini-range of the sunglasses in hyper-saturated pop-art Technicolor, inspired by the late 70s, when disco gave way to new wave and art punk. "Think Fiorucci meets Blondie, or the Talking Heads and Lizzie Mercier Descloux," says founder Selima Salaun. Handmade in France, the seven shades are intended to be worn both outside and in — adding a little more velvet to your underground this summer.
$385 at Selima Optique in New York and Colette in Paris
Since its founding over 120 years ago, Chanel-owned Causse has been making fine luxury gloves worthy of a princess. What a coincidence! Their latest partnership is with none other than Yazbukey, the quirky Paris-based jewelry and accessories label launched in 2000 by, according to self-styled lore, an Ottoman princess with ties to Egypt's ruling class in the 19th century.
The collaboration consists of three pairs of black leather gloves with a matching plexiglass box. Built around three motifs — eyes, mouth, fingers — the capsule adds a touch of pop modernity to the heritage house. Founded in 1892, Causse was recently acquired by Chanel as part of its Paraffection project to preserve France's traditional métiers d'art. Not only does the family-run maison create the gloves for Chanel's couture and ready-to-wear collections, they also handcraft those that have become part of Karl Lagerfeld's signature, as ubiquitous as his shades and ponytail.
Lucky New Yorkers will be the first to see — and buy — Dior Homme's fall 2014 collection on April 24, when the collection hits the Soho store before rolling out globally in May.
Lighting the way will be a site-specific installation by the French design duo M/M (Paris), unveiled the same day. The light art, which will remain in the store for one month, is an extension of a large-format, photographic catalog created with photographer Karim Sadli. Says Van Assche, "This installation in Soho reflects my plan to show every Dior Homme collection in a way that is both unusual and particularly appropriate."
"In this collection," say M/M (Paris), who've incorporated their alphabetic trademark, "Kris Van Assche pays homage to his years studying in Antwerp and to his memories of the graphics department. We have reflected this idea by devising a pageant of light effects, like something that students might have created."
Don't sweat the sweatshirt. It's still all about comfort. But should you require a pop, trompe l'oeil or other statement, take your pick...
$430 at Barneys New York
$490 at Barneys New York
$675 at Alexander McQueen