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
Luggage shouldn't be flashy or obnoxious — it just shouldn't. Aware of this universal truth, Hedi Slimane has designed the new Monogram line of travel goods for Saint Laurent. Alluringly subtle and classic, the thirty or so men's and women's pieces — suitcases, briefcases, totes, and more — feature the Saint Laurent signature in embossed gold letters and outer canvas printed with a barely-there transposition of the Yves Saint Laurent logo, the one designed by the artist Cassandre in 1961. Everything is made in Italy, too, backing up the understated chic with quality craftsmanship
Believe it or not, summer scarves have a purpose. They keep bare shoulders warm on cool, breezy nights. Of course, Riccardo Tisci likes to imbue his scarves for Givenchy with another layer of meaning. Following the visual cues of his spring 2014 collection, his new scarves — or foulard — combine sepia-toned scenes of noble African tribeswomen with a Japanese robo-chic element — with a little Crucifixion mixed in for good measure. After all, a signature is a signature.
120 x 120 cm, cotton-silk blend, $530 at Net-a-Porter
This week Céline opened a flagship in the Mayfair district of London, where, surely no coincidence, creative director Phoebe Philo resides. Bags, shoes and ready-to-wear are given ample room in the minimally designed space, which emphasizes unconventional materials, many of them rare and left raw. The windows in the facade, for example, are framed in dark Iroko wood from Africa, while the interior is divided by walls covered in clear gray Marmorino plaster from Italy. The floor may look like parquet but in fact comprises 6000 marble tiles inlaid with semi-precious stones.
Philo and the Céline team also collaborated with Danish artist FOS — a recent participant in the Venice Biennale, Art Basel, and Frieze Art Fair, where he installed an ice-cream stand — to create several unique pieces: cast-iron door handles, floor lamps and a Calderesque brass chandelier. Banana plants in amorphous terracotta pots round out the vaguely tropical aesthetic.
Céline, 103 Mount Street, London