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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While it didn't get wood first, Prada is joining the action now with Prada Raw, a limited collection of women's sunglasses made entirely from black walnut or Malabar ebony. The curious eyewear marries classic design — including the house's Minimal Baroque style — with the calming effect of natural wood.
Beginning today, available exclusively at Prada stores in New York (5th Ave), Milan (Galleria), Paris (Faubourg St-Honoré), and London (Old Bond St)
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
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