The fascination with Italian Vogue editor, colorful muse, and unabashed eccentric Anna Piaggi, who died in 2012, shows no signs of letting up.
To coincide with a Milan’s Salone del Mobile furniture fair, former fashion editor JJ Martin has launched vintage e-store LaDoubleJ.com making a 30-piece collection of Piaggi’s jewels available to an adoring public.
For spring, Valentino has released a capsule of Souvenir men's jackets in colorful prints and embroideries. Eleven satin bombers are festooned with a variety of elaborate dragons, tigers, birds, wolves, and Hawaiian flowers.
$2350 - $4695 at Valentino stores and online
Leave it to a Japanese artist and his one-man atelier, Iwakiri, to meticulously hand-craft jumbo goldfish as handbags. The verisimilitude is uncanny, down to the individually stitched leather scales. And while goldfish are the best-seller, he creates a variety of animal bags, including turtles, frogs, and other slick-skinned critters.
"Natural forms and curves are applicable to human architectures," says bag designer Konstantin Kofta, who's incorporated ornate baroque architecture — replicating actual chunks of the stuff — in his spring collection of backpacks and clutches. The Slovenian designer has evoked the shapes, curves, and decoration of the dramatic period, transferring them to sculptural leather, much like his unconventional recreations of skin, bones, and tar of previous seasons.
Presented at the spring 2016 collection, the mysteriously named 5AC is now available — John Galliano's first bag for Maison Margiela. With a lining that can be pulled outward to create a non-functioning bit of flash, the white goatskin bag is every bit as transformative as the original designer.
$2995 at select Maison Margiela boutiques and online
Never mind the name — none of the wood frames in Termite's glasses have burrowing bugs. Which isn't to say the workers at the UK-based company haven't been busy handcrafting the frames from birch plywood culled from sustainable sources around Europe. All box packaging, too, is made from recycled paper goods. Design-wise, the fall collection draws from the Bauhaus movement, with its unexpected combinations of clean, bold shapes and lines.
Saint Laurent has a tony new home in New York — a remodeling, to be exact, of the Upper East Side flagship that originally opened in 2003. The new boutique, overtaking the Los Angeles outlet as the largest in the U.S., illustrates creative director Hedi Slimane's rigorous and straight-edged retail vision for the house, a total concept that utilizes marble and brass almost exclusively.
A complement to the house's Soho location, the renovated UES address has also added a third floor, where menswear is housed, in addition to women's on the second floor and lifestyle on the ground floor.
Saint Laurent, 3 East 57th Street, NYC
His first foray into eyewear, New York jewelry artist Chris Habana has launched a line of sunglasses with Korean eyewear label Gentle Monster. The capsule collection features three architectural frames in two colors, and coincides with the launch of Gentle Monster's first stateside store. The three styles — the Chola, the Hunt, the Fang — draw on Chris' signature pop-punk style with accents such as solid gold and silver diamond settings.
Though he's originally from Fresno, Rick Owens spent much of his misspent youth in L.A. How apropos that he's just opened his first store there, just down the street from, he says, "a Mexican drag bar where I spent a lot of late, boozy nights 20 years ago."
More than anything, he wanted the space to reflect his twisted view of Hollywood — a kind of brutalist Cecil B. Demille — which he achieved with the help of longtime architect Anna Tumaini. Together they installed a large-scale fog machine, the kind he has in his New York and Seoul stores. And they even incorporated what he calls a swimming pool (pools are big in the movies, right?), but which is more akin to a floor-to-ceiling tank in which bubbles, one at a time, rise to the surface.