Junya Watanabe boots

Hooked: Junya Watanabe Boots

Like a punk porcupine, these Junya Watanabe studded cowgirl boots are not for the clutch-pearls set. The snake-effect leather and extra-sharp silver studs in back will help enforce a certain amount of personal space at all times.

$1,585 at Net-a-Porter

Jan 26, 2014 18:52:00
Rick Owens for Adidas Tech Runner

Hooked: Rick Owens for Adidas Tech Runners

Nothing wrong with traditional wingtips, but Rick Owens' fall men's sneakers with Adidas — based on the odd, radar-evading shape of Stealth Bombers — practically take flight. The Tech Runners, as they're called, are composed of a leather and suede top, a black rubber outsole, and an interior made of shock-absorbing EVA technology, whispering at high-design usability while making a bold statement.

While that's for fall, Rick Owens' spring shoes for Adidas — more pod-like than stealthy — just arrived at Oki-Ni

Jan 16, 2014 15:06:00

Alexander McQueen Clutches You'll Soon Be Sporting

"Progressive art movements of the early 20th Century" are the inspiration behind Alexander McQueen's three new clutches for spring: Tassel Skull, Sphere Skull, and Hexagon. We're getting flapper and art nouveau; we should paid more attention in art history class to spot the others.

At any rate, bold color and primitive shapes in unusual materials like plexiglass and snakeskin are embellished with gold studs, feather embroidery, gold studs, and beadwork. Wait, where's the cicada-inspired gold knuckleduster clutches?

Dec 17, 2013 18:38:00
Damien Hirst for Alexander McQueen scarves

Hooked: Damien Hirst for Alexander McQueen Scarves

Marking the 10th anniversary of Alexander McQueen's skull motif (spring '03), the house has partnered with Damien Hirst on a series of 30 extraordinary large scarves. As seen below in the short film by Sølve Sundsbø, each limited-edition design is adapted from the artist's Entomology series to create a kaleidoscopic juxtaposition of butterflies, beetles, spiders and other insects with a skull in the center. The result is a marriage of the two Brits' fascination with nature and its bounty of strange creatures. 

$515 - $1175 in chiffon, pongee, twill or cashmere, available beginning November 15 at Alexander McQueen stores worldwide and online.

Nov 14, 2013 22:13:00
Céline Fortune Cookie bags

Hooked: Céline Fortune Cookie Bags

The part of Céline's fall/winter 2013 collection with the red-and-blue check patterns, a clever riff on the jumbo shopping bags of Canal Street, now bears another clever twist. Behold the Fortune Cookie bag, an apparent reference to the Chinatown restaurants and markets that dot Canal Street and the area. So yummy you could eat them, the shoulder bags are a limited capsule range for winter, available in dough-colored calfskin, as well as army-green mohair and blue or navy madres canvas. 

At select Céline stores worldwide

Oct 30, 2013 21:49:00
Prada Saffiano briefcases

Hooked: Prada Saffiano Briefcases

Amid a Slurpee swirl of colorful bags this season, Prada goes back to basics for its new Saffiano briefcases. The Italian house has developed a new treatment that gives leather a professorial saffron patina. The lining, too, is made to look old-school with its soft sheep leather, while the steel hardware is semi-polished — for a worn-in look without the wait.

$2400-2750 in select Prada stores worldwide and online

Oct 22, 2013 17:30:00
Prada gingham bags

Hooked: Prada Gingham Bag

For fall 2013, Miuccia Prada combined seemingly incombinable things: leisure and noir, couture and punk, good girl and bad girl. So if her red-and-white gingham bag is a little too "picnic with Doris Day" for you, opt instead for the nighttime red-and-blue version — much more "vodka shots with Joan Jett." (Extra good news if you live in Stockholm, Sweden, or Nanning, China — you now have a brand-new Prada flagship in your city.)

$1650 at Prada.com

Sep 01, 2013 22:06:00
Saint Laurent charm boots

Hooked: Saint Laurent Charm Boots

Judging by these mosh-ready stompers, Hedi Slimane is giving the house of Saint Laurent a full reboot. He's adorned an otherwise standard-issue military boot in black leather with endless studs, straps, and a curious string of charms and bricolage, as if grabbed from a thrift store — although these most certainly were not.

Around $7620 at Saint Laurent stores worldwide

Aug 29, 2013 07:59:00
The Daughters

Hooked: Noritaka Tatehana's Daughters

Ever since Lady Gaga slid into his heelless shoe art and appeared on Japanese TV some years ago, it's been a rocket ride for Noritaka Tatehana.

The latest unexpected development from the bashful cobbler is a collaboration with the high-concept "shoe director" Yoichiro Kitadate (Nike, Reebok) on a limited capsule of wedge sneakers for her and baseball sneakers for him. Called Daughters (both the women's and men's versions — go figure), and featuring a traditional Japanese leather-dying technique using organic indigo, the shoes have inherited their genes from their two dads. A miracle of modern science!

Currently only available in Japan at T6M and Isetan Shinjuku, but inquiries are welcome on the Daughters website.

Aug 02, 2013 18:15:00

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