VAVA sunglasses may be new (as in one month old), but the concept is so totally, so squarely from another era — the 80s. In particular, the unisex label looks to techno music of the era, an optimistic new sound that emerged from once-glistening, now-blighted cities like Detroit. Those contrasting extremes, promise and disillusionment, inform VAVA's two lines: the White Label draws from simplicity and purity, while the Black Label looks to darkness and the underground.
For Portuguese-born, Berlin-based designer Pedro da Silva, this sense of idealism isn't just conceptual; it's practical, too. The frames are created with cellulose acetate from Mazzucchelli, artisans of acetate since 1849, and the lenses are made from Barberini crystals. The flatness of the two lenses again harks back to the 80s and its preoccupation with computer graphics, while the cubed hinge, exclusive to VAVA, is influenced by the artist Sol Lewitt and his penchant for bold shapes.
Whether named after the editor-in-chief of French Vogue or the sexually adventurous fictional character of 1970s French cinema, Saint Laurent's Emmanuelle bag aims to please. New for pre-fall and available in leather or croc, the bag features a roomy bucket shape that can accommodate nearly any apparatus while the optional suede fringe shimmies and teases.
$1990 - $2150 at YSL.com and Saint Laurent Boutiques
The ongoing Raf Simons for Adidas shoe collaboration seems to be picking up speed. For spring 2015, Simons' beloved staples for the brand — Response Trail 2, Ozweego 2, Bounce — are expanded with new hues and fabrics; his color experiments on the Stan Smith are pushed further; he's introduced two raver models, the Platform Strap and the Platform Lace, that illuminate with each step; and he's interpreted the cult-adored Adilette with three extreme new versions with elevated platforms. All the racy new kicks, priced from $195 to $1,120, can be found at Adidas Icon stores in London, Paris, Berlin and select boutiques around the world beginning mid-February.
In other Raf Simons news, his fall 14 men's collection, made in partnership with the artist and longtime collaborator Sterling Ruby, is getting its own e-store. Open only for the summer, Inthenameof.be will close September 1. After that, a clubby pop-up will launch at 16 Lange Gasthuisstraat, Antwerp, open only on weekends and rotating its merch each week through the end date of October 13.
Rick Owens and Adidas have again teamed up on a capsule of pupil-dilating, mind-twitching men's shoes, three new styles introduced on the designer's spring 2015 runway. The first is based on the loose boxing silhouette, employing covered lacing and Adidas' new Spring Blade tooling on the sole — basically, a row of suspension rubber cantilevers that give height, buoyancy, and much foot interest to the wearer. The second model brings the same Spring Blade sole to a more traditional track shoe, while the shell-toe boot — the "Superstar" boot — recalls the classic Adidas shape, here recast in calf stretch-leather.
$666 - $938 at Rick Owens and Adidas stores, beginning mid-January 2015
Want to join in the colorful sneaker craze but don't want the entire color spectrum on your feet? Not a problem. Lanvin men's designer Lucas Ossendrijver stays grounded with his new sneakers for the house, choosing a respectable palette of earthy shades with barely a touch of iridescence. Plus, made of calf-skin and nubuck, they won't fall apart immediately after purchase, but will wear naturally with time.
$840 at Lanvin stores and online
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.
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.