Because you can never have enough Heroine bags, Alexander McQueen has unloaded tons more options of its signature accessory for spring. First, the label is launching the Mini Heroine satchel, which boasts all the great craftsmanship of its roomier sister — suede lining, hand stitching, chain and leather strap — but smaller and slightly more economical. Second, the Heroine bag itself is being rolled out in new colors, graphic prints and textures — emulating those of the future-tribal spring collection. It, too, will be available in a mini size, as well as small and medium. As Lorde might say, you may never be royal, but you can have Heroine bags.
$1545-$2595 at Alexander McQueen stores and online (late February - July 2014)
This Valentine's Day, give the gift that says what you really think — like this wool and appliquéd men's slogan sweater from London designer James Long with the Britpop-inspired, Grindr-approved words "I'm so fucking hard" spelled out across the front. Sometimes (usually) blunt smut talk is the sexiest of sweet nothings.
£490 ($805) at Browns
If you were smitten with the piles of buttons and shiny things in the Maison Martin Margiela couture show, we have good news. The label is selling individual items of jewelry for Valentine's Day, some of which looks like it was plucked from those over-the-top creations. His and hers rings, bracelets, necklaces, and cufflinks are now available from the house's Première range. Now, finally, you can build your own magpie jacket, ring by ring.
$365-835 at Maison Martin Margiela
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
"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?
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.
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
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