While some people — fast-food workers — didn't see the humor in Jeremy Scott's McDonald's bags for his Moschino debut collection, it hardly fazed the politically-incorrect designer with a gift for tweaking and usurping pop-culture icons (his most recent collection was based on Barbie dolls). The bags were in fact produced, contrary to speculation, and they're surprisingly, deliciously well-made. Not like 100% calfskin, embroidered detailing, and lined interiors will do anything to calm the naysayers. If it makes them feel any better, McDonald's wasn't the only junk-food brand that got played: Cheetos, Hershey’s, and Froot Loops also got the dubious nod.
$750 - $1265 at Moschino stores and online
Jonathan Anderson's debut collection for the Spanish house of Loewe draws on many of the primal impulses that inform the London designer's own line, JW Anderson. For resort 2015, he's introduced Meccano, a series of colorful, oversized safety-pin brooches that seem to reference punk's glory days. Or Calder mobiles. Or Ritz crackers. Actually, none of the above. Made of various metals and calf-leather cutouts, they take after the curlicues in Loewe's new logo — designed by the creative agency M/M Paris — that evokes the label's original branding iron used to mark its cattle.
$120 - $222 at Loewe stores
As they say in the millinery business, not only is there a hat for every occasion, there's an occasion for every hat. Which is sort of like saying every day can be a hat day. Good thing that the UK milliner Philip Treacy makes tons of hats to choose from every season (plus this one that looks more like a black veil). That's right, in addition to supplying hats for the stage, hats for royal weddings, hats for traveling exhibitions, he'll also make hats for regular customers with regular occasions, even if the occasion is walking down the street. Behold his fall 2014 collection...
The skinny-heel pushback is well underway. The latest evidence comes from Acne Studios, whose plus-size women's Quad shoe for fall takes the best of the traditional oxford and adds an enlarged cube toe, as well as a chunky sole, for beautiful-the-way-I-am appeal. Available in white on white, black on white, and brown camo on black.
$600 at Acne Studios stores and acnestudios.com
Except for a short gap between 2011 and 2013, Raf Simons has been going at it for Fred Perry, tweaking the sporty label's signatures to his own off-kilter ends. Fall 2014 is their 10th collection, a study in artful patch and pocket placement, Haçienda-inspired diagonal stripes (made famous by Peter Saville), and color-blocked knits.
One of the more statement pieces is the diamond-quilted Raf bomber in green, applied with patches of diagonal striped fabric. Other key pieces include the optical-stripe Raf shirt, the two-button Raf sweat, and the lace-knit Raf sweater — in autumnal shades of royal purple, burgundy, pine green, navy, and Halloween orange.
$160 - $495 in Fred Perry Laurel Wreath shops and Fred Perry
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