Who needs sensual glamour when there's sculptural innovation? That's the thinking behind the French label Côte & Ciel, who, although they're known primarily for their architectural backpacks, create a wide range of eccentric, unisex bags.
The team takes a science-is-sexy approach, tapping into the harmony of forces at work between the wearer and the weight carried, but without crossing over into high-tech sporting territory. And lately, Côte & Ciel has been focusing on clever sleeves for mobile devices — no great surprise for having formerly worked on Apple accessories — rounding out a progressive vision of the modern schlepper.
Available online at Côte & Ciel, as well as 10 Corso Como, Dover Street Market London, and Selfridges
Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty exhibit opens tomorrow at the V&A in London and even those scatterbrained souls who forgot to reserve a ticket can get in on the action with these extraordinary silk scarves. Each of the five prints refers to a landmark piece from the archives, such as the armadillo shoes from the Plato's Atlantis collection (spring 2010), the tulle and black lace peacock dress (fall 2008), and the dramatic number from spring 1999 that saw Shalom Harlow spray-painted by robotic arms.
52.7 sq. inches, $595 each at Alexander McQueen (4-5 Old Bond Street, London) and online
Here it is, our slightly wrong yet totally right anti-gift gift guide — mostly unisex, in order of price...
Personalized Nutella jar
The ultimate stoner snack will be a lot a trippier with your name on it
£3.99/$4.67 at Selfridges locations
Clashist 'Dapper Ryan' socks
Because Ryan Gosling, duh
$14.95 at Clashist
The pinnacle of art journalism has popped up at DSM, selling new and vintage copies
$15 - $55 at Dover Street Market
United Bamboo 'Catclub'
Get your paws on the NY label's anthropomorphized calendars and greeting cards
$21 at United Bamboo
Scott Hug poster of Justin Timberlake
Limited-edition, signed by Justin — for those times you need some teenage spirit
$25 at Hell to Pay
Unused Japanese fabrics are shipped to Brooklyn to make very small batches of boxers
$25-32 ($75 subscription) at Druthers
Moschino iPhone case
This is the phone case everyone wants — until 5 minutes from now, when it'll be a totally different case
$43 (50% off) at Moschino
While Louis Vuitton's press team is busy pointing out new offerings — i.e. the splashy Frank Gehry-designed Fondation in Paris and the Monogram collaboration with the likes of Cindy Sherman and Karl Lagerfeld, not to mention Nicolas Ghesquiere's debut fall/winter 2014 collection — its vintage products still attract a lot of attention. The heritage house is, after all, more heritage-y than most.
Take a gander at the items in RESEE's vintage Vuitton sale, spanning the 20th century and tiptoeing into the 21st. A good number of pieces hail from Marc Jacobs's recent tenure, for example various Alma and Speedy bags (most of them sold out), as well as those peg-heel clogs from his spring 2010 collection. Historians, however, will salivate over a few museum-worthy pieces, most notably a red ribbon used to fasten a lady's hat inside a travel trunk and believed to date to the 1900s (with box and instructions, 650€) and a jewelry box also thought to hark back to the 1900s (1150€). More recently, a rare first-edition City Guide from 1998 is also up for grabs (550€). Who knew those things were already collector's items?
Alexander Wang is ushering in a whole new era at Balenciaga, and with it, a revamped website. Made in collaboration with Yoox, the new site is "nimble, intuitive and visually elegant," says the company, "a dynamic hub for e-commerce and communication."
The navigation is indeed satisfyingly nimble, plus pictures are bigger and easier on the eyes. It's the online store, though, that appears to have seen the most revamping. Chiefly, the site is now compatible with all devices. WIth more and more people buying high-end etail (no 'r') straight from their smartphone or tablet, that's a no-brainer. And there are nice smaller tweaks, too. For instance, the user can rotate the models — both men's and women's — for a complete 360-degree view of what they're wearing. Simple, clean stuff — so clean that there isn't a Kardashian in sight.
Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy — who told Hint a while back he aspires to make clothes for those born after 1991, the year the USSR formally ended — does not fit neatly into a box. His design sensibility is challenging not for the usual reasons (deconstruction, asymmetry, tech fabrics), but because it plays with notions of dated, obsolete, tacky glamour often associated with oligarch wives — in the way Prada refers to Germany's Stasi style.
Take these jackets, for example, the clear standouts in a collection otherwise full of skater prints and street influences. Their nubby faux-fur fadedness is undeniable, owing to the fact they're made of 100% polyester, an intentionally down-market decision. They look faux for other reasons, too. Although they're unisex, they're sized in US men's designations and made in Romania, not exactly a style hotbed or important manufacturing center.
$570 - $730 at Opening Ceremony
You know a new season is here, or almost here, when Proenza Schouler's new stock arrives in its e-store. A ton of new fall arrivals just went up on the site, in all their building insulation glory. So while it may sound icky and prickly now, in the summer heat, just wait until the colder months — by October, you'll be begging for some thermal foam on your body. And remember, the boys make their fabrics from scratch, so while it looks like insulation, it is not technically insulation. Concept over trends.
Also on the site, you can catch up with all the cute street posters the duo have made to promote their stores, which, with the addition of the brand-new Soho location, totals two.
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Selima, the Paris-New York eyewear label, already had a bestseller on its hands with the Andy, frames based on those Andy Warhol wore. Now Selima has teamed up with Colette on a mini-range of the sunglasses in hyper-saturated pop-art Technicolor, inspired by the late 70s, when disco gave way to new wave and art punk. "Think Fiorucci meets Blondie, or the Talking Heads and Lizzie Mercier Descloux," says founder Selima Salaun. Handmade in France, the seven shades are intended to be worn both outside and in — adding a little more velvet to your underground this summer.
$385 at Selima Optique in New York and Colette in Paris
Don't sweat the sweatshirt. It's still all about comfort. But should you require a pop, trompe l'oeil or other statement, take your pick...
$430 at Barneys New York
$490 at Barneys New York
$675 at Alexander McQueen