High flying fashion: introducing the Style Special

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Our biannual style special is flush with high style. Pictured: The two covers side-by-side. Left: Our newsstand cover – created by long-time W* contributor Brigitte Niedermair. Right: Our limited-edition cover, created by Arnaud Lajeunie
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Here at Wallpaper*, we're sartorially on point all year-round (obviously). Given that, our biannual style specials represent high watermarks for an already aesthetically top-tier publication. W*210 is no different – a seminal issue flush with high style, permeating our pages for a cross-disciplinary treat.

Kicking off with Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers' recent travels to Rome – inspecting Diego Della Valle's Colosseum clean up and attending Fendi's 90th birthday bash a few days later – we're swiftly down the rabbit hole.

First up, a trip to Highgate for a micro-tour of Carmody Groarke's first standalone house – a modernist brick build that blends beautifully into its wooded surroundings. After surveying the ascendant trend in descendant men's hemlines, we're tickled pink by a new Dior Home glass collection. The travel theme continues with a journey into the mind (and art collection) of fashion maven Erdem Moralioglu, while Picky Nicky reflects on Brexit's potential knock-on effect for the fruitful geographic cross-pollination of the creative industries.

Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier talks architectural heroes and rebuilding the Italian luxury house, while the Kering connection continues with our feature on brand stablemate (and namesake) Kering Eyewear, an entrepreneurial startup aiming to transform the business of fashion eyewear.

All this jetsetting is thirsty work, so for this month's Wine & Design we take a trip to Nendo's new sake store and Martell's Cognac HQ, followed by a restorative night at 5 Beekman Street in New York, now repurposed as a sterling hotel by Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects.

From Manhattan, we fly the newly open route to Cuba for an extensive survey of the new creative revolution spreading across the island state, profiling developers, designers, chefs, artists, journalists and hoteliers alike.

To polish off the issue proper, we go deep into a selection of superlative stylings. From staging soft-focus micro-interventions across the Louvre's sister gallery in northern France, we go high-contrast with sharp shadows at a rugged Arizona retreat, explore the new order of monochromatic sculptural wearables and, finally, turn on the bright lights for a colour-washed shoot of sharp new styles.

Tired? You should be. But best sit yourself down with Sir Paul Smith's recipe for beans on toast (this month's Artist's Palate) and recoup a little energy – next month is the big one: Wallpaper* turns 20, and you're all invited.

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We press fashion’s Erdem Moralioglu on his passion for art and design, and his pursuit of the perfectly outfitted store.

(Image credit: Sofie Middernacht & Maarten Alexander)


We spend a restorative night at 5 Beekman Street in New York, now repurposed as a sterling hotel by Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects. 

(Image credit: Richard Barnes)

’The Frame Game’ magazine

In ’The Frame Game’, an Italian startup – with serious backing – is focused on transforming the business of fashion eyewear.

(Image credit: Albrecht Fuchs)


Lajeunie’s extensive ’Art star’ shoot sees a host of soft-focus micro-interventions across the Louvre’s sister gallery in northern France.

(Image credit: Arnaud Lajeunie)

Models posing

With ’Full beam’, we turn on the bright lights for a colour-washed shoot of sharp new styles.

(Image credit: Stas Komarovski)

sculptural wearables

Niedermair explores the new order of monochromatic and sculptural wearables.

(Image credit: Brigitte Niedermair)

office-wear collection

We dive into the outer reaches of office-wear with a collection of NSFW checks, balances and bold moves.

(Image credit: Jan Lehner)

Rugged Arizona retreat

Feel the heat as we cast the sharpest of shadows at a rugged Arizona retreat. 

(Image credit: Paolo Di Lucente)


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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.