Style findings: 2016's dispatches from the Wallpaper* fashion team

House of fun
22 December

London based-fashion designer Matty Bovan (opens in new tab) has created a selection prismatic of Christmas wreaths for House of Voltaire (opens in new tab). Created from marble foam, plaster and bedazzling jewels, the decorations are an acid-trip take on festivity. 

Two images of handbags. Left, blue leather bag, with gold links and red and black straps. Right, a black leather bag with gold trim and a blue strap.

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Hybrid handbags
21 December

Renowned for creating clothes that defy classification, Sacai (opens in new tab)’s Chitose Abe has turned her hybrid aesthetic to handbag design. Collaborating with Katie Hillier on her debut bag collection, the six enigmatic styles, crafted in soft leather, crocodile skin and mink act as spliced versions of archetypal silhouettes.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Two images. Left, close up view of a dark fabric jacket. Right, a dark fabric jacket.

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Wool worth
20 December

This season sees the return of an exclusive C.P. Company (opens in new tab) fabric, which was developed by designers Paul Harvey and Alessandro Pungetti four years ago. Named Shetland SL, a heavy-duty lycra is formed by bonding light weight traditional yarn-dyed wool.

The team worked with a bouclé yarn for the first time, which was typically used for men’s outerwear in the 1950’s and 60’s. Combined with the Shetland SL technique, the fabric boosts the coat’s protective qualities whilst maintaining the natural elasticity of the wool fabric.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

A hallway with marble floors, a blue fabric covered bench, blue shelves and crystal chandeliers.

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Feeling Plein
19 December

The latest addition to the New Bond Street fashion mile, Claudio Pironi & Partners, the architecture practice who designed Philipp Plein’s (opens in new tab)expansive Milanese showroom, has worked with the German fashion designer on his new London flagship. The majestic three-floor store boasts marble, gold and mirrored surfaces, bedecked with Plein’s idiosyncratic logoed and rhinestone finishes.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Two images of the same woman wearing a black shiny top and large round glasses in different poses.

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Seeing clearly
19 December

New Zealand-based sunglass maker Karen Walker (opens in new tab) has used industrial acetate and monel in her debut range of clear lenses. The vintage-like oversized frames are the ultimate eccentric optical update.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Two images. Left, a simple drawing of a horse with wings. Right, an Asian woman wearing a white top with the drawing on it and white jeans.

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Mythic method
15 December

The casual aesthetic of German brand Closed and the delicate yet humorous embroideries of designer Jackie Villevoye are brought together in a three-piece line launching in spring next year. Villevoye, the founder of Jupe by Jackie, worked together with her team of master artisans in India, who hand-stitch the mythological creatures directly onto the garments.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

A white leather backpack with blue trim and straps.

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On the right track
14 December

Go-faster stripes race through Smythson’s (opens in new tab) new luggage offering for S/S17, with every piece from the Burlington Stripe collection boasting bold hand-printed navy and blue track lines. The pattern pays homage to the heritage brand’s signature jacquard, used in the lining of the Bond Street bag, which was the first ever produced by Frank Smythson in 1902.

Writer: Jason Hughes

A blue dress with a white pattern on it.

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Travel right
13 December

Robe de Voyage (opens in new tab) work with a collective of talented weavers in Bihar, East India, to craft its lightweight khadi cotton and silk travel robes. Scribble, the first print in the collection, which evokes rippled sunlight on water, was hand-painted by founder Jessica Linklater in her London studio, and then screen-printed in Delhi. Constructed in vibrant colourways, bright oranges, salty blues and rich reds were inspired by landscapes in Zanzibar, Kyoto and Malabar.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Two images. Left, the torso of a woman wearing a denim top and pants. Right, a woman wearing a black bikini top, a leather jacket and jeans.

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Stiff sophistication
12 December

Renowned for its attention to American craftsmanship, FRAME (opens in new tab) has collaborated with Cone, the oldest fabric mill in the US on its debut range of rigid denim. Reimagining 11 archive styles, including denim jackets and its signature cropped bootcut silhouette, the faded and frayed finishes are inspired by vintage denim fabrics.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Louis Vuitton menswear pop-up shop in Selfridges with clothing displays and walls with African animals painted on them.

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Into the wild
9 December

Inspired by his childhood spent overseas, men’s artistic director Kim Jones has brought a piece of Africa with him to the Louis Vuitton menswear pop-up shop in Selfridges. Teaming up with regular collaborators the Chapman brothers, Jake and Dinos have added wild flair to the pop-up with African animal illustrations. Customers can also enjoy exclusive products from the pre-spring/summer 2017 and S/S 2017 shows and shop at the brand’s denim bar.

Writer: Aylin Bayhan

Different shaped and coloured handbags on a gold surface.

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Have you met Suzy?
8 December

Bally has a new addition to its ever expanding accessories family, and the Suzy bag is its disco-centric little sister. Showing off the same B Turn lock, its smaller shape and gold chain shoulder strap is both youthful and rebellious. Stepping out in studded, block and tri-colour versions of suede, python and calfskin, it makes for most B-loved dance floor date.

Writer: Jason Hughes

A grey marble table with clear plastic legs, glass display cases on top of it, a pink checkered floor below it and pink chairs around it.

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Prada’s plush interiors update
7 December

Constantly revitalising the interior design of its store spaces, Prada (opens in new tab)has added velvet accents, geometric carpeting and exquisite glass and marble furniture to its Harrods (opens in new tab)concession in London. Exclusive Osvaldo Borsani chairs in plush strawberry pink complement the colourful furs on display, while the marble, steel and glass finishes of tables and counters reflect the embellishments of bags and costume jewellery. These luxurious updates are also featured at Prada’s Monte-Carlo outpost.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

An open box with various items inside it and the lid of the box with a picture of the desert drawn on to it.

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California dreaming
6 December

Personalised gift curation service Assembly of Objects (opens in new tab) has looked to the creative flair of California for its new collection of bespoke gift boxes. In limited edition runs of 100, founder Zoë Black has curated gift sets for him, her and new mother and baby, exquisitely packaged in screen-printed wooden boxes. Covetable gifts found inside include artisanal linen-bound notebooks, copper coffee measuring scoops and hand-dyed shibori silk scarves.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Two images. Left, a room with large red floor tiles and a pillar with a long light on it. Right, clothing displays built into a white wall with long lights on it.

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Glow with the flow
5 December

In 1996, Calvin Klein (opens in new tab) commissioned the artist Dan Flavin to create Untitled, a configuration of red and white tube lights, which opened on Madison Avenue a month after his death. Lighting large storefront windows and doorways, Flavin’s installations are on view once more at the NYC flagship, acting as a minimalist antidote to overblown festive decoration. 

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Two images. Left, the back of a man with his jacket hanging over his backpack. Right, a man wearing a white jacket, a white shirt, a white pants and white shoes.

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Raw materials
2 December

G-Star Raw (opens in new tab) has experimented once more with Italian selvedge denim for the launch of its first RAW Research capsule collection. Launching tomorrow at Dover Street Market (opens in new tab) in London, Tokyo and NYC, the 20-piece collection features G-Star Raw's new Rackam 3D denim jeans in bleached-white, and a bomber jacket that can be strapped to and carried on the shoulders, in untreated raw indigo.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

A men's clothing shop with a long dark sofa, a glass table and shelves with clothing on them.

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Perfectly measured
1 December

Neapolitan tailor Kiton (opens in new tab) has added a bespoke floor to its newly expanded and refurbished Munich boutique. The floor is devoted entirely to a bespoke tailoring service offering German customers an opportunity to experience the artisanal approach that exemplifies the brand. The store will also stock an exclusive selection of Kiton fabrics selected from the personal archives of brand founder Ciro Paone.

Writer: Jason Hughes

A person standing outside next to a wall wearing a white shirt and jeans with a brown blanket wrapped around them.

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Woolly two-shoes
30 November
 
Awarded the New Zealand design award for best product recently, Allbirds (opens in new tab) is making a name for itself in an oversaturated trainers market where logos are ubiquitous. For Allbirds founders Tim Brown and Joey Zwillinger comfort comes first. In New Zealand, they source sustainble merino wool – never used in footwear before – which has incredible airing and isolating qualities; the footwear is then produced by Italian mills. Expect flocks of fans.

Writer: Siska Lyssens

An upper body view of a woman with black hair wearing blue round sunglasses and a white open shouldered top on a black background.

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Magic circles
29 November

Black, deconstructed and minimalistic, Yohji Yamamoto (opens in new tab)’s sunglasses collection for spring/summer 2017 casts a spell on us. With curves in all the right places, the styles feature rounded glasses in an array of metal frames.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

Two images. Left, a woman wearing a burgundy jersey and jeans with her back to the camera. Right, a picture of a woman's legs wearing a blue knee length dress, stockings and a dark green top in her hand.

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Wool power
28 November

There’s more than meets the eye with Danish brand Carcel (opens in new tab). The brainchild of social entrepreneur Veronica D'Souza, Carcel works together with inmates in a women’s prison in Cusco, Peru to produce knitwear made of 100 per cent fine alpaca wool. Designed by Louise van Hauen, the minimal shapes come in many colours, combining comfort with Scandinavian cool. Via Carcel, the women have a market to sell their products. ‘We pay them $15 for one sweater', Souza explains. 'This adds up to more than three times the minimum wage in Peru.' Carcel’s next collection – made entirely made out of organic silk – is to be manufactured by women in India. Stay tuned.

Writer: Vas Panagiotopoulos

Three images, Left, a woman wearing a black long sleeve top and white jeans with her back to the camera and hands in her pockets. Middle, a woman wearing a short sleeve white top and baggy dark pants. Right, a side view of a woman wearing a dark jacket and white pants.

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Golden eye
25 November

In the Noughties, Citizens of Humanity was synonymous with fitted and flared styles of denim that elevated jeans into the designer realm. Today, the brand has grown bigger than that, boasting four sub-labels. One of these is Goldsign (opens in new tab), a denim brand that designer Karen Phelps was tasked with reviving. Phelps created a modern aesthetic that’s nonetheless soft around the edges. By laundering the fabrics before sewing them, she reverses the usual denim manufacturing process. The result: relaxed, super soft separates that cut a slightly 1970s silhouette.
 
Writer: Siska Lyssens

Two images. Left, the arm and shoulder of a person wearing a patterned poncho. Right, a patterned poncho and a black hat over a stool.

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Into the fray
24 November

Italy-based brand Alanui brings ethnic flair to your modern day look. Founder Nicolo Oddi’s unisex Navaro jacquard cashmere cardigans offer a vibrant tone of Indian American patterns, framed by fringed-edges that feel decidedly relaxed. Eleven hours of knitting and assembling goes into creating each cashmere piece. Worth a trip to Selfridges in London, Tsum in Moscow and Beymen in Istanbul.

Writer: Aylin Bayhan

Two images, Left, a grey backpack with red shades going down the middle of it. Right, a grey backpack with white paint type spots all over it.

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Bags of attitude
23 November

Each season Kris Van Assche revisits Dior’s iconic house monogram in a capsule accessories collection for Dior Homme. For A/W 2016, the designer taps his rebellious streak with overprinted checks, embroidered streaks and paint splashes running riot on coated canvas backpacks and travel bags. A series of works by Japanese artist Toru Kamei completes the collection.

Writer: Jason Hughes

The torso of a woman wearing a grey long sleeve top with one shoulder out of the top.

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Danish debut
22 November

Danish designer Martine Jarlgaard (opens in new tab), who previously worked as head of Diesel’s female apparel, has launched her eponymous line. Jarlgaard’s debut during London Fashion Week showed sculptural silhouettes in minimalist tones which were made of organic and recycled fabrics.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

Two images. Left, a room with clothing rails on either side, a wooden table with handbags and purses in the middle and two large windows at the end of the room. Right, a room with wooden shelves and a clothing rail.

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A glass display case with a silver frame, a circus tent background and various products on display.

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Roll up, roll up
18 November

In Fellini’s fantasy world, the circus was a major fascination figuring in the legendary director's films, from La Strada to I Clowns. On the occasion of its new Double T Circus bag, Italian leather goods brand Tod’s revisits this festive theme in the holiday windows of its Madison Avenue boutique. Decorated with a red-and-white striped circus tent dotted with acrobats, the scenes were devised by none other than the Academy Award-winning set designer Dante Ferretti. With these three Italian favourites lined-up, the circus comes full circle.

Writer: Siska Lyssens

Oranges on the grass between two woman's feet wearing fabric shoes and pants.

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Knitted and booted
17 November

Camper has widened its young talent collaborations with designer duo Eckhaus Latta, New York Fashion Week’s underground stars. Reworking the block-heeled boot to meet the athletic sock, the result is a knitted shoe that comes in off-white, grey and mustard. The shoe’s offbeat aesthetic was captured in motion, as actress/model Hari Nef’s stormed through the torrid plains of Mallorca.

Writer: Aylin Bayhan

Sunglasses with a green front frame and orange tinted side frames.

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Vibrant vision
16 November

The bold and the beautiful come together in Roksanda Ilincic’s debut sunglasses collection, made in collaboration with luxury eyewear brand Cutler and Gross (opens in new tab). Vivid, contrasting colours clash with geometric lines in handmade frames of the highest quality Italian acetate. The sunglasses are the latest addition to Roksanda (opens in new tab)’s growing accessories range.

Writer: Jason Hughes

Left, a black open umbrella with a silver handle. Right, a closed black umbrella with a silver handle.

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The rainmakers
15 November

As designers make increasingly clever use of 3D printing, Alexander McQueen is the latest to foray into digital fabrication with its new 'Black Skull' umbrella. McQueen enlisted a helping hand in the form of Berlin-based company VOJD Studios, which specialises in luxury 3D printed goods. Created from a cast of a handprint, the ergonomic handle was scanned in 3D and then printed, so as to fit organically and comfortably in any grasp. The asymmetric handle has been galvanised to achieve the resulting high-shine, mirror finish, and a slim brass stem leads up to a wide, canopy, embroidered with the classic McQueen skull emblem.

Photography: courtesy of Ssense

Writer: Elly Parsons

A triangle made of three circles with arrows between them next to a cell phone.

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Give and take
14 November

Free shopping may seem like an oxymoron, but Lablaco Give (opens in new tab), (opens in new tab) a new social app that focuses on fashion, promises a proxy to it. The brainchild of Lorenzo Albrighi, Lablaco Give offers a solution for fashion’s waste problem by creating a framework within which surplus clothing can be given away.

Conceived as a ‘free vintage store’, givers and followers can find each other locally and share clothing by picking the garment up in person or by using DHL, a world-wide Lablaco partner, for delivery. The cost can then be split or taken on by a chosen party. Albrighi sees the potential of the app to develop into a hub for philanthropy as well, explaining, ‘There’s an option named Crowd Giving, for areas which may be affected by natural calamities such as earthquakes.’

Writer: Siska Lyssens

Left, a white bottle with straight sides, flowers painted on one panel and a cork lid. Right, a person painting flowers on the bottle with black paint.

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High spirits
11 November

Two German tastemakers are set to combine tomorrow in Berlin. Discerning boutique Andreas Murkudis (opens in new tab) – where clothing is just one aspect of the beautiful objects displayed – will open its doors to host the tenth anniversary celebration of Stählemühle, a fine brandy distillery. Three of the company’s best vintage flavours - Constantinople apple quince, Sicilian blood orange and Nymphenburg cornelian cherry – are bottled for the occasion in the finest Nymphenburg porcelain, an artisan product with a history going back more than 266 years. Actually, make that two German tastemakers – and one historical authority on craftsmanship.

Writer: Siska Lyssens

A burgundy handbag with painted sides in shades of light blue.

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Art and soul
10 November

Having recently joined Mount Street’s distinguished retail arena, J&M Davidson brushes up its art credentials, launching a new collaboration with fashion illustrator Tanya Ling. With every purchase from the A/W 2016 handbag collection, the brand will offer a personal customisation option. The 'Belle', 'Olivia' (pictured) and 'Oona' bags become canvases for Ling’s artistic endeavours, transforming them into abstract, sculptural works. Customers will be able to purchase any bag from the Mayfair boutique and order the unique commission to be painted on them until 31 January.

Writer: Aylin Bayhan

Left, a man wearing dark pants and a jacket holding ski's. Right, a man wearing a black and red jersey and black pants holding a jacket in one hand..

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Slope star
9 November

Neil Barrett (opens in new tab) takes to the slopes for A/W 2016, with the release of his first skiwear collection. Hooded anoraks and quilted jackets come emblazoned with modernist graphic motifs and the brands' emblematic thunderbolt, while ski-pants come with tailored front pleats or a tuxedo-inspired stripe running down the leg. Informed by Barrett’s distinctive menswear vision, the skiwear collection combines modern luxury with performance materials.

Writer: Jason Hughes

A denim shirt with a button on the pocket and a "W*" above it.

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Jean genie
8 November

From patches to tassels and your initials – or even Wallpaper’s asterisk, if so inclined – the new M.i.h (opens in new tab) online customisation service makes personalised denim possible. It’s not just the brand’s jeans that are cut out for it; even non-M.i.h denim can be sent in for upcycling. Besides the different personalisations (think custom cuts and patch packs) there is also the option to craft a one-off look, completely tailored to anything you can dream up. The project is an on-going service with new components added to the service each season.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

A sitting area with chairs, rounded wood coffee tables, potted plants, a standing mirror, wooden floors and down lighters on the roof.

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Reformation station
7 November

Reformation (opens in new tab) has built a reputation for affordable, original and feminine clothing that’s on the right side of dressy, with the added benefit of sustainable awareness. They’re opening up a temporary shop on London’s Monmouth Street today, with an interesting retail concept that allows customers to shop from touch screens while also trying on the clothes, and then have the purchases shipped home for free. The pared-down space is airy, with white walls and parquet floors. Dressing rooms and a seating corner are furnished in muted cream, pink carpets and leafy shrubs – an LA code of cool.

Writer: Siska Lyssens

Silver men's smart shoes with brown toes on a black box.

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If the shoe fits
4 November

For Salvatore Ferragamo, one’s personal tastes are equally important to quality and craftsmanship when deciding which shoes to wear. A made-to-order option was therefore not far on the horizon for the Italian footwear brand, and they’ve taken their iconic Giglio men’s line as the foundation of that personalized program. The Oxford, The Monkstrap and the Monkstrap boot will be open to bespoke input on material, colour and buckle finish, along with personalized lettering on the sole. Named Tramezza, the service is available in stores and online (opens in new tab).

Writer: Siska Lyssens

A woman on one knee wearing a pair of frayed jeans, no shirt and a black hat in front of an orange wall.

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Patchwork players
3 November

If you ever dreamed of wearing a crying moon on your sweater, or fantastical flora and fauna patches all over your jeans, now’s your chance. Visual artist Frances Upritchard has left her mark on a capsule collection with fashion designers – and longtime friends and collaborators – Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos. Everyday separates like tops, sweaters and stonewashed denim are transformed under Upritchard’s artful watch, with ancient Peruvian embroidery, colourful fraying and more. Created in exclusive collaboration with matchesfashion.com (opens in new tab) under Amex's partnership umbrella, it’s a perfectly tuned coupling that sees cultures collide.

Writer: Siska Lyssens

A white wall shelf with three desk lamps on it with different coloured necks.

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Colour blocking
2 November

British design icons Paul Smith and Anglepoise have joined forces to create a new version of the latter's classic Type 75 Desk Lamp. Taking inspiration from artists Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg’s De Stijl movement, primary colours come out to play in the lamp's graphic palette of white, red, yellow and blue.

Writer: Jason Hughes

Left, a woman holding a "D" shaped brown handbag with a round handle. Right, a red and a grey handbag on a white surface with a black strap.

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Arm candy
1 November

Strap on, pouch off - the Transformer bag (pictured right) by Theory is the brand’s first customisable cross-body bag. It is part of Theory’s inaugural accessories collection, designed by newly minted creative director Rory O’Hanlon. The Transformer allows you to build your own bag by selecting from a range of straps and up to three pouches. From calf hair and suede, to shearling and patchwork fur, each pouch can easily be removed or adapted for a different look. Also new to the Theory family is the Whitney (left), a clever piece in which jewellery and handbag design come together.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

An old woman wearing a shiny brown dress with climate change slogans on her sleeves, stockings and torso.

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Westwood on Westwood
31 October

Get A Life, Vivienne Westwood urges us in characteristic irreverent fashion, with a collection of diary entries meant to spur the reader into activism. Taking us along on her trips to, among others, the Amazon rainforest and to David Cameron’s Cotswolds home – as well as opening up about her daily fashion responsibilities – Westwood shows us the inside of her mind and the back of her tongue in these compelling and detailed diaries. On these pages, she admits: ‘I don’t like sounding bossy even though I’ve got strong opinions.’

Get A Life, by Vivienne Westwood, £16.99, published by Serpent's Tail (opens in new tab).

Writer: Siska Lyssens

Left, a woman's legs wearing black pants and red high heels. Right, a woman's legs wearing a knee length black skirt with a slip and black leather short boots.

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A light brown leather wallet with a cartoon character and the word "Bally" etched into it.

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Accessories with Mr A
27 October

A collaboration based on a good story is one that has legs – literally in the case of André Saraiva, the Paris-based artist who stumbled upon a pair of vintage Bally (opens in new tab)boots from 1973 while packing for a trip. He still liked the boots so much that he wanted his girlfriend to have a pair too. So Saraiva and Pablo Coppola, design director at Bally, got down to work on redesigning the boots and creating, in the process, a small leather goods capsule collection that’s embossed by Saraiva’s graffiti-artist alter ego, Mr A – a cheery, top-hatted, leggy stick figure.

Writer: Siska Lyssens

Two pairs of boots made of shiny black leather with a wooden high heel, one tall and one short on a pink surface.

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Álvaro González’s boot debut
26 October

This season, sandal specialist Álvaro González takes his first steps into the world of women’s boots. Featuring an almond toe and a straight leg, the unfussy design comes both in a knee-high and ankle version – both with a chunky wooden heel. The boots are fully lined in shearling and crafted from a single piece of calf leather by artisans in workshops around Florence. Available exclusively on matchesfashion.com (opens in new tab).

Writer: Lune Kuipers

Left, a female model wearing a sleeveless short black polka dress. Right, a female model wearing a sleeveless long black dress.

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Signature simplicity
25 October

Azzedine Alaïa, as usual, presented his S/S 2017 collection only once it felt right. The latest line-up was rich with graphic detail and desirable, beautifully developed silhouettes – all while furthering the designer’s reliable repertoire of sculpted leather, athletic knit dresses and flawless tailoring. You need only consider the opening look, a peasant dress in the supplest leather marked with a single saw-toothed band of red and cinched with moulded belt, to realize how his simplest statements are wondrously deceiving. Swishing dotted fringes and arrangements of studs – an Alaïa signature – transitioned from grid-like formation to curving, swooping lines down and around the length of his dresses. When one of the optical illusion motifs played out as a jacket and maxi handkerchief skirt total look, the result was movement within movement.

Writer: Amy Verner

An overview of a pair of black smart shoes and a pair of burgundy casual shoes.

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The beautiful game
24 October

Football in China is enjoying a groundbreaking sartorial boost, with the national team stepping out in a crisp new capsule wardrobe of off-field formal and leisurewear, designed and made by Italian menswear brand Ermenegildo Zegna.

Zegna’s newly-appointed artistic director Alessandro Sartori was responsible for the bespoke new look, that comprises a navy blue, single-breasted Trofeo fabric suit with a scarlet lining (a nod to the official Chinese colour), paired with a soft white shirt, a pocket square and black Derby shoes. A contemporary take on the classic raincoat completes the ensemble.

The leisure side of the collection sees slim-cut denim jeans, a full zip sweatshirt, a navy blue backpack and the highlight – a triple-stitch trainer in a fire-red grained calf leather.

‘Over the past 100 plus years, Zegna has been dedicated to creating a contemporary look for men of all ages and from all walks of life, among them artists, successful businessmen and athletes,’ CEO Gildo Zegna says. ‘The way we look at it, art, sports and fashion are interlinked on many levels.’ We agree that it’s a perfect fit.

The triple stitch sneakers are available in stores (opens in new tab) in other colour variations; a red version may become available to the public in the future.

Writer: Catherine Shaw

A rug with a cat standing on grass with flowers on it.

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Private rooms
21 October

There are still four months left to discover ‘Rik Wouters & the Private Utopia (opens in new tab)’, a thematic exhibition at Antwerp’s ModeMuseum (MoMu), which zooms in on the Post-Impressionist painter and his intimate domestic scenes. Wouters’ expressive style hasn’t lost its dynamism, and is translated in works by a number of contemporary artists and designers included in the exhibition.

One of these is fashion designer Dirk Van Saene, who, together with The Woolmark Company, has created a picturesque rug as lively as Wouters’ brushstrokes, and which was hand-tufted by a family-owned firm in the western Belgian city of Moeskroen.

A rug based on Van Saene's one will be on display at Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk until 23 October, at the 'Limited Edition' booth.

Writer: Siska Lyssens

A pair of sunglasses on a square platform, a grey jersey on a square platform, a dark purple rug and a pink blanket.

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‘Iconic Classics’
20 October

Bentley’s ‘Iconic Classics’ capsule collection is intended to ‘complement the lifestyle of our customers’, as Karin Schilcher, director of licensing and branding, disclosed to Wallpaper* earlier this month.

Inspired by the Continental GT, the brand transcends the automotive world and brings iconic detailing to an apparel and accessories collection for both men and women.

The collection features go-to, versatile pieces such as a knitted polo shirt, a wool poncho, Mongolian cashmere and Italian-made silk scarves in a palette of black and white, graphite, delicate neutrals and deep purples. 

Cross-stitching techniques or matrix grille lining cuts reflect the shape of a Bentley dashboard, injecting the signature craftsmanship of the Cheshire-based brand into every piece.

The collection is available at authorised Bentley retailers and online (opens in new tab).

Writer: Aylin Bayhan

Left, a woman's clothing store with items displayed on stepped blocks and clothing rails. Right, a woman's clothing store with items displayed on clothing rails on a floral patterned floor.

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Maiyet's meticulous concept
19 October

Co-founder and CEO Paul van Zyl was beaming at the opening of the Maiyet Concept Store (opens in new tab) on Conduit Street. No wonder, as his team and their talented partners – Tom Dixon, Phaidon and Tata Harper among them – succeeded in getting the Mayfair space in perfect condition in about 12 weeks, from conception to execution, for a pop-up that will last three months.

Jasmine Hemsley debuts her Ayurvedic café East by West here too – a good reason to take the slow approach to visiting the sustainable luxury fashion brand’s London outpost.

Writer: Siska Lyssens

A man wearing black rimmed glasses, a blue patterned shirt, a green jacket, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

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East meets West
18 October

Western historic outerwear meets East Asian-manufacturing tradition in a collaboration between Woolrich (opens in new tab) and Japanese fashion designer Shinsuke Kojima, a designer whose personal work has been influenced by vintage American military and work wear.

For the capsule collection, Kojima drew inspiration from the Woolrich archives. Several classic styles such as the Jungle Jacket and the Mountain Parka were modernised for contemporary use. Manufactured in Japan, the products are made of the latest regional fabric techniques and come in a classic colour palette of blue, grey, sand and green.

The collection will be available in Japan and outside Japan exclusively at Woolrich stores (opens in new tab).

Writer: Lune Kuipers

A light grey purse with a silhouette drawing of a woman's face on it in red and black.

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Moynat tangoes with Mambo
17 October

French heritage leather goods brand Moynat and French-Hungarian street artist Mambo join forces for an unusual merging of tradition and modernity, creating a collection of totes, pouches, passport holders and scarves.

Using Moynat’s signature marquetry technique, Mambo applied his iconic 1960s-style portraits of Claudia, Brigitte and Michel to the colourful accessories.

Available at all Moynat (opens in new tab) boutiques from mid-October.

Writer: Siska Lyssens

A pair of grey leather casual shoes with white soles.

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Porth authority
14 October

Bespoke London boot maker John Lobb, under the creative direction of Paula Gerbase, continues to widen the options for men who are looking for a shoe that can handle a physical journey as well as offer lightweight style.

Lobb’s newest trainer, the Porth (opens in new tab), offers that kind of quality thanks to a full lining in natural leather and perforations at its tip that allow the shoe to breathe. Its seven eyelets and ‘sacchetto’ construction turn this sneaker – available in five different colours, in both suede and leather – into a super flexible form that adapts to the movement of the foot.

Writer: Siska Lyssens

Left, a black and white photo of the side of a mans face with a beard, a hat and a tasseled earring. Right, a black and white photo of a man with long black hair wearing a white jacket, a dark button up shirt and white pants.

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Cross-cultural exchange
13 October

On the Friday evening of London’s Frieze Art Fair, recent Central Saint Martins graduate John Alexander Skelton (opens in new tab) presented his second collection at Hostem Spring Store.

In an intimate setting, the designer revealed a collection inspired by Britain’s fractious relationship with India, from Gandhi’s Swadeshi movement to the political leader’s visits to Lancashire.

The use of repurposed cloth, British wools and naturally dyed materials gave his collection a traditional and sustainable feel.

Skelton’s collection is now on display at Hostem (opens in new tab), in Shoreditch.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

Multi coloured and patterned socks laid in a circle.

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Sock it to ‘em
12 October

‘Falke for Liberty’ sees a partnership between two renowned heritage brands through the creation of a unique capsule collection of luxury socks for A/W 2016.

The limited-edition collection comprises seven styles, each covered with a signature print from the Liberty archive. Heritage patterns such as ‘Strawberry Thief’ and ‘Felix & Isabelle’ are mixed with selection of contemporary designs from recent seasons, including the Oriental inflections of S/S 2016’s ‘Paisley Tears’ and the pomegranate motif of A/W 2015's ‘Gambier’.

The collection is available to purchase from Liberty and Falke (opens in new tab).

Writer: Jason Hughes

A woman wearing a brown top with a handbags strap over her shoulder.

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Hindmarch's personal touch
11 October

Nothing shows your individuality like something made bespoke. Anya Hindmarch will be launching a personalised strap service (opens in new tab) to go along with its latest A/W 2016 bags, where customers can choose crystal initials and symbols to adorn their embellished strap.

Each personalised strap comes in an array of colours with space for up to six symbols, ranging from hearts and eyes to the entire alphabet, all to create something unique.

The service will be launched in selected stores from today.

Writer: Ievan Darwin

A black and white photo of two woman examining a fabric.

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Social sisterhood
10 October

With the S/S 2017 fashion weeks over and done with, Dior offers clients and admirers alike a rare peek behind the atelier's curtains.

Zooming in on the women who worked in tandem with the first female creative director of the French house, Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Instagram series – found via #thewomenbehindmydress – follows Lili, the calligrapher, Aida Neddaf, the première d’atelier and the petite mains who work on the garments, to the models who wear them.

Writer: Siska Lyssens

Left, a man sitting on a stool wearing round sunglasses, a black top and black pants. Right, a woman with red hair wearing a white shirt.

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Peter Saville x Paco Rabanne
7 October

The UK’s most famous graphic designer, Peter Saville, has revealed a new fashion collaboration – this time, Paco Rabanne, under the creative direction of Julien Dossena for the past three years, gets the Saville treatment.

Saville has designed a limited collection of t-shirts with topical phrases that are surprisingly mild: 'futuresex', 'canned candies', and the more cryptic 'akt in ketten'. Inspired by the 1969 book of Jean Clemmer photographs Nues, and its various translated titles, this collaboration is inspired by typography and national identities.

Writer: Siska Lyssens

A gold neck chain with a small gold bar on it on a black surface.

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Gavin Turk's 'London Brick'
6 October

Jewellery design-duo Emily Bradbury and Dawn Hindle of True Rocks have collaborated with artist Gavin Turk on a special limited-edition charm necklace entitled ‘The London Brick’. The handcrafted charm playfully elevates the humble block into an artworld status symbol.

Launching at Frieze London, the charm comes cast in solid silver and plated with 18ct rose or yellow gold. An 18ct solid gold version will also be available exclusively at Damien Hirst’s gallery OtherCriteria (opens in new tab).

Writer: Jason Hughes

A man wearing black shorts with white stripes on them.

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Team spirit
5 October

Iffley Road (opens in new tab) is a premium running wear brand created by husband and wife team Bill Byrne and Claire Kent. Born out of the couple’s love for the sport and frustration with the gaudy and ill-fitting kit ruling the market, Iffley Road offers a range that delivers on performance and style in equal measure.

Working with high-quality textiles that give long-lasting technical performance and comfort, kit essentials include sleek short-sleeve tops made from a bespoke micro-blend piqué, running shorts manufactured in a leading Italian mill with a long tradition of technical innovation, and beanies made from 100 per cent merino that are completely itch-free and ideal for cooler months.

For autumn, the duo have commissioned artist Fergus McHugh to add a contour design to their Thorpe merino tops and Thompson shorts.

Writer: Jason Hughes

Two green chairs, a green sofa, a round glass coffee table, two mannequins and a clothing rails with clothing hanging on them.

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Prada’s presents Borsani editions
4 October

In the womenswear departments of selected Prada stores, worldwide customers will now find a selection of reproduced iconic chairs by 20th-century Italian designer Osvaldo Borsani.

Highlighting a passion for craftsmanship, technology and innovation, the chairs – which were no longer in production – have been brought back exclusively for the brand.

The designs, including the classic ‘D32 Atelier’ sofa from the 1950s, retain their original shape and material but have been given a new finish and color scheme.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

Rows of open books with photo's of people in them.

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Pure document
3 October

Japanese photographer Fumi Nagasaka is known for her grainy documentary style. Ever searching for the human side of her subjects, Nagasaka’s most recent personal project portrays youth – kids she encounters in everyday life – as an honest and pure keepsake. Her first book, Untitled Youth, captures just that: New York, Berlin, England and Stockholm youngsters in their street subculture habitat, balancing the artifice of fashion and identity.

Writer: Siska Lyssens

Four mannequins with different dresses on them and long vertical lights on the wall behind them.

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Needle work
30 September

Even with haute couture collections, Karl Lagerfeld never shies away from sketching over 60 silhouettes. Some of these were tacked to a wall in Chanel’s New Bond Street boutique, where the S/S 2017 presentation for couture clients and press was held.

Tweed jackets received an update with square shoulders and angular topstitched crested seams and trims that modernised the material. The eveningwear as usual exhibited the incredible skill of Chanel’s trusted partner ateliers. A gown with crystal and rhinestone embroidery by Lesage and another silhouette with Fortuny pleating and a jewel-embroidered Camellia realised by Atelier Flou showed the handmade quality that keeps the Chanel clientele coming back for more.

Writer: Siska Lyssens

Left, a man wearing a shiny green and black jacket with the hood over his head. Right, a side view of the same man.

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Ice Ice Baby
29 September
 
A/W 2016 sees the return of Stone Island’s iconic ‘Ice Jacket’ (opens in new tab). Known for its innovative approach to design through garment construction and fabric development, the jacket is one of the brands most technological pieces.

This time round sees the jacket made of Resin-T fabric – a translucent nylon that changes colour according to temperature thanks to a thermo-chromatic coating. The thermo-sensitive shell comes with a removable inner down jacket in fluro-coloured nylon that creates an extra layer and colour play.

Writer: Jason Hughes

Two pairs of kicks, one black pair and one white pair.

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McQueen's military kicks
28 September

This season, Alexander McQueen has introduced a new luxury sneaker made of smooth black and ivory suede. Inspired by the military and ceremonial references of the A/W 2016 collection, the sneaker comes as a high top with round toecap and rubber sole. Military ribbon binding conceals the laces underneath while a silver metal spine adorns the back heel. The sneakers will be available from Alexander McQueen stores worldwide and online (opens in new tab).

Writer: Jason Hughes

A woman with long white hair wearing a burgundy leather jacket, black pants and black boots with no laces sitting with one knee up.

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Goose goes online
27 September

This week marks the launch of arctic outerwear brand Canada Goose’s online store (opens in new tab). Customers will be able to browse through exclusive styles and limited-edition collaborations as well as the A/W 2016 collection, which includes the re-design of the brand’s classic Hybridge 2.0 jacket. Besides the online retail destination, Canada Goose will open two standalone flagship stores in Toronto and New York later this year.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

A room with different shaped chairs, different shaped pots, plants growing out of tree stumps, shelving trolleys and a staircase.

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Paola Navone’s everyday interiors
26 September

Over the course of two years, Paola Navone and Spencer Bailey collaborated on Tham ma da: The adventurous interiors of Paola Navone, a coffee-table book published by Pointed Leaf Press (opens in new tab) that looks back on the Italian architect, interior designer, product designer and art director’s considerable career.

With insightful essays by Bailey, a design writer and editor, the tome gathers both residential and commercial projects Navone has worked on, that reflect her philosophy of adopting elements of the ordinary in her designs. Hence the tome’s title, which means ‘everyday’ in Thai.

Navone feels very close to Asia, where she’s been working, travelling and living for large periods of time. The book illustrates how the region’s flavours and colours have informed her eclectic work, that ranges from bold retail spaces in Japan to rustic Mediterranean homes. 

Writer: Siska Lyssens

Two elevators with a mirror with signage on it between them and a staircase on either side of them.

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Custom central
23 September

As a quintessential lifestyle brand, Polo Ralph Lauren could not have done a more thorough job with their newest London store. Housed in a grand Regent Street corner building and comprising three floors, it offers every aspect of the brand’s extensive range.

Menswear takes up the ground and lower ground floors, in a low-lit wooden space filled with leather couches and antique carpets. The smart casual, sportswear and formal suiting collections – as well as eyewear and fragrances – can be found here. Tailors on site are at the ready for fitting requests; and the very first of Polo Ralph Lauren’s global launches of the Polo Custom Shop, a digital service that allows personalisation of some of the brand’s iconic pieces, is exclusively being rolled out.

On the first floor, women’s wear and children’s occupy two separate, light-filled spaces. Another exclusive takes pride of place here: the ‘Sullivan’ saddle bag, the hand-beaded straps of which can only be personalised in-store.

Writer: Siska Lyssens

Left, a purple jersey with a zip pocket on the sleeve and a zip up the side. Right, a dark grey hoody with a zip pocket on the sleeve and a horizontal zip across the front.

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CP Company's future fabric
22 September

CP Company (opens in new tab) has never been afraid to experiment when it comes to new manufacturing techniques and materials. For A/W 2016 the brand has introduced a new innovative sweatshirt fabric in the form of Felpa Doppia.

Felpa Doppia takes the spacer fabric concept normally used in automotive thermal insulation and applies it to sweatshirt construction. Two superfine cotton jerseys are held apart by a single nylon mesh to produce additional thermal insulation with minimal increase in weight.
 
Sweatshirts and hoodies from the range are available in store and online.

Writer: Jason Hughes

Chairs carved out of squares and coffee tables with glass tops made out of concrete blocks.

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Nike's Milanese design lab
21 September

This week, Nike opens a new store in the heart of Milan’s historical Brera district. NikeLab (opens in new tab) ST18 will stock a curated collection of the brand's pinnacle products, as well as exhibiting work from Milanese design talents.

First up is Martino Gamper, who has created 12 chairs, eight stools and a central totem structure within the store. Each of the pieces convey Gamper’s unique style through the choice of bold colours and distinct mix of materials.
 
NikeLab’s latest collaboration with Italian sportswear brand Stone Island will debut at the store. The ‘Windrunner’ blends Nike’s iconic design with Stone Island’s innovative fabrics, garment dyeing techniques and construction.

Writer: Jason Hughes

Backpacks decorated with embroidered colourful patches.

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JW Anderson enters the world of M/M
20 September

After several successful collaborations, JW Anderson Workshops is hosting a presentation of exclusive products designed by creative agency M/M (Paris). For ‘World of M/M’, founders Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag collaborated with the Tokyo-based travel goods brand Toshiki. The result? A collection of colourful tote bags and duffle backpacks decorated with embroidered patches.

In addition, JW Anderson teamed up with the creative duo to create two unisex sweatshirts, dubbed ‘Eyes’ and ‘Twins’.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

Two woman wearing black dance clothing in a dancing pose in courtyard between some buildings.

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Let’s dance
19 September

Brothers Lucas and Josua Hoffalt are one of a kind: their passion for dance and design has brought them to create Hoffalt, (opens in new tab) a unique ‘dancewear’ collection for both men and women. A principal dancer with the ballet company of the Paris National Opera, Josua knows how to free the body’s movement from clothing. Paris-based designer Lucas, on the other hand, was keen to reconcile elegant lines with the technical expertise required by professional dancers.

Carefully chosen, the colours and fabrics – think cream neoprene combi-short, elegant turtleneck leotards, graphic leg warmers or charcoal combed-cotton high-collar polo short – compose a smart, casual line that can be worn outside the dance studio.

The Hoffalt collection is exclusively sold at the Galerie de l'Opéra de Paris and online

Writer: Clara Le Fort

An eye glasses store with wooden shelves displaying many pairs of glasses and wooden tables with round mirrors on them in the middle of the room.

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Eye spy
16 September

This week Californian sunglass brand Oliver Peoples (opens in new tab) opened its first European store on London's Sloane Street. Working with Los Angeles-based architects Marmol Radziner, the amber-hued space is a modern riff on the Britan's old world clubs achieved through a mix of luxurious materials including graphite suede walls and textured oak floors. Black and white leather shelving and cabinet tops have been teamed with rich rosewood marquetry, while authentic optometry stools step up the space's seating stature.

In addition to the brand's seasonal offering the Sloane Square store also features collaborations with The Row and Byredo.

Writer: Katrina Israel

Angled concrete bricks with leather wallets and belts displayed on them.

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Troubadour get tanned
15 September

For A/W 2016, London-based accessory designer Troubadour (opens in new tab) has expanded its range of handcrafted bags to include a collection of belts and small leather goods. Wallets are cleverly constructed through ingenious folding to ensure a slim yet capacious silhouette, while belts come streamlined with minimal details. The collection is made from all-natural vegetable-tanned Italian leather so that every piece looks better with age.

Writer: Jason Hughes

Left, a man with long brown hair wearing a black jacket and grey pants standing in front of wooden garage doors with trees behind the building. Right, a man with long brown hair wearing a checkered blue and red jacket standing in front of a river.

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Wax London
14 September

Newly-launched contemporary menswear label Wax London create considered and functional clothing using modern finishes and technical fabrics. Influenced by the founders' backgrounds, their A/W 2016 collection takes inspiration from classic British outerwear paired with the aesthetic ease and functionality of Scandinavian design.

Casual tailoring, durable outerwear and lightweight jersey pieces all pay tribute to classic workwear staples in a collection that is underpinned by the brand's ethos of quality and wearability.

Wax London’s A/W 2016 collection is available online now (opens in new tab)

Writer: Jason Hughes

A black leather jacket displayed on an oddly shaped wooden base on a red surface.

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Jac + Jack + Japan
13 September

As part of London Design Festival, luxury brand Jac + Jack (opens in new tab) will showcase an installation created by design team Soft Baroque at its Soho store.

The Japanese art of ‘suiseki’, which is the appreciation for small, naturally-shaped rocks, inspired the London-based duo for their ‘Daiza Daze’ installation. Just like the stones used in suiseki, Jac + Jack garments are presented on wooden bases, known as a ‘daiza’, to create objects of meditation.

The installation will be on display from Friday 16 September to Sunday 25 September at 33 Great Windmill Street, London, W1D 7LR.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

A white book standing on its end with the word "PATTERNS" running vertically down the cover with red and black patterns along side it.

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Making patterns
12 September

There are plenty of enviable archives in the world, but here's one that had escaped our gaze until the launch of Peter Koepke's new Phaidon tome Patterns: Inside the Design Library. It offers a behind-the-scenes peek into New York State's Design Library, the world’s largest archive of pattern and textiles with more than 1,200 different categories dating from the 1750s to the present day. The facility, located in a converted 1907-built mill, which now also includes a London showroom, was founded in 1972 by textile designer Susan Meller.

Featuring designs from visionaries including Bianchini-Férier, Raoul Dufy and Yves Cuvelier, it's no wonder that it's been regularly frequented by fashion names as broad as Alexander McQueen, Uniqlo and Calvin Klein over the years.

Writer: Katrina Israel

A store with clothing on rails, metal vertical beams, a triangle shaped platform in the middle of the room and a glass console with a potted plant on it.

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Dion Lee x Akin Creative
9 September

Fashion designer Dion Lee (opens in new tab) has opened a third store in his native Sydney. Known for his experimental craft, which embodies pioneering modern cuts, traditional techniques and voluminous fabrics, the newest iteration perfectly mirrors the architecturally interesting clothes he creates.

Interiors, realised by Kelvin Ho of Akin Creative, combine industrial and luxe elements, with pared-back chrome geometric beams fitted with strip lighting, exposed white brick and plywood in the main room, and blush pink carpets and walls in the changing rooms.

The new store can be found at 20 Glenmore Road, Paddington, Sydney.

Writer: Emilee Tombs

A clothing store with clothing hanging on rails, brown leather chairs and floor to ceiling pink curtains.

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It takes two to tango
8 September

Cult New York label Sies Marjan (opens in new tab) has teamed up with interior marketplace 1stdibs (opens in new tab) on a curated space within London’s Selfridges for the presentation of its A/W 2016 collection. The pop-up is dotted with rare and desirable objects, including exquisite pieces by Talisman, which perfectly align with creative director Sander Lak’s effortlessly feminine designs.

The collaboration will be in store until 15 October.

Writer: Ievan Darwin

A man wearing a brown jacket and pants leaning on a stone circle which is resting on a green marble platform.

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Stutterheim gets set for autumn
7 September
 
For A/W 2016, outerwear specialist Stutterheim (opens in new tab) has added a range of padded jacket liners to its collection. The liners can be worn separately or attached to the inside of the brand's classic jackets to add extra warmth and protection from the elements.

New jacket silhouettes and colourways in the brand's classic rubberised cotton material have also been added, along with a newly developed bonded cotton fabrication. All of the jackets are handmade using the finest craftsmanship and are characterised by simplicity, functionality and timeless design.

Writer: Jason Hughes

An open book with pictures of male models walking on a stage with a decorated gold archway on it.

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Van Note(n)book
6 September

Following the beautiful publication made to accompany Dries Van Noten’s 2014 exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, the designer has now created two limited-edition books to celebrate his collections for A/W 2017.

The book on the men’s collection focuses on the show itself, which was staged at Paris’ Palais Garnier for the first time. The reader will see the collection through the eyes of the guests, as imagery was shot by both established photographers and amateurs, the latter sourced via social media.

For the women’s book, British artist Bill Button illustrated a selection of silhouettes, details and fabrics from the collection. The artist had previously worked with Van Noten, having been asked to paint the invitations for the show.

The books are available at Dries Van Noten boutiques (opens in new tab) worldwide.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

The front view of the frame of a black bicycle.

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Cycle style
5 September

In addition to launching its great outdoors inspired S/S 2016 collection at Pitti Uomo, adventure specialists Woolrich (opens in new tab) also debuted a new collaboration with Australian bike brand Deus. The resulting e-bike, that’s entirely handmade in Italy by Deus Cycleworks, features ‘fat’ tires, which tackle country trails just as well as city cobblestones.

The Woolrich e-bike will be available from all Woolrich stores.

Writer: Katrina Israel

Left, a painting of a long black dress hanging from two grey beams. Right, a painting of a sleeveless knee length black dress and black shoes.

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Claude Parent’s illustrious life
2 September

‘Claude Parent – Dessiner la mode’ is a new exhibition paying tribute to the late French architect, held by fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa and featuring a selection of Parent's fashion illustrations. The theoretician and practitioner of the ‘oblique function’ – who inspired many artists and architects – worked with his grandson Laszlo Parent on a series of fashion drawings in ink, inspired by Alaïa’s designs, until his death this past February.

Parent’s works see silver lines crossing items of clothing at angles. The exhibition will feature the original ink drawings, sketches on tracing paper and his very last unfinished pieces. A book published by Association Azzedine Alaïa and edited by Donatien Grau also accompanies the exhibition.

‘Claude Parent – Dessiner la mode’, will run at Galerie Azzedine Alaïa (opens in new tab) until 25 September.

Writer: Ievan Darwin

Left, a tall black leather bag behind a small grey diagonal wall. Right, a round white camera mounted on a wall.

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Building Block
1 September

The Los Angeles-based accessories label Building Block (opens in new tab) has slowly amassed a cult following since its inception in 2011. Created by sisters Nancy and Kimberly Wu, Building Block’s array of leather goods displays a stark sense of geometry, rendered in smooth, sleek leather with only the most sparing of details. The pair’s select use of oversized tassels, rounded acrylic handles and slender cord shoulder straps bestows their collection of bucket bags, flat totes and cylindrical duffels with just the point of difference that minimalists hold dear.

Hot on the heels of opening its first boutique in LA’s Chinatown last month, the sisters have collaborated with director Georgia Tribuiani on a film titled At Work, which casts Building Block’s wares in familiar office-centred work situations. Tongue-in-cheek and stylishly put together, it sums up just what Building Block is all about.

Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

The legs of a man wearing black pants, white socks with a red circle on them and blue shoes with brown soles laying on a blue floor with a white stripe across it.

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Eytys scores an 'Ace'
31 August
 
Swedish unisex footwear brand Eytys (opens in new tab) has introduced a new slim silhouette sneaker for autumn. The ‘Ace’ references classic tennis shoes with its minimal leather last and crepe sole. The sneakers form part of a new deluxe line from the brand, manufactured in premium materials.

Writer: Jason Hughes

Four green pouches with a black zipper handles on them stacked on top of each other from largest to smallest on a red sparkly surface.

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Tinct time
30 August

The British label Tinct (opens in new tab), known for its vegetable-tanned leather accessories, is coming to London. The brand has chosen to open a pop-up shop in Chelsea as its first retail offering in the capital.

Besides a vast selection of leather bags and accessories there will be a selection of new designs available, including a made-to-order motorcycle helmet bag. In celebration of this, the design can be customised with a range of base colours and the application of a bespoke embossed design.

The Tinct pop-up shop will be open from 1-10 September at 121 Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NR.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

Left, a female model with shoulder length brown hair wearing a grey cat suit with a circular hole on the back. Right, a female model with short brown hair wearing a grey shirt, grey pants, a black scarf and a brown overcoat.

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APC x Outdoor Voices
26 August

Jean Touitou's latest style mission is the beautification of the gymnasium, and as a result APC (opens in new tab) has teamed up with Outdoor Voices (opens in new tab) on a suitably sophisticated activewear collaboration. Rooted in functionality, the urban capsule draws upon the New York brand's fabrication expertise in the activewear realm, cue a super absorbent double-woven stretch crepe, and ranges from a hybrid legging/jogging pant for men to backless long-sleeve bodysuits for women. Not to forget leisure gear to wind down in: being APC there's of course plenty of grey marl jersey and a chic trench for when it's time to head back out onto the street.

Writer: Katrina Israel

A pair of red leather ankle boots with black laces and brown soles.

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Tricker's
25 August

British shoe brand Tricker’s (opens in new tab) release their very first seasonal collection for AW 2016 with the iconic ‘Stow’ boot being updated in six new colourways. For almost 200 years Tricker’s has been hand crafting shoes from its Northhampton factory. The ‘Stow’ boot was created by founder Joseph Tricker in 1840 and quickly became a brand signature style and has remained a key part of the collection ever since. The boot has been updated with a contrasting coloured sole, cotton stitching and classic ‘Tricker’s blue’ lining.

Writer: Jason Hughes

Left, a portrait photo of a man with short brown hair wearing a v-neck jersey and a white and blue patterned golf shirt. Right, a man with short brown hair wearing a dark brown jacket, a red shirt and black pants.

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Raf Simons x Fred Perry
24 August

For his 14th collaboration with Fred Perry, Raf Simons brings his bold and graphic design approach to a series of iconic styles from the British brand.

Fred Perry’s iconic polo comes with colour-blocked sections, while a padded bomber jacket has a chunky woollen hem and smooth welt pockets to create a slimline silhouette. Knitwear plays a key role in the collection – a double-layer V-neck sweater gives the illusion of wearing two lightweight pieces together and the classic knitted sports shirt is restyled with a contrast-colour hem and collar.

Writer: Jason Hughes

The torso of a woman wearing a black leather jacket with a mans faces printed on it walking through a crowd of seated people.

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Caravaggio’s coat
23 August

‘I have always wanted to commission a painting,’ says Matthew Miller. And so, for A/W 2016 he did just that. Two replica paintings of Caravaggio’s David and Goliath were commissioned and afterwards cut up. The frayed remnants were used to create two vests and coats, which were seen during Miller’s show at the beginning of this year.

To celebrate the launch of his A/W 2016 collection, the hand-painted coats will be available to buy on his website (opens in new tab) as bespoke made-to-order pieces from the beginning of September.  

Writer: Lune Kuipers

A clothing store with clothing displayed on rails and shelves along the walls, wooden floors, wooden cupboards and a glass topped angled console in the middle of the room.

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A Melbourne man's world
22 August

The idea for Melbourne menswear brand Robinson Man (opens in new tab) was cooked up while its co-founders were living in Milan studying fashion design. The brand's design-focused spatial identity, on the other hand, came to the fore from perusing the city's Salone del Mobile fair. In 2014 they launched a menswear offering, focused on luxurious cashmere knits and tailoring; and working with the local firm Edwards Moore (opens in new tab), they have now also realised their architectural dream. 

The earthen store's interiors were inspired by desert landscapes and bold rock forms, and are grounded by a custom-made gold chrome display counter. Locally-sourced materials were incorporated wherever possible – from the blue stone occasional table source from Ballarat to spotted gum joinery – while the firm worked with Caroline Comino on the store's elegant object curation.

Writer: Katrina Israel

A black and white photo of skyscrapers with the lights on in the buildings in a city.

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John Varvatos Oculus store
19 August

To celebrate the opening of its newest boutique in New York’s iconic World Trade Center Transportation Hub, John Varvatos (opens in new tab) has commissioned the artist/photographer Karsten Staiger to produce a series of photographs that pays homage to the city’s skyscraper heritage.

Working with Westfield World Trade Center, Staiger has captured daredevil views of the city from high above. The images are being digitally exhibited across the shopping center’s 19 large format screens, starting at the entrance of the Westfield entrance, continuing underneath 1 World Trade Center and culminating in the four-storey elevator screen located in Tower 4.

As one of the most identifiably New York designers, Varvatos says, ‘It has very special meaning to open in the new Santiago Calatrava-designed building at the site of the World Trade Center.  To me, it is a statement of the strength of NYC and a message to everyone on not being intimidated by the evil minority in this crazy world. We celebrate our city with Karsten’s striking imagery.’

‘From New Heights’ is on view as of this week and continues until the end of September.

Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

A black and white photo of a woman wearing a black button up jacket and black pants walking in front of a wall with grass in front of it.

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Belstaff’s star appeal
18 August
 
Working alongside creative director Delphine Ninous, Belstaff brand ambassador and creative contributor Liv Tyler has taken inspiration from the British heritage label’s spirit and archives to create a special 13-piece collection.

Based on classic silhouettes with an emphasis on strong and modern femininity with a touch of masculinity, the collection is made up of predominantly outerwear with accessories and pussy bow blouses – set to fit seamlessly into any modern wardrobe.
 
The Liv Tyler X Belstaff capsule collection is now available in stores (opens in new tab) and online (opens in new tab).
 
Writer: Ievan Darwin

A clothing store with a clothing on a rail on the right, a wooden chest of drawers on the left, glass display cabinets on the back wall and a chair and a foot stool in the middle of the room.

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'Hug' at Harrods
17 August

Agnona has teamed up with Giorgetti Design on the brand's first homeware space at Harrods. Taking centre stage is the ‘Hug’ armchair – a collaboration between the two brands. A beautifully handcrafted wooden frame design by Giorgetti curves around softly-shaped Agnona upholstery, creating a chair that is the perfect fusion of luxury and modernity.
 
The space also plays host to Agnona’s full A/W 2016 home collection. Blankets and pillows in soft plaids are made from the finest yarns, such as cashmere, alpaca and silk, their edges trimmed with napped leather and fur. A loungewear line of dressing gowns and elegant loafers accompanies the collection.

Writer: Jason Hughes

Left, an ornament of a clear glass globe with an octopus on top of it. Right, a blue fishing net with long fish and a silver object inside of it.

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Alice Waese’s wonderland
16 August

New York-based Alice Waese (opens in new tab) is a jewellery and fashion designer whose background lies in fine art.

Waese’s design process often begins with a drawing, or an image from a dream or the natural world. From there, the designer sources objects from the drawing or image, and transposes this into materials such as silver, gold or different stones.

The botanical forms in Art Nouveau furniture were an inspiration for Waese’s A/W 2016 collection, resulting in pieces both elegant and abstractly organic.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

The torso and legs of the back of a woman wearing a black shirt, dark pants and holding a large leather handbag under one arm.

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In the bag
15 August

German bag brand Tsatsas (opens in new tab) is adding two new designs to its collection for A/W 2016. The 'Atlas', a sleek shoulder bag, and' Biko', a reinterpreted briefcase, are handcrafted from the finest cowhide, finished with Italian brass studs and lined with blue nappa leather.

The bags are another example of Esther Schulze-Tsatsas and Dimitrios Tsatsas’ passion for minimalist design. These new styles boast the unmistakable, contemporary elegance for which Tsatsas is world renowned.

Writer: Hannah Edwards; Photography: Gerhardt Kellermann

Showroom vortex. An art exhibit of a woman shaped painting surrounded by hanging mirrors and other patterns.

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Showroom vortex
12 August

Remy Uno is a Marseilles-born artist well known for his ability to successfully work in both the studio and in the streets.

For the pre-spring 2017 Emilio Pucci ‘Resort’ collection, Uno installed his work Vortice (Vortex) in the brand’s Milan showroom. Part of a wider project on anamorphosis and the way the eye moves, the work is curated by art historian Valentina Casacchia. The work is a complex installation of mirrors inspired by the 'Vortici' print, one of the most beguiling patterns from the ‘Resort’ collection, designed by Massimo Giorgetti.

Writer: Daniel Scheffler

Two pairs of sandals with the image of a beach printed on the soles, one with a green strap and the other with a yellow strap.

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Havaianas hits the beach
11 August

It’s all about Rio right now and Havaianas has created a special collection celebrating the best thing the Brazilian city has to offer – the beach. Twelve uniquely designed sandals have been introduced to celebrate each section of the beach that stretches from Leme to Leblon in Rio. Each design is to mark each 'Postos' or lifeguard station, marking the different zones where people of all kinds come together as one.

Writer: Ievan Darwin