Style findings: dispatches from the Wallpaper* fashion team 2018

Close up of patterned door and frame

Attention seekers

20 December

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If you’ve left your Christmas shopping, and happen to be London-based, we suggested a trip to the first London outpost of Japanese brand 45R. The slow fashion brand, who are masters in denim, bassen dye and unusual prints, create distinct every day garments that will last a lifetime. The store’s design too is all about the details. Inside, the boutiques boasts sleek tile and timber populated surfaces, lined with curving polished rails and simple furniture. We suggest you get your skates on.

Photographer: Anna Stathaki. Writer: Laura Hawkins

Pink fluffy jacket close up

Coat tales

18 December

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Tis’ the season of snuggle-factor coats, and if you’re still in search of an investment piece, we suggest a style from Agnona. This double faced mohair blend silhouette comes in a sugary shade of pink, and swathes the body with a contemporary cocoon shape. What's more, the coat’s cuff bands are available in soft leather or double faced mohair. Each option is so subtly luxurious, we can barely decide which style to select.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

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Online relationship

14 December

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In our March 2016 Style Special issue, we delved into the design aesthetic of Husbands designer Nicolas Gabard. Gabard is renowned for his tapered take on tailoring, looking to Serge Gainsbourg, Mick Jagger and David Bowie as style heroes. Should you be keen to step into Husbands’ well tailored world, the label has just relaunched its website, which features a colourful tesselation of graphic squares overlaid with pieces, from shirts to scarves, ties to tailored suits. You might just find something for an upcoming festive event.

Photography: Laetitia Hotte Writer: Laura Hawkins

Levis denim jacket and trousers

Double denim

13 December

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As the holidays are fast approaching and the temperature is getting chillier, it is time to snuggle in some comfortable denim. To do so, Levi’s created a collection of winter warmers for its Made & Crafted range, including relaxed fit jeans, soft sweaters and cosy jackets with furry details. From the coasts of Ireland to the snowy mountains of Switzerland, these well-crafted pieces will keep us warm and stylish at home this Christmas.

Writer: Morgane Nyfeler

Yellow square toe heels and black oversized tote bag

Wardrobe rework

13 December

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Earlier this week, Daniel Lee presented his debut men’s and women’s collection for Italian label Bottega Veneta. It’s been an anticipated inaugural offering. The former ready-to-wear design director at Celine, who worked under Phoebe Philo, was appointed creative director of the house in June 2018. The collection is based on the concept of a ‘true wardrobe for life’ and boasts a host of wearable, luxurious and essential garments, from tuxedo shirts with soft quilted details, sleek leather shorts, technical cagoules and leather shirt dresses. Opulent textures abound in the collection glinting with gold hardware and frothing with fringing. Luxury is at the heart of Bottega Veneta, the brand renowned for its weaved leather Intrecciato technique. This has also been reinterpreted in a series of accessories, including this pair of unusually square toed heels and oversized tote bag. With such a dazzling debut designed for the modern wardrobe, we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for Lee’s first runway show next February.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Leather sandals on a rock

Winter wishlist

12 December

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Earlier this year, we roamed amongst the artworks at the Friche de L’Escalette sculpture park in Marseille. The site was purchased by art collector and dealer Éric Touchaleaume, who transformed it into a sculpture park in 2016, one populated with pieces by Shamai Haber, Parvine Curie and Gérard Lardeur. If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off for some winter sun this year, we recommend slipping yourself into these Álvaro sandals. Here, they are captured next to a twisting sculpture by François Stahly, but would look equally artful on the foot.

Photography: Ilaria Orsini Writer: Laura Hawkins

Bottom view of hanging raincoats on rail

Coat check

11 December

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Stutterheim’s raincoats already were a staple in Swedish wardrobes (and the Wallpaper* teams), and now the brand's Arholma coat has been added to the permanent collection of the Nordic Museum. The Arholma was inspired by an old fisherman's coat that was owned by the grandfather of the brand's founder Alexander Stutterheim. After giving the coat a contemporary update, it quickly became a Nordic classic. Stutterheim have also reissued the original handmade Sixties style in a small quantity, so you can not just glimpse the piece in a museum, but marvel at it in your own wardrobe too.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

Wooly sweater reading 'addict'

Wool works

10 December

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What better wares for the winter months ahead than French ski label Fusalp’s collaboration with Australian Merino wool experts Woolmark. We’ll be well ready for our après-ski in Fusalp and Woolmarks’s capsule collection of sweaters, sure to insulate and maintain comfort from Chamonix to Courchevel. We’ll be warming up in this ‘Addict’ jumper, in Fusalp’s signature red, blue and yellow colour tones, sure to demonstrate our dedication to the slopes.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Swarovski Fashion Awards 2018

Crystal tower

7 December

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Next Monday 10 December, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Fashion Awards will crown the exceptional talents of the fashion industry. For 2018, Swarovski has called upon Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye to design the trophy rewarding the lucky winners. Using Swarovski’s crystal and wave cut technology, Adjaye has created a sculpture made of six elongated and distorted facets, which mesmerisingly catch the light. With such a trophy, prize winners will find them the gift that keeps on giving.

Writer: Morgane Nyfeler

Female model wearing black swimming costume and shirt

Team bonding

6 December

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Margaret Howell and Japanese sportswear brand Mizuno first teamed up last year to create a pair of trainers. The design was inspired by the performance of professional runners and the result was a very comfortable sneaker. Howell's love for swimming was revelead in a second collaboration, which includes performance swimwear for men and women as well as a lightweight jacket. We’ll be wearing the pieces to our next triathlon.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

Chanel Metiers d'Art New York Met Museum

Modern myths

5 December

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Yesterday, Chanel held a Métiers d'Art show of epic proportions in New York. Only Karl Lagerfeld would be able to stage a show in the Sackler Wing of the Met Museum, with the ancient sandstone Temple of Dundar as its centre. A mythological setting for a modern moment.

Photography: Courtesy of Chanel. Writer: Laura Hawkins

Reclining chair made from colourful plastics

Into the wild

5 December

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Marni gets in a safari mood for the holidays with a collection of design and lifestyle products dedicated to African wildlife and set to brighten your home. Handcrafted by a community of Colombian artisans, the Marni Wild Market selection is made of colourful miniature chairs and decorative masks, furnishing accessories such as a lion-shaped magazine holder, crochet wool bags and hand-woven baskets. Get your paws on this limited edition of art objects available online before they run off!

Writer: Morgane Nyfeler

White toned clothing on rail inside red wardrobe

Anchors away

4 December

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There's no blaming The Webster for longing for warmer climes in winter. Since opening its New York store almost two years ago, the Miami import has stayed true to its roots by bringing its mix of Art Deco influences, high fashion and colourful flair to Soho, where its New York base is situated. This week, the store has unveiled a whimsical new installation, created exclusively in collaboration with Chanel. Inspired by the label's Cruise 2018/2019 show, which was set on the fictional La Pausa ship, The Webster's two-floor installation playfully blends Chanel's collection with nautical motifs, the store's signature flamingos and plenty of holiday cheer to boot. The project is a first of its kind for both brands and has been in the making for two years. Special packaging has also been designed to commemorate the occasion.

Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

Metal female body sculpture with lights

Standing tall

3 December

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For his S/S 2019 menswear debut for Dior, artistic director Kim Jones collaborated with American artist Kaws on a 10 metre floral effigy of M. Dior, towering at the centre of the in-the-round Paris catwalk. For his spectacular Pre-Fall 2019 show on Friday, which illuminated the Instagram feeds of fashion obsessives, Jones had a more futuristic figuration in mind. He collaborated with Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama on a towering metal figure of a woman, part robot part interstellar individual. This Sorayama-designed sculpture was illuminated by a maelstrom of colourful lasers, reflecting the futuristic and animated landscape of Tokyo.

Photography: Alessandro Garofalo. Writer: Laura Hawkins

Keyring Foundation anniversary campaign

Strong footing

2 December

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The anniversary of a fashion brand is a long recognised milestone, but 2018 marks a particularly poignant and pioneering anniversary for The Kering Foundation. It’s been a decade since Chairman and CEO of the luxury group, François-Henri Pinault, launched the foundation, in a bid to combat violence against women. Now it is looking ahead to the next decade, with particular focus on the participation of Gen Z. This year, The Kering Foundation has incorporated three new partnerships into its programme,  Project Dot, Promundo and Chayn, all focused on educating and alleviating symptoms of gender imbalance and violence. It’s a milestone worth marking on your calendars.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

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Hit the slopes

30 November

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We hit Manhattan earlier this month, to celebrate the launch of our skiwear collaboration with outerwear experts Rossignol, and now we’ve made a pit stop in Oslo, to continue the festivities.The collaboration culminates in a series of sleek versatile and protective options in a variety of reds, blues and whites, and incorporates the trademark Wallpaper* asterisk, with Rossignol’s renowned nightingale motif. Whether you’re in Manhattan or Oslo, on the slopes or on the streets, they are essential items for any winter wardrobe.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Valentino Tokyo Ginza flagship store

Japanese spirit

30 November

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Fresh from presenting its Pre-Fall '19 collection in Tokyo, with garments inspired by the Japanese wabi sabi style, Valentino has now opened a new TKY concept store in the city’s luxurious Ginza Six complex, which also dips into this ancient idea of ‘imperfect beauty’. In a desire to bring the brand’s aesthetic and Japanese craftsmanship together in a single venue, creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli has worked with artists and designers to rethink the country’s heritage the Valentino way – with soothing shapes defining the space, bright colours and manga prints displayed on the walls. Along with the ready-to-wear capsule collection, the store’s offering includes a series of products created in collaboration with Japanese brands Doublet and Undercover exclusively for the store and up for grabs until December 9th.

Writer: Morgane Nyfeler

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Industrial endeavour

29 November

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In 1963, pioneering German industrial designer Dieter Rams – the brain behind a plethora of creations by Braun and Vitsoe (clocks, cameras, shavers, shelving systems et al) – designed a leather handbag for his wife Ingeborg. Rams had become more familiar with the material when working as chief designer of Braun from 1961-1995, working with leather workshops in Offenbach/Main on the brand’s shaving cases. The design was always a one-off, but now craft-focused Frankfurt/Main-based accessories brand Tsatsas – founded by Esther and Dimitrios Tsatsas in 2012 – have relaunched this sublime design. The ‘931’ features a sleek, reduced exterior, which widely fans to reveal several functional compartments. The style is available in black or grey calfskin, and with the bag being 55 years in the making, we’ll be taking both. Image copyright: Gerhardt Kellermann, Munich

Writer: Laura Hawkins

velvet bow-tie from Salle Privée

All (bow)tied-up

28 November

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We’ve been fans of Salle Privée’s everyday aesthetic for some time. The brand’s founder Patrick Munsters is a master of impeccably versatile, yet luxurious dressing. Now, the brand has also got us in the mood for party season, with an evening wear collaboration with Mr Porter. The capsule offering features tuxedo blazers in dark green velvet, a two-piece cashmere suit, and this velvet bow-tie, which is sure to add razzmatazz to any evening wear option. May the festive season commence!

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Jennifer Chamandi Boghossian eye of the needle. Black and white heeled shoes

Eye of the needle

27 November

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It can sometimes be a real struggle to find the perfect stiletto that is empowering and elegant in one fell swoop. British shoe designer Jennifer Chamandi creates desirable high heels combining Italian craftsmanship with a modern, yet idiosyncratic design. What makes her footwear particularly unique is her “eye of the needle” signature detail delicately embedded at the top of the heel, which has gained her a patent and a name in the industry. Stilettos come in a variety of colours and prints, just as straps can be threaded through the eye, intertwined around the ankle or laced over the foot for a feminine flair.

Writer: Morgane Nyfeler

Leather bag and purse

Hands-free

26 November

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We may be in the midst of party-dressing season, but if you’re searching for something a little more pared-back and practical, Salvatore Ferragamo has the answer. This sleek black leather backpack and its accompanying pouch is a timeless option for travel over the holiday season. Its hands-free functionality also score top marks for multi tasking over the hectic festive period.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Grey dress with skin toned wooly sleeves

Brief affair

23 November

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For autumn, designers are asking us to turn our dressing habits upside down, daring us to pair our delicates, over, instead of under our outfits. Take for example, Off-White's hunting tapestry bustier cinched over a gauzy smock, or Kenzo's corset dress teamed with a bold red bra. It's our personals made public.

Photography: Iringó Demeter. Fashion: Lune Kuipers. Writer: Laura Hawkins

Paco Rabanne Guy Cotton yellow raincoat

Right as rain

22 November

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Paco Rabanne's creative director Julien Dossena takes us on a trip down memory lane to Brittany, the region in France where the designer grew up. To make sure we are well equipped for the rainy weather in this seaside area, Dossena worked together with heritage outerwear manufacturer Guy Cotten on two waterproof coats. We’re about to pack for a long weekend on the coast and this yellow oilskin raincoat is a suitcase essential.

Photographer: Byron Spencer. Writer: Lune Kuipers

Black sneaker with white sole

Code-breakers

21 November

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Stepping up to the style line this season is the Tod’s Shoeker. Launching as part of the brand's continuing No_Code project, the new shoe has been created by Korean designer Yong Bae Seok, who previously worked in the automotive industry. The Shoeker seamlessly fuses a classic shoe last with that of a sports sneaker to create an innovative hybrid style. Its streamlined knitted last offers flexibility, while the moulded runner sole offers the upmost comfort. It's a code-breaking creation for the foot.

Writer: Jason Hughes

Prada pet show in small glassed cubes

Prada petshop

20 November

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We are going wild for Prada's new miniature creatures, which were born out of a collaboration with New York based design studio 2x4. Half animal and half robot the Pradamalia family includes monkeys Toto and Otto, who were inspired by one of the brand's oldest mascots, a squid with zipper legs named Scuba and the blue-ish green dog Spot. This animal kingdom comes in the form of keychains and small leather goods, so you will be able to bring your new Prada pet with you wherever you go. 

Writer: Lune Kuipers

Close up view of wooly sweater with denim patches

Patchwork points

19 November

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Italian label Alanui is renowned for its oversized and colourful cardigans and hoodies, crafted from luxurious cashmere jacquards. There’s a free spirit behind the snuggly and wonderfully patterned designs, and this liberation has taken on a new level in the brand’s latest collaboration with LA-based designer Greg Lauren. Its eight piece unisex capsule collection features field jackets, tracksuits and hoodies reimagined by Lauren, and constructed using a patchwork of fabrics, from aged canvas to ripped denim. ‘New cuts, innovative combinations of material and fabrics showed us the infinite possibilities that belong to clothes,’ says Alanui’s Carlotta Oddi. ‘The distinctive style of Greg’s collections and his artistic vision are unique, and the exchange of creativity while creating this collection together has been exceptional.’ 

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Loewe scarf

Floral form

18 November

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Known for its myriad collaborations with artists and designers, Loewe continues to delve into the work of inspirational cultural figures. For the holidays, the Spanish brand has created a capsule collection honouring the late Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Lattice leather bags mimic the artist’s signature lines, while scarves have been adorned with his graphic rose motif. As part of the Mackintosh-inspired ready-to-wear offering, the knitwear and blankets in earthy tones will satisfy our cravings for cosy cashmeres, soft silks and mohairs during the colder months.

Writer: Morgane Nyfeler

Roland mouret book page

More Mouret

15 November

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We’ve long aligned with the visual manifesto of Roland Mouret, the visionary designer who’s flattered the forms of women with his signature Galaxy dress. And it’s a manifesto more than a retrospective which the French fashion designer proposes in his latest Rizzoli-published book ‘Provoke, Attract, Seduce’, which casts an insightful eye over the aesthetic of his eponymous brand with a host of powerful images. The book touches on a host of tropes, from ‘Butcher’s Apron’ which analyses the origins of Mouret’s approach to pattern cutting, inspired by his status as a butcher’s son, to ‘First Looks’, a dive into the debut looks which defined his career. We’re not sure which page to turn to first.

Photography: Tierney Gearon from the Butcher’s Apron. Writer: Laura Hawkins

Three girls wearing black and white printed clothing near sea front

Jeans team

15 November

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Joseph Szabo's authentic and raw imagery of American youth and the classic silhouettes of the Sixties and Seventies formed the inspiration for a capsule collection that brings together the denim worlds of Marques'Almeida and 7 For All Mankind. The authentic styles of the latter have been given a Marques'Almeida influence of raw cut hems and frayed details. Dark indigo denim trousers and jackets receive a fresh white painted print and an oversized jacket inspired by vintage flying jackets is finished with a soft shearling lining. 

Writer: Lune Kuipers

Black sweater with BIG CAT written on front

Hit knits

14 November

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Late last year, designer Holly Fulton and illustrator James Lambert initiated a project full of colour, charisma and craft. Bringing together three artists who are part of the inclusive art studio Intoart, the duo oversaw the creation of jumpers, dresses, scarves and shawls for John Smedley. The capsule collection launching this week features hand-drawn designs by Ntiense Eno Amooquaye, Yoshiko Phillips and Andre Williams. This is Intoart’s first foray into fashion. Standouts are Andre Williams’s knits that feature his witty, upbeat typographical observations.

Writer: Dal Chodha

Rossignol Wallpaper store view with jackets hung up

Ski season

14 November

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For A/W 2018, we put our design knowledge to good use, and collaborated with French outerwear behemoth Rossignol on an alluring skiwear collection. The offering, imagined in an array of reds and blues, also masterfully combines the Wallpaper* and Rossignol logo into one maximum-making motif. Now, the styles have well and truly skied into New York City, debuting with a launch party at visionary boutique The Webster. Whether you’re in Manhattan or a more off-piste location, it’s a collaboration well worth looking out for.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Close photograph taken near sea waves and buildings in background

Water world

12 November

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2018 is a milestone year for outerwear expert Herno. It marks not just its 70th anniversary, but also its 50th year selling in Japan. In January, Herno celebrated this with an expansive retrospective exhibition as part of Pitti Uomo 2018, but for those not lucky enough to make the show in person, its history has now been captured inside the pages of a new tome. The raincoat specialist is intrinsically associated with water, and ‘In Flumine est Vita’ draws on the analogy of lakes, and the concept of bringing the shores of Herno’s ideology across the globe. Amongst the pages, images of Herno’s factory, specialist designs, and its old advertising campaigns feature, but it’s this visual of Switzerland’s Lake Maggiore that’s really washing over us. Lensed by Japanese artist Asako Narahashi, it’s an exemplary symbol of Herno’s water-inspired world.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Black sneaker with jagged edged sole

Urchin around

12 November

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Giuseppe Zanotti often dives deep into the ocean when searching for the inspirations behind his designs. Take the brand’s signature sandals, which feature glinting crystal sea creature embellishments. Now, the Italian accessories behemoth has submerged once more beneath the waves, for the meaning behind his latest sneaker, which is inspired by the spiny exterior of a sea urchin. The trainer’s state-of-the-art spiky sole looks to the markings of Zanotti’s namesake sea dweller, with its 3D scales designed not just to cut through the air, but through the crowd too. Now that’s a way to make a splash.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Walk way with black and white photographs covering walls, ceiling and floor

Photo opportunity

11 November

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Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé were renowned for filling their Paris apartments with rare art objects, and before a Christie’s sale in 2011, amassed a collection spanning pieces by Brancusi, Warhol and Matisse. Now, under the creative direction of Anthony Vaccarello, the Parisian maison has polished its artworld credentials, with the first iteration of ‘SELF’ a new project capturing different aspects of the brand’s personality through a series of collaborations with artists, filmmakers and photographers. SELF_01 took place as part of Paris Photo, and featured a collaboration with renowned Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama. The installation was encapsulated in a series of tessellated black and white images featuring men and women in seductive and glossy Saint Laurent ensembles, presented inside an immersive light installation. We can't wait to see the next installment.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Dim lit interior with wooden tables and shelving units

Club culture

10 November

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Hérmes has long been shrouded in luxury and exclusivity, but its latest showcase, a design-focused experience highlighting the craftsmanship and artistry underpinning its iconic collection of silk scarves, is set to provide inspiration for all. Having popped up in New York City, and now in downtown Los Angeles, the public installation puts a fun spin on the classic carré with multiple environments that speak to Hérmes’ contemporary vision. Ranging from a gentleman’s club, an artist’s workshop, and a private apartment, the space serves as a colourful backdrop for fans of the label to learn more about the scarves. From demonstrations by the artists who’ve created the detailed illustrations for the scarves, including artist Edouard Baribeaud and Virginie Jamin, to a Carré-OK studio where visitors can belt out tunes inspired by silk scores, the club highlights the whimsical creative spirit at the heart of the brand. Hérmes’ Carré Club is on view until 11 November

Writer: Pei Ru-Keh

Black hooded puffer jacket

Make it rain

9 November

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After making sure we are protected from a torrential downpour, Danish outerwear brand Rains has now also got us covered for the wet and cold of winter. Its new breathable Thermal range includes puffer jackets and a padded parka, which are designed to resist the cold temperatures of Scandinavia or any other winter destination. Bring on those colder climes. 

Boy on another child's shoulders wearing adult clothing

Birthday girl

8 November

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We’re always in the mood for a celebration, and today we’re toasting the tenth anniversary of London-based accessories label Sophie Hulme. From Hulme’s idiosyncratic gold hardware Albion tote bag to its cocktail stirrer-inspired shoulder style, the past ten years has had us coveting a range of the brand's pieces. In celebration of its ten-year milestone, Hulme has created a series of playful images which show off both its Resort 2019 bag styles and its capsule coat collection. These have been shot by London-based photographer Luke Stephenson, and feature a host of ten year olds, from aspiring teachers to Liverpool FC football players, sporting Hulme’s wares. Cheers to that!

Photography: Luke Stephenson. Writer: Laura Hawkins

Blue toned patchwork quilt

Warm welcome

7 November

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With those winter nights well and drawing in, we’re in good need of a warming blanket or two. Lucky for us, that APC Quilts has launched the 15th iteration of its quilts series, designed by Jessica Ogden. There’s an oceanic air behind this panelled ‘Hegemony’ quilt which would look equally alluring in a countryside home or wood beamed beach hut. We’ll be warm as toast all winter.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Tiger of Sweden Branilde tote bag

Sitting pretty

6 November

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This season, we’re getting acquainted with Tiger of Sweden’s Branilde tote bag, the latest addition to the label's line-up of accessories. Inspired by the Eva chair designed by renowned Swedish furniture designer and architect Bruno Mathsson in 1935, the tote honours the chair’s jute webbed seat construction, whilst its tan leather handles emulate its bent birch frame. Now that's an edge of your seat accessory.

Writer: Jason Hughes

Balenciaga Demna Gvasalia aw2018 Rizzoli book

Backstage bonanza

5 November

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For those who weren’t able to see Balenciaga’s A/W 2018 graffiti-tagged mountain show set in real life, you’re in luck. For the French maison – in collaboration with Rizzoli – has released a sumptuous hardback book bulging with backstage catwalk images from its unisex autumn runway show, from accessory close-ups to candid shots of the brand’s renowned 3D moulded velvet blazers and multi-layered outerwear. The colourful snapshots are encased within a hardback spray-painted cover, and like the line-ups of models captured, ready to take to the catwalk, we suggest you form an orderly queue to pre-order now.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Black leather heeled boots held by the laces

Shoe in

2 November

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Being the new kid on the block is never easy, but the fledgling shoe label Labucq has already gotten off on the right foot. Founded by designer Lauren Bucquet, previously the director of footwear and accessories at Rag & Bone, where she worked for 10 years, Labucq is focused on creating subversive yet well-made boots, pumps and flats for the modern woman. Supported by Bucquet’s longstanding relationships with family-run factories and tanneries in Italy, the label’s wares are beautifully crafted, distinctive and smart, while eschewing traditional mark-ups, thanks to its direct to consumer business model. Each style brims over with clever details, from the type of leather used and the incorporation of hardware details, to its memorable silhouettes and architecturally sculpted heels. Its name may be new, but the label’s sense of style and proportion are the mark of a true veteran.

CP Company custom colour service

Colour theory

1 November

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Performance wear experts C.P. Company are masters in colour theory. Just look to the fact the brand was the first pioneer of garment dyeing in the early 1970s – a technique now integral to bold, and highly functionable outerwear. Excelling in its innovative prowess, the Italian brand has now become the first label to offer a custom-made dyeing service, where customers can choose to select C.P. Company’s renowned ‘Goggle Hoody’ in whatever hue they are lusting after. A dedicated colour tailor will assist customers with every step of the shade-focused process, and they will receive a selection of dip samples before deciding on their final tone. Colour charts at the ready!

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Prada Verner Panton inflatable stool

 Plastic fantastic

31 October

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For its S/S 2019 men’s and women’s shows, Prada created a blow-out show space lined with transparent inflatable stools. The furniture design of this seating was originally conceived by Danish designer Verner Panton in the early 1960s, and it was one of the very first pieces of furniture made from inflatable material. At the show, guests appeared as if they were floating on air, and this is a sensation that eager interior design shoppers can now experience, as the stool has been produced by the brand, and is available for pre-order on Prada’s website. Talk about fantastic plastic – it is also crafted from 100 per cent welded recyclable film.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Selfridges menswear skate bowl

Haute halfpipe

31 October

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Skaters and shoppers of London, unite! For Selfridges’ new Designer Street Room on its menswear floor, offers not only the latest progressive fashion labels, but a sleek skatepark too. The new space features a whopping 80 new brands, and presents labels like A-COLD-WALL*, Gucci, Versace and Stone Island with unexpected adjacency. The 18000 sq ft space - designed by Jamie Fobert Architects - has drawn from cultures that inform Selfridges’ buy, and the skating community has been symbolised by a fully enclosed wooden skate bowl. So why not hit the shops and the half pipe in one stylish swoop, for some forward thinking kickflip flair.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

FEIT clogs shoes Dutch

Knock on wood

29 October

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The clog – also known as a Dutch cliché – was once designed to protect the feet from the wet and harsh elements of the low lands, and quickly spread throughout Europe as a practical shoe. The team at FEIT have given the wooden design a modern update. Just like the Dutch original, each pair is built by hand, with a solid sole and adjustable back strap. The comfortable shearling foot bed gives extra warmth and allows you to wear them no matter what the temperature is.

Writer: Lune Kuipers

Wooden chairs around table and mannequins covered in white material

Museum studies

27 October

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Jason Wu is encouraging a touch of LA-based leaning, and is collaborating with the Otis College of Art and Design – the city’s first independent school of art, and Mary and David Martin’s MADWORKSHOP Foundation to mentor 15 students this autumn. Wu is a stalwart of the New York Fashion Week calendar – having established his eponymous label in 2007 – and his collaboration will examine the symbolism of uniforms in the Forties and Fifties, and translate these tropes into a contemporary ready-to-wear collection. This offering will also benefit from access to the Costume and Textiles Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It also celebrates the centenary of Otis College. The result of the work will culminate in a runway show in May 2019. Stay tuned!

Peanuts notepad

Going (pea)nuts!

25 October

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Browns brings the iconic cartoon Peanuts to life in a collection of ready-to-wear and lifestyle products ranging from humorous tote bags to artsy sweaters, and cute water bottles to colourful skateboards. By teaming up with the Peanuts Global Artist Collective and four brands – Corkcicle, Denik, Champion and Pintrill – Browns has turned Snoopy and Charlie Brown-inspired works from three artists into affordable items paying homage to cartoonist Charles M Chulz’s signature style. We’re looking forward to jotting down our lists in this Denik-designed notepad. The collection, available from tomorrow also coincides with the Good Grief, Charlie Brown! exhibition on show at Somerset House, and two installations by LA-based artist FriendsWithYou that can be spotted outside of the art gallery and Browns East.

Writer: Morgane Nyfeler

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High performing partnership

24 October

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Italian elegance meets Japanese innovation in a new capsule collection from Venetian menswear brand Slowear and Tokyo-based performance pioneers nanamica. Form and function seamlessly meet in a collection of city separates. Highlights include an update of nanamica’s signature raincoat made from a uniquely developed weather resistant material that protects its wearer from wind, rain and cold. Elsewhere a slimly tailored jacket in a breathable technical fabric with thermoregulating  properties gives it all-year-round wearability. A water-resistant nylon backpack with laptop compartment completes the collection.

Writer: Jason Hughes

Black clutch bag

Haute homepage

23 October

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There’s been a strong dose of anticipation surrounding the debut designs of Celine’s artistic, creative and image director Hedi Slimane, and now his first accessory designs – from chic shoulder bags to voluminous doctor’s bags – are available to pre-order. Not just that, these bags – which include this ‘Triomphe’ style, boasting luxurious turquoise calfskin, and alluring ‘C’ logo hardware – are presented against the sleek backdrop of Celine’s revamped website. So whether you’re pre-ordering your most coveted bag or simply browsing the website's new categories, which cover its artistic collaborations and newly installed couture maison, we suggest you logon immediately.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

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Mayfair magic

22 October

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There’s only three days left to make the most of the magic abounding in Mayfair, in the form of Louis Vuitton’s S/S 2019 menswear pop-up shop. The space is a celebration of creative director Virgil Abloh’s anticipated debut collection for the house, which draws on the iconography of renowned musical The Wizard of Oz. For his inaugural offering Abloh created knitwear pieces featuring images of the yellow brick road, one reimagined as you climb the staircase of the temporary townhouse space. So why not book an appointment to enter, and immerse yourself in the magic of Louis Vuitton’s menswear universe, before the space closes on 25 October.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

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Leigh glee

21 October

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The American artist and trailblazer Simone Leigh has won the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize. Leigh, who was born in Chicago to Jamaican parents and is now based in New York, is best known for her use of African ceramics and pottery to investigate black female subjectivity and ethnography. With a practice that includes sculpture, video and installation, Leigh’s works often employs materials and forms typically seen in African art. As the 12th winner of the Hugo Boss Prize, Leigh now joins the ranks of former recipients of the $100,000 prize, administered by the Guggenheim Foundation, which have included Matthew Barney (1996), Tacita Dean (2006) and Danh V (2012), in recognition of her outstanding contribution to contemporary art.

Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

Samsung couture dress

Smart dressing

20 October

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Recent Edinburgh College of Art graduate Aurélie Fontan is the first designer to create a collection entirely with a smartphone. By partnering with Samsung, the sustainable designer used the Galaxy Note9 to design and produce her ‘Mobile Couture’ outfits, employing new technologies such as 3D printing, digital sketching and design robots. The futuristic dresses were then crafted at a very high speed with strips of recyclable leather fixed together with biodegradable plastic clips. When such a small tool can now be used to direct the creation of a whole garment, who knows what else the future holds.

Writer: Morgane Nyfeler

Andy Hung lego brick Sylvie Gucci bag

Lego likeness

19 October

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Earlier this month, we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the 17 exhibition rooms showcasing Gucci and Maurizio Cattelan’s ‘The Artist is Present show at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai. The exhibition explores the power of copy culture and appropriation within the art world today, and performing a particular brick trick is this Lego version of Gucci’s signature Sylvie bag, created by Chinese artist Andy Hung. The chic style is created from over 1,000 pieces of both standard and custom-shaped Lego bricks, and took three weeks to create. There’s a more military endeavour behind Hung’s next Lego project - a real size recreation of the soldiers in the Terracotta army, chariots cavalry horses and all. Andy Hung Chi-Kin (LEGO Certified Professional) Gucci Sylvie bag made with LEGO bricks. Image courtesy of Gucci

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Casely-Hayford’s first apartment-inspired brick-and-mortar outpost in London

Tinker tailors

18 October

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Should you be lucky enough to stroll through London’s Chiltern Street tomorrow, you’ll be seduced by the teal-fronted facade of Casely-Hayford’s first apartment-inspired brick-and-mortar outpost. The two floor space – which houses both the subtly subversive tailoring brand’s men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections and bespoke wardrobe service – is festooned with mementos, design objects and custom installations idiosyncratic of the father-and-son label. Devised by Studio Ashby, the infinitely inviting space is swathed in warm colour, and features a host of interiors delights including ceramics from Positano, rugs from Essaouira, artworks by Tomo Campbell and even a hand-woven fabric installation which flanks the space’s staircase. What’s more, the store is entirely shoppable, providing both exquisite furnishing possibilities and the chance to get suited and booted before Friday night’s festivities.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Woolrich Lauren Hill buffalo check jacket

Staples for the soul

17 October

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According to Woolrich, fashion and music share a common history. 20 years after her iconic solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the renowned musician makes her first step in fashion with a capsule collection highlighting the brand’s American heritage and continuing its ‘American Soul’ series. As part of the three outerwear pieces on offer, the neo-soul artist has reworked the red buffalo check Silverton coat with an original, black and white screen print showing a picture of herself on a spiral background, and a bold typeface on the side. With all benefits going to the MLH Foundation, it’s a fashion purchase good for the soul.

Writer: Morgane Nyfeler

Fendi Fila logo clutch bag

Fendi fusion

16 October

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Fendi’s famed double ‘F’ logo was designed by Karl Lagerfeld in 1965, and its tessellating letter print has become synonymous with the Roman label. But for its A/W 2018 women’s show, Fendi tipped its logo heritage on its head, debuting a collection featuring a reappropriated version of the ‘Fendi/Fila’ logo created by Instagram artist @hey_reilly. Now, the label has taken this logo fascination on step further with the launch of ‘Fendi Mania’, a collection of eye-catching ready-to-wear and accessories emblazoned with the mashed up type face. We’ll be holding onto this clutch bag all season. It's a sublime blend of sportswear-meets-luxury and a practical hands-free piece too.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Speaking Garments Jan-Ole Schiemann abstract print sweater

(Brush)stroke of genius

15 October

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Last autumn, we celebrated the launch of art-led Cologne-based label Speaking Garments, which debuted with a range of sweatshirts and tees in collaboration with the German sculptor Michail Pirgelis. Now, the brand has collaborated with the Cologne-located painter Jan-Ole Schiemann, whose work is currently on view at of Frieze 2018, as part of the Almine Rech Gallery’s Early 21st Century Art exhibition. The collaboration has culminated in a limited 100-edition run of sweatshirts, mesh jackets, hoodies and t-shirts, emblazoned with an abstract figurative print. We think it's time you invest in a piece of wearable art.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Ven cashmere travel set in navy

Soft touch

12 October

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Jetting off on a long haul getaway? Burgeoning travel accessory label Ven offers a luxurious hand luggage essential. This 100% cashmere travel set – including blanket, socks, eye mask and even a pillow case to fit around a standard airline pillow – makes for a sophisticated snuggle option at high altitude. The sets are made and hand finished in Nepal, but are sure to keep you warm and relaxed whichever part of the world you are roaming to.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Roberto Cavalli gold coin bag

Going for gold

11 October

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For autumn, Roberto Cavalli creative director Paul Surridge has got the Midas touch. His latest accessory designs for the famed Florentine house come adorned with jangling golden coins carved with lucky symbols. This shoulder bag style has us feeling particularly fortunate. Its surface is entirely covered with gold medallions, and gives great style currency come rain or shine.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

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Mohair lair

10 October

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For Namacheko’s latest installation at LNCC in London, the Sweden-based brand delved into its Kurdish heritage for inspiration. For S/S 2019, brother and sister Dilan and Lezan Lurr looked to classic Kurdish clothing, and this influence is also evoked in mohair panels which line the space, nodding to traditional blankets. Amongst gold plinths which showcase pieces from the brand’s A/W 2018 offering, a video installation projects films onto plexiglass structures, one a video of skateboarders shot in Sweden, and another of young people in Kurdistan. It’s an installation well worth hopping on your board for.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Dolce & Gabbana items showcased behind glass

Dubai dazzle

9 October

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Earlier this week, Dolce & Gabbana hosted a glittering fashion show, bulging with opulent fabrics, regal crown prints and lavish embellishments, in celebration of its new boutique in the Dubai Mall. And it’s not just the show’s ostentatious pieces that are drawing us into the store. The three floor space – designed by Marco Costanzi of MCA Studio – boasts gilded and eye-catching interior elements, from surfaces lined with Sahara Noir, Sequoia Red and Breche de Vendome yellow marble, to fixtures in Angico Preto wood, Baroque chairs to lush velvet drapery. We think it's an essential destination on for any Dubai to do list.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Black leather handbag with gold frame

Celebration time

8 October

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It’s been a busy year for Belgian accessories label Delvaux. The brand has opened a host of new boutiques, from Brussels to London, revealed an upcoming collaboration with French designer Jean Colonna, and 2018 also marks the 60th anniversary of its signature ‘Brilliant’ bag. The style, which was created for the 1958 World’s Fair, has been reimagined for 2018 in the form of the ‘Diva’. The most ostentatious machination of the style comes in black alligator skin, with the the inside of the bagembossed with the mark 'Brillant 60th anniversary'. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

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Frieze frame

4 October

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With Frieze kicking off in London’s Regent's Park this week, Dover Street Market has engaged in a wonderfully sartorial celebration of this year’s prestigious art fair. There are a host of intriguing setups and launches positioned over the different floors of the store’s Haymarket location, from an installation of Dan McCarthy’s ceramics, to a series of CDG Shirt Basquiat print pieces featured alongside a host of literature about the artist. Paul Smith’s space within the store also passes with flying colours. It has been framed by a rainbow-stripe sculpture by artist Sam Shendi, one which wonderfully reflects both Shendi and Smith’s fascination with bold tones. Us? We're mostly green with envy.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Black framed glasses

Seeing clearly

3 October

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It’s no surprise that we’ve got our eye on Cubitts’ latest London store. The eyewear brand’s sixth boutique – located in Fitzrovia – features a curving Georgian facade, and inside, a pastel colour palette nodding to early Art Deco, plus a Thirties parquet flooring reclaimed from a school in Leicester. To mark the opening of its 44 Charlotte Street location, Cubitts have also launched an exclusive collection of four made-to-measure frames. On our next foray into Fitzrovia, we’ll be flaunting this ‘Charlotte’ style, characterised by their unusual round frames and flat lug.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Clarks trainer with high ankle

Peak performance

2 October

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Clarks is reaching new heights with its latest collaboration with Land Rover. Its ‘Life. Limitless’ collection has been conceived by Clarks’ and Land Rovers’ innovative laboratories and is encompassed in three outdoors-ready shoe styles. We’ll be striding forth in the ‘CLR52.N’ style, a terrain responsive walking boot designed to withstand surfaces from the sidewalk to slippy mud ruts. ‘Much like the Land Rover vehicles, the shoes are terrain appropriate, providing practicality and comfort in equal measure to the wearer, elements that are core to our DNA,’ says Clarks’ chief brand officer Jason Beckley of the endurance-ready collaboration.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Spaceship like sculpture held by headless man

Daydream scene

1 October

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Fotis Evans is the creative mind behind some of Hermès most imaginative window installations, from New York to London. For Evans’ latest project for the French luxury house – a series of six kinetic windows displays in its new Hong Kong flagship store – the designer has looked to the concept of play. Inspired by the concept of Freudian daydreaming, the setups nod to the naive childhood concept of play, from a window evoking the sea monster in Sinbad the Sailor to one swirling with Chinese yo-yos, a set up of a futuristic spaceship, to a kaleidoscopic Cinderella carriage. Fantastical childhood scenes we only wish were recurring dreams.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Marble head with black beard attached

Feminine touch

28 September

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After undergoing a makeover,