Style findings: May dispatches from the Wallpaper* fashion team

View of five models wearing floral and rainbow Moncler pieces in a room with a black and white grid style ceiling and flooring. The faces of two models can be seen and the other three models have their faces completely covered by the pieces. Two of the models with their faces covered are also wearing white sunglasses

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Space race
28 May

We’re all in need of a little escapism, and lucky for us Moncler Richard Quinn’s (opens in new tab) latest collection has an interstellar sensibility. Back in September, models strode in puffed up Sixties silhouettes, like bodysuits, sweeping opera coats and mini dresses, emblazoned with retro florals and trippy rainbow stripes, inside a presentation space resembling the interior of a spaceship from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. With these pieces, you’ll be scaling new style territories too, whether you're ascending into gravity-defying terrain, or simply strolling for fresh air.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Two side-by-side photos of Connolly fashion pieces. In the first photo a model with a ponytail is wearing a white piece with dark blue trousers and a black coat which is hanging off one shoulder. And the second photo is of a light coloured cardigan with front pockets laid out flat

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Artistic license
26 May

We’re always on the lookout for a sophisticated cover up, and lucky for us Connolly (opens in new tab) provides a luxurious layer. The British label’s elegantly oversized Art Cardigan nods to the style of David Hockney, and is crafted in Scotland in soft 3ply cashmere. The silhouette scores extra style points with unusually long cuffs and oversized saddle shoulders. We think it's perfect for state of the art spring style.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

View of a blue JW Anderson tote bag featuring brown buckle handles and the white 'JW' anchor logo. The bag has flowers and foliage inside and is pictured against a grey background

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Presence felt
20 May

Oversized bags made a mark on the S/S 2020 catwalks, and we’ve got a great desire for this sizeable felt style from JW Anderson (opens in new tab). The tote, available in tactile felt, is particularly uplifting in this sky blue tone. The brand’s signature ‘JW’ anchor logo, imagined here as an oversized typographic detail, makes it even more nautical.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

View of framed artwork by Arkitaip and Hôtel Magique. The black and white piece features a face with flowers for eyes and sits on top of a wooden sideboard with other items on top in a space with white walls and grey flooring

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Shell raisers
19 May

Friends and family in far off countries have never felt more distant, so we’re always uplifted by collaborations between long distance creatives. There’s something sun kissed behind London-based linen label Arkitaip’s partnership with Bali-located art aficiandos Hôtel Magique, on a series of printed artworks which can be tied around the neck as a springtime accessory or hung in the home. Particularly impactful is an abstract shell design inspired by island life. It might just make you feel you’re dipping your toe in the sea shore.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

View of a black and brown Berluti backpack featuring a repeating pattern made up of the brand logo and a front compartment with a zip. The backpack is pictured against a light coloured background

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Swank canvas
18 May

Heritage has been a focal point of inspiration for Kris Van Assche since he joined Berluti in 2018. He’s looked to the maison’s shoe-focused archive in order to inform its contemporary ready-to-wear. The label’s latest Canvas collection has been designed with a seal which appears if dating back to Berluti’s inception in 1895. It features the label’s latest logo - taken from a shoe tree of the first pair of shoes made by its founder Alessandro Berluti, blended with a calligraphic Script motif. This backpack will bolster any summer look, and will also make an essential piece for your future fashion archive too.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Two side-by-side photos of pieces by John Booth and Sunspel. The first photo is of a grey sweatshirt with an embroidered sun and cloud. And the second photo is of a sun and cloud print silk scarf. Both pieces are pictured against a light coloured background

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Under the sun
14 May

There’s a sunny sensibility behind London-based artist John Booth’s collaboration with British basics experts Sunspel (opens in new tab). Booth – renowned for his kaleidoscopic use of pattern and colour, who has also worked with fashion labels including Fendi and Begg & Co – delved into the brand’s archives for inspiration, finding illumination in its Thirties Sun and Cloud Logo. This appears in embroidery across t-shirts and sweatshirts, and celebrates Sunspel's impressive 160-year anniversary. Should you be craving a craft day, we suggest you invest in the collaboration’s accompanying sun and cloud patches, allowing you to customise your own clothing too. Think of it as cloud nine design. 

Writer: Laura Hawkins

View of the Marrs Green coloured Eastcastle sunglasses by Cubitts and G.F Smith. The sunglasses are pictured on a light coloured surface with a Marrs Green coloured section

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Paper trail
13 May

Marrs Green was voted ‘The World’s Favourite Colour’ in G.F Smith’s kaleidoscopic poll, and now the deep turquoise tone has inspired a limited collection of Cubitts (opens in new tab) frames. The London opticals leader’s retro Eastcastle shades nod to the street which is home to GF Smith’s showroom space in Britain’s capital, with an accompanying lens wipe crafted using recycled plastic bottles. ‘The design mirrors the blocky lines of a ream of A4 and is our first frame designed specifically as sunglasses, inspired by the vibrant shades of G. F Smith’s ‘The World’s Favourite Colour’ report,’ says Cubitts’ in-house product designer Emily Lynch. Lucky for us, they don’t just look good on paper.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

View of a blue and white Prada Timecapsule box pictured against a light coloured background

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Right on time
5 May

There’s a summer-fuelled sensibility behind the pieces in Prada’s (opens in new tab) latest Timecapsule drop. Thursday sees the release of a boxy unisex Hawaiian shirt, embalmed with a ‘P’ Prada logo, which resembles go faster stripes. The print, inspired by car racing, features on fifty shirt styles, and each is also embellished with its limited edition number. You’ll need to be speedy to snap one up later this week. 3,2,1, Go!

Writer: Laura Hawkins

View of a brown Lanvin tote bag featuring the Little Nemo cartoon by Winsor McCay and a pink stamp-like design over the top. The bag is pictured against a light coloured background

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Cloud nine design
4 May 

We’re looking for accessories that provide ample escapism, so it’s lucky that Lanvin’s (opens in new tab) S/S 2020 collection features delightful depictions of Little Nemo, the boy figure created by American cartoonist Winsor McCay, who falls asleep every night, visiting Slumberland. We’re daydreaming about this leather tote bag, which features a depiction of Little Nemo tumbling from his bed. It’s a design that might just send you to cloud nine.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

View of Louis Vuitton's headquarters in Paris featuring a colourful mural

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Street art
6 May

France is coming out of gradual lockdown on 11 May, and for those living in Paris, a springtime stroll past Louis Vuitton’s (opens in new tab) headquarters next to the Pont Neuf bridge, is sure to inspire a prismatic perk up. Back in the Twenties,  Gaston-Louis Vuitton wrote, ‘Let’s make the street a happy place,’ and a century later, the maison has enlisted French artist Luckylefthand, to create a colourful and graphic mural, to artistically achieve that mantra. The details within the acrylic piece reflect today’s contemporary climate; hands are positioned a meter and a half apart, to evoke the social distancing measures that have become today’s norm.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Fashion Features Editor

Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*. Having previously held roles at 10, 10 Men and AnOther magazines, he joined the team in 2022. His work has a particular focus on the moments where fashion and style intersect with other creative disciplines – among them art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and profiling the industry’s leading figures and brands.