Here’s the lowdown on what’s new, what works and what to try this season in terms of fashion and style.
- Uniqlo x Liberty. After attracting some pretty impressive collaborators lately – Lemaire, Carine Roitfeld, Ines de la Fressange, Uniqlo now teams up with Liberty London to launch a 30-piece collection which includes womenswear, menswear and childrenswear. The hook? Highly popular, vibrant floral patterns that are both luxurious and powerfully manufactured, all combined with Liberty’s iconic prints. The collaboration comes just in time for Liberty’s 140th anniversary, so you can bet they won’t be letting anybody down with it.
- Missoni announced first UK retrospective. Set to open in London on May 6, Missoni’s first ever UK-based retrospective exhibition – Missoni, Art, Colour – will be shown at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. Previously held at the MA*GA Art Museum in Gallarate, Italy, from last spring until late January this year, the exhibition explores the influence of art on the work of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, who founded the family-owned house, and puts a spotlight on those who have influenced the creative process of Missoni over the course of its long creative, cultural and artistic journey. If you’re a fan of true fashion memorabilia, this is an exposition you don’t have to miss. You’ll be introduced with the Italian brand’s inventive knitwear research throughout the sixties and seventies and their best modern avant-garde heritage works.
- Archive by Alexa Chung. The brains over at Marks & Spencer thought it would be a great idea to lend Alexa Chung their archive and let her create a special 31-pieces collection inspired by it – to be launched sometime in April. “It was so fun to be given the keys to the Marks & Spencer archive and such a treat to get to cherry pick the very best of their vast collection of pieces”, Alexa told UK Vogue of the whole process. Her biggest challenge? To create looks every bit as relevant today as they were back then. We admit it, we’re pretty excited by this, but we’re more excited by the fact that this is just the first trend setter Marks & Spencer invites to create capsule collection. Looking forward to see what they choose in the future.
- A modern Marlene Dietrich. Santoni, the Italian footwear manufacturer, collaborates with socialite Caroline Vreeland for their fall/winter 2016-2017 shoes collection. The lookbook is absolutely stunning, with Caroline embodying marvelous boyish actress Marlene Dietrich. This is an homage to the seventh art in all its splendor, and it’s a milieu that has always inspired Giuseppe Santoni, so we’re not surprised by the nostalgic spin of this. And yes, we love the black and white oxfords showcased here and we can’t wait to see what more is in store for us next season.
- Sofia Sanchez de Betak teams with Globe-Trotter. When one of the most well known creative directors of the moment pairs up with Globe Trotter for their Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, their travel proposals are nothing short of exclusive. Sofia Sanchez de Betak was inspired by her Greek epopee when she imagined the high luxury capsule travel accessories collection. We love the hand made leather trunk: its interior is decorated with an iconography which traces the steps of her journey – Mykonos, Santorini, Pilos and Athens, four great destinations to evade to this summer.
- New IT bag – courtesy of Versace. This spring, the Versace family welcomes a new member. The Italian fashion house launches Palazzo Empire, their newest IT bag. Donatella worked with Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Bella Hadid and Stella Maxwell for the exclusive launch of what’s soon to become every fashionista’s new dream bag. Made of the most exotic, high quality leather, the bag is adorned with the traditional Medusa head accessory, either in metallic colors or “ton sur ton”. “I love the new Palazzo Empire. It’s the perfect accessory for the strong women of today, who have to make their way through the urban jungle”, said Donatella Versace.
- Bejeweled sunglasses. If when you think of Boucheron you only envision their high class jewelry, you might be missing out. These guys shine just as bright with their sunglasses collections. Faithful to their modern, yet elegant style, their spring/summer 2016 sunglasses collection pays homage to their Quatre ligne – emblematic for the jewelry house that has 157 years of experience when it comes to creating beautiful things that last you a lifetime. Mixing different types of gold and different textures, their sunglasses – aviators, oversized or cat-shaped – come with a design just as precious as their jewelry.
- The iPhone goes high fashion – courtesy of Kenzo. This season, Sean Baker made for Kenzo a fashion film unlike any others. Called “Snowbird”, this short film was entirely filmed with an iPhone and resembles the New York filmmaker’s latest creation – “Tangerine”. Under the scorching hot Californian sun, Sean Baker follows Australian model Abbey Lee Kershaw’s travels through the desert. Bohemian and poetical, Snowbird is yet another example of Kenzo’s adventurous spirit and eclecticism.