OWith several fashion weeks in the books and fall officially in full swing, it’s easy to see designers capturing the essence of the season. As new looks and fashions make their mark, we also spot vintage styles, modestly modernized for today’s standards.
Here is an overview of the fashion trends and moments you need to know:
It Bags of the season
Céline presents two new bags: the drum and 16 Chain. The Tambour is a drum-shaped bag with a refined metal triumph and is constructed from canvas and leather. Celine also made some exciting updates to her iconic 16 bag for the Spring ’21 collection. Named after the house’s Parisian address at 16, rue Vivienne in the 2nd arrondissement, the 16 was sketched by Heidi Slimane on her first day at the fashion house and is inspired by the house’s classic codes, with a shortened flap and a rounded, belted effect that give it a slightly retro feel.
This season also sees the introduction of the Celine Strap. A detachable wool shoulder strap with smooth leather trim and two ‘Celine’ engraved hooks available in 45cm and 52cm sizes that allow the bag to be worn more casually on the body. Available in plain or combined version, the bracelet sells for 290 euros for the short version and 320 euros for the longest.
Alexander McQueen’s Tall Story gets a makeover with seasonal colors. The sculptural bag with optional contrast color lining to hold all essentials including a laptop. Finished with modern metal handles, it is available in black quilted leather, black croc or with a hand patchwork finish.
Created by Burberrthere creative director Riccardo Tisci, the Pocket is the brand new signature handbag. Inspired by an archival Burberry bag, it’s reinterpreted with a front pocket and leather band and is handcrafted in canvas and leather.
Tom Ford’s new perfume
Perfume is a matter of personality. In 2006, Tom Ford launched his first perfume, black orchid, and that was a game changer. Far from being a wallflower, it bursts with personality and a definitive point of view. Earthy, velvety, yet sweet, the scent has become a mainstay in the Tom Ford collection.
For 2020, Tom Ford has launched a new release, this time a perfume rather than an eau de parfum. It retains a similar profile to the original but adds hints of rum and dark plum, merging the earthiness with a more masculine scent. Presented in a gold bottle, the updated Black Orchid is available in 50 millimeter and 100 millimeter versions, as well as in travel size.
Both x Monse
FFootwear maker Both Paris has launched a new collection of boots designed by fashion house Monse co-creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia. Both use the latest rubber shoemaking techniques alongside leather and other experimental materials to create one-of-a-kind shoes.
The five-piece collection is inspired by Monse’s Happy Punk Fall/Winter 2020 collection, inspired by tartans, velvet, deconstructed wool and trench coats. Included are new versions of Both’s iconic boots, the GAO Thigh High and the GAO Tall Boot.
Timberland goes glamorous
Jimmy Choo has teamed up with outdoor heritage brand Timberland to recreate Timberland’s classic six-inch hiking boot – imagine the boot having a day at the spa followed by a red carpet appearance, and you’ll have a idea of things. Available in four colorways with Swarovski crystals and shimmering embellishments, the collaboration allows Jimmy Choo “to come together with different creative minds to create a beautiful and surprising product,” says Sandra Choi, Creative Director of Jimmy Choo.
“Timberland’s outdoor work heritage, combined with our high fashion sensibility, creates something truly exciting and unique.” The new kicks range from $595 for the black nubuck leather with gunmetal glitter to $5,500 for the gold suede and crystal version.
A new creation takes on Fendi
After a year of research, British fashion designer Kim Jones has been appointed artistic director of Fendi haute couture, women’s ready-to-wear and fur. Jones’ appointment fills the void left by Karl Lagerfeld, who held the position for 53 years until his death in 2019. Jones joins Simona Venturini Fendi, who will continue her work with accessories and menswear.
Known for his skill at mixing streetwear with couture, Jones was a menswear designer at Louis Vuitton for seven years before joining Dior. His recent collections at Dior have received rave reviews and have included collaborative efforts with famed street and surf designer Shawn Stussy, formerly of the Stüssy label.
Prada x Adidas
Prada continues its collaboration with Adidas with The Superstar, a sneaker that has been an Adidas classic since 1969. Prada’s makeover sees the sneaker crafted in Prada’s workshops in full-grain leather in three new colorways (black, white with black and chrome silver with white) with Original Prada and Adidas Logos.
Balmin x Trudon
Details matter. Those looking for the ultimate combination of French fashion history and Parisian fragrance need look no further than the collaboration between Balmain and Trudon. The fashion house and Maison Trudon have meticulously designed a limited edition candle (only 1,000 will be sold in the US) – the result of a longstanding admiration between the two houses. Trudon offers a unique fragrance, playing on the Ernesto candle – a favorite of Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing, who relies on it both at home and in the studio.
For the collaboration, Trudon used Ernesto as a guide, starting with Atlas cedar, gunpowder and cigar, then adding the black rose. The meticulous approach to craftsmanship is found in every step of the process, from the manual application of the gold foil to the gold foil label printed on black velvet and the final packaging with the logos. Balmain and Trudon.
Gucci Garden goes virtual
The Gucci Garden in Florence is an impressive landmark, where fashion, design, art and gastronomy live harmoniously under one roof, encompassing everything we associate with Italian fashion and design. Unfortunately, Gucci Garden has been closed due to COVID-19. To recreate the magic, Gucci recently launched virtual tours, where visitors can explore the boutique and bookstore on the ground floor, as well as the exhibition spaces on the upper level.
While nothing beats experiencing Gucci Garden in person, this virtual tour highlights the attention to detail and curatorial process of Alessandro Michele and his team.
Classic Dior House
Dior House published a classically beautiful tableware set designed by Cordélia de Castellane. Inspired by the house’s early days and crafted from extra-fine white Limoges porcelain, Cannage Provence is an interpretation of house founder Christian Dior’s fashion shows – at a time when the designer sat his guests on elegant Napoleon III style chairs decorated with caning.
The caned motif would become the house code, which de Castellane skilfully interpreted in a superb series of plates, glasses and decanters as part of the permanent collection.
Baccarat animal attraction
SSpanish designer Jaime Hayon first collaborated with Baccarat in 2011 for Baccarat Zoo, a set of three crystal and porcelain animals launched at the Milan Furniture Fair. Today, the designer and crystal maker deepens the theme with Faunacrystopos, a capsule collection of tumblers and limited edition objects. A set of even four-piece cups Baccarat iconic castle design with Hayon’s characters – part human, part animal – etched into the base.
Of particular interest are the three limited-edition collaborations: Animal Heads, a six-piece set that took over two years to complete; the handmade golden Maneki Neko cat figurine; and the Faunacrystopoli Ring Pop, which marks the designer’s first foray into jewelry.
Nothing delights us more than a new men’s scent — and Meteor, the latest fragrance from Louis Vuitton, is a worldly addition. Created by master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud in his workshop in Grasse, the fragrance promises to “arouse fascination throughout its journey” and transform space into time to reveal new horizons. Heady stuff.
The sixth fragrance in the Parfums Louis Vuitton collection is a blend of Calabrian bergamot, mandarin, Sicilian orange and neroli with a trio of pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and an earthy finish of vetiver from Java. This is exactly what I missed in my life, in love with fine perfumes and the study of the cosmos.