Summary of iD’s weekly fashion news

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It’s been a long week, hasn’t it? Well, it’s time to take it easy and catch up on what’s going on in the glitzy, silly world of fashion. First, we have some epic auctions coming up – and better yet, there might be a handful of lots you can actually afford. And we have shoes galore, because, well, who doesn’t love shoes? In addition to diamonds, young designers, a new It-bag… we even have Chanel for you! What more could you want? Here’s what’s trending.

Tiffany & Co. launched engagement rings for future husbands

Wedding engagements are said to have skyrocketed during the lockdown. And given that it’s 2021, the way people engage — and indeed, the people who engage — is changing. The new men’s diamond engagement ring from Tiffany & Co. is proof of that. The American jeweler practically invented the modern engagement ring, so it’s a historic moment that he’s now created dedicated bling for future husbands. The signet ring, in titanium and platinum with the option of round brilliant or emerald cut diamonds, is a testament to the evolution of style and menswear. After all, it’s a universally recognized truth that a man of good fortune is looking for a… Wife? Husband? No, honey, he just wants a diamond ring!

Kenzo Takada smiling, holding colorful looks

A fashion auction for the ages

japanese designer Kenzo Takada was nothing short of a fashion legend, and her death last year marked a tragic loss for the fashion world. The late designer left behind an impressive legacy. There’s his eponymous LVMH-owned fashion house, of course, but also his personal collection of furniture and mundane art – a 3rd century Buddha torso, anyone? — as well as… CLOTHES. This week, everything will be auctioned via the French platform Artcurial, art and furniture sold IRL in Paris, and the fashion collection put up for sale online. Featuring some 150 items, the sale includes the designer’s prized collection of kimonos, boleros, coats, dresses and shirts, many of which were designed by himself. With prices starting at €30, it’s a must-have.

six abstract pots made from clay chestnut roasters, displayed on plinths

Loewe gets crafty with clay pots

Snowshoes ready! This week another fabulous fashion auction will take place at Sotheby’s, displaying and selling a selection of artist embellished Galician chestnut roasters, woven leather bags, baskets and accessories – all with the kind permission of Loewe’s “Weaves” project. This makes Loewe the first major luxury fashion house to contract exclusively with the platform, for which they have commissioned seven artist-adorned clay chestnut roasters featuring experimental weaving techniques by artists Arko (Japan) , Min Chen (China) and Laia Arqueros (Spain) – as well as their own in-house craftsmen, who braided the holes with fabric strips, ribbons, cord, leather cords, woolen threads, feathers , straw (much of which was a recycled surplus from previous ready-to-wear collections). “Craftsmanship is one of my main interests: an interest that I have placed at the heart of Loewe’s identity”, says Jonathan Anderson, artistic director of the Spanish house. “It’s all very engaging, and another way to pay homage to the superb craftsmanship of our one-of-a-kind pieces.” The exhibit is now open in New York and goes on sale May 12.

These boots are made for stomping…

Four words, no explanation required: ‘Dr. Martens x Rick Owens‘. The second installment of the iconic collaboration has arrived, stirring the hearts of every punk, goth, metalhead and fashionphile aficionado. Get yours now, buckle up, and get out and prance. Or trample!

strappy summer shoes by Reformation

…and these heels are made to be recycled

You can never have too many shoes. But, with great shoes comes great responsibility – you may be having too much of an impact on the planet, after all. Thank God, then, that Reformation sorted us out. After initially launching shoes in 2019, Reformation took a break to try and work harder to meet their sustainability goals. And while their research shows that the market for “sustainable sneakers” is booming, heels worthy of Carrie Bradshaw are a bit more difficult to produce sustainably. The result of their hard work is a new line of shoes-The shoes which are made from less water-intensive leather and 75% less virgin plastic, sourced from the best certified tanneries in the world. The Los Angeles-based brand has also joined the Materials Innovation Initiative — a leather alternatives accelerator — to support the development of plastic-free alternatives to leather. And when you wore out those pretty things by going out to real nightclubs and dancing a little too much? Each of Reformation’s 2.0 shoes is recyclable, thanks to a partnership with end-of-waste pioneers Loop networks to develop a one-of-a-kind take-back program to make it easier for customers. All you have to do is relearn how to walk in high heels.

Kim Jones and Kenny Scharf’s Dior collaboration has arrived

Pop-ups are appearing everywhere right now. Why? Because we are all hungry for shopping! This week, Dior unveiled its latest in the Selfridges ‘corner shop’, and it’s entirely dedicated to Kim Jones’ stunning AW21 collaboration with a legendary artist. Kenny Scharf. You can know all about this here – then walk down to Oxford Street to see it IRL. Open for a month, the Dior pop-up will bring the adorable characters seen in Kim’s collection to life through “immersive scenography,” complete with an “interactive motor sensor display.” Plus, there’s plenty of fashion, including new iterations of the French house’s cult B27 sneakers, for all the hypebabes out there. They presented it as “an invitation to take flight and a hymn to the power of the imagination that transcends borders”. Consider it a vacation!

three burberry handbags with gold chains

Burberry has just welcomed a new addition to its pantheon of It-bags

Another week, another successful pop-up at the world’s fanciest department store, Harrods! This week, Burberry launched its new Olympia handbag with a colossal space inspired by ancient Greece in Knightsbridge. The crescent-curved bag, which comes in a range of summer colors (sand, topaz, swamp green and marigold), is “a celebration of modern classicism”, according to the British brand, so it only made sense that the pop-up was epic. Always one to embrace modernity and novelty, the space is neoclassical Elpis statue can come to life through an immersive AR experience, which lets you place an animated digital version of the statue in your surroundings and watch it come to life and walk towards you, leaving behind a trail of moving statues. As if shopping couldn’t be more fun!

Browns Focus is back and better than ever!

London retailer Browns is credited with discovering and nurturing a host of British design talent – ​​from Alexander McQueen to John Galliano, from Christopher Kane to Simone Rocha and from Grace Wales Bonner to Priya Ahluwalia. The list of fledgling designers he has backed grows and grows and continues to grow. In 1997, this boutique’s focus on emerging talent was reinforced with the introduction of Browns Focus, a next-generation talent incubator in a dedicated store in Mayfair. In recent years she has supported initiatives and partnerships with the British Fashion Council, Graduate Fashion Week and Designers’ Nest. But this year, Browns Focus is back! Kicking off with a handful of capsule collections from global designers – including Conner Ives, Maximilian Davis, Bianca Saunders and Saul Nash – has never been a better excuse to get out and shop till you drop. You will be supporting young creatives, after all! You can find the cuts in a dedicated space in the retailer’s new Gorge store on Brook Street – or just head to their websiteand let them come to you.

two models walk the runway in punk-inspired black and white Chanel cruise looks

Chanel staged a punk-inspired ode to Jean Cocteau

Cruise! You remember ? Once upon a time in countries far, far away, fashion houses would set up shop in locations around the world for an annual fashion extravaganza. The most beautiful of them has always been Chanel, which has organized shows in Cuba, Seoul, Salzburg, Hamburg, Dallas… the list goes on. This week, the French fashion house presented its latest Cruise collection in the idyllic French town of Les Baux-de-Provence. There was no audience but plenty of beautiful clothes, courtesy of artistic director Virginie Viard. And she had an unlikely source of inspiration: punk! At least, punk seen through the prism of Jean Cocteau, the early 20th century artist who was friends with dear old Coco. Here’s everything you need to know.

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