Alessandro Michele is bringing haberdashery back.
Among so many other seemingly lost arts. The designer’s fall 2017 runway show was once again an abundant display of his far-flung influences–we mean that as the highest praise. Michele, who refers to collections as a “new story” or “chapter” can seem downright pedantic in the obscurities he digs up. This season one could cite–if one ventured to–entomology, Orientalism, Jane Austen and ACDC as just some of the references this weaver of worlds and garments wrought through his collection. And there are likely other more abstruse inspirations that informed him.
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But, although accessories like chainmail, rhinestone glasses, Gucci chest tattoos and manacled clutches were also on full display, this season, his hats seemed the most wearable and wonderful. And we’re not talking the headscarves and headbands–or the hairstyles that looked like helmets–all of which were plenty, too.
From Hardee hats to turbans to balaclavas to chullos, here are some of the toppers that show why Michele’s brand of nostalgia is completely forward-looking–and not just old hat.
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We love collecting travel tips from our adventurous friends. Even if we’re not sure when we’ll get to use them, we squirrel them away in the hope that someday we, too, will get to visit these amazing locales.
Since Milan is next on the Fashion Week circuit, we asked our street-style photographer, Kristin Yamada, about her favorite places in the Italian fashion capital. After all, Kristin is basically Italian by choice.
Here’s what she told us not to miss when in Milano.
Images by Kristin Yamada
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Candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week fall ’17, from our Global Trend Reporter Kristin Yamada.
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When packing for a trip, it’s important to consider the bags inside your bags. How many handbags? And which ones?
For her meetings-packed journeys to Fashion Week, our handbags buyer Jennifer Sabenorio brings a full Russian nesting doll situation: a satchel that can hold a clutch, and a tote that can hold everything. Plus something elegant for evening soirées. And maybe a bonus bag, to match her Gucci shoes.
Here she is talking about packing for what buyers call “going to market.”
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And just like that, closing time for London Fashion Week has struck on Big Ben’s face. Although it seemed as fleeting as a moment of sunshine in the British capital, LFW packed the street-style punches. To make up for the overcast skies, the fashion fold wore acid-bright colors and sparkly shoes. We were oh-so-pleasantly dazzled.
Here are just some of our favorite looks on the loveliest ladies we’ve been trailing all week—plus their Instagram accounts so we can keep tabs on them as they bounce to the next Fashion Week.
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“A lot of times what I feel when I’m here watching the shows is that I’m so honored to be in the company of these women—women like Simone, Molly, Ashley,” says Olivia, after we duck into a Mexican restaurant out in the East End. It’s the last day of London Fashion Week, and we’re between appointments, so now’s the time to take stock.
Olivia Kim with buyer Raul Becerra at lunch.
Each season, in every city, there are one or two collections—and a few key pieces and a few key moments—that stand out among the rest. Here are Olivia and Raul’s favorites from London.
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The SPACE team‘s fashion week spreadsheet had five new names on it this season: Eric Schlösberg, Eckhaus Latta, Dilara Findikoglu, A.W.A.K.E, and Vejas. Together, they represent our new shop-in-shop, SPACE LAB.
Details from Dilara Findikoglu’s London Fashion Week presentation.
Debuting today in Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto and online, SPACE LAB is a fashion incubator; it’s a way for Olivia and her team to pay special attention to brands that are operating just a little bit outside the lines, and also just breaking their stride. It’s a way to nurture them and stand by them as their careers make important pivots.
And we do mean stand by them: Even though SPACE LAB is set up to stock and mentor five designers at a time for just one season starting this spring, we met with designers during New York and London Fashion Weeks (we’ll catch up with Vejas in Paris in about a week) to see what they’re presenting for next fall.
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In a full embrace of the runway-to-retail trend that’s been turning fashion weeks on their head for the past year or so, Burberry’s new collection—unveiled on Monday evening—is available right here, right now.
Seasons are so last year: Burberry’s February collection was on
London’s runway on Monday and is shoppable now. Image via Burberry.
Inspired by multifaceted British artist Henry Moore, the knitwear, trenches and handbags referenced his esoteric use of proportion and scale while classic, traditional workwear pieces—trousers, overalls, jackets—were a nod to artisans everywhere.
Photos by Kristin Yamada
London Fashion Week is in full swing and the British street style couldn’t be cooler. Across the pond, the bloggers, It girls and editors are finding fun ways to wear spring trends and color now. (We’re furiously taking notes.) Here are some of our favorite looks so far, plus shoppable links so you can emulate them.
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