One shoe that truly goes with everything: the white designer sneaker. You cannot go wrong. Wear a pair to work, wear them casually or even on date night. It’s hard to think of another piece that’s so versatile. Let them get dirty if that’s your style. Or keep them spotless. Seriously: white designer sneakers are foolproof.
Just in time for your summer wardrobe update, check out these four options by Saint Laurent, Common Projects, Maison Margiela and adidas by Raf Simons.
On Tuesday, inside the shell of postindustrial grandeur, the Italian-Belgian designer debuted as Anthony Vaccarello of Saint Laurent Paris by sending out an army of sharply dressed babeswho were ready for any party—and the world.
All adventures require a special blend of planning and luck. We’re lured by the idea of leaving some of it to chance, but there’s an objective at play, too … even if it’s simply to explore the unknown.
This season—with its road trips, beach days and sunshine expeditions—we feel especially adventurous. We plot and scheme to make the most of these few months, throwing a little caution to the summer wind with half-packed picnic baskets and some extra room in the luggage.
“We’ll buy fresh fruit at the farm stands.”
“We’ll want to do a little shopping when we get there.”
A Simone Rocha look from our pre-fall designer collections lookbook, curated by Olivia Kim
Then there are those who dance even closer to the edge, dashing off without booking a room or a return flight. Technology, of course, makes every bet a pretty safe one. So it goes; with device in hand, there’s always a safety net within our grasp.
But don’t we sometimes yearn for those inconvenient foldout maps and the rush of picking up a set of freshly developed photographs?
From outside our flagship store, in the South-facing picture window, a shimmery wall of gold-toned cutouts frame a new-season Louis Vuitton showpiece. Around the corner, CHANEL mannequins in airline chic (remember that show?) allow for just a peek through the glass to the handbags and accessories inside.
Downtown Seattle Nordstrom
Inside, near the Beauty department, a striking image of Swedish actress Alicia Vikander carting one of this season’s hot Louis Vuitton Twist bags reaches almost as high as the ceiling. And down the way, the shop of iconic Gucci handbags is as vivid and alluring as the brand’s super-popular campaign images. And then there’s the ascent up the escalators: upon one’s arrival on the second floor, a studio of CHANELapparel calls to mind the legend of Coco’s Paris apartment, while cool-girl looks at the Saint Laurenthideout coax an approachable nightclub vibe.
In short, with the addition of nine brand-new shop-in-shop boutiques, the in-progress remodel at our downtown Seattle flagship has lately yielded a gorgeous and inspiring trip down a high-style European avenue. May we offer you a guided tour?
Hedi Slimane fanned rumors around his exit from Saint Laurent at his Paris show, rousing critics and fans with an aesthetic departure from his usual slinky indie ’90s grunge looks.
Leave it to Slimane to show couture at Paris’s designated ready-to-wear week. In one of the brand’s recently renovated atelier studios, models teetered down a grand staircase in no less than 42 couture looks strongly channeling ’80s glam through single-shouldered minidresses and belted waists. The collection took the era’s strong shoulders to a new architectural extreme, paired with super-short hemlines—whether skintight or poufed—deep necklines and voluminous side bows. Still, Slimane managed to string along his signature ultra-skinny suits and shimmering minis before closing with a rouge heart-shaped fur coat.
Stella McCartney breathed fresh air into the end of Fashion Week with her signature sense of gamine design, breaking away from the flouncy bohemian looks and sporty streetwear that dominated the spring runways.
Opening with form-fitting tube dresses that tucked in at the ankle, the designer began her parade of primary-tinted prints in oversized ginghams and weaving lines. This season brought back a refined version of her popular color-blocked pleated shift, this time with a sense of layered fluidity. Figure-hugging front sashes wrapped from the collars of boyish polo shirts, crossing over models’ torsos donned in matching knit or denim tube skirts. Double-breasted jackets and vests with elongated hems reaching beyond the hips paired with palazzo pants. As the finale approached, decidedly sultry mesh knit maxis—sure to become spring’s most coveted frocks—captured all eyes with their revealing geometric lace.
Moms know best, so we asked some of the coolest ones we know to give us the skinny on personal style, what motherhood means to them and, of course, what’s on their wish list as May 10 approaches.
As cofounders of The Hive, a style blog that’s all about chic mamas, LA-based Melissa Magsaysay and Sara Riff are totally tapped into what it means to be on the go while simultaneously of the moment. When the laptops close, the two turn their attention to chasing after toddlers: Magsaysay’s son, Miles, and Riff’s daughter, Tatiana Plum.
Good things come in threes, like this trio of springtime style flicks. Save one for a rainy day or beat the early heat with a matinee.
Dior and I
Released Sunday, April 12, this documentary details the insane amount of work, tenacity and heart that went into the first Dior collection presented by the fashion house’s newly appointed creative director, Raf Simons. Using behind-the-scenes footage, director Frédéric Tcheng brings the house’s drama to life, yielding a must-see for aspiring designers and fans of the luxury line alike.
Excellently accessorized with her iconic, oversized, thick-rimmed round glasses, 93-year-old Iris Apfel is one of the most recognizable faces in fashion, and the kind of person that young fashionista women (and many men) aspire to be when they grow up. Her career spans massively influential decades of style and her fun-loving outlook on life is as refreshing as it is inspirational. This documentary from director Albert Maysles gives a glimpse into Apfel’s life, trailing her as she navigates her fast-paced and glamorous world, from party hopping and handling her career to settling into intimate moments at home with husband Carl Apfel. Set to release on April 29, Iris is a sweet and stylish portrait of a woman who never ceases to amaze.
Starring Gaspard Ulliel as a young Yves Saint Laurent, this stunning biopic set to drop in the U.S. on May 8 is a visual spectacle chronicling the life of this seminal French fashion favorite. Director Bertrand Bonello presents an ode to haute couture as told through the clothes showcased throughout the film, starting the story at the height of Saint Laurent’s influence and popularity, and jumping around through time to highlight essential epochs of the designer’s career. While the non-linear plot can be a bit rocky to follow at times, the cultural impact of the quintessential fashion house remains crystal clear.
Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Saint Laurent channels and refines a little ’80s rock ‘n’ roll, and Valentino takes a gothic plunge into a sea of black textures before bestowing viewers with a really, really, ridiculously good-looking surprise.