Stella McCartney’s shoes have long inspired envy, obsession and many a waiting list. Her knack of bringing pizzazz, via genius accessories, to her often slightly masculine, utilitarian collections resonates perfectly with the high/low mood of now. These showstoppers won’t disappoint: a tad Debbie Harry, a bit disco, a lot right.
Right | DELFINA DELETTREZ VIRUS EARRING
Fusing classical goldsmith techniques with innovative contemporary materials, fourth-generation Fendi, Delfina Delettrez creates utterly modern treasures. This season’s collection explores the surreal; using “phantom settings” to create the illusion of fine jewels suspended in mid air. “I like to play the alchemist,” says Delettrez. Consider us spellbound.
Left | FORNASETTI BACIO CANDLE
Perfume aficionados adore Fornasetti’s achingly luxe candles. Now the Rose Otto-scented hit is delivered in super-strength, via this colossal candle. Combining a legacy of iconic ceramics with striking home fragrance (think a sophisticated blend of Mediterranean herbs, wood and incense), this whopping masterpiece looks almost as good as it smells.
Right | DIOR FEMINISTS T-SHIRT
Referencing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book We Should All Be Feminists, this is the tee of the season. Maria Grazia Chiuri’s appointment as the first female creative director at Dior was a highlight of 2016; a year when what it meant to be a woman was questioned repeatedly. Chiuri’s debut collection almost appeared as a metaphor for modern femininity: yes, there was prettiness, lightness and optimism, though this was ever underpinned by a steely pragmatism and street-influenced toughness.
Left | GOLDSIGN DENIM SUIT
Cult LA denim brand GOLDSIGN re-launches for SS17 with a new creative director at its helm. Karen Phelps, whose CV reads like a Who’s Who of contemporary casualwear - J Brand, Calvin Klein, YMC - pioneers clean lines and a refined, ready-to-wear aesthetic. Our favourite pieces? The Singer pant and Wheeler jacket: Seventies-insipired double-denim realness, delivered with unexpected freshness, razor-sharp tailoring and a dash of irony.
Right | VALENTINO PANTHER BAG
Taking his cue from a dramatic panther print found on a 1967 Valentino couture evening dress, Pierpaolo Piccoli updates the motif for the house’s SS17 menswear collection. His charmingly naive design appears in laser-cut calfskin leather on this utterly covetable document case. A roar-some antidote to the monotony of a work bag.
Left | MARY KATRANTZOU DRESS
If optimism were a dress, surely this would be it. Taking reference from Paco Rabanne’s outlandish Metal Couture collections of the late Sixties, Mary Katrantzou draws on Op art aesthetics, a psychedelic colour palette and innovative construction in this season’s most show-stopping frock. In the words of our favourite maximalist, Iris Apfel: “Its a riot!”
Right | LOEWE 001 MAN FRAGRANCE
Rooted in the ultra-modern identity of J.W.Anderson’s Loewe, 001 MAN is as fresh and unexpected as one would expect from fashion’s favourite trailblazer. Top notes of zingy tangerine and bergamot give way to a sensual and refined core of sandalwood, musk and cedar. The bottle is an homage to no-frills perfection; its only adornment a photographic artwork by Karl Blossfeldt on the crisp white box.
Left | MIU MIU SWIMSUIT
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! Miuccia Prada’s latest Miu Miu show was a charmingly retro affair, predicting a hot and hazy summer like those of yesteryear. Our favourite piece? This sweetly Sixties poplin swimsuit, fit for a thoroughly modern pin-up.
Right | J.W.ANDERSON MINI PIERCE BAG
Following the sell out success of 2016’s Pierce bag, J.W.Anderson has downsized for 2017; meet the new Pierce mini. Striking a meticulous balance between pretty and pervy, the bag’s ladylike shape belies the nudge-nudge wink-wink of that ring clasp. Trophy bags are dead? We beg to differ.