While much of the fashion world still mourns the departure of Phoebe Philo from her 10-year tenure at Céline (now Celine without the é and helmed by Hedi Slimane, an inimitable designer enticing an entirely different but equally enthusiastic consumer), there are green shoots for the malcontent.
Firstly, Peter Do: a designer who worked at Phoebe's Céline and whose eponymous—super-slick—line is about to be launched by Net-a-Porter. Expect slouchy tailoring, undone shirting, asymmetric lines, and neutral hues—all very worthy of your hardworking wardrobe.
In addition, Bottega Veneta's debut offering from the new creative director (and Céline alumnus) Daniel Lee was widely re-grammed when imagery went online back in November. The first collection is Pre-Fall 19 and therefore not available for another six months, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the jumbo leather intrecciato woven totes are going to be big news. "Is this a star-is-born scenario? A Philo replacement in the making? Too soon to call. When women walk in the Fall show in February, we’ll see more," says Sarah Mower, Vogue.com's chief critic . "But from what was in evidence in this showroom, after only a couple of months' work, there are substantial, well-made clothes here that would make a customer want to reach for them in a shop. And just enough borderline ridiculousness in the accessories to turn that bourgeois look into proper fashion fun."
Hosiery is still on the up
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Dec 14, 2018 at 6:24am PST
Business of Fashion has dubbed Adut Akech "one of the industry's fast-rising stars," and the sentiment is felt far and wide. The South Sudanese model has walked for some of the world's most important brands (Chanel, Dior, Versace, Prada… the list goes on), graced multiple international covers for Vogue, can count Pharrell as a super-fan, and has scooped up Models.com's Model of the Year accolade for 2018.
What's more is that this rising star also has a story to tell and is candid, eloquent, and wonderful enough to share it. Whether explaining the reality of fleeing a war in South Sudan and relocating to a refugee camp in Kenya to offering an honest take on the downs of suffering from anxiety via her Instagram account , there's still much we want to discover about Akech as we head into 2019.
Buying—and waiting for—slow fashion
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Dec 26, 2018 at 8:13am PST
I really dislike the term "slow fashion" because it sounds sluggish and a bit agonizing, but as for it as a concept, I'm all in. In general, one could say that consumers still want things faster today than they did yesterday, and with speedier and speedier delivery times being introduced by brands and e-commerce stores, that has become the norm. But it's interesting to note that the opposite end of the shopping spectrum is luring in a very stylish crowd who are enjoying the experience of actually waiting to get their hands on something handcrafted and limited edition. This doesn't necessarily mean you're paying the big bucks (as craftsmanship can be affordable as well as super-luxurious), but it does mean you're getting something that has been more consciously produced… not to mention it feels that little bit more special.
We've seen Instagram brands like Maison Cléo and its hand-sewn blouses or Olivia Rose the Label and her carefully smocked dresses pave the way, but many of our editor friends are rediscovering heritage brands that follow the similar made-to-order format, such as R.M. Williams and the eight-week waiting time you'll have to patiently endure to get a pair of their top-quality, last-forever ankle boots.
Taking #hairfies instead of #shoefies
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Aug 25, 2018 at 1:51am PDT
The last few years have seen athleisure move through various phases, with hiking being the last activity to be drilled for inspo from fashion designers. Spring 2019, however, is all about that surf life. From Chloé's Malibu-ready tie-dye tees and shell necklaces to Marine Serre's technical scuba jerseys, you will be booking that Newquay weekender in no time*. Expect to see tie-dye making a return, Velcro sandals poolside, and every fashion mag snapping up pro-surfing mode Laura Crane for countless summer editorials.
*Actual surfing skills not required.
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