Louis Vuitton defies gravity, Gucci’s got new bags you’ll want to blag and cult-beauty brand Aesop has a new place of worship – here are some ingredients you don’t want to miss for starters this season.
WHAT WOMEN WANT
Parisian label Ba&sh was born from two women, best friends Barbara Boccara and Sharon Krief, who wanted to simply make clothes they wanted to wear. The result? A now cult-classic brand filled with seasonal staples. From the perfect white shirt to the camel trench and boho-inspired midi floral dresses – and that’s just for this season. “We saw a gap in the market – good clothes at a reasonable price-point that we wanted to wear ourselves,” explains Boccara from their Paris-based HQ. “We design clothes for us and our friends and make sure we test out every piece in the collection ourselves. It has to feel good,” continues Krief, sat next to her on a comfy sofa. The brand has just opened its first Middle East store, in Dubai’s City Walk, placing an emphasis on floaty dresses and light, versatile separates – exactly the type of clothes that women in the region want in their wardrobes.
Dahlia or Mermaid flames? Lipstick, Barroco or Roses? This fall, Prada updates its women’s shoe Made to Order service with a new range of bold prints and eclectic patterns, customizable in eighteen styles, including boots and sandals (with or without a platform) and with eight different heel heights to choose from. The Milan-based fashion house personalization project also includes matching shoe-to-box packaging as well as the choice to add a detachable poplin bow (in nine different prints, no less) to either pumps or slingbacks. And to top it all off, you can also add your own initials to either the soles or satin dust bags – to truly make your new Prada pumps uniquely yours.
FIT FOR A KING
Ever-inspired by things that came before, Alessandro Michele is a vintage-fanatic. This means that even the most modern of his designs feel like they’ve been in our consciousness for decades. For the Rajah bag, he combines two of the house’s iconic symbols – the horsebit and the interlocking. With a name borrowed from monarchs and princely rulers in South and Southeast Asia, the retro-inspired Rajah also features a gold metal tiger head, further inspired by 1940s jewelry designer, Hattie Carnegie. Seen on the runway show with a pair of Gucci slides slipped into one of the pockets, the bag comes in four leather colors (burgundy, white, dark green and black) and one roomy over-the-shoulder size, it’s the bag you’ll feel like you’ve always owned.
Guilty of having your head in the clouds? You might be soon, as Louis Vuitton and its new menswear Artistic Director, Virgil Abloh, is releasing a capsule collection of six accessories this November aimed at intergalactic wonder. Inspired by the galaxy, the French luxury house is introducing a range of four, modern, space-patterned bags – the Alpha Backpack, Alpha Hobo, Alpha Messenger and an Alpha Bumbag – along with two versions of the house’s signature classics, Keepall and Horizon, all sporting the futuristic, galactic-inspired prints. The French heritage house is also launching two pairs of sneakers and one denim, ready-to-wear look to match its milky way-hued accessories, if you really, really want to space out this season.
Melbourne brand Aesop has opened a store in The Dubai Mall – its first in the Middle East. True to the company’s ethos, the boutique has been designed with consumer experience at the forefront. Soothing interiors match the products, which are made from the best plant-based and laboratory-crafted ingredients. A booth allows customers to immerse themselves in the Aesop world: “Each of our stores reference the culture they are in. The room of discretion is a place of respect,” explains Aesop GM Suzanne Santos. “We hope it will be a place of liberation.” If you haven’t tried their invigorating products, including the iconic Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, it’s worth visiting to see what the fuss is about. “Our products were born and continue to be born from what we want from our own lives,” Santos continues. “Everything remains inside a world of…having experiences that elevate what already exists.”
Following the Resort 2019 show in Arles this summer, Alessando Michele has introduced the Arli collection of bags to his list of cult-status accessories. First seen on the arms of the models wandering through the Roman necropolis back in May 2018, the versatile day-to-night bag comes in three shapes for different functionalities, but all with theiconic Double-G totem. The top-handle version comes with the two zip compartments and two open pockets, while the shoulder Arli comes in two sizes – either a medium shoulder bag, or a small, cross-body version. So you really don’t have an excuse, or a reason, not to indulge in Michele’s latest magic.
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