This Spring you’ll hunt a genetically modified Tyrex courtesy of Balenciaga, host a piece of Italy inside your very own home thanks to Dolce & Gabbana, patronize the arts and fashion at the same time wearing Dior Men’s latest it-bag, and pay homage to the greatest thing that ever happened to British fashion – Alexander McQueen – by repping his No.13 wedges, once worn by one Shalom Harlow as she was attacked by robots. You’ll bear a bird saved by a knight in shining armor produced by the very capable hands of the Van Cleef & Arpels craftspeople, and eventually, you’ll figure out that everything you’ll ever need in your life comes in a blue Tiffany box…
DANIEL, KIM, AND CHRISTIAN, SITTING ON A TREE
First comes admiration, then comes collaboration, then come all of us with a Dior Men x Ashram bag on our shoulder. Artist Daniel Arsham, the father of futuristic archeological fossils, teamed up with arguably the most talented menswear designer of our generation, Kim Jones, for Monsieur Dior’s House – we swooned before even seeing the collection. And what happened next? A series of out-of-this-world roller bags, saddles, and various accessories, chipped and cracked, all sporting the immaculate cement sculptures created by the American artist. Kim Jones’ calculated minimalism met Arsham’s futuristic relics in an engaging dialogue on the erosion of time – this is art-fashion fusion at its finest.
ONCE UPON A TIME
Lee McQueen is a legend. From his early shows to his Givenchy years, the British wunderkind never failed to impress. Who doesn’t remember his 1999 show, where a ballet-trained Shalom Harlow stumbled down the runway after an altercation with McQueen’s painting robots. Disruptive, unpredictable, and simply, genius – who wouldn’t want to walk in her shoes? Well, pinch yourselves, for the incredible McQueen team, led by Sarah Burton, is making it happen. This season, the brand is launching a new version of the shoe made globally famous by Harlow. Named the No.13 wedge, the woodstack silhouette will be available in four colorways, with cutout leather straps, and finished off with a gold-tone plaque on the heel. Ready to strut that supermodel strut?
TIFFANY’S BOYS’ CLUB
Women have long had an indescribable admiration and immutable yearning for the legendary Tiffany blue box. A tiny container, an object of utter desire in itself, containing some of the most precious silver, gold, or timeless diamonds – symbols of ever-lasting love or deep attachment. Today, Tiffany’s catalogue spans more than than engagement rings and sterling silver telephone dialers (wink if you got it…), and the Fifth Avenue jeweler’s men’s offering is accordingly not short on proposals. Including jewelry, accessories, home objects, and travel must-haves, the American label’s hand-forged pieces turn from objects of masculine hankering to indispensable collectibles, and eventually, to family heirlooms. Gentlemen, follow the blue trail…
ONCE UPON A CLIP…
What is your favorite Grimm fairytale? Rapunzel? Cinderella? Little Red Riding Hood? Whichever it may be, the brothers’ tales have fueled the imaginations of millions. As such, Belgian jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels has decided to bring to life the characters from four chapters of the siblings’ legendary stories. Here, Grimm’s tale The Golden Bird takes a dazzling turn: as one of the few masculine figures created by the jewelry House, the prince – hero of the narrative – is articulated in minute detail. While polished gold, blue sapphire, and onyx compose his shining armor, the golden bird, proudly perched on his shoulder, nests on a glittering purple sapphire. With this brooch close to your heart, we bet you’ll live happily ever after…
WARNING – TYREX ON THE LOOSE
What would you call a sneaker that is one part human muscles, one part office shoe and one part grail item for kicks beasts? Demna Gvasalia and the Balenciaga crew dubbed this latest creation ‘Tyrex’. An appropriate name for the anatomical shoe of the future, it’s manufactured with high-tech precision and was first unveiled during the brand’s cerulean SS20 runway show. The Tyrex intimidates with its sinuous lines and square- toed finishing. There are four colors available, including metallic silver and high- wattage neon, but the heat is included with all of them.
DOLCE & GABBANA
THIS SMELLS LIKE DOLCE ‘N’ GABBANA
There’s loads you can bring back with you from a trip to Italy: wine, pasta, cheese, porcelain, and innumerable other quirky little souvenirs. One thing you surely won’t be able to bring home in your carry-on: that Italian all-around smell, a lasting memory of sunset aperitivos and animated conversation. Well, while Gwyneth Paltrow has blessed us with a candle that smells like her vagina, Dolce & Gabbana has created six special candles handcrafted by the expert hands of local Sicilian artisans. Fragrantly packed with a punch of Italian olfactory essentials and supported by precious Caltagirone ceramics, it’s the gift that’ll keep on giving.
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