Hello, fashion readers. As we gear up for the shortest, sweetest, and fashion-packed month of February, we’ll be rounding up everything and anything fashion-related. Watch this space as we update with the best and brightest that the fashion universe has to offer.
Chloé Unveils Its Revamped Store in SoHo
What: Remodeled boutique
Where: Greene Street in SoHo, New York
Why: The design of Chloé’s newly revamped SoHo store is thanks in large part to the work of two experts in furniture procurement, English American woodworker Benjamin Gavro and French sculptor and designer Antoine Dumas. Creative director Gabriela Hearst commissioned the two masterful craftsmen to breathe new life into the French house’s retail space, offering customers an immersive shopping experience. Furniture by renowned designers from the early European, Tropical, and American Modernist movements as well as the Bauhaus school can be found throughout the space. And that’s not all. “They not only sourced and gathered reclaimed wood from New York water tanks and designed the pieces, but also made them from scratch themselves,” says Hearst. “Working with reclaimed wood can be challenging, as they have to clean up old metal nails and handle other constraints. But they did it so brilliantly. We don’t disagree.
Et Ochs Debuts SS22 Collection
Who: Et Ochs by Michelle Ochs
What: SS22 collection
Where: Available online at etochs.com
Why: Ever since launching Et Ochs, Michelle Ochs has evolved as a woman, a mother, and a designer—and her latest collection for spring/summer 2022 is the perfect testament to this fact. Rooted in artful tailoring and minimalist sophistication, the fresh designs are inspired by the work of German painter Peter Zimmermann, who had a penchant for balancing sculpture with fluidity. The seductive shapes of SS22 come in sumptuous colors like buttercream, frost, dark chocolate, and dune, which contrast with fluorescent tones of neon lime and fuchsia. The smocked garments and glossy straps feature elastic detailing that replaces the need for any seamed closures. “Et Ochs is built on a foundation of impeccable fit, innovative proportions, and a newfound sense of ease,” Ochs exclusively tells ELLE.com. “My vision is to create timeless staples that blur the line between the desire to look sexy and feel comfortable.” Every piece in the collection pays homage to the female form, informed by Ochs’ own transformations of her identity.
Gentle Monster and Coperni Collab on Futuristic Sunglasses
Who: Gentle Monster and Coperni
What: Collaborative collection of sunglasses
Why: The future may be uncertain, but thankfully, Gentle Monster and Coperni’s new collaboration can shield your eyes from whatever may come. The South Korean eyewear brand and French womenswear label partnered to create two styles of sunglasses inspired by 5G technology. 5G Bold references sci-fi cult classics like Robo-Cop, Back to the Future, and The Matrix, with aerodynamic lines and voluminous curves that look undeniably futuristic. The innovative designs come in a variation of black, white, and pink frames, with violet and brown gradient lenses. With refined lines and bold frames, these shades are ideal for fashion optimists looking to bring their style to the next level.
Marina Moscone Introduces UNIFORM
Who: Marina Moscone
What: New direct-to-consumer capsule collection, UNIFORM
Where: Available exclusively online at marinamoscone.com
Why: Marina Moscone’s tactful approach to design begins by literally twisting and draping fabrics by hand. The designer then creates a modern silhouette that balances the masculine and feminine, creating a wardrobe that stands in perfect equilibrium. Her new capsule collection, UNIFORM, centers on key tailored favorites like the best-selling streamlined boyfriend blazer, paired with a raw-edge seam flared trouser cut from deadstock fabric. The collection also includes a newly introduced deconstructed waterproof trench, the brand’s first-ever outerwear piece. UNIFORM is Marina Moscone’s first foray into eliminating wholesale margins to cater to a wider range of brand enthusiasts, giving access to a greater pool of customers. Offering comfort and a sense of belonging, UNIFORM is a closet essential that’s made with quality Italian materials and expert craftsmanship.
Rick Owens and Champion Collaborate for a Third Time
Who: Rick Owens and Champion
What: Third joint capsule collection
Where: Available online at rickowens.eu, at select retailers, and in Rick Owens stores
Why: Third time’s the charm for Rick Owens and Champion. The storied fashion line and athletic label are teaming up yet again on a capsule collab. As in the past, the genderless collection will have sustainability at the forefront of its mission, this time via sweats, tees, mesh shorts, and lightweight outerwear pieces in of-the-moment earth tones, featuring a reimagined version of the iconic Champion logo. This year’s iteration also introduces new categories such as swimwear, innerwear, and socks, as well as essential accessories like athletic-inspired caps, headbands, bags—even a new balaclava. The color story told in the collections’ products reflects those found in nature, as a testament to the two brands’ dedication to creating conscious clothing. The best part? Each piece was predominately made using locally sourced materials, while all packaging will incorporate plastic-free, biodegradable materials.
Dolce & Gabbana Announces Dolce & Gabbana Beauty
Who: Dolce & Gabbana
What: New direct operation beauty line
Where: Available online at dolcegabbanabeauty.com and at select retailers
Why: Dolce & Gabbana made its first foray into the beauty industry with its 1992 fragrance, simply named Dolce & Gabbana for Women. Since then, the Italian house has created over 100 fragrances (including colognes) and collaborated with some of the biggest names in perfumery. All the while, D&G has developed a list of comprehensive makeup products to accompany the most renowned cosmetic lines on the market. Now, the brand is making things official with Dolce & Gabbana Beauty, a whole new company that will be based in Milan under the leadership of president and CEO Alfonso Dolce and operating CEO Gianluca Toniolo. The venture will “interpret Dolce & Gabbana’s beauty vision: eternal, instinctive and joyful,” Toniolo says in a press release, and become a Milan hub for burgeoning talents to reflect an environment of Italian culture and tradition, offering a unique cosmetic experience for beauty lovers across the globe.
MOTHER Serves Up SNACKS!, a New Collection of Nostalgia-Inspired Jeans
What: New denim collection
Where: Available online at motherdenim.com and in stores globally
Why: For its latest denim range, MOTHER is taking inspiration from self-reliant latchkey kids of the ’80s and ’90s and their after-school snack routines. The new collection of throwback, nostalgia-inspired styles made in Los Angeles out of 100 percent cotton are reimagined for the next generation of cool kids. SNACKS! features buttons with pretzel details and candy-shaped interior rivets, designed to be worn low and loose at the hips, with cutesy names like “Fun Dip Puddle” and “Twizzy Skimp.” The nine-piece collection of jeans and jorts with pineapple leaf patches and deep pleats is meant to be styled every which way. “With SNACKS!, we were playing with proportions and bigger jeans in general,” says Tim Keating, creative director and co-founder of MOTHER. “It is more objective and about how you want to wear it.”
Maison Kitsuné Joins Forces with Olympia Le-Tan
Who: Maison Kitsuné and Olympia Le-Tan
What: Fox Day Afternoon collaborative collection
Where: Available online at maisonkitsune.com and at Maison Kitsuné boutiques and select retailers on Feb. 17
Why: Olympia Le Tan and Maison Kitsuné founders Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki go way back, and the longtime friends are paying homage to their roots with an exclusive collaboration, titled “Fox Day Afternoon.” The collection combines Parisian and NYC cool with men’s and women’s pieces that give subtle nods to city landmarks. Take, for example, an illustration of Maison Kitsuné’s trademark fox scaling the Empire State Building like King Kong. “The collection is a journey through New York, London, and Paris,” Le-Tan exclusively tells ELLE.com. “I was very inspired by the preppy style of the late ’80s and early ’90s that you see in Whit Stillman’s movies or Jay McInerney’s book Bright Lights Big City.” In the accompanying campaign, shot by Peter Schlesinger, you’ll see plenty of cardigans and pencil skirts, as well as Zabar’s mugs.
KENZO’s New Creative Director Nigo Drops First Limited-Edition Capsule
Who: Nigo, creative director of KENZO
What: Limited-edition capsule, Boke
Where: Available online at kenzo.com
Why: KENZO has released its first capsule of SS22 under the artistic direction of Nigo, the Japanese Renaissance man known for urban clothing creations like A Bathing Ape and Billionaire Boys Club. With the release of Boke, Nigo is introducing himself to the Paris fashion world as KENZO’s incumbent via an exclusive series of bold, energetic pieces emblazoned with graphic language. The boke, a Japanese flower that blooms in February, decorates two five-piece wardrobe sets for men and women that are genderless in nature. In his downtime, Nigo moonlights as a record producer and DJs for the Japanese hip-hop group Teriyaki Boyz. To honor the philosophy of the brand’s founder Kenzo Takada, each drop of Nigo’s collections for the season revolves around natural elements that tie the wisdom of Takada’s past with the streetwear-focused future of KENZO.
Sacai and ACRONYM Announce New Collab
Who: Sacai and ACRONYM
What: Limited collaborative release for SS22
Where: Available at select Sacai retailers and online at sacai THE store
Why: The highly sought-after Bonding collection from Sacai and ACRONYM’s men’s SS22 and pre-spring collections has arrived, and we fully expect it to sell out fast. Japanese designer Chitose Abe honed her talents as a pattern cutter for Comme des Garçons. Her partner in the collab is Munich-based label ACRONYM, which specializes in functional apparel and often features monochromatic themes in its innovative designs. Together, the two created ACRONYM’s first water-repellent coat dress, as well as a Chesterfield coat fuses technical expertise and with Sacai’s fabrics and signature shapes. The result? Both brands wound up feeling closer than ever—dare we say bonding!
Nodaleto Debuts First-Ever Bridal Collection
What: Debut bridal shoe collection
Why: Julia Toledano’s Italian shoe brand Nodaleto is introducing its inaugural bridal collection, spurred by Toledano’s own recent engagement. Toledano’s kinship with her girlfriends mixed with her love affair of shoes culminated in a dedication to all brides and their chosen sorority. The brand’s announcement is accompanied by a dreamy campaign shot by Hugo Comte around the infamous hurried wedding ceremonies of Las Vegas. Sin City serves as a backdrop for the Nodaleto bride, the ever-stunning Stella Maxwell, who embraces her inner wild child in chic and minimal heels. Her vibe emulates pop culture icons like Madonna and Sharon Stone while romping through the chaos and camp—Elvis impersonators, slot machines, 24-hour chapels lit up in neon. A new bride’s girls’-night-out energy radiates from Nodaleto’s first step down the aisle with this romantic collection of satiny, sparkling bridal shoes.
Christian Louboutin Releases Our Angels
Who: Christian Louboutin
What: Newly released capsule collection
Where: Available exclusively at Nordstrom, in select Christian Louboutin boutiques, and online at christianlouboutin.com
Why: Floating down from above comes a new heavenly capsule collection from Christian Louboutin. Titled Our Angels, the genderless line of shoes and accessories are made to showcase individuality beyond the parameters of expectation. To put it simply, this collection is made for people who aren’t afraid to stand out. Included are androgynous ankle length and mid-calf length lace-up platforms as well as over-the-knee boots, offered in the maison’s widest range of sizes to date (from 36 to 46). Our Angels also includes cherubic crossbody bags crafted in luxury materials, including satin and leather, with intricate floral embellishments. Grosgrain gives the collection a heavenly sheen and caters to the spectrum of genders, rendering the shoes perfect for anyone who revels in the spirit of self-expression with divine indifference to any set standard.
Missoni and ACBC Debut ‘90s-Inspired Sustainable Sneaker
Who: Missoni and ACBC
What: New capsule sneaker collection
Why: Two “Made in Italy” brands, Missoni and ACBC, are reaffirming their joint support of the sustainable footwear movement with a new capsule, Basket ’90s. ACBC (Anything Can Be Changed) is a Milanese brand oriented in designing eco-friendly fashion and sportswear. To inform their inspiration for a revival of a classic favorite, the collaborators looked to the storied past of brand founder Tai Missoni, an Olympic hurdler who is partially credited with helping ensure Italy’s global success in fashion. The Basket ’90s renew an artifact from the era when sportswear really exploded, but with a modern consciousness of climate change. Elements of the sneaker are constructed from fruit peels, recycled plastic bottles, and corn-derived materials, assuring that the unisex shoe’s circularity will create less environmental impact. The distinctive Missoni design combined with ACBC’s innovative processes take form in overlapping colorful stitches and patterns, demonstrating a respect for brand tradition and for our planet.
DL1961 Teams Up with Recover™ to Create Circular Denim
What: DL1961 Recover™ denim collection
Where: Available online at dl1961.com
Why: As part of its ongoing path toward sustainability, premium denim label DL1961 has partnered with leading material sciences company Recover™ to create what is dubbed “the world’s first high performance circular jean.” What does that mean, exactly? The denim in the five-piece DL1961 Recover™ capsule collection is made from previously-worn clothing, woven together with eco-friendly tech fibers, and manufactured using recycled water and solar energy—all in DL1961’s best-selling silhouettes, available in sizes 23-34. To front the campaign, DL1961 tapped model, philanthropist, and, fittingly, founder of the eco-friendly lifestyle brand Tropic of C Candice Swanepoel.
Miu Miu and New Balance Collaborate on 574 Sneaker Launch
Who: Miu Miu and New Balance
What: Sneaker collaboration
Where: Exclusively on miumiu.com and at Miu Miu boutiques
Why: For its SS22 runway show, Miu Miu debuted a new sneaker collaboration with New Balance as a display of impulsive fashion design with an athletic purpose. The distinguishing feature of Miu Miu’s Basic Instincts line is an exposé of raw-cut edges that reflect the spontaneity of construction. The classic 1980s New Balance 574 is reimagined alongside Basic Instincts in white, khaki, and blue denim colorways that maintain the silhouette from the heritage sport brand’s original model while deconstructing the materials at their face value. The implication of the Miu Miu x New Balance 574 is that each brand has created a hybrid that underlines the freedom of designing without premeditation, making plans only according to the natural rise and fall of the creative process.
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