If there was ever a time to measure reality according to Sex and the City, those days are definitely over. Carrie’s self-imposed narcissism is now not just glaringly obvious, but extremely problematic – while Stanley and every other gay character represented in the series needs an urgent sociopolitical update. Another dimension in need of checking is of course the shoes – the borderline unhealthy obsession with Jimmy Choo’s, Manolo Blahnik’s, and other supposedly “chic” footwear. At some point in the 80s, it seems as if shoes were submitted to unhealthy rules of beauty, sexuality, and elegance, not unsimilar to those imposed onto women and their body-shape. Shoes, it seems, should preferably be slim, slender, and sensual – but honestly, why, when those categories tend to be nauseatingly boring? What about the ugly, the awkward, the furry, and the weird? Luckily, a few designers are currently gesturing to an aesthetic realm beyond the “beautiful”, designing shoes that are fashionable because of their weirdness. We’re talking curbed and deformed shapes, spear-headed by the likes of Margiela, who realized that the ugly is the most interesting. Here’s some of our FW17 favorites.
It’s July and if you’re located anywhere south of Stockholm, you may not have been able to imagine closing your windows, preventing the aromatic scent of the summer to infuse your living quarters. Sure, what better smell than nature – that’s until nature turns into hazardous down-pour, storm, and freezing temperatures. We’re already preparing ourselves for an autumn indoors, but would like it to be as olfactorily pleasing as the dog days of summer. Aesop, the incredibly crafted and superiorly branded beauty brand with its origins in Australia, has long been a stable in our beauty cabinet, bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms, so we were thrilled to hear of the new extension to the well-smelling family.
Living in a time of extreme social division and political unrest in Europe and beyond, it may feel just slightly meaningless to go shopping and adorn yourself in the latest season of your favorite high street brand. True, shopping solves many things – but contrary to what some politicians would have you believe, political crises or global conflict is not one of them. Does that mean, however, that fashion cannot be political – that what we wear has no agency to change minds, initiate discussion, or visually protest? The Berlin-based art/fashion agency and brand König Souvenir recently joined this discussion with the launch of their latest souvenir: a circular star-studded classic hoodie in a bright navy blue that effectively makes its wearer a walking, fashionable EU flag – with a 24-hour hotline printed in the back.
As the [brand name] x [brand name] hysteria reaches unforeseen fever pitch, you might be forgiven for the jaded sigh you find yourself letting out at the announcement of yet another collaboration. Well, this DANSK bulletin shall no doubt prove revitalising, or shall at least succeed in raising an intrigued eyebrow: the Italian low-key kitsch supremo Marni and Swedish rainwear vanguard Stutterheim have shacked up, paving the way for a capsule collection that promises to harmonise “the world of couture” and the once-incompatible world of outerwear.
The only thing we can never get too much of is books – fashion books in particular. As a counter-weight to a phenomenon that is notoriously ephemeral and fast-paced, printed matter grounds fashion in a timeless tradition, and gives designers an opportunity to apply their creative thinking to the narrative sequence and graphic framework of a page. Danish womenswear designer Stine Goya is the latest to release an imprint, retrospecting 10 years of distinctly elegant and feminine garment-making. The Goya Book tells with few words, and many images, colors, and moods, the celebrated universe of the Goya brand across ready-to-wear, accessories, graphics, and drawing. Like Goya’s clothes, the idea of the project was to leave an imprint – a word that, of course, posses a bit of a divisive double entendre, referring both to publishing terminology and fashion’s powerful effect on the human sensorium. This baby-pink collectible is perfect for your library and coffee-table book.
If we can gather anything from this week’s Met Gala, it’s the resurgence of the party boot. Priyanka and Solange both rocked low-cut boots on the red carpet, but the ultimate winners of the evening when it comes to shoes were model Lily Aldridge and our beloved Salma Hayek. Both showed up in the show-stopping 80s-revival spandex thigh boot from last season’s Balenciaga, just one of the many meta-kitsch-chic tropes implemented by head designer Demna Gvasalia since his appointment at the French fashion house last year. In bright neon colors ranging from violet to crimson red, the boots brings any dress, pant, or skirt to new dimensions – adding a surreal twist to contemporary luxury in their blatant celebration of the lycra hey-days of the 80s we thought were best forgotten. If Salma can rock a Spandex look, so can we – so see you on the dancefloor.
We admittedly have a hard time finding a good pair of speakers. If they’re good, they’re usually monstrous-looking and impossible to integrate into our post-minimal Scandi homes, and if they’re pretty, they usually give out a sound comparable to playing Justin Bieber off your 2009 cell-phone. Why can’t we have our cake and eat it too – have our Bieber and look good while doing it? Music nerds are aesthetes too, and fashionability is no longer something reserved for the chosen few. Enter Urbanears Connected Speakers, the monochrome plastic cube you didn’t know you’ve always needed.
What is a good outfit without an appropriately good setting? As we commence planning our new summer wardrobe, we couldn’t help but look for fabulous new locations for us to show them off in — and by that, we don’t mean fashion weeks or the streets of our home city. We mean vacation. The sun, pool, cocktail kind of vacation. The kind of vacation where you lounge for hours by the private pool, reading erotic novels by Anaïs Nin, and get tipsy at inappropriate (but totally appropriate) hours of the day. Preferably, with your boo – but sometimes (most times), your BFF is an equally ideal partner.
White has always been the natural choice for summer dressing, bringing as it does a sense of freshness and light. White t-shirts, white jeans, white jackets - all get pulled out from the back of the wardrobe once the clocks change and the weather gets warmer.