Even if you weren’t aware of her in the past, you’ve probably heard a lot about Zendaya in the past year. The teenage singer/actor/model/all-around famous person has a quickly rising star in both entertainment and fashion; so much so, in fact, that Beyoncé tapped her to appear with a handful of other up-and-coming black women in the arts in her Lemonade film.
Even for brands that have huge accessories lines dating back decades, there’s usually one bag that stands out above the others in shoppers’ minds. Hermès has the Birkin, Chanel has the Classic Flap, Louis Vuitton has the Speedy; for Proenza Schouler, it’s the PS1 that inspires the most consumer devotion.
Fashion, as an industry, takes itself very seriously. When designers try to have fun, they often lose their footing and go full-on into kitsch that just doesn’t feel very luxurious; designing pieces that feel both playful and expensive is harder than simply going whole-hog into the obvious trappings of high aesthetics.
Chanel is one of the biggest and most sought-after accessories brands in the world, and although its best known for its iconic handbags, those are only part of the story. Each season, Chanel also releases an impressive array of wallets, pouches, almost-handbags and other small leather goods, and Chanel fans go justifiably nuts for them.
It seems almost unfair to call Alessandro Michele’s work at Gucci just fashion collections. In his relatively short stint at the brand, Michele has created an entire aesthetic universe that somehow feels both brand new and like it’s how Gucci has looked forever, and for Cruise 2017, that world has expanded once again.
Louis Vuitton debuted an expansive Cruise 2017 collection in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, earlier this week, but news out of the South American country wasn’t all positive for the French luxury brand. According to the New York Times, the Vuitton store in Rio’s upscale Ipanema neighborhood was robbed Tuesday morning, only two days after the attention-grabbing show.
By the looks of it, Dior had quite the front row for its Cruise 2017 show at Blenheim Castle in the English countryside. Not only did attendees include actresses, models, rock royalty and actual royalty from across the globe, but basically all of them also joined the brand for a big after-party at tony Loulou’s Members Club in London later in the evening.
If it seems like it was very recently that we brought you news of a brand new world record Hermès Birkin sale, that’s because it was. In April, Privé Porter sold a Birkin in braise red crocodile for $298,000 to a collector in California, but now, according to CNN, that figure has been eclipsed by a Birkin sold by Christie’s in Hong Kong for just over $300,000.