Fringe is one of the biggest trends for spring, and I still haven’t had a chance to step into it. Ever since I saw Tamara Mellon’s presentation back in 2013, her leather fringe skirt has been on my wish list. Today, Mellon is launching her brand’s e-commerce site, and I finally got a chance to add this little number to my shopping cart.
Tamara Mellon leather fringe skirt, $895, Buy it now
We’ve seen metallics all over the Fall runways: Think Rodarte’s Lurex coats, Saint Laurent’s gold leather minidress, Pedro Lourenço’s pencils skirts, and beyond. Naturally, this has inspired me to add metallic to my wardrobe. I’ve already succeeded in the accessories department, but I still wanted a piece of clothing. To my surprise, at a market appointment, I found exactly what I was searching for: the perfect bronze dress from the Burch sisters’ new contemporary brand, Trademark. The label also has great cotton skirts and tops, and nothing costs more than $500. Trademark’s simple aesthetic is what I was immediately drawn to. I’m planning on wearing this frock during the day with a chunky wedge or at night with a simple sandal.
Trademark shirtdress, $228. For more information, visit trade-mark.com.
Hyundai may be best known as a South Korean car manufacturer, but it also dabbles in fashion through a division called Handsome. During the Paris collections, Handsome jumped into the City of Light’s shopping scene by opening a Marais outpost of Tom Greyhound, its multibrand concept store. (Check out the Seoul outpost here.)
Tom Greyhound. The name sounds like a cartoon character, and the store’s not-so-vaguely Batman-esque design reinforces that impression. One spin through the racks, however, and everything snaps into focus. A savvy mix of emerging and international talent—including Rag & Bone, Peter Pilotto, 3.1 Phillip Lim, J.W. Anderson, Christopher Kane, Thakoon, Opening Ceremony, and A.F. Vandevorst, among others—comes arranged by theme, not by brand, and the cozy, loft-style layout is sure to please men and women trying to track down labels that, until now, have been hard to find in Paris.
Tom Greyhound is located at 19 Rue de Saintonge, Paris, 75003.
At the beginning of each season, I promise myself I’ll start fresh and only buy pieces that have longevity—classic items that will last in my wardrobe. But by the time the collections start arriving in stores, I give up my dream and begin what I call an “emotional, well-thought-out purchase.” Do I love it? Will I wear it a whole lot? If I answer these two simple questions with a sincere yes, I’ll most likely make the purchase and get tons of use out of it. It might not be the most practical piece I own, but it will be the one I’ll have the most satisfaction of wearing. This is how I feel about this über-sexy tie-dye denim skirt from Anthony Vaccarello. Is it office appropriate? Not really. But it will be the go-to garment for my nights out. Now I just need to get some parties on the books.
Anthony Vaccarello skirt, $1,546, Buy it now
Let’s be serious: Most of us stateside fashionphiles secretly (or in my case, not-so-secretly) wish we were un petit peu français. Well, this spring, Paris-based Zadig & Voltaire will both satiate and capitalize on our cultural envy by bowing five new U.S. stores. Having first opened in the States in 2009, the brand, best known for its edgy men’s and women’s basics with a twist, will add five locations—one in Miami, one in D.C., one in Chicago, and two in Los Angeles—to its existing five American outposts, four of which are in New York and one of which is in L.A. Thierry Gillier, Zadig & Voltaire’s founder, reports that the brand does about 15 percent of its sales in the U.S. “We wanted to take our U.S. expansion slowly—we opened one shop, then another, and we were lucky to get the corner in the Mark Hotel on Madison Avenue [in 2012]. But now we have some very confident American customers, so we are moving further into the market,” explained Gillier when asked why he decided to grow his U.S. presence. Another factor was that he wanted to scoop up prime retail real estate before it’s all gone. “Three years ago on Mercer Street [where Zadig & Voltaire has a boutique], there were only a few stores. Now you can’t get a space. It’s the same everywhere.” Gillier told Style.com that in its latest U.S. push, Zadig & Voltaire rented the last available shop on L.A.’s Rodeo Drive—not too shabby.
Set to bow between April and June, each of the five forthcoming stores will have a city-specific design. L.A.’s locations, for example, will boast a “white concept.” But the new shops aren’t all that Zadig & Voltaire has in the pipeline. At the end of March, the brand will launch the second edition of its Style Sans Frontières capsule, the proceeds of which go toward Doctors Without Borders. This season’s muse and collaborator is model Freja Beha Erichsen, who also happens to be the star of Zadig & Voltaire’s Terry Richardson-lensed Spring ’14 campaign (above).
Asked his thoughts on why Zadig & Voltaire is popular in the U.S., Gillier offered, “I think Americans have a little French in their hearts—and the design is a bit different from what American brands are giving them.” He’s got us pegged. Vive la France!