Being an accessories editor makes me drawn to accouterments that are less practical and more unique: fur sandals, neon bags, ear cuffs, over-the-knee boots, studded pumps, you name it. I put these pieces in my stories, and I have them in my wardrobe. I saw this transparent Saint Laurent bag with a friend of mine and I’ve been dreaming of it ever since. I love it so much and I’m certain that I need it in my life. To justify my purchase, I’ve convinced myself that it will go with all of my spring outfits.
Saint Laurent Transparent Mini Betty Bag, $1,090, Buy it now
When it comes to more-is-more aesthetics, Giuseppe Zanotti doesn’t need lessons. Through his shoes, bags, and accessories, he’s established himself as an expert of embellishment, a wizard of zippers, and a guru of gilt. For sky-high, strappy, spiked heels, he’s your guy. In the market for a pump with a built-in metallic snake to caress your ankle? Zanotti has it covered. By that token, his inaugural ready-to-wear micro-capsule—tracksuits for men and women that debut exclusively here—should come as a delight to those buying his distinctive brand of glam. Hers comes in leather with dangling gold accents standing in for traditional drawstrings; his comes with a generous helping of straps. Both versions boast quilted kneepads and gleaming zipper accents. Zanotti (who celebrates the twentieth anniversary of his label, Giuseppe Zanotti Design, this year) recruited fashion’s favorite tracksuit maven, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, to shoot and style the campaign. “She understood the idea that sometimes less is more, but for me, more is more,” Zanotti told Style.com. “She styled maybe four, five different bracelets [with the looks]!” But if Donatella levels of bling aren’t your bag, or you’re dubious about the prospect of what amounts to a formal tracksuit, Zanotti is happy to advise. “I imagine somebody might love to pair the pants with Nike sneakers, a T-shirt, and a nice Rolex watch or something.” Minimalist styling tips from a master of maximalism? We’ll take ’em.
Turnover at the New York Times fashion desk continues. This time it’s Bruce Pask, men’s fashion director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, leaving for a gig at Bergdorf Goodman as men’s fashion director.
The news, originally reported today by WWD, isn’t exactly an industry shocker, since Pask has been styling menswear at Bergdorf’s for years, but it is a notable editorial-to-retail crossover—one we’ve seen men’s editors make before. The move brings to mind Bloomingdale’s men’s fashion director Josh Peskowitz, who got his start in editorial with stints at Cargo, Men.style.com, and Esquire.
As media continues to evolve with more shoppable content and attempts at e-commerce, and retail develops its editorial chops to create content of its own, it seems this is a career trajectory we’ll be seeing more of in the future.
In the meantime, let us know when you start taking bets on who will fill Pask’s chair at T.
If there is one coat no one should miss for Fall ’14, it’s the big shearling number. Think Prada’s yummy colored furs, Sacai’s eccentric fuzzy coats, Altuzarra’s oversize jackets, and so on. Even in accessories we saw shearling details. Chloé’s cream fuzzy bootie was a total hit on social media. You either wait until August when all these amazing pieces arrive in stores, or you get your hands on the fuzz now—we still have some cold days ahead, right? This Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière aviator jacket (circa 2004) is a rare find, and it’s available now on Resee.fr, a French e-tailer that has incredible fashion finds. The bad news? There’s only one piece.
Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière aviator leather jacket, $2,400. Buy it now
Fendi lent its talents to Wes Anderson’s latest cinematic confection, The Grand Budapest Hotel, costuming both Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton (yep, that’s her in the middle) for their roles in the film alongside Oscar-winning costume designer Milena Canonero. At press time we can only speculate as to what Prada might think of Anderson’s infidelity, but Miuccia can’t be too upset. After all, Anderson and Fendi do have a history—the house created Gwyneth Paltrow’s now iconic mink for The Royal Tenenbaums.