59 posts tagged "Comme des Garcons"
The bunny ear trend has come full circle. Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo first led us down the proverbial rabbit hole back in 2007, when she showed black eared caps with her pink and purple fall collection. Next came the long wiry taffeta versions that Marc Jacobs sent down Louis Vuitton’s Fall runway in 2009. (Madonna wore them to the MET Ball—in sea foam—shortly thereafter.) The same year, Maison Michel released their lacy take on the trend, which was (and still is) worn by everyone from Lady Gaga to the Olsen twins to Lily Allen to Poppy Delevingne. Eugenia Kim was next, releasing her felt-eared cap—favored by Charlotte Dellal (technically, we think those were cat ears, but let’s not split hares.). And today, Comme des Garçons sent us back down the bunny trail with its Fall ’13 menswear collection, showing Stephen Jones-designed black leather baseball caps crowned with giant rabbit (and, it would appear, Mickey Mouse) ears. We’re all about (tasteful) novelty headgear, so when it comes to a bunny-topped Fall ’13, we say hop to it.
Holiday travel tends to be about relaxing, not shopping, but just because there’s no Colette or Dover Street Market in sight doesn’t mean there’s no way to bring home a worthy souvenir. Hotel boutiques, formerly enclaves of sunscreen and snow globes, have been stepping up in recent years, offering selections to rival department stores—often with much closer proximity to the beach.
At hip Caribbean enclave Viceroy Anguilla, hotel retailer Seaside Luxe is building a zigzag-print tent on the beach in partnership with Missoni Home. The tent opens Christmas Day and features retractable walls and loungers where guests can catch some sun and browse items like Mara Hoffman caftans, Eugenia Kim sun hats, Jennifer Fisher jewelry, and a $350 limited-edition Missoni Home tote (above). “The guests here are buying items they’re going to wear [on vacation] and at home,” said Seaside Luxe founder Lee Ann Sauter.
At the Faena Hotel boutique in Buenos Aires, creative director Ximena Caminos curates a mix of high-end items with a Latin flare. She cites Panama hats by California-based brand Greenpacha and Brazilian bikinis by Nina Swim as must-have holiday items. “We do well with classic Argentine items like alpaca ponchos, traditional silver pieces, and carved crystal objets,” said Caminos, noting that she maintains the store’s local flavor by stocking a selection of wares by Argentine designers.
Just a hop north at the Standard Shop in the Standard Hotel Miami, Comme des Garçons’ limited-edition holiday star pouches are the big get of the season. Also on hand are quirky home items like Maison Martin Margiela’s melting wax candles and the Berlin Boombox (above), a modern MP3 system disguised as an old-school boom box by Berlin-based designer Axel Pfaender. “We love small gifts that are easy to travel with, such as jewelry and accessories and special, rare hostess gifts,” said the store’s director of retail, Denise Downing.
For those celebrating a classic New York Christmas, Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel is offering one-of-a-kind holiday items, like Le Labo candles, Kenzo iPhone cases (left), and Yoko Ono’s recently-released and much discussed menswear collaboration based on her illustrations from 1969. One-of-a-kind pieces are also a draw for those vacationing on the West Coast. Ayana Tribitt, retail curator at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, is stocking the boutique with Nialaya bracelets that guests can customize on site. Their Assouline books always make for reliable gifts, while $2,500 Toro masks cater to the more adventurous shopper.
Farther south at the Cuixmala resort on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, the dress code is luxe-casual. Hotel owner Alix Marcaccini sets a relaxed tone at the boutique with caftans by Temperley and beachwear and accessories by Christophe Sauvat. “People here want sarongs and flip-flops, no heels, and long flowy dresses—anything comfortable,” said Marcaccini. “They’re looking for fluid, feminine, sensual clothes.”
The clock is ticking. You’ve read umpteen gift guides (maybe umpteen million)/p>
I’m in home mood, so anything and everything for the my home is what I’m looking for: cool vases from Kelly Wearstler or Aerin, candy dishes by Alexandra von Furstenberg, or this super luxe large candle by Diptyque.—Marina Larroude, market director
“This year I’m all about books. I’m giving people first editions—for instance, I found a not-that-expensive copy of Cecil Beaton’s 1937 scrapbook, signed, in great condition. For myself, I’d love almost any book from the LN-CC collection; top of the list is A Series of Unfortunate Events, Michael Wolf’s book of Google street-view photos, and Roxane by Viviane Sassen.—Maya Singer, special projects editor
“I’ve been eyeing Lanvin’s Eyes and Mouth chain-link necklace for months. I’m on a surreal kick at the moment and have developed a deep appreciation for accessories that walk the line between brilliant and bizarre.”—Katharine Zarrella, associate news editor
“I would love to receive this beautiful Pierre Balmain studded sandal to rock to my holiday party!”—Jocelyn Lin, web designer
“I need a new wallet really badly. I’ve been using my favorite color-blocked Comme des Garçons coin case for the past year—and I love it—but it’s ridiculous how long it takes me to find things in there. When I first saw this Proenza Schouler wallet in the window of the store on Madison Avenue, I knew I found my match.—Jessica Minkoff, assistant editor
“One of my pet peeves is IOUs on big gift-giving days: Your present didn’t get delivered yet, they were out of your size so I backordered, blah blah blah. Unless the delayed gratification is part of the point. That’s why I love giving subscriptions as gifts—Cook’s Illustrated, the New York Review of Books, 032c, Port… Disbelieve all rumors that print is dead. And not only is gifting subscriptions a nice way to bolster the trembling print media industry, but doing so also accommodates procrastinators like myself. No one knows I gave up the search and bought the gift morning of. And no one has to.”—Matthew Schneier, deputy editor
‘Tis the season of the holiday party. Naturally, that means you’ll need looks that are fun and festive. And what’s more festive than a splash of sequins? From now through January 1, you have our permission to overdose on sparkle, and some of our favorite designers, like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Comme des Garcons, and Sophia Webster, came up with shimmering winter wares that will serve you well this year and beyond. See our roundup below.
1. Theyskens’ Theory top, $747, available at www.matchesfashion.com
2. Rachel Antonoff dress, $523, available at www.lesnouvelles.com
3. 3.1 Phillip Lim track pants, $1,500, available at www.blueandcream.com
4. Sophia Webster sandals, $535, available at www.netaporter.com
5. Comme des Garcons pouch, $122, available at www.saksfifthavenue.com
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