Since its relaunch last year, Warehouse has continued to establish itself as a key and innovative player on the British high street. Inspired by 70s Halston and 60s Op art, Emma Cook’s second collection as design director, has a psychedelic twist. Insouciant wrap dresses are imagined in tangerine orange, while other asymmetric styles feature swirling optical prints. Note the leather bum bag that sits on the waist as a relaxed yet elegant accessory for the city.
Writer: Rosanna Bruce
Reiss and Steamline continue their luggage collaboration for S/S 2017 with the addition of two new cases. The ‘Picton’ travel set consists of a carry-on suitcase and vanity case, both of which are handcrafted and come in natural linen, and small enough to carryon or stowaway for ease of travel. The suitcase boasts buckled black leather straps and comes with a neat clear plastic jacket for protection, while the vanity case has metal latches and a detachable cow leather shoulder strap.
Fiorucci goes pop
With a pop-up shop in Selfridges, Fiorucci is giving London a preview of what’s to come when it opens its first flagship store in over 20 years in London’s Soho. ‘With a first execution at Selfridges, we wanted to follow Fiorucci’s path into effrontery, by hijacking a museum space into a shopping area,’ explain French design studio Bonsoir Paris who concepted the space. It features cherubs and crumbling ancient pillars, juxtaposed against bubblegum pink fixtures. ‘Transforming iconic symbols from the past into displays was our way to confront two distinct universes that represent the brand’s history and its new direction. It is tongue-in-cheek way to express Fiorucci’s heritage.’
Writer: Lune Kuipers
On the money
In January, Italian menswear label Billionaire put a gold helicopter on its A/W 2017 catwalk, and its newly relaunched space in Harrods, London is equally ostentatious. Designed by the Milan-based CLS architects, the space strikes gold with coin details that gleam from its walls, floor and light fixtures.. The 140 square metre space maintains even more Wall Street vigour with dark brushed stucco walls and leather upholstered mahogany furnishings, housing pieces in luxurious snakeskin, sequin and velvet.
Power of two
British menswear designer Lou Dalton has collaborated with Jaeger for a second time on a function focused collection, inspired by the modern adventurer. Bomber jackets, windbreakers, sweaters and t-shirts have been created from high-performance fabrics, including stretch nylon and fine gauge technical merino, curated by Dalton and Jaeger’s head of menswear James Jee.
Writer: Laura Hawkins
In the pink
Marco De Vincenzo has created costumes for Alfredo Arias’ new theatrical comedy, Madame Pink. Currently showing at the Teatro Argentina in Rome, the unusual drama blends film noir with Broadway, a soundtrack inspired by seventies and eighties America and even a talking pink dog. ‘I got carried away by the plot and let the script evoke images in my mind,’ Vincenzo explains of the eccentric melodrama. ‘When working with a theatrical costume and an actor, there is a continuous exchange of energy – even stronger than the relationship between ourselves and what we wear every day in real life.’ In tune with his own imaginative aesthetic, expect wildly cascading ruffles, intricately detailed leathers, ombre suiting and cartoonish furs.
Scandinavian creativity comes together in a collaboration between Swedish outerwear brand Stutterheim and Danish designer Henrik Vibskov. The designer, known for his use of bold colors and patterns, has created two exclusive graphic patterns that brighten up Stutterheim’s classic raincoat.
In the frame
Consisting of sunglasses and optical frames, Fendi launches its first men’s eyewear collection for S/S 2017 . The collection plays with classic shapes from square to round retro-inspired styles, with distinct details such as stitch lines in metal and coloured stripes playfully racing around edges. Highlights include the ‘Urban’ range that blends metal and acetate in a geometric frame and the ‘Qbic’ made from molded leather.
A new book surveying 50 of London’s brightest designers is published by Phaidon this month. The hefty London Uprising scours the studios of Jonathan Anderson, Simone Rocha, Duro Olowu, Christopher Kane et al, unpicking what lead to the rebirth of London’s fashion scene in the early noughts. The project is the brainchild of Lebanese-born Tania Fares – who co-founded the BFC Fashion Trust in 2013 – and Sarah Mower BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent. ‘I spent two years researching books and couldn’t find anything that talked about the amazing talents working in London right now,’ Fares says. ‘I wanted to create a record of this moment for us to look at in years to come.’
Writer: Dal Chodha
With her online boutique launching today, swimwear designer Alexandra Miro creates minimal swimwear designs that are both elegant and alluring. On the quest to create the perfect one piece, Miro’s creations come in a variety of shapes, featuring low sweeping backs, cut out waists and plunging necklines. With a background in lingerie, Miro tested her debut designs on a variety of body types, and each one is finished with detailing that flatters the body, like narrowing white trimming, sweeping backs and carefully placed silver embellishments.
For spring, Vans has teamed up with Stockholm-based menswear brand, Our Legacy to create a capsule collection of footwear and apparel. The iconic Vans’ skate shoe gets a makeover in bold orange nylon with a think rubber upper, while classic hoodies and sweatshirts come oversized with subtle graphic prints.
Writer: Jason Hughes