No designer understands the power of a corset quite so emphatically as Jean Paul Gaultier, the man responsible for turning underwear into outerwear during the 1980s. This early 90s biker jacket is an ideal way to celebrate his iconic style without baring too much flesh, for those less inclined to wear a conical bra and nothing else.
Few houses have done more to revive the 70s in recent years than Gucci, firmly steered by creative director and 70s style aficionado Alessandro Michele – whose A/W16 collection for the brand was defined by clashing prints, oversized collars, fur-trimmed jackets and round spectacles. Those wanting to add a dash of nostalgia to their outfit, without committing to the head-to-toe ensemble, may wish to invest in a single statement accessory, like this pink silk pineapple tie.
Designer Henry Glass has a fascinating backstory. Born in Austria, where he trained as an architect, he was sent to Dachau concentration camp by the Nazis only to be released in 1939, thanks to the shrewd actions of his wife who managed to stage an intervention through the Gestapo in Berlin. Afterwards he aided the US military by drafting up a plan of the camp from memory, before emigrating to New York and setting up his own design company, Henry P. Glass Associates. There he dreamed up a whole host of covetable designs, with a pioneering focus on the efficient use of materials to minimise waste, and creating pieces that were easy to package and transport (ie. collapsible or folding – a precursor to IKEA, if you will). This brilliant pair of 1950s bookshelves, with wooden bolt legs and different coloured shelves, are the perfect example of his playful, innovative approach.
This season you can't escape the overtones of sports luxe, or 'athleisure', permeating the fashion sphere and these Dior trainers – combining a 00s Spice Girls style with Raf Simons chic – are a wonderfully glamorous way of tapping into the trend. Covered in rhinestones, pale pink beads and silver hoops, which combine to resemble precious bees, and complete with pale pink soles, these make for an extraordinary elevation of your everyday sneakers.