From vintage jewels and colourful sneakers to a perennial fashion classic, here are eight things to indulge in this month
Fenty’s first jewellery offering arrived last week with a three-piece collection of ‘cameos’: a pair of earrings, a necklace (that doubles up as a brooch) and a ring. Drawing on the storied history of cameo jewellery – the delicate gemstone engravings date back to Ancient Rome, and have been favoured in historical periods since – the Rihanna-helmed brand describes “honouring a new, contemporary heroine” with its pearl- and Swarovski crystal-encrusted designs, and for the accompanying campaign, Nigerian photographer Ruth Ossai shoots a series of portraits. Fenty’s cameos depict the profile of “a singular, young, black woman”, and her intricately braided hair, carved into black resin and glass.
Kiko Kostadinov x ASICS
A fruitful partnership between Japanese sportswear label ASICS and London-based Kiko Kostadinov has resulted in some of the most sought-after sneakers of recent years. The latest iteration of the collaboration, launched with a much-Instagrammed series of self-portraits by photographer Juergen Teller (with art direction by Dazed’s Jamie Andrew Reid), arrives in stores on November 16. Titled the GEL-Korika, the new silhouette – a low-top style with a double-stacked FlyteFoam sole – comes in four colourways: steely grey, monochrome black and two multi-colour styles, in combinations of pink, red, blue and green.
This week saw the launch of Celine’s first Haute Parfumerie collection – and devoted store on Paris’ Rue Saint-Honoré – comprising 11 unisex fragrances conceived by the house’s creative, artistic and image director Hedi Slimane. Marking Slimane’s return to olfaction (as creative director of Dior Homme, he created three Maison Christian Dior perfumes in 2004) it is perhaps his most personal project yet, with each fragrance based on a reminiscence from the designer’s own life. As such, several of the heady, evocative fragrances are based on Paris, where he was born, studied and worked for much of his career – Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Dans Paris among them – though one, Eau de Californie, draws inspiration from California, where Slimane has been largely based since 2007. In the 11 fragrances, nine of which are available now, a single, powdery scent runs throughout, accompanied by various nostalgic notes, including tree moss, iris, rose and chypre.
There are few items as perennially classic as an Hermès silk scarf: such is their longevity that they have been adorning the necks (or indeed handbag straps, wrists or heads) of women and men since their advent in 1937. In the years since, over 2,000 designs have decorated the emblematic accessory; new for Autumn/Winter 2019 is the ‘Petit-Duc’, a carré named for the barouche carriage first depicted by artist Alfred de Dreux, which would become the house’s logo. Here, Christian Renonciat’s design playfully sees the Petit-Duc deconstructed into its composite parts, decorating the house’s enveloping ‘giant’ 140 x 140 centimetre silk twill scarf, which – like all which passes through the Hermès maison – is guaranteed to retain its timeless appeal for years, and likely decades, to come.
In her new collection, launched this week, Copenhagen-based designer Sophie Bille Brahe presents a series of sumptuous velvet jewellery boxes – the perfect counterpart to her beautiful designs (Bille Brahe’s signature ‘Botticelli’ pearl clusters are timeless favourites, as is the diamond ‘Croissant de Lune’ earring). From small boxes snug enough to house a pair of earrings to a bigger casket with inside compartments, the boxes come in luxurious jewel tones and are lined with satin. On Net-a-Porter now, find three exclusive colours: indigo, dark emerald and ruby.
A collection of rare, never-before-worn jewellery by the Parisian house of Christian Dior arrives on Farfetch this month, comprising necklaces, earrings, brooches, and bracelets spanning the years 1976–1998. Launching in tandem with the retailer’s ‘pre-owned’ hub – begun as part of its growing focus on sustainability – the 80 pieces have been sourced by Susan Caplan, a formidable purveyor of vintage jewellery (her eponymous store was founded in 2018). Of the jewellery, expect a proliferance of sparkle: each of the remarkable pieces is laden with variously coloured Swarovski crystals, making them perfectly primed for the upcoming festive season.
William Vintage, the legendary by-appointment Marylebone store, sees remarkable pieces from the world’s most storied houses go through its doors daily (and back out again, worn by its many famous devotees). Now, William Vintage is bringing a selection of the boutique’s museum-quality pieces – curated by CEO Marie Blanchet – to Matches Fashion, where the one-off garments will be available to purchase. As expected, several have sold out already, though plenty remain, including a coral-trimmed faille coat and gown from Givenchy, circa 1963, and the eternal fashion classic: an Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Le Smoking wool-crepe tuxedo suit.
This month, Saint Laurent’s Rue Saint-Honoré concept store, Rive Droite, hosts a new exhibition and selection of products alongside camera manufacturer Leica, to coincide with Paris Photo 2019 arriving in the French capital. The German cameras have long been used by the world’s best photographers, and the exhibition showcases some of the rarest and most pioneering Leica models. Alongside the exhibition, highly prized collector’s cameras, like the Leica D-Lux 7, will also be available to buy exclusively in store. Plus, one year on from Saint Laurent’s inaugural SELF project – in which creative director Anthony Vaccarello invites an artist to encapsulate the spirit of Saint Laurent with new work – the photographs of Paris taken by Japanese image-maker Daido Moriyama for SELF 01 are published in a limited-edition book, available now at Rive Droite.