If the Fall/Winter 2023 collections taught us anything, it’s that creating a uniform is the most pragmatically chic way to build a wardrobe. At Valentino, the idea of the dress code was presented via a classic necktie, with the accessory featured in all 73 looks of the collection. Whether paired with a sequin-drenched minidress or worn in a more traditional manner under a button-up and suit jacket, the repetition of black ties on the Valentino runway spoke to a sense of power in the wearer. Now,
the black tie is available from the maison as an accessory that is guaranteed to fit right into your wardrobe.
Combining skeletal structure with the organic shape of the orchid flower,
the Alexander McQueen orchid jewelry collection presents a range of unapologetic style statements for this season. Using the orchid as a springboard, creative director Sarah Burton created the Fall/ Winter 2023 ready-to-wear collection, where silhouettes existed at the intersection between fluid and sharp organic shapes. The Orchid Ring is an undeniable standout piece, with the size of it designed to cover almost the entirety of the wearer’s hand. Available in gold or silver metal, as well as studded with clear crystal, this is an accessory that is sure to turn heads.
As Cartier’s interpretation of modern American culture, the Tank Américaine watch is a piece designed to embody freedom, timelessness, and effortless style. Inspired by the Tank Cintrée watch, designed in 1921, the Tank Américaine is imbued with the codes of enduring style, while being gently updated to speak to contemporary design notions. Crafted with brancards, which seamlessly run into the straps, and a new self-winding mechanical system inside, the timepiece has been transformed both inside and out. The watch is available in steel or gold with a range of leather or metal strap options, all of which are assuredly equipped to stand the test of time.
Since the debut of the Givenchy Shark Lock, the pant boot has become a fast favorite of pop stars and fashion editors alike. Now, in homage to creative director Matthew M. Williams’s American Western roots, Givenchy has released the Shark Boot Cowboy. As a blend of romantic Americana and Parisian style, the boot remains true to its sleek silhouette while being updated with a curved shaft at the top, a squared toe sole that extends past the tip of the boot, and a pull strap that is accessorized by the Givenchy 4G padlock. These boots are undoubtedly the most stylish “yeehaw!” accessory to take from the city streets to the rodeo this season.
Inspired by the legendary reign of Tom Ford at Gucci, the Horsebit Chain bag is a new offering from Gucci that is equal parts nostalgic and modern. Calling back to Ford’s canonical reinvigoration of the horsebit hardware at the Italian fashion house, the bag is defined by a large metal horsebit, which covers the entire front of the bag. This bag contains multitudes, with the option to wear it on the shoulder via a chain or as a clutch via the aforementioned horsebit. Available in a wide range of textiles from canvas monogram to vibrant sherpa to classic leather, the Horsebit Chain is sure to stampede through fashion this fall.
In an innovative feat of design and science, Stella McCartney released updated editions of their Falabella and Frayme bags, crafted out of a new environmentally conscious textile: Mirium. Plant-based and concocted out of entirely natural ingredients, Mirium is a vegan and plastic-free leather alternative, the first of its kind to be completely recyclable and circular. “I have long dreamed of the day when we would see a plant-based alternative to leather that does not kill a single creature and can be easily given back to Mother Earth, without creating waste,” shared McCartney. “There is no compromise on desirability or durability; the future of fashion has arrived.”
The new Sculpted Cable Collection by David Yurman takes the brand’s classic helix design and transforms it into a relief carving, imbuing a symphony of dimension into its pieces. The bracelets, offered in 18K yellow, white, and rose gold, are designed to be worn stacked, either with one another or with any other David Yurman bracelets you’ve collected over the years. If you’re looking for a piece that is a true conversation starter, the bracelets are also available with pavé diamonds—with a mosaic of white stones adding dimension and shimmer to the classic pieces.
For Prada’s Fall/Winter 2023 Collection, co-creative directors Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada created a host of white garments embellished with coordinating white floral embroidered structures; tonally quiet in their color palette and experimental in their form. Petunias, lilies, tulips, pom poms, and jasmine have been rendered with the employment of traditional Haute Couture embroidery techniques, requiring hundreds of hours of hand-detailing by skilled artisans. The pieces almost appear to have been pulled across a storybook field, with the flowers stuck onto the garments in random clusters. While whimsical in their embroidery, these pieces reflect the Prada sensibility of sleek modernity.
Photography Damien Ropero
Fashion Editor Emma Oleck
Model Matilde Simone Hubert (Sport Models Paris)