KEEPING IT SHADY WITH CHANEL
They say eyes are windows to the soul. If that’s true, then does framing them with Chanel shelter the soul with sanctity? Encapsulating the spirit of the free-flowing California lifestyle into an amulet of acetate, Chanel commemorates the opening of its largest American flagship store in Beverly Hills with a pair of shades charged with the spirit of the City of Angels. That’s not all. To mark the occasion, the French luxury giant will launch two distinct capsule collections—one of haute joaillerie and the other of haute horlogerie. Take a trip past its pearly gates when the store opens on May 5.
BACK TO THE BAGUETTE
It may have started in Rome, but New York had the final say in the Baguette’s ascension to the it-bag status it’s famed for today. For the iconic bag’s 25th birthday, it’s only appropriate that the fashion icon gets commemorated in true NYC style—and who better than Marc Jacobs to inject a potent dose of New Yorker attitude into the Italian fashion house? Whether on double purses, hats, socks, or clipped onto miniskirts— Marc Jacobs reimagines the Baguette from every angle. You can get a taste starting May 2023 when the collection drops online and at Fendi boutiques worldwide.
MCQUEEN SEALS THE DEAL
Let’s face it: while über-structured box bags are an eternal staple, we all have a soft spot for plush handbags. What’s even more irresistible is when a house famed for breaking the rules breaks its own. When Alexander McQueen explodes its leather game, The Seal emerges as the breakthrough bag of the season. Slung over the shoulder, it rocks elevated logo stitching and a dazzling chain strap. Nebulous and oh-so-plush, The Seal isn’t your average McQueen bag. For one, it doesn’t have a structure—yes, that’s right. No Structure. Sans bones, this bad boy is all puff and fluff.
SAINT LAURENT SIZES UP
It started with a little carré quilting here and some antiqued gold-tone hardware action there. Since its dawn, Saint Laurent’s Jamie has been the bag for style savants past the newbie thrills of logomania and exclamative accents. Beloved by those who enjoy glamor spelled out in lower cases letters, the Jamie bag gets reinvigorated with Jamie 4.3. This time around, the French fashion house says bigger is better. Allowing for short or long wear on the shoulder and updated with a large flap and a double sliding chain, this chic chameleon is for those who don’t subscribe to dress codes but instead, they make their own.
THE SUN RISES ON CELINE
Discarding modesty and embracing geometry, Celine’s latest fits will leave spectators swooning. Beachwear, clubwear—call it what you like. Hand-crocheted and jersey triangle-shaped tops quickly go from day to night with the flip of a leather jacket or blazer. Hips peek above hemlines as low-waisted shorts and skirts clad in leather, denim, or military gabardine take it back to the early aughts. Cardigans and cropped jackets with razor-sharp collars, too,
get resurrected from the house’s archives. If you have an insatiable hunger for some Y2K nostalgia Celine might just have the fix with the Plein Soleil collection.
GIVENCHY TURNS UP THE HEAT
You’re probably thinking, “With temperatures soaring into three digits, how creative can you really get?” Well, as the weather turns up the heat, so, too, do things at Givenchy. Setting beaches ablaze, Matthew M. Williams remixes nautical classics to the beat of his California-cool tempo. Think Venice Beach-bound hippie meets heiress lounging on the Côte d’Azur. Sailor stripes get an urban twist paired with shredded jean shorts, while pearls get turned up with trompe l’œil. Add marshmallow wedges to the equation and a hefty serving of 4G logomania, and you’ve got some scorching-hot summer looks that scream to be seen.
RAGE ON WITH ISABEL MARANT
Isabel Marant’s Fall/Winter 2023 collection is an absolute rager—minus the messy next-day hangover. Where the nocturnal rockstar meets the cozy homebody, intricate knits and metallic glints radiate this season as oversized parkas and sweaters slouch with swagger. Luxe velvet Lurex and sparkling accents unapologetically soak up the spotlight. Slinky dresses and structured shoulders roar with va-va-voom. Brimming with attitude and statement, supple and saggy boots kiss the thighs as hemlines rise to new heights. It’s sculptural. It’s sexy. It’s unequivocally Isabel Marant.
Photography Damien Ropero
Fashion Emma Oleck
Makeup Shaina Ehrlich (Kramer + Kramer)
Hair Andrew Chen (Kramer + Kramer)
Models Halimotu Shokunbi, Hanel Lim, Dani Sousa (The Lions)
Manicure Jazz Style (See Management)
Lighting technician Charles Billot
Set design Fabien Capéran
Location Porter Studio