Sacai Luck, a Japanese design firm has a collection of playful, luxurious items that mix a million ways. From track shorts that are more lingerie than sport and crinkled chiffon Tee’s and printed cotton leggings, there are no ends to the possibilities. Every piece has a silky sheen that feels amazing to the touch. A shining anorak with hood in green protects from the elements making the practical stylish.
The piece de resistance this season is Sacai’s Tatami Original Birkenstock Fussbett platform sandal. But to create a statement that is uniquely theirs, the sandal sits on a white rubber platform with navy or white patent leather uppers. These sandals are just what the spring dictates. Step up and go for a spin!
Alber Elbaz conjures a dream of 70’s energy and 20’s glamour with a masterful use of fantastic color infused with shine. Shine is the operative word for an entire story spelled out in every sort of lame and lurex under the haute heavens. Whether the shapes are as unfussy as long to the floor shirtdresses or flowing tea dresses Elbaz dusts them in the most unusual shades of raspberry, grape, bronze, silver, gold, red and on and on. What’s special is the thinnest shading of grey that tempers everything to a sleek sophistication.
It’s almost cinematic the idea of a beautiful woman alone in the elements with a gailing wind and sheets of rain. Think long liquid tweed ensembles, bias cut and self-fringed floating and twisting around her body. If you’ve got that image firmly set in your mind’s eye you can imagine Alber Elbaz’s inspiration for his Fall 2014 collection for Lanvin. The opening cluster of looks all played on fringed tweed jackets and coats over matching skirts and dresses and all of them twisting asymmetrically around the body. Hats framed in clouds of fluttering Marabou feathers shadowed faces.
Fall 2014 brings a new fascination with surface details and sleek silhouettes. Shapes roam from soft fluid pajama separates to tailored jackets, coats and slim stirrup pants. Zipper and twisted cord passementerie is embroidered and snakes across sweaters, two-piece looks in tailored shirt and trouser. Silver and bronze colored zippers snake in abstract symmetrical patterns on some jackets and morphs into loosely rendered floral imagery. The same zipper found its way onto a very clever new bag.
Hedi Slimane’s vision for that most venerable of French Couture houses, is to take much of its iconic shapes with an admixture of West Coast provocation coming up with something altogether modern and new. The wraith thin looks from abbreviated Smoking jackets over micro skirts and a coy white crepe de chine poet’s shirts. A slew of coats and capes came one after the other in English checks and polka-dotted fox chubbies and black and white striped mink cardigans and jackets. The honey mink–neck cardigan over a classic silk print blouse dropped to the mid thigh. With each model reflecting the different moods of a present day Lolita there is a frisson to the overall look of these clothes.
Like the most delicate first blooms of spring rising above a layer of snow, Alejandro Ingelmo’s sleek, streamlined and impossibly elegant shoes announce a major season change. These heels are pure simplicity, drawing their drama and strength more from little or no superfluous decoration. The woman who wears Ingelmo is the focus with his skinny criss crossing straps that effectively change the definition of “Gladiator” sandals, whether open toed or closed. No statement making platforms to be found here. Just the sexiest heels that climb the leg behind like a bootie but in fact is all strappy sandal.
With much of the shoe design these past seasons focused on large exaggerated volumes Alejandro Ingelmo’s seductively simple collection of shoes in dusty pale pastels and state of the art metallics are a breath of fresh air. Spring is coming!
For Spring the Flat at McQueen is the most desirable shoe for night and day. Hand-made in Italy this refined slipper in black, cadet blue, royal and olive suede, piped in leather and embroidered at the toe in minute sequins in the guise of a skull, the iconic image of the house.
Cadet blue suede is paired with icy pale blue sequins at the toe and olive suede has a skull at the toe in matte and shine minute sequins as well. The luxury of these shoes is not only their fantastic craftsmanship but also the ease with which they carry you anywhere in comfort. Besides the suede versions, there is a white patent leather Flat piped in razor thin contrasting leather and scarlet sequins glistening at the toe.
It’s almost impossible to find the perfect cashmere sweater, Tee or Hoodie that’s both luxurious and hip. That is until Frenchman Lucien Pellat-Finet came onto the scene. His charming sweaters, accessories and jackets are of the highest quality but always with a graphic tweak that gives his work humor and weight.
This season he plays with imagery that has become almost his signature: skulls, animal portraits and peace symbols. Whether it is a humble grey tee shirt or a hoodie made of the most delicious cashmere you’ll find a printed skull or an over sized peace sign with a hemp leaf for good measure. The color grounds for some of the sweaters are lividly rich whether primary or pastel. The pale pink cashmere crew neck has a bold portrait of a Husky and the television blue sweater sports a Ziggy Stardust skull complete with a shower of crystals blazing across the face.
Lucien Pellat-Finet offers a skull patterned lace cardigan-coat and a sleek tailored multi-striped grey blazer. Ipad covers, cashmere knitted hats; gloves and scarves round out the collection. There are so many great pieces to add to your arsenal of COOL!
With the Sochi 2014 Olympics starting up today even before Friday’s Opening ceremony there’s a subtle buzz in the air about doing, being and having the best of everything, that gold medal thrill that inspires the whole world. Alber Elbaz’s Lanvin Resort Collection personifies that notion. Every piece in the collection is in their own ways triumphs of a modern day design genius using the most up to the moment fabrics. His approach in all things is a distilling of the idea to come to its essence.
Faliero Sarti is the preeminent Italian company responsible for some of the most arresting scarves to be found. Their scarves of silk, wool and cashmere are printed with images of contemporary artists, abstract compositions and imagery derived from nature. The “Poison Snake”, “Tiger”and “Wings” scarves are graphic studies of reptiles, moths and large cats. Each is printed painstakingly to achieve the most dramatic finish. The “Warhol” and “Basquiat” scarves pay homage to these giants of contemporary art.
Faliero Sarti creates their own imagery with an array of scarves with prints of tartan plaids, color-blocked polka dots and a color field that bleeds from one color to the next. The art of these scarves is the fact of their functionality and their intrinsic beauty making them suitable for framing. At an average size of 70”x 50” they are in deed large scaled. Not surprisingly, many people collect these scarves as wearable as well as frame-able works of art. Hirshleifers is fortunate to have a wide selection of these beautiful scarves for Spring 2014. Come in and become a collector of these timeless examples of Italian craftsmanship.