As the festive period draws closer, it’s now officially the season of shopping for our favourite fashion obsessions to wrap and put under our trees. From a coffee-table book featuring a rare peek into Balenciaga’s backstage process of their Winter 18 show to the debut collection of sustainable brand SOTTES, here is our list of fashion obsessions that we can’t wait to take home and unwrap for ourselves.
Vestiaire Collective x Anna Dello Russo’s Jewellery Archive
Anna Dello Russo, the OG street-style star. At any major fashion event, you’ll spot the editor-at-large for Vogue Japan wearing the latest runway ensembles that are accessorized with pieces from her expansive jewellery collection. Now, in a partnership with luxury resale site Vestiaire Collective, you can get a chance to own one of the fashion icon’s archive pieces.
38 carefully selected pieces of jewellery will be put on sale at Vestiaire Collective as part of the fourth instalment in their Archive Series. Some of the jewellery up for grabs include a Lanvin necklace and a monogrammed diamante AdR clutch.
With the rise of social media and instant gratification, fashion houses usually give access to media outlets to document the backstage process during fashion week. But not Balenciaga for their Winter 18 fashion show. Only two esteemed fashion photographers, Johnny Dufort and Pierre-Ange Carlotti, were given exclusive guest access to the entire runway process, from the casting at Balenciaga’s HQ to the post-show vacantness of the set.
The duo, along with creative director Demna Gvasalia and publisher Rizzoli, then brought the collection of images to life in a book that closely resembles the graffiti-clad runway. To elevate the vividness of the images, they infused two more neon tones to the CMYK colour mode, resulting in vibrant pictures on all 304 pages of the tome.
The book is available on balenciaga.com for S$130.
If you’re bored of baubles on your Christmas tree, Prada has the best alternative. Introducing Pradamalia, a collection of seven new creatures that are one part biological, one part technical, but all parts Prada. Their names are Disco, Socks, Fiddle, Otto, Toto, Scuba, and Spot, straightforward names corresponding with their designs.
Each little mascot comes in its own specialised packaging that details their unique anatomy, qualities, behaviours, and origin story. There are also Saffiano leather card holders, wallets, T-shirts, and phone cases if you want to match them with the key charms.
SOTTES’ Debut Collection
The word “sustainable” gets thrown around a lot, especially in fashion. But the latest brand to embrace this trend isn’t just doing it for the fluff. SOTTES, translated as rebellious in French, was started by Jeanne Guenat and Elliot Upton with a vision to counteract the fast-fashion industry. For their debut collection “RECOMMENCE”, the duo has chosen a small village in Switzerland to produce the garments, and each of the sizeless and genderless pieces is handmade by Guenat and Upton alongside a team of local seamstresses.
The fabrics are all natural fibre that has been sourced from vintage stores in Switzerland, and each piece has been embroidered with the SOTTES logo and a stickman figurine. To mark this occasion, RECOMMENCE will debut exclusively at Surrender in a limited-run collection, with each garment individually numbered and tagged with “SOTTES for Surrender.”
Net-A-Porter x Aquazzura Capsule Collection
The worlds of footwear and jewellery collide in a collaboration between Aquazurra and five esteemed jewellers. Anissa Kermiche, Sabine Getty, Noor Fares, Eugenie Niarchos and Ana Khouri were tapped by Aquazzura’s creative director Edgardo Osorio to create a shoe that embodies their aesthetic identity. Kermiche, for example, transformed her signature “Rondeur Triple” earrings into a classy sandal, and Niarchos mixed metallic gold and silver and topped it off with a star motif on a retro platform heel.
“Each girl is not only a designer I admire, but a friend and a woman whose style I love,” said Osorio about the thought process behind the collaboration. “Creating each shoe together to connect the world of jewellery and footwear was a fascinating journey.” The capsule collection will be available exclusively on Net-a-Porter on November 23.