Plus Tiffany & Co. and Harry Winston celebrate Valentine’s Day early
Words by ELIZABETH VARNELL
Louis Vuitton Devises a New Denim Treatment
Leather goods are getting the washed-denim look at Louis Vuitton through a jacquard weaving technique imitating the look of jeans that was developed particularly for this new collection. The updated Dauphine, classic Speedy and Onthego, and even the half-moon Loop bags, sport a new non-fading navy jacquard denim look that’s embellished with the French house’s monogram. A Nano Speedy, Zippy wallet and Micro Pochette also come in pink, and the lining inside all the bags is printed with a negative version of the outside, neatly reversing the bag’s exterior.
Prada and Adidas Reunite With Re-Nylon Sportswear
Infinitely recyclable Re-Nylon fabric is the sportswear innovation fueling the latest chapter of the Adidas Originals collaborative partnership with Prada. The new sustainable capsule includes ready-to-wear, bags and accessories — emblazoned with three stripes — plus Forum High and Low sneakers, all made in Italy by Prada using the textile. Created with recycled plastic waste collected from oceans and excess textile fiber, it’s propelled the house to permanently pivot away from virgin nylon.
Burberry’s Animal Instincts Emerge in a Los Angeles Takeover
Abstracted animal prints headlined Riccardo Tisci’s Spring/Summer women’s collection at Burberry and now he’s dreamed up an immersive fantasyland for the kaleidoscopic curvy patterns at the British house’s boutique on Rodeo Drive. Inspired by Tisci’s presentation video — including its now infamous deer ears — the store is encased in an outer shell comprised of bubble gum pink, black and white camouflage. Inside, mirrored speakers and glistening topography mimic the glittering terrain shown on the digital runway that evokes the reemergence of thumping audio and expression after the quiet of lockdown. Transfigured and open-back trench coats, caped hoodies and the filmy printed dresses of the Animal Instincts collection hang throughout the space. Upstairs, the takeover culminates in the store’s penthouse where an intimate viewing room features a floor-to-ceiling screen that loops the presentation film and a surround sound mix pivots between music, gale-force wind and nature sounds. 301 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-550-4500.
Borgo de Nor Creates a Retro T-Shirt Capsule
Loopy fonts and bright graphics on ’70s posters inspired a new Borgo de Nor capsule of T-shirts emblazoned with boldly colored patterns and florals reminiscent of those used in the line’s signature long, flowing dresses. London-based founders Carmen Borgonovo and Joana de Noronha — who were born in El Salvador and Portugal — are donating half of all proceeds from the shirts to the Glasswing Girls Club program of mentorship and entrepreneurial training at Escuela Talnique, a school in El Salvador founded by sustainable coffee producer Borgonovo Pohl (owned by Borgonovo’s brother). “This collaboration is really dear to our hearts,” says Borgonovo. “We believe that, when given the opportunity, girls can lift their families and communities out of poverty.” Elysewalker, 15306 Antioch St., Pacific Palisades, 310-230-8882.
Harry Winston Hearts Balloons
With the approach of Valentine’s Day, Harry Winston is kicking off a celebration of love with heart-shaped mother-of-pearl and gemstone cabochon balloons floating across its newest watch. The house’s Premier Valentine’s Flying Hearts Automatic 36mm timepiece joins ruby- and sapphire-encrusted Forget-Me-Not rings and necklaces, diamond-embellished Sunflower designs, vibrantly colored Candy cocktail rings and its round brilliant engagement ring, The One. Also on hand are the pink sapphires and diamonds of the Winston Cluster collection, a heart-shaped Garland necklace and brightly colored precious gems adorning Winston Kaleidoscope pendant necklaces, in addition to the subtler heart motifs of the Winston With Love offerings.
Ferragamo Channels the Zodiac Tiger
Ferragamo enlisted Chinese artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu to create a print inspired by the Zodiac Tiger to ring in the Lunar New Year. The Beijing-based conceptual artists, known for working with unconventional media, devised an image centered on a tiger who is joined by a monkey, eagle and deer — surrounded by symbols and good-luck charms for the year ahead. The print is integrated into Ferragamo’s signature silk scarf design and also splashed across a Studio Box bag. The two accessories, comprising the brand’s Lunar New Year capsule, are a nod to the Italian house’s long history of uniting art with fashion, and the printed silk foulard is on view at the Ferragamo Museum in an installation dedicated to the Silk Road’s role in both trade and cultural exchanges.
Tiffany & Co. Tags Artist Curtis Kulig
Tiffany & Co. HardWear link necklaces, Knot drop earrings and T square bracelets, plus Elsa Peretti heart pendants, Diamonds by the Yard and an assortment of Schlumberger designs including the Bird on a Rock brooch, are joined up with New York artist Curtis Kulig’s latest typography project this Valentine’s Day. For the collaboration, Kulig, who lived in Los Angeles in his teens, transformed his ubiquitous “Love Me” slogan. Initially spray-painted in cursive across walls in L.A., New York, London, Tokyo and Berlin in the early 2000s, Kulig’s omnipresent phrase now appears as uppercase block letters alongside additional imperative messages such as “Dare Me,” “Know Me” and “Kiss Me,” in the campaign on view online and inside the house’s jewelry salons.
Fendi Takes to the Slopes
As the countdown to the Beijing Winter Olympics begins, Fendi is dropping a winter sports capsule in ice-adjacent hues of white, cold gray, ice blue and baby blue. Technical ready-to-wear gear is lined with recycled polyester, and padding is composed of regenerated duck feathers sourced from post-consumer waste in Europe. The Thermore high-tech thermal insulation in men’s jackets and trousers helps regulate warmth, and women’s looks are emblazoned with a black-and-white tiger-print motif inspired by the Lunar New Year. Helmets, goggles, gloves, scarves and hats round out the athletic lineup, and there’s even a nylon ski jacket and trouser set and ski suit complete with Fendi’s Hydro FF logo that’s only visible when wet.
Spinelli Kilcollin and Hoorsenbuhs Give It Another Go
“When we meet people who have Spinelli Kilcollin jewelry, a lot of times they’re also wearing Hoorsenbuhs—we’re shared by the hands of many,” says Dwyer Kilcollin. The realization inspired the Spinelli Kilcollin co-founder and creative director to reunite with Santa Monica-based Hoorsenbuhs to expand their joint 333 Collection. The new additions include three-ring silhouettes in three different fabrications — sterling silver, yellow gold and diamond pavé — that play on signature designs from each brand. Hoorsenbuhs’ tri-link paired with Spinelli interlocking rings is clearly a match worth revisiting.
Originally published on January 26, 2022. Updated on February 14, 2022.
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