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Style Files: Hermès Limbers Up in L.A. and Fendi Sets Sail for Greek Islands

Plus Tag Heuer’s new ticker and Saint Laurent’s saddlery

Words by ELIZABETH VARNELL

 

 

Hermès elevates gym life in Los Angeles
The traveling pop-up gym Hermès inaugurated last year is touching down in Hollywood with a complete fitness regime centered around its inimitable square scarves (carrés), belts and bracelets. Taking place from July 21 to 25, the ephemeral HermèsFit is located inside the storied Hollywood Athletic Club where daytime classes on offer to the public include kickboxing with Clic Clac bracelets, yoga with carrés and Voguing with hats. Evening performances include works from Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project and such acts as Pearl & The Oysters, Spill Tab and a host of DJs. A juice bar, photo booth, and plenty of mirrors and custom kettlebells and barbells in the French house’s signature orange round out the offerings. 6525 Sunset Blvd., L.A.

 

 

A new Bottega store weaves its way to San Francisco
With a facade clad in Absolute Black granite and a black metal sign designed in collaboration with French artist and skater Raphaël Zarka, San Francisco’s recently expanded Bottega Veneta boutique now has a modern urban look to pair with its new Geary Street address.  The house’s pre-fall collection debuts in the updated space amid sculptural solid oak shelves and furniture, also designed by Zarka, who is known for his photos and video clips of skaters irreverently using public sculptures as ramps. French and Belgian creative director Matthieu Blazy’s winter 2022 collection—his first at the label’s helm—will arrive later this fall. Naturally, the shop has seamless (and skate-worthy) concrete floors. Plants add a touch of Bottega green throughout and are potted in sculptor Anders Ruhwald’s ceramic vessels produced by Officine Saffi. In tandem with the opening, the brand has introduced a denim version of its intrecciato woven Cassette bag, an exclusive to the store. 124 Geary St., S.F.

 

 

Tag Heuer’s racy new special edition ticker
Over 40 years after Tag Heuer created the first black Monaco chronograph, a new special edition for the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix channels that inimitable era of motorsport, the 1970s, using modern materials and the house’s Heuer 02 movement. The automatic chronograph in black diamond-like carbon-coated titanium follows the original’s innovative square shape with bright orange and white accents and is mounted on a black alligator strap with a black titanium buckle. The dial’s exterior grained finish (created through sandblasting) riffs on the grip between the tires and track and its hands are treated with Super-Luminova for day and night legibility. With an 80-hour power reserve, the piece will keep ticking far beyond the track.

 

 

Harry Winston goes back to nature
New one-of-a-kind designs inspired by a trove of natural destinations prove Harry Winston’s long-standing belief that nature’s beauty is the ideal muse for fine jewelry. The house’s Majestic Escapes collection takes its cues from some of the world’s most breathtaking places including blue and white Santorini villages (rendered in diamonds and sapphires on a necklace), the Amalfi Coast’s bougainvillea (a combination of rubellites, Paraiba, turquoise and diamonds in a necklace-and-earring suite), Okinawa in the Pacific at sunrise (a classic necklace comprised of diamonds, turquoise beads and white pearls, with pink sapphires), and the Grand Canyon turning from orange to pink at sunset (a necklace and ring with purplish-pink sapphires and orange spessartites plus diamonds). Three-dimensional gemstones mimic the terrain of each picturesque location in exacting pieces that required two years to complete. The unique allure of such spots is reflected in each stones’ precise setting.

 

 

Everlane launches locally made, low-impact denim
Celebrating California craftsmanship, San Francisco-based Everlane is launching a limited-edition denim capsule with the words “Everlane Los Angeles” printed on each organic cotton waistband. The text is a nod to the home base of Saitex, the innovative L.A. factory that embraces circularity, low emissions and recycled water where each pair was cut and sewn, as well as to Everlane’s new creative studio helmed by global creative director Shu Hung, also located in the Southern California city. The denim designs are naturally inspired by the region’s laid-back design heritage and pioneering role in low-impact production.

 

 

Rowing Blazers teams up with K-Swiss
Rowing Blazers and K-Swiss are teaming up for a vibrantly colorful limited-edition capsule of retro apparel designs and a special edition of Si-18 Premier sneakers dreamed up by the Jack Carlson on offer at Fred Segal. The collection, a nod to the Rowing Blazers founder’s personal trove of vintage K-Swiss, is a unisex offering that includes a ’90s-inspired windbreaker, pink-and-white nylon shorts, cotton twill retro-style caps, a white French terry crewneck sweatshirt and a black graphic cotton T-shirt. A portion of sneaker sales goes to the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, giving children—particularly those from underserved communities—access to fitness, nutritional and enrichment programs.

 

 

Fendi summers in Mykonos
Fendi’s new FF bikini, part of the house’s summer capsule rife with raffia FF Baguettes, recycled PVC Basket bags, Sunshine Shoppers and even a lavender sequin evening Baguette, is here. The line debuted at the brand’s new Mykonos boutique alongside silk suit sets and jackets, white poplin dresses, pink denim pants and shorts, and two-piece sets pairing elegant cropped tops with high-waisted pencil skirts available in pink, white and gold.

Add in chic rubber sandals, Fendi First sculpted heels and Domino sneakers made of jacquard fabric trimmed with tone-on-tone grosgrain ribbon, and consider your bags packed and ready for flight.

 

 

Saint Laurent saddles up
Saint Laurent has gone horsey. The French fashion house joined the Longines Global Champions Tour-Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping competition recently held in the city and partnered with the sport on a range of events including the Route Eiffel, an urban ride promoting biodiversity. Accompanying the events, Saint Laurent’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello inaugurated a pop-up shop and collection of show jumping and dressage staples including a leather-sheared helmet from Charles Owen, Ophena stirrups, a Globe-Trotter equestrian trunk, Deniro boots, a range of saddles and bridles from Butet, plus accessories and other horse-adjacent ephemera, all of which are also in stock at the brand’s Rive Droite location in Los Angeles through July 18. 469 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-271-4110.

 

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre pays homage to one of Japan’s most celebrated artists
Nineteenth-century Japanese master woodblock artist Katsushika Hokusai’s “Waterfalls” series caught the eye of Jaeger-LeCoultre, whose master artisans are adapting his printing techniques for a new limited-edition watch. The case-back of the Reverso Tribute Enamel Hokusai “Amida Falls” honors the work of Hokusai with an enameled miniature reproduction of The Amida Falls in the Far Reaches of the Kisokaidō Road (Kisoji no oku Amida-ga-taki) print, part of a series the artist created from 1833 to 1834. Hokusai, known for elevating woodblock printing to a high art form, created the landscapes in his 70s. The new timepiece—whose dial includes faceted appliqué hour-markers and is decorated with a green guilloché lozenge pattern—completes a trilogy of tickers, the former two of which pay homage to another work in the “Waterfalls” series and his most famous work, The Great Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nama ura).

 

July 13, 2022

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