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042: My highest engagement content
Plus Irish designers for spring, exclusive Peter Do, and various Verishop sales.
I used to keep an informal log in this intro about fashion items I’d bought or that had made their way into my life each week, but with other things to say, the tally kind of fell off. The last week or two have been eventful, stuff-wise, with some phenomenal pieces flowing in.
I found the perfect strapless top in the form of this Esse Studios viscose bustier that I bought in two colors (the other one’s blue). I also had a bit too much fun on The RealReal with yet another strapless top, from Dior this time, plus a sheer, backless Cecilie Bahnsen halter and a KNWLS fitted blazer I’d been watching for ages and couldn’t believe I found it at that price.
As far as brand mailers, the best of the best has been this Deiji Studios black linen set that’s quite literally pajamas you can wear with Fendi heels; stonewashed linen sheets from the looks-conscious weighted blanket brand Baloo; and a perfectly classic brass buckled leather belt from Saint. I’m also having a laugh to myself thinking about posting my engagement ring with #gifted #partner. (Some personal news!) It’s the Laura x Nir collab, and of course I’ve already made a joke about the engagement on our engagement content.
Róisín Pierce, who I mentioned here a couple weeks ago as one of the nominees of this year’s LVMH prize, is the newest designer to be introduced to Nordstrom SPACE (the retailer’s incubator for emerging brands). The Irish designer is cut from the same gathered, rococo cloth as fellow Gaelic designer Simone Rocha, as well as one might say Cecilie Bahnsen, its all-white collection an instant fit for the whimsical, volumetric bride. I’ve spoken about Spanish brands being a natural fit for fall, with all their access to fantastic leather and proclivity for knits, and now I’m moved to tack Ireland onto spring, too. Phenomenal linens (Irish is always the best) aside, the seaspray towns that come to mind and Secret of Roan Inish of it all offer novel references in lieu of the staid Frenchy cottagecore that’s been deep fried across inspo boards for beyond too long.
A handful of exclusive Peter Do spring styles have landed at FWRD, and they’re one of the best arguments for shopping the site I’ve seen in… ever. I wouldn’t describe the prices overall as being “accessible,” but if you allocated a seasonal changeover budget, a few pieces—a sexy, sideboob-y knit red halter, an as-sheer-as-you-want-it-to-be foldover knit skirt, a very posh silk shirt that begs for a peek-down—should absolutely be up for consideration.
Antonino Ingrasciotta has been working hard as Fila’s creative director, his latest move tapping star designer of the year Glenn Martens to chop ‘n’ screw the brand language for a collaborative collection alongside Martens’ own Y/Project. The Y/Project x Fila capsule superimposes Fila polo collars onto Y/Project high-cut cord lock bodysuits, the former’s hoodies onto the latter’s double-neckhole meme, and obliges with a mishmash of each’s logo.
A huge criticism of the streetwear/loungewear scenes is that the low barrier to entry results in a lot of failed brands, and with them, a lot of waste. Italian designer Alfred Settimio, formerly of Yeezy and Harley Davidson, is angling to offset the industry with NotSoNormal, his line of upcycled sweatshirts and 501s, all hand-mended, organically dyed, and thoughtfully reworked in his LA-based garment studio. It just launched this week and is available at LN-CC.
JW heard that party clothes and going to Miami were in! (Once again this is about me.) The latest Loewe Paula’s Ibiza has landed at Net-A-Porter and Matchesfashion, among others, where it’s being rightfully celebrated above the fold for its unserious, tourist-shop aesthetic that has the power to make you want to quit your job.
There’s also: Anthropologie links up with coastal-vibes interior designer Mark D. Sikes on a home collection than lands accidentally in a niche, Elvis Guesthouse-era vaporwave pocket; Koio also goes the interiors route, tapping Norm Architects for a two-SKU collab of collapsing-heel slip-on sneakers in taupe Italian suede and black leather; UK shoe and bag brand NEOUS really understood something with its five-year anniversary collection called “Summer Nights,” particularly with this pair of netted, rhinestoned kitten-heel mules that come in black and white; Herschel Supply and Bergdorf collab on a canvas and leather travel capsule; Cult Gaia teams up with FUNBOY on some fashion pool floats; British jewelry brand Missoma (from which I get all my best gold hoops) links up with Le Specs on a sunglasses capsule; and the Dims. x Ogle My Office furniture collab that sold out in minutes last year relaunched moments ago.
What’s on sale
A few sales happening across the vast Verishop site today. The Warehouse Sale features home, beauty, and fashion up to 70% off, and now the retailer is extending an extra 20% off with LASTCHANCE—a couple fun ones are this Hunza G dress (a recreation of the one they originally designed for Pretty Woman) or get their swimsuits; Rolla’s jeans for under $40; and Jesse Kamm wannabes for under $35. Meanwhile, get 15% off responsible beauty brands on this landing page with EARTH15.
Cookware brand Our Place made the de facto pan and the de facto pot, and kitchen life was simplified. While we’ll likely never give up the other stainless steel stacked in our drawers (a Great Jones set, a Caraway frying pan), Our Place’s solutions get right of first refusal. It’s the brand’s biggest sale of the year today, making its Always Pan $115 and its Perfect Pot $125, and the two bundled together are even less at $310.
There’s also: SSENSE’s 15% off coupon is back for now with SS2022; Israeli designer Nili Lotan is hosting a sample sale on jeans, tees, plus some camo prints that don’t make me want to grouse—the prices are tempting; Madewell’s sale section is an extra 30% off with REFRESH; and Camper’s Mid-Season Sale hits up to 40% off.
Pyer Moss is launching a bag (finally!) scheduled to drop April 21. The bags include brightly colored triangles with round built-in handles, and while they have details you won’t find elsewhere, like glove appliqués, there’s something to be said about the acute-angle bag trend. From Loewe’s Puzzle bag to Kiko Kostanidov’s Trivia bag to Acne’s Distorted bag to Palm Angels’ Crash bag, there’s something in the water making us want to carry diagonals.
Something else to look forward to: the Susan Alexandra x Mirror Palais collab that’s going to destroy Orchard Street. Mirror Palais’s Collection III pre-orders have now officially closed (you can still shop swim on SSENSE), but if you missed out, you have this sure-to-be-beaded-bright-and-bedazzled color fest to look forward to. More on this soon!
The everygirl’s brand Glossier is going the way of the celebrity, tapping Olivia Rodrigo as its first ever ambassador. To kick off the partnership, you can now shop a bundle of “Olivia’s Favorites,” which includes Boy Brow eyebrow gel, Ultralip colored gloss, and Pro Tip liquid eyeliner.
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