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086: Spend like it's someone else's credit card
Plus Stüssy x Tekla, Camper's boot sale, and not quite my The Row wedding dress.
I only have myself to blame, but I’ve been ravenous with my shopping lately. Between mid-season wardrobe disenchantment and fashion month coming up (I’ve decided not to do any pulls this season—i.e. I won’t be borrowing clothes from brands, just wearing things I enjoy enough to actually own), I’m blazing through checkout pages like I’m using stolen a credit card.
A Puppets and Puppets heat-reactive coat, Maryam Nassir Zadeh navy Dance pants, an MNZ blue leather Lara tote, Gimaguas’ brown Rino belt bag, an Esse Studios off-shoulder long-sleeve top, a taupe Paris Georgia button-down, an Homme Plisse shirt for Nir that I’ll no doubt also wear, ‘90s Prada Sport pants (these are similar), and some Uniqlo HeatTechs to further stock my basics arsenal.
I’ve also observed a curious phenomenon lately, which is that my Broadsheet selections are proving especially effective on…me. When I was first mocking up the franchise, I assembled a few collages with items I’d been watching (these were never published), and over the last couple weeks, I realized I’d slowly bought out nearly every featured item: a Margiela AW87 gloved top and Chanel SS07 tweed dress (both previously mentioned here), a vintage D&G logo bikini (sold out—to me—but here’s the dress version), and these Jil Sander-ish Massimo Dutti boots. The prophecy is just sooooo self-fulfilling.
I wish I could tell you that this concludes my binge, but I fear I made some purchases for the home, too. A set of Lily Pearmain bowls and a few Ann Demeulemeester mugs (I simply must see what this new venture is all about). My heart also demands this Mud Australia set of mini bowls, to which I say: You’ll have to wait until after NYFW…because I suspect I’m not quite done shopping for clothes yet.
As with most shoe-brand-youth-oriented-retailer team ups, the Clarks x Zara capsule readies the original (often dowdy or “parent”-coded) product for its audiences by chucking on a platform. Some flashy and obvious use of pink or orange tends to be the case (as it is here), plus of course some animal print. What really digs into my ribs is that I really appreciate the outcome in this instance. The new shape retains the elegant minimalism Clarks has come to be known for, but the added lift balances the shape even better. I’m just grateful we didn’t have to suffer through yet another skateboarder campaign.
I have a special fondness for The Row’s Winter ‘22 collection, not just because I bought my wedding dress from the collection, but because I KNEW it was my wedding dress when I first saw the show. Before I was even engaged. The collection has landed at Bergdorf’s, and while it doesn’t include my dress (in-store only, babies), it does offer this similar style in fringed wool, plus a feast of other drooly cold-weather fabrics.
Stüssy’s second capsule for Tekla is most notable for its featured shade of magenta, like a bush of bougainvillea breaking out of a coastal mist in the late morning sun. The California culture that inspired the collection is encapsulated in what Tekla does best: structured pajamas for mornings in bed where laziness is eclipsed by the desire for beauty and buoyant, Percale-woven duvet covers in the brilliant berry tone or striped with hand-drawn lines.
TikTok’s—and by extention, Gen Z’s—unofficial eyewear partner, Lexxola, has introduced a new silhouette for the youth to fawn over. The Lulu is a bulbous, retro style that suggests a Steve McQueen lovechild with a piece of neotenic furniture…an Eny Lee Parker lamp, perhaps. Available in Oyster-Pink, Black-Honey, or Tortoise, the Lulu is simply built different.
Sunnei has brought back its ecstatically received Bliss Jumper, which debuted in FW19 and cheekily calls on Windows ‘98 wallpaper. Among the most inquired-about styles from fans, the meadow-bearing wool knit can be found on Farfetch for a bit over $1,000.
Moda Operandi brings its Next & Now Trunkshow back for a second season, once again introducing shoppers to brands from around the globe: Mexico’s Esant, France’s Lucille Thievre, the Netherlands’ Max Zara Sterck, Georgia’s Gudu, and Portugal’s Studio Cut.
Kate Spade—or kate spade, per brand style—brings its iconic-in-the-true-sense-of-the-word Sam Icon bag back for its 30th anniversary. It may have taken the petite nylon box tote a full three decades to return to this point, but the bag honestly feels as relevant today as it did in 1993, when it occupied prime territory in every teen magazine’s pages.
The limited-edition crew socks in the Doublesoul x Beepy Bella collaboration can be purchased individually for $14 a pair or as a four-pack for $50. The most adorable motifs in the Beepy Bella canon, like its wide-eyed ladybug and perky duo of frogs, are knit into a blend of organic cotton and recycled nylon and colored with eco-friendly dyes.
We look to Dion Lee for its sexy but severe sensibility, and the Pre-Spring ‘23 collection delivers, with modular tops that interlock strategically and crocheted corsets that bring to mind fetish and beachwear at the same time, siren-like.
Ottolinger’s spring collection invents a visual language that envisions another world, one in which fountains of fabric spill out of the sternum of a lounge top and a rhinestone-studded necklace appears to have been dipped in a glob of still-tacky paint. Ceramic purses covered in soft frills and strappy dresses in the ombre of an ominous sunset are other standouts in the drop.
Though we’ve weakly proclaimed each of the past few summers since COVID to be the new, true “Summer of Love,” Justine Clenquet’s new collection of the same name ushers in hope for the incoming warmth of 2023. Blooming in acid green and rosy pink, Clenquet’s pieces incorporate the brand’s trademark amalgamation of rhinestones, different metals, and disparate pieces that tangle together romantically.
With drippy hearts in gold and silver, as well as an entire alphabet of ballooning letter pendants hanging from chains, Wolf Circus’ new collection is a Valentine’s Day cheat code for partners who demur when asked what they want in honor of the holiday. Its obvious romance is tempered by a sense of levity and liveliness that make the collection read as sweet, but not saccharine.
There’s also: Paloma Wool introduces the KM shoes, early ugly-Prada type flats in boot and ballerina forms; Miaou drops a surprise SSENSE-exclusive collection full of satin stripes and spandex gingham; Nanushka is likely trying to kill us with its new Origami Tote, a clever lil cube bag that collapses in on itself into a perfect, 2-dimensional grid (also available in mini); Rowing Blazers’ Valentine’s Day “collection” is more of a curation of classic pieces from its archives, the most romantic of which is a black sweater bursting with a huge red heart; prickly and craggy, with a gorgeous selection of gems, Millie Savage’s new jewelry line brings to mind colorful creatures cavorting in a tide pool; in its first collaboration of the year, Lazy Oaf teams up with Beijing-based artist Nhosgari, whose cheeky characters and the world they inhabit grace everything from bucket hats to thongs; Puma x June Ambrose offers inventively constructed sportswear (check out this basketball skirt) in lush maroon and navy; and the two new bodysuits from Cou Cou come in basic black and white, but their lacy bodies, French cut, and bow detail make them feel all the more dimensional.
What’s on sale
Nearly 500 pairs strong, the Camper Family & Friends Sale is a 50% off Goliath, full of off-kilter color combinations and experimental sole constructions. Our headspace, rooted in the midwinter desire to cover as much skin as possible with the least amount of garments necessary, led to the discovery of the cartoonishly (in a sensual Jessica Rabbit sense) high-legged Milah boots, crafted in rugged Tencel and available in an icy periwinkle or steadfast black. The Bonnie boots are a more demure but still razor-sharp option, with a versatile design at once chunky and streamlined. Both pairs run $150 or less with FAMILY50OFF.
Forever operating a season ahead while other sites are busy clearing their FW22 merchandise, Italist has already put over 14,000 SS23 goods on sale for up to 45% off. The aggregator site takes advantage of the advanced European sale calendar and offshores the best deals to the States; after clicking through many many pages of the SSENSE sale, it’s a relief to see something actually NEW that’s marked down. Bags—including Bottega’s Arco shopper, Jil Sander’s bamboo top-handle, and The Row’s Half-Moon—are among the best steals.
Notre has seasoned its sale section with an additional 20% off (applies to full-priced, too) with EXTRA20. The Chicago-based retailer has a vaguely streetwear-leaning buy, which is not to discount the emphatic gets from luxury brands like Coperni (its Heavn glass Swipe bags are on sale), Jacquemus, and Miista (whose shoes are down below the $200 mark).
Shaina Mote’s online archive sale—which includes never-produced styles and seasonal favorites for up to 80% off—has devolved into a game of speed, with shoppers snapping up one-of-one items and scarce sizes over the course of the sale’s limited run. Whoever is first in line can still pick up this denim Field Shirt or linen Tangier pants for under $100.
LA-based boutique Nonna just dropped its FW22 sale, which takes 50% off across the entire seasonal buy, including MNZ boots, Priscavera jeans, new Paloma Wool, COA gingham silks, and waffle-y Lauren Manoogian separates.
As the brand’s former in-house stylist, Dione Davis has made me appreciate Tibi so much more. Its end-of-season sale, currently up to 50% off, is the told-ya-so Dione never had to utter, with stretch Nappa knee boots, oversized trenches, and über-soft alpaca knits marked down by $100s.
Diesel seems to be toeing the line with its inventory between old clientele (Italo-trash low-rise jeans) and new clientele (Glenn Martens logo hoes), which of course works swimmingly when all thrown together in a clearance section. The brand’s FW collection has been largely put on sale, with an additional 20% discount with EXTRA20 awaiting.
Margaux’s archive sale is over tonight, but until then offers a jewelry box-like selection of colorful ballet flats, Mary Janes, boots, and Frankensteinian combinations of shoe styles (both ballet flats and loafers have been mule-ified). Discounts carve out up to 70% of the cost of each pair, with these champagne-shade “pointe” shoes ringing up to less than $50.
In Yume Yume’s up-to-50%-off winter sale, puffy heels balance on chubby rubber hearts, icy blue fisherman’s boots crinkle just under the knee, and matted wool complicates and makes sophisticated a shoe inspired by a classic pair of trucker’s slides.
The gorpiest among us will be inspired by the ROA winter sale, which features glistening down jackets, fleeces with vents strategically placed for optimum cool factor (both aesthetically and temperature-wise), and, of course, the brand’s lauded hiking boots.
Paloma Wool’s slightly unnerving sense of quiet and calm translates into its archive sale of understated yet complex pieces, one example being these knee-high boots with laces that trail from the toe up the side of the leg like a creeping vine, another, prim blue trousers with an unexpected shock of pink flaring out from the waist.
Dotty, stripey, neon, subdued—the offerings in La Fetiche’s AW22 sale run an exhilarating gamut. Some of its best include an off-kilter, asymmetrical pink-and-red sweater in 100% Shetland wool and an imposing pair of wide-legged jeans with a handy built-in military belt and special-feeling polka dot lining.
There’s also: Mango’s sale just shot up to 70% off, where you’ll find dramatic, ankle-length coats for under $200; reworked vintage jeans, denim jackets, and flannels dip below the $100 mark at B Sides’ Winter Sale; St. Agni’s End-of-Season sale boasts options for a complete wardrobe overhaul—flattering basics, elegant dresses and tops, and both shoes and bags for a vacation- of vocation-committed lifestyle; a handful of Labucq’s boots are currently eligible for double discounts, some already marked down in its Winter Sale plus an extra 20% off with WINTER; Gigi Hadid’s cashmere brand Guest in Residence reveals mortal prices at its 50% off FW22 sale; there’s an extra 25% off waiting at Merlette’s sale full of swingy dresses, clever ruching, and buoyant blouses with EXTRA25OFF; cashmere coats and Michelin Man-style snow boots abound in 12 Storeez’ packed winter sale; from classic collarless dress shirts to mock-neck fleece zip-ups, almost everything in the Leviathan Aritzia sale is well under the $100 mark; and Carme Bollente’s smutty-sweet sale knocks an extra 20% off with WINTEREXTRA20.
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With contributions from Em Seely Katz