joy to the world

The latest arrivals from Melissa Joy Manning show how just a bit of color can go a long way. Immediately jumping out at us is the ‘watermelon tourmaline’, a mystical little crystal that shimmers in pink and green. Manning uses it sparingly, but the impact is of pure delight, like sparkly little melon slices dangling …

pre-fall | marni

Easy, loose shapes and deftly layered separates mark Consuelo Castiglioni’s pre-collection at Marni. There is also a vague hint of 70s going on here and we can see a modern day Mary Richards wearing these togs, especially the long, sweeping vest, mandarin collar blouse, and ultra wide-legged corduroy trousers. As usual, volume is a major …

pre-fall | neil barrett

Military ware, with all its branches, styles, and variations, never goes out of fashion; it just gets reinterpreted every season. Just take the pre-fall collection from Neil Barrett, for example. The British designer took the sharpest elements of Naval dress blues and worked them into impeccably tailored jackets, pants, and dresses. But Barrett doesn’t overdo …

pre-fall | paul & joe

There is a playfully retro, après-ski sensibility running through Paul & Joe’s pre-fall collection. For inspiration, designer Sophie Mechaly looked to La Folie Douce, the legendary nightclub chain situated in the French Alps. Which means that these are not clothes for sipping hot cocoa cozied up by the fireplace. More like a glass of champagne …

into the woods

It’s easy to get lost inside Secret Wood’s diminutive worlds. The Canadian company creates magical little landscapes out of fresh reclaimed wood, resin, and beeswax, and turns them into wearable fairytales. Winds swirl, snowflakes delicately fall, flowers burst — the itty bitty details are just exquisite. Each ring is handmade in Canada, so no two …

isn’t it iconic | ‘back to life’

‘Fashion was integral to what Soul II Soul did from the very beginning.’ – Jazzie B Soul II Soul in ‘Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)’ Most people know Soul II Soul for their musical output in the late 80s/ early 90s, but the story behind this British collective goes well beyond the …

pre-fall | tibi

Print and pattern are not usually a big part of the Tibi creative process, but for their pre-fall collection, designer Amy Smilovic plays with a bit of both. There’s a black and white windowpane plaid in lightweight wool blend, seen in the Edie culottes, Salome slip dress and boxy mock neck top. A romantic Spanish …