1 ADVENTURE TIME
The eye has to travel even when we can’t. For pre-fall 2020, Stuart Vevers of Coach looked to the great outdoors, playing with its style tropes and reinterpreting them for modern city living. The result was a youthful collection fi lled with lightweight, easy-to-wear pieces that nodded to both retro sportswear and rugged camping gear—chambray shirts, anoraks, windbreakers, shearling vests, fl eece jackets, shorts and skirts with handy cargo pockets. These were all grounded by sporty sandals paired with chunky socks, and accessorised with little pouches clipped onto larger bags with utilitarian carabiners, which lent a new (and more practical) dimension to the undying micro-bag trend.
2 SWEET ROMANCE
Cecilie Bahnsen puts her romantic spin on footwear, joining forces with Charles & Keith for a stylish and sustainabilityminded collection. Prices range from $379 to $529
Cecilie Bahnsen, the rising Danish fashion star known for her unabashedly romantic take on femininity, has joined forces with Charles & Keith—the local shoes and accessories brand that has cultivated a growing global following—for a limited-edition shoe collection. As its name suggests, the Back To School capsule takes its cues from traditional school wear, blending a sense of girlishness with the quiet sophistication for which Bahnsen is known. The capsule comprises three Mary Jane styles and a mule, made from either recycled satin with hand-drawn, quilted embroidery or a patchwork of textiles upcycled from Bahnsen’s archives. Every detail has been considered, from the dust bags—lovingly pieced together from surplus fabric cuts—to the shoeboxes, finished o with exclusive prints from the campaign
Earth Polo shirts, $199 each, RalphLauren
3 POLO POSITIVE
This year sees Ralph Lauren expanding its Earth Polo collection, the special range of iconic Polo shirts made with thread derived from recycled plastic bottles and dyed using waterless processes. Now available in 19 colourways for men, seven for women and nine for children, the collection shows the brand’s commitment to its pledge of removing 170 million plastic bottles from oceans and landfi lls by 2025—each Earth Polo made is equivalent to the removal of 12 plastic bottles. To realise this goal, Ralph Lauren works with First Mile, an organisation that engages low-income communities around the globe in the collection of recyclable plastic bottles.
From left: Tyrex sneaker in FluoYellow, $1,540; inBlack/Grey, $1,350, Balenciaga
Balenciaga may have ignited the craze for unwieldy, hulking sneakers with its Triple S line, but it is now swinging the pendulum back in the other direction with its Tyrex sneakers. The streamlined shoes evoke those worn by footballers and martial artists, but with an inventive twist: The sinuous webbing of the leather-free upper is inspired by the human musculature beneath the skin. Demna Gvasalia does it again with this subversion of a familiar style staple.
Maria Grazia Chiuri’s vision of subtle sophistication for pre-fall 2020. (Far right) Bobby bag in Dior Oblique canvas; in leather, Dior
5 NEW CLASSIC
For pre-fall 2020, Maria Grazia Chiuri turned her eye towards timelessness. Instead of flashy statements, she presented beautifully constructed Dior classics: flattering fit-and-flare dresses, perfectly tailored jackets, lean cropped trousers and smart skirt suits. To complement the understated elegance of the clothes, she introduced the Dior Bobby. Named after Christian Dior’s beloved dog, it is a hobo bag given polished structure for a modern edge.
Moncler’s signature pu er goes psychedelic and Pop with Richard Quinn
6 ALL HAIL THE QUINN
The Moncler Genius line-up is stacked with heavyweight talents, but even then, relative newcomer Richard Quinn has no problem standing out with his brand of high-octane glamour. For the 2020 edition, Quinn created 12 exclusive prints for Moncler, which ranged from psychedelic florals to OpArt graphics—all in brilliant rainbow brights. These were splashed onto everything from mini dresses and voluminous gowns to opera coats and windbreakers. Full-coverage leggings, bodysuits andbalaclavas in the same prints lent a surreal spinto the collection.
"The full universe of CELINE womenswear, menswear and haute parfumerie is now available in Singapore"
7 RETALL THERAPY
The first CELINE store in Singapore conceptualised by Hedi Slimane has o cially opened at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. At almost 320sqm, the duplex is also the brand’s largest store in Southeast Asia. It boasts all the hallmarks of Slimane’s overhaul of the brand’s retail spaces— think Brutalist marble and concrete juxtaposed with the warmth of reclaimed oak, polished brass and gold. The new agship store also marks the introduction of the House’s menswear and haute parfumerie collections in our market.
"Givenchy pre-fall 2020"
8 END OF AN ERA
Clare Waight Keller has exited Givenchy after three years at its helm as artistic director. The first woman to hold the position, her tenure was filled with plenty of high points—from Meghan Markle’s wedding dress to the spectacular revival of its haute couture. Most notably, Waight Keller brought a renewed sense of elegance to Givenchy, steering the brand closer to the spirit of refinement established by its founder, Hubert de Givenchy.
BY JEFFREY YAN