Here, we’re sharing some of our favorite “Brand New” happenings and releases to get you ready for the new year.
Missoni debuted its Pre-Fall 2019 collection, giving us fresh takes on the brand’s iconic knits in a varied palette of muted colors. Giving off sweet vintage vibes, wide legged trousers are paired with textured cardigans and sweater dresses can be seen with knee socks and heels. Pinstripes make a noteworthy appearance in the collection and new must-have accessories like knit caps, scarves, and head wraps have us ready for Fall.
With Trina Turk’s new Suri Slippers, you’ll be prepared for a shameless night in. Handcrafted in Peru, these bundles of Alpaca fluff are available in two colorways—lavender or blush—and feature a suede sole. Glamorous yet comfortable, these slippers and are bound to be the coziest new thing in your closet.
Montblanc’s Wrap Me bracelet is the newest understated luxury item we’re eyeing. Available in three color combinations (black and red, black and taupe, and navy and orange), this double-faced leather bracelet features a silver toggle clasp with the iconic Montblanc snowcap, making it simple, stylish, and versatile.
For its 280th anniversary, Jaquet Droz has opened a pop-up store in New York on Fifth Avenue. Featuring an installation with a larger-than-life story book, the pop-up shop invites the public to experience the “Story of the Unique,” which features one of eight examples of the Tropical Bird Repeater, live demonstrations, and more.
Alongside the brand’s anniversary celebration, Jaquet Droz has also introduced the Grande Seconde Skelet-One—a new technical timepiece in black and blue. Originally designed over 250 years ago, the Skelet-One offers updates to the classic Grande Seconde design, including a 41.5mm ceramic case and an entirely suspended gear train, which is completely visible on both sides through its double sapphire “glass box.” The watch also features a modern, masculine design, white gold details, and is affixed to a blue canvas bracelet.
Brooklyn’s original boutique hotel property, the Wythe Hotel, has just announced 2019’s official lineup for its Artist Residency Program—an important facet of the hotel acting as an incubator space for local creativity. For starters, artist Katya Grokhovsky will perform her work Bad Acts on January 9, which explores gender, identity, domesticity, and art history through the construction of fictional personas and analysis of patriarchal society. Following Grokhovsky in the upcoming months will be works by the duo Scott Ogden and Tynan DeLong, and Erica Fae.
Yesterday, Gucci celebrated the release of its latest publication, Dapper Dan’s Harlem, with a cocktail reception at the Gucci Garden in Florence. Shot and produced by photographer and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulos, the book dedicated to Dapper Dan (a partner and friend of the house) documents Marcopoulos’ trip through Harlem, Dan’s home, and his eponymous atelier. In addition to original images shot in Harlem, the limited-edition book features portraits of friends of the House of Dapper Dan, including Cleo Wade, Marcus Samuelsson, Steve Stoute, and Trevor Andrew.
Also new from Gucci this week is the release of its Le Marché des Merveilles Fine Jewelry Catalogue. Photographed by Julia Hetta, the catalogue is captured with a dark, romantic eye, inspired by Flemish paintings from the Renaissance. The images depict a series of gold and colored gem jewelry scattered across still-life fruit platters and in portraits reminiscent of those done by Johannes Vermeer and other great painters of the time.
Introducing a completely new design concept for the brand, Alexander McQueen has opened a new flagship location on Old Bond Street in London. Conceived by creative director Sarah Burton alongside architect Smiljan Radic, the boutique was designed to immerse its clientele into the McQueen universe, featuring mannequins interacting throughout the environment, which reference the stories of the runway collections. Spread across three floors, the flagship includes menswear, womenswear, and an experiential space where the house’s creative process can be explored through a series of photography, artwork, and archival items.
The Molteni Group continues its global expansion with the addition of a new Dada flagship in Tokyo’s Minami Aoyama district, directly next to the Molteni&C flagship. Designed by the house’s creative director, architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen, the shop features Van Duysen’s signature wide windows, green areas, and the use of many natural and sophisticated materials like bronze, raw metal, and glass.
Inspired by the men’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection, Louis Vuitton has unveiled special window designs at its New York Fifth Avenue and Los Angeles Rodeo Drive locations. For Virgil Abloh’s first designs for the house as the artistic director of menswear, the collection looked to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz for inspiration, infusing the pieces with bursts of color. As a nod to the collection, the windows include the yellow brick road, technicolor skies, fields of flowers, and an oversized figure that creates an optical illusion, extending throughout the store and onto the street.