There’s no denying the excitement that comes when new fashion arrivals hit stores. Like a window into the future, the debut of fresh, covetable accessories and ready-to-wear into the retail fold shapes the season’s trends. And every It item, like Bottega’s puddle boots, were once online and in-store drops. These particular pieces are like the new kids on the shelf, awaiting their destiny for sartorial greatness. Even iconic fashion totems, like the Hermés Kelly bag, accrued a little time in store before reaching the heights of fame. But in our fast-paced world, where trends are rising and falling and disappearing faster than ever (except for, lately, comfortwear), the shopping lists we make can be rendered irrelevant in a matter of days or weeks. It can be difficult to suss out the investment-worthy items from those that are fleeting.
The pandemic has also completely disrupted an already shifting fashion calendar and ushered in more seasonless collections. More and more brands are turning toward capsules and one-off drops more frequently throughout the year. Exciting? Yes. Daunting to navigate? Potentially. But not to worry, below we’ve created a guide for seamlessly navigating this week’s newest arrivals. From Louis Vuitton’s summertime capsule to Loro Piana’s latest handbag, this week’s must-have collectibles do not disappoint.
Tory Sport’s April drop is filled with graphic tees inspired by retro color-blocking and ’70s style, inspiring an active lifestyle spent outdoors in the warm weather this spring. Some t-shirts are emblazoned with graphic tennis motifs, others feature “hike” across the chest flanked by evergreen trees.
Salvatore Ferragamo’s new exhibition in the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence (on now through April 18) celebrates the late Fulvia Ferragamo Visconti and her creativity with all things silk. Ferragamo Visconti was the mastermind of silk accessories at the company since the 1970s and the exhibition details her contributions which have since become central to the Ferragamo brand. To celebrate the show, Ferragamo has developed a new line of fragrances and coordinating silk scarves—a lovely homage to Ferragamo Visconti.
Louis Vuitton just released a “Summer By The Pool” collection as an ode to the warm days ahead. The capsule is a burst of color, weaving in sunrise yellows, riviera blues, vibrant sunset sorbets, and punches of red and royal blue cabana stripes. There are silk twill pajamas, sandals, sneakers, a swimsuit, a silk scrunchie, bucket hats, and everything else you could need for a day at the pool. No matter where you wear the pieces, the collection evokes the carefree feeling of summer and a relaxing day spent at the beach.
In support of the Elephant Crisis Fund, Loewe’s annual collaboration with Knot On My Planet (now in its third year) delivers a fresh take on the brand’s iconic elephant bag. The vibrant new bag features a tasseled strap hand-woven by an artisan collective of women from the Samburu Trust in Northern Kenya and is crafted in Shuka, a bold blue and red checkered fabric traditionally used by the Kenyan Maasai tribes in the creation of shawls. 100% of this bag’s sales will be donated to the Elephant Crisis Fund. Limited to 300 editions, this unique elephant bag is sure to sell out.
Loro Piana’s newly launched range of signature leather goods is all about craftsmanship and timeless elegance. The Sesia bags are “designed to forever be by your side,” and with a range of colors, materials, shapes, and sizes—large carryalls, small crossbodies, clutches—these practical, graceful bags indeed make for forever pieces.
Larroudé launched the brand’s latest collection of exciting spring footwear. The range includes chunky-heeled platform slides, pointed-toe heeled mules, and dainty flat slide sandals in both neutral colorways and peppy, bright patent-leather iterations. Shop shoes in bright yellow, red gingham, or a cheeky’ 90s-inspired floral pattern that has become one of the new brand’s signatures.
Marine Serre and luxury retailer Browns recently teamed up on the launch of an exclusive capsule collection. The 20 styles in the capsule explore the connection between the body, the environment, and a reconnection with nature. Serre keeps comfort and flexibility close to mind with sports bras, shirt dresses, and leggings in bright red hues and her signature Lozenge moon print.
In celebration of La Ligne’s 5th anniversary, the brand is launching a monogram service for one of their best-selling items, the Marin Sweater. Monogramming will be available today through April 30 at the brand’s website and in its NYC and Dallas stores. With Mother’s Day around the corner, the monogram service makes this already beloved sweater an even sweeter gift.
Yesterday, Off-White released the sophomore collection of “Off Active,” featuring performance wear for both women and men in technical fabrics like sport-grade nylons, stretch cottons, and breathable elastic fibers. Designed with sport functionality in mind, pieces in the collection have an equal emphasis on style.
For the brand’s second spring drop, optical designer Garrett Leight launched two elegantly bold sunglass frames, the Navarre and the Norfolk, inspired by the emergence of Pop Art and contemporary Los Angeles culture in the ’60s.
Cartier just launched their new Double C de Cartier bag. This streamlined, minimalist design features a jeweled clasp with two stylized interlocking C’s inspired by the red wax insignia that the historic maison has long used to seal gift packages. With an adjustable strap, these bags are as beautiful as they are functional—to be worn over the shoulder or as a crossbody—and come in black, red, powder pink, and fuschia.
At the start of the month, Mansur Gavriel launched a sleek, practical, and comfortable collection of shoes. The offerings include four silhouettes: a slingback, a mule (with a heel just shy of one and a half inches, it’s the ideal re-emergence shoe), a square toe loafer, and a square toe ballerina. Colors range from spring hues like peppy green, orange, brown, white, and pale yellow.
On April 2, Pottery Barn launched a limited-edition Housetop Quilt, a reproduction of a design by Nellie Me Abrams, who was a member of Alabama’s storied and significant Gee’s Bend Quilting community. The quilt was created in collaboration with her estate, and 15% of the purchase will go to the NAACP.
The Attico’s first collection of beachwear features a handful of creative swimwear silhouettes that perfectly fit the label’s va-va-voom aesthetic. There are printed string bikinis with corresponding mini skirts, asymmetrical options that feel incredibly novel, and racer-front silhouettes with many styles already sold out. Also, don’t miss the new architectural thong sandals that pair perfectly with any of the new swimsuits.
Last week, Indie jewelry brand Justine Clenquet debuted her second footwear collection. Clenquet’s jewelry gained notoriety for its mismatched, yet refined pieces and her shoe designs have a similar feel. Boots and heeled mules are inspired by some of the designer’s favorite ’90s films featuring women portrayed as anything but a damsel in distress (think Chloe Sevigny, Sienna Miller, and Uma Thurman). The shoes are both feminine and strong.
Bag designer CHYLAK continues to expand this season with two new bag styles: the Trapeze bag, a small top handle bag intended for everyday use, and The Dumpling, a slouchy vintage clasp bag inspired by designs from the ’60s. The brand also continues to expand into other accessory groups with small leather belts—meant to cinch a coat, blazer, or trousers—available in embossed-crocodile leather and black suede.
Designer Magda Butrym just entered the swimwear space with a 12 piece collection that features elegant, striking one-piece and bikini silhouettes in black and cream—they’re almost too pretty to swim in. There’s a retro-inspired bustier swimsuit, a one-shoulder suit featuring a cutout, and a high-waisted bikini in Butrym’s signature rose detailing.