Retro Gaming “Merch”
You don’t need to be a video gaming geek to know that the industry’s enjoying an ’80s revival. Recall the 16-bit-style game launched in conjunction with the release of Stranger Things season two. The likes of Tetris and Sonic The Hedgehog are back in the spotlight – be it as classic arcade and console games, or adapted for the digital generation – while Nintendo will reportedly be resurrecting its Game Boy in the first half of the year. Playing the role of fashion’s ultimate game boy is Alessandro Michele. For S/S ’18, he’s co-opted Sega’s typeface for Gucci’s logo, and plastered it onto windbreakers and a new line of feminine structured bags. Score for taking the label’s vintage aesthetic to the next level – and hitting start on the next big logo trend.
Not Your Average Polos
As smart, easy-to-wear and retro chic as they can be, these classic collared shirts have somehow always hovered around uniform territory – between golf, casual Fridays and the IT department. Perhaps this season’s array of fashionable makeovers at brands such as Loewe (arty in creased gingham), Celine (romantic with jacquard embroidery), and Carven (cropped and colour-blocked) might change that. Even Lacoste – the de facto polo master – gets inspired with a disco-tinged toga version. Now that’s a breath of fresh air.
The Street-Style Way To Do Scarf Prints
Say what you want about them, but there’s no denying how Fashion Week’s peacock pack have taught us a styling trick or two. One such tip: Wearing the same pattern on top and bottom. Done with traditional foulard-style motifs – as seen on relaxed silk separates at Hermes (above) and Celine (a digital print of factory workers on a blouse, pleated skirt and WWE-wide belt) – it’s fashionable without being overly flashy, and retro revived right.
An Unapologetically Glamorous Dress
Simply because, with all the pragmatism that’s been dominating fashion, an in-your-face fabulous, celebration-worthy outfit puts the fun and fantasy back. Like any one of Gucci’s wholly embroidered evening gowns swathed in as many as 700,000 sequins. Or Saint Laurent’s six-figure, ostrich feather-trimmed body-con mini. Or one of Dior’s unabashedly glitzy closing looks featuring hand-sewn acrylic mirror shards (above) – the short one is a shift; the others rompers worn with a tulle skirt. See? Still pragmatic.
This Helluva Hypnotic Timepiece
The Cartier Crash is like a Tim Burton masterpiece. Class mechanism aside, there’s that distinct, surrealist element with the Dali-esque silhouette, inspired by its dark(ish) backstory of a customer’s watch getting mangled in a car crash (hence the name). It explains the 51-year-old model’s enduring appeal, no matter the interpretation. The latest, the Radieuse – limited to 50 pieces – is possibly its trippiest: the gold casing is engraved with bold, shockwave-like folds, while the dial has faded Roman numerals, lending a hallucinogenic effect. Our verdict: Five stars.
This story first appeared in Female’s March 2018 issue.
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