6 Things the Fashion Team Is Talking about Right Now – Alyssa Nelsen

6 Things the Fashion Team Is
Talking about Right Now

How we dress is very much a microcosm of what’s going on in the world. Exhibit A: the sweatsuit phenomenon. Which is why fashion’s primary job is to make us dream. Whether by infiltrating our feeds, as was the case with the return of couture week, our wardrobes (turns out even recreational gear can go chic), or our favorite coastal locales (bonjour, Dioriviera), designers are giving us plenty to get excited about—and isn’t that the whole point?

1

POLO X FEED

Polo and FEED founder Lauren Bush Lauren teamed up with No Kid Hungry on a collection of catchall totes, packs, and pouches made with upcycled denim and woven jute alongside classic gender-neutral cuts, like the legendary polo. It’s preppy. It’s classic. It’s brimming with Ralph Lauren’s iconic style. Better still, with 10 percent of the profits going toward providing meals to kids in need throughout the US, it’s all for a (really) good cause.

polo ralph lauren Polo x feed tote bag, Ralph Lauren, $198;
polo ralph lauren polo x feed field jacket, Ralph Lauren, $498;
polo ralph lauren polo x feed bucket hat, Ralph Lauren, $68;
Polo ralph POlo x Feed backpack, Ralph Lauren, $248

2

POPPING UP FROM
COAST TO COAST

MARNI MARINE

Sunset Beach Hotel, Shelter Island

Open now through Labor Day

The Sunset Beach hotel has long lured Manhattanites with its tranquil seaside vibes. Now this mellow Long Island retreat is offering an even better reason to book a stay-cay: a makeover by the masters of Italian maximalism at Marni.

Photos courtesy of Marni / William Takahashi

DIORIVIERA

Rosewood Miramar, Montecito

Open now through September 6

Dior has a way of upping the chic factor on whatever it touches. Which, if you happen to find yourself at the Rosewood Miramar this summer, is everything from surfboards and bocce ball paddles to Dior-happy poolside cabanas covered in toile de Jouy.

Photos courtesy of Dior

GUCCI
HAMPTONS

East Hampton

Not technically a pop-up, but we decided to go ahead and give Gucci an honorable mention for the opening of its new permanent outpost in East Hampton, where you’ll find logo-embellished luggage, nautical bucket bags, and plenty of chic things to scratch that I-want-something-pretty-for-the-weekend itch.

Gucci Hamptons Woven Pouch &
BACKPACK
, Gucci East Hampton,
17 Newton Lane, East Hampton, New York

Photos courtesy of Gucci



3

COUTURE WEEK IS BACK
(WAAAY BACK)

Couture week is an exercise in spectacle. And with the return of the haute couture shows in Paris this past month—both in person and digital—there seemed to be a common thread woven through the fall-winter ’21 collections: a loving nod to the decadence of decades past.

Schiaparelli

Photo courtesy of Schiaparelli

Balenciaga

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga

Chanel

Photo courtesy of Chanel

DIOR

Photo courtesy of Dior

There were roaring-’20s tassels swishing around Chanel’s legendary rue Cambon salon, evening-glove-adorned models done up in the kind of old-world glamour that would have made the late Cristóbal Balenciaga proud, sheaths of impeccably embroidered taffeta and matador-inspired monteras at Schiaparelli, and let’s not forget the Renaissance-era brocade frocks of fancy at Dior.

4

DESIGNERS TAKE IT OUTSIDE

While the fall couture shows served up a great deal of aspiration, the summer prêt-à-porter collections, by comparison, sensibly embraced the spirit of right now. Chanel tempted us to a day on the sand with a tropical-leaning capsule of black-and-white suits and towels, while Prada explored the practical with triangle-emblazoned water bottles, volleyballs, and nylon picnic bags.

CHANEL COCO
BEACH 2021

Photo courtesy of Chanel

PRADA OUTDOOR

PICNIC BAG, Prada, $2,950;
WATER BOTTLE, Prada, $105



5

CARTIER
SIXIÈME
SENS

A paragon of the truly exquisite, Cartier is known for crafting radiant, dazzling pieces. As for its newest collection, Sixième Sens? It’s all of that—and more. Brilliant gems emulate the natural, untamed wonders of the world, from a cascading configuration of mosslike emeralds to an intricate petal-shaped setting. They’re timeless, daring, and utterly mesmerizing.

Cartier Sixième Sens High Jewelry necklace, Cartier, price upon request;
Cartier Sixième Sens High Jewelry ring, Cartier, price upon request

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