Marking the 10th anniversary of Alexander McQueen's skull motif (spring '03), the house has partnered with Damien Hirst on a series of 30 extraordinary large scarves. As seen below in the short film by Sølve Sundsbø, each limited-edition design is adapted from the artist's Entomology series to create a kaleidoscopic juxtaposition of butterflies, beetles, spiders and other insects with a skull in the center. The result is a marriage of the two Brits' fascination with nature and its bounty of strange creatures.
$515 - $1175 in chiffon, pongee, twill or cashmere, available beginning November 15 at Alexander McQueen stores worldwide and online.
The part of Céline's fall/winter 2013 collection with the red-and-blue check patterns, a clever riff on the jumbo shopping bags of Canal Street, now bears another clever twist. Behold the Fortune Cookie bag, an apparent reference to the Chinatown restaurants and markets that dot Canal Street and the area. So yummy you could eat them, the shoulder bags are a limited capsule range for winter, available in dough-colored calfskin, as well as army-green mohair and blue or navy madres canvas.
At select Céline stores worldwide
Amid a Slurpee swirl of colorful bags this season, Prada goes back to basics for its new Saffiano briefcases. The Italian house has developed a new treatment that gives leather a professorial saffron patina. The lining, too, is made to look old-school with its soft sheep leather, while the steel hardware is semi-polished — for a worn-in look without the wait.
$2400-2750 in select Prada stores worldwide and online
For fall 2013, Miuccia Prada combined seemingly incombinable things: leisure and noir, couture and punk, good girl and bad girl. So if her red-and-white gingham bag is a little too "picnic with Doris Day" for you, opt instead for the nighttime red-and-blue version — much more "vodka shots with Joan Jett." (Extra good news if you live in Stockholm, Sweden, or Nanning, China — you now have a brand-new Prada flagship in your city.)
$1650 at Prada.com
Judging by these mosh-ready stompers, Hedi Slimane is giving the house of Saint Laurent a full reboot. He's adorned an otherwise standard-issue military boot in black leather with endless studs, straps, and a curious string of charms and bricolage, as if grabbed from a thrift store — although these most certainly were not.
Around $7620 at Saint Laurent stores worldwide
The latest unexpected development from the bashful cobbler is a collaboration with the high-concept "shoe director" Yoichiro Kitadate (Nike, Reebok) on a limited capsule of wedge sneakers for her and baseball sneakers for him. Called Daughters (both the women's and men's versions — go figure), and featuring a traditional Japanese leather-dying technique using organic indigo, the shoes have inherited their genes from their two dads. A miracle of modern science!
The colorful running shoes Raf Simons showed at his fall 2013 men's collection, in collaboration with Adidas, are hitting store shows — not a moment too soon for those wanting to get a jump on the shock-bright sneaker craze. For a little while now, the designer — who moonlights as Dior's creative director — has been pushing near-neon shades. In fact he's credited for bringing color back to fashion's drab landscape with his Jil Sander collections a few years ago. Five ergonomic models in three color combinations translate to a rainbow of options. Some even have multicolored silicone bubbles, for extra pop.
€240 - 250 at Hunting and Collecting
Repetto, the French maker of ballerina flats favored by the carefree likes of Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg, has collaborated with London-based prodigy of prints Mary Katrantzou on a women's shoe capsule for Colette. The classic flat makes an appearance, of course, as does a lace-up derby style — in colorful, poetic prints recalling Mary's fall 2013 collection.
€295 (flats) - €395 (derbies) at Colette
Take the art duo of Craig & Karl, put their playful illustrations on a range of bags from the German leather-goods label MCM, sprinkle in a slight resemblance to Takashi Murakami's collaboration with Louis Vuitton, heat on high for a bit, and you have pop luxury perfection.
At MCM boutiques worldwide and Harrods in London