Don't adjust your screens. The scrambled stripes of Céline's canvas and leather bags for resort 2015 are as intentional as the cartoon face created by the zippers and handles. It's a colorful, telegenic addition to the house's classic trapeze and clutch styles — and the ideal companion for any of Phoebe Philo's other technicolor options for resort.
$375 - $1800 at Céline
Marc Jacobs loves a good gotcha. His holiday beanie collaboration with Yestadt Millinery is a prime example of his taste for trompe l'oeil, his fondness for faux. Molly Yestadt and her small artisanal team used super-luxe rabbit felt to craft each beanie on a custom wood hat block in their lower Manhattan studio and topped it off with a hand-beaded pom pom and logo. In other words, no knit whatsoever. Surprise!
$350 - $1500 at Marc Jacobs boutiques and online
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The problem with thigh-high boots is, well...they're sorta cliche. Enter Rick Owens' thigh-high sneakers. Crafted in Italy from stretch calf-leather, the shoes hug the thigh with smug temerity. But the pièce de résistance is found below, where a rounded rubber sole brings much-needed punk sashay — which is probably why they're called Ramones. Message: leave the stiletto heels for working girls and Helmut Newton photos.
For her collaborative twirl with Adidas, London designer Mary Katrantzou took track shoes worn by former medal winners and jumbled, layered, camouflaged their codes and colors. Employing elaborate, immersive prints, she infused the sneakers with her own visual language and vivid-dream colors. She also had a go at clothing, most notably an A-line mini-dress with a large-scale print of shoe lacing and an ultramarine and coral-red neoprene coat-dress.
At Adidas Originals stores starting November 15, 2014
While some people — fast-food workers — didn't see the humor in Jeremy Scott's McDonald's bags for his Moschino debut collection, it hardly fazed the politically-incorrect designer with a gift for tweaking and usurping pop-culture icons (his most recent collection was based on Barbie dolls). The bags were in fact produced, contrary to speculation, and they're surprisingly, deliciously well-made. Not like 100% calfskin, embroidered detailing, and lined interiors will do anything to calm the naysayers. If it makes them feel any better, McDonald's wasn't the only junk-food brand that got played: Cheetos, Hershey’s, and Froot Loops also got the dubious nod.
$750 - $1265 at Moschino stores and online
Jonathan Anderson's debut collection for the Spanish house of Loewe draws on many of the primal impulses that inform the London designer's own line, JW Anderson. For resort 2015, he's introduced Meccano, a series of colorful, oversized safety-pin brooches that seem to reference punk's glory days. Or Calder mobiles. Or Ritz crackers. Actually, none of the above. Made of various metals and calf-leather cutouts, they take after the curlicues in Loewe's new logo — designed by the creative agency M/M Paris — that evokes the label's original branding iron used to mark its cattle.
$120 - $222 at Loewe stores
As they say in the millinery business, not only is there a hat for every occasion, there's an occasion for every hat. Which is sort of like saying every day can be a hat day. Good thing that the UK milliner Philip Treacy makes tons of hats to choose from every season (plus this one that looks more like a black veil). That's right, in addition to supplying hats for the stage, hats for royal weddings, hats for traveling exhibitions, he'll also make hats for regular customers with regular occasions, even if the occasion is walking down the street. Behold his fall 2014 collection...
The skinny-heel pushback is well underway. The latest evidence comes from Acne Studios, whose plus-size women's Quad shoe for fall takes the best of the traditional oxford and adds an enlarged cube toe, as well as a chunky sole, for beautiful-the-way-I-am appeal. Available in white on white, black on white, and brown camo on black.
$600 at Acne Studios stores and acnestudios.com
Except for a short gap between 2011 and 2013, Raf Simons has been going at it for Fred Perry, tweaking the sporty label's signatures to his own off-kilter ends. Fall 2014 is their 10th collection, a study in artful patch and pocket placement, Haçienda-inspired diagonal stripes (made famous by Peter Saville), and color-blocked knits.
One of the more statement pieces is the diamond-quilted Raf bomber in green, applied with patches of diagonal striped fabric. Other key pieces include the optical-stripe Raf shirt, the two-button Raf sweat, and the lace-knit Raf sweater — in autumnal shades of royal purple, burgundy, pine green, navy, and Halloween orange.
$160 - $495 in Fred Perry Laurel Wreath shops and Fred Perry