Alessandro Michele's Gucci garden continues to grow. A new four-piece men's capsule collection, designed exclusively for Dover Street Market, incorporates more of the designer's enchanted floral and animal motifs: a sweatshirt with an elaborate tree design, a check flannel shirt with a sitting rabbit, red flannel pants, and a gray denim jacket with a brocade patch of a friendly dog and cat. The words "L'Aveugle Amour" (Blinded Love) appear throughout.
Got a light? You nearly would with these Vetements boots and mules with a skinny heel bearing the uncanny shape of a Bic lighter. Colors, too, appear to mirror those of the portable plastic torches — for those moments you could use a fire under your ass.
There's so much happening on these Gucci sandals, by Alessandro Michele, that we don't know what to point out first: the gold pointed studs up the heel or the silver studs on the front and sides, the multicolored leather or the curved chunky heel, the brass feline head or the round gold buckle. It's maximal over-stimulation done right.
Indulge your inner man-eating vamp with these stiletto-nailed soft leather gloves from Majesty Black. The accessories label makes all kinds of clever gloves (which turn up in a lot of music videos), but we're most smitten with the cat-clawed variety, with their sharpened nails plated in gold, silver, rose gold, or gun metal. Those nails, by the way, are permanently set with special hardware, so they never come off.
For spring, Valentino has released a capsule of Souvenir men's jackets in colorful prints and embroideries. Eleven satin bombers are festooned with a variety of elaborate dragons, tigers, birds, wolves, and Hawaiian flowers.
$2350 - $4695 at Valentino stores and online
Leave it to a Japanese artist and his one-man atelier, Iwakiri, to meticulously hand-craft jumbo goldfish as handbags. The verisimilitude is uncanny, down to the individually stitched leather scales. And while goldfish are the best-seller, he creates a variety of animal bags, including turtles, frogs, and other slick-skinned critters.
"Natural forms and curves are applicable to human architectures," says bag designer Konstantin Kofta, who's incorporated ornate baroque architecture — replicating actual chunks of the stuff — in his spring collection of backpacks and clutches. The Slovenian designer has evoked the shapes, curves, and decoration of the dramatic period, transferring them to sculptural leather, much like his unconventional recreations of skin, bones, and tar of previous seasons.
Presented at the spring 2016 collection, the mysteriously named 5AC is now available — John Galliano's first bag for Maison Margiela. With a lining that can be pulled outward to create a non-functioning bit of flash, the white goatskin bag is every bit as transformative as the original designer.
$2995 at select Maison Margiela boutiques and online