One Foot in Bed, One Foot in Reality. Acne Studios AW21

The new season Acne Studios collection is quite close to Jonny Johansson‘s recent outings: incredibly tactile, playfully deconstructed and intentionally ‘unfinished’ if you know what I mean. The difference is that it’s a direct response to current lockdown feelings and isolation moods. Spending lockdown at his Swedish country house, the designer has found it a sort of pastoral escape from reality: “a dreamscape, fantasy situation,” he said. “It’s been quite an easy place to focus, a comforting world to be in.” There’s a certain relaxed, cozy feeling in the opening, vintage-y looks. Distressed dressing gowns and fuzzy fabric pajamas, floral nightgowns and distended knits appropriated the cutesy fabrics that furnish his home, thick knitted socks stuffed into sandals… so Acne Studios and so, so desirable right now, during what seems to be a global fatigue. Stripped back, some of the underlayers (notably a tie-dye, silken dress, or a button-down micro-floral ’90s number) were charming as well. Johansson explained he was also designing with the future in mind. His somewhat severe snapback to reality, which appeared toward the end of the collection, revolved around the weddings and funerals precluded by gathering restrictions – hence the monochromatics that followed a palette of well-washed pastels. It felt somewhat dystopian, gaping crochet and wader boots read more directly as apocalyptic than churchgoing attire, but a twisted lace version of a wedding dress or some black taffeta tailoring would certainly suit cocktail hour. This season, designers are grappling with the notion of a post-pandemic wardrobe, and nothing has yet been decided – although it feels unlikely that many people will want to extend a year spent in pajamas much longer than is strictly necessary. Acne Studios offers that in-between wardrobe, one foot in bedsheets, one foot in actual life.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

The Gift Guide for Him – Be Bold

Husbands tweed blazer, Wales Bonner velvet shirt & Moncler x JW Anderson tote

This year, I’ve decided to create dream gift guides that might make it easier for you to go (and filter) through the festive season. Get ready for a selection of beautiful items that will spark joy and last for years. The ones that will certainly please one’s senses and deliver heavenly feelings. Treat your loved ones and yourself! Here’s the curated edit of the most covetable delights, for him, which are all about being feeling bold and chic.

Quilt and Patch. For a few season now, Emily Adams Bode’ eponymous, New York-based label storms menswear, whether it’s Harry Styles wearing Bode corduroy pants or Ezra Miller wearing a full look on the red carpet. One of the brand’s signature, quilted jackets is high up on my wishlist for Santa.

BODE X Browns 50 string quilted jacket

Groovy and Cozy. Yes, your stay-at-home uniform can be as good as a eee-Lite song.

Acne Studios dinosaur-print sweatshirt, Jacquemus Soleil squared-frame sunglasses, Jil Sander sandals, Saint Laurent leopard print card holder & Dries Van Noten floral tote

Big & Chunky Knit. Dries Van Noten certainly knows how to make you drool over a knit.

Dries Van Noten green wool sweater and Dries Van Noten orange wool sweater

Modern Dandy. Break conventions and play with the notions of elegance. Elevated classics that will never get boring.

Casablanca x Browns 50 graphic-print bermuda shorts, Marni red loafers, Prada geometric-print shirt, Casablanca orange print scarf & Maison Margiela socks

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TASCHEN

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Loewe x Ken Price. Just in time for Christmas, Loewe has dropped a new art capsule. Ken Price (1935 – 2012) was a Californian artist, born and raised in Los Angeles, whose esoteric style defied categorization. Calling on eclectic influences from Mexican folk art to erotica and surf culture, his output included vibrant landscapes that have become the focus of the capsule collection – a selection of limited edition ready-to-wear, iconic bags and accessories.

Loewe x Ken Price silk LA scarf & Loewe x Ken Price LA print hoodie

Timeless Neutrals. Different shades of brown and beige… sometimes, you just have never enough of them.

Hed Mayner single-breasted blazer, Hed Mayner wool trousers, Ann Demeulemeester feather pendant necklace, Bottega Veneta tortoiseshell oval sunglasses, Lemaire croissant leather crossbody bag & Dries Van Noten pony hair derbies

Think Green, Wear Green. Green is often thought to represent tranquility, good luck and health. This is how we all want to enter 2021…

Acne Studios green hoodie, Loewe green ballet sneakers & “Expressionism. A Revolution in German Art” book by Taschen

Nerdy Non-Chalance. Tis the season of a geeky sweaters! Why not make the outfit even more so-bad-it’s-good with some statement accessories?

Gucci mohair cardigan, Acne Studios shopper, Raf Simons chelsea boots & Prada patterned jacquard knit jumper

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SSENSE GLOBAL

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The Great Outdoors. Whether its The Crown‘s British moores (obsessed) or stylish grocery shopping in your neighbourhood, gorgeous outerwear won’t dissapoint anyone.

Jacquemus “Les Mules” shoes, BODE workwear jacket, Bethany Williams patchwork-pattern polo jumper, Jil Sander checked logo-patch scarf, Bottega Veneta green rubber boots & Marine Serre denim jacket

Arty. Christo, the Bulgarian-born artist became internationally renowned for his monumental art projects that would redefine public spaces, landmarks and natural landscapes, often by augmenting or concealing their natural appearance with miles of fabric. He passed away this year, and to celebrate his ouvre, Taschen decided to update its monograph book on his and Jeanne-Claude’s artistic practice.

BODE embroidered trousers & “Christo and Jeanne-Claude. 40th Anniversary Edition” book by Taschen

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TASCHEN

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Los Angeles Cool. There are two labels coming from Los Angeles that I’m constantly obsessed with – Greg Chait’s The Elder Statesman and Eli Russell Linnetz’s ERL. While the first is a tie-dyed cashmere heaven, the second envisions a unisex world that reflects the heart and soul of LA’s youth. Both of them exude an air of nostalgia, with inspiration stemming from ‘90s films, Venice Beach skaters, and the Santa Monica aura. Oh, and both brands make genius clothes and accessories which will definitely work as a forever-lasting gifts!

ERL ski jacket, The Elder Statesman striped fringe cashmere scarf, ERL striped wool gloves, ERL socks & The Elder Statesman tie-dyed cashmere beanie

Parisian Chic. I wrote about Husbands Paris not a while ago. Everything is a dream, really, from their signature knitted ties to the most delightful trench coats. You’ll find Husbands between the orbits of tailoring and fashion, plucking the craftsmanship from the former and stories from the latter to fill an otherwise uninhabited space of the industry with culture and style. Want!

Husbands beige wool coat & Husbands silk knitted tie

Laid-Back.

Raf Simons “Smiley” print t-shirt, Maison Margiela wallet, Reebok by Pyer Moss socks, Lanvin belted jeans & Bottega Veneta sunglasses

Raf Knows What A Guy Needs. Really, if you’re not sure what he wants… buy him Raf Simons.

Raf Simons faux-fur coat & Raf Simons “Antei” suede low-top sneakers

More festive gift guides are coming soon! Here’s one you might have missed – for her!

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NET-A-PORTER Limited

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All collages by Edward Kanarecki.