Sparks Joy. Zankov SS23

Founded in 2019, Zankov is known for its graphic sweaters in bold color combinations and easy-to-wear silhouettes that the designer Henry Zankov has been slowly building upon and expanding season after season. He seemed most excited about a collaboration with his friend painter Philippine de Richemont. Zankov took de Richemont’s gestural paintings of “the human nongender form” and transformed them into a pattern that appeared in an easy yellow dress made from a high-twist cotton fabric with a light weight perfect for summer. De Richemont’s faces also appeared as embroidery on a couple of woven button-down shirts, done in colorful yarns. “Last season I started experimenting with woven material, and this season we wanted something a bit more hand-done,” Zankov said. Also new was a great pair of wide-leg chinos. For spring-summer 2023, Zankov was also inspired by Ukrainian Jewish artists who share his heritage, like Sonia Delaunay, Louise Nevelson, Kazimir Malevich, and Aleksei Kruchenykh. “I never want to be literal; instead I pulled from what’s inspiring about the visual language of each artist,” he said. That resulted in a fantastic geometric pattern done in shades of aquamarine and indigo that was digitally printed on a very fine rib and turned into a swingy button-down shirt and skirt. “I want everything to feel really, really light but also be strong visually,” said Zankov. A knit tank and matching long shorts in an orange terry with thin red and white stripes achieved that goal, as did a horizontal short-sleeve top with a zipper at the neck and banded sleeves in shades of bright green, canary yellow, orchid, black, and white. Zankov’s signature blocks of color appeared on an oversized sweater, a pair of shorts, and a short-sleeve maxidress whose secret seemed to lie in the orchid color that appeared on half the ribbed neckline. “I know the color’s right when it feels joyful,” he said, and there was no shortage of joy to be found in this collection.

As the festive season is approaching, I will be sharing curated selections of my favourite brands’ items here and there. With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, Henry Zankov launched his eponymous label to inject a sense of playfulness and fun into knitwear. The way he juxtaposes natural fibers with highly technical yarns to create a clean, minimal surface is something to behold. Here are my three favourite knits from the label’s current collection, all perfect for a present under the Christmas tree. Or just wear a Zankov piece while decorating one!

Zankov jacquard-knit tank made from organic cotton.

Zankov striped merino wool midi dress in forest green.

Zankov – Kevin Paneled Jacquard-knit Organic Cotton T-shirt – Red

Collages by Edward Kanarecki.
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Festive Guide: Cozy Up

And just like that, this is my last festive shopping guide of the year! Fabulous and bold winter scarves, hats, and gloves are always a no-fail idea. After all, we all wish for a white Christmas, and what better gift is one you can use right away. For immediate satisfaction, let her unwrap COS’ classic cashmere scarf or JW Anderson’s wooly teddy mittens. However, the must-have winter wear of the season is sure to be a colourful, statement sweater – The Elder Statesman, Christopher John Rogers and Loro Piana are brands to go for!

From left to right: Raf Simons oversized sweater, Molly Goddard fairisle cardigan, Dries Van Noten handle clutch & Christopher John Rogers ribbed-knit maxi dress.

COS floral pullover, Dries Van Noten feathered top, The Row cashmere snood & Rick Owens nylon blanket jacket.

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The Row cashmere, wool and silk-blend cardigan, Cashmere In Love hood, Ashley Williams strawberries socks & COS wool pullover.

Loro Piana cashmere sweater, Cashmere In Love beanie, Paco Rabanne x Kimura socks, Christopher John Rogers polka-dot jacquard-knit sweater, Molly Goddard cable-knit wool sweater & COS cashmere beanie.

Marc Jacobs wool hooded jacket, COS cashmere socks, CFCL tote, Marc Jacobs puffer collar & Marc Jacobs wool skirt.

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The Elder Statesman tie-dyed cashmere sweater, COS cashmere slip-ons, COS leather gloves, The Elder Statesman cashmere track pants, Cashmere In Love balaclava & COS wool vest.

Sea crochet applique fruit sweater, JW Anderson striped knitted mittens, The Elder Statesman cashmere beanie, Sleeper shearling slippers & COS mohair scarf.

All collages by Edward Kanarecki.

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Festive Guide: Take It Easy

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What to buy for the homebody? As the temperature dips, our homes become more important than ever. And for the homebody, this means a renewed commitment to all things hygge – with a focus on those everyday luxuries that make staying indoors ever more chic. At the top of her wishlist is undoubtedly a unique tracksuit that is polished yet practical. Tactility is key – so button-up cardigans, socks and blankets will tick all the right boxes, while a pair of shearling mules from Molly Goddard will delight. Here’s the “take it easy”, last-minute festive guide.

From left to right, top to bottom: Marc Jacobs logo-print mini t-shirt dress, Sleeper pompom-embellished shearling flats, Anine Bing sleep mask, Dries Van Noten feather-trimmed cotton-terry track pants & “Jean-Michel Basquiat. 40th Ed.” book by Taschen.

Marc Jacobs Heaven heart earrings, Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock “Arizona” slides, ERL logo socks, Cashmere In Love cashmere halter top & Amomento brown eco-fur balaclava.

Cashmere In Love hoodie, Rag & Bone bouclé sneakers, “Virgil Abloh. Nike. ICONS” book by Taschen, Issey Miyake shell knit bag & Dries Van Noten feather-trimmed cotton-jersey sweatshirt.

Marni sabot loafers, Coperni cut-out bodysuit, Bea Bongiasca asymmetrical flower power hoop earrings, Molly Goddard x UGG sheepskin slippers, Raf Simons silk pants & Rick Owens jacket.

All collages by Edward Kanarecki.

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The Essentials Gift Guide

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, which are the ultimate essentials.

Stay Safe & Warm

Bottega Veneta shearling scarf, Byredo perfume, Thom Browne cashmere gloves & Marine Serre face mask.

Festive Home Days

The Elder Statesman two-tone cashmere knit jumper, Balenciaga cotton track pants & JW Anderson slip-on mules

Leopard Allure

Batsheva puffed-sleeve mini dress, Paul Smith leopard-intarsia socksTom Ford leopard print pumps & A.P.C. cardigan

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For The Cold Days

Moncler + Rick Owens “Hikoville” padded coat

Comfort Zone

Marine Serre fleece tubular scarf & ERL logo socks

Gifts That Give Back

Gucci double-breasted velvet blazer, Coperni “Swipe” bag, Sophie Buhai silver earrings, Wales Bonner fair isle wool cardigan & JW Anderson kitten heels

Home Elegance

The Vampire’s Wife high-shine midi dress, Erdem merino wool and cashmere blanket & Bibi van der Velden 18kr yellow gold, Moonstone pearl and diamond ring

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The All-Time Classics

Lemaire cotton belted trench coat, Prada V-neck cardigan, Noir Kei Ninomiya tartan skirt, Maison Margiela “Tabi” bag & Dr. Barbara Sturm body brush.

Easy Glam

Dries Van Noten blazer, Simone Rocha pearl clutch mini bag, Manolo Blahnik double strap sandals & Mondo Mondo heart-motif crystal drop earrings

Can’t Go Wrong Gifts

The Row TR1 top handle tote bag, Maryam Nassir Zadeh scrunchie, Victoria Beckham sunglasses, Sophie Bille Brahe pearl earrings & Diptyque “Jasmin” candle.

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Here are other gift guides you might have missed – “Cozy Chic” for her, “Stay Home Glamourfor her and “Be Boldfor him!

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

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Domenica More Gordon x Arts & Science

Sometimes, completely out of the blue, you discover something truly incredible on Instagram and can’t stop thinking about it. Artist Domenica More Gordon adds a special touch every year during Arts & Science‘ holiday season. This year too, her charming works are joining the highly-curated Japanese store (which actually requires separate post!). As a special project for 2020, Arts & Science received her one-of-a-kind handmade embroidered mini-bags from Scotland. Domenica has personally sewn by hand her dogs, birds, and plants on original A&S fabrics combined with her collection of used leather from horse gear. The handsewn features is like a good luck charm – an “amulet” as well as being functional bag to keep small items. The embroidery work unique to Domenica is a must see, the pieces reflect the exact same touch of her illustrations – but this time sewn onto an accessory. In the artist’s words, “I made these bags to contain not just the small essential items of modern life, phones, credit cards and keys, but also the larger and less tangible things like joy, pleasure and happiness. I like to think of them as practical amulets to help fend off the unsettling nature of these times. Making these bags gave me huge pleasure and I hope that they may do the same for you.” The 12 pieces are up for sale as a “blind auction” on Arts & Science on-line store. In addition, the pieces are exhibited at Arts & Science Aoyama until, well, today. One of those bags would be an amazingly charming gift!