After Kristen Stewart, Cara Delevingne and Caroline de Maigret, the American singer and producer Pharrell Williams is the latest star to front Chanel’s “Gabrielle” bag campaign. Last year, he walked the runway for the brand’s Métiers d’Art show in Paris. Now, he is the first man to appear in one of the French luxury brand’s handbag ads.
The video features the “Happy” singer entering an empty concert venue, where he is soon overcome with childlike playfulness. He can be seen riding on a wheeled equipment case and balancing on a metal beam, for example, all with the “Gabrielle” bag worn cross-body and with several strings of pearls around his neck. Shot by French Filmmaker Antoine Carlier.
No stranger to luxury footwear, Del Toro brings us their newest rendition of their classic velvet slippers. Draped in black velvet, the slip-on loafer is dressed in a laser-embossed paisley pattern across the entirety of its tonal upper. This handmade Italian slipper is now available via Del Toro’s Wynwood boutique and web store for $325 USD.
Ronnie Fieg presents the fourth and final installment of his collaborative Spring/Summer 2013 footwear range alongside Sebago. Where previous drops included the likes of the Almani, Vincent, Schooner, and Docksides, part 4 sees new versions of both the Schooner and Spinnaker. This time around the Spinnaker retains its handsewn moc-toe boat shoe aesthetic, pairing rich light blue nubuck with a light grey nubuck collar, a leather sock liner, navy rawhide laces, and a non-marking Docksides sole. The Schooner, on the other hand, sits atop a slip-resistant Campsides sole and features genuine moccasin construction with a light brown nubuck upper, a light denim collar, white rawhide laces, and calfskin lining. Retailing for $115 and $130 USD respectively, the two designs are now available online and in-store at Kith‘s Manhattan and Brooklyn storefronts. [See More]
Breitling gives its latest nod to aviators and their heritage with the new Transocean Unitime Pilot. The timepiece does so through the crown-adjustable world time system that corrects all indications, allowing the wearer to effortlessly negotiate travel between different timezones. The movement is a Manufacture Breitling Caliber B05, which is housed in a satin-brushed steel case with a steel mesh bracelet. The Pilot is available with a blue dial, polished red gold case, and with a 1,000-piece limited edition black steel case and bracelet. For further details on the Transocean Unitime Pilot Chronograph, visit Breitling’s website here.
For fans of Christian Louboutin’s dangerously spiky silhouettes, the French footwear brand releases the overzealous Dandy Pik Pik Velours. The slip-on is being described by the brand as the Louis Pik Pik in loafer form. The shoe is made from black calfskin suede and, of course, features the brand’s signature red bottoms. You can purchase a pair of the Dandy Pik Pik Velours from christianlouboutin.com for approximately $1,807 USD.
There are a lot of things to admire about Gucci, but the thing that strikes me most is the brand’s commitment to interesting hardware. Horse bits, stirrups, bamboo – the Gucci has made a legacy of adorning its bags with interesting signature metal work. For Gucci Fall 2013, the go-to piece seems to be a big, bold, rectangular buckle that’s being referred to as the Gucci Lady Buckle ($3,190 USD) and is often paired with striking jaguar print. (Which simply looks like leopard to me, but sure, we’ll go with Gucci’s story on which big cat it is.) If that look’s a bit too bold for you, you can also get the elements independently on a black leather version of the Gucci Lady Buckle Tote or a jaguar-print bamboo bag. As always, other brand staples are plentiful in the collection – lush python, logo hardware and Guccissima prints. [See More]
Every man should own at least one good pair of shorts. Comfortable and relaxed, they're the perfect fair-weather fall-back, and, as Style Director Mr. Dan May demonstrates in our new video, there are a number of ways to wear them. To illustrate this point, we have chosen J.Crew's Stanton Chino Shorts ($60 USD). Constructed from rugged cotton twill, they are available on MR PORTER in a wide range of colours, but to emphasise their versatility we've chosen just one: a sun-bleached shade of lobster pink that brings to mind an East Coast sensibility, and imparts a summery, preppy flavour to each of our five looks. Shorts are inherently informal, and will likely never be appropriate for dinner at The Ritz, but it's possible nevertheless to dress them up or down to suit a variety of laid-back summer scenarios. Enjoy.
This season Christian Louboutin has worked up its signature Rollerboy Spikes in camouflage-print pony hair for a new take on the luxe-cum-punk shoes. The loafer silhouette gets a predominantly brown camo upper punctuated by the bold use of gold-colored studs across the entire shoe. Complementing the special exterior is a rich leather lining inside along with black piping on the edges of the shoes. Available now at the Christian Louboutin online store for $1,495 USD.
Welcome to the Style Clinic. We're grateful for the sartorial queries you have sent to Mr. Porter thus far - please keep them coming. Alternately, you can send a letter to the address here. Our enquiry this week is from African pharmaceutical executive Mr Willem D van Niekerk, who wants to stay cool in the heat while still looking the business. Click on the video above to see how we advise him. Enjoy.
Over 400 guests -including Zhang Zi Yi, Choi Si Won, Sandra Ng, Zhang Zi Lin, international model He Sui and socialite Pansy Ho - attended the cocktail party to celebrate the opening of the new Giorgio Armani store in Hong Kong on Canton Road. Guests were entertained by a VIP dinner at SKY100 Hong Kong Observation Deck and were given a private viewing of the Eccentrico exhibition, a showcase of 51 dresses and accessories from the Giorgio Armani and Giorgio Armani Privé Collections, dating from 1985 to the latest season, for the first time also including a unique selection of cosmetics and fragrances. A selection of hand drawn sketches from the Eccentrico Exhibition were revealed for the occasion.