Oh, YSL, you continue to draw us into your very fashionable web. The luxury brand has launched 'New Vintage II', an environmentally friendly capsule collection that uses excess fabric from the company archives to create new and modern designs that still feel retro. A total of 121 pieces are being sold at YSL flagship stores in London, Paris and New York, so should you be browsing in those cities for holiday gifts - to others or yourself - we'd suggest making a purchase.
The first New Vintage collection (for Barneys New York) sold out in days, and we expect the mania to follow this round of pieces, too. Shop wisely and soon!
Need a chance to get in on what you might have missed out on during the Biba and Halton era? Pick up a little Duro Olowu this spring. With the colourful prints the designer used to make his name, everything from chic shorts to disco dresses seemed like the type of pieces that could be good vintage a few decades from now.
Late-years Picasso inspired Olowu this season, and we think his pillowy skirts, painterly jumpsuits and waist-cinched tea dresses were pretty much works of art. But dresses like the one above, with quaint prints contrasting with those modern huge shoulders, give Olowu points for creating something new.
I firmly believe that Stefano Pilati is to Yves Saint Laurent what Karl Lagerfeld is to Chanel. Don't agree with me? Over the past few seasons, like Karl, Pilati has been able to take a classic powerhouse brand and continue to develop the classic elements but channel them in a modern way that is relevant. The recent success of the "New Vintage" collection for the brand is evidence of that. After being launched in Barneys this week, the collection completely sold out the same afternoon, and the brand continues to do well amongst a young generation. Still disagree with me?