April 26, 2012
Courtesy Heritage Auctions
Spring auction season is in full swing, and though the opportunities to bid on something spectacular are abundant, style mavens are sure to pay particularly close attention to the Spring Luxury Auction at Heritage Auctions. The event—which takes place on April 29 in New York after previews in Dallas and Beverly Hills—will feature hundreds of rare accessories from brands like Hermès, Valentino, Cartier, Balenciaga and Oscar de la Renta. Keep an eye out for a runway limited edition of a bloodred crocodile clutch from Marc Jacobs, and an elusive Chanel Cruiser bicycle outfitted with a seat and saddlebags made from quilted lambskin. Those looking for vintage finds can bid on pieces like a Gianni Versace pink python bag, or a classic Louis Vuitton steamer trunk complete with old-time-y European travel stickers still attached. April 29; 2 E. 79th St.; ha.com/luxury.
April 30, 2012
Beginning Monday, Decades—the Los Angeles vintage boutique beloved by style mavens and collectors alike—will host a three-day shopping event at the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Thrift Shop on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The first night is by invitation only, but the coveted selection will be available to the public Tuesday and Wednesday, with 10 percent of all proceeds benefiting Memorial Sloan-Kettering.
While Decades will showcase a dizzying array of vintage designer clothing—from the likes of Gucci, Valentino, Hermès and Chloe, as well as accessories from Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin—of particular interest is the spectacular Lyn Revson collection. A New York socialite and 1970s beauty icon, Revson donated her wardrobe, filled with Chanel, Burberry and Ralph Lauren, among others, to Decades, and this is the last time shoppers will have privileged access to the rare finds before they return to her estate. May 1–2, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; 1440 Third Ave.; decadesinc.com..
May 31, 2012
There are few handbags as iconic as Fendi’s Baguette. The petite, simple design, meant to be tucked casually under the arm like its French namesake, has seen infinite takes on the original in materials like leather and crocodile skin and festooned with intricate embroidery, Damien Hirst’s famous spots and Jeff Koons’ graphics. Now, as the bag reaches its 15th birthday, the company is celebrating with a book called Fendi Baguette (Rizzoli; $125). The tome (out in June) features 250 photos of the Baguette’s many variations as well as essays and tributes from acolytes like Sarah Jessica Parker, Museum of Modern Art senior curator Paola Antonelli and Italian architect Quirino Conti. If you see an out-of-circulation style within the pages that strikes your fancy, take heart: Fendi is rereleasing six designs on June 1, including a mirrored style from 1997 and a yellow beaded one from spring/summer 2000. 677 Fifth Ave.; 212-759-4646; fendi.com.
April 29, 2013
Photo courtesy of Valentino
Valentino’s iconic dots get a little sweeter in the brand’s newest capsule collection, Pop Pois, which features candy-colored, polka-dotted espadrilles, clothing and accessories in tangy shades of blueberry, cherry and lime. Launched last December during Art Basel Miami Beach, and scheduled for a European release in Valentino boutiques this month, and a release in Asia in May, the Pop Art–inspired collection plays up Miami’s sunny, retro-modern vibe with a wink to the brand’s history. The modular centerpiece is a polka-dotted scarf emblazoned with the Valentino logo, which has been resized and transformed into flowing silk maxi tops, pajama pants and day dresses that can be mixed and matched for a seamless transition from beach to nightclub to bedroom. The glamorous showstopper? A flirty, gold-chained VaVa Voom studded clutch, updated with a matching polka-dot cover. Caftan dress, $1,290; valentino.com.