Welcome to the May edition – this month, Stylist’s digital fashion writer Naomi May dishes on the luxury trends, people and news you need to know
While I impatiently count down the days until the V&A’s just-announced Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto exhibition opens next year, you’ll find me at London’s Saatchi Gallery admiring a plethora of sparkle from the world’s most famous jeweller. Opening next week to mark 150 years since Tiffany & Co arrived on British shores, the Vision & Virtuosity exhibition showcases more than 400 items, including those featured in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and will take guests through the history of the brand via rooms devoted to everything from its original Fifth Avenue flagship to the origins of the iconic Tiffany blue.
The star of the sparkling show will be the storied label’s 128-carat diamond necklace, which made its debut worn by Audrey Hepburn in the press stills for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The bauble – which was reset to mark the brand’s 100th anniversary in 2012 and now features more than 100 carats of additional diamonds – was previously worn by Lady Gaga at the 2019 Oscars. While tickets are free, magpies can only book them via the Tiffany & Co app (iOS and Android) and I have it on good authority that they’re already close to capacity. Diamonds might be forever, but don’t delay. Free; 10 June-19 August; Duke of York Sq, London, SW3; saatchigallery.com
All that glitters is absolutely gold, if this trend is anything to go by. Peppered throughout Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2023 runway collection, trophy dressing got an update with shimmering fluid summer metallics made even more twinkly when they caught the San Diego sunset.
“We expect this to be a huge trend for the season ahead, which is why we’ve backed it with over 60 metallic runway looks from the likes of 16Arlington and Miss Sohee,” Net-a-Porter’s senior market editor Libby Page tells me. Recently championed by Victoria Beckham, who sported her own brand’s demi-couture metallic slip dress to son Brooklyn’s Palm Beach nuptials, searches for metallic slip dresses spiked by 200% on Net-a-Porter’s site in the hours after the official wedding pictures were published.
The easiest way to champion trophy dressing during the sunnier months is to lean into the liquidity of a metallic slip – Fannie Schiavoni’s Hailey chainmail dress (£1,930) and Dodo Bar Or’s shimmering one-shouldered Vika dress (£530) are a great starting point. More of a top and trousers girl? Embrace the subtle shine of Loewe’s fringed cami top (£450) instead. Because summer is always the best time to shine.
Stylist’s executive fashion director Hannah Moore shares what’s on her wardrobe’s summer wishlist
Russell & Bromley / £295
I spy a summer lawn party on the horizon – these platforms will make my outfit zing and prevent me sinking into the grass
Saint Laurent / £295
When it comes to sunglasses, I’m never afraid of a statement frame – I'll keep these close to hand to brighten up dull days
Pangaia / £255
Part grown-up, part-princess, this blazer is far from boardroom boring. Perfect for summer events that roll into the evening
Kinraden / £991
Kate Moss and Jodie Comer are fans of this Scandi jewellery brand – I'll add this to my existing mix ‘n’ match ear party
Valentino / £1,800
Sometimes I can't decide on just one colour – I’ll wear with the green platforms above and a white T-shirt
Prada / £2,200
The crescent moon silhouette bag trend is picking up pace and this playful yellow version makes my heart sing
It may be the last day of Fendace’s pop-up at Harrods
, but there’s plenty more blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sartorial action happening next month…
1. Loubi’s On The Beach
Opening next week at Selfridges’ Corner Shop – which has previously hosted installations by Ganni and Jacquemus – is Loubi’s On The Beach by everyone’s favourite red-soled shoe brand, Christian Louboutin. Go for the shoes and accessories from the new travel-inspired summer collection, but stay for the beach huts, specially-made Louboutin surfboards, swimwear and even branded ice creams and chilled seltzer (and did we mention the on-site lifeguard?). 6 June-3 July; 400 Oxford St, London, W1A
2. Pont St Garden Centre
Over in Belgravia, fashion designer Anya Hindmarch has opened a pop-up garden centre to coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show, selling seeds, plants and terrariums alongside her debut picnic capsule collection – this insulated seagrass bottle holder (£225) is ideal for keeping your Whispering Angel chilled while lazing in the park. Until 3 July; 11 Pont St, London, SW1X
3. The Creative Spot x British Fashion Council
Just a short train ride outside of the capital, the British Fashion Council has debuted a pop-up boutique at Bicester Village, brimming with designs from 18 of the country’s finest fashion tastemakers, including Christopher Kane, Rejina Pyo and Richard Quinn, who also designed the space. “It’s like the best extended sample sale I’ve ever been to,” says Stylist’s executive fashion director, Hannah Moore. “It’s the absolute perfect place to bag a summer event dress from Pyo or a one-of-a-kind bucket hat from Richard Malone.” Until 15 June; 50 Pringle Dr, Bicester, OX26
They say dogs are like their owners and that adage can finally become a reality now that Celine has dipped its stylish toe (or should we say paw?) into the world of canine fashion. The Hedi Slimane-lensed campaign heralds the arrival of an unexpected muse for the house – his own dog, Elvis – and the collection spans everything from dog bowls to rubber toys and leather collars (available from the beginning of June at Celine 40 New Bond St and at celine.com).
But it’s not just the cult French fashion house that’s crafting pawsome pieces for pampered pooches. Browns Fashion, Prada and Liberty London are also among those who have branched out into the canine industry, which is said to be worth an estimated £4.5 billion in the UK alone. Stylist’s fashion and beauty features director Billie Bhatia has her eyes set firmly on the Haute Diggity Dog Chewy Vuiton toy (£25) from Browns for her golden retriever, Chester. “I’m not usually the dog toy buyer in the family – my sister holds that crown – but I’ll make an exception for this,” she says. “I’ll have to carefully place it on his bed when he’s asleep and pretend, for the sake of social media, that he is a calm cutie that doesn’t tear apart every toy that enters our house.” Choupette’s got nothing on Chester (or Elvis, for that matter).
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Image credits: Tiffany & Co/Saatchi Gallery; Celine
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