This weekend may have marked the official end of summer, but the upside is that fall boot season has arrived. We’ve gathered the season’s must-try trends from Fashion Week in London and Milan, where street style stars are wearing everything from knee-high boots in eye-catching animal prints to rugged Chelsea boots (all the better to beat the rain in Paris).
Just when you thought Simon Porte Jacquemus had designed fashion’s most outrageous It bag—a mini bagso mini that it only holds a stick of gum or a pair of AirPods (without the case!)—Virgil Abloh slides in with a surprising counter. Sure, the Jacquemus bag holds just one or two little things, but Abloh’s literally holds nothing. Dubbed the Meteor, Off-White’s new top-handle purse comes with giant holes punched straight through the leather, as if hit by a perfectly-round meteor. The holes are slightly askew so you can slide your hands through and carry the bag like a clutch, but anything you might put inside—an iPhone, a card case, lip balm, headphones—would instantly fall out. In fact, in a release, the brand explicitly says the bag is “unfunctional.”
The spectrum of basic ballet flats can range from an ugly commuter shoe to something insanely chic. Thankfully, brands like The Row and Jil Sander have revived these feet-clinging shoes, making them look cooler than ever, and giving us plenty of reasons to say goodbye to their unattractive, oddly flexible, fold-up counterparts that you stash and hide in your commuter tote. It’s time to update the basic flats, and replace them with a stylish, modern take on the ballerina. Simple design updates like higher cuts have eliminated unwanted toe cleavage and undoubtedly created more appealing silhouettes. Supremely soft leathers, embellishments, cutouts, and unconventional materials have also played their part in transforming these commuter shoes into comfortable and coveted alternatives you’ll be reaching for day after day—no longer just during the commute.
With her new video for “Confessions,” the lead single from her upcoming debut album Athena, Los Angeles–based artist Sudan Archives set out with ambitious intentions. She wanted to flip the script on the classic rap video, swapping out the commonplace objectification of women with a celebration of their resilience; she planned to debut some portions of a new song, “Black Vivaldi Sonata,” and she also wanted to take the opportunity to ruminate on her own duality. In a press release accompanying the new Nathan R. Smith–directed visual, Archives proclaimed the last portion of the mash-up clip is “about being the seduced and the seductress. It’s about God and the Devil, yin and yang, and about the possibility that we might have it all wrong about the two.”