1. Iconic Initials
This season, Saint Laurent endured a changing of the guard, ushering in designer Anthony Vaccarello to helm the Parisian atelier. As with any designer’s premiere collection, setting the stage of what is to come from the house is paramount. Previous designer Hedi Slimane famously dropped the “Yves” in Saint Laurent, while Vaccarello championed its return, hoisting the magnificent initials high above the runway venue and illuminating the Paris night sky. The iconic monogram also served as heel posts for stilettos and embellished some models’ ears in the form of earrings ($445). Breaking the trademark in two parts, the “YS” is a cuff worn high on the ear and the “L” adorns the lobe. Tapping into fashion’s current love affair with ’80s logo-mania, Vaccarello made it clear he’s embracing the brand’s heritage down to the letter.
2. Louis, Louis
It’s been 70 years since Louis Vuitton wowed the world with a new fragrance, so when word spread that the esteemed house planned to reintroduce such an offering, fans of the brand anticipated something truly special. And master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, who was entrusted with the task of creating a new set of olfactory signatures, certainly didn’t disappoint, as visitors to South Coast Plaza’s Les Parfums Louis Vuitton boutique (the house’s first fragrance pop-up in the Americas; only five others precede it globally) will surely discover. Showcased within a dazzling space laced with the house’s iconic damier pattern are seven new fragrances inspired by Louis Vuitton’s longheld belief that travel isn’t merely a journey; it’s also a feeling that ignites the soul with passion. Cavallier Belletrud explored the world’s continents in search of the most seductive and exotic scents. And you can discover them all until July 1. Let wanderlust feed your soul.
3. Maker’s Marks
Each new season ushers in the latest “it” bag. But what happens to the bag of seasons past? With some, the novelty wears, while others carve out a coveted space as perennial purses. One such bag: Proenza Schouler’s PSI. This season, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez injected an added dimension to the beloved bag, with the debut of the PSI+ ($1,750). The signature oblong square shape will be carried, but there are subtle differences in hardware and stitching from its predecessor: Less nuanced alterations will allow the wearers to customize their bags with detachable straps and charms in a collage of prints, textures and colors seen in the house’s runway collections. The endless combination of options provide a way to express a unique sense of style without having to say a word.