From Staud to Gauntlett Cheng, A Round-up of the Latest Brands We Love
From Berlin to Tangier, Tokyo to L.A., the creatives behind the labels you might not know about yet span the globe. With so many new styles everyday, it’s almost impossible to keep track of what’s coming at you—so we made it easy. From up-and-comers, to brands that are entirely new to SSENSE, here are some highlights from the past couple weeks.
Gauntlett Cheng Blue Snakeskin Dress
Molting is all about shedding what no longer serves you to make way for new growth—pictured here in Gauntlett Cheng form.
Kiko Kostadinov Brown Derby Oval Zip Shirt
Kiko Kostadinov re-imagines ceremony by way of panelled acetate and a large oval decal. Wear the shirt that feels like a shrine.
Staud Blue Stain Audrey Sandals
Step into a spring rendition of Bobby Vinton’s "Blue Velvet."
Eytys Indigo Titan Jeans
When it comes to comfort in jeans, the bigger and baggier, the better.
Port Tanger Tortoiseshell Tangerine Sunglasses
If you missed these maybe you do need your eyes checked. Moroccan-based Port Tanger considers form and function.
Alan Crocetti Silver Nose Plaster
We’re not sure if we’ve ever seen you rock one of these—now is the time to try.
Low Classic Beige Waist Shirring Dress
A timeless cut in a contemporary beige suggests “classic” comes with a modern, minimal twist.
Ahluwalia Studio Brown Silk Patchwork Bucket Hat
With reclaimed silk, repurposed polyester, and tasteful beading throughout, it’s a conscious ode to craft.
Stand Studio Red Lexie Coat
Choose the red pill the next time you’re running out to the store—guaranteed to stop traffic more efficiently than its duller cousins.
Paria Farzaneh Beige Iranian Print Overshirt
Patchworked patterns of purple celebrate this designer’s Iranian heritage, while also teasing our palettes for subdued spring florals.
Ottolinger Beige and Black Dipped Basket Tote
Ottlinger’s got their finger on the pulse of something—picnic with a splash of danger. Sometimes there’s beauty in the bittersweet.
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The personal is political. Lately we’re relying more on ourselves, our bodies, to keep us in check. All the more reason to dress for the movements you can make—workouts, a leisurely walk, shavasana on your balcony. Introducing the SSENSE Exclusive Martine Rose capsule collection.
Martine Rose SSENSE Exclusive Cycling Top and Cycling Shorts
It’s hard not to accelerate when the color you’re wearing means GO. The Cycling Top and Cycling short allow you to hightail your way around, making sure nobody stays in one place too long.
Martine Rose SSENSE Exclusive Peace Front Print Shirt
It’s on your marks, get set, go with this t-shirt. Hopefully the only thing chasing you are these four colored shadows.
Martine Rose SSENSE Exclusive Football Scarf
Who knows football scarves better than Londoner Martine Rose? With a nod to UK heritage, it’s just like the knit says, The One and Only. And given that it’s reversible, could be true in terms of scarves you’ll ever need.
Martine Rose SSENSE Exclusive Twist Track Pants and Twist Track Top
Do the twist! Go swish swish!
Martine Rose SSENSE Exclusive Pink Twist Track Top and Pink Twist Track Pants
Do we really need to sell you on a pink track suit?
Martine Rose SSENSE Exclusive Cycling Top
The RGB color model features three colors: red, green, and blue. These are the colors of light that create different colors when added together. You could say they’re light primaries. And what travels faster than the speed of light? You; red, green, and blue—in this shirt.
Born in Pennsylvania in 1965, Thom Browne moved to New York City in 1997. He worked in the Giorgio Armani showroom, eventually leading to a position in the creative department of Club Monaco, where he stayed until launching his own label. Believing that the modern ubiquity of casual dress lends the wearing of suits a sort of subversive edge, Browne has claimed as his signature impeccably-tailored suits in traditional wools and flannels, each with updated proportions. Initially shocking to the fashion world, his designs have placed him at the vanguard of menswear. Thom Browne draws much of his inspiration from classic American style but refreshes the cuts with preppy details such as shrunken fits, grosgrain trim, and cropped trousers.
Gianni Versace initiated a legendary legacy of glamour when he founded his namesake line in 1978, with his supremely colorful, confident, and feminine designs outfitting the supermodels of the 90s. Sister Donatella Versace continues to advance the Italian line’s bold and body-conscious styling. Blouses, skirts, trousers, and modern mini dresses are reinvented with asymmetric constructions, punk-inspired zippers, and metallic graphic prints. Versace's signature Medusa head evokes the power and sophistication of its woman, channeled via golden statement jewelry, ornate patent leather accessories, and exquisite Italian leather shoes.
Rounding Up the Classics from Tony Hawk’s Go-to Skate Brand
When it comes to heritage skate brands, there’s nothing more affirming than a co-sign from a skate legend—in the case of Vans, it’s their recently announced brand partnership with Tony Hawk. Hawk’s first skate shoes in 1978 were Vans, proof that the label has been building legacies for over half a century. If any brand has earned the right to refer to their shoes as OG, Classic, or Authentic, it’s Vans, and it’s all here for you, too.
Vans Red OG Authentic LX Sneakers
When you think of Vans, it’s hard not to think of these classic lows in the most classic color: chill red.
Vans Off-White OG Classic Slip-On LX Sneakers
Damn Daniel or not, spring means it’s a good time to be back at it again with the white vans.
Vans Black OG Old Skool LX Sneakers
Black feels best worn slightly faded, making suede its perfect partner. The OG Old Skool weathers with every step you take, a wearable record of wherever you’re walking.
Vans Yellow and Green OG Sk8 Hi LX Sneakers
The Sk8 Hi means a taller shoe and upping ankle protection, too. In mustard-toned suede and canvas, these OGs are a splash of sunny yellow without being too in-your-face.
Vans Green Hairy Suede OG Era LX Sneakers
Suede is leather’s softer cousin—the higher the nap the fuzzier it becomes. These algae-blue Hairy OG lows make the classic cushy, upping texture without compromising ease of wear.
Italian designer Gianni Versace launched his eponymous collection in 1978, capturing a confident and powerful attitude in his Mediterranean-informed menswear designs. Now under the creative direction of sister Donatella Versace, the line’s bold and masculine aesthetic continues to evolve. Fine tailoring and opulent, subculture-inspired styling make a powerful statement alongside Roman-inspired graphic prints. The signature Medusa head appears on everything from Italian leather sneakers and backpacks to streetwear and gold chain necklaces. T-shirts and hoodies in Baroque prints capture the urban vibe beloved by fans of the Versace house.
Keeping in line with the unfaltering vision of its late namesake, the Sarah Burton-helmed incarnation of the Alexander McQueen label furthers a diaristic approach to design that is both impenetrable and alluring. Preserving the element of spectacle that is a mainstay of the label’s modus operandi, McQueen translate temporal and geographical specificity into stately womenswear, with regal accents striking a balance against delicate reinterpretations of the label’s recognizable morbid signifiers.
In spite of shouldering the inherent tragedy embedded in the legacy that it is carrying on, an unbridled romanticism nonetheless looms over the McQueen line, culling from the natural world while abating its fatalistic leanings. Coalescing a deep-seated knowledge of bespoke British tailoring with the workmanship of a French haute couture atelier and the impeccable finish of Italian manufacturing, the Alexander McQueen label’s uncompromising dedication to satisfying its muse continues to foster emotionally rousing results.
With Wacko Maria, Comme des Garçons, and Ganni
The forecast calls for—well, maybe it doesn’t matter. But one thing you’ll need to dress for is comfort. Here is a round-up of our most luxe essentials to keep you comfy-cozy.
Wacko Maria Brown and Black Leopard Gown Coat
Staying in one place is beginning to feel like a wild ride, and it is better to dress the part. Some leopards sleep up to 18 hours a day—just saying.
Amiri Multicolor Tie-Dye Cashmere Cardigan
April showers bring May flowers, and tie-dye in delicate pastels. Fresher days (and flowers) are ahead, but in the meantime stay soft and warm in cashmere.
Malibu Sandals Tan and Off-White Vegan Leather and Hemp Thunderbird Sandals
Is there anything more comfortable than a crepe sole? Maybe guilt-free vegan leather—both are afoot in these sandals, just as suitable for in your home as they are outside of it.
GANNI Burgundy & Black Jacquard Scrunchie
Long hair, do care—with a silk scrunchie. Silk causes less friction than its cotton cousins, meaning less breakage. A luxe puff of decadent chocolate.
Sunspel Blue and White Striped Pyjama Shirt
Pinstripes on pyjamas have long connoted a look of leisure, but they’re equally at home in suiting. You could say this is your new nine-to-five ‘fit—max comfort without sacrificing sophistication.
Comme des Garçons Girl Pink and White Check Gathered Skirt
The satisfaction of unfurling a fresh picnic blanket over grass is hard to beat. While picnics might be a ways away, wrap yourself in checkers for at-home comfort. The look is as timeless as it is serene.
Radical conceptual designer Martin Margiela founded his namesake couture house in 1988 and quickly established himself at the forefront of the Belgian fashion avant-garde. The design team that currently heads the Maison has maintained the tradition of anonymity its founder established in his career-long refusal to grant interview or public appearances. Women's line MM6 presents a more casual, street-inspired take on the Maison's intellectual approach to luxury. Sportswear, clever graphic prints, sneakers, and geometric forms are always represented in its unexpected takes on urban basics.
Husband-and-wife duo Nicolaj and Ditte Reffstrup know that sustainable fashion is an oxymoron, which is why Danish label Ganni doesn’t purport to be that which it’s not. Although operating within the context of the fashion industry, Ganni nonetheless strives to make a difference–to leave a positive mark. Fostering change through its commitment to responsibility, Ganni is driven by the challenge of constructing garments from innovative materials and upcycled fabrics, while simultaneously attempting to create quality designs that will last a lifetime. This very commitment to social responsibility, coupled with the label’s self-awareness, authenticity, and transparency has set Ganni apart and skyrocketed the former cult label to international acclaim.
Instagram it-girls have also contributed to the brand’s success through the promotion of the laid-back ‘Ganni Girl’ aesthetic: effortless, confident, and chic. Lacquered fabrics, garment-dyed denim, and a mix of animal and floral prints feature prominently across ruched skirts, mid-length dresses, oversized blazers, boxy jackets, swimwear, and accessories. Embracing a subtle 90s minimalist flare, Ganni continues to maintain its romantic yet playfully girlish appeal. With a commitment to responsibility, Ganni reveals that it is possible to be both fashion-forward and environmentally conscious–setting a strong precedent for the modern fashion industry.
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