We asked our fashion and beauty writer, Amanda Ross, to find the hottest gifts this season. Here’s her shortlist from our Spring 2021 issue.
The legendary Karl Lagerfeld worked with the Fendi family for over 50 years—now new creative director Silvia Venturini Fendi unveils the spring/summer 2021 handbag collection. Playing with construction and embellishment, whimsical and romantic designs like this ostrich feather Baguette evoke a dreamier time when weddings and elegant affairs can resume.
Although we’ve all been safely hiding out in sweatpants for what seems like forever, it’s time to contemplate easing back into clothes fit for public consumption. Chanel’s spring/summer 2021 ready-to-wear collection offers the perfect segue: a silk jumpsuit with mesh sleeves. It works as both comfortable sweatsuit and show-stopping eveningwear—going from couch to club in one easy, stretchy step.
In 2007, University of Leipzig professor and stem cell biologist Augustinus Bader developed a groundbreaking wound gel that helped heal third-degree burns without surgery or skin grafts. Ten years later, his eponymous premium skin-care line was born as a way to support epigenetic factors that help the body rejuvenate individual skin types. The brand’s face oil works to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, reduce hyperpigmentation, and catalyze cellular renewal via a specialized compound called TFC8 (amino acids, high-grade vitamins, and synthesized molecules found naturally on skin) and high-potency botanicals such as hazelnut, babassu, and karanja oils for anti-aging and moisture retention.
At L’Atelier Okoko’s new luxe clean beauty flagship in Vancouver’s Gastown, meet founder Oyéta Kokoroko, view product-mixing in the artisan lab, and test run the green beauty line (the Secret du Dragon Moisturizing Renewal lip serum’s blue marbled effect comes courtesy of all-natural blue tansy and blue spirulina—no mica or artificial colour). Shop other carefully curated wellness produts including non-toxic nail polish and organic supplements such as local darling Bukobaba’s virgin coconut oil.
Maison Lacroix Screen
Forget Zoom screens: create the perfect office backdrop with this six-panel, double-sided room divider. Designed by Christian Lacroix Maison for Roche Bobois, the screen—with digitally printed Paradis motif on one side and Cueillette on the other—has a glossy lacquered finish with onyx-plated stainless steel edges and spans a generous nine feet in width and six feet in height. A pandemic-perfect room with a view.
France has a long history of innovative ski design. Gallic expertise continues with Sillage skis crafted in Villard-de-Lans in the heart of the Vercors Massif. The company marries Titanal, a high-performance material designed for racing skis, with bamboo, carbon, and slate to create a sleek ride safe for the everyday skier who wants to look anything but.