1. Track Is Back
With Hollywood über stylist Jamie Mizrahi (Katy Perry, Nicole Richie) now helming aughts mainstay Juicy Couture, prepare for the apotheosis of athleisure.
Alison Lou for Juicy Couture earrings, $305, alisonlou.com
Photo: Studio D, Courtesy Juicy Couture
2. Pretty Ugly
Demna Gvasalia hit a jolie-laide high with platform Crocs, but Christopher Kane, who showed the plastic clogs a year ago, was one step ahead with crystal-embellished water shoes.
3. Battle Of Versailles
Last July, a trio of American designers (Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Monique Lhuillier) decamped for the chicer precincts of Paris, and Paris Fashion Week saw two formidable labels following suit. Between Thom Browne’s delirious, unicorn-dotted fantasia and the couturemeets-homespun looks at Altuzarra, our compatriots’ strong showing in the City of Light made the case for cultural exchange.
4. Curious and Curiouser
The kids of Stranger Things aren’t the only ones who’ve taken a trip to the Upside Down recently: Nicolas Ghesquière’s runway tee at Louis Vuitton is the ultimate collision of high and low brow.
Photo: DAN & CORINA LECCA
5. Queen B
Given “Bodak Yellow’s” status as the first number-one Billboard hit from a solo female rapper since Lauryn Hill’s 1998 “Doo Wop (That Thing),” it’s safe to say Cardi B reigns supreme. Fashion agrees: She was front-row royalty in New York this fall.
6. Must-See Exhibit
Tate Britain’s blowout retrospective of the perception-bending maestro of California cool, David Hockney—the museum’s most successful exhibition ever is at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art through February 25.
David Hockney Pool and Steps, Le Nid du Duc 1971 Acrylic on canvas Private collection © David Hockney
© David Hockney
7. Must-See TV
If the recent luscious color restoration of the 1992 film Howards End didn’t whet your appetite for costume drama, Matthew Macfadyen’s swoon-worthy return to period garb (as in his Mr. Darcy days) in Starz’s four-part TV miniseries surely will.
Photo: Playground, Starz
8. Must-Watch Theater
Dance Nation—playwright and actress Clare Barron’s buzzy experimental work offering a frank look at how women relate to their bodies, ambition, and place in the world—premieres at New York’s Playwrights Horizons in April.
Photo: Zack Dezon
9. Must-Watch Movie
On Chesil Beach, adapted by Ian McEwan from his own novella, is destined to become a classic, much in the same vein as that other McEwan-sourced Saoirse Ronan–starrer, Atonement, though here Ronan gets the spotlight all to herself.
ROBERT VIGLASKY/COURTESY BLEECKER STREET
10. Cirque du Sole
Street-style maven Anna Dello Russo has never been one to shy away from more avant-garde fashions, bringing her vivacious style to bright pieces in a collaboration with Tod's.
Tod’s x Anna Dello Russo sneakers, $830, store.tods.com.
11. Classic Beauty
Change up your makeup with sultry black eyeliner or poppy-red lips, as seen at Carolina Herrera and Max Mara. A deliberately made-up face offers a feminine and elegant contrast to the season’s edgy sportswear. Tip: Choose just one feature to highlight, and keep the rest of your face fresh to balance the look.
12. Global Entry
Given the substantial overlap between the fashion set and the jet set, you’d think every house would have a chic travel jewelry case. It’s been a surprisingly hard item to find until now, and we’re happy to report that Tumi and jewelry designer Eva Fehren have crafted a slim black case we’d circumnavigate the world for.
Eva Fehren ring, price upon request, evafehren.com.
Tumi x Eva Fehren jewelry box, $199, tumi.com.
Photo: Eva Fehren
13. Names To Know
Two new faces rose above the pack in a season crowded with runway debuts: Atlein’s Antonin Tron showed a knack for devising sculptural jersey looks that evoke a heady sense of nostalgia; and Matthew Adams Dolan—best known as Rihanna’s denim whisperer—gave a classic genre a much-needed refresh with his American Psycho take on prep.
From top: Matthew Adams Dolan, Atlein
Photo: Matthew Adams Dolan/Atlein
14. Versace's 40th Anniversary
Ahead of the brand’s 40th anniversary in March, Donatella orchestrated an elaborate tribute to her brother Gianni. In the ultimate supes reunion, Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Helena Christensen walked alongside today’s greats—Kaia Gerber, Kendall Jenner, and the Hadid sisters
15. Musical Chairs
From Chloé—where Natacha Ramsay-Levi brought a streetwise edge to the brand’s signature romantic bohemianism—to Paul Surridge’s fresh athletic spin on sexy Cavalli-isms, major houses are bringing in new blood. Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director of Givenchy, staged a coed show, while husband-and-wife duo Luke and Lucie Meier are taking Jil Sander in a new, soulful direction.
From left: Chloé, Givenchy, Jil Sander, Roberto Cavalli
Photo: Dan & Corina Lecca
16. Puffer Mania
In a season packed with colorful puffers from Ienki Ienki and Balenciaga, Moncler upped its street-style game with a winter-themed Postcards capsule.
Moncler jacket, $1,665, moncler.com.
Photo: Moncler and Ienki Ienki
17. Champagne Wishes
The New Year will be a celebratory one for American brands: Kate Spade hits 25; Narciso Rodriguez and Zero + Maria Cornejo each break 20; and Lagos marks 40 years with its dreamy gold-beaded Caviar collection.
Lagos bracelets, $2,350–$8,500, lagos.com.
18. Goude Times
Spanish streetwear label Desigual brought in photographer and graphic design guru Jean-Paul Goude for a reboot, and boy, did he deliver, with a veritable riot of patterns made chic.