A big part of our jobs in the goop fashion department is getting distracted. It’s actually encouraged. That’s because sifting through the latest and greatest in art, culture, and—of course—fashion is how we keep inspiration levels high. We created this column to share these insights with everyone. Expect to read about up-and-coming collaborations, exhibitions that hit a spectrum of cultural touchpoints, notable store openings, and anything else we hope gets you as excited as it gets us.
What’s on our radar these days is likely similar to what’s on yours: staying healthy. Doing and supporting important work. Taking care of the planet (even though we can’t use reusable bags at the grocery store right now). And seeking and sharing joy, always. These are the collections, designers, and bold moves getting us inspired.
Harwell Godfrey’s Onyx Heart to Benefit the NAACP
Lauren Harwell Godfrey’s use of powerful stones and mystical motifs has long had our hearts, but the San Francisco–based designer’s latest work—a pendant to benefit the NAACP—is easily her most moving. Each made-to-order onyx heart is rich with meaning: The gorgeous color honors Black lives, while the stone’s grounding properties support healing and strength. Harwell Godfrey’s signature triangle pattern bisects the heart in eighteen-karat gold, creating the impression of a broken heart healing. Each pendant is made to order, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the NAACP’s work to actively fight for justice for Black lives.
harwell godfrey BLACK ONYX HEART TO BENEFIT NAACP, goop, $2,500
Gucci: Off the Grid
Gucci is making good on its commitment to sustainability, one recycled-polyester stitch at a time. The eco-conscious Off the Grid collection is as Gucci as it gets: bright, in-your-face GG-covered nylon; leather-trimmed totes; street-smart Tennis 1977 sneakers. But this time around, that nylon is ECONYL from regenerated fabrics, all the leather is tanned using a chrome-free process, and that classic red-and-green stripe? Made from recycled materials. Off the Grid is the first collection from Gucci Circular Lines—an initiative that seeks to waste less, upcycle more, and work toward a circular model that leans on recycled and regenerated materials.
Creative director: Alessandro Michele
Art director: Christopher Simmonds
Photographer/director: Harmony Korine
Talent: Jane Fonda, Lil Nas X, King Princess, Miyavi, David de Rothschild
Makeup: Thomas de Kluyver
Hairstylist: Alex Brownsell
Video Music: “I Can See Clearly Now” (J. Nash)
© 1972 Nashco Music Inc/Ashco Music Inc/CP Masters BV
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music Italiana Srl
(P) 1972 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
Courtesy of Sony Music Italy S.p.A
Loewe: Paula’s Ibiza
Jonathan Anderson covers a lot of ground with this high-energy, ultra-escapist collection: ruffled tie-dye dresses, bucket bags fit for an island party (and also for social distancing in the park), nods to nightclub culture. The collection features playful archival prints from Paula’s—the iconic and much-adored Ibiza boutique run by Armin Heinemann and Stuart Rudnick in the ’70s and ’80s. The best part? For every Paula’s Ibiza piece purchased, Loewe will donate forty euros to educational projects for children in socially vulnerable communities affected by COVID-19.
Pierpaolo Piccioli dove into the archives and served us just what summer 2020 ordered: ’70s-inspired motifs, breezy fabrics, and a vibrant dose of limoncello yellow. The Escape capsule gathers peak-summer essentials to wear and take with, covers them in optimism-invoking prints (we love this tiny V pattern), and leaves you feeling as if you’re on holiday wherever you are.
Valentino Pillow, $295; Valentino Beach Towel, $725; Valentino Bikini, $750; Valentino Hat, $645. All available at Valentino Boutiques Bal Harbour and Royal Hawaiian.
In Heavy Rotation
The most reliable items in our closets also tend to be the most unassuming. Lately we’ve tucked away the flashy compliment-catchers and let sensible, stoic tanks take the lead, and the outcome is a chic take on summer outfitting. We’ll be pairing this shoulder-baring, deep-V version from G. Label Core Collection with shorts, maxis, and denim all the way through August. It’s also a perfect counterpart to the shoe of the summer: the Birkenstock—a do-it-all designed to work in nearly any situation.
Good Buys Foundation
Scoring Prada heels on markdown is gratifying anytime—and it’s even better when it’s for a good cause. In mid-July, the Good Buys Foundation is taking the sample sale out of the warehouse and putting it online, where 100 percent of proceeds will support the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Movement for Black Lives. When founders Zara Rahim and Zohar Benjelloun tapped fashion industry friends and contacts for donations, the community came together in a big way. Expect goods from a growing list of forty-plus luxury brands and independent designers, from Pyer Moss and Miu Miu to Stella McCartney and Sandy Liang. Follow Good Buys on Instagram for dates, an up-to-date brand list, and to get on the email list.
The 11 Honoré Collection
After three years of exacting research, size-inclusive luxury site 11 Honoré has an in-house line to complement its roster of brands. The first launch is a collection of modern silhouettes in neutral tones—exactly the pieces designer Danielle Williams Eke found missing from the current market. “As a plus-size woman with a deep adoration of fashion, I’ve been faced with the false idea that a plus-size brand could not be stylish and fashion-forward with an impeccable and consistent fit,” Eke says. The pieces are cut from luxe materials, like supple satin, and they’re tailored with specificity—wide-set shoulder straps, double pleats, expertly placed pin tucks—for an elevated fit. On the horizon: an athleisure launch, followed by a tailoring drop that will include blazers, bodysuits, and trousers.
Summer Love, Fashion Team Edition
Tove’s backless slip dresses and silk trousers are exactly what we want to wear right now. Cofounders Camille Perry and Holly Wright’s pieces prove that feminine details and refined tailoring equal understated sex appeal. But what really has our hearts isn’t the brand’s refreshing POV, perfect price point, or penchant for neutrals. It’s the artful way Tove makes a silhouette of-the-moment and investment-worthy all at once (case in point: the Ceres midi pictured below—to be worn solo all summer, and on a just-add-cardigan basis later).
Swim Team Style Equation
Summer is a state of mind, and on any given weekend ours goes straight to swimwear. On a rooftop, running through a sprinkler, or posted up with family somewhere water-adjacent, on all days starting with S, the fashion team is forgoing pants for what may be the sexiest, strappiest suit ever. Cut low in the back, high on the hips, and in a perfect scoop in the front, the only thing that makes this one-piece better is something sparkly to catch the light.