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Tom Ford gets retro

Plus, other fashion news for this month.

“Vaguely 1980s but with a modern 2020 take.” This quote, taken from the press notes for Tom Ford’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection, sums up what the American designer is all about this season. The aesthetic is not just seen in the clothing, which includes ivory-hued tailoring topped with animal-print jackets in bright purple or pink, but also shines through in the brand’s latest accessories. Starting from the top, there are angular, flat- top sunglasses with a sci-fi-ish yet sporty vibe.

The style is back again with a vengeance, but hey, Arnold Schwarzenegger was there first. Flat-topped sunnies were his cyborg assassin character’s signature in The Terminator in 1984. Echoing the straight lines of Ford’s eyewear, leather goods are also more structured this season; we like the rectangular lines of his nifty, small backpack. His glossy zippered boots, especially in white, look old and new all at once. Reminiscent of the pixie boots that were all the rage 30 years ago, the footwear is an unexpected foil for palpably luxurious takes on American sportswear such as an ultra-supple leather tracksuit in ocean blue. It’s all about making the familiar look unfamiliar – and better than it did the first (or second and third) time around.

 

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Ermenegildo Zegna’s Pelle Tessuta

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Ermenegildo Zegna

The result of a technique that weaves strips of thin nappa leather together like one would a fabric, Ermenegildo Zegna’s Pelle Tessuta has been going from strength to strength each season since its introduction in 2016. The latest collection of leather goods features a pattern of stripes with gradient shades of navy blue and rust: Inspired by the works of American artists Robert Rauschenberg and Phillip K Smith, each colour is meant to evoke the city and the desert, respectively.

 

Omega sunglasses

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Omega.

You’ve got your latest, limited edition Omega watch. Now, here are the sunglasses to match. Omega’s latest collection of sunglasses – you didn’t think it just made watches, did you? – features accents inspired by its timepieces. This translates to motifs such as small angular metal inserts resembling the indexes of Planet Ocean watches or milled rims that look like the fluted bezels of Omega icons like the Globemaster. Styles run the gamut of aviators to round-rimmed styles.

 

Kenta Cobayashi X Dunhill

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Dunhill.

Wabi-sabi, a Japanese philosophy often described as appreciating the beauty in imperfection, is probably why fashion houses have been knocking on the door of Japanese digital artist and photographer Kenta Cobayashi. Known for distorting images by extending light trails or blurring hard edges, Cobayashi shot the images for a Louis Vuitton campaign last year, and is now putting his mark on Dunhill’s archival images. He has reworked four images, including one of a 1970s ad for its lighters, chosen by Dunhill creative director Mark Weston. These trippy images can now be found on a selection of outerwear, tailoring, casualwear and leather goods.

 

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