MUST HAVE

As we begin talking about Spring/Summer 2018 we know that the warmer months entail a wardrobe of bright colours: in the summer we are more daring and more playful with our style, a less frequently occurrence in winter months. Additionally, because the historical moment we are currently facing does not always offer us daily reasons to smile, I decided to approach my regular ‘must-have’ column this season by thinking of a word that seems to have gone ‘out of fashion’: pizzazz! My choices are all in the name of colour and vivacity- if not excessive exuberance- and they bring a touch of effervescence to our outfits and, consequently, to our lives. Here you have the accessories, garments and objects of desire for Spring/Summer 2018

PALM ANGELS
We are madly in love with “The Get Down,” the Baz Luhrmann series that recounts the early days of the hip-hop scene, in Studio-54-era New York. Naturally, the b-boy tracksuit in bright colours as well as the pastels offered by Palm Angels this season seems to be one of the strongest trends of Spring/Summer 2018. Francesco Ragazzi, the Italian designer behind Palm Angels, has won public and critical approval on his second catwalk presentation last June. Sportswear has never been so cool.

ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA COUTURE
The “Tiziano XXX” sneakers by Ermenegildo Zegna Couture, an off-white calfskin high top, are up-to-the-minute modern even though they harken an old-school vibe, which makes them even more desirable thanks to their clean, minimalist style, and the hand-painted asymmetric beige XXX on the side. Rounding out this must-have sneaker are details like beige gros-grain laces, and an ultra-light white rubber sole with vicuña colored leather inset at the arch, imprinted with a heat-embossed logo.

PRADA
The son of an avid fan of the adventures of Tex Willer, I have always been a comic book reader. For years, I ranged from manga to Dylan Dog. Which is why I really loved Prada’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection, where garments and accessories employ a truly cool decorative element of images from futuristic comics. Irresistible, and of fiercely on-trend is the leather fanny pack, in comic prints, of course. Not one fashion addict isn’t already in a frenzy to get their hands on it.

PARROT POT
A flowerpot so smart it waters the plants for us? It seems incredible, but Parrot Pot, a wireless vase for both indoor and outdoor use, is capable of autonomously caring for plants, adapting to their needs by measuring via four sensors the data essential to the good health of our beloved plant- details that, for someone like me who does not have a green thumb, seem almost incomprehensible- like the humidity of the soil or the intensity of the light. Measurements can be monitored by the app Parrot Flower Power for smartphones and tablets, which can check up to 256 vases and also doles out advice from experts. It is indispensable for those who love plants but never manage to keep them alive- even the fakes ones!

ALAIN MIKLI LUNETTES
Alain Mikli Lunettes are for those who want to be noticed, wearing accessories with a striking personality, like the Ayer unisex model from the Resort 2018 collection which has a refined aesthetic, characterized by etchings and plays on volume. They made us think of the music videos of our favourite ’80s icons, and the colour of the acetate frame is the real superstar!

MARNI
It reminds me of my grandparents’ habit of strapping together packed suitcases for a trip with an old belt. Perhaps because it is so sentimental that I like this offering by Marni, in harmony with the retro mood that characterizes the work of Francesco Risso since he became Creative Director of the brand. The belt, in technical fabric with a brass buckle, is decorated with five metal brooches, while the leather bag is printed with a small boat motif, which is perfect for spring trips to the lake.

GUCCI
Perhaps unusual in men’s fashion, since becoming Creative Director of Gucci, the much-loved Alessandro Michele has now conditioned us to gender-mixing. And these shopping bags, so similar to those we’d use in the markets of certain exotic countries, have immediately won our hearts, to the point that we cannot choose just one. As always, the excellent decorative elements stand out, like writings and images from the garden and horticultural world.

HERMÈS
Not a sneakers guy but you’re tired of classic men’s shoes? The Hermès Spring/Summer 2018 moccasin is most right choice. In denim and suede, they remind us of the 1970s playboys who spent their holidays on the Côte d’Azur alongside Jane Birkin and B.B.! Don’t forget to add a scarf from the maison, to complete the look a la Gunter Sachs.

CERAMIC CACTUS
A witty and colourful addition to our homes, or an idea to liven up our desk in the office, why not? A collection of ceramic decorative objects, in the shape of a cactus, whose name is quite easy to remember: Cacti. They are from Danish brand Hay and you buy them on designrepublic.com.

SUPERDUPER HATS
SuperDuper Hats, accessories brand by Matteo Gioli and Veronica and Ilaria Cornacchini, has always been dear to us, because it has succeeded in bringing an ancient gesture- that of wearing a hat- into the habits of contemporary men and women. We were won-over once again this season with a style that brings the feeling of the lightness and dreaminess of flying far away, like a bird rising up from the headwear. For true romantics!

COACH 1941
Keith Haring’s work in the eighties and nineties left an indelible mark not only on the underground artistic scene, but also on the mainstream. We find evidence of how Haring’s graffiti art style is still so popular today in the Spring/Summer 18 collection of Coach 1941, whose creative director Stuart Vevers has placed some of the American artist’s symbolic drawings on both clothing and accessories. The sneakers and backpack where Haring’s characters are layered over a Hawaiian print are really sensational.

PENS PRODIR
For those who, like us, still love to write by hand in this increasingly technological age, four models: Twenty, Eight, Ten, and Six, in six colours- twenty-four combinations through which to convey emotion, or express ourselves. Prodir, known for its Swiss-made pens synonymous with quality, design, sustainability and durability, remind us with their collection “Me, Myself and I” by German designer Christoph Schnug, that writing is the highest expression of one’s own personality, unique and individual, representing the time we dedicate to ourselves. A true luxury for this new millennium.

GOLDEN GOOSE DELUXE BRAND
Noted for its footwear, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand’s 360-degree collection has gained many fans. We fell in love with the “perfecto” jacket, which is offered for Spring/Summer 18 in unusual colours, like total white, broken up by black graphic symbols reminiscent of tattoo art and the United States. Idem for the flamingo image which softens the symbolic biker garment, infusing it with a coolness that makes it the object of our desire.

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