After a too-long hiatus, Alber Elbaz has returned to the fashion industry. Best known for his tenure at Lanvin, where he served as artistic director until 2015, Elbaz conceived his new brand, AZ Factory, as an entirely different proposition: a multi-platform project, including video, educational, and entertainment elements. But let’s start with the goods. There’s a full collection of spiffy, stretchy, curve-hugging, quite spendy knitwear, which we can resist for now. It’s the jewelry we can’t ignore—fancy that, given the number of Lanvin pearls that we just can’t quit—especially this metal flower necklace, which is strung on an adjustable grosgrain ribbon and is just as good over a fitted T-shirt as it is with a more after-hours ensemble. Welcome back, Elbaz. ($740, net-a-porter.com)
The sock is the pandemic’s fashion equivalent to the sourdough starter. Indulgent but necessary, our favorites come courtesy of Druthers, a New York–based atelier that specializes in unisex, sustainable design. We can’t vouch for their beanies or boxers, but their merino-wool house socks, lined in terry pile, are worth the bother. They also look great with boots, provided that they have a bit of extra room. And since the material is moisture-wicking, they’ll add extra protection against the elements. ($28, verishop.com)
When we saw the latest drop of Moncler ready-to-wear at Bergdorf Goodman, we almost forgot about their ubiquitous but ultra-stylish jackets. Our favorite piece: this versatile color-block dress. Oh, sure, it can be zipped up and worn on its own. But don’t shy away from using it as a layer over skirts, dresses, pants, jeans, and more, adjusting the opening to your every whim, depending on the weather and desired silhouette. Isn’t that pre-pandemic trench coat already looking a little tired? ($795, luisaviaroma.com)
In 2019, designers Julian Taffel and Paolina Leccese launched a beautifully designed and elegant knitwear brand to charm even the most dedicated fans of oversize, slouchy sweaters. Leorosa specializes in the kind of smart, colorful cashmere and merino cardigans that are often seen in classic films—no big surprise, given how its Instagram account consists primarily of movie stills. The Rosa style, with contrasting trim and little velvet buttons, was their first hit, but it’s the new Antonietta Cardigan No. 002, featuring embroidery illustration by artist Adam Charlap Hyman, that is especially worthy of our affection. ($690, leorosa-world.com)
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