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Accessories to Make the Mundane Feel Out of This World

Accessories to Make the Mundane Feel Out of This World

by Zahra Jabini
Written by Nita Sitaram

The pandemic may have upended the past few seasons of fashion weeks, but their accompanying campaigns continue to roll out as reliably as ever. In fact, some houses have even upped the ante for spring 2021. Five days into the new year, Prada rolled out its first ads since Raf Simons joined Miuccia Prada as creative director. It was far from the usual outing. Instead of being lensed by one of the usual marquee photographers, the portfolio was shot by “no one.” (At least, that’s how Prada put it; shout out to the unnamed employees who controlled hundreds of cameras and edited down the resulting countless 360-degree views.) It only took two days for Ugg, of all brands, to arguably one-up the pair by casting industry icon André Leon Talley. Hollywood stars (Laura Harrier for Louis Vuitton) and industry favorites (Precious Lee for Versace) have already entered the frame with plenty more to come. See them all and track of the ones that follow, here.

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“Martin Margiela”

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The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has a huge group exhibition devoted to handbags, which runs until September 12. From Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage and bags by the artist Tracey Emin, the show examines the style, design, and craftsmanship of the art of the handbag.

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“Bags: Inside Out”

The highlights include a backpack created by Stella McCartney x Parley for the Oceans, a frog-shaped purse from the 17th century, and Mulberry purses from the private collections of Kate Moss and Alexa Chung. Peruse the exhibit online or sign up for an online lecture about sustainability and bags on March 19, which brings together industry leaders in eco-design.

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Capes

German artist Anne Imhof may be well-known for winning the Golden Lion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, but her work doesn’t stop there. The artist, who recently collaborated on projects with Juergen Teller and Riccardo Tisci, is staging an exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris this fall, as part of the museum’s “Carte Blanche” series. Imhof will be combining performance art with music, installation, and painting. And it’s bound to include androgynous model Eliza Douglas, her longtime partner and muse.

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Bags

Opening March 12 at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London is this exhibition exploring the history of fabrics. “Chintz: Cotton in Bloom“ looks at the history of chintz fabric throughout England and Europe, the cotton textile bearing multicolored patterns (think: grandma’s flower curtains). Over 150 different fabrics will be on view, from 18th century millinery to Japanese dresses and Indian tablecloths.