Reed Krakoff SS13 Leather Tote

Reed Krakoff SS2013 Mesh Booties

Reed Krakoff SS13 ankle strap heels

The collection itself embodies all that Reed Krakoff has come to symbolize - strong, clean, architectural womenswear that one can actually put into heavy wardrobe rotation.

But the accessories?

They easily take the collection's appeal to that extra special place. You know, the place where women rabidly grapple over each other to own what could easily become the piece to wear next season.  

As far as relatively new designers are concerned, Alexander Wang has arguably been the only one to quickly join the ranks of Marc Jacobs et al, in terms of creating highly covetable accessories. Which, as any designer with a sound business plan will assert, can be the very lucrative lynchpin that holds a design empire together. 

Krakoff is rapidly ascending, too, in that his shoes and handbags offer just enough of the directional quality needed for an It piece, without being too polarizing, kitschy or appropriating. 

The nude, ankle-strapped pumps for instance, are obviously another iteration on the capped-toe trend. But instead of recalling Givenchy or YSL's smoldering take, Krakoff's version plays to the athletic/dainty contradiction of ballet dancers in rehearsal, conjuring up imagery of a ballerina's hardy, plastered feet en pointe, secured by those taut elastic bands. 

As for the buttery totes, held clutch-style?

Who doesn't want a leather piece with a rich patina that will probably get better with age?


NB Images Courtesy Vogue

The Volume

  • Au Courant Vol. 02
    Edwin Jacobs, director of Centraal Museum Utrecht
    Looking around Gerrit Rietveld's modern space 
    Curator Martin van Nieuwenhuyzen on the artist's retrospective
    In studio with the Los Angles sculptor
    Works by Nadia Huggins, Monika Holzer alongside Rebecca Martin, Mark Jason-Weston, and Nick Wilkins. Literary writings by L.T. Harris, Caroline Mackenzie, and Breanne Mc Ivor.
    With Astier de Villatte, HER swimwear, Mariage Frères, Hôtel de NELL, La Garconne, Cahiers d'Art, and Rosemanclub.
    By Lisa-Marie Harris.
  • Buy Now

Of Interest

Astier de Villatte Incense and Pottery
Astier de Villatte

Fine Japanese incense blends and hand-crafted pottery from the Parisian home wares maison.
Japanese made eyewear from Rosemanclub
Rosemanclub Eyewear

Japanese made eyewear inspired by classic shapes, from Thailand's Rosemanclub Eyewear.
Mariage Frères Thé Maison
Mariage Frères Thé

Exquisite loose leaf, speciality, and blended herbal teas from the longstanding Parisian Maison.
Gerrit Rietveld Furniture Design
Hôtel de NELL, Paris

An understated, modernist 5-star hotel & spa with a minimalist design outlook in the heart of Paris.