It’s all to play for this week at CF HQ. Up is down and left is right and no one’s entirely sure where they stand (on anything) anymore; thanks 2020, thank you.
In our slightly muddled states, this week we’re taking stock and surprising ourselves with some of our latest CF Loves selects. Exhibit A: Nintendo’s Animal Crossing – our new obsession. Exhibit B: our shoe of choice while gaming – Arizona suede shearling Birkenstocks. Now there’s a sentence we never thought we’d utter…
PLAY THIS NET-A-PORTER fantasy island on Nintendo’s Animal Crossing
A virtual gaming getaway, complete with meditation area, hot spring bath and flower garden awaits you online. It’s the sartorial escape you hadn’t banked on taking and it comes courtesy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ latest foray with NET-A-PORTER. On touch down, take in its paradisal topography and sand-lined set up, before having your avatar sign up for a meditation class in the NET-A-Sporter gym. Wondering what your virtual self will wear while on holiday? Wonder no more – Isabel Marant has cobbled an exclusive capsule collection of animal-print lamé mini dresses, draped silvery skirts and more. Players can choose from five avatar outfits inspired by her AW20 capsule collection – exclusively available at NET-A-PORTER.
SAVOUR THIS Perfumer H, Pantry
Launched in 2015 by Lyn Harris (formerly of Miller Harris) Perfumer H’s collection of fragrances range in scent from dandelion to ash and marmalade. Perfumer H’s 2020 editions are inspired by Harris’ favourite epicurean delicacies, pairing new fragrances with pantry staples. There’s Cucumber: a mix of bergamot, watermelon, lemon, cedarwood and sea moss, complemented with pickled cucumbers flavoured with lemon and juniper; Pear: blending bergamot, mandarin, white pear, rosewood, sugared musk and vanilla, and complemented with a violet leaf tea (available for purchase online); and Salt: rosemary, coriander, white sage, cardamom, patchouli and cistus absolute, complemented with a blend of salts. The end result: an assortment of culinary delights that whet the palette and tickle the senses.
WFH IN THESE Birkenstock, Arizona Shearling
Ah the German health shoe that circumvented fashion’s strict “no comfort” manifesto. Long before normcore and athleisure trends took hold, there was Birkenstock – and boy have they played the long game. Unperturbed by naysayers, the slip-on, slip-off appeal of a pair of Birks is now undeniable. Wearing them while working from home is an insurmountable pleasure; they are versatile, they are iconic, and can be dressed up or down. These suede, two-strappers with a shearling inner are helping us bring our WFH style game to a whole new level (of comfort – shout out to that cork footbed – if nothing else). Pair with a chunky sock if you’re looking to take things up a gear.
TOAST TO THIS Veuve Clicquot x Yayoi Kusama at Selfridges
We always have our eye on Selfridges Corner Shop – keen to see what shopping spectacle it will unveil next. As of 9 November, La Grande Dame x Yayoi Kusama experience will launch at Selfridges Corner Shop – though how we experience it will be a little different than originally planned. Shoppers will have the opportunity to view incredible art while simultaneously enjoying Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame 2012 prestige cuvée. An interactive bar was tipped as a centre point of interest – so let’s see how this innovative team recalibrate plans in the days ahead. Regardless of in-store restrictions, Selfridges online store can assure that Kusama’s vibrant tribute to La Grande Dame (which includes a limited-edition case and bottle featuring an opulent flower and her signature dots) keeps you in good spirits (v good spirits in fact – it is after all a 2012 prestige cuvée).
SHOP THIS PAPER, Florence Pyjama Set
Tempted to work from your bed forever? Then dress for the job you want and sport these luxe Mulberry silk PJs from PAPER from AM to PM. Landing on November 11, the spotty sleepwear (we love the brand’s “Connect The Spots” print) is perfect for days spent at home – and nights spent in deep sleep. Silk is naturally temperature regulating, so it’s the perfect addition for those keen on catching some extra ZZZs and stay in a deep slumber through to morning. In daylight hours, the pyjama top is easy fitting with a slightly tailored waist and we’ve even taken to pairing it with jeans when doing a 4PM snack dash. Similarly, the bottoms looks oh-so chic with a cosy knit.