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Give Better: Discover Gifts to Delight the Discerning

VOL. 1 CH. 40

On the Street:
Stolen Glances

Contemporary urban life is a paradox. The busy streets and omnipresent crowds promise a kind of anonymity—the possibility of disappearing among the masses, nameless and faceless in the aggregate—yet the city is monitored by mechanical eyes that are all but invisible to our own. What do these modern surveillance tools reveal? What do those caught in their lenses inherently conceal? The images that follow are a surreptitious celebration of the stolen glance.

An elegant figure comes into focus. A modern bomber jacket by J.W. Anderson dispenses with the collar and waistband, and adds intriguing cutouts to exaggerated cuffs. This cropped silhouette pairs well with Reed Krakoff’s ruched chiffon dress, which cascades to a flowing drape.
Crossing lines, on two feet or two wheels. Black mesh and white patent leather give classic pumps a graphic edge. A chrome city bike is inspired by the elegance of the iconic bicycle yet full of innovative components and contemporary materials.
A pensive pause becomes a candid portrait. Black linen imparts subtle luster to an understated button-up, with cuffs that fold to reveal silk braided-rope detailing.
Following a multi-layered character as she goes about her day. A honeycomb jersey sweatshirt by Reed Krakoff is worn over a silk georgette tank tunic and black trousers in seasonless wool crepe.
A dawning sense of being watched as the day unfolds. Christophe Lemaire’s wrapover shirt references the traditional white cotton jacket traditionally worn for Judo practice and competition, while black silk pants from Totême are also distinguished by decisive angles.
Surveying the streets in head-to-toe black, the observed becomes the observer. Washed linen trousers are cinched by a braided belt that closes with a sculptural toggle.