F ashion loves nostalgia, and a particularly sensational moment captivated the internet earlier this month, when Gwyneth Paltrow recreated one of her most iconic looks at Gucci’s Love Parade fashion show. Attending the Hollywood Boulevard event, Paltrow arrived in a ruby-red velvet suit that recalled the same outfit she wore to the 1996 MTV VMAs – designed by Tom Ford for Gucci’s autumn/winter collection that year – and styled again with a pale blue oxford and sleek low bun. The revived ensemble debuted at Gucci’s 100th anniversary Aria show in April, designed by the fashion house’s creative director Alessandro Michele in homage to the original.
Beginning 1 December, Michele’s coveted reinterpretation of the 90s classic will be on view alongside other stunning looks and accessories as part of a special pop up display by Net-a-Porter within Sotheby’s galleries. As the presenting partner of Sotheby’s Luxury Week in New York, Net-a-Porter, the world’s premier luxury fashion destination, has curated a special holiday inspired selection of styles across its ready-to-wear collections—pieces perfect for both gracious gifting and personal indulgence. The stylish capsule builds on the success of the two brands’ September partnership in London, where exceptional fashion complemented Sotheby’s inaugural Life is Beautiful series. This time around, coveted pieces are arranged for browsing in a custom-built display installed within Sotheby’s presale exhibition of jewels, watches, handbags, wine and more extraordinary items that celebrate the timelessness, creativity, ingenuity and wonder of luxury.
On view through 6 December, Net-a-Porter’s edit incorporates a selection of looks from exciting emerging designers, including recent CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award winner Christopher John Rogers with his gradient dot corset, skirt, and pants, as well as a glittering wave pattern sequin dress by London-based designer Halpern, alongside pieces by industry favorites Adam Lippes and the Attico. Longstanding fashion brands are represented with bold seasonal statements by Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, and Alexander McQueen. The shoes and accessories to complete the looks are also expertly curated, with a notable group of Daniel Lee’s widely successful bags for Bottega Veneta perhaps a timely tribute to the Italian brand’s outgoing designer.
In the spirit of giving, Net-a-Porter will also donate three luxury items to the Every Mother Counts Charity Auction taking place among the week’s sales. Founded in 2010 by model, author, and advocate Christy Turlington Burns, Every Mother Counts fights for better maternal care around the world, striving to ensure pregnancy and childbirth are safe, respectful and equitable for every mother, everywhere. To support this life-saving mission, a 'Rose American Beauty' clutch by Judith Leiber Couture, a cable-knit cashmere blanket by Loro Piana, and a ‘Photographic’ London oak and textured-leather backgammon set from luxury game designer Alexandra Llewellyn will join the other charitable offerings under the hammer, presenting myriad ways to help build a better world alongside your seasonal shopping.