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Discover Jonathan Saunders’s first collection for Diane von Furstenberg, plus Khokho’s basket bags and the return of an iconic Paris hotspot.

Words by Alice Jeffery and Meg Doyle.

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Molitor, Paris

For a charming post fashion-week retreat, look no further than Molitor. Originally built in 1929, Molitor reigned as Paris’s most popular swimming spot (and in winter, ice-skating rink) for 60 years. After closing in 1989, the space was transformed into a subcultural destination for underground raves and graffiti artists. Recently restored as a hotel, Molitor’s third incarnation is a tribute to the eclectic history of the site. The hotel features 124 stylish rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, restaurant, and rooftop bar, where art deco design is fused with the work of modern Parisian artists. mltr.fr

Molitor, Paris
Molitor, Paris
Molitor, Paris

The Hot 5

1. wear a new classic

London-based label J.W.Anderson reimagines the trench coat in clean ivory linen. Ring in spring by refreshing your wardrobe with its relaxed military-inspired take on the classic.

J.W.ANDERSON Stand-collar linen trench coat

Balls & Company founder Bonny Porter will host a unique dining experience in her Soho restaurant for International Women’s Day, where guests will be treated to a five-course meal created by London’s top female chefs. 8 March; ballsandcompany.london

3. discover influential art in paris

More than 70 paintings by Alice Neel are on display at Paris’s Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles. New exhibition Alice Neel: Painter of a Modern Life explores how the artist's ability to push the boundaries of expressionism and realism has led to her being considered one of America’s most influential artists. Until 17 September; fondation-vinventvangogh-arles.org

4. escape to south africa’s luxury new hotel

Cape Town’s Silo Hotel takes in 360-degree views of the city’s Table Bay. The 28-room hotel breathes new life into a 1920s grain silo, fusing industrial history with luxe design ingenuity. Open from September 2017; theroyalportfolio.com

5. try statement jewellery

With its dramatic design, one of Loewe’s gold-plated earrings is all you need to complement a pared-back outfit. The sculptural spiral catches the light for an envy-inducing statement.

LOEWE Fruit gold-plated earring

editor’s pick:
the new dvf

For his first season as creative director at Diane von Furstenberg, Jonathan Saunders strikes a balance between the label’s signature aesthetic and his own eclectic style. Beyond the iconic wrap dress, the new collection sees an edit of fluid silk dresses, colour-blocked separates and elegant tailoring imbued with a modern sensibility.

10 minutes with…


Founded by Sapna Shah and Philippa Thorne in 2014, sustainable handbag label Khokho was born after Shah discovered Nest’s fellowship programme and left New York for Swaziland, where she spent four months studying the craft of local artisans. With three basket bag styles, loosely inspired by Jane Birkin’s infamous basket bag, each bag is entirely handmade by combining ethical elements at a luxury level.

Left: Khokho’s moodboard. Right: Inpirations
How does the company work?

‘The design team travels between New York and Swaziland – it’s an international team effort. With local production in Swaziland, we’ve created a fantastic income-generating model for women and single mothers there.’

What is the core of Khokho?

‘The entire business is founded on education – teaching techniques and how to run businesses. A few times a year, we host training programmes for people in the community to learn the weaving techniques.’

What is special about the craft?

‘The artisans are perfecting a craft that’s been around for generations and are reinventing it into something modern. Each bag is entirely handwoven, it can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week to finish one.’

Why a basket bag?

‘It’s a chic, heritage bag. We love the idea of carrying a basket bag in place of something more formal.’



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