Not exactly new but new to me, these creepers are runway samples from Number (N)ine's 2003 collection, which prove surprisingly relevant today. Takahiro Miyashita took the punk rock staple, molded it into a timeless silhouette, and impeccably executed it in beige suede and dark gray leather trim.
Number (N)ine monk-strap creepers in beige suede
The details are both rock-and-roll and luxe:
the iconic weaving on the vamp done quite sharply
brogue-esque perforation around the footbed
Going along the same lines of Hot-Topic-haute, here is a piece of jewelry that has remained glued on to my wrist for the past 72 hours now:
Number (N)ine "thorns" bracelet in oxidized 925 silver
The box says the patterns etched on the bangle are thorns, but to me they are reminiscent of the scars you would typically see on Frankenstein's face, making them all the more charming.
I adore its simplicity. After a few months' flirtation with rings the size of my hand and other vulgar accessories, it feels refreshing to be wearing such a simple, quality piece. Oftentimes, it's the most subtly clever pieces of jewelry that serve you the longest.
It's a shame I never really got into Miyashita's work for Number (N)ine until the label went defunct. Watching the video of his last collection (Fall 2009-2010) inspired by the idea of trashing a hotel room, I couldn't help but feel a mild sense of longing.
Number (N)ine FW09 Paris
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Thank heavens I have these souvenirs I could stare at and wear to mitigate the pain.