Wait! Before you go, make sure you’re up to speed on rubber facemasks, silk pyjamas and Manolo Blahnik’s film
THIS MONTH’S TRUE ESSENTIAL is less ‘must have’, more ‘game changer’ – and you can see what this game changer looks like on our cover star, Rihanna. It’s look 24 from Raf Simons’ inaugural Calvin Klein collection — as in, the slick, plasticcovered gold coat that makes your life feel like you’re permanently bathed in sunshine, even when it’s pouring with rain. You are impervious to precipitation in this coat, immune to all bad weather. You are winning at fashion (even if you are failing at bills, work, adult relationships and life). Serotonin as outerwear – who wouldn’t want that?
SPEAKING OF LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES, if you haven’t tried rubber face masks yet, have you even lived? The latest social media hit from the Korean beauty world might transform you into a Hannibal Lecter lookalike for a few minutes, but will leave you with a noticeable glow during the next 24 hours (Dr. Jart+ Rubber Lover Masks, £10 each).
WHEN BETTER TO STAGE your face-mask selfie than during a night in, stinking of hangover from your espresso martini-fuelled night out out? What to wear while you do: a pair of Love Stories pyjamas (available at Net-a-Porter), or a hoodie and lurex briefs by Les Girls Les Boys (available at Selfridges). Swap Netflix for an oldschool board game and settle in for a night of wholesome debauchery.
SHOULD YOU NEED SLIGHTLY MORE highbrow entertainment, watch Manolo Blahnik’s first feature-length film, The Boy
Who Made Shoes For Lizards (out 22 September). The film documents the footwear icon’s life, work, and the impact of his visionary designs. And if it’s literary enlightenment you seek, Dries Van Noten celebrates his 100th collection in two beautifully bound books of never-before-seen imagery. See, hangovers can be productive.