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Editor's picks: Emma Wyman's top ten twisted classics

Saint Laurent's star studded boots and breakout grad Harry Evans' knitwear – Dazed's fashion editor selects her favourite new takes on staple styles in this series of GIFs

In the first of a new series which brings together longstanding fashion houses and breakout graduates, cult cosmetics companies and accessory masterminds, we take a closer look at the designers all putting an imaginative new spin on classic pieces, selected by Dazed Fashion Editor Emma Wyman.


Fashion’s reigning fur dynasty Fendi have been unparalleled in their quest to create what they call 'fun fur'. In-keeping with their love of clashing the historic and the modern (remember that time they held a fashion show on the Great Wall of China?) this year, their resort collection mixed constructivist prints, clompy sandals and polka dots. These classic handbags have been rebelliously updated with bright fuchsia fuzz.


These boots were made for...glam rocking. Frequently inspired by music and sub-culture, Hedi Slimane's cultural references aren't difficult to discern here. Taken from Saint Laurent’s resort collection (admittedly more summer of love than "Space Oddity") these silver, star covered lace ups are a new take on a 70s classic. They winked towards the brand's upcoming SS15 collection, where girls strutted in glitter platforms, sheer star print shirts and lots of sequins. 


Frills aren’t usually associated with denim, but trust Simone Rocha to fill her 14 piece J Brand collection with them. Blame the designer’s punk, Elizabethan influences – her AW14 collection was inspired by a visit to the National Portrait Gallery’s Elizabeth I & Her People exhibition, and the aura of “power and rebellion” of the women’s portraits – and her penchant for playing with what she terms garments' "gender specific rules." And this jacket-and-jeans combo is her code-breaking vision epitomised.


Roberta Paolucci and Paolo Giacomelli – the pair who make up Italian jewellery brand Iosselliani – are accessory designers hellbent on injecting classic designs with new ideas. Armed with an impressive list of clients (including Missoni and Kenzo) and a disregard for commercial attention (“We do not believe in marketing. We are artisans”), here the duo have playfully recontextualised serious military regalia.


Swiss brand Bell & Ross may have only been on the scene since 1992, but they take their references from vintage 60s styles. This model – complete with real alligator strap – combines a retro aesthetic with cutting-edge modern technology. Afterall, the 60s was a decade dedicated to breaking new fashion frontiers, so why not wear this piece as a choker?

Photography Andrew Nuding; styling Lizy Curtis; hair Philippe Tholimet at Streeters; make-up Katrin Rees using NARS; model Nora at Next Model Management; photographic assistant Jocelyn Murray Boyne; hair assistant Paul Wei; make-up assistant Emma Kingsman