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Jewellery exhibitions in Hong Kong: Van Cleef and Arpels presents animal clips inspired by Noah’s Ark

Elephant clips, © Van Cleef & Arpels

Elephant clips, © Van Cleef & Arpels

Elephants, foxes and peacocks are just some of the animals fashioned into exquisite high jewellery pieces by Van Cleef & Arpels in a sixty-piece collection called ‘L’Arche de Noé racontée par Van Cleef & Arpels’, or Noah’s Ark as told by Van Cleef & Arpels. They will be on show in a special installation at Hong Kong’s Asia Society from 10 to 26 March 2017.

The bejewelled clips in the collection take inspiration from a Jan Brueghel the Elder painting of the story of Noah’s Ark, ‘The Entry of the Animals into Noah’s Ark’ (1613), which shows a gathering of animals in a forest clearing next to a stream. According to the J. Paul Getty Museum where the painting resides, in 1609, Brueghel had been appointed court painter to Archduke Albert and his wife the Infanta Isabella, who built a menagerie in Brussels populated with exotic animals from all over the world. The artist was thus able to observe them in person, and render them in his painting.

This masterpiece was the starting point for this collection Van Cleef & Arpels, which has a tradition of adeptly reinterpreting cultural references in their unique language. Nicolas Bos, President and CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels says, “The Maison often creates a dialogue between its own identity and heritage on one hand, and broad historical themes and references from other cultural spheres.”

Squirrel clips, © Van Cleef & Arpels

Squirrel clips, © Van Cleef & Arpels

‘L’Arche de Noé’ is testament to Van Cleef & Arpels’ creativity and craftsmanship. Each pair of bejewelled clips is a composed narrative in itself. Two squirrels rub noses over an egg-shaped 46-carat white opal, as if in glee at their fortune of foraging the treasure. A giraffe hangs its head ever so slightly, while its partner looks protectively into the distance, seemingly to plan their next move, their pink gold bodies resplendent with jewels for their characteristic spots. Then there are the dragonflies in flight, one featuring a 2.28-carat cushion-cut tourmaline and the other showing off a 3.27-carat garnet. The details in the clips are extraordinary, and the minerals and gems used stunning.

While most of the animals appear in complementary pairs, mostly in separate clips, a number on singular clips such as ladybirds perched on a single branch, and even in a trio with the kangaroo family where the mother is holding a little one in the pouch, there are mythical creatures that have been crafted as individuals: Pegasus, a phoenix and a unicorn. The unicorn clip, for one, is a captivating sight, with its head arched gracefully towards its back, its hooves in mid-stride and its long luxurious tail curled forward. The regal beauty, created from white and red gold, shows off round diamonds, marquise-cut emeralds, baguette-cut sapphires, turquoise, and Mystery Set™ sapphires.

To enhance the public’s enjoyment of these beautiful jewellery pieces, Van Cleef & Arpels has invited American theatre and visual artist Robert Wilson to create the immersive experience. Wilson has had an illustrious career that has crossed many artistic fields, from theatre and opera to paintings and sculptures. He has won many accolades, including the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale and the Olivier Award. Speaking about his work on the scenography for the installation, his first in the world of high jewellery, Wilson says, “The kingdoms of childhood, literature, and animals have always fascinated me, and yet I did not draw much inspiration from them to design this scenography. I would rather describe it as a journey along sensory sceneries, as the abstract and fancy-free immersion into a fairytale.”

Upon entering the installation, which was first shown in Paris at the Hotel d’Evreux in September 2016, the eye is drawn to the back centre of the room where a brightly lit skeleton of a boat is suspended surrounded by ceiling-to-floor video screens on the walls showing an undulating image of the calm sea, bringing to life the passage of Noah’s Ark. A selection of 40 jewelled animals appear to float in small glass boxes placed around the room. In the background, Arvo Pärt’s meditative ‘Spiegel im Spiegel’ – or ‘Mirror in the Mirror’ – plays on a loop, to be interrupted by the sound of thunder followed by heavy rain before it stops all of a sudden to return to the lulling music.

The collaboration between Van Cleef & Arpels with Robert Wilson, both representing the highest standards in their respective fields, spells a magical experience to be had at the ‘L’Arche de Noe’ installation for one and all.

Art Republik spoke with Robert Wilson to find out more about his installation for L’Arche de Noé racontée par Van Cleef & Arpels at the Asia Society Hong Kong.

What made you say yes to the project? What expectations did you have going in?

I said yes because it’s something I have never done before, so it was kind of a challenge. I went around when I was first asked to do the project and I went to jewellery shops, and… forgive me, but that was so boring. It was also very difficult to see the jewellery. It was either too busy or too noisy or something, and so I was thinking, how can I see these tiny little jewelled animals? What should the space look like? What should it sound like? What should the light be like? I started there.

Exhibition shot of ‘L'Arche de Noé racontée par Van Cleef & Arpels’ at The Hôtel d'Évreux in Paris, France, from 3 to 26 September 2016. Image courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Exhibition shot of ‘L’Arche de Noé racontée par Van Cleef & Arpels’ at The Hôtel d’Évreux in Paris, France, from 3 to 26 September 2016. Image courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.

What were the ideas you had for the installation?

I wanted to make a rather calm environment, and I was thinking about this flood, this great body of water, this boat of animals. It is very curious that there were pairs of animals, so I started thinking about the number two: we have two, and a pair is one, so it is not one plus one equals two, but two equals one, and so you have this music that you hear in the background which is meditative and calm, but there is an erupted thunder, so there are intervals. It was a way of constructing sound in the space. I wanted to have a spiritual environment of light, but this is interrupted by something dark. I was thinking of this journey, this ark, to describe in the Bible. I did not see it as a religious story, but more of a spiritual story. And I was thinking originally to build a big ark or a boat, and you would enter it, and it just seemed all wrong. So, you see in this installation here a very small boat, and these jewelled animals are almost like navigation, like stars in a chart around the room. And if you think of Noah’s ark, the sort of flood, the vast sea of body of water, this is just this little speck, God looking down on it, so all those things are part of the construction of the space.

How do you integrate your past experience, given your work in theatre, design, and production, and translate it into something on a much smaller scale with this installation?

It has to do with the same concerns. How do I start? What is the first thing I hear? What is the first thing I see? What is the second thing? What is the last thing? And so it is time and space decisions which you make, and whether you are making an exhibition, or an opera, or ballet, or theatre, it is the same idea of constructing thoughts. I made the decision to make a space that was very calm, that allowed me to look closely at these jewels. But Heaven cannot exist without Hell. You have two hands, but there is one body, two sides of the brain, but there is one mind, so it is working with this duality as one, and that is the same whether you are making an opera or an installation.

You have done many different things across different genres. Have you ever felt like there was too much going on, or is it an inspiring way for you to work?

I do not think about work being work. I think it is a way of living. I do not think well, okay, now, I am going to wake up in the morning and I am going to go to work and then I am going to go home, I stop working and I am going to turn the TV on, and scratch the dog, and eat something, then I go to bed. To me, living is a way of being and thinking, and that is my work. I do not see so much difference between my work and living. It is all part of one thing. It is not like I go to an office, and then I go home, and it is finished. So, someone asked me yesterday, do you ever think about retiring? As long as I am living, I am thinking, I am working or… I guess I would retire if I am no longer breathing, but so far I have not stopped.

With the installation, you are integrating multimedia to create this multi-sensory experience for the audience. You have lights, you have sounds, you have these high-tech screens. What do you think about technology and its importance in helping you tell this story?

Yes, sure. I think that when we become mechanical, we become free, and we may learn to ride a bicycle, and the first time you try it, it is awkward, you are afraid of falling, maybe falling, but after a while you can ride the bicycle and you do not have to think about it. It is automatic, so I think that is freedom. I have a friend who is a ballet dancer, and I asked her a while ago how many ballets she knew. She said about 80. I asked her for one ballet what she does in a particular moment and she says that she has no idea, but when she is doing it, she knows, because the memory is in her muscle, and it is something automatic. So the mind is a muscle. I always loved when Andy Warhol said, “I want to be a machine”. Sometimes we are afraid of technology becoming mechanical, but I think that is freedom. My mother was very, very good at typing; she typed very rapidly. She said she liked to type because it gave her time to think.

Exhibition shot of ‘L'Arche de Noé racontée par Van Cleef & Arpels’ at The Hôtel d'Évreux in Paris, France, from 3 to 26 September 2016. Image courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Exhibition shot of ‘L’Arche de Noé racontée par Van Cleef & Arpels’ at The Hôtel d’Évreux in Paris, France, from 3 to 26 September 2016. Image courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.

What is the one thing you return to time and again when you work?

When you create buildings, as an architect, it is all about light, and how to introduce light, and things about sound. Most architects do not even consider sound. Six years ago, I went for almost two months to Latin America, North America, throughout Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, to architecture schools. And it was shocking, really shocking, that looking at the work of students, almost none of them were starting with light. That should be the first concern: as an architect, you start with light. Without light, there is no space, and I work in the theatre and it is shocking that people do the lighting two weeks before the premiere. I start with light. That is the first thing I do. The actors are there, but I work on the light, and the light would create the space, and then you can decide what to do in the space, and the light would completely change the space. The light, as Einstein said, is the measure of all things. Without it, there is absolutely no space. So start with light.

*A version of this article appears in Art Republik’s Mar-May ‘Crossover’ issue.

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Luxury jewellery collection: Atelier Swarovski to unveil sparkling jewelry collection at the Oscars 2017

 

Marking the 10th year that the brand has since been decorating the stage for the Academy Awards, Atelier Swarovski brings a sparkling surprise. Handcrafted in Paris, a fine jewelry collection featuring diamonds and crystals reflecting the group’s “craftsmanship, innovation and commitment to responsible practices,” will be unveiled this week at the 89th Academy Awards. Part of the “Red Carpet Green Dress” initiative, the pieces will then go on show at further red carpet events around the world, before a commercial version launches in 2018.

The Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry Collection will feature cocktail rings, earrings, a necklace and other accessories; with contemporary art deco style details a running theme throughout the series.

The launch isn’t the only project the brand is focusing on for the awards ceremony — 2017 marks a decade long commitment Swarovski has had illuminating the Oscars stage. The company has provided over a million Swarovski crystals for the stage since 2007, and will outdo itself for this anniversary year, offering over 300,000 crystals for the event.

Swarovski is famous for its fashion collaborations, but the brand has a strong history with the cinematic industry too, having provided jewelry for some of film’s most iconic characters, from Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” to Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

The 89th Academy Awards will take place on February 26 in Hollywood.

Valentine’s day gift ideas: Accessories for him and her from Louis Vuitton, Dunhill and more

Valentine’s Day is one of the many days of the year that draws for jeers and cheers around the world. While there are those who believe that cupid simply aims his arrow to drum up sales of chocolates, flowers, romantic gifts and even luxurious getaways, there are others who embrace it with arms wide open. As hopeless romantics, we believe that the day can help those not used to wearing their heart on their sleeves show their true emotions. We help you pick out Valentine’s Day gifts for that special him or her in your life because, as a wise Ronan Keating once said, sometimes you say it best when you say nothing at all.

For Her

Louis Vuitton Bracelets Idylle Twist

Forget about a bouquet of flowers or even a single rose this Valentine’s. Go with an everlasting floral dedication with the Idylle Twist bracelet from the luxury French brand. Featuring the iconic Louis Vuitton monogrammed flowers in three variations, it now joins our ever-growing wish list of accessories to have. The monogrammed flowers are seen free, enclosed in a circle or diamond and are available in pink, white or yellow gold. What makes it so special is that the Idylle Twist bracelet is highly flexible and is easy to slip on. We suggest wearing more than one of these to combine the varying shades of gold — why stop at one when these serve as a perfect substitute to a dozen roses?

Saint Laurent Opyum Shoes

If she happens to be a lover of fashion and shoes in particular, then this may be the perfect gift to have her head over heels (pun intended). Straight from Saint Laurent’s spring 2017 collection, the Opyum shoes are said to be a signature piece for the brand. Designed by Anthony Vaccarello, the 4.3-inch shoes in black patent leather are sure to make a statement with the YSL Cassandre logo incorporated into the heel.

For Him

Dunhill Sentryman Pen

Writing instruments have long been an accessory reserved for gentlemen and Dunhill has checked all the boxes with the new Sentryman Pen additions. Only 15 of these limited edition creations have been made so it would be wise to get your hands on them while you still can. Numbered and fitted with a London assay mark that can be found engraved at the base of the cap, the pen carries all the hallmarks of Dunhill’s refined style. The Guilloche top adds to the look of the pen along with the Grade 1, 0.06-carat crown cut diamond on the top of the lid. The pens come in Navy Resin and pink gold-plating and well as Barley Navy resin in Ballpoint or Rollerball.

Berluti Nino GM 

Straight from the brand’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection, the clutch is just the right accessory for the man who loves the leather creations by Berluti. The perfect balance of style and function, the clutch features Berluti’s Venezia leather with iconic Berluti Scritto design in Tobacco bis. The Nino Gm is available in meteorite and coral.

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Eyewear

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Eyewear: Woven Luxury

Anyone worth their luxury handbags would recognise Bottega Veneta’s Intrecciato weave in a heartbeat. This season, fans of the classic design can rejoice – the Italian luxury goods house has extended the iconic motif to an extensive range of eyewear that includes sunglasses and prescription glasses.

Set to arrive in three distinct collections, the eyewear range is an extension of Tomas Maier’s polished, unfussy ready-to-wear collection for fall. The Light Intrecciato Profile sees the Intrecciato detail subtly applied to both unisex and feminine frame shapes, finished with tonal or contrasting color nuances and two iconic rivets on the temples. The Intrecciato Eyes range is the boldest iteration within the series, defined by an eyebrow metal insert with the engraved motif that runs along the unisex browline frame. The Intrecciato Rim optical unisex style might see the woven motif engraved throughout, but the resulting look remains light and versatile.

Available in matte or semi-matte finishes, the Intrecciato eyewear range sees a colour palette of black, brown and Havana, with accents of blues, greens and pinks for good measure. Expect the best in quality – the Italian label only uses premium Italian acetate and Japanese titanium in its manufacturing, and each pair is hand-crafted by expert artisans that hail from both countries.

Find out more about the eyewear series and view the styles on L’Officiel.com.

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Loewe Small Hammock Bag: Larger than Life

We can’t talk about the Loewe Small Hammock bag without mentioning its intriguing shape-shifting abilities. This season, our favorite functional carrier from the Spanish leather house might have shrunk in size, but is bigger in style.

Like its name suggests, the bag is inspired by the hammock. Loewe’s creative director Jonathan Anderson applied the relaxed silhouette and unfussy construction principle of the hanging bed to the carrier. Crafted from a single piece of calfskin, the Hammock bag offers versatility in its adaptation to varying needs and situations, thanks in part to the multitude of zips and folds.

Available in a series of colors and prints – think marine, aqua, leopard and red – the bag will also feature Loewe’s trademark lujado hand-painted edges and discreetly embossed Anagram, both hallmarks of the brand’s dedication to superior quality and craftsmanship.

Find out more about the Loewe Small Hammock Bag on L’Officiel.com now.

Strapped In: Prada Shoulder Straps Collection

Trust Prada to perfectly execute offbeat sophistication – following its quirky robot bag charms, the Italian luxury company dishes out a collection of shoulder straps that is possibly its best bag accessory yet.

The shoulder straps collection, which comes in a multitude of leathers, sees bold floral designs blooming across their entire lengths, which will undoubtedly breathe new life into some of the brand’s classics, such as the Galleria and Giardiniera.

The Prada Shoulder Strap collection is now available at Prada boutiques in Singapore.

Find out more about the collection on L’Officiel.com.

3 Backpacks for Fall/Winter ’16

We have seen the man purse, the briefcase and numerous other stylish bags that seemed to bask in the glory of being an It bag for a while. Yet nothing can be as versatile and functional as a trusty backpack — if Dora the Explorer can invest in one then so can you. Men’s Folio Singapore brings us three of their top picks, that would suit various personalities.

To read about the Fall/Winter 2016 must have accessory, visit Men’s Folio Singapore.

Reed Krakoff X Tiffany & Co. Collaboration

Tiffany & Co. is far from just a jewelry brand — it also designs and produces homeware that many would kill to have in their home (there’s also watches but you get the idea). Naturally, when looking for a collaborator for its new homeware and accessories line, the brand would want only the most talented individuals. American fashion designer Reed Krakoff fit the bill.

Due to be introduced in 2017, the former creative director of Coach has been enlisted to create a gifts, home and accessories collection. Some of the items that are slated to be sold include handbags, leather accessories, writing instruments and silver accessories that the brand is well-known for. More unusual are the tabletops, including hollow ware, porcelain, glass and crystal, Krakoff is set to design.

The designer shared that his designs will marry historical Tiffany & Co. icons with his own “modernist twist”. Along with the new partnership, this collaboration will see Krakoff work alongside the brand’s visual merchandising and advertising teams. This will allow for both parties to be involved in the concepts for the designer’s products display and marketing. The move, undertaken three years ago is seen as a means to elevate and modernize the brand.

Garden of Dreams: Chaumet Jardins Jewelry

The cool, crisp air is filled with the chirrup of birds and the pitter-patter of light rain. A team of regional journalists, myself included, have been invited by Chaumet to gather at Shi-Yang, a bucolic tea house an hour’s drive away from the bustle of Taipei city and tucked away in the valley of the spectacular Wuzhi Mountain. I am led into a room on the second floor of the ultra-slick duplex, a structure that wouldn’t look out of place in a design feature; one end of the room opens up completely to face the lush greenery. I am left alone to “clear my thoughts” and to find my “inner zen”.

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To fully understand why Chaumet has brought L’Officiel Singapore here, one ought to know that nature is, in fact, a really big deal for the Parisian jeweler. For 236 years, the brand has embraced both the beauty of the wild and wildlife as sources of inspiration, combining that with an inimitable know-how in craftsmanship and gem-setting to create highly impressive lines for an overarching collection named “Jardins”.

There’s Bee My Love, which, as its name suggests, celebrates the bee – a symbol of regality beloved by the French – and the honeycomb pattern on diamond bands and mini pendants. Hortensia translates the pretty hydrangea as bouquets of vibrant-colored stones on brooches, rings and earrings. Meanwhile, Attrape-Moi re-imagines the movements of spiders, dragonflies and, again, bees as playful motifs on the dial of a watch or as the centrepiece of a jewelry creation.

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Chaumet unfolds a new chapter in the enchanting Jardins story this month by presenting two unique high jewelry lines, Abeille and Épi de Blé, which, like their predecessors, are inspired by the same beautiful garden universe that the brand has looked to for over two centuries. The Abeille line sees a return to the house’s treasured bee motif, elevating the insect in never-seen-before arrays of contrasting-colored gems. Striking mandarin and hessonite garnets sit alongside the cool tones of aquamarine, peridot and green tourmaline on gold rings, earrings and pendants, all of which are decorated with delicate open-worked wings and finished with only the finest brilliant-cut diamonds.

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Meanwhile, the Épi de Blé range is a feminine tribute to Empress Joséphine, the first and eternal muse of Chaumet, and a fashion icon who, throughout her lifetime, remained true to the French Empire’s contemporary design codes. During her reign in the early 19th century, Joséphine quickly popularised the neoclassical tiara, which eventually led to the return of classical motifs such as the wheat sheaf in jewellery. Now, the symbol of life makes a second comeback as the Épi de Blé brooch and ring in yellow gold. The pair is rhodium-plated to resemble gold jewelry worn in the ’80s, but is updated with sparkling diamond accents for modern-day appeal.

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Accompanying the Abeille and Épi de Blé lines are also new additions to Chaumet’s highly popular Hortensia family. There are two parts: Aube Rosée depicts the hydrangea in the morning through powdery pink opals, pink sapphires and pink tourmalines; Voie Lacteé portrays the flower in the night time using symphonies of milky sapphires, tanzanites and white chalcedony.

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The final showcase of Chaumet’s new Jardins chapter soars high into the sky, immortalizing the swallow – the bird of hope, loyalty and rebirth – in a range of geometric-style pieces composed of intense onyx, emeralds and sapphires. An ode to the brand’s innovative spirit, a pair of transformable earrings – embellished with a pair of white agates that can be detached to be worn as short earrings – takes the spotlight.

This article first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore.

Montblanc Urban Spirit: Leather Accessories

German luxury brand Montblanc is best known for its sophisticated writing instruments and fine Swiss-made timepieces but we have always liked its leather accessories! In the new Montblanc Urban Spirit Collection, the brand aims to bring these leather accessories to the forefront with its innovative functionality. Perfect for the modern traveler, the designs can swiftly move from night to day.

Sleek and versatile, the 22 pieces in the collection are thoughtfully crafted to cater to the needs of the user. From business to pleasure, the accessories come in various sizes that boast reliability and security. The latest collection is fitted with a special lining called the Montblanc Shield. The lining is fitted in the internal pockets of the small leather goods and the internal zipped pocket of the larger leather goods.Montblanc-Urban-Spirit-Collection-Leather-Accessories-Article

The purpose of the material is a real technical one, to prevent the tampering and copying of personal data found in the chips of credit cards and passports. Made of soft, supple Italian leather the collection is a chance for the brand to showcase the craftsmanship that it has nurtured at Montblanc Palletteria in Florence; yes the leather goods are the work of craftspeople in Florence, as we learned ourselves first-hand at a presentation in Singapore.

The century-old Florentine traditions come to life in the Double Gusset Briefcase that is fitted with the signature Montblanc closure system. Along with the roomy compartments, the briefcase comes with a practical satellite system that allows it to be hung on trolleys.

The multi-functional aspect of the designs come into play with the Tote Bag, thanks to its cufflink closure which sees the bag go from an workbag to a small duffle in minutes. For wallets, the Montblanc Urban Spirit Collection has brought out external pockets that provide easy access to frequently used cards.

Loewe Collaborates with Textile Designer John Allen

Loewe’s latest collaboration with textile designer John Allen is about to make your summer wardrobe a lot more exciting. Unlike the Britain’s typically gray skies, Allen’s interpretation of iconic British landscapes feature bright pops of colors. The ‘Lost Dog’ and ‘Stonehenge’ designs are also made with a special leather marquetry technique, and applied onto the label’s T-Pouch, T-Bucket bag and even on silk scarves and beach towels.

“John’s use of color and the purity of his work translates perfectly to Loewe, which stands for the very best in craft today,” said creative director Jonathan Anderson about the textile artist.

Find out more about the exciting collaboration at L’OfficielSingapore.com today.

Disney X Coach Debut Mickey Mouse Collection

We’ve seen Mickey Mouse on many a fashion collaboration, but none quite as adorable as this one. As part of a series of exclusive projects that celebrate Coach’s 75th anniversary and the American pop culture, the iconic Disney star makes an appearance on a vibrant collection of leather goods and apparel.

“Mickey Mouse is one of my earliest memories of American pop – his nostalgic charm, cheekiness, individuality and inherent cool make for the ultimate American icon,” said Stuart Vevers. “I’ve always seen Mickey as a playful rebel at heart and a timeless symbol of joy and creativity. That spirit reinforces the new youthful perspective we are bringing to luxury at Coach.”

Some of the highlights of the collection include a studded leather jacket with Mickey’s instantly recognisable silhouette, and our favourite: a bright, bold snap-top purse with giant Mickey ears. Collectible pieces like black leather Mickey dolls and shearling beanbags are also part of the series.

The Disney x Coach limited-edition collection is available at the following Coach stores: Wisma Atria, Paragon, Takashimaya and Marina Bay Sands from June 24. Find out more about the collection at L’Officiel.com.

Prada Gets Technical: Robot Bags Capsule Collection

Prada’s troop of very charming robots have found its way onto some of its iconic bags, and we’re not complaining.

The eight-piece collection sees the robots – crafted out of an interesting mix of leather studs and rivets – on the Pattina shoulder sling bag, as well as the well-loved voile backpacks and totes. Some even have the Prada logos as mouths, creating kooky smiles that would make anyone’s day.

These are available in limited quantities, so you’ll have to hurry if you want to get your hands on one.

Find out more about the collection at L’Officiel.com.

Saint Laurent Unveils New Changi Airport Store

Now that Saint Laurent has opened its doors at Changi Airport, waiting for your flight will prove to be a less dreadful affair. The new store, situated at the bustling Terminal 2, is the first direct operating airport store worldwide.

The interior is typically Hedi Slimane with the marbled interior, stark lighting and minimalist furnishings (you’ll see the similarities with other stores worldwide immediately). While the last thing you’ll find are frivolous decorations, you will, however, find lots of precise geometry that add dramatic visual rhythm to the 104 square-meter space, where you’ll find the full range of women’s and men’s accessories.

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Shop the brand’s unique brand of Parisian chic at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2, Departure/Transit Lounge Central, #026-074, Singapore 819643. Tel: +65 6214 9647 Opening Hours: 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Read more about the store at L’Officiel.com.

Jeweler Poh Heng Debuts Gold Clutch

To celebrate the timeless beauty, elegance and empowerment of women, Singapore jeweler Poh Heng unveils ‘The Lady’, a collection of 12 thoughtfully crafted 22K gold jewelry pieces, including the ‘Elizabeth’, the brand’s first ever gold clutch. It is this historic bag that drew us to the story, given that Poh Heng has been a gold specialist and jeweler since 1948 but it has never ventured into accessories proper.

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Clearly, a lot of thought was put into crafting the intricate clutch. Carefully fashioned from 497 grams of 22K gold, the carrier is encased in yellow gold links that resemble lace detailing and with 27 facet-cut beads for maximum shine. This exclusive bag will be placed on display at Poh Heng’s Orchard Shopping Centre outlet from 19 May 2016.

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The rest of the collection sees glittering gold bead link patterns inspired from the ‘Elizabeth’ clutch applied to necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The 11 designs are each created to highlight the unique traits of a modern woman, and comprises of both bold and subdued accents, so there’s something for everyone.

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‘The Lady’ will be available at all Poh Heng boutiques islandwide from end May 2016.

 

Off Runway: Tribute to Women in Dior

If you have ever wondered about all the famous figures to have worn Christian Dior since 1947, you should turn to France’s Christian Dior Museum, which is holding a special exhibition on just that subject. Housed in the iconic fashion designer’s childhood home in Granville, Normandy, the summer exhibition entitled “Women in Dior – Sublime Elegance of a Portrait,” (Femmes en Dior – Sublime elegance d’un portrait) runs from May 5 to September 25, 2016.

The exhibition pays homage to the stylish women – princesses, First Ladies, fashion icons, movie stars, musicians and more – who have worn garments designed by the French fashion house, exploring the relationship between the different Dior pieces and their famous wearers.

After being sketched by the designer, crafted in the atelier and presented at the traditional catwalk shows, haute-couture garments are carefully chosen by the women of the world. Selections are made in function of tastes and personalities or with specific events in mind.

“Women in Dior – Sublime Elegance of a Portrait,” organized by fashion historian and curator Florence Müller, honors these famous figures and the key moments in their lives that saw them create an unbreakable bond with the Dior pieces they wore.

The exhibition focuses on the elegant women who have showcased Dior’s dresses, garments and accessories in style, from 1947 to the present day. Their personality, style and key moments from their lives are explored through a selection of dresses, photographs, letters, paintings and drawings.

The Christian Dior Museum pays homage to Princess Grace of Monaco, Lady Diana, Leonor Fini, Olivia de Havilland, Jackie Kennedy, Francine Weisweiller, Marilyn Monroe, Charlize Theron, Liz Taylor, Mitzah Bricard, Edmonde Charles-Roux, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard and Rihanna.

Among the exhibition’s striking portraits, Lady Diana can be seen on a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1995, carrying the bag that would become the iconic Lady Dior. Similarly, Rihanna can be seen attending Dior’s 2016 spring/summer ready-to-wear show, held in Paris, France, in 2015.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a book, also entitled Women in Dior – Sublime Elegance of a Portrait, written by fashion journalist Laurence Benaïm and published by Rizzoli. The book takes a closer look at the famous figures who marked the history of the French fashion house, exploring their tastes, their memories and – of course – their Dior ensembles.

Chloé Fall 2016: Dance of Desire

“My fall collection is influenced by the athletic nature of dance, and a sense of fluidity and movement,” explained Clare Waight Keller. She’s been the creative director at the French fashion house Chloé since 2011, and she’s helped to keep the brand’s vision of women’s clothing – wearability, luxuriance, airiness, flow – on the straight and narrow. Even now, just coming off summer’s Sun 2016 collection, for Fall 2016, she’s still holding to that course.

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Yet, beyond the flowing lines, effortless feel, and sense of grace, Keller’s also found a way to anchor it down with a playful sense of contrast. Breezy dresses and vibrant ephemera (kilim carpet jacquards, velvet, and mosaic floral silks) are pushed up against touches like washed denim or track pants. Silhouettes follow from every stage of a dance – from studio warm-ups to onstage performances.

In terms of colors, rustic, earthy tones of terracotta, ocher, burgundy and chocolate brown are matched with lighter shades of grey and blue. An equally scattered sense of playfulness works its way into the accessories: two-tone fold-down boots, wedges with shearling detail, and the iconic “Drew” and “Faye” handbags decorated with geometric patchworks of suede and python. The whole collection emanates an easy slackness.

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All this makes for a collection marked by feminine and completely trans-seasonal apparel. Fall’s Chloé Girl is the look that’s hard to beat.

Bottega Veneta: Beverly ’71

Some investments don’t come in the form of stocks and bonds. Our friends at L’Officiel Singapore share a few nuggets about an iconic accessory that is as relevant today as it was more than four decades ago. Learn more about the Bottega Veneta: Beverly ’71 and find out what makes this design transcends time and why you should have it, or at least find out why it is called the ’71.

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6 Runway Accessory Trends Maximizing Impact

The fashion runways churn out an impressive number of style stories with their trends and designs. Today we take a closer look at the accessories that don’t need to try too hard to catch your attention — simply because you can’t miss them. Bigger is always better it seems with the looks we’ve seen on the catwalk and we can’t wait to share some of our favorites, which are also the favorites of L’Officiel Singapore, who put together this piece.

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Statement necklaces and arm parties have seen their day. With so many designers cutting away garments to reveal necks and shoulders, it only makes sense to draw more attention to these areas via a pair of huge, sweeping shoulder-dusters.Make them the focal accessory by going for interesting details and colour combinations, lots of sparkle, or an arresting sculptural shape.

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Fashion’s fallen head over heels for this punk-tinged hardware, but given it a decidedly feminine touch. Alexander Wang used gold chains to embellish the dainty mesh bags in his romantic all-white Balenciaga collection. Miuccia Prada used them on retro, ladylike pieces in her rich, tactile collection, while Armani and Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen draped them on the body to offset light, delicate clothes.

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Plastic truly is fantastic. Designers as varied as Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel and John Galliano at Maison Margiela all offered versions of the transparent stuff plastered on bags, heels, sandals and hats. The most directional pieces, though, came from Jonathan Anderson who used it on garments at his eponymous label and on plastic Puzzle bags, pouches, jewelry and even trousers at Loewe.

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If you’re looking to indulge your inner princess fantasies, now is the time to do it. The girls at No 21 wore bands of sparkling stones atop their dreamy white looks. The Rodarte sisters wove medieval-looking gold leaves into their models’ hair, while Dolce and Gabbana crowned their glamorous Italian girls with fruits, crystals and flowers. Not everything was so princess-like though; both Miuccia Prada and Hedi Slimane showed actual tiaras at Miu Miu and Saint Laurent, respectively, but their girls and the clothes had an alluringly rebellious vibe.

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Sandals are a fail-proof summer staple but they’ve now been given a fun fashion twist via luxe materials, bright punchy prints and, most importantly, an elevated standing thanks to a sturdy flatform or a low chunky block heel. We love Fendi’s graphic leather slides, Ferragamo’s strappy ones with pop-coloured soles and those printed Chanel sandals that light up like an airport runway.

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For Spring/Summer ’16, designers have chosen to make their biggest statements in white. The effect is clean and chic, but far from minimal. At Balenciaga, Alexander Wang sent out rucksacks, totes and clutches in beautifully delicate silk satin, lace and woven leathers. Phoebe Philo’s white Céline bags were graphic with interesting hardware details while her Chelsea boots had a chunky, mannish appeal. Massimo Giorgetti’s sandals at Emilio Pucci on the other hand were romantically dotted with pearls.

Story Credits

Text by Jeffrey Yan

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore.