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Mother’s Day gifts: Guide to the best fashion accessories, beauty products for Mom

Mother knows best! It’s that time of the year again when we shower our beloved mums with gifts — repentance for the pain we have been throughout the year. Mother’s Day is right around the corner on May 14, so it’s time to start sourcing for the perfect peace offering that may make up for all those moments when she practised a great amount of self-restraint. We know what you’re thinking: How about some fresh blooms? While that will suffice, it never hurts to go above and beyond for the strongest woman in our lives.

You could make it personal by cooking mum breakfast in bed but if like us you are unable to cook a piece of toast without burning it, we say spare the woman that grief and get her something far more useful. We help you sift through the numerous products and specials being rolled out for the special day to find you something that would put a smile on her face. For a busy queen bee, the Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base would keep her looking radiant all day. On the other hand, consider Coach’s Souvenir Embroidery Mercer 24 Satchel. With its whimsical patches, this bag is perfect for a quirky mum. To celebrate a bold female figure that she is, gift her with the Paco Rabanne Olympéa Intense fragrance—made for the adventurous yet elegant woman.

Of course, the greatest gift you could give your mother this Mother’s Day is the gift of time, be it spending time with her— or just letting her sit back to relax and enjoy some peace. Do remember to thank your mum for all her sacrifice and hard work through the years; we wouldn’t have made it this far without their unwavering support. Take a look at our gallery of specially curated gifts for our woman warriors!

New fragrances for him: Bottega Veneta’s Pour Homme Parfum reinvents the signature fragrance

Dressed in a sleek bottle influenced by industrial accents, the Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum is a scent for the strong, charismatic man. The scent features model Zak Steiner as the face — with his intense gaze and confidence against a black and white backdrop paralleling exactly what the Bottega Man embodies. The new Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum is the classic scent with an added kick.

The Bottega Man is described as adventurous; spending hours hiking in the crisp, cool mountains. As he retreats, he stretches out onto aged leather cushions, and the rich scent fuses with the fresh essence of cedar leaves clinging to his skin from the outdoors. The weaving of these sensual aromas creates a sophisticated intensity, marking the evolution of the signature scent into a richer rendition with long-lasting diffusivity.

The Scent

Lauded to be a subtle classic scent, the fragrance opens with its signature earthy tone: hints of wood and spice notes weave their way, with punches of cedar leaves and rich cardamom. Creating an image of snow-capped trees and warm fires; this paves the way to the heart of the scent, unfurling to reveal the strong fir balsam and pimento. Rounding off, the scent melts into its endnotes with a sensuous leather accord, blending in harmony with bursts of Tonka bean to add a hint of pepper.

Only fitting that such a classic scent comes in a bottle to mirror it. The Parfum Box reflects the design house’s quality craftsmanship. Housed in Murano glass bottles alongside an intrecciato base and screw motif, the bottles come in three colours: jet-black, a smoky grey and gold. Available in two sizes, 50ml and 90ml, the scent is a twist on a classic.

This scent is a continuing partnership between master perfumer Daniela Andrier, Tomas Maier and perfumer Antoine Maisondieu. Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum is a vision of masculinity and a bolder variation of the brand’s original signature fragrance.

Bottega Veneta Merges Men’s, Womenswear Shows

Luxury fashion brand Bottega Veneta took a page out of the Gucci playbook (a corporate stablemate at Kering) and announced that going forward it will combine its menswear and womenswear ready-to-wear shows. Well, so reports British Vogue and the AFP.

The change is set to take place in February at the brand’s Milan Fashion Week autumn/winter 2017 womenswear show. After this point the brand will show both collections at the womenswear fashion weeks in February and September.

The news comes after many other design houses have decided to shake up their schedules, with DSquared2 and Burberry also now opting for co-ed collections combining both menswear and womenswear.

Like Burberry, other high-profile designers including Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren have also announced that they too would also be adopting a a see-now, buy-now capacity.

However because Bottega Veneta have chosen to combine its collections in its womenswear slot, rather than a month earlier, product will remain on the shop floor for longer. Creative director Tomas Maier had already commented to Vogue back in September that the brand “remains committed to a timing of presentation and launch that gives production the time necessary to create a sophisticated handcrafted collection that conveys a dream even before it hits the boutiques.”

Creating Fashion that Sells Isn’t a Sin

What is the point of high fashion these days? Is there a reason that designers still get to sit on their high horses when the most talked about brand these days is Vetements, with all its nonstop talk about “clothing people actually wear”? It’s really an issue of the industry failing to catch up with the times, which is strangely ironic considering that fashion is supposed to represent and extol the times it lives in.

In the aughts of haute couture, and really since before the time of Charles Frederick Worth (considered the progenitor of high fashion) and Marie Antoinette, what fashion represented in the zeitgeist and times was desire. Plain and simple, it was about elevating and making clothing so beautiful, flattering, and jealousy-inducing that it was a means to a social end. Fashion is so strikingly bourgeois and hierarchical today precisely because it has, for so many years, represented a certain degree of sophistication and, indeed, wealth.

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So what is high fashion for today, if Chanel is no longer haughtily pronouncing items of clothing démodé and instead, planting emojis onto accessories and clothing? If a brand as vaunted and intellectual as Prada is selling bags straight off the runway, can it still maintain a cachet of luxury and intelligence without the stink of shilling products (perhaps by making customers wait for the rest of its seasonal fashion direction)?

Selling isn't a sin: Balenciaga

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I posit that high fashion today is returning to its core, plain and simple, all over again. It is about beautiful clothing, wonderful things people feel an urge to wear, and representing the cultural values of the times. It is why Balenciaga under Demna Gvasalia feels so… right. With its post-modern melding of old-world techniques and new-age street-wise tricks, it has been vaulted right back into the fashion consciousness – and it is worth paying attention to again. With the advertising and PR money of fashion, it sometimes becomes difficult to differentiate what’s worth the time and what’s paid for. The purest reaction, then, is clothing that can convince customers to part with money to put on their back.

Selling isn't a sin: Vetements

Vetements

The ’90s were all at once the best and worst time for intellectual fashion, but that’s gone down the drain now. Conglomeration of brands and companies meant that fashion as an art and a means to an end was becoming monetized. Think of LVMH, Kering and Prada group’s expansions at the time.

Today, LVMH’s brands are represented in a good half of all fashion magazines’ front bumper of ads. Louis Vuitton, Dior, Céline, Loewe, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Fendi – even jewelry and watch brands such as Bulgari, Chaumet, Hublot, TAG Heuer, etc. Kering rounds it up with Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, etc. Where did the mavericks like Helmut Lang and Martin Margiela go?

In an environment where people simply demanded more and more clothing, it became hard for such intellectually-driven and conceptual designers to continue – never mind that the clothes they designed and created were eminently wearable and beautiful. But it was tricky, because the old shows from Prada, for instance, were such subtle exercises in decryption. Meaning was layered and veiled, and it took a trained eye and mind to pick apart what exactly Mrs Prada was saying each season. Today, a collection like its FW16 vagabond girls-on-the-run one is, while beautiful, almost obvious to interpret. In recent seasons too: fast cars and sweaty glamour, stiff Stepford wives’ tailoring, duney desert travellers. They make big political and cultural statements, but they’re plain to see.

Selling isn't a sin: Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Therein lies the problem. When fashion becomes grounds for intellectual concepts, customers get frustrated. It was famously hard for people to grasp Craig Green’s debut SS15 collection with flowing judoka quilts and banners bound to the models. But it struck a chord with the industry collective viewing the show – inspiring some tears, even. Here was a collection set against an Enya soundtrack, resplendent in creative liberty and in the luxury of time it took to craft. It was beautiful and it sold. Next season, he did a similar thing – line and silhouette were only slightly different, but there was a complete reversal in the reaction of the press. Lambasts of similarity and repetition abounded, and it became clear that the industry was on the same page as its readers’ attention spans. Never mind giving designers time to develop an idea and letting it stew, mutate, evolve and be felt out. We wanted more and more of the new.

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Prada

So where is intellectual fashion’s place in today’s fast-paced commercial churning environment? It is a conundrum that is hard to solve. Perhaps that is why Vetements is so successful – because it makes you feel like you’re thinking and being smart about things while contributing no effort at all. Perhaps it is why Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent was such a runaway commercial success – because you didn’t have to think while wearing his clothes, you just had to partake in his vacuous vein of L.A. grungy cool. Perhaps it is why Phoebe Philo’s Céline is so influential – women don’t have to think about what they’re representing to the world because Philo’s clothing whispers refinement for them. Perhaps it is why Alessandro Michele’s Gucci is so refreshing – they’re simply fun to wear (the same, season after season) and don’t offer much by way of a political or cultural message.

I am not against any of this.

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Jacquemus

On the contrary, it is the way fashion is today, and to whine about time gone by is to be astoundingly near-sighted – rather, rear-sighted. Karl Lagerfeld has been so good for Chanel exactly because he takes to the times he lives in like a cultural sponge. There’s a respect to the historical foundations of the brand, but even more surely a perspective of today.

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Gucci

What I’m saying is that “commercial” isn’t necessarily a bad word. We’ve been wary of the financial beast for long enough; it’s time to be smart about it and synthesize what we know with what we want. There’s a reason designers such as Christian Lacroix went out of business despite his reign in the ’80s and ’90s in Paris: extravagance and bonanza dresses stopped becoming relevant. After sobering financial crashes, actual plane crashes and a global worldview of uncertainty, the dream was over.

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Dries Van Nolen

Today, the new dream is perhaps clothes that slide right into daily life. A note: I’m not saying poorly designed and poorly made clothes with nary a thought or smarts should get a pass for being easy to buy and wear. I’m talking about fashion that has a contextual place in contemporary culture and represents a designer’s point of view. Ultimately, that’s the place of fashion: on our backs.

This article was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Savoir Flair: 3 Brands Scoring High on Knowhow

The fast-paced world of fashion storms the world with a slew of designs each season, but what’s aesthetic ingenuity if it is not underscored by knowhow? With these words, L’Officiel Singapore won us over and we had to share the story. We are always banging on about craftsmanship and so are luxury brands, big and small, but there is a good reason for this. This article, first published in L’Officiel Singapore, looks at three luxury fashion brands whose accessories are creatively on-point and score high on craftsmanship.

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The sport-luxe statement boots that stalked Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2016 runways aren’t exactly what come to mind when one mentions handmade shoes, but that’s exactly the level of quality the house devotes to its footwear collection. In Venice, Italy, a town called Fiesso d’Artico is the stomping ground of shoe manufacturing, particularly for women’s shoes. It is no coincidence that in 2009, Louis Vuitton chose to set up its shoe plant in Fiesso d’Artico as a space solely for the development and production of footwear – not just bespoke orders and the classics that form the brand’s permanent collections, but the seasonal runway shoes as well.

Just as every pair of shoes from Fiesso d’Artico requires around 200 separate steps both by hand and machine to create, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière’s amplified ankle boots with sneaker influences sport a marriage of traditional shoemaking savoir faire and modern technology.

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Every established luxury brand has a signature item with an appeal that withstands the test of time. For Bottega Veneta, it’s safe to say that the Cabat has been one of its most coveted bags since its debut (it was creative director Tomas Maier’s first design in 2001). An understated classic tote, it’s been reincarnated season after season, year after year, for 15 years – in nappa leather in seasonal colors and exotic skins including croco, karung and ostrich. Trendy editions included Memory (English Lamb with aluminum foil), Crystal Cabat made of polyurethane, and the Lana Cabat made of nappa with wool.

As Cabat fans know, the leather is woven such that the bag has no side seams. About 100 double-faced leather strips, each about 1.60m long, are handwoven in the diagonal pattern that made “intrecciato” synonymous with Bottega Veneta. This can only be done standing up as it requires a lot of strength to work those long strips into a perfect weave – one artisan handles the weaving, and another stitches the base and handles. The bag is always left unlined because it’s as beautiful inside as out, since two-sided leather strips are used.

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Feel the softer side of leather as we know it with Ermengildo Zegna’s Pelle Tessuta, a luxe fabric-like woven nappa featured in the brand’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection of shoes and accessories. Instead of the traditional fabric yarns used in cloth weaving, lamb nappa leather strips are placed in a warp position and woven together to create an incredibly supple and light material that’s handsome too. While Zegna has always been known for its heritage of quality fabrics and weaving technique, the innovative Pelle Tessuta further cements the brand’s standing in leather-making savoir faire. To maintain high craftsmanship standards, quality control is essential in creating the Pelle Tessuta. Before the woven leather can be cut for sewing, an artisan inspects the leather fabric to ensure the strips are perfectly aligned at the right angles, with not a strand out of place.

This article was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

6 Home Styles for Successful Gentlemen

As fashion and furniture continue to merge their ideals of beauty and form, homes can now dress to express their individual personalities – shaped and driven of course by the personalities and decisions of their owners. Basically, if you can sort of guess which brand is responsible for the look pictured top, you have the style chops to draw something useful from this story. So, leaving aside the admirable projects of refreshing your wardrobe or tricking out your vehicle, you might care for a bigger challenge this season. Our friends at Men’s Folio selected six different brand names to match six different personal styles. This is just the sort of thing magazine folks love to do and we thought we’d share it with you.

For an added sense of character (and better UX!), each of the suggestions is modeled on specific personalities.

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Versace Home stays religiously true to its iconic over-style even as the lifestyle arm is brought in-house to complete the brand universe. Under the artistic direction of Donatella Versace, the ritzy collection fetes four brand new lines: Inspired by the Rosenthal-meets-Versace porcelain collection, Les Etoiles de la Mer commits to absolute opulence through precious materials such as Fiore di pesco marble, printed velvets and mercury wood, with prints awash in marine motifs; Vasmara evokes wildlife exoticism with leopard and zebra print decors; futuristic Gvardian is defined by clean lines and a neutral palette, with a carbon fibre table top conveying spacey visual and tactile effect; finally, the established Via Gesù Palazzo Empire range is expanded with a one-of-a-kind sky blue nubuck sofa shaped in the defining “V” of the brand. Standing out from the christened collections is the new climate-proof aluminum chair Mesedia. Crafted in the image of Versace’s unmistakable Medusa head, Mesedia is emblematic of the new Home collection and is available in five colours that remind of shifting skies: Haze, storm, cloud, purple sunset and sunrise.

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They say home is where your heart is set in stone; is where you go when you’re alone (that there’s some catchy lyrics from Gabrielle Aplin’s 2013 hit single, “Home”). In any case, if home is truly where your heart lies, then no doubt you’ll be a fan of Hermès’ latest home collection inspired by the ideal of the home as shelter for body and mind. Under the aegis of artistic directors Charlotte Perelman and Alexis Fabry, the home is transformed into a refuge of relaxation with simple yet elegant touches. Different threads of the collection — ranging from the re-edited Oria chairs by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo to the showpiece Sellier sofa demonstrating the equestrian heritage of the Maison — collectively address the theme of balance, which Hermès believes thrives and reigns in enclosed spaces. This balancing act is also cleverly propagated in the Équilibre d’Hermès assembly of desk and decorative accessories, consisting of a harmonious blend of functional and whimsical pieces: A magazine rack in the form of a horse saddle, an icosahedron paperweight, a magnifying glass held in perfect equipoise atop a conical base.

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Imagine serving your favourite pasta on Venus, or scooping ice cream from moon craters — if you’re obsessed with astronomy and the stars, you’re in for a treat. For 2016, Diesel Living parades its latest collaboration with Italian design brand Seletti in its Cosmic Diner tableware line. Inspired by the universe, the heavenly (as close as it gets) collection comprises of porcelain plates representing the planets of the solar system, a Starman vase, salt and pepper grinders in the shape of rockets, as well as meteorite glasses to end the poetic set up. The collaboration with Seletti is among five ongoing projects that Diesel Living has going on, including Moroso for furniture, Foscarini for lighting, Iris Ceramica for ceramic tiling, and Scavolini for a new kitchen concept. The Moroso and Foscarini collections illustrate Diesel’s individualistic lifestyle with industrial design and rock styling, while the Diesel Open Workshop Kitchen with Scavolini celebrates the ethos of “Come in, we’re open!” with an open-concept social kitchen the builds on the brand’s creativity and free expression.

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Unlike those of us who express our feelings through intense rituals — entire mornings spent painting, shouting out at open seas, retail therapy on useless junk — designer Giorgio Armani conveys his thoughts in a more refined manner. More often than not, he translates his obsessions into an elegant collection of timeless creations, and judging from his latest set for Armani/Casa, it’s pretty clear his current fixation is on light. The Time Of Lightness experiments with the notion of light and how its interplay (through shadows and reflections) can transform regular architecture into irregular elements, with Armani putting this sophistication into the perspective of minimalism and simplicity. The collection is gratifyingly considerate, keeping in mind all aspects of one’s lifestyle. It first offers a selection of tables — the Luna rotating table, Lewis oval table and Egidio low table, to name a few — then accompanies them with a complete tableware set. It also pieces together other home elements such as the Leonard buffet (two versions, with drawers and shelves or as a television unit) and Club bar cabinet, the latter a 50-piece limited edition hand-made with black straw marquetry and dramatized in an Ocean lacquer finish that calls to mind The Great Wave off Kanagawa by renowned Japanese artist Hokusai. These are topped off with resplendent Murano glass pieces and exquisite textiles by Rubelli.

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Following last year’s series of ceramics-inspired leather bowls, Spanish luxury brand Loewe is back to win hearts with an entire bag of striking and eccentric designs crafted in leather marquetry. Conceived by creative director Jonathan Anderson, this latest collection of oak furniture is embellished with leather cut-outs in an array of shapes and colours pieced together to form mosaic drawings of flowers and landscapes. The project is partly inspired by the radical design ideas of pioneering artist-critic Roger Fry (furniture covered in bold, hand-painted patterns, for example), and the motifs are taken from silk prints found in Loewe’s archives, including a recurring carp adapted from a set of centuries-old Japanese wood screens Anderson found in Hong Kong. The end product is stunning, with six new creations, including a large wardrobe and two Baillie Scott chairs, along with lamps and cigar boxes as well as notebooks and leather pouches, all coated in fun to brighten up your living space.

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Bronze tables surfaced in the signature intrecciato leather weave (an exclusive collaboration with Italian designer Osanna Visconti di Modrone), Murano lamps in new cigar and nero colorations, suede and leather drawers fitted with iconic bronzed handles — there’s nothing in Bottega Veneta’s home collection that doesn’t spell masculine decadence. When set against a backdrop of historic frescoes, coffered ceilings and stone walls found in a profound 18th century palazzo (Palazzo Gallarati Scotti in the heart of Milan, to be precise), the curated creations by creative director Tomas Maier even provide a taste of medieval excess. Apart from the aforementioned pieces, the collection boasts a suede seating set (club chair, foot rest, three-seat couch and day bed) named Rudi in collaboration with Poltrona Frau, a series of sterling silver collectible boxes each bearing semi-precious stones and planetary names, and a delicate hand-painted porcelain dining service. It’s a long list of complementary pieces that come together coherently to exude sophistication in the homes of those with discerning tastes.

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This article was first published in Men’s Folio.

Bottega Veneta Spring/ Summer 2017 in Milan

It is  a double celebration for Bottega Veneta as it showcases its Spring/Summer 2017 collection in Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Brera in Milan. Our friends at Men’s Folio find out more about what makes this show so special in the historic building.

Find our more about Bottega Veneta’s Spring/Summer 2017 show on Men’s Folio.

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.

Bottega Veneta Unveils Luxury Home Designs

Within the magnificence of the Palazzo Gallarati Scotti and amidst the stunning frescoes of 18th-century artists such as Giovanna Battista Tiepolo sits Tomas Maier’s home collection for Bottega Veneta. The series, which comprises a three-seater sofa, day bed and club chair, amongst a few others, is a harmony of minimalist silhouettes and luxe fabrics.

The brand’s iconic intrecciato motif is also apparent in the collection, as seen on a bronze hand-made table and handles of a storage chest. Other eye-catching pieces include Berber-style carpets in unique patterns, and a collection of sterling boxes with semi-precious stones, each named after the planets in the solar system.

“A luxury product is signified by the material that’s used, its design, the know-how of its artisans,” Maier has said. “And obviously, I have an obsession with functionality – a bit of my German background.”

Read more about the opulent collection on L’Officiel.com.

Bottega Veneta Goes Bright for Cruise 2017

Elongated silhouette and a bold array of colours – Bottega Veneta’s Cruise 2017 collection is meant to transcend season and trends. Under the critical eye of Tomas Maier, this season’s suits are made of devore velvet and with the pants elongated past normality for a leaner silhouette. Fans of the brand will be happy to know that Maier didn’t neglect the brand’s accessories line. For example, The Weekender bag in double suede also feature a crocodile trim, while a document case is striped for graphic effect.

Read more about Bottega Veneta’s Cruise 2017 collection at L’Officiel.com.

Scent of Italy: Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano

Although we may not all be able to experience the vast cultural heritage and lush landscapes of Italy, except probably as a vacation now and then, Italian fashion label Bottega Veneta says it has bottled the experience into the Parco Palladiano fragrance collection. Bottega Veneta aims to convey the pure sense and spirit of the Veneto region in Italy, and especially the scents from the garden of its famed Palladian villas, with its new unisex fragrance collection.

“Palladio is a source of endless inspiration for me in many ways,” says Tomas Maier, who conceived and oversaw the collection. “My father was an architect who studied the work of Palladio, so his teachings have always been part of my life even before I started as creative director at Bottega Veneta. Palladio was an artisan as well as an architect who sought balance and harmony in everything. The Palladian gardens that inspire this ‘Parco Palladiano’ collection represent a perfection on earth and an agricultural utopia.”

Priced at $296 for a 100ml bottle, the whole collection will come in the form of six scents, each with different ingredient or aroma for the region. These include magnolia, cypress leaves, sun-ripened pear, azalea flowers, aromatic herbs (laurel, rosemary, sage), and, the queen of flowers, rose. These scents were developed from two years of testing and concocting various experiences and moments from the gardens. Maier called on three perfumers for this: Michel Almairac and Daniela Andrier, who have already worked with Bottega Veneta, and Alexis Dadier, who works with the brand for the first time.

With the release of these scents, Bottega Veneta has done well to honor the region that they’ve been a part of since the brand was founded in 1966. The six bottles in the collection will be sold exclusively in Bottega Veneta boutiques.

Bottega Veneta Calls Rodeo Drive Home

A milestone in its progression sees Bottega Veneta open a second Maison in Beverly Hills. Found in North Rodeo Drive, it will soon be followed by a third Maison in New York sometime next year. To commemorate the opening, the brand also showed off two exclusive editions to the Beverly 71/16 bag.

To find out more about the store and the Beverly 71/16, click here.

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.

To learn more about the Bottega Veneta: Beverly ’71, click here.

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. 

Salone del Mobile: 5 Fashionable Standouts

For a week, the worlds of fashion and interior design collided in Milan at Salone del Mobile, also known as The Milan Furniture Fair, which is how we tag it on our site. The fair – held from 12 to 17 April – was dedicated to bringing together the best in the design industry, and that included some of fashion’s finest. Here are some of the standout presentations by fashion brands during Design Week.

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With an innate Italian aura, Versace showed off opulent furniture creations this year. Highlights included the “Via Gesù Palazzo Empire”, a blue sofa inspired by the “Palazzo Empire” bag; the Mesedia chair, crafted out of climate-proof aluminum in a punchy array of colors – think deep purple and orange – that recall a mid-summer sunset; and wallpaper bearing the label’s bold prints.

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The Italian fashion house’s own Home Collection applied the brand’s coveted leather to a selection of new furniture creations, including the “Rudi” line, designed in partnership with Poltrona Frau. This featured a club-style armchair, a footstool, a three-seat sofa and a chaise lounge. The range also includes round tables with engraved bronze frames and since we’re being extravagant, a bronze lamp with a woven black leather shade to light up your very fancy casa.

 

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High-end lingerie and furniture might seem like an unlikely match but La Perla made it work. Together with designer Walter Terruso, “Mia” was born – a sleekly sophisticated vanity table set against a large round mirror. In a design made from glass, brass and pleated silk, the starkness of the table’s geometric design is the perfect juxtaposition to the soft sensuality of La Perla’s lingerie.

 

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Marni launched a collection of home furnishings and accessories with a vibrancy like no other. Like its ready-to-wear collection, the pieces had a jaunty, Sixties retro feel, mostly attributed to the combination of metal, wood and hand-woven PVC cord they’re crafted with. Amidst Cumbia dancers in long patchwork Marni circle skirts and scarves, the rocking chairs, floor lamps and cocktail tables in a riot of earthy hues and jungle bright tones stayed true to the fashion house’s bold patterns and palette.

 

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Giorgio Armani’s interiors brand presented a collection befitting its 41-year-old legacy. The “Luna” swivel table, for example, came equipped with a swivel system in satin-finished brass, complete with a walnut frame, glossy Himalayan lacquer and a swanky pearl and gold-colored fabric base.

 

This story was written in-house, with images and source material from the AFP

Armani/Casa at Milan: Light At Play

The Milan Furniture Fair has its fair share of Fashion Designers trying out their hand at interior decoration including Bottega Veneta and Versace. Armani/Casa, the luxury interiors division of the Giorgio Armani group, featured a specially designed space located within Corso Venezia. With minimalist furniture and soft natural lighting mediated through exquisite embroideries, the whole space has a tasteful tinge to it that carries a zen-like appeal. While it never made it into our own lists for the Salon Mobile this year, our friends at Men’s Folio Singapore liked enough to go big on it.

For more information, you can check out Men’s Folio here.

Bottega Veneta Deluxe Craftmanship edition

Bottega Veneta Deluxe Craftmanship edition 2015

Bottega Veneta Deluxe Craftmanship edition

The Italian label is paying tribute to Venetian glassmakers with the introduction of its 2015 Deluxe Fragrance collection.

Bottega Veneta’s two iconic fragrances — its first signature perfume and the Knot eau de toilette — are presented in a luxurious collection and enclosed in an artisanal bottle.

The luxury collection includes an artisanal edition of the perfume bottles, decorated with the intrecciato motif so loved by Bottega Veneta and the emblematic butterfly symbol. Designed with a detachable spray nozzle, the handcrafted bottles are easy to refill.

In addition to the fragrances, handcrafted frosted glass has been designed for two scented candles in the same aromas to complete the collection.

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The first signature scent of the Italian brand is inspired by Veneto and various leather goods collections by Bottega Veneta, a fragrance with notes of leather, floral chypre and prune accords.

The Knot fragrance combines notes of clementine and lavender, musk and tonka seed.

The Bottega Veneta Deluxe Fragrance Collection 2015 is available in the brand’s boutiques and select department stores.

Prices: €68 for the candle, €90 for the Deluxe Signature craftmanship bottle of 50 ml and €115 for the 100 ml refill.

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 has teamed up with German photographer Juergen Teller for its fall-winter 2015 campaign.

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The German photographer, who shot the images in the home-turned-museum of late Italian architect and designer Carlo Mollino.

Freddy Drabble

Located in Turin, Italy, the two-story villa was built in the 18th century on the shore of the Po River according to WWD.

Anna Cleveland and Freddy Drabble

The images, featuring Anna Cleveland – a Carine Roitfeld favorite – and Freddy Drabble, are set in the different rooms of the house decorated in an eccentric style inspired by occultism.

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Bottega Veneta Home Boutique

Bottega Veneta opens its first home interiors boutique

Bottega Veneta Home Boutique

Luxury fashion house  has opened its first store in Milan dedicated uniquely to interiors.

Located on the prestigious Via Borgospesso, the new store features the brand’s homeware collection covering furniture, lighting, tableware and accessories. The space has been designed by Tomas Maier.

It is a big move for Bottega Veneta, which made its first foray into home interiors in 2006 with the introduction of a simple bench by Maier.

The brand has gone on to make its mark in the sector, often working with industry experts such as Murano or Poltrona Frau.

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Pour Homme Extrême

Bottega Veneta presents Pour Homme Extrême

 Pour Homme Extrême

 has opened a new chapter in its olfactory history with the launch of Pour Homme Extrême. The new men’s fragrance combines leather and luxury, two hallmarks of the Bottega Veneta house.

Master noses Antoine Maisondieu and Daniela Andrier collaborated to create this exquisite essence, which is composed of rare ingredients.

Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Extrême centers on a blend of labdanum and pepper, enriched with an aromatic woody accord. This base is accented by leather extracts, which give the fragrance its intense quality.

As the face of the new scent, the luxury brand chose Zak Steiner, who already represents the original Pour Homme perfume. The campaign for Pour Homme Extrême was shot by Axel Lindahl in New York.

Pour Homme Extrême will go on sale in January. Price: from €65 for 50ml.

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