The legacy of IWCs Pilot Watch gets a 2019 update; Givenchy’s new icon is inspired by couture and Gucci serves us well this summer – all the key ingredients you need this season.
Despite Clare Waight Keller only having three haute couture collections under her belt for Givenchy, the Artistic Director has already proved her worth as a key player on the couture circuit. For Pre-Fall 2019, Waight Keller drew inspiration from her couture silhouettes to design a new versatile tote, the Mystic. Marrying a timeless shape with contemporary hardware, the sculptural and structured flap bag is light yet roomy; elegant but modern. It also subtly boasts a top handle made from a triple layer of suede, calf leather, hand-applied top stitching and hand-painted edging; all minute details of craftsmanship you’d expect from the atelier today.
ONCE UPON A TIME
IWC Schaffhausen presented a host of new timepieces at this year’s SIHH, adding a new Le Petit Prince model to their iconic Pilot’s Watches collection. The Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition Le Petit Prince (above) is the very first pilot’s watch with a constant-force tourbillion, a patented mechanism from IWC that combines two complications to increase timekeeping precision. It’s also worth noting that also for the first time, for 2019 the legendary watch comes with a hard gold watch case, which is tougher and more wear-resistant than the original red gold version, combining aesthetics seamlessly with functionality.
GET A GRIP
Continuing on from their gender-fluid approach to style, Gucci has introduced a new uni-sex watch line called Grip. And just like Alessandro Michele’s faultless blend of 1970s-inspired ready-to-wear and accessories, the collection of four watches blends a timeless feel with modern flair. Each piece features a square, vintage-inspired case but unlike retro analogue, the Grip has three windows in which three rotating disks display the hour, minute and date. The rest is hidden behind engraved cases in gold and silver, with an option of a calf leather or PVD bracelet strap. It’s oh-sovery-Gucci – starkly modern, but it also looks like you’ve loved it for years.
Chloe creative director, Natacha Ramsay-Levi has injected her own bohemian spirit into the brand since joining in 2017, and it’s her costume jewelry that speaks whimsical volumes. For this season, the Femininities collection is made up of bold, talismanic pieces in brass and sterling silver crafted in juxtaposition with baroque pearls and natural shell embellishments. We love the bangles encrusted with soft, pastel pearls and the C logo pendants now updated with a raw pearl delicately dangling from the center. Both are the easiest way to add some bold bohemia into this season’s summer wardrobe.
PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS
Over the years Tod’s has become renowned for their suede Gommino loafer, which took inspiration from the driving shoes of the Fifties when it was first designed. But for FW19, the luxury Italian leather goods brand have reworked and updated the legacy of another versatile flat shoe, the penny loafer. This season, they come in shiny patent leather with tough, metal hardware and a practical rubber sole. Worn well with tailored pants, or a billowy dress, these loafers exude all of the Italian flair Tod’s are known for while making the perfect accompaniment to summer daywear staples.
Creative director Anthony Vaccarello has been seamlessly exploring and evolving Yves Saint Laurent’s legacy since joining the brand three years ago. Closely aligned with his own school of thought, the Parisian brand has always defined strong femininity in a myriad of ways. Vaccarello’s love affair with the Eighties is evident in his new FW19 accessories, particularly the shoes. This season, the 36-year-old Belgian designer offers a range of punk-inspired shoes in patent finishes, pointed silhouettes and a punctual heels. They’re unapologetically sexy, yet feircly strong, just like Vaccarello’s Saint Laurent woman.
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