Conversation starters from across the globe

Sand beneath your toes, wind in your hair, summer 2019 is set to be legendary. Sling Gucci’s latest raffia bag over your shoulder, pile on the jewels from Prada, Messika and Boucheron all whilst smelling like the Middle East thanks to Louis Vuitton…there’s the recipe for some serious summer lovin’. 

Gucci’s ability to deliver uncannily stylish goods for any occasion is proved yet again with the launch of a major Spring/Summer19 offering. The Towards Summer collection comprises men’s and women’s signature pieces, but in light-weight fabrics and summer-ready raffia. More than equipped to fix our between-season woes, the ready-to-wear capsule includes kaftans and swimsuits that accompany a plethora of splurge-worthy basics. As for accessories, where would we be without hero bags or our favorite slip-on moccasins? Both the Gucci Marmont 2.0, Ophidia, Sylvia and Raja styles are re-tooled in viscose-raffia and straw matt, sporting the label’s trademark hardware and motifs – it’s all Gucci, baby.



In 1959, Breitling’s legendary Navitimer chronograph was every pilot’s dream. Today, exactly 60 years after the Swiss watchmaker first launched the celebrated timepiece, it is back on the market, replicated down to the finest detail using the original design. Only 1,959 pieces have been recreated, all individually numbered and engraved on the caseback in homage to the original version’s birth year. The only other differences? The water resistance has been increased to 30 meters and the radioactive radium used to illuminate the dial has been replaced by a healthy alternative called ‘Super-LumiNova’. With its all-black dial, tone-on-tone subdial, and the circular slide rule feature that pilots were so fond of, the chronograph is a historic conversation piece.



It’s been nearly a year since Daniel Lee’s appointment as the creative director of Bottega Veneta, and the British designer is finally debuting new bags. Adding his own touch to the Italian label’s covetable leather goods collection, the Maxi Cabat is a modern take on the Cabat, a house classic designed in 2001 and reinvented by Lee this season in three styles, plus a smaller version, the Maxi Cabat 30. The Pouch, an oversized clutch, also makes its debut, available in three sizes (one is wearable), in a palette of natural shades and pop colors. Timeless and unisex, all come in velvet calf intrecciato, the brand’s hand-woven signature: just one Maxi Cabat takes two full days to create. The sleek look is a minimalist aesthetic with a massive impact, promising to become an accessories mainstay.



Abu Dhabi’s only luxury concept department store Tryano has set the tone (and travel requirements) for a summer in style – think tropical Sri-Lankan landscapes, key runway looks and inspiring ambassadors. For their Spring/Summer19 campaign, the retailer chose seven influential UAE figures to accompany their fashion escape: acclaimed chef of celebrated restaurants Gaia and Carine, Chef Izu; Saudi designer Arwa Al Banawi; founder of Physique 57 Dubai, Maryam Fattahi Salaam; Arabic DJ and influencer Karrouhat; UAE entrepreneur and founder of Cinema Akil, Butheina Kazim (right); Australian singer Layla Kardan; and mental health advocate Ghida Arnaout. Why not join them?



Hot on the heels of the “FF series”, Roman brand Fendi is unveiling a new logo courtesy of British graffiti artist Pref, marking the debut of its new line, Roma Amor. Featuring men’s, women’s and kids’ ready-to-wear and accessories, the collaboration presents iconic Fendi silhouettes with a neon makeover, all stamped with the Pref-designed logo. Timeless classics like the Peekaboo and the Baguette have been revamped and embellished with the brand’s new blazing double F. Available in 36 stores worldwide and via the brand’s online platform, the line also debuts two unisex sunglasses from a second collaboration with Korean optical giant and master of cool, Gentle Monster.



A wise man once said ‘Prada or nada’, and this spring the Italian label’s very first foray into the world of fine jewelry is here at last. Made up of earrings, bracelets, pendants and necklaces, the collection playfully transforms the brand’s iconic codes into contemporary jewelry designs. Miuccia Prada has created fine jewelry out of bananas, guitars, roses, rabbits and robots, all sourced from previous and current ready-to-wear collections, plus the oh-so-essential triangle logo, which has been turned into playful pendants, some even gleaming with iridescent diamonds sustainably sourced, of course.



Since its launch in 2015, the Hermès Apple Watch has proved a timely hit. More recently, combining the craftsmanship of the label’s French atelier with the innovative technology of Silicon Valley, the master of tech and the iconic leather and fashion brand unveiled the Apple Watch Hermès Series 4 last winter. This summer, two new colorways for the Double Tour model hit stores – rose sakura, a soft pink, and bleu lin, a pastel blue. The leather straps are dual-colored, with one side of each in neutral chalk, and as the time on the watch changes, so does the digital face, modifying each minute to match the strap’s hue.



Launched at Milano’s Salone del Mobile, Ermenegildo Zegna’s new set of fragrances were presented to the public as a one of-a-kind sensorial experience in partnership with British design and chemical innovation studio, The Unseen. The Essenze Eau de Parfum collection is made up of five Eau de Parfums each created by a different perfumer. The common theme? All are inspired by the world of couture and its rigorous principles, but contain the same fragrant trail and ultimate Zegna ingredient: Italian Bergamot. Zegna’s exclusive citrus, harvested from a single Calabrian field and sourced especially for the house, fuses with other key ingredients to create the final five: Mediterranean Neroli, Indonesian Oud, Madras Cardamom, Florentine Iris and the core essence itself, Italian Bergamot.



Four years ago, in response to her customer’s desire for something different, Valerie Messika launched colored diamond versions of her Toi et Moi rings, the house’s signature design, along with a range of playfully luxurious rings, necklaces and earrings, all sporting the rare vibrant stones. Fast-forward to today, and the quest for uniqueness still exists. As such, the Parisian jeweler has redesigned her classic Toi et Moi rings. This time, the two gems set on the same band (to symbolize a couple’s compatibility) are now offered with pear-shaped diamonds in three new hues: blue, yellow and pink. The brand’s Kite ring is also now available with a rose-colored stone, and a heart-shaped pink diamond ring is a dream.



What does the Middle East smell like? According to Louis Vuitton’s Master Perfumer, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, it smells like oud, ambergris and rose – three raw ingredients that, to his nose, define the eternal essence of the region. Les Sables Roses, the latest fragrance from the French fashion house, is warm, spicy and vibrant, and explores the contrasts and complexities of its hero-ingredients in one simple composition. The grand finale paints a sensory picture of the region – equal parts mysterious and elegant, and at the same time strong and delicate. Introduced shortly after the house’s previous fragrance launch, Ombres Nomades, the two perfumes are made for layering on top of each other creating your very own, unique signature scent and an invitation to the desert.



As wireless headphones and tech like bluetooth increasingly eliminate (often tediously tangled) cables, French jeweler Boucheron is celebrating them. More specifically, its latest collection, dubbed Jack de Boucheron, is inspired by audio cable jacks, and fastens just like them too. Available in both white and yellow gold, plus versions accentuated with sparkling diamonds, this luxe take on tech hardware offers bracelet, necklace, and beltlength threads in precious metals that meet at sculptural jack-shaped clasps. Designed to be worn in myriad ways by both men and women, the options are endless – wrap them any way you wish.