As always, our Essentials list features this seasons key must-have items – and we have to admit, this selection of favourites really does shine…literally, in the case of Miu Miu’s latest silver showstopper.  


Miu Miu

Metallic Magic
 When we saw this slouchy crimped silver bag shimmer down Muiccia Prada’s Spring/Summer 2020 runway, we needed it. Like a traveling disco, this ‘70s-inspired tote is joyful utility, and the Matelassé-style detail gives us glitterball-chic. It might be some time before we have more fantastic nights out dancing in an actual disco, but until then, carry this on your arm while engaged in more mundane chores like walking the dog and doing the groceries. Throw a Bluetooth speaker into the bag and prepare for impromptu socially distanced dance parties in the the produce section of the supermarket. Choon!



Exclusively Yours

Picture this: it’s the last party of the summer and you’re all pumped, ready to pack enough fun in to last till next year, but the first person your gaze meets setting foot in the venue is wearing your exact same drip – buzzkill. For those who have, even once, suffered this displeasure, customization and tailor-made are options that can get pricey quickly. The alternative: regional exclusives (purchase it, then jet away from these sandy shores). And here’s a very special one: The Middle East exclusive version of Burberry’s iconic TB leather bag, highlighted with polished studs and a Thomas Burberry Monogram clasp, strictly available online. Are you holding your breath? I know you are. Don’t speak; click.



Console Couture

If you were that kid who ran home at every given opportunity to go switch on your Sims game, and grew frustrated from the lack of wardrobe options, then what’s coming is a gift from Fashion Heaven. Animal-crossing, the newly launched Nintendo Switch game that made millions of quarantined individuals pile-up dirty dishes to get their online persona the latest fit, has a new designer-approved option. With Valentino being the latest luxury giant to hop on the trend, the Italian label partnered up with photographer Kara Chung (behind the handle @animalcrossingfashionarchive), and has offered up 20 pieces from its SS20 and Pre-Fall 2020 collections for game dwellers. The ‘V’ House signature prints, logo tees, and drippy accessories are dropped in the life-simulation game and available to customize till you drop. With this launch, your avatar will probably look cooler than you… catch that shade.




Eye Candy

‘Less is more’ – fact or overrated baby boomer statement not applicable to our social media-centric lives? For big, bad Italian brand Gucci’s wunderking, Creative Director Alessandro Michele, nothing is too big, shines too bright, or is too loud, and when faced with the task of creating a pair of sunglasses that would protect our eyes from harmful UV rays, all the while screaming Portofino-chic, the Italian creative came up with these: frames that double as bold-logoed earrings. With detachable dangles and available in six versions, it’s certainly the playfulness we’ll be in dire need of while awaiting better days. Choking? Not really, when we know that Michele is behind some of the most unconventional double-tap worthy designs… Fruity? Gucci? Absolutely.



The Voice

‘What if women ruled the world?’ Earlier this year, Dior commissioned American artist Judy Chicago to enliven the Musée Rodin, the famed Parisian museum where the House presented its Spring 2020 Couture collection. Entitled ‘The Female Divine’, the feminist artist delivered larger-than-life banners, each embroidered with rhetorical feminist statements by Mumbai-based female students. While the show space and its womb-like structure was enough to be left wanting for more, the intricate silhouettes that floated down the runway where the grand act of the show, offered this time by the House’s Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri. Plissé evening dresses and asymmetric column gowns inspired by Greco-Roman peplos transformed the models into modern goddesses. The pair made art, and we loved it.