Conversation starters from across the globe.
From vintage gems to summer blends, some of our favourite brands have been working hard on these seriously noteworthy showstoppers.
Icon: a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of veneration. And on that note, Fendi is honoring its House staple accessories by calling them what they are: icons. Launched this spring, with a dedicated campaign fronted by Dutch model Yasmin Wijnaldum, Silvia Venturini Fendi’s namesake label is paying tribute to these accessories, the names of which are now part of the brand’s timeless heritage: the Peekaboo and the ’90s-revered Baguette it-bags; the Colibri heel; and the FF boot, are now taking center stage, marked with the iconic Fendi monogram. Whether you’re purchasing them for yourself (self-love is 2020’s buzzword) or you’ve inherited them, these Italian fashion statements’ posterity value is undeniable.
Once a heroine of Greek mythology, today’s modern reference to Antigona instantly makes you think of the cult Givenchy bag, and its signature triangular patch (or is it just us?). This fall, Clare Waight Keller, the House’s former Artistic Director proposes a more relaxed take on the iconic geometric-shaped bag. A supple variation, the Antigona Soft’s slouchy and flowing smooth calfskin leather accentuates the nonchalant Parisian feel the bag famously exudes. Offered in timeless colors as well as a seasonal palette of nudes, military green, and ice blue, medium and large styles are also available in dip-dyed leather and vintage leather, with applicable details. Not shown here: a beach-friendly option in leather and woven-cord.
WHAT’S OLD IS MIU
Around the world, while we’ve all been in isolation, Miu Miu is inviting people from across the world – notable figures from the realms of sport, art, dance, and fashion, led by journalist Harriet Verney, Chinese actress Du Juan, and model Fei Fei Sun, as well as Miu Miu fans responding to a call-out on Instagram – to delve into their closets and pull out their vintage Miu Miu pieces, using their mobile phones to film themselves in their environment wearing their most loved pieces from collections past. These FaceTime moving-image self-portraits are being collated and curated for the first stage of this ongoing project, #MiuMe.
Don’t summer memories always have their own smell? Reminiscent of sun-kissed skin and dreamy landscapes, the fragrance you choose for your summer promises to be ever- engraved in your olfactive memory, so tread carefully. Dior’s latest perfume creation, Oud Rosewood, marries a woody duo of noble oud and creamy sandalwood to create a rich and velvety scent that you won’t be the only one to remember. A striking contrast, the powerful blend allies desert-dry notes soothed by the presence of barely there sweet delicacies, teaming essences from the Middle East to the Far East for one unforgettable signature fragrance.
PAINT ME LIKE ONE OF YOUR ZIMMERMANN GIRLS
Unapologetic femininity. One would not be able to describe Aussie sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann’s label with more pertinent words. Playful, bohemian, and breezy, the label’s DNA transpires in each design of the brand’s twenty-four-piece Ready-to-Wear capsule collection, exclusively available on German-based e-commerce fashion retailer platform, MyTheresa. Vacation-wardrobe-ready, you won’t be able to gaze away from the line’s romantic looks featuring lace dresses, maiden blouses, and delightfully hued beachwear. We’ll be shopping, spritz in hand.
BLUE SKY DREAMING
On the hunt for a one-stop shop for your summer’s high-impact wanderlust looks? Online retailer Net-A-Porter is launching an all-in-one platform, giving the world the opportunity to be one click away from the most coveted sun-soaked wardrobe you’d ever want to cop. With 39 exclusive capsule collections all available online, courtesy of the hottest brands from Proenza Schouler, Gianvito Rossi, and Ulla Johnson to Tibi, Altuzarra, and Paco Rabanne, think polished pieces, dreamy cover-ups, elegant separates and refined tailoring. The sunshine edit will be available starting this month and will run alongside its very own campaign, to help you get that vibe right. Lust-worthy. All on me, please.
H IS FOR HOME
Unable to make your annual summertime pilgrimage to the South of France? With air travel restrictions having locked down Europe, there is still one sure way to get that elusive French feel you’ve been craving all year long, straight to your living room. Hermès’ 2020 Home collection explores new territories while remaining true to the ancestral brand’s legendary timelessness and care for detail. Elegance, simplicity and refinement describe the furniture pieces, from fine cotton rugs and leather bridled coffee tables, to decorated porcelains, ball-pen designed wallpaper prints, and ravishing furnishing fabrics – two centuries of creation available for your private dwelling. That very French and utterly attractive Je ne sais quoi? It comes in orange boxes.
More exclusive drops! And those ones are some you absolutely won’t be able to forgive yourself if you, God-forbid, miss out, for those are part of Bottega Veneta’s cultishly coveted items, sold out instantly all around the world in the blink of an eye, with resale price points that would forfeit your entire Mykonos budget. Indeed, we’re talking about that pouch. Launched exclusively for the UAE and Kuwait, the emerald-green accessory comes in two sizes, large and mini, and can absolutely be styled with the label’s signature padded sandals. There is no such thing as too much green, and that’s certainly the reaction the rest of the world will have while seeing you carry those one-offs: green with envy.
With the whole world in quarantine, YouTube home-tour videos are all the rage. After realizing we’d gone through the entire Netflix catalogue, the online platform quickly became the main escapism spot, with virtual visits to the 1%’s cribs a daily routine. While we thought owning the latest Daniel Arsham basketball sculpture was the utmost luxury, we were proven wrong. There’s a new hot toy in town and it does include balls. French ones. Strong in its historical know-how of leather goods, and with an intricate bond to the world of sports, French luxury House Louis Vuitton is releasing a monogrammed football table, or as the French call it, babyfoot, with which to entertain yourself and a worthy opponent. Available in six colorways, including the iconic Damier Graphite and Monogram Eclipse patterns, and with every little detail hand-crafted in the Parisian Maison’s workshops, the Babyfoot is a made-to-order luxury that can take up to a year to be delivered. You want it? Take your shot.
Spotted: a series of hot-from-the-SS20-runway Prada accessories, pre-launched exclusively in the Middle East. Yes, you will be able to rock that Prada coin purse before your Danish cousin ever sets eyes on it. From cross-body pouches made of gabardine nylon (read: washable) fitted with delicate embroideries and logo-encased AirPods case, to round bracelet boxes (hiding mirrors…), polished brass mini bags and a very special flap bag made of saffiano and calf leather, finished with vintage brass alongside the Italian house’s triangle logo closure. What else even is there? These are the hype accessories you need to collect. Catch them all.
After years of best-selling artificial lashes (aka ‘lash love’), and phenomenally successful makeup and skincare launches, Huda Kattan, the UAE-based beauty mogul, is going back to her first love – lashes – with the launch of her very first mascara. Debuting this spring, Legit Lashes is the magic wand to luscious lashes. Combining not one, but two full-size mascaras, the dual-ended product comes packed with a secret formula unlocking the doors to volume, length, and curl in seconds. The color? Huda’s signature extra-black Black-2 liquid pigment. No need to smile to the camera, just flutter those lashes.
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