Bulgari celebrates 20 years of its iconic B.zero1 design, Tod’s unveils a new classic, and both Chanel and Gucci look back to reinterpret the future – here are the flavors you’ll want to taste this season
One of fashions underrated it bags, Tod’s D Bag (named after the late Princess Diana who owned an earlier version of this classic leather satchel) has had an update for 2019, with the luxury leather goods brand renaming the icon, the D Styling Bag. While the original, launched in 1977, has become a firm favorite due to it’s impeccable craftsmanship, butter soft leather and simple design, the hand-cut D Styling bag now comes in mini, small and medium sizes. All have internal pockets, adjustable straps and leather that gets better with age, making it versatile and practical. Oh and today, Kate Middleton’s a fan.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bulgari’s iconic B.zero1 collection, the Roman high jewelry brand has reissued a special edition of collector’s pieces, all celebrating the groundbreaking jewelry. Inspired by Italy’s architectural marvel, the Colosseum, the technical masterpiece has been dressed up to celebrate the occasion, with the launch of a five-band celebratory white gold ring, exactly like the original first launched in 1999, but with a spiral encrusted in sparkling pave diamonds. The party piece also comes in plain white gold, like the original edition, yellow gold and now for the first time, rose gold, each engraved with ‘XX Anniversary’. The anniversary collection also includes two new variations of Zaha Hadid’s iconic interpretation of the ring, this time in rose gold, like Hadid’s 2017 debut, but for 2019 with a white or black ceramic inner core.
BACK IN TIME
Following on from Alessandro Michele’s obsession with everything from yesteryear, Vintage Web, Gucci’s latest watch collection, is the first timepiece range to be redesigned under the House’s new creative direction. Inspired by a 1970s model, the two new resin models come in two colorways – Gucci’s iconic green and red, or cream, red and blue, both with a vintage-looking white mother of pearl dial. The juxtaposition of the graphic resin case and the sporty stripes matches Gucci’s style codes seamlessly, marrying the art of timelessness with a modern finish – something Michele’s perfected time and time again.
Miuccia Prada isn’t about making products to sell to people, she’s about telling a story. For SS19, her womenswear collection was about creating a dichotomy, between the liberated and the classic, the conventional and the extraordinary, which meant throwing back to iterations of the ‘60s and ‘70s with puffy, bow-topped headbands and towering platforms. I wanted to break the rules of the classic,” she said. “To discuss a wish of freedom and liberation and fantasy, and, on the other side, the extreme conservatism that is coming—the duality out there.” These jewel-encrusted denim platforms are a surefire way to do that.
FROM A GALAXY…
Cartier’s new collection, Les Galaxies, translates the mysteries of the cosmos into pieces of high jewelry. The collection is made up of a constellation of yellow and blue sapphires, fiery opals and sparkly diamonds set on rings, necklaces and bracelets, all reminiscent of the colors of the earth’s lights as they would be seen from space. Rings and cuffs set with diamonds, moonstones and milky quartz mounted on pink gold and shaped as a bursting rock illustrate fractal meteors. An interpretation of the Milky Way and its solar system forms a ring and bracelet bearing mobile spheres of rock crystals and vivid diamonds mounted on black metaquartzite, used for the first by the jeweler, while Tahiti jade pearls encased in two white gold cage-bracelets, rotates around the wrist like an orbital movement.
One of Mademoiselle Gabrielle Chanel’s most cherished emblems, the white camellia, still serves as an inspiration today, as in 2019 the French fashion house presents its latest high jewelry collection, called the 1.5 (shorthand for “one camellia, five allures”). Made up of 50 exquisite pieces, 22 of which are transformable making them versatile and easy to wear, the sober and subtle flower is at the heart of the haute jewelry collection, with diamonds, pink sapphires, rubies and rose gold all being used to create powerful yet delicate pieces of wearable art.
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