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Bringing Shoreditch to Dubai , The London Project is one of the latest new restaurants we know will be a guaranteed hit…add to that Dior’s spring scent and Celine’s menswear range and, of course, you know you’re reading Sorbets Scoops.
Who would come up with the idea of combining Italy’s precise craftsmanship with Japan’s concept of wabi-sabi, the ultimate harmony between beauty and the imperfect? Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, took on the challenge when he surprised everyone by moving his Pre-Fall19 runway show (and its army of editors, buyers and press) to Tokyo in November, the first time the Italian brand has presented a show in Japan. On the runway, the House’s signature contrasting proportions, dramatic ruffles, romantic lace, and floral prints were all merged in glorious juxtaposition. There was also an exclusive accessory collaboration with Jun Takahashi, founder of Undercover, although these pieces will be only available in the brand’s Tokyo store. Piccioli’s romanticism was all there, but this time deconstructed with an air of 1990s in the form of Doc Marten’s on feet and a color-palette of mostly scarlet red and black. Our only regret? We’re wishing the 90-look show lasted even longer.
Chanel has launched 27 new shades of their iconic Rouge Coco lipstick packed with plant butter and nourishing oils including jojoba, mimosa and sunflower giving high-octane shite. The new Rouge Coco Flash range and its shiny mirror-effect finish comes in a colorful assortments of nudes, oranges, pinks, rosewoods, fuchsias, plums, near blacks and reds. And Lucia Pica, Chanel Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer, did not stop there. She’s also concocted three new translucent topcoats to enhance your favorite Rouge Coco Flash shade. Choose from a shimmery gold for extra shine, an orange-hued one to warm up your color, or a deep dark coat to add depth to any shade.
THE BOYS ARE BACK
Hedi Slimane, Celine’s artistic, creative, and image director, is not one to play by anyone else’s rules. When the French-born, London-based designer unveiled Celine’s debut menswear collection last January, a first for the French house, he stayed fiercely true to his cult aesthetic – skinny, sharp tailoring all with a rebelliously nostalgic rock’n’roll feel. Mystery favors the designer that cultivates silence as the only show notes were via a series of Polaroids titled “Polaroid’s of the British Youth”, photographed by Slimane himself, and posted on the brand’s personal Instagram minutes before the show. Celebrating youth subcultures of the 1960s, the designer explained that; “Traditional tailoring is at the heart of the collection, pushing further the new rectangular volume that I began last season for Céline.”
The result? Slimane’s Celine man is a rock-star-in-waiting thanks to his signature bowl-cut hairstyle, black Wayfarer, skinny tie and tons of cool attitude.
DOLCE & GABBANA
Debuted on Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2018 runway by means of drones flying over the runway guests, the Italian duos Devotion bag is back this Spring with a plethora of new colors and shapes. The accessory’s distinctive feature is the sacro cuore, or ‘sacred heart’, that adorns its flap. Symbolizing faith and trust, and adorned by pearls and metallic leaves, the 24-carat gold ornate crest is made using an antique technique of lost wax casting, a unique method usually applied in high-jewelry by artisan jewelers. Now available in quilted or smooth leather in seven distinctive colors (black, red, optical white, light dusty pink, lead grey, silver, and gold) and three sizes, the wardrobe staple also has a hands-free version: the Devotion Fanny Pack with adjustable waist belt.
Whether you’re looking ahead to summer or wanting to heat up your winter, linen is a warm-weather essential and worth investing in at any time of year. Italian brand, 100% Capri has been making luxury linens since 2000, with creative director Antonino Aielle creating timeless collections of bespoke linens inspired by the Italian island. Based around an aesthetic that combines contemporary Italian tailoring with luxury craftsmanship, Aielle’s combination results in fine-crafted linen in modern yet timeless silhouettes. Think lightweight dresses, tailored shirts and breathable beachwear, all fundamental pieces of summer wear for any image-conscious global citizen.
Luxury Swiss-watchmaker Richard Mille has steered away from his recognizable watch models for a newly imagined set of tasteful timepieces, the Bonbon collection. With the brand’s highest standards of craftsmanship and dedication to innovation, Cécile Gueunat, the brand’s artistic director, brings fantasy, imagination and playfulness to the new line as she explains; ‘The idea was to revisit the existing collections while playing with color. This allowed me to bring out a pop-inspired sense of fun”. Spanning across 10 models, with only 30 pieces available in each, the collection is made up of two ranges: The Sweet collection, and the Fruit collection. With 60 colors work shopped and 3,000 miniature sculptures painted in acrylic, lacquered by hand, and integrated into the mouth-watering timepieces, both lines feature a wealth of shades and textures and premiere a world-exclusive turquoise hue on the color-gradient cases.
How do you translate the beauty of the most mesmerizing Aurora Borealis, or capture the manifestation of nature’s most audacious frozen beauty into dazzling pieces of high jewelry? Swiss jeweler PIaget gloriously undertook the challenge with the second chapter of their enchanting Sunlight Escape collection. Vivid, intensely precious and utterly covetable, the meticulously-crafted range welcomes 17 new pieces spread across three chapters: Warming Lights, a homage to winter sun and its bewitching white lights; Exalting Sights, an ode to the purity of falling snow and a celebration of the whitest color palettes; and Dancing Nights, a compelling color tale of the northern lights phenomenon. Handcrafted by the Swiss-watchmaker artists and craftsmen, the pieces are realized in the most magical precious stones including Madagascan blue-sapphires, indigo tourmalines, ice-like diamonds, iridescent opals, lustrous pearls and luminous emeralds. Only Mother Nature can compete with this kind of beauty.
TIFFANY & CO
While Tiffany & Co are famed for their iconic engagement ring Tiffany Setting first designed in 1886, the American jeweler has debuted a new engagement ring setting, the first in a decade: The Tiffany True. Imagined by the brand’s chief artistic officer, Reed Krakoff, the ring’s minimal, architectural and precious contours are set to provide a new representation of love, as related by Krakoff himself: “Now, the launch of Tiffany True with its unique setting and expert cut, we are introducing a supreme expression of modern love”, he says. Discreetly marked on the side with the iconic “T”, a delicate band blends seamlessly with the new diamond cut, allowing the ethically sourced stone to shine its very brightest, available in either white diamonds set in platinum or in 18-carat gold holding a Fancy Yellow cushion modified diamond.
Miss Dior, the perfume created by Christian Dior himself in 1947, collected legions of fans worldwide throughout the years, with the scent becoming the signature fragrance of generations of women. This spring, the French house’s nose, François Demachy, imagined a new version of the iconic formula. Fresh, luminous and delicately intense, the new Eau de Toilette remains truthful to the lingering mystique of Monsieur Dior’s original creation yet the Grasse Rose is now blended harmoniously with notes of lily of the valley and emphasized with sensual accents of jasmine. What Demachy describes, as “a personal interpretation” of the scent is a vibrantly infused spring palette wrapped up in a jewel glass bottle as well as a fragrant miniature roller-pearl version new for Spring.
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
BACK TO SCHOOL
L’ECOLE, French luxury jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels’ School of Jewelry Arts, has joined forces with Art of Heritage (AOH), a cultural trust that aims to foster the revival of Saudi Arabian art, craft and culture for a truly unique exhibition. Hidden Treasures: Jewelry from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, showing from March 28th to April 13th at In5 at Hai d3, in Dubai Design District, showcases over 323 exceptional heritage jewelry pieces that were personal possessions of Bedouin women from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The second Middle East edition of Van Cleef’s L’ÉCOLE, the exhibition pays homage to the country’s rich culture while shedding light on heritage jewelry making techniques, design, and history in this part of the world and is not to be missed.
THE LONDON PROJECT
THE BIG SMOKE
Dubai’s latest architectural project, Bluewaters island, is home to one of the city’s most exciting new restaurants. With an expansive terrace overlooking the Arabian Gulf, interiors of green leafy foliage, a specialist gin bar and a creative menu curated by young chefs Christopher Walker and Robert Fairs inspired by a fusion of different London districts from the kitchens in Mayfair to Shoreditch, the new hot spot is a breath of fresh air in an already-saturated city. Start with picking a few freshly-shucked oysters with lime caviar, then share a selection of plates from slow cooked lamb bao, buttermilk chicken or and chocolate-fed wagyu. Our fave? The truffle gnocchi is out of this world, but don’t take our word for it, try for yourselves.
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