We’ve seen some exciting launches from the luxury world so far. From modern versions of old classics to beautiful new additions to brand portfolios. These new arrivals have made plenty of splashes and we wait to see how they fare. Mean while here’s your dose of the latest in posh!
The second launch in the Christian Louboutin’s Beauty line, the lipstick line was unveiled just this month with 36 rich shades. The line is inspired by the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti and comes in a gorgeous black and gold vials that of course look like lustwirthy Louboutin heels. In fact you can even fasten a chain through the cap and wear it like a locket around your neck! The lipsticks are taking the fashionistas by storm, the really steep 90$(roughly INR 6000) price tag notwithstanding!
Prada Inside Bag
Prada’s biggest bag launch since it debuted the best selling Galleria handbag eight years ago. This Inside Bag promises to be the new ‘It’ accessory of the season. Though the structure may seem ‘plain’ from the outside- a simple box shape- its what inside that hooks you and gives the bag its name. Inside there is a second zippered leather bag that is attached at the bottom. The design seems to have been deliberately kept simple to drive the versatility and ‘everyday’-ness of the tote. Will this one change the brand’s dwindling fortunes in leather accessories?
Hennessy 250 Collector Blend
To mark its grand 250th anniversary, the Cognac giant has unveiled this very special limited addition spirit. Can you imagine that the eaux-de-vie or fruit brandy that make up the blend have been aging in 250 handmade, specially commissioned 250 litre Limousin oak barrels?! A truly unique blend that pays a fitting tribute to 250 years of excellence and perfection.
Loewe Puzzle Bag
The very unusual looking bag was launched in February this year and has since gained much momentum. This innovative cuboid shaped bag is extremely soft and foldable till it’s flat. Geometric fragments of leather or suede are put together to give the appearance of a puzzle and the bag is poised to become the new favourite functional bag and a good investment piece.
Hermès Slim d’Hermes
Launched at Baselworld 2015, this new timepiece collection is the French house’s first launch in almost 20 years. The watches are unisex and entirely assembled by hand, from placing the bevel to even stitching the straps. They are very sleek and extremely elegant to look at- classic Hermès sensibilities. The full range will be made available in October this year. So watch this space.
Z Zegna Tech clothing
The Italian menswear house announced the launch of new tech wear from its youth wear line Z Zegna in February this year. The new collection presents the pioneering fusion of trendy sportswear of Zegna Sports line with Zegna’s excellent craftsmanship and fine tailoring and fabric making. The four products announced at the time were Softshell jacket, the Techmerino sneakers, the Techmerino wardrobe and the Techmerino suit. The movement has been to recreate the youth line with a new contemporary aesthetic that combines the technological edge of the sportswear line with the legendary fashion house’s classic appeal and savour faire. Some very eye catching and vibrant outerwear pieces have definitely caught our eye.
Estée Lauder + Courrèges Capsule Beauty Collection
The beauty giant Estée Lauder has teemed up with eccentric French designer André Courrèges for a smashing capsule make-up collection. The designer, who is known for his futuristic designs, has worked closely with beauty experts at Estée Lauder to co-produce a 13 piece make-up collection that promises plenty of colour and aplomb. Available at exclusive outlets like Selfridges, London and Colette,Paris.
Tom Ford Glitter Plexiglas Lipstick Clutch
There can be nothing more glittery or utilitarian for a snazzy evening out! Puzzled? This beautiful clutch comes in glittery plexiglas material in various shades that can add the magic touch to that cocktail ensemble. And on the side you’ll find an attached lipstick holder, where you can keep that (presumably) Tom Ford lipstick handy for a touch-up. So this is the perfect party accessory that keeps you and your lips glittering all night!
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s New Duomètre Unique Travel Time
Not many timepieces are able to achieve a balance in sophisticated aesthetic craftsmanship and efficient utilitarianism for the modern connoisseur. The new Duomètre Unique Travel Time does exactly that. It’s ‘Dual-Wing’ mechanism- which is two distinct mechanisms within the same timepiece working together- ensures that it’s adjustable dual time feature functions with utmost accuracy. The watches have a textured dial chiseled by hand by a master artisan ensuring that each timepiece has a unique finish. How’s that for exclusivity?
Pottery Barn Ken Fulk Collection
Pottery Barn has done its first ever designer collaboration with ace San Francisco interior designer Ken Fulk. The red-hot designer who’s at the helm of many new clubs and restaurants has designed a 60 item collection inspired by his love of entertaining, travel, and his three golden retrievers! Its a supremely quirky collection with pieces like cheeky doggy barware, a giraffe-print rug, a Tramp Art–inspired mirror among many others. In the designer’s own words-‘It’s meant to have a sense of humour’.
Cuir Impertinent by Thierry Mugler
The French fragrance mogul has launched a new perfume for men and women in their ‘Les Exceptions’ collection. The notes are leather and star anise fusing to give a heady mix of smokiness and freshness and the perfume is being described an “audacious collision”. You can also personalise the bottle by engraving your name or a message via the personalisation service offered by Mugler with this fragrance!
Gucci Dionysus Shoulder Bag
The Fall Winter 2015 collection by Gucci gave us a great modern classic- the Dionysus Shoulder Bag. The bag celebrates Greek heritage and mythology with an ode to Dionysus who transformed in to a tiger to carry the Greek nymph across the river. The bag comes in suede, python and crocodile materials and its distinctive feature is the horseshoe-shaped double Tiger-head closure. Its elegant and understated even with the interlocked G motif print. A definite must have this season.
Tod’s AW 2015-16 Gommino Loafers Collection
Over the years, Tod’s has consistently updated the Gommino and now they come in a huge variety of materials and embellishments. The latest styles of Tod’s traditional loafers come in a rich materials like natural veined leather, calfskin, refined hand buffed leather and paired with dynamic ultra lightweight running inspired soles along with trademark grubber omen soles. Check out the full collection on www.tods.com
Les Exclusifs De Chanel Misia
Earlier this year Chanel launched an extremely distinctive and unique fragrance under their Les Exclusifs De Chanel range. Created by renowned perfumer Olivier Polge, the scent is named after Coco Chanel’s long time friend and muse, art patron Misia Sert. This one too has notes of leather but with may rose and violet making it a very feminine and evocative fragrance with a touch of the theatrical. “With this fragrance, I wanted to convey the atmosphere of the Ballets Russes [of which Misia was a patron] and the smell of makeup from that time,” Olivier told WWD magazine.
Tod’s Wave Bag
The Italian house’s trademark style is simplicity with functionality and a modern flair. True to this the new Wave bag from their stables is an extremely original design that also easy to use and elegant. The bag comes in a variety of colours and three sizes(mini, small & medium) and it can be carried as a tote or cross body because it also features a long shoulder sling as well. Our take is that this is a great carry-to-work bag and in the mini size its ideal for brunches and summer house parties!
The Diorama was launched earlier this year amidst much fanfare and excitement and was quickly dubbed the ‘It’ bag of 2015. Its a compact flap shoulder bag with clean lines and the brand’s signature Cannage pattern. What was always missing in Dior’s excellent and robust bag line-up was an equivalent to Chanel’s Boy Bag which till now has defined the shoulder bag category. With Diorama, Raf Simmons prepares to fill that void and this bag has become a huge hit. Its modern and elegant vibe is just the answer for Boy Bag.
1921 Gucci- Restaurant by Gucci
Gucci recently announced the launch of its first restaurant- 1921Gucci Café- in Shanghai. This luxury dining space is Gucci’s first official venture into hospitality even though there is Gucci themed cafe in the gucci museum in Florence. The restaurant takes its named from the year Gucci was founded and of course the cuisine is Italian. The interiors are a reflection of the luxury brand’s sensibilities with a rich dark wood setting, plush velvet seats and gold accents on table tops and monogrammed napkins! Next time you’re in Shanghai make sure you spend an evening here.
Saint Laurent High School Bag
SL introduced the bag as the ideal alternative for work to evening out transition. Its very sleek yet roomy enough for office wear. The design is clean and modern with gold toned hardware and monogram detail. The bag is an edgy interpretation of the satchel and hence the name. Its the ideal bag for that ‘I mean business’ look for work that eases off into the polished well heeled persona for the evening after work. Also comes in a mini avatar.
The POLOTECH™ Shirt by Ralph Lauren
Wearable technology is the next big thing in not only sportswear but also fashion. And Ralph Lauren has recently launched the pioneering PoloTech shirt- a smart shirt which blends sleek modern style with real-time biometric technology. The PoloTech Shirt works with an iPhone® to put real-time workout data into your phone. Silver fibres that are woven into the shirt fabric read body metrics like heart rate, breathing depth and balance etc which are then streamed to your device via a detachable, Bluetooth-enabled black box. How cool is that? Welcome to the age of SmartClothes!
Limited Edition Gucci bag by Maria Pia Gucci
Gucci just signed with LWW(LingDing) for representation of its high-end custom leather bags business in China whereby the latter have exclusive rights for creating products under the brand name in the region. As part of this collaboration, Gucci unveiled a very special, exclusive and limited edition bag designed none other than Maria Pia Gucci herself. This piece is a more art than accessory and a collector’s item. So far only the front of the bag has been released amidst much hype and frenzy and it comes with a design fee of ten million euros. Yes its studded with gems and precious stones. You may never buy it but its sure a piece to appreciate and marvel at.