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Cactus de Cartier croco purse bag, price unavailable

Launched last year, Cartier’s Cactus de Cartier line raised the stakes in sculptural succulents with whopper-sized, cacti-inspired jewellery rendered in gold and gemstones. Now, 12 pieces spanning rings, earrings and necklaces (from $4,850) have been added, with a majority in the precious metal of the moment, pink gold, complete with spinels and diamonds. For something daintier yet equally striking, the same motif – now in 18K yellow gold, carnelians, emeralds and diamonds – debuts as a clasp on two vintage-style purse bags.

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Turning bracelets into a necklace is literally now a snap at Swarovski. For the first time, the jeweller has introduced magnetic closures on the ends of its Remix charm bracelets ($149 each). The rest is pure math: Combine two and you’ll get a choker; three (or more) and you get a matinee – you get the picture.

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From left: Dries van Noten: Layer a toga over a men’s shirt, then throw on a jacket, Calvin Klein 205W39NYC: Don arm warmers over a blazer and Balenciaga: Get a bag in the same material as your dress.

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Things Of Beauty

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Imagine this S/S ’04 couture number as a cocktail watch.

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Even before Maria Grazia Chiuri joined its fashion arm, Dior was already putting a pretty-meets-cool spin on practical luxury with its watches. As part of its 70th anniversary, it’s launched two limited edition timepieces that show how it’s a master of the aesthetic. Drawing from the Pharaoh-inspired S/S ’04 couture collection, the La Mini D de Dior Satine Tressee is a slender cocktail watch with a mesh bracelet made of gold thread. Meanwhile, the Dior VIII Montaigne Tissage Precieux is a 36mm day watch that contrasts a herringbone ribbon strap with a gold and diamond dial in three different patterns, each recalling a signature weave: the cannage (above), herringbone or houndstooth.

Flexi Benefits

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If you’re one of those who like Bao Bao Issey Miyake’s Prism shopper bag because it can take on various forms (so you can really pack it in), you’ll like its cousin, the Lander. Think a roomy bucket shape (from $1,390) – a first for the label – made up of the same triangular PVC panels and an adjustable shoulder strap. No, it can’t fold flat like the tote, but it’s as light, and even more transformable.

Curios & Curioser

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Cabinet of Wonders: The Gaston-Louis Vuitton Collection, $145
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Matisse’s Safrano Roses At The Window. Left: A work by glass artist Yoshiaki Kojiro, who joins Loewe’s Craft Prize expert panel

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Anything, it’s said, can be a source of inspiration. At London’s Royal Academy of Arts, “Matisse In The Studio” (Aug 5-Nov 12) looks at how the Fauvist master’s souvenirs (statues, furniture, textiles) inspired his works. Louis Vuitton does a similar retrospective with a book: the 314-page Cabinet of Wonders: The Gaston-Louis Vuitton Collection, which showcases the exotic objects that the third heir to the LV empire amassed during his travels. And till Oct 17, the second edition of Loewe’s Craft Prize (loewecraftprize.com), which celebrates people who “use hands, minds and tradition to make singular objects”, is open for submissions.

This story first appeared in Female’s August 2017 issue.

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