Not Just An Instagram Takeover
Parisian multi-label concept store Colette has always been progressive in the collaboration game, but its next tie-up takes it to another level. From June 19 to December, it’ll hand the reins of its second floor over to a single brand, complete with custom-made installations and special products. Kicking off the “takeover” will be Balenciaga, which will hold court till Aug 5 and use the space for its Men’s F/W ’17 show, as well launch an exclusive women’s collection and limited edition products. Subsequent brands on the roster include Chanel and Saint Laurent, with every leg documented on Colette’s website.
Return of The Glam
After a two-year absence, Italian luxury shoe label Giuseppe Zanotti is back with a boutique at Ion Orchard (#01-11A), retailing its full range that’s made it a favourite among trendy, sexy society types (hello, Gigi Hadid). First up in store: its F/W ’17 collection, which references the Roaring ’20s
(feather and crystal-swathed booties with a low-cut vamp) to exotic Asia (sandals with tasselled straps and graphic gold heels). To complete the look, there are clothes (like embellished biker jackets) and bags, as well as a selection of shoes for Junior.
Picture (Perfect) House
Trust Fendi to make classic luxury feel current. Recently opened, its revamped boutique at Ngee Ann City (#01-30/32) is now not only the brand’s South-east Asian flagship, but also one of its most plush, with a VIP section that takes up a third of the entire space. Also guaranteed to keep customers coming (and the cameras clicking): made-for-IG display walls, including one showcasing the label’s signature furry bag charms like art, and exclusive versions of the Peekaboo tote ($10,100-$13,780). Covered in ornate tapestry, each bag is limited to between three and five pieces.
As a couturier, Christian Dior once named a dress after artist/writer/filmmaker Jean Cocteau. Now, his fashion house again draws inspiration from the pioneer creative multi-hyphenate with a line of hand-painted pins ($50 each) featuring mystic motifs in the vein of his fluid drawings. In metal and pastel enamel, they lend some pretty whimsy to the My Lady Dior Star tote ($5,200) – an update on the My Lady Dior with its personalised strap. Each bag comes with a choice of three pins.
Live From The Red Carpet
And the new stop for bold yet pretty luxury jewellery is… Swarovski? The crystal company has announced that from next year, it will debut commercially its version of fine jewellery under its Atelier Swarovski arm: handcrafted necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings made of 18K white gold-coated rhodium and gem stones that, while made in its lab, possess similar properties to the precious variety. (Plus, this makes them socially responsible.) You might in fact have already seen them without realising it – Emma Roberts wore them to this year’s Oscars, and Naomie Harris to Cannes.
Fans of Chanel in the region now have even more reason to queue up. From June 23 to July 19, the French luxury giant is hosting the second leg of its “Mademoiselle Prive” exhibition at Seoul’s D Museum. (The first was held in London’s Saatchi Gallery two years ago.) While details were unavailable at press time, the event – meant to spotlight the brand’s icons and house codes through history – will include a section on Chanel No. 5 (yep, the fragrance), re-editions of the 1932 High Jewellery “Bijoux de Diamants” collection, as well as haute couture reinvented by Karl Lagerfeld. Closer to home, the brand has launched its first “ephemeral boutique” here at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (#B1-142). Standing in for its permanent store that’s under renovation till November, the equally mega concept (it’s 3,000 sq ft) will not only carry the full range of merchandise, but also boast a rotating special showcase highlighting the latest collection at that point in time.
This story first appeared in Female’s July 2017 issue.