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Shopping In Singapore: Adorable Animal Pins From Van Cleef & Arpels, Craig Green's Second Outing With Moncler Genius, Longchamp x Mr Bags

Five of our favourite releases to snag before they're gone.
You’re probably inundated by all the cutesy piggy memorabilia thanks to the Chinese New Year mania sweeping the retail scene at the moment. A brand that’s big on whimsical animal-themed designs 24/7 is Place Vendome jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels which has just launched its new Lucky Animal collection in stores.   The nine-piece strong collection of clips are fashioned after some truly adorable creatures like a cat, a dog, a squirrel, and a lion. Each piece is crafted in 18K yellow gold and come with various combinations of hard stones like tiger’s eye, carnelian, and onyx with mother-of-pearl.   This latest launch continues the maison’s tradition of celebrating fauna in its design. Back in 1954, it created the La Boutique family, a range of mischievous-looking animals. Then came a Noah’s Ark-themed high jewellery launch in 2016 which featured pieces made up of different animal duos. PRESS REWIND
Those who lived through the late ’90s would recall Levi’s iconic Engineered Jeans TV commercials. The ones that had models sprinting in an apartment building and bulldozing their way through the thick walls, before running straight up towering trees, and finally leaping into the sky.   Well those same industrial-inflicted jeans in the ad, are back, in time for their 20th anniversary this year. Noted for their ergonomically twisted leg seams and comfort, the jeans get updated this season with 3D knitting technology said to improve their form and function.   Besides these jeans, Spring/Summer ’19 designs go big on the nostalgia theme: The brand is rehashing an entire range of ‘90s staples, from patchwork jeans to hip-hop inspired sportswear and tees with blown-out logos and eye-catching graphics. FLYING HIGH
A collection inspired by kite and tents might sound like a lot. But when the designer in question is the London-based menswear designer Craig Green, then the outcome is more avant-garde cool — exactly what you’d describe his second outing for the Moncler Genius collaboration project.   Composed of bright Crayola-like hues and billowy silhouettes like hooded capes and oversized hoods, the pieces are statement outerwear that is primed for a unisex wardrobe. The capsule collection, which is available from Dover Street Market Singapore, also includes an XXL smartphone holder in marigold yellow. PAINT UP
Bradley Theodore is the New York-based visual artist that’s described as a cross between Jean-Michel Basquiat and Banksy for his riotous use of colours, twisted skull paintings, and subjects that he tackles from the realm of popular culture like Kate Moss, Anna Wintour, and Karl Lagerfeld.   His latest project with Puma seeing him combine those elements into a 23-piece street art inspired lifestyle collection. The artist’s trademark colour-drenched brushwork appears on pieces that span sneakers and ready-to-wear. Take for instance the Thunder Bradley Theodore which comes in black and decorated with neon colour-blocked inserts on the soles. The collection ($55-$249) drops in stores on Jan 12 including Star 360 and Tangs at Tang Plaza. BAGGING RIGHTS
Whenever top Chinese bag blogger Tao Liang, a.k.a Mr Bags, creates special merch for a brand, it’s bound to be a best seller. He reportedly sold 3.24 million RMB (S$645,000) worth of bags in just six minutes for a certain luxury brand recently within WeChat.   Which is why his collaboration with Longchamp for a range of Le Pliage bags should be on your radar. Called the Le Pliage Cuir ($390-$1,500), the collection is a witty and kitschy take on the Year of the Pig merchandise for Chinese New Year.   Among the designs are a series of totes mimicking the appearance of a pig thanks to the illustration of white lines in the shape of a curly tail, pointed ears and two dots for eyes. The collaboration also includes a pouch with a zipped front pocket shaped like a pig’s snout and a transparent PVC Le Pliage that comes with a pink, snout-shaped coin purse.