Shopping In Singapore: Valentino's VRing Bag, Brunello Cucinelli's Fine Jewellery Debut, Evil Eye Pendants By Ole Lynggaard
Consider this Valentino Garavani bag collection ($2,220-$4,620) as the latest member to the club of designer bags bearing hardware made up of house logos and initials. Dubbed the VRing, the collection made its debut at the Valentino Spring/Summer 2019 show, and features a namesake V-shaped hardware that’s based on a logo from more than 50 years ago.
Launching this month, the brand has kept the vintage appeal of the logo by giving it an antique brass finishing. The silhouettes and styles of the bags, however, are decidedly modern: a minimalist flap design, soft and slightly slouchy totes and miniature crossbody bags. A grosgrain ribbon in Valentino red that’s tied to each V provides the right amount of flourish. This is one bag that won’t need you to add any accessories to it.
Danish fine jewellery house Ole Lynggaard gives us another reason to want to a piece of evil eye jewellery besides its good luck charm. Next month, it will be launching its first Evil Eye earring pendant ($1,450 for a piece). Made of turquoise with a tiger’s eye and onyx centre, the piece can be attached as a pendant onto any of its ear studs and drop earrings, including the popular range of customisable Lotus earrings collection, allowing you to create a multitude of looks.
THE ITALIAN JOB
The name Brunello Cucinelli might be synonymous with super luxe cashmere knitwear. But the buzziest thing about the Italian brand now is its gold. That’s because the brand has debuted its first ever fine jewellery line in its 41-year history.
Made from 18K yellow gold, the pieces ($2,890-$8,890) are handcrafted and give a sleek and contemporary update to ancient gold coin jewellery by using medallion motifs heavily. And true to the brand’s discreet style, some of the textures of the gold are finished in a textured diamond-cut technique to give an artful appearance of gold dust.
On March 11, H&M will present its Spring/Summer 2019 Studio collection — the brand’s most directional fashion line — as an immersive theatre experience in the middle of the Arizona desert. Just don’t expect it to be anything close to a wardrobe of the Burning Man or Coachella variety.
Judging from the imaged we saw on the collection’s lookbook, the ready-to-wear and accessories are more suited for the glamorous jet-setting woman who loves adventure… sports and partying. That translates into a collection ($24.95-$249, available from March 21) comprising disco-era asymmetrical skirt and mini dress in sequins, a structured bustier and T-shirt hybrid, oversized linen blazers, a kaftan in mineral-coloured stripes, and slouchy boots. A wardrobe that covers all of our daily activities? That’s something we can’t say no to.
Tired of the Good Morning towel — and ang ku kueh-inspired merch when it comes to kitschy Singapore-inspired merch? Then the Singapore Tale timepiece ($125) by Swatch could just be it. Launching March 8, the watch features the work of homegrown illustrator Tan Zi Xi who interpret the blue and white Peranakan tiles as squares filled with well-loved local icons like the dragon-shaped playgrounds and durian.