Edition 78: The Luxury Briefing

This week in luxury, the world’s most exclusive members club for Rolls-Royce owners, a new face for Chanel and South Africa’s fashion export debuts at Paris Fashion Week.
Roll Royce Whispers
Curated luxury at the touch of a button

Rolls Royce Whispers, a members-only club accessed through the Whispers app, offers Rolls-Royce owners all that their heart desires with a mere tap. Far from being just an app, Whispers gives members secure access to their like-minded counterparts around the world, including the Rolls-Royce CEO and its board members. From purchasing diverse and eclectic luxury products to procuring back stage access to the Oscars or introductions to players at Wimbledon, no request is impossible.

Chanel Marion Cotillard
The face of Chanel’s iconic No5 fragrance

Marion Cotillard, enigmatic actress and the perfect incarnation of French natural beauty is the new face of Chanel’s signature scent. Not one to partner with just any brand, this is the first time the French actress is lending her image to a fragrance. Bringing elegance to the image of the fragrance, Marion moved the world with her performance as Edith Piaf, winning the Oscar, the Cesar, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA award for Best Actress.

IWC Laureus Sport for Good
A new collaboration between IWC and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation

When a partnership works, it develops into a long-standing relationship spanning years. The 14th special edition IWC in collaboration with the foundation presents a Portugieser monopusher chronograph that features the company’s impressive hand-wound 59360. Proceeds will aid in the training of children and adults with mental disabilities in Olympic sports disciplines. Featuring an eight-day power reserve, the watch features the signature blue dial of all the Laureus watches, and only 500 of them will be made.

LVMH prizewinner Thebe Magugu debuts at Paris Fashion Week

An exciting new force in world fashion, the South African designer won the LVMH prize last September becoming the first African winner ever, and the youngest at just 26 years old. Thebe Magugu‘s ready-to-wear brand launched in 2015 and it has already won over some big names such as Maria Grazia Chiuri, the artistic director of Dior womenswear and Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton. His first presentation at Paris Fashion Week, named “Ipopeng EXT” (after the Kimberley township of his upbringing), featured mannequins dressed in African masks in the basement of the Palais de Tokyo, with oversized portraits featuring his Autumn collection all around the room.

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