Case in point
Cartier’s new Guirlande de Cartier is a testament to the luxury brand’s diversity. This expansion into leather goods is the culmination of Cartier’s captivation with its most iconic object – the case. Embodying the spirit of the maison through this interpretation of the classic red box, the petite and elegant accessory is designed in supple calfskin and stamped with a gold frieze. Available in three sizes, and four bold jewel-like colours, the faceted bag is a modern tribute to the emblems and heritage of the house.
An unmistakable hallmark of the advent of winter, the classic camel coat caters to eveningwear and corporate garb alike. A timeless finishing touch, and chic in any circumstance, it’s a must-have item. This streamlined version by Max Mara, in classic biscuit-coloured wool, with its clean lines, asymmetrical fastening and show-stopping collar, is an elegant accoutrement to your mid-season wardrobe, and one that heads easily into winter. The looser, less structured fit – less trench, more cape – gives it extra elegance, à la old Hollywood.
An exercise in exquisite craftsmanship, the Tom Ford Buckley duffel is an ideal accompaniment to inflight or everyday on-the-go style. The baby brother of the larger version (there’s also a backpack and briefcase in the range for next-level luggage coordination), it’s a handy day-trip bag, ideal for carrying everything you need, or a perfectly sized holdall for a brief work commute. Textured leather, elegant brass hardware and beautifully crafted handles and finishes give away the Italian tailoring, while the stunning crimson shade makes it a statement piece as well as a total classic.
Mid-year, new shoes
Celebrating Lunar New Year, Michael Kors’ recent whimsical stop-motion video, directed by Virgilio Villoresi, embodies sparkle and tone-on-tone drama in a big, bold way. With a glamorous narrative of travel and international style, highlighting the brand’s jet set heritage (via a small aeroplane motif and the skylines of Paris, New York, and Shanghai), the short film shows off various Michael Kors items to stylish and playful effect. In keeping with the traditional hues of Lunar New Year, the campaign highlights special editions, including a glitzy version of the white Poppy lace-up sneaker featuring gold detailing.
Skirting the issue
Having created a name for itself as an icon of British heritage, Burberry has in later years ventured more into avant-garde territory, carving a niche as a stalwart of contemporary style. This elegant and edgy lambskin skirt combines both tradition and modernity via exquisite tailoring and innovative detail. With its classic lines and unexpected zip detailing, its peekaboo effect is at once charming and cheekily provocative, industrial and elegant.
By Julia Freemantle