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And we’re off! It’s the London leg of Fashion Month and there’s a lot I’m looking forward to. Mother Of Pearl makes its London Fashion Week debut this season, Joseph returns to LFW after years and years and years and Blue Farrier is going to show us what’s up her Issa sleeve. Then there’s Hunter’s arrival on the fashion week stage. Is this another Burberry in the making?
Also new for London Fashion Week is the British Fashion Council’s official partnership with Swatch. If you happen to be around Somerset House from today to Tuesday, you’ll find the Swatch pop-up Patisserie (actually a sweet shop on wheels!) parked on the cobbles, stocked with specially created survival sweets to keep flagging fashionistas’ energies up. Among the bonbons are chamomile-infused calming sweets, Guarana-packed energy sweets and vitamin-filled beautifying sweets.
I’m also partnering with Swatch, reporting trend highlights and video footage throughout the week. All this ties in with Swatch’s latest ‘Pastry Chef’ collection of candy-inspired timepieces. Think maccaron shades and liquorice allsorts-prints – just look at these and tell me they’re not the most saccharine accessory treats you’ve seen this season…
*THIS POST IS A SPONSORED COLLABORATION WITH SWATCH
By accident or clever engineering, Lego’s latest offering is right in tune with fashion right now. Its line of adult watches marry poppy primary colours with playful graphics, plus the current obsession with all things customisable and hackable.
Head to the Lego Watch website and you can choose from a number of different styles with customisable straps and bezels. The links of the watches click in and out of place and can be changed to different colours, while silicone straps can also be added. Continue reading
Here’s something different from ToyWatch and I like it a lot. It’s a watch-friendship bracelet hybrid and all I can think is, why hasn’t this been done before?
The watch face is clean and classic, a nice contrast to the busy South American-inspired patterns of the woven friendship bracelet. These are pitched ‘for the festival season’ but I can’t imagine them going anywhere near a muddy field, can you? Much more suited for lazy days in the park with a Pimms, or a clubby long weekend in Ibiza.
There’s something charming, and humbling about a one-to-one session with a true craftsman, not least when it comes to haute horlogerie with one of my favourite watch brands: Jaeger-LeCoultre. I’m a big fan of the Reverso watch from the Swiss luxury watch-maker (have you seen its latest collab with Valextra? Oh my!), that just happens to be celebrating its 180th anniversary with a dedicated exhibition space at Harrods. Continue reading
All my girlfriends are envious of Mr DRG’s taste – in clothes I mean. He’s a very good shopper for both me and him, but when it comes to him it’s all about the gentlemanly classics. And he loves to talk detail. Here’s a little spring edit from him…
Suede chukka boots, Common Projects
It’s rare that anything stacks up against a pair of vintage Chuck Taylors in the casual footwear stakes for me, but these could well be the exception. Ideal for not-too-smart, not-too-formal, meetings, I think these will likely prove a very useful addition to the wardrobe.
I unearthed this
old vintage Vivienne Westwood Swatch from my archive (AKA a dusty trunk in the bedroom) yesterday to photograph it for a project. When I mentioned it on Twitter it created quite the buzz, possibly because I discovered people are now listing ir for £300+ on Ebay. My watch probably cost about £50 twenty years ago which I guess was still a lot of money ‘in them days’. But I would never sell it. In my eyes, this is a design classic – functional, beautiful and statement-making. I just need a new battery…
I don’t like to blog about competitions because there are just so many and once you do one, you open the floodgates. But I’m making an exception for this one because it’s a bit unusual. The One watch contest is a design competition open to anyone who thinks they can create an eyecatching timepiece. I love a statementy watch (am currently eyeing this Jeremy Scott for Swatch fellow on Vestiare Collective) and the examples The One sent me show the brand is not afraid of bold innovation when it comes to design.
So the gist is, you submit your design, all the entries can be viewed on a website (hmmm, maybe an open invitation for copyists though?), the public chooses the top ten finalists and the winner gets €1000 and the watch put into production. Deadline is May 15th.
Cartier’s chief executive officer Bernard Fornas has been banging on about the ‘feel-guilty factor’ to explain why customers are buying smaller watches to replace the huge stonkers (hello Michael Kors) of last year. I don’t really need an excuse to buy another watch, but if I was to buy a small-faced timepiece and had a few grand going spare, it would have to be Chanel’s H2146 Premiere wraparound in 18K (and £18K!) white gold with diamonds. Chic non?
Crikey, a collection of Swatch watches sold this week at auction for HK $ 51,707,500 (US $ 6,618,560). The Blum Collection, owned by Swiss businessman Peter Blum and his wife Linda was was one of the most complete collections of Swatches and was sold at a Phillips De Pury & Co auction at The Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong. Continue reading