This gorgeous Gia Belloni sterling silver pendant with a twisted, brushed rhodium metal plate is perfect for making a statement without going over the top. (£225, giabelloni.com)
It will be the first retrospective in Europe of Alexander McQueen’s work and a magnificent body of work it will be too. Next year, coming ‘home’ to London, where McQueen was brought up and based, the exhibition will feature the late designer’s handiwork from his MA graduate collection in 1992 to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection. In honour of the spectacular staging of his runway shows, his designs will be presented in just as dramatic a fashion under the roof of the V&A. The exhibition was originally organised by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2011. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty runs from 14th March – 19th July 2015 at the V&A. In partnership with Swarovski. Supported by American Express. Tickets cost £16 and advance booking is available at www.vam.ac.uk/savagebeauty
London’s Regent Street has just been given a serious dose of kudos with the opening of Karl Lagerfeld’s first UK flagship store. Set over 250 sq. m , the monochrome haven houses men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections, accessories ranging from handbags and scarves to watches and eyewear, as well as a healthy collection of Karl essentials – fingerless gloves, collars, Karl dolls and books including The World According to Karl. There is also a British-inspired collection featuring the Union Jack flag which adorns basics like jumpers and sneakers. Many also have Karl’s unmistakeable silhouette emblazoned on the flag as a marker of his arrival in the UK. Meanwhile the store itself comes fully kitted with technology. You’ll find iPads fitted to each clothing rack displaying the vision of each collection, photo booths in the changing rooms where you can take a snap of your outfit, apply a Karl-inspired filter before uploading it onto social media, and a digital guestbook from which Karl will Tweet his favourite messages. Karl Lagerfeld, 145-147 Regent Street, London, W1B 4JD. …
You know, going big and bold with your jewellery isn’t the only way to turn heads. There’s something about the very fine, barely-there nature of more delicate and dainty pieces that make them somewhat more alluring. Is it the glint that suddenly catches the eye but being so subtle, you almost miss it, so intrigued and curious for another glance, you long to look again, only more up-close this time? Quite possibly. Need examples? We can give you three from the Tresor Paris Bellatrix collection. ABOVE: Classical in style, this almost feather-light Altesse Bleu bracelet (£89) with its royal blue crystal centrepiece commands attention. ABOVE: With five plain white gold-plated stainless steel beads serving as decoration, Pluie Argent (£49) is simplicity at its best. ABOVE: Or you can take simplicity up a step with this triple-threaded sterling silver Flocon bracelet (£79) featuring five glittering white crystal-coated beads.
Sharp, witty and amusing, he certainly is, contradictory and controversial, he can be, but forgettable, Karl Lagerfeld is not. Now, celebrating his musings on everything from life, design and books to his mother, fashion and Chanel, this brilliant Karlism compilation should leapfrog its way immediately onto your coffee table. With over 50 beautiful accompanying illustrations by Charles Ameline, the book contains such gems as: “I’ve become like a Lacoste alligator. Soon I’ll have to be sewn onto clothes” “Jogging pants are a sign of defeat. You’ve lost control of your life, so you go out in jogging pants” “My mother also said: ‘I’m going to have to take you to the upholsterer. Your nostrils are too big – they need curtains.’” The World According to Karl (Thames & Hudson), edited by Jean-Christophe Napias and Patrick Mauriès. £18.95, available at www.amazon.co.uk
Lily Kamper, Textile & Accessories Designer Being a graduate is tough. Working towards that first break is even tougher. But one person, whose talent for creating achingly cool and covetable accessories and has been in demand pretty much since the day she left the Royal College of Art, is Lily Kamper. After plenty of exhibitions including Scoop International at the Saatchi Gallery, London and Premier Vision, Paris, along with commissions for Nike and trend-forecaster WGSN, Lily is now producing her A/W 2013 jewellery collection. With a penchant for Perspex and dyes and an inclination for combining unusual materials, Lily’s vision has strong commercial appeal for today’s highly design-conscious market. To create her jewellery, small blocks of Perspex, Corian and brass (which are then gold and silver plated) are turned meticulously on a lathe. The Perspex pieces are dip-dyed to create an ombre effect and the handmade process means that every piece is entirely unique. The collection was inspired by the structures of pillars, temples and pyramids and by the works of Dan Flavin, Bernd and …
If you’ve ever marvelled at the beauty of an Hermès silk scarf, or that of an Hermès handbag, now is your chance to learn and witness first hand how those very pieces are created. In London, for one week only, the Festival des Métiers exhibition will be showcasing 10 different Hermès crafts and the meticulous techniques used by the craftspeople to create a wide selection of Hermès items, just as they would in their French atelier. This ‘behind the scenes’ access allows you to see up close how the handbags are constructed, the piecing together of the jewellery, how the famous scarves are printed and then finished by hand, as well as the various tools involved in creating these coveted items. And all of this is revealed by the very people whose mastery and finesse has made the brand so covetable. Festival des Métiers is open from 22th – 28th May at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY. Admission is free.
Eye-catching enough for you? It certainly is for us. This Eye Clutch by Lulu Guinness is gorgeously bold and fun and guaranteed to leave a lasting impression upon all those who catch sight of it. It also forms part of a collaboration with urban art collective Beautiful Crime and graffiti artist Fin DAC, which sees each clutch being accompanied by a limited edition, hand-sprayed piece of artwork featuring the eye motif, created by Fin DAC and signed by himself and Lulu. But you’ll have to be quick off the mark – there are only 40 clutches (and accompanying posters) available. £225. Available from Lulu Guinness, 42 Burlington Arcade, London, W1J 0QG
Now here’s a timepiece that’s worth treasuring. Made from 100% natural wood and completely free of any toxic materials, the WeWood watch is one that has been thoughtfully produced and designed. It is solid but surprisingly lightweight and is available in an array of styles and wood-complementary colours, Plus, no matter which one you buy, a new tree will be planted in its place to go full circle on the process. From £89, www.prezzybox.com
These stunning animal pendants inspired by the elegance and majesty of the great, wild African animals, form part of the Safari ‘Arts collection by Theo Fennell. Crafted from 18ct gold and set with diamonds and sapphires, each animal pendant has a limited edition of 50 (imprinted into the gold), making the pieces even more covetable. Lion ‘Art Pendant, (18ct yellow gold with diamonds and yellow sapphires), £2,850 Giraffe ‘Art Pendant (18ct yellow gold with white and brown diamonds), £4,350 Elephant ‘Art Pendant (18ct white gold with diamonds), £6,250 www.theofennell.com