10 BARTENDERS SHAKING UP A STORM
Birthed from some of the most creative minds, these icons have made their mark in the annals of fashion and luxury. We pay tribute to the timeless icons that have dictated our style choices through the years. By Justina Tan
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1. MANOLO BLAHNIK Carrie Bradshaw singlehandedly turned Manolo Blahnik into a household name over Sex and the City's six-year run. And when she was proposed to with a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s Hangisi Blue Satin Jewel Buckle Pumps in 2008’s Sex and the City movie, things reached fever pitch. A decade on, brides still hanker after the Hangisi – not just in royal blue but other hues as well. This year’s Autumn/winter collection features the Hangisi in black, blue and
green wool. 2. CHANEL First introduced in February 1955, Chanel’s 2.55 is a storied handbag that pays tribute to Coco Chanel’s personal life: the chain was said to be inspired by the nuns’ belts at the convent she grew up in; the burgundy lining the hue of her convent uniform; the zippered compartment in the front flap supposedly where she hid love letters; the front twist ‘mademoiselle’ lock a nod to Coco never marrying; and the exterior’s rhombus-shaped quilting influenced by jockeys’ jackets – reflecting her love of the equestrian world. Although the earliest 2.55s were in black calfskin, present-day versions are interpreted in a variety of materials, such as the multicoloured tweed masterpiece that launched just last month.
Diamonds freely flitting across a watch dial might have seemed impossible in 1976, but Chopard achieved it by setting the precious gems in gold bezels and placing them between two sapphire crystals. This stroke of genius formed the premise of its signature Happy Diamonds watch. In 1993, the brand translated the concept into a women’s timepiece and the Happy Sport watch was birthed. Over the years, there has been a slew of playful iterations that saw hearts, fish and four leaf clovers dancing across the dial. However, Happy Sport goes back to its roots on its 25th birthday. The anniversary versions feature elegant mother-of-pearl dials set in steel or 18K gold cases, each with five diamonds swirling across the dial.
Although it isn’t certain if Burberry invented the trench coat, it might as well have. The image of the brand’s double-breasted, khakihued coat with a checkered lining comes to mind whenever a trench is mentioned. Previously standard military issue during the First World War, it was subsequently glamorised during Hollywood’s golden age. The brand recently refreshed its Heritage Trench Coat collection with a new edit of cuts, lengths and colours that include The Chelsea (a slim-fit trench), The Kensington
(a classic-fit trench), and Thewestminster
(a relaxed-fit trench).
4. VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Evoking the maison’s style codes, Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra’s roots can be traced back to 1968 when it made its debut on a yellow gold sautoir. Fifty years after the creation of the first Alhambra long necklace, the house has launched a collection inspired by its early predecessors. Gemstones like lapis lazuli and rock crystal are making a comeback on long gold necklaces and bracelets, while onyx, grey mother-of-pearl and diamonds adorn other pieces.
6. TIFFANY Tiffany Setting
from Tiffany & Co. has remained unchanged for the last 132 years. The ultimate engagement ring, its revolutionary design highlights a dazzling round solitaire diamond on a sixpronged ‘pedestal’.
Givenchy’s Pandora bag gained a cult following when it launched in 2009, thanks to its unique box-like dual-zippered ‘lid’. Epitomising urban chic, pre-fall 2018 iterations of the Pandora include streetinspired nylon versions and even one emblazoned with the Givenchy logo.
9. SAINT LAURENT
Yves Saint Laurent revolutionised women’s fashion when he invented the Le Smoking in 1966. Back then, women wearing pants was frowned upon, much less a tuxedo-style suit. While the original was more dramatic, today’s version – Saint Laurent's Iconic Le Smoking Cropped Jacket in Black Textured Wool – is versatile enough to be paired with even a pair of skinny jeans.
From one of Blancpain’s oldest and most classic collections comes the Villeret Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Rétrograde.a reinterpretation of the brand’s flying tourbillon timepiece from 1989 – the first of its kind when it launched – this impeccably elegant wristwatch adds to the mix jump hours and retrograde minutes. It’s the first time these two complications are appearing in a Blancpain watch. Housed in a double stepped 42mm red gold case, a noteworthy feature is the unobstructed view of the tourbillon’s intricate construction that gives the illusion of a ‘floating’ tourbillon cage, balance wheel and escapement.
10. BOTTEGA VENETA
Considered by some as the bag that turned the fortunes of Bottega Veneta, the Cabat was the first carrier that designer Tomas Maier created for the then-ailing fashion house when he joined 17 years ago. A display of outstanding craftsmanship, each Cabat is woven by hand from strips of double-faced leather and takes two artisans two full days to weave one. Every season introduces new materials and techniques to the Cabat, but one thing remains: a subtle logo-free aesthetic combined with uncompromising workmanship.
11. JAEGER-LECOULTRE Reverso’s
The Jaeger-lecoultre rotating case may seem like a cool novelty at first glance, but it was in fact, created 87 years ago at the behest of polo players who wanted a sturdy timepiece that could survive the brutal sport. This year’s Reverso Tribute Small Seconds is a handsome wristwatch featuring an eye-catching dark blue dial and a leather strap by Casa Fagliano – a renowned Argentine atelier that manufactures polo boots.
If it’s good enough for the Queen of England, it’s good enough for just about anyone. The Gucci horsebit loafer may count Queen Elizabeth II as a fan for the last two decades or so, but the iconic shoe has had a much longer history. Celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, the Gucci loafer sold like hotcakes after a metal horsebit was added to the footwear in 1966.