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).


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

The ever­green

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.


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.


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.

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