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By Avril Groom

At the preview for Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale (Geneva May 16) – a Fabergé tiara made for Princess Alexandra of Hanover, 1950s Bulgari Serpenti cuffs, one containing a watch, and a 1940s Cartier bracelet with cabochon emerald.

By Avril Groom

New at Harrods’ fine jewellery department is New York designer Nina Runsdorf’s first boutique, boasting sumptuously subtle old mine and rose cut diamonds, diamond “slices”, iconic flip rings, enamel edgings and imaginative semi-precious stones.

By Avril Groom

1960s and 1970s style feature in the first major Mary Quant exhibition at the V&A, from April 6 to February 2020. Her revolution made “fashion available to everyone” with a farsighted business model offering logos, collaborations and lifestyle products.

Yesterday, at a private event in Singapore, a 47-year old whisky from the Mortlach distillery sold for S$50,000, raising money for Daughters of Tomorrow, a charity to support impoverished women.

By Elisa Vallata

The 40mm case of the new Calatrava Weekly Calendar was inspired by a unique Patek piece from 1955 and features hand-written style typography on the dial.

By Elisa Vallata

The BR 03-92 MA-1, inspired by the iconic US Air Force flight jacket and limited to 999 pieces.

By Avril Groom

Check out pearls with a twist at 65-year-old Japanese brand Tasaki’s new London boutique, where fashion designer and creative director Prabal Gurung and collaborator Melanie Georgacopoulos bring adventure to this traditional gem.

Set upon a 12ha private island in southern Cambodia, this resort of 40 villas - each with a private pool – opened its doors today, hidden among and in harmony with the surrounding jungle.

By Avril Groom

Model and activist Arizona Muse researched and sourced sustainable materials for a capsule bag range with artisan brand Officina del Poggio.  By-product ostrich leg and salmon skin, organic cotton velvet, recycled polyester “suede”; eco and luxe.

By Avril Groom

While normally associated with Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld also designed for Milan house Fendi for 54 years. His swan song collection at the Milan Fashion Week featured elegant sporty shapes and embroidery of the fluid house logo he designed in 1981.

By Avril Groom

On the day that Karl Lagerfeld’s death was announced, the final main London show was suitably elegiac. Richard Quinn’s designs referenced Dior’s New Look and Ungaro’s 1980s pleating as much as Chanel’s beaded tweed checks but looked new, over black latex bodysuits. And the confetti that rained down on the finale was black.

By Avril Groom

The London Fashion Week show where message mattered most: Vivienne Westwood combined her autumn collection with strong messages about climate change and the consumer economy, with Rose McGowan, Camilla Rutherford and the head of Greenpeace exhorting swift action.

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