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Ananya Shankar

If you’ve missed out on all the big headlines in the world of luxury and fashion, we have you covered. Take a look!

Montblanc’s Library Spirit Enters The City That Never Sleeps

Montblanc’s Library Spirit©Montblanc

Launched earlier this year, Montblanc’s latest campaign titled ‘The Library Spirit: Episodes From Around The World’ features exclusive collections amid some of the world’s greatest libraries. Following the first two chapters of the campaign in London and Shanghai, The Library Spirit is now in New York. “This episode is particularly compelling because the ethos of Montblanc and New York have so much in common—the pioneering mindset that drives Montblanc innovation also drives New Yorkers to set new standards with audacious and fearless thinking,” says Creative Director Marco Tomasetta, in a statement. From the most sturdy luggage to stylish wallets, watches and even belts, the collection is set in the backdrop of the New York Public Library, which stores on its shelves the heart and history of the city.

Ownever: Pieces You Can Own Forever

Ownever Handbags©Ownever

Ethical, timeless and genderinclusive—Ownever is the latest luxury label in town. Taking a (fashionable) stand against the rampant consumerism that pervades our society, founder Eliana Barros shifts the conversation towards sustainability, driven by an innate desire to foster a responsible legacy. She said, “We always have a choice: we can buy more or we can buy better. And we all know that it is not quantity that brings us long-term joy.” The brand recently announced a limited-edition collection called ‘Re-purse’ comprising handbags made entirely from repurposed leather. These bags are more than just a style statement, they are “a statement about the kind of world we want to live in.”

Watch Out For Fendi’s Hottest Accessory Of The Season

The Fendigraphy collection, defined by its crescent shape, spacious carry-all design and bold logo, has a brandnew addition. A sleek, contemporary watch whose design defies convention as the brand’s logo twists around the wrist in metal lettering, reminiscent of a bracelet. But upon closer inspection, there lies the dial in the letter D, sitting discreetly behind a precious sapphire crystal no less! Delfina Delettrez, artistic director of jewellery, drew inspiration from the Fendigraphy hobo bag for this Women’s A/W 2023 masterpiece. Available in both stainless steel and leather, it’s definitely a must-have!

Sofia Richie Grainge Turns Brand Ambassador For David Yurman

She’s the emblem of quiet luxury, the blueprint for aspiring fashionistas across the globe. So it comes as no surprise that Sofia Richie Grainge is now also the newest face of the American fine jewellery brand David Yurman. The latest ‘it’ girl joins the likes of Kate Moss, Gisele Bündchen, Amber Valletta and Scarlett Johansson as she takes on the role of brand ambassador. Known for her classic, timeless wardrobe, she’s the perfect choice to represent Sculpted Cable, the latest iteration of the Cable collection, one of the brand’s signature designs. Shot by Glen Luchford at the Kellogg Doolittle Residence in Joshua Tree, California, the model-influencer dons an elegant white ensemble with stacks of jewellery in the campaign. What’s more is that both the brand and its ambassador are big on mixing metals, breaking the age-old bounds of conventional style.

A Tale Of Two Brands: Mulberry & Paul Smith

Two of the biggest British brands founded within a year of each other back in the ’70s have teamed up for an exclusive 10-piece unisex bag collection. Combining the very best of both worlds, these bags feature Paul Smith’s favourite stripes along with Mulberry’s signature Postman’s lock hardware. They reimagine Mulberry’s Antony bag in two new silhouettes, the Clip and the Tote. While the original Antony was intended to be a men’s bag, the lines are blurred now in 2023. After all, who doesn’t appreciate a chic leather bag? And for the bold, they offer crossbody bags in dynamic combinations of red, blue and orange. “You could say our brands grew up and came of age together. I think that’s at least partly why we share such a similar approach to creativity and craft—that and our Britishness,” comments Paul Smith. And the results speak for themselves: they’re practical, stylish and as one would expect from these brands, of excellent quality and craftsmanship. Well, what’s not to love?

From Fashion Prodigy To Powerhouse

Deemed the most anticipated show at New York Fashion Week this season, 32-year-old Peter Do’s debut presentation for Helmut Lang—Born to Go—was a heartfelt homage to the city (we’re talking black-and-white looks with swatches of taxicab yellow and harnesses resembling seatbelts!). The young creative director also paid tribute to the classic Helmut Lang designs of the past through his choice of colour and silhouette. Do chose to create looks that are the epitome of runway fashion yet entirely suitable for everyday wear. Living in an age where sensationalism often precedes style and social media rules the roost, Do’s mindfulness and minimalism are certainly a breath of fresh air.

A Fresh Beginning For Harry Rosen

Catering to its younger yet exceedingly sophisticated audience, Canada’s top luxury menswear retailer Harry Rosen is embracing conscious craftsmanship over ostentatious branding. By introducing new designer brands like Marni, Kenzo, Balmain, Jil Sander, Zegna x The Elder Statesmen, MM6, Maison Margiela and an expanded range from Thom Browne, they strive to broaden their appeal. Highlighting Jil Sander’s style, they confirm the store’s new ethos, comprising essential items like sharp buttoned-shirts, premium knits and outerwear, all in subdued tones and tailored to perfection. With over 65 years of menswear expertise, Harry Rosen is set to redefine luxury for its clientele, now offering curated selections online and in-store.

Scent Of Competition: Richemont Launches New Beauty Division

With Cartier, Chloé and Montblanc, Richemont is now entering the growing luxury fragrance market to compete with industry leaders like L’Oréal and Estée Lauder. In pursuit of this goal, the Swiss luxury conglomerate has appointed fragrance veteran Boet Brinkgreve as the CEO of Laboratoire de Haute Parfumerie et Beauté, a new Richemont entity. Brinkgreve’s dedication to sustainability may open doors to future beauty acquisitions and help the company engage with a wider audience while also overseeing their current portfolio. This move follows similar initiatives by Kering and LVMH in the luxury beauty sector, which has negatively impacted Interparfums’ shares. Stay tuned for luxury’s cosmetic revolution!

Kate Moss For Anine Bing

Kate Moss For Anine Bing©Anine Bing

Marking a milestone 10-year anniversary last year, Anine Bing, the eponymous fashion brand founded by a Danish fashion blogger and former model, is ready to infuse a touch of rock ‘n’ roll to its quintessentially feminine spirit. And who better to be the face of this rebellious campaign than the ultimate cool girl herself ? Known for her chic ‘bed-head’ and bohemian flair, Kate Moss has always been recognised as the supermodel who goes against the grain. And that’s exactly what the brand had in mind for their 2023 Fall collection. From tailored jackets to recycled leather items and even a bag named after the model, it’s truly a collaboration for the ages. Photographed by Chris Colls, the edgy collection is now available online as well as in all Anine Bing stores.