Luxurious Masterpieces Curated To Elevate Your Wardrobe

Heritage pieces combine with quirky modernity in this luxury edit


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VANITY FAIR

Delicate necklaces and a vintage cameo brooch offer up an elegant proposition for time honoured accessories inspired by art and nature.

Vintage 9 carat yellow gold cameo brooch, $780, from Walker & Hall. Karen Walker 9ct gold acorn and leaf loop necklace $1119. Vintage 15ct yellow gold, garnet, period and pearl pendant, $1860, from Walker & Hall.

Photo / Babiche Martens

CULTURAL ICON

When Los Angeles-based actress and experimental musician Zumi Rosow stalked down the Gucci spring/summer 2019 runway carrying a structured, retro-inspired handbag, the contrast between her rock n roll attitude and the bag’s lady-like silhouette was a match made in heaven. This latest addition to Gucci’s coveted handbag portfolio is a lesson in historical house motifs, with interlocking G logo, horsebit hardware and a classical shape replicated from a rare piece in the Gucci archives chosen by creative director Alessandro Michele. Like an in-joke between friends, this union of creativity between Alessandro and Zumi is how luxury should be worn right now — with a sense of joy and irreverence.

Gucci Zumi top handle leather handbag $5355. Vintage Italian Stallions resin and marble statuettes, stylist’s own, from a selection at Babelogue.

Photo / Babiche Martens

CASINO ROYALE

In the words of Shirley Bassey, diamonds are forever, and there’s no disputing the appeal of high-shine accessories that add an extra-special touch to an outfit.

Jimmy Choo diamante mules, $1550, from David Jones Wellington. Ashoka diamond and 18ct yellow gold cuff, $185,000, from Partridge Jewellers.

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ROCK CHIC

The magical point of view at Gucci has well and truly made its mark on fashion from die-hard fans of the brand to teenagers pining after its more adventurous offerings (bejewelled sneakers, anyone?). For creative director Alessandro Michele, that same sense of whimsical design, deeply rooted in Italian craftmanship, can also be found in Gucci’s distinctive fine jewellery range. Take the time to peruse the thoughtful selection of jewels from the Italian luxury house at Orsini Fine Jewellery.

Gucci necklace with feline head pendant in 18ct yellow gold, aged sterling silver, sapphires and rubies $6910, jade necklace $2225, GG 18ct yellow gold running necklace and coloured stones $4120, all from Orsini Fine Jewellery.

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ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONS

Nicolas Ghesquiere’s childhood love of retro futurism and the 80s made a bold case for pushing luxury forward with his spring 2019 collection at Louis Vuitton, playing with exaggerated silhouettes and vivid hues that evoke the era of excess. We’re particularly taken by the bold painterly brush strokes that make this print unique, on silk scarves and the now iconic Twist MM handbag.

Louis Vuitton silk scarf $715 and handbag $6200.

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NEW FRONTIER

Fashion’s love of prairie dresses sees no sign of waning, and to go all the way, a pair of beautifully made western boots is de rigueur. Copenhagen-based label Ganni offers a Scandi interpretation of an American classic, with a beautiful high shine leather boot hand-crafted in Portugal.

Ganni boots, $979, from Workshop. Vintage guardian lion bookends, $160, from Babelogue.

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EN POINTE

The Diorama style handbag from Christian Dior debuted in 2015; perfectly sized with an accompanying strap, the style works particularly well for chic city women on the move. Its latest rendering features a kaleidoscopic print inspired by the avant garde optical experiments and lighting effects projected on dancer Loie Fuller’s dresses. Like abstract floral bouquets, this painterly print is a beautiful addition to a floaty dress, and contrasts well with a classic T-shirt and denim look.

Dior bag $2600.

Photo / Babiche Martens

NEW PALETTE

In celebration of the forthcoming Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki exhibition Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys, the gallery has partnered with Karen Walker for a new artwork-inspired range of collectables. We’ve selected a preview to share with you — a beautiful vegan leather tote bag featuring the work Bridesmaids (1930) depicting two young women clad in vivid green under wide brim sunhats. The tote showcases the work with a yellow border contrasting with the painting’s dominant green. “Frances Hodgkins was the original ‘Runaway Girl’,” Karen says. “Her life was full of purpose, adventure and independence. Our work has always been inspired by strong female stories and women with outsider points of view and adventurous spirits.”

Frances Hodgkins: Framed by Karen Walker tote bag $210 available from 1 May. Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys will open on Saturday 4 May at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

Photo / Babiche Martens

ITALIAN RENAISSANCE

Versace’s intricate Medusa motif is synonymous with the house and its penchant for flamboyant design. Rococo and Baroque flourishes add drama on this Rosenthal vase and leather belt.

Versace belt, $520, from DFS Galleria. Versace x Rosenthal vase, $949, from Smith & Caughey’s.

Photo / Babiche Martens

SHAPE & FORM

Miuccia Prada’s idiosyncratic take on fashion is anticipated every season, and her artful approach extends to sculptural accessories; special pieces that evoke a worldly woman with sure sense of self.

Prada wedge shoes $1460 and metal necklace $1730. Chanel sunglasses POA.

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ON THE COVER

Gucci Fine Jewellery jade necklace, $2225, from Orsini Fine Jewellery. Vintage Italian Stallions resin and marble statuette, stylist’s own, from a selection at Babelogue.

Photo / Babiche Martens

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