A look at what items we’re loving this March.
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In the 1950s and 1960s, the house of Bvlgari broke free from the restrictive minimalism of the Second World War and embraced the post-war exuberance of the time by creating pieces from boldly coloured precious stones. The newly unveiled Bejeweled Serpenti Forever bag takes its cues from one of those earlier pieces, an eye-wateringly beautiful high-jewellery necklace that was designed in 1968 and worn by Keira Knightley to the 2006 Oscars. The limited-edition bag features screen-printed images of the brightly coloured necklace, crafted directly onto python skin. Each of the 68 bags takes three months to craft and includes Bvlgari's signature motif – the serpent – in the form of an enamel clasp, in black and white, with lapis lazuli eyes. The bag is priced at Dh20,900 and can be purchased at Bvlgari's store in The Dubai Mall.
Hublot introduced two women's timepieces to its Big Bang collection during Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in January. Following the reveal, the Big Bang 41mm Broderie and Big Bang 41mm Broderie Sugar Skull were flown to Abu Dhabi for a private viewing. Both watches feature embroidery on the band and an embroidered skull motif on the dial, and work as much as functioning timepieces as statement bracelets. The Broderie is set in black ceramic, silver steel or yellow gold, and includes black or silver lurex threading. The Broderie Sugar Skull (pictured) is set in black ceramic, steel or red gold, and features turquoise, navy, pink, fuchsia and yellow lurex threads. The dial is surrounded by 12 precious stones — red spinels for the ceramic, pink sapphires for the steel and blue sapphires for the red gold. Only 200 pieces are available. Prices on request.
Musée Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent's first visit to Marrakech in 1966 left such an impression that the designer returned to the Moroccan city for two weeks every December and June, thereafter. It was here that he designed the brand's haute couture collections. Fifty years later, two museums dedicated to his life and work are to be launched – one, fittingly, in Marrakech and the other in Paris. The two locations are set to open next year and will feature 5,000 garments, 15,000 accessories and thousands of sketches, collection boards and photos. Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech will be on Rue Yves Saint Laurent, near Jardin Majorelle, the garden that Saint Laurent and Yves Saint Laurent co-founder, Pierre Bergé, acquired in 1980. The museum will include a permanent display of the designer's work, a space for temporary exhibitions, an auditorium, a library and a cafe. Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris will be at 5 Avenue Marceau, the location of the couture house from 1974 to 2002. Visitors can view the pieces while walking through the former haute couture salons and Saint Laurent's studio.
Chopard, which became an official jewellery member of the Fédération Française de la Couture last January, unveiled its latest haute joaillerie collection during Paris Haute Couture Week. The collection consists of three cuff bracelets and a necklace. Each bracelet features a different motif – floral, butterfly and an interlacing pattern – set in titanium and adorned with brightly coloured stones, including amethysts, emeralds and blue sapphires. The necklace is embellished with sculpted jade, emeralds and diamonds, set in titanium and gold, and displays a dazzling 14-carat pear-shaped tanzanite as the centrepiece. Chopard's Fleurs d'Opales capsule collection (pictured) was also unveiled in its entirety during couture week. The collection consists of six flower rings – three of which were unveiled in July – each with an opal placed at its centre. The newer of the three pieces, all set in titanium, feature black or white opals, alongside precious stones such as pink sapphires and diamonds.