New ‘Forever pieces’ that make a statement

GLOSS THE RECORD - Marbbie Tagabucba - The Philippine Star
New âForever piecesâ that make a statement

If the pandemic has taught us anything about how we consume and express style, it’s that the best accessories are ones that you love enough to keep forever and you can, because they are made with quality to stand the test of time and repeated wear.

Just in time for a new fashion season, the brands have paid attention. Givenchy and Swarovski both have new creative directors on board and they’re literally sparking joy with sparkle and shine. Jimmy Choo celebrates a milestone by celebrating their brand DNA. It’s time to enjoy fashion again!

Introducing ‘4G’: Givenchy adds versatility to a classic silhouette

A mysterious new bag debuted in the Givenchy pre-fall 2021 collection and it is now in stores. Designed by creative director Matthew M. Williams and Givenchy's expert craftsmen, the new 4G is a coming together of the finest, full-grain box calfskins and industrial hardware. Even the crisp sound of its magnetic fastening sets the 4G apart, while nodding to the utilitarian yet luxurious 4G padlocks in the creative director’s debut spring-summer 2021 collection for Givenchy.

They can be worn as a clutch as well as a shoulder bag or a crossbody, thanks to the adjustable removable strap. The 4G chain bag features the House’s new, custom-made G-link chain in glamorous silver- or gold-finished metal.

The small 4G flap bag features a main compartment for the essentials, with a flat pocket for storing up to six cards. Inside the medium 4G flap bag are two flat pockets and one card pocket for ease of use. A practical shoulder piece in leather keeps it anchored in place.

It comes in neutral black, ivory, or cappuccino beige to seasonal shades of avocado green, baby pink, red and dark khaki. Special finishes include an all-over 4G monogram achieved through high-frequency debossing on leather for a three-dimensional effect (in ivory, pink or black). Patent leather versions, in black or sky blue, have a crinkled finish. A 4G in snake-printed lambskin creates a highly realistic impression of exotic leather; a version in dark emerald green python with gold hardware is also available.

Jimmy Choo’s signature glamour

“To me, glamour is an attitude, a sense of confidence that’s not limited to a time or a place,” says Jimmy Choo creative director Sandra Choi.

This is the principle behind the seasonless and permanent The Core collection. “It pinpoints the fundamental visual DNA of our brand with three distinct identities that we will reinforce and return to every season. A distillation of our essence. It’s who we are. The Core Collection offers glamour every day — anytime, anywhere.”

It is made up of three distinct design pillars: Pearl, Crystal and Monogram.

The timeless elegance of Pearl is modernized in exaggerated proportions, punctuating heels, flats, sandals, handbags and clutches.

Crystal has been with Jimmy Choo since the very beginning. Capturing light, refracting, reflecting, a crystal is like a self-contained spotlight, such as in the signature C-shaped Crystal buckle, dressing up the classic white sneaker.

Coming soon is the interlinked JC logo monogram explored through techniques of jacquard weaving and embossing on leather.

Welcome to ‘Wonderlab’: The new swarovski

“For 125 years, Swarovski has had the power to transform and reinvent itself time and time again while always staying true to its DNA,” says the new Swarovski CEO Robert Buchbauer on their new Wonderlab.  “We are excited to add a new chapter to this tremendous success story by lifting Swarovski’s center of gravity to accessible luxury and by truly becoming a crystal lifestyle.”

Created by the first-ever creative director Giovanna Engelbert, she explains, “The Wonderlab is an idea, it is an imagined place that embodies everything Swarovski stands for and that will continue to inspire us for years to come.

“I wanted to explore the fundamental geometry of crystal and its potential as a material,” adds Giovanna about Collection One which is made up of multiple sub-collections. “Looking at Daniel Swarovski’s first drawings was an absolute inspiration, discovering the magic of his early inventions and understanding the power of his dream to create something the world had never seen.”

Millenia features a rainbow of cuts and colors that are made to have and wear forever. Constella recreates crystal constellations on thin metal bars. Mesmera are clusters of uniquely shaped stones. Harmonia are oversized cushion-cut crystals in a suspended setting that give the illusion of floating stones. Dulcis gives a sweetness to cushioned stones. Curiosa is a crafting of Giovanna’s “Mathemagical” structures into unexpected shapes of divine proportion. Gema features the widest variety of stone cuts and vibrant colors in an all-in-one set. Lastly, Chroma highlights boldly layered stones. Like a deconstructed prism, with multi-color on classic white, these gemstone-like creations leave everything to the imagination.

Giovanna says, “I respect how transformative jewelry can be and wanted to create pieces and a vision of style that women and men could embrace and feel like their bold unique selves in.”

The new vision manifests beyond product into new experiences, events and new store concepts across the globe. “The Wonderlab is where science and magic meet, where extra and elegance collide,” explains Giovanna. “It is a feeling of wonder that everyone should experience as we invite them into our new world at Swarovski.”


In the Philippines, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, and Swarovski are exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc.

Givenchy is at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall East Wing, Greenbelt 4, and Solaire Resort & Casino.

Jimmy Choo is at Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La Plaza Mall East Wing.

Swarovski is in Rustan’s Department Stores in Alabang, Makati, Shangri-La, and Ayala Cebu and through boutiques located at Alabang Town Center, Glorietta, Newport Mall, TriNoma Mall, The Podium Mall, Power Plant Mall, and SM Mall of Asia.

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