10 Most Iconic Luxury Fashion Items Of All Time
1/10 Chopard Green Carpet Collection Earrings
Chopard has been crafting the iconic Palme d’Or trophy for 21 years as part of its long-standing partnership with the Cannes Film Festival and what better way to celebrate this collaboration than to design a jewellery collection around this prestigious award. The Green Carpet Collection earrings have been gracing the earlobes of European screen sirens since 2013 - the year they were launched.
2/10 Gucci Horsebit Loafer
Distinctive and coveted, the Gucci horsebit loafer remains one of the most recognisable footwear in the latter part of the 20th century. Launched by Aldo Gucci in 1953, this loafer has always been associated with the jet-set of its era, its casual and nonchalance appeal signified the time when American and Italian casual style ruled the day. Composed of a double ring with a bar, the horsebit decoration was borrowed from the equestrian world to symbolise the lifestyle associated with horses, polo and racing. As a testament to its popularity and universal appeal, it’s the only shoe today which is part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
3/10 Chanel Quilted 2.55 Handbag
Beyond classic and imagined by Gabrielle Chanel in February 1955 - hence its name 2.55 - the Chanel 2.55 handbag has been reinterpreted by Karl Lagerfeld on numerous occasions but its spirit and style remain unchanged. Requiring over 180 manufacturing operations, some with minute details that would challenge a surgeon’s expertise, the 2.55 handbag takes 15 hours of production and is made in one of five Chanel workshops located outside Paris. From the specially selected leather to the hand-finished interior, this iconic handbag spells elegance, excellence and know-how.
4/10 Bulgari Serpenti
Sensual and seductive, nothing charms like a serpent intent on pleasing, and if it’s a diamond and emerald-encrusted one, no jewellery aficionado will fail to be cast under its spell. With pave diamonds and piercing emerald eyes, the beauty of the Serpenti, be it a ring, necklace or timepiece, lies in the fluid and ergonomic way it wraps around your finger, neck or wrist. The scales of the serpent mesh beautifully together thanks to a jewellery-making technique called the Tubolare which makes each piece pliable and comfortable to be worn.
5/10 Giorgio Armani Men’s Suit
The slouchy insouciance that has come to define a Giorgio Armani suit for the past 4 decades is still the narrative for power dressing today. Immortalised by Richard Gere in American Gigolo back in 1980, the softly draped Armani suit either in single or double-breasted variety is well-proportioned on the male physique while giving the wearer a relaxed silhouette and louche appeal.
6/10 Cartier Love Bracelet
Embodying love in its purest, the Love Bracelet by Cartier is the outward manifestation of the inner feeling of passion. Designed by Aldo Cipullo in the 1970s, the premise of the Love Bracelet is one of locking your love with the physical act of using a screwdriver to fasten the bracelet, thus sealing your love within an everlasting circle of gold. Wear it alone or stacked with a few, there is no limit as to how much love you can show around your wrists.
7/10 Louis Vuitton Soft Trolley
An updated classic by Marc Newson, Louis Vuitton’s Horizon Soft Trolley luggage ticks all the right travel boxes with its revolutionary thermos-formed outer-shell and anodised aluminium extendable handle located outside the case, freeing precious interior packing space. Incredibly lightweight (the cabin size weighs a mere 2.9kg) yet strong and resistant, Louis Vuitton’s Horizon Soft Trolley comes in four colours and is both functional and beautiful, giving any world-weary traveller an excuse to hit the road again.
8/10 Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Necklace
Unveiled in 1968, Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra necklace has been seen around the elegant necks of royalty, movie stars and socialites ever since its debut. As a symbol of good luck, the original Alhambra necklace has 20 four-leaf clovers, each separated by a gold chain. As relevant today as it was 50 years ago, this timeless design by Van Cleef & Arpels has been expanded to include earrings, rings, bracelets as well as watches. Any outfit would look good when accessorised with the Alhambra collection.
9/10 Burberry Trench Coat
Instantly recognisable, the Burberry trench coat is one item of clothing which has earned its iconic status from its functionality and practicality. Designed by Thomas Burberry back in 1912 for military personnel in World War I, specifically those fighting in the trenches, its design features such as the epaulettes, storm flap and D-Ring were incorporated to protect soldiers from the elements. The Burberry trench coat looks as fresh and relevant today as it did back in the day, with several updates and tweaks. The A-Listers still covet this trend-defying garment.
10/10 Diamond Tennis Bracelet by Forevermark
Ever since tennis star Chris Evert stopped a tennis match in the middle of the US Open because her diamond bracelet had become unclasped and fallen on the court, the diamond eternity bracelet as it was known previously became known as the tennis bracelet. Forevermark uses only hand-selected diamonds which are as beautiful and rare as they are responsibly sourced in all their jewellery and, as a result, less than 1% of the world’s diamonds are eligible to become an Forevermark diamond. Tennis, anyone?
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