From blue velvet and marabou feathers to ornate eye-shaped jewels – this month the AnOther Lovers favour pastel decadence à la Marie Antoinette
Crystal-embellished stationery and personalised perfumes reign supreme on the @anotherloves feed this month, capturing hearts both figurative and in the form of the ‘like’ button. Here are the top ten most-Loved pieces to inform your shopping list come payday.
Bejewelled beetles, folded hands and (of course) the house’s signature skull permeate Alexander McQueen’s most recent jewellery collection, which is a paean to sculptural forms. No piece makes more of a statement, however, than this singular brooch, bearing a heavily embellished eye, with ornate crystal lashes and a pearl teardrop. Whoever said beauty was in the eye of the beholder?
Autumn has long been synonymous with shopping trips to source new stationery, and what better way to extend such pleasures to our style portfolio than with fine jewellery? Enter Hiller Bartley's single paperclip earring – a witty play on the classic office supply, crafted from gold-plated brass and white gemstones. Precious and pragmatic.
Christopher Kane’s A/W16 collection featured an array of unexpected textures and whimsical embellishments, from stiff plastic rain-bonnets to ribbons and corsages – an eclectic mix of influences which is epitomised by this wispy feather brooch in a baby pink hue. Fasten the silver clasp to a pair of lace-up loafers for a kick of Marie Antoinette.
Lady-bosses were the stars of 3.1 Philip Lim’s A/W16 show, which saw models clad in a distinctive blend of masculine tailoring and decorative Japanese-inspired details. These towering Kyoto boots perfectly encapsulate this desirable hybrid, combining plush velvet with a sensual silhouette. To be worn while listening to Donna Summer's 1983 classic She Works Hard For the Money – preferably while "running through the streets of Shinjuku in Tokyo", as Lim's show notes suggested.
Mansur Gavriel threw a curveball this season – quite literally – diversifying its eponymous line of sleek, square leather totes and shoppers with elegantly rounded carryalls. The resulting style is a pleasing fusion between a ballerina case and the classic hat bags carried by 1950s film stars when travelling, à la Gwyneth Paltrow in The Talented Mr Ripley.
Striulli Vetri d'Arte's reimagining of the Murano glass chandelier is an opulent upcycling of a classical design. It dates back to the 1700s, when it was originally called the "ciocca", or "bouquet of flowers" thanks to the glazed floral patterns characteristic to its design. Nowadays Alberto Striulli is one of the youngest artisans working on the Venetian island, where he creates pieces which boast a level of intricacy rarely found today. This chandelier, for example, features a grand total of 18 lights stretching out from the tiered body, decorated with opaque glass flowers and colourful fruit details.
The iconic Fendi Peekaboo bag has been reinvigorated for A/W16 using an antique carpetry technique that weaves bold colours together into a hallucinogenic pattern – described by Silvia Fendi as the “electric touch of strong, vibrant colours.” The tactile combination of leather and fur brings a three-dimensional appeal to the timeless silhouette, making it as pleasing to touch as it is to the eye.
Versatile, candyfloss pink, and extremely soft... Need we say more?
Loewe’s time-honoured expertise in leatherware encompasses an extensive range of products, but this handpainted cat charm is testament both to the house's sheer variety and to its youth of spirit.
Naming a new fragrance can't be an easy feat, but thankfully it's easily overcome as Byredo's latest release demonstrates; the cult brand's newest scent permits the ultimate level of personalisation in allowing wearers to name it themselves. The ideal blank canvas.