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Swatch’s Catwalk-Inspired Watches Have Landed!

Swatch, the iconic watch brand we couldn’t get enough of as kids, has gone seriously high fashion with their new collection. Launched today, they’re ticking off autumn trends including Christopher Kane-inspired camouflage and Lanvin-esque mega pearls.


The Urban Expression collection stays true to Swatch’s street style roots, with popping neons and killer prints on offer. This £46.50 camo number couldn’t be more on the money for nailing the big print hitter of the season, which as well as at Kane, popped up on the runways of Fendi, Michael Kors and Guy Laroche.

The Les Annes Folles line brings the glamour, with art deco detailing and tortoiseshell finishes featuring on delicate styles, making for a timeless 1920’s vibe. The £44.50 triple strapped pearl showstopper is our pick for paying tribute to Lanvin’s piled up pearl necklaces. Flip the face underneath and you can rock it as a bracelet too, giving you serious bang for your buck.

Rocking new season catwalk trends with a never-date buy that won’t break the bank? Sounds good to us!


Cannes Suffers Second Jewel Robbery in a Week

Cannes is having a heck of a year.

Days after a headline-making, likely record-setting jewel theft in the French city, a nearby luxury watch store also suffered an armed robbery.

According to a police spokesman quoted by the Associated Press, two armed men, wearing scarves and caps stole what was called a “significant” amount of luxury watches from local chain Kronometry.

The BBC reported that no shots were fired in this most recent robbery, and the same store had been robbed in February.

The store is located less than a half mile from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel, scene of the July 25 theft in which the jewels stolen by a lone gunman reportedly could be worth as much as $136 million.

And these aren’t the only two big jewel thefts in the city this year. Earlier this year, $1 million in Chopard jewels was stolen during the Cannes Film Festival.

So Why Is Prudent Princess Kate Middleton Wearing A Cartier Necklace Worth £49K?

She’s built a reputation as the Discount Duchess who would rather borrow her mother’s high-street dress for her first public speech than invest in a new frock. But today Kate Middleton stepped out wearing a necklace worth an eye-watering £49,000. Say whaaa?


Arriving at the National Portrait Gallery this morning, Kate looked resplendent in a blue Stella McCartney dress blinged up by the statement necklace featuring three intertwined circles of pink, yellow and white gold. How fancy and utterly perfect for the Olympics-themed event, we mused. And so the hunt for the necklace began – is it another highstreet piece or perhaps a bargain from mega shopping mecca Bicester Village? No, no and no.

In fact, the accessory is Cartier’s Trinity necklace, which is available for £49,000. Considering her notorious ‘prudent princess’ ways, we’re utterly flabbergasted that Kate would opt for such a luxury creation, despite it being undeniably stunning. What’s more, the piece costs £19K MORE than six months’ worth of her royal outfits! Prince Charles coughed up approximatley £30K for the Duchess’ wardrobe during the first six months of being a royal, so we find it hard to believe that she would spend such a huge sum on one item.

The last time she sported a spot of Cartier was on her wedding day last April when she wore that twinkling halo tiara of delicate diamonds, which was leant to her by the Queen. Meanwhile, Clarence House wouldn’t confirm a thing except to say: ‘It’s a piece of private jewellery’.

Pippa Small Collaborates With Monsoon


Ethical jeweller Pippa Small has teamed up with Monsoon to create a new collection of hand-crafted pieces, made in Kabul, Afghanistan. Profits from the collection – which features charm-adorned necklaces and pendants – will go towards the Monsoon Trust, an initiative launched in 1994 to support local artisans and disadvantaged women and children in Asia.

Small worked closely with the jewellers of Turquoise Mountain Arts to create the range which has a starting point price of £22 for earrings, extending up to £42 for the necklaces. Turquoise Mountain Arts was established in 2007 as a way to promote the production and distribution of Afghan craft and design throughout the world, employing the best students from the Institute for Afghan Art and Architecture.

This collection, which is modelled by Yasmin Le Bon as part of Monsoon’s 40th anniversary campaign this year, is available this month online and in stores.

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Mario Testiono’s Peruvian-inspired collection for MATE

Net-a-Porter has finally unveiled its exclusive collection by Mario Testino for MATE.

For the first time, you can purchase the world-renowned photographer’s gorgeous range of clothes and accessories, inspired by his Alta Moda exhibition.

Alta Moda features a series of portraits showing Peruvians wearing traditional clothing and coincides with the new capsule collection, which includes t-shirts, kaftans, tote bags and scarves. The gorgeous abstract prints were all inspired by Mario’s home town of Lima, Peru.


We’re lusting after this statement necklace, designed by Vicki Beamon and inspired by Peruvian craft. We’ll be teaming it with a crisp white shirt and jeans for the ultimate summer wardrobe update.

Holli Rogers, Fashion Director at Net-a-Porter: “We are huge fans of Mario’s photography and are delighted to be able to offer our customers the opportunity to wear his works of art.


“The color and detail in the Peruvian costumes are unbelievable and this has paved the way for a fun range of clothing, bags and jewellery.”

We couldn’t agree more. Twenty per cent of the profits will be donated to MATE, Mario’s organisation which aims to promote and celebrate arts in his home country. Online shopping for a good cause? We can’t think of a better way to spend our evening on the sofa.

The collection goes on sale later this month. Prices start from £115.

Whitney Port’s new jewelry line Bits & Bobs

Whitney Port has launched her first jewelry collection, called Bits & Bobs by Whitney Eve. She’s given fans a look at the Fall 2012 collection on her website and you can see some of the pieces here. Port really managed to combine the edginess of geometric pieces with a romantic whimsy – all the gold and layering, a sort of regal aesthetic.


“I have absolutely loved designing this first season of jewelry and cannot wait for many more! It has been such an intriguing learning experience to work with metals,” Port said. “I had a blast going through the bins and bins of chains, beads, brooches and vintage jewelry in order to achieve what we have made. I absolutely love making jewelry because it is that one touch of sparkle, that one statement piece that can make an outfit shine.”


These definitely are good statement pieces, and should be very recognizable which is good for Port. There’s lots of baroque shapes, trompe l’oeil and charms and overall it really does remind me of something I might find at my favorite vintage jewelry store.