An Evening with Cartier

Vintage crowns, animal-inspired watches, bespoke diamond necklaces and sapphire cuffs were just some of the unique pieces showcased at the evening event hosted by Cartier for FashionPlate VIPs. This collection travels the world and is only ever displayed privately. The FashionPlate VIPs enjoyed a night of inspiring sparkles and fine craftsmanship from this renowned international jewellery house.

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The Classics: The One-Piece

Known for her bold combinations of punchy brights, it comes as no surprise that Roksanda Ilincic’s latest swimwear collection follows her mainline’s colour blocked signature. Having studied both architecture and applied arts, Ilincic’s approach to fashion has always incorporated a graphic modernity, and with the recent opening of her London Mount Street store has also come a greater embodiment of the Roksanda lifestyle – with swim being a prime example. Sliced with a graphic edge, the Serbian’s dual strap or halter one-pieces flash you right back to a 1970s Cannes beach club, and will no doubt turn heads from Capri’s La Fontelina to Mykonos’ Nammos. They are also easily teamed back with a pair of palazzo pants and wedges come evening. In zesty shades of lemon, turquoise, blush and black, the savvy colour bands have also been smarty positioned to sveltely shape beach bods.

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Inspired By: The Square Root of Chic

2015 marks a milestone year for accessory designer Pierre Hardy who is celebrating his business’ 15th anniversary. We caught up with the designer during the A/W 2015 Paris Fashion Week shows to preview his latest collection titled ‘Abstract Post Modernism’, where everything was a question of contrasts from disparate eras to culture clashes.

Here traditional brush strokes were reworked as a Pop art print, as couture bows updated his sneakers, while Obi folds decorated ballerina flats. Also reinvigorated for the anniversary was the house’s iconic Cubist print, whereby the square motif took on a 3D form on his block-heeled ‘Monolith’ pumps for winter. “It wasn’t mean to become a gimmick,” he says of the print that has become a signature, “but I discovered that I could dress it in many any different colours or moods – feminine, masculine, winter, summer. It’s flexible because it’s like a textural structure, which can become embossed, or a jewel when you make it big in metal.”

The collection has a retro 1960s feel with his colour-blocked maroon, forest green and hot pink shades, while his wedge of the season is a homage to Salvador Dali with a trompe l’oeil heel under the arch of the foot that allows the sandal to appear suspended in air.