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By Avril Groom

An unlikely but brilliant collaboration: vintage dealers OOTO (Out of the Ordinary), who find rarities for private clients like Kim Kardashian or Rihanna and costumes for films from House of Gucci to Saltburn, were approached by high street boho brand Monsoon to curate 1990s designer originals for its Portobello Road vintage store, which recycles its 1970s and 1980s originals. The first pieces include names like Gianni Versace, Prada and Lagerfeld-era Chanel, all under £500. Celebrates Monsoon's half-century with a selection refreshed every six weeks.

By Avril Groom

Animal magic - Shaun Leane’s new collection, Signum, began in lockdown when he befriended a family of urban foxes and later discovered ancient beliefs from his ancestral Irish homeland, where animal spirits represent desirable human qualities. Single Mine Origin gold shield shapes (for protection) are hand-engraved and enamelled with a choice of nine animals and six enamel colours for personalised rings, bracelet and pendants.

By Avril Groom

The second collaboration between British watch brands Bremont and Bamford Watch Department shines a new light on the traditional dive watch. The Supermarine GMT Aurora dives to 500 metres and shrugs off rugged environments, its sandwich dial featuring a plate of bright green Superluminova, also on hands, indicators and sapphire day/night bezel, with black upper dial and strap.

By Avril Groom

One design, a profusion of exquisitely-crafted versions, as Paris shoe brand Roger Vivier brings haute couture to handbags. The softly-pleated Viv'Choc chain-handled bag is worked a dozen ways, including handcrafted flowers in silk chiffon, feathers, hammered metal, complex beading and embroidery or hand-set crystals. Each a one-off but variants can be ordered.

By Avril Groom

The first selling exhibition at Sotheby’s London’s luxurious new Salon features unique works by high-flying Brazilian jeweller Fernando Jorge. Tactile, organic pieces with coloured gems, river pebbles and amber, and fluid cat's cradles of fine gold and diamonds, are technically complex, attracting global clients. From January 22 for two weeks.

By Avril Groom

Gucci brings its Cosmos exhibition to London, reimagined to reflect founder Guccio’s early days working at the Savoy, where clients’ chic bags inspired him to design luggage. Displays all aspects of the brand's universe, mixing icons with modern successes from Tom Ford, Alessandro Michele and new name Sabato de Sarno. Magical rooms are Flora, its greatest print, and Archivia - open drawers to discover sketches, samples and one-off bags. Some of it is dark and intentionally disorientating. Until December 31.

By Avril Groom

A replica of the famous staircase catwalk at Chanel’s Paris salon dominates the magisterial new V&A exhibition on the revolutionary couturière’s life, along with 54 tweed suits and a room devoted to all her perfumes. Don’t miss the small stuff - documents recounting her relationships and legal battles, and the chance to see up close the exquisite craftsmanship of her airy evening gowns. September 16 to February 25.

By Avril Groom

The Wheel of Time, the largest-ever European exhibition of work by Chinese jewellery innovator Wallace Chan, lights up Christie’s in London from September 4 to 10. 150 pieces include his inventions like the portrait cut that multi-reflects a carved gem, “fluid” porcelain that resembles clouds and spiritually symbolic, vivid designs.

By Avril Groom

Into the blue: Omega unites its wide-ranging Seamaster range for its 75th anniversary under one new colour - Summer Blue. From the simple Aqua Terra and engraved-hemisphere world timer to dive watches from hobby to professional, the blue gets progressivly deeper, including the Ultra Deep, engraved with a map of the Mariana Trench, which will safely take you 6000m down.

By Elisa Vallata

Jeweller Harry Winston’s latest addition to its New York collection is an exquisite high jewellery suite, inspired by the Manhattanhenge - a spellbinding phenomenon that happens only twice a year (next time on 12th July) - when the setting sun aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s street grid, casting a brilliant orange glow across the borough’s skyline.
These warm and rich hues are captured by the new suite, which comprises a necklace and a pair of earrings set with white diamonds and pear-shaped spessartites, featuring a fluid pattern that mimics the beams of natural light.

By Avril Groom

Milan jeweller Pomellato takes over Harrods’ jewellery exhibition corner - and a roof-to-ground level billboard - with three stylish “rooms", featuring classic gold chains, faceted, deep-cut Nudo gems, and unique pieces including Catene chain styles hand-set with Harrods-green emeralds.

By Avril Groom

Latest jewellery/art collaboration, as adventurous pearl brand Tasaki picks multi-media artist Hiroko Nakakita to create works including its precious spheres, from gently-coloured textured abstracts in oils, acrylic and crystal to the glorious Lily Crown and a spectacularly oversized silk kimono. Admire them all, wear some - in-store selling exhibition until July 11.

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