Chopard Haute Joaillerie
Chopard Haute Joaillerie
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A FEAST OF ART

There’s a serious feast of art in Johannesburg this week. The Turbine Art Fair, which opens on Thursday, is always a brilliant showcase of accessible contemporary art and a great day out on a winter weekend.

Two photographic exhibitions on my to-do list are the photographic works by German photographic artist Wolfgang Tillmans at the Johannesburg Art Gallery and Lee-Roy Jason’s #EverythingMustFall at The Artivist in Braamfontein.

There’s also a group exhibition at Stevenson celebrating 15 years of one of South Africa’s leading contemporary art galleries.

And for those who are lucky enough to be in London this week, there’s the world premiere of William Kentridge’s latest work, The Head and the Load, about the role African people played in the First World War – at the Tate Modern on Wednesday. Wish we were there!

THE TECHNO PARTY THAT IS HUGO SPRING SUMMER 2019

I can’t get enough of this image of Canadian model Winnie Harlow in an extraordinary piece of clothing from Hugo – the all in one boot, trouser affair. It’s not something one can imagine slipping into on a regular basis and dry cleaning will certainly be interesting. It all works beautifully on Ms Harlow and her endless legs, of course.

Winnie Harlow was photographed amongst the beautiful people at the Hugo Spring Summer 2019 collection in Berlin recently – including South Africa’s own Siyabonga Beyile who was also dashing in an asymmetrical Hugo design.

Siyabonga Beyile in Hugo
Siyabonga Beyile in Hugo
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Winnie Harlow in Hugo
Winnie Harlow in Hugo
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Hugo is the street wear arm of the Hugo Boss family and this collection was right on trend in terms of mixing up leisure wear and oversized sneakers with touches of an elegant pin stripe.

Reminiscent of a 90s rave, the techno theme of next year’s summer collection at Hugo was a celebration of contrasts and included a mix of synthetic and natural fibres, acid yellow and neutral whites, unfinished hems and classic tailoring.

CHOPARD EMERALDS AT PARIS HAUTE COUTURE SHOWS

And while Hugo was going techno, at the Couture shows in Paris, Chopard and Giambattista Valli were reminding us that Haute Joaillerie is every inch as spell-binding as Haute Couture.

The result of this collaboration of the high crafts was a moment of extraordinary glamour at Couture Week, featuring Chopard’s high jewellery collection of emerald and diamond pieces that defy description – please feast on these images.

THE EVERLASTING ALLURE OF THE PRESIDENT’S WATCH

I was intrigued to learn recently that, for watch aficionados, the final word in gold watches is a solid gold Rolex Day Date – also knows as The President’s Watch.

US President Dwight Eisenhower reportedly wore this iconic watch and the instantly recognisable gleam of the Day Date gold strap has subsequently become the ultimate symbol of success.

But the Rolex Day Date is more than just a good-looking status symbol. When it was launched in 1956, the Day Date was the first watch ever to spell out the day of the week in addition to the date and it continues to do so in your choice of 26 languages!

Adding to its sheer luxury, the Rolex Day Date only comes in either gold or platinum precious metals.

This year’s ladies’ models of the Day Date come in Everose gold (Rolex’s trademarked version of the warmest gold of all), white gold, platinum and gold, with several different designs to choose from.

Because women are presidents too, you know!

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