Throughout fashion history, there have been many items created that are ultimate status markers. For our icons issues, AVENUE presents to you a list of fashion items, some of which are updated versions of historic favorites, and others which have started off as trends but have since achieved icon status.
Chanel’s J12 was first launched in 2000, and became a favorite among the entire luxury watch lover crowd because it was the brand’s first unisex watch design. It also established ceramic as a luxury material. “We chose to use high-tech ceramic back in 2000 for the creation of the J12, because it was the only material that would allow us to achieve the intense black color we were looking for,” says Nicolas Beau, Chanel’s international watch director. This year, the J12 has been updated to be in extra small called the Chanel J12 XS, with a diameter of just 19 millimeters. The timepiece is available in four boutique versions: black or white, on a patent leather calfskin strap, which can be worn on its own or over a matching matte calfskin cuff with silver piping.
Burberry’s trench coat took its name from the trenches where military personal were stationed during World War I. The traditional Burberry trench coat is crafted by using gabardine, a tough and hardwearing fabric. This season, Burberry has presented an updated version of the coat for women in python skin. The coat comes in green, and was created under the design helm of Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s current creative director. This update to the classic style features a contrast collar and lapels. It is kept unlined for lightness, save for butter-soft lambskin-lined pockets. The cut was designed to layer well over dresses and knitwear.
Tiffany T Bracelet
The Tiffany T collection was introduced in 2014 as a symbol of New York City. It’s known for its unmistakably clean lines, which are a reflection of New York’s vertical architecture. The line was designed under design director Francesca Amfitheatrof, who wanted something to usher Tiffany into the future. Now, the Tiffany T square bracelet has been reimagined in 18k white gold with princess-cut or pavé diamonds, giving the iconic bracelet its place as a status symbol. It is so coveted that Tiffany’s service professionals are taking reservations in order to meet customer demands.
When Alessandro Michele took over as creative director of Gucci, he practically pulled a lever to give an electric shock to restart Gucci’s life. One of the house’s signature offerings, which debuted for the men’s fall/winter 2015 collection, is their Princetown slipper. While the name doesn’t always immediately ring a bell, most of us would recognize it as Gucci’s fur-trimmed slipper that comes in everything from jacquard to tartan. It has been a staple in every street style photo at every major fashion week since it debuted. The style is now offered for women too.
The iconic Hermès Kelly bag was created in the 1930s. In 1956, it became the first bodyguard of Princess Caroline of Monaco when her mother, actress Grace Kelly, hugged it to her body to conceal her pregnancy. When the photo made it onto magazine covers, the bag was given its name. The latest addition to the Kelly family is the Kelly Mini II. It’s a bit larger than the Kelly Micro, and the volume has been reworked to store daily essentials, like large smartphones. The bag launched the last week of September, and will be a welcome addition to any Hermès collector’s closet.
Alexander McQueen Clutch
Alexander McQueen was a fashion icon whom the world lost too soon. However, Sarah Burton, the heiress to his design throne, has kept his legacy alive, and continues to turn out memorable designs for the house, such as their signature knucklebox clutch. One of their latest offerings is this antiqued gold-tone knuckle clasp, crowned with the iconic Alexander McQueen gothic motifs and sparkling Swarovski crystals. The studded clutch is wrapped in calfskin. It’s been a popular favorite for ladies seeking an evening clutch with an edge.