A New Coffee Table Book Celebrates Heritage, Adventure and All Things British

Plus: Valentino’s limited-edition tote and Ralph Lauren’s trademark preppy aesthetic finds a new home in Sydney.

Article by Victoria Pearson

BURBERRY BOOK_2Detail of a Burberry trench coat label and lining, 1939. Photography courtesy of Burberry.

From Burberry’s new coffee table tome to Van Cleef & Arpels’ ever-expanding Lucky Spring collection,  here’s what’s on T Australia editors’ fashion radar this week.

Image courtesy of Burberry.

Book Club: Burberry Turns to Print with a self-titled coffee table book.

Written by the fashion journalist Alexander Fury, and with a foreword by the house’s brand curator Carly Eck, “Burberry” is a richly drawn story of the brand’s 165-year heritage. Charting Burberry’s evolution from family-run business to international luxury fashion house (currently helmed by the creative director Daniel Lee), this generous tome is published by Assouline and features 200 illustrations that celebrate the brand’s trench coat-clad pursuit of invention, adventure and all things British. assouline.com

Inside Valentino's new flagship boutique. Photography courtesy of Valentino.

Valentino settles on our shores, bringing made-to-order bags and a limited-edition tote.

The party has already started for Valentino, which recently opened the doors to its first South-East Asian flagship, located in Sydney’s luxury shopping precinct. Occupying two floors of its Castlereagh Street address, the boutique carries all men’s and women’s categories, including ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrances, and boasts the made-to-order Accessories Exotics Trunk project, which allows shoppers to customise the colour, fabrication and finishes of select Valentino Garavani handbags. Plus, the store will retail a limited-edition Garavani VLocò bag inspired by the hues of the Australian landscape. valentino.com

The actress Margaret Qualley stars in Chanel's Coco Crush campaign. Photography courtesy of Chanel.

Chanel’s Coco Crush campaign acquires two new faces this season

The actresses Margaret Qualley and Amandla Stenberg join the Blackpink singer Jennie as ambassadors of the Chanel’s Coco Crush fine jewellery range. Harnessing an emblem of the house — the iconic quilted motif made famous by Chanel’s handbags — the Coco Crush collection comprises rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Rendered with a delicate crosshatch design, the pieces are available in beige-, yellow- and white-gold, many with diamond accents. chanel.com

Image courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.

A sunny state of mind shapes Van Cleef & Arpels’ ever-expanding Lucky Spring collection

Incorporating two of the brand’s enduring inspirations — nature and luck — the bucolic line’s new additions include two pendants, a ring and a bracelet. Adorned with lily-of-the-valley buds, ladybirds and plum blossoms, the designs are realised using a traditional lost-wax casting technique. The stones, including iridescent mother-of-pearl, lustrous onyx and orange red carnelian, are shaped, polished and adorned with signature rose-gold beads for an artful (and auspicious) homage to the natural world. vancleefarpels.com

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Teagan Croft attends the opening of World of Ralph Lauren. Photography by Liz Sunshine, courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

Step Inside the World of Ralph Lauren

A sprawling new flagship (spanning four floors) in an 1878 Victorian-style building brings the best of Ralph Lauren to Sydney’s CBD. Named World of Ralph Lauren, the 700-square-metre space on Pitt Street conjures a private universe dominated by the brand’s trademark preppy aesthetic. The boutique has launched with spring 2023 collections from a range of labels including Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL and Purple Label, as well as the brand’s homewares, jewellery and watch lines. ralphlauren.com.au