10 must-have items for Spring/Summer 2016


Beyoncé, a golden Sicily, African-inspired prints and Hong Kong designer watches are all part of Kaitlin McPhee’s picks for this spring/summer season


1. The Anicorn Series K452 Watch

Designed by locals Joe Kwan and Chris Chan, who launched Anicorn in 2013 with a ‘less is more’ philosophy, is the Series K452. Inspired by NASA’s discovery of exoplanet Kepler-452b, in lieu of hands the watch has individual dials clocking hours, minutes and seconds. Simple and contemporary, the top-quality inner mechanisms are visible through the back’s clear cover. Available in three stainless steel models, the watches come with an interchangeable  Milanese mesh bracelet and a leather strap. $2,600; anicorn-watches.com.

2. Burberry Camouflage Print Backpack

Timeless and understated, it’s perfect for toting your laptop and folders to work. Finished with Italian leather straps and trims and secured with buckle and zip interior pockets, this backpack is minimal, handsome and chic. $14,500, available at Burberry, Alexandra House, 16-20 Chater Rd, Central, 2868 3511; hk.burberry.com.

3. Gucci Butterfly Top
It’s all rosy and 60s with Gucci’s vintage hippie look topped off with modern attitude and swagger. White mesh knitting and red detailing featuring an embroidered multicolored butterfly is a nod to the fashion house’s 1964 designs, celebrating an iconic moment in fashion when androgyny was all the rage. $7,500, available at Gucci, Shop B35-46 & G23-30, B/F & G/F, 11 Pedder St, 2524 4492; gucci.com.

4. Balenciaga Black Marble Print Classic Low Trainer

In a city constantly on-the-go, we practically live in our trainers, so it’s no surprise high-end sportswear has made a massive comeback. These Balenciaga black shoes are an ideal pair, with a chic patent leather marble pattern and sleek black soles. They go with almost everything. $5,200, available at Balenciaga, Shop 313-314, G/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2736 8801; balenciaga.com.


5. Chloé Hudson Small Shoulder Bag

An item modern with its caramel smooth calfskin cut with the finest Italian leather, yet playful with its oversized suede tassels. Fitted with a casual knotted leather shoulder strap with an envelope-style flap top open, this bag is the bohemian dream. $20,022, available at Chloé, Shop G207, G/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2175 5091; chloe.com.

6. Dolce & Gabbana Headphones

Dolce & Gabbana are on fire right now. Like Rihanna we’re dying for these Frends x D&G over-the-top, ornate headphones. The intricately detailed pieces feature Swarovski crystals and pearls set on a gold-plated brass filigree. Must. Have. $49,000, available at Dolce & Gabbana, Shop 108, G/F, Harbour City, 3 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2956 0833; dolcegabbana.com.

7. Proenza Schouler White Mock Neck Ruffle Gown
Proenza Schouler’s SS 2016 runway collection wowed fans and editors with their infusion of fierce femininity and subtle sex-appeal. The ruffled layers are redolent of Spanish flamenco-dancer flare while embodying Victorian elegance with velvet bow embellishments and belle sleeves. $32,000, available at Proenza Schouler, Shop 1061, Elements, 1 Austin Rd W, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2950 9928; proenzaschouler.com.

8. Gucci Print Silk Shirt + Silk Pleated Skirt
This season is all about Gucci’s SS 2016 womenswear collection. Creative director Alessandro Michele absolutely killed the runway shows and set a new bar with dresses and matching ensembles so imaginative and original it’s no surprise Queen Bey chose one for her iconic Formation post-Katrina New Orleans music video scene. Featuring Gucci’s signature chic cursive, this classic red and white collared button up and pleated high-waist skirt may have caught our attention on the SS16 runways, but it won our hearts when on Beyoncé. Let’s start a Gucci formation! $11,000 (shirt), $15,000 (skirt), available at Gucci, Shop B35-46 & G23-30, B/F & G/F, 11 Pedder St, 2524 4492; gucci.com.

9. Valentino Burgundy Crossover

Combining sophistication and edge in a regal burgundy, this adjustable gold-chain crossover bag features Valentino’s iconic rock-studded detailing with vintage African-inspired patterning. Equipped with three inner compartments and fitted with a detachable ID window, the bag is a versatile must-have for the fashionable traveller. $29,000, available at Valentino, Shop 103-104, 1/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Rd C, Central, 2523 8035; valentino.com.

10. Prada Nero + Bianco Heels

Miuccia Prada has an obvious affinity for what women want, and her runway shows always set the tone for seasonal footwear. These simple yet edgy low-heeled pumps feature leg-lengthening pointed toes and ankle-slimming straps, plus a touch of her signature quirky embellishments in the form of an orb-like bauble adorning the toe. An open heel and a thumbtack kitten heel provide a lavish and unpredictable portrait view, while the simple black and white tones offer contemporary elegance. $8,850, available at Prada, Shop 2057, 2/F, IFC mall, 8 Finance St, Central, 2234 7211; prada.com.


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