Shoe stars

“I need a reason to buy shoes,” said no woman ever. So, head on down to the Sergio Rossi flagship store at Takashimaya Department Store and feast your eyes on a beautiful array of footwear. It is a new store that was created by architect Marco Costanzi featuring furniture created exclusively for the brand by interior designer Cristina Celestino. Brand CEO Riccardo Sciutto says: “Facing the post Covid-19 era means acting with avant-garde ideas, with a new strategy and storytelling ability to create a proper atmosphere and psychological context for shopping. Today, the 43 sq m (462.8 sq ft) store marks a significant step forward in the new history of Sergio Rossi and further supports the brand’s commitment to retail expansion in Asia”.

A bond so pure and strong

Chinese Valentine’s Day or the Qiqiao Festival falls on Aug 25. It tells a story of two lovers — a cowherd and a weaver fairy whose love is not blessed by the gods. So once a year, they promise to meet on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. To celebrate this legendary tale of love, Estée Lauder launched a limited-edition collection of lipstick that depicts the two lovers reunited on the packaging, and comprises of three Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in shades Carnal 520, Slow Burn 130 and Emotional 140.

Earn your stripes

Loro Piana’s Stripe tote bag is made from linen, cotton canvas or cashmere and has two distinctive multicoloured stripes that go all the way around it before doubling up as handles. Not a new addition for the brand as some of you may have seen it on the suitcases of their sales representatives that were used to carry textile samples between the 1970s and the 1990s. Get your indispensable roomy companion and you will get to carry a bit of the brand’s history too. For the spring/summer 2020 collection, Loro Piana also introduces some new models and shapes, like the Camera bag in its distinctive multicoloured stripes.

Comfort first

Ecco Simpil’s collection of oh-so-comfortable sneakers is the perfect companion for women who can wear for anytime, anywhere. The feminine design features a slimmer silhouette and a slender sole. This sneaker can be worn with jeans or skirt and T-shirt or with trendy maxi dresses. Also available slip-on sneaker that is perfect for days you want to just hang out at your favourite café.

Virtual beauty tour

From Aug 28 to Sept 20, viewers can tune in to watch Lancôme’s very first Advanced Génifique #LiveYourStrength virtual flagship show for an immersive and memorable experience. The virtual tour offers a shopping experience that will take visitors on a journey through five different zones to uncover the secrets of the Lancôme Advanced Génifique. It has everything for everyone including a thorough scientific explanation of the serum that promises a more youthful appearance after seven days of use.

Lucky Animals

After three years of its Lucky Animals launch, Van Cleef & Arpels added five new members from the animal kingdom — the Turtle, Horse, Panda, Duck and Pig. To elevate the high jewellery collection, the maison appointed Korean artistic director Younghee Sue to interpret these creations through her artwork. She uses fauna to match each animal by using hand crafted hanji paper, flowers by Korean traditional techniques and drawings in which the jewels seem to come to life in their natural environment. She says: “When I met these adorable Lucky Animals, they brought back some of my childhood memories. They reminded me of my good old friends from Korean traditional fairy tales. This is where I drew my inspiration from.”

A warm fizzy feeling

Children and grown ups alike can enjoy The Body Shop’s Fizzing Animal Bath Bombs — little fizzy delights that are infused with scents such as rose, coconut, strawberry and mango. Choose a fox, turtle, squirrel or elephant and drop it into your bath and watch it fizz.