Covet – Jan/Feb 2018

From a chance to interact with some of the world’s most precious wildlife in the heart of the Amazon to chic sunglasses embellished with precious stones, discover this season’s most covetable pieces and experiences, as selected by the editor.

In the clear

Widely recognised as one of the world’s most celebrated female architects, the late Zaha Hadid’s work has left a long-lasting impact on both the design and fashion worlds. For her final foray into the fashion realm, the Iraqi-British talent has collaborated with luxury designer Charlotte Olympia. The limited edition pieces, which include a pair of platforms and a clutch, sees perspex and rose gold accents come together in Hadid’s signature sculptural style.

Everyday luxuries

Famed for their sophisticated timepieces and elegant jewels, luxury Cartier’s exquisite craftsmanship is not out of place on the red carpet. But now the French Maison is set to take over the home, with the release of their debut homewares collection. The range, which was designed with the intent of adding a touch of luxury to even the most everyday objects, features art deco inspired pieces such as porcelain bowls engraved with the iconic C motif.

Coming Up Roses

Crafted from 18 carat rose gold and sprinkled with a sparkling array of white diamonds, the latest offering of rings from Partridge Jewellers sees the metallic colour of the season establish itself as more than a trend. Also available in white and yellow gold, the stunning set of dress rings feature a variety of styles from statement dome rings to chic multi-banded pieces.

Age of intelligence

While it may not be able to cook breakfast or tidy the home like its fictional counterparts, the world’s first smartphone to feature artificial intelligence can do a lot. Capable of translating over 60 languages instantly and recognising user preferences over time, the Huawei Mate 10 series can even automatically adjusts camera settings to create the perfect shot. The sleek device comes in three colours and has a powerful battery to match, lasting up to two days per charge. consumer.

X marks the Spot

In a world of digitalised maps, there’s something nostalgic and somewhat comforting in picking up the physical equivalent. Wellington design studio, The Furnace is putting the geographical tool back on the map with artistic interpretations of the country’s hidden coastlines. And although the artworks are unlikely to replace the GPS system anytime soon, the beautiful, eco-friendly and fully customisable handcrafted maps are sure to brighten the workspace and the home.

The New Classic

No longer just an accessory for ladies who lunch, pearls have become the embellishment of the season, thanks to Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. Whilst still maintaining the fashion house’s opulent aesthetic, the past year has seen the creative director reinvent the gemstone — case in point the GG0212S sunglasses. Perfecting the fine balance between edgy and sophisticated, the handcrafted bejewelled eyewear features a glamorous cat eye frame embellished with precious pearls and micro studs.

Into the wild

While many of us spend our working days in an office, world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall is usually found getting up close and personal with primates. Now the legendary wildlife ambassador is offering the chance for others to catch a glimpse of her everyday lifestyle thanks to a collaboration with tour operators, G Adventures. With a choice of 20 different tours, wannabe zoologists have the opportunity to marvel at the sight of gorillas in the Ugandan forests and monkeys on the banks of the Amazon.

Liquid GOLD

It is thought to be one of the most exquisite ingredients within the culinary world. And it’s also believed to be one of mother nature’s most effective ingredients within the beauty realm. Recognised for it’s exceptional lifting and firming properties, caviar is the central ingredient in La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Absolute Filler moisturiser. Made from highly concentrated caviar oils and proteins, this ultra-hydrating moisturiser is designed to create the smoothest of complexions.

Viva La Liberation

Whimsical yet functional, the sleek and distinctive style of Mid-Century design continues to pass the test of time this season with the recent revival of 1950s, ’60s and ’70s homeware. Inspired by the quirky designs of the time, local antiquers Mr. Biggelsworthy have scoured the globe to curate a collection of restored vintage pieces. With a focus on fluid lines and pastel colours the Liberation range brings both charm and personality to the living space.

Into The Tropics

Few remedies can fully cure the rainy day blues but brightly coloured tropical accessories certainly can help — particularly when part of the proceeds go to a good cause. Joining forces with Blunt Umbrellas, Kiwi artist Flox has created a colourful limited edition design in support of Oxfam NZ’s climate change programmes. Featuring Flox’s trademark native birds, ferns and flowers, $30 from each wind resistant umbrella sold goes directly to the charity.

Modern Minimalist

Minimalist jewellery continues to have a major moment into the New Year, with delicate accessories dominating both the runway and the street. Nail the look this summer with this simple yet chic Montblanc Bohème Moongarden necklace. Featuring an ultra-feminine rose gold chain and adjustable Akoya and Tahiti pearls in different shades of gray, this versatile piece can be worn both day-to-night.