Francesca Fearon

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His first Breitling Navitimer taught UK’s George Bamford to tinker – now he customises luxury watches for Louis Vuitton, Zenith, TAG Heuer and more

A Breitling Christmas present got George Bamford started on tinkering, then trading, which he has turned into a successful business dealing with the biggest watch brands in the world

3 Jan 2021 - 7:00AM

A Breitling Christmas present got George Bamford started on tinkering, then trading, which he has turned into a successful business dealing with the biggest watch brands in the world

His first Breitling Navitimer taught UK’s George Bamford to tinker – now he customises luxury watches for Louis Vuitton, Zenith, TAG Heuer and more
Remembering Pierre Cardin, the pioneering fashion designer who started at Dior, dressed The Beatles and staged a fashion show in China just two years after the Cultural Revolution ended

Trailblazer Pierre Cardin brought ready-to-wear to the masses, made Asia his muse, and was so obsessed with the Space Age, he tried on on Buzz Aldrin’s original spacesuit

30 Dec 2020 - 3:41PM

Trailblazer Pierre Cardin brought ready-to-wear to the masses, made Asia his muse, and was so obsessed with the Space Age, he tried on on Buzz Aldrin’s original spacesuit

Remembering Pierre Cardin, the pioneering fashion designer who started at Dior, dressed The Beatles and staged a fashion show in China just two years after the Cultural Revolution ended
Covid-19 forced British jewellery designer Annoushka Ducas to furlough staff and focus on storytelling inspired by men’s watch brands like Rolex and Bulgari

She used to borrow from her godfather Mark Birley’s watch collection – now she owns a collection of concessions in Chow Tai Fook’s Jewelria designer’s hub

6 Dec 2020 - 3:00PM

She used to borrow from her godfather Mark Birley’s watch collection – now she owns a collection of concessions in Chow Tai Fook’s Jewelria designer’s hub

Covid-19 forced British jewellery designer Annoushka Ducas to furlough staff and focus on storytelling inspired by men’s watch brands like Rolex and Bulgari
Bentley’s Adrian Hallmark loves car-inspired watches by Rolex and Breitling – how the UK-based CEO sees precision engineering and innovation driving both worlds

The man who persuaded Bentley to enter its Continental GT into the 24 Hours of Le Mans is now excited to lead the charge into an all-electric future

30 Nov 2020 - 6:00PM

The man who persuaded Bentley to enter its Continental GT into the 24 Hours of Le Mans is now excited to lead the charge into an all-electric future

Bentley’s Adrian Hallmark loves car-inspired watches by Rolex and Breitling – how the UK-based CEO sees precision engineering and innovation driving both worlds
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton wore tiaras on their wedding days – should you? How Graff, Cartier and Boucheron are keeping the tradition of dazzling headpieces alive

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton wore tiaras on their wedding days – should you? The latest pieces from Graff, Cartier and Boucheron might make you think twice

25 Nov 2020 - 9:00AM

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton wore tiaras on their wedding days – should you? The latest pieces from Graff, Cartier and Boucheron might make you think twice

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton wore tiaras on their wedding days – should you? How Graff, Cartier and Boucheron are keeping the tradition of dazzling headpieces alive
How Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Cartier and Chopard are making opals the latest high jewellery trend

High jewellery designers in London, Hong Kong and Italy are fascinated by the opal’s rainbow of iridescent hues and are creating stunning looks using it

29 May 2020 - 6:00AM

High jewellery designers in London, Hong Kong and Italy are fascinated by the opal’s rainbow of iridescent hues and are creating stunning looks using it

How Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Cartier and Chopard are making opals the latest high jewellery trend
Men’s jewellery is trending in Asia as K-pop and Chinese celebrities embrace hip-hop swag and rock-star bling by Cartier, Bulgari and Boucheron

K-pop is influencing a younger generation of Asian males to bling up and jewellery houses are increasing their output of fine jewellery designs for men

27 May 2020 - 2:00AM

K-pop is influencing a younger generation of Asian males to bling up and jewellery houses are increasing their output of fine jewellery designs for men

Men’s jewellery is trending in Asia as K-pop and Chinese celebrities embrace hip-hop swag and rock-star bling by Cartier, Bulgari and Boucheron
Islamic arches and Russian domes: from Boucheron to Van Cleef & Arpels, how luxury jewellery brands are inspired by iconic architecture

Islamic arches and Russian domes, Egyptian pyramids and Rome’s Colosseum – how luxury jewellery brands are inspired by iconic architecture

24 May 2020 - 3:00AM

Islamic arches and Russian domes, Egyptian pyramids and Rome’s Colosseum – how luxury jewellery brands are inspired by iconic architecture

Islamic arches and Russian domes: from Boucheron to Van Cleef & Arpels, how luxury jewellery brands are inspired by iconic architecture
Panther, camellia, question mark … how Cartier, Chanel, Boucheron and other jewellery houses keep their most iconic motifs fresh and alive

As tastes change, the world’s top jewellery houses balance moving with the times while keeping their design DNA intact

21 May 2020 - 2:00AM

As tastes change, the world’s top jewellery houses balance moving with the times while keeping their design DNA intact

Panther, camellia, question mark … how Cartier, Chanel, Boucheron and other jewellery houses keep their most iconic motifs fresh and alive
From Kate Middleton and Prince William to Napoléon and Joséphine – how royal weddings have inspired engagement rings and bridal trends

From Kate Middleton and Prince William to Napoléon and Joséphine, the glamour of royal nuptials has long held a powerful sway over modern matrimonial trends and tastes

20 May 2020 - 12:00PM

From Kate Middleton and Prince William to Napoléon and Joséphine, the glamour of royal nuptials has long held a powerful sway over modern matrimonial trends and tastes

From Kate Middleton and Prince William to Napoléon and Joséphine – how royal weddings have inspired engagement rings and bridal trends
Can hard stones really heal and ward off evil? Gems and minerals like malachite, turquoise and jade are back in fashion – in pieces from Dior, Van Cleef & Arpels and Piaget

From ancient Egyptians to New Age hippies, hard stones have long been thought to possess magical properties, and are now undergoing a revival in the watch and jewellery world

20 May 2020 - 10:58AM

From ancient Egyptians to New Age hippies, hard stones have long been thought to possess magical properties, and are now undergoing a revival in the watch and jewellery world

Can hard stones really heal and ward off evil? Gems and minerals like malachite, turquoise and jade are back in fashion – in pieces from Dior, Van Cleef & Arpels and Piaget
Platinum and white gold begone – luxury jewellery is embracing the 70s swagger of bright, bold, yellow gold in new pieces from Cartier, Boucheron, Tiffany & Co., and more

Just as catwalk trends are returning to the me-me-me styles of the 1970s, so too are luxury jewellers embracing attention-grabbing, bright yellow gold creations

9 May 2020 - 11:00AM

Just as catwalk trends are returning to the me-me-me styles of the 1970s, so too are luxury jewellers embracing attention-grabbing, bright yellow gold creations

Platinum and white gold begone – luxury jewellery is embracing the 70s swagger of bright, bold, yellow gold in new pieces from Cartier, Boucheron, Tiffany & Co., and more
Five great spring fashion exhibitions coming up, from Studio 54 to Harper’s Bazaar tribute to Man Ray

Fashion exhibitions have become huge attractions for museums worldwide. This spring’s attractions include legendary nightclub Studio 54’s glamour, a celebration of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and Man Ray’s photography.

25 Feb 2020 - 12:19PM

Fashion exhibitions have become huge attractions for museums worldwide. This spring’s attractions include legendary nightclub Studio 54’s glamour, a celebration of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and Man Ray’s photography.

Five great spring fashion exhibitions coming up, from Studio 54 to Harper’s Bazaar tribute to Man Ray
Meghan Markle’s Deneuve pumps or Renée Zellweger in Jimmy Choo? The footwear trends that will define spring/summer 2020

Bottega Veneta’s square-toe quilted pumps have scored at fashion shows so far this year, while Sergio Rossi is on a mission to make women’s shoes more comfortable and Aquazzura is lowering heels altogether

21 Feb 2020 - 6:29AM

Bottega Veneta’s square-toe quilted pumps have scored at fashion shows so far this year, while Sergio Rossi is on a mission to make women’s shoes more comfortable and Aquazzura is lowering heels altogether

Meghan Markle’s Deneuve pumps or Renée Zellweger in Jimmy Choo? The footwear trends that will define spring/summer 2020
Why rich Chinese, Lady Gaga, Anna Hu and other celebrities are choosing yellow diamonds

Piaget, Chanel, Chaumet, Chopard, David Morris, De Beers, Cartier and Chopard all featured precious yellows in their collections

8 Jan 2020 - 3:12AM

Piaget, Chanel, Chaumet, Chopard, David Morris, De Beers, Cartier and Chopard all featured precious yellows in their collections

Why rich Chinese, Lady Gaga, Anna Hu and other celebrities are choosing yellow diamonds
Piaget, Chaumet, Chanel and Cartier look to the stars for inspiration

The grand jewellery maisons unveiled a number of beautiful cosmic designs in Paris over the summer

4 Jan 2020 - 12:00PM

The grand jewellery maisons unveiled a number of beautiful cosmic designs in Paris over the summer

Piaget, Chaumet, Chanel and Cartier look to the stars for inspiration
Meet milliner Awon Golding who counts Meghan Markle, Lady Gaga and rescue dogs as fans

Her Hong Kong upbringing and Anglo-Indian heritage influence her designs and help her bring some exoticism to British millinery.

2 Jan 2020 - 11:00AM

Her Hong Kong upbringing and Anglo-Indian heritage influence her designs and help her bring some exoticism to British millinery.

Meet milliner Awon Golding who counts Meghan Markle, Lady Gaga and rescue dogs as fans
Chanel, Dior, Cartier and luxury watch maisons whose ingenuity and craftsmanship constantly surprise

Many of the creations are a masterclass in the ancient crafts and preserving these skills for future generations is being encouraged

8 Dec 2019 - 4:00PM

Many of the creations are a masterclass in the ancient crafts and preserving these skills for future generations is being encouraged

Chanel, Dior, Cartier and luxury watch maisons whose ingenuity and craftsmanship constantly surprise
Why do Chinese designers pick Milan Fashion Week before London?

Angel Chen, Shanghai label Shushu/Tong, Shuting Qiu and the Chinese-Azerbaijani partnership Act No 1 are among those drawn to the Italian fashion capital

13 Oct 2019 - 10:00AM

Angel Chen, Shanghai label Shushu/Tong, Shuting Qiu and the Chinese-Azerbaijani partnership Act No 1 are among those drawn to the Italian fashion capital

Why do Chinese designers pick Milan Fashion Week before London?
London Fashion Week: The UK is open for Chinese designers, but for how long?

Chinese designers Huishan Zhang, Yuhan Wang, Timothy Mo and Taiwanese designer Jamie Wei Huang are making waves in the UK capital – but where will they stand after Brexit?

22 Sep 2019 - 2:00AM

Chinese designers Huishan Zhang, Yuhan Wang, Timothy Mo and Taiwanese designer Jamie Wei Huang are making waves in the UK capital – but where will they stand after Brexit?

London Fashion Week: The UK is open for Chinese designers, but for how long?
Inside Thai print designer’s colourful wardrobe, where her split style personality shines through

London-based Lisa King says that living between the city and Bangkok has led to her developing two very distinct, separate styles, one full of colour and femininity, the other much more neutral.

7 Aug 2019 - 3:03PM

London-based Lisa King says that living between the city and Bangkok has led to her developing two very distinct, separate styles, one full of colour and femininity, the other much more neutral.

Inside Thai print designer’s colourful wardrobe, where her split style personality shines through
Why pearl jewellery is suddenly looking cool once again

Experimentation by Prabal Gurung, Hisano Shepherd, Bibi van der Velden, Nicholas Lieou and Melanie Georgacopoulos has helped transform pearls into avant-garde gems

5 Jul 2019 - 12:00PM

Experimentation by Prabal Gurung, Hisano Shepherd, Bibi van der Velden, Nicholas Lieou and Melanie Georgacopoulos has helped transform pearls into avant-garde gems

Why pearl jewellery is suddenly looking cool once again
4 lavish bridal gown design trends that will raise eyebrows on your wedding day

Brides can go for a beautiful clean silhouette, eye-catching bows, a voluminous look or be rebellious and try something different

17 May 2019 - 10:00AM

Brides can go for a beautiful clean silhouette, eye-catching bows, a voluminous look or be rebellious and try something different

4 lavish bridal gown design trends that will raise eyebrows on your wedding day
Pretty in pink: why rare coloured diamonds are the rage among China’s super-rich

From De Beers to Graff, there is steady demand for coloured diamonds in China, with sophisticated buyers seeking these gems for their intense colours

15 May 2019 - 5:00PM

From De Beers to Graff, there is steady demand for coloured diamonds in China, with sophisticated buyers seeking these gems for their intense colours

Pretty in pink: why rare coloured diamonds are the rage among China’s super-rich
This Cartier dragon watch will make you feel like Daenerys from Game of Thrones

Animal motifs are a top trend in high jewellery, and there’s plenty to choose from, including Boucheron’s Pégase ring, a stunning phoenix brooch from Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier’s Dragon Mystérieux watch, among others

30 Apr 2019 - 1:00PM

Animal motifs are a top trend in high jewellery, and there’s plenty to choose from, including Boucheron’s Pégase ring, a stunning phoenix brooch from Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier’s Dragon Mystérieux watch, among others

This Cartier dragon watch will make you feel like Daenerys from Game of Thrones
Why floral high jewellery by Chinese designers is blooming all over the world

Delicate, beautiful and sophisticated, luxury pieces by the likes of Cindy Chao, Wendy Yue and Anna Hu are trending in the West

29 Apr 2019 - 2:05PM

Delicate, beautiful and sophisticated, luxury pieces by the likes of Cindy Chao, Wendy Yue and Anna Hu are trending in the West

Why floral high jewellery by Chinese designers is blooming all over the world
Milan Fashion Week: Fendi says tearful goodbye to Karl Lagerfeld while Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee makes a terrific debut

Fendi’s show caused many in the audience to shed a tear, while biker jackets and boots designed by Bottega Veneta’s new creative director toughened the fashion house’s look

5 Mar 2019 - 5:12AM

Fendi’s show caused many in the audience to shed a tear, while biker jackets and boots designed by Bottega Veneta’s new creative director toughened the fashion house’s look

Milan Fashion Week: Fendi says tearful goodbye to Karl Lagerfeld while Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee makes a terrific debut
London Fashion Week: Ryan Lo and 5 other Chinese designers who have wowed the crowd

Strong thread of romantic femininity is evident with light fabrics, ruffles, laces and embroidery

25 Feb 2019 - 10:57AM

Strong thread of romantic femininity is evident with light fabrics, ruffles, laces and embroidery

London Fashion Week: Ryan Lo and 5 other Chinese designers who have wowed the crowd
Karl Lagerfeld: the supermodels, the extremes and the reinvention of Chanel

German designer’s irreverence kept him a step ahead of everyone else

20 Feb 2019 - 4:22PM

German designer’s irreverence kept him a step ahead of everyone else

Karl Lagerfeld: the supermodels, the extremes and the reinvention of Chanel
How Møy Atelier’s Betty Bachz found her calling creating edgy eyewear for celebrity fans Harry Styles and Kate Moss

As the only Asian at her school in Norway, the model and former analyst struggled to fit in but now the entrepreneur’s avant-garde brand has won influential fans

15 Feb 2019 - 1:03PM

As the only Asian at her school in Norway, the model and former analyst struggled to fit in but now the entrepreneur’s avant-garde brand has won influential fans

How Møy Atelier’s Betty Bachz found her calling creating edgy eyewear for celebrity fans Harry Styles and Kate Moss