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While there’s an undeniable delight to be found in gems that sparkle for sparkle’s sake, there’s something even more alluring about jewellery that comes with a story. For those with a weakness for narrative-imbued jewels, Fabergé is the obvious choice. The legendary Russian house’s latest offering, the Rococo Collection, draws inspiration from one of the original Fabergé Easter eggs, the Rocaille Egg, that was commissioned in 1902 by Alexander Kelkh for his wife, Varvara. For 2014, the egg’s intricate swirls are also reimagined as gold arabesques set with multicoloured stones and pavé diamonds, and twisted to form earrings, cuffs and pendants. Interspersed with larger stones, these curlicues also include dramatic emeralds. Fabergé Rococo egg pendant, price on request. Available from The Fine Jewellery Room, Ground Floor

Oscar winning To enter Oscar de la Renta’s world is to step into a universe of exuberant femininity, uptown polish, Latin-inflected romance and, of course, fairy-tale gowns. De la Renta is now in his seventh decade of designing, and his unabashed embrace of old-school glamour feels as fresh as it does seductive. This season, he introduces a capsule collection of gowns based on signature designs from his illustrious archive. The shamelessly over-the-top pieces each took between 400 and 900 hours to create – a testament to the couture know-how of a man who cut his design teeth under Cristóbal Balenciaga. The silver and gold threadwork, with caviar and pearl beads, is proof that Vogue’s 1975 description of de la Renta as the “King of Evening” is still apt. Left Gown £11,900. Exclusive gowns from £4,699. Available from International Designer, First Floor

QUEEN Victoria

Thanks to her super-chic designs, Victoria Beckham has transformed the fashion pack into card-carrying members of the VB fan club. Now, with her confidence growing as a designer, Beckham’s pared-back aesthetic is loosening a little, with whimsical touches here and there. It’s a change reflected in her bags, too. For the Resort 2015 accessories collection, Beckham has put a fresh spin on some of her signature styles. The Zip Pouch is turned inside out to show off the interior detailing; and the boxy, structured Quincy tote features an abstract wave design, with a pop of orange enlivening the matt buffalo leather. Victoria Beckham Quincy tote £1,195. Available from Luxury Accessories, Lower Ground Floor




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Californian native Raquel Allegra launched her first collection in 2008. Today her one-of-a-kind cotton T-shirts, which are upcycled using her signature shredding technique, tie-dying and fringing, are loved by the likes of Kate Moss and Mary-Kate Olsen. She talks to Harrods Magazine about the ikat trousers that kicked off her love of second-hand clothing. “My mother was very careful with money when I was a little girl, so I grew up wearing a lot of second-hand clothes. But the piece that really sticks in my mind is a pair of trousers that my dad brought back for me from a business trip to Japan. They were traditional Japanese peasant-type trousers, wide-fit in an amazing indigo-dyed cotton ikat. I was in seventh grade, at that age where kids want to fit in, but I loved the fact that nobody had anything similar. I wore them every day and they became kind of a uniform: the girl in the ikat trousers. “I think that was my first experience of having something that felt unique. I’d just moved to a new school in a new city and it made me realise that there’s something exciting about being different. I wore them so much that eventually they became so fragile they just ripped apart. We buy so few clothes today that we actually wear FROM TOP Raquel Allegra dress £725; top out, don’t we? £320 and trousers £245. “I want to create from Studio, clothes that people can Available First Floor just wear and wear. In the beginning I was taking apart T-shirts I’d found in charity shops and vintage stores and putting them back in ways that I preferred, but when it really started taking off I realised I needed a better source. I came across the LA-based recycling plant that I still use; their T-shirts are made from the softest cotton imaginable and, because we work on them by hand, each one is made with love and is a one-off. It’s kind of beautiful that we can give these pieces a new lease of life.” – By Lindsay Macpherson

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Harrods Magazine October 2014  

This month, the fashion team travelled to mysterious Mongolia to shoot the bold patterns, textured fleeces and tapestry ponchos in the autum...

Harrods Magazine October 2014  

This month, the fashion team travelled to mysterious Mongolia to shoot the bold patterns, textured fleeces and tapestry ponchos in the autum...