Fashion Buzz: Swarovski collaborates with Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar for Diwali, Mulberry brings back the iconic Alexa bag, and more


By Lea Rina

Fashion Buzz: Swarovski collaborates with Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar for Diwali, Mulberry brings back the iconic Alexa bag, and more

Swarovski celebrates Diwali with Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar

The Festival of Lights is here, and Swarovski wants us to #CelebrateTheSparkle by launching a collaboration with Bollywood’s leading actress Bhumi Pednekar for the first time ever. From earrings to necklaces to bracelets, the specially curated selections are the perfect adornments for the festivities, and regardless of whether you’re buying them for yourself or as a gift, both the collection and the campaign this year highlight the importance of self-discovery and loving oneself.

“Diwali paves the way for togetherness and bonding. It is the festive time of the year to celebrate with your loved ones, especially during these exceptionally challenging times throughout the world. Swarovski celebrates Diwali by bringing sparkle to all women,” states Swarovski Southeast Asia and India managing director Lars Schmidt in a press release.

Mulberry brings back the Alexa bag


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Calling all fashion fans: Mulberry’s Alexa bag is back. First launched a decade ago, the top-handle satchel is named after It-girl Alexa Chung, and it’s undoubtedly one of the definitive bags of 2010s. Fast forward to this year, in conjunction with the brand’s 50th anniversary, the bag is getting a relaunch, albeit with a few updates. Firstly, it’s given a sustainable twist. Aside from being manufactured at Mulberry’s carbon-neutral factories in the UK, each bag is also crafted using leather from gold standard, environmentally accredited tanneries. And secondly, the carrier now comes in three sizes—mini, standard, and oversized—in an array of eath-tone and bright colours. Price ranges from £895 to £1,295.

Check out the website for more.

Burberry is bringing its animal kingdom to Kuala Lumpur

Ever since chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci took the reign back in 2018, the designer has reinvigorated Burberry’s rich heritage that includes the animal kingdom code, and in celebration of that, the British fashion house launched a series of worldwide pop-ups since the start of September. And now, it has finally arrived on Malaysian shores. From now until November 29, the Burberry Animal Kingdom will be on full display at Pavilion KL, and you can find exclusive editions of some of its well-loved bags and accessories—including the Pocket and the TB bags—available. To build on the brand’s history of innovation and creativity, the brand has teamed up with REDD+ conservation company Wildlife Works to make the pop-ups carbon neutral.

Brooklyn Museum unveils its virtual exhibit of The Queen’s Gambit and The Crown


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The Queen’s Gambit and The Crown are arguably two of the most popular series on Netflix right now, and if you just can’t get enough, the Brooklyn Museum is now exhibiting costumes from the shows, and you can get a virtual tour from the comfort of your own home. Titled “The Queen and The Crown”, the interactive retrospective features some of the key pieces from both shows. “The Beth Dress”, “The Endgame Dress”, and “The White Queen” worn by Beth Harmon (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) are some of the noteworthy looks from The Queen’s Gambit, whereas looks from The Crown include Queen Elizabeth II’s military uniform, Princess Diana’s wedding gown that’s worn in the series and more.

View the exhibition here.

Auri is the new homegrown brand to know

Looking for more homegrown labels to shop from? Meet Auri—the latest brand that’s on our radar for all the right reasons. Launched in June this year, Auri is all about championing size inclusivity with its range of UK 12-18 sizes, and it stays true to its minimalist aesthetic with its collection of everyday basics that you can lounge in and wear out. Aside from clothing, the brand also offers home and body collections, including throws, cushions, body care and more.

Auri is located at Lot 46, G2, Publika Shopping Gallery, Jalan Dutamas, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Read last week’s Fashion Buzz here.

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