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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday.

Birkin bag sells for record price at auction in Hong Kong
A recent study claimed that Hermès Birkin bags are a better investment than stocks or gold, and an auction sale on Monday in Hong Kong more than confirmed their potential return. An anonymous buyer purchased a 30-centimeter Birkin bag made of rare Himalayan crocodile and diamond-encrusted white gold hardware for the equivalent of $300,168, making it the world’s most expensive handbag ever auctioned. The previous record-holder: a fuchsia diamond-studded Hermès Birkin auctioned for $222,000 last year. {CNN}

PETA protests Hermès's annual meeting in Paris
Speaking of Hermès's use of rare crocodile skin, PETA continues to put pressure on the company after purchasing stock in it last year. The animal rights organization sent a representative to Hermès's annual shareholders' meeting on Tuesday in Paris, who "urged the fashion house to end all exotic-skin sales," per a statement from PETA. Meanwhile, protestors holding large images of ostriches waited outside. {Fashionista inbox}

Does Rodarte actually exist?
Robin Givhan investigates the business, or lack thereof, of cult-favorite fashion brand Rodarte. Despite reported ambitions to expand (designers and sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy declined to comment), the independent label only releases two seasons a year to very few retail points with minimal size ranges and high prices. "But should the industry offer the top CFDA honor to a label that aims to be more of a personal creative outlet than a scalable business?" writes Givhan. {The Washington Post}

Teva collaborates with singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko
In its first celebrity partnership, Teva has teamed up with the Grammy-nominated artist Jhené Aiko on three new women's styles inspired by her childhood friendship bracelets and lifelong love of adventure. The collection is available at Teva.com and DSW.com starting at $60. {Fashionista inbox}

U.S. customs agents bust counterfeit perfume operation
If your Chanel No.5 smells more like urine than citrus, you may have been the victim of a five-man counterfeit operation arrested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security division this week. Officials confiscated 10,000 boxes of perfumes made from urine, antifreeze and other bad stuff branded as Daisy by Marc Jacobs, Chanel No. 5, Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue, Gucci Guilty and many more popular scents. {The Fashion Law} 

Reports reveal widespread abuse of garment workers in Asia
New reports by the Asia Floor Wage Alliance based on interviews with workers at factories used by H&M, Gap, and Walmart in Cambodia, India, Bangladesh and Indonesia reveal widespread worker abuse. Garment laborers are fired for becoming pregnant and pressured to tolerate sexual harassment as well as suffer wage theft and unsafe work schedules, among other offenses. "Voluntary enforcement is not working, which is why we need binding regulation with grievance procedures, arbitration procedures," says Anannya Bhattacharjee, international coordinator of the AFWA. {Quartz}

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Bagaholicboy News #286 – Mansur Gavriel Now Available At Pedder On Scotts!

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Yes, you read the title right, the ever-elusive Mansur Gavriel is now available at our very own Pedder on Scotts, and while they don’t have the full range of buckets as yet, they have enough to make all of you girls out there very, very happy. And while there’s really no need to tell you why you should get one and why they are so desirable (if you must know, just follow this link), this is what you need to know.

Pedder on Scotts has 3 styles available for purchase now, the Mini Bucket inBlack/Dolly (SGD860, see above), and the Bucket in Black with silver lining (SGD1040) and in a combination I’ve never seen before, a canvas body finished with a black leather base that’s priced at SGD920. Yes, still rather affordably priced and forever stylish so head down to Pedder on Scotts at Scotts Square or On Pedder at Ngee Ann City stat before they are all gone.

One more thing, if nothing catches your eye now, ask to see the new colours/styles for F/W16 because they’ll also take pre-orders now for those bags if you are keen. #happyshopping #goodthingsmustshare

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7 women’s watches that stole the show at Baselworld 2016

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7. Louis Vuitton Blossom Watch Collection
Inspired by LV’s monogram flowers, these watches incorporate the four petaled blooms into a number of different watch designs that range from simple and chic to all out bling. Our favorite was the Tambour Monogram Tourbillon which swaps one of the petals of the mother-of-pearl flower for the flower-shaped cage of the mesmerizing tourbillon against a diamond paved dial. Honestly, we’ve seen superior designs from Louis Vuitton in the past, but these watches incorporate just enough of the fashion house’s aesthetic to be popular.

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6. Chanel J12 Collector Mirror
Chanel is celebrating the 15th anniversary of their ceramic watch the J12 with a new design that references their 31 Rue Cambon store through a mirrored dial. The watch is supposedly scratch and stain resistant, which is a good thing considering it’s pristine white exterior looks like it’s just waiting for an accident to happen. This watch is certainly great to look at, but it’s not universally appealing and certainly not versatile. It takes a certain kind of wearer (like radical Lady Gaga or super understated Emmanuelle Alt) to make niche designs like this look good.

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5. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Datejust 28
The new generation of Rolex’s Perpetual Oyster is available in combinations of 904L steel and either 18 carat yellow or Everose gold. This time around, the case has been redesigned to 28mm and features a mechanical movement, caliber 2236, equipped with a Rolex-patented Syloxi hairspring in silicon. Though the watch is intriguing for the Rolex fans out there, this is a forgettable design for everyone else. It’s not visibly very different from previous lady datejust models and is probably only the first in a slew of similar designs planned by the brand.

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4. Hermès Mille Fleurs du Mexique
We’ve talked about this timepiece before, but its elaborate hand painted dial surely deserves a second mention. With only 6 timepieces created, this watch is bound to be a coveted piece of Hermès history. We adore the painstakingly painted mother of pearl dial, but the alligator strap feels too plain for this creation. We would have loved a more thoughtfully designed strap (perhaps a similar Laetitia Bianchi designed silk scarf tie?) No doubt the creator’s intention was to spotlight the incredibly detailed dial, a purpose that was achieved at the cost of dimming the overall shine of this incredible watch.

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3. Dior Grand Soir Unique Kaléidiorscope 
With its beautifully designed dial that evoked the patterns you’d see in a kaleidoscope, this is one of the most captivating watches we’ve seen from Dior in a while. Over 180 different metals and stones have been chosen and delicately arranged on this dial to catch the light to remarkable effect. We can’t look away from the clean geometric lines and hypnotic design of this watch, framed by a ring of green stones on the bezel. A denim strap provides a modern contrast to this modern, futuristic design. Inside is the “Elite 681” automatic caliber movement whose pure wrought rotor is visible through the caseback. The wonderful appeal of this watch is its ageless quality; it can be both a trendy timepiece for twenty-somethings as well as a favorite classic through the golden years.

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2. Chopard Happy Diamonds 40th anniversary edition
Chopard uses the original cushion shaped case on a women’s watch to dazzling effect. Not only does this watch has more free-moving diamonds than any previous Happy Diamonds watch, but it also features the largest ones ever seen in such a design. This is the very definition of an heirloom watch, one that won’t go out of style for decades and retains a beautiful feminine aesthetic thanks to the prong set diamonds around the dial. This is the kind of watch, you would give your daughter on her 21st birthday, the kind that accumulates memories and stories the more you use it.

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1. Bulgari Serpenti Incantati Skeleton Tourbillon
There’s no ignoring this stunning sparkler from Bulgari – it’s the very first combination of the brand’s iconic Serpent motif with a watchmaking complication: the tourbillon. We love the drama and diamond shine of these watches, but the real pleasure is in being able to see the precision of the openworked movement and the 60 second tourbillon. From the diamond studded coiled snake to the restrained leather straps, these watches strike a careful balance between being bright and boring. This is a bold risk for Bulgari and one that has certainly appeared to have paid off.

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