I have just spotted these little marvels by Jimmy Choo, the perfect pointy flats! Alas the price tag (595€), so I hope Santa will be generous with me !
From December 4th to February 16th the Grand Palais in Paris will be hosting one of the most expensive and important Cartier exhibition to date called “ Cartier, Style and History/ Le style et l’Histoire”, this promises to be one of the highlight of the Capital’s cultural scene in early 2014. This exhibition will displays about 600 pieces of jewelry, objects, watches and clocks are teamed up with dresses and accessories, advertising photographs, engravings and fashion magazines to give visitors an idea of the art and taste of the time has been designed as an art history exhibition. Over 300 preparatory drawings, numerous archival documents take visitors behind the scenes.
Star pieces from Cartier’s history will be on show, starting with a series of sumptuous diadems, illustrating the virtuosity of the craftsmen and the desires of the jeweler’s privileged clientele.
A little history here: Cartier, founded in Paris in 1847 by master jeweler Louis François Cartier, opened its first store in 1899 on the Rue de la Paix, very soon Cartier became one of the most the most fashionable shop in the world, at the time of the Belle Epoque, attracting the most exclusive clientele of its days: Europe aristocracy, the Russian Tsars, American heirs etc…
This exhibition unfolds like an art history book and boasts exceptional rarely seen pieces from private collections such as the Prince of Monaco’s or the Queen of England, unveiling unique made to order pieces of 20th century most influential trendsetters and iconic legends such as Princess Grace, Liz Taylor’s, Marlene Dietrich, the Duchess of Windsor to name a few…
Cartier is also a pioneer in watch-making, a highly growing demand In the early 20th century particularly from emancipated rich women who challenged the designers to create versatile wearable timepieces that could as well be transformed into sophisticated and ornamented bracelets and necklace for evenings…
This is truly a one of a kind show for all jewelry lovers and not to be missed…
Indian style diamonds and emerald necklace, circa 1932
Platinum and diamonds panther brooch – 1949 purchased by the Duchess of Windsor mounted on a 152 cts Kashmir sapphire
Diamonds diadem for the Queen of Belgium, 1910
1923 bracelet in onyx, platimum and diamonds
Palm Tree brooch, diamonds and rubies, 1957
Brillant, baguette and emerald pavé diamonds bird
The Duchess of Windsor Flamingo brooch, 1940 – Diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies citrines, and platinum and below the original drawing by designer Jeanne Toussaint.
Barbara Hutton (heiress to the Woolworth stores) was one of Cartier’s best clients, here is a duo of tigers earrings-
1958 Cartier Panthère cuff in platinum, white gold, diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and onyx
Tortoise shell hair comb, 1860
Platinum and diamond devant de corsage – 1903
Platinum, diamonds and onyx tiara from 1914
Tutti Frutti necklace from 1936 in platinum, white gold,diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies
The Burton-Taylor diamond pear shaped necklace
Ecran Clock – 1923
Mystery clock – 1923
For Xmas, what about spoiling your famly and friends with stylish animals inspired gifts?
Leather daschund, Liberty
Donna Wilson fox cushion
Ibride trays (above and below)
John Derian under glass (above)
Silken Flavors Puppy Passion cushion (below)
John Derian under glass
Home Decor for Liberty wooden owl
Timourous Beasties cushion (above)
Miho Parade raindeer trophy head (below)
Jessica Alba is such a stunner in this incredibly gorgeous bright pink corset long dress by Reem Acra. I love this glamourous 50′s bustier style, the fushia color perfectly matching Jessica’s tanned skin and her deep blue (saphir?) pendant earrings as a subtil and discreet jewellery ornament.
Vogue Paris chooses Victoria Beckham as guest editor for its December-January issue. The power couple pose in a super glam yet subtil ( unlike most of her previous magazine covers which I always find "too much") cover shot by uber-cool photographers Inez van Lambsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. This looks pretty much like a fashion consecration to me.
Paris is celebrating one of its most passionate photographer with a beautiful exhibition called "Brassai, Pour l’amour de Paris" at the Hotel de Ville (Paris City Hall) from November 8th 2013 to March 8th 2014.
Born in 1899 in Brasso (now Brasov) in Transylvania, Gyulus Halasz adopted the name Brassaï when he started to take photos in 1929. His fascination for Paris brought him to the French capital in 1924, after completing his art studies in Berlin. He soon met Robert Desnos, Henry Miller and Jacques Prévert, who let him into the crowd of brilliant artists and intellectuals who were at the origin of the Années Folles at Montparnasse, and introduced him to the world of the Surrealists, at the same period he also befriended Picasso.
Brassai was an unfatiguable wanderer of Paris ‘s streets with a fondness for the little-known, offbeat popular class districts, where the working class lads met the prostitutes at Les Halles or at the funfairs. Brassai was a master at creating atmospheric pictures, especially at night time, capturing instant life bits, from the crowded bistrots of Belleville to the banks of river Seine…
the artist, Brassai
Carolyn Bessette Kennedy epitomized the style icon of the Nineties: understated, minimal chic. She had it all: she was an aristocratic beauty with diaphanous skin and fabulous blond hair. Tall and slender, she could wear everything… The key to her innate refined style was simplicity: timeless accessories such as Hermes totes and scarves, clean lines and neutral colors: monochrome black or white (very Calvin Klein for whom she worked as PR), camel coats, white shirts, flare blue jeans, pearls and red lips. Timeless yet very modern: when looking at photographies, what comes to mind instantly is that they could have been easily taken in 2013…
Inside Brit singer Florence Welsh‘s south London house. Her home is a delicious translation of her glamourous vintage style:a bit of bohemian, victorian and georgian influences, smart colours mix and prints – I love the turquoise blue touch here and there – turkish antiques and lots of flowers…
All photos courtesy: Vogue