Pearl Vision

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Aug 092008

From top: Bulgari’s 18k yellow gold, pearl and diamond necklace, price available upon request, at Bulgari, 800.BVLGARI,; Tiffany & Co’s platinum, conch pearl and shell, and diamond brooch, $140,000, at Tiffany & Co., 800.526.0649; Van Cleef & Arpels’s platinum, Tahitian pearl and diamond ring, $83,000, at Van Cleef & Arpels, 877.VANCLEEF,; Cynthia Bach’s platinum, conch pearl and diamond brooch, $130,000, at Neiman Marcus Precious Jewels Salon, 617.536.3660.
The wedding mainstay gets an exotic twist.Whether they fall into the something old, new or borrowed camp, pearls are the fail-safe ladylike wedding-day adornment. But they’re no longer just for traditionalists. Tiffany & Co.’s conch and diamond chrysanthemum brooch works the dramatic side of flora, carved as it is  with petals set to move en tremblant. Cynthia Bach deploys a conch pearl to create a wearable objet d’art, serving as both pendant and brooch. At Van Cleef & Arpels the message is think big, as with a ring boasting a huge gray Tahitian pearl flanked by heart-shaped diamonds. And Bulgari indulges in the opulence of a choker in which pearls play against gold  and pavé diamonds—certainly worthy of the phrase “tohave and to hold.”By Priya Rao Photograph by Doug Rosa Styled by Talya Cousins
Feb 262008

Nicole Kidman Oscar necklace

Nicole Kidman 2008 Oscar Necklace

An extraordinary rough and polished diamond sautoir necklace designed by L’Wren Scott debuted on the Red Carpet at the 80th Academy Awards. The spectacular sautoir, worn by Oscar Presenter Nicole Kidman, contains a total of 7645 diamonds including rough, faceted, and polished diamonds, which total nearly 1400 carats.

The sautoir, which was designed by Scott, produced and manufactured by Uni-Design Ltd. in Paris and India uses a wide range of shapes and cuts of diamonds. Each diamond was individually selected by the designer to fit together into an overall design. The intricate design required in excess of 6200 man hours to handcraft. Diamonds have never been used in such a truly unique way on the Red Carpet. It is a tribute to the visionary direction of the designer that such an astounding quantity of diamonds can be worn so effortlessly.

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Paris, Je t’aime …

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Sep 152007
Vogue Feature: Paris Je t’aime   
Shadowy silks and tulles evoke the moodiness and intrigue of a Brassaï photograph. Chanel cerise crepe georgette dress. The Way We Wore vintage cloche. David Goodman fox collar. John Galliano brooch. Subversive Jewelry by Justin Giunta ring. Tom Binns bracelets.
Shadowy silks and tulles evoke the moodiness and intrigue of a Brassaï photograph. From left: Ports 1961 by Tia Cibani jacquard coat. Vera Wang velvet-and-chiffon blouse and sequined skirt.
Channel the famous Parisienne Kiki de Montparnasse l’artist, singer, and muse to Man Ray – in a decadent party frock. From left: J. Mendel pale-gray beaded dress trimmed with fur and fringe. Fred Leighton fringed bag. Proenza Schouler midnight silk dress and bodysuit. J. Mendel lavender-gray dress with fox trim.
Exquisite flowers encircle a mink-trimmed coat and even bloom on your gloves. John Galliano russet coat with floral embroidery, black lace skirt, embroidered leather gloves, and mint suede heels. Stephen Jones for John Galliano velvet-and-tulle hat. Chanel brooch.
A cool, boxy manteau somehow looks both Modern Age and Jazz Age. Proenza Schouler noir double-breasted wool coat with knit collar and silk accordion-pleated skirt.
“The hours I have spent in cafés are the only ones I call living, apart from writing,” said Anaïs Nin. From left: Giorgio Armani rabbit coat and bead-embroidered dress. Ligia Dias pear and Swarovski crystal necklace. Carolina Herrera lamé cut-out dress. Dean Harris earrings.
“The night suggests things, it doesn’t reveal. The night unnerves and surprises us with its otherness,” said Brassaï. From left: Rodarte raven appliquéd dress. Iradj Moini earrings. Thakoon jet paillette-and-feather dress. Ellen Christine Couture Millinery cloche. Chanel charcoal sequined-satin dress. Stephen Jones hat.
In a draped-back dress, you look like you’re literally dripping in velvet. Oscar de la Renta ebony silk-velvet evening dress. Zandra Rhodes for Pologeorgis fox boa with tails.
Hemingway’s haunt was the Closerie des Lilas. You wear lily white for a café crème at La Palette. From left: Thakoon silk jumper. Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons asymmetrical silk dress. On both: Stephen Jones hats; M+J Savitt pearl jewelry.
Throw caution to the wind in a dress that’s all aflutter. From left: Proenza Schouler olive-and-black pleated dress, maroon-and black shift.
UN-MELLOW YELLOW An unexpected pop of colorful badger fur is a real riot. Marni silk dress. Balenciaga lemon collar.
They may not be as big as the Ritz, but diamonds-upon-diamonds (especially with a shimmering frock) are très jolie. Gucci golden silk lamé evening dress. Iradj Moini, Tom Binns, and House of Lavande jewelry.
If dramatic dresses carouse at night, genteel and elegant coats rule the day. From left: Louis Vuitton umber cashmere bolero and dresses. Kotur frame bag. Donna Karan Collection gravel crepe felt coat and embroidered skirt. Lana Marks handbag.
The frock is alluringly mercurial, and so is the coquette- and that’s what makes them both so much fun. Etro paisley-print silk dress with fox collar. Tom Binns amber drop earrings. Chanel pumps.
Deep red stands out against the green on a stroll through a jardin. John Galliano claret wool coat with floral appliqués, dress, handbag, and lace-ups. In this story: fashion editor, Grace Coddington; hair and headpieces, Julien d’Ys; makeup, Pat McGrath for Max Factor; set design, Mary Howard; interiors shot on location at Cercle Rouge restaurant, NYC.

Swarovski – Innovations Show Subtle Brilliance

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Sep 112007

Swarovski is unveiling its latest crystal innovations: sparkling but subtle colours and irregular cuts to ignite the imagination.

The strong, pure tones of Palace Green Opal bring a touch of regal glamour to garments or accessories; and Light Grey Opal crystals give off a soft opalescent glow – a perfect complement to the season’s barely there colours. Antique Brass Pearl is the new Crystal Pearl Effect, creating a refined, metallic look.

The eye-catching, futuristic Galactic Family includes Sew-on Stones, Fancy Stones, Beads, Vertical Pendants and Horizontal Pendants, all featuring brilliantly irregular cuts and facets. As the names suggest, the Twist Sew-on Stone, Twist Bead and Twist Pendant take a timeless geometric shape and give it a uniquely modern interpretation. The XILION Square is upgraded to conjure an enchanting play of light.

In Semi-finished Products XILION Flat Backs and Crystal Fabric are fused to create Crystal Transfabric, a versatile and glamorous material ideal for urban and sportswear; while maximum brilliance is achieved with Chaton- and Flat Back Bandings, now boasting more crystal per square centimetre than ever before.

Also available are several additions and line extensions to some of CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements™ most popular ranges.




Jewels rock the runway

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Sep 112007

Runway Rocks, the fashion show launched by Nadja Swarovski, made its debut at London’s Sketch restaurant in April 2003. Its aim? To celebrate the unsung hero of the catwalk – the jewellery designer.

Since then, runways have rocked in Paris, Sao Paulo, Paris, Barcelona, New York and Tokyo. Illustrious designers including Erickson Beamon, Luigi Scialanga, Iradj Moini, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Christopher Kane have come up with creations that include a serpentine necklace, a Nefertiti-style headdress, an orchid-shaped body sculpture and a jewelled bodice. The variety of work on display at every show proves the limitless creativity that crystal brings to the art of jewellery design.

Hot on the heels of Runway Rocks came Crystallized Cosmos, launched at Paris’s Bijorhca – Eclat de Mode Fair in September 2003. Designed to communicate key ornamentation trends in a highly imaginative environment, Crystallized Cosmos has included works of art by designers such as John Galliano, Eric Halley, Paco Rabanne, Noboru Shionoya and Philippe Ferrandis.

Both events demonstrate Swarovski’s commitment to being an inspiring and avant-garde partner to designers and manufacturers in the couture and fashion jewellery world.