As it seems we have plunged straight into the frigid depths of winter, an escape in jewels is a most welcome diversion! With this in mind, The Weekly Bauble takes us away to the exotic orient through the dreamy, romantic fantasy world of Anabela Chan.
While Anabela is London and Paris based, her extensive travels and nature are infused in her elegant, sculptural jewels. Initially she trained as an architect, specializing in print and embroidery design, and worked with the likes of Sir Richard Rogers, Alexander McQueen and All Saints. Following this, she returned to jewelry and completed her studies at the Royal College of Art, winning 5 prestigious awards. Her flagship boutique has just recently launched in London’s Ham Yard Hotel, where one can immerse in her marvelous menagerie of beautiful art objects and jewelry.
Our bauble is Anabela’s Emerald Bloomingdale Bracelet from the Fleurs d’Elixir collection, inspired by exotic orchids. The bejeweled flower, hand pave-set with 306 white lab-grown diamonds in 360 degrees, is also a detachable brooch.
38 carats white lab-grown diamonds
green agate beads
18 karat white gold and silver
Price available upon request
The bracelets are also designed with amethyst, ruby, and black onyx. The matching ring, earrings and necklace are available to complete a stunning suite.
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In a world where fashion is truly fantasy, young filmmaker Dustin Lynn travails the luxurious textures of Alexander McQueen’s latest collection in a short film titled “Obscure Desires”. At once seductive, dreamy and crisp, he captures the details of the enchanting garments that make McQueen McQueen for a film series titled “The Film Project” for the launch of Selfridges Women’s Designer Galleries. The entire collection, featuring films by other directors for Comme des Garçons, A.F. Vandervorst, Dries Van Noten, Gareth Pugh, Ann Demeulemeester, and Rick Owens, can be viewed at:
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A little narcissism never hurt anyone. Okay, not true. However, upon discovering this most alluring editorial titled “Nymphe” along this theme, how could one decline beauty? Aniko Mihalik plays a very glamourous, modern nymph clothed in Prada, McQueen, Givenchy, Cavalli and the occasional flower and bauble. Behind this reflective seduction is duo Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton who are known for “hypervisuality” and a precocious preoccupation with light. More of their visual alchemy can be discovered at:
Video is ever more becoming the relavent channel that luxury and fashion brands employ to tell stories. The crux of this is sharing some glimpse of the “real” magic behind the curtain – and one might argue it could even steal the show. A compelling example is the stunning backstage film crafted by Sean Frank featuring Sarah Burton’s Fall/Winter 2012 runway show for Alexander McQueen. Apart from showcasing the beautifully futuristic, feminine collection itself, the mood, the music, and the flurry of hands deftly working with materials and models make for a very human side of what is otherwise a fixed fantasy. The riveting reality just may succeed the dream.
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If the wind knew that water could make dresses flow this way, it would surely be jealous. Well, to be fair, it is Alix Malka who makes it so and the beautiful drama he has achieved through such aquatic alchemy is extraordinary. He has shot a number of projects in the water, but this editorial for Numéro Tokyo titled “Subaquatic Beauty” is not possible to forget. Gowns by Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, and Lanvin have never blossomed with such grace.
The women of the silver screen are among my favorite power women and Sebastian Kim has captured Sigrid Agren as the femme fatale archetype at her beguiling best. Here the clever use of blue-gray interior and dramatic shadows charge up the sumptuous colors and details of the dresses. His work has not been on my radar, but it is now…