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BiennaleDesAntiquaires2014BlogHeaderFor the next 10 days, the Place Vendôme is host to arguably the most important event in the jewelry calendar: La Biennale Paris. While this curious mind remains stateside, the next best way to celebrate the beauty of such exquisite pieces is to curate a series of jewels that we admire. Each day from September 11 – 21, we will present a selection here, as well as on twitter @BeautifulCurio and Instagram @BeautifulCurious… stay tuned!








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The ever lovely Maria Doulton, The Jewellery Editor, did journey to Paris for the occasion and her exclusive peek of Biennale treasures can be discovered below.




Brad Pitt, Chanel, Chanel No. 5

Maybe it’s not a journey, but Karl, this little number is beyond puzzling…

Coco Chanel, MoMA, Bijoux de Diamants, 1932 Tribute Collection, high jewelry, Chanel, Chanel Fine Jewellery, Curious Luxury

Something otherworldly entered the stratosphere, by way of a certain Coco Chanel back in 1932. And for a very short time (and for a fortunate few) it can be observed in a transformed Chanel galaxy not far from the MoMA from October 9th – 16th. What is it you ask? It is the extraordinary 1932 Tribute Collection of high-jewelry, celebrating 80 years of Chanel history and commitment to the fine jewelry craft as an art form. Ms. Chanel’s first collection debuted during the depression on November 7, 1932 titled “Bijoux de Diamants” with the intent “to cover women in constellations.” And she does so still today with 80 exceptional pieces that dazzle in diamonds and platinum, bold and pearls, rock crystal and sapphires – it is a bespoke universe of beauty in small pocket of New York City. For those who did not receive their private invitation, you can get starry-eyed by way of those lovely folks at Gotham Magazine.

Curious Luxury, Chanel Makeup, Solve Sundsbo, Chanel, Love, I Love Chanel, Erwin Blumenfeld, Rouge Allure, Chanel Rouge Allure

Some days all you need is love. Other days you need inspiration. Here’s to Erwin Blumenfeld and thank you Sølve Sundsbø and Chanel.

Curious Luxury, Chanel Sport, Chanel, Chanel Accessories, Chanel Sport Gear, Sport Gear, Country, Off-Piste, Surf, Beach, Urban, Ball, TennisNot all sports are created equal, however leave it to Chanel to elevate the humble as well as the glamourous to luxury status. Even a few less-than-intellectual sports get the white (and black) glove treatment. Be advised that a little advanced notice might be necessary for that next foray to the stream, the sea, the slopes, or on the back of a steed, as it seems many items are only available as a special order. Contact Karl at

Soft Luxury, Hard Luxury, Louis Vuitton, Place Vendôme, Versace, Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Hermés, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bottega Veneta, Ralph Lauren

A dynamic trend in the luxury world is rapidly accelerating as, more ‘soft luxury’ brands are expanding their interests in ‘hard luxury’… also known as fine jewellery. Louis Vuitton opened their first standalone jewellery boutique at 23 Place Vendôme just last week (with New York, London and Hong Kong possibly in sight), following Versace’s launch of it’s first high jewellery collection. Of course Gucci, Dior, and Chanel were the first to capture the opportunity in this space years ago and Hermés, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bottega Veneta, Ralph Lauren were quick to follow suit in offering fine jewellery collections of their own. Now it seems 2 distinct categories are emerging: the burgeoning fashion branded fine jewellery and the already established heritage fine jewellery names. Both categories have big plans to build a presence in China, where analysts predict fertile market potential for all parties involved.

Above is the new and incredibly inspired Louis Vuitton collection called ‘Escale á Paris’. It not only commemorates the opening at Place Vendôme, but also plays perfectly into the story of the journey. The designs literally guide one through the glorious city of light, paying homage to the streets, boulevards and other architectural motifs and monuments of Paris – and of course it sparkles like it never has before. The video below shares a glimpse of the creative process, precision and craft behind the beauty that is ‘Escale á Paris’.

Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel, Chanel Haute Couture 2013, Chanel Couture 2013, New Vintage, Coco Chanel

Wonderful things appeared on the Chanel Haute Couture catwalk yesterday: Karl presented work that was classically glorious and beautifully demure. There was a welcoming softness in the color palette as well as the sheer materials, but what made the collection spectacular was the luminous glow of glitter. It flowed through edging on evening dresses, wide wool trousers, tights, and of course the signature tweed suits. Welcome to the world, New Vintage.

The BeautifulCurious most desired dress of the Chanel Haute Couture Collection is:

Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel, Chanel Haute Couture 2013, Chanel Couture 2013, New Vintage, Coco Chanel

Txema Yeste's, Numero China, Nimue Smit, Haider Ackermann, Rick Owens, Ralph Lauren, Yiqing Yin, Dolce and Gabbana, Miu Miu, Rochas, Borsalino, Roberto Cavalli, Yohji Yamamoto, Calvin Clein, Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, Dries Van Noten, Alaia Azzedine, Tom Ford, Emilio Pucci

There are good witches, bad witches and witches with resplendent wardrobes. In photographer Txema Yeste’s Numero China editorial titled “Spellbound”, model Nimue Smit embodies the latter, in being the fiercest of them all with Rick Owens, Rochas and Chanel at her command. Yeste’s potent use of pulsing reds, as well as the way he drenches the compositions with light and shadow, make for an intoxicating fashion fable not easily forgotten.

Christian Dior, Valentino, Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal, Gaultier, Chanel, Worth Couture by Giovanni Bedin, Versace,  Sharif Hamza, Vogue Russia, Queen Elizabeth, Elizabethan, Haute Couture

Because there can never be enough haute couture AND royal fashion, it seems fitting to regard this sumptuous vision created by Sharif Hamza for Vogue Russia, inspired by Queen Elizabeth (the original) on the heels of Queen Elizabeth’s (the second version) Diamond Jubilee celebration. Also, in eager anticipation of the upcoming haute couture collections, it is an opportunity to reflect on a noteworthy curation of past couture, including Christian Dior, Valentino, Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal, Gaultier, and Chanel. God Save The Queen… and haute couture.

Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Nina Ricci, Ralph Lauren, Jonathan Saunders, McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Loewe, Comme des Garçons, Chloé, Calvin Klein, Sølve Sundsbø, LOVE Magazine, Cold Summer

Among the pages of LOVE Magazine, Sølve Sundsbø has created an enclave of provocatively glamorous ladies and gentlemen wearing the bounty of the Spring 2012 collections titled “Cold Summer”. They play naughty and nice in their ethereal world with Chanel, Nina Ricci, Ralph Lauren, and (most memorable) Giorgio Armani. There are certainly worse ways to spend a summer…