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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.




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Dior recently released a video of Raf Simons speaking to the concept behind his inaugural Haute Couture collection on the official Dior YouTube channel. The interview is, of course, a terrific commentary on his view of the Dior brand heritage and intent to create dynamic, energetic pieces that juxtapose the storied, historic craft with futuristic craft. Yet this is just one video among an impressively rich assortment on the Dior YouTube channel – in fact there are 5 different playlists of compelling content to explore. Particularly noteworthy is the Know-How & Heritage playlist, as the selection is a terrific immersion in the artful beauty and attention to detail that make this iconic brand so extraordinary.

Interview Raf Simons – Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2012

Exceptional Pieces: Black Calfskin Suede Sandal

Dior VIII – The Inspirational Film

Dior Joaillerie – Le Bal des Roses

Christian Dior, Dior Addict, Eau Sensuelle, Eau Fraiche, fragrance, Baz Luhrmann, Tim Walker, Roger Vadim, And God Created Woman, Daphné Groeneveld, Bridget Bardot, Saint-Tropez

Christian Dior has just launched one very dazzling multi media campaign to launch 2 summer variants of the fragrance Dior Addict: Eau Sensuelle and Eau Fraiche. Together, the tremendous talents of Baz Luhrmann and Tim Walker craft an energetic, retro themed tribute to Roger Vadim’s classic film “And God Created Woman” through short film (and of course, a TV spot) and stills, respectively. Daphné Groeneveld is effortlessly vibrant as she channels Bridget Bardot in her Saint-Tropez romp from beach to bar. Apart from smelling the fragrances, one can explore the experience through traditional advertising, web, and social media. There is even an app available on iTunes… so many ways to get Addicted.

Shake things up with the Dior Addict app on iTunes

Escape to Saint-Tropes via the Dior Addict microsite

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.

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No one plays with shadow and light like Paolo Roersi. His crafty blend of scullduggery stirs the beautiful and the curious with haunting elegance for Vogue Italia’s March 2012 Couture Supplement titled “A Lady In Spring”. Shadowed by birds, insects and a variety of other flora, Marie Piovesan is cloaked in an array of spring 2012 couture collections: Valentino, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli, Chanel, Christian Dior, and Armani Privé to name a few. And it has rarely been more glamorous to be “masked” in eyewear, which makes the mystery all the more decadent.

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“Dior Couture” is not just any fashion portrait book, it is a mythic journey that spans the decades beginning after the Second World War when Christian Dior first launched the “New Look” in 1947 through the years with Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan and John Galliano at the helm. It also happens to have a legendary guide who is every bit an equal visionaire: Patrick Demarchelier. His lavish lense features over 100 of the most beautifully exquisite gowns that will inspire, transport, and captivate all who see.

“When you’re a fashion photographer, you must inspire a dream, with Dior Haute Couture the dream is already there” – Patrick Demarchelier

Bill Gaytten, Spring 2012 Couture, Christian Dior, Richard Seymour, TED, How Beauty Feels, Fashion, Beauty,

A customer once asked an 18th century watchmaker why he engraves words on the backside of wheels inside his fabulously beautiful watches that no one will ever see. His response: “… God can see it”.

Bill Gaytten provides us the honor of seeing this kind of beauty in his Spring 2012 Couture presentation at Christian Dior. The real magic behind haute couture is revealed with great refinement: sheer materials give us a rare peek into the construction of the garments, while patent crocodile scales, ostrich feathers, and sequins add to the charming game of hide and seek. The entire collection can be discovered here:

Richard Seymour gives a tremendous TED talk on “How Beauty Feels”. In it he explores our response to beauty and the power of objects that exhibit it: