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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.





Dior, Lady Dior Web Documentary, Marion Cotillard, New Look, Fantasia

Dior has crafted several extraordinary brand experiences in video: The Lady Noir Affair, Lady Grey, Lady Blue, Lady Rouge, and L.A DY Dior. On the heels of these stunning films, the storyline continues with the Lady Dior Web Documentary, starring the ever exquisite Marion Cotillard and Dior’s signature New Look. Showcased here is “Fantasia”, the first of seven short films exploring the world of Dior and those places that are a part of the Dior heritage. The documentary chronicles rare access inside various Dior ateliers as skilled hands design, cut, fit and sew the stunning dresses that Ms Cotillard will be wearing. A project like this might the first of its kind among the haute couture world and certainly there will be a beautiful flurry of Dior glory in the months ahead. The films can be followed on the Dior minisite or on the Official Dior YouTube Channel.

Dior, Christian Dior, Dior YouTube channel, Raf Simons, Raf Simons interview, Dior Haute Couture, Know-How & Heritage playlist, YouTube

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

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’.

Laziz Hamani, Harry Winston, Chanel, Cartier, Swarovski, Dior, Levine/Leavitt, llrepsUnless you’ve been under a rock (or maybe that rock sparkled so much that it left you permanently blind), you know the dazzling work of Laziz Hamani. He is trusted by the likes of Harry Winston, Chanel, Cartier, Swarovski and Dior to photograph their precious treasures with his special brand of curiosity and gift for capturing the beauty of beautiful objects. Above you see the memorable Harry Winston ad campaign followed by a delightful collage world of illustrated animals, insects and yes, more sparkling objects. His work is so worthy of exploring that I kindly suggest to begin here:

Chanel, Versace, Givenchy, Dior, Valentino, Armani Privé, Shadow Puppet, Angels and Demons, Paolo Roversi, The Great Illusion, Lara Stone, Fairy Tale, Vogue ItaliaShadow puppetry has rarely brushed shoulders with such glamorous company as Chanel, Versace, Givenchy, Dior, Valentino, Armani Privé. Paolo Roversi’s light and shadow play is enchanting as are whispered tones of color. In this series titled “The Great Illustion” for Vogue Italia, I feel like he hit upon great visions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and maybe a few from Lewis Carroll and J.R.R. Tolkien. Even in this world of wolves, thorns and demons, I would happily inhabit it.

Dior, Dior Haute Joaillerie, Fleurs d’excès, Gagosian, Victoire de CastellaneShimmer-shammer fantasy is all that comes to mind when I see the wondrous work by Victoire de Castellane of Dior Haute Joaillerie. She conceives flowers and creatures that nature would envy and spins spectacular tales with gemstones that words cannot relay. One can discover the magic behind her creations in video:

In March 2011, she had a solo show at Gagosian in Paris titled “Fleurs d’excès” (Flowers of Excess), for which she created 10 inspired works that recall myths and fairy tales and transforms them into wearable, elegant hybrid jewelry.

Should I have the pleasure of wearing one of her creations, I’m not sure if the jewelry could beam more than I would.

Elegance, seduction and luxury has never been so well defined in a single mark as that of René Gruau’s hand. The graceful ease of line, playful use of positive and negative space, and sensuous color conveys a refined desire that continues to leave an everlasting impact on the fashion and advertising world… and me. His collaboration with Christian Dior in the 40’s and 50’s made another mark on recent fashion history when his great work was the inspiration for Dior’s Spring 2011 Couture Collection. Ah, to walk in this magic would be truly sublime.