This post is an incredibly exciting one, as it involves a bespoke jewel made just for me by the lovely and talented Kristin Hanson! Over the course of the next week, I will share the couture experience she offers and of course, the glittering earrings that I am so eager to begin wearing soon.
We started with the best part: playing with diamonds jewels!
A curiously abstract future has been germinating among French luxury brands and institutions of Comité Colbert through a series of cryptic social media posts. It is “a utopia created by french luxury” called “Dreaming 2074”, culminating in a collection of science-fiction short stories, new vocabulary and music, which can be downloaded at www.dreaming2074.com
To back up a few steps, Comité Colbert, founded in 1954 by Jean-Jacques Guerlain, is an organization made up of 78 luxury houses and 14 cultural institutions in France to promote the concept of French luxury. Brands such as Cartier, Mellerio dits Meller, Veuve Clicquot, Lanvin, Givenchy, Guerlain and the Louvre (just to name a few) were part of this collaboration. The essence of the collective project “Rêver2074” (Dream2074) is designed to share, preserve and celebrate 60 years of French luxury and heritage… and live into and lead an inspiring future.
Someone has it quite rough… or maybe she just plays that way? Alice Dellal, the anything but tragic girl who is the face of the Boy Chanel handbag collection poses in a curious tale only Karl could pull off. The bags, iconically beautiful in all their shark, alligator, iridescent, quilted or patent leather splendor are truly magnificent and appear to bear the burdon of a glamourous life far better than Alice.
Check out her new friend “Boy” in film:
“They” say it’s the shoes that make a man, but does anyone dare say what makes a lady? Chantal Thomass and Antoine Herlbert seem to have a very convincing suggestion on this matter. Antoine’s hyper-realistic, sumptuous illustrations for Chantal Thomass commands attention as well as sheer delight. The delicately detailed craft of this storied lingerie brand is so beautifully rendered that it is difficult to say which is more seductive: the lingerie or the art?
For good measure, it’s best to explore both:
Spanning 165 stunning years of glamour and luxury, words fail to express what should be seen in motion without further adieu:
Heritage and craftsmanship are what define luxury, but it is the often a story that truly captivates the imagination. Koto Bolofo has most certainly succeeded in achieving this with his book “Hermès: La Maison”. Over the course of 8 years he was granted unprecedented access to create 11 separate volumes documenting the 11 different ateliers of Hermès: Horses, Saddles, Kelly Bag, Clothes, Perfume, Bugatti, Gardens, Specialties, Scarves/Silk, John Lob, and La Collection. Humbly equipped with a film camera (presumably Bronica), tripod, cable release, and devotion, he beautifully captured the creation of luxury.
Of course for those curious minds, there is a riveting story of how Koto Bolofo convinced the late Jean-Louis Dumas on the merits of the project…