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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’.

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.

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.

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