Yves Is Back at Saint Laurent

Despite focusing on “design, not styling,” for all its low-cut, thigh-high zing, Anthony Vaccarello’s debut played it safe.

PARIS, France — “A clin d’oeil, a wink,” was Anthony Vaccarello’s description of his debut at Saint Laurent on Monday night. He wanted to lighten the legacy he’s inherited. “It’s heavy,” he said. “Everyone has their own interpretation, and I know I can’t please everyone. But neither could Yves.”

Or, he might have added, the handful of designers who have carried the torch since Saint Laurent’s retirement in 2002: Alber Elbaz, Tom Ford, Stefano Pilatiand, most controversially, Hedi Slimane, who has left Vaccarello with a billion-dollar business to sustain. Vaccarello insisted they’d all inspired him in some way, if only because their work for the house consolidated just how strong its design DNA was.

Yves Is Back at Saint Laurent

KARL – AMAZING AS ALWAYS.

Karl Lagerfeld puts seamstresses on the runway at Chanel

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Chanel haute couture AW16via @chanelofficial on Instagram

There are few houses more synonymous with haute couture than Chanel. The French luxury behemoth has its own subsidiary, Paraffection, dedicated to the purchase of various artisanal companies; it puts these acquisitions to good use each season with it spectacular couture shows which are usually made up of over sixty hand-crafted looks.

This season was no exception; guests flocked to the Champs-Elysées this morning to see a show which took place in a recreation of the Chanel ateliers. Petites mains were hard at work on the makeshift runway, adding finishing touches and staging live fittings as guests took their seats. The emphasis today was on technique, construction and the intimate nature of haute couture – as fashion becomes faster than ever, Lagerfeld stressed the ongoing need for couture and its unique labour of love.

KARL – AMAZING AS ALWAYS.

Chanel Bag Values Research Study

In this research study, we will look into the historical pricing of Chanel handbags, with a focus on the Medium Classic Flap Bag which has been on sale since 1955 and as such provides us with the best historical data. We will also take a closer look at how pricing has progressed for a number of popular Chanel handbags over the last six years to gain an insight into how Chanel implements their pricing structure. Using this data we will compare Chanel handbags to a number of other commodities to see its potential as an investment piece.

https://baghunter.com/pages/chanel-bag-values-research-study

Chanel Bag Values Research Study

Cartier’s Love Bracelet

How Cartier’s Love Bracelet Went From ’70s Status Symbol to a Millennial Must-Have

Hospital emergency rooms have to keep all sorts of equipment on hand, from defibrillators to occlusive dressings, to deal with any medical crisis. But in New York, where the gurney bursting through the door is just as likely to bear the rich and famous as not, several ERs are said to carry a highly specialized piece of trauma equipment. It’s a tiny screwdriver used when the time comes to remove a Cartier Love bracelet.

An explanation for the uninitiated: These oval-shaped bracelets are held together by two grub screws that, when tightened, lock onto the wearer’s wrist. According to Cartier’s website, this gilded bit of bondage is meant “to sanctify inseparable love.” It also signifies high incomes: Bracelets come in three alloys of gold, with or without diamonds, and cost anywhere from $4,500 to $56,500.

But the thing that makes these bracelets different from other gold bangles is the craze that currently surrounds them. While Cartier has sold its Love bracelets for nearly half a century now, they’ve only recently become the hottest piece of status jewelry for millennials. Make that rich millennials.

“It’s popular with younger, fashion-forward consumers because they want to invest money in something special, something of quality, something known worldwide as being a symbol of luxury that can be recognized by their peers,” said Kyle Anderson, market and accessories director for Marie Claire.

Strange, then, that the Love bracelet made its debut well before any millennial was born. In 1969, Italian designer Aldo Cipullo (who’d built his reputation at David Webb and Tiffany & Co.) took a job at Cartier. Cipullo’s creation—initially sold only to couples—was an instant hit, and thanks to some strategic gifting by Cartier’s marketing department, Love bracelets found their way to the wrists of famous pairs including Robert Evans and Ali MacGraw, Dyan Cannon and Cary Grant, and Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Cipullo reportedly took his inspiration from the chastity belt, though a quick glance at the names above makes clear that the bracelets failed to keep their wearers chaste—or married, for that matter.

It did, however, keep itself in the public eye, and for long enough to be picked up by a new generation of beautiful people (who wear them more for prestige than as a symbol of commitment): Angelina Jolie, Lindsay Lohan and Salma Hayek wear Love bracelets. Kanye West is known to wear several, and he’s not alone. “I’ve seen them stacked on young celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Justin Bieber in diamond pavé versions,” Anderson said. Such exemplars, he added, “will have an impact on young shoppers due to their enormous social media following.”

Unfortunately for Cartier, this impact has led to a spate of fake bracelets (some priced as low as $55), snapped up by glamour fans who don’t happen to have thousands of dollars to drop on a bracelet. Alas, true love is rare—and expensive, too.

In 1969, Italian designer Aldo Cipullo (inset) left Tiffany & Co. for legendary Paris jeweler Cartier (above). Cipullo’s Love bracelets soon graced the wrists of celeb couples including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (left).

http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/how-cartier-s-love-bracelet-went-70s-status-symbol-millennial-must-have-171887

Cartier’s Love Bracelet

PHARREL WILLIAMS & CHANEL

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http://pr.chanel.com/metiersdart/parisinrome/pharrellwilliams/

Pharrell Williams, a close friend of the House of CHANEL and personal friend of Karl Lagerfeld affirms his attachment to the House and its Métiers d’art.

Last March, a few days after attending the Fall-Winter 2016/17 Ready-to- Wear show at the Grand Palais, the multi-talented artist spent a day with the craftsmen whose expertise and skill are unique to the Métiers d’art of CHANEL.

Through the exceptional work of the embroiderer Lesage, the feathers and flowers maker Lemarié, the pleater Lognon, the shoe maker Massaro and the hat maker Maison Michel, Pharrell Williams was able to plunge to the very heart of their creative processes and take part in the creation of these unique pieces from the Métiers d’art Paris in Rome 2015/16 collection. They will be available in boutiques from June 2016.

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http://pr.chanel.com/metiersdart/parisinrome/pharrellwilliams/

PHARREL WILLIAMS & CHANEL

Dior Tribales – Savoir Faire

 

Delicadeza, minuciosidad y esmero podrían ser las palabras que mejor definen el proceso de fabricación manual que materializa los pendientes de la maison Dior. Este video nos desvela con todo lujo de detalle el trabajo de orfebrería y atención del que precisa la creación de estas joyas, ya sea con perlas o brillantes y realizándolo así desde el primer paso hasta el empaquetado final. Sutileza y elegancia sin igual.

Dior Tribales – Savoir Faire