What goes around- November ’13


Colossal luxury goods conglomerate LVMH has undertook a unique initiative that aims to expand the Group’s philanthropic synergies and bring out and support tomorrow’s pivotal fashion designers: The Young Fashion Designer prize. The competition, which is open worldwide until February 2nd 2014, addresses to students on their final year in fashion schools and to young fashion brands with 2 collections already in hand.

The prizes for the winning brand and 3 lucky students are generous and on a par to LVMH. Winners from the student category will receive a 10,000 Euro grant and one-year contract to work with a designing team of a fashion brand design that belongs to LVMH group. The big winner will receive a 300,000 Euro grant, a year-long, tailor made technical and financial support by the Group (from marketing, to production), as well as a star trophy (Christian Dior’s personal lucky symbol) created by contemporary French artist Jean –Michel Othoniel, mostly known for his works with glass.


The jury consists of 8 fashion designers and 3 head members of the LVMH Group: Nicolas Ghesquière, Creative Director of Louis Vuitton, Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director of Fendi, Raf Simons, Creative Director of Dior, Marc Jacobs, Creative Director of Marc Jacobs, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Creative Directors of Kenzo, Phoebe Philo, Creative Director of Céline, Riccardo Tisci, Creative Director of Givenchy, as well as, Delphine Arnault, Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Claverie, Advisor to LVMH owner, Bernard Arnault and Pierre Yves Roussel, who is Chairman and CEO of the LVMH fashion divison.

It is essential to be noted that throughout the competition, we all can become talent hunters, only by uploading our favorite young fashion designer on Instagram. The best fashion scout will have the -once in a lifetime- chance to participate in Paris Fashion Week and vote their favourite finalist out of 10, who will be presented to the jury. Check out the first bunch of participants here.


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Today is the day! The fully renovated, iconic and historical Maison Guerlain in Paris opens again its doors for the public and its loyal clientele. The building located at Champs- Elysées 68, has undergone a complete architectural change by American architect Peter Marino.

The transformation of Guerlain House, which is open since 1914, created essential space for creativity and concepts that will fascinate Guerlain’s visitors. Apart from the brand new perfume organ, the room for bespoke perfumes, the make up room, the skincare room and the renovated Spa Guerlain, new spaces have been added to enhance and complete the Guerlain experience.

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Spaces such as “Le 68” restaurant by Michelin starred chef Guy Martin,  “Les Delices du 68” patisserie and tea shop and the “fashion corner” hosting luxurious scarfs made of silk, scented silk fans and a whole collection of leather scented gloves in Mitsouko and La Petit Robe Noire, made in collaboration with Maison Fabre.  Scented gloves is a trend brought back to life after many centuries, as it was firstly sported by Catherine de Medici’s and Elizabeth I in 16th century and disappeared in the beginning of 18th century.


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Pics via guerlain.fr and instagram.com

Yesterday, November 22nd Guerlain organized a mini preview of the renovated House on Google+ with a tour inside the building and a virtual hangout with Laurent Boillot, President and General Manager of Guerlain, Natalia Vodianova, Ambassador of Guerlain, Thierry Wasser, Head Perfumer, Guy Martin, Chef of restaurant “Le 68”, Olivier Échaudemaison, Creative Director and 5 bloggers from the U.S.A., Russia, France and China.


After 16 celebrated collaborations with various fashion designers and popular singers, H&M commissioned French label Isabel Marant to create a limited edition collection, true to Marant’s style. The collection is in stores since November 14th and includes fashionable pieces that dress us from morning to night. Knits, faux leathers, metallic textures, shoes and fashion accessories all signed by Isabel Marant, tempt us to fall for them. Here is a picture from H&M Dam square in Amsterdam.

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Here are few pieces from the collection that I singled out.

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Pictures of clothes via by teenvogue.com


Who would have thought that a cellar somewhere on Cheapside Street of London would have hided so many secrets! An excavation of the area back in 1912 brought to light by accident an entire collection of priceless jewels and gemstones dated from the late 16th and early 17th century and were buried there for 3 centuries after a massive fire destroyed a big part of London.

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On the occasion of the exhibition’s opening, Museum of London asked British perfumer Roja Dove to craft a bespoke scent, reminiscing of that era. Roja Dove created a scent containing ambergris, rose and spices, ingredients that though were available only to society’s wealthiest people, they were certainly characteristic of an era, when the trading activities with the colonies were at their peak. Visitors will have the chance to experience this unique perfume by approaching and smelling a square piece of railing, behind which the perfume is placed.


Picture via Basenotes.

The exhibition is open until April 27th, 2014 at the Museum of London. Prices start from 7 to 10 British pounds. Read more about the exhibition here.


Miss Dior Event is an ode to the first perfume ever created by Christian Dior and to anything that generates the idea of Mademoiselle Dior as the designer envisioned her himself.


In this event, 15 female international artists have been given a blank cheque to translate virtually their idea of Miss Dior, drawing inspiration from the scent, the bottle, the stopper, the character and the aura around the perfume.

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The event is being held inside the Galerie Courbe of Grand Palais for 2 more days. Admission is free of charge. For details look here.

Lernert & Sander: Beauty with a denominator of Art

Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug are two people who have your mind contemplating the obvious and make you wonder “Why didn’t I think of it before?” .


Sharp Lernert and Sander are two Dutch artists based in Amsterdam, Netherlands and they use their unconventional talent and square logic, to serve humourous, unprecedented projects including films, art installations, music videos, advertisements and fashion concepts.

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Their golden moments for me, include the Knab Bank commercial, reversing the roles of boat and champagne bottle in a classic opening ceremony, the playful Amnesty video with the catchphrase: Freedom of Expression needs your Flame, the Blacker Sheep photo, in reference to families, in which a well groomed black sheep poses as a prize winning doggie and few witty beauty projects that I present to you today…


What is annoying, plastic, small and you can find it on every piece of cloth, from H&M’s tank tops to Versace’s gowns?


When Elle magazine asked L&S to design the award for the annual Stylist of the Year 2011 nomination, I highly doubt anyone expected the award to be a price tag! Winner Bonne Reijn received the 14 carat gold tag, which is actually a lot more than a trophy.

“We made the unglamorous, glamourous and focused on the most common, least celebrated, underexposed part of a garment, the tag. We designed the golden tag pin as two parts that can easily be clicked together – so it can be worn as jewellery, rather than just sitting on a mantelpiece for the rest of eternity.”


What is common between Acqua di Parma’s Iris Nobile, Guerlain’s La petit robe noire, Balenciaga’s Florabotanica and Girlfriend by Justin Bieber?

First of all they were all released on 2012. Secondly, they are part of a 1400 perfumes mixture: Everything!

The two artists collected all the samples of perfumes that were released on 2012, and created a 1.5 litre master perfume called Everything. The unique blend is being hosted in a massive, handmade, sample-bottle.

NATURAL BEAUTY: 365 Layers of Make Up

How many years does 228.40 ml of make up last you?

Greedy Lernert and Sander applied it all in 9 hours!

They used 7 bottles of foundation, 2 bottles of creamy eyeshadows, 3 pens of lip products and 2 bottles of blush, all by Dutch make up brand Ellis Faas. They applied 365 layers with all that make up, to see what it takes to be transformed from natural looking to oil paint!

It is interesting to mention that the brave model Hannelore Knuts, during the process of suffering for Art, she was not allowed to move and she could eat and drink only through a straw. The “Natural Beauty” video received international projections and participated in many film festivals worldwide.


Back in Autumn 2010, London’s Selfridge department stores launched a massive new shopping destination called Shoe Galleries, containing of 6 galleries and 11 boutiques. Selfridge’s asked Lernert and Sander to create a series of windows installations, taking shoes to the next level.


Perhaps Dutch are not as good as British in black humour, but they are definitely years ahead in how to use humour creatively!  When one would expect limited edition pairs, showered in diamonds and rare gems, togging Selfridge’s vitrines, the unorthodox Dutch duo played around with devices picked up from their homes. Brooms starring as 70’s high pumps, sewing machines starring as 60’s hippies platforms, a dishwasher as clogs and many more unimaginable devices stroke poses and seen by over 125000 people per day!

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What do you think of Lernert’s and Sander’s work?

Disclaimer: All visual material was retrieved from Lernertandsander.com and Vimeo.com websites.