What goes around- November ’13

LVMH PRIZE: YOUNG FASHION DESIGNER 2014

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.

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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.

MAISON GUERLAIN RENOVATION & OPENING 

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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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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.

ISABEL MARANT COLLECTION FOR H&M

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

THE CHEAPSIDE HOARD EXHIBITION AND ITS PERFUME OF 17TH CENTURY

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.

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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

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.

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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.

What goes around- October ’13

LVMH AND NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD

As of September 2013, multi-awarded shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood gained a key ally: LVMH group. Being a selective retailer in luxury business and a strategic investor, LVMH decides to buy stakes in the promising British brand. Nicholas Kirkwood is known for his architectural shoe designs and sculptural forms that are anything but unnoticeable. Read more here.

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Pic 1 via donghokim.wordpress.com. Pic 2 via nitrolicious.com.

Pic 3 via labellamia2011.wordpress.com. Pic 4 via liiiiiiis.blogspot.com.

ESTEE LAUDER AND DUKAS FOR BREAST CANCER

October is Breast Cancer awareness month and Estee Lauder is known to support this holy purpose by taking dynamic actions globally.  This year, Estee Lauder in Greece collaborates with the successful, local shoe designer Dukas for 9th consecutive time to create limited editions accessories, in order to campaign, inspire and motivate. Since 2005, Dukas designs stylish bracelets for this purpose.

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This year’s bracelets are made of ecological leather in pink and white and gold plated ribbons for women and black ecological leather for men. The bracelets will be available until the end of the month at all Estee Lauder points of sale, throughout Greece. Find out more here.

All pictures are taken from Estee Lauder’s fan page.

AJMAL YOUNG PERFUMER TALENT HUNT

Are you between 16-21 years old, a United Arab Emirates resident and you ‘ve got a “nose”? Ajmal is looking for you!

Emirati perfume house Ajmal is touring around the UAE until last day of October, stationing at several universities and malls and conducting simple tests, in order to discover the next generation of perfumers. The initial process involves fun, 3-step, scent tests based on perception and memory.

Out of all registers, 20 lucky young and potential “noses” will get specialization through an intensive training program in theory and practice. During finals, the finalists will have to create their own perfumes, based on what they learnt. Five of them will get shortlisted and one of them will be awarded the “Ajmal Young Perfumer Talent Hunt for the year 2013” title.

All 20 will be given gifts and the first 4runner ups will receive cash prizes! As for winner no1, apart from the title and a generous cash cheque, he or she will have the chance to work as an Intern for Firmenich in Dubai and participate in projects for both Ajmal and Firmenich.

For detailed scheduale of Ajmal roadshows and more information on jury and prizes click here.

CIRCUITS BIJOUX: DANS LA LIGNE DE MIRE

Circuits Bijoux is the feast of modern joaillerie! It is an artistic program until March 2014, including 70 exhibitions, conferences and appointments with a single purpose: to get to know better the French contemporary jewelry.

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In this program’s framework, the biggest probably event that takes place is the “Dans la ligne de mire, scènes du bijou contemporain en France” exhibition, held in the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France. The exhibition hosts characteristic pieces of contemporary jewellery by 55 French, independent designers. Tickets start from 8 Euro and the jewelleries will be on display until March 2nd 2013.

Géraldine Luttenbacher, Bracelet Giverny, 2001 Gilles Jonemann, Collier Nacre. 2012 Maison Hermes, Sac bijou Nausica 2013 Maison Lanvin, Pectoral Dédale, collection Lanvin Eté 2013 Natalia Brilli, Nolex, 2007-2008 derma Taher Chemirik, Collier

Pics are taken from Museum’s website.

THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: FROM SIDEWALK TO CATWALK

Brooklyn Museum of New York pays homage to one of the most influential fashion designers of our ages, Jean Paul Gaultier. Through a multimedia exhibition that includes 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter ensembles, sketches, stage costumes, and many more, Brooklyn museum unfolds the designer’s inspirational and influential path from his childhood, to his first steps in fashion in the 70’s, to the Hermès years and his latest creations.

Jean Paul Gaultier’s teddy bear, Nana, circa 1957 Jean Paul Gaultier (French, b. 1952). Corset-style body suit with garters, 1990, Duchess satin. Worn by Madonna during the “Metropolis” (“Express Yourself”) sequence of the Blond Ambition World Tour (1990). Collection of Madonna, New York

Some of the rare and original exhibits on display are Gaultier’s 56 years old favourite teddy bear, in full make up and accessories styled by him, Madonna’s conical corset that highlighted the years of sexual revolution and the eccentric wedding gown “La Mariée” resembling a mermaid!

Karl Lagerfeld (German, b. 1935). Untitled (Alek Wek) Numéro, March 2000. “Dubar” gown from Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Romantic India” women’s spring-summer haute couture collection of 2000. A design from Jean Paul Gaultier’s “French Cancan” women’s ready-to-wear fall-winter collection of 1991–92, as seen at his thirtieth anniversary retrospective runway show, October 2006. “La Mariée” wedding gown from Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Mermaids” spring-summer haute couture collection of 2008. Latex bodysuit with golden scales; cone bra with shells; long, form-fitting sequined alpaca skirt with latex mermaid’s tail.

Tickets start from 10 Euro. The exhibition will open on October 25th and will last up to February 23rd 2014.

Pictures are taken from exhibition main website.