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Culture Comes to Couture by way of Jewelry Designers

Breaking the Mold:  Cartier, Chanel & Stephen Webster

Chanel: 2011 Paris-Byzance Metiers d’Art Show Beauty

Chanel: 2011 Paris-Byzance Metiers d’Art Show Beauty/ Photo credit: Vincent Lappartient

 

Jewelry trends are appearing in creative clusters of world culture and artisan craftsmanship in recently exhibited collections, foreshadowing a shift in jewelry design for 2012.  Jewelry designers around the globe are finding innovative methods of implementing global, planetary and metaphysical elements into their pieces.

Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director and Designer for Chanel, brought Chanel’s cultural exposure to new found heights with the 2011/2012 Cruise Collection and the accompanying Short Film, ‘The Tale of a Fairy’. Lagerfeld’s jewelry designs continue to bring a broader sense of global influence to his pieces, as seen at the Chanel Parisian Metiers d’Art show.

A dazzling necklace was on display, with delicate filigree and decadent pearls, reminiscent of Roman and Oriental jewelry design influences. The daring Chanel piece was explained by Lagerfeld as a tribute to the fifth-century Byzantine empress, Theodora, with dense ornaments and intricate metal weaving.

Karl Lagerfeld

Photo Courtesy of: Chanel

Cartier shows a glimmering appreciation for their relationship with the maharajahs of India, which propelled success for the jeweler through exceptionally colored jewels in the early 20th century. Cartier released a one-kilogram gold coin, bearing a spectacular image of Taj Mahal last month. The extraordinary coins were placed in customized luxury cases for the French mint La Monnaie de Paris.

Pete Doherty, a popular American musician, will be releasing a jewelry design in Europe in collaboration with British jeweler, Hannah Martin. In the designs of the first collection are fluent attributions to history and evolution. With an obvious adoration of elephants and antiques, the line which will be exclusively sold in Brittain exhibits innovative use of matter rarely found in jewelry designs, such as fossilized mammoth bones. 

Courtesy of Pete Doherty

Photo Courtesy of: Pete Doherty

The unique designs of London-based jewelry designer, Stephen Webster are available in the U.S. for the first time, with the opening of his first American store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. The London jeweler has been a favorite on the Red Carpet and among celebrities, with bold designs that are striking, sexual and controversial, including symbolic re-creations that embody ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’.

Stephan Webster Jewelry Designs

Photograph Courtesy of: Stephen Webster Designs

With a whole wide world out there, it’s inspiring to see that jewelry designers have found a way to bring culture into couture. Be on the look-out for these global tributes and metaphysical mentions in jewelry trends this summer, and the jewelry design evolution as we enter 2012.

Chanel’s 2011/2012 Cruise Collection: Fine Jewelry, Fabulous Fashion and a Feature Film by Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel Cruise Collection Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld premiers ‘The Tale of a Fairy’ at the Cannes Film Festival

Chanel Cruise Collection 2011

Karl Lagerfeld has just premiered his short film for the Chanel Cruise Collection, ‘The Tale of a Fairy’. The film was presented at the Cannes Film Festival just last week, and there is a note-worthy buzz over the eccentric tactics of the Chanel Cruise Collection’s Creative Director in regard to film making.

The Chanel 2011/2012 Cruise Collection received an extra dose of publicity on Monday 9th, 2011 when screened before an exclusive guest list.

“It is a movie about an ill-advised use of money which begins with violence and ends with feeling” Karl Lagerfeld, May 2011

The Cannes Film Festival exclusive premiered at the exclusive Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc at the Cap d’Antibes. “The Tale of a Fairy’ is a short film created by Karl Lagerfeld to accompany Chanel’s 2011/2012 Cruise Collection. The suggested center of what will be Cannes Film Festival controversy, ‘The Tale of a Fairy’ ran for just under an hour and a half, leaving nothing to be desired in the dramatic controversy department. Risky cinematic scenes and subjects included a topless Danish model, Freja Beha and the tunnel-visioned plot built upon a key focus of controversy by way of exaggerated fame… Money. Madness. Narcissism.

‘The Tale of a Fairy’ stars the muse of Karl Lagerfeld, Amanda Harlech. Other roles are portrayed by models Kristen McMenamy, Freja Beha, Bianca Balti, Baptiste Giabiconi, Brad Koening, Jake Davies, Mark Vanderloo, Oriol Elcacho, Karl’s bodyguard Sebastien Jondeau, model Seth Kuhlmann and French actress Anna Mouglalis.

The Cannes Film Festival is the world’s most prestigious film festival, looming over all others, a privileged moment for celebrating past glories and great expectations. Established in 1946, it takes place each May at Cannes, a town along the French Riviera.

Every year Cannes appears, alluring and forbidding, a haunted palace that knows better than to open wide its doors, become democratic or user-friendly — leave that to the North Americans. The competition choices obey a certain logic: the festival is faithful to those who have triumphed and those who have suffered.

The Marché du Film, where meetings, negotiations and deals take place in parallel to the Festival de Cannes, draws more than 10,000 buyers and sellers from around the world, according to the festival’s organizers

The invitations featured the image above, and all guests and invites have remained tightly sealed from the media.  

The unique and captivating beauty of Model Saskia de Brauw provided the Press Kit Release of the 2011/2012 Chanel Cruise Collection with a fluid presence of minimalistic, monochromatic strength. In the same emotionally charged, moving manner which (those of you who remember this fashion craze) was utilized in the successful campaign for the unisex CK One Fragrance, the use of crisp displays and clean lines of black and white evokes an unexpected bright and vibrant response in the Press Release photos of the Chanel Cruise Collection 2011/12.

Chanel Cruise Collection

Modeled by Saskia de Brauw and Lagerfeld muse Baptiste Giabiconi, the black and white images showcase the clean lines and relaxed silhouettes shown on the runway.”-Joanna at Fashion Gone Rogue

Saskia De Brauw

Saskia De Brauw

Press Kit:

Cruise 2011/12
Studio 7L, Paris

Photos: Olivier Saillant

In other Chanel news, Blake Lively has been getting a hefty chunk of media attention following the announcement of her role as the new Chanel Campaign Girl. WWD chatted the star up during a dinner to celebrate her ambassador role, where Blake revealed she dances to the Lion King soundtrack, and listed her style inspirations—Grace Kelley, Audrey Hepburn, and Sienna Miller.

Blake Lively – Chanel 

The Following is an excerpt taken from a March 2011 Editorial by by MILES SOCHA at WWD, ‘Catching Up With Blake Lively‘ just prior to Fashion Week in Paris:

“I have such a respect for fashion and such an appreciation for it that if there are people like Karl Lagerfeld out there designing, who am I?” she asks. “I want to bow down to them and be a representative for them if they’ll have me.”

Lively says that her admiration for Lagerfeld is such that she’s surprised the photo session for the handbag campaign didn’t yield images of her “with my jaw on the floor.” At the end of the shoot, she pulled out her cell phone to capture an image of Lagerfeld behind the camera pointed at her.

As easily as she navigates the entertainment and fashion worlds, Lively seems as excited about what other ventures acting might bring her.

“I do plan to open a few restaurants one day. I will be the chef, I will create the menus, I will decorate,” she says, rattling off plans to do a brunch place first, then one dishing up Southern cuisine, followed by world food.

Kiera Knightley to Star in Upcoming Chanel Film Directed by Joe Wright

While Blake Lively has big plans for herself and her affiliation with Chanel, Kiera Knightley (who has been working with the top name in Fashion since 2007) isn’t falling into her shadows. In fact, Kiera is also moving forward with Chanel, recently wrapping up a kittenish pictorial and starring in an upcoming  three-minute Chanel Film dedicated to the famous fragrance, Coco Mademoiselle.

· Chanel [Official Site]


· Karl Lagerfeld’s new film trailer [Racked]

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Semiprecious Gems- Jewelry Repair

At our store in Boca Raton we love candy.  In fact we have huge bowls of it all over the store for our clients to enjoy when they come in.  As I look at one of the bowls it hit me each flavor has a colored gem counterpart.  Instead of a bowl of candies flavored with Cherry, Green Apple, Grape, and Blue Raspberry imagine if they were bright red rubies, vivid green peridot, deep amethysts and brilliant blue topaz.  Each one of these stones has their own unique properties making them special.

This year with the economy in a state of uncertainty and the holidays fast approaching why not look to the colored gemstone world for your loved ones gifts.  The colors are intriguing to most everyone and since most everyone can afford them it is a good option for them.  Many designers are known for using color in their repertoire.  Amongst them David Yurman, John Hardy, Judith Ripka and Cartier are a few designers known for their use of color.  Of these designers David Yurman is known for his cable bracelets capped in colored stones.  We have a large selection of David Yurman jewelry at Raymond Lee Jewelers.  Come on in to see us.  Until next time stay fabulous-  Richard your South Florida Jewelry Guru!

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