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March 20, 2009

Lydia Courteille Diamond Skull Rings

Filed under: Avant Garde Couture,Jewelry — luxebeaute @ 6:47 am
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No one- and I mean no one- does antique look jewelry like French designer Lydia Courteille. I consider her the yin (black) to the yan (light) of Bucheron, or the rebellious maudlin twin. I love how she consistently incorporates skull pieces in each and every collection. Like Bucheron, she does not advertise and could care less if her pieces sell or not which is precisely why these designs remain so true in their uniqueness. Her work is reminiscent of the Victorian age and everything is big and bold- huge is the most fitting word. Her skull designs are packed with spectacular gemstones both semi and precious; diamonds, rubies, green garnets, white and yellow or black sapphires, and jade, pink jasper and onyx in white gold and rhodium settings. There are so many precious stones in her work that its hard to believe the pieces are even real. Well, until you see the price that is- they run $10,000.00-$30,000.00 per piece.

If you find yourself in Paris, put aside some time to peruse her shop at 231 rue Saint Honoré.

March 16, 2009

New Designer Spotlight: Mary Katrantzou

Filed under: Fashion (Couture, RTW, Trends, Designers) — luxebeaute @ 9:23 pm
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Not only is this Mary Katranzou’s debut runway collection, but also favorite ready to wear of 2009!  It has everything I love- bright colors, bold patterns, flattering silhouettes,  nouveau concept with a modern edge.  As the recipient of New Generation funding she used every resource to pull together an impressive development of the bold placement prints and jewelry she spent last season showing to buyers, gathering orders. Her motifs—simplified images of perfume bottles—packed a clean, colorful graphic punch and polish that belied the effort they had taken to assemble. “I found a printer called the Silk Bureau here in London,” she laughed. “They do it in their garage.”

Her gorgeous collection was inspired by Coco Chanel’s opinion: “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future”.  Katrantzou used the printed shape of a perfume  bottle to flatter the body by accentuating an hourglass figure and coaxing the eye into believing the waist to be smaller than it is. Accessorized with chunky gold necklaces  created by the designer using tubes, chains and mirrors, the collection was unique and wearable.


March 10, 2009

Zuhair Murad RTW Collection Fall 2009

Filed under: Fashion (Couture, RTW, Trends, Designers) — luxebeaute @ 5:01 am

Zuhair Murad is a Lebanese fashion designer who opened his first atelier in Beirut in 1995. His glittering, elegant, classical yet fashion forward gowns have become a celebrity favorite. He debut this RTW Fall collection this week.

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