Posts tagged ‘Paris’

February 27, 2013

luxury: moynat virage iphone 5 case

Moynat, Virage iPhone Case (photo by Denzil Jacobs)

In sepia Moynat Initial Canvas, the Virage iPhone 5 Case has been elegantly and entirely hand made by accomplished artisans in the heritage and savoir-faire of Moynat Paris. With only one store in the world, located on the prestigious Rue Saint Honoré in Paris, Moynat is one of the oldest Parisian Malletiers (trunk-makers), established in 1849. The definition of luxury lies in the attention to detail and a personalized hand-written ‘welcome & thank you’ note from the president of Moynat included in the presentation of their pieces once purchased is priceless.

February 26, 2013

reese witherspoon wears louis vuitton at the 85th academy awards

Louis Vuitton, Reese Witherspoon, Oscars, 85th annual Academy Awards, (by Denzil Jacobs)

At the 85th annual Academy Awards, actress Reese Witherspoon, wore a Louis Vuitton gown and jewelry. The gown is made in Klein blue silk faille. The corset, bow and back has a black contrast trim. The gown has a Louis Vuitton bow signature on then neckline and ends with a modern bustle and train. This evening gown was made in the atelier in Paris and reveals the unique savoir-faire of the house the atelier in Paris. The ring is in white gold, onyx, and diamond and 5.02 carats, L’Ame du Voyage collection. The earrings are in white gold and diamonds, and 2.62 carats, Voyage dans le temps collection and the bracelet is in white gold and diamonds and 6.46 carats, also Voyage dans le temps collection.

Founded in Paris in 1854, Louis Vuitton is synonymous with the art of travel. Its iconic trunks, luggage, and bags have accompanied journeys throughout time. With the arrival of Artistic Director Marc Jacobs in 1997, Louis Vuitton extended its expertise to ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches and jewellery, available in its exclusive network of stores in over 60 countries.

October 3, 2012

louis vuitton spring/summer 2013

Louis Vuitton Women's Spring Summer 2013 Show 01

A series of columns, descending on the elegant angle of an escalator, traversing the horizontal of the catwalk and ascending again, formed the fundamental structure of the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 presentation. Each look was a strict rectangle when considered from the perspective of an architect’s elevation, interrupted on the horizontal at three levels, with the sleeve heads offering the only deviation from the straight and narrow. This strict template was inspired in part by the conceptual artist Daniel Buren and his work Les Deux Plateaux, a series of 260 columns of three different heights arranged in a grid within the great courtyard of the Palais Royal in Paris. This was the first ever Louis Vuitton collection where the monogram was nowhere to be seen; instead, the damier pattern provided the house’s signature. Squares in differing colours and textures and at varying scales gave the clothes and accessories a starkly graphic quality.

Louis Vuitton Women's Spring Summer 2013 Show 02

For all its crisp, clean lines and bold blankness, the collection still included the labour-intensive embellishments for which Louis Vuitton is famous. The tiniest sequins ever produced were arranged by the thousand to create fluid metallic surfaces, while slightly larger paillettes were stacked four-deep and stitched in precise grids to create geometric relief textures. ‘Tuffetage’, a technique taken from carpet-making, was embroidered on cloth and leather to create a flock-like effect. Surfaces were decorated with goose feathers, applied with painstaking care to produce a perfectly even texture and trimmed to create crisp-edged squares.

 

Louis Vuitton Women's Spring Summer 2013 Show, Marc Jacobs, Shiori Kutsuna, Sun Li

Making such extreme simplicity work requires extreme precision. When every seam and every line is so conspicuous, every detail so architectural in its rigour, dimensions have to be exact to a fraction of a millimetre. Checks had to be matched uniformly on the seams, and allowances made for the way embellishments slightly altered the surface area of the fabrics they covered to ensure a perfectly regular grid. Woven leather underwent a special pressing process to ensure a completely flat, even surface. A fundamental duality underpinned the collection: between the two colours of each grid; between shiny and matt textures; between presence and absence, in the case of the dresses with the cut-out squares. The collection was presented on models in pairs to reinforce these oppositions. Artistic director Marc Jacobs had the image of two very different French icons of the 1960s, Françoise Hardy and Jane Birkin, in mind when creating the collection: Hardy always very covered up, Birkin always revealing plenty of flesh, but both always in long, simple clothes.

The rectilinear discipline extended to the bags and shoes. The Envelope and the Flat already had the requisite right angles, while the Speedy was re-engineered in square and cubic forms. The shoes were long and straight, the bow on the upper forming a bold geometric, while the heel was a precise metal triangle. The show was presented on a site-specific installation created by Daniel Buren in collaboration with Louis Vuitton. A catwalk of vast squares of glass in yellow and white, with four escalators and the roof of the tent perforated with a random scattering of circles. It was only fitting that a collection inspired by one of Buren’s installations should be presented on a set designed by him.

Connect with Louis Vuitton: Website www.louisvuitton.com, Twitter www.twitter.com/LouisVuitton, Facebook www.facebook.com/LouisVuitton and now find Louis Vuitton on Instagram. All images courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

August 19, 2012

jennifer aniston engaged to justin theroux

jennifer aniston engaged to justin theroux

On August 10, in New York City, while celebrating Justin Theroux‘s 41st birthday, Jennifer Aniston was swept off her feet as Theroux asked asked for the actress’ hand in marriage with a ring he helped design. Reportedly, it was a simple proposal that left Aniston in tears of joy and the two went out to celebrate at Greenwich Village eatery Blue Hill.

Aniston and Theroux who reconnected while shooting Wanderlust in 2010 took their romance public at an MTV Movie Awards after-party in L.A. in mid-2011. Thereafter the couple spent quite a bit of time together, including a recent a romantic couples getaway in Paris and a romantic tour of the City of Lights, where the couple rented a luxury yacht in Capri aboard the Liberty of Lymington. The getaway was reportedly dreamed up by Aniston, to take Justin to some of her favorite places.

July 30, 2012

paris hilton cozy with conor mccreedy?

 

Conor Mccreedy with Paris Hilton

Rumour has it that newly single Paris Hilton is on the prowl for a new man after her recent split from. The hotel heiress was recently seen with South African artist, Conor Mccreedy at a private party thrown by Blackstone chairman Steve Schwarzman and his wife, Christine, at his St. Tropez mansion. “She is the most fabulous soft spoken sweetheart. She always looks and feels incredible,” says Mccreedy. There are discussions that a hot sexy portrait in the Mccreedy Blue style is in line for a new show, but could there be more to it, we’ll just have to wait and see. According to the New York Post, “Paris was spotted talking to a handsome mystery man”, Conor?. “She is so sweet to me,” Conor continued. Now in Europe, Conor is looking forward to visiting his home country for a bit of summer sun.

July 2, 2012

louis vuitton yayoi kusama collection 2012

Louis Vuitton Yayoi Kusama Limited Edition Collection 2012

Since its creation in 1854, Louis Vuitton has maintained a close relation with the world of art. Strengthened by this tradition, which has been intensified under the artistic direction of Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton is happy to associate itself with the first retrospective dedicated to the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. This exhibition, which invites visitors to immerse themselves into the world of Kusama, has been travelling from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and will continue its journey to the Tate Modern in London and the Whitney Museum in New York City, next July 2012. A collection issued from the collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Marc Jacobs will interpret the most emblematic artworks of Kusama. It was in 2006 that Marc Jacobs encountered Yayoi Kusama in Tokyo. Art collector Marc Jacobs is a fan of Kusama’s sculptures and paintings: “the obsessive character and the innocence of her artwork touch me. She succeeds in sharing her vision of the world with us.” The admiration is mutual: Kusama, whose works include many performances which examine clothing and the body, has a profound respect for Marc’s creativity. A photo of this encounter is today hanging on the wall of the Kusama Studio in Tokyo.

The starting points for the collection were obsession and seriality. The iconic Louis Vuitton leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches and jewellery became the supports for Kusama’s organic repetitive patterns. Treated in vigorous and hybrid colours, the polka dots cover the products infinitely. All over, express the unlimited possibilities of playing with scales, colours and densities. When the “kusamesque” figure comes to life, the patterns ripple and lead the eye into a stroboscopic game. No middle, no beginning and no end: this hallucinatory proliferation will also be relayed in the Louis Vuitton windows worldwide decorated with emblematic motifs: biomorphic shaped “nerves” sculptures for windows named “BEGINNING OF THE UNIVERSE”; flowers entitled “ETERNAL BLOOMING FLOWERS IN MY MIND” and especially red polka dots on white background among which Kusama figures named “SELF-OBLITERATION” can be spotted. For the artist, who sees her life as “a dot lost among millions of other dots”, this collaboration will allow her to spread her polka dots infinitely across the world and convey her message: “Love Forever”. “It enables her to increase her audience and that of contemporary art in general, concludes Marc Jacobs. The task Louis Vuitton has always set itself.”

The Yayoi Kusama collection will launch globally on 09 July 2012. For more information click on www.louisvuitton.com or contact Louis Vuitton Cape Town on 021 4059700.

April 27, 2012

new photos: mariah carey & nick cannon renew their vows in paris

Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon

On Friday, Mariah Carey looking amazing in a fishtail white gown with a black sash, diamond necklace and matching earrings and Nick Cannon in a white suit and black tie, renewed their vows in Paris as they celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary coming up on 30 April 2012. The glowing couple kissed in front of a backdrop of the Eiffel Tower and posed for several happy pictures together like newlyweds. “Tonight was an incredible night, I can’t express how amazing it was to renew our vows in Paris at the top of the Eiffel tower.” tweeted Mariah.

April 27, 2012

mariah carey & nick cannon renew their vows in paris

Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Paris

Celebrating their fourth anniversary and the first birthday of their twins in Paris, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon were spotted stealing a kiss wearing matching ensembles as they left Baby Dior today. Looking as gorgeous as she does on the May cover of Shape magazine, Mariah wore a tight-fitting red and black lace belted mini-dress underneath an open black coat with ankle strap heels. Mr ShowBiz looking good and healthy again, donned a grey turtle-neck sweater underneath his own wool coat and paired his red, black and tan suede trainers matching Mariah’s shoes. The couple will publicly renew their vows tonight at a Parisian hotel with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop and will later greet media at La Maison Blanche hotel. It’s a truly festive time for the Cannon family, “Shopping for Roc & Roe’s bday in Paris.. Dembabies dembabies dembabies!” tweeted Mariah earlier today. Congratulations Mariah & Nick!

April 26, 2012

mariah carey invited to perform in cannes 2012

Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Dem Babies, Monroe Cannon, Moroccan Scott Cannon

Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon are currently in Paris to celebrate their wedding anniversary and twins, Monroe and Moroccan Scott‘s first birthday. “Very excited to celebrate #dembabies first birthday in a week, I can’t even believe it’s been a year.. wow!!!”, tweeted Mariah. The singer has been requested by the AIDS research group, amfAR to be the celebrity performer next month in Cannes. Mariah would join the likes of Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Elton John and Sam Moore who have performed at Cannes before. Nothing has yet been confirmed as Mariah is currently finishing up a new album and has other commitments. The singer/songwriter has been in studio working with big names in the music industry, including producer Jermaine Dupri. Mariah recently tweeted, “In the studio, recording w/ Randy Jackson, Loris Holland & some truly amazing musicians. Can’t wait till u hear it,LYM!”.

April 18, 2012

talking luxury – la maison goyard

Goyard, Orlando Bloom

Goyard, established in Paris in 1853 has over time become one of the most famous luxury leather goods brands not only in France but also worldwide with their stylish chevron motif and emphasis on detail, executed entirely by hand. Whether it be a wallet, like the one Orlando Bloom was spotted with a few days ago (in the picture above) or a luggage trunk, each Goyard piece is unique. The brand also creates custom-made pieces and special orders, such as a trunk designed to carry a polo player’s equipment, or a holder for perfumes, cigars and even a iPhone 4 case priced at around $900 taking anything from 4 to 8 months to complete. As a luxury malletier, each trunk is numbered and bears a reference label with the name of the worker handwritten inside. Goyard does not create seasonal limited edition pieces, however did reintroduce a range of pieces in Pink, a color which is not part of their regular offer, as a once off run. A very exclusive brand, Goyard do not advertise at all, but rely on word of mouth from their customers which include the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Kim kardashian, Joshua Jackson and Karl Lagerfeld to name a few. With prices ranging from $2000 for a handbag to over $50 000 for a large trunk, it may be one of the most expensive brands in the world, but definitely worth the craftsmanship and luxury.