Dior presents A.B.C.Dior podcast series, a captivating inside look at the Maison’s codes and icons

French Maison Christian Dior has released a fascinating podcast series called A.B.C.Dior, retracing the destiny of couturier Christian Dior and his Maison from 1947 to the present. In this fun and enchanting primer, each letter of the alphabet introduces a symbol with a wonderful story behind it.

Motivated by a desire to let women rediscover joy, elegance and beauty, French fashion house Dior became synonymous with exquisite fashion and luxury right from its creation in 1947, rapidly growing into a global success.

The audio stories in the A.B.C Dior series explore the life of the couturier, his passions and meetings with charismatic personalities, his childhood in Granville, along with the creative energy and vision of his successors and the exceptional savoir-faire that continues to reinvent the Maison’s timeless codes.

The star, the lily-of-the-valley, the leopard print, Lady Dior, the cannage motif… These symbols of Dior style that have marked the history of fashion are revealed through the Maison’s different universes, from haute couture and perfumes to jewelry. This heritage has been revisited thanks to the creative vision of the Artistic Directors who reinvent it with inimitable Dior audacity, magic and excellence. The podcast episodes are bursting with anecdotes, iconic creations, traditions and  symbols.

The first two episodes of A.B.C.Dior explore the letters M and L: M for muguet, lily-of-the-valley in French, Monsieur Dior’s lucky flower, and L for leopard print an homage to Mizza Bricard, the couturier’s eternal muse.

Don’t miss this captivating journey through time with A.B.C Dior

Touring Superleggera 95th Anniversary

At Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera they are pleased and proud to announce the celebration of their 95th Anniversary as a premier coachbuilder with a new and distinctive addition to their modern product range: a graceful two-seat coupé, and quite notably, Touring’s first ever creation driven by a mid-engine supercar powertrain.

Sharing many design elements with its recent Touring predecessors, as well as their elegant flow and balance of proportions, the design is both a clear evolution and an enhancement of Touring’s contemporary front-engined Aero family, as exemplified by the Disco Volante Coupé and Spyder and last year’s Aero 3. This will be a truly fitting example to carry forward the Touring philosophy into the mid-engine genre. 

Currently in the final stage of production, the completed car will be officially introduced in June 2021, and subsequently shown at our distributors worldwide, as well as leading events like The Quail, The Bridge, Salon Privé, and the Zoute GP. Stay tuned for more exclusive advance information on this exciting new model. We can’t wait! Come into the beautiful world of Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera .

Get Healthy-Looking Skin Just In Time for Summer with Country Life Vitamins’ Latest Launch, Maxi-Skin® CeraClear™

Today, Country Life Vitamins introduces Maxi-Skin® CeraClear™ to its wide range of vitamin & supplement offerings, so people everywhere can help get their glow on! Maxi-Skin® CeraClear™ is the first in North America to use Skin-Cera®, clinically studied ceramides from the Konjac root, shown to improve hyperpigmentation, balance oiliness, alleviate dryness and clear whiteheads and blackheads.* Maxi-Skin® CeraClear™ helps to enhance your skin just in time for sunny days ahead.

While many skincare products commonly use ceramides derived from rice or wheat, CeraClear™ is powered by ceramides found in the konjac root that act as a non-drying, non-cystic acne clearing solution and assist in maintaining a healthy complexion.* Formulated for clearer skin, the vegan beauty supplement can show results in as little as six weeks.

When we created this particular formula, we wanted to make a versatile supplement that everyone could benefit from, while also ensuring that it targeted the specific skin care needs of our customers. Maxi-Skin® CeraClear™ is a product that can truly be used by anyone – both men & women, teens & adults, those who have oily skin or dry skin, and we’re excited to see the individual effects that they experience during the process.

Dr. Audrey Ross, Senior National Educator at Country Life Vitamins.

As we dare to go bare for the summer – makeup-free, that is – one clinical strength capsule twice a day will leave skin looking and feeling beautiful from within. Results may be even more effective when taken with Country Life fan-favorite, Maxi-Skin® CeraClear™ a vegan fruit-based formula that provides 5 in 1 benefits for even skin tone and increased elasticity. Skip the complicated multi-step skincare routine and opt for a duo that offers an easy yet effective beauty ritual to help replenish skin from the inside out. Better yet, both products are certified gluten-free.

The launch of Maxi-Skin® CeraClear™ marks a continued expansion into vegan beauty and represents the brand’s commitment to individualized health and wellness needs. Rounding out Country Life’s roster of beauty and skincare products, such as High Potency Biotin, Maxi-Hair® Plus and Maxi-Collagen® 7000 Powder, Maxi-Skin® CeraClear™ is the new go-to in self-care for effortless-looking skin.

Country Life Vitamins Maxi-Skin® CeraClear™ is now available on their website for a suggested retail price of $19.49 for a 30-day supply. For more information, come into the beautiful world of Country Life Vitamins.

Splendido Mare Hotel opens its doors in Portofino, epitomizing Italian Riviera glamour

A new era of timeless Italian glamour begins with the reopening of the Splendido Mare, a Belmond Hotel (part of LVMH), on the Italian Riviera. With the renovation of the legendary property, offering stunning interior design and exceptional guest experiences, an enticing allure of La Dolce Vita wafts over the celebrated harbor town.

The Splendido Mare is ready to welcome travelers avid for exceptional experiences with its 14 completely renovated rooms. Faithful to its heritage as a one-time guest house for fishermen, the hotel invites guests to share an art de vivre infused by the natural beauty of Portofino harbor. “Our teams have been working tirelessly to create a new standard in relaxed Italian sophistication, and now, the true Belmond magic begins. Together with our guests, we can look ahead to the return of La Dolce Vita by the sea with friends and family enjoying days out on the water, slow afternoons on the beach and joyful evenings on the terrace at the new restaurant, DaV Mare,” comments Belmond Roeland Vos, CEO & President. Designed with Da Vittorio Group, the new restaurant ushers in a new level of gastronomic excellence to the Ligurian Coast.

To discover the enchanting Italian Riviera coast, the Splendido Mare invites guests to set sail aboard a traditional Gozzo Ligurian fishing boat to visit San Fruttuoso Bay and its magnificent abbey, stop for a swim to the submerged statue of Christ the Abyss, or dive into the crystal-clear waters of Punta Chiappa. Maritime excursions can be accompanied by picnic lunches prepared by the Dav Mare restaurant, or fresh caught local seafood. Fans of nautical sports will revel in the excitement of the ‘Regate di Primavera – Splendido Mare Cup’, which returns from May 6-9, 2021, organized with partners including the Yacht Club Italiano, to celebrate the renaissance of the Splendido Mare.

The majestic Portofino Regional Park offers a chance to discover exhilarating landscapes and the fabled ‘Path of the Kiss’, named after two young lovers who exchanged their last embrace there. The trail stretches from San Rocco to Camogli to San Fruttuoso, featuring absolutely amazing views of the bay. Another memorable experience is half-day excursions accompanied by botanist guides to discover the secret health and beauty benefits of local mountain plants and herbs.

The Splendido Mare is the ideal refuge on the Piazzetta for discerning travelers. The interior design by Festen Architecture is an elegant blend of references to nautical heritage and the cinematic glamour of the 1950s with mid-century modern elements. The colors of the rooms and suites are inspired by bright Ligurian building hues, set off with luxurious materials by Loro Piana and Rubelli. An art collection curated by ARTIQ includes specially commissioned pieces by Italian artist Gabriele Cappelli, and staff uniforms have been created by Italian fashion designer Arthus Arbesser.

In addition to the Splendido Mare, throughout the month of May Belmond will welcome guests back to other exceptional properties for lovers of Italy, including the Cipriani in Venice, Villa San Michele in Florence and Caruso in Ravello. To book and discover more Belmond properties, come into the beautiful world of Belmond.

Maison Chaumet for Le Printemps des Étudiants

After supporting ‘Les Visières de l’Espoir’ in 2020, French Maison Chaumet is committed to the Co’P1 – Solidarités Étudiantes Association in 2021 in order to support the students in precarious situations due to the health crisis. Co’P1 was created in 2020 by students and distributes more than 600 food baskets every week to students in precarious situations in France.

As a proud contributor to the Tajan Auction House auction ‘Le Printemps des Étudiants’ for the benefit of the Co’P1 Association, French Maison Chaumet will be participating in a charity sale from May 4th to May 11th, 2021, organized by Co-P1 – Solidarités Étudiantes.

The lots on auction include an exceptional experience at Chaumet’s mythical hôtel particulier located at 12 Place Vendôme, comprising of a lunch for two orchestrated by chef Bastien de Changy, followed by the discovery of the Maison’s creations during a tour of its private salons.

Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.

Zenith Icons, a second life for the manufacture’s most emblematic vintage timepieces

With Zenith Icons, the Zenith Manufacture gives watch enthusiasts a chance to own a piece of watchmaking history. This highly exclusive collection of vintage watches offers only the most iconic pieces of the brand, which are authenticated, restored and certified by the Manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland.

The concept begins with a curated selection of the most well-preserved iconic Zenith watches. When a watch that appears to be in excellent condition is found, the Heritage department at the Manufacture conducts research to ensure that all the parts are genuine and coherent. The Manufacture then purchases the watch and the Heritage department and its restoration workshops will establish the specifications for its restoration, in accordance with standard practice.

To respect its exceptional heritage, Zenith keeps the original components and materials as long as the function is preserved. For components requiring replacement, it uses historical spare parts from its exceptional stock of original supplies. Finally, a passport, registered in the archives of the Manufacture’s historical department, is issued and printed in a single copy. It is completed by hand by the Heritage Department and signed by the watchmaker in charge of its restoration, ensuring the traceability of the watch for generations to come. To complete the historical experience, the watches are delivered in a special blue leather case, inspired by those that Zenith used in the past.

Now on the eve of the inauguration of its second set of Zenith Icons, within a second boutique, Zenith is going to meet watch enthusiasts in different markets for which it is launching capsule collections based on a shared history, function or theme. One of the first selections, available at Zenith’s Shanghai boutique, features two references with the distinctive ‘square barrel’ case, signed with the Zenith 4-pointed star: the A384 with its ‘panda’ dial, and the A385, which stands out with its ‘shaded smoky brown’ gradient dial, unprecedented at the time.

The A386 – an icon among chronograph wristwatches – became one of the most significant references in the history of the El Primero calibre, while the A3818, nicknamed ‘Cover Girl’, stood out for its vertically satin-brushed oxidized blue dial with a “pyramid track” fractional scale. Dating from 1969 to 1972, the four watches are some of the earliest and most iconic El Primero references.

Commenting on the significance of the Zenith Icons collection for the Manufacture, CEO Julien Tornare said: “This is an exciting new chapter for Zenith’s legacy, and I’m extremely proud of the teams at the Zenith Manufacture for taking on this initiative. We are bridging the past with the future by celebrating Zenith’s rich history and the references that have become true icons of watchmaking. These rare pieces can now embark on a second life using existing resources at the Manufacture, and I’m really excited to share these pieces of history with our customers. This is just the beginning!”

Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Zenith.

Maison Fred for Le Printemps des Étudiants

After supporting ‘Les Visières de l’Espoir’ in 2020, French Maison Fred and its ‘Freddies’ are committed to the Co’P1 – Solidarités Étudiantes Association in 2021 in order to support the students in precarious situations due to the health crisis. Co’P1 was created in 2020 by students and distributes more than 600 food baskets every week to students in precarious situations in France.

The French jeweller and watchmaker’s support for the CO’P1 Association revolves around 3 actions. The first one is the contribution to the Tajan Auction House auction ‘Le Printemps des Étudiants’ for the benefit of the Co’P1 Association. A Force 10 bracelet, awarded during an exclusive discovery of the Heritage of la Maison Fred in the company of Valérie Samuel, Vice-President and Artistic Director, will be auctioned online from May 4th to May 11th.

The second one is a financial donation from la Maison Fred. And finally, the Maison’s employees in France will donate food and hygiene products to grow the baskets given to students.

Let’s stay strong and united!

Loewe and Sotheby’s for Loewe Weaves project

Spanish luxury house Loewe has teamed with Sotheby’s auction house to showcase its commitment to craft through the Loewe Weaves project. The objects presented include artisan-embellished Galician chestnut roasters, bags and accessories for a unique collection that resonates with artisanal craftsmanship.

“Craft is one of my main interests: one that I’ve made central to Loewe’s identity,” says Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of the Spanish luxury house. Each project at Loewe is a way to explore a different aspect of craft. LOEWE Weaves explores the art of weaving, which can be employed as decoration or to build a structure. The main protagonist in the collection is a traditional handmade clay Chestnut roaster pot from Galicia. The holes punched – originally to allow the chestnuts to roast – have been re-appropriated by artists who experiment with different weaving techniques.

From May 1-12, Sotheby’s is exhibiting a selection of handmade pots created by master potter Antonio Pereira and reinterpreted by three artists: Arko (Japan), Min Chen (China) and Laia Arqueros (Spain). The works will enjoy an exceptional showcase in conjunction with Sotheby’s auctions of 20th and 21st century art. Loewe Weaves pieces will be sold at a fixed price on Sotheby’s Buy Now online marketplace from May 1. Loewe becomes the first major luxury fashion house to consign with the platform.

Each handmade pot becomes a canvas for international artists to explore a range of experimental weaving techniques, resulting in a collection that twists the functionality of these objects and gives the discarded materials new life.

Loewe also invited Spanish artisans Idoia Cuesta and Belen Martinez, as well as artisans from Loewe’s own ateliers, to experiment with over 80 chestnut roasters, giving free rein to their imaginations. Faithful to the myriad expressions of the art of weaving the artisans twisted and turned the function of the objects. The holes in the traditional roasters are braided or passed through with ribbons, leather strings, wool threads, straw or feathers, taking on new life. Some artists chose to glaze or paint the surface, while others left the clay untouched.

Each piece recounts a singular story, rewiring the initial function by playfully welcoming abstraction. Many of the materials that embellish the Loewe Weaves roasters are surplus from past Loewe collections. Reuse of excess materials to give them a new and vibrant life perfectly embodies the ethos of the Maison as summed up by Jonathan Anderson: “Authentic craft, for me, is sustainable.”

Loewe Weaves includes a collection of revisited iconic bags and accessories. Available from May 27 at loewe.com and selected stores, the Balloon bag is animated with a garland of flowers crafted from leather offcuts, while the Elephant bag is featured in woven raffia. “Across this whole project, I hope that what comes through is the liveliness and expansiveness of contemporary craft, as well as its playfulness. I am proud we have created singular objects that rewire function through decoration, and the other way round,” concludes Jonathan Anderson.

The main protagonist of Loewe Weaves is the chestnut roaster from Galicia: a series of handmade clay pots crafted by master potter Antonio Pereira (above).

In collaboration with Sotheby’s, selected chestnut roasters will be on display at the auction house’s New York galleries from 1– 12 May, and seven pieces will be available to purchase on the Sotheby’s Buy Now online marketplace.

The chestnut roasters are available in selected Loewe stores worldwide from 27 May. Come into the beautiful world of Loewe.

Hermès unveils new Beijing flagship

French Maison Hermès has unveiled a newly transformed flagship store in Beijing’s business district, in the China World Trade Centre. 

The ‘eye-catching façade that beckons from afar’, covers two floors and more than 900 sq m. The 11m-high storefront is said to be ‘a technical feat of engineering and craftsmanship’ cast in undulating, engraved double-glass panels, that ‘evoke a forest of bamboo’.

The store can be accessed both from inside the mall and the street and features the complete Hermès line-up across women’s and men’s fashion, accessories, beauty and home collections.

The interior was created by Parisian architecture agency RDAI as an ‘open plan and fluid layout, awash with a feeling of lightness and tranquillity’. It features ‘nuanced pastels and mineral hues, like celadon and gold, of traditional etchings and paintings’. The murals on the first floor were painted on Chinese wild silk; and the woven bamboo on the second floor was also locally sourced. There are also bespoke design details ‘realised via a tremendous collaborative process with local craftsmen, such as the nuanced terrazzo floors (made of Chinese stone and pebble aggregate), the renowned Faubourg Saint-Honoré mosaics, hand-fashioned furnishings and cabinetry’. 

The first floor houses silks, perfumes and fashion jewellery, plus menswear. There’s also a men’s made-to-measure salon set off to the side for added privacy for higher-spending customers. 

A split staircase, which gives visitors a view of the two levels of the store, is backed by a 3D plaster wall that echoes the façade. It leads to up the larger second floor that houses leather goods, watches and jewellery, home collections and womenswear, plus a private VIP room. 

The Maison said that throughout the space, a “carefully curated selection of art illuminates the relationship between Hermès and China”. The two notable commissioned artworks, are an equestrian-inspired triptych by French artist Jean-Louis Sauvat that sits almost suspended from the wall above the staircase, and an ink drawing by Chinese artist Li Xin in the perfume area.

With a focus on local anchoring and sustainable natural materials, Hermès is developing its environmentally responsible culture through the renovation of its store in the heart of the China World mall in Beijing, which opened on 30 April.


G/F, China World Shopping Mall , No. 1, Jianguomenwai Avenue ,
Beijing, 100004,
China

The new Hermès store in Beijing China World combines artistic heritage and local know-how with the architectural codes of the Hermès Faubourg Saint-Honoré store, in Paris, in order to introduce visitors to the Maison’s métiers. Come into the beautiful world of Hermès.

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Watertone or sustainable beauty by Make Up For Ever

Committed to sustainable beauty that does not compromise on the quality or performance of its products, Make Up For Ever presents Watertone, its new skin-perfecting foundation. The launch is accompanied by the campaign ‘Be Fearless’, filmed and directed by the photographer Charlotte Wales, acclaimed for her ability to capture emotions through faces and bodies.

Co-created with the Maison’s professional makeup artists, Watertone foundation is available in 32 different shades, suits all skin types. Clean, sheer skin tint that minimizes imperfections and adds hydration for 24 hours. and is housed within a super sleek, matte frosted glass bottle with a pump dispenser. 

Designed for fans of natural beauty, Watertone is formulated without animal-derived ingredients, parabens, silicones, PEG, EDTA, mineral oil and phenoxyethanol, and with less than 1% fragrance. It comprises 78% water-based and 94% nature-derived ingredients. Its 100% recyclable glass bottle has a removable cap which can be used as a palette, while its paper packaging is sourced from sustainably managed forests.

Two innovative accessories have also been created with an objective of sustainability. They were developed in collaboration with Make Up For Ever’s professional makeup artists in order to optimize the performance of the foundation. The Watertone Sponge, which is latex-free and sold in a recyclable plastic box, is produced with water-activated materials which enable it to transform into a supple tool that blends and smooths foundation for a flawless finish. Meanwhile, the Artisan Brush #116 consists of synthetic bristles with a beech-wood handle.

The creative mission of Make Up For Ever is to inspire everyone to show who they really are and what makes them unique. Come into the beautiful world of Make Up For Ever.