A precious rainbow

Admire Piaget’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève – GPHG Ladies’ Watch Prize winner, the Piaget Limelight Gala. Inspired by Haute Couture, both the bracelet and dial are decorated with the rare craft of Palace Décor. This technical effect is done in-house and created with a multitude of etched golden links, giving our Limelight Gala a silk-like bracelet that wraps around the curve of the wrist.

With an array of green tsavorites and coloured sapphires that range from red, orange, yellow, blue, indigo and violet, they decorate the iconic curved bezel creating its iconic rainbow effect. Each stone was then set using a ‘Sertie Descendu’, an intricate technique that magnifies the brilliance of the gemstones.

Piaget watches en jewellry are available at Piaget boutiques and selected stores worldwide. For more information about the award-winning Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow Watch, come into the beautiful world of Piaget.

French fashion king Thierry Mugler passed away

Once again, the fashion world loses one of its most influential figures with the death of the French avant-garde couturier and costume designer. The eccentric French fashion designer passed away on Sunday. Mugler’s team has announced this via his Instagram account. He was 73 years old.

After three well-known faces from the fashion world disappeared last week (fashion journalist André Leon Talley, former top model Ghislaine Nuytten and actor and top model Gaspard Ulliel), Manfred Thierry Mugler passed away on Sunday. The sad news was shared on his Instagram last Sunday in a short statement. An all-black image reads, in French: ‘We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday 23rd January 2022. May his soul rest in peace’.

Thierry Mugler was born in Strasbourg in December 1948. At the age of 14 he decided to become a dancer with the ballet company of the Opéra national du Rhin, and studied at the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. His creativity led to training as an interior designer, but in his early twenties he shifted his attention to designing clothes.

In 1967 he managed to sell his first designs to the French fashion houses Cacharel and Dorothee Bis. A period of freelancing in various European fashion capitals followed, after which Mugler settled on a houseboat in Amsterdam – some sources say he shared rooms with Sylvester, who would later have big hits with songs like ‘You Make Me Feel..Mighty Real’, and ‘Do You Wanna’. Funk’.

He moved to Paris at the age of 24 and created his own label ‘Café de Paris’ in 1973. A year later he founded the fashion house ‘Thierry Mugler’. His structured and refined silhouettes quickly became an established name.

Some people are exceptionally gifted. Fashion designer Thierry Mugler was one of them: each design was powerful, sharp, soft, outspoken, timeless and different.

In the 80s and 90s he became known in the haute couture world for his sexy style and the big names that walked around in his creations, such as Diana Ross, Lady Gaga, Liza Minelli, Beyoncé, Céline Dion, Svetlana Zakharova, Dua Lipa, but also the Cirque du Soleil were among his clientele. At the request of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, he completed his first haute couture collection in 1992.

Thierry Mugler was often in the company of colleagues Claude Montana, Jean Paul Gaultier and Azzedine Alaïa. His fashion shows were extravagant affairs held in arena-like settings and the associated collections had different themes. He was known for his sculpted designs with broad shoulders and a narrow waist. Wearable art with a bombastic touch was his trademark.

I have always tried to take the body to the next level, to make people dream.

Early in his career, he designed signature looks for Michael Jackson, Madonna, Grace Jones, Diana Ross, and David Bowie; as well as outfits for George Michael’s music video ‘Too Funky’ and most notably Demi Moore’s dress from the 1993 film ‘Indecent Proposal’, once dubbed “the most famous dress of the 1990s”.

In addition, according to the authoritative fashion magazine WWD, Mugler was the first designer to force celebrities to showcase his creations at fashion shows. He was also one of the first designers to champion diversity in his runway shows, often addressing racism and ageism, and incorporating non-traditional models such as drag queens, porn stars and transgender women.

It wasn’t just the clothes that appealed to Mugler. Photography was more than a hobby, many of the photos used in campaigns were taken by the designer himself. In 1988 he publishes his first book as a photographer. He was also the director of several short films for Canal+ and several commercials for Gauloises in 1990. He not only designed the clothing, but he also directed the iconic video clip Too Funky in 1992. In 1994 he co-starred in the film ‘ Ready to Wear’ by Robert Altman.

Angel

Estelle Lefébure for Thierry Mugler Angel, 1992

In 1992, the fashion designer entered the beauty industry with the launch of the fashion house’s first fragrance, Angel, a sugary-sexy blend of caramelized praline, chocolate and a patchouli accord. It would be part of a new fragrance family now known as ‘gourmand’.

Mugler worked very closely with famed nose (and founder and head of the Clarins empire) Jacques Courtin-Clarins to create a fragrance that reflected his approach to fashion design — unexpectedly, somewhere between the vulgar and the luxurious.

Jerry Hall for Thierry Mugler Angel, 1995

Loyal fans of Angel include Diana Ross, Jerry Hall, Barbara Walters, Eva Mendes and Hilary Rodham Clinton. But the powerful fragrance, inspired by Mugler’s childhood memories of visiting the funfair in France, became the ultimate ‘party perfume’ of the 1990s.

The Angel flacon, a futuristic and technically sophisticated design in the shape of a faceted star, was designed by Thierry Mugler. Brosse Master Glassmakers manufactured the refillable flacons by hand using a special process.

Thierry Mugler Angel, 75ml, 1994 Limited Edition Etoile Couture Star, vervaardigd door de Brosse Master Glassmakers (privé-collectie).

One of the most important features was that the flacons were made of very clear glass without the use of lead, making the flacons recyclable, and the flacons were refillable ‘as in the past’. Concerned early on about their environmental impact, Mugler and Clarins later developed a refillable flacon that could be refilled at ‘La Source’- a bold move that was far ahead of its time. Limited ‘star’ flacons were released every year.

In 1996 Mugler Angel launched a male version called Angel Men or A*Men. This fragrance contains notes of caramel, coffee, vanilla, patchouli and honey. Nearly ten years after Angel, its 2005 counterpart – Alien – was released with much the same fanfare. Since then, several additional versions such as Angel Muse, Angel Nova, and Alien Goddess have hit the scene earlier this year.

Career switch

In 1997 he sold his fashion house to the Clarins Groupe. In 2002 he said goodbye to his Maison. When he went out of fashion, the designer went back to using his birth name, Manfred. Through bodybuilding and surgery, he changed his appearance, making him look like a homoerotic illustration of the French artist Tom of Finland. I have always found his transformation fascinating. In his interview with his good friend Tippi Hedren for Interview he talks about this, memorable!

The cheerful Frenchman, a lover of drama and theater, stopped as a designer in 2002 and said about it: “Fashion is beautiful, it is 3D art on a person. But it wasn’t enough, which is why I want to create in other ways”.

He did this, among other things, by focusing on making costumes and concepts for circus, cabaret and pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Cardi B and Beyoncé. At the Cirque du Soleil he directed the ‘Zumanity’ (zoo-manity) show (2003), for which he also designed the costumes. In 2008, he created the outfits for Beyoncé for her ‘Sasha Fierce-Tour’. For her ‘I Am… World Tour’ in 2009 he started working as an artistic consultant and designed both the clothing and the decor.

The return

In September 2010, Nicola Formichetti was announced as Creative Director of the Thierry Mugler brand. He changed the brand name to Mugler, removed the first name, and in January 2011, launched the revival of the brand’s menswear collection in collaboration with Romain Kremer.

After more than two years working as Mugler’s creative director, Formichetti announced in April 2013 that he and the fashion house were separating. Formichetti left Mugler to work for the Italian brand Diesel. This year Thierry Mugler returned as a creative advisor.

In 2016, Thierry Mugler created and directed the music video and staging for San Marino’s Eurovision Song Contest entry ‘I Didn’t Know’ performed by Turkish singer Serhat. In 2019 he created a ballet together with the choreographer Wayne McGregor. Mugler joined forces with the choreographer to direct something he had long dreamed of: a dance-fashion fusion presentation called ‘McGregor and Mugler at The London Coliseum’.

That same year, Mugler interrupted his designer retirement for Kim Kardashian, for whom he designed the dress she wore to the Met Gala. Inspired by Sophia Loren in the movie Boy on a Dolphin, Mugler imagined a ‘wet’ California girl; hence the name of the creation “wet couture dress”. The dress from which small drops of her body hung has now become an iconic design of his hand.

In October of the same year Mugler was a guest in Rotterdam for two days, where he exhibited his beautiful creations in the Kunsthal with the ‘Couturissime’ exhibition. The exhibition ‘Thierry Mugler: Couturissime’ in the Kunsthal brought together more than 150 outfits from the period between 1977 and 2014, most of which were exhibited for the first time. Wonderful to have seen some of his creations ‘live’ again…

I was working for Clarins in the 1990s. During the launch of Angel in the Netherlands I met Sonia Ziekek, International Training Manager for the Clarins Groupe. This very friendly and sympathetic woman brought me into contact with the right people at Mugler (thanxx always! x), so that I could work behind the scenes of various shows in Paris on the make-up. A very special time, where I met many special people (Tessa Rolink, Victoria… remember the time). So is Thierry Mugler himself, a very friendly and charismatic man. A beautiful person.

Thierry Mugler was a force of creativity and kindness. I was shocked to hear of Manfred Thierry Mugler’s passing. A man with the astonishing vision, who set the tone of the times like no other. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work for you.

Jean Amr, owner Yakymour, former makeup artist

According to his agent Jean-Baptiste Rougeot, Mugler died a sudden, natural death. According to Rougeot, the couturier still had many plans and would announce new collaborations at the beginning of this week.

Our thoughts are with his family, his loved ones and all the people who supported him in his revolutionary adventure.

If someone is going to spend a weekend in Paris soon, an exhibition of his designs is mind blowing.

NMoto transforms BMW Scooter into Art Deco Golden Age Streamliner

NMoto an exclusive motorcycle manufacturer based out of Miami, has revealed its latest project – the Golden Age. Harkening back to the halcyon days of pre-war motoring when transportation was equal parts speed, style and skill, the Golden Age captures this sentiment in a modern incarnation.

Dubbed the Golden Age, the design is inspired by the 1936 KJ Henderson Courtney prototype created during the height of the Art Deco movement. The carbon fiber body kit features rounded front and rear subframes, a distinct double-nosed kidney grille inspired by BMW’s recent designs, Golden Age badges along the rear, and nostalgic headlights and turn signals. A Diamond Stitch leather seat offers a dash of premium comfort, and the rear FlexCase storage is large enough to fit two helmets.

The BMW C400X was designed to be the ideal daily driver for smooth city cruising, equipped with a 2020 350cc engine capable of tops speeds of over 90 mph and Automatic Stability Control. While mature in appearance, the NMoto Golden Age maintains the bike’s latest specs and technology including Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats, and a multifunction display.

Aside from the Boba-Fett-Like colorway highlighted in the campaign images, ‘Maroon/White’, ‘Red/Black’, and ‘Black/Brown’ color options are also available.

Production is limited to 100 units worldwide, and body kit prices start at $12,490 USD. The full range is now available for order on their website. Come into the beautiful world of NMoto.

Beauty for you and the planet. La Bouche Rouge, Paris, refillable and responsible.

Since launching in 2017, La Bouche Rouge has been defining a new standard in pure, sustainable beauty as the French Clean Beauty Pioneer.

Concerned that the Cosmetics industry is the third largest environmental polluter, and that 83% of the World’s water is polluted with microplastics, La bouche rouge has decided to avoid the use of plastic from the product itself, to the formula and production processes.

Starting with the lipstick as its icon, the Paris-based makeup Maison has set out to unite French traditional craftsmanship, and eco-responsibility. In 2020 the Maison has grown its collection to a full sustainable and revolutionary make up line – clean, microplastic-free and refillable. The range was created through the prism of the Maison’s four main values: responsibility, sustainability, traceability and creativity.

As we embrace this new year, we remain just as committed to sustainability as we were at our inception. Through their continued use of clean formulas in eco-conceived, refillable, responsible cases, all of which will remain free from microplastics, La Bouche Rouge will forever be dedicated to responsible beauty.

La Bouche Rouge, Paris

Beauty for you and the planet. Refillable and Responsible. Come into the beautiful world of La Bouche Rouge, Paris.

Fusing exquisite craft with kaleidoscopicfantasy: Loewe x Spirited Away

Loewe’s latest collaboration with renowned animation house Studio Ghibli is inspired by their animated epic Spirited Away. The capsule collection brings the 2001 film’s whimsical characters and lyrical backdrops to life across signature Loewe bags, ready-to-wear and accessories.

Fusing exquisite craft with kaleidoscopicfantasy

Spirited Away’s iconic hand-drawn motifs are playfully rendered in Loewe’s signature handcrafted techniques: from leather marquetry, embroidery and appliquè, to jacquard, patchwork and print. For a playful finishing touch, explore the collection’s meticulously crafted small leather accessories, charms and scarves.

Purchases from the Loewe x Spirited Away collection will arrive in limited-edition packaging featuring the film’s iconic characters and motifs.

Limited stock available in selected Loewe boutiques and online at their website. Come into the beautiul world of Loewe.

Guerlain commits and act

Guerlain has been inspired by nature since the Maison’s founding in 1828. Almost two centuries later, they celebrate fifteen years of pioneering commitment and actions to preserve the wonders of nature for future generations, spearheading change at the forefront of the beauty industry.

Home to some of the world’s rarest orchids, the Tianzi Exploratory Reserve in China is a haven of orchid biodiversity – the inspiration behind the Orchidée Impériale collection. Working alongside conservationist Minguo Li-Margraf, over the last 10 years the French Maison has replanted close to 10,000 orchids as part of a vast reforestation program, illustrating our commitment to combining luxury with ethical and responsible production.

Nature has long been intertwined with Maison Guerlain’s past, as well as being inextricably linked to its future.

They are proud to begin this New Year with a new chapter in their story, through new bold initiatives and ambitious targets to deliver a sustainably driven tomorrow and beyond. As Guerlain welcomes 2022, they recommit to to the four key pillars of their sustainable development promise: biodiversity, eco-innovation, climate, and social impact.

Guerlain perfumes, skincare, make-up are available at Guerlain boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Guerlain.

Cartier Love Is All

Cartier Boutique New York

Cartier boutiques welcome the festive season with enticing new facades – their glowing lights and signature red ribbons watched over by the emblematic panther.

Across the globe, from Paris, London, Milan and Luxembourg, from Australia, China and Japan to the Maison’s home in New York, Cartier boutiques celebrate the festive season with welcoming facades – their glowing lights and signature red ribbons watched over by the emblematic panther. 

Cartier Boutique Paris
Cartier Boutique London
Cartier Boutique Milan
Cartier Boutique Luxembourg
Cartier Boutique Shanghai
Cartier Boutique Tokyo
Cartier Boutique Sydney

Looking for that special timeless gift, Cartier love is all. Cartier watches, jewels, accessories and home decoration are available at Cartier boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Cartier.

Chloé unveils its ephemeral boutique design in Soho

Iconic French maison Chloé unveils its ephemeral boutique design at its New York Home on Greene Street in SoHo.

The Chloé SoHo boutique’s ephemeral design centers on 17 sculptural art pieces that have been designed and crafted locally by New York-based makers Antoine Dumas and Benji Gavron. Materials act as a starting point for the pair, echoing Chloé creative director Gabriela Hearst’s approach to design, which often starts with researching lower impact fabrics such as deadstock wool or recycled cashmere. Dumas and Gavron have similarly used reclaimed wood to inform their ideas for this boutique.

Working with Antoine and Benji on the Chloé SoHo store was both inspiring and energizing. They worked with our values of sustainability and took them to the next level. They not only sourced and gathered reclaimed wood from New York water tanks and designed the pieces, but also made them from scratch themselves. Working with reclaimed wood can be challenging as they have to clean up old metal nails and handle other constraints. But they did it so brilliantly. I am so honored that they committed such long hours to the project and brought their exquisite taste, which is full of youthful New York energy. I couldn’t be prouder of the boys.

Gabriela Hearst, creative director at Chloé.

Chloé Soho New York
93 Greene Street
10012 New York
United States of America

Come into the beautiful world of Chloé.

Bottega for Bottegas: Bottega Veneta will strip its platforms for other Italian brands to takeover

Forget social media takeovers, this is the real life thing. Over the holiday season, the Italian brand will be handing over its platforms to a series of local bottegas to promote and celebrate the rich landscape of Italy’s makers.

Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta has announced a new holiday initiative, partnering with 12 Italian bottegas and artisans for the ‘Bottega for Bottegas’ project. The new campaign is an act of solidarity with these makers, allowing Bottega Veneta to use its global reach to shine a spotlight on the work of the bottegas from across Italy.

We are thrilled to launch Bottega for Bottegas alongside Italian artisans with whom we share the common values of creativity and craftsmanship. We are proud to offer worldwide visibility to these ‘Bottegas’ that are deeply rooted in Italian culture, specially at a time where smaller entities continue to be impacted by the pandemic. It is with honor that we have passed on our advertising spaces, website, newsletters, and store windows and we hope that this will further highlight their excellence at a global level.

Bartolomeo Rongone, CEO of Bottega Veneta.

The 12 bottegas come from all over the country, and specialize in products ranging from Krumiri Rossi biscuits and Pastificio Martelli pasta to Orsoni ceramics and Amatruda paper. The project includes an offline campaign – with products from these bottegas on display in Bottega Veneta stores in Italy, and an advertising campaign across Milan – and an online presence.

The online element of the initiative includes newsletters, advertising and space on the house’s website. While the products will not be available from the Bottega Veneta webstore, customers will be directed to shop directly from the bottega in question.

The first ‘Bottega for Bottegas’ project is now live, with the same initiative set to return each holiday season to continue supporting the independent businesses. Come into the beautiful world of Bottega Veneta.

Lightshow to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of Chanel No.5

When French Maison Chanel and Intel join forces, it’s no surprise that the output is something special. Earlier this month, was Miami, this part week, was Dubai.. A beautiful drone light show over Dubai this weekend to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of Chanel No.5.

Quite something. Definitely a treat to watch it live and experience some fantastic animations in the sky.

Stay tuned for more… Come into the beautiful world of Chanel.