Couturier Dennis Diem passed away

Sad news from the fashion world. Just heard that a sweet, versatile, incredibly talented designer has left this life. Fashion designer Dennis Diem, a beautiful person, a warm person, and an incredible source of inspiration, has passed away at the age of 42.

Diem was born in Amsterdam, but grew up in the United States. When he was 22 years old he returned to the Netherlands and attended the fashion course, where he graduated in 2000. During a Pink Ribbon event in 2007, the born Amsterdammer showed his first collection of his own, which he had also financed independently.

The body changes through a corset. It’s almost like sculpting.

Dennis Diem, fashion designer

A year later he opened his studio at 144 Oudezijds Achterburgwal. Japan was the basis for his second collection, Yurei, where he went on a study trip. He showed his spring / summer 2012 collection ‘Fool’s Gold’ to the general public during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam in 2011.

Next came the collections ‘Asphalt Jungle’, ‘Florence Nightingale’, ‘Opium Dream’ and ‘Trouble in Paradise’. The couturier mainly focuses on autumn / winter collections. His last major show was in 2016. He became known for his ornate creations, which showed a great love for craftsmanship. The designer was specialized in making corsets.

The big breakthrough of the born Amsterdammer was the famous red dress that he made for Trijntje Oosterhuis. The singer wore the dress in 1996, when she sang the equally impressive song ‘De Zee’ (The Sea) during the opening of the Amsterdam ArenA. Many famous Dutch women such as Romy Monteiro, Georgina Verbaan and Victoria Koblenko wore his creations. For Dennis, great style icon Els Pynoo, singer of Vive la Fête, he designed all kinds of corsets for her tours. Dennis also made outfits for ‘The Ladies of Soul’, Berget Lewis, Edsilia Rombley, Glennis Grace, Candy Dulfer and Trijntje Oosterhuis.

During Amsterdam Fashion Week in the summer of 2014, Victoria Koblenko wore a Dennis Diem couture dress, made from 10,000 Thai ‘green’ beetles. Two holes were made in each beetle to attach it to the dress. The actice wanted a green dress and Dennis Diem, who was always looking for natural materials, found this special Thai Jewel Beetle. When the bugs are dead (a natural death) they are picked up and then the shields are used for art and fashion projects, among other things – they are so beautiful. A dress with a story and beautifully made!

We encountered his creations not only in the Netherlands, but also internationally. Iconic was the golden dress for model and performance artist Nina de Lianin, which she wore during the fourth Cine Fashion Film Awards 2017. Very special also because Nina has been the muse for years, and a good friend of the French couturier Manfred Thierry Mugler, and the face of his perfume Aura Mugler. In The El Capitain Theater, in Los Angeles, the winner shone in her special creation. The fashion designer’s creations were also worn at the Oscars and Golden Globes by his muse Dorith Mous.

What beautiful creations came from his hand. And not only in terms of couture. The most beautiful creations also appeared with paint and brush and through other art forms. Because in addition to fashion, the couturier was mainly involved in making art in the last years of his life. And running a Bed and Breakfast…

Where Dennis was, was warmth, love and beauty. You will be missed terribly, the world is a lot less colorful without you…. Thanx for all the fun adventures during AFW, in the studio and on ‘the boat’. Bye dear, talented, inspiring man, the sky will shine like you did with your creations on the catwalk and everywhere! Thank you for the blossoming collaborations, so inspiring, you were and will remain unique…. a very beautiful person.

Dennis leaves behind his beloved parents Eugénie and John, his brother John-John, friend Bram, Joost and little dog Brammetje. We wish your family and friends a lot of strength, what will you be missed…. Dear, sweet Dennis, I sincerely hope that you are at peace now…

Diptyque’s New Anniversary Fragrance Traces the Path of an Iconic Arab Explorer

The very first shop, located at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris, opens onto the street like a two-part Italian Renaissance or Flemish master’s painting. Three friends had found the ideal stage for their chic little bazaar of fascinating finds as well as the perfect name for it; Diptyque.

It’s tricky to spell, because the i and the y are cheeky letters. Mistakes were so common in the beginning that the Maison had to list it under both spellings in the phone book. Diptyque has such a refined ring to it, and in every language it is chic, eclectic, poetic, esthetic and graphic.

The secret to Diptyque’s singularity is the distinct chemistry between three unique individuals: Christiane Montadre-Gautrot, Yves Coueslant and Desmond Knox-Leet. When they met, it sparked a chain of creativity, that continues to resonate today.

They met through friends of friends. Christiane graduated from l’Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, Desmond was a painter. Together they designed fabric and wallpaper for ultra-chic British Maisons. Then, some other friends introduced them to Yves Coueslant, who had escaped an unlikely career in banking to follow his heart and work… in theatre. The three friends quickly became inseparable. In 1961, they opened an unusual boutique with a daring plan: listen to their intuition and only do what they love. Nothing dampened their friendship as their business grew, and diptyque spread the creations born of this incomparable friendship all around the world.

This year French Maison Diptyque is celebrating its 60th anniversary: an opportunity to immerse yourself in everything that has inspired the Maison since its creation. A cavalcade of youthful creativity, 2021 will be dedicated to graphic design, encounters, nature, travel and curiosity. A year that will be filled with collections and events.

To mark its anniversary, the niche perfume house presents the new perfume Eau Rihla in the spring of 2021. The fragrance is inspired by the spirit of the Middle East, named after the Arabic Rihla wood which means ‘journey’. It is dedicated to the 14th century globe-trotting merchant, Ibn Battuta – a prominent Arab Moroccan-Berber traveler and explorer – and his travels throughout the known world.

Perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin drew his inspiration directly from the Maison’s co-founder Desmond Knox-Leet’s leather-bound sketching notebook and Ibn Battuta’s leather luggage. Weathered and worn, the leather keynote is “an invitation to travel”, says Pellegrin. An exclusive to the perfume house molecule, extracted from rare cedar wood, forms the heart of the fragrance, layered with musk and precious iris. 

Top notes: raspberry, pink pepper, saffron
Heart: leather, iris, cedar
Base: vanilla, musk

A bazaar of spices – much like the ones encountered by Ibn Battuta in far-flung lands – linger, is depicted with notes of saffron, pink peppercorn, and vanilla. Diptyque’sparticular signature, an unusual combination of notes, or ‘olfactory accidents’, emerges as an energetic, sweet raspberry opening note.

The flacon’s artwork is unmistakably Middle Eastern, an etched illustration signed by Safia Ouares showing an iconic Bedouin landscape of desert dunes, date palms, a falcon and camels. Another special touch – the oval label is a glided gold, a different route from Diptyque’s usual black and white branding.

Available as an exclusive for the region, Eau Rihla will be available only in the Middle East from May 1st, until June 2021, when it will release to the international market.

Diptyque Eau Rihla is available as a 75 ml Eau de Parfum at Diptyque Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. This year we can expect more special editions on the occasion of the anniversary. Come into the beautiful world of Diptyque.

Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible: also 659 hp

British Bentley Motors is launching its new Continental GT Speed Concertible hot off the heels of its recent announcement of the Continental GT Speed. The Bentley Continental GT Speed ​​Convertible is structurally the same as the coupé version, but with a cloth roof and slightly more weight.

The latest convertible is the most powerful and driver-focused convertible within the Continental GT range. The engine, handbuilt in Crewe, is the most advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world. For the latest Continental GT Speed ​​Convertible, Bentley increases the engine power by 24 hp. This brings the 6.0-liter W12 TSI engine, of which the carmaker has already added more than 100,000 into its models, to an output of 659 hp. The power source is therefore just as strong in the four-seater Convertible as in the two-seater Bacalar.

The car’s dual-clutch, eight-speed transmission shift is twice as fast when the GT Speed is in Sport mode, offering a smooth and effective transition between gears. Equipped with all-wheel steering and electronic rear differential enhance vehicle stability and agility. It features an upgraded version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-liter W12 TSI engine, set to deliver an 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds (roughly, 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds) with a top speed of 335 km/h. (208 mph).

The sound of the Speed ​​will be sportier than that of the normal Convertible, but will remain civilized. After all, it remains a neat British car.

The Speed ​​Convertible’s chassis has been tuned for more sportiness. The rear wheels steer for sharper steering and at the rear we find an electronic limited slip differential. The same applies here: don’t expect an antisocial hard chassis, because you don’t buy a Bentley for that. In the first place it remains a grand tourer. For those who want to finish things off in terms of sporty approach, the Continental GT Speed Convertible has the option of carbon-ceramic brakes, extra powerful brakes that, among other things, yield a weight saving of more than 30 kilos.

To offer an extra element of the elevated Bentley experience, the roofless nobleman in sports suit has special 22-inch wheels. Customers have the opportunity to choose between three finishes, all unique to the forged Speed wheels. The exterior detailing of the new convertible model include dark tint grilles, the Speed sport sills and badging.

The Continental GT Speed Convertible is fitted with a tailored, Z-fold roof that can be stowed or deployed in as short as 19 seconds, transforming the luxury coupe into an open-top Grand Tourer. There are seven exterior roof colors available to choose from, as well as eight interior roof liner finishes.

The interior is lavishly decorated. Bentley folds several square meters of Alcantara and leather into the interior and here too special Speed ​​badges cannot be missed. Bentley also has various leathers and different flavors of wood veneer available for the Continental GT Speed.

Inside the luxury automotive includes an alcantara steering wheel and diamond in diamond quilting, alongside neck warmer technology that seamlessly integrates into the heated and vented seats to offer an extra element of the elevated Bentley experience.

The Bentley Continental GT Speed ​​Convertible can be ordered immediately. Orders for the first copies have already been processed in Crewe. Come into th beautiful world of Bentley.

Pretty in Pink: Liz Claiborne Curve Pink Blossom

American fashion house Liz Claiborne is launching a new feminine flanker within their Curve collection, called Curve Pink Blossom. Liz Claiborne’s Curve Pink Blossom Eau de Toilette is a dewy, floral scent with a confident radiance and pink personality in a lovely matte pink flacon.

Top Notes: Magnolia, Apple Blossom, Aloe
Middle Notes: Pear Blossom, Water Lily, Green Leaf Accord
Base Notes: Pink Peony, Cashmere Musks, Woods

At first glance, the pink flacon brings the scent to life, highlighting the feminine fragrance within. The opening with luscious notes of pink apple blossom, is followed by fresh middle notes of water lily, and finishing with soft pink peonies that uplift your spirit. You find yourself in a garden of floral delight.

Liz Claiborne’s Curve Pink Blossom Eau de Toilette is available in a 30ml flacon and gift set with a Fine Fragrance Mist at selected stores worldwide.

Black Gold Louis Vuitton Pur Oud

Created just for the Middle East, Louis Vuitton’s new fragrance, Pur Oud, pays homage to the region’s iconic woody note. “The finest raw materials are perfumes in their own right”, says Jacques Cavallier Belletrud , master perfumer for the French Maison, and the mind behind the Maison’s latest fragrance. The perfume is, as its name suggests, composed almost entirely of natural Oud essence, making it exceptional in the world of perfumery. 

Following the release of Ombre Nomad, Les Sables Roses and Nuit de Feu, Louis Vuitton’s Oud fragrance collection continues to honour once again the culture of smell in the Middle East by offering a fragrance for the region’s most emblematic ingredient: Oud. The fact that the new scent is almost only made out of Assam Oud makes it perfect for layering, especially with Ombre Nomad.

Inspired by the Middle Eastern traditions of applying perfume and the culture of Oud, wonders of the world in its purest, truest and most luxurious images. Pure Oud perfume for fans of ‘Wood of the Gods’ the opportunity to appreciate one of the most beautiful wonders of the world in its purest, truest and most luxurious images. Louis Vuitton and Belletrud finally set upon an essence of Assam oud, produced by a family, who ‘maintains a sustainable forest, farmed ethically’.

I wanted to create something exceptional, that smells like a luxury. I was amazed by the way women and men practice layering in the Middle East, mixing and applying their very personal oud preparation. I wanted to offer an oud signature from Louis Vuitton, which is why I’ve invited the Middle Eastern style of perfumery into the Louis Vuitton flacon.

Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, Louis Vuitton -inhouse- master perfumer

It is said that it is the scent of paradise and its meaning in Arabic ‘wood’ Oud is an absolute component of any raw material that has great depth and multiple aspects, as if it contains all other aspects, it is a treasure of nature it is the precious ‘black gold’ to the extent that the finest in its purity is reserved for an exclusive elite of people. The Oud contains countless distinctive ingredients where it offers its fans a completely unique experience, in its complex components and richness of symbolism and global resonance the oud is a journey in itself, smuggled through time and space, a gateway to the absolute world.

To present the purest expression of oud by simplifying one of the most beautiful fragrances in the world is the essence of pure oud, to highlight the raw beauty of this rare ingredient, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud created a near-contradictory encounter between the dreary character of the Oud focused on 10% of the composition and luminous softness of two types of white musk, ambrettolide and helvetolide. A gentle and slightly fruity helveled, and a delicate cotton empreted. The Oud weaves into an ornate cocoon that encapsulates and supports it without strangulation, and emerges from it strong wooden puffs and reveals the richness of its animal reflections.

It is important to note that the agar trees used to create oud have been declared a potentially threatened species by CITES, making the harvesting of oud for fragrances potentially environmentally damaging. To ensure they are maintaining the least harmful production practices possible, Vuitton is working with a family-run team of producers in Bangladesh, who have cultivated oud for the past 200 years. 

Pure Oud is available in the French Maison’s iconic perfume flacon, but this time in stained black glass. Pure, dense and deep to the point that, paradoxically, it reveals a stunning reflection of light, such as the fragrance it carries.

Louis Vuitton Pur Oud is available as 100ml Eau de Parfum. A limited and rare fragrance (there are only 2,000 flacons available), and it’s the most expensive of the Louis Vuitton line-up (each flacon comes in at €1,200). It’s available exclusive to the Middle East countries at Louis Vuitton boutiques. Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.

First Look Genesis X Concept GT

With electric cars becoming commonplace, car manufacturers and designers are appealing to the customers’ familiarities by tapping into their distinguished heritage. For newcomer Genesis, acclaim is built through the creation of premium automobiles and futuristic designs.

Genesis, the luxury vehicle division of South Korean vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group was founded in 2015. In that shot time Genesis, has ‘given’ us some very beautiful concept cars, like 2018’s amazing Essentia. And now the Korean manufacturer will launch the X Concept. Less spectaculair then the Essentia, but ready for the road.

The foundation of Genesis’ unique GT design style is the adoption of its signature ‘two lines’ aesthetic inspired by the wings on its emblem. Its characteristics remain consistent across the models, maintaining its distinct brand identity. The two-lined headlights and tail lights extend across the body to illuminate all sides of the vehicle, brightening the grayness of Seoul. Embodying its ‘Athletic Elegance’ design philosophy, the two-lined motif begins from its smooth clamshell bonnet and continues across the horseshoe-shaped decklid.

Progressing from its eccentrically designed, butterfly-doored precursor the Essentia Concept, the Genesis X Concept adopts a more practical approach to daily driving. Typically, a vehicle’s prominent grille is associated with ventilating a powerful engine. Despite being an electric concept, Genesis’ signature Crest Grille is maintained to signify that no power has been compromised with its GT model whilst forming an intimidating shark-nose look head-on.

Inspired by how an airplane cockpit gives its pilot a designated space – the interior is designed solely with the driver in mind. The center fascia surrounds and tilts toward the driver’s seat to completely separate it from the passenger. The D-shaped steering wheel and paddle shifters accentuate the athletic nature of the Genesis X Concept with a ‘boost’ button allowing maximum output from its powerful engine.

Not just a luxury electric vehicle, the latest concept car was designed with the environment in mind and constructed using eco-friendly practices. An essential part of its creation was maximizing recycled and upcycled materials including utilizing leather fabrics discarded during production to be reused in the construction of seatbelts, parts of the steering wheel, and the airbag cover.

Lets hope we could see Genesis X Concept GT on our roads one day. And the Essentia! Come into the beautiful world of Genesis.

Guerlain’s Boutiques bloom into spring in honor of Mon Guerlain Sparkling Bouquet

French Maison Guerlain’s Boutiques bloom into spring in honor of Mon Guerlain Sparkling Bouquet with an enchantingly feminine landscape, created by Brazilian artist Janaïna Milheiro. Each feather is hand-dyed at Janaïna’s Parisian atelier before being arranged in the style of a floral bouquet, in an exquisite tribute to the Guerlain Perfumer’s latest creation. A poetic sculpture as light as a feather, echoing the sparkling fragrance’s delicate floral accords.

Guerlain Mon Guerlain and Mon Guerlain Sparkling Bouquet are available at Guerlain Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Guerlain.

Espace Louis Vuitton Beijng; Alberto Giacometti

The Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing presents an exhibition dedicated to selected works by Alberto Giacometti from the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Collection.

Born in Switzerland in 1901, Alberto Giacometti moved to Paris in 1922 where he stayed until his death in 1966. Despite the almost instant recognition of his work, Giacometti quickly turned away from the surreal objects that brought him recognition in the 1920s, to focus on the model. As the bodies he sculpted became thinner, and with a sense of lingering failure over his inability to reproduce his models as he perceived them, he achieved extreme simplification of the forms, reducing them to the essential lines of their precarious existence.

Grande Femme II
Femme de Venise III
Buste d’Homme Assis

This exclusive display gathers eight key masterpieces of Giacometti’s oeuvre, that belong to the Collection: Tête sur tige [Head on a rod] (1947), Trois hommes qui marchent [Three men walking] (1948), Homme qui chavire [Man who capsizes] (1950), Femme de Venise III [Woman of Venice III] (1956), Grande Femme II [Tall Woman II] (1960) and Têtes d’homme [Heads of a man] (Lotar I), (Lotar II) and (Lotar III) (1964-65). These selected works pay tribute to the virtuosity of this iconic Swiss artist. Photo credits: Fondation Louis Vuitton/Marc Domage.

Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing
China World Shopping Mall South Zone W. Bldg.
1 Jianguomenwai Ave. 
Beijing, China
Open from April 4th – September 26th, 2021

Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.

Shiseido, ahead of its time

Shiseido founder Arinobu Fukuhara recognized the importance and contributions of women from the start. When he built the Western-style pharmacy in 1872, his wife Toku was deeply involved in developing the business, herself studying Western Pharmacology, obtaining a pharmacist license and helping commercialize medicines. 149 years later, women comprise 46.2% of Shiseido’s Board of Directors and Corporate Auditors, with 57.5%* female managers shaping the Shiseido Group worldwide.

Come into the beautiful world of Shiseido.

Pininfarina Battista at Petersen Automotive Museum

The Pininfarina Battista will take centre stage in the new exhibition at the world-famous Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. ‘The Aesthetic of Motoring: 90 Years of Pininfarina’ exhibit opens on 25 March, running until 5 December 2021. It will pay tribute to nine decades of design leadership, celebrating 90 years of peerless Italian car design and featuring iconic Pininfarina-designed models that have inspired the pure-electric hyper GT.

The Petersen Automotive Museum have added 3 other new exhibitions and over 100 cars to the museum. Health and Safety are their top priorities so they have implemented new and enhanced health procedures and processes to protect you, their staff, and their volunteers. They have also made tickets to verified healthcare workers and first responders free.

Come into the beautiful worlds of Pininfarina and the Petersen Automotive Museum.