Hermès Wooden Medor Cuff Bracelet

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Remember the Cavale version of French Maison Hermès’ signature Collier de Chien, and Rivale bracelets? Well, aside from the use of patterned canvas straps as alternatives to its current leather and exotic options, the Parisian luxury brand has unveiled all-new cuffs which now come in wood.

Yes, you’re reading it right. Real wood which comes in two options, Olive Wood (a natural beige finish) paired with palladium-plated hardware, as well as Dyed Pearwood (black) that contrasts perfectly with gold.

Both colours will also come in 2 design variations, the Medor Fine Cuff Bracelet which features two Medor pyramid studs and a ring in the middle, and the Medor Cuff Bracelet that’s much thicker (and also higher and wider), with four Medor pyramid studs likened to the Collier de Chien.

Priced at € 550 and € 650 (USD 650 – USD 770) respectively, you can always stack both designs and wear them for a cool chunky look, considering they cost much less than a leather/exotic version.

And yes, both designs are now available worldwide. The Hermès Wooden Medor Cuff Bracelets are available at Hermès boutiques worldwideand a their website. Come into the wonderful world of Hermès.

 

 

 

 

Prada launches fine jewellery line

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Prada has added to its product portfolio by launching a new fine jewellery line. The Italian luxury fashion house has always featured a costume jewellery range, but has now gone upmarket with its first collection of fine gold pieces, which will be commercialised from May at select Prada boutiques and on the label’s e-shop.

According to a press release, the collection is ‘made in 18-carat gold and diamonds sourced from suppliers certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council, a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2015 to promote responsible practices in metal and gemstone processing from extraction to commercialisation’.

The collection consists of earrings, bracelets, pendants and necklaces. The design is clean, pared-down, and is distinctive for its ironic vibe. The pieces riff on some of the amusing motifs which popped up in Prada’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections in the last few years, such as bananas, guitars, roses, rabbits and robots. Without of course forgetting the label’s triangular logo, which has pride of place on some of the pieces.

The price range is from €580 for a bracelet to €4000, with many necklaces priced around the €2000-euro mark. Stay tuned to Yakymour for more.

Come into the wonderful world of Prada.

 

 

 

 

Aga Khan’s Art Deco: Exhibitions by L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels to catch in Dubai

 

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Established in 2012 with the support of the Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, the aim of L’École Van Cleef & Arpels, is to share the jewelry culture to a large and varied audience, both in France and abroad. Through offering an a la carte program of courses, talks and exhibitions, accessible to everyone with no pre-requisites, L’École welcomes the public to learn about the savoir faire of jewelry-making techniques, the world of precious stones, and the art history of jewelry.

Every year, L’École travels to different destinations to meet its students and offer them, in their country, a complete set of courses, talks and exhibitions. Following a first trip in 2017, L’École returns to Dubaï.

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After a first exhibition at L’École in Paris in 2018, the Precious Art Deco Objects exhibition comes back to Dubai from March 29 to April 13, 2019. L’École Van Cleef & Arpels presents a selection of art objects from a remarkable collection of the Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan.

 

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The precious boxes that make up that collection were amassed for his wife, the Princess Catherine Aleya Beriketti, and represent incredible masterpieces of inventiveness, creativity, fantasy, skills and technical prowess.

 

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These precious objects, whose craftsmanship was as important as their function, were specially designed for the first wave of ‘liberated’ women in the 1920s: women who enjoyed going out, applied make-up in public, and kept track of their numerous social engagements with a watch or a clock.

L’École-Van-Cleef-&-Arpels-Visuel_3Cigarette cases, nécessaires (vanity cases), powder compacts and other precious objects in gold enriched in ornamental or precious stones, adorned with mother-of-pearl, lacquer or translucent enamel, sometimes enhanced with miniatures of Asian or Western inspiration, were presented for the first time in New York at the Cooper Hewitt Museum on the occasion of the exhibition ‘The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s’.

 

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At L’École Van Cleef & Arpels, they will be exhibited in a scenography highlighting the multiple Chinese, Japanese, Persian and European influences on these exceptional Art Deco objects.

March 29 to April 13, 2019

Hai d3 Dubai Design District
E11 – Dubai
Open daily to the public – Free access
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Come into the beautiful and wonderful worlds of Van Cleef & Arpels and L’École Van Cleef & Arpels.

 

 

 

Maison Chaumet Moves To The Left Bank Of Paris

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As of January 2019, visitors of Chaumet will be able to discover the French Maison’s contemporary creations in an ephemeral boutique, in hôtel particulier at 165 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris. While, the historic 12 Place Vendôme address is undergoing restoration.

The new address will see Chaumet share its history, its attachment to the arts and the most beautiful pieces from its heritage.

Chaumet, the Parisian jeweller and watchmaker – since 1780 – is already entwined throughout the right and left panks of Paris and the Maison will continue writing the tale that has linked it to Paris from the very beginning.

By selecting Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a legendary neighborhood positioned within the coronary heart of the long-lasting left financial institution district, the brand new location will host a series of exhibitions open to all. The Maison will share its historical past with Parisians through a series of exhibitions and events.

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From the beginning of February, there will be an exploration of the inspiring relationship between Chaumet and writers. As you enter into the ground floor, you are met with an aurora of connection to the many artists who have utilised the space. From Edith Wharton, Karen Blixen, Olga Picasso, Louise de Vilmorin and Marie-Laure de Noailles among its celebrated clientele.

Immediately, the personal mansion positioned at 165 St. Germain Boulevard in Paris, is the epicenter of class effortlessly, well-read elegance and properly learn. Making it a choice as bold as it is natural for Chaumet.

Maison Chaumet has lit up the Place Vendôme for more than two centuries, and intends to shine as brightly in its temporary address, on the left bank.

Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.

 

 

 

Gigi Hadid and Valérie Messika My Soul

 

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The new Messika X Gigi Hadid My Soul Collection has pieces that make the perfect gift. While 2017 saw the launch of the first collaboration between Gigi Hadid and Valérie Messika, this year will solidify the union between the premier supermodel of today and the renowned Parisian jewelry designer.

 

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Inspired and inspiring, Gigi Hadid has designed a second, 100% unique, bohemian-chic collection: My Soul. These beautiful pieces can be worn in layers, and are a perfect representation of the current trend towards ‘stacking’ in jewelry.

Come into the beautiful world of Messika.

 

 

 

 

Boucheron Nature Triomphante

 

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French Maison Boucheron’s Nature Triomphante collection is a tribute, first to the beauty of nature, whose diversity, ideal aesthetic and symbolic abundance offer endless sources of inspiration to Boucheron. Next, it is a tribute to the innovative and free spirit of the Maison, which has never ceased transcending the conventions of jewelry to craft unique pieces of stunning audacity.

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With its nine unique models of flower-rings, Boucheron transforms the ephemeral into the immortal, by blending the intuition and free spirit that was held dear by the Maison’s founder and is still a vibrant part of its creative universe today.

Come into the beautiful and wonderful world of Boucheron.

 

 

 

 

Cartier Ion Orchard reopens its doors with a special exhibition titled Cartier, Icon of Style

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By now you must have already caught sight of the gorgeous Cartier ferris wheel parked outside Ion Orchard shopping mall – or seen it plastered all over Instagram. This gigantic structure is just the first of many things happening at this Cartier boutique, which is set to reopen its doors officially on 24th November. And did you know that this three-story boutique is the largest Cartier store in all of Southeast Asia?

Spanning a total of 688 square metres, the store’s remodelling was done by the famed Parisian artist, designer, scenographer, painter and photographer Bruno Moinard, who made sure to marry the French Art de Vivre (art of living, the French way) with multiple references to Singaporean culture as a Garden City – embracing the beauty, richness and diversity of it all.

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Artist’s impression of Le Salon Cartier on the third level of Cartier ION Orchard

Inspired by the Singapore’s tropical climate, the external 20-metre-long glass façade is patterned with palm trees and raindrops to elicit a sense of privacy and exclusiveness. Another key feature is a custom-made sculpture of art – in the stairwell between the first and second floors. The Cartier panther – carved in bas-relief – nestles amongst the tropical environment on a plaster panel, referencing to Singapore’s very own flora and fauna.

On the third and highest floor, the Le Salon Cartier has been enriched with Peranakan artefacts exuding the splendour of this beautiful local Singaporean culture.

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Shirin ‘Nina Dyer’ Aga Khan Panther Bangle

But more exciting news awaits. Cartier Singapore has – as part of the reopening celebrations – specially curated an exhibition of selected historic and extraordinary pieces brought in from the Cartier archives in Paris. The exhibition titled ‘Cartier, Icon of Style’ has been specially curated – showcasing selected beautiful historic and extraordinary jewellery pieces.

More than a Cartier symbol. A timeless emblem first tamed by Louis Cartier and his muse, Jeanne Toussaint, the totemic panther carries on her reign.

Titled Cartier, Icon of Style, the exhibition highlights, among other things, the origins of the Maison’s love affair with the panther motif. The French Maison was the first jeweller to adopt the panther. The elegant feline was used for the firts time on a wristwatch in 1914 with a setting of onyx recreating the animal’s fur.

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Barbara Hutton’s Tiger Clip

When Jeanne Toussaint was appointed as creative director in 1933, the panter became even more as an emblematic motif for the Maison. Toussaint worked closely alongside founder Louis Cartier and was nicknamed ‘La Panthère’, presumably due to her freedom, strength of character and the love pather in her lifestyle. One of her most outstanding inputs lies in the search on volume and attidudes of the animal. For Jeanne Toussaint, the panther – now an iconic motif – is clearly the emblem of timeless femininity unfettered by convention.

Marked by wild and beautiful femininity, the fearless and audacious panther later seduced countless personalities; royalty, celebrities and femme fatales, who would continue the legend through new savoir-faire and unexplored attitudes in precious materials.

Both, Louis Cartier and Jeanne Toussaint, also had a mutual interest in, not to say a fascination with, other cultures. This has helped shape not just the aesthetic of one or other object, but the entire Cartier style. A visual language, wich has extended to every creation and whose ‘vocabulary’ has been constantly expanding.

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The Duchess of Windsor’s Panther Brooch

The ‘Cartier, Icon of Style’ exhibition highlights the orgins of the panther and its rich connections with some of the most well-known figures, such as the Duchess of Windsor, Shirin – Nina Dyer – Aga Khan and Barbara Hutton, just to name a few.

Open to the public, the exhibition will run from November 24 to December 6. Monday to Friday: 12pm to 9.00pm, Saturday to Sunday: 10.30am to 9.00pm. Keen individuals are encouraged to indicate registration interest on Cartier ‘Icon of Style’ as viewing slots are limited.

Come into the world of Cartier.