Gucci Opens Its First Boutique Dedicated To High Jewellery In Place Vendôme

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If you’re Paris bound, then you’ll want to make sure a visit to Place Vendôme is on your list of things to do as Gucci has opened its very first boutique dedicated to fine and high jewellery.

If there’s one thing that Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele is absolutely obsessed with (well, aside from his muses Florence Welch, Harry Styles, Jared Leto and Lana Del Rey), it’s jewellery, evident in the numerous shots on his personal Instagram page which show him stacking his beloved rings and rows of eclectic-looking bracelets.

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So it doesn’t come as a surprise that he has been tasked with creating the Italian luxury brand’s high jewellery and watch collection, several of which come with unique stones personally sourced by Michele himself. To celebrate this momentous milestone, Gucci is launching the collection (along with an assortment of fine jewellery pieces) at 16 Place Vendôme, the Italian luxury house’s first high jewellery boutique in Paris that’s situated alongside some of the world’s finest jewellers, like Boucheron, Bvlgari, Cartier, Chaumet and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Such an exceptional collection certainly deserves an equally remarkable setting. And the Place Vendôme, built in 1686 by the French King Louis XIV and home to many haute couture brands – Chanel, Bvlgari, Dior, Boucheron, Chopard, Piaget and Cartier among others  — is the perfect venue for Gucci’s newest boutique.

Presenting an elegantly muted design aesthetic, its stands out in stark contrast to Gucci’s other international boutiques that are abundant in distinctly amplified and exaggerated tints. A monochromatic mosaic floor, white marble, furniture carved out of ebonized wood, and antique mirrors – all add to the drama of the jewellery on display and bring out the inner charm of these precious gems.

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Titled Hortus Deliciarum, named after the medieval illustrated encyclopedia – it comprises over 200 one-of-a-kind pieces that come in 3 distinct themes. The first consists of classic pieces that pay homage to eternal love, timeless classics rendered in coloured gemstones and precious diamonds. The second is an ode to the animal kingdom, evident in the diamond-encrusted lions, Ouroboros serpents and tigers found on a generous selection of rings and opulent bracelets, just to name a few. The third is all about singular solitaires with a maximalist allure; just picture your favourite pear-cut coloured gemstones (blush rosé topaz, honey hued imperial topaz, velvety green tourmaline) decked out with sparkling diamonds and finished with an exquisite setting that reinforces Michele’s maximalist aesthetic.

And if there are two words that can be used to describe the brand new boutique, it would be elegance and sophistication. Step within and you’ll find the boutique furnished with a monochromatic mosaic floor, with cabinets crafted from ebony wood lined with verde aqua satin that only serves to illuminate the precious jewellery within.

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In other words, it’s still Gucci, but a whole new universe that’s on another level altogether, created to beautifully showcase the high jewellery pieces. Heading to Paris soon? The Gucci High and Fine Jewellery boutique is open now at 16 Place Vendôme, Paris

Come into the beautiful world of Gucci.

 

 

 

 

Christian Dior Boutique at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

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The Maison Christian Dior retail concept is now featured in selected airports worldwide. The Paris Charles de Gaulle airport boutique, located in Terminal 2AC’s ‘Parfums d’Alcôve, has been designed to host a ‘new Dior universe’, one dedicated to the love of perfume and to the art of gifting.

We are very proud to launch Maison Christian Dior at Paris Charles de Gaulle, in Paris, in France where the House of Dior was born. This was only possible thanks to a great partnership with Lagardère Travel Retail, SDA and Paris Aéroport.

Floriane Pampiglione, Parfums Christian Dior General Manager Travel Retail Europe

The boutique offers an exceptional invitation to travellers to discover a large collection of fragrances, candles and soaps. The products are the work of Dior Perfumer-Creator François Demachy, and have been crafted to celebrate a ‘resolutely contemporary French art de vivre (art of living)’.

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The Maison Christian Dior concept is featured in selected airports worldwide. The first pop-up boutique in an Asia Pacific airport opened at Singapore Changi last year.

The Charles de Gaulle boutique presents 22 fragrances, a combination of Dior classics and newcomers. Ambre Nuit and Happy Hour feature alongside Thé Cachemire, Sakura,  Oud Ispahan and Jasmin des Anges. Demachy’s latest creation, Holy Peony, is also highlighted.

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The boutique immersed travellers into the Dior Parisian tradition. The fragrances for women and men, along with candles and soaps, are presented in beautiful gift boxes finished with a coloured cord and a Maison Christian Dior wax seal.

Come into the wonderful world of Christian Dior.

 

 

 

Chanel opens pop-up store in Amsterdam

 

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Especially for Christmas the iconic Chanel No.5 perfume appears in a fire-red jacket. But the news is even more spectacular, this floral limited edition will be sold from December 6 in a temporary beauty & fragrance boutique in the Runstraat 22 in Amsterdam, one of the famous Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets).

Chanel-No.5-Red-EditionRecently, French Maison Chanel launched a limited edition of its iconic No.5 perfume. For the first time in the history of the legendary French fashion house, this perfume of French soil is being revamped in red. This fire-red bottle is the reason why Amsterdam gets a new (temporary) Chanel hotspot. In the 9 Streets you will find the Chanel pop-up store from 6 December to 6 January, where you can immerse yourself in Chanel.

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The special ‘Fragrance & Beauty Ephemeral Boutique’ as the store is called, is located in the Nine Streets in the capital. What can you expect? Immerse yourself in the world of Chanel in complete Christmas theme, with the iconic Chanel No.5 in all shapes and sizes and the limited edition in red. You can also find the latest make-up collections and the make-up classics of the French fashion house .

In the display case you will find a giant No.5 Red Edition flacon, and in the shop Chanel Christmas trees, huge Chanel statues and a library.

Score the perfect Christmas gift here. In the store you can of course get make-up and skin advice from the Chanel experts and all your gifts will be wrapped up extra festive and luxurious according to Chanel’s ‘Art of Wrapping’, Chanel’s unique way of presenting gifts. As far as I am concerned, it’s definitely worth a visit!

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Enough shopping? Discover fascinating fashion secrets. In the pop-up store a library has been created where you have the opportunity to browse through a number of Gabrielle Chanel’s books in a relaxed environment.

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The Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Ephemeral Boutique is located at the Runstraat 22 in Amsterdam and its open from today until 6 January 2019, Monday from 12.00 to 19.00, and from Tuesday to Thursday from 12:00h in the afternoon 19:00h, on Saturday from 10:00h to 18:00h, and on Sunday from 12.00h to 17.00h. Tel. +31 6 28490569

(Photos: Chanel – Bart van Vlijmen). Come into the world of Chanel.

 

 

 

The first Guerlain Boutique in the Middle East opens in Riyadh

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French Maisoon Guerlain opened its first boutique in the Middle East in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, The store, Guerlain Parfumeur, which is located in the Saudi capital’s Riyadh Park is completely dedicated to its fragrances.

Guerlain invites you to discover the World and Wonders of the perfumer. Jicky, L’Heure Bleue, Mitsouko, Shalimar, Vétiver, Samsara, Mon Guerlain, Santal Royal etc. are all iconic creations with the ability to take the imagination on a journey through time and space.

The new boutique showcases the rich and unique world of Guerlain. Designed as a fragrance library, the only one of its kind in the world, the store allows you to explore 190 years of creativity and passion. An impressive 110 fragrances out of the 1,100 the longstanding French house has created since 1828 are presented as 110 chapters in the history of French perfumery.

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They are classed according to the perfumers’ 14 favourite raw materials. These natural raw materials, known as the ‘Guerlinade’, are beloved by the brand that also specialises in skincare and cosmetics, and they perfectly express its spirit of creativity and audaciousness, plus the art of intense concentrations and compact formulas.

Whether its the founder, Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain, exploring Imperial Russia in a stage coach on the search for his birchessence, Jacques Guerlain and his Indonesian Benzoin, or Thierry Wasser and his Indian Vetiver, the boutique is all about sensorial discovery.

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As well as entering the world and wonders of the perfumer and getting acquainted with iconic creations like ‘Eau Imperiale’, ‘Jicky’, ‘L’Heure Bleue’, ‘Shalimar’, ‘Mitouko’, ‘Parure’, ‘Vétiver’, ‘Samsara’, ‘Santal Royal’ and ‘Mon Guerlain’ (to name just a few), the store extends exclusive fragrance offers.

What’s more, you can discover your fragrance profile thanks to a digital consultation. Fun, fast and incredibly accurate and efficient, the digital consultation allows you to find your signature fragrance with just a few clicks. And not only for women!

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Plus, of course, there’s that all-important customisation service. The coloured bee bottles, which are exclusively available at the Guerlain Parfumeur boutique, can be refilled at the fountains, affirming Guerlain’s commitment to the environment and sustainability.

Guerlain Parfumeur Location: Riyadh Park – Ground floor, next to Entrance 2. Come into the beautiful world of Guarlain.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Inside Chanel’s First Beauty Boutique In The Middle East

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Maison Chanel opened its doors to a French-style lounge setting located in the new Fashion Avenue extension in The Dubai Mall, the 130-square-meter space is what dreams are made of. Following the aesthetic of the fashion house, luxury is key. Materials are sumptuous, with gold breaking up the monochrome color theme.

Housing the latest trends from the Parisian Maison, clients will find cosmetics, skincare and fragrances for both men and women. The boutique will also be transformed with different themes; the first, ‘Chanel in Dubaï’, sees the fragrance line Les Exclusifs De Chanel used to create the iconic Burj Khalifa in the window in the new boutique.

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Head down in the first few weeks of the opening and explore the fragrances line Les Exclusifs De Chanel, a collection of 15 iconic scents inspired by different chapters of Mademoiselle Chanel’s life.

Offering advice on application, techniques, and skincare, it’s like having your own troop of beauty experts at hand.

In 130 square meters of open space, the boutique has also set up a private room for clients to try on the latest products. Special services can also be booked for facial treatments, personalized eyebrow shaping, and for brides-to-be, custom bridal makeup session, to fine tune their wedding look with one of the experts.

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For the first time in the French fashion house’s history, the legendary Chanel No.5 fragrance has been redesigned in red, a limited-edition bottle which is also available at the new beauty space.

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Whether you’re stocking up your beauty bag or purchasing a gift for a loved one, a fragrance expert is at hand to help you choose the perfect scent. In-house makeup artists, alongside beauty advisors, when requested are also ready to walk clients through the latest releases.

Even if you’re not after any beauty products you might be tempted to stop by thanks to a selection of sunglasses from the latest collection, giving clients the opportunity to find the eyewear shape complimenting their face and make-up.

Come into the beautiful world of Chanel.

 

 

 

 

Repossi opens first store in the Middle East

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Repossi, the high end Parisian Jewelry Maison from Place Vendôme has opened its very first boutique in the Middle East, at Fashion Avenue, The Dubaï Mall.

Feel like your life is missing a little sparkle? Then you’ll be pleased to know that iconic French fine jewellery brand Repossi has opened its doors in The Dubaï Mall today.

The opening of the store is particularly significant, given that it is only the brand’s third store in the world (and first in the Middle East). Located on the first floor of the Fashion Avenue extension, the store is beautifully minimalist, allowing its signature diamond creations to truly shine through. Its setting was inspired by the brand’s flagship at 6 Place Vendôme in Paris and features mat copper glass-coated walls and coloured mirrors for added effect.

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The Antifer rings and bracelets by Repossi

Key collections, such as the Berbère and Antifer, welcome visitors into the first part of the intimate space. Plus, the store is home to some of the brand’s exclusive high jewellery pieces and will also house one-of-a-kind items alongside its iconic Serti Sur Vide – ‘the floating diamond’ – collection in the semi-private space at the back of the store.

Visit Repossi and discover Gaia Repossi’s unconventional and modern collections….