This year, the Cannes Film Festival is in for a treat with a special evening of gold showcasing the The Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show, curated by Carine Roitfeld in partnership with Love Gold this coming Thursday (23rd May). The event, as part of the 20th Cinema Against AIDS to benefit amfAR during the Cannes, will feature incredible gold looks featuring forty top models â among them Alessandra Ambrosio, Angela Lindvall, Jessica Hart, Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss, Liberty Ross, Lily Donaldson and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley revealing one-off, allâgold looks specially made for the evening. LoveGold, an initiative of the World Gold Council and online community is dedicated to gold jewellery highlighting gold as a precious and inspiring metal.
The show will be featuring designers and brands such as Eddie Borgo, Pamela Love, House of Waris, and Bulgari, which have also created custom pieces that will be presented on the runway Thursday night and streamed live exclusively on LoveGold.com with the exclusive pieces later sold via the website. Take a behind the scenes preview here at Carine Roitfeld and her team as they prep for the glamourous event.
Carine Roitfeld and Giovanna Battaglia at a fitting for the show
Giovanna Battaglia and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley fit looks for the show
Here's a sneak peak of what you can expect from legendary fashion houses Chanel, Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, Armani, Shiatzy Chen and Tarun Tahiliani, illustrated by Lula Herself, which will walk the runway.
Here is the team taking us behind the scenes during preparations for the show
by Annie Fong
all images Love Gold
For more information, please visit www.LoveGold.com
This week Clerkenwell Design Week (21-23 May) is showcasing a series of light sculptures created by Artemide in collaboration with fashion brand Issey Miyake. Situated in the prime location of the Farmiloe Buildingâs main window on St Johns Street, Artemide and Issey Miyake will curate a spectacular installation of the IN-EI light range, a collection of 10 lights born from a collaboration marrying Artemideâs lighting expertise and Issey Miyake and his Reality Labâs innovative approach to material and design.
IN-EI is Japanese for shadow, shadiness, nuance and the lamps combine 3D mathematical principals with the harmonious balance of light and shade. The range includes 10 freestanding, table, and hanging lights with 2D and 3D lampshades made from recycled PET bottles. The shades feature Miyakeâs signature folding technology, which have been interpreted into stunning architectural forms. The lamps were built to be collapsible but are structured enough to stand without an internal frame. Issey Miyakeâs artistic vision, applied to the new 3D mathematical process, combines the Japanese tradition of light with Miyakeâs unique ability to translate tradition into modernity.
by Annie Fong
all images Clerkenwell Design Week
For more information, please visit www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com
H. Moser & Cie from Schaffausen is producing some of the most refined and fascinating timepieces of the last few years and with no exception unveiled the latest new dual-time watch at Baselworld 2013. The Nomad Dual Time is evocative of distant horizons, inspiring an urge to travel and to dream. Featuring two time zones in a perfectly sober and elegant display, the refined look of the Nomad sets it apart, opting for optimum readability.
The Nomad dual time takes a complication and simplifies it, adjusted via the crown in one hour increments, the second time zone (or home time) hand is linked to the small day and night window. When not in use, the red home time hand can be hidden under the hour hand, leaving the Nomad looking like a normal time-only watch and adds a brilliant touch of dynamism to the classic look of the watch.
As a final refinement, the strap is made from hand-stitched alligator, brown for the rose gold model, and black for the platinum version. It is equipped with a pin buckle for absolute comfort. The Nomad Dual Time will fuel the dreams of experienced travellers, and spark the urge for discovery in those more settled.
Moser Nomad in platinum
With this creation, the watchmakers at H. Moser & Cie. opted for simplicity: in terms of aesthetics, and also the mechanism, enabling adjustment of the second time zone hour. Here at Glass we are big fans of the brand as they make some of the most beautifully finished and elegant watches on the market whilst garnering a a lot of respect amongst the watch community and are deeply appealing to many.
Watch the Nomad Dual Time Film:
by Annie Fong
all images H. Moser & Cie.
The centrepiece of the horse racing and British social calendar is drawing near, Royal Ascot is one of Europe's most famous race meetings attended by HM Elizabeth II and various members of the British Royal Family such as The Prince of Wales.
For the rule applicable day dress and elaborate headgear look to the luxury British fashion label Beulah London and Irish milliner Philip Treacy for some inspiration. Beulah London clothes are made from the finest silks and cottons, the cut is designed to flatter the female figure and make women feel comfortable, confident and chic. This season's dresses will be a timeless and wardrobe classic for a day at the races paired with Treacy's signature flamboyant fascinators and rakish hats.
Beulah London is stocked in Harvey Nichols Nationwide, for more information on the collection visit www.beulahlondon.com
by Annie Fong
all images British Polo Day and Bobby Holiday
Conservation charity Elephant Family have become well recognised for their successful art-lead fundraising projects and this year they are hosting the masked Animal Ball at Lancaster House in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Hosted by Mark Shand, Lady Catherine St Germans and Omer KoĂ§, this innovative fundraiser will see masked guests parade their way into the magnificent indoor jungle created by Michael Howells. The conservation charity has asked an eclectic range of top artists, fashion houses and jewellers to create animal masks which the guests will wear to the ball representing endangered species, including butterflies, pandas and elephants.
Mario Testino, Philip Treacy, Missoni, Cartier, Faberge and Diane von Furstenberg are among celebrities supporting this year's masked Animal Ball. Other names contributing artwork include Ada Zanditon, Ada+Nik, Beautiful Soul and David Longshaw. Sothebyâs will host an exhibition of the Animal Ball masks from the 10-15th May which will be for sale to guests of The Animal Ball.
by Annie Fong
all images Elephant Family
Dior Homme staged its first runway show from creative director Kriss van Assche, outside of Paris in Beijing last month, bringing the elegance and futuristic glamour of its 2013 ready-to-wear collection to an airy art space of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in the Chinese capital.
Following the show and to close a stunning presentation, the British synth-pop duo Hurts took to the stage with a special performance and got the crowd dancing playing a selection of tunes from their first album Happiness and latest album Exile, including hit singles âWonderful Lifeâ and âBetter Than Love.â Dressed in sharp Dior suits and fully buttoned-up shirts, the pair embodied perfectly the clean and minimalist aesthetics of Dior Homme's acclaimed Fall/Winter 2013 collection.
Hurts singer Theo Hutchcraft
Synthesizer Adam Anderson
Watch an excerpt of the performance:
Watch the full Dior Homme runway presentation in Beijing:
by Annie Fong
all images Dior Homme photographed by Bruno Staub
The A-list hit the red carpet for fashion's biggest night of the year at the annual Met Ball in New York, which is held at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art's yearly fashion exhibit.
Stars embraced this years punk theme; in particular actress Michelle Williams went for a subtle punk take on the LBD in a Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane mullet-hem gown and T-bar pumps, teamed with an Olympia Le Tan book clutch.
With her edgy beauty look, singer Sky Ferreira looked the part in a Saint Laurent sequin slip and dark lips. Whilst actor Tobey Maguire looked handsome with his wife Jennifer Meyer in a Saint Laurent suit.
by Annie Fong
all images Saint Laurent
The quilted bags were out in force as guests celebrated in Paris for the opening of NÂ°5 Culture Chanel exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, the modern art centre in the 16th arrondissement; in the presence of Jean de Loisy, President of the Palais de Tokyo and Jean-Louis Froment, curator of the NÂ°5 Culture Chanel exhibition.
Attended by artists, VIPs and amongst them the Chanel ambassadors and leading ladies including actress Audrey Tautou, who portrayed Gabrielle Coco Chanel in Coco Avant Chanel, Carole Bouquet, one-time face of the iconic fragrance, and model Sigrid Agren, of Chanelâs beauty campaigns. Other guests included ambassador Vanessa Paradis and Zhou Xun, Chanel Perfumers Jacques Polge and Christopher Sheldrake, artists Sophie Calle, Yi Zhou, as well as photographers of NÂ°5 advertising campaigns Dominique Issermann, Jean-Jacques Bug.
Carole Bouquet wore a sequinned dress in a floral pattern embellished with a feather trim from the spring/summer 2013 Haute-Couture collection and accessorised with Plume EnchantĂ©e earrings in 18-karat white gold, diamonds and pink sapphires from Chanel Fine Jewellery.
Looking elegant and graceful, Audrey Tautou channelled a tuxedo suit with ruffle blouse adorned with feature detail paired with a satin silk black draped skirt and jacket from the spring/summer 2008 Haute-Couture collection. Whilst Vanessa Paradis opted for a sophisticated black sheer bolero dress from the fall/winter 2011/12 Haute-Couture collection.
Celebrating Coco Chanelâs close ties with the arts, the exhibition takes in more than 200 works of art, photographs, archives, books and personal objects linking to the designers universe, imagination and timeless perfume.
NÂ°5 Culture Chanel reveals a new vision, both intimate and diffuse of the birth of this unique fragrance. The exhibition runs through to June 5th, and is the latest of a series of Culture Chanel exhibitions, which began at Moscowâs Pushkin Museum in 2008.
by Annie Fong
all images Chanel
It's set to be one of the biggest movies of 2013, and fashion fans of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby have been speculating about the designers behind the dresses and Art Deco jewels worn in the film by Carey Mulligan, who takes the role of the eternally glamorous Daisy Buchanan. Tiffany & Co. have teamed up with costume designer Catherine Martin to create the spectacular jewels in the film, fully immersed in all things Jazz Age, the pieces are based on the brandâs 1920s archive designs.
In celebration of its role as the fine jewellery brand behind a number of the statement jewellery looks in the forthcoming Great Gatsby film, Tiffany & Co. has just released its latest affordable line - the Ziegfeld collection.
Ziegfeld Daisy Locket
Ziegfeld Pearl and Onyx ring
Ziegfeld Onyx Pendant
Taking inspiration from the iconic film looks, the Ziegfeld Collection has been named after New Yorkâs Art Deco designed Ziegfeld theater and celebrates Tiffany as the premier jeweller of the 1920s, an era that saw a dramatic change in fashion and the rise of a fresh, exuberant attitude.
The collection captures the 1920s cool elegance and includes ropes of luxurious freshwater cultured pearls combined with black onyx and sterling silver, ending in long tassels, and pearl drop earrings evoke the jewels worn with the knee-skimming, boy-style flapper dresses of the era. There are also a number of menâs pieces in addition, oval cufflinks inscribed with Jay Gatsby's initials and a signet ring featuring a daisy complete the offering.
The Ziegfeld collection is in stores from the beginning of June and retails from ÂŁ205.
by Annie Fong
all images Tiffany & Co.
For more information, please visit www.tiffany.co.uk
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