Archive for June, 2012
The Sea, The Sea. This season the journey of the Vuitton traveller, always one both literal and metaphorical, takes to the water.
“Diana Vreeland said that water was ‘God’s tranquilizer.’ She also said she thought the idea of the freedom of surfing was wonderful. That was one of the starting points for the collection,” explains Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton Men’s Style Director, working under the Artistic Direction of Marc Jacobs. “I was also looking at different kinds of men I related to this style – the Vuitton customer is not just one kind of man – and that spanned people from Yves Carcelle with his love of yachting to the idea of sailing clothes worn by men in both a street and pop sense.”
In this way, what can be thought of as the traditional nautical theme – that classic cliché of fashion – is given new meaning and life by being playfully put through the filter of pop culture; made sporting through technical sailing wear; made adventurous through the myth of the high seas; made rebellious through the language of surf culture; made languid and insouciant through a Southern French casual finesse. Ultimately all is made sophisticated in the collection by a thoroughly thoughtful and qualitative approach to each aspect.
Often the silhouette is relaxed, easy and utilitarian yet still with a concentration on lightness and suppleness of fabrication (even with extra soft crocodile). There is particular innovation in the outerwear displayed through contemporary techniques such as laser cutting that give garments a particular fluidity. It is contrasted with the tailored silhouettes utilising techniques that still stress lightness in construction together with a fluidity of line.
A sense of freedom and summer is one that permeates the collection in its entirety and is also displayed in its simple colour palette concentrating on navy and white with flashes of yellow and fluorescents. An element of holiday and beach debris playfully litters the accesorisation of the collection; ring-pulls made precious in gold, silver and mother-of-pearl with coral, anchor and seahorse motifs adding another playful twist. Maritime semaphore prints feature on cotton neckerchiefs – spelling Louis Vuitton – and Balinese fabrics and prints add another accent in this way.
Transformed traditional handcrafted Japanese fabrics such as the Bora denims and silk seersuckers (usually used for kimonos) add another dimension to luxury in the collection. Typically tech items, such as wetsuits, are playfully and luxuriously reconfigured in soft, easy cashmere.
A reconfigured idea of luxury both through artisanal handcrafted techniques and materials, together with intense technical research and contemporary fabrications leads to a confluence of textures and tastes that can be both compared and contrasted throughout the collection, and particularly features in the bags. This mixture of texture, tech and tradition is a major motif of the collection.
The signature, textured bag leather ‘Epi’ was a starting point for much of this thought. This season the leather is utilized in clothing (transformed into a neon-yellow zip jacket for one) and shoes (Epi deck shoes are the predominant footwear in the collection) as well as in its traditional role for bags. The Damier is also given a re-invention this season appearing in waterproof nylon in technical, messenger bags and also newly and chicly contrast trimmed in the signature colour of the collection, navy blue. The check also appears in its most luxurious form as the intricately pieced pattern of the shagreen mini-trunk bags. In fact the predominant thought behind many of the bags this season is the contemporary updating of the famous Louis Vuitton trunk. Here the utilitarian inner workings of the trunk can be seen to have transposed to the outer workings of the tech bags. Elements can be switched and changed while fabrications, finishes and trims are also contrasted.
Technical, rope tied sandals are accented with luxurious crocodile or traditional suede desert boots have inserts of flouro tech fabric. The mixture of tech and tradition is an approach to reflect the contrasting tastes of contemporary consumers and travellers – from the appeal of La Croisette in Cannes to scuba diving in Belize.
“Again, it’s a global journey and the sea covers most of Earth’s surface after all!“ says Jones. “The collection almost comes from an actual journey – it is like the unpacked contents of a suitcase. There is a sense of travelling from West to East and back again especially in terms of fabrications and the sense of souvenirs and practical clothing that was picked up along the way.”
Images via Louis Vuitton
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Baths are indeed a sign of serenity in the bathroom. Though bathtubs are obtainable in various colours white is the most preferred one. However, the intact range of the bathroom accessories is to be set in white so that the main idea behind fixing the white bath-tub is fulfilled. Buying a bathtub is known to be the most economical function. In addition, it promotes the style quotient of the user.
Prior to the purchase of bathtub, main concern should be the dimensions the bathtub. Though they are available in various sizes it should be remembered that as the size of the tub increases the volume of the required water too increases. Moreover, the tubs are ought to be selected in accordance with the dimensions of the user’s bathroom.
Though ceramic bathtubs are the conventional ones, white layered acrylic or cast iron bathtubs are opted in the modern era. The reason behind choosing the latter ones is, they are light in weight. Furthermore, they are least liable to be stained easily.
Perceptibly, the aspect of your budget should not be ignored under any circumstances. Fortunately, the bathtubs are obtainable in various prices that suit the user’s finances.
Aspects such as water outlet, side holes etc. are to be keenly considered. The side holes are drilled for purpose of allowing out the over-flowing water. The taps and showers fixed to the bathtub should be cautiously observed. Bathtubs of light weight are the mostly recommended in order to evade damage to the floor and for easy portability.
Where to Purchase?
Aqva Bathrooms is one of the on-line retailers in UK, who have showcased more than 1000 Bath tubs in their on-line store. With all ranging from different sizes, one can get their desired fashionable tub for their bathroom.
Inspired by the brilliant inventions of Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin in the 19th century, the Tambour Mystérieuse embodies peerless watchmaking genius: with the finesse of a conjurer, this Louis Vuitton montre à complication somehow completely conceals its own mechanism. The hands hover on an astounding system of transparent sapphire discs; no trace of the watchworks is detectable by the eye.
Prowess beyond compare, causing time to float as if by some other-worldly bewitchment.
This is a first in the luggage master’s history: a timepiece entirely created, developed, and assembled in the Louis Vuitton watch-making workshops in Switzerland. Perpetuating the prestigious institution of traditional craftsmanship, every element of the calibre “LV109” is rigorously handmade, a technical masterpiece of 109 components. The unprecedented power reserve, too, stands as testament to pure watchcraft virtuosity: 8 days – 8 hours. A tip of the hat to this lucky number, this timeless talisman.
Two models have materiallised: the first, a resolutely technical creation of clean, minimal lines; the second, a supremely feminine model radiating an aura of jewelled artistry. Though such a diptych may cast the semblance of a silhouette, only the owner of the Tambour Mystérieuse holds the key to the true identity of the timepiece.
For, to ensure each Tambour is unique in the world, Louis Vuitton provides a thousand and oneways to claim it as one’s very own.
From a vast spectrum of possibilities, each personality summons its own reflection; yellow, white, or red gold or platinum… diamonds, rubies, or sapphires…brilliant or baguette cut… Reminiscent of a conductor nightly bringing forth a new symphonic spectacle with his baton, the owner of the Tambour Mystérieuse weaves a myriad of choices into an original composition, in which sameness and conformity shall never hold a place. And for the ultimate chic, the watch can be inlaid with one’s own initials in sapphire. It is far from a mere accessory; the Tambour Mystérieuse is the very breath of a lifestyle.
Lastly, as homage to such extraordinary watchcraft, Louis Vuitton has conjured a case that itself is pure originality: a genuine trunk, prepared exclusively for the Tambour Mystérieuse in the historic Louis Vuitton workshops in Asnières. All the traditional practices are honoured in its making, every standard that has meant the longstanding success of the brand. This tiny treasure chest can also be personalised, from the choice of leathers to the lining’s colour; even the legendary LV lock, with a wave of the wand, can have a number matching that of other luggage pieces brought to life by their Monogram maker.
It is a passion for excellence that has drawn such acclaim for Louis Vuitton in the very exclusive world of fine watch-making. Only an elite few – chronometer connoisseurs and luxury timepiece aficionados – will capture the magic, the exceptional savoir-faire of the Tambour Mystérieuse.
Image via Louis Vuitton
I discovered the talented Patricia Quist-Therson while shopping on etsy. A native Ghanaian, Therson’s background is in architecture and interior design. She began designing clutches as a result of having sample upholstery fabrics and materials left over from design projects. Therson began thinking of innovative ways to reuse samples instead of letting them go to waste. Quistt Dezign was eventually born, and Patricia Quist-Therson continues to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind handmade accessories with recyclable material.
We caught up with the designer to find out more about Quistt Dezign and how she manages to balance work, designing and family life.
HR: When did you first start designing handbags?
QD: I started designing in August 2010 and released my first collection in December 2010.
HR: Since most of your fabrics are from previous interior design projects, do you skip the process of shopping for fabrics?
QD: Yes, I hardly buy fabrics, except when I run out of a particular fabric that I have a high demand of orders for.
HR: I love that your accessories are handmade. Where do you find inspiration when creating each piece?
QD: I draw inspiration from the Kente cloth, an elegant piece of Ghanaian culture crafted with vibrant colors and artist expressions. This is clearly translated in my use of color and fabric. I also revisit 70’s fashion and pull inspiration from the vibrant color combinations.
HR: As a full-time interior designer and successful entrepreneur, can you offer any tips on time management?
QD: I am actually an Architect/Interior Designer. Because I am a full time worker, Mom and also in a ministry, my business hours are flexible. I work normally on Fridays and Saturdays depending on the demand.
HR: What does the future hold for Quistt Dezign? Would you consider expanding your accessories collection?
QD: I see Quistt Dezign not only in the United States but also in London and Ghana. I have another collection of earrings, and in the future I plan on adding a necklace collection and a clothing line.
Check out the entire Quistt collection on etsy and tell us which clutch is your favorite.
I feel like I’m the only one in the world who doesn’t have a iPad or tablet. Yes, I know, I know, I should have had one last year but I have been trying to make do without. Now that won’t stop me from shopping around for a fabulously stylish case. The Tory Burch Stacked Logo Metallic Leather E-Tablet Case is on the top of my list. There’s something about the pretty metallic pebble-grain leather. It’s currently on sale at Saks.com! Price:
I am thrilled to see more color and a few unexpected prints in Tory Burch’s summer handbag collection. I have a few favorites, one of which is the Tory Burch Kerrington Tote. There’s a gorgeous bold feather print in vivid jewel-tone colors, on coated canvas. It has a bohemian vibe which I love. It’s the perfect everyday carryall with its roomy interior. Best of all, it’s on sale now! Price:
$295.00 $206.50 at ToryBurch.com.
Sisters and Designers Kim Mack and Staci Douglas are on a mission (that we fully support) to find new and creative solutions for some of life’s little inconveniences. Charming KEYper™ was designed for women (like me) who are sick and tired of digging around the bottom of their purse for their keys. I always have a hard time finding my keys, and I know this is a common problem that women have.
Here’s how it works – simply attach your keys to the spring hook and toss your keys in your bag. Naturally they will fall to the bottom. Let the charm end of KEYper dangle slightly outside your purse and the next time you need your keys, just grab hold of your KEYper and pull them out.
Red Leopard Charming KEYper, Price: $11.99 and Black Zebra Charming KEYper, Price: $11.99
Lime Flip Flop Charming KEYper, Price: $11.99 and Pink Dot Charming KEYper, Price: $11.99