Julia Roberts for Givenchy

Over the last two years Riccardo Tisci has made a habit of hiring non-model celebrities for Givenchy’s print campaigns. First, the artist Marina Abramovic, then the musician Erykah Badu, followed by the French actress Isabelle Huppert. But Givenchy’s Spring ’15 face may be Tisci’s biggest get yet. Julia Roberts, as the designer pointed out at the Mercer Hotel this afternoon, isn’t a social media star, she’s a real star, one whom you don’t often see in the press aside from the compulsory awards show or movie junket appearance.

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Julia Roberts!

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Buly – Two Centuries of History

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Starting in the late 18th century, the famed “Bully”, established in 1803 on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, made a name for himself (which he then wore with a double consonant) with his perfumes and scented vinegars. At the turn of the 19th century, perfumers were still the heirs of the master-craftsmen from the Ancien Régime, and the keepers of their trade secrets. The vogue of perfumes followed in the wake of a fresh openness to the world and to its novel, sometimes exotic flowers – as with Joséphine de Beauharnais, who imported to France and acclimatized new olfactory species and audacities. Napoleon’s establishment of the Codex in 1806 helped usher in new requirements in the realm of perfumery, thus stimulating the inventiveness of practitioners and the quality of preparations. Bully welcomed the advances of science and cosmetics to formulate his inventions. Among these, his perfumes and skin care products achieved lasting fame. The “Vinaigre de Bully”, a patented aromatic lotion to perform ablutions and preserve skin tone, earned a flattering reputation across Europe. This classic beauty product ensured the officine’s unprecedented notoriety for more than a hundred years. Well-known for his skills as a distiller, perfumer and cosmetician, in 1837 Jean-Vincent Bully was Honoré de Balzac’s inspiration for César Birotteau, the eponymous protagonist of one of his novels from the Scènes de la vie Parisienne cycle in La Comédie humaine. Throughout the Golden Century of beauty, which witnessed the invention of the first formulations of modern cosmetics and perfumery, the officine gradually established itself as a trend-setter. Today, L’Officine universelle Buly is reborn in Paris, on Rue Bonaparte in the sixth arrondissement, with a different spelling.

more on http://www.buly1803.com

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Dear Christmas tree

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Christmas tree is at home; it is time to pinup it up with our most creative ideas…

We can stick to our good old ornaments old – fairy twinkle lights and baubles, or shack thing up with a hands-on creative approach.

Wait, what are the best ideas for an original Christmas tree?

First of all, it is all about staying with the festive Christmas spirit. Forget about the too much designer tree or minimalist touch.

For the ones longing for snow for Christmas, why don’t you go for an all white look? The deep green and the immaculate christmas idols are great combination for a chic effect with a graphic touch.

Anna Sbiera-Paléologue, Set Designer at Associated Creative, is thinking Florals for Christmas 2014. Paper and silk flowers in various sizes and colour combined with the coarser and darker branches of the tree, give shape to a vegetal hybrid – a poetic nod to the Spring to come from the depths of wintertime.

Astier de Villatte designers have imagined joyful and original Christmas ornaments, inspired by their lastest travels throughout Germany and Eastern Europe: animals, traditional characters, pastries and citruses made of blown glass, dusted with glitter, painted or covered in fabric.

If you hide a gherkin in the tree, the one who will find it will get an extra present – a German tradition to take on without any hesitation!

Happy holidays and merry Christmas to all

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Iris van Herpen: When Fashion Meets Technology

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A first look at Iris van Herpen’s work might leave you overwhelmed: at the crossroads between fashion, art, sculpture and technology, her work doesn’t fit comfortably within traditional cannons of neither one of these fields. What is, then, the meaning of van Herpen’s work? Should her technically sophisticated and formally sculptured garments push the boundaries of art, fashion or technology? A recent exhibition at Design Museum Holon tries to present a possible answer to this question by presenting an extensive exhibition of Iris van Herpen’s collections.

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Iris van Herpen studied fashion at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts before undertaking an internship at Alexander McQueen. It is possible that McQueen’s radical approach built the foundation for setting up her future approach to fashion through her own label, created in 2007. Iris van Herpen’s design aesthetics is characterized by a mix of organic and futuristic elements which are used to build her unique and sculptural pieces. Her focus is primarily on the appearance and technical innovation rather than wearability and everyday use, pushing the boundaries of what fashion design can really mean. In a continuous dualistic dialogue between natural and artificial, past and present, van Herpen mixes together 3D printing and traditional crafts in order to convey the evolving nature of her projects. Van Herpen is a conceptual designer whose collection arise from a deeper vision of what clothes might mean today: an obvious example is her Radiation Invasion collection which communicates the extensive use of invisible radiation and signals that surround us, making telecommunication possible.

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A true contemporary designer, set in-between tradition and modernity, Iris van Herpen is the protagonist of a new exhibition at the Design Museum Holon. Organized in collaboration with the Groninger Museum, the exhibitions features pieces from its rich collection, proposing a reading of van Herpen’s pieces through their sculptural and conceptual qualities that stimulate further reflection on the phenomenon of fashion. The exhibition will run until March 7th 2015. Source – blogazine

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Pineapple Me !

Back in 2001, the pineapple takes centre stage, courtesy of Stella Mc Cartney for Chloe, marking the beginning of a new trend which can now be seen everywhere, be it printed, embroidered or sculpted. Fashion, tableware, set design, furniture, Pineapples have now become the most coveted of objects.
How is this exotic fruit suddenly awakening all our passions?
Well, first of all the pineapple is no new kid on the block… On trend as far back as the beginning of the 20th century, it was already a recurring theme in the Art Nouveau movement: Omnipresent in British tableware, one can easily picture the infamous pineapple tea set. Meanwhile, it was within the jewellery and accessories trade that the fruit could be found in abundance in France where young fashionable ladies also took to wearing their hair in a pineapple shaped bun.
In Vienna, architectural capital of the Art Nouveau movement, the fruit symbol could be found ornamenting the facades and doorways of grand buildings.
If it is at first its welcoming attributes which appealed the most, the eccentricity and exoticism of its round yet prickly shape was also perfectly fitting in with the ever growing bourgeois society’s ideals of the time.
However, the pineapple’s social origin can be traced as far back as the beginning of the 16th century and the conquistador era which saw these new settlers go crazy for the highly nutritive fruit they also used as a gift and peace symbol to communicate with the new world’s tribes upon arrival.
The pineapple has ever since shone as a universal welcoming sign.
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Hey Studio

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These savvy notebooks by Barcelona-based Hey Studio are going to make your everyday stationery look pretty boring in comparison.

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Hey is a graphic design studio that specialise in brand identity and editorial design. They are fascinated by geometry, color and direct typography, which can be seen in these bold notebooks. Among other cool products you can buy the notebooks in their webshop.

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To see more visit www.heystudio.es

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Mary Katrantzou X Adidas

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Mary Katrantzou has teamed up with adidas to present adidas Originals by Mary Katrantzou, a capsule collection of innovative apparel and footwear emblazoned in the designer’s iconic, hyper-color, kaleidoscopic patterns. For adidas Originals, Katrantzou’s vision is translated in apparel and footwear with a feminine strength, distilling the essence of her graphic vision. The collection, ‘adidas Originals by Mary Katrantzou’ will be in stores as of November 2014.

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Wall Sheaker

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Time to get our Glue and brush out,The wallpaper is having a rival, that will shack out our interiors.

About 2000 years of history the wallpaper first saw born in china, and has since taken many stylistic turns and cultural twists. Both French and English have a pathological soft spot for this decoration art. We all once make smile in front of the, so twee English floral or at the French 70’s that were once deemed as somewhat outdated.

Let us roll out the Red carpet and celebrate this long awaited come back!

Held in a time warp since the mid 80’s, the wallpaper is now in today’s taste, thanks to new textures and new way to work with. Finish with the bad adventure of the glue table or the tear paper. Now hardwearing and easier to hang thanks : self adhesive, flat or textured vinyl… reflect bounces better, water and heat resistant, no more yellowing or cracking.

Historical companies such as “Papier de Paris”, “Sanderson” or “Little Green” order books are filling up fast… Newcomers and publishing-back such as “Hamilton Weston” , “Farrow & Ball“ or “Au fil de couleur” try to make their way in this poping industry.

Famous houses offer bespoke services, reproduction of historical patterns or simply audacious new designs, with artists and designers commissioned to create limited editions of original trend.

The main tends are taking cues from exotic motifs and “Art deco geometrical”.

Usually use on one single wall in a room. Taking that space once reserved for scenic frescoes painting.

Ahh… let us praise the wallpaper, the precious pepper to a neat and grand interior!

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