Garrard launched its Sentebale Charity Bracelet on the first day of this years Chelsea Flower Show which has been specially designed to support the work of the charity ‚Äď Sentebale was set up in 2006 by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers and helps vulnerable children in Lesotho, Africa.
Sentebale means 'forget me not' in the country's language of Sesotho, which is why Garrard ‚Äď the official jeweller and silversmith of the organisation for the third year in a row ‚Äď has fashioned a small collection of beautiful bracelets featuring forget-me-not flowers to benefit the cause. Affixed to a black silk cord, the Sentebale Charity Bracelet is available in three versions ‚Äď 18ct yellow gold with white diamonds, polished sterling silver, or black sterling silver with a black rhodium finish ‚Äď each finished with a single glittering aquamarine in the centre.
The Sentebale Charity Bracelet is available for purchase at the Garrard flagship store on Albemarle Street. Starting price of the bracelet is ¬£500. Full profit of sales will go to the Sentebale Charity.
by Annie Fong
all images Garrard
For more information, please visit www.garrard.com
Famed fine jewellers Cartier have recreated some of Grace Kelly's favourite jewels for upcoming film Grace of Monaco, the biopic directed by Olivier Dahan with the title lead played by Nicole Kidman.
The filming of this movie naturally called for Cartier‚Äôs expertise and was among Princess Grace‚Äôs favourite jewellers. Faithful reproductions of five of these royal jewellery pieces were produced in the ateliers of the Maison, with the consent of the Sovereign House of Monaco. The original creations are part of the royal jewels of Monaco.
Cartier reproduced Kelly's huge engagement ring for Kidman to wear throughout filming, as well as a diamond-encrusted poodle brooch, a chicken brooch, a three-strand diamond necklace, and a ruby and diamond tiara, all of which the Princess was regularly photographed in.
Reproduction of necklace with three rows of diamonds from 1953
Grace Kelly wearing her Cartier engagement ring
Reproductions of the Chicken brooch from 1957 and Poodle brooch from 1958
As a devoted client, Grace Kelly, later Princess Grace of Monaco, maintained a loyal relationship with the jeweller in Paris and Monaco. Cartier created the 10.47-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring which she was given by Prince Rainier III in 1956.
Ahead of the official release which will hit screens in 2014, a six minute trailer was presented at this year‚Äôs Cannes Film Festival. The film focuses on Grace's role during the dispute between her husband and France's Charles De Gaulle, which came close to causing an invasion of Monaco. For the movie's seminal scene, Cartier's rue de la Paix store provides the backdrop to Kidman's Kelly as she announces her retirement from Hollywood to devote herself to royal duties whilst swathed in sparkling jewels. We look forward to admiring the fine jewels when this great biopic hits the screens next year!
by Annie Fong
all images Cartier
The workshop was part of the Charleston Literary Festival in Sussex, which ends tomorrow. The festival is located in the breathtaking Sussex countryside, in the former house of writer Virginia Woolf. If you have a spare afternoon tomorrow, I would highly reccommend visiting this eclectic and beautifully curated festival in the stunning location of Lewes. Events will take place throughout the day, and the festival tea yurt and bookshop will through run until Bank Holiday Monday. This is an unmissable day out for those from London and the South East. For more information and tickets, please visit the Charleston Festival website.
Image courtesy of Charleston House
Image courtesy of Charleston House
Image courtesy of Charleston House
by Diana Kurakina
The new Razor Beauties collection from British shoe designer Rupert Sanderson is a tribute to the in-vogue classic ‚Äď the pointy toe, mid‚Äďheel pumps. Our favourite, the Vista, features a three-inch heel, while the Nym is two-inch ‚Äď both models come in different combinations of textured gold and coloured heels. A slight asymmetry adds interest to the lines, suede and patent finishes along with a meticulously chosen colour palette of lilac, aqua, coral and light grey, to mention a few hues, makes these heels really stand out.
The Vista in grey
The Vista in aqua
The Vista in gold lolly
by Elisabeth Krohn
Images: Rupert Sanderson
French jewellery house Cartier has released a new collection inspired by Paris and the moods of the iconic La Parisienne ‚Äď Mischievous, Voluptuous, Impish, Emancipated, Sparkling, Delicate, and Glamorous ‚Äď make up the seven mini-collections of necklaces, cocktail rings, earrings and bracelets. Delicate, yet expressive ink and watercolour illustrations by fashion illustrator Sara Singh articulate the moods further.
The Emancipated mini-collection
The Sparkling mini-collection
The Paris Nouvelle Vague collections are available in stores from mid-June.
by: Elisabeth Krohn
New exhibition - Atlas of the Unbuilt World - will showcase the future of architecture when it opens next month at the Bartlett, London.
The British Council today announced details of Atlas of the Unbuilt World, an international exhibition for the London Festival of Architecture 2013 that will open at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Royal Ear Hospital, on 7 June.
Designed by Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio, the exhibition will showcase architectural models of future projects from around the globe by some of the most by exciting practices and emerging studios working today.
Atlas of the Unbuilt World will provide a glimpse of the future of architecture hosting over 60 models, from 40 countries. Projects on display will include a new museum planned for Troy, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, by Yalin Mimarlik Architects (Turkey); a prototype floating school earmarked for Lagos by NLE (Nigeria); and a masterplan for Kiruna a mining town that will literally move location brick by brick over the next 30 years due to subsidence by White Arkitekter (Sweden). The projects have been nominated by international experts including architects, academics and writers and representatives from London‚Äôs embassies and cultural institutes.
In addition, architects practicing both in the UK and internationally are encouraged to submit their work to an unprecedented live 3D printing project run by London based agency 3Dpeasy. An open call via twitter #boteAtlas has launched and full instructions can be found on http://backoftheenvelope.britishcouncil.org and the 3Dpeasy website. There is a fee of ¬£150 per project that will go towards the cost of the printing and shipping to the participants and visitors will be able to watch the process live.
Atlas of the Unbuilt World
The Bartlett School of Architecture, Royal Ear Hospital,
Huntley Street/Capper Street , WC1E 6AP
7-27 June, 2013
Images: Courtesy The British Council
by Tara Wheeler
Raime wage sonic war on a Church's foundations.
On the 31st of this month, LSO St Lukes, a post-ordained Church in Old Street, will welcome noise deconstructivists Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead, aka Raime, who will deliver their signature bone-rattling, lurching ‚Äúrhythm circles‚ÄĚ by way of excerpts from their 2012 debut album Quarter Turns Over A Living Line (Blackest Ever Black). In an evening hosted by The Barbican, in association with BleeD music, they will endeavour, through their unyielding sonic throttling, containing nods to jungle, industrial and doom metal, to reintroduce digital music as a visceral force, to be felt bodily and confrontationally and most of all to be questioned.
Raime. Copyright: Raime
Raime's live excursions over the last three years, building up to their album launch last year, have asserted them as an unmissable live spectacle both because of their music and also because of their mesmeric visuals. This show will be backed by an achingly slow, yet transfixing video of Portuguese dancer Romeu Runa, performing in a closed Lisbon warehouse. Combined, this audio/visual experience threatens to offer a comprehensive cerebral meltdown.
Mohammad. Copyright Mohammad
In a further twist - perhaps more sonically the spiritually - they are supported by the chamber music trio, Mohammed, who will be bringing their own spooky vibe. This will be a fascinating and unsettling evening that will surely shake and distort the sound waves of the suitably gothic surrounds.
by Benjamin Lovegrove
Raime + Mohammad is at LSO St Luke's on 31 May 2013 at 20:00. Tickets: ¬£15
Floral display at the Smythson store
Winning the prize for the best display at the Chelsea in Bloom event, a part of the Chelsea Flower Show, the Smythson floral d√©cor by flower artist Amanda Wilgrave of Flirty Flowers depicted heritage Smythson items like The Pocket Flask and Card Holder (1910), The Bond Street Bag (1920) and The Panama Diary (1930). Framing the new Nile blue door of the Bond Street store, urns of cascading flowers in the iconic Smythson Nile blue colour, underlined the ‚ÄúThe Decades‚ÄĚ theme.
Floral display by Amanda Wilgrave of Flirty Flowers at the Smythson store.
An exclusive anniversary film created in collaboration with Virgilio Villoresi will be screened inside the Sloane Street store - the film also inspired the windows which were decorated with playful graphic illustrations.
Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Chelsea Flower Show and the 125th anniversary of Smythson, the Chelsea in Bloom event will be running from May 20-25.
by Elisabeth Krohn
For AW 13/14, Riccardo Tisci reprises the Givenchy family theme, enlisting mother-and-daughter duo Carine Roitfeld and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld to front a stellar campaign line-up. The images are a celebration of natural beauty and unedited individuality, and also feature Amanda Seyfried, Quim Guiterrez, Dalianah Arekion, and Mariano Ontanon.
By Roberta Lister
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