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Gone is the time when only street thugs, gangsters and rebels permanently adorned their legs and arms with art. Tattoos have now inked their way into the most influential fashion houses. Following Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton has also jumped on the bandwagon, revealing its spring/summer 2011 collection in late June during the Paris Men’s Fashion Week with monogrammed, “tattooed” scarves. Scott Campbell, Marc Jacobs’ personal tattoo artist, took inspiration from the classic monogram found on LV’s collection of leather goods to spray on the renowned, iconic design. Chanel’s temporary tattoos were released four months after their runway debut, so it may not be long before the public can officially substitute scarves or other particles of clothing with LV’s inked ones.
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Monochromatic hues, beige furniture and neutral palettes are a thing of the past. Sonia Rykiel has applied her eye for fashion, colour and patterns to interior decorating with her first Sonia Rykiel Maison collection. From SaintGermain-des-Prés in Paris comes an array of cushions, rugs, beanbags and fabrics that take on colourful stripes, floral prints and vibrant hues. The home accessories of 2011 are diverse enough to exude an air of playfulness and embrace femininity. 042 – Prestige – august 2010
Lingerie can make a statement even when kept under wraps, though history has occasionally proved otherwise – think Madonna’s lingerie-as-outerwear fetish à la the conical bra JeanPaul Gaultier designed for her in the ’90s. Now, Gaultier has teamed up with La Perla to design his first lingerie line, beginning with a luxurious, racy collection of 27 styles. This shared vision of couture seduction values both luxury and elegance. “Lingerie is part of my DNA and of my heritage,” Gaultier says. “This collaboration was a natural and logical step, especially since La Perla is the pearl of lingerie, with a long history and the best savoir faire.” The collection will be available in selected stores worldwide come November, and will include two limited-edition garments that were featured in Gaultier’s haute couture show.
Princess cut, emerald cut, oval cut, solitaire setting, diamond band, platinum metal, gold metal – the options are seemingly endless when selecting the characteristics of the ideal engagement ring for the fiancée-to-be. Luckily, in a world that favours interactive online shopping, jeweller Tiffany & Co. has concocted the ideal solution for the perplexed suitor – the Engagement Ring Finder iPhone application. “The app for people in love” promises to find the perfect Tiffany ring, beginning with a display of styles, a ring size measurement and information about the quality of diamonds. Now, if only finding the perfect spouse were as easy.