Objects of Desire
Pearls of wisdom
Avant-garde fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto is following in the footsteps of other fashion houses by extending its collection to accessories. Mikimoto - the name you go to for pearls - invited Yamamoto to produce a jewellery collection. Yamamoto based his jewellery collection on pearls and named his three lines of fine jewellery Stormy Weather. All the pieces possess gentle lines and aren't pretentious or ostentatious.
Swarovski is undergoing an image revival thanks to Nadja Swarovski, great-great grandchild of founder Daniel, who has breathed new life back into its crystals. Through a mulitude of collaborations, Swarovski has shed its tired image and launched Atelier Swarovski, a collection of crystal accessories created by fashion designers. Rodarte, Doo Ri, Phillip Lim, Giles Deacon, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders and Gareth Pugh all feature in this season.
All doved up
The Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie - regarded as one of the best in the fragrance world - is famed for selling the most expensive perfume in the world (Imperial Majesty version of No:1 by Clive Christian is priced at US$2,150 an ounce). Every perfume in the parfumerie is carefully selected by Dove. Known as the perfumer's perfumer, Dove creates bespoke perfumes for clients seeking a unique scent made up of the best raw materials with his creations considered the haute couture of the perfume world. For the first time Dove will launch his own fragrance range, titled The Roja Dove Trilogy. Each fragrance, Scandal, Unspoken and Enslaved, embraces the classic families of floral, chypre and oriental.
Since 1991 Visionaire has produced limited-edition books that give collaborating artists free creative rein. Its latest, Visionaire 52 Private, is a collaboration with Louis Vuitton guest edited by fashion designer Marc Jacobs. This collection of intimate portraits by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott was the result of the their travels around the world. Among their inspiring subjects are Drew Barrymore, Chloe Sevigny, Stella McCartney, Gisele Bundchen and Naomi Campbell. There are 2,500 books available priced at US$375. For more information visit www.visionaireworld.com