DIOR J’ADORE EXCEPTIONAL EDITION BY VICTOIRE DE CASTELLANE

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Victoire de Castellane, the famous Parisian adornments fashioner who’s been enchanting everybody as the imaginative executive of Christian Dior‘s fine gems division for some, numerous years, has quite recently envisioned a mind blowing bottle for the fresh out of the plastic new’s J’adore Exceptional Edition, a brilliant flacon mixing eighteenth century plan thoughts with 21st century components.

This grand jug was uniquely intended to look like something that would have presumably been covered up inside a household item from the Court of Versailles, far from a more interesting’s eyes. It would appear that it’s suspended in time and space, mixing in convention and development just to prod our faculties as far as possible.

“The Versailles estate is a very strong reference in the creative world of Dior in general, and for J’adore in particular. It is also the theme of my latest luxury jewelry collection that draws inspiration from the decorative features of the château, at night, illuminated by the glow of candlelight. I imagined a perfume bottle had been found in a piece of furniture at the Court of Versailles, like a jewel or treasure hidden away for safe keeping. If J’adore had been created in the 18th century, I like to think it would have been like that, baroque, suspended in time and space.” – Victoire de Castellane

The strip brightening the amphora could rise above the universe of creative ability utilizing an extraordinary strategy, with a layer of silver put over a layer of rose gold. The two metals were fortified together before they were dunked into an oxidizing shower that darkens the silver, to include a unique touch of patina to this gem before you.

Moreover, every precious stone amphora is mouth-passed up the ace glassblowers at Baccarat, as just this prestigious gem glassmaker could have thought of such an enticing outcome to coordinate the scent. To finish everything off, Victoire de Castellane handwrites the name J’adore on each flacon.

“I think of fragrance as an expression of sensuality, much like jewelry. I started with the idea of a completely transparent bottle, as if there were only the perfume and the bow, as if the fragrance were motionless and undoing the precious ribbon would bring it to life. The ribbon is an essential feature of Dior style: it exudes sensuality by the rise and fall of its curves, by its very symbolism. To untie a ribbon is to undress. And take possession of what was bound by the ribbon. When you see a bow, you can imagine untying it. My work always contains an element of eternity that I convey by freezing the movement when it is at its most beautiful.” – Victoire de Castellane


Dior J'adore Exceptional Edition

Victoire de Castellane, the renowned Parisian jewelry designer who’s been charming everyone as the creative director of Christian Dior’s fine jewelry division for many, many years, has just imagined an incredible bottle for the brand’s new J’adore Exceptional Edition, a wonderful flacon blending 18th century design ideas with 21st century elements.

This majestic bottle was specially designed to look like something that would have probably been hidden inside a piece of furniture from the Court of Versailles, away from a stranger’s eyes. It looks like it’s suspended in time and space, blending in tradition and innovation only to tease our senses to the limit.

Dior J'adore Exceptional Edition

The ribbon decorating the amphora was able to transcend the universe of imagination using a special technique, with a layer of silver placed over a layer of rose gold. The two metals were bonded together before they were dipped into an oxidizing bath that blackens the silver, to add a special touch of patina to this jewel before you.

Furthermore, each crystal amphora is mouth-blown by the master glassblowers at Baccarat, as only this prestigious crystal glassmaker could have come up with such a seductive result to match the fragrance. To top it all off, Victoire de Castellane handwrites the name J’adore on each flacon.

Dior J'adore Exceptional Edition

Admittedly, Dior‘s J’adore is one of the most famous, signature perfumes out there. Now, it’s time for a new interpretation of it by none other than Victoire de Castellane, artistic Director for Dior Jewellery – to give it the haute couture dress it deserves.

The J’adore amphora is a precious showcase for an exceptional perfume. Although this object has already lent itself to various interpretations as well as jewellers’ and artists’ prestige editions, it is the first time that Victoire de Castellane, has provided her own interpretation of it. By stopping this eternal moment in its tracks, J’adore becomes a rare and precious jewel, of which only five are available worldwide. This object is both a jewel, and a showcase that is now carrying on the tradition of the Christian Dior Perfume House, by writing a new chapter on the art of bottling.

The J’adore L’Or Édition d’Exception by Victoire de Castellane cover
“The Versailles estate is a very strong reference in the creative world of Dior in general, and for J’adore in particular. It is also the theme of my latest luxury jewelry collection that draws inspiration from the decorative features of the château, at night, illuminated by the glow of candlelight. I imagined a perfume bottle had been found in a piece of furniture at the Court of Versailles, like a jewel or treasure hidden away for safe keeping. If J’adore had been created in the 18th century, I like to think it would have been like that, baroque, suspended in time and space.” – Victoire de Castellane
Created in the best Parisian Fine Jewellery ateliers, this rare edition uses a technique that combines blackened silver with rose gold on the two faces of the ribbon, in a way that emphasizes the golden color of the perfume. The fragrance and the metal thereby contrast in a play of colors and light. The Baccarat crystal amphora remains completely transparent, as though there was only the perfume, and a bow embellished with 10 pear cut diamonds and 30 round cut diamonds. It is as though the perfume were still, only coming to life when the precious ribbon is pulled undone.

“I think of fragrance as an expression of sensuality, much like jewelry. I started with the idea of a completely transparent bottle, as if there were only the perfume and the bow, as if the fragrance were motionless and undoing the precious ribbon would bring it to life. The ribbon is an essential feature of Dior style: it exudes sensuality by the rise and fall of its curves, by its very symbolism. To untie a ribbon is to undress. And take possession of what was bound by the ribbon. When you see a bow, you can imagine untying it. My work always contains an element of eternity that I convey by freezing the movement when it is at its most beautiful.” – Victoire de Castellane
The J’adore L’Or Édition d’Exception is available in only five 100 ml pieces worldwide. J’adore becomes a rare and precious gem that perpetuates the long tradition of Dior Fragrances with a new chapter in the art of the Dior bottle.


Dior J’adore amphora is a precious showcase for an exceptional perfume. For the first time Victoire de Castellane, artistic Director for Dior Jewellery, has provided her own interpretation of it. Inspired by 18th-century jewelry, Victoire de Castellane’s majestic flacon encapsulates the elegance of the Palace of Versailles. “I imagined having found a perfume bottle inside a piece of furniture from the Court of Versailles, in the way one might have hidden a jewel, a treasure one wished to keep safe.

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If J’adore had been created in the 18th century, I like to think that it would have been like that, baroque, suspended in time and space,” the Creative Director of Dior Joaillerie explains. This special creation is the object of technical feats that combine tradition and innovation.
The ribbon decorating the amphora is produced using a technique whereby a layer of silver is placed over a layer of rose gold.

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The two metals are worked separately then bonded together before being dipped into an oxidizing bath that blackens the silver while preserving the rose gold. This gives a jewel an antique look and reproduces a cradle-lit effect. As if frozen in movement, the bow requires precise and meticulous manipulation by the craftspeople, from polishing to stone setting.

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Each crystal amphora is mouth-blown by the master glassblowers at Baccarat, perpetuating the close links the House has enjoyed with this prestigious crystal glassmaker since 1947.
Lastly, like a signature engraved on the gem of a flacon, Victoire de Castellane handwrites the name J’adore.

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BELLA HADID IS A SEXY '80S AEROBICS INSTRUCTOR IN THE LOVE ADVENT CALENDAR

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BELLA Hadid has started the Christmas countdown by filming a saucy video for the first day of the Love magazine advent calendar.

The Victoria’s Secret star is seen working up a sweat by performing an aerobics routine to mark the first day of December.

The saucy clip is sure to raise temperatures as the winter chill sets in ahead of the festive season.

Bella Hadid is raising temperatures in the cold December weather
Bella Hadid is raising temperatures in the cold December weather

Bella has slipped into a 1980s-style leotard to pump iron in the sweat-drenched clip.

It appears to be inspired by Eric Prydz’s saucy video for his 2004 single Call On Me.

She also sits on a rubber exercise ball, lifts weights and tries out yoga poses during the film, which was shot by Rankin.

In one scene she is also seen seductively munching on a banana, and smoking a cigarette.

Gigi worked up a sweat in her sexy gym kit
Gigi worked up a sweat in her sexy gym kit
She was seen smoking a cigarette in the incredible video
She was seen smoking a cigarette in the incredible video
She showed off her amazing figure in a revealing swimsuit
She showed off her amazing figure in a revealing swimsuit
Bella seductively slipped a banana into her mouth

The video, which is titled Aerobics, marks the first installment of the magazine's annual Christmas countdown.

It's Bella's fourth appearance in the star-studded digital advent calendar.

This year's will feature the cream of the entertainment world, featuring stars including Abbey Clancy, Daisy Lowe, Emily Ratajkowski, Heidi Klum, Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian.

Bella's model sister Gigi Hadid is also slated to make an appearance in the Christmas countdown.

Bella slid down onto a yoga mat to pull her best poses


Bella slid down onto a yoga mat to pull her best poses

upon us, Love Magazine has finally kicked off its advent calendar. Like any other advent calendar, it offers a new surprise every day until Christmas, but in this case, the treats are model- and celeb-starring videos. For day one, the mag starts out strong with a steamy workout vid starring Bella Hadid.

The model stretches, flexes and breaks a sweat in full '80s garb (though she was born in '96) wearing high-cut leotards, sweat bands, leg warmers et al. And her decade-appropriate beauty look consists of glittery colored eyeshadow and lip gloss, to top it all off.

In the short film, directed by Rankin, an oiled-up and well-tanned Hadid conducts the hottest workout plan we've ever seen. Here are some highlights:

She flaunts her curves on a yoga mat.

She does a dramatic hair flip on an exercise ball.

She stormed the stage in a triumphant debut at the Victoria's Secret annual fashion show in Paris on Wednesday evening. 
And Bella Hadid proved her star power once more as she was the first supermodel to pose for this year's LOVE Video Advent  - the iconic Christmas countdown which sees sizzling snaps from the world's fashion elite.
The 20-year-old supermodel certainly kicked off the calendar with a bang as she wowed in the clip, called Aerobics, directed by Rankin, and styled by Victoria Young, in which she sported a plethora of retro-inspired sportswear.
Bella oozed sex appeal in the clip which saw her contort into a bevvy of compromising positions to achieve the sexiest video possible to kick off the sixth year of the world famous calendar.
The incredible clip was filmed to the tune of Eric Prydz's 2004 hit Call On Me, which has become synonymous with saucy exercise scenes after the seductive music video caused stirs when it was first released 12 years ago.



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KERING SEES FIRST 'TANGIBLE' RESULTS OF GUCCI REBRANDING

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Gucci's spring 2016 campaign. Photo: Gucci
Gucci's spring 2016 campaign. 

Gucci had an up-and-down 2015 as Alessandro Michele's rebranding made its way to customers' eyeballs, subconsciousness and stores. But finally in the last quarter of the year and the first quarter of 2016, comparable sales grew by 4.8 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively. And on Thursday, Kering reported Gucci's best sales growth so far: In the three months ending on June 30, comparable sales increased by 7 percent. Revenue in the first half of the year increased by 3.9 percent to €2 billion, about $2.2 billion. In a conference call, Chief Financial Officer Jean-Marc Duplaix described it as the first tangible results of Gucci's massive refresh under Michele's direction after quarters of positive signs. As Kering's biggest brand, that means good news all around for the luxury conglomerate. 

Gucci's design transformation is not yet fully complete: Currently, 70 percent of sales are actually due to new product (i.e. designed by Michele), and Duplaix expects that number to rise to 90 percent by the end of the year in Gucci's own stores. But the most transformed design categories — ready-to-wear and footwear — are the biggest growth drivers while full-priced handbags also saw double-digit growth. Western Europe drove most of the sales increase in the first half of 2016, accounting for 20 percent of the comparable revenue growth, while North American sales decreased by 2 percent. Wholesale orders also stood out, as the category grew by 15 percent. 

Over at Saint Laurent, sales were through the roof, as has been typical for Hedi Slimane's collections leading up to his departure in April. Comparable sales grew up 24.2 percent in the first half of the year, thanks to double-digit growth across all retail regions and in wholesale. It amounted to €548 million in revenue, about $607 million. 

Meanwhile, things are still troublesome at Bottega Veneta, which is feeling the Asian tourism slowdown and saw leather goods sales suffer. Comparable revenue decreased in the first six months by 9.1 percent to €571 million, or $632 million. Kering says action plans are already in place, but it's too soon to see the impact of them on the bottom line. 

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THE COSTUME INSTITUTE'S FALL EXHIBIT WILL SHOWCASE ITS GREATEST FASHION HITS ACQUIRED IN THE LAST DECADE

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A scene from "The First Monday in May." Screengrab: YouTube
A scene from "The First Monday in May." Screengrab: YouTube

Some of the most fascinating moments in "The First Monday in May" — the documentary released this year about the 2015 Met Gala and "China: Through the Looking Glass" exhibit — were the behind-the-scenes glimpses at how theMetropolitan Museum's Costume Institute staff unboxes and prepares its priceless, unwieldily and extremely delicate collection pieces for display. Now, almost 10 years after its last acquisitions-focused exhibit (2007's "Blog.mode: Addressing Fashion"), the Institute is once again shining a light on its giant archive of more than 35,000 costumes and accessories for its fall exhibit: “Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion." 

Organized by assistant curator Jessica Regan, the exhibit will include 60 of the Costume Institute's most significant acquisitions made over the past decade, including a 2015 John Galliano for Maison Margiela dress, a 1980s Halston gown and a 2010 Viktor & Rolf ball gown. According to WWD, the exhibit will also include a black embroidered dress designed by Karl Lagerfeldfor his first ever Chanel collection, remade by the designer on the occasion ofHarold Koda's retirement from the museum in Jan. 2016. In fact, a whole gallery in the exhibit will be dedicated to the many pieces donated to the Institute to honor Koda's departure. 

Ball Gown, Viktor & Rolf (Dutch, founded 1993), spring/summer 2010; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2011 (2011.8). Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Anna-Marie Kellen
Ball Gown, Viktor & Rolf (Dutch, founded 1993), spring/summer 2010; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2011 (2011.8). Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Anna-Marie Kellen

Much in the way the Institute's current exhibit "Manus x Machina" (closing Sept. 5) breaks down how couture pieces were produced, the upcoming exhibit will shed light on the Institute's acquisition strategy. Each object "will be accompanied by an in-depth explanation of its significance within the canon of fashion history," said the museum in a statement. Newer acquisitions will be paired with older ones to show the continuity of influences and silhouettes. And ensembles will be displayed on packing crates and palettes to underscore their recent arrival to the museum. 

"Our mission is to present fashion as a living art that interprets history, becomes part of the historical process and inspires subsequent art," said chief curator Andrew Bolton in a statement. "Over the seven decades since The Costume Institute became part of The Met in 1946, our collecting strategy has shifted from creating a collection of Western high fashion that is encyclopedic in breadth to one focused on acquiring a body of masterworks."

“Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion" will be on view in the Anna WintourCostume Center from Nov. 8 to Feb. 5 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. 

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BURBERRY SUES RAPPER AND PRODUCER BURBERRY PERRY FOR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT [UPDATED]

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Burberry's signature cashmere scarf in its trademarked check print. Photo: Burberry
Burberry's signature cashmere scarf in its trademarked check print.

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Burberry filed a lawsuit on Tuesday with the Southern District of New York against rapper and producer Burberry Perry for trademark infringement and dilution. Official court documents state his real name is Perry Moise; he chose "Burberry" as part of his stage name and used the label's signature check print and equestrian logo to promote his self-titled EP, which was digitally released in May and includes a track featuring Kylie Jenner that online outletsimmediately publicized as her singing debut.

Burberry reached out to the hip-hop artist upon the release of his debut album with a cease and desist, only to receive no response from Moise or his team. The attempts continued through June and July with multiple emails, follow-up letters and phone calls. Representatives for Burberry have provided Fashionista with the following statement:

As a global luxury brand, Burberry considers the protection of its intellectual property vital for the health of its business and to safeguard its customers. As such, Burberry goes to great lengths to protect its creative designs and will take all necessary action against the abuse of Burberry trademarks.

Burberry, the brand, is seeking "immediate injunctive relief," which means that instead of providing any monetary damages — such as the February casewith JCPenney's alleged knockoffs — Moise should simply remove any and all association with the company, including a new stage name. The request is also somewhat timely as Moise has plans to release new music in August, drop a mixtape in September and go on a multi-city tour throughout the U.S. and Canada during those months. And as the go-to producer for rapper (andYeezy model) Lil Yachty, we have a feeling he'll be tagging alongside hisheadlining tour in August, too.

Screenshot from official court documents showcasing evidence of infringing use.
Screenshot from official court documents showcasing evidence of infringing use.

One of the main reasons why Burberry is taking action against Moise is because music is heavily associated with the brand. In 2010, the company founded Burberry Acoustic, a digital platform that commissions and celebrates emerging artists with exclusive performances. In September of last year, Burberry was also the first fashion brand to get its own channel on Apple Music. Concerns from the legal team include the possibility of consumer confusion during instances when "Burberry" is searched on music streaming outlets like Apple Music or Spotify.

On another note, this could also explain why Gucci hasn't started any legal beef with rapper Gucci Mane. Aside from dressing musical acts like Florence Welch and Beyoncé, the brand has little involvement in the music industry. In February, creative director Alessandro Michele teamed up with street artist Gucci Ghost, who regularly uses the Italian brand's double-G logo in his work, for Gucci's fall collection.

We reached out to Moise's management for comment but did not hear back by press time. Though Moise's Burberry Perry stage name still remains, imagery related to the British brand have since been removed from the artist's Soundcloud page and social media accounts, where you can kind of get the idea of what he thinks about this whole infringement thing anyway.

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WORK OUT IN STYLE WITH SUPERDRY’S NEW SPORT COLLECTION

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Superdry Gym Duo Strap Bra Electric Palm Print
Superdry Gym Duo Strap Bra Electric Palm Print

Superdry has unveiled an all new Sport collection for the spring-summer 2017 season. With sleek designs ideal for just about any workout, it is easy to get inspired to hit the gym. Whether looking for neutral hues or feminine floral prints, Superdry creates a diverse range of pieces.l neck hoodies and stirrup leggings, these looks are fashionable yet functional.

So whether you are getting ready to go on your next five mile run or hitting the gym, these looks are ready for any challenge ahead.


Superdry Gym Tech Cowl Hood in Neon Pink
Superdry Gym Tech Cowl Hood in Neon Pink
Superdry Sport Hi-Collar Swimsuit
Superdry Sport Hi-Collar Swimsuit
Superdry Sport Mesh Insert Jacket with Electric Palm
Superdry Sport Mesh Insert Jacket with Electric Palm

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