The collection of Elizabeth Taylor

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: October 6th, 2011

A few restful days after London Fashion Week, I had the pleasure to visit The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor exhibition at Christie’s in London which was opened to the public for three short days, before touring to the next city the exhibition offered an insight into the private collection of Hollywood’s most glamourous star which features her jewels, fashion and art.  One of the most anticipated auctions in history and will be offered at a series of sales in New York and London from December onwards, as an avid fine jewellery fan I was there to view the rarely seen ‘The Crown Jewels of Hollywood’ – Elizabeth Taylor’s collection of iconic diamonds, gemstones, historic jewels, one of a kind creations.  With an exceptional great taste the storied collection is estimated to achieve well in excess of $30 million.

(Left): La Peregrina – One of the most important, historic pearls in the world.  Discovered in the 1500s in the Gulf of Panama, the pear shaped pearl became part of the crown jewels of Spain, Richard Burton famously purchased the pearl for Elizabeth Taylor at auction in 1969 for $37,000.  (Right): The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond – This 33.19 carats ring was a gift from Richard Burton in 1968, worn everyday in her life, probably one of the biggest diamond in the world.

An Art Nouveau enamel and multi-gem brooch by Boucheron.

(Left):  A pair emerald and diamond ear pendants by Kutchinsky.  (Right): The Mike Todd antique diamond tiara.

(Left): The Cartier Ruby Suite.  (Right): The Taj Mahal Diamond – This heart shaped diamond is believed to have been a gift from the ruler Emperor Shah Jahan.  At the age of 35, it is believed that the young prince presented the diamond to his beloved wife, Mumtaz-i-Mahal.  The Emperor’s grief at her death just four years later was – in her memory he commissioned the majestic Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the wold.

Tour dates and locations: Highlights from The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor.

Los Angeles: October 13, 14, 15 and 16 at MOCA Pacific Design Centre.

Dubai: October 23 at Emirates Tower Hotel.

Geneva: November 11 and 12 at Four Seasons Hotel de Bergues.

Paris: November 16 and 17 at Christie’s Paris.

Hong Kong: November 24, 25, 26 and 27 at Hong Kong Convention Centre.

New York: December 3-12 at Christie’s New York.

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 

 
 

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 Exclusive Benetton event today: Lana Sutra

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: September 6th, 2011

Textured threads intertwined each other to form a structured-meaningful art form ‘the emotion of colour, the cosiness of wool, a warming embrace, a uniting passion’.  Introducing ‘Lana Sutra‘ – a series of 15 installations created by Cuban artist and Fabrica resident, Erik Ravelo.  The installations celebrate love and the desire for equality and sharing – United Colors of Benetton weaves together the threads of innovation, of art, of its story as a leading knitwear manufacturer and of its future.

Today (6th Sept), Benetton is presenting the full series to the international media and fashion community in the respective cities; Istanbul, Milan and Munich.  Worldwide audience are not to worry, the installations will be shown live through the Benetton Live Windows digital showcase in internet and via live streaming.

Each installation is made of plaster sculptures of a man and a woman covered in coloured woollen threads.  The contact between their bodies, where the colours mingle and the thread merge, symbolises the natural love that cancels difference and binds humanity as one.

For more information, please check Benetton Facebook page, Benetton Blogs and updates on Twitter.

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 
 

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