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THINGS NO ONE WILL EVER GUESS ARE FABERGÉ

 

Today would have been the 166th Birthday of Peter Carl Fabergé , a legendary jeweller of the Russian Emperors, most famously known for his Fabergé Eggs .

Following our very natural desire to out-jump every Google Doodle ,  here is our reverent tribute to the more recent creations of this jewellery House, fit for the Green Pebbles Girls both through their originality, bespoke quality and because of a modernist twist which will leave everyone guessing, astonished that they also come from the legendary  House of Fabergé  :

 

CONSTRUCTIVIST – a  Fabergé modernist capsule collection:

 

Constructivism was a powerful modernist Russian art movement dominating the early 20th century – the era of Peter Carl Fabergé .  In tune with the Bauhaus and Cubism , strongly ideological and daring in style, Constructivism introduced a totally new aesthetic: industrial, architectural, inspired by the machine, full of abstract images in bold colours arranged in pure geometric forms.

 

 

 

Left: DISSONANCE Earrings, part of Les Fauves de Fabergé , designed in the dynamic, graphic style. Their modernism resonates with the Green Pebbles Girls' intuitive sense of avant-garde design directions. It's an intricate melody of Stravinsky , frozen into a dramatic architectural drop of two  tourmalines of dusky pink and forest green, totalling 80.23 carats.

 

Right: a spectacular KALEIDOSCOPE Ring which juxtaposes deep, pensive pool of the central blue-green chrysoberyl of 17.86 carats with bold, geometric planes, sketched in diamonds and paved in blue sapphires, violet spinels, aquamarines, demantoid and tsavorite garnets and sphenes, their delicate hues contrasting with the powerful lines of the ring's Constructivist design.

 

ACCOUTREMENT – the Fabergé Cufflink

 

 

 

 

 

LeftFELIX Cufflinks  (after  Prince Felix Yusupov  of Russia) inspired by the elegant cigarette-cases manufactured by  Fabergé. 

 

Right:  sumptuous  Grigori Cufflinks  , named for  Grigori Potemkin  , the brilliant and charming favourite of the Russian Empress Catherine the Great  . Their shape is reminiscent of both the legendary   Fabergé Eggs  and a precious shell from a far-away dream island.

 

 Anna-Elizaveta Smirnova   a-e.smirnova@greenpebblesblog.com

 

 

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Red Hot Hermes!......Literally!

Image via Tyler Shields.com

 

This is what Clint Eastwood's daughter Francesca and her artist boyfriend Tyler Shields consider to be Art.  Indeed they are convinced that 'Destruction is a beautiful version of Freedom'..... as they proceed to chain saw and then burn a Red Croc Birkin ...... enough to bring tears to a Green Pebbles Girl's eyes!

 

Needless to say it has left several Green Pebbles Girls wondering if this is a case of too much money and too little sense, we just can't capture the artistic side...other than Francesca Clinton is a rather stunning lady!  

 

Aside from the Birkin...which would have looked great on any of your Green Pebbles Girls...but on a more serious note...couldn't they have simply donated the tens of thousands of dollars the bag is worth, sorry, WAS worth to some worthwhile charity?

 

We are for once left totally speechless!

INDITEX (ZARA) TO BECOME SPAIN'S MOST VALUABLE LISTED COMPANY!

image Courtesy of  Grupo Inditex

 

Acoording to today's Financial Times Inditex (the group that owns Zara) is set to become Spain's most valuable listed company!

The first Zara store opened in 1975 in A Coruña (northwest Spain), where the Group’s business began and where it is still headquartered.

Today Inditex is one of the world's largest fashion retailers and owns Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe.  The Group also encompasses more than 100 companies engaged in a range of activities in the textile and fashion design, manufacturing and distribution businesses. 

 

Listed on the Madrid stock exchange in 2001 at a price of €14.70, Inditex shares on Monday closed at €69!

MEANWHILE IN SWITZERLAND.....

Image and Title Courtesy of Il Mango di Treviso

 

We thought we'd share this rather funny yet rather realistic image of Switzerland, which is where many of the Green Pebbles Girls live and work.  

 

With many of the luxury companies and fashion companies having 'set up home' here and doing pretty well generally (figures for last year were absolutely amazing...particularly for luxury and fashion groups such as the SWATCH group and RICHEMONT) their success inevitably is felt and shared by many of those living here, yet with all the turmoil in the surrounding EU one does start to wonder for how long will Switzerland be able to sustain it's privileged status as a 'independent island' in Europe?  Time will tell.

BURBERRY'S NEW AUTUMN WINTER 2012 AD CAMPAIGN-QUINTESSENTIALLY BRITISH

 

 

Burberry Autum Winter 2012 Ad Campaign - Image courtesy of Grazia Daily

 

The streets of 'foggy London' are the setting for Burberry's A/W 2012 stunning ad campaign featuring two super stars such as actress Gabriella Wilde and singer Roo Panes.

 

Shot by Mario Testino, the images are romantic, sophisticated and give one that feeling of effortless style and elegance so reminiscent of those classic black and white spy films of the 1940s .....you can just imagine Casablanca's Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman fitting perfectly into this image.

 

Once again Burberry proves to be a force to be reckoned with!

 

 

Burberry Autum Winter 2012 Ad Campaign - Image courtesy of Grazia Daily

 

 

FUN ALPHABET BAGS FOR THE SUMMER!

 

 

We love these fun Alphabet bags for the Summer!  

 

A fab tote bag lovingly screen printed and stitched in the UK, made with heavy weight cotton it has mid-length straps which are ideal for being carried by hand or over your shoulder.  

 

Great to have as a spare in your handbag for carrying those extra loads that tend to appear as the day wears on (we'll definitely be carrying a few to the various fashion shows and trade shows..... by the end of the day we are a walking catalogue!)

 

Great for the beach or the lake because if you do dirty the with with sand or mud you can just pop it into the washing machine, iron them and they'll be back to new!

 

Soccer mums will definitely find these extremely useful!  When you're kids finish their sports or school event you find yourself having become their personal clothes, coat, book and shoe stand,  well keep a couple of these handy Alphabet bags in your car or in your handbag.... and voilas' problem solved!

 

Choose your favorite message from a great selection at LEMON & MINT , at only 20 CHF!  We'll let you guess which one our favorite is!

 

 

 

CEDRIC VERNON FAHEY PRET-A-PORTER SS 2013 PHOTOSHOOT (BEHIND THE SCENES SNEAK PREVIEW)!

 

 

Oh the super lucky Green Pebbles Girls had a marvellous time this weekend following the team at Cédric Vernon Fahey during the Spring Summer 2013 Prêt à Porter Collection Ad Campaign photoshoot in Cannes for Celamag!

 

Here's a behind the scenes sneak preview featuring designer Cédric Vernon Fahey, model Georggia, photographer Victoria Khatib and make-up artist Neishel Vilain.

 

 

 

"I DO" UGG STYLE

 

 

Every time you think you've seen every possible version of an UGG boot, UGG comes up with yet another.  

 

This time they've tried their hand at the wedding version with their I DO Capsule Collection, and although we wouldn't necessarily suggest walking up the aisle in Sparkles I Do or Bailey Bling I Do  unless you are getting married in in Alps in some long lost chalet (actually that sounds rather appealing!), we must admit they do look rather fab!  

 

They'd be great for a honeymoon too!

 

We love the Fluff Flip Flop I Do  versions too, and with their little blue bow you're guaranteed 'something blue', if you fancy a beach wedding.

JUST CAVALLI'S SPRING SUMMER 2013 PRE-COLLECTION - check out our favorites!

The Green Pebbles Girls just had to show off our favorites from the Just Cavalli Spring Summer 2013 Pre-Collection, how could we not with hints of this marvellous green in most of the outfits!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For for images visit the Just Cavalli Facebook Page

GREEN PEBBLES ON THE FASHION GLOBE MAGAZINE

 

 

 

Green Pebbles Girl Natalia's latest article for The Fashion Globe's online magazine FG Magazine is out today  "All Singing, All Dancing Websites for Emerging Brands" in the Consultant Minute section.

 

To find out more log onto The FG Magazine.

THE WAY TO A MUM'S HEART IS THROUGH ....HER BAG :-)

....and it looks like the team at MOYNAT knows this!  

 

We love their Mother's Day Greetings featuring the stunning Pauline bag in all her wonderful colours!

 

 

 

 

For all those Green Pebbles husbands and boyfriends out there.... please take note!  This is a not so subtle hint!

 

GOLFING IN GENEVA..... THE LOOK!

The weather seems to be finally improving here by Lake Leman, and it looks like just the right time to head to the Golf courses.  
 
Geneva is lucky enough to have several golf courses. From the impressive membership-only Golf Club de Géneve on the Rive Gauche (in the middle of exclusive Cologny and Vandoevres)  to the Geneva Country Club on the Rive Droite in Bellevue (not far from the airport or Richemont for that matter) to the   Golf & Country Club de Bonmont with its 18th Century Mansion (and 8 room Hotel) in Cheserex
 
What to wear?  Well the Green Pebbles Girls have put their heads together and come up with our ideal Golfing look for this season.

 

 

 

 

Peak Performance's brand new Golf collection is perfect.  Great tops and skirts as well as fab jackets!  Maurice Lacroix's ladies watch retains a hint of a  casual look whilst being intrinsically luxurious and sophisticated.  

 

Raceline's Victoria Cap is an authentic custom-made piece of headwear that features jewel-quality snaps, a pure and distinctive visor shape all done in limited series.  Royal Albartross's Golf shoes are recognized worldwide as the best  in luxury Golf shoes.

 

Now we're ready, we're off to practice a few swings!

 

LOUIS VUITTON & HERMES IN THE BRANDZ TOP 100 MOST VALUABLE GLOBAL BRANDS 2012 LIST!

 

 

No real surprises at the top of the list with Apple first, IBM second, Google third, McDonald's fourth and Microsoft fifth.

 

According to Brandz almost half of the Top 100 brands lost value, where the key determinant was financial performance rather than brand for nearly three quarters of the brands that declined.

 

One in five of the 2012 Brandz top 100 come from fast growing economies, with a slight decrease in total value for these brands due to the decrease in business in Brazil and China.

 

Of the 100 brands the only luxury/fashion brands to make it into the list are Louis Vuitton in 21st place rising 5 places and Hermes in 32nd place rising a staggering 39 places!

For an in depth report on the positioning of the luxury brands read the excellent article by Rachel Lamb in today's Luxury Daily.

THE PERFECT "OLYMPICS" SPORTY LOOK!

 

 

 

With the Olympics just around the corner, like the Green Pebbles Girls you've probably been inspired to take on a new rather energetic sport!  Not being particularly sporty ourselves we were at a loss with regards to the 'right look'.... afterall one is supposed to be dressed comfortably in order to do some strenuous exercise!

 

A worrying thought for the Green Pebbles Girls since comfortable often means "drab" in our experience!  Luckily the girls at PR Fact gave us a few tips which we thought we'd  share with you!

 

 

Sneakers from Puma, a vintage style t-shirt from New Yorker, A Tendence Watch to see just how slow you are running, a stylish water bottle from SIGG (you could go a step further and choose one of their limited edition water bottles) and of course an all weather jacket from Swedish company Peak Performance.

 

If, on the other hand,  like some of us you'd rather ' look the part' rather than 'take part' then just add a few accessories to the look to spice it up. For example the Blauer scarf (you could use it as a flag if like one of the Green Pebbles Girls you happen to support the US)  which can be pretty useful if you are hanging around watching others participate and it's a bit windy.  If you want to sparkle just as much as the medal winners, then you could always opt for one of the fun Swarovski charm bracelets. bracelets  If you actually want to have the medals on your chest but can't be bothered to actually try to win one well, the 555DSL Medal T-shirt is your next best bet!

 

 

 

BURBERRY POSTS STRONG FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR YEAR ENDING 31ST MARCH 2012! UP 24%

 

 

 

Burberry Group PLC posted strong financial resuts with revenue up 24% to £1,857m.

 

All regions were up by double-digits, with the Asia Pacific being the largest at 41% retail/wholesale revenue, Europe at 15%, Americas also at 15% and the Rest of the World at 31%.

 

Non -apparel grew 22% underlying to remain Burberry's largest product division at 39% retail/wholeslae revenue.  Significant growth was also seen in womenswear and menswear at 27% and 26% respectively.

 

Angela Ahrendts, Burberry Group's Chief Executive Officer, commented:

 

"Burberry has completed another successful year, with revenue up 24% and adjusted profit before tax up 26%.  An intense focus by our global teams on business, brand and culture in recent years has resulted in a strong foundation across channels, regions and products.  While we remain vigilant about the external environment, we will continue to invest in front-end opportunities within our brand, digital and retail strategies, to drive sustained, profitable growth andenduring customer engagement over the long term."

 

Burberry has continued to evolve its store portfolio, opening 23 mainline stores and 25 concessions during the year, while closing 10 and 16 respectively.  The openings included the first larger format stores in Hong Kong, Paris and Taipei to better showcase the brand, product and digital innovation. 

 

About a net 15 mainline stores are planned to open in FY 2012/13, biased towards larger format stores.  These include the new, relocated store in Regent Street, London, the rebuilt store in Chicago and Pacific Place in Hong Kong.  Capital expenditure for FY 2012/13 is planned at £180-200m (2012: £153m).

 

 

Burberry continues to invest in high growth luxury markets, with three directly-operated stores in Brazil, two in Mexico and seven in India.  These markets are still in investment phase.  Between five to ten new stores are planned for Central and Latin America in FY 2012/13, with further strengthening of the brand presence and operational capabilities.

 

FUN, COLOURFUL, ..... AND MADE FROM RESIN! FABULOUS SUMMER JEWELLERY!

 

CHRISTINA DE FALCO 's jewellery is original, fun, colorful, with a fabulous design and great for the Summer!  A work of art to be worn with style and nonchalance

 

Handmade and designed in Italy,  every piece (entirely made of resin) is hand shaped, hand dyed, hand etched and in some cases embellished with Swarovski crystals.

 

Light weight with custom magnetic closures for easy wear.  They come in a myriad selection of colours  and shape and sizes.  To purchase one of Christina Defalco's fabulous bracelets, earrings, etc, please visit the online store

 

Give yourself a new look this Summer!

 

For further information contact Christina Defalco's Customer Service Team

 

 

 

 

LOUBOUTIN'S NEW IPHONE APP..... A MUST FOR LOUBOUTIN FANS!


 

 

Available globally from the App Store CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN launches it’s first App for iPhone & iPod Touch.

 

The App stands as a digital touch point for all us Louboutin fans around the world, providing all the information that we could possibly need about the brand in one easily accessible guide…and the best bit is it’s FREE!

 

 

 

The CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN App is made up of 6 different areas, each specifically thought out for those Louboutin affecionados all over the world.

 

The Collection : go through all the collections and then choose to look at them in detail.

 

20 Ans : finally fans have the chance to look at the full set of sketches of the 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection (we’re excited already!)

 

Wish List: collect your favourite shoes and then use it as a shopping list in the Louboutin boutiques!

 

Store Locator: travel the world through the Louboutin stores scattered around the world!

 

News: updates, latest news all over the world from Louboutin

 

Videos: interviews of friends of the brand talking about..yes you’ve guessed it....... Louboutin!

 

 

 

 

 

Since our readers are spread all over the world here are the links to your countries!  ENJOY!

 

 

EUROPE :

France: http://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

Spain: http://itunes.apple.com/es/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

Germany: http://itunes.apple.com/de/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

Italy: http://itunes.apple.com/it/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

Netherlands: http://itunes.apple.com/nl/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

Czech: http://itunes.apple.com/cz/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

Switzerland: Not currently working. Please use the one for France and you will be taken through

Turkey: http://itunes.apple.com/tr/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8 

Greece: http://itunes.apple.com/gr/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8 

Portugal:http://itunes.apple.com/pt/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8 

UK http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8 

Ireland http://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8 

Denmark http://itunes.apple.com/dk/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8 

Sweden http://itunes.apple.com/se/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8 

Norway http://itunes.apple.com/no/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8 

 

REST OF THE WORLD:

US http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8 

Brazil http://itunes.apple.com/br/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8 

Canada http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8 

HongKong http://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

China http://itunes.apple.com/cn/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

Japan http://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

Indonesia http://itunes.apple.com/id/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

Singapore http://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

Malaysia http://itunes.apple.com/my/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

Australia http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

Russia http://itunes.apple.com/ru/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

Korea http://itunes.apple.com/kr/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

India http://itunes.apple.com/in/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

MiddleEast http://itunes.apple.com/ae/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8 

Vietnam http://itunes.apple.com/vn/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8 

Thailand http://itunes.apple.com/th/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8   

Philippines http://itunes.apple.com/ph/app/louboutin/id521150327?mt=8

 

A NEW FACE FOR LAURENT FERRIER'S ICONIC GALET CLASSIC!

 

 

 

LAURENT FERRIER the Geneva based Swiss independent watch maker is treating its iconic Galet Classic model to a completely new face!

 

The new ivory shade of the grand feu enamel dial is matched in perfect harmony by the red gold case further enhanced by a generous ball-shaped crown.  Its double balance-spring tourbillon movement beats with a rating precision duly certified by the Besançon Observatory!

 

As with all of LAURENT FERRIER's watches, nothing is left to chance and each and every detail has been meticulously chosen and crafted with enormous care.  The ivory colored dial is punctuated by black painted Roman numerals.  The gold hands are 'assegai-shaped' for the hours and minutes and baton-shaped for the seconds.  A red seconds counter at 6 o'clock is rimmed by a white gold flange that is manually bevelled and polished using a burin!

 

 

 

 
 

The calibre construction is inspired by the major 19th century chronometry models with their manual-winding system featuring a long-blade-type ratchet pawl system distinguished by the delicate mechanical clicking sound emitted during winding.

 

The movement is finished with extreme care, as evidenced by the manual decoration on the tourbillon carriage bridge.

 

The design of the bridges is inspired by pocket-watches and the decoration is executed in keeping with the finest watchmaking traditions, including 30 hand-crafted interior angles.  

For additional information on the 

 

 

JARLO LONDON PRESS DAY - A/W 2012-13 COLLECTION STRIKES GOLD.....AND RED, GREY, PURPLE & COBALT BLUE!

 

It is easy to see why celebrities like Keira Knightley, The Saturdays , Nicola Roberts and Anna Friel (not to mention the Green Pebbles Girls of course) are all fans of Jarlo London!

 

 

The JARLO LONDON Press day revealed a stunning collection for the upcoming A:W 12/13 Season.  Think maxis adorned with embellished shoulders and matte sequined jackets- whilst not forgetting the vintage style dresses which first put JARLO LONDON on the fashion cards. 

 

 

The new Autumn/Winter 2012-13 collection embraces soft shades of purple, greys and golds.  A suitably warm palette to contrast against the cold weather of the Winter months,  

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst a palette of cobalt blue and reds can be seen in the crushed velvet skirts and fur collared coats.

 

 

 

 

Carly Hallahan, the ever stylish designer behind the brand, continuously strives to create a collection which is both elegant and feminine keeping in mind the curves of women. 

 

 

 

 

Whether you embrace the vintage silhouette tea dresses or the loose sheer fabric floral shirts-there is something for everyone.

 

 

The Autumn/Winter collection is a melange of fabrics: sequin, chiffon, pleather, lace and fur.  All of which embrace the vintage feel through beautifully fashioned designs.

 

 

 

 

Music plays part to Hallahan’s inspiration for her designs just as her Australian roots are reflected in her maxi dresses to create an effortlessly chic look.

 

 

 

 

It wasn't by accident that the maxis have become a popular choice for Bridesmaids.  The S:S12 collection is an array of pretty pastels and candy stripes perfect for that Spring/ Summer wedding.

 

 

Watch this space for another sneak preview of the Jarlo London Autumn Winter 2012-13 Collection coming soon!

 

 

 

Helen Fowler helen@green-pebbles.com

TUSCANY: THE DESIGNER OUTLET CENTRE OF THE WORLD

 

 

 

The Green Pebbles Girls are always on the look out for a bargain when it comes to designer bags and clothes (aren't we all these days!) and this year we thought we would combine a well deserved holiday with an even more well deserved shopping spree in Tuscany. 

 

 

 

 

We booked into a most welcoming family-run hotel on top of a Tuscan hill in Poggibonsi (a stone's throw away from stunning Siena and San Giminiano) the beautiful Hotel Villa San Lucchese whose fine dinners and vews across the Tuscan countryside are something we will remember for a lifetime.  This allowed us the freedom to ' explore' the sights but also to spend several days going through all the outlets the area is famed for!

 

 

 

 

THE MALL

Well, what can we say...... THE MALL is probably the designer outlet par excellence.  Choose between tens of awesome brands from Alexander McQueen, to Sergio Rossi, to Valentino, Gucci,  Fendi, Bottega Veneta  and the list just goes on!

 

 

SPACE PRADA

The dream outlet for all those PRADA fans out there (except they don't call it an outlet....of course!) , be ready to be pushed left right and centre as the fans try to scramble over you in a bid to get the best item at the best price (sales at Harrods came to mind!).  MIU MIU pieces can also be purchased here.  Don't expect to find the latest collections of course, but do enjoy the fact that you are getting some great Prada products at the fraction of the cost.    No you can't have things shipped overseas..... and they don't have a website (just a facebook page we've linked you to above)....you basically need to book a ticket to Italy - but can you think of a better holiday than, sun, great food, the most amazing sights and ...fabulous shopping!!

 

 

Not too far from here you can sometimes catch the PRADA Helicopter at the Prada Tuscan HQ (we did hang around a while too see if we might catch a glimpse of HRH Queen of Fashion Miuccia Prada..... but no such luck!)

 

DOLCE & GABBANA OUTLET

In the same region as the others you can also find the Dolce & Gabbana outlet, where you are bound to find last season's (who's complaining!?) items at approximately  50% off their original price tag.

 

 

 

 

Of course there are many other designer outlets in Tuscany and in other regions of Italy which we did not have a chance to pop to see (time was of the essence and our credit cards were feeling rather hot and bothered by the end of the long weekend!).  

 

Watch this space as we plan our next visit to Italy...... the Le Marche region comes to mind as a possible new adventure.....watch out Mr.Della Valle the Green Pebbles Girls are out on a mission!

 

SWAROVSKI. THE KINGDOM OF JEWELS!

 

Swarovski's Suddenly Necklace A/W Collection 2012/13

 

 

 

Swarovski's Autumn WInter 2012-13 Collection is aptly named the Kingdom of Jewels.  The collection is a fine example of baroque and rock colliding to produce what Creative Director Nathalie Colin has defined as Rock Royalty.

 

 

Swarovski's Standing & Shogun Cuffs A/W 2012/13

 

 

 

“I wanted to conjure up a muse who portrays a “rock chick”, turning traditional ideas and values  upside down by giving them her own personal twist. Rebellious and confident, she  creates her own style with total freedom. Her jewelry suits her perfectly: an array of  medieval, eastern and even a touch of Shakespearean are influences which are revisited to create an avant-garde, rock  artist look, or in other words someone who depicts Rock Royalty” 
 

Swarovski's Story Necklace A/W 2012/13

 
 

 

The collection takes inspiration from a modern, free, young woman, whose ancestry is made up of artists and Eastern royalty, she is both cosmopolitan and trendy.   What we get is a collection which cleverly combines ancient and modern, asian heritage and historical detail, rich luxurious colours and rather dark tones which combined with the incredible craftsmanship used  to produce lacework and embroidery settings using metals such as gold and silver (as well as cleverly antiqued and poliched steel to create a vintage look) ends up looking like the contents of a treasure chest passed down from royal generation to the next!
 

Swarovski's Serena Necklace A/W 2012/13

 

 

 
 
 
 
A recurring shape this season is the triangle - historic among jewelry stones. With a faceted cut, exclusive to Swarovski, this symbol is repeated in different forms throughout many sets and creations such as the eye-catching Sexy Necklace & Bracelet.
 
 

Svarovski's Sexy Necklace A/W 2012/13

 

 

The rings of this collection also offer a varied look, from rock princess to glamour queen the styles fit the opulence and luxuriousness of the necklaces.
 
 
Majestic , Shogun & Sketch Rings A/W 2012/13

 

 

 

The choice is limitless, and it goes without saying that a piece like one of these can dramatically change a look!  

 

The Green Pebbles Girls will certainly be stocking up on the Kingdom of Jewels collection this Autumn!!

RICHEMONT POSTS STRONG SALES RESULTS & LOOKS TO THE FUTURE WITH CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM!

 

 

Richemont reported strong sales growth today across all segments and all geographic regions, despite a volatile and diverse economic environment.

 


The Group’s Jewellery Maisons and its Specialist Watchmakers have reported record sales and profits, despite the strength of the Swiss franc and the rising cost of precious materials and input costs. 

 

Montblanc has continued to grow and reported increased profits. Richemont’s Fashion and Accessories Maisons also performed well.

 

Net-a-Porter continues to enjoy sales growth above the Group average, while at the same time investing in structural expansion.

 

 

 

The Jewellery Maisons’ sales grew by 32 % with Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels performing exceptionally well.

Demand for High Jewellery pieces was solid and more accessible jewellery ranges enjoyed very strong demand. Cartier’s watch collections, including premium and technical pieces, were equally successful.

 

 

 

 

The Specialist Watchmakers’ sales increased by 31 %.  (Last year’s sales and results were negatively impacted by the reorganisation of Baume & Mercier).


Overcoming higher input costs and the strength of the Swiss franc, the operating margin increased to 23 %, reflecting the solid demand for premium watches and strong pricing power.

 

 

 

Sales at Net-a-Porter continued to rise above the Group’s average rate, including the first full year of Mr Porter. The amortisation of intangibles and the costs associated with the continued expansion of Net-a-Porter’s platforms contributed to its overall increase in losses. On a cash basis, Net-a-Porter generated positive results.

 

Growth for Richemont companies was seen in most geographic areas:

Europe  + 20%
Solid double-digit organic growth was registered across the region. Sales in the region were boosted by the growing number of travellers from other parts of the world and Net-a-Porter’s performance. The Middle East and Africa, which accounted for 16 % of sales in the region, reported strong double-digit growth.
 
Asia-Pacific +46%
Now representing 42% of Group sales, the Asia-Pacific region reported another year of sustained broad-based growth, particularly in Hong Kong and mainland China. The Group’s selective expansion of its retail network in recent years contributed to the strong year-on-year growth.
 
Americas +30%
The Americas region reported robust double-digit growth reflecting the growing demand for jewellery and watches as well as Net-a-Porter’s performance.
 
Japan +39%
Sales in Japan grew, notwithstanding the continuing challenges the country faces following the dramatic events of March 2011.

 

Johann Rupert Richemont's Executive Chairman and CEO commented:

 

"The enduring appeal and the development potential of each of our Maisons lead us to focus our investment on the Group’s organic growth. Investments are primarily dedicated to the expansion and integration of the Maisons’ respective manufacturing facilities, as well as growth in their retail networks. Selective boutique openings will be focused in growth markets and in tourist destinations around the world.
 
Our Maisons remain entrepreneurial and innovative businesses at heart. More than ever, we are convinced of their resilience and long-term prospects. We therefore look forward to the future with cautious optimism.
"

 

 

PARSONS, PPR, AND THEFANCY.COM PARTNER FOR “EMPOWERING IMAGINATION”

 

 

Parsons The New School for DesignPPR, and THE FANCY have announced the launch of a new partnership giving Parsons students the opportunity to win an internship within one of PPR’s 16 luxury and sport & lifestyle brands.

 

The students’ work will be featured on The Fancy, an innovative online platform at the intersection of blog, magazine, and image-based social media.

 

The two winners of the competition will also be showcased at Barneys New York’s Madison Avenue store. The competition will be based on PPR’s defining theme, “Empowering Imagination.”

 

Open to 2012 seniors of Parsons BFA Fashion Design program, students in the areas of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories design will compete for internships in a three phase selection process based on the quality and conceptual vision of their thesis collections, from the garments themselves to their portfolio and visual collateral.

 

The top twenty candidates selected by the School of Fashion at Parsons will present their work to a panel of fashion industry insiders, including Simon Collins (Parsons)Laurent Claquin (PPR)Joseph Einhorn (The Fancy), Dennis Freedman (Barneys New York), Candy Pratts Price (Vogue.com), Dree Hemingway,  and Vanessa Friedman (Financial Times.)

 

In May, the panelists will review the students’ work and select five finalists who best exemplify the theme. In mid-June, the finalists will have their collections featured on The Fancy where its one million users will democratically decide which two designers will win.

 

The one ready-to-wear look and one accessory “Fancy’d” the most will be awarded an expense-paid internship with a PPR brand. During September New York Fashion Week, the contest winners’ work will be showcased in a display at the iconic Barneys New York on Madison Avenue. 

 

We can't wait to see what comes out of this competition!

 

 

 

LAS8 MAKES ITS MARK WITH A COLLECTION OF LUXURY REPTILE JACKETS & CLUTCHES!

 

Whilst studying in France Philippe ANTON and Fabien PALUDETTO, became close friends and several years later joined forces to make their dream of creating a unique and stylish line of luxury clothing come true and launched their very first collection in 2012.

Their passion for fine materials particularly exotic leathers, Anton and Paludetto place quality and refinement at the heart of their thinking.

 

 

SAGA

 

 

Named after the goddess Saga, the jacket is made up of python inserts on sheepskin and is perfectly tailored to perfectly fall over the female silhouette. 

 

EDJO

Named after the cobra goddess Edjo the jacket's adjusted cut and collar is very reminiscent of this snake.  Extremely flattering EDJO highlights the silhouette and the face.

 

 

PERSEE

The PERSEE jacket is named after the Greek hero and determination that represents the life of his legend. A feminine piece that fits easily different outfits, for both a smart and casual look.

 

IDYLLE

Maxi Pochettes Idylle and Donna are made of the finest reptile and lined in luscious silk in France.  Not your average sized clutch, they are bound to make a statement with any outfit you choose to wear.

 

DONNA

 
To find out more about LAS8 Paris or to find your nearest stockist please contact:   contact@las8-paris.com or visit their website www.las8-paris.com

 

Louboutin to launch "Christian Louboutin Beauté" beauty products in 2013!

 

Christian Louboutin SA and Batallure Beauty, LLC announce the creation of a joint venture to establish Christian Louboutin Beauté. The newly formed company, which marks Christian Louboutin’s first foray into the beauty industry, will develop and globally market luxury beauty products across a number of classifications.

 

Christian Louboutin said today : “Twenty years ago I started what I thought would be a small adventure, which ended up becoming a company. The beauty adventure is a natural extension for someone like me, who likes to empower women and to be a part of creating beauty seems like the right next step”

 

 

“Wearing a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes completely transforms a woman and Christian will bring that same transformative quality to women through his beauty products.” said Robin Burns, Chairman & Co-Founder of Batallure Beauty.

 

Founded by Robin Burns and Sam Ghusson in 2006, Batallure Beauty is a brand and business development company that creates extraordinary beauty brands and engaging store experiences for a select list of clients including Abercrombie & Fitch, Express, Give Back Brands, Macy’s, Marchesa, Sephora, and Splendid.

 

 

GREEN PEBBLES IN WHITE SPOSA - LUXURY WEDDING MAGAZINE

 

The Green Pebbles Girls are proud to inform you that you can read Green Pebbles Girl Natalia's latest article on her column on White Sposa - the iconic italian luxury wedding magazine.

To purchase White Sposa online please visit www.zinio.com

BREAKFAST AT MOYNAT'S PART II

 

 

Well, what can we say other than "Bet you wish you'd been there too!" 

 

Last week the Green Pebbles Girls were honoured by an invitation to Paris to enjoy an out of this world Breakfast cooked by world renown Michelin starred chef extraordinaire Yannick Alléno on his one-of-a-kind MOYNAT Breakfast Trunk (read more here)

 

 

 

 

Michelin starred chef Yannick Alléno prepared several recipies on request (oh yes... we even got to request special orders!) so the invited journalists were treated to 'omlette with herbs', 'oeufs brouilles au vert' (obviously a Green Pebbles Girl favorite!), 'omlette aux champignons de Paris', soft boiled eggs with carrots and coriander, omlette with ham........ dreams do come true!

 

Aside from the incredible setting, and this once in a lifetime experience we were also able to inspect the incredible work of art that is the MOYNAT Breakfast Trunk.  A masterpiece born out of the mastery of MOYNAT's creative director Ramesh Nair, Yannick Alléno's culinary expertise, MOYNAT's artisans  and over 1,000 hours of work.  Follow us on this journey of discovery as we inspect every nook and cranny of this amazing one-of-a-kind piece of luxury cooking apparatus!

 

 

 

Of course MOYNAT’s signature traits are recognized instantly. The drop-shadow effect of the art deco motif – designed by Henri Rapin in 1920 – resonates in bold, harmonious black, brown and copper on the waterproof linen and cotton Initiale canvas. .  The intriguing concave side – where the chef stands – recalls the ergonomic bottom of the Limousine trunks, designed to fit onto the rounded roof of a car Yannick Alléno's  initials “Y.A”, hand-painted in straw yellow and white, bring to mind historic monograms.  

 

 

 

 

The Breakfast Trunk is topped by a sheer slab of black granite. Fitted into this worktop is a La Cornue burner, the Rolls Royce of stoves!

 

Plates, cups, glasses and Safran carafes are held in place by leather straps like the spare wheel on vintage cars!

 

 

 

 

 

With a design that rivals haute couture, three double-hinged sections open on two sides – one for the chef, the other for guests.  Amazingly functional, they are magnificently lined with Alcantara and Initiale fabrics. 

 

 

 

Inside the MOYNAT Breakfast Trunk, twenty or so easily accessible drawers and compartments store cooking utensils, a croissant basket, milk jug, cutlery, white D. Porthault table linens embroidered with “Moynat Paris” and edged in dark brown, the house colour.

 

Wish you could enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime breakfast experience?

 

Well it is possible of course... just book into the following luxurious hotels where chef Yannick Alléno presides over the kitchens the One&Only hotel The Palm, Dubai; the Cheval Blanc, Courchevel; the Shangri-La, Beijing; and the Royal Mansour, Marrakech.

 

START BOOKING NOW!

 

Black and White Photographs courtesy of Masahiko Kishino

All other images courtesy of Moynat Paris

Anna Dello Russo to design an over-the-top accessories collection for H&M

 

Anna Dello Russo with one of her designs for H&M Photo: MAGNUS MAGNUSSON

 

H&M announced today a special collaboration with fashion icon and legendary Fashion Director (once described by photographer Helmut Newton as a 'fashion maniac') Anna Dello Russo. 

“I am excited by this collaboration: this is the first time H&M involves a Fashion Director in a special project. This is the sign of an important evolution in fashion, and I am both thrilled and humbled to be the one chosen to lead it. I wanted to create precious accessories that are impossible to find.  As a stylist I know accessorization is essential: it is the personal touch to any outfit. With these pieces everybody can have fun, turning an ordinary day into a fantastic fashion day”, says Anna Dello Russo.

 

 

A selection of the ADR collection for H&M Photo: MAGNUS MAGNUSSON

 

An idol of the blogosphere (you might have noticed)  Anna Dello Russo, currently Fashion Director at Large and Creative Consultant at VOGUE Japan, has created a special collection of accessories for H&M. Unabashedly glamorous, precious and playful, the range is an expression of Dello Russo’s taste for ornamentation.  The collection features jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, bags and a trolley allowing H&M customers uniqueness at an affordable price.

 

Available from October 4, 2012, at the peak of the global fashion weeks tour, in around 140 stores worldwide and online.

 

 

PR FACT PRESS DAY IN LAUSANNE PACKED WITH FABULOUS COLLECTIONS FOR AUTUMN/WINTER!

Once again the team at PR Fact put on a fabulous Press Day at Ligne Roset in Lausanne last week introducing the Green Pebbles Girls to some fabulous finds for Autumn Winter 2012-2013.

 

Here's a brief selection of what was on show, which of course we shall expand on in our following posts....so be sure to keep a look out!

 

From Swarovski's Kingdom of Jewels Collection for A/W 2012/13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabulous sportswear from PUMA including their collaboration with Mini (the Green Pebbles Girls are fans!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN sneakers......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winterwear from BLAUER for men, women and kids

 

 

 

 
Colourful and fun watches from TENDENCE (which is doing fantastically well in the Asian market!)
 

 

LACOSTE's elegant and understated collection, or as they have called it quite aptly "UNCONVENTIONAL CHIC"

 

 

 

......including great sweatshirts with the unmistakable Lacoste piping.  This sweatshirt is amazingly soft and incredibly comfortable and looks great on!

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YORKER's fabulously coloured jeans for teenagers and young adults (and of course youthful Green Pebbles Girls!)

 

 

 

 

Great ladies jacket from PEAK PERFORMANCE for those horrid grey autumn days in Geneva and London alike.  Fabulously well thought out!  Great cut and detailing and a longer slightly rounded back to cover your behind when you sit down on a wet bench to relax after taking the dogs out for a walk (dog owners will know exactly what we're talking about!). Super efficient and great looking too!

 

 

 

Lingerie from SIMONE PERELE and IMPLICITE

 

 

.... and of course to top the event in style we were introduced to REMY MARTIN's Mature Cask Finish new bottle design and of course it's new fruitier taste (apricot, peach, violet and vanilla) .....which we would definitely recommend on ice or for those with an adventurous spirit in a selection of cocktails!  (It goes without saying of course that alcohol abuse can damage your health -so DRINK SENSIBLY!!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARCOBOLOGNA FIT FOR A QUEEN

 

Marcobologna first came into the spotlight at The Vogue Talents Corner during Milan’s fashion week SS 2012. The initiative that aims to give ‘the designers of tomorrow a voice’ has done exactly that for Marco Giugliano and Nicolò Bologna, the young designers of Marcobologna.

 

 

Marcobologna first started designing jewellery but the enormous creativity of the Milanese duo inevitably led to them becoming involved in fashion. The pair started to digitally print their jewellery designs onto their clothing collections thereby creating a decadent and distinctive style.

 

 

Their AW 2012-13 collection has been created in partnership with Grazia Bagnaresi. The modern designs are both beautifully and expertly cut. The new collection reflects not only the colours of their jewellery but also mirrors their designs. In some cases the clothes are actually embellished with jewels.

 

 

The clothes look even more spectacular when they are worn with their matching accessories. The jewels and clothes are fit for a Queen - just in time for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee

 

 

   katherine.lim@greenpebblesblog.com

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The Green Pebbles Girls' Wedding Season Begins!

Even the most cynical Green Pebbles Girls can't help but feel a little romantic during this time of year!  As Spring flowers start to bud and the bells ring out happily, we feel drawn into dreamlike fantasies....particularly if confronted by a little red box (Cartier comes to mind!)

 

 

Cartier Engagement Ring Box

 

or a little turquoise box for that matter (Breakfast at Tiffany's anyone?)

 

 

Tiffany & Co. Gift Box

 

and if that little box contains THE RING, such as a marvellous Tiffany & Co. Square Fancy Intense Yellow diamond ring in platinum crowned by two rows of white diamonds well what can we say,  les jeux sont fait!

Tiffany & Co. Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond Ring

 

 

There we have it, the Green Pebbles Girls are already walking down the aisle savouring each and every step because they are of course wearing Jimmy Choos Ivory Silk Satin 5.7 inch platform sandals with a delicate ankle strap adorned with a Swarovski crystal buckle, rendered all the more majestic by the sound of the Mendhelsson's Wedding March.

 

 

Jimmy Choo Swarovski Adorned Bridal Sandal

 

 

Surrounded by that surreal magic which accompanies each bride down the aisle making them shine with splendour, the Green Pebbles Girls will of course be wearing the latest creation by ROSA CLARA' from the Soft Collection 2012 

 

 

Rosa Clara Wedding Dress

 

clutching a MARTHA STEWART Calla Lilies Bouquet made up of calla lilies, wired gladiolus, sweet peas and stephanotis on the vine, we glide down the aisle for the final I DO!

 

 

Martha Stewart Calle Lilies Bouquet

 

 

Nothing could be a more perfect ending to this stunning fairytale than PEGGY PORSCHEN's amazing Falling Petals tiered wedding cake, an absolute work of art, to leave the new couple and guests alike in awe.

 

 

Peggy Perschen Falling Petals Tiered Wedding Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LOUBOUTIN'S CINDERELLA DREAM COMES TRUE THIS SUMMER!

True romantics, the Green Pebbles Girls have always had a soft spot for Cinderella....... but even more so for her fabulous glass slippers!

 

Well, as Disney is set to celebrate the global release of it's animated classic masterpiece “Cinderella” Diamond Edition on Blu-ray coming to market this Fall, and Louboutin celebrates his 20th Anniversary retrospective exhibition at the London Design Museum it was inevitable that the two would join forces to make all 'our dreams come true'!  As part of this collaboration, Louboutin will design a “Cinderella” slipper putting his own magic touch on the world’s most famous pair of shoes.

 

 

The designer’s mesmerizing creations are full of whimsy and glamour and his limitless imagination has helped him turn his dreams to reality making sure that all Green Pebbles Girls (and not only) the world over feel like princesses when they wear his shoes!

 

 

“Isn’t it everyone’s dream, to once in your life be part of a fairy tale? Walt Disney Studios gave me a wonderful opportunity to live this magical moment. I have been so lucky to have crossed paths with Cinderella, an icon who is so emblematic to the shoe world as well as the dream world.”

- Christian Louboutin

 

Make sure to stay tuned into your favourite Green Pebbles Blog or join us on facebook to catch a glimpse of the shoes when Louboutin unveils them this summer!

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BREAKFAST AT MOYNAT'S WITH MICHELIN STARRED CHEF YANNICK ALLéNO!

It isn't every day that one gets invited to have breakfast in Paris with MOYNAT cooked by Michelin starred chef Yannick Alléno.... so we' thought we'd share this marvellous invitation from MOYNAT to the ever so lucky Green Pebbles Girls.

 

 

It isn't just the breakfast in Paris with Moynat and Yannick Alléno which is what is exciting, we are also going to be able to finally see one of the most luxurious pieces of one-of-a-kind cooking apparatus ever to have graced the face of the earth.

 

Michelin Starred Chef Yannick Alléno's initials grace the Moynat Breakfast Trunk.

Hand-painted in straw yellow and white, the initials bring to mind historic monograms.

 

 

 

With Yannick Alléno.'s invaluable input, over a period of eight months MOYNAT's genius designer and creative director Ramesh Nair was able to fuse the art of travel with the art of gracious living by creating what has been described by Yannick Alléno as the ultimate luxury: a mobile trunk on which to prepare a full breakfast for two, be it in a hotel room, on a terrace or poolside!

 

Michelin Starred Chef Yannick Alléno with his personalised MOYNAT BREAKFAST TRUNK which is fitted with La Cornue burner, the Rolls Royce of stoves!

 

All in all, 1,000 hours of work went into creating what could be described as a design, technical, culinary and craftsmanship masterpiece!  Four hundred and fifty hours of work went into the outer and inner cladding. The wooden framework required 150 hours. Research and development, and manufacture of the metal parts took 400 hours.

 

Cut, sawed and finished entirely by hand, the trunk unites creative energy, history and unique skill.

 

The Moynat Breakfast Trunk opens up into 3 sections, magnificently lined with Alcantara and Initiale fabrics. Twenty or so easily accessible drawers and compartments store cooking utensils, a croissant basket, milk jug, cutlery, white D. Porthault table linens embroidered with “Moynat Paris” and edged in dark brown, the house colour. 

 

The Moynat  Breakfast Trunk will soon delight clients at the One&Only hotel The Palm, Dubai; the Cheval Blanc, Courchevel; the Shangri-La, Beijing; and the Royal Mansour, Marrakech, where chef Yannick Alléno presides over the kitchens.

 

Feeling jealous already?  Yes, we thought you might!  

 

Watch this space as we bring you more images and details about the Breakfast Trunk from our 'Breakfast Date with Moynat next week!

 

 

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PPR'S LUXURY DIVISION UP 29% in Q1 2012!

Double-digit growth across all geographic  regions was powered by 20% sales growth in emerging countries, which now represent nearly 40% of the Luxury Division's sales.  Fashion and Leather Goods sales advanced 18% in the first three months of the year

 

 

 
GUCCI
 
Gucci had a good start to the year, with sales up 12%  in comparable  terms and 16% on a reported basis. Directly-operated stores once again improved their contribution to revenue, advancing 13%  in the quarter,  and now  accounting for  three-fourths  of  Gucci's total sales.   Online sales surged 30%, continuing to increase as a
proportion of total revenue.
 

 

 
 
 
BOTTEGA VENETA
 
Bottega Veneta  delivered another excellent performance in the first quarter of 2012, with revenue jumping 33% on a comparable basis and 39% in reported terms. The brand's outstanding performance spanned all geographic areas: Western Europe (up 28%)North America (up 36%), Asia-Pacific (up 45%) and Japan (up 16%)
Online sales more than  doubled compared to the first quarter of 2011!
 

 

 
YVES SAINT LAURENT
 
Yves Saint Laurent put in a bumper performance in first-quarter 2012, with sales soaring 40% on a comparable basis and 43% in reported terms, on the back of the successful Autumn/Winter collections as well as the well-received Cruise and women's Spring/Summer collections.  Business was buoyant across the board with all regions and distribution channels reporting  strong  growth on a comparable basis: Western Europe (up 34%), North America (up 48%), Japan (up 53%) and Asia-Pacific (up 63%). In addition, royalties rose by around 15% compared to the first quarter of 2011, predominantly from fragrances and beauty.
 
 
 
In the first quarter, PPR’s Other Luxury Brands posted comparable sales growth of 20% (71% in reported terms) with all brands and regions contributing to the performance: Western Europe (up 12%), North America (up 33%), Asia-Pacific (up 30% of which China up 28%) and Japan (up 10%).
 
Momentum remained especially strong for Fashion and Leather Goods, with growth coming in at more than 30%  for  the quarter,  driven by   sparkling performances at both  Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, together with another strong showing at Balenciaga. Brioni, which was fully consolidated in January, also posted double-digit growth. Boucheron showed further improvement, driven by its retail business.

KATAYOON - SEXY & POWERFUL

Mahtab Jamali, designer, model and photographer

 

Green Pebbles took the opportunity to talk to the designer, photographer and model of Katayoon – that’s right just one incredible woman, Mahtab Jamali. She juggles all three different roles to make sure Katayoon is exactly what she has dreamt it to be. Mahtab explains the influences behind Katayoon and the importance she places on making sure that her designs are expertly and respectfully put together. This determined 26-year-old is only just starting her career; watch this space.

 

 

 

The collection ‘Diva’ is sexy and powerful; what were your inspirations behind it?

The Diva Collection came together during my travels between the Middle East and the UK. You can see a lot of Middle Eastern influence in ‘Diva’, soft and inviting colours and different types of silk. To me, Diva is a meeting point between traditional and modern style in The Middle East.

 

You are evidently a beautiful, determined and confident woman and your designs for Katayoon celebrate and embrace the feminine form; what do you hope your designs will bring to women?

I’m hoping my designs will bring a positive affect to all women that see them. I want to encourage women to be proud and accept that they are a vital part of our society. In my opinion, people who are not afraid to express themselves through their own personal style will be courageous in life too.

 

 

 

You recently tweeted to Nicole Scherzinger that you would love to dress her; what other celebrities would you like to see wearing your designs?

 

Oh my, the world is filled with beautiful women, if only I could dress them all... One day I would love to dress Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel, they are my most favorite female models and I truly admire them. There are many more of course, such as, Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Rihanna, Charlize Theron and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

 

Day Light Magazine described Katayoon as a ‘beautiful fusion of Middle Eastern influence and British flair’, how well do you think these two differing styles come together? And as you have travelled a lot, what was it in particular about British fashion that caught your attention?

One of the main features of British fashion that has found its way into my heart, and I believe will never leave, is the sharp and clean cut of classic suits in both women’s wear and menswear. I love the prestigious fabrics that are used in most luxury British brands, especially in menswear. One of my favorites is Alfred Dunhill.

 

 

 

 

What do you think differentiates Middle Eastern fashion from fashion in Paris, New York, Milan and London?

In my opinion the Middle East and London have two very different worlds when it comes to fashion. I often find that in the Middle East people are more interested with high end and luxury fashion labels, than those in London. London is a cosmopolitan city with a very diverse sense of style, but it seems fewer people appreciate the concept of luxury in clothing. This may be due to the way the high street brands have dominated the fashion industry in London. Having said that, I find a lot more creativity in style in London compared to that in the Middle East.

 

Your professional modelling name is Mieta, which is Italian, and you often source Italian fabrics, do you have a special relationship with Italian fashion?

To say I'm in love with Italy - is an understatement. I mean who couldn't love such a beautiful country? With all its art and culture, all one can do is be inspired. The textile industry in Italy says it all for me, but I also like certain materials from the Far East too.

 

 

 

 

All of your collection is manufactured in London; how important is it for you, as a designer and brand manager, to be ethically sound?

Indeed, everything I design is made in London and most of my fabrics are from Italy, France and England. It is very important to me that my designs are put together by experts, from the materials I use to the accessories and clothes that I create. I have very strong objections against child labour and cheap labour.


 

There are many scenes of nature in the A/W 2012-13 lookbook; why was it important for you to include nature alongside your collection? Has nature influenced your designs?

Nature does influence me because like nature my sources of inspirations are diverse and unpredictable. They come from anything and anywhere, whether that’s the waves of the ocean, the limitless wonders of the cosmos or just the effortless beauty in femininity.

 

 

 

 

Your mother, who the brand is named after, is obviously a huge influence on you; what other designers have influenced you?

 

Elie Saab is one of my favourite designers but with all of these wonderful and talented designers out there, who could only have one favourite?

A few other designers whom I truly admire are Valentino, Tom Ford and Shady Zeineldine.

 

 

 

Does designing menswear come as quickly and naturally to you as it does for women’s wear?

 

Although I enjoy designing menswear a lot, my main focus is on women’s wear. However, there will be a few limited edition menswear lines in some of the collections.
 

 

How do you find juggling being the designer, photographer, stylist and model for Katayoon?

 

I really love it. I could always make time for Katayoon, it is not easy, but the best things never are.

 

How many points of sale do you have to date and where are they located?

 

At the moment, most of my outfits can be viewed and purchased online at several luxury fashion websites. Clients can also purchase the whole collection directly from the official Katayoon website www.katayoonlondon.com.

 

 

 

 

You have previously mentioned that there is gong to be a private S/S 2013/14 show; have you decided where the show is going to take place?

 

The show will take place in London. The rest is a secret!

 

Your work ethic is incredible and you have already achieved more than many are able to in a lifetime – and you are only 26! What else would you like to do?

 

You are truly kind to me, thank you. This is only the beginning of my career in fashion and I just hope that it can turn out as I have dreamt it to be.

I am very much family orientated and hope one day to become a mother and have a family of my own too.

 

 

 

Photography by Rudolph Niasme and Ra'ed Qutena,

Hair & Make Up is by Sadaf Khan and Arezu Ali.

 

 

 

 

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SORELINA JEWELS ETNICA COLLECTION HITS A HIGH NOTE IN THE USA!

 

 

Deer Skin Leather and Diamond Cross, Skull and Snake - Lava bracelet with Diamonds and Lava bracelet with orange Sapphires

 

 

SORELINA JEWELS clients have gone wild over their latest ETNICA collection, and lovely designers  Andrea and Priscilla Asturias have been so kind as to share some of the latest images with us!

 

Handmade and designed in LA for private clients and exclusive boutiques world wide, the jewellery is a success with both men and women alike.

 

Available to purchase (shipping worldwide!) from the  www.osgalleryla.com < http://www.osgalleryla.com

 

 

 

Deer Skin Leather, Tradewind Glass and Tradewind Glass and diamonds

 

 

 

Antique Tradewind Glass and Diamonds, Deer Skin Leather with Tradewind glass and antique silver, Handwoven thread with Diamonds

 

 

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EXCEPTIO CUFFLINKS: BORN OUT OF PURE PASSION

Exceptio Coral Cufflinks

 

A successful businessman in the medical industry, Alvaro Lopes Cardoso decided to follow his true passion: 'cufflinks'. He partnered with Anamaria Lascurain  with an aim to produce exquisite handcrafted limited edition cufflinks which whilst being original could also be the epitomy of style and elegance.  EXCEPTIO was born bearing all these requisites.

 

 

Exceptio Medusa Cufflinks

 

 

Each EXCEPTIO design is part of an exclusive limited series, which comes with a hand-engraved serial number on one end and a certificate of authenticity, and carries a Convention Hallmark, guaranteeing the purity of the precious metals. 

 

 

Exceptio Coracoes de Viana

 

 

Individually handcrafted by artisans in Portugal who use traditional goldsmithing skills and techniques, every EXCEPTIO cufflink is a unique work of art.  Gold filigree (19.2ct or 18ct gold)  and elaborate sterling silver designs,  inspired by Iberian cultures, are testament to these artisans exceptional craftsmanship.

 

 

 

 

Nothing is left to chance and everything is thought out to guarantee a perfect fit  and perfect functionality, such as the signature chain link of the EXCEPTIO cufflinks which is slightly longer on one of the cufflinks, a fabulous idea which ensures the cuff fits perfectly around the watch-wearing wrist!

 

 

 

 

EXCEPTIO cufflinks have similar locks, the ovaloid lock, allowing its wearers to mix and match should they so wish to.  A growing trend with fashionistas and gentlemen alike.

 

Each EXCEPTIO cufflink is elegantly packaged in a luxury wood box with encrusted sterling silver mesh application and purple velvet interior. 

 

Exceptio Gold Beads Cufflinks in Gift Box

 

 

For those searching the ultimate in one-of-a-kind cufflinks  EXCEPTIO offers an exclusive bespoke service which includes commissioned designs.

 

 

Exceptio Exclusive Bespoke Designs

 

Clearly aimed at the most discerning gentlemen the EXCEPTIO cufflinks are so beautiful and different from and other cufflinks on the market the Green Pebbles Girls are sure that there will be many women who will want to purchase them for themselves.

 

For additional information or to order your own pair of fabulous cufflinks please contact EXCEPTIO

 

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WE ARE GOING ON A HOLIDAY.....WITH VALEXTRA!

 

We just love the travel collection from luxury brand VALEXTRA!

 

The Pergamena Trolley shown above (also available in black) is testament to VALEXTRA's continuous effort to develop and produce beautiful and luxurious products whilst ensuring maximum functionality, in keeping with VALEXTRA's tradition!

 

It's harmonic steel frame makes it sturdy yet extremely elegant.  The carbon bars mechanism with a self-blocking system baed on magnets and anodized aluminium wheels makes it easy to manouevre.  It has a practical front zip pocket and a flap with velcro closure and leather buckle straps.  It's lining is super easy to clean, making it all the more useful.  All hardware is in rhodium.

 

Of course should you wish to have the complete 'VALEXTRA LOOK' you can combine the Trolley with the following Pergamena accessories:

 

 

VALEXTRA BAG FOR HOLMES&YANG PERGAMENA/BLACK 

 

 

 

LARGE BEAUTY PERGAMENA WHITE 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information and to view more colour options visit the VALEXTRA website!

 

HAPPY TRAVELLING IN STYLE

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ENDLESS SUMMER

Shell Belle Couture’s ‘ desire for an endless summer’ rings true with both its collections: ‘Voyage’ and ‘Smoke and Mirrors’. As a result, Intima Magazine France has ranked Shell Belle Couture number two in ‘ Best New European Brands of Lingerie and Swimwear’.
 

The lingerie is handcrafted with soft silks, lace, crepe de chine, tulles and chiffon. The palettes of both collections contain creams, pale hues and floral prints, which capture the essence of an endless summer

 

Love Me Babydoll

 

The newest collection, 'Smoke and Mirrors', offers longline soft bras with long lace trims that can even be worn as outerwear - an essential for S/S 12.

Love Me Camisole & Love Me Brief

 

Michelle Blenkinsopp, the UK-based founder, has a passion for vintage lingerie and slip dressing. 'Smoke and Mirrors' looks back nostalgically to the 1930’s Jazz Age. The collection sees provocative and flirty designs kept elegant, thanks to its refined 1930s details. 

Gilt 30's Slip

 

Shell Belle Couture creates delicate and luxurious pieces ‘that will carry you elegantly, from Beach to Boudoir‘. To see the full collection, visit www.shellbellecouture.com.


Tie Bikini Top & Tie Bikini Bottom

 

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JARLO LONDON'S PERFECT SUMMER DRESS

 

Virginia by Jarlo London

 

 

The Green Pebbles Girls were delighted to find out that this absolutely perfect, very 1950s little summer dress from Jarlo London "Virginia" is now available online and they deliver internationally!  Click here!

 

Now even the Green Pebbles Girls based in Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Lebanon have a chance to buy this without having to pop up all the way to London!

 

Get those credit cards out girls.... time to go shopping! 

 

 

AUBADE, SIMONE PERELE & IMPLICITE LINGERIE SHOW AT THE LIGNE ROSET SHOWROOM IN LAUSANNE SWITZERLAND

 
The  Green Pebbles Girls were invited to attend the  exclusive lingerie show held by luxury lingerie brands  AUBADE, SIMONE PERELE and IMPLICITE  in Lausanne just before Easter.
 

Mr. & Miss Suisse Romande 2011

 

 

The show was held at the amazing LIGNE ROSET SHOWROOM in Lausanne, and started off with presenter introducing Mr. & Miss Suisse Romande 2011.  Mr. Suisse Romande was on hand to provide support to the models coming down the rather treacherous stairs whilst Miss Suisse Romande joined the other models to show off the beautiful collections.

 

The Ligne Roset Showroom in Lausanne

 

 

Miss Suisse Romande 2011 behind the scenes

 

We were treated to a stunning array of exquisite designs by the three leaders in lingerie.  5 different models whose shapes and sizes differed quite dramatically (representing REAL WOMEN!)  modelled the lingerie, proof that sexy lingerie can be worn and look good on all shapes and sizes!

 

Watch the video here  (see if you can spot one of the Green Pebbles Girls!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aubade's James Bond Girls inspired bikini collection took us back to visions of Ursula Andress stepping out of the sea (her original White Bond bikini sold for over 50,000$!).  The collection was extremely flattering and its 'retro' look ensured an effortless elegance and of course glamour.  Stylish and colourful this Beach 2012 Collection is an absolute must!

 

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More lingerie followed as Aubonne, Implicite and Simone Perele presented their Autumn Winter 2012 - 2013 Collections. Blacks, aubergines, greys, electric blue, turquoise, whites and reds are the colours for this autumn.  Lace, bows, exquisite embroidery make for a very romantic season.

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
The Grand Finale, Mr. and Miss. Swiss Romande take centre stage!
 

 

 
Rush for the food and champagne!
 

 

 

 

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BULGARI'S NEW 'MARBLE' RINGS! WE WANT THEM!!

 

Bulgari. Bzero 1 Collection.  Pink Gold & Green Marble 4-band ring.

 

 

Well what can we say other than 'we want them'!!

 

The new BULGARI B.Zero Marble rings are just plain beautiful!  Stunning!

 

 

Bulgari. Bzero 1 Collection.  Pink Gold & Blue Marble 4-band ring.

 

 

 

Bulgari. Bzero 1 Collection.  Pink Gold & Brown Marble 4-band ring.
 
 

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IMI LUXURY CLUTCHES BRING A SPARKLE TO THE 2012 LONDON OLYMPICS!

 

For those Olympic fans out there due to be held in London, IMI LUXURY has created this fun Union Jack clutch which is bound to grab everyone's attention on your night out!

 

Each IMI LUXURY handbag is painstakingly handcrafted using only the finest Swarovski crystals resulting in a small masterpiece!

 

 

IMI FLATTER ME

 

A firm favorite with many stars, this year IMI LUXURY clutches have added a sparkle to Joanna Krupa, voted sexiest model of the world, seen here Black Gala wearing IMI luxury bag 'Flatter me'.

 

 

 

 
 
IMI LUXURY  was also seen worn by Real Housewives star Dana Wilkey, who graced the carpet the wearing the IMI LOVE clutch!
 
 
 
 
 
Of course the Green Pebbles Girls have a few favorites which we thought we'd share with you!
 
 
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BURBERRY SECOND HALF REVENUES UP 18%

 

Image via China Apparel

 

 

With its 192 retail stores, 208 concessions, 44 outlets and 57 franchise stores, distinctive heritage, core outerwear and large leather goods base, Burberry, one of the most recognised icons in the world, today posted second half revenues up 18%

 

Retail sales, which accounted for 72% of total revenue in the second half, grew by 23% on an underlying basis.

 

Comparable store sales in the half increased by 12%.   The UK, France and Greater China remain strong, especially flagship markets.  According to Burberry average retail selling price was again the key driver of sales growth, helped by greater penetration of Burberry London in both women's and men's apparel.  Knitwear, men's tailoring and accessories grew strongly, as did fragrance and watches.

 

 

Angela Ahrendts, Burberry's CEO commented "With underlying revenue up 18% in the second half, we are pleased with Burberry's finish to the year across all channels, regions and product divisions.  Looking ahead, while we remain vigilant about the external environment, our global teams continue to focus on optimising our core brand, digital and cultural initiatives, while investing to drive sustainable, profitable growth."

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH DESIGNER TAMARA BARNOFF IN BUDAPEST

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1975 Tamara studied at the painting school and then at the State Academy of Art where she studied Fashion Design.  While she was studying she worked in a small factory making handmade shoes.  In her words

"I believe in life training, what I see through my eyes. And what I see and feel become mine."

Tamara is happy to have been born in a time of big changes, in her country and the world in general.  "It guaranteed an interesting life and I gained tremendous experience, and my career is my life's work"

 

Join us on our voyage of discovery of the eclectic figure that is Tamara Barnoff, whose love for life and her art is present in each of her designs.

 

How would you define Tamara Barnoff the brand?

Actually, I am the brand.

 

How would you define Tamara Barnoff the designer?

Sure.  Interesting. Still working hard daily to discover her, and I hope it remains this  way.

 

You were born and raised in Georgia, why did you decide to move to Hungary  in 2004?

I wanted to leave Georgia anyway, even though I love my country, I was led by my life philosophy,  myself vs. myself.  Life brought me to Hungary and I accepted it.

 

 

In the 19th century Hungary and Budapest in particular became a centre for innovative and avant-garde arts, design and architecture on a grand scale much of it still visible today, and even during the Cold War Budapest was always a City where wherever you turned you would be faced with incredible art and architecture.  What is it about Budapest that you love the most?

The city is beautiful, the people are kind and interesting, as everywhere in the world in their special way. I like the experiences I gain here, the timeless encounters and summer evening sky. Deep, incredibly beautiful blue.

 

How has your Georgian background influenced your designs and work in general?

Hard to answer, because I do not have inner borders, past or future. Design is one of the chances to express myself, that I love dearly.

My parents are my Georgian background -  they gave me love and freedom. I can give away the same. And maybe, I am a little bit similar to Georgian nature - It begins from the sea level to the mountains are 5000 meters high.

 

You design everything from clothes, accessories, footwear and eyewear…. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Eyes,  everybody has them , but we all see differently. What I see is the source of my inspiration.  Life offers everything on silver plate, we only need to see it.

 

When do you actually get a moment to relax, and what do you do?

When I design, draw or paint I feel that I 'm relaxed and alive.

 

What has inspired your latest collection?

Sadness.  When light and shadow meets, they are friends but they never have the same point of view.

 

You also work in theatre and film, how does this influence your designs and vice versa?

My collection - it's me and you, but when I design for particular characters then I become the character. These are two separate things for me.

 

You are also an accomplished artist and painter – out of all your incredible skills which one gives you most joy?

Making Order from Chaos.

What do you love about being a designer?

Funny question, I was born like this, if I don't design I can become sick. Creating gives me the possibility to breathe.

 

What do you think is the most difficult thing about setting up your own brand? i.e. design, production, sales, finance, marketing, advertising etc

Giving it a structure has always been the hard part of it, It took several years to learn from my own mistakes. 

 

Have you ever regretted it?

Oh no. never had time for it.

 

What sets Tamara Barnoff’s brand apart from other bespoke brands?

We now talk about invisible things, the difference is in level of sensitivity of feelings and experience someone puts into the creation. You never see it, but you feel it.

The Difference is me, as all personalities are different.

 

What is the single most recognizable feature of your work as a designer?

Nature has four seasons and each season has its beautiful and less beautiful days, but in general all days are good the way they are, and they belong to one whole year. 365 days.

 

Who are your clients?

Till today they were humans… But aliens also will be accepted :)

 

Out of all your designs which one do you believe represents you the best as a designer and as a person?

All of my creations are part of me and when I present them to people, I make sure that they represent me and my brand.

Where are your designs sold?

Hungary, Barnoff Showroom, Ourstyle Boutique, and online www.ourstyle.hu.

Spain -  www.34chic.com

 

What is your favorite fabric this season?

For Barnoff  SS12  collection . cotton, viscose, silk, prints.

 

What do you think the trend will be for this Spring/Summer?

More open-minded, Funny and joyful, fresh and slack.

Colorful, full colors, yellow, blue, red, green, grey, Little bit of black.

 

 

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DESIGNER OF THE YEAR WINNER NATALIA ALLEN LAUNCHES NEW LINE: THE ESSENTIALIST COLLECTION!

Essentialist 3/4 Sleeve Seamless Dress

 

A 2004 graduate of Parsons The New School, NATALIA ALLEN was named Designer of the Year, a title she shares with alumna Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler.  In 2005, Natalia founded Design Futurist, an award winning design consultancy that has created innovative and sustainable textiles and clothing lines for multinational brands such as Saks, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan.

 

Natalia Allen in her Atelier (courtesy of Lou Jones)

 

Innovative in its design and production, the ESSENTIALIST COLLECTION is fashionable, luxurious and truly sustainable.

 

Natalia created the line because she "sensed a market frustration with insufficient choices that combine these values, each piece in the Essentialist Collection Is imbued with my core philosophies of modernity, luxury, true sustainability and fit elegance."

 

Essentialist Short Sleeve Seamless Dress

 

The pieces of the  ESSENTIALIST COLLECTION are lightweight, packable and chic from day to evening, absolutely perfect for those professional women who travel frequently and need to balance busy schedules.  An absolute must for the Green Pebbles Girls who are constantly on the move!

 

Essentialist Sleeveless Seamless

 

Designed and created in the U.S. using innovative and advanced production technologies, each piece is stitched in a unique, singular process with precision and without seams from luxurious, sustainable, high-performance fabric.

 

If there is one little black dress you buy this season these THREE are it!

 




These first 3 seamless black dresses are just the beginning as Natalia aims to expand the line very quickly over the next months.  Watch this space, as the Green Pebbles Girls have every intention of following the collection very closely!”
 

Available from Natalia Allen's online boutique:  NATALIA ALLEN

 

LINE IMAGES BY LAUREN ELLE PHOTOGRAPHY

 

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LOUBOUTIN LAUNCHES ITS FIRST EUROPEAN ONLINE BOUTIQUE!

Louboutin Bow Bow Red

Capsule Collection

 

 

The Green Pebbles Girls are jumping up and down in pure excitement at the news that Christian Louboutin is finally launching its first European online boutique!! WWW.CHRISTIANLOUBOUTIN.COM

 

 

The online boutique launches with the highly anticipated 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection, as well as the SS12 Men’s and Women’s Collections, showcasing an exclusive selection of styles from the Women’s Classic Collection.

 

Get those credit cards ready!!

 

Louboutin Neuron Veau Velour Turquoise

Capsule Collection

 

 

 

To help you with your choices will be a team of trained Louboutin connoisseurs, each one plucked from the red carpets of the boutiques, available via live chat and over the phone to offer their expert advice.

 

Louboutin Artemis Plumes - Green
Capsule Collection

 

 

Louboutin online customers will be offered a further special service later this spring with the opportunity to pre- order certain styles from the AW12 Collection so you can be the first to own each coveted shoe and bag. 

 

 

Louboutin Crazy Fur Lady

Autumn Winter 2012-2013 Collection

 

 

Louboutin's Pensee 100 Crepe de Chine Yellow

Capsule Collection!

 

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SOFASOFT'S NEW SOFALED! WATCH!

 

GREAT SUMMER BAGS FROM ANYA SUSHKO!

 

After having interviewed Anya Sushko for the blog some months ago, the Green Pebbles Girls were delighted to find that her handmade leather TOTE and POCKET BAG are now available to purchase from RED DIRECT!

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