THE TIFFANY KEYS, EMBLEMATIC CREATIONS

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Ever since its foundation by Charles Lewis Tiffany in 1837, the company which took after his name has aimed to produce symbols of elegance – the Tiffany elegance marvellously befits the love stories which their products often seal. Against the background of an exceptional heritage, the complete works of Tiffany & Co. includes some iconic products, pieces from artists such as Jean Schlumberger and Paloma Picasso. It must be noted that at the dawn of the 20th century, Charles Lewis Tiffany purchased a collection of unrivalled precision – the jeweller effectively bought the jewels of the French Crown. Diamonds of a flawless source and an unequalled brilliance; gems with a breathtakingly beautiful colour – Tiffany attire are a marvellously opulent colour, cut with the precision and subtlety which is sought after by the rich and famous.

Tiffany & Co.’s masterpieces are creations marked with the stamp of their creativity. Through this creativity coupled with the skill of their craftsmen, a great number of the pieces thought up in Tiffany workshops have sealed the most beautiful romances. So when, in 2009, the company which pioneered the little blue box produced the Tiffany Keys collection, it allowed customers the freedom to mix between chains and pendants to their hearts’ desire! And the pieces quickly became the trace, or even the symbol of wisdom, joy and optimism. These emblematic creations, sometimes speckled with rubies, sometimes enhanced with diamonds, have the elegance and grace of an item which can stand the test of time…

Yes, the Tiffany Keys are a promise of a bright future! The pieces are dazzling and timeless, and the fascinating array of this collection captures all the beauty of the key-design – wearing only one or several. Tiffany Keys are emblematic creations of eternal beauty, the results of truly masterful work… Independence, trust and power; this is a piece rich with the philosophy of the legendary jeweller of the Fifth Avenue.

 

Some key dates for the Tiffany Keys:

Tiffany Keys are no ordinary keys; they create magic and open doors to a bright future. 

2018: Tiffany & Co. collaborates with DFS

2017: The company pays tribute to the Tiffany Keys with the “Master Key”.

2017: Elle Fanning promotes a revisited edition of the Tiffany Keys as part of a new campaign.

2016: The “Legendary Style” campaign promotes Tiffany’s most iconic pieces, among them the Tiffany Keys.

2016: Elle Fanning produces the Autumn-Winter campaign for Tiffany & Co, with Tiffany keys at the centre of the campaign.

2015: Yet another video campaign which promotes Tiffany Keys.

2015: Tiffany Keys feature in an advertisement campaign alongside Crista Cober, Liu Wen and Saara Sihvonen.

2014: Tiffany & Co. promote their signature keys in a campaign aptly entitled “Unlock the Possibilities”

September 2012: For the première of the film The Perks of Being the Wallflower, Emma Watson wore a Tiffany Key.

2011: During the Mercedes-Benz fashion week the actress Jennifer Love Hewitt wore a Tiffany Key on the red carpet.

2010: Tiffany publishes a video advertisement, Through the Keyhole, dedicated to its Key Collection.

2010: Jessica Michibata, a Japanese model, wore a Tiffany Key on the red carpet in Tokyo.

2009: The Fleur de Lys design becomes a best-seller.

2009: Tiffany put forward their exciting new Tiffany Keys design.

1880: The Tiffany Key design dates back to a vintage set of keys, the oldest of which was made in the 1880s.

The Chanel Lion of Kristen Stewart

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The Chanel Lion of Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart, Chanel ambassador, face of the Gabrielle Fragrance and memeber of the jury, wore a black silk dress, look 74, from the Fall-Winter 2018/2019 ready-to-wear collection for the opening ceremony of the 71st Cannes festival. Chanel Jewelry. Chanel make-up

The Accordion Bag by Chanel

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The Accordion Bag by Chanel: the elegance of the quilted 2.55 meets the gussets of the traditional instrument from Hamburg. Chanel’s Métiers d’Art runway took place in the same German port town where Karl Otto Lagerfeld was born. More than six decades later, he’s making a triumphant return. The creative director is celebrating the greatest era in his native city, composed like an odyssey. By occupying the Elbphilharmonie for a runway, what with its surreal and dreamy architecture, Karl Lagerfeld is articulating the junction between various times and spaces.

The Chanel Métiers d’Art collection presented looks like characters, sometimes from the past, sometimes from the present, but always here and now. The highly symbolic navy motifs of the Hamburg of yesteryear, filled with sailors most notably, is released in the purest Chanel vein here – with all the exceptional crafts of France. Chanel’s fashion prowess is today yielding a bag as funny as it is fascinating: the Accordion bag, with two gold chained straps. The traditional local instrument meets the distinct and legendary 2.55 quilted motif, making for something that’s pure and simple chic.

Amidst a philharmonic concert, these workshops once more demonstrated their ability to integrate themselves into the present day under the auspices of Chanel. The moment oscillated deftly between a respect for tradition and a desire for lightness and mischief. This was the perfect occasion to introduce the Accordion bag, that incarnates the animated nature of Hamburg in the 60s. It’s as improbable as it is desirable!

The Chaste Dress Key Valentino Piece for Fall/Winter 2018

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The Victorian era and the Memphis Group. These are the two antagonisms that Pier Paolo Piccioli tried to bring together within his Fall/Winter 2017-2018 collection imagined for Valentino. The gap is indeed wide – without going into details, the creative director for this Rome-based brand brought together the softness and monochrome of ancient lines with light, childish experimentations based on the colors worked with by the Memphis Group – an Italian design and architecture movement that started in the 80s.

In their runway guide, Valentino revealed their desire to unite opposites, to create harmony to bring into dialogue that which isn’t initially apparent: “Victorian and Memphis, fantasy and mathematics.” Their bet definitely paid off. With pieces each more desirable than the next, next season’s women will be seized by an intellectualized mischief to become perfected in pieces with a flattering and wispy cut. These pop art vestals still manage to fit into the Memphis movement.

The key piece in this collection remains this dazzlingly chaste dress with futuristic Italian dreams in tow – decorated as if with postmodern hieroglyphs, you can see hands, arms, numbers, flowers, and a number of colors on this piece that’s composed like a fairytale. This light, misty, and sensual piece is absolutely cosmic.

The Coco Suit from Chanel’s Métiers d’Art Runway

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Karl Lagerfeld chose the Elbphilharmonie as the architectural setting for a collection that highlights French exception. Embroiderers Maison Lesage and Atelier Montex, milliner Maison Michel, feathermaker Lemarié, and shoemaker Massaro… all of these ancestral crafts now belong to Chanel. This time, Karl Lagerfeld is going back to the roots. The result: nautical nods, a navy chromatic scheme, and iridescent effects inspired by the flamboyant reflections of the sun on the Elbphilharmonie.

Among the 87 looks that went down the runway, one stands out in particular: a suit with a navy collar that goes further down in back, tied together with a tie, and recalling a number of clichés from the era that Coco Chanel lived in when she wore this bespoke suit. It’s said that the navy collar has its origins in the fact that sailors in those days were crazy about paving their braidsThis was indeed the key hairstyle for the runway – braids, in every sense.

The Coco suit was created by Lesage and required more than four meters of fabric. Upon seeing this runway which is once more rich in references, one can’t help but thinking that Karl Lagerfeld has hit his mark by giving the Hamburg of yesteryear a twist to provide women of today with something that’s elegant yet different. Is this not the same game that Gabrielle Chanel played? She would indeed take many a piece from men, from the striped sweater to the peacoat with jackets aplenty in between.

Dior Lady Art, the Second Collection

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Dior introduced the Lady Art project in November 2016 at Art Basel Miami. This iconic bag, first bequeathed to Princess Diana on a visit to Paris, would be revisited by a number of renowned artists. The fine arts have long been at the heart of Dior’s creations – Monsieur Dior counted a number of friends in his inner circle that were some of the most influential in their time. Names like Max Ernst, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, and Pablo Picasso were often shown off in Christian Dior’s gallery. This is the heritage that Maria Grazia Chiuri is working with today; you may recall her Spring/Summer 2018 collection that put a spotlight on artist Niki de Saint Phalle.

This time, for Dior Lady Art #2, the brand is teaming up with 10 contemporary artists from across the world, most notably from the UK and the U.S. These artists are big figures in contemporary art, such as Friedrich Kunath, Jamilla Okubo, and Spencer Sweeney. The latter is transforming the Lady Dior into a kaleidoscopic piece through his favorite material, silver mirror fragments. After more than 60 attempts, the Seoul-based artist finally arrived at a dazzling and captivating new Lady Dior. This exuberance suits the magnanimity of the bag’s lines quite well.

Another notable bag is Davis Wiseman, who surprises with perforated flowers on a metallic calfskin material. “My sculptures in ceramic, bronze, argyle, always start with a drawing. I then imagine how different elements, often inspired by nature, come together. I followed the same process for this bag. I first imagined a floral motif that working with perforated leather allowed me to create.” Finally, perhaps the most hypnotic piece is Friedrich Kunath’s – a rainbow with the colors of a Hollywood sunset. “I was born in East Germany and I work in Los Angeles. I like to explore the array of emotions between sadness and optimism. Here I wanted to evoke the graphicness of a beach towel on Venice Beach with the idea of a melancholic Parisian winter day. The rainbow is a nod to my paintings.” This yields a calfskin Lady Dior printed in relief with clouds of lambskin. These exceptional pieces are available now.

The Double G Fur by Gucci

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It was out of respect to a man as classy as he was bold that one of Guccio Gucci’s sons decided to forge his initials into the heart of the label. The double G was born – and the fact that the letters are interlaced is no accident. This signature indeed symbolizes the original desire of the brand’s founder to unite Tuscan craftsmanship with the elegance of the British nobility. A direct reference to the equestrian world, the double G generated the Gucci legend along with a visual code and a breed of timeless chic.

In the 70s, the brand’s heirs decided to go international: the two Gs exported their idea of an eclectic and flamboyant luxury. Composed in the brand’s original forge on Via delle Caldaie in Florence, it was first used as a clasp for the brand’s future classic bags before being transformed in different ways. Sometimes in gold, sometimes in silver, it ignites all of Gucci’s audacity. Today, Alessandro Michele is bringing it back into style with the same exuberance he’s known for. For the Cruise 2018 collection, the iconic motif can be found on a mink fur. By reintroducing the double G, Michele is marking the timelessness of his lines all while creating a piece made through a sophisticated procedure. Individual pieces of mink were inserted to compose the motif.

The result: a wildly desirable coat that reflects all the elegance of Italian craftsmanship.  The double G also enjoys a highly distinguished reputation, as it’s always been found on an aristocratic and popular clientele. Stars with evocative names like Jackie Kennedy, Liz Taylor, and Samuel Beckett were all fans. The double G signature is thus often considered as the most popular and recognizable of logos. Today, it now marks one of the most in-demand pieces of the season – a piece that finally goes back to Gucci’s greatness in the 70s.