Friday Fierceness!

“Think Pink”- Harper’s Bazaar US December 2016

Dress, belt: Jil Sander, Shoes, earrings: Missoni.  Image HARPER'S BAZAAR US/DANIEL RIERA

Dress, belt: Jil Sander, Shoes, earrings: Missoni. Image HARPER’S BAZAAR US/DANIEL RIERA

Model: Aamito Lagum
Photographer: Daniel Riera
Stylist: Joanna Hillman
Makeup: Monica Marmo
Hair: Noelia Corral

Jewel of the Month

The Seal of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich- a gold and imperial topaz seal by Fabergé

The seal of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich.  Image KREMLIN MUSEUM

The seal of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich. Image KREMLIN MUSEUM

A piece belonging to Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, this is one of the few surviving pieces from the Grand Duke’s massive art and objets d’art collection. Made by Fabergé master W. Reimer in 1898, this seal can be considered both an objet d’art and jewel as it is constructed entirely from fine gold and gem quality topaz. Its golden handle depicts a tiny replica of the Russian Imperial crown, which is attached to the large oval topaz by two scrolling gold ‘ribbons’ and a pair of gold screws. The topaz is chequerboard faceted on the sides and bezel cut on the bottom where there is an engraving of the royal emblem of Moscow: a shield with St. George slaying a dragon below the imperial crown, with a double-headed eagle on either side. One side of the stone bears the engraving of the word ‘Ilyinsky’ and other features the Grand Duke’s initials under the Imperial crown.

Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, late 19th century (approxiately 1880s). Image GETTY IMAGES

Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, late 19th century (approxiately 1880s).
Image GETTY IMAGES

Not much information is available on this particular piece, including information on how it survived the Russian Revolution and both World Wars, or who it belongs to now. It currently sits out of sight, either belonging to the state or a private individual, and was most likely a piece of palace property seized by the state during the 1917 revolution. The seal was most likely appropriated from the Winter Palace, one of the Tsar’s family residences, since as an official object of state it would have been returned from the Grand Duke’s official residence after his death.

Grand Duke Sergei and his wife Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (formerly Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine), 1890s.  Recoloured image CHEDDERBAY.COM/ROYALTEA, original image WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.

Grand Duke Sergei and his wife Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (formerly Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine), 1890s. Recoloured image CHEDDERBAY.COM/ROYALTEA, original image WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.

The seal remained out of the public eye until 2012, when it was displayed in an exhibition celebrating the work of Fabergé and other Russian jewel masters at the Kremlin Museum in Moscow. It has since disappeared again.

We Love: Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Women’s designers taking inspiration from menswear is a for decades old custom, and this season Francesco Scognamiglio
provided his own take on this theme with a collection that was based around the look of boxy men’s shirts. Supplemented by his ongoing love of flimsy lingerie, intricate adornments, and childhood memories of pierrots and giant soap bubbles, Mr. Scognamiglio crafted a beautiful collection that added new dimensions to a well known design trope.

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

This vision may sound strange in print, and some of his references (especially the last two) may be hard to spot at first glance, but Mr. Scognamiglio navigated his way through his vision with is usual aplomb, creating a beautifully cohesive collection.

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

He played with lengths and construction, cropping crisp shirts above the waist or extending them to the length of a microdress. He added crystal embroideries and sheer panels, or constructed them entirely from transparent net and paired them with tiny lace shorts and silk miniskirts. He pushed the masculine look further with boxy sweaters and shawl- necked wool jackets, trim suits, and outsized bomber jackets, but kept them from appearing too harsh with sparkling appliqués, fringed piping, and luxury fabrics like point d’esprit tulle and metallic watercolour jacquard.

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

There were plenty of dresses as well: short ones with plunging necklines and cut away shoulders, longer numbers with prim collars, long sleeves and modest hemlines and even ones that were entirely of sheer net. Lace panels, ruffles and gorgeous pearl beading made for pretty, feminine looks that would appeal to any woman with a love of luxury.

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Our favourites: a white draped minidress with cutaway shoulders and bell sleeves, a grey sweater with silver crystal appliqués, a sheer white dress with a black lace skirt and pearl embellishment, a white shawl neck jacket with silver embroidery, a white high collared shirtdress with a tulle- lined cutout and an embroidered neckline, a multicoloured jacquard opera coat, a sheer white button- front shirt with pearl adornments, a cropped white sweater with crystal appliqués and a sheer white skirt with a black lace panel and pearl embroidery.

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

We Love: Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia’s Spring 2017 collection premiered on the longest day of London’s Fashion Week ss2017 schedule. Shown on the same day as two other accessories giants, creative director Charlotte Dellal set her show apart from the rest with a fabulous evening performance of 1940s- themed glamour that involved showgirls, dancers, Brazilian musicians and gigantic plastic bananas.

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Titled Let’s Go Bananas the collection celebrated all things fun, drawing inspiration from Brazilian Carnival culture, Copacabana beach, samba, and larger than life Luso-Brazilian starlet Carmen Miranda. The collection played into Ms. Dellal’s strengths of producing kitschy handbags, towering heels and novelty flats, but was kept fresh when covered in colourful fruits, leather leaves, tropical birds and gold lamé. Everything played into that fun, fiesty, South American festival mood, and the collection was a joy to watch.

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

The shoes and bags really shone against a background of elegant cream coloured looks with custom made accessories like woven hats, turbans and wooden jewelry. They even managed to hold up against the wacky fruit costumes and glittering bathing suits that were worn towards the end of the show! I said it before, but it mist be repeated- it was a great collection not just because of it’s unique presentation, but also as it played perfectly into Ms. Dellal’s excessively joyful, imaginative aesthetic and showed them off to best effect.

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

These are definitely not accessories for the faint of heart- you’d bound to a ton of attention wearing any one of the pieces in this collection! They’re fun, frivolous pieces that would add serious pep to any outfit. A sparkly parrot clutch would definitely boost your mood, if not your Instagram feed!

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Our favourites: a pair of fruit and flower print platforms with thin gold tie straps, a gold “Cha Cha” record clutch, a pink crocodile Bogard bag with green leaves at the front, a pair of gold lamé mules with a fruit- printed wedge heel, a large blue crocodile pillbox bag with a watermelon slice charm, a white flap bag with green snakeskin leaves and strap, a pair blue crocodile platform sandals, a pair of strappy flats with a sparkly toucan at the front, a pink glittery 3D parrot bag, a pair of ‘fruit salad’ platforms with wooden heels and an ombré acetate clutch with a bamboo pattern at the front and a 3D floral closure.

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2017. Image VOGUE.COM/THEIMPRESSION.COM