Traditional floral tendencies are an easy choice for spring and summer but high jewellery and horology have often looked above for inspiration, starting with Chanel’s 1932 collection. From rays of light to shooting stars, we share the celestial songs of inspiration that call out to our precious pieces.
Pioneering jewellery with a conscience, Donna Hourani looks to create elegant pieces that are as pretty on the inside as they are on the outside. Hailing from Lebanon, the Dubai-based designer is definitely on our radar. The collection pairs ethically sourced gemstones with the luxury of 18-karat gold. Using contemporary designs, Hourani forms her treasure trove of pieces that include chokers, facial adornment, mismatched earrings, stackable rings, cuffs and necklaces. The label's refined style merges well with its edgy design aesthetic and highlights the innovative nature of the region.
From Chanel’s soft, eggshell blue boots that graze the thigh to the glossy poppy necklaces that signal summer at Jean Paul Gaultier, here we share the accessory highpoints to take note of now.
Each year without fail, Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) unveils various remarkable timepieces that continue to amaze and inspire. Gem-set gold, shimmering surfaces, slashes of silver and dials crammed with diamonds have dominated this year’s event. These are MOJEH’s favourite hand-crafted tickers that you should keep an eye on.
Designer to the stars, Suzanne Kalan has been announced the winner of ‘Best Everyday Jewellery’ at the Middle East Jewellery of the Year Awards 2016. MOJEH caught up with Kalan, founder of her namesake label, towards the end of 2015, and we’re thrilled to hear she’s been awarded for her signature 18-karat Fireworks Baguette Diamond Bangles.
With over 28 years of experience designing fine jewellery, the Los Angeles-based brand is a pictorial paradise for the jewellery connoisseur, creating stunning collections that are both innovative and unique. Custom-cut coloured gemstones are dramatically utilised to add a modern twist to traditional design.
Kalan explained that the award, “underlines our [the brand’s] continuous striving for developing innovative and incomparable collections”. Her signature diamonds, topaz and opal creations have been worn by the likes of Rihanna, Katy Perry and Kate Beckinsale.
Suzanne Kalan Fireworks collection
She continues, “Inspired by our origins, we envision pioneering concepts and translate them into exclusive designs. The award’s recognition reinforces our commitment to continue this journey and offer luxurious jewellery collections to our trusted customers”.
The Fireworks collection, for which the brand was awarded, started the trend of using baguette diamonds in innovative and unconventional settings, which has quickly become a signature trait of her much-loved collections.
LE66 Champs Elysees offers scenesters in the City of Light iconic and innovative fashion brands from across the world, providing a plethora of womenswear, menswear, fashion accessories, home items and technology from the likes of Sandy Liang, AKS, Kitsune, T by Alexander Wang and For Love and Lemons.
Ahead of the official opening next week we visited the new Dubai store to make our edit of their must-shop accessories.
MUAMUA DOLLS began on a beach in Bali in 2006. Ludovica Virga their creative mind, decided to produce crocheted dolls made by the island's inhabitants who, after the tsunami in Indonesia in 2004, were left without work due to the tourism deficit. In 2009 her designs escalated to cult status when Karl Lagerfeld received a MUAMUA doll as a gift and began a collaboration with the brand.
The crochet doll family continues to grow with new characters including Anna Wintour, Coco Chanel, Franca Sozzani, Lady Gaga and many others added. Today Virga’s range also includes ready-to-wear and accessories.
Launched in 2009, Coliac began as a costume jewellery line that eventually evolved into footwear. It’s founder, Martina Grasselli studied at Duperré Fashion School in Paris before working with Stella McCartney, Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Louboutin. Lending the opulence of jewellery to elevated brogues, sneakers and sandals crafted to the highest quality, Grasselli’s directional designs retain their jewellery influence, with studs, pearls and metallic ring embellishments.
Kayu’s bags are carefully handcrafted by women in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, preserving their indigenous crafts as well as providing them with a living wage Kayu’s well-made, creative designs would stand out in a club (or at a black tie event). Iterations include the Glacier Clutch crafted from sumptuous velvet and topped with irregular stone closures or the Eye Clutch which is handmade of shell and decorated with a playful eye design.
L’F Shoes is the shoe line of the Licia Florio’s collection. It has an optimistic spirit and reveal irony and a positive approach to life. Their stylistic hallmarks are a passion for color and contrasting materials, details that have evolved as the brand has progressed and been reinterpreted in unusual ways.
Italy has always been synonymous with fine leather craftsmanship and Erika Cavallini's shoe line is certainly no exception to this rule. True to form the latest ankle strap sandals show this beautifully sleek attention to detail whilst maintaining Cavallini's signature contemporary romantic twist. The luxe soft black leather is embellished with mink fur to give an even more decadent feel to the stiletto.
Hermès has opened the ‘Crafting Time’ exhibition to show off its impeccable ingenuity and exclusive, art-inspired timekeepers.
The exhibit unveils three exceptional Hermès timepieces: the effeminate Arceau Pocket ailes et écailles; the scintillating, pyramid-shaped MÉDOR serti baguette; and the sparkling cuff bracelet-turned-wristwatch, MÉDOR secrète.
The historic fashion house has also called upon artist Guillaume Airiaud, who has crafted five displays showcasing five skills that are used in the watchmaking profession. This accompanying exhibition, according to Creative Director Philippe Delhotal, adds “freshness” to the latest collection.
He explains: “Each display is different and we present various elements so people are able to understand the process of making the dials.
“Watchmaking has been at the heart of Hermès for more than a decade now. The family has always had a very high interest in this métier, even before it established its watchmaking division in Switzerland in 1978.”
Mirroring the craft of Hermès’ most accomplished artisans, Airiaud built and assembled various moving sculptures, which demonstrate the dexterity behind crystal art glass, enamelling, Haute Horlogerie, engraving and gemsetting.
Twinkling crystal, copper wheels, shimmering dials and translucent colours are used so that these graphic and ethereal structures appear to be levitating, moving and momentarily vanishing.
Commenting on the sculptures, Delhotal says: “They all have something very appealing, because of the delicate elements and decoration. I also really appreciated the didactic table, which highlights other craftsmanship, such as marquetry.”
‘Crafting Time’ will be held in the Espace Horloger at 24, Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, until July 15th.