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The Light Of Now


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International art installations alight upon Beirut's downtown streets and boutiques from September 17 to 24, 2014 in an "outside the walls" artistic itinerary that includes the ELIE SAAB flagship boutique, hosting a sculpture from Danish artist Jeppe Hein.

Beirut Art Week, in tandem with the Beirut Art Fair at large, highlights a city energized by a burgeoning contemporary art scene, that now spills onto the streets. The itinerary of the event weaves together more than 30 selected sites in a mixture of private and public spaces throughout the historical core of the capital.

The visit begins in front of the landmark Le Gray Hotel, with a majestic bronze horse sculpture by Jean-Marie Fiori on loan from Galerie Dumonteil in Paris. Further along, another timeless bronze, this time by Lebanese artist Alfred Basbous, is posed on Foch Street. Other highlights include the stunning artwork by YBA artist Marc Quinn, 'The Chromatic Archeology of Desire' which is on view in front of the Aishti boutique on Moutran Street, and at the Beirut Souks entrance a piece called 'Agoni' by Lebanese sculpture artists Gilbert Debs and Claudia Chahine, which is a reflection about urbanism and ecology.

Closer to the itinerary's conclusion, the ELIE SAAB boutique installation of Jeppe Hein is a stunning, high-polish stainless steel and aluminum sculpture. The four-dimensional geometrical form is emblematic of the Berlin-based artist's work, and is on loan from the Aïshti Foundation created by leading entrepreneur and art collector Tony Salamé.

With many young artists in the region relocating to Beirut for the freedom it lends to artistic expression, Beirut Art Week further focuses the capital as a cornerstone for contemporary culture, its urban artistic landscape offering surprises at every turn.

Beirut Art Fair
Thursday September 17 through Sunday 24, 2014

Aïshti Foundation

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EXCEPTIONAL JEWELSat the biennale des antiquaires

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at the biennale des antiquaires

Those in search of the exquisite in art, antiques and high jewelry unite in Paris for the 27th edition of one of the most important events of the season, the Biennale des Antiquaires. The Light of Now takes a virtual tour of its high jewelry, spotlighting pieces with spectacular stories to tell.

Graff Diamonds

It is already extremely rare to encounter a 100-carat diamond and, even rarer, is it that one finds two 100-carat diamonds together in one jewel. Created for the Biennale, 'The Royal Star of Paris' brooch incorporates the 'Graff Sunflower', a 107.46-carat fancy yellow cushion cut diamond and the 'Graff Perfection', a 100.00-carat D color flawless pear-shaped diamond drop. Requiring exceptional skill to cut a diamond of this size, the London-based Graff Diamonds is renowned for sourcing – and rendering truly spectacular – the world's most amazing diamonds.

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While the 'Rêves d'ailleurs' collection draws inspiration from Persia, Japan, Russia and China, a necklace inspired by India and the legendary world of maharajahs, named 'Fleur des Indes', contains an extraordinary stone: an illustrious 188.79 carat Moghul emerald unaltered from its original form. The sheer history of the stone – the emerald dates from the late 17th century – is a direct link to the splendor of the Moghul Empire.

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Bulgari honors the muses of ancient Greece with its 'MVSA' collection. One necklace within the collection, 'Burmese Song', is composed of rare Burmese rubies of various sizes totaling 215.75 carats that were originally part of an incredible necklace from Jaipur. For the 'Burmese Song' necklace, they were given a "takhti" cut, an Indian-style cut inspired by the rooftops of India that both softens and intensifies the stones' color. It is emblematic of the 'MVSA' collection and a seasonal signature for the Italian jewelry house, celebrating its 130th anniversary this year.

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Van Cleef & Arpels

In addition to an entirely new collection, the famed French house known for its whimsical, nature-inspired aesthetic will present a special piece from its archives: a clip named 'Inséparables' dating from 1947. The multicolored brooch features two birds designed in cabochon sapphires, round diamonds and with ruby eyes, perched on a yellow gold branch decorated with sapphire and ruby flowers.

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This New York jeweler is renowned for its collection of important historical pieces, namely this Art Deco aquamarine, diamond, and enamel bracelet. Jean Fouquet designed the bracelet in 1926 for his father's famed jewelry house, Maison Georges Fouquet, which closed in 1936 after three generations as a family business. Jean Fouquet created audacious and innovative designs inspired by constructivism, cubism and futurism that were in advance of design conventions at the time, and at the heart of the Art Deco movement in Paris.

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David Morris

This pear-shaped diamond, part of an entire collection based on pink diamonds, is covetable not only for its seductive hue but also for its future as a collector's item. Ninety percent of natural pink diamonds come from the Argyle Diamond Mine in Australia, where production is coming to an end. And, only one in every 10,000 diamonds possesses such natural color. Such rarity makes these diamonds as increasingly precious as they are pretty in pink.

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Cartier presents for the Biennale an exceptional royal pearl that is the centerpiece of a transformable set of jewels – attaching to a tiara, a necklace or a pendant. It was originally acquired by Mary, Queen of England and Empress of India, wife of George V, and stayed in the English royal family for three generations. Aside from its royal pedigree, its weight of 166.18 grains (8.3 grams), impressive size and perfectly symmetrical drop shape make the royal pearl one of the most beautiful pearls ever known.

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Giampiero Bodino

This cameo ring, with diamonds and white gold, features a 19th century chalcedony cameo carved with the profile of a young man. It is emblematic of Maison Giampiero Bodino, a newcomer at the Biennale, which draws contemporary inspiration from the beauty of Italy's rich artistic and cultural heritage. The brand emerged in 2013 under the highly cultivated aesthetic of Giampiero Bodino, previously a key figure at Richemont Group, who designs out of the sumptuous Villa Mozart in Milan where he receives clients by private appointment only.

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Biennale des Antiquaires

From Thursday, September 11th through Sunday, September 21st, 2014
Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
Paris 75008 France
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Each composition within ELIE SAAB La Collection des Essences was crafted in pursuit of the exceptional. It was a process beyond the conventions of perfumery, one in which the search for the most exquisite raw material spread across the globe.

Rose, Gardenia, Ambre and Oud - each crystalline nectar is composed of almost entirely natural essences, and in particularly concentrated doses. And, for the final result to be exquisite, the raw material of these natural essences had to be of uncompromising quality.

The rare, the difficult to find, the confidential source that yields an essence with qualities unlike any other - when the approach takes

the philosophy that 'less is more', then quality must be superb. Like the art of Haute Couture creation, intention and intelligence of craft must be employed at every level of execution.

Take a world tour of a selection of notable origins of the natural elixirs found in La Collection des Essences, a return to nature in order to refine her as most sublime.

To know more about the exclusive distribution of La Collection des Essences, visit www.eliesaab.com/en/points-of-sale/collection-essences

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Photographer Cathleen Naundorf: Haute Couture in Frame

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Photographer Cathleen Naundorf:
Haute Couture in Frame

Paris-based photographer Cathleen Naundorf crafts a cinematic portrait of Haute Couture with her large-format Polaroid photographs. From September 4th to October 11th, selected works alight in Los Angeles for an exhibition at the Fahey/Klein Gallery, as a highlight of work found in her sell-out book 'Haute Couture: The Polaroids of Cathleen Naundorf'.

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"'The Last Sitting III' is a series similar to Hitchcock imagery. Sophisticated, elegant, and very mystical - mixed with some elements of the 'The Last Supper' by Leonardo di Vinci. I like the purity of this image. One discovers more and more details upon further observation."

So the German-born photographer Cathleen Naundorf describes the above image, one of her many otherworldly portraits of Haute Couture pieces. She produced them over a period of six years, drawing inspiration from masters in the visual arts including her personal mentor, legendary fashion photographer Horst P. Horst.

"The mood reminds me of a painting from the Munich School like those of Lenbach, or of something from the Vienna Secession," she muses describing another image including an ELIE SAAB gown, entitled 'Sweet Sleep' [first picture above]. "ELIE SAAB's transparent dress gives that balance between classic and modern style, which I find very feminine and mystical."

The creative process is a complex orchestration of finding the right dress, accessories, model and location - sometimes taking days, weeks, or even years to find the perfect conditions for one photograph. "In the end," she says, "it's all about fantasy."

When speaking of ELIE SAAB, Naundorf describes: "ELIE SAAB is one of the strongest classic designers nowadays. We want to dress women and make them look feminine and beautiful; I think he is able to accomplish this very difficult task. Women have no age in ELIE SAAB creations. They just embody femininity and radiate beauty."

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September 4th to October 11th, 2014
Opening reception in presence of the artist September 11, 2014br /> Fahey/Klein Gallerybr /> 148 North La Breabr /> Los Angeles, CA 90036br /> www.faheykleingallery.com

'Haute Couture: The Polaroids of Cathleen Naundorf', Prestel Editions, 2012.
Available to purchase at www.cathleennaundorf.com

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La Collection des Essences translates design signatures of couturier Elie Saab into elixirs of Rose, Gardenia, Ambre and Oud. French perfumer Francis Kurkdjian recounts his early approach to this fragrance opus. "The first stage was to visit a dressmaking salon, to see the dresses. To see what they could tell me." What he discovered was the essence of couture expertise. "La Collection des Essences is derived from an idea of material, and the work with the material." And then what he discovered was the essence of individual style. "We are laying the foundations...of Mr. Saab's vocabulary of perfumery." Vocabulary gains meaning through the grammatical structures built upon it, in a language of Haute Couture creation that is now expressed in olfactory essences.


Essence N° 1: Rose - The Art of Superposition

Layers of translucent draping, materials that echo whispers, one upon the other like petals to exalt the female form. Essence N° 1 is a Rose of infinite self-reflection in a voluptuous layering of essences and absolutes...


Essence N° 2: Gardenia - The Capture of an Illusion

A floral appliqué in which art refines nature into a trompe l'oeil, or the line of a silhouette draws a seductive illusion. Essence N° 2 of Gardenia is a regal sculpture of florals, blended to recreate this flower's scent, whose essence is 'mute', for a recreation of gardenia both real and imagined at once...


Essence N°3 Ambre - The Essence of Light

Effervescent embroidery of paillettes, pearls and cabochons gemstones push light to its limit through detail and form. Essence N° 3 of Ambre starts from an Opoponax base, with flashes of ylang-ylang and absolute vanilla uplifting the essence from shadows into light...


Essence N° 4 Oud - Infinite Shades of Black

Absorbing all colors, black draws the eye to essential form in an exercise of elegance. Essence N° 4 in Oud is a linear, seductive construction of exquisiteness, warmth and intensity.

In four essences, the intelligent techniques of an artisan of the sublime find expression. Perfumes at the level of Haute Couture creation, every element is chosen with rarity and in the pursuit of perfection toward a scent touching the intangible magic at the height of Haute Couture.

To know more about the exclusive distribution of La Collection des Essences, visit www.eliesaab.com/en/points-of-sale/collection-essences

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To know more about the exclusive distribution of La Collection des Essences, visit www.eliesaab.com/en/points-of-sale/collection-essences

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The fragrance suite

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The fragrance suite

Experience a flash visit of The Fragrance Suite - a private universe inside ELIE SAAB's Parisian headquarters surrounding L'Eau Couture, the latest ELIE SAAB scent that is a ray of light infused with fresh, feminine modernity, and the sophistication of couture creations.

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Paris is Perfect (Even in August):  Where to go When the City Shuts Down

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Paris is Perfect (Even in August):
Where to go When the City Shuts Down

An exodus has taken place in the city of light as chic Parisians decamp to the Cote d'Azur, Ibiza and Mykonos, while - apparently - the best restaurants, shops and galleries shut down for the month of August. It's the best time to visit - the tree-lined boulevards are empty and the Jardins des Tuileries feels like a private garden! We reveal the addresses that are still open for the perfect vingt-quatre heures à Paris.

9am - Hotel Plaza Athenee

Be one of the first through the Plaza's revolving doors after its dazzling refurbishment (it reopened August 1) and graze over a leisurely breakfast. After the lightest croissants made by the award-winning pastry chefs, be sure to take a double espresso - you'll need your energy for browsing the luxury boutiques nearby, including the ELIE SAAB flagship boutique, just a short stroll down Avenue Montaigne.

Hotel Plaza Athenee
25 Avenue Montaigne,
75008 Paris
+33 1 53 67 66 65
43 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt
75008 Paris
Monday: 11am-7pm
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-7pm
+33 1 42 56 77 70

11.30am - Palais Galleria

Take a lesson in the power of the nipped-in waist, petticoats and pedal pushers in The 50s: Fashion in France, 1947-1957, the must-see exhibition at Paris' recently reopened fashion museum.

Palais Galleria
10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Rue de Galliera, 75016 Paris
+33 1 56 52 86 00
Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-6pm.
Closed: Monday
Late openings on Thursdays until 9pm

1pm - Pique-nique

Do as Paris' leading chefs do and buy freshly made bread, organic vegetables, the finest cheeses and an array of exotic dips and snacks at the famous Marché Avenue President Wilson. It takes place right behind the Palais Galleria - once you've filled your wicker basket (you can buy that here too), head back to the museum's pretty jardin for a picnic at the Palais.

Le Marché
Avenue President Wilson, 75008 Paris
Open Wednesday and Saturday from 7am to 2:30pm.

3pm - Palais de Tokyo

Discover that the work of artist Hiroshi Sugimoto goes far beyond his signature “seascape” photographs in his « Lost Human Genetic Archive » exhibition at cutting edge art space Palais de Tokyo.

Palais de Tokyo
13 Avenue du Président Wilson,
75116 Paris
+33 1 81 97 35 88
Wednesday-Monday: noon-midnight
Closed: Tuesday

6pm - Saint James Paris

For a sophisticated apero, head to the pop-up rosé bar in the charming garden of the Saint James, a hotel-cum-private club. Sommelier Micaël Morais has selected two of the best rosés of the season, which can be sipped while sitting under decadently decorated tents - magical!

Saint James Paris
43 Avenue Bugeaud,
75116 Paris
+33 1 44 05 81 81
Daily: 7pm-1am
Until September 30

8.30pm - Dinner With a View

Few restaurants offer a more Parisian experience than the Mini Palais, the fashionable eatery located within the Grand Palais - ask for a table on the oh-so-grand terrace with soaring imperial columns. Or try to get a table at L'Oiseau Blanc, the rooftop restaurant at the just-opened Peninsula Hotel that offers 360-degree views of Paris.

Mini Palais
3 Avenue Winston Churchill,
75008 Paris
+33 1 42 56 42 42
Reservations recommended
L'Oiseau Blanc
at The Peninsula

19 Avenue Kléber,
75116 Paris
+33 1 58 12 28 88
Reservations recommended

10.30pm - The Summer Terrace at the Shangri-La

How else to end a day in Paris but with a nightcap with a view of the Eiffel Tower? Cocktails come courtesy of Belvedere at the Shangri-La Hotel's seasonal terrace bar. Remember: the tower shimmers with light in a spectacular show that takes place on the hour, every hour, until 2am.

10 Avenue d'Iéna,
75116 Paris, France
+33 1 53 67 19 98
Daily: 4pm-11.30pm
Until September 7