FIREPLACES – a touch of luxury

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Since cold weather zoom comes quickly, we thought that we should see the bright and warm side and present you some fireplaces for cozy winter nights that will also warm your soul. Designed to serve any customer-specific internal architectures, these fireplaces add brightness and strong feel to any room. Sitting near a fireplace see and feel the flames and the penetrating heat. Carried by the feeling of complete relaxation that exudes the strong elements of fire, experience the creativity and abilities of gifted designers and manufacturers. Whether you have a living room of double size, bolstering the acoustic fire crackling or a small and cozy bedroom with an inviting romantic fireplace. You know how important it is to enjoy a quiet evening or a challenging game night with family and friends at some mulled wine. Which of these beautiful fireplaces would you enjoy the most?

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The little Venice in America

The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

The nation, which has invented Hollywood and Disneyland can also get all the other attractions home. For example Venice with its beautiful canals and gondoliers, its palaces of marble and gold leaf as well as its unique romantic atmosphere. So why should you travel to Europe when you can find quite the same impressions in a gambler’s paradise. And this along with great hotel service in “The Venetian resort” in Las Vegas.

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Amazing sweets

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There are many moments in life, which can be even more perfect by a pretty confectionery. But how about too much sugar?

Grains, beans, vegetables and fruit all contain sugars, and when we eat these the sugar enters our bloodstream slowly. Refined sugars do not work in the same way, and that’s why they are so problematic.

Some are sick of the “grab an apple when you want chocolate!” advice about sugar cravings. This obviously doesn’t work – if they want a cupcake, a freaking handful of raisins just simply is not going to cut it.

It’s like with any problems that call for order and self-control: allow it to yourself, but be moderate. A level of voluntary modesty is healthy, and doing well in the world. Indulge it deliberately from time to time, but also establish a balancing!

And if we use it, it should be the most beautiful, with tasteful design and fine decoration!

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Tejal Patni

Tejal Patni Photographer

Let’s talk about the Indian fashion & advertising photographer Tejal Patni. As a master photographer, this artist creates drama, theater and beauty with every click – as clearly showcased with his award-winning Splash calendars that was hailed as among the best in the world.

His pictures are staged worlds full of humor and fancy imagination, stylized, colorful, other worldly, based on comics and science fiction, styled professional, fascinating and young. And they are connected with fashion and marketing, and so this photographer can make a living where other artists stay probable poor since their art is not feeding them.

Tejal Patni is a fortune for our insatiable, image-hungry eyes.

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PRADA – ART ATTACK

Prada Spring/Summer 2014 campaign

PRADA is the big one; the show that will define the season for months to come. There are “good Pradas” and “better Pradas” and this one was a hit. And now the much awaited campaign for Prada’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection is here.

The Italian luxury brand showcases an array of chic and colorful ensembles and accessories, shot by acclaimed fashion photographer Steven Meisel.

For the first time, the campaign includes, not one, but two black models (Cindy Bruna and the returning Malaika Firth). By Prada standards, and despite the lack of a single Asian model, this is one of the most diverse casts yet.

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Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

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Fireworks light up the sky during the opening ceremony of the International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin, north-east China. Each of the buildings you can see in the distance is made of ice.

While the U.S. shivers while in the grip of a ‘polar vortex’ which has seen temperatures plummet to -26C, in China they are celebrating the winter temperatures with a spectacular ice sculpture festival.
The 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival has now opened its doors to tourists to come and gaze at the colourful creations made entirely from blocks of ice.
The annual festival, in north-eastern China, displays the incredibly detailed structures, which took some 10,000 workers, and about 330,000 cubic metres of snow and ice to build. This year’s festivities feature the theme ‘Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour’.

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Gaga By Gaultier

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Gaga by Gaultier is an interview between Lady Gaga and fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, that was filmed at the House of Gaultier in Paris, France, on May 10, 2011. It was produced by Dak Tirak Productions and delves into Gaga’s fashion choices, music, and personal life. The interview was released on June 13, 2011.

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Karl Lagerfeld – Chanel Pre-Fall 2014

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Karl Lagerfeld for CHANEL – Paris Dallas 2013/2014 Métiers d’Art. The location was meant to honor the brand’s long-standing relationship with America.

Welcome to the Wild, Wild West — by way of Chanel! When Karl Lagerfeld dropped the fashion community into Dallas, TX, for the annual Métiers d’Art show, the expectation was a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. On that promise, Karl delivered with a prairie-inspired collection influenced by Americana. With rich tweeds transitioning into Southwestern tapestries and worn-in denim, looks were accompanied by suede boots, lariats, cowboy hats, feathers, and fringe as far as the eye could see. They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and it doesn’t get bigger than Karl’s take on the Lone Star State.

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Patrick Demarchelier

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All fashionistas and photographers know the name of Patrick Demarchelier (born 21 August 1943 in Paris), one of the best French fashion photographers. He spent his childhood in Le Havre with his mother and four brothers. For his seventeenth birthday, his stepfather bought him his first Eastman Kodak camera. Demarchelier learned how to develop film, retouch negatives and began shooting friends and weddings.

In 1975, he left Paris for New York to follow his girlfriend. He discovered fashion photography by working as a freelance photographer and learning and working with photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Terry King, and Jacque Guilbert. His work drew the attention of Elle, Marie Claire and 20 Ans Magazine

He later worked for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, first in September 1992 which resulted in a 12-year collaboration. Demarchelier has shot international advertising campaigns for Dior, Louis Vuitton, Celine, TAG Heuer, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Lacoste, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.

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Kristian Schuller

Kristian Schuller

Kristian Schuller is a Paris-based photographer. He is the son of theater dramaturg and director Frieder Schuller. As a child, Kristian emigrated with his parents and his brother to Germany, he grew up in Bonn and Dusseldorf. He studied fashion design with Vivienne Westwood and photography with F.C. Gundlach at the University of Fine Arts Berlin.

After his initial introduction by Isabella Blow to Condé Nast Publications in London, Kristian has continued working internationally with various fashion magazines and commercial clients.

He has worked together with artists/models like Penélope Cruz, Gisele Bündchen, Heidi Klum, Duran Duran, etc. His work featuring top models in original and creative settings has been published in international magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Glamour and many more.

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Jeff Childs

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Flying Woman, Jeff Childs

Jeff Childs is an established British sculptor who has been exhibiting his bronze scultpures Regularly since 2003. Throughout Jeff’s career he has always been Involved in the creative arts . This has covered painting and drawing ‘the creation of pewter and stained glass wall plaques and jewelery , and the writing and performance of music and poetry .

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Apple Spaceship is landing

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A few days ago it looked as though Apple ‘s new Apple Campus 2 may not be build. On the edge of California’s hometown Cupertino Apple Steve Jobs planned a few years ago to build a new building, plans for this were presented to the city council in June 2011. Even then, Jobs had compared the main building due to its shape with a spaceship.

Now, Apple may begin the construction of the new Apple campus 2. This was approved in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday by the City Council in Cupertino. On 15 November 2013 the final contracts will be signed, the public announcement will probable be on 19 November. When the groundbreaking ceremony will  take place is not yet known. Apple will begin as soon as possible the preparatory work in order to meet the blueprint. Finally in 2016 the building is to be completely finished.

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Prix de la Jeune Photographie de Mode 2013

 

PRESENTATION AWARD PICTO
Established in 1998, the Picto Prize for Young Fashion Photography aims to emerge and highlight the work of a young fashion photographer, chosen by a jury of professionals composed among others by the art critic Virginie Bergougnoux, Sophie Bernard (Image Magazine), Celine Martin-Raget (Musée du Quai Branly), Christophe Brunnquell (director Figaro).. The Picto offers the winner an exhibition of his work and studio shooting by the partners Lumiere Imaging and Studio Daguerre. The amount of the prize is € 1,000.

REGULATIONS 2013: CONDITIONS TO PARTICIPATE
–    Have less than 35 years, all countries.
–    Provide a coherent and representative selection of your work (print B & W or color – minimum size 18x24cm).
–    Imperatively complete application includes :
paper portfolio series or selection.
the application form attached completed and signed (application form you can find here).
a CD with images of portfolio presented in low resolution 2 high definition images a biography / career of the photographer (maximum 15 lines) in Word .

Send all to: Sylvie Besnard before the deadline to Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 18h to PICTO BASTILLE , 53 bis rue de la Roquette , 75011 PARIS . (Any incomplete or submitted after the deadline for applications will not be considered.)

The screening will be on Thursday, November 14, 2013, the list of shortlisted candidates will be posted on the site http://www.picto.fr Monday, November 18, 2013.
All shortlisted photographers following the filing of their applications undertake to be present Wednesday, November 20, 2013 during the evening of the prize.

May the best be lucky!

 

Zac Posen

Zac Posen

Zachary E. “Zac” Posen (/zæk ˈpoʊzən/; born October 24, 1980) is an American internationally acclaimed fashion designer to the stars.
Zac was raised in SoHo in a Jewish family. His passion for fashion began at an extremely young age. As a child, he would steal yarmulkes from his grandparents’ synagogue to make ball gowns for dolls. At 16, he entered the pre-college program at Parsons The New School for Design, and interned with established designers. Zac made his big break in 2000 when a dress he designed for Naomi Campbell was well received in the fashion community. Zac is said to have a unique ‘feminine esthetic’ and is a favorite to dozens of celebrities including Natalie Portman, Rihanna, Kate Winslet, and Beyonce.

Let’s have a look on his fashion collection for 2014

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Peter Burke

 

Peter Burke

Peter Burke

 

Born in London in 1944, Peter Burke completed a student apprenticeship with Rolls Royce Aero Engines in 1960 after leaving school. He then went on to study sculpture at Bristol Polytechnic Fine Art Faculty, graduating in 1972.

The human form is often central to Peter Burke’s sculpture, as with Antony Gormley, who began working at a similar time, Burke often uses casts of a model to express a sense of universality in his sculpture. Working in steel and iron, using industrial processes, Burke’s engineering background has strongly informed his working practice. His work often reflects mankind’s relationship with mass–production and standardisation through a rhythm and repetition of materials.

Peter Burke has exhibited since 1973 in mixed and solo shows and has featured regularly in British and overseas galleries. His work is part of public and private collections including the Contemporary Art Society, London; Henry Moore Foundation and Greenwich Council, London. In 1995, Burke was awarded the prestigious Pollock–Krasner Award. In 2005, he was awarded the Diane Middlebrook Fellowship at the Djerassi Artists Program, California. In 2010, Burke exhibited in the ‘Ten Monumental British Sculptures’ exhibition at the Cerro de Vila Museum, Portugal and in 2011 had solo exhibitions in both London and Bath.

Most recently Peter gave an artist-led talk entitled ‘Sculpture and Reproductive Technology’ at an independently organised event by TEDx in Bradford on Avon. Visit the link listed under Additional Reference Material to find out more!

Peter Burke currently lives and works in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire.

 

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Coco – Gabrielle Bonheur – Chanel

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Coco Chanel (Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel)

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel (19 August 1883 – January 10, 1971) was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand . She was the only fashion designer to appear on Time magazine ‘s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Along with Paul Poiret , Chanel what credited with liberating women from the constraints of the ” corseted silhouette ” and popularizing the acceptance of a sporty , casual chic as the feminine standard in the post-World War I era . A prolific creator fashion , Chanel ‘s influence extended beyond couture clothing . Her design aesthetic which realized in jewelry, handbags , and fragrance . Her signature scent , Chanel No. . 5, has become iconic of product .
What Chanel known for her lifelong determination , ambition , and energy Which she applied to her professional and social life . She Achieved success both as a businesswoman and social prominence thanks to the connections she made ​​through her ​​work . These included many artists and craft people-to splat she Became a patron . HOWEVER , Chanel ‘s highly competitive , opportunistic personality led her to make questionable life choices Which have generated controversy around her reputation , particularly her behavior during the German occupation of France in World War II.

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The Roger Vivier Dovima Pumps

The Roger Vivier Dovima Pumps

The Roger Vivier Dovima Pumps
features a stuffed rose pink-dyed taxidermy bird on each toe which is crystal encrusted with 24 carat gold accents.

Each shoe also features special protective crocodile or snakeskin platforms that attach before you wear them to keep the shoes from ever touching the ground. $43,000 and three months of waiting after you order.

Cinderella your feet! – Rene Caovilla

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Rene Caovilla  Spring / Summer 2014  Collection

Italian designer Rene Caovilla learned the art of shoemaking from his father, himself a master who learned from the heralded Luigi Voltan. Known for his jewel-like shoes, Rene Caovilla has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious haute couture houses, including Valentino, Christian Dior, and Chanel. His own Rene Caovilla collection features elegant, sculptural shoes that are considered wearable works of art.

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Debutantes: When Glamour Was Born

A Celebration of Fashion, Parties, and Timeless Beauty
by Diana Oswald, David Patrick Columbia

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When the golden age of high fashion and high society converged, and glamour was born. A debutante’s dress is anything but a minor detail, and this sumptuous volume delights in one stunning look after another: lace bodices and silver sequins by Chanel; Vionnet’s luxurious silk brocades; the signature white satin gloves and ubiquitous feathers of the ’30s; fluid frocks by Schiaparelli; the heiress-worthy designs of Claire McCardell and Valentina, especially popular with the ladies of the Whitney and Vanderbilt families; tulle and chiffon gowns by Dior and Mainbocher; sleek, one-shoulder styles by Norman Norell; and the one-of-a-kind, custom-made gowns donned by countless celebutantes, such as Jackie Kennedy and Brenda Frazier (whose custom frock earned her the cover of Life magazine). Debutantes celebrates the timeless tradition with gorgeous photography from high-society and fashion documenters such as Cecil Beaton, Toni Frissell, and Slim Aarons as well as never-before-published pictures culled from personal collections. Traversing winter cotillions at the Waldorf, summer coming-out soirees in Newport, and bourgeois banquets in Paris, Debutantes marries high fashion and society with an eternal allure to be coveted by all ages.

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