Thursday, February 26, 2009

€375m. for YSL Art Collection

For three days earlier this week, YSL's longtime partner, Pierre Bergé and Christies Paris auctioned over 730 art pieces that belongs to the late Yves Saint Laurent and raised a total of around €375m beating the estimates of €200m-€300m.

The collection of paintings, sculptures and furniture filled the late designer’s duplex apartment at 55 Rue de Babylone and Pierre Bergé’s Rue Bonaparte apartment is one of the major collections ever to be auctioned in Paris. It includes pieces by Warhol, Goya & Henri Matisse.

YSL's original logo, hand-lettered by graphic artist Cassandre, from 1961 (not for sale).

One piece of furniture made a record high of €21.9m, It is now the world's most expensive armchair, created by the Irish designer Eileen Gray. At €21.9m (£19.6m), I doubt that anyone will sit on it ever again.

Despite the financial recession we are in now, French dealers suggest that the recession may have actually helped the high bids, because the rich people want to put their money in a safe investment! Also ofcourse the name of the late designer helped increase the bids as well.

The Library

Talking numbers, on the first evening alone, the sale raised €206m, almost €36m for the Matisse painting of 1911 The Cuckoos, a Blue and Pink Rug and €8.9m for a couple of ordinary perfume bottles, declared to be "ready-made" art, and signed by the surrealist, Marcel Duchamp.

The Auction was held at the gorgeous Grand Palais, the world’s largest and prestigious exhibition hall. Around 33,000 people queued to see the collection last week. Access to the auction room ha has been strictly controlled, with potential buyers having to prove they had access to at least €500,000 in ready cash.

Two controversial items, a bronze Rat and Rabit heads, which were reportedly stolen from the Summer Imperial palace in China, in 1860 at the end of the second Opium War. The item were reportedly sold for €15m each.

Bronze Qing-dynasty animal heads on either side of a fireplace mantle in Bergé’s Rue apartment.

All raised money will be used for Aids research and other charities

Monday, February 23, 2009

Best Dressed at the Oscars 2009

It is Oscars time again this year, beautiful stars, gorgeous dresses, and LUCKY designers! :)
There were many nicely dressed stars, among them, Angelina in a black Elie Saab Couture , SJP in Dior Couture, Halle Berry in Marchesa, Nicole Kidman in L'wren Scott, and many other.

But only 5 gorgeous stars and dresses made it to the list. Penelope cruz is a double winner here! she looked amazing in a vintage, 60 year old dress by Pierre Balmain, I just thought she could have done her hair better, and she also won an Oscar as a best supporting actress for Vicky Christina Barcelona.

Jennifer Aniston wore Valentino Couture and looked amazing! Anne Hathaway wore Armani Privé, Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab Couture, and last but not least the gorgeous Vanessa Hudgens in Marchesa. I loved Vanessa's looks, she reminded us of young Audrey Hepburn.

Will post some of Oscars after party pictures soon! ;)


Sunday, February 22, 2009

And the Oscar for best dressed goes to...

The Oscars are almost here...The stars will be hitting the Red Carpet tonight.
Who do you think will be among the best dressed ones?

What do you think Angelina, Anne or kate will wear... I'm pretty excited, and so do you I'm sure ;)

we'll find out soon!
Stay Tuned!


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The September Issue

The September Issue is a new documentary that premiered Jan. 16th at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Excellence in Cinematography Award.

The documentary talks about the preparation of Vogue's Sep. 2007 Fall Issue. The biggest issue ever published in the history of magazines, of 840 pages.
Director R.J. Cutler, follows Vogue's Editor in Chief, Anna Wintour, and her larger than life team for 8 months, Jan.-Aug. 2007 and focuses on Sept. Issue of Fall fashion.
R.J. approached Ms. Wintour 2 years before they started shooting.

"He seemed very committed to the idea of what goes into the issue and obviously that is something in particular I'm interested in, because I do feel there is a fascinating side to fashion." Ms Wintour said about Director Cutler, she continues to say "I'm thrilled that it is a creative process and the agony , the joy, the incredible hours and passion that everyone who works at Vogue puts into the magazine, which is what R.J. decided to focus on."

Grace Coddington, Wintour's colleague for 20 years, the magazines creative director, and genius stylist wanted nothing to do with the making of the film, to a point where she told Ms. Wintour that she would quit if she allows them to film!!

"The first thing she said to me was GO AWAY! She couldn't throw us of the office, because she is not the boss! Anna is the boss and she had invited us in. But she wasn't happy to see us. And when Grace is unhappy to see you, that's not the place anyone wants to be in. God Bless her, she eventually gave us a chance." Director R.J. said.

This is a documentary that I literally can NOT wait to see. I mean do you realize that it means to be able to go behind all the closed meetings, the preparations, the photo shoots, backstage at the shows, everything that goes into the process of making the issue? To see inside the REAL Vogue! We've seen some familiar things in The Devil Wears Prada, and SATC the Movie, but this is going to be the real Vogue, The real Anna, the world of fashion, something we have always dreamed of! The Documentary will hit theaters this Sep., until then, I'll survive on YouTube Clips! :)

Will update you about it.

The Styloholic

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

It's Confirmed! Michelle Obama is on Vogue's March cover!

After a lot of speculation and rumors that first lady Michelle Obama will appear on the March issue of Vogue magazine, the news has been confirmed today.

The first lady was photographed by famous photographer Annie Leibovitz at the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, where the Obamas stayed before their historic Inauguration.
Michelle Obama will be the Second first lady to be featured on the cover of Vogue after Hillary Clinton who appeared on the cover, in Dec. 1998.

For the reason Anna Wintour chose Michelle to be on the cover, she said: "Change was the clarion call of Barack Obama's election campaign, though I don't think any of us at Vogue initially realized that would include the difference that was going to be made by First Lady Michelle Obama's wardrobe."

The Issue, which will be released today, Michelle is wearing a Jason Wu dress, who designed her inaugural gown.

March Issue of Vogue is the Spring/Summer issue, it's one of the best and most popular issues of the year, along with September's issue. I can NOT wait to have my copy of this issue, as it also features Queen Rania in "Super Powers". This issue is going to be a HIT :D

will update you as soon as I get it.

The Styloholic.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

People I want to meet...

There are some people in this world that I love and look up to because of their work, talent, looks, products, mind, vision, position and many other things.

Im going to list some of them and what would I want to ask them, advices, help,... lets see.

Lets start with Queen Rania Of Jordan. I've always been a big fan of the Queen, because of her ultimate elegance, charm, great looks, nice smile, nice taste& being gorgeous.
If I meet Q. Rania one day I'll ask her: who picks your clothes? who goes shopping with you? whats your favorite brand other than Prada? would you wear young (amatuer) designers creations? would you accept a dress, as a present, from a young Jordanian talented fashion designer? and how can I work with you? How does it feel to have your world turned upside down over a night by becoming the beautiful, great Queen you are now? I sooo would love to talk to you about this!

Tom Ford. Tom ford, hasnt only been a role model, and someone who impressed me for a LONG time, he's been like... gorgeous talented man, a geniues businessman and great visionary! If I meet him, I'll ask/tell him: I need your advice in starting a business, creating an image, how were you able to be the mastermind behind gucci for 10 years, and creating designs that remains till this day, a great success? how can you be so gorgeous at 46? would you be my mentor? and I want to tell you that I dont usualy wear suits, but looking at your mens wear line, made me want to have a suit made by you. You are such a great person, I hope I'll be able to meet you one day! :)

Anna Wintour. When you mention her name, you get the feeling that people are scared! are you that scary? Anna wintour has the ability to left a designer soooo high and make him/her so famous by one article! :D I really appreciate her support for young fashion designers, that means she appreciates talent, and is willing to help. I would like to ask you, how is it possible to run such a great huge magazine, and be this person who you are? I really admire you.

karl Lagerfeld. Ok, well I said alot of things about Tom Ford and how he is a role model, but Karl Lagerfeld falls into a totaly different category! I mean i doubt really I'll be able to describe how I look at this man. Not only it would be a dream , A REAL DREAM coming true to work with you, but cant actuly describe it :) I want to ask you, how, on earth, can your designs be so modern, so trendy, so up to date with the latest trends, yet you ALWAYS keep the CHANEL identity? each collection you amaze me, to the point where I start day dreaming! :) I've seen couple of documentaries about your work at CHANEL, I watched them a 1000 times, and I can never get enough! I salute you from the bottom of my heart, I love you, and I dream of the day I will meet you! :)

Amanda Harlech, How does it feel to be the muse of the greatest fashion house in the world? do you feel like you are the luckiest girl ever? do you actuly realize that when you wake up? when you are alone, do you say "OH MY GOD I'm the muse of Chanel and Karl" ? If you do, I wonder how that feels! I would really love to know.

Marc Jacobs, I do NOT have to remind about this, but you are the CREATIVE DIRECTOR of LOUIS VUITTON. do you realize how powerful this is? :) how does it feel to be able to walk in their Champs Elysees store and literally pick up anything and just walk out? well this is probably not comparable to being the designer of this brand, AND being able to have anything LV custom made for you! :) you are so talented and I look up to you just as much!

I'll let u know if I ever get answers to the questions and make sure not to go crazy and keep my cool when I see them. wish me luck! ;)

The Styloholic.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

I want to be Victoria Beckham's daughter!

Yes, I want to be her daughter! :)

This morning on the radio, I heared that Victoria Beckham said that she would like to have a daughter! And for a second I thought, how lucky would that girl be!? :)
Fashion wise ofcourse, she will inherit, or have access to, one of the worlds best wardrobes EVER I think! :)

The first thing I thought of was her mom's collection of Hermès Birkin and Kelly bags!
Reportedly, she spent £56,000 on her Hermes bag collection. The Hermès Birkin bag is an exclusive product that costs as much as £8,000 and has a waiting list that ranges from 6 months to 6 years, depends on how well you are connected! ;)

Other things will be , her contacts in the fashion industry, her mom is friends with karl Lagerfel, Domico and Stefano, Giambattista Valli, and many many other!
she will travel with her around the world, attending front row, the biggest shows, socializing with masters of the this field.

Everything is just waiting for her! Houses in London, LA, the world will be her small town. Aside from all that, her daddy will spoil her so much because she'll be "daddy's little girl" :D

So yes, I want to be the Beckham's daughter! :D