Haute Author Jilian Sanz
121 Articles from Jilian Sanz
The house of Hermès reigns supreme as top-tier in terms of brands to acquire, collect, and keep for generations. And Quality of construction is at the helm of what makes the famed, French fashion house so very coveted by those in-the-know. As part of that history and tradition, their calling-card silk scarves, play a colorful role in the luxury we’ve come to expect from Hermès. It’s only fitting, to that end, that the brand’s Madison Avenue Flagship store would cater to the potpourri of scarf offerings by creating an entire floor on which for them to be properly showcased.
“I come from a family of farmers, and I had a very simple and blissful life as a kid because of the ease we had in our daily life,” recalls Brunello Cucinelli. Perhaps it was that ease that drove him to dream up an empire based on the idea of casual luxury derived from cashmere separates. But Cucinelli, who also enjoyed a brief, 2-year stint studying engineering, knew that he wanted to be entrepreneurial, and thus, the eponymous brand began.
Philanthropist, Socialite, Business Woman, Mother, Wife and Friend, Lea Black wears several hats. As the star of The Real Housewives franchise’s latest installment, The Real Housewives of Miami, her life has recently been very much on display. But as this stellar female prepared to put on what’s become one of her biggest philanthropic contributions annually, The Blacks’ Annual Gala, we took a real-time tour through her busy day, watching her juggle tasks while clad in couture, only to realize this Real Housewife is not only real, she’s making well-heeled strides for the betterment of our community. Simultaneously running a household, a charitable foundation, and an eponymous business, Lea Black Enterprises, Black balances product development, fundraising, and soccer practice with great poise.
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At the helm of the Brunello Cucinelli brand lie ideals about quality of construction to cater to an elegant lifestyle
As a world of consumers easily distracted by glittery things, it’s no wonder my attention instantly shifted once receiving word of the latest gem unveiled by the House of Chopard. Weighing in at a whopping 85-carats, the emerald-cut diamond marked by purity and great whiteness is rivaled only by some of the world’s biggest diamonds: the legendary Koh-I-Noor, the 105.6-carat Golconda diamond set on the crown of England, or the Regent, formerly worn by Queen Marie-Antoinette and currently preserved in the Louvre Museum.
In the 1950’s, French high jewelry house, Van Cleef & Arpels launched their renowned Zip necklace. Born of a suggestion by the Duchess of Windsor, the piece of jewelry was not only artfully crafted but also technically advanced enough to work as a functioning zipper. The Zip necklace, which is actually capable of being worn open as a necklace or zipped closed as a bracelet, quickly became an iconic part of the Van Cleef & Arpels high jewelry family.
Last night, the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré was buzzing. The sounds that spilled over on to the posh street came from inside the Roger Vivier boutique and were courtesy of actress and musician Jeanne Marine who played her ukulele for a crowd of well-heeled fashion types. The occasion, however, is most of note. Attendants were present to celebrate the exclusive preview of the brand’s newest limited edition collection, Rendez-Vous. And by attendants, I mean everyone from Tod’s Group president, Stefano Sincini, Roger Vivier-brand ambassador, Ines de la Fressange, and the house’s creative director, Bruno Friso
The haute couture presentations tell a story of greatness, both of quality of construction and innovation of design. This story seems to best be told in the confines of a Parisian backdrop. And so, I crossed the pond to bring you the highlights of what’s to come from the world’s most prestigious fashion and high-jewelry houses. Expect imagery and details marking the magic behind it all throughout the week, but here’s a small tidbit to satiate your thirst for all things haute couture in the mean time.
As Palm Beach gears up to celebrate its hundredth birthday, Haute Living made the trip up North to get the scoop on how the glitzy island plans to fête the occasion. Of course it’s only fitting that I’d gather my information from the very best sources, so I caught up with Shamin Abas and David Sabin, of Shamin Abas Public Relations to take the stroll down Worth Avenue and talk aging with grace. The pair of industry insiders are so connected ‘round those parts, that it’s hard to walk a block without stopping for them to introduce you to some passer-by or another, Read: A slew of heavies in varying fields but all equally excited about the upcoming centennial.