It's one thing to conceptualize an advertising campaign through storyboards, but it's another to bring it to life. Planning a creative change is always exciting, but a little challening, for The Shops at Crystals because we must meet the same standards as some of the world's most prestigious luxury brands. Upon conceiving the #NAMEDROPPER campaign with our Creative Director Ben Ward, the Crystals team knew that the final product would need to be approachable yet polished, much like our customers. Our choice for a photographer to fulfill this direction was the esteemed James White.
White's photos have graced the pages of magazines around the world, including Elle, Esquire, Glamour, GQ, Marie Claire, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. He has photographed publicity and advertising campaigns for Omega and Tiffany & Co., as well as numerous television shows and films. Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, George Clooney and Taylor Swift are just some of the famous faces with whom he has worked. It's no wonder American Photo named him one of the top 100 influential people in photography.
We are honored to have White once again on our team ... this time in the pages of Crystals magazine. He photographed two of our fashion features. Marian Kurpanov returns, shot against the backdrop of White's art collection and impeccable Hollywood home. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at how it feels and looks like at a photoshoot. At Crystals, we believe fashion is art. White fulfills that vision through his lens with two spectactular stories. We can't wait for you to read this issue.
Paris Fashion Week gave the audience another reason to label them the fashion capital of the world. They were the last leg of an extremely long, but entertaining fashion season. Every brand came prepared with a fresh and unique take on their Fall ready-to-wear collections. We saw five trends that are an absolute must for later this year!
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From left to right: Lanvin, Lanvin, Saint Laurent, Valentino and Valentino
From left to right: Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Valentino
From left to right: Dior, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and Valentino
From left to right: Celine, Dior, Miu Miu, Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney
From left to right: Celine, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Stella McCartney and Valentino
Milan Fashion Week is known for outfits with striking and bold colors combined with a chic sex appeal. Some of the world's biggest brands followed this trend as they showcased their Fall/Winter 2015 ready-to-wear collections.Our favorite looks were the complete opposite of this. This fashion week roundup includes brands that incorporated a completely different and unique theme. We award them the title of "Top Ready-To-Wear Looks."
Dolce & Gabbana
A tribute to "Mamma" with rose patterned dresses and handwritten prints from Dolce & Gabbana employees. Gabbana had the 'cuteness' factor on their side with the addition of matching outfits for babies and young children. These items are perfect for those fashion-forward mothers looking to pass it on to their kids. Our boutique is the only one is Las Vegas! You can bet on finding these looks as they are released in the upcoming months.
Being a 'geek' has officially made it's way into one of the biggest brands in the world. We've seen these 'hipster' looks become increasingly popular with everyday brands, but Gucci brought it to the runway as a way to send their own message: "Brain over brawn." These looks paired long skirts and dresses with glasses and flats. Look out for these "librarian chic" looks at our boutique.
"It's so fluffy!" We loved the coats and outerwear from this collection. Fendi was able to use a luxurious material, like fur, to create a look that wasn't too flashy. We normally see fur on outfits that are too sophisticated to wear in public. They also made sure that these warm and cozy outfits looked chic instead of an at-home snuggie attire. Our boutique will 'fur sure' have these coats.
Donnatella lives for modern glamour looks. She put a twist on it by putting focus on the logo. She had fun with the collection by making them social media worthy. It catered to a younger audience by incorpating "@" and "#" symbols. She explained it as the 'emoji of the future.' Her dresses are catering to a new generation and make a perfect gift for a young fashionista who loves taking selfies.
Awards season is finally coming to an end. We've seen some amazing red carpet looks thus far, but you know what they say: Save the best for last. The Oscars 2015 | Academy Awards went out with a bang and showed us our favorite outfits from the entire season!
Besides the ongoing trends of glimmery white and silver gowns, nude blush tones, dark lips, sleek buns and high slit dresses, there were three celebrities that we fell in love with. These stars showed us true fashion and style through accessories.
Margot Robbie - Robbie donned a plunging SAINT LAURENT dress and shoes that resembled an 80's style. She strayed away from the typical Oscar type of gown for this reveiling, yet elegant look. This look would not be complete without the VAN CLEEF & ARPELS jewelry. Her "Zip Necklace" is literally a work of art. The piece took 800 hours to painstakingly craft. It's priced at $1.5 million. She accompanied it with matching yellow gold rings. All of her jewelry can be found at our Van Cleef & Arpels boutique inside of The Shops at Crystals.
Nicole Kidman - Nicole looks like a million bucks. Seriously, she's literally worth $7 million in HARRY WINSTON diamonds. Her custom LOUIS VUITTON dress and Petite-Malle clutch already had our curiosity, but the 111.11 carats now has our attention. The Caftan Diamond Bracelet was specifically made for her. You won't be able to find this at our Harry Winston location, but can find a similar one that is equally as stunning.
Reese Witherspoon - We've realized that anything in TOM FORD looks great. This white & black strapless dress was simple and chic. It's beautiful by itself, but amazing when accompanied with the right shoes and jewels. Witherspoon chose a classic black JIMMY CHOO pump and one-of-a-kind TIFFANY & CO. jewels from the 2015 Tiffany Blue Book collection. Her ring features a 3.03 carat blue diamond... A.K.A one of the rarest type of colored diamonds in the world. Look out for this new collection at the The Shops at Crystals when in launches in April!
Natalie Portman, the famed oscar-winning American actress and worldwide partner of the brand since 2011, unveils the first watch designed and created together with Richard Mille, embodied in the Tourbillon RM 19-01 Natalie Portman. Recognized as a brilliant woman in her public as well as private life, she is a multi-talented woman of high accomplishments, having graduated from Harvard in psychology in addition to her roles at the theater and on screen.
For this first collaboration, Natalie Portman set her mind on an image combining strong associations and complex undertones expressed by a diamond studded and encrusted tracery based upon the image of a spider.
The RM19-01 manual winding tourbillon caliber is assembled around a black rhodium-plated, 18K white gold black sapphire set baseplate, a first for Richard Mille. The spider within the movement, also in 18K white gold and delicately set with diamonds, forms an integral part of the movement, with the abdomen of the spider actually supporting the bridges of the tourbillon, and its legs supporting the two winding barrels.
This aesthetic achievement was only possible after a long and difficult machining process followed by many hours of hand polishing, finishing and the guiding eye of the watchmaker working in harmony with the centuries old skills of the jewel setter- together creating the physical manifestation of Natalie’s personal vision for this unique and limited edition timepiece.
Available in 20 pieces worldwide, this novel ladies’ creation will be worn by Natalie Portman at several events worldwide and is available for purchase at the Richard Mille boutique on level 2 of The Shops at Crystals.