Accessories / Women's
Oui Oui Paree!

Paris Fashion Week ended with a bang March 5, thanks to presentations by Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Miu Miu.

This was a defining moment for new LV designer Nicolas Ghesquière, formerly of Balenciaga, who took the reigns after a 14-year run by Marc Jacobs. Ghesquière’s first collection will be remembered for its distinct A-line shapes, which cued a 1960s vibe. His materials, however, were thoroughly 21st century: patchwork leathers, crocodile, industrial zippers, molded bodices and hand-sculpted feathers. My favorite looks were any of the dresses or skirts fashioned with front zippers and belts—which was just about everything. Thanks to its history, Louis Vuitton is indeed one of the “untouchable” houses, but Ghesquière hit a home run on his first effort, modernizing the portfolio and giving us all high hopes for what lies ahead.

Over at Miu Miu the runway focused on quilted nylon. It appeared as jackets, skirts and dresses, along with bold, snappy wool coats, both long and short. The key for designer Miuccia Prada was that nothing turns out too puffy. And she succeeded—except when it came to my favorite piece in the collection, a lapelled overcoat, which resembles a parti-colored standard poodle. As the clothing progressed in the show, Prada introduced every texture imaginable, including silk, brocade, knit and plastic. Fashion’s revolutionary spirit remains just that. In the audience, Rihanna was seen with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.

At Hermès, Christophe Lemaire presented a subdued silhouette—long to mid-length—in highly texturized and luxurious fabrics. The palette was charcoal, camel, black and cream. Oversized suits and coats gave the runway looks a masculine feel. My favorite nuance of this collection was the varying styles of collars shown. We never knew what we were going to get next—a surprise around every turn.

For more from Paris Fashion Week, visit to see a complete list of shows.



Melinda Sheckells - Guest Blogger and Editor, Crystals Magazine

Accessories / Women's
Exclusive Python Tote

Talk about a handbag obssession!

This exclusive Gucci bamboo tote is arriving to the Gucci store at The Shops at Crystals this week! This beautiful python bag with bamboo handles was created exclusively for the US market and is the perfect statement accessory for spring. With natural cotton linen lining, light fine gold hardware, detachable and adjustable leather shoulder strap and protective metal feet you next must-have spring bag is not only glamorous and durable but available this week at The Shops at Crystals! 

For more information about the exclusive Gucci python bag, please call the Gucci boutique located on the second level of The Shops at Crystals: (702) 730-1946

Art / Accessories
'Crystal Architecture'

LALIQUE is a legend, symbolic of craftsmanship that commands respect and admiration. Over the years, LALIQUE has become more than just a name; it has become a powerful icon of exceptional know-how, a synonym for excellence, and a style characterized by the mastery of contrast. Drawing on its rich cultural and artistic heritage, its timeless and precious qualities, the brand preserves the energy and insouciance of its heyday while adapting to modern-day tastes.

Today, LALIQUE has entered a new phase of development and modernization. As a result, Silvio Denz, Chairman and C.E.O. of LALIQUE, has decided to make the unique skills of LALIQUE's crystal makers available to contemporary designers, while keeping the greatest admiration and respect for René Lalique’s work and his tremendous creative spirit. Opening this crystal glasswork to new artists allows its exceptional know-how to be interpreted with new eyes and with a fresh creative inspiration.

As part of this new initiative, Mr. Denz asked Zaha Hadid to design the Crystal Architecture collection. It is composed of two vases: their innate fluid lines which seem to have a life of their own superbly highlighted by clear or black crystal. Enhancing the overall effect are those contrasting satin and polished finishes that are the epitome of LALIQUE. This collection was born of a passion for beauty, the search for excellence, and the will to combine the expertise of LALIQUE's master glassmakers with the great creativity and rare talent of a world-famous architect and designer. Through these exceptional masterpieces in a signed and numbered edition, LALIQUE presents a fresh approach to its material, a new formal vocabulary, a new vision.

Please visit our LALIQUE boutique located on the second level of The Shops at Crystals. 

Celebrities / Women's
Hollywood's Best Dressed

The Oscars is continually the biggest date of the year on the Hollywood calendar with a guest list unrivalled by any other event - and 2014 was no exception.

This is the night when the world's biggest stars step out in fashion's most beautiful gowns. In terms of trends, a spectrum of whites and nudes dominated the red carpet – Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace, Kristin Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli, Sally Hawkins in Valentino and Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli.

Meanwhile celebrities Amy Adams, Charlize Theron and Lupita Nyong'o are bound to top best dressed lists in their shades of blue and blacks - navy Gucci, sleek black Dior and pastel blue or better known as ‘Nairobi blue’ Prada. And, it was no surprise that Jennifer Lawrence was back in Dior swapping last year's voluminous silhouette for something more hip-hugging and sleek. 

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The King of Diamonds

Throughout the course of his career, it is estimated that Mr. Harry Winston owned more than one third of the world’s most famous and coveted gems.  With a natural eye and strong sense of intuition, Mr. Winston inherently knew what made good diamonds great, and great diamonds legends.  But his expertise in diamonds was more than just the basis of his professional life, it was a lifelong passion and personal commitment to celebrating and promoting the natural beauty of a stone. Discover the story behind the life and legacy of Harry Winston, the King of Diamonds.


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