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PARIS — A woman wears a long thermometer on a hook hanging from her ear, her chin upturned and eyes gently closed, in a photograph taken by the artist Man Ray around 1920, not long after the influenza pandemic of 1918.

One hundred years later, another woman hangs on her ear a negative Covid-19 rapid test, decorated with rhinestones and a dangling gold heart. This photo was taken in late 2021.

These are the images — which have nothing and everything to do with the designer Elsa Schiaparelli — that came to mind while walking through a new exhibition dedicated to the Italian-born couturière, who founded her label in 1927.

 

Schiaparelli was a designer who put things where they should not have been: hands-on belts, aspirin on necklaces, cicadas on buttons, claws on the fingertips of gloves. But these “little jokes,” as The New Yorker wrote of her style in 1932, “turned out to be big influences.” (The jokes were also, at times, so practical that they became less funny: During Prohibition, Schiaparelli sold an evening coat with a bustle able to conceal a flask; later, she made a jumpsuit to wear in air raid shelters.)

But the designer has also developed a reputation for being “underrated,” said Olivier Gabet, director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which will present “Shocking! The Surreal World of Elsa Schiaparelli” from Wednesday to Jan. 22.

Schiaparelli at a masquerade ball in Paris in 1952.

“You understand the invisibility of women artists with the case of Schiaparelli,” Mr. Gabet said. Though a handful of museums have devoted major fashion exhibitions to her in the past 20 years, Schiaparelli is less recognized within the history of Surrealist art, he said, despite close associations with Salvador Dalí, Jean Cocteau and Man Ray, whose work is arranged beside hers in the new exhibition.

In fashion, “everybody helped themselves” to her work following the closure of her couture house in 1954, Mr. Gabet said. Schiaparelli turned newspaper clippings into fabric before John Galliano, and a woman’s torso into a perfume bottle before Jean Paul Gaultier. Even today, with her revived label finding a new audience under creative director Daniel Roseberry, her name is not as well known as those of the men she influenced, like Yves Saint Laurent and Hubert de Givenchy.

This exhibition arrives as another attempt to correct that: not just to impress viewers with her original creations and artistic connections — plus a fair amount of Mr. Roseberry’s recent work — but to implant in them the knowledge of how far her curious mind and angular arms have reached into modern fashion. Look around and Schiap, as she was known, is everywhere. Even in a pair of bedazzled antigen test earrings, made nearly 50 years after her death, by a Spanish college student with a D.I.Y. hobby.

The Paris exhibition plays the hits.

Encased in glass is a black Schiaparelli hat worn like an upside-down high-heel shoe. Nearby is a version of the off-white silk organza dress worn by Wallis Simpson for Vogue in 1937, the same year she married the former King Edward VIII; an enormous lobster lolls down the front and back of the skirt. Both pieces originally were designed in collaboration with Dalí.

There is also an assortment of knits that made Schiaparelli a star: One of her earliest designs was a sweater printed with a trompe l’oeil bow around its neck that she first wore to what she called a “smart lunch” in Paris. “Sweater-minded” women, she wrote in her 1954 autobiography, “fell on me like birds of prey,” among them a buyer from a New York department store.

But it is not just Schiaparelli’s surreal style signatures that continue to resurface in fashion (like Marc Jacobs referencing those knits in 2016, as just one example). The legends around her also resonate. In her autobiography, Schiaparelli wrote of being an “ugly” child who planted seeds in her throat, ears and mouth, in hopes of growing “a face covered with flowers like a heavenly garden.” (Surviving near-suffocation, she later designed a summer dress covered in fabric appliqués resembling seed packets.)

The image calls to mind the transformative shrub makeup and floor-length capes seen in Thom Browne’s spring 2022 show. Or, more recently, the Loewe collection of coats, jeans and sneakers covered in real sprouted grass by Jonathan Anderson, its creative director, and the designer Paula Ulargui Escalona.

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The way Schiaparelli presented her work, too, is still relevant. She was an early adopter of themed collections, choosing subjects like music, astrology, the pagan (making women look like Botticelli paintings) and the circus.

The 1938 circus show, in particular, with its hired dancers and clowns, has been long cited as an example of Surrealism’s rise amid the threat of war. Describing it as “riotous and swaggering,” Schiaparelli unveiled lavish embroidery inspired by ringmasters and acrobats, and accessories like balloon handbags and ice cream cone hats. It was jubilant and escapist but memorable for its taste of death, too; with Dalí, she debuted a long black skeleton dress with padded ridges mimicking protruding bones.

One month after the circus show, Hitler invaded Austria. While carnival collections and skeletal dresses have recurred in fashion, few designers have found themselves at the same intense intersection of surreal themes and ominous timing.

A bolero from Schiaparelli’s 1938 Circus collection.
Credit…Decorative Arts/Christophe Dellière
A bolero from Schiaparelli’s 1938 Circus collection.

Moschino, fall 2022.
Credit…Valerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times
Moschino, fall 2022.

One recent exception: the theme-prone designer Jeremy Scott. His fall 2022 show for Moschino was inspired by a fanciful mansion come to life, à la “Beauty and the Beast,” with models dressed like grandfather clocks or with candelabras on their heads (courtesy of the Surrealist milliner Stephen Jones), on a set inspired by “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

The show took place on the day Russia invaded Ukraine; backstage, Mr. Scott wore a shirt that read “Gilt without guilt.”

“I design these collections six months in advance — I’m not Nostradamus,” Mr. Scott said recently by phone. “But I do think that, whether it’s war in Ukraine or just the things that happen in our daily lives that may seem insignificant in comparison but still feel so strong and dramatic for us individually, we’re always in need of joy and whimsy. We’re in need of the way that fashion can transport us emotionally.”

Of Schiaparelli’s work, Mr. Scott said he was most inspired by the Dalí collaborations, including her bureau suit, complete with five drawer pockets with plastic knobs — Moschino’s mansion collection included three dresses with drawer handles and ornate gold trim — and the rebellion in assigning new roles to familiar objects.

For her, a lamb chop became a hat. For him, a Champagne bottle became a purse. They’re both in the business of transformation, refashioning women as shrubs, currency, court jesters, warning signs, plates of food — all elegant little monsters. (Cocteau in 1937 called Schiaparelli’s headquarters “a devil’s laboratory.”)

Yet beyond the need to escape reality, Mr. Scott acknowledged surreal fashion also satisfies a desire for attention that is stronger today than in the 20th century. There is “a hunger to stand out,” he said, when “we consume so much information from a small screen in the palm of our hands.”

Walking through the exhibition a few days before its opening, Mr. Gabet was thinking about how young audiences might respond: “I’m not sure the name Elsa Schiaparelli is so familiar to them,” he said. “If they know the name, it’s through Daniel’s work.”

While the exhibition was planned before Mr. Roseberry’s appointment in 2019, it includes much of his work, like Lady Gaga’s outfit for the 2021 Biden inauguration (fitted navy jacket, oversize dove brooch, low-slung red ball skirt) and the intensely gold sculptural minidress-coat worn by Beyoncé in British Vogue this month. Mr. Roseberry’s most public achievement at Schiaparelli has been bringing a freaky sophistication to the often staid world of red-carpet and celebrity dressing.

“It’s really woken everybody else up,” said Brett Alan Nelson, the stylist who dressed the singer Doja Cat in a breast-baring black Schiaparelli gown for the Billboard Music Awards in May. Her accessories? A gold bag shaped like a planet, earrings shaped like ears wearing earrings, and shoes shaped with toes.

(That wasn’t a new direction for Doja Cat, a “weirdo” who prefers “art pieces” to “pretty dresses,” Mr. Nelson said: For her role hosting the MTV Video Music Awards last year, she wore a series of mind-bending looks, including a bistro chair hat, chicken-feet boots and a dress that looked, in her words, “like a worm.”)

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In text accompanying the Paris exhibition, Mr. Roseberry said he had kept Schiaparelli’s signatures at “arm’s length.”

“I kind of had this image of her passing the torch,” he said. “I don’t think she would be interested in seeing her work reissued over and over again, a century later. I think she would be championing the new, and I can only hope that that would include me.”

There is already a whole genre of emerging designers pulling more directly from, and remixing, her work. Vivetta Ponti in Milan makes hands-shape collars and painted-nail gloves. (The Schiaparelli originals are part of the Paris exhibition, along with a photograph by Man Ray believed to be the inspiration.)

Olivia Cheng of the New York-based brand Dauphinette makes jewelry from preserved plants and fruit encased in clear resin, similar to a Schiaparelli necklace of insects pressed into plastic. Just as Schiaparelli affixed metal bugs to a suit collar, Ms Cheng affixed beetles to the bodice of a while silk organza dress for her fall collection. Except the bugs she used were real, obtained from Thailand and dead of natural causes. (“I don’t think a lot of people liked them quite honestly,” Ms. Cheng said. “When something is real, it almost makes it a little less pretty, a little more chaotic.”)

Collar by Vivetta.
Credit…Vivetta
Collar by Vivetta.

Dauphinette’s beetle bodice.
Credit…Naoko Maeda
Dauphinette’s beetle bodice.

Last year, the brand Area sexed-up the butterfly motif of the 1920s with outrageous bling-y glasses. For its most recent collection, the co-founder and creative director Piotrek Panszczyk said Area treated the “corny idea of flora and fauna in fashion” similarly — blowing up and reworking the kinds of flowers Schiaparelli used as embellishments into something harder, more “kooky” and “mysterious,” like a spiky crystallized miniskirt set (though still in a color similar to her signature shocking pink).

Still, it is not easy to sell surreal fashion or “little jokes” en masse — or at least at the volume required to make a living. Carolina García Caballero, the 21-year-old student who made the antigen test earrings, felt so overwhelmed by the online response and demand (catalyzed by Katy Perry commissioning a pair) that she decided not to sell them, even after gathering hundreds of negative tests and shooting photos for an online store. Instead, she said, “I chose myself and my mental health before money,” finishing her comparative literature degree, working at a poke bowl restaurant and making plans to travel around Europe.

While the artist Carly Mark co-founded her fashion line Puppets and Puppets in New York City in 2019, actually producing it has been a more gradual process. (The first season, nothing was for sale.) A retailer once asked her to put a cake hat into production, she said, but she couldn’t figure out how to get the costs low enough.

The chocolate chip bag by Puppets and Puppets.
Credit…Puppets and Puppets
The chocolate chip bag by Puppets and Puppets.

Then came the cookie bag: a critically acclaimed simple black handbag affixed with an “unsettlingly perfect” resin chocolate chip cookie made by the artist Margalit Cutler, priced at about $350. Ms. Mark said she had been thinking about the circular logos on the center of bags by Telfar or Tory Burch, when it occurred to her “to make fun of the placement of a logo by placing this surreal object on it.”

“As funny and attractive as a cookie on a bag is, it’s also fake, and you’re aware of that. I’m laughing at you, but you’re in on the joke,” she said. “I think that was very much the way Elsa’s brain worked. It’s inspiring she was able to do that during a period in time when women didn’t have the same power, necessarily, that we do now.”

For Ms. Mark, surreal fashion is not about escapism or attention, but finding a way to express personality and sense of humor. It’s about finding communities of like minds, like Schiaparelli and the Surrealists did in the 1930s.

“We’re born into these bodies, and we get to present them to the world in whatever way we want,” Ms. Mark said. “How do we adorn our outsides to match what we’re feeling on the inside, so that people might understand us more easily?”

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Essential Tips Buyers Should Keep In Mind While Shopping Wedding Rings

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While shopping for any special item, a buyer’s mind is always in doubt about choosing the best above best. This is one of the tough challenges for buyers to choose the best as there are already so many options. Wedding rings are something very special and will hold the forever memories of the love birds. So, to pick the best wedding ring, customers have to go through all the wonderful options that can catch their eye. This is not an uneasy job as there is not a chance of mismatch on an all-important day.

 

Many designs of wedding rings are sold by sellers but when it comes to customers they are always busy. Out of all the top wedding ring picks, lab diamond rings. Gold rings and platinum rings are popular choices. Yet, the beauty of real diamonds cannot be compared with any options. If a customer wants to buy an excellent-looking wedding ring then the customer can rely on the best lab diamonds Singapore rings as they are considered an elite choice in the current modern market.

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Selecting a wedding ring in hassle can be a costly decision that cannot be undone. Hence, there are some essential tips that buyers should keep in mind while buying wedding rings., such as:

 

  • Budget

 

Customers having good money in hand are free to purchase whatever ring design they want or wish. For shopping for wedding rings, the budget does play a big role if the price is more, customers will be discouraged which can be a big upset.

 

  • Type

 

Out of all the types of wedding rings, customers will want to look at all types of ring designs but which type is the best choice for a wedding ring? Well, it varies from type to type as every wedding ring collection is superb.

 

  • Durability

 

The ring’s durability is very important if it’s not good enough it will get broken. Wedding rings should be used on the other days too so in such cases lab grown diamonds London rings will be overall the perfect choice in many aspects.

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  • Quality

 

If the quality of the ring is poor then after a certain time customers will end up regretting buying these rings with all the money. While shopping for wedding rings quality should be the top priority besides all other factors.

 

These are the essential tips that buyers do not really know or care about. They have to be more cautious while buying any important thing like wedding rings or related stuff. It is always better to take some time and shop things with a calm mind so that the purchase will be worth it.

 

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Lab Grown Diamonds: The Next Big Trend in Fashion?

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Now, lab diamonds are becoming a new trend in fashion! In the past just less than a decade, lab-grown diamond technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. With these advancements, designers have started creating the most unusual natural gem of all- synthetic diamonds- and this is only one of many types of gems that are being grown in labs today.

 

The Future of the Diamond Industry – The Future of the Diamond Industry

The diamond industry is in for a big change as new technology improves the quality and yield of lab-grown diamonds. These gems are becoming more popular than ever before, with a number of high-profile celebrities sporting them on their fingers.

 

What are lab-grown diamonds?

Lab-grown diamonds are created through a process that starts with heating carbon to extreme temperatures and then triggering a reaction that forms diamond. This method is much different than traditional diamond mining, where stones are extracted from the ground.

 

Why are they becoming so popular?

There are a few reasons why lab-grown diamonds are becoming so popular. First, the quality of these gems is usually higher than those that come from natural sources. This means that they look just as good – if not better – on the finger of a celebrity. Additionally, laboratory processing can create smaller stones which are often more affordable than larger ones. Finally, there’s always something sleek and luxurious about diamonds, no matter where they’re mined from.

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How do you get them?

You can’t buy lab-grown diamonds off the shelf like you can regular ones, but there are several ways to get your hands on them. Some jewelry companies will create customized pieces using these gems, while others may offer discounts if you purchase large quantities at once. You can also find them online or in some specialty stores. Just be sure to do your research first to make sure you’re getting what you’re expecting!

 

Lab Grown Diamonds in the Fashion World

Diamonds are traditionally a symbol of wealth and luxury, but what if you could wear diamonds that were created in a lab? Lab-grown diamonds are becoming the latest trend in fashion, as they offer several benefits over traditional diamonds. They’re environmentally friendly, since they don’t require diamond mines to be exploited; they’re cheaper than mined diamonds; and they’re less likely to cause environmental damage when produced. So why are Lab Grown Diamonds becoming so popular in the fashion world? Jewelers say that people are drawn to them because of their unique characteristics. “Lab grown diamonds have unique fire and brilliance,” says Sterling Jewelers CEO Daniel Barron. “They also tend to be slightly larger and rounder than traditional diamonds.” Some designers are even using lab grown diamond earrings for their entire collections. Brands like Saint Laurent and Dior have introduced collections featuring exclusively lab grown stones, while other high-end designers like Celine have started including smaller amounts of lab grown diamonds in select pieces. While some may find the price tag a bit daunting, others see it as an opportunity to support sustainable fashion practices. For younger generations who view sustainability as a key priority, choosing products made with natural materials is often the better option.

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Conclusion

Recently, the trend in fashion has been moving away from animal-based materials and towards lab-grown materials. Diamonds are no exception to this rule, with companies like De Beers struggling to keep up with the demand for synthetic diamond alternatives. While there are some risks associated with lab grown diamonds (namely environmental concerns), they may eventually become the go-to choice for luxury goods due to their unique properties. So what does that mean for you as a shopper? It means that if you’re looking to splurge on a new piece of jewelry, be sure to also consider whether or not the diamond is made using an environmentally sustainable method.

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Make Your Proposal Memorable with Tanzanite Ring

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You’ve found the love of your life with whom you can laugh, cry, and wonder. Now it’s time to give a status to your relationship with an engagement ring.

Tanzanite has become a favorite choice for engagement rings nowadays. The rarity of this stone makes it even more demanding. Propose to her with a dazzling tanzanite engagement ring that will evoke romance in her and make her fall for you again.
Let’s take a tour of some most fascinating vintage tanzanite ring options that can make your proposal remarkable.

1. Tanzanite Solitaire Ring

Solitaire rings are timeless! They are versatile and will never go out of style, and definitely are some of the most sold rings in high-end jewellers in Sydney. If she is fascinated with minimalist and simple jewelry, then a tanzanite solitaire ring is clearly made for her. Propose to your woman with a tanzanite solitaire ring complementing her versatile personality and making her go head over heels.
The solitaire ring setting brings all the attention to the tanzanite and makes everyone stare at the ring. Make your proposal memorable with this gorgeous tanzanite solitaire engagement ring.
Let everyone have their eyes on her engagement ring while you keep your eyes on her.

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2. Tanzanite Pave Ring

Adding more twinkle to your engagement ring is not too much, right? Choose a pave tanzanite gemstone engagement ring if your lady love likes liveliness in her jewelry.
Pave diamonds along the shank enhance the sparkle of the ring while keeping the spotlight on the center stone tanzanite. Place this spectacular tanzanite engagement ring on her finger and see how she melts for you.

3. Tanzanite Halo Ring

Have you ever felt like you’ve known your lover for ages and can sense an age-old and powerful connection with her? If your answer is yes, then you should propose to her with a ring that reminds her of that ancient connection between you.
A halo tanzanite ring is a perfect way to commemorate your antiquated connection with each other. Make your engagement grand with a halo tanzanite gemstone engagement ring reflecting vintage vibes. The small diamonds encircling the center stone tanzanite will make the center stone appear larger.

4. Tanzanite Three-stone Ring

The three-stone ring holds a very special meaning when it comes to an engagement ring. The three stones in the ring symbolize love, friendship, and fidelity. You may experiment a bit with your tanzanite three-stone ring to make it more romantic. Play with other color gemstones to make your ring one-of-a-kind. Or, if you want to keep it elegant, then diamonds will do wonders for you.
Diamonds flanked on either side of the center stone tanzanite will look marvelous and elevate the charm of the ring. Use rose gold metal for your one and only three-stone tanzanite ring that will take her breath away when you place it on her finger.

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5. Tanzanite Infinity Ring

You love your partner to the moon and back. Only an infinity ring can do justice to your undying love for her. Propose to your beloved with a tanzanite infinity ring to show your never-ending love for her. While the intoxicating indigo-blue of tanzanite will boast romantic vibes, the infinity shape of the ring swank your timeless love for her. If your significant other is a December born, then a tanzanite birthstone ring is the best proposal ring for her.

By now, I hope you’ve got an idea about which ring style would suit your girlfriend the most. Buy an antique tanzanite ring from GemsNY’s enormous gemstone jewelry collection to please your love and make your proposal memorable.

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