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Tiffany Bone cuff and glamorous windows

Do you own jewelry that instantly makes you feel more of a woman, more powerful? In my case it’s my Tiffany Bone cuff.

You see, I remember the instant I noticed this bracelet in the pages of French Elle. I was 18 and fell in love with the sculptural design resembling a small modern art piece. To me, it was a statement, the kind of jewelry a Woman wears. I have bought and was gifted other Tiffany jewelry designed by Elsa Peretti since then, but the Bone cuff remained the one I coveted from afar.

And then came Valentine’s Day 2012. I was struck by the advice of my friend Sarah (“Be your own Valentine and treat yourself to something exceptional.”) and remembered this may be my last year living in New York City. So into the 5th Avenue store I marched to satisfy a 10-year-old desire. My Bone cuff has since become a regular on my wrist. All heavy silver and curvy lines, it gives me a feeling of strength and instantly classes up the most basic look. It’s almost like jewelry for superheroes. Almost.

I leave you with these sublime Tiffany 5th Avenue store windows on which Rachel Zoe collaborated. Each is dedicated to a decade and features a comment from the stylist. So glamorous, I die.

The 1940s were about romance, getting lost in film, the cultures, characters and of course the fashion!

Red carpet decadence of the 1950s is such an inspiration. This was the era when movie stars were born.

The 1960s were all about excess and imagination – and what better way to showcase that style than with a brooch from Elizabeth Taylor’s incredible collection.

The 1970s represent effortless glamour. It’s the era of my favorite style icons.

Which window is your favorite, dear readers?

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Christmas in New York: Bergdorf Goodman windows

My dear readers, I wish you all a very happy 2012, filled with fun, success and wonderful discoveries! To celebrate, here is a little gem from New York City. Remember the Bergdorf Goodman windows I posted here (Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty) and here (Christmas 2010)? Once again, David Hoey and his team have worked their magic with refined fairy tale images overflowing with details. No wonder passers-by old and young stop in their tracks to marvel at them (making the photographer that I am quite impatient!) The theme for this year? The Carnival of the Animals, a reference to the musical suite by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns.

The fun begins in a shiny cabaret with monkeys, parrots, tortoises and lions making up the Brass Menagerie. The Bergdorf Goodman team used sculptures from the 1970s and a dress designed exclusively by Michelle Obama-favorite Naeem Kahn to create this window.

Let’s leave the dazzling heat of the club for the North Pole garden party, one of my favorite windows.

This window is typically overflowing with details so that the eye always finds something new to feast itself upon. For example, it is only when I bent down that I discovered this servant monkey in the back.

Bubbly, tea, cakes and polar bears (my childhood obsession): what’s not to love?

After cracking the ice, let’s dive into the deep end and admire the mosaics of this Aquarium window. It reminds me of the musical piece of the same name from The Carnival of Animals.

My other favorite window, entirely in shades of black and white apart from the bold red lips and nails of the glamorous teacher.  300 different sheets of paper were necessary for the creation of this class.

And lastly, a mad joiner’s workshop.

Not as spectacular but nonetheless beautiful, the windows on 57th and 58th Streets invited us to a fancy gala and to a mysterious photography session.

You can view better quality pictures on the Bergdorf Goodman blog.

So this was in my opinion the most memorable holiday decoration in New York this year. What did you enjoy in your own city in terms of Christmas decorations?

Mes chers lecteurs, je vous souhaite une excellente année 2012 en espérant qu’elle a bien démarré ! Pour célébrer, voici une petite merveille de New York. Bergdorf Goodman, ça vous dit quelque chose ? Vous avez déjà admiré les vitrines de ce grand magasin de la Fifth Avenue sur mon blog ici (Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty) et ici (Noël 2010). Une fois de plus, le magicien David Hoey et son équipe ont créé des mises en scènes féeriques foisonnantes de détails qui émerveillent petits et grands. Le thème de cette année ? Le carnaval des animaux, clin d’œil à la suite musicale de Camille Saint-Saëns.

L’aventure commence avec  la ménagerie de cuivre dans son cabaret jazz tout d’or et de plumes vêtu. L’équipe de Bergdorf Goofman a utilisé pour cette mise en scène des oiseaux des tropiques en métal créés dans les années 1970.

Passons de la chaleur langoureuse au froid polaire avec la « North Pole Garden Party », l’une de mes mises en scène préférées. Comme ses voisines, cette vitrine est remplie à bloc de détails à tel point qu’on n’a jamais fini d’être surpris. Par exemple, c’est seulement en étant accroupie que j’ai découvert ce singe pâtissier en arrière-plan. Du champagne, du thé et des gâteaux: que demander de mieux?

De l’eau solidifié, passons aux fonds aquatiques avec une mise en scène toute en mosaïques qui me rappelle l’Aquarium du Carnaval des Animaux.

Mon autre vitrine préférée, entièrement en noir, blanc et gris mis à part les lèvres et ongles rouges de l’institutrice. 300 morceaux de papier différents ont été nécessaires à la création de cette classe d’animaux.

Enfin, dernière vitrine sur la 5ème Avenue, un atelier de menuiserie fou.

Moins spectaculaires mais tout aussi soignées, les vitrines des 57ème et 58ème Rues dévoilaient un gala d’équitation et des belles se faisant tirer le portrait.

Vous pouvez voir des photos de meilleure qualité sur le blog de Bergdorf Goodman. Voici mon coup de cœur parmi les décorations de Noël de ma ville. Et dans la votre, qu’est-ce qui vous a touché ?

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