Tag Archive: couture

Once again, leave it to Italy.  When I saw this, it occurred to me that there is a GAPING hole in the designer market aimed at retail sluts.  People are out there spending HUGE amounts of money on fabulous marble bathrooms with high-end chrome fixtures and Pratesi, Frette or Versace towels that cost a small mint.  So why are we falling short on the ass-end, so to speak?

Armani Casa, with its beiges, tans, blacks and grays, could clean up.  Literally.  Hermes as well, though this is probably too vulgar for them, despite the fact that France is still fascinated with those little jacuzzi’s for “the man in the boat”.  They already sell scented drawer liners, for crying out loud.  (Set of 5 sheets 16″x24″ is $45)

Then there’s the logo crowd.  I can already think of a few people who would wet themselves on the spot if they saw a roll of toilet paper with the canvas patterns of Louis Vuitton, Gucci or Fendi.

So there’s another multi-million dollar idea I should have kept to myself.

Benvenuti in Seletti.

Hermès just launched a new website to showcase their new documentary that recently premiered on The Sundance Channel, “Hearts and Crafts: The People That Make Hermès.  It’s 45 minutes long and focuses on some of their top craftsmen and how they got where they are.  It also shows how only one person starts and finishes their saddles and bags, some of which have waiting lists ranging from several months to several years in the case of certain Birkin and Kelly bags.  Also covered is the silkscreen process for their 36” scarves, most of which are elaborate enough to justify framing.


Below is the complete museum program for “The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor” by Christie’s.  I picked this up on the last of the 4 dates in Los Angeles at MOCA at the Pacific Design Center this past Saturday.  Please note this is NOT the actual auction catalog, this is only what is currently touring before the big auction in December.  There are 5 complete auction catalogs available at the bottom and they go up to $75 each or the complete boxed set for $300.

This is an 8 page touring catalog printed on card stock.  The original scanned size is 8 3/4″ x 11 1/2″ and aside from cropping a few scanned edges, no further alterations were done to these pages.  These are basically color thumbnails and not high resolution pics, so I’m afraid this is as good as it gets at 1,200 dpi.  I have some better photos elsewhere on this blog, site is at the bottom.


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Back Cover

Catalogs and other official Christie’s info: 


Eight of the better pictures I took on 10/15/11:


Before heading to Dubai, Geneva, Paris, and Hong Kong, ahead of the big auction in New York City in December, Christie’s started the exhibition at MOCA’s West Hollywood location at the Pacific Design Center.  They didn’t have everything in the catalogs because, face it, The Lizard liked her rocks and frocks and it would have required a substantial gallery space.  What was showing, however, was the most impressive collection since the Tower of London jewels or the King Tut exhibition that stopped in L.A. when I was a kid.  Out of the world’s most exclusive jewelers, clearly, Elizabeth favored Van Cleef & Arpels, followed by Bulgari.

These are the best photos I took of what was showing, including the 33 carat Krupp diamond ring.  The links below cover that legendary rock, as well as the official site for the exhibition, catalogs, and a really nice HD video.  The last link is to another entry here where I scanned the entire museum program for the show.

The 33.19 Carat Elizabeth Taylor Diamond (est. $2.5-3.5 million)

The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond

Chanel Ballgown, Shoes and Clutch (est. $6,000-8,000)

Bulgari Necklace & Pendant Brooch (est. $1.5-2.2 million)

Bulgari Ring, Earrings and Bracelet (est. $930,000-1,350,000 total)

Tiziani Kimono (est. $4-6k)

David Webb Bracelet and Necklace

Van Cleef & Arpels Suite (est. $200-300k) and Boucheron Art Nouveau Brooch (est. $10-15k)


10/18/11  I just realized last night that I had a couple pictures on my phone that actually turned out rather well, so here they are:

Antique Diamond Tiara from Mike Todd (est. $60-80k)

The Windsor Brooch, I'm assuming this was purchased at the Duchess of Windsor auction. (est. $400-600k)

Diamond and Ruby Cartier Suite

Diamond and Ruby Cartier Necklace (est. $200-300k)


Christie’s website for the auction:



History of the Krupp Diamond (aka The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond):



My other site showing the complete 8-page museum program: