Denton has a “doggone” good fashion show

Arriving at the Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center this past Saturday, a sign titled “FOLLOW THE PAW PRINTS TO THE FASHION SHOW” sat in front of the shelter. After following the paw prints drawn with chalk on the parking lot, the entrance for the Best in (Fashion) Show all-ages benefit event was found.

The Best in (Fashion) Show combined previous and currently adoptable dogs with fashion created by UNT fashion designers. The dogs and a cat from the Denton Animal Shelter walked down the red-carpeted runway with models adorned in stylish clothing.

Because the event was sponsored by TripHound, Susie’s Scrumptious Snacks and Twisted Bodies Pilates and Yoga, each $8 ticket went entirely to the Denton Animal Shelter’s emergency medical fund, which allows animals who arrive to the shelter in severe medical conditions to be treated.

The Best in (Fashion) Show included raffles for items such as wine, dog treats and flowers. Free refreshments and snacks were also provided.

The doors opened at 6 p.m. and the event started at 7 p.m. Attendees lined the red-carpeted runway, excitedly waiting for the show to begin. The animals were either carried or walked down the runway leashed with the model as the announcer told the audience who was sporting the designs, the name of the model and animal, and whether the animal was adoptable or a recipient of the emergency care fun.

Animal Services Officer Francis Ferguson, 24, was an instrumental part in instructing the models how to walk the runway with the animals before the show started.

“Your whole point is to show off what you’re doing,” Ferguson said. “The more time the dogs give you by interacting with the crowd, the better for you. If they start to stop, take a turn, take a bow. If they start to lick with someone or really connect with somebody, take your time. Just take as much time as you want.”

UNT print digital junior Victoria “Tori” Falcon, 20, found the event through Facebook and attended.

“It was just so cute,” Falcon said. “I would react to the dogs first, and then I would actually see the fashion and be like, ‘Oh that’s beautiful.’ It was cool, they probably brought people out because of the animals, but then people were actually able to see the fashion and get exposure on that, so it was really nice. It was a nice pairing.”

Falcon said she also enjoyed the benefits the show brought to the shelter.

“I hope this is able to raise awareness for the dogs and also help get exposure for the fashion,” Falcon said.

Most of the dogs who walked down the runway were happy to give the people sitting close enough kisses. One dog decided the model life was not for him and decided to relieve himself just off the red carpet.

One of the Animal Control officers, David Conway, 29, had his own dog — an 8-month old Golden Retriever mix named Tub Tubs — in the show.

“I was a little bit proud,” Conway said. “I was a little anxious because my baby may have tried to run off and lick somebody’s face in the audience or [make] a mess on the field like the other dog did.”

The Best in (Fashion) Show was an enormous success with more than 150 tickets sold. Before the show, the shelter was at nearly $1,500 in profit for the emergency medical care fund. With the show’s proceeds, along with donations, the shelter is expected to have more than that $1,500 in profit.

The organizer of the event and Animal Services Officer Nicole Lopez was happy to see Best in (Fashion) Show go well for the sake of raising money for the emergency medical care fund.

“We’ve had a cat [brought in by a citizen] within the past week [and] we’ve had to use money from the fund because he was hit by a vehicle,” Lopez said. “We were able to send him to the emergency room within the hour.”

Lopez said the cat was able to survive his injuries thanks to the emergency medical care fund.

“He went through emergency surgery that night and had one leg and his tail amputated,” Lopez said. “Then we were able to put him into a foster home and schedule his next surgeries, and he has made a full recovery. He will be able to have a long and happy life now.”

This was the first time the Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center hosted a fashion show fundraiser. It is planned to occur again next year.

“We’re very, very thankful to all of the UNT designers and all of the amazing people that came out here,” Ferguson said.

To help the Denton Animal Shelter, one can donate items, such as cat and dog food, towels, blankets, treats, toys, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent and bleach, by visiting the shelter directly.Read more at:QueenieAu | bridesmaid dresses






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Bringing Savannah fashion back

SAVANNAH has for the most part done a great job of organically developing the city’s cultural life, whether in music, film, or performing arts.


Arguably the last piece of the puzzle to be filled in is fashion.


Now some folks want to revive the dormant Savannah Fashion Week, and the first step toward it happens this Friday at the Kehoe Iron Works.


Fresh off a hugely successful debut hosting the final day of the Savannah Music Festival, the renovated Kehoe Iron Works at Trustees’ Garden will host the Southern Sojourn Fashion Show, a precursor of sorts toward a full-on revival of Savannah Fashion Week set for next year.


“Over the last decade, Savannah has built and supported many a great festival, but the one area we can improve upon is to own and support a Fashion Week in Savannah next year,” says Jim Goodlett, co-organizer of this week’s event.


Inside the Kehoe Iron Works, there will be an extensive runway show and pop-up displays and merchandise tables from the various designers.


We spoke to two designers taking part in Southern Sojourn, Troy Allen and Theo Gough.


Savannah native Troy Allen is a rising star of the national fashion scene, his women’s designs garnering attention from all over, from Vogue to indie singer-songwriter Tei Shi.


His distinctive palette is featured on his must-follow Instagram account.


“I’m passionate about aesthetics and colors and how everything looks. I want everything to look sort of dreamy,” Allen says.


Allen cut his designing teeth at what might be Savannah’s premier fashion event these days: The Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show at Savannah Arts Academy (SAA), his high school alma mater.


Because the point of Junk 2 Funk is in repurposing existing or found materials into new designs, it’s an excellent breeding ground for the independent, entrepreneurial thought important for success in the field.


“I’m from Savannah, I was born and raised here. I went through Garrison, SAA, and I’m now at SCAD. At the end of the day I’m a firm product of Savannah,” Allen says.


“But I haven’t really established my place in Savannah fashion yet. It’s something feel like I want to do.”


Allen credits the importance of real mentorship in his short but eventful career so far.


“Being from here, growing up I was looking up to local designers like Brooke Atwood and April Johnston. They really mentored me,” Allen recalls.


“Lately I’ve been thinking of the kids at SAA now, and I wonder who do they have to look up to? Who is going to do for them what Brooke or April helped do for me? I want to be that person.”


With early internships in marketing and PR, Allen has learned the importance of building a brand.


“A lot comes out of my experiences with Junk 2 Funk, and Savannah Fashion Week when that was still going on. You learn early on how to start building a brand identity.”


While Allen has one eye forward to a career in design, he’s still attending SCAD.


“I left SAA half a year early and then went to New York for year. I didn’t originally want to go to SCAD. I came back to visit and toured SCAD, and it ended up being my dream school,” Allen says.


“I have a lot of school pride for SCAD, I love it so much. It’s done amazing things for me, and I couldn’t be happier with the education.”


Allen says he’s always had a firm sense of his own identity, and credits SCAD for letting him be himself.


“The thing is, I’ve always known so firmly who I was. It’s both a blessing and a curse. It’s hard to break away once you know who you are,” he says.


“Looking back at Savannah Arts Academy, I see now that they really pushed me and taught me, and expected so much from me, which is amazing. Sometimes I think, how did I do all that stuff?” he laughs.


Designer Theo Gough, also a product of SCAD, will showcase his menswear at Trustees’ Garden.


What is the process by which a designer decides on what part of the fashion world to concentrate on?


“That part tends to come naturally,” Gough says. “When you’re trying to tell a story, that story will lean in a certain direction.”


Gough’s minimalist look has been described as “industrial,” which though a somewhat overused term is one he accepts.


“It wouldn’t be wrong,” he laughs. “It’s mostly a technical word, but it does describe my approach.”


Many of Gough’s designs feature practical applications, such as dedicated cellphone pockets or extra-strength key fobs.


“My original background is actually in product design, and you could say that my fashion is much more product focused,” Gough says. “It’s a key part of my ethos.”


Some of Gough’s designs incorporate military elements, such as MOLLE attachments and stylized camouflage.


Other designs fit a more athletic function. Gough’s designer chest rig, for example, was inspired by a runner’s pack. He has one design intended to fit a CamelBak hydration device.


“Some of these designs are borderline tactical gear. But designing them requires the same thought process as a tailored suit,” he says. “I’ve always liked things with a practical use. I enjoy things that are well thought-out.”Read more at:www.queenieau.com | bridesmaid dresses australia






In “Being Slow”, I realized the wedding, life and love.

In this fast-paced business society, the feelings between people are irresponsibly catalyzed, but it seems that it is very romantic and precious to accompany a person with the most precious time. It is not easy to have and keep a simple happiness. .

All along, we let love slowly move forward, go through the details and tests that are in love, live a long, flowing life, and grow old with time.

Slowly

Remember early childhood

Everyone sincerely

Say it is a sentence

Clear morning train station

Long Street dark without pedestrians

Hot shop selling soya milk

The previous days have become slow

Car, horse, mail are slow

Only enough to love someone in my life

The previous lock is also good

The keys are beautiful

You locked it and others understood it.

In the past, romance was a lightweight bicycle.

Carrying that person through the streets;

In the past, Acacia was a thick letter.

Stay connected to that person and spend days and nights.

In the past, love was just a simple and plain desire.

Our pace can follow the rhythm of the times. But life and love should follow the needs of the heart.

Too fast, we are easily numb and confused; too complicated, we are easily restless;

To imitate followers too much, we easily lose ourselves.

Only by returning life to its original state can we taste its rich taste.

Love needs to be self-knowledge and it cannot be compared.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding: New Details on the Dress, Ring and More

There’s not long to go now! But there are plenty of “big day” secrets left to unveil before Meghan Markle weds Prince Harry May 19 at Windsor Castle in a ceremony fit for, well, royalty. With gilded invitations officially mailed to 600 guests (only 200 of whom will attend the evening reception) and the honeymoon recently booked — “they struggled to pick a location,” a palace insider reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly — each aspect of the historic occasion is finally falling into place. She’s doing this the American way. Instead of a typical British chief bridesmaid, Markle, 36, has chosen a maid of honor to be by her side on her special day. And while a palace source promises “surprises,” at least a few elements will be as expected. One insider confirms Harry, 33, has asked his brother, Prince William, to be his best man, while another reveals Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, will be on duty, along with the daughter of Markle’s pal, stylist Jessica Mulroney.

It’s not just the big gown Markle has been perfecting with hush-hush fittings at Kensington Palace and in the unnamed designer’s London atelier. A source reveals “her second dress of the wedding day is also nearing completion.” And the stylish future duchess has even more garb in the works for the honeymoon and upcoming royal engagements. “She’s had fittings with Burberry, Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney for outfits after the wedding,” says the insider.

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 “I’m Not Looking for The One; I Am The One:” What It’s Really Like to Marry Yourself

When Adriana Lima married herself back in 2017, the collective internet rolled its eyes. But Alexandra Gill totally got it. Maybe that’s because Gill has been happily married to herself for the better part of 12 years—and she wouldn’t want it any other way.

Gill took the plunge without a partner on a whim. As she remembers it, one of her close friends loved to host elaborate parties that were mostly excuses just to get dolled up. The Vancouver-based food critic recalls one year when her friend, a corset maker with a closet of vintage wedding dresses, decided to up the ante and suggested they all wear one for a photo shoot in a local park. “Then someone else said, well, we’re all single so why don’t we just marry ourselves? It happened very organically,” says Gill.

And so eight female friends—who ranged in age from 25 to 50—decided to marry themselves in the park. The brides had their hair done, brought flowers and ordered a big cake. There were no wedding rings nor an officiant, but one friend, Tallulah (who goes by a single name), acted as the self-appointed Mistress of Ceremonies, calling up each bride one by one to recite her vows as her friends sat around her on the grass.

At first, Gill didn’t think she’d be married to herself forever. “Initially, I thought of it as making a commitment to yourself before you make a commitment to someone else,” she says. But over time, she came to see that particular commitment as the primary relationship in her life. “You’re the one constant,” she says. “Your parents will die, your children will grow up and your friends will move, but you’re always there. My commitment to myself simply means that I’m not waiting for someone else to fulfill me and there’s no other half I need to get on with my life.”

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Vibrant start to mall’s Fashion Week

Models parading the latest Spring Summer looks during the Opening Show of Gurney Plaza’s Fashion Redefined weekend. — Jeremy Tan/The Star 

(Photo:formal dresses adelaide)THE cheery effervescence of spring and summer sets pulses racing during Gurney Plaza’s exciting Fashion Week 2018 in Penang.

With international and homegrown labels unveiling their latest elegant collections in runway shows, the Fashion Week was a treat for the style-conscious.

Themed ‘Fashion Redefined’ this year, the annual event featured Warehouse, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins in its opening show.

Warehouse caters to trendy urbanites with a collection that has soft silhouettes and pastel hues to give summer looks a modern twist.

Marketing communications manager Wong Shu Ying said Fashion Week allowed shoppers to check out the newest products from the mall tenants.

“We have everything from apparel to accessories and jewellery.

“Besides the glamorous shows, shoppers also enjoyed after sales parties with special privileges and exclusive deals,” she added.

The recent opening show held at the mall’s Central Atrium coincided with the launch of Italian luxury brand Furla’s new store on the ground floor.

Guests at the event thronged the new outlet and got themselves good deals on trendy handbags, purses and more.

Cheryl Lee, marketing manager of Wing Tai Clothing Sdn Bhd which represents Furla in Malaysia, said the 1,100sq ft outlet was opened in February.

“We saw the potential of the market here as many customers in our Kuala Lumpur stores came from the northern region,” she added.

Fashion Week 2018 also featured shows by other mall tenants Bonia, Uniqlo, TSL Jewelry and Dennie Yeap Tokyo.

Joining them on the catwalk were the collections of homegrown labels such as Jo Chuah Prive and Ranndy Goh as well as the creations of students from Equator College.

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Lark in the Park proposal leads to festive wedding for New Orleans couple

As a professional stylist, Corrie Wright Pellerin knew she wanted a special dress to wear in her wedding to Robert Joseph Stakenborghs Jr. So she turned to New Orleans designer Suzanne St. Paul to take her vision from dream board to reality.

“Being a stylist, the dress was very important to me,” says Corrie, who studied fashion at the Savannah College of Art and Design and is a partner with Aimee Gowland in ALGStyle, a personal shopper and stylist company.

“I had interned with Suzanne years before while she was making my sister’s wedding dress,” Corrie said. “It was special to work again with someone so close to me to make the most important dress of my life.”

Suzanne, who had worked for Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera, is known for her intricate and stunning couture designs, including wedding, débutante and Carnival queen gowns.

Corrie called Suzanne to collaborate. “I wanted tulle that was sophisticated and age-appropriate,” Corrie said. Read more at:SheinDressAU blue bridesmaid dresses | SheinDressAU red bridesmaid dresses

Art of wear

“ONE should either be a work of art or wear a work of art,” says a signage above the entrance of Granny Takes A Trip, a fashion boutique in London in the 1960s where legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix shopped for his eccentric fashion pieces.

Hendrix took the words on the signage to heart and eventually became a work of art himself and set the trend for vintage chic, according to the book Room Full of Mirrors — A Biography of Jimi Hendrix.

To become a work of art with fashion is easy for a naturally larger-than-life personality like Hendrix. But wearing a work of art goes beyond a fashion statement. Be it a jacket with hand-painted roses or a T-shirt printed with an image from an original artwork, art-infused pieces give the wearer that extra pride especially if the art is of a matter close to heart.

The trend of infusing art into wearable items is not new, but it is mostly done on a small-scale basis and appeals to close-knit groups.

On the local scene, reputable batik artists or painters like Sharifah Maheran Barakbah of Barakaff Batik, Zanubah Hamzah and Emila Yusof, to name a few, are popular for turning their artwork into clothes and fashion accessories.

Sharifah Maheran also collaborated with a local kids’ clothing brand, Kooshboo, and rolled out a special batik collection last year.

Despite the trend being more appealing to a niche market, art-infused apparel is increasing in popularity. With its potential made broader due to social media, a few homegrown brands are taking fashion up a notch with their creative and artistic touch.

SANGAT STYLE

With the tagline Style to the People, clothing brand Sangat Style (very stylish) is a fusion of architectural lines and pop art minimalism.

The Kuala Lumpur-based brand has been in the local fashion circuit for the past four years and is popular among streetwear fans and individuals who love T-shirts and basic clothing inspired by modern artwork.

The brand was founded by architect Kamal Suzaidi Mohamad Kamal. Since his schooldays, Kamal has always wanted to be unique when it comes to outfit and style.

When he was in Standard Three, he wore a white belt (instead of black) as part of his school uniform just to stay out of the norm. He used the same principle when he laid the foundation for Sangat Style several years ago.

“I started toying with the idea of my own streetwear brand after I went to a hip-hop gig in Kuala Lumpur in 2012. I was impressed with several local clothing brands which set up their retail booths at that gig. One particular brand, GRBK (Gerobok), caught my attention with its fresh ideas and good quality. I was inspired by its concept,” says the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia graduate.

“I started visualising my own clothing brand, with a signature look revolving around my architectural background and modern fine art, which I love,” says Kamal, whose interest in art began from a subject on art and architecture history at university.

Kamal started a design business with Syed Nabil, the son of national art laureate the late Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal. The duo run their business from the painter’s home, and it was there that Kamal had the chance to see the artist working on one of the renowned Gunung Ledang series, which has made his interest in fine art grow.

INSPIRED BY PAINTINGS

Sangat Style boasts simple but pop ready-to-wear collections, ranging from T-shirts and tops to outerwear and hats. The collections are meant to reflect Malaysian essence and optimistic spirit.

The concept of unity is also in place, with the brand projecting it through several collaborations involving a local artist and streetwear labels, Attaque Ensemble from Singapore and Bounce Imprint from Johor.

“If Sangat Style is a person, he or she is always optimistic, independent and never afraid to be bold and different,” says Kamal.

“The design composition is always derived from a certain angle or order. It’s like creating an artwork using a ruler and protractor. On top of it all, it’s about the story behind each masterpiece or artwork featured on the ready-to-wear,” he adds.

Last year, Sangat Style rolled out Impermanent, a special art-inspired T-shirt collection featuring artwork by contemporary artist Saiful Razman Mohd Kassim. The brand also teamed up with actor Bront Palarae and actress Sharifah Amani.

Perfectly befits Sangat Style’s minimalist concept. The collection — a hit with art lovers — comprises five designs (titled Pandang Ringan and Pandang Berat) based on Saiful Razman’s original paintings.

“The designs are based on the paintings that he did to express his reaction to the demolition of Kuala Lumpur’s iconic sculpture, Puncak Purnama (Lunar Peaks), done by Syed Ahmad Jamal.

“The collection was launched at the Kuala Lumpur Biennale visual art exhibition at the National Art Gallery. Each piece comes with a special art box and a fanzine,” says Kamal.

What are the challenges of integrating art into ready-to-wear and making them trendy? And is art-infused fashion a big thing among Malaysians?

Kamal says: “In my opinion, art in Malaysia only appeals to a niche market. The same notion goes to art-inspired fashion pieces. Most people tend to buy the clothes or the products if they are familiar with the artist’s work or a fan. The situation is just the same for films and music.

“Art-infused fashion is not yet a big thing here but the potential is there. Art-infused fashion based on original artwork adds meaning. It goes beyond a fashion statement.”

MANCHIEN – ONE-OFF MASTERPIECES

Art-fused label ManChien is known for fashion fixed with texture painting handcrafted by its founder and designer, Chan Man Chien.

Chan tones down her passion for avant-garde work to give a balance between art and commercial value in her brand.

ManChien became the talk of the town following a breakthrough moment at the 2015 Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week when the award-winning designer projected the history of human enslavement with strange yet mesmerising wearable pieces.

The 2015 collection included a cropped top with crayon childlike doodling and a knee-length dress embellished with resin moulding. In the same year, the brand launched Charpente (which means “structure” in French), featuring a series of bags made from wood and assorted textiles.

The designer’s touch is apparent in the recent Fall/Winter collection, Chaser Runner. A sequel to its Spring 2017 release, Prelude.Halved, the romantic Chase Runner features Chan’s hand-painted pinafore and rubber paint strokes on faux fur, creating an interesting wet-fur-finish look.

A fun, quirky accessory — Fairy Wings — completes the collection and functions as a carrier to store mini gadgets.

PROJEK JAHAT – CUSTOM ART

Projek Jahat’s background and identity are quite underground in nature compared to common mainstream fashion.

Despite the low-key play, the brand is slowly blazing a trail in the scene, capturing the attention of streetwear fans and urban folks as well as celebrities who like fashion with anti-commercial and provocative elements and statements.

Projek Jahat’s specialty is custom-made leather and denim jackets with handmade paintings and doodlings. Tops and jeans with bold, fancy artwork as well as jackets constructed from military jackets of clashing prints are among the brand’s offerings.Read more at:formal dresses australia | bridesmaid dresses australia

Beyond the dazzle: behind the scenes at Cartier

It’s easy to be dazzled at the National Gallery of Australia’s blockbuster Cartier exhibition, but there’s one section that shouldn’t be missed.

It’s past Dame Nellie Melba’s glittering collection, past the maharaja’s opulent Patiala necklace, beyond Lady Mountbatten’s candy-coloured Tutti Frutti diamond bandeau. It’s just before the royal room where Queen Elizabeth’s and the Duchess of Cambridge’s tiaras catch the light, and well before the celebrity jewels: Elizabeth Taylor’s rubies, the Duchess of Windsor’s flamingo brooch and Grace Kelly’s devastating 10.47 carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring.

It’s a small room off to one side, dedicated to the Cartier workshop in Paris. Here the glass vitrines are not filled with sparkling baubles; instead they hold the small hammers, miniature saws, loupes, chisels and other well-worn tools used to create the jewellery. And while those staggeringly beautiful pieces glint away in their display cases, it’s the journey they took from fanciful idea to glittering bauble that’s just as interesting.

The NGA exhibition, which opened last week, showcases more than 300 items from the French jewellery house’s 150-year history. Along with the rings, brooches, tiaras and necklaces there are bejewelled clocks, cigarette cases, archival drawings and photographs.

The exhibition’s co-curator Margaret Young-Sánchez says while Cartier’s style evolved, there is also a sense of continuity. Although the founder, Louis-Francois Cartier, was not a designer, he had strong ideas about design, and because he was friends with “everyone who was anyone”, he knew what they wanted. “He was able to push the design ethos forward in a way that they weren’t simply following trends, they were creating trends,” she says.

The 1920s were a high point for Cartier designs, and the exhibition sparkles with art deco jewellery, geometrical lines inlaid with white diamonds and multicoloured stones.

In 1925 the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh, travelled to Paris with his crown jewels. While it was traditional for Indian royalty to reset their ceremonial jewellery for each generation, Young-Sánchez explains that this maharaja took his jewels to Cartier for an ultramodern look.

His hefty treasure chest included almost 3,000 diamonds, a number of Burmese rubies and the 234.6-carat De Beers yellow diamond, then the seventh-largest diamond in the world. With careful consultation, the Cartier team created what became known as the Patiala necklace, completed in 1928, and said to be one of the most expensive pieces of jewellery ever made.

While they may not all be on that scale, each Cartier piece is unique. And from idea to bauble, a piece of jewellery goes through numerous hands – among them designers, then jewellers, setters and polishers.

In Canberra for the opening of the exhibition, Pierre Rainero, Cartier’s head of image, style and heritage, explains that unlike other houses, the emphasis has never been on a single designer or jeweller; instead it’s about the group. “Of course the designer is responsible, he’s the creator of the idea, but as far as the jeweller is concerned, his interpretation in terms of volume, in terms of conception, in terms of articulation has an incredible impact on the final aesthetic. Even the setters and the polishers have an impact on the beauty of the object.”

A new Cartier creation begins life in various ways: it could be a design idea or inspired by the purchase of a significant stone. Cartier is also commissioned to make special pieces by royalty, by celebrities and by others of substantial means.

Although Cartier jewellery designers work mostly with gouache on paper, they know how a piece will look in various lights and when it moves. There is a difference, says Rainero, between “a design that is jewelled and a piece of jewellery that is designed”. And, he says, in that matter-of-fact French way: “Cartier is about design and style – and not just about assembling stones.”

The design then goes to a jeweller who is tasked with bringing it to life. One of the reasons Cartier became so renowned was because their jewellers pioneered the use of platinum. The precious metal is unwieldy, with a high melting point, and was difficult to use in jewellery until Louis-Francois Cartier figured out how to do so. Its rarity, durability, whiteness and the comparatively small amount used – leaving the gems to sparkle – made it popular with those who could afford it.

Once the jeweller has worked the metal, the piece goes to the setters who place the gems. Usually cut when they are bought, the stones are occasionally recut by Cartier craftsmen into small gems as part of a design. The house’s signature panther brooches, for example, are covered in tiny jewels. “In some circumstances we are obliged to recut each of the diamonds to create the smooth soft aspect of the diamond. So they are not totally brilliant cut in the traditional way, they are recut the certain way to be set to create a smoothness.”

While it’s thrilling to see the pieces in a museum, Rainero says each piece is designed to be worn so it must not snag clothing or be uncomfortable. “Their destiny is to be worn and to play with light on the body and … they are conceived to be articulated, to be in total harmony with the movement of a person and the comfort of the skin and that is something that we cannot measure when you see the piece in a window.”

Throughout the creation process, the piece goes back and forth to the polishers, who use all manner of items – including feather shafts, ribbons of paper and soft wooden dowels – to polish the metal internally and externally. This painstaking polishing is one of the marks of quality, says Rainero: “That’s the first thing that we do at Cartier [or at] any jewellery specialist … is to look at the back, how it is done, how it is made and how it is polished.”

Usually the designer who works on a piece follows it through this process. For the Patiala necklace, a design team worked on its multiple strands over the three years.

At the time the necklace was the largest commission Cartier had received but Rainero says the company is regularly commissioned to make jewellery on the same scale these days. “I can mention one recently,” he says, smiling slightly, “and I think the maharaja would be ashamed.”

Ashamed? What does that mean? He smiles once again: “Because the number of stones we had to assemble was much more than that one,” he says. “More, much more.”Read more at:one shoulder bridesmaid dresses | black bridesmaid dresses