Laurence Graff, a major if not the biggest dealer in big diamonds, is not inclined to market his baubles on models.
“The people who wear Graff jewelry own it,” says Henri Barguirdjian, who heads Mr. Graff’s United States sales operation. “I think it is a bit of an insult to our clients who actually purchased our jewelry,” he adds, referring to the notion of non-owners wearing Graff jewels. “If you spend $1 million, that is a lot of money. Do you want a little model wearing it?”
With Gisele Bündchen, wearing diamond earrings from Van Cleef & Arpels to the recent Met gale honoring Alexander McQueen, the ‘little model’ reference may not ring true. Forbes lays out their argument for Gisele becoming the world’s first billionaire model.
When in Rome (and Everywhere Else):
Vogue’s 20 Favorite Shops in 20 Cities Vogue.com
Some people spend their summer holidays rappelling down mountains, windsurfing, parasailing, bungee jumping, spelunking, and indulging in other tame, dull stuff. And then there are the true daredevils: thrill-seekers who don a fresh sundress, a pair of high-heeled sandals, and set out to find the most seductive shops in their vacation destinations, searching for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, or even better, inspirations for the fashionable days ahead.
Several designers embarked on a similar course for their recent resort collections (at least in their imaginations). Michael Kors dreamed of Bondi Beach; Derek Lam was wowed by Bhutan and Phuket; Suno was gaga for Hawaii; and Altuzarra swayed to the rhythms of St.-Tropez.
Out of Sync With Nature
Casual Nature Lovers Less Likely to Support Conservation Groups AOC Green Beings
Ji-Young Jung, Sun-hwa Park & Sojung Yoon | Kim Je Won | ‘Spring Picnic’ | Singles Korea May 2011
If future generations spend no time enjoying nature, how can this be good for conservation?
Serious hikers and backpackers tend to become members and financial supporters of environmental and conservation groups, unlike casual garden picnic makers or woodland tourists. Over a decade after hiking or backpacking in nature correlated with a willingness to financially support any of four representative conservation organizations: the Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, the Sierra Club or Environmental Defense. The typical backpacker gave $200 to $300 per year, after the dozen-year lag.