HTSI editor’s letter: beauty may not be a necessity, but it is an eternal source of joy

Is it telling that, owning been at How To Spend It for just about two several years now, I uncover myself preoccupied by jewels? The rocks illuminated by the actress Phoebe Dynevor as aspect of Louis Vuitton’s new large-jewellery variety by Francesca Amfitheatrof are unimaginably spectacular (“Diamond of the Season”). Look closely at the address image and you’ll see that the 10.07-carat centrepiece of the Star du Nord necklace adorning the Bridgerton star’s neck is in the quatrefoil star cut patented by the brand name. Featuring involving 61 and 77 facets, the cut is described by Amfitheatrof as a “holy grail” for jewellers, first of all mainly because it will make a case for the house’s amazing abilities, but also because it makes it possible for clients to recognize a stone’s provenance at a look. 

Phoebe Dynevor wearing a Louis Vuitton white-gold and diamond La Star du Nord necklace, POA
Phoebe Dynevor sporting a Louis Vuitton white-gold and diamond La Star du Nord necklace, POA © Thomas Lohr

Getting the specialized skill that would make this doable has been but 1 component of Amfitheatrof’s aim due to the fact joining Louis Vuitton. The other is pure showmanship. In the world of high jewellery, Louis Vuitton is still a thing of a rookie, and so to establish the brand’s standing she and Michael Burke, the CEO, are attaining the most significant and most high priced stones. These consist of the baseball-sized Sewelo diamond, a 1,758-carat whopper claimed to be the second-largest tough diamond at any time mined. It also includes myriad other diamonds and coloured gemstones, some of which have been made use of here. 

The house’s jewellery ambitions are unvaulted. In new interviews, Burke has conveniently identified jewelry as “one of the maximum-development classes we have”. This latest collection, Bravery, created up of 90 items, has been designed to honour the 200th anniversary of Louis Vuitton’s birth. Like the brand’s founder, and all its métiers, it encapsulates Vuitton’s famous chutzpah as properly as his unapologetic vision to be among the the very best.

Lebanese fashion designer Rabih Kayrouz with his latest collection
Lebanese vogue designer Rabih Kayrouz with his newest selection © Bachar Srour

In stark distinction to the abilities of Vuitton, the designers of Beirut have this calendar year faced an remarkable problem basically to remain afloat. A 12 months immediately after the port explosion that devastated significantly of the city’s creative centre and ateliers, and amid economic crises, author Gilles Khoury follows the jewellers, designers and craftspeople who have built it their mission to stay open up in the city, maintain their firms operational and offer natural beauty in a landscape wherever, it could be argued, there is minimal to be uncovered (“Our foreseeable future is in Beirut”). As we have observed in other nations around the world, artistic endeavours this sort of as luxury or fashion are frequently rendered low-priority when it arrives to the broader concern of urgent money help. These designers echo a common concept when they claim that although luxury may perhaps not be a very first requirement it is even now an priceless source of optimism as well as a very important section in any financial wheel. 

The author on the Sella massif, with the Val Gardena valley behind
The creator on the Sella massif, with the Val Gardena valley behind © James Mollison

Some may perhaps delight in substance pleasures. Other folks derive pleasure from pushing their bodies to the limitations by cycling above mountain passes, jogging up sheer cliff faces and swimming in freezing streams. In “The Ironman’s holiday getaway: a new extreme athletics retreat”, Fergus Scholes, adrenaline junkie, adventurer and – arguably – masochist, admits himself to an exhausting 4-day itinerary in the Dolomites built to shake him to the main. Courtesy of the Rosa Alpina Lodge & Spa, he embarks on a punishing schedule of Ironmanish endeavour, largely in the pursuits of survival, from what I can discern. This kind of serious sportsmanship will often appear to be anathema to anyone like myself who would like to traverse the Dolomites at anything like a light stroll. But as an practical experience in how to devote it… like a maniac, this Alpine “holiday” makes for an awe-inspiring examine. 


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