The Haute Couture of celebrities

Haute Couture

You may have heard thousands of times how someone praises Haute Couture, those hyper exclusive garments that are only available to the most privileged.

However, do you really know what the concept of Haute Couture refers to?

Maybe you think that any refined garment made by a prestigious designer is part of this type of fashion but nothing could be more untrue. Haute Couture has its own standards that make it the very essence of luxury and exclusivity.

Literally Haute Couture, since the concept is French, refers to the high tailoring of garments.

The term comes up in the Parisian workshops of Charles Frederick Worth, in the middle of 19th century. He became the first artist in Haute Couture as we know today. This dressmaker, who although of English origin developed his entire career in France, was also a pioneer in something important in this sector: presenting his collections with models walking, that is, performing runways in famous spaces in the French capital. Thereafter, the city was increasingly filled up with small shops related to sewing (embroiderers, shoe and glove makers, hatters, etc.).

The Haute Couture “club” is very restrictive and anyone cannot belong to it. In fact, in France, the Haute Couture is included in the law and protected by it

The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture  (Haute Couture Union Chamber) It is the commission that is in charge of regulating and deciding which fashion brands are truly part of Haute Couture.

Haute Couture

What are the requirements?

  • Present a collection of at least fifty original designs to the public every fashion season
  • Clothing must be completely handmade, tailor made and with valuable and original fabrics. The assistance of the sewing machine must be anecdotal and they must have at least twenty staff members full-time (the so-called petites-mains).
  • Have at least two workshop in Paris
  • Outfits must be designed made-to-order for private client this customer, the first buyer, can decide if the garment can be reproduced and ordered by new buyers, or on the contrary, that it remains its own and unique.
  • The dressmaker who begins the work of a garment is the one who must finish it. This covers from the initial sketch to the catwalk.
  • It has to be approved by the Federation.

All of this is especially required to ensure that Paris continues to be the fashion capital of the world.

That is why although sometimes we hear that we are dealing with haute couture garments, in general these will not be part of it. Haute couture garments are usually used on very specific catwalks, exhibitions and only in some cases are they for sale. Either way, it is difficult to establish a real value for such respected garments and for this reason it is often said that they are priceless.

 Who are the members of true Haute Couture?

The list of these members is not permanent but is updated every year. Originally, the main members of the club were some such as Cristóbal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Christian Lacroix or Emilio Pucci.

In addition to Balenciaga, only five other Spanish names have ever been considered throughout their history as members of Haute Couture. These are Paco Rabanne, Pertegaz and Josep Font, Antonio Castillo and Raphaël.

Currently in Spain we have a very important firm that is gaining more and more strength: Yolancris. This has already been tested to belong to the most famous club in Paris, although it is still waiting to pass some filters. Shakira, Lady Gaga or Rosalía are some of the celebrities who have had the honor to wear their designs

The official 2020 list is made up of the following fashion houses:

Other famous fashion brands are allowed to be part of Paris fashion week and present their designs as long as this is not done on the official calendar and, of course, never under the Haute Couture name.

They are called guest members, young and foreign brands that work outside of Paris such as Ralph & Russo, Antonio Grimaldi, Azzaro Couture, Georges Hobeika, Iris Van Herpen, Ulyana Sergeenko, Ronald Van Der Kemp, Zuhair Murad, Julie de Libran, Guo Pei, Aganovich, Aelis, Rahul Mishra, Xuan e Imane Ayissi, Elie Saab, Valentino, Giorgio Armani Privé and Viktor & Rolf.

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An journey through the most luxurious fragrances

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If you had to choose to enjoy only one of our senses, which one would you stay with? It seems like a difficult question. However, in today’s post we want to pay a small tribute to another of them, smell. We invite you to make a fantastic journey through the most luxurious fragrances in the world.

Do not miss the 10 most expensive and exclusive fragrances.

DKNY Golden Delicious.

Price: 1 million euros

If we have to talk about exclusive fragrances, it is necessary to name this perfume because there has only been one unit in the world and it has held the record of being the most expensive in history. Its designer, Donna Karan added 14 karat white and yellow gold. It is a special perfume and this is reflected not only inside but in the bottle that contains it. This, made in 14 karat gold, has the skyline of New York drawn with a Brazilian turquoise of 1.65 carats; a Sri Lankan sapphire of 7.18 carats; 15 pink diamonds from Australia; 4 pink cut diamonds; 1 ruby ​​and a pear-shaped diamond.

Dignified Privée (House of Sillage)

Price: 500,000 euros

If you want to get this masculine fragrance, you will have to pre order it, since it is only manufactured by hand on demand. The creator Nicole Mather, also put special effort in making the bottle valuable. This is made with white gold, hand cut onyx, platinum and diamonds.

Christian Nº1 (Imperial Majesty)

Price: 205,000 euros

Few hands have been able to get hold of this fragrance, since only 10 units have been manufactured. Of these, 7 are owned by collectors and 2 are exhibited at Harrods and
Bergdorft Goodman- The last one is itinerant and travels the world so that it can be exhibited in different events. It was created in 2005, it is known as “His Imperial Majesty”. The bottle has 5 carat gemstones on the neck and 18 carat gold. We must also talk about the younger brother of Imperial Majesty, the Christian No. 1. This limited edition is valued at 1700 euros and has a precious diamond that decorates the bottle. The bottle that contains this fragrance is also full of precious stones. The perfume has a touch Woody Oriental in its male version and an Oriental Floral in the feminine.

Bvlgari Prima Opera

Price: 203,000 euros.

In 2014 and on the occasion of the 130 years brand´s anniversary, they created this perfume to became the most expensive one in the world. This is a unique edition that many collectors wanted to have but that, evidently, only one of them has had the honor of placing in their set of fragrances

Chanel Nº5 Parfum

Price: 28,000 euros.

We cannot go through this list without naming the most famous fragrance of all time created by Coco Chanel: Chanel Nº5. In this case, we talk about a limited version (there are only 55 units) of the famous perfume. The bottle was made of Baccarat glass reminiscent of the mythical design of 1921.

Baccarat Les Larmes (Sacrées de Thebes)

Price: 5,100 euros

A fragrance made of jasmine, geranium, ylan ylang, cardamom, amber and musk that will not leave you indifferent. We have to mention the reason for the high price of the product, the bottle. They made it  with Baccarat crystal, purple crystals. They based the design on Egyptian pyramid. It gives a plus to these “Las lágrimas sagradas de Tebas ” (the name of the brand in Spanish).

Caron Poivre

Price: 1,800 euros

As we have seen in the previous perfumes, sometimes, the content is not the most important thing,the bottle is. They also made the  bottle by using Baccarat crystal and white gold. It is an unisex perfume, described as spicy. It is also a limited edition, so it is impossible to get hold of it.  A Chinese chest  inspired the box and the bottle is based on a jar of spices and ornaments in gold thread.

House of Sillage Tiara

Price: 1,210 euros

It is a feminine fragrance. The inspiration to create it came from the aura of women. They made the inner liquid with flowers of rare species along with Madagascar vanilla. As for the bottle, it has Swarovski crystals and precious metals.

Shumukh

Price: 1,154,709 euros.

It is the most expensive perfume today. Each 3-liter bottle exceeds one million euros. To find perfection in this luxurious perfume, the brand was testing mixtures for three years until they found what they were looking for. They made the final combination  with musk, turquoise rose and sandalwood of this fragrance. As for the bottle, it has 3,500 diamonds, pearls, silver and 18-carat gold. Once placed on the skin, the fragrance lasts 12 hours and about 30 days on the clothes.

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Luxury aromas for your villa

aromas

In previous posts we talked about the most luxurious fragrances in the world.  Today we want to present the best aromas. They are tiny details that make our home different.

One of the most popular brands is  Marc Jacobs.. These products were released in 2006 and are now hitting hard again.

They are straight lined glass bottles, with a very chic packaging. These products are in limited edition, they have a discreet aroma, nothing sticky, and yet very warm. Its notes resemble the rain (fresh), with passion flower, and beech amber. It is easy to get it right, woody notes are quite successful.

The aromas of the house are in tune with our mood, they also talk about us and our personality.

Why is it important to smell or aromatize the house?

In our home we spend most of our time, it is like our essence. In it we rest, live, eat and of course we interact. For all of this it is important that our house has a nice aroma. People react to pleasant smells. In addition, these aromas can have different effects on us (relaxing, cheerful, energizing …), depending on the time of day you can use one or the other.

It is also important that the aroma is personal, that fits you, with the essence of the house and as, we have noted, helps to create the environment the environment you want.

Experts recommend us to use different scents to create a sensory journey through your home. It is important to be careful with these odors at mealtime as they can alter the flavors. Ideally, light some aromatic candles for a while before sitting at the table and turn them off before starting to eat. Another tip is to stay away from intense odors when there are babies at home.

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Types of fragrances for each room

As we know, there are numerous possibilities of setting the domestic atmosphere, we are going to give you a series of clues so that your choice is somewhat easier when choosing which fragrance to use in every corner of your house.

  • Entrance of the house:

We recommend some great natural fragrances, which also serve to define your authentic personality when receiving visits.

The entrance of your house is your cover letter and then show your most intimate space, which is your home, and that is why you must use furniture, accessories, lighting and an aroma that conveys the best of you.

You can use natural fragrances with fruit aromas, citrus, flowers, cucumber and rosemary, cinnamon and vanilla, in this way you will convey a warm and cozy feeling of home.

The aromatic candles along with the decoration look great. In addition to the crystal glasses with essences and chopsticks, vases and baskets with aromatic herbs and drops of essential oils.

  • Living room:

When you get to the living room, which is the space in which you try to create a sense of order and sophistication, use aromatic luxury. One of the best aromas for this are woody like cedar combined with aromas of earth and leather, it will highlight the decoration creating the perfect environment that also provides a lot of relaxation.

A good idea is having an electric diffuser that connects it with the air freshener or fragrance and automatically releases the aroma. The floral and fruit table centers are also a good option since they are aromatic.

  • Bedroom:

In the bedrooms it is good to use soft and relaxing scents that help to rest. For this we recommend essences with chamomile, lavender, roses, jasmine, hyacinth, or talc, but keep in mind that we need to use different aromas for different bedrooms.

– In the master bedroom, home air fresheners tend to fit better with more sensual essences: aromas composed of wood and flowers.

– In children’s rooms we use sweeter aromas, with fruits such as melon, quince, watermelon, tangerine, strawberries or berries, lemon and talc.

For a young boy we recommend aromas with sea salts and citrus.

For young girls, sea salts, citrus fruits that contain floral notes.

We also recommend you use mikado sticks in the rooms placedon the furniture, or lamps, which in addition to providing a great aroma will clean the environment and destroy the particles that generate a bad smell.

  • Kitchen:

In the kitchen we get more inspired by using lemon, basil or peppermint, in addition to turning on the extractor when it is stewed. To neutralize the odors of the garbage can, apply baking soda powder inside the bucket. You can also apply it inside the refrigerator to avoid mixing odors. Another good solution to eliminate bad odors is to use activated carbon, or the typical spray that absorbs odors.

  • Bath:

For the bath, use marine or fresh herbs, pine or lemon fragrances that always suggest a feeling of cleanliness. Using different aromas will provide your home with a greater personality and increase its well-being.

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