The exhibition explores one of the most talked about color as its many shades never leave anyone neutral.
When remembering how she discovered what would become her signature color, Elsa Schiaparelli wrote in her autobiography, Shocking Life (1954): “The colour flashed in front of my eyes. Bright, impossible, impudent, becoming, life-giving, like all the light and the birds and the fish in the world put together, a colour of China and Peru but not of the West – a shocking colour, pure and undiluted.”
At the Museum at FIT in New York until January 5, 2019
At the Times Flies Royal Charity Gala, singer Pixie Lott appeared in Schiaparelli Haute Couture.
The British star was wearing a midnight blue silk crepe dress highlighted with crystal-embroidered shoulders.
Schiaparelli welcomed its guests to celebrate the opening of the new salons-boutique located 21 place Vendôme in Paris.
Sasha Lane, Carice Van Houten, Pauline Ducruet, Lucie de la Falaise, Melissa George, Caroline Vreeland, Joséphine de la Baume, Dj Henri, Olivia Palermo, Justine Picardie, Georgia Fowler, Grace Elizabeth, Dilone, Sarah Andelman, Dilys E. Blum and Yasuo Kuboki discovered the Story #1 Man Ray x Schiaparelli and the "Schiaparelli & the Artists" book on Saturday, September 9th.
Schiaparelli reveals its Secret that will carry all women’s secrets. It is the very first time the Maison located 21 place Vendôme creates a handbag. From the heart of the couture house calling for the highest craftsmanship, the best materials and its ultimate symbol – the padlock, the Secret of Schiaparelli is the contemporary expression of a woman’s bag.
The padlock is the ultimate Schiaparelli symbol, like a coat of arms that has been featured in its collections since 1931. True to the house’s spirit, the Secret features a golden padlock that is both decorative and functional. In the 1930s, Schiaparelli had it in many forms including embroideries, buttons, metal clasps, jewellery, shape of pockets but also a bag locked with a padlock. Its symbolic meaning of protecting precious content, preserving from the evil eye in some cultures and being a token of love for others could only appeal to Elsa Schiaparelli’s esoteric and superstitious nature.
The design of the bag is pure and sophisticated. Graphic, sleek and strong, it fuses what Schiaparelli stands for in terms of values, savoir-faire and details. Each bag is made in France using the most traditional techniques and refined artistry. Its timeless lines include exquisite detailing such as shocking pink inside stitching, a cream nappa lining, the “S” letter subtly engraved on metal studs and Schiaparelli’s lucky number “4” as a leitmotiv - 4 sides, 4 S-engraved studs, 4 small circles like dots on the « i », 4 shocking pink inside stitches, a 4 sided-cylindered buckle, a 4-colour palette - black, gold, cream and shocking pink. Seemingly symmetrical with an asymmetrical twist in its flap showing an off-centred padlock, its shape fuses rectangles, triangles and circles.
Its name is synonymous with mystery and intimacy echoing the one place where a woman keeps her treasured belongings safe and hides her little secrets.
The Secret of Schiaparelli is available 21, place Vendôme.