Tuesday, April 3, 2012

All I Want for Easter: The Serpent and the Egg

Wow!  Faberge is opening a "shop" on Madison Avenue in New York City.  I wouldn't even be able to afford to cross the threshhold, but stare in the windows - you betcha, darlings!

Oooooooooooooooh, as Bambi and Candi, those famous (some say infamous) Las Vegas Show Girls are wont to say...

Bambi:  Candi, you noticed, of course, the serpentine theme in conjunction with the egg.  In effect, this is a form of the Universe put into miniature to wear around one's neck.

Candi:  Cool!  I just want to go visit that store, don't you, Bambi? 

Bambi:  Ooooooooooooooooooh, to be sure. 

Candi:  You know, Bambi, I am wondering whether she might not have got her inspiration for this fabulous necklace design from William Blake.

Bambi:  William Blake?  Oh Candi, I'm soooooo proud of you!  You've been dipping into the books in our Library again, haven't you.

Candi:  Well, yes, I have.  I just love looking at all of the pretty pictures:

(Image from blog William Blake's Spiritual Journey).

Bambi:  Well, you can't depict it any more clearly can you, Candi?  The Serpent and the Egg.

Candi:  Eggactly. 

From Vogue Online:

Fabergé Whips Up An Outrageous Egg for Easter

When it comes to decorated eggs (and with Easter around the corner, why shouldn’t it?), Fabergé is the epitome of opulence.

You don’t see many of its elaborately jeweled, over-the-top golden orbs on display these days, but that could change in May when the storied house opens its first stateside store on Madison Avenue in New York.

To celebrate, creative and managing director Katharina Flohr has designed a one-of-a-kind necklace inspired by the only Fabergé egg to have ever been commissioned by an American: an ornate, pink wonder created in 1902 for Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough, née Vanderbilt. (Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg is currently the proud owner.) “Of all the eggs, I think it’s the most beautiful,” says Flohr. “It’s the one I would want to own. I’m just so taken by the elegance of the color and its luminosity.”

So spellbound was she that Flohr took over a year to interpret the objet into wearable art, perfecting its vibrant peony hue. The pendant itself is the size of a chicken egg. “It’s not delicate,” she admits with a laugh. Around it is coiled a serpent sparkling with 580 diamonds—similar to the snake that slithers up the front of the original sculpture— and from it dangles a tassel of pearls and diamond briolettes.

Worn low on the décolletage, “it has that sort of sophistication, that effortlessness and glamour that is very American,” Flohr says. And how does she envision a woman of great liquid and cosmic fortune wearing it? Well, in a very American way. “I’m imagining it with a big Oscar de la Renta skirt,” she says, “and a white button-down shirt.” [Oh please!  The necklace is gorgeous but this woman's fashion sense for how this necklace should be worn - meh.]

April 02, 2012 2:31 p.m.                               

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