The Independent – December 8, 2008.
Lagerfeld picked a Russian theme for his show last week, reflecting Chanel’s historic connection with Moscow – where sales of his luxurious clothes are booming. Carola Long reports from Paris.
Sparkling white Christmas trees might have been the closest thing to a Russian winter in the streets of Paris, but inside the city’s Théâtre Ranelagh last week, Karl Lagerfeld paid his own tribute to the theme. Mufflers with the double “C” logo and white snow-queen knitwear glittering with crystals as if flecked with snow and bathed in moonlight, created a decidedly Russian flight of fantasy.
Red wool coat from the wardrobe of Peter II, 1727-1730. © The Moscow Kremlin Museums
The Financial Times – December 6, 2008 – By James Sherwood.
Though many have been watching the luxury market with anxious eyes in these recessionary times, recent events in London suggest a slightly different perspective. In May it was announced that Fabergé, the imperial Russian jeweller, is to be revived by a group of investors, with Mark Dunhill, formerly president of luxury goods firm Alfred Dunhill, as chief executive and former Tatler jewellery editor Katharina Flohr as creative director. Then, this week, the exhibition Magnificence of the Tsars opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum, displaying the coronation uniforms of seven successive emperors of the Romanov dynasty.
The Coronation Egg.
The Times of India – December 7, 2008.
NEW DELHI – A placard hanging inside the exhibition hall at the National Museum reveals that Carl Faberge, a jeweller best representative of Imperial Russia’s torrid affair with opulence, turned to nature for inspiration.
The exhibition, Faberge : Precious Jewellery of the Russian Empire, is as much a celebration of the jeweller’s artistry as it is of the charms of forget-me-nots, lilies-of-the-valley and wild pansies. The placard states that the jeweller, whose masterpieces were created in the late 19th and early 20th century, preferred the modest beauty of common flowers to “exotic orchids” and other exquisite blooms of foreign lands.
The Tsars were some of the most lavishly dressed royals in history (portrayed here by Greta Scacchi and Ian McKellen)
The Daily Mail – 22 November 2008 – By Barbara Davies
Organised by the ill-fated Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Empress Alexandra, it was remembered as the last great ball in Russian imperial history, a fancy dress spectacular at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg.
The 416 guests were requested to come in costumes from the time of 17th century Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich. And, on 11 February, 1903, the Imperial Hermitage was transformed into a breathtaking scene of wealth and splendour.