The Van Cleef & Arpels Cocktail Party!

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So.. that’s it. The Salone del Mobile 2013 Edition started yesterday in Milan and il tutti quanti of the design world is here. The week is jammed packed with design exhibitions and happenings and creative exchanges are flowing in the air of every street.

Last night, to celebrate the start of this exceptional week, I went to the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique to meet a team of students of Design for applied arts from the Creative Academy, the prestigious school of the Richemont Group which forms the elite designers who will work on the jewellery, watches and fashion accessories of the companies of the group (Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier or IWC among others..).

Inspired by the universe of Van Cleef & Arpels, the students of the Creative Academy, in collaboration with the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, created an exhibition entitled “Les Fleurs Enchantées – Blooming Créativité“. A unique opportunity to meet these talented students and get to see the iconic collections of the house: Alhambra, the Perlée.. and my absolute favourite: the Between The Fingers rings (yes, Van Cleef does “between the fingers rings” too.. and they are absolutely faaabulous!). Have a look!

The exhibition runs from 10.30 till 19.00 from 9th to 14th April 2013

Van Cleef & Arpels Boutique. Via Pietro Verri 10. Milano

van cleef arpels milanStudents are from all over the world.. from Japan to Mexico!

van cleef arpels milanMy favourite piece(s): the Between the Fingers Rings! I saw of course several “between fingers” rings a bit everywhere lately.. but I did not know that Van Cleef & Arpels were doing some as well. The ones entitled “Les Oiseaux de Paradis” were so hip and chic!

van cleef arpels milanvan cleef arpels milanThe tutor of the students at the Creative Academy (on the right above)

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A stunning piece of the Alhambra collection!van cleef arpels milan

The iconic Zip Necklace: an example of the incredible savoir-faire of this house..

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And lastly, the team!

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