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Fashion Design precedes trends in Interior Design.
Guo Pei, the incredible Chinese Haute Couture designer who has become known here almost overnight after Rihanna wore one of her designs to the 2015 Met Gala.
She has been designing Couture in Beijing through her Atelier “Mei Gui Fang” for many years. Her creations reflect her background in costume design, a strong Oriental culture, with a striking mix of classic fantasy and modern avant-garde.
Conceiving and overseeing every outfit, her ideas are turned into reality by over 400 craftsmen, all of whom are trained by the artist herself. Her collections are entirely sewn by hand, with some dresses requiring over 50,000 man-hours before completion. Her last and most notable show, The Legend of the Dragon, which took nearly 3 years of preparation, first showed at Beijing in 2012.
Expectations were high for her Spring 2016 collection. It is this collection which I believe will propel the beauty of well executed bling with classical pattern and design. The artistry and workmanship sets her creations apart. They are not day looks. That is the reason Interior Design will embrace Classical Bling. Our furnishings, wall art and accessories provide the eye candy a place to be admired and appreciated every day.
Spring 2016 Collection – View here
The set was decorated with a gilded roof and the runway planted with gold-plated trees to evoke a Chinese royal courtyard.
This one is so ethereal. Really exquisite. Lace and crystals for a best-dressed window.
The collection focuses on garments with intricate floral embroideries and a color palette embracing the colors of the year pink rose and soft blue. The embroideries are the inspiration for classical interiors. It is all about the addition of the crystals to the embroideries. That is the bling that will create unforgettable wall art/decor.
This embroidered bejeweled fabric is spectacular. I want to frame it in an architectural/boiserie wall panel.
The tricky part is the tasteful use of bling. Jay Strongwater has accomplished a magnificent collection of classical bling for the home.
Classical Addiction has showcased many blogs on the great beauty that is in Russia; from the Amber Room, Alexander Palace, Catherine Palace and The Hermitage. I was unfamiliar with Sochi and am really enjoying all aspects of this beautiful location for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
View of Sochi with its 90 miles of waterfront on the Black Sea. It is geographically located entirely within European Russia with the Caucasus Mountains falling on the Asian side.
Sochi has a humid subtropical climate with mild winter temperatures of 52 degrees in the day and 39 degrees at night from December through March. It is a beautiful location for the Winter Olympics.
The Opening Ceremony was very impressive. Here are some memorable pictures.
The scale was enormous. It must have been quite an experience to be in this venue which was created just for the opening and closing ceremonies.
Like the Chinese Opening Ceremony they had images projected on the floor and the latest technology using a computer operated gantry system to move these huge light sculptures through the space. Multi-Dimensional painting is most certainly the theater experience of the future.
They have the fabulous onion domes which added a surreal portrayal to the unfolding of Russian history.
Their Peace Dove was my absolute favorite.
Sochi National Park Waterfall
St. Vladimir Church