Monday, May 2, 2016

SOTHEBY'S TO AUCTION JAW-DROPPING GEMS AND JEWELS ON 17 MAY 2016 AT HOTEL BEAU-RIVAGE IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND SO SEE YOU THERE!

KEE@FSWMAG.COM

Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels Sotheby’s Geneva – 17 May 2016 
  
AMONG THE SPRING HIGHLIGHTS  
THE “UNIQUE PINK” THE LARGEST FANCY VIVID PINK PEAR-SHAPED DIAMOND  EVER OFFERED AT AUCTION WEIGHING 15.38 CARATS ● 

AN IMPRESSIVE SPECTRUM OF COLOURED DIAMONDS EXQUISITE COLOURED GEMSTONES SUPERB JEWELS OF NOBLE PROVENANCE

The star of the auction, leading a stunning selection of coloured diamonds, is the “Unique Pink”, an exquisite and rare Fancy Vivid Pink diamond weighing 15.38 carats. 

The richly varied sale on the 17th of May will also offer coloured gemstones of the highest quality, and signed pieces from the world’s greatest jewellery houses – in particular an important private collection of jewels by Cartier. 

Sotheby’s also continues its strong tradition of offering extraordinary noble jewels, with a fascinating selection of pieces sourced from among the world’s most storied jewellery collections, among them jewels from the Collection of the Princes Doria Pamphilj. 
         
David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division: “The “Unique Pink” is an extraordinarily beautiful diamond. In my experience, such outstanding Vivid Pink colour in a stone over 15 carats is truly unique. 

"Visitors to our pre-sale exhibitions have admired the variety of stunning jewels and phenomenal coloured gemstones on offer, including an exquisite and Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Blue diamond weighing over 7 carats, a sensational and unique Indian-inspired demi-parure from Van Cleef and Arpels and a very fine collection of wonderful jewels by Cartier.”   

THE “UNIQUE PINK” DIAMOND (UP TO RM 160 MILLION)

The spectacular “Unique Pink”, a supremely rare and exceptional Fancy Vivid Pink diamond weighing 15.38 carats has received the highest possible colour grading for a pink diamond from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). 

It has also been found to be Type IIa, displaying “exceedingly pure structure”. The stone’s exquisite pear brilliant cut accentuates its exceptional saturation, placing it in a rarefied category even among the world’s most beautiful diamonds.  

Of all diamonds submitted to the GIA each year, no more than 3% are classified as coloured diamonds, and less than 5% of those coloured diamonds show a pink tint. Of these, a minute proportion could be graded as ‘Vivid’. The GIA’s specialists described the “Unique Pink” as “A truly exceptional gem. A rare and remarkable beauty.”  

Lot 495, estimate: US $28-38 million (CHF 26.9m – 36.5 million). 

  
STUNNING LIMPID BLUE DIAMOND (UP TO RM 100 MILLION)

Sotheby’s Geneva sale will also offer a stunning Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ring weighing 7.32 carats. The exquisite pear-shaped stone has been awarded the highest-possible colour grading by the GIA, and was also found to be Internally Flawless.  

Lot 494, estimate: US $ 15 – 25 million (CHF 14.4 – 24 million)        
  
  
A RARE JEWEL BY ALEXANDRE REZA (YP TO RM 60 MILLION)
  
Coming to auction from a noble collection, this exceptional piece, originally a pendant, features a marquise-shaped Fancy Intense Blue diamond weighing 6.64 carats, highlighted by two further pear- shaped Fancy Intense Blue diamonds and similarly shaped colourless diamonds – all of which are D colour.  

Lot 405, estimate: US $ 10 – 14 million (CHF 9.6 – 13.44 million)  


AN IMPRESSIVE SPECTRUM OF COLOURED DIAMONDS  
The sale in May will offer a wide selection of exceptional coloured diamonds to suit all tastes:  
UP TO RM 30 MILLION
 An exquisite Fancy Pink diamond ring weighing 21.11 carats  Lot 489, estimate CHF 4.8 – 8.64 million (US $ 5 - 7 million)  

UP TO RM 13 MILLION
 An elegant Fancy Blue diamond ring weighing 14.18 carats Lot 486, estimate CHF 2.88 – 4.8 million (US $ 3 – 5 million)  

UP TO RM 13 MILLION
 A pair of diamond earrings, set with a pear-shaped Fancy Blue and Fancy Orangy-Pink diamond weighing 8.85 and 8.79 carats respectively.  Lot 462, estimate CHF 1.92 – 2.88 million (US $ 2 – 3 million)  

UP TO RM 33 MILLION
 A stylish modified pear-shaped Fancy Pink diamond pendant weighing 18.51 carats.  Lot 411A, estimate CHF 4.8 – 7.68 million (US $ 5 – 8 million)    

FINEST COLOURED GEMSTONES  
Finest coloured precious stones will also be on offer in May, to the delight of connoisseurs:  
 The “Emperor Ruby”, a dazzling Burmese ruby and diamond ring weighing 7.03 carats. 
UP TO RM 33 MILLION
According to the Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF), the stone displays excellent purity and the coveted ‘pigeon’s blood’ colour. Lot 484, estimate: CHF 4.8 – 7.68 million (US $ 5 – 8 million).  


   UP TO RM 5 MILLION
 The world’s most sought-after sapphires are sourced from Kashmir, and this sugarloaf sapphire weighing 15.34 carats has been masterfully set in a stunning ring by Van Cleef and Arpels. Lot 419, estimate: CHF 720,000 – 1.2 million (US $ 750,000 – 1.25 million). 

UP TO RM 4.5 MILLION
 The charming setting of this ring, which is being offered by a European Noble Family, perfectly sets off the colour of the 8.27-carat Kashmir sapphire, described by the SSEF as a “velvety and saturated ‘royal blue’ colour”. Lot 385, estimate: CHF 960,000 – 1.15 million (US $ 1 – 1.2 million).    

VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS: THE MAJESTY OF THE MAHARAJAS  
In the late 1960s, leading jewellery houses such as Van Cleef and Arpels created vibrant statement pieces which captured the opulence and majesty of India’s maharajas. 

Echoing a trend which began in the early 20th century, which adapted traditional Indian styles, this stunning, unique demi-parure created around 1965, is one of the most beautiful examples of Van Cleef and Arpels’ designs of the time. 
UP TO RM 10 MILLION
Lot 493, estimate: US $ 1.5 – 2.5 million / CHF 1.44 – 2.4 million.    


NOBLE JEWELS  
Jewels from the Collection of the Princes Doria Pamphilj  
Two exceptional jewels on offer in May will illustrate the exquisite taste of the illustrious Doria Pamphilj family, of ancient Genoan and Roman nobility.  

From this prestigious collection, Sotheby’s spring sale will offer an imposing emerald and diamond brooch, dating from around 1840 and a rare and beautiful diamond pendant which will no doubt also fascinate collectors. 

In addition to the jewel’s provenance, the central pear-shaped stone may well be much earlier and may have come from the fabled mines of the Golconda region in India. 
UP TO RM 3.5 MILLION
Lot 400, estimate: US $ 500,000 – 800,000 / CHF 480,000 – 770,000; 
UP TO RM 9 MILLION
Lot 401, estimate: US $ 1 – 2 million / CHF 960,000 – 1,920,000.  
  
  
The Duchess of Berry  
One of the most famous and fascinating aristocratic figures of the 19th century, the Duchess of Berry led an adventurous and courageous life at the heart of French politics. 

Her life is intimately linked with the turmoil of the Bourbon Restoration, but she was also an enthusiastic patron of the arts. The May sale will offer a fragment from her extraordinary life: a striking emerald and diamond necklace and earrings from the first half of the 19th century.   

The stones of the necklace, including a central gem weighing 14.03 carats, have been certified by the SSEF has being of Colombian origin. 
UP TO RM 3.5 MILLION
Lot 402, estimate: US $ 600,000 – 800,000 / CHF 580,000 – 770,000.    

Period Cartier  
Property of a Lady, this exquisite diamond brooch is designed as a bow suspending a bunch of grapes, composed of open work motifs millegrain-set with diamonds. This creation is a delightful illustration of the garland style, of which Cartier was the true master. 

These lace-like jewels were made possible thanks to the introduction of platinum, a strong and rigid metal which allowed jewellers to reduce the amount of metal to a minimum. 
UP TO RM 500,000
Lot 431, estimate: US $ 105,000 – 155,000 / CHF 100,000 – 150,000.          
  
  
CARTIER: AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION 
Thanks to peerless design and flawless craftsmanship, Cartier has long been one of the most highly- admired and coveted of the world’s great jewellery houses. 

This spring, Sotheby’s is delighted to have been entrusted with an important private collection of jewels, showcasing an ensemble of exceptional pieces which perfectly illustrate Cartier’s masterful touch. 

Highlights from the collection include: 
 Set of three diamond plaques de cou in the garland style, Cartier 1907 
UP TO RM 1.8 MILLION
                                        Lot 449, estimate: US $ 230,000 – 395,000 / CHF 220,000 – 380,000 



UP TO RM 500,000
 Two pairs of gem set and diamond ear clips (circa 1925) which epitomise Cartier’s much-loved “Tutti Frutti” style Lot 454, estimate: US $ 78,000 - 120,000 / CHF 75,000 - 115,000 

UP TO RM 500,000
                                     Lot 456, estimate:  US $ 78,000 – 120,000 / CHF 75,000-115,000 

  UP TO RM 1.5 MILLION
 A stylish ruby and diamond bracelet (circa 1925) – which embodies Cartier’s ability to marry geometric design with organic elements, using the very finest materials.  Lot 461, estimate: US $ 186,000 – 335,000 / CHF 180,000 – 320,000.   
  
MAGNIFICENT JEWELS & NOBLE JEWELS  
SALE Sotheby’s Geneva, Tuesday 17 May 2016 Hôtel Beau-Rivage 13, quai du Mont-Blanc, 1201 Geneva tel. +41 22 908 48 00  
Sessions Session 1: 10:00 am (lots 1-199) Session 2: 2:00 pm (lots 200-394) Session 3: 7:00 pm (lots 395-495)  
Exhibition Hotel Beau-Rivage Friday to Sunday 14 – 16 May, 10 am - 6 pm Tuesday 17 May, 10 am - 4 pm (selected lots)  
   
  
Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744.  Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), Geneva (1980), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). 

Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in 9 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris, and Geneva and Sotheby’s BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids in real-time from anywhere in the world. 

Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby's Contemporary Art department, as well as Sotheby’s Diamonds and Sotheby’s Wine. 

Sotheby’s has a global network of 90 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).  
 Estimates do not include buyer’s premium and prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

KLIFW, THAT'S KUALA LUMPUR INDIE FASHION WEEK WILL HAVE ITS INAUGURAL RUN FROM 9 TO 15 MAY 2016 AT PUBLIKA. THE HIGHLIGHT WILL BE A FASHION SHOW BY CANCER SURVIVORS WEARING GARMENTS DESIGNED BY LIMKOKWING STUDENTS AND SAITO COLLEGE ALUMNI---BRAVO! MY SALUTATIONS TO KLIFW AND THESE GUTSY LADIES!

KEE@FSWMAG.COM

CAN'T MAKE IT INTO MERCEDES-BENZ STYLO FASHION FESTIVAL WHICH IS GEARED TOWARDS FAMOUS, ESTABLISHED DESIGNERS LIKE ZANG TOI AND KEITH KEE AND UP AND COMING DESIGNERS WITH SOME EXPOSURE?

KLIFW or KL Indie Fashion Week is the godsend answer! 

"These young, unknown designers cannot afford a brick and mortar boutique and sell online or weekend markets from stalls. They cannot afford to pay models and hold shows. So for them, we create KLIFW as Indie stands for Independent!" explains CEO and KLIFW founder Alvin Sinclair the life saviour of struggling young, impoverished but talented designers.


Kuala Lumpur Indie Fashion Week (produced by XXL Events Asia) will be from 9 till 15 May at Publika. The press conference was held on 28 April at Timbre@ The Row

NISSHANT, DATO KEE HUA CHEE WAS SHIRTLESS TO FLAUNT HIS NAKED TORSO AND CEO/FOUNDER OF KLIFW ALVIN SINCLAIR
THE KLIFW DREAM TEAM
KLIFW DREAM TEAM
 THESE CANCER SURVIVORS WILL MODEL EXCLUSIVE DESIGNS FROM LIMKOKWING STUDENTS! BRAVO! 
MODELS
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The press conference was led by Alvin Sinclair – founder, Zilpha Louise – co-founder and Ben Stidolph – Business Development Director alongside Penny Low- spokesperson of Brickfields Asia College/ IACT College, Adib Khalid – CEO of Tune Studios, Brian Foo – CEO of Gigfairy and Clare Ratnasingham – Vice President of the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, NCSM.

Members of the media, social influencers, designers, representatives from Saito College and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology as well as cancer survivors from NCSM were present at the press conference which then followed through to the launch ceremony officiated by Alvin Sinclair.

It was then announced that the KLIFW-Saito College Fashion Scholarship worth up to RM500,000 will be offered to students who wish to pursue a Diploma in Fashion Design at Saito College for the May 2016 intake. Application closes on the 15th of May. Half a million ringgit---that's really a lot of dough, thanks Saito!

Guests were treated to video presentations and a fashion preview catwalk showcasing designer pieces from Imanhood, The Lyla, Dyaskalo, Batto Clothing, Robot Pasca Soviet and Joe Rahman. 

Local indie artistes Maya Hanum and Sarah Jade performed on stage while guests were served refreshments provided by KLIFW 2016’s food and beverage partners; Peh’stry, Bagus and That The Tarik Place.


Official KLIFW Poster

Founder Alvin Sinclair (right in case you think Alvin is a girl) and co-founder Zilpha Louise

Members of the media, social influencers, designers, representatives from Saito College and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology as well as cancer survivors from   National Cancer Society Malaysia present at the press conference

Left to right: Brian Foo – CEO of Gigfairy, Penny Low- spokesperson of Brickfields Asia College/ IACT College, Adib Khalid – CEO of Tune Studios,  Alvin Sinclair – founder, Clare Ratnasingham – Vice President of the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Zilpha Louise – co-founder, Ben Stidolph – Business Development Director and Sarah- Fashion and lifestyle blogger. 

 KLIFW Models in preview garments 
 EVENT MANAGER NISSHANT AND ALVIN SINCLAIR, FOUNDER AND CEO OF KLIFW
 NISSHANT, DATO KEE HUA CHEE AND HIS GYM FIT TORSO AND ALVIN SINCLAIR

 MOVERS AND SHAKERS OF KLIFW

 NISSHANT WAS ALSO EMCEE

 ALVIN SINCLAIR WELCOMING AND THANKING GUESTS





 GOOD GRUB AT TIMBRE!
 FASHION PREVIEW



 
 JOSHUA 




 GUEST, MICHELLE SOONG (ONE OF THE DESIGNERS FOR ONE OF THE CANCER SURVIVORS) AND KENNETH FOO FROM SAITO COLLEGE
 THE TEAM OF KLIFW




 THE MODELS

(BELOW)
 THE FABULOUS CANCER SURVIVORS OF NATIONAL CANCER SOCIETY OF MALAYSIA WHO WILL BE MODELLING FASHIONS ON STAGE CREATED JUST FOR THEM FROM FASHION STUDENTS OF LIMKOKWING UNIVERSITY AND ALUMNI OF SAITO COLLEGE
 LOOK OUT FOR THESE GORGEOUS LADIES WHO WILL MODEL CLOTHES FROM LIMKOKWING UNIVERSITY AND SAITO COLLEGE WHICH IS SPONSORING RM 500,000 WORTH OF SCHOLARSHIP TO DESERVING STUDENTS
 THEY HAD CANCER AND BEAT THE DISEASE!
 LOOK AT THEM NOW FULL OF VIM!
 FAB GALS


GORGEOUS YOUNG MODEL JOSHUA AND DATO KEE HUA CHEE
 JOSHUA AND DATO KEE HUA CHEE COULD BE BROTHERS
 FUN FOLKS
 LIVE SINGING


 MODELS AND PREVIEW GARMENTS

 DATO KEE HUA CHEE AND HANDSOME HUNK
 AT 1UTAMA



SAME POSE!