MUSEUM PIECES: Cindy Chao was visibly moved as she hosted a dinner at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs to celebrate the induction of her 2008 ruby butterfly brooch into the Paris museum, marking her as the first jewelry artist from Taiwan to have a piece in the permanent collection.
“I feel like I’m crowned — it’s a huge recognition,” Chao said of the experience. Light pink lanterns were placed on the floor to guide guests into the hall where the dinner was held — they were reproductions of ones designed by her grandfather, a prominent architect who was known for designing elaborate temples. Her eye-catching brooches floated around the room, worn by some of the guests, including Isabelle Adjani, who wore Chao’s Damask Rose Brooch, with an eight carat pink sapphire as a center stone.
Rhoxanne Villaseñor is keeping her family's "rh" theme alive.
Like her brother, Rhuigi of Rhude Villaseñor has a background in design. She launched The Rhod, a jewelry brand named after her father, several years ago, around the same time that her brother launched his cult-favorite streetwear brand. The Rhod, Villaseñor said, was mainly costume jewelry made of brass with gold plating. She has since elevated to fine jewelry, working strictly with gold and diamonds for Rhox, her newest jewelry venture. "As I’m getting older, it was important for me to be true to myself," said Villaseñor. "The way we marketed and branded Rhox, it’s more studio-artistic. I’m using fruits to reflect body parts and shapes because I want people to visualize themselves without comparing [themselves to] another person. The images are vibrant, bright, and it’s a reflection of me and my spirit. I want to bring joy to people — I do it for a living." 🍋
Victoria’s Secret has been sold – and Les Wexner is stepping aside.
Parent company L Brands sold 55 percent of the intimates giant to Sycamore Partners for $525 million. The deal includes the Pink brand. Victoria’s Secret will become a private company, while L Brands’ remaining operation, Bath & Body Works, will become a standalone public firm.
Following the transaction, Wexner – who has come under fire over the last 18 months for Victoria’s Secret failure to adapt to changing market conditions, his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and alleged sexual harassment at the company, will transition from chairman and chief executive officer to chairman emeritus of the company he founded.
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