Winter Magic. Vogue Gioiello December 2011. Diamonds and pearls offer the most luminous reflections for magical fairy tales
The enchantment of a snowy forest blanketed in white, muffling noises and making all silent.
This is a winter fairy tale made up of fairies and elves, bringing back that kingdom of a snow queen where ice crystals are transformed into sparkling diamond
The focus is on smiling matryoshka dolls bejeweled like czarinas to tell ancient tales.
Tiaras, necklaces, earrings and brooches where the white of pearls and sparkle of diamonds dominate.
The triumph of “non color.” Clear crystals, chalcedony and quartz worn in large quantities all over the body. Smaller stones wound several times around the neck, hands, feet and arms. Then there are oversized stones set in rings with thin pink-gold bands or anchored from bronze-plated chains to give shape to light organza dresses or clouds of fur.
Offerings from Pomellato, Chantecler, Oro Incenso e Mirra, Lalique and Mimì. These are the perfect jewels for taking on the chilly atmospheres full of dewy leaves, with that rarefied air that characterizes walks in the forest in the early winter.
Secret wishes, pastel colors, strong emotions: fantasy and reality as they come together perfectly in a child’s bedroom full of flowers and wishes.
In this play on on fairy tales and the everyday, nature plays an important role as an inspiration. Its preferred symbols are gentle butterflies, dragonflies, corollas and flower petals. And thus the ornament ideal, the jewelry piece, becomes an integral part in making fashion choices.
A garland of delicate violets or passionate orchids in bright enamels, multi-colored butterflies and dragonflies to be worn in the hair, bluebells and frogs used to decorate a fanciful ankle boot, animal-print rings and bracelets in pavé or flowering necklaces. It’s a romantic feeling.
11.11 on 11/11/11: are you going to mark the palindromic moment in time?
From dressing up as the 11th Doctor to getting married – will you be taking any notice of 11:11am, or even 11.11pm, on the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year of the 21st century
At 11 minutes past 11 on Friday the world clock will tick past a palindrome – 11:11 11.11.11.
While some will be thinking of Armistice Day and holding a minute of silence at 11 o’clock, others have decided to celebrate a rare numerical occurrence 11 minutes later – or even 12 hours and 11 minutes later for those not au fait with the 24-hour clock.
“Happy palindrome o’clock” was the phrase used by Guardian writerTom Meltzer earlier this week, while Hadley Freeman pays her sartorial homage to The Day That Most Resembles Corduroy - and already signs across the globe demonstrate a creativity for finding the most baffling meaning in the date-anomaly.
Memorable weddings, planned births, elevenses parties, and clever campaigns are are all scheduled. McDonald’s branches in Chicago are using the date as a marketing ploy offering half price fries for “Fryday”,reports the Chicago Tribune. Speaking of marketing, can you guess when the horror film 11-11-11, set at on 11:11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, is planning its launch? Video game Skyrim will also be launching – and one blogger finds it particularly telling that his blog has been viewed 111,111 times.
On the link sharing site Reddit users are asking others if they’re doing anything special – one user notes, “For those unfamiliar, in Korea 11/11 every year is Pepero day because the date looks like the cookie sticks.”Reports claim that expectant mothers in South Korea are bombarding hospitals with requests for caesareans so their children receive 111111 as their identification number, which are given to all Korean residents.
Another user on this site points out the Germanic celebrations will no doubt be vamped up this year:
In Germany the Karneval season (also known as the fifth season!) officially gets under way at 11.11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month. I suspect that this year there will be an extra kölsch or two drunken to celebrate, as if the Karnevalisten need the excuse.
From births to marriages: Las Vegas is planning the world’s largest wedding reception for thousands of couples expected to tie the knot in the city’s wedding chapels and grab themselves an easy to remember anniversary date. According to the Las Vegas Sun, ordained ministers will also be on hand for 11.11pm should any couples have missed out. In China, the annual singles day (it is a lot of ones after all) has seen a rush of marriages with the Shanghai Morning Post said more than 3,000 wedding planned for the city.
Many will be celebrating their birthday on 11/11/11 – and reporters have done their best to find the most compulsive birthday story to go with the date (11-year-old twins in Washington seem to top the lot) Also happy birthday to our users thewhisperingeye, JDawgeleven11, sergioloddi, constablediefenbaker, MeikoG, gastroplod, and SJC1111.
But possibly the best use of the 11.11 on 11/11/11 has to be the campaign for the day to become Nigel Tufnel Day ”in recognition of its maximum elevenness” in tribute to the Spinal Tap lead guitarist.
Other palindromic dates
Users on another thread point out that the palindromic date isn’t quite as rare as you at first think. wubshet on another thread points out there was one a couple of weeks ago in America (11/02/2011) and MariavVwas made to sit on her floor in meditation at 20:02 on 20/02/2002.GilbertheAlien remembers the fuss they made in his school on 7/7/77.