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Please tell us about your origins, about your family.
I grew up surrounded by love. My parents brought me up well — they gave me a good education, always supported my endeavours, and were helping me in word and deed. My mother was the director of the Book Centre, and my father was madly in love with her. They were a really beautiful couple. My mother always knew what to wear and how to present herself. It was probably her who developed my taste. My father, in turn, taught me how to treat a woman. He was also a real hard worker — it was due to his efforts that we wanted for nothing. I have always seen how money is earned, and I knew that it did not grow on trees. There were two children in my family — my older brother Sergey and I. We grew up in an atmosphere of love and the right attitude towards life. Incidentally, my brother, in the same way as me, chose a creative occupation — he always loved photography and became a professional photographer.
Did your family contribute to your choice of profession?
I studied music intensely and did not think about anything else apart from having a music career. I planned to be a musician; however life “dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s”, and now my collections are my music. I am grateful to my parents for not forcing me to choose a different profession. They saw what I aspired to and never stopped me. They allowed me to leave the small town in Kazakhstan where I grew up to move to Leningrad. Certainly, they had fears: it is always difficult to let your child go into an adult life. However, they coped with their feelings and helped me from afar.
When did you realise your true calling?
I was 14 when I fashioned my own shirt with the help of a sewing machine. It happened as follows: my brother came from Moscow and brought me a fashionable shirt as a birthday present. I enjoyed wearing it, and it seemed as though the whole town was envious! (laughs) Nevertheless, after the first wash, it faded and shrunk by four sizes. I was very upset, but it was this exact moment that ignited my artistic desire. I took the faded shirt, disassembled its “parts” and used them to create a new one. I was very surprised when I realised it was going well, regardless of not even knowing what a bobbin was or how a sewing machine operates. The next day I wore my new outfit in the yard. I remember my friends asking me where I got such a fashionable item. I confessed to my closest friends that I made it myself, and this is where it all began. Within a week, all of my friends were wearing my first creations. Over the course of the next six months, my hands became skilled enough to perfect an ideal stitch and I started to make clothes for the whole town.
You are called “The King of Fur”, “The Fur Baron”. From the very beginning you chose towork with fur. Why this specific material?
For many people, fur is associated with luxury, it reminds us of our imperialistic past. When I started out, I saw that nobody made perfect furs in Russia. I was always amazed at how manufacturers, working with such a wonderful, flexible, flashy, gentle and appealing material, would make such faceless, formless and very heavy fur coats. Why did our women put up with that?
Fur is like securities, like oil or gold, it is our heritage, our pride. One should never treat it the way they did! I decided I would try to change the situation, and I succeeded.
What inspires you to create new collections?
Inspiration is a state which, I think, is similar to being in love. It cannot be caused by something or awakened. It comes to you at different moments: You can be solving a business issue and at the same time, be inventing something new. Sometimes, my imagination draws a silhouette and I go to the Fashion House and try to turn it into reality. I take fabric and lay it out on a mannequin in all manner of possible and seemingly impossible ways. Step by step, items for a new collection are being created.
What is your favourite style?
I prefer pre-revolutionary Russia, a state we have long lost. Aristocracy, elegance, laconic and chic, perfect in every detail — I proclaim all these lost traditions as my calling card.
Where do you purchase fur for your collections manufacturing?
I am always very demanding, not only in my work, but also for the raw materials. Furs are bought only at the best fur auctions.
How do you achieve such an amazing effect that all your processed fur fabrics are like silk?
We apply the latest global technologies, we are constantly looking for new methods in fabrics processing, and many things are invented by us. It is due to these secrets that IGOR GULYAEV Fashion House has repeatedly been cited for innovation.
You worked abroad, but moved back to Russia and opened your Fashion House in Saint Petersburg, declining various attractive offers. What made you do this?
I repeatedly shared my story, which led me to the opening of my own Fashion House. I once created an item for a client — a unique, inimitable fur coat. A few months later, while on a business trip to China, I stopped to look in a shop window and saw that exact same item. I must add that, by then, I had been working in the fur industry for over 15 years and knew almost every fur manufacturer and supplier. I understood immediately that what I was looking at was, in fact, an identical copy of my work. There could be no coincidence. I went into the boutique and was stopped in my tracks — it was full of my creations. I asked about the brand of the items, and was told that it was an Italian designer. I said: “This Italian is Russian!” After a short talk I was offered cooperation, but I realised that this time I would not make any compromises. It was on that boutique’s doorstep that I promised myself I would never again work for someone else.I returned home, registered my brand and started work on my own collection. This is how it all began.
Among your clients you have many world famous stars: Alla Pugacheva, Ornella Muti, Montserrat Caballé, Nikolay Baskov, Philipp Kirkorov… Who is easier to please — a man or a woman?
I shall admit that it does not depend on one’s sex. When you are working with stars, it is important to realize that they are normal people, it is just difficult to surprise them. Items with my label are worn by Goldie Hawn, Lara Fabian and many other foreign and Russian stars. It is a big responsibility for me. Many of them were my idols and beyond reach. I never imagined that I would be standing next to them, let alone have the chance to work with them. I remember meeting Whitney Houston for the first time. I could not hide my nerves and admiration. She felt my mood, and said with a smile on her face: “You don’t believe it’s me? You can pinch me, I am real”. We laughed and after that we started to communicate like we had known each other for many years. It was the first time I understood that, if a person is real, opened and sincere, they will never be burdened by their status, fame and popularity.
You are a fashion and style expert, you know world trends. What changes or innovations can we expect in the near future?
Fashion reflects our world, and events that take place in the country will have a direct impact on our perception of the world — and the length of women’s skirts. Nevertheless, I will always press the point that a woman should be feminine, that men should continue admiring the fairer sex, and that external and inner beauty will save the world.
To all appearances, your work is your hobby. Do you have any other interests?
As with any normal person, I have my own weaknesses (smiles). One of them is collecting pre-revolutionary samovars and irons made of cast iron. I treasure them in my country house near Saint Petersburg. I love travelling, although these days you can’t surprise anyone with such an interest. I also love working.
You travel a lot. Is there a place where you can detach yourself from everything and regain energy?
I cannot name a particular place. If I get tired, it is enough for me to get away somewhere or change my activities. The most important thing is to feel that my loved ones are around, and that they love me.
What is your dearest dream?
I want to live an entertaining, happy and full life, to leave my mark in world fashion history and to show the new generation through my own example that, if you love your profession and what you are doing, you can achieve anything.
Do you consider yourself a happy person?
Yes, I am happy… However, at the same time I am always in search of happiness. Perhaps, as happiness is not the result, but a process. Stagnation and any stop is lack of happiness. A happy person always has their unconquered peaks, right? I am happy because I was born, that I was brought up by worthy people. I am happy that the people closest to me — my mother and my son — are healthy and happy for my achievements. I am happy that I have seen the world and visited many places. You must agree that all of us have thousands of reasons to be happy. You just need to learn how to see them.
What would you recommend to those who do not know how to get into that frame of mind?
First, you need to learn to love and respect yourself, find something you love doing and cherish your loved ones. Of course, you need to be grateful to God for everything you have.
At a time when everybody — companies as much as individuals — seems keen to explore their roots, Breguet's countless treasures illustrate the most beautiful history that any watchmaking brand could wish to have.
It owes its place in European cultural history to its prodigiously inventive founder, Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823), and its position as a benchmark of Fine Watchmaking to its astonishingly skillful master watchmakers of today.
The crucial inventions of A-L Breguet
Born in Neuchatel, Switzerland, in 1747, Abraham-Louis Breguet spent much of his life in Paris where many of his important creations were produced. He worked simultaneously in all the areas of watchmaking, beginning his career with a series of masterly inventions: the automatic watch, referred to as "a perpetual", the gong spring for repeater watches, and the first shock-absorber device, the "pare-chute".
Breguet watches contained original movements, with anchor or cylinder escapements, that were constantly improved. King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette were among his clients.
When the dark hours of the French revolution arrived, Breguet returned to his native city, taking a host of inventions with him. These included the Breguet balance spring, the first travelling clock - which was sold to Napoleon — the "sympathique" clock, the tactile watch, and the tourbillon, an indisputable demonstration of his genius. This new type of regulator was recognized with a patent from the French Minister of the Interior on 26 June 1801 or, rather, 7 Messidor Year 9 since the Republican calendar was still in force.
Breguet was admired in all the Royal courts of Europe and became the principal watchmaker of the elite in the worlds of diplomacy, science, finance and the military. For his most prestigious clients he created special pieces, including the very first wristwatch, produced in 1810 for Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples.
He was showered with honours and became a member of the Office of Longitudes and Horology of the Royal French Navy. He also entered the Academy of Sciences and received the Legion of Honour from King Louis XVIll.
At his death in 1823, he was eulogized as a man whose genius had revolutionized every aspect of timekeeping. But that is not the end of the story...
Breguet, from renaissance to permanence
In 1999, when the late Nicolas G. Hayek took control of Breguet, this jewel of Fine Watchmaking was in hibernation. His genuine passion breathed new life into the brand whose exceptional heritage and expertise was recognized by all the great names in the industry. He had the vision to restore Breguet to greatness by reviving its cultural and emotional dimensions.
A new chapter in the Breguet story began, taking on daring challenges in its commitment to continue creating beautiful treasures through the fusion of art, beauty and technology.
Breguet today: modernity that respects traditional values
It is not only connoisseurs who understand that owning a Breguet means owning something exceptional. For many people, the originality and timeless style of the watches expresses a philosophy and an identity that clearly sets them apart.
Their simple lines, their refinement and their special Breguet features delight collectors and all lovers of the brand. The famous Breguet hands in blued steel with the off-centre, openwork "moon" tip have graced its watches for more than 200 years. Fluted casebands have also been an integral part of the restrained "Breguet style". One of its most precious attributes is the manually engine-turned dials of its watches since 1786.
Today more than ever under its President and CEO Marc A. Hayek, Breguet is committed to respecting the legacy of its founder. The company offers an increasingly fascinating range of timepieces that combine refined design with technical complications.
As a brand that represents a great historical and cultural heritage as well as avant-garde technology, Breguet has always had a fascinating ability to innovate.
Armand de Brignac Rosé
Armand de Brignac continues to be an innovative leader when it comes to luxury champagne with our unique, dramatic, large-format bottles continuing to establish new standards in the category!
Previously, we were proud to share the news of our groundbreaking Gold “Dynastie” — an incredible collection of nine champagne bottle sizes, from the regular-sized 750ml all the way up to our exclusive, record-breaking 30L “Midas. ” Today, we are excited to announce that we have followed suit with our popular, limited-production Rosé cuvée by releasing the Armand de Brignac Rosé “Dynastie.”
Yvonne Lardner, Global Director of Brand Communications at Armand de Brignac Champagne comments, “From our insistence upon using grapes from the most historic villages of Champagne to our requirement that every step of the process be done by hand, everything about Armand de Brignac is done with an eye for quality and exclusivity. Armand de Brignac is the ultimate luxury experience, and we are proud to be setting new benchmarks with our incredible large-format bottles”. Armand de Brignac Champagne, instantly identifiable by the distinctive pewter Ace of Spades insignias on its bottle, exemplifies unmatched winemaking expertise and a true passion for the art of champagne. A staff of just eight people crafts each bottle of Armand de Brignac by hand at our family house, established in 1763 in Chigny-les-Roses, France. Armand de Brignac Rosé is comprised of 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay, and is produced using grapes selected exclusively from Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards in the Marne region’s Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs terroirs. Only the top fraction of the first wine pressing of our traditional Champenois Coquart press is used for the highest-quality yield. Armand de Brignac Rosé’s beautiful salmon color is derived from the assemblage process, in which white wine is blended with a small proportion of still red wine produced from old vines of Pinot Noir grown specifically to produce the Rosé Champagne. Each Armand de Brignac cuvée also includes a special liqueur de dosage aged twelve months in oak casks from Champagne and Burgundy.
Armand de Brignac Rosé Dynastie is the collective name for the available range of Armand de Brignac Rosé Champagne bottle sizes. Each bottle is also available to purchase individually; the sizes available are:
Bouteille (0.75 L) - 1 standard bottle
Magnum (1.5 L) - 2 standard bottles
Jeroboam (3 L) - 4 standard bottles
Rehoboam (4.5 L) - 6 standard bottles
Methuselah (6 L) - 8 standard bottles
Salmanazar (9 L) - 12 standard bottles
Balthazar (12 L) - 16 standard bottles
Nebuchadnezzar (15 L) - 20 standard bottles
Midas (30 L) - 40 standard bottles
"Off White" auction
3rd International Forum "Every Child Deserves
a Family" took place
"Off White" auction
As a result of the “Off White” auction that took place on 18 September as part of the Cosmoscow modern art fair, the Naked Heart Foundation has managed to raise more than 231 500 euro for programmes to support families bringing up children with special needs and build inclusive play facilities all around Russia.
The Off White auction took place on 18 September 2014 at the Moscow Manege. Cosmoscow organisers Margarita Pushkina and Sandra Nedvetskaya, along with Natalia Vodianova, invited a select group of special guests to the charity auction of artworks, led by renowned Christie’s auctioneer Andreas Rumbler.
The lots included works by modern Russian and foreign artists, such as: Danila Tkachenko, Polina Kanis, Taus Makhacheva, Aleksandr Povzner, Yulia Zastava, Alexandra Paperno, Marko Mäetamm, Daniel Lefcourt, Stepan Ryabchenko, Vladislav Krasnoshek, Sergei Sapozhnikov, Roland Flexner, Antonis Donef, Aida Makhmudova, Alexey Buldakov, Manuel León Moreno, Anastasia Potemkina, Nikos Aslanidis and Rachel Howard.
The most expensive lot was a work by Rachel Howard entitled “If this sounds like you (brighter)”, which went for 32 000 euro.
There was a surprise, secret lot from Swiss luxury watchmakers Piaget, official partner of Cosmoscow — a legendary white gold and diamond Piaget Heart pendant and a trip to Switzerland with a visit to the Piaget factory. French champagne house Ruinart, also an official partner of Cosmoscow, presented a collector’s bottle of Ruinart Rose champagne in a special wooden case created by Dutch designer and architect Piet Hein Eek.
The profits from the auction, will go towards developing a network of free services for familiesbringing up children with conditions such as autism, Down’s syndrome and learning disabilities, and building inclusive play facilities around Russia.
Cosmoscow, which aims to gather together Russian and international artists and collectors, is the only international art fair in Russia.
3rd International Forum "Every Child Deserves a Family"
took place in Moscow
The NAKED HEART FOUNDATION is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004 by Natalia Vodianova. The Foundation’s primary areas of work are creating a system of free services for vulnerable families raising children with special needs and building inclusive playgrounds. Currently, the Foundation has been involved in more than 100 play sites throughout Russia, dozens of Russian NPOs projects working with children with special needs, leading the Family Support Centre in Nizhny Novgorod, the training program for school teachers working with autistic children, and the annual International Forum — "Every Child Deserves a Family".
From 20th to 23rd October 2014, the 3rd International Forum Every Child Deserves a Family was held in Moscow and attended by leading specialists in child development from all over Russia as well as by globally renowned foreign experts. The Forum was dedicated to education this year. Four days of lectures, workshops and master classes in conference halls of AZIMUT Moscow Olympic Hotel were united by a common topic: Education with Meaning: Special Child in the Educational Field.
The main goal of the Forum was to provide a site for communication and sharing experience, not only for Russian specialists but also for representatives of parent organizations, government officers and experts familiar with international experience working with autism and other development specifications.
The Forum Every Child Deserves a Family set the record for attendance this year. About 880 people from 10 countries, 66 cities and towns took part. 64 hours of video translation were broadcast live and 5307 YouTube users watched it. The most popular translation was the Round Table Discussion for mass media management.
It was the first time that mass media management and people with special needs gathered together. They discussed together possibilities for social activities, employment, creativity and common projects for people with such diagnoses as autism, Dawn’s Syndrome and ICP. People with special needs could speak up about the topic for the first time. Nikita Medvedev, a writer with autism, Maria Zhmurova, a journalist with autism, Yevgeniy Belogolovtsev, a TV presenter with ICP, and Nikita Panichev, the first person in Russia with Dawn’s Syndrome who got an official job participated in the Round Table Discussion.
Natalia Vodianova: ‘We observe very positive changes in mass media that means we also observe them towards the people with special needs in society. It was clearly seen during the Mass Media Round Table Discussion that has become a tradition. We invited people with special needs to meet with managing editors of Russian mass media and gave those people a voice for the first time in Russia. They had the possibility to tell their stories themselves. Their stories of courage and success, too. Those were remarkable speeches; very candid and very touching for many of our colleagues and journalists. It was a kind of revelation for us. We hope to hear more such stories in our mass media now.
For the first time within the Forum, the Round Table Discussion included the participation of public authorities. On 23rd October, 2014 a meeting with Deputy Minister of Education, Veniamin Shaevich Kaganov, and representatives of non-profit organisations took place. According to the Deputy Minister, it was an open meeting that helped not only to explain the official position of Ministry of Education but also, very importantly, to get feedback from people who directly work with children with special needs.
Among the topics of speaking engagement and master classes of this year at the Forum were the following: children with disorders of autistic types at school, adopted children and adopting family in the educational area, medical approaches to developmental disorders among others. The following speakers took the floor at the Forum: Sarah Parsons, PhD from Southampton University (Great Britain), John Phillips, PhD in Child Neurology and Pediatrics from New Mexico University (USA), William Heward, PhD from Ohayo University and many others.
The most respected Russian specialists in child development acted as moderators responsible for the informative part of the Forum.
All the experts, including those from abroad, came to Moscow and lectured for free.
‘I would like to thank all the experts who have been preparing the Forum together with us over the year. And I want to thank all the speakers who agreed to take the floor at the Forum. All the foreign speakers who undertook a long trip. And I hope you were greatly interested to listen to them as well as to our domestic speakers and of course, Forum participants. You are a stimulus for our work. Every one of you is like a guiding star for us. Without you, we would not have been able to have done what we do. We do really want you to respect yourself more and more because of our work. The effort you put into your children and mentees deserves nothing but admiration and respect. I know myself how hard it is, and how hard it was for my mother because she did not have people around like you. Thank you so much’ said Natalia Vodianova, Founder of Naked Heart Fund at the Forum Closing Ceremony.
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British luxury cars and their special style have always been the passion of Kourosh Mansory, the owner and namesake of MANSORY. This enthusiasm made him spend many years in England and personally commit himself to automobile values such as tradition, craftsmanship and well-engineered technology. Already when the company was founded in 1989, special attention was therefore given to the brands Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin and Ferrari. Mid 2001, the company moved from Munich to the Fichtelgebirge. At its new location in Brand in the vicinity of Bayreuth which is famous for its Wagner Festival, the skilled team produces high-end tuning in all disciplines of individual automobile manufacturing. Harmonically designed aerodynamics programmes, ultra-light aluminium rims and powerful engine performance enhancements are the basis of the MANSORY technology programme. High-quality accessories and stylish interior fittings complete the assortment. Whether dynamically striking or extravagant and noble, MANSORY interiors render comfort and confidence.
Today MANSORY employs more than 180 members of staff and fulfils nearly every automobile dream of its exclusive clientele. In Germany, Switzerland and via selected sales partners all over the world.
MANSORY AVIATION —
ready for take-off with
a new area of activity
Manufacturing at the highest level, combined with expert finishing and the finest materials — that is the quality standard which has helped the German company
MANSORY Design & Holding GmbH win their leading position as a premium modifier for automobile brands such as Bugatti, Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini. With the extension of their activities into aviation, passengers in exclusive jets and helicopters will also soon be able to enjoy the first class individual designs from MANSORY. MANSORY AVIATION will develop and produce the finest cabin fittings for a clientele accustomed to comfort, in cooperation with Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services and OHS Aviation Services.
MANSORY VIVERE –
a strictly limited edition Bugatti Veyron masterpiece MANSORY are adding to their modified Bugatti Veyron 16.4 range with the VIVERE. After the exclusive luxury car specialist’s presentation of the VINCERO in March 2009, MANSORY dazzle once more with their artistry as a car modifier,
and they have transformed the Bugatti Veyron into the strictly limited MANSORY VIVERE with a number
of targeted touches.
and OMEGA celebrate
the De Ville Butterfly
OMEGA celebrated the De Ville Butterfly wristwatches with its brand ambassador Nicole Kidman at a high-profile event at the elaborately decorated Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) in Seoul on Thursday, 2 October. The Oscar-winning actress was joined by Swiss singer/songwriter Bastian Baker and OMEGA president Stephen Urquhart in the South Korean capital.
The OMEGA De Ville Butterfly
Graced with a delicate butterfly design, the new OMEGA De Ville Prestige Butterfly is inspired by the beauty found in nature and is an enchanting addition to the Prestige collection. The exquisite butterfly motif on the dial is inspired by Asian popular culture, which associates the delicate being with love and longevity.
The OMEGA De Ville Prestige Butterfly is a timepiece of true beauty that draws on the enchantment and aesthetics of nature. This model features a white pearled mother-of-pearl dial with a unique polished butterfly pattern enhanced by a transferred outline against a matt background. There are eight diamond indexes and a date window at 6 o’clock. The diamond-set 18K yellow gold bezel is mounted on a 32.7 mm stainless steel casebody and presented on a two-tone yellow gold-steel bracelet. At the heart of this De Ville Prestige Butterfly is the Co-Axial calibre 2500.
In 2014 OMEGA will launch the De Ville Butterfly Collection which includes a variety of new women's timepieces in 18 carat gold, yellow gold, stainless steel and gold/steel combinations.