Jean Cocteau

On my radar: Alekos Fassianos

Alekos Fassianos
I enjoyed discovering the work of Greece’s famous artist Alekos Fassianos in the FT last weekend. Depicting wind-blown hair, flowing scarves and watches, his figures and faces share the illustrative qualities of mid-century Picasso or Cocteau.

The work doesn’t end with painting. Fassianos also created excellent furniture*, ceramics*, bronze bird sculptures and lamps. (Fun fact: the lamps were important – Fassianos didn’t approve of elements meant to create an ‘atmosphere’, so candles, chandeliers and low lighting were out, in favour of daylight or functional lighting.) 1stDibs has a number of Fassianos pieces, including reproduction lamps here*.

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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Thinker with a watch, 1978, Alekos Fassianos
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Cartier Trinity x Emma Corrin

Emma Corrin Cartier Trinity in HTSI

Loving Emma Corrin in the FT’s HTSI this weekend.

To celebrate the centenary of Cartier’s Trinity ring, Emma is showing off the new ‘cushion shape’ (jeweller-speak for square with rounded corners) in both the ring and bangle update. The Cartier Trinity ring with its three intertwining bands of yellow gold, rose gold and white gold is famous for its radical simplicity and gender-fluidity, which chimed with 1924’s garconne era of flapper dresses and gamine haircuts. While fashion lore ascribes its creation to Jean Cocteau, it was in fact designed by Louis Cartier. (Cocteau was an avid fan though, so that’s endorsement enough for me.)

Bonus points here for Harry Lambert’s styling and Indigo Lewin’s photography. Never not loving an extreme close-up cover and a skinny leather tie… (more…)

Single or stack?

Cartier Trinity bracelet by Chitose Abe Sacai

Cartier has been in the news a lot in the last 12 months. Mostly for its watches (this was the latest release and this guy seems to be its most high profile collector), but this month for a new jewellery drop (above).

The Cartier x Chitose Abé (of Sacai fame) collab is perfectly in sync for the two design leaders. The Cartier Trinity ring was initially created in 1924 by Louis Cartier and was a favourite of Jean Cocteau. Its three intertwining bands of yellow gold, rose gold and white gold have been deconstructed by Abé into new distorted shapes in a collection of two rings, a bracelet, a necklace and a hybrid earring-ring. (more…)