Vintage decoded

Vintage decoded

A choker from Dior’s 90’s Haute Couture collection, Loulou de la Falaise’s exquisite designs for Yves Saint Laurent, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s river of pearls… Some stories are waiting to be told. Let’s start decoding the history behind these treasures.

Dior’s Bailey necklace: “Bijoux couture” on your neck
Vintage decoded
by 4element team

Dior’s Bailey necklace: “Bijoux couture” on your neck

Whether it adorns your bare neck or is paired with an edgy fabric like leather, this Christian Dior necklace will undoubtedly put you in the spotlight. Yes, it’s heavy and sturdy, but it’s also ultrachic and is one of our most iconic pieces. Meet Christian Dior’s “Bailey” necklace from the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.

René Gruau: a master of vintage couture illustrations
Vintage decoded
by 4element team

René Gruau: a master of vintage couture illustrations

Delicate, sensual, effortless and elegant. With the help of a gentle brushstroke, Indian ink, pens and gouache, René Gruau created the most majestic fashion illustrations of the 20th Century. His extraordinary talent and skills were widely revered as no other artist in the world managed to translate haute couture so delicately into drawing. Gruau ushered in a new era of fashion illustrations...

Christian Lacroix: the enchanting master who owned the 80’s
Vintage decoded
by 4element team

Christian Lacroix: the enchanting master who owned the 80’s

Vastly lavish, ostentatious and vividly coloured designs. Fun, frilly and flirtatious. Yes, we are talking about Christian Lacroix and his alluring creations — theatrical designs made by the master of fantasy who opted for grandiose effects.

All eyes on the heart of fashion: YSL and Givenchy heart-shaped jewellery
Vintage decoded
by 4element team

All eyes on the heart of fashion: YSL and Givenchy heart-shaped jewellery

An iconic Yves Saint Laurent heart-shaped necklace was created in 1962 and has since been featured in numerous YSL collections. The last time we saw it on the runway was during the 2002 Haute Couture show in Paris. Thanks to Mr. Laurent, heart-shaped jewellery has become a staple of playful and fashionable style, which we celebrate in this post. 

YSL jewels from the 90’s and Audrey Hepburn’s Private Collection
Vintage decoded
by 4element team

YSL jewels from the 90’s and Audrey Hepburn’s Private Collection

Flashback to Paris in the 90’s, looking at Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche’s ad with the mesmerising Elaine Irwin shot by Arthur Elgort. She is wearing vintage YSL crystal cross earrings that are now part of our curated jewellery box in the cloud. 

Loulou: An iconic love story with jewellery
Vintage decoded
by 4element team

Loulou: An iconic love story with jewellery

Clanking, chunky jewellery. Oversized bangles, layered necklaces, statement earrings. Let’s start vintage decoded section with the original jewellery ambassador: The one and only Louise de la Falaise, known as Loulou. 

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