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Much more than jewelry and watches

Discover a little more about the world of Relojeria Alemana: events, places, people, news and lifestyle.

They left their mark.
Celebrities who made a lifestyle or a way of being and dressing fashionable.

Elizabet Taylor and fine jewellery. Enamoured of Bulgari, her jewellery collection is any woman’s dream.

Coco Chanel and pearls. They were Mademoiselle’s passion and she wore them with any kind of look, from the most formal to the sportiest style.

James Dean and jeans. This garment was the hallmark of the star of Rebel without a Cause, along with his Ray-Ban glasses and black turtleneck sweater.

Audrey Hepburn and glamour. She really didn’t need much to be perfect – class oozed from her in every updo, in her French fringe and her black eyeliner.

Brigitte Bardot and volume. A pioneer of the boho chic trend and tousled bed head hair with plenty of body.

David Bowie and psychedelics. True to psychedelics, his style was marked by his first wife, Angie Barnett. As a legacy, he left the jacket with horizontal stripes and big lapels.

Cary Grant and the tuxedo. Nobody has ever worn a tuxedo in the big Hollywood parties like this gentleman of the silver screen.

Jacqueline Kennedy and elegance. “America’s widow” created the fashion of geometrically-cut dresses, two-piece suits and the pillbox hat.

The fabrics of the future
Pineapples that replace leather, dresses that light up and go out with the blink of an eye, or garments that change colour when in contact with water define the fashion of the future.

The incredible fabrics of the future are already being designed in the present. This is definitely true of designer Teresa Helbig, the two-times winner of the prize for Best Collection at the Madrid Fashion Week, who is constantly researching new techniques and materials in her workshop in Barcelona’s Eixample district. This is how she defines: “We see the workshop as a test bench for delving deeper into the artisanal processes of fashion”. Teresa works mainly with refined, elegant natural fabrics supplied by nature in all its wisdom, and in particular with pineapple fibre fabric. This type of fabric calls for a highly demanding technique that requires the use of a great deal of imagination. “We resort to repeated cuts in the pattern in order to fit together multiple pieces. It is a process that has, without our realising it, become very Helbig’, she explains. Her designs are characterised by overlapping, added layers and fabrics that hide secrets, creating a metaphor of women’s personalities, according to Helbig, because “every one of us is many things at the same time”.

Pineapple is also revolutionising the world of textiles through the company Piñatex, based in London but conceived by a Spaniard, Carmen Hijosa. Created in 2013, Piñatex makes leathers with this fruit and has been recognised in the fashion industry as one of the pioneers in development of innovation and sustainable textiles, as a result of which it won the Material Innovation prize awarded by the Arts Foundation UK. They also have the Vegan Fashion Label certificate bestowed by the organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), for having created the first truly “raw” material, along with big designers like Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Simone Rocha. Now the quandary is whether there will be enough pineapples to dress us all although, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in the Philippines alone nearly three million tonnes of this fruit are produced every year. This tropical fruit definitely sets the bar very high, leaving some of the traditional fabrics seen as the “top” one, like silk or cashmere, far behind.

The latest technology is also highly integrated into the catwalks. In the village of Allariz, in Galicia, the workshop Vagalume (meaning ‘glow worm’ in the Galician language) created a fabric under the same name in 2016, which is currently being exhibited at the Disseny Hub of Barcelona. Vagalume is a fabric with light made of silver-coloured rayon-nylon that imitates the plastic tube covering fibre optics. As a ligament, they use Vello, which is very popular in Galicia, and which creates light and shade, as well as having an interesting texture.

Also without having to cross our frontiers, designer Pepa Salazar has managed to apply hydrochromic fabrics to her Hyperdry collection which changes colour upon entering into contact with water.

In Québec, the designer Ying Gao has created (no)where (now)here dresses, made with photoluminescent thread that is activated by the gaze of spectators. As a result, the dress lights up or goes out with the blink of an eye.

CuteCircuit has been fusing technology and fashion in London since 2004, reaching the echelons of haute couture. Celebrities like singer Katy Perry wear their designs, they have their own prêt-à-porter line and one of their designs, the “Galaxy Dress”, is in the permanent collection of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

*Top, (no)where, (now)here dresses. Bottom, Vagalume fabric (photo: Darío Muñiz), pineapple fibre and Cuitecircuit bag and dress.

Twist your time
The snake is the symbol of eternal regeneration that constantly sheds its skin, just like the Serpenti model.

It is the evolution of Serpenti towards double wrap-around straps made from multicolour exotic leathers. This new contemporary version boldly flaunts its versality in this age of speed and change. With a practical fastening system that makes the straps easily interchangeable on all models, those with steel or pink gold case, with or without diamonds. Each watch comes with two straps, in Karung or calfskin, in many different colours. These tones are perfectly coordinated with the colours -black, red, green or white- of the finely lacquered or sunburst guilloche 27 mm dials. The subtle jewellery detail with the Bulgari signature is a cabochon-cut rubellite which adorns the winding crown of these watches driven by quartz calibre B033.

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What do the stones tell us?
Their beauty aside, gems and precious stones contain different energies that can provide us with many properties.

RUBI. The ruby is the stone that helps open up the heart. It is usually given as a gift, because it represents friendship and love. It also symbolises vitality and royalty and balances the spirit and trust.

DIAMOND. In olden times it was used to detox, protecting whoever wore it from poison. In India, it was believed that diamonds were formed by bolts of lightning striking rocks.

TURQUOISE. For many cultures, the turquoise represents friendship and wearing it attracts money, success and love. It is also the symbol of the origin of mankind in nature.

SAPPHIRE. The sapphire improves one’s mood. It has always been associated to peace and happiness, and it was thought to help predict the future. In addition, it increases communication and comprehension.

AMBER. As well as bringing tranquillity and protection, this fossilized resin has been indicated for pulmonary treatments and to improve memory. Very widely used for balancing the chakras.

ROSE QUARTZ. Its harmonious energy has earned it the name of the “love stone”. It cures emotional wounds, eliminates negativity and promotes the appreciation of art, music and the written word.

GREEN TOURMALINE. Strengthens body and spirit. It attracts inspiration, concentration and understanding. It also calms the nerves and anxiety and increases self-confidence.

EMERALD. The emerald is the symbol of fertility. It improves the eyesight and psychic powers and alleviates insomnia, bringing dreams that give you peace. It helps combat depression and contributes to patience.

AMETHYST. This is a stone of the mind. It brings calm and clarity, helping you make contact with your intuition, feelings and each individual’s values, soothing the emotions.

PEARL. It has been said of pearls that they are Aphrodite’s tears, or droplets of dew full of moonlight. They symbolise loyalty, amiability and justice. They improve the fertility of women.

ONYX. Considered a protective stone, onyx drives negativity out of oneself and others. It improves determination and perseverance. It represents the zero point of the universe.

MOTHER-OF-PEARL. Mother-of-pearl improves people’s kindness and flattering attention towards others, exercising irresistible power over others. And it is also the stone of fecundity and receptivity.