Reader alert – for those of you expecting a regular movie review, please note that this is an At the Movies of a slightly different sort. Creative collaborations have been springing up all over in both fashion and decor. I reported last month about the spectacular table Philip Gorrivan designed in conjunction with Lalique for the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner. Inspired by Lalique’s famous crystal on the Normandie, his table harkened back to the ocean liner’s famous deco designs.
I was interested in discovering more of what was going on with this iconic company and was thrilled to learn that they have many exciting plans in the works to update the brand, building on their distinguished heritage. Their current venture is a fun partnership with Relativity Media who is releasing Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror this weekend.
Lalique pieces grace the chamber of the Evil Queen, played by Julia Roberts and starting at the beginning of the month, Lalique boutiques unveiled specially-designed Mirror Mirror window displays celebrating the partnership in the weeks leading up to the film’s release today.
In walking by the NYC flagship store on Madison Avenue, I caught a couple shots of how the windows illuminate the items featured in the movie.
The anchor of the Queen’s room is the spectacular Cactus table, clearly exemplifying the amazing artisanal glassmaking skills the company is famous for.
Also featured, as you can see in this shot from the set, below, are the 24-karat gold hand-painted Abundance Bowl, flanked by three crystal Dahlia boxes – so classically elegant!
Lalique adds additional glamour to the bedroom set with tables, sconces, vases and perfume bottles, showcasing the wide range of categories they offer – the perfect accessories to enhance the luxurious extravagance of Singh’s vision. As set director for the film, Paul Hotte said, “Lalique elevated the film to another level. What amazed me most was the unbelievable craftsmanship and exquisite beauty of the crystal.”
Known for his sumptuous visuals and in this case, collaboration with the late legendary costume designer Eiko Ishioka, Singh has purportedly created a feast for the eyes. I for one am pleased to know that when I take my daughter to see Mirror Mirror, at the very least, there will be something scintillating to look at!! You can get an idea of the sumptuous sets and costumes in the trailer.
On other fronts, Lalique recently hired a new creative director – Olivia Putnam (daughter of Andree) who will be unveiling her debut lighting collection for Lalique, “Orgue” next month.
René Lalique was or course renowned for his jewelry designs. In researching this piece, I was blown away by some of the pieces in the collection such as this amazing Enfants bracelet.
In May, the house will be introducing here its first fine jewelry collection in over a century. “Scared Fire Odyssey” will go back to Lalique’s roots, referencing its illustrious history of art nouveau and deco designs. And in the fall a new interior design collaboration with Lady Tina Green for Lalique Maison will feature high end furniture and accessories made in Italy that incorporate Lalique in their designs. Clearly lots of exciting things in the works for this fabled firm!!