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The Passion For Peretti

Elsa Peretti PH: Helmut Newton: A picture that made you want to move to NYCElsa Peretti PH: Helmut Newton: A picture that made you want to move to NYC

To have conventional (or even unconventional) beauty and then to have a mind than can craft beautiful objects...it' s the kind of unfair blessing that only makes sense in fashion. Our case study for the theory today? Elsa Peretti, she of the well to do Roman family, educated, according to Wikipedia at the Volbicela School in Rome, with a diploma in interior design. 5' 9" and of course an ex-model, Elsa fled to NY where she fell in with the Halston circle and started designing the landmark jewelry that became inextricable in spirit from the clothes.

An amazing find. PH: David BosmanAn amazing find. PH: David Bosman

And then there was that legendary Halston perfume bottle. Well a flacon, really. Tear drop shaped, organic yet sensual, it was a masterpiece of esoteric design presented to the mass public. I had heard about it but never saw it. Today I received as a gift, one of these said Halston perfume bottles. It was so beautiful I almost cried. I couldn't believe the generosity of the gesture or the generosity of the design with its open, swooping sensuality. We live in a time where constriction and shrinkage is the nature of the design game. You don't see a lot in design these days that is hedonistic.

Padova silver flatware by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany'sPadova silver flatware by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany's

That is what makes me appreciate the sensuality of Elsa Peretti in the Playboy bunny ears by Helmut Newton, or the sybaritic promise of her Padova design for Tiffany's . I look at those curves and I get a message that life is to be lived to the fullest. Isn't it hot that you can get that from a bottle or a fork . That's when design borders on art and takes on life!

Taste is a dictatorship.

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