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Marie-Hélène de Taillac Is Having a Golden Moment


Marie-Helene de Taillac
macarons in a special-edition gift box reprising her Arc en Ciel necklace, sold out in a matter of days from New York to Paris and Tokyo. Now her Scarf necklace, a similarly bold array of semiprecious briolettes, along with the designer’s signature Cabochon ring in blue chalcedony from 1997, are being incorporated into the permanent jewelry collection at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. De Taillac expressed her elation with typical discretion: “French museums have quite an elaborate process, so once you submit a design, you can never really be sure of the outcome until you get the official letter. It’s a huge honor.”

During the recent collections, the designer showed a number of showstoppers for fall, among them a “T-shirt” in gold mesh, supple bracelets in a thick braid of gold threads, and new variations on her multicolored “floating” stone necklaces. In a return to her eighteen-year-old brand’s original spirit, De Taillac noted that many pieces are one-of-a-kind or, as with that T-shirt, by special order only.

Photo: Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris / Jean Tholance 

Marie-Hélène de Taillac’s Uptown Gem


Marie-Hélène de Taillac’s new Manhattan boutique is like a maharaja’s palace fit inside a ring box. Set to open on March 30, the store is a tiny, decadent wedge of space on East 69th Street’s buzzing retail-scape (Fivestory is next door) and was inspired by Marie Antoinette’s private theater at Versailles. Every detail was carefully considered, even the fabric-lined walls, which boast the label’s logo hand-printed in golden ink. The New York outpost represents the French designer’s third eponymous salon de joaillerie, following locations in Tokyo and Paris, respectively.

“I suppose I’m inspired by what we call in France l’air du temps,” said de Taillac in the store’s private upstairs atelier. Produced entirely in Jaipur, India, her collection is anchored by float-mounted ruby rings, teardrop amethysts on hairline-thin gold chains, and rainbow spiral-wave pendants. In celebration of the Manhattan opening, the designer has created a handful of novelty pieces, like red-white-and-blue earrings, which were made especially for New York. “I have little stars, daisies—I collected a really beautiful dried poppy in the garden and gave it to the stone carvers,” said the designer, fondly. Men should also take note: de Taillac will offer cufflinks and shirt studs—one pair of which comes in the shape of lips. Continue Reading “Marie-Hélène de Taillac’s Uptown Gem” »

On Our Radar: Marie-Hélène De Taillac Embroidered Jewelry


It’s not just short skirts and thin tops that are casualties of cold weather—jewelry can take a backseat in low-temperature dressing, too. But accessories aficionados who can’t bear to hide their rings and bracelets under woolly gloves are in luck. Their fellow obsessive, jeweler Marie-Hélène de Taillac, has teamed up with two of Paris’ best to offer a remedy: “jewelry” embroidered onto knit accessories. E+J, Emanuela Calvi and Jane Cattani’s primo Parisian cashmere house, provided the gloves and hats, couture purveyor Lesage did the embroidery, and voilà: trompe l’oeil rings and bangles, no cold hands required.

The three collaborators—all of whom professed to be longtime fans of one another’s work—began with a one-ring glove that debuted in December at de Taillac’s Paris shop and; the collection has now grown to include scarves with an embroidery of de Taillac’s jeweled safety pin, headbands with a medallion, and several more gloves, including one with a tangle of gold chains.

Photo: Courtesy of E+J Cashmere