Memories Of Past
- Nazli developed a passion for art, design and architecture at a young age and Nazli founded her own jewellery brand when she was just 22 years old.Her love of beauty of creations through life made this collection.Nazli's Memories Of Past collection is inspired by her life story and all inspirations that had through her cultural life.Each design could inspired from a poem, an opera, a piece of art or architecture.
Memories Of PastNazli developed a passion for art, design and architecture at a young age and Nazli founded her own jewellery brand when she was just 22 years old.Her love of beauty of creations through life made this collection.Nazli's Memories Of Past collection is inspired by her life story and all inspirations that had through her cultural life.Each design could inspired from a poem, an opera, a piece of art or architecture. Shop now
- Nazli’s Bold Gold collection is inspired by power and value of women in this world.Nazli's bold design reflects her passion for empowering women.When she launched this collection she was trying to revolutionise the way women were wearing their jewellery in the Middle East .She combined masculin and feminan elements in this collection which emphasis comfort over the constrain of then popular fashion .She designed this collection in 2007 but launched it in 2020.
Bold GoldNazli’s Bold Gold collection is inspired by power and value of women in this world.Nazli's bold design reflects her passion for empowering women.When she launched this collection she was trying to revolutionise the way women were wearing their jewellery in the Middle East .She combined masculin and feminan elements in this collection which emphasis comfort over the constrain of then popular fashion .She designed this collection in 2007 but launched it in 2020. Discover More
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Dr. Nina Ansary is an award-winning Iranian-American author, historian, and women's rights advocate. As a UN Women Global Champion for Innovation and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace & Security, she regularly presents her work on the transformative role women are playing in global affairs at multilateral conferences, think tanks and universities in the US and the UK, including Columbia, Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge.
Nina is the author of Anonymous Is a Woman: A Global Chronicle of Gender Inequality(Revela Press/March 2020) included in Smithsonian Magazine’s “Books of the Week” and listed by Buzzfeed as “17 Brilliant Books That You Won’t Struggle to Finish”; and Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran (Revela Press/2015), which garnered numerous awards – including the 2016 International Book Award in “Women’s Issues.” She is the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), the 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the 2018 Trailblazer Award from Barnard College, Columbia University. Nina has appeared on Larry King, Fox News, Sky News and the BBC, and been featured in a variety of publications, including Forbes.com, CNN.com, The Hill, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Elle, Teen Vogue and the Yale Journal of International Affairs.
Nina is an expert for the Women’s Media Center (WMC) SheSource and holds an MA in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies and a PhD in History from Columbia University. She serves on the International Advisory Board of the University of Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENAF), the Board of Directors of the New York-based organization The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), and the Board of Trustees of the Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF). Connect with Nina on Twitter (@drninaansary), Instagram (@ninaansary) and Facebook (facebook.com/ninaansary).
LAUREN SANTO DOMINGO
Lauren is an American entrepreneur, magazine editor, and socialite. She has been contributing editor for American Vogue and co-founded luxury e-tail site Moda Operandi in 2010. The site was innovative in enabling shoppers to pre-order catwalk looks directly after they were presented during fashion week.
Lauren began her career in fashion as an assistant at American Vogue after graduating from The University of California. Later, she became the PR director for Paris-based J. Mendel and also served as lead of the PR department of Carolina Herrera for the Puig Group. In 2005, she returned to Vogue as managing editor. She is also an active philanthropist and chairs charitable events such as the Frick’s Young Fellows Ball and is on the committee for New Yorkers for Children galas.
Since time immemorial, the idea of the ‘Divine Feminine’ has been at the core of humanity’s conscious memory and mythology. Recorded history’s emblematic portrayals – from Aphrodite to the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene, from Jezebel to Anahita, Mata Hari and many more – must tell us one thing if nothing else: that humankind derives greater purpose thanks to women’s prowess. The power of femininity, though it may have been denied or suppressed, is undeniable in its allure and irrepressible in its formal and artistic expressions.
My personal journey through photography as a means of artistic, cultural and social dialogue has not only been a search for self-identity; it has also been revealing through its practical and intellectual peaks and troughs. It is about an exploration of the Sublime Feminine, adding a heightened dimension to my work, a majestic reach above and beyond the ordinary. I defer here to the poet Audre Lorde: ‘These places of possibility within ourselves are dark because they are ancient and hidden; they have survived and grown strong through darkness. Within these deep places, each one of us holds an incredible reserve of creativity and power, of unexamined and unrecorded emotion and feeling. The woman’s place of power within each of us is neither white nor surface; it is dark, it is ancient, and it is deep … joyous and sublime.’
The Sublime Feminine lives within us all, and it is in no way a feminine convocation. Call it Shiva or Shakti, Yin or Yang – whatever you choose, these sublime energies co-exist in conflict and/or in harmony in each one of us, regardless of gender, tribe, creed, sensibilities or, come to it, capabilities.
Across cultures, the Sublime Feminine is associated with a spiritual force best ennobled through creative expression. Some would argue that honoring our Sublime Feminine is no less than an attempt to reclaim our identity – a beautiful, soulful, sensual and intellectual expression of the feminine divine. We should not forget that the Sublime Feminine carries within its womb the greatest mystery of all: that of human creation. In its physicality, it is viewed through the ‘Mother’ concept extending through the all-encompassing notion of Mother Earth. The Feminine is the guardian figure of our planet in a manner of speaking. In its sensuality and expressions of sexuality, its power can become bewitching at times, overwhelming at others.
From a personal perspective, the Sublime Feminine has always fascinated me, and I have sought out this interest photographically through the past decade, in different places and environmental spaces. This socio-cultural quest has become a personal journey of sorts, more recently in the arid plains and canyons of New Mexico, in the scented lavender fields of Provence, and in the lush forests and riverbeds of the Catskill Mountains. I have tried to trace and visually revitalise this energy, embodied in the female form and set against the grandeur of nature.
For my first public series back in 2015, I followed the footsteps of the great painter Georgia O’Keeffe, experiencing first-hand a small part of her journey among the truly grand barren landscapes of New Mexico, even visiting Ghost Ranch, her beloved home and studio near Abiquiú. The experience, haunting and vital, set against unimaginably sharp blue skies and rock-strewn valleys in shades of rust, known for their prehistoric fossil remains, made me whisper O’Keeffe’s own words to the wind: ‘Such a beautiful untouched lonely feeling place, such a new part of what I call “the Faraway”.’
I’d gone to New Mexico searching for hidden corners of my own soul, and to seek a clearer sense of union with untroubled nature, that silent witness to the vicissitudes of time and their transformative presence. I spent days in the majestic, inhospitable New Mexican landscape, a unique visual and sensory feast. Lost in time, trying to tie purpose to creative endeavour, matching Nature’s true art, which O’Keeffe did through her magical canvasses. I began a visual dialectic with the sources of my budding inspiration and came to understand the outlines of my own poetic adventure. Thus was born the search for Eve, Mother Earth’s first muse. I saw her standing atop rocky inclines, as sensual and powerful as the monumental nature surrounding her. This, my imagination suggested, could have been one of the locations in and out of which Eve would have darted, between the borders of reality and fantasy – an act which the Divine Feminine has performed so well throughout time, between the ephemeral and the sensual, lost in the iconography of art and nature.
As to Provence, what can one say? Another of nature’s paradises, where the light and the moods of the seasons mix with scents and aromas conjuring every flavour known to humankind. Why have so many great artists followed each other to this magical region? It was this uniqueness which attracted me to the area in 2016, and inspired me to extend my search for Eve to another plain, one with more colourful tinges than the rocky crags and arroyos of New Mexico. Think of Paul Cézanne’s sensual Provençal landscapes. Look again at Vincent van Gogh’s Road with Cypress and Star. Provence has been a place where nature and humankind have united to bring elements of magic into feminine portrayal, employing varied media through the range of pastel reflections – sunlit pinks, shades of scarlet, yellow sunflower hues – for which the region is renowned.
I happened upon the Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Lights) as my starting point. A little stark perhaps when compared to lavender fields, yet revealing unique colours magicked out of shapes, shades, textures and light – a perfect setting to seek out mythic antecedents to my searching narratives. This extraordinary site was once a bauxite quarry in the bowels of the Val d’Enfer (Valley of Hell). Jean Cocteau located his epic 1960 film Le Testament d’Orphée here, replete with a cameo by Pablo Picasso. I even discovered the ghost of van Gogh almost next door, lurking in the shadows of the Saint-Paul de Mausole psychiatric hospital, where he was confined for a year in 1890.
From time’s perspectives, I could only glimpse the reality of solid rocks and boulders, broken shards of basalt and dust particles sprinkled through the air – but also through the hair of Eurydice by the hands of her unattainable love. Was her enterprise a labour of love, or was she a slave to the sentiments of time and humanity? Not too dissimilar to servitude in Hell, written of in the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. She was locked away in the Underworld, with Hades as her guardian and unloved companion.
It’s easy to get lost in one’s own fantasies in such settings. Was I in a quarry located next to an asylum? Or was this some kind of mythic location with its dark forebodings? Elysian Fields surrounded by the deep still woods of the Thracian mountains where Orpheus once played his lyre? Could I hear the sound of a nearby stream, or was it the roaring flood of the River Styx?
Time to marry reality to myth, and photographically explore universal themes common to all cultures and literature: love and lust, temptation and unconquered passions, set against humankind’s insignificance, amid the grandeur of nature.
Hello again, the Sublime Feminine.
In 2017, the yellow brick road led me to the Catskills, a place of some mystery, alive with its own spiritual and folkloric tales hewn out of the land. The region is the New Yorker’s true getaway paradise, delighting the eye with its thickly forested mountains, its lush green valleys and its stone-bedded rivers and streams. Lost again in my unconscious wanderings, I heard the crunching of every twig beneath my feet, as I looked out for the elusive woodland nymph. There, by the copse? No, hidden behind the yellowing Birch tree, glimpsing out of the abandoned woodshed over and beyond. Last imagined singing on a swing? I was desperately enchanted by her fantasy.
Along the way, I discovered a beautiful and vibrant land, with its own raw spiritual rhythms, a special place where art meets life. For centuries, the Catskills’ virgin landscapes have attracted artists from all over the world. During the mid-nineteenth century, the Hudson River School’s women artists ventured fearlessly into the wild woods, exploring and painting the landscape around them despite all the challenges, both societal and climate-driven – female trailblazers in the wilderness, with their courage driven by the springs of creativity. They, too, inspired me.
It’s easy to dream in such surroundings, transported by childhood memories and magical fairytales of enchanted water sirens and forest nymphs. But also of Ophelia, effortlessly floating on the ponds and lakes, and of the elusive Nymph perched on a swing hanging from a tree branch! All were mesmerising creatures, reunited in an unlikely and imaginary melting pot.
It’s fair to say that I have been driven by fantasy in such settings as New Mexico, Provence and the Catskills. But it is the skill of the eye that trains the lens when it comes to capturing a magical creature in its fleeting, prancing moment; and the stardust thrown up by Orpheus on Eurydice, or the rock of the Feminine Sublime rearing out of the mountain face.
That is when dreams have the ability to turn into reality.
It is with this purpose that I present these works as a paean to femininity and to the female form. And perhaps a salute is due to Homer, to Shakespeare and to Fragonard, as well as to all the poets who inspired me along the journey across time and space. Finally, reverence should be paid to all human imagination, born out of earth, water and light, nature’s touchstones from which my works have drawn both their energy and their purpose.
Maryam EislerLondon May 2018
MARIE-SOPHIE VAUCHER RAIS
Having lived in Spain New York, Switzerland and Australia, Marie –Sophie Vaucher Rais has experienced the very best of cultures and the diversity of family living. She has three beautiful children and her background in luxury makes her the perfect designer and founder of ‘My Little Shop’. With over 10 years of her career at brands such as Cartier and Christies, Marie-Sophie worked closely on bespoke orders, sourcing high value materials to produce the most beautiful accessories in the world. Her inspiration to create the perfect sleepwear for children focuses on sourcing the finest fabrics and designing for the beautiful family moments and simplicity of life.
Born in Switzerland, Marie-Sophie now calls London home. The modern-day originality and creativity of the city combines with the traditions of the Royal Family and love for exploring all things heritage. Marie-Sophie chose to manufacture in Spain, using organic cottons and local artisans for all detailing and finishes. Fine laces, colourful satins and linings, together with delicate embroidery create timeless sleepwear. Marie-Sophie enthuses about the process of designing her collectionsand manufacturing in Europe. ‘Working in craftsmanship in Madrid was an obvious choice. Spain has a heritage of creating beautiful designs on traditional fabrics’. Her intrinsically creative mind focuses on everything that feels good in life and social responsibility is also a key, My Little Shop offers complete transparency in the manufacturing process. Each unique design is both beautiful and practical. Concerns for the planet and our children’s futures are paramount in everything Marie-Sophie does.
As we look more towards wellness, time and experience to redefine our own luxury, Marie-Sophie focuses on bridging the gap between the past and present, reconsidering the true family values. Sleep is especially important for children; affecting both mental and physical development and getting ready for bed is without doubt; a special family moment. Marie-Sophie describes bedtime as her favourite time, when after reading to her son and saying good night to her two daughters, she will always whisper ‘I love you, I love you’ before they fall asleep.
Kate Gordon is the founder and CEO of London Art Studies which she launched in 2011 after producing arts programming for Carlton TV and CNN. LAS won The Good Web Guide’s “Excellence in Education” award, 5 months after launch, followed by the People’s Choice for Best Art Website in Europe 2019 (Lovie Awards). LAS won the Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Online Arts Initiative 2020 for its online course initiative. Kate also co-founded the Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA) in 2016, and writes a regular column on art for London’s Evening Standard newspaper. She chaired the fundraising group ‘Foreign Sisters’ in 2017/2018, and remains a Senior Arts Advisor to Cancer Research UK; she is also on the board of the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Art and Design Advisory Group. Kate was a member of the Tate Patrons Executive Committee (2014-2018), a judge for LAPADA (2018, 2019) and is a Trustee of The Art Academy, London. In 2020 Kate became Chair of Serpentine Patrons.
I started The Giving Tree Foundation - Turning Autism Around in 2014 shortly after my middle son was diagnosed with ASD and started on an intensive ABA programme. Within a few months of him starting the programme, I realised how life changing this therapy is and wanted to give back and help others who cannot afford early intervention / ABA. Since then, the foundation has gone from strength to strength and we co founded the Westminster Autism Commission in 2016. Being a mother of three children, at three different stages in their development makes for a very busy life and a lot of juggling!I also work as a consultant for a large renewable energy company (Pacific Green Technologies) and am the only female in their global senior management team. I basically don't sleep!My children, husband and family inspire me to dream big and stay grounded. Ensuring I empower our daughter and other females around me is important - let's face it, women rule the world - so let's support one another as much as we can!
Born in Lithuania, Donata was always obsessed with clothes despite the lack of high fashion during the Eighties in her home country she was designing her own dresses. Donata’s hard work and passion paid off. At the age of 18, she won a place at Central St. Martin’s school of art and design – the first Lithuanian ever to attend. She then traveled extensively for ten years, working as a designer and in the art world, and living in London, New York, Canada and Monaco. In 2017, she finally decided she was ready to start her own label.
She aims to provide the perfect capsule wardrobe that is season-less and timeless, yet modern and aspirational. The label reflects the clients, responding to the needs and wants of women who navigate daily life with elegance and style. Donata explains, ‘I want to celebrate and empower women, embrace their strengths and potential through clothes. What we wear says so much about us and what we want to say to the world. Dressing up gives us confidence, an innate elegance. This lies at the heart of everything I do.’
As these unexpected times have caused the fashion conscience in us to re-evaluate and streamline our wardrobes (most of us busy women have been meaning to find the time anyhow) and focus on essentials, here at Donata Davidoff, I started to think about basics and every day statement pieces that corresponded with our Maison - elegant, timeless, refined.
Whilst fashion talk is currently largely centred around sustainability, at our Maison we have long taken a sustainable approach designing pieces that are not defined by seasonal trends but instead which focus on longevity, luxury fabrics and quality craftmanship. As a designer with Lithuanian heritage, I am proud to take an ethical approach by supporting artisans, whom have learnt techniques exclusively passed down by generations of family members: all our creations are bespoke and made in Lithuania, often hand embroidered, meaning we are positioned in an exciting demi-couture category.
Our next inspiring woman is Simone Nsouli. She is one of my closest friends and her charity is something very close to my heart. Even writing this Instagram caption is reminding me of the story of her loss and I feel such strong empathy for her. Simone sadly lost her little daughter, Lyla, to an incurable form of brain cancer. She now runs The Lyla Nsouli Foundation For Children's Brain Cancer Research with the support of her husband and an assistant. She is a true inspiration.
All London mothers know her Wishes & Witches Event which was one of the most famous events for children during Halloween season. I’m looking forward to the next one once lockdown has ended.
The Lyla Nsouli Foundation For Children's Brain Cancer Research was established in 2011 after her beautiful daughter Lyla was diagnosed, with an inoperable, incurable form of brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). She was 2 years, 8 months old and was given months to live and passed away on January 24th 2012. Almost as devastating as her diagnosis was the understanding that there was no effective treatment or cure for this type of cancer, due to decades of lack of research and awareness. Yet brain cancer is the leading cause of death among children from cancer and DIPG is the deadliest form of brain cancer affecting children. After this painful realisation, Simone and her husband quickly understood that research funding for this illness desperately needed support and would need to be driven by people like themselves , who had suffered the unfathomable loss of a child, with no hope to save her.
The Foundation is dedicated to funding research into paediatric brain cancer in pursuit of effective treatments and ultimately a cure. Its focus is to target the worst form of paediatric brain cancer-DIPG and address the urgent need to improve the prognosis of these children through funding the most promising research.
The Foundation is a UK registered charity and is the largest research charity dedicated to DIPG research in the UK and one of the largest globally.
Amy launched Sana Jardin in 2017 after working for twenty-five years in the non-profit sector in the US, Middle East and Europe. With Sana Jardin, she wanted to demonstrate that it is possible to offer luxury perfume whilst also economically empowering the local communities involved in its creation. She soon began to realise that she could empower everyone from harvester to consumer, with a closed loop, zero waste supply chain. The opportunity was too powerful to ignore.
Amy developed the Beyond Sustainability™ business model to empower floral harvesters, with the skills and materials they need to increase their wages through commerce, not charity. The model is based on “flower recycling” within a circular economy and illustrates that luxury business can be used to drive social change. The local women develop and sell their own products - candles and orange blossom water - from the waste of the perfume production, receiving 100% of the profits.
Their collection of eaux de parfums and luxury candles exude nature’s most exotic scents. The range is designed to transport and seduce, but also give the wearer a role in the cycle of change; empowering all woven in its circle, from harvester to consumer. A true flower revolution.
Amy launched the brand at Harrods in 2017 and now can be found in over 80 luxury retailers worldwide including Net-a-Porter, Liberty, Harvey Nichols, Cult Beauty and Galeries Lafayette.
When I met my husband Simon, 12 years ago, he was working for a big events company in London; I told him he should start his own company, which he did from our dining room table (with my help from behind the scenes and a few incredible and loyal clients who are still with us today!) about a year later. I joined full time about 2 years after that, as the Creative Director, after the birth of our first child Sebastian; Entourage Collection has now been going for over 10 years.
I love working, and I love the work that I do; it’s exciting and creative and our clients, partners, and team are incredible. I was very lucky because when the children were babies I was able to bring them into the office with me. We have female-led teams (in fact one member of our team is on maternity leave right now!) and I wanted to create a family-friendly office from the beginning. Women can only fly and be empowered if they have the foundation (and resources they need) set in place for them from the beginning.
Having children and wanting to have a good work/home life balance made me be very strict with my time. Once they were both in school, I would work in the morning and pick them up from school in the afternoon. I schedule my meetings for the morning, and (politely!) ask to do lunches that err on the early side as much as I can. But people understand these schedules now, and I’ve never once been met with hesitation from anyone (man or woman!). It is very rare that I don’t do school pick up (I am on the Development Board of the English National Ballet for example, and our board meetings are in the afternoon, but those are only once a quarter so that’s an exception to my rule!) because I value my afternoons with my children. Equally, pre-Pandemic my husband and I tended to go out a fair amount during the week mostly for work (3 nights a week were common) but we have an amazing nanny who helps in the evenings when we need her, and the children love her (they barely notice when we leave, which is a great thing!). Because our weeknight schedule was so busy though, I was very strict about Friday to Sunday; that was strictly family time.
The main thing is, you have to find what works for you. Everyone is different, everyone’s ideal balance is different. But you need a strong support system, some type of routine, and to find something outside of your children/family that makes you happy, so you have something for yourself, and something else to talk about with people. And remember, no one is perfect. There are definitely times when I am on my phone too much, or there is too much iPad time when I am working. But we can only try our best, and ultimately women deserve to be happy and fulfilled too, and our children will be proud of us for creating something, and they will remember the wonderful memories and fun times that were had.