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A Billionaire Art Collector Is Commissioning a $1.5 Million Diamond-Studded Face Mask

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Imagine you have a cool $1.5 million sitting in your bank account right now, just waiting to be spent. 

Then imagine dropping that money on a bespoke, bedazzled face mask at the height of a global recession and pandemic that’s laid painfully bare what the stratification of wealth means for those on the lower end of the spectrum.

Well, that’s exactly what one art collector is doing. He’s commissioned what Isaac Levy, owner of the Yvel jewelry company, is calling the most expensive face mask in the world. 

The mask, which is currently being worked on by 25 Yvel jewelers in Israel, is constructed from 250 grams of 18-carat gold, boasts 3,600 black and white diamonds, and features an N99 filter. It’s expected to be delivered by the end of this year. 

A prototype of the mask. Courtesy of Yvel.

A prototype of the mask. Courtesy of Yvel.

“Money maybe doesn’t buy everything, but if it can buy a very expensive COVID-19 mask and the guy wants to wear it and walk around and get the attention, he should be happy with that,” Levy told The Independent.

Levy has not disclosed the name of his client, but has called him, in various reports, a “Chinese art collector living in the United States” and an “anonymous billionaire from Shanghai.” 

“He is a young-old customer of ours, very charming, very outgoing, very wealthy and he likes to stand out,” the jeweler told the AP.

Sources tell us that if you ever meet a man with, say, a roll of gold leaf toilet paper or disposable toothpicks made from rhinoceros horns, or if you ever see someone using a small child as an umbrella—that’s probably your guy.  

“For a lot of people around the world it may be the most expensive mask in the world and maybe that’s a really big thing,” Levy added. “For us, it’s a way to protect the positions of the people in the factory in order for them to be able to support their families.”

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Breaking News Sept 27 | Queen Elizabeth to honour UK health workers during the pandemic

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Actor Rakul Preet Singh on Saturday approached the Delhi High Court seeking an interim direction to the Centre, Press Council of India and the News Broadcasters Association to ensure that the media does not broadcast any programme or publish any article connecting her with the Rhea Chakraborty drug case.

Rakul Preet Singh sought an interim order against the media till the time the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Mumbai, completes the investigation and files an appropriate report before the competent court.

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Armani takes over prime-time TV for catwalk in the time of COVID

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MILAN (Reuters) – Forty-five years after founding his fashion group, Giorgio Armani came up with a new way of showing his latest catwalk creations on Saturday – a prime-time TV show.

The show was one of the highlights of Milan’s fashion week, which has hosted a mix of live and virtual catwalks for its first edition since coronavirus restrictions made the heady mix of glamour, celebrity and hype at such events more complicated.

The 86-year-old Armani, affectionately called “King Giorgio” in his native Italy, presented his “Timeless Thoughts” Spring/Summer 2021 show for both men and women using soft, pastel tones, floral prints and intricate embroideries.

The show, preceded by a short documentary about Armani’s career curated by the designer himself, was broadcast on Italian free-to-air La7, one of the country’s main channels, with the aim of opening up to a wider public.

While there was no traditional VIP front row to applaud the designs, Armani’s trademark clean, elegant style was on display: trouser suits, short jackets with round collars, silk and organza blouses in pale grey, beige, light blue and green, and shimmering evening wear.

“Out there hell has broken loose, I prefer to think that we can keep the hell outside,” Armani said of his sober designs as he spoke to reporters at a preview of the collection.

He said that travel restrictions made presenting men’s and women’s designs together more sensible, although it was too early to say whether he would follow that model again in the future.

“We have to anxiously wait to see what happens,” said the designer, who has already announced that he will present his next haute couture show in Milan rather than Paris.

Italy enforced one of the strictest and longest lockdowns, from early March. Now new infections are just under 2,000 a day, steadily rising again, but below levels seen in France, Spain and Britain.

Its fashion and textile industry, with a turnover of 95 billion euros ($98 billion) and 600,000 workers is the second most important nationwide, is reeling from a plunge in sales.

According to business lobby Confindustria, exports of women’s’ fashion fell by 24% in the first six months of the year.

Armani’s collection ended with a model in an evening robe sporting the face of a black cat on a sequined, silvery waistcoat, a tribute to Armani’s pet Angel, who died in July.

Reporting by Silvia Aloisi; Editing by Alison Williams

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$169 For This Kate Spade Smartwatch at Amazon’s Big Fall Sale

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