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JUL-AUG 2017

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Best in Haute Couture - Pasquale Bruni 56 slmag.net COUTURE Las Vegas, held annually at the Wynn Resort, is arguably the most exclusive destination for the luxury jewelry and timepiece market, drawing 4,000 top-tier buyers from highly distinguished retailers, along with editors from 100 of the world's most recognized luxury consumer and trade media (including Sophisticated Living). A highlight of the event is the annual COUTURE Design Awards, presented this year at the Encore eatre in the Wynn Resort before an audience of nearly 1,000 designers, editors and retailers from the COUTURE community. "Tonight is when we celebrate the incredible artists who labor an entire year to create these works of art, and showcase their hearts and souls within their salons," COUTURE's Director, Gannon Brousseau explained from the stage. He then went on to thank this year's panel of judges–Melissa Geiser from Stanley Korshak, Julie om from Von Bargen's, Daisy Shaw from Vanity Fair, Katerina Perez of Katerina Perez, and designer Yossi Harari–for lending their expertise in selecting the winning designs and finalists. Furrer Jacot, who won the inaugural Best in Men's Jewelry Award thanked the designer who has been with him for 30 years, saying that he "didn't want to do another men's piece - he wanted to do something great." e winner of the Best in Diamonds Above $20,000, Fernando Jorge, enthused from the stage, "This was my first adventure with diamonds and therefore I feel very, very honored to receive this award." A touching highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Cindy Edelstein Award by Cindy's daughter, Remy, to designer Stephen Webster. A video tribute showcased the designer's passionate support of the industry, commitment to ethical sourcing and design practices and philanthropic endeavors. SIN CITY SENSATIONS 2017 COUTURE Design Award Winners Written by Claire Williams / Photography courtesy of COUTURE

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