I first learned of María Félix during my days working at Christie’s, when the flamboyant and quirky treasures from her estate were being auctioned in 2007. She was a Mexican screen legend, a true diva and a fashion icon, which made me absolutely love this tribute to La Doña by Mario Testino in V Magazine. The details, including the long cigarettes, cowboy hats, cat eye liner and her beloved Cartier alligator jewelry, are spot on. Did you know that according to Cartier legend, María brought a bowl of her pet crocodiles into the Cartier Boutique in Paris and requested a necklace designed to resemble them? The baby crocs sat on the jeweler’s workbench and gave inspiration to what is now famously known as the Cartier Crocodile Necklace.
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