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The Serpentine 2014 , London in Toujouri dress, Nathalie Trad clutch, Paula Mendoza jewelry and Ivana Hasecic shoesLeave a comment
Serbian Flood relief- please be kind and help- thousands of people left homeless in worst floods ever seen in this areaLeave a comment
Instead of figuring out the music that is playing by sound recognition and downloading it now you can visually recognise clothes and own them! You simply have to photograph the object of your desire and then shop it or similar “inspired by” items. An inhouse team of personal stylists will find the item for you. God bless. According to ASAP54 founder Daniela Cecilio, “I was looking for a simple way to be connected to what my friends and style muses were coveting. I loved the idea of a sneek peak into other peoples fashion searches that I can turn to for inspiration.” I have been testing the application and it is spot on and an incredible personal stylist for all fashionistas!
ASAP 54 is available to download for iPhones from the app store.
In Paris I attended the show of my favourite designers- Valentino. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have an incredible approach to this iconic brand and from season to season produce pure art. Romantic and their red carpet dresses have something regal and ecclesiastic about them.The first part of show was all about pop Art. Italian pop art. A homage to the Italian artist Giosetta Fioroni. I absolutely loved the beauty part of the show in particular the geometric braids.
I wore a soft blue tunic from the Valentino collection with a a Valentino bag to the show. Merci Valentino for dressing me!
During Paris fashion week I popped in to see Serafina Sama, designer of Isa Arfen as am a big fan of her classic but fun clothes. The coats were the first items that caught my attention followed by the incredible grey suit. Influenced by the 1970s fashion icon Tina Chow the collection is very wearable and has a magic touch that the clothes will never get tired of and can be quite timeless.
Milan. Hailed by Suzy Menkes as the “Celine moment” of Italy, Alessandra Facchinetti’s second Pret a Porter collection for Tod’s was consistent in excellency . My eyes were definitely set on the voluminous coats and mushroom shaped hats. The colour palette varied between regal purple and soft blue with sudden bursts of patterns. A luxurious , classic collection – Alessandra seems to understand how modern women want to dress- combining masculine tailoring with softness. Really loving the combination of dresses and boots , thought it really brought a whole new element to the show.
On my way to the show which took place at Les Beaux Arts. The setting of the show and the recurring theme was that of a mystical garden. The wedding dress alone counted 25,000 floral appliqués. What stood out for from the whole collection were the high wasted toreador like trouser ensembles. I really think that this is the wearable Haute Couture part of the collection. The gowns were very lush and all the pieces were very grand. In Couture we do like to dream and let ourselves be transported to a world of fantasy. After all how many of us buy Couture? Incredible workmanship and once again a rich collection.
Wearing Zuhair Murad dress and feather coat with Paul Andrew shoes
At Sidaction charity dinner with Chopard. Think GREEN! Chopard Green Carpet Collection- journey to sustainable luxury!Leave a comment
Do we wonder whilst looking at our sparkle the story that it could tell us? Do we think about the effects large scale mining has on our one and only planet? It is perhaps not what luxury jewellery houses would like us to think about first but there is an exception. We can not simply be taking from our planet – we have to give back. It is wonderful to see Chopard, an established and century old family business be the leader in their field in sustainable luxury. I had the pleasure of meeting Caroline Scheufele, the Artistic Director and Co-President at the Sidaction charity dinner in Paris and found out about this great initiative. Chopard in collaboration with Livia Firth’s Eco-Age has unveiled the first ‘Green Carpet Collection’ pieces as part of Chopard’s High Jewellery Collection . And what better way to spread this important humanitarian message than through the power of celebrity. The collection was unveiled at Cannes Film Festival and marks the beginning of a journey towards sustainable jewelry. This is a unique philanthropic partnership of Chopard and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), to support and enable small artisanal gold mining communities in Latin America . Also The Alliance for Responsible Mining focus is not only helping small scale miners, encouraging fair trade, but also to help assist environmental issues caused by large scale gold mining. Equally diamonds used in the jewellery are from mines certified to the high standards of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), sourced from IGC Group.
Sidaction bathroom moment in Chopard jewellery and Ralph Lauren dress
Pierre Berge giving a speech during dinner. It’s really a pleasure to listen to such an institution and who has been in the heart of it all for so many years. I do associate strongly with this cause as many of my father’s friends dies of AIDS. Lots of funds were raised once again this year – BRAVO!
My camera was not really enthusiastic and would not take good pictures during this show. Sorry! I got a great happy shot of Franca Sozzani though (below)
I absolutely loved the Morrocan dresses- I would love to wear those with chunky jewelry and a chignon and sit on a terrace in Rome almost copying a scene from Sorrentino’s Grande Bellezza. Again the workmanship and attention to detail was extraordinary. I love the so far consistent allusions to ecclesiastical and regal costumes in the designers work.
Et voila mon outfit pour Valentino- total look Valentino avec des chaussures Gianvitto Rossi
Once again Elie Saab blows us away with his infinite creativity and consistency for evening wear. From the setting and the lighting during the show I was transported into a fairytale world that Elie knows to create with utter perfection. Everything fitted in perfectly well to paint the perfect picture: from the frosty show lighting that emphasized the spectrum of vivid colours of the dresses to the well timed music beats. I think Elie wants to show us his Haute Couture Grandeur that he is so good at whilst adding the wearability factor to some of his pieces.
En route to the show with my Gabs- wearing an Elie Saab satchel bag
The show can start
Leaving the show….Total look Elie Saab- shoes, bag , cape and dress. Stay up tights by Wolford. I have to say that this look was very much inspired by the chic Begum Aga Khan. And….I am very happy here as am trying to fake happiness and not express the misery pf freezing Paris weather
You can look at other looks from the red carpet of Rome Film Festival here: http://www.gqitalia.it/eros-girls/articles/2013/novembre/festival-del-cinema-di-roma-sexy-red-carpet
Annual Charity Dinner hosted by the AEM Association Children of the world for Rwanda in Paris at Espace Pierre CardinLeave a comment
With the incredible Dolores Chaplin sitting next to me at our table. Such an incredible woman! Thank you Sophie for inviting me!
Out of focus due to …late night and a couple of glasses of champagne…. Karl Lagerfeld and Alber Elbaz in deep conversation.
I really hope that we made this Xmas a little bit brighter for Rwandan children. Thank you Numero’s Babette Dijan for organising this great initiative. You can read more and join the association here: http://www.associationaem.com/association/ . Remember what Winston Churchill said: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Of course I forgot to take pictures of myself (DUH) but thank God for photographers. I have too many pics of myself and it’s really getting boring…. Wearing Dior black tuxedo.
The birth of the Fendi bag bug monster!!!! TBC….HELP it’s global, it’s an invasion! Fashionistas beware….Leave a comment
Boccaccio’70- Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio by Federico Fellini (1962) restored by Dolce&Gabbana @ Rome Film FestivalLeave a comment
During the Rome Film Festival I was invited by Dolce & Gabbana to the screening of the Federico Fellini film they restored to perfection. Boccacio ’70 is an Italian anthology of four episodes each shot by a different director from an idea by Cesare Zavattini. The theme that unites all four films is the different aspects of morality and love in modern times in the style of the Italian Renaissance author Boccaccio. I had the pleasure of seeing The temptation of Doctor Antonio shot by Fellini. It was magical watching Anita Ekberg in vivid colours on the big screen – and don’t forget ….bevete piu late! Have a look at these two short extract of the film here
Regarding my outfit – I was inspired by the film Malena and the quintessential Dolce & Gabbana woman. Think Sicily, think Monica, think churches, think veils, think Semana Santa, think celebration of femininity….but a bit more daring. Let’s say ….that woman but X-rayed! Needless to say that it is a total Dolce & Gabbana look including the 50′s style sous- vetements. After the screening I was whisked off to the Dolce&Gabbana and Vanity Fair dinner at Villa Medici. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
BUY THE DRESS HERE:Valentino
Metamorphose- AD Magazine invites 15 interior decorators to transform a 17th Century Parisian Hotel ParticulierLeave a comment
This is what they came up with….
Chahan Minassian‘s Garden below
Above: Pierre Yovanovich‘ Salon de Musique
Above and below : details
Elliot Barnes 1920′s vibe
Below: Bruno Moinard was inspired by Ovid’s Metarmophoses to create mythological sale a manger
Charles Zana‘s sculptural kitchen
After the Crillon Hotel you can own a piece of another Parisian Palace- the Plaza Athene. Interesting bids are definitely the illuminated bar designed by Patrick Jouin with the glass desk crafter by Patrick Desserme. Have a look at all the items on sale here: http://www.artcurial.com/en/asp/searchresults.asp?pg=1&ps=18&st=D&sale_no=2407+++Old Parisian hotel institutions are being renovated- for the better I hope – but I can no imagine if that will be the case. I think we all appreciate the charm of the old yet functional hotels- this is exactly what they were- I read an article saying otherwise. I believe it was in Forbes. Something triggered the massive renovation of Parisian Hotels- Royal Monceau, The Ritz….Have the mention that I loved going to Royal Monceau in the 90′s but I have not been back since it was renovated. Waiting to see what my favourite hotel in Paris, The Ritz will look like after renovation but I hope that once renovated they will not resemble expensive corporate hotels with no soul. Sniff sniff, bye old Paris….
You can check out all the outfits of the Chloe front row on this link, there are some wonderful combinations: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/frontrow/S2014RTW-CHLOE
I am a big fan of Clare Waight Keller’s collections for Chloe and was delighted to attend the show. I absolutely love the identity of the Chloe girl and can see a part of myself in her. This collection was a step for the usual Chloe girl in Paris. She is travelling to exotic places. Imagine her clothes blowing in the wind and gently outlining her silhouette. We can all wear these sheer clothes, they reveal just the perfect amount- letting the viewer guess ever so slightly what’s underneath. I have not seen a lot of pleats around lately but Clare made them modern, sexy and safe to wear again. Loving the tunic looks too, the colourful one and the pure white look (my favourite!)- here are some of my favourite things from the show:
The desk clutter in my hotel room before the SS 2014 Tod’s show. My purple note book, the current book I am not reading but devouring and Alessandra Facchinetti’s mood board for her first Tod’s collection. The colour palette , the ponchos, suits, full skirts, crisp constructed shirts, Gio Ponti-influenced color-blocked leather pieces along with the incredibly strong tradition of Tod’s accessories made this a collection one to remember and look forwards to– come Spring!
The interior of the setting for the show- the PAC Museum (the Pavilion of Contemporary Art) in Milan, incredibly elegant interior.
The small private dinner at the incredible Villa Necchi after the show . If the name does not mean anything to you- you might remember it better from the film ” I am love “. A Museum today it is a very well preserved jewel of 1930′s architecture allowing visitors a glimpse into the life of an industrialist Milanese family.
I recently became an Ambassador for Tod’s . I am very happy to be a part of this experience as I associate strongly with the philosophy and esthetics of the brand. I took a flight to Milan to the presentation of the first Tod’s Pret a Porter collection designed by Alessandra Facchinetti. Alessandra is familiar to us in the fashion industry from her days as a designer at Valentino and Gucci but her collection for Tod’s completely blew me away. It is the perfect fit. Somehow brands and designers find each other – the same can be said of its ambassadors. They just bring out the best in each other. It was a very serene show, from the setting to the energy in the room. None of the usual hideousness of strung out PR managers in black clothes, attention grabbing extras or militant organisers were present- all of which make fashion shows a nauseous experience. It was a classy affair. Just in the spirit of the Della Valles. More on the show later. Here I am with all the other global ambassadors: Noor Fares- fine jewlery designer, Hedvig Opshaug- blogger , Polly Morgan – artist and Carolina Gonzalez Bunster- Founder of Walkabout Foundation. All very inspiring women!
Travelling, at Barcelona airport, photo by http://www.daisyvegablog.com
The SWEET Alessandra Mastronardi in Valentino, ready to go…
The elegant Alessandra Mastronardi in Valentino in the boat on the way to the event
Of course I had to go for the classic Valentino red , a clearer shot of the amazing dress below:
The first ball was held in 1932, by the founder of the Venice Film Festival , Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata and remained one of the most important social events until the end of the 1980s. More than 20 years later, at the 70th Venice Film Festival Palazzo Volpi has reopened its doors. Thank you to creative directors of the fashion house Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli ! Check out the rest of the pictures on Italian Vogue : http://www.vogue.it/en/people-are-talking-about/parties-events/2013/09/louis-garrel-per-valentino#ad-image295246
During the Venice Film Festival I was invited to the Diva e Donna charity dinner in honour of the Care & Share charity to accept a prize in the field of new media. This charity educates over 6000 children below the poverty level in Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh, INDIA). Care&Share helps street children, children of sex workers, physically challenged kids and shelters abandoned newborns and assists juveniles detained in the Observation Home (local reformatory).
We can all help immensely in the fight against poverty, education and fighting disease in impoverished countries. Not only can we help by donating funds but we can also help by communicating the need to change this. Information is power. New media allows us to get the message across much quicker. If you would like to donate and find out more please follow this link. http://www.careshareindia.org/intro.htm
Don’t cry jeans support this charity and I happened to have a look at their products when in Venice. The jeans are well fitted and comfortable and make a wonderful silhouette. More about the brand later. DO check out them out here: http://www.dontcry.it Thank you again for the award!
All the girls are wearing Aquazzura shoes!
I made an exception and wore a shorter dress to showcase the most important thing of the evening- THE SHOES! Missoni dress, Salvatore Ferragamo clutch and Aquazzura gladiator sandals. Going DISCO ITALIAN strong!!
Dynamo exhibit at Grand Palais, Paris. Xavier Veilhan, Dan Flavin, Anish Kapoor, Marcel Duchamp, etc, 09/04-29/07/13Leave a comment
Xavier Veilhan below
Find the photographs of the artworks in Paris metro stations, photograph them, post them here https://www.facebook.com/GrandPalais.RMN/app_119346054918778 and win….something!
SS2012 above Fall 2013 below
Ana Ljubinkovic above. I’m loving the sculptural shapes, bold colours, patterns and her general play on details. I saw Ana’s last collection somewhere online whilst browsing the net and absolutely loved what I saw. I digged deeper. She is a Serbian designer based in Belgrade. It’s absolutely amazing to travel outside our usual 4 fashion destinations- Milan, Paris, New York and London and discover something outstanding. Globalisation is upon us. In fashion too. It’s important to be curious and to look outside the obvious fashion capitals for new talent. You would be surprised what you find. Ana is a fine example of this.
Whilst at Belgrade Fashion week I also discovered the dark world of Ivana Pilja (below)
This classified French monument historique has been in the Beauvau-Craon family since it was completed in 1732. The current proprietor, Princess Minnie de Beauvau-Craon, is a direct descendant of Prince Marc de Beauvau-Craon who in 1720 commissioned the architect Germain Boffrand to build it in the remote countryside near the Moselle and Meurthe rivers. A while back I was invited by the Princess’ daughter to visit the chateau and be a guest at the opening of the old school couture Givenchy, Venet and Balenciaga exhibit. Apart from meeting the chic Princess and having a feast for my eyes whilst walking around I had the immense pleasure of meeting Hubert Givenchy himself. I am rarely star struck. But I skipped a breath when I met him. He is tall, handsome and a very elegant man. And there is the association of course to his muse Audrey Hepburn. I think that today we sadly only rarely have the pleasure of meeting men and women that are elegant in character, manners and appearance. Why? Is it because our pop culture is selling us their packaged version of “fast-food” idols? And thus the youth thinks this to be model of lifestyle to aspire to? It’s as if there is a general consensus that Madame Hepburn or Monsiuer Givenchy types are not sellable? Is vulgarity cashing in nowdays? Is it because our lifestyle is becoming busier and faster and people don’t have time to stop, think , observe and appreciate subtlety? Is there way too much information and lots of people are getting lost or have lost identity? Is our civilisation evolving or regressing to cave men esthetics?(ie. Kardashians) I could go on and on with questions. Let’s leave at this and the beautiful history and tradition that Chateau d’Haroue brings with it into our century.
Ultimate feminine clothes with signature delicate laces, powdery pastels and sprinkles of jewels. She makes demi-couture evening gowns, to party dresses and fine accessories. Beyond the two branded stores located in Uberlândia and Sao Paulo, plus a further 140 multi-brand outlets throughout Brazil, Patricia Bonaldi pieces can be found in demanding markets such as America, Russia, the Middle East and Europe. Harrods, of London, will be the exclusive UK retailer for the brand for its second season in 2013. At the brand’s HQ, in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, the designer has established her own school of embroidery. Prolonging the tradition for decorative manual labour in the region, Bonaldi’s aim is to empower women by training each person to her meticulous standard. Now with over 105 recruits, the school collaboratively produce the rich embroidery and embellishment that feature on Patricia Bonaldi garments.
Every country naturally tries to nurture their own talents whether they are in the arts, sports, science….or fashion! It was really interesting to see how the city of Sao Paolo supports their emerging fashion talent through business mentoring in areas such as business planning, marketing, sourcing, production and exporting. Some of the designers that caught my eye are below. Gabriela Sakate(above hand below) has such a strong Fall 2013 collection, absolutely love all the pieces!
Below some Trend- T T- Shirts
Der Metropol menswear
I have been to Rio before and Sao Paolo was introduced to me by my hosts as the business capital of Brazil. “Everything happens here, it fast paced- it is very similar to the energy of New York.” You could say that as there are a lot of tall buildings, the city is massive, there is a feeling that you are in the middle of a ticking beehive but add to that mix very relaxed people who are always smiling and lots of tropical looking trees. The food is amazing and the sushi is one of the best I have ever had. I met some really interesting locals and would love to feature some of them on my blog. It is existing to see how fashion is developing in this powerful emerging market. Brazil is exploding!!!
Here are some snapshots that caught my eye ( not the most polished of things but these things speak to me….I think these things define a city’s charm ) whilst being driven though the streets of Sao Paolo. I also had the immense pleasure of listening to Avril Groom from How to Spend it Magazine whilst in the car- my partner in crime this time.
Developing fast….old house in the concrete jungle…
I was invited to Kiev Fashion week a while back and have such treasured memories from this trip. Here is what my partner in crime Natalie Joos and I managed to get up to in our very limited free time.
Above and below images from Natalie Joos’ blog www.talesofendearment.com
St Michael’s cathedral above and St. Vladmir’s cathedral below. Stunning Orthodox heritage
Picture above from Natalie Joos’blog www.talesofendearment.com , Trussardi croc bag
Eating caviar at the Fairmont Hotel, Dannijo necklace and Issa dress
Method acting: Being a lamp
Marni shoes and bag, Matthew Williamson coat, Club Monaco trousers and Bimba and Lola sweater
In Abrakadabra dress, vintage necklaces and Aimie Maston bracelet at Mari Vanna, London, http://www.marivanna.co.uk/
Eugenie Niarchos and Noor Fares invite you to their jewellery pop up at Shizaru Gallery, London, until Feb 2013Leave a comment
I recently became a member of the ESPA state of the art spa and gym at the Corinthia Hotel in London. It is one of the most spectacular spas in London and voted one of the best. It is also located in such a stunning hotel which is quite convenient for a nibble in the lobby after a workout. All products are by ESPA, the only natural, sustainable with ethically sourced ingredients beauty line. Watch out- everyone will tell you their products are natural nowdays. This here is THE real deal. It’s holistic in its approach and derives on Eastern therapy traditions. And it is not tested on animals! Ticks all my boxes. Every day I am using the energising body lotion and shower gel that contains shea butter and almond oil and once in a while the exfoliating body polish that contains refined apricot seed kernels. Girlie bliss! If you like to bathe in seaweed (yes there are some of us out there that actually pay for this at thalassotherapies worldwide) , known for its detoxifying qualities , you should go for the Detoxyfying seaweed bath oil. Not a great sight but does wonders for your body. Last but not least-if you would like your home to smell as if you are baking brownies you should buy their Gijanuja hot chocolate candle- it gives me the munchies everytime I light it! There is also a very special hairdresser- Daniel Galvin at the spa so for ladies that blow dry their hair you have it all in one spot, no need to rush around town! http://www.espalifeatcorinthia.com/
Can’t wait for this- first Alaia retrospective in France at Musee de la mode Galliera-Paris -date TBC 2013Leave a comment
Motilo is giving away three shopping sprees on MatchesFashion.com at £1000, £500 or £100 prizes . All you have to do to enter- is simply pin your Matches Fashion Holiday Wish List on Motilo.
Create a Pinterest board called “Holiday Season Wish List, visit the Matches boutique on Motilo and pin your favourite items to your “Holiday Season Wish List”. Add #Matchesfashion to every item you pin. Here: http://magazine.motilo.com/win-a-1000-shopping-spree-at-matchesfashion-com/ Finally, follow Motilo & Matches on Pinterest. Ends 17th December so start pinning!
Check me out with the other Motilo girls Poppy Delevigne, Anna dell Russo and Sophia Hesketh here : http://pinterest.com/motilo/motilo-girls/ and here http://girls.motilo.com/
Marni chairs made by Colombian ex prisoners to be sold exclusively during Art Basel at Marni Miami storeLeave a comment
Here I am with the designer of Roger Vivier who makes my favourite bag in the world, the Prismick bag. I love it in dark green in smaller size and in purple for the larger size. Bruno Frisoni and Ines de la Fressange who personifies French chic for me have made this label such a hot commodity. Here is a shot of one of the the bags as seen by Mademoiselle Agnes which is part of a book and the exhibit on the night of the event. I am wearing a Roksanda Ilincic jacket, Bimba and Lola trousers and a Roger Vivier Prismick bag.