Category Archives: EVENT
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.
Head out to for some basic cashmere pieces that last you a lifetime! Best investment you will do for your wardrobe. Amazing quality. All this at 80% off retail price. Mens- & Womenswear
10am – 8pm, 22nd – 23rd November 2012, Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London, WC1H 9AU (nearest station is King’s Cross)
Question of imagination and not budget- head to Affordable Art Fair London in Hampstead, 1-4 NovemberLeave a comment
We were celebrating Matthew Williamson’s bday and the 15 year anniversary of his brand at Nobu in London. Also Matthew showed us his short film , Matthew Williamson XV, starring Poppy Dellevigne, Valentine Fillol Cordier and Sienna Miller. Beautiful and dreamy masterpiece shot at Aynhoe Park. He has an amazing understanding of women and dressing in his clothes is always fun. Here I am wearing a skirt and shirt from his Fall 2012 collection.
Tip for all the shoppers out there- There is a special Matthew Williamson sample sale (80 % off womenswear!) on 25 and 26 October from 8am-7pm at The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, W1K 5AB. Ruuuuun!
You can see more pictures from the event here: http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/celebrity/539082/matthew-williamson-celebrates-15th-anniversary-with-fashion-s-a-list.html#index=1
I don’t know why both me and the designer have a fake tan going on in this picture- I guess the photographer has to answer that and why he has not retouched my picture….
Here we are at the opening of the Paule Ka store in Mount Street with the designer Serge Cajfinger all dressed up in Paule Ka! Poppy Delevigne and Sonia Sieff are wearing Paule Ka (but not the shoes) and I am wearing Paule Ka shoes, hat, tunic and bag, jeans by Citizens of Humanity….very Montmartre , isn’t it? Poppy and I went for the strong bits of the Fall 2012 collection, different geometric shapes to Paule Ka’s usual feminine and demure dresses. I did a post about the collection earlier and I think that the strongest piece is the plant print top- please MOVE ON from the Kenzo tiger and Givenchy panther sweaters , the whole world is wearing them! I also have to mention to Tommy Ton that he overdid it on the those tow particular print sweaters during the latest fashion weeks….If you want to follow this season’s favourite print sweater trend go for this Paule Ka one!
Event- launch of VOGUE ON series books hosted by Alexandra Shulman and Quadrille publishing at Le CapriceLeave a comment
Vogue On is an influential and covetable series of short books from the fashion bible Vogue, celebrating the defining fashion designers of the last century. The first four books in the series illuminate the significance of Elsa Schiaparelli, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen, each pioneers of their time, and draw extensively on the Vogue archive, the definition of portraiture and fashion illustration.
Event is for the movers and shaker of the world’s digital industry. Can’t wait! Check it out on http://sime.nu/
Yes love you Portia- we finally have a picture from my room at Shopbop event- on Portia Freeman’s Vogue.co.uk LFW photo diaryLeave a comment
Remember how my camera died at the Shopbop event? Well happy we have this picture with gorg Portia! She is wearing a Moschino skirt, Tommy Hilfiger belt, Margaret Howell Jumper, Bionda Costana clutch and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. Check out her LFW diary on Vogue.co.uk here http://www.vogue.co.uk/spy/celebrity-photos/2012/09/25/portia-freeman-lfw-diary/gallery/4
My Shopbop LFW event with Susie Bubble, London Liberty Girl and Disney Roller Girl- DJ set by Alice Dellal and Valentine Fillol CordierLeave a comment
American etalier Shopbop http://www.shopbop.com/ recently made me their Ambassador and I also had the immense privilege to style a room at the Neo Bankside Penthouse for their event during London fashion week along with the likes of Susie Bubble, Disney Roller girl and London Liberty Girl, London’s most influential bloggers. I also got to invite some of my friends to the event. Music was provided by Alice Dellal, Tennesse Thomas and Valentine Fillol Cordier. The Shopbop site has been relaunched,its cool now and the selection is really great- I had the immense pleasure/tragedy of going through all of it on one of my insomniac nights. All of it! Am the Shopbop encyclopedia now, nice to meet you!
As a moodboard for my room I had envisaged a 1920′s art deco budoir – somewhere where Coco Chanel would have liked to spend time in . I looked for inspiration in the Coco and Stravinsky film’s esthetics of Coco’s interiors. Dark brown and grey shades. Masculine femininity- the fashion juxtaposition which I abide by- but this cliche does exist in interior design as well. Boudoirs with art deco geometry take away that immensely girlie frou four factor. My idea being too ambitious and with so little time ahead to redecorate we settled for a mini version of the above. I picked the smallest room with the idea that this space is private , where you feel relaxed , sheltered- like your small little nest where you run away from everything for a short while. I did say that this blog will have minimum writing but here I go rambling on some more.
I chose to wear labels that are sold on Shopbop- Issa dress and Erickson Beamon jewelery The red bag in the background is by Loeffler Randall and is a part of my installation. You are wondering why I don’t have more pictures of my room? Blame technology, my camera died on the night of the event. Yeay. The red bag is an upscale version of a schoolboys bag. Not too big, not too small and a shoulder bag so you can just throw it over your shoulder when running to meetings. It does fit an Ipad.
Each blogger was given a list of items to pick from for a perfect wardrobe. The items would then be on display at our individual rooms. I wanted to have selection of pieces that were highly utilitarian. Useful, timeless pieces a woman should have in her wardrobe for every day or night. Useful fashion.
These Rag and Bone boots perfectly illustrate that- indestructible ankle boot that are perfect for running around the city come autumn rain and cold weather.
Leather is really big this fall so some these leather trousers on the menu courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff A little black dress in leather from great Aussie brand Shakuhaci ( I wore one their dresses to the Tate Warner Music event, amazing!)
Peplums are still in – Rebecca Taylor
Fun version of a classic bag- stuff it with anything and it also just brightens any outfit- By Malene Birger
Some of my friends at the event: Saloni Lodha
And we were all drinking Fiol prosecco.xx.
The incredible book gathering all of Jean Loup’s Sieff’s works – chapter introductions are written by the iconic Franca Sozanni and other fashion personalities.
Jean Loup Sieff daughter Sonia’s photography at the Colette store
Ma choupinette Sonia Sieff above
Some of Jean Loup Sieff’s iconic photographs
Roland Mouret hosted a wonderfully intimate dinner for the launch of the Robert Clergerie shoes boutique. I am wearing the fabulous shoes in green – they are so chic and comfortable. Other fabulously elegant ladies at the event were Tallulah Harlech, Portia Freeman and Morwenna Lytton Cobbold . Robert Clergerie shoes, Roger Vivier bag, my new Citizens of humanity jeans. You can look at some more pictures from the event here on Tatler’s site
I popped in to the event hosted by Tom and Ruth Chapman of Matches, one of my favourite stores in London to celebrate British design talent. The installation will be up at their Marylebone store until the 24th September.
Here I am with my Roger Vivier prismick bag, Bex Rox necklace, Patricia Beck bracelet and Hermes bracelet.
Caption for the image above: “Ummmm…I’d like to get my hands on another pair of Aquazzura shoes”. Lara is wearing Courreges vintage and I am wearing the Issa Fall 2012 collection velvet dress- you can buy it on Net a Porter here
I won’t make it (not in town) but if you are in London please do go- will be a really special evening. Roland Mouret has created the Baba dress. Have a go at creating your own version here http://www.rolandmouret.com/shopping/women/roland-mouret-item-10260584.aspx
Peter Lindbergh – Known and the Unknown, Milan, Gallery Carla Sozzani – 6th September-4th November 2012Leave a comment
I could not find a better image from the event, I know my face is blurry! And yes there was a lot of smoke at the Tate. The important thing is the dress which is by Shakuhaci, the Peackock boots and Lanvin clutch! The dress is amazing- have a look at the rest of the collection from this Australian brand http://www.shakuhachi.net/showroom-winter12.html
Portia Freeman and me at event dressed in Chanel ( me in Chanel SS 2012 LBD, pink Chanel boy bag, Chanel cuffs and Peackocks black boots). I love Chanel make up – I use their mascaras, eyeliners and eyebrow pencils. Thanks for great goodie bag. See other looks from event on http://www.vogue.co.uk/spy/celebrity-photos/2012/7/24/chanel-pop-up-store-opening/gallery/2#/image/14
This year the Serpentine Pavillion is designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei the celebrated Chinese artist. I’ve been going every year now and this year’s party was really good- loved listening to Azealia Banks live.
She rocks and also the interior of the Pavillion was made of cork which is quite something. Since this is an art event I wanted to go all out- and I did- in a SS2012 Nicholas Oakwell Couture gold sequin dress with an ostrich feather white skirt and white collar.
You can see my outfit from the evening and all the others on this link on Vogue UK http://www.vogue.co.uk/spy/celebrity-photos/2012/6/27/serpentine-summer-party/gallery#/image/25
My shoes were my Nicholas Kirkwood and the clutch is from the Fall 2012 Anya Hindmarch collection.
I wrote about this bag earlier on my blog- it’s such a little jewel. Read on for some more looks from the Nicholas Oakwell Spring Summer Collection Read more
The lovely model Portia Freeman looking gorgeous!
Absolutely love this designer. I was invited to see the Fall 2012 collection last week in London. His collection was once again spot on for me. Lush decadence of 1970s New York- if anyone has seen Faye Dunaway in the movie The eyes of Laura Mars will know what I am talking about. The setting was the beautiful ballroom at the Claridge’s Hotel in London which was converted in a decadent New York penthouse. All styled by Gianluca Longo…
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I was invited by Evian to watch tennis at Wimbledon and of course supported Djokovic. Had the pleasure of discussing tennis with the music icon Grace Jones who was dressed top to bottom in Alaia! I went for a very very sporty look- Burberry white jeans, Ralph lauren t- shirt, Converse and Loro Piana sweater. Thank you to the organisers- had a wonderful time! Read on for more images from the event Read more
Head to Masterpiece Fair London where you can see lots of nice bits and pieces lie: jewerly from Hemmerle or the Marc Newson riva yacht and this beautiful chair he designed. Can’t wait.
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I gave my first speech on digital media and luxury brands last week! Thank you Universal Media and Fastbridge for having me, it was a wonderful experience. I am wearing: DVF jacket, Oscar de la Renta shirt, Alexander McQueen trousers, Alaia shoes, Hermes bracelet and Natasha Zinko ring http://www.wave6.co.uk/
Don’t forget to head out to Art Basel, the world’s premier international art fair for Modern and contemporary works. Art Basel features nearly 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. For more information go to this link http://basel.artbasel.com/go/id/ss/
Maiwenn and many more…http://thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com/
I was invited to the Prix Francoise Sagan in Paris, a literary award created by the French novelist’s son and supported by Louis Vuitton Editeur to honor the best book of the spring. A French-language novel or work of fiction will be chosen from the 10 shortlisted, by a jury made up of writers, literary critics and publishing industry figures.
Celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a floral tribute to the tastemakers of the era of Her Majesty’s Coronation.
Designed as an extension of latest windows created in collaboration with British illustrator Kerry Lemon, display recreates a quintessential English Rose garden, inspired by the photography of Cecil Beaton and the innovative style and colour palette used by royal florist Constance Spry. Using hydrangeas, begonias and a variety of roses, soft shades of cream and pink are contrasted with touches of greenery, to produce a structured display reminiscent of Regent’s Park Rose Garden and the mazes of Hampton Court Palace.
http://www.rikaint.com/magazine/magazine.php Very cool magazine and very cool fashion brand
London Frieze Art Fair comes to New York for the first time this yea…if in NYC make sure you go check it out! http://friezenewyork.com/
And now onto something completely different…Dolce Gabbana boxing team versus Moscow Dynamo, 2nd May , LondonLeave a comment
The Design Museum presents iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career which has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s career to date and showcases twenty years of designs and inspiration. Go see it from tomorrow …sad am missing the opening tonight- am away from London for work!