Sunday, 27 December 2009


New Chanel Coco Mademoiselle scented candle, Kings of Leon on repeat and wardrobe editing...perfect Sundayness.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Paris under a layer of powdery snow (December 17th 2009).

All areas around Champs Elysees/Esplanade des Invalides.
Source: my camera!

Art Nouveau Revival

At the Musee d'Orsay, really inspiring and interesting. Looks at Art Nouveau and how it has slipped into modern culture from the 1950s onwards.

Pyschedilia, Naturalism etc.

To be continued...

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Paris publicity

Yet another H&M collaboration, this time it's Parisian designer Sonia Rykiel (see Paris Fashion week some posts below). And to present the collection, a Moulin Rouge-worthy spectacle of moving, female-covered float.

The entirety of the Grand Palais was decked out to look like the city of Paris on 1st December 2009. Boasting a glittering Eiffel Tower and frivolous fun fair, the lingerie show was suitably festive for the coming Christmas season.

A good read.

December's Vogue is like an unexpected set of treats wrapped up in beautiful icy tulle. The fashion features focus on showstoppers, gift ideas are present in abundance, the beauty pages are littered with glitter and there is a feature on an exhibition that sheds light on climate change and the melting ice caps.

Suitably wintry in subject matter and art direction. Also, December's Vogue chose Lara Stone to star on the cover of the last issue of 2009 - "her" year.

Not to be missed.

Channel Parisian Chic.

If you want to Channel Chanel's Paris style, these platform wedges by Topshop Boutique are perfect.


Wear-able factor is debatable, but they are impossibly cute to look at.

FAST forward.

Spidery and skimpy - " as strong as a pair of Spandex" (Vogue December 2009) - the dress of the moment according to Vogue is a Mark Fast frock. Modeled by the perfect Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in the magazine and frequenting the wardrobes of Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, Alice Dellal (the celebrity request list goes on), his collection is impossibly in demand.


Paired with Louboutin shoe boots, Fast presented a fashion forward collection of futuristic make-up and bandage body-con. Yet, he took one daring move which set him apart from the other designers - the decision to put three "normal" size models (size 12-14) in his Spring-Summer 2010 collection.


One small step for these new models, one huge step for fashion. While the models looked beautiful and proved the point that "bigger" women can wear Fast's clothes; it was somewhat a shame that Fast's creative director caused such a fuss by walking out due to the decision made. Proving only that fashion still has impossible ideals of beauty or appropriateness on the catwalk and that people rarely dare to put a controversial foot forward in order to push boundaries.

So, a big round of applause to Mark Fast, who not only makes impossibly beautiful dresses, but who makes them for all women of all sizes.