A cotton embroidered waist coat with (real) fur trim from the Fall 2015 collection by Zara. The piece features a short cut, colorful beading on a black cotton base and metalised detailing. It’s a total steal at $129. Available to Order Now from www. Zara.com.
Rossella Jardini, the long-time former creative director of Moschino, is presenting a new self-titled collection of clothing and shoes. With the recent launch of her new website came this magical teaser video of what can be expected from the line. Watch the film here on Rossellajardini.com.
Treat your loved ones right and take them to new culinary heights on an alfresco adventure; this basket will inject picnics with banquet flair and impeccable order. Handcrafted in Somerset with locally grown willow by a fourth generation family of artisans, the traditional wicker body has an aged weather beaten gold finish, leather belt fastenings and whimsical Liberty Print detailing, giving everyone’s favourite summer pursuit a heritage makeover. Available to Order Now from www.Liberty.co.uk.
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Graveur Stern is one of the most famous stationery suppliers in Paris. Operating out of the same untouched boutique in the Passage des Panoramas since 1834, the brand recently moved to new quarters on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The old space in the Passage has been turned into a charming café.
“The project was as crazy as it was exciting: transform the former Stern engravings boutique, the jewel of the Passage des Panoramas, into the capital’s most insane café. Revive the splendor of the Boulevards during Tortoni’s century… And it was a success! Who can we hold responsible? David Lanher, the new tycoon of Parisian restaurants (Racines, Vivant, Paradis…), Massimiliano Alajmo, the star Italian chef (Le Calandre in Padua, Caffè Quadri in Venice) and Philippe Starck, the ambiance creator you can’t do without. In this jewel box composed of small dining rooms with somber contoured woodwork, drawers and codorvan leather on the walls, Starck has created… classic Starck, within the flexibility allowed by the spot’s ranking as a historic monument: a stuffed and bejeweled wolf and lynx, a winged white rabbit hidden behind a fireplace, cushioned benches, communal tables, a miniature Murano chandelier encased in a bubble… ” . . . from David Lanher, Le Fooding Guide’s 2015 Man of the Hour. www.CaffeStern.fr
The Duchess of Cambridge was photographed out and about with Prince William in her first sighting since the birth of Princess Charlotte. Kate was sporting a chic new hair style, having clipped her famously glossy hair with some long side fringe. Continue reading to view additional images of Kate’s new look.
Superleggera is an Italian word for ‘super light’ which highlights the design concept behind this mock-up of a vintage inspired roadster developed by MINI. The car combines elements of the manufacturers’ signature Mini Cooper with the looks of an Italian sportscar resulting in one sleek yet adorable little ride. Continue reading to view additional images.
Silently stalking its way through Cartier iconography for a century, the Panther is the proud leader of the pack of precious animals that make up the famous Cartier menagerie. A superbly stylish influencer throughout history, the panther has been a symbol of power, seduction, and triumph since ancient times. Filled with stunning imagery including rarely seen drawings from the Cartier archives, Cartier Panthère illustrates the panther in art history and popular culture, and chronicles the evolution and techniques of the Cartier Panther. Featuring texts by art historian Berenice Geoffroy-Schneiter, jewelry historian Vivienne Becker, jewelry technical expert Joanna Hardy, and fashion editor André Leon Talley, this beautiful volume also includes a complete chronology of 100 years of Cartier Panther jewels. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.
As a young woman, Kate Betts nursed a dream of striking out on her own in a faraway place and becoming a glamorous foreign correspondent. After college—and not without trepidation—she took off for Paris, renting a room in the apartment of a young BCBG (bon chic, bon genre) family and throwing herself into the local culture. She was determined to master French slang, style, and savoir faire, and to find a job that would give her a reason to stay.
After a series of dues-paying jobs that seemed only to reinforce her outsider status, Kate’s hard work and willingness to take on any assignment paid off: Her writing and intrepid forays into la France Profonde—true France—caught the eye of John Fairchild, the mercurial fashion arbiter and publisher of Women’s Wear Daily, the industry’s bible. Kate’s earliest assignments—investigating the mineral water preferred by high society, chasing after a costumed band of wild boar hunters through the forests of Brittany—were a rough apprenticeship, but she was rewarded for her efforts and was initiated into the elite ranks of Mr. Fairchild’s trusted few who sat beside him in the front row and at private previews in the ateliers of the gods of French fashion. From a woozy yet mesmerizing Yves Saint Laurent and the mischievous and commanding Karl Lagerfeld to the riotous, brilliant young guns who were rewriting all the rules—Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, John Galliano—Betts gives us a view of what it was like to be an American girl, learning about herself, falling in love, and finding her tribe.
Kate Betts’s captivating memoir brings to life the enchantment of France—from the nightclubs of 1980s Paris where she learned to dance Le Rock, to the lavender fields of Provence and the grand spectacle of the Cour Carrée—and magically re-creates that moment in life when a young woman discovers who she’s meant to be.
In it’s next exhibition the Palais Galleria fashion museum in Paris will be display treasured dresses that once belonged to Élisabeth, Countess Greffulhe. Said to be the inspiration for Marcel Proust’s character the Duchess of Guermantes in his iconic novel In Search of Lost Time, Greffulhe was a well-known Parisian society figure from the time of the Belle Époque until after the second world war. Her appearances at functions were marked by a lavish sense of style that left her noted as a clothes horse of her day. Fashion Regained: The Treasured Dresses of Élisabeth, Countess Greffulhe will show from November 7 through March 20, 2016. Continue reading to view additional preview images.