Tag Archive: Paris

Jun 07 2012

Pre-Fall 2012: Elie Saab’s Balada A Paris Short Film

I love a fashion film, I love gorgeous sequinned gowns, add Paris and Elie Saab into the mix and I am seriously in love!!!

Known for chic evening gowns worthy only for the red carpet and major award shows Elie Saab has produced an elegant film, Balade a Paris to showcase the pre-fall 2012 collection, which has just hit stores.

This film walks in the footsteps of the Elie Saab woman taking in her endless elegance from day to night, and brings with it all the glamour and exquisite craftsmanship that Elie Saab is known for. What I adore about this short film has to be the close-ups of the dress details showing off the designers use of beads, sequins, lace and cut-outs, especially the gorgeous red-sequinned gown.

I just love the intimate feel of the film, that it has totally made me want more and I can’t wait to see some of this looks hitting the red carpet.

[Pic/Film: Elie Saab]

Jan 26 2012

Couture Spring 2012: Back To The 20s With Givenchy

If you are after drama and exquisite detailing from Paris Couture Fashion Week then you don’t have to look further than Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy. Once again, his Givenchy couture offering was divine, with the Art Deco era of the Twenties and Thirties a key influence in the collection.

There may only be 10-pieces, but each floor-length gown has a feminine appeal, with geometric embroidery, crystal embellishments and fringed detailing in a colour palette of black, white, brown, cream and bronze – all presented with the most opulent of jewellery and elbow-length gloves.

Of course I can’t look at Couture without thinking Oscars and these three are my top picks. I am going for Rooney Mara choosing the black number, minus the jacket, but hoping that she pairs it with some of the jewellery from the collection. I also loved the white and bronze dresses as well. I think the halterneck bronze design is the most likely to go from runway to red carpet.

I also love the basketball court setting – it really made the dresses look incredible and if possible more feminine. Loved the collection.

[Images: Givenchy]

Jan 24 2012

Couture Spring 2012: Atelier Versace – I Spy Oscar Gowns

Yesterday saw Donatella showcase her couture line Atelier Versace for the first time since 2004 at l’Ecole des Beaux Art in Paris with actresses Diane Kruger and Cameron Diaz spotted pick out their next red carpet dresses. I am so glad that she did a presentation as the collection was full of glamour, exquisite detailing and most of all it was nice to spy potential Oscar gowns for my best dressed list.

There were only 15 looks presented, but wow what a 15, with gorgeous eveningwear gowns treading the gold staircase with leather hot pants, corsets, and biker jackets. The colourway was just divine from gorgeous pearl grey hues, mixed in with vibrant golds, and my favourite designs were the vivid orange, and acid green and yellow shades, which looked amazing in the sculpted corsets with metal detailing, encrusted crystals, transparent lace and leather.

I just loved the 3D qualities to the waist, neckline, bust and shoulders, which will just be perfect on the red carpet and I am sure a Lady Gaga music video. I could also see this gold number being worn by Jennifer Lopez, maybe for a live show of American Idol? But I also think it if it could be reworked into a floor-skimming evening gown with chiffon train then Diane Kruger would be a vision at the Oscars.

My Oscar picks have to be these pearl grey gowns, which I think just have a gorgeous silhouette about them with the metal work embellishments. If Anne Hathaway is going to attend can you please try on this long-sleeved version, I love the shoulders, the sheer texture and that waist skimming metal work detailing.

I could see this shape dress in a more neutral colour being worn by Angelina  Jolie as well as Nicole Kidman, but I would love someone to give this vibrant orange a go.

Last word has to be given to those sky-high heels – how divine are these with the leather tongues detailing to the front.

[Pics: Versace Facebook]

Mar 14 2011

Postcard From: Paris Love Bridge

I have been to Paris a number of times, but it was only recently when I was in town for Paris Fashion Week, that I discovered the amazing Love Bridge, aka Pont des Arts.

This pedestrian bridge across the Seine River, linking the Institut de France and the Palais du Louvre, is adorned with Love Padlocks which people have customised to symbolize their love.

It was literately covered from end-to-end, I was memorised by it, there were padlocks that have been there for years. I loved the heart-shaped padlock, the red spotty one, and found the engraved handcuffs a little bit too much. I seriously could have stayed on this bridge for hours taking in the memories.

Apparently, this custom of  ‘locking a padlock and throwing away the key’ probably originated in China, I really like the idea. I think I will have to get one for Paulie and I and lock it to our garden fence!!

Mar 11 2011

Paris: Colette Go Crazy For Plastic Ken

Every time I go to Paris, one of my highlights has to be the Colette window display. Last year, it was an amazing super heroes celebrating DC Comics and this time round it was all about Ken Carson turning 50.

In collaboration with Cassette Playa, this window is like a mini exhibition as it features a display of Ken archive dolls spanning six decades, one of my favourite has to be Totally Hair Ken from 1992, it is the purple trousers and white shoes – very trendy!!

CP X Ken capsule collection features Cassette Playa’s signature oversized digital print silk t-shirts, pants and shorts, featuring printed 3D fold Ken torsos, roses, as well as text message and BBM symbols. My favourite piece of the collection has to be the Merino wool embroidered cricket sweaters, go for either white with blue and red stripes, or my personal fav the black teamed with red and blue stripes, yours for €240.

Don’t worry not all the pieces in the Ken shop are expensive, why not pick up this limited-edition Cassette Playa keyring, €15.

Love Ken? Love this collection? Then you have to check out the amazing shoot from Dazed & Confused – seriously cool clothes for a fifty year-old doll!!!

Mar 10 2011

In Pictures: My First Paris Fashion Week AW11

Mar 09 2011

Paris: Colette x Chanel Pop-up

I love how fashion week can bring together two brands and produce something cool, and I was so excited that with my first time going to Paris Fashion Week that my favourite Parisian store Colette had teamed up with Chanel for a temporary space.

Located at 336-340 rue Saint-Honoré *literarly just up the road from Colette*, the pop-up boutique is being housed in a former garage, and has gathered some cool artists to decorate it alongside Chanel’s spring/summer 2011 collection.

I loved this space, not only for the collector’s doll by Karl Lagerfeld *sadly at €1,200 – a little out of my price range*, but the giant Be@rbrick’s holding Blake Lively’s favourite bag the Mademoiselle, to the nail bar and cupcake bar, and all this alongside a DJ playing great tunes.

I seriously could have spent all day here. Wish spaces like this would just pop-up in Londontown.

Sorry for the lack of great piccies, but these were the only ones I could get on my Blackberry before being told off by the burly security guys.

Sketch by Karl Lagerfeld

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