Cire Trudon X Fornasetti

A  new collection of scented candles, boxed incense sticks and diffusers see a collaboration between two iconic brands; Centuries-old French candle house Cire Trudon and Italian design house Fornasetti.  Combining my love of all things French and Italian, The Fornasetti Profumi per la Casa collection celebrates the Fornasetti ceramic heritage by including signature clean silhouettes to decorate your home,  together with such an alliance of skill sets- Cire Trudon, perfumer Olivier Polge, and skilled ceramicists Ceramiche Dal Pra.

Available locally at Becker Minty

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CHANEL New Vintage A/W 2012/2013

Below are my favourite looks from the CHANEL New Vintage Automn Hiver Haute Couture 2012/2013 collection.

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Lookbooks as artworks? Surely not.

Weekends are good for scrapbooking. Or collaging. Anything can be collaged. And it’s one of my favourite things to do.
I recently didn’t want to part with some old beautiful Hermes lookbooks I had, so I decided to combine the parts of my favourite prints and images with a Paris street-scape calendar that had expired.
Thought they might make a nice artwork, so I got my home D.I.Y hat on.

Next project will be assembling the pictures of these divine bear tricks and alphabet letters  from an old  Prada Christmas gift catalogue. I’m going to make a stylish kid’s wall hanging.


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R & Y Augousti

Never before have I seen such a unique approach to furniture and decorative homewares/ accessories design as from the work of husband and wife team Ria and Yiouri Augousti (R&Y Augousti Paris). Their art-deco style clutch bags first got my attention and prompted me to learn more about the brand. I became aware of their beautiful signature boxy style clutches, and spotted some other favourites mixed with mother-of-pearl, and with varying styles in snakeskin and stingray. Their bags are often crafted using parchment, shagreen, bamboo and exotic shells like mother-of-pearl and penshell. Even their beautiful furniture possesses an obvious art deco feel, and a nod to their exotic travels and achitecture.As if supplying to Neiman Marcus and Barney’s New York wasn’t enough, the talented duo was also commissioned to design for the Hotel Crillon, Paris. They have their own flagship store in Paris, as well as a showroom in New York.

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Alyssa Miller by Koray Birand

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Hedi’s ‘NEW’ Saint Laurent

This morning, I awoke to read  about the backlash from Hedi Slimane’s alleged arrogant strategy for the rebranding of the new Saint Laurent (or Yves Saint Laurent, or Saint Laurent Paris or whatever it is)…

It was a result of Mr Slimane’s twitter post (below), as he was seeking revenge on New York Times journalist Cathy Horun. Horun was allegedly criticising Slimane’s recent show via the NYT. Apparently a bit of a dig at Slimane for not receiving an invite to the Paris show for the much-awaited Saint Laurent re-launch. Have a read… It’s quite hilarious the way the fashion industry chooses to critique and play favourites , but my opinion is this: Without knowing Cathy Horun’s complete journalistic past and her fashion credibility, I would question whether she’d be able to realise any design, let alone sketch-and-toile, source new fabrications and labour over a patternmaking table for months; developing, cutting and grading,  before then enduring endless fittings, with the overwhelming gloom of production ahead… And all this whilst forging a new brand identity, and maintaining its history at the same time!!! Arrogant Hedi may be, but talented he is, and that’s the main thing.

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