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October 2015

Posted on October 25, 2015

Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery

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Chanel Mademoiselle prive exhibtion London Saatchi Oct 2015

Two words are posted on the door of Gabrielle Chanel’s workshop at rue Cambon: Mademoiselle Privé

I’ve been to many fashion and style exhibitions in London, but the current Coco Chanel exhibition at the Saatchi gallery is my absolute favourite and a must-see for any lover of Madame Chanel’s aesthetic taste. Previously, I’ve been disappointed with very small exhibits or shows guarded by rather fierce looking security personnel threatening to confiscate my camera for trying to record memories on my camera or phone ( The “Italian Fashion” exhibit at the V&A springs to mind)!

The Coco Chanel exhibition at the Saatchi gallery not only tolerates cameras and phones, but encourages visitors to walk through the gallery with their smart phone in hand. The purpose built app works with beacon technology; point the phone to any room in the gallery and the app will bring it to life with augmented reality images and videos of Mademoiselle Chanel. A bold move for a traditional brand that still hasn’t entered the e-commerce field.

The haute couture dresses are displayed on lighting rods displaying the details of the incredible fine and skilful craftsmanship.

The haute couture dresses are displayed on lighting rods displaying the details of the incredible fine and skilful craftsmanship.

The show is a subtle homage to Karl Lagerfeld – the man who resurrected a dying, French brand and turned it into a global icon. Year after year, he reinvented Coco’s signature style key ingredients such as the signature bouclé tweed costumes, quilted leather, pearls, embroidery with flowers, feathers and gemstones – all corner stones of the exhibit.

Coco inspired Karl and fascinates people to this day because she was ahead of her time and liberated woman with her designs and taste that are as relevant today as they ever were.

Street style Chanel Saatchi Exhibition Oct 2015

A Chanel fan dressed from head to toe in Chanel. Love the oversized pearls!

Chanel Lemarie workshop Saatchi Gallery Oct 2015

Visitors can attend one of three workshops on Lesage embroidery, Lemarie feather and flower making and Chanel No 5 olfactive workshop.

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Stroll through the reconstructed boutique at Rue Cambon, complete with the iconic staircase flanked by mirror walls, through a room full of hat boxes, resembling Coco’s first studio in Deauville.

Chanel exhibition Saatchi Gallery Scented room
Walk into the heady perfume room and watch bubbling, colourful cauldrons open and close, revealing the finest ingredients of the famous Chanel scents blended by olfactory artisans.

Lily Collins Chanel diamond bow necklace Saatchi exhibtion Oct 2015
Coco’s diamonds: In 1932, Coco designed her first and only high jewellery collection, creating innovative new designs, rendering the previous styles out of date. For the first time, she didn’t make the diamond the centre piece, but lines and patterns as in couture . She selected five themes for her bijoux collection: The magic of the stars, the rays of the sun, the fluidity of ribbons, the innocence of fringes and the lightness of feathers. Breaking with tradition, she refused to exhibit her jewels on black cushions, but instead styled them on wax mannequins in  her private apartment at 29 Fabourg St Honore
In the exhibit, portraits of stars such as Lily Collins, Kristen Stewart, Keira Knightly and Vanessa Paradis, are shown wearing the stunning pieces.

Chanel Exhibtion Saatchi Gallery Oct 2015

A typical Chanel boucle tweed jacket worn over a tulle skirt: Coco adopted nonchalant elegance, straight cuts and minimalism at a time when silhouettes of wasp waits and puffy A-line skirts dominated. Her timeless and visionary designs can be worn today whilst looking modern and chic.
Chanel chains Saatchi Exhibition Oct 2015
In the sensory room, visitors can touch and wander through swathes of Chanel couture fabrics including the famous bouclé tweeds. A bucket full of Chanel chains invites you to let your fingers run through the heavy chains.

Posted on October 13, 2015

London in Autumn

Featured/ London/ Romantique/ Skirts

Primrose Hill Park Sicily Bag Street style london

After an atrocious summer, London spoilt us with lots of gorgeous sunshine and mild temperatues throughout September and October. I’ve been tanning it up on our balcony and have managed to push back the un-dusting of my winter wardrobe by a few extra weeks.

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons: The warm golden light, the rich and saturated colours of the leaves fallen from the trees and the first few hot chocolates of the season.  London’s parks – Hampstead Heath and Primrose in the North, Hyde Park and Holland Park in the South – are the perfect escape to relax from the hectic pace of the city.

Wardrobe wise, , fall is the time to tone down the bright colours of the summer, seeing the return of opulent colours such as burgundy, forest greens and mustard yellow. These colours are not the most flattering on me, but I still love wearing them and like to freshen them up with a crisp white shirt.

London Street Style Sicily Bag Claudie Pierlot skirt

I’m wearing: Burgundy skirt with suspenders by Claudie Pierlot. Since my French colleague at work told me about this quintessential Gallic brand, I’m hooked! Their style is romantically French consisting of classic staples with a girly twist. Think (plenty of!) Peter Pan collars, sailor stripes, classic shapes and a calm colour palette.

Pastel coloured houses primrose hill

Love the pastel coloured houses of Primrose Hill

Sicily bag and claudie pierlot skirt CrOP Classic penny loafers by Segabo. Embellished Straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag

Posted on October 3, 2015

Highlights Florida, Part 3 – Key West & Miami Downtown

Featured/ Rebel/ Travel

Palm Beach

Life takes on a slower pace in Key West – I felt that all people, who are tired of a conventional 9-5 pm lifestyle, head to Key West. The motto there is: “We are all one human family” – and you can feel this tolerant attitude. It doesn’t matter where you are from, everything is possible, life is a party. The excessive pursuit of fame, wealth and recognition is not the goal on the island.

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Biker Festival on Duval Street

The absolute highlight on Key West was our visit to the Hemingway House. The building exudes a special aura, there are lots of little anecdotes told about Hemingway. However, the actual attraction of the house are the cats!

Streetstyle Duval Street, Key West

There are 54 (!) cats living on the property, are all descendants of “Snowshoes”, Hemingway’s six-toed cats. All cats are named after fame celebrities: Ava Gardner, Edgar Allen Poe, etc. There’s even a little cat cemetery complete with memorial stones. Most cats at the Hemingway House are sterilized apart from a few exceptions who carry the gen of the six-toes and love philandering in the catty neighbourhood.

Papa Hemingway relaxing at Key West

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Cat Arichbald

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Maybe Cat Ingrid Bergman?

Typical cat! In the middle of Hemingway’s Spanish bed from the 17th century, this feline named “Archibald McLeish” is taking an afternoon nap, not phased at all about the tourists. Too adorable, this cheeky rascal!

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Cat “Archibald McLeish” on Hemingways Bed

You can spend hours on the Hemingway property, playing with the cats (if they feel like it)!

Most of the time, they prefer to snooze, eat and have their own space, just being a cat basically.

Dont’ miss the small, nondescript book and souvenir shop near the Swimming pool to take back some amazing post cards and pictures for decorating your apartment back home.

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On the way home to Key West, we stopped at Miami Downtown. The city skyline is shaped by new apartment blocks, commercial high rise buildings and grand luxurious Hotels, giving it the new name as “Little Manhattan”.

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What I wore: Skinny pants by ZARA, Blouse by Ralph Lauren, Shoes & Bag by TK Maxx

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