Monday, December 27, 2010

Shoot of the week: Hilary Rhoda is a free spirit in Bazaar Russia January

Hilary Rhoda is a cross between bohemian beauty and sixties diva in the January cover shoot of Harper’s Bazaar Russia, photographed by Alan Gelati and styled by Natalia Alaverdian.
I love her natural beauty and my absolute favourite shot is her black & white close up!










 
Photos from FGR

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas dinner table inspirations

Christmas is here and all of us are getting ready for the usual Christmas dinner with family and friends. If you're the hostess, then you'll probably worrying about having everything perfect. Here are a few ideas on how to decorate your Christmas dinner table! 

Choose red as a theme and use berries, ribbons and bows to decorate almost anything you want!

Here's a fresh idea using candies to cover a simple vase, as a masterpiece for the dining table.

Add a special touch to make an everyday chair look particularly festive!



A central arrangement of bare twigs and glossy red berries decorated by red wooden stars and hearts.


This is a Victorian era inspired table with frosted fruits and silver candle holders. The deep purple setting looks stunning!

 


White Christmas - White table setting


I love the idea of finding a small gift in my plate!



Just to be sure you've got everything right, here are the "norms" regarding the exact setting of the table.




 Images scanned from "Christmas Inspirations" by Rose Hammick, "Set with style" by Caroline Clifton-Mogg, "Table inspirations" by Emily Chalmers.



Monday, December 20, 2010

Chanel Paris Byzance: Atelier Lesage

I am very impressed by these pictures from this magic place, L'Atelier Lesage in Paris, where all the stunning embroideries of the last Chanel collection have been created.

The history of the Atelier starts when the father of François Lesage, Albert Lesage and her mother Marie-Louise Favot, modelist in Madeleine Vionnet, bought the Michonet house in 1924. François Lesage produced her first dress of haute couture in 1950. Since then, it accomodates in its workshops all the great names of haute couture: Dior, Balmain, Givenchy, Chanel and especially Christian Lacroix.

In 1992, the school of Lesage embroidery opened its doors in rue de la Grange-Batelière 13.









 



Mr Lesage's office...




In the Pre-Fall 2011 Collection of Chanel, Paris-Byzance, Lagerfeld was inspired by the Empress Theodora and the lost culture of Byzantium. He explained: "Theodora was a circus artist who became Empress, like Chanel, who was a little singer and became a fashion empress."

Lagerfeld had transformed the second-floor couture salon at the brand's iconic Rue Cambon store into a sort of Ottomanesque chill-out room  with beautiful models in beautiful suiting  decked out in gold chains, braiding, jeweled buttons, glittering stones and feathers. 






Photos from The cherry blossom girl and style.com

Friday, December 17, 2010

I love Christmas...

Christmas trees with pretty ribbons, sweet candies in all colors, wrapped boxes, vintage cards with letters to Santa Claus... These are a few of my favourite things that remind me that Christmas is coming...




 




 Photos from Martha Stewart, Red Magazine, Dress Design Decor.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Trend Report: Gold cuffs

When I talk about jewelry and accessories the first thing that pops into my mind is a gold cuff! 
 There's something special about gold cuffs which makes women unable to resist them.
   You can wear them in a casual look or add a glamourous touch to a formal one. 
There are so many different styles, but they all look like a piece of art!


Maison Martin Margiela cuff, €240, www.net-a-porter.com
Alexis Bittar 14k gold plated cuff, €278, www.charmandchain.com
Aurelie Bidermann 18k gold-dipped lace cuff, €1.125, www.net-a-porter.com
Hervé van der Straeten gold plated cuff, €445, at Galerie van der Straeten, Paris
Tiffany&Co 18k gold bone cuff, €5.100, www.tiffany.com
Sophia Kokosalaki - Ilias Lalounis gold plated bracelet, €699, www.sien-antwerp.com 
Catherine Weitzman 18k gold plated cuff, €140, www.catherineweitzman.com 
Gripoix metal cuff re-cover of gold 24k with glass red coral, €2300, www.colette.fr

  Get inspired...