Who was at the Anna Dello Russo for H&M party?

Anna Dello Russo for H&M © H&M

Anna Dello Russo © H&M

Peter Dundas and Poppy Delevigne © H&M

Isabeli Fontana wearing AdR at H&M © H&M

Constance Jablonski © H&M

Toni Garrn and Karlie Kloss, wearing AdR at H&M © H&M

Rodger Berman and Rachel Zoe © H&M

Olivier Theyskens © H&M

Margareta van den Bosch and Anna Dello Russo © H&M

Liya Kebede © H&M

Jefferson Hack and Hamish Bowles © H&M

A performance by Azealia Banks © H&M

The Queen of Fashionable Excess, Anna Dello Russo, has finally tried her hand at designing, with a partnership with H&M. The fabulous launch event took place during Paris Fashion Week (bien sûr!) and the collection is sure to be a sparkly hit!

Raf Simons IS in at Dior

Image from Style.com

The Twitterverse is definitely in a tizzy today about Jil Sander heading back to her eponymous label and Raf Simons heading to Christian Dior as John Galliano’s official replacement. According to a good friend at LVMH, Raf Simons has already signed on at Dior and the announcement will be made shortly.

I interviewed Raf last year when he was Jury President for the Hyères Festival — he’s a wonderfully modest and humble person — I couldn’t be happier for him!

New John Galliano rumours… time for the John comeback?

The rumour mills are swirling…. Wagging tongues are saying that fashion designer John Galliano is in talks with the powers that be at PPR to front a new PPR-funded luxury company.

And just when the eternal PPR vs. LVMH battle seemed put to rest — will these negotiations have fashionable furs flying again? Only time will tell!

Stay tuned!

Marc Jacobs — Louis Vuitton exhibition at Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Images courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Wondering what the forthcoming Marc Jacobs — Louis Vuitton exhibition will look like at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs? Here’s a little taste of what’s to come!

Images courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Images courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Images courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Images courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Images courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Images courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Images courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Images courtesy of Louis Vuitton

The exhibition will run from March 9th until September 16th 2012 and will also be accompanied by an exquisite limited edition catalogue/book published by Rizzoli (pictured below), which will be available in France from the beginning of March and worldwide in April.

See you at Les Arts Décoratifs for the exhibition!

Image courtesy of Louis Vuitton/Rizzoli/Les Arts Décoratifs

A Parisian Dream in Matchbook Magazine

My collaborator and friend, Elisa Camus, and I were pleased to take part in the newest issue of Katie Armour’s Matchbook Magazine with our shoot/interview of scarf designer and all-around fabulously chic Parisienne, Ashley Ashoff. Our shoot with Ashley took place earlier this year in her apartment near the Champs de Mars. We love Matchbook Magazine and we’re very happy to be included in the same issue that also featured a cover story with Andy and Kate Spade. Chic!

Some images from our story with Ashley:

To view the whole article, view the November issue here!

Cooking with Lanvin — Le Concours de Cuisine de Lanvin Petite

Le concours de cuisine de Lanvin Petite © Lanvin

Back today from traveling and am totally charmed by the news of this contest, which hit my inbox first thing this morning. Historic fashion house, Lanvin, will be holding a mother-daughter cooking contest in honor of their first children’s clothing line: Lanvin Petite. Jeanne Lanvin and her daughter, Marguerite, are the inspiration behind the contest that will unite the best recipes for chocolate cake, with the winning recipe  selected and prepared by the executive chef at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier in the Ritz Hotel in the Place Vendôme Paris. The winning mother-daughter team will be guests of honor at an afternoon goûter/tea held by the brand on December 4th. Ooh la la, this contest is just beyond cute — we’re sure Alber Elbaz has a sweet tooth and we think mother and daughter team Salma Hayek and Valentina Pinault would be an adorable addition.

To participate, send your recipes for chocolate cake asap to: www.lanvin.com/marecette

xox

Serious Arm Candy at Corto Moltedo

In awe of the serious arm candy in the new displays at Corto Moltedo. Images from the cocktail last night at his fab boutique in the Palais Royal. Credit card, be warned!

Corto Moltedo, 146-148 galerie de Valois, Palais Royal, Paris, 75001. Tel. + 33 1 49 27 97 91

www.corto.com

Images © Mrs. Châtelaine

Karl Lagerfeld for Hogan

Will this be one of the best parties of Paris Fashion Week again? Karl Lagerfeld presents his Spring Summer 2012 collection for Hogan at a cocktail in a hotel particulier on Friday night. Last season’s party with The Kaiser himself, Lady Amanda Harlech, Natalia Vodianova, Lou Doillon, Elisa Sednaoui, Leigh Lezark, Bruno Mars, M.I.A., Elettra Wiedemann, and Daisy Lowe, all hitting the red carpet, was quite the event! Stay tuned…

Image © Mrs. Châtelaine

A moment with… Didier Ludot for Petit Bateau

On Monday I attended a cocktail for the launch of the Didier Ludot collection for Petit Bateau. Monsieur Ludot is most famous for his vintage boutique, located in the historic Palais Royal, which sells not just vintage but only haute couture vintage. Ludot will famously refuse to sell you a piece if he thinks you will alter a garment, this is real haute couture after all, so naturally it’s a no-no to alter anything.

His collection for Petit Bateau is a collaboration for his La Petite Robe Noire boutique, where he sells a selection of modern dresses all based on vintage inspirations. Obviously this is the place to go to in Paris if you need a black dress.

I interviewed Ludot for a story last year, so couldn’t resist getting his thoughts on this collaboration for Petit Bateau:

Tell us about this project?

It really amused me because Petit Bateau is a historic “house” after all — that’s also the image of La Petite Robe Noire, which is a traditional garment and emblematic of French chic. Petit Bateau is also emblematic of French quality and it’s something that has been around for a long time, so we really had fun with this collaboration, to create dresses that are a little bit sexy, and less sporty.

And also to create something for children for the first time as well…

It’s true, and we absolutely wanted to create dresses that could be worn by the mother as well as her daughter. So when we were designing we made sure that it was something a little girl could wear as well. I loved working on this project, we worked very hard and very quickly on it. We also got out my old fashion cuttings, because we wanted to incorporate certain clin d’oeil [winks] to different couture houses.

And what’s next for you after this?

Ah, you know there are always lots of projects but I can’t talk about anything yet. It’s a surprise!

My favorite dress, it looks so Catherine Deneuve circa Belle du Jour

Can’t resist showing one of Ludot’s own black dresses from his La Petite Robe Noire collection

The delightful packaging for this collaboration.

Pure Parisian chic, wouldn’t you say?

www.petit-bateau.fr

Images © Mrs. Châtelaine

Rachel Zoe arrives for Paris Fashion Week

© Rachel Zoe via Twitpic

Rachel Zoe arrives in Paris with husband Rodger and 13 pieces of luggage. Paris Fashion Week has officially started!

Interview with Vanessa Barneby from Barneby Gates

Vanessa Barneby of Barneby Gates © Tim Daukes

Our upcoming move has had me glued to all manner of design websites throughout the last few weeks and one of my favorite discoveries has been the English wallpaper design duo of Barneby Gates. Their gorgeous wallpapers are based on classical themes with a contemporary twist and have me dreaming of not only doing a few rooms in our new flat but also some future projects in the country. Vanessa Barneby was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions about their designs, inspirations and share her tips for the wallpaper-shy.

Who are you and how did Barneby Gates come about?

We are Vanessa Barneby – interiors stylist, journalist and ex-Living Editor at British Vogue, and Alice Gates – artist with roots in fashion illustration and textile design.  In 2009, we decided to pool our experience and set up Barneby Gates. We both adore wallpapers, but felt frustrated at not being able to find what we wanted for our own homes. I have a passion for print and colour, and my background as an interiors stylist and working for Vogue means I have a fair idea of what people want in their homes, how to play with colour and texture, and the direction of certain trends and so on, while Alice – as an artist – loves working on a flat surface, so wallpaper seemed the obvious route.

Where do you turn for inspiration?

We both live in the countryside now, so much of our inspiration comes from nature and our surroundings (Deer Damask, Boxing Hares, Wild Meadow, Horse Trellis) but there are certain things that we just happen to be a bit obsessed with – like Chairs and vintage photographs (This Other Eden) – that have become designs!  Art Galleries, museums, thrift stores, vintage magazines, and fashion are all constantly inspiring. I’ve always adored Chanel’s star print dresses for example, and it was this that led us to design our All Star wallpaper. We didn’t want the stars to look static though – as would be so easy on a flat wall – so we worked hard at giving them that movement, so they have that same soft fluidity of a silk dress.

Which other designers and creative people do you admire?

Inès de La Fressange – the epitome of Parisian chic. Celia Birtwell – for her eccentric but lovely designs that have stood the test of time. Tim Walker for his magical way with a camera. 

What are your favorite brands of the moment?

Rag & Bone – fabulously un-fussy designs which are both chic and practical. The ideal combination.

What has you obsessed at the moment?

Chairs – of all styles and eras. We have just launched a new wallpaper called Chairs, which features 14 iconic chairs – from Gothic Revival, Jacobean, Hepplewhite, to mid-century designs by Norman Cherner (my favorite) and Eames, to the modern classic Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck. So Alice and I have been ridiculously obsessed by chairs for quite some time now! 

What are your favorite home items?

My kitchen chairs are very old beaten up Tolix chairs that I found on the Goldborne Road years ago before they got ridiculously expensive, so I really treasure them. I recently moved from a flat in Notting Hill to a cottage in the country and the Tolix chairs work equally well in both – they are so versatile. 

© Vanessa Barneby

© Vanessa Barneby

© Vanessa Barneby

A Tim Walker print from a Vogue shoot that I was given by the girls when I left Vogue (can’t send picture because it’s in the Framers I’m afraid! – it’s the one of Lily Cole in India standing on a spiral staircase with long blue dress falling down over the banister and all the way down onto the floor – know the one?). The architectural mirror above the fireplace is made from an old Georgian window frame – I love it. (And it sits very well against our Boxing Hares wallpaper too!) The Union Jack cushion on the chair by the fire was designed by Lucinda Chambers for The Rug Company.

© Vanessa Barneby

In my bedroom the bedspread is a table cloth from India, and the cushions are made from pieces of antique Indian textile. The colours and textures compliment our Wild Meadow wallpaper so well – a soft pink based on the colour of natural setting plaster.

© Vanessa Barneby

What tips can you share for people embarking on their first wallpaper experience?

Don’t be afraid! I hate this ‘feature wall’ thing people do because they’re scared of over-doing the wallpaper. Rooms look best wallpapered in the traditional way – with every wall papered and – if you’re feeling really adventurous – the ceiling as well. It’s like walking into a jewellery box.

What’s next for Barneby Gates?

We’re exhibiting at Decorex next week (25th – 28th September) at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea. We’re also working on two new designs for Spring… and we’ve just been taken on by Stark in the US…

Thanks to Vanessa! Don’t wait to visit and shop Barneby Gates online at: www.barnebygates.com

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

I love a Spring Summer collection that actually looks ready for Spring Summer! Meaning something fresh, light, and above all, feminine. Erdem Moralioglu’s Spring Summer 2012 collection, presented on Monday during London Fashion Week, is for me, just pure perfection. I can picture Grace Kelly wearing some of these dresses in Monaco, circa Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief. In recent years Erdem has become quite a fashion favorite: Anna Wintour wore a jacket by him at the Nicole Farhi show in London and even Anna Dello Russo tweeted excitedly on Monday morning, “#LFW I’m going to ERDEM Fashion Show!”

In fact, Erdem almost designed my wedding dress! He was one of the first people I contacted when I got engaged, he was available, but he was also working on a few other bride’s dresses and because his schedule was very tight for fittings, I decided in the end to stay with a designer based in Paris. Even though I was over the moon about my dress in the end, I think I will always imagine “what if,” especially when I view a collection like this! ♥♥♥♥ Erdem…

Images via Style.com

Mrs. Châtelaine loves Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2012

Model Lindsey Wixson looks poutingly perfect

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

Images courtesy of Style.com

Spring Summer is party perfect for fans of Jason Wu. Sitting front row at his New York Fashion Week presentation were Glee’s Lea Michele (chatting with Harper’s Bazaar editor Glenda Bailey), Top Chef”s Gail Simmons (hey, we love food!), Caroline Sieber, Harley Viera-Newton, Sara Rutson and Anna dello Russo, among others. From what we hear, the show after-party was particularly gorgeous, with guests surrounded by walls of roses and hydrangeas. We love Monsieur Wu!

Kate Bosworth for Vanessa Bruno

Posted this morning on Vanessa Bruno’s facebook page: the new full length mini-film featuring Kate Bosworth for their Fall Winter 2011/2012 collection!

In true scando-chic, this clip offers full-on fashion with dreamy Vanessa Bruno look — what more could a girl want?

www.vanessabruno.com

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