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!


Cate Blanchett in Paris for Big and Small

Image © Lisa Tomasetti 2011

Last night the hubby and I attended a performance of Cate Blanchett’s Big and Small, which is on tour through Europe and currently performing at the Théâtre de la Ville. We were blown away by Cate’s performance: so big *and* so small, in this complex and thought provoking piece about the search for human connection.

The play performs until April 8th in Paris — if you’re a Cate fan, I won’t say the name of the hotel she’s staying at, but it’s in Saint-Germain-des-Pres, so chances are you might find spot her and family walking around taking in the sights before they head to London’s Barbicon on the next leg of their European tour. 

Cate Blanchett around Paris with husband Andrew Upton - Image via celebstyle.com

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

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


Carven Paris Fashion Week SS12

It’s no secret, I love Guillaume Henry for Carven. He’s the fashion industry’s current darling and definitely deserves the kudos — designing sweet, girly, gamine looks that would look perfect on the Alexa Chungs or Olivia Palermos of the world.

Sitting front row at his Paris Fashion Week presentation a few weeks ago were Inès de La Fressange and Isabelle Huppert and although the show took quite a while to start, we have to say well done Monsieur Henry for putting together your first real runway défilé! Hope to see you around our neighborhood very soon! (NB: Yes, we’re neighbors!)


PS. What do you think of those shoes!?! ♥♥

Images © Mrs. Châtelaine

Alexis Mabille Paris Fashion Week SS 2012


Mrs. Châtelaine brings the catwalk to you! Join front row guests Dita von Teese, Louis-Marie de Castelbajac, Bryanboy, and ballerina Marie-Agnes Gillot, at Alexis Mabille’s gorgeous Spring Summer 2012 collection shown over the weekend during Paris Fashion Week.

Mabille was inspired by the Italian classic movie, “The Gardens of the Finzi Contini,” dressing models as fearless, flirty girls, to uninhibited worldly women. Chic.


Who was at the Absolut party for Gareth Pugh last night?

Gareth Pugh and Karla Otto

Anastasia Barbieri and Robert Rabensteiner

Bianca Brandolini and Delfina Delletrez-Fendi

Gaïa Repossi

Ellen von Unwerth

Lindsay Lohan

Rossy de Palma, Jim Goldstein and Catherine Baba

Michelle Harper (in Gareth Pugh) and Thakoon Panichgul

Celebrating the launch of the new Absolut vodka bottle designed by fashion designer, Gareth Pugh, at Silencio, David Lynch’s new Parisian members club. 

Images © D.R.

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


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?


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!

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

Ask Dr. Brandt

I’m so excited! I just found out that Dr. Frederic Brandt has started a new radio series where he talks about his skin secrets and answers questions en direct from the public. Of course Dr. Brandt is known for his celebrity clientele and is reportedly the only person Madonna allows to touch her face. The radio series kicked off on September 10th, so we’ve only missed two episodes, and goes until October 15th.

According to his French PR, who sent a press release this morning, Dr. Brandt talks about everything in this series: effects of the sun, Botox, fillers, injections, laser treatments, home vs. office treatments, etc. He’s known for his less invasive ideas on plastic surgery so I can’t wait to hear what his preventative tips are for people in their early 30s, like moi.

Tune in every Saturday morning at 13PM EST to Sirius XM Satellite Radio (which you can listen to online here).

The Vespa Parade Paris

Last year at this time the Hubby and I were walking around shopping and were surprised to be overtaken by a large group of vintage and classic Vespas! It was definitely a sight to see! This year the 3rd annual Vespa Parade for France is on again, for September 17th, 2011 at 6PM to be exact.

I have a friend who has an amazing pink 1950’s Vespa with accompanying sidecar — I’m hoping he’ll be participating too! I just have to get some pictures of this hilarious and joyous event!

In the meantime, here are some images from the French Vespa website:

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