Shoe of the Day: Sergio Rossi SS13

© Sergio Rossi

Pure gorgeousness from the Sergio Rossi Spring Summer 2013 collection, currently on sale at Moda Operandi. Having major shoe love at first sight: “hello beauties, step into my closet!”


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.

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

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:

Shoe of the Day

Dreaming of Sergio Rossi’s Black fishnet and patent leather Camouflage pump from their Fall Winter 2011/2012 collection. I think the fishnet gives a little bit of edge to what is a classically good-looking shoe. Someone like Kate Middleton (sorry: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) should go for a shoe like this: it’s a wardrobe staple but still allows you have to have fun and show a little personality.

What do you think? xox

A beauty post and what’s in my makeup kit

Yesterday’s press visit to the Peggy Sage press day at the Hôtel George V has inspired to me to make this a beauty post type of day. First of all about the nails! Peggy Sage is an American brand that was brought to France and is sold to salons and other beauty professionals. They have a super selection of colors — I had fun choosing this sparkly sort of Burgundy color to wear home. They also have a corrector stick that is amazing! Perfect for erasing any nail polish mistakes in seconds.

Now to my make up bag! Most of these I discovered during the summer when I was choosing my makeup for our wedding. I went to lots of different beauty brands and tried out lots of different products. Here are my faves of the moment:

From L to R

1. Chanel VitaLumière Aqua Teint Parfait Effet Seconde-Peau (Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup) with SPF15 — I love this foundation because it goes on light. You don’t even feel like you’re wearing foundation! I use this whenever I have an evening event, especially if cameras are around, it photographs really well.

2. Chanel Les 4 Ombres, Ombres à Paupières Quatuor (Quadra Eye Shadow) — I’m very attracted to purple-ish hues for eyeshadows. This one is perfection.

3. By Terry, Teint Terrybly, Ultimate Beige — I use this powder all over when I’m just using a little bit of cover up and no foundation. It really absorbs any oils really well and I love By Terry products, everything smells so divine!

4. By Terry, Blush Terrybly, Beach Bomb — This blush gives a very fine and beautiful girlish blush. It looks ultra natural as well, which is why I’m a fan.

5. Chanel Le Crayon Yeux, Precision Eye Definer, Black — I don’t like to wear a lot of things on my eyes. I use to use a liquid liner from Chanel religiously, which gives a very polished look, but at the moment I prefer looking more natural, so I use this just to give my eyes the tiniest bit of oomph.

6. Chanel Éclat Lumière, Style Embellisseur de Teint (Highlighter Face Pen) — I use this to cover up every day imperfections. My skin has the tendency to go red around my nose and under my mouth, so this product gives a beautiful lightness and mixes really well.

7. By Terry Hyaluronic Eye Primer, Base Nude Contour Yeux & Paupières Combleur Intégral Extra-Tenseur (Lifting Brightener Eyelid & Contour Perfecting Filler) — I swear by this product. It’s only for eyes and goes on nice and cool to help with any puffiness. I always have darkness under my eyes and this covers so naturally and stays put for hours. It’s my miracle product.

8. Maybelline Great Last Waterproof Mascara — An oldie but a goodie. I honestly prefer Waterproof mascara because it rains so often in Paris and I’m scared to get raccoon eyes after a big storm.

9. Giorgio Armani Base Lissante Perfection (Fluid Master Primer) — I love this primer. Everything stays put with this. Also lasts for hours and hours and goes on very smoothly.

10. Giorgio Armani Lip Stick Rouge d’Armani — funny that the Rouge d’Armani should actually be very nude. I love this nude lip stick as it gives just a bit of sensuality to your lips and stays in place for hours as well. Goes on so smoothly as well. Beautiful hydrating feeling on the lips.

11. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine — this is the same lipstick used on Vanessa Paradis for her new Chanel ads. It’s a very natural pink which gives a very plump glimmer to your lips. I’m crazy for natural lips and this is one of my favorite lipsticks of the moment.

So there you go! What are the hidden treasures in your makeup bag? Do tell!! xox

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…

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sugar paper stationery

sugar paper stationary
sugar paper stationary by mrschatelaine on

sugar paper – thanks cards
sugar paper – thank you cards
sugar paper – sincerely cards
sugar paper – recipe cards
sugar paper – 100% recycled to do list cards
sugar paper – monogram coasters
sugar paper – bicycle noteset
sugar paper – “hey there baby” card

Leading up to our wedding this summer I have to admit that I developed a full-on obsession for stationery. The French have particular traditions and ideas when it comes to invitations and accompanying cards — and because I wasn’t quite up for shocking the establishment — I didn’t really get a chance to purge this infatuation!

In fact, my tastes run quite classic, so I totally fell in love this evening when I came across celebrity favorites: the sugar paper stationery company on Katie Armour‘s blog. sugar paper was founded by Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker, who call themselves, “connoisseurs of correspondence and self-proclaimed traditionalists.” I was completely seduced by their mix of delicate colors: blush pinks, bright raspberries, mixed with creamy whites. They even offer custom design services — so I know I need to get something made by them soon! … Stay tuned!

PS. Take a peek at Katie Armour’s custom order. So cute, non? xox

Custom note cards from sugar paper © Katie Armour: The Neo-Traditionalist

Antique jewelry from Richard Ogden in London

Richard Ogden antique jewelry
Richard Ogden antique jewelry by mrschatelaine featuring earrings

Earrings, 3,975
Earrings, 4,300
Richard Ogden Edwardian enamelled diamond brooch, 5,800
Richard Ogden Edwardian style sapphire ring, 6,300
Richard Ogden Art Deco diamond bracelet, 30,000
Richard Ogden Edwardian chandelier pearl earrings, 4,800

Richard Ogden's historic boutique

Yesterday’s post with images from Jason Wu’s Spring Summer collection had me daydreaming first of  fabulous frocks and then to coordinating equally fabulous jewelry! Whenever I need a pick-me-up of “pretend” online shopping, I head to the website for Richard Ogden, a fourth-generation family jewelry shop located in the historic Burlington Arcade in London. They have the most impressive selection of pieces — everything from truly important historic items to more modern objects (of pure-desire).

When you’re next in London, their boutique is a must visit! Ask for Richard or his Swiss-born wife, Silvia.

Richard Ogden, 28 Burlington Arcade, London, W1J 0NX.

Tel. +44 (0) 20 7493 9136

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