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!

Luxurious morning and lunch at L’Hotel Paris

Hubby and I took advantage of one of our wedding gifts on Friday morning. A gift certificate for a morning swim and massage at L’Hotel, followed by lunch in their 1-star Michelin restaurant.

L’Hotel is famously the hotel where Oscar Wilde passed away. It was restored in the 1950’s and quickly became a haunt of the rich and famous: Grace Kelly and The Rolling Stones are just a few of the famous names that have stayed as guests. Carine Roitfeld also loves the bar and apparently Tilda Swinton always stays here whenever she has to come to Paris.

We arrived at 10:30 am to find the pool area all prepared for us. Robes and slippers were waiting — the pool gate was closed behind us and the floor-to-ceiling curtains were drawn, for the ultimate privacy. We splashed about, going from the sauna to the pool, it was divine to have the whole place for ourselves. Soon after the masseuse arrived and we took turns to get pool-side massages. Needless to say, we were in 7th heaven.

Note the lovely Green & Spring bath products.

The morning was over too soon and we took showers and walked up stairs, totally blissed out, for the second part of our treat: a lunch in their Michelin star restaurant.

An airy skylight greets guests, in this Jacques Garcia designed Empire dining room. I probably could have easily fallen asleep at the table, but luckily I had worked up an appetite in the pool and my tastebuds were calling out!

The avocado and crab starter

Foie gras starter — note the flecks of gold

Bar main course — topped with herring eggs

Rabbit with seasonal vegetables

Saint Nicolas cheese with thyme emulsion

Finished by my pear and sorbet dessert.

This package was called “L’Hotel Indulge” in case anyone else is inspired to offer a gift such as this. Let me tell you, your friends will be very, very happy to receive this! It was the perfect relaxing wedding gift! Merci M & M!!

L’Hotel, 13 rue des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 75006. Tel. 01 44 41 99 00.

All 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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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 Art Fund

Vera Wang for Wedgwood Piggy Bank

How do you save to build an art collection? That’s one of the recurrent conversations the Hubby and I have had over the last few years. We both love art and we both agreed we wanted to put money aside in order to build our own collection. We even jokingly discussed getting our own piggy bank in order to penalize bad habits: he was supposed to put €20 in whenever he said, “shiiiiiiiiit” — a terrible habit he had picked up after watching 5 seasons of HBO’s The Wire back-to-back — and I was supposed to contribute whenever he discovered any discarded cups of tea around the house, a bad habit I have instead of immediately putting them into the dishwasher. So imagine my surprise when he came home this weekend with this adorable little piggy bank! A precious silverplate baby piggy bank from the Vera Wang Wedgwood collection. I guess we have no excuse to not start saving now!

Paris Dream Table: Le restaurant de Jean-François Piège au Thoumieux

I’ve been a fan of chef Jean-François Piège ever since passing an exceptional evening, almost five years ago, at his previous two-star Michelin establishment, Les Ambassadeurs at the Hôtel Crillon. It was one of those evenings where you left just blown away by the beauty of the place (a majestic Louis XV ballroom overlooking the lights of the place de la Concorde), the selection of wines, and above all, the delicious and meticulously prepared plats.

So my current dream table is at the Thoumieux, where Jean-Francois Piège landed in 2009 after being lured by Thierry Costes, eventually opening this second restaurant in 2010 on the 1st floor to entice diners (there are only twenty places) with a more gastronomique experience. I also love the retro décor, which would look perfect in any episode of Mad Men.

Hoping that the Hubby will surprise me with a visit soon! (*hint hint*) xox

Le Restaurant de Jean-François Piège, 79 Rue Saint Dominique, 75007, Paris.

Tel. 01-47-05-79-00. M° La Tour Maubourg.

Image via Alexander Lobrano’s Hungry for Paris

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