Image by Deborah Johnson of Chewing The Fad. Deborah Johnson of Chewing The Fad spoke to me on beauty (my regime, thoughts on skincare, my favorite makeup and skincare products, beauty anecdotes and more) in her Beauty Talks segment. Read the full interview on Chewing The Fad here.
Roger Vivier by Virginie Mouzat and Colombe Pringle. Image via Rizzoli New York. With a cover as beautiful as the shoes and accessories that it lauds, Roger Vivier by Virginie Mouzat and Colombe Pringle as published by Rozzoli New York is a beautiful tribute to legendary shoe and accessory designer, Roger Vivier. Notable for craftsmanship as well as groundbreaking firsts such as creating the first stiletto heel for a ready to wear line (for the house of Dior), to creating the iconic comma heel, Vivier’s work was revered by style icons such as Jackie Onassis, Catherine Deneuve and Elsa Schiaparelli. With contributions from Ines de la Fressange, Bruno Frisoni and Cate Blanchett, this book takes you into the charming sophistication and refinement of the shoes and accessories as rendered in sketches, photography and more. The evolution of the brand from Vivier to the present day luxury house of shoes and accessories by Bruno Frisoni is so aptly documented in this coffee tome. Roger Vivier by Virginie Mouzat and Colombe Pringle is published by Rizzoli, retails for $75 and is available here, More on the book here. Explore other books on the coffee table here.
Official trailer The Great Gatsby (2013) by Baz Luhrmann via The Hollywood Bird on YouTube F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby Classic has been re-adapted for the big screen by none other than Baz Luhrmann and here are the reasons why it is a total go see.
The bookThe novel by Fitzgerald received critical acclaim when it was first published in 1925. Set in 1922 in Long Island, He takes you into the lavish excess of the Roaring Twenties with this seductive literary narrative whilst documenting American social history (mainly the twists of the economy at that time, jazz, motors, crime and the adventurous flapper culture which was revolutionary for its time) . Set around a gripping plot that centers on Jay Gatsby, a main character who is as rich as he is mysterious.
The directorOnly Baz Luhrmann could adequately encapsulate the giddy and exuberant excess of that period, as depicted in Fitzgerald’s classic. His indulgent stylization fits this book and the era it is set in perfectly. He does big scale and fast particularly well as seen in Moulin Rouge and Romeo+Juilet films.
The castCapable leading man Leonardo DiCaprio plays Gatsby, Carey Mulligan is Daisy Buchanan his love interest. This is an exciting cast and other significant roles are played by Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Debicki, Amitabh Bachchan etc.
The musicThe score is by Craig Armstrong and the soundtrack is just as heady as the film itself. Executive producer for the soundtrack is Jay Z who worked with the likes of Kanye West, Florence + The Machine, Beyoncé, André 3000, Lana Del Ray, will.i.am etc. There is music by him featured on the soundtrack and is heard on the official trailer.
The costumeDesigned by Prada, the costume is no holds barred decadence and flamboyance. The Italian fashion house embody the 20′s in every line, cut and embellishment.
More informationComing to cinemas in the US on May 10th and in the UK on May 16th, this film is one to watch. Visit the site for the film for full synopsis, photos and more here.
Video via TED
A compelling TED Talk by Sebastião Salgado on the power of photography and how his enthusiasm for taking photos that often captured humanity at her worse led him to rebuilding the ecosystem in his native Brazil.
Not all floral prints are created equal.
There are whimsy bohemian vintage florals, fade into the wallpaper florals, bold hyper digital florals, graphic pop art florals and ditsy feminine wile filed florals. The list of the floral tribes goes on and on.
I’m pretty fussy when it comes to my florals, with some tribes garnering more love from me than others.
The vintage Kenzo florals (as seen on me in photo) in my wardrobe are my long term favorite child section of my closet.
Peer into the camera obscura.
On the beauty counter this week are products rich in color that celebrate spring.Givenchy Le Rouge in Croisière Coral is a part of the Givenchy Le Rouge summer collection and coral is to summer as the sand is to the beach. Packaging is super luxe with a white leather encasing. Available here. JINsoon Botanical Flower Collection nail polish in French Lilac
is not only the prettiest lavender hue for your nails this spring, it is also a five free nail polish (free from toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, toluene, DPB, and camphor). Available here. Sephora + Pantene Universe bring modernism, graphic lines and bold color to your beauty counter with this eyeshadow trio. The Color Theory Shadow Block in Bionic is high pigment color in a green shade called Emerald, a futuristic silvery white called White Asylum and a striking cobalt blue called Crown Blue. Available here. More beauty products on the counter. Images via Sephora.
Available on Luisaviaroma. More information here. Topshop pare things back with this bone colored bag. With panels of suede and leather, it looks more expensive than it really is. A great option for the girl looking for a quality looking bag at a high street price point.
Available on Topshop. More information here. Z Spoke by Zac Posen creates the perfect mix of vintage inspired bag shape meet modern finish. Mid priced, the Eartha Tote by Z Spoke by Zac Posen gives a definite nod to the past with the retro tote structure and handle whilst the hardware, winged sides and palette options bring it bang up to date. Available on Neiman Marcus. More information here. See my past crushes. Images: Polyvore
Vivienne Westwood spring 2013| Nanette Lepore spring 2013 | Catwalk images via Style.com
Spring is here at last and limbs have come out of their winter hibernation.
My legs would like to see the sun and a pair or two of Bermuda short is just what they have in mind.
This season, designers kept things interesting when it came to Bermuda shorts. There is a pair for every girl; striped, printed, slightly oversize, tailored and more.
My legs could do with being in a fun pair right now. I’d oh so rather be wearing Bermuda shorts!
What would you rather be wearing?More looks I’d rather be wearing.
From top to bottom: Roger Vivier Creative Director Bruno Frisoni & Jeanne Marine | Jerry Hall, Ines de La Fressange & Caroline Issa | Tali Lennox & Jack Guinness | David Gandy | Tamzin Merchant & Freddie Fox | Bruno Frisoni & Tali Lennox | Images via Roger Vivier
WhatRoger Vivier Rizzoli Book Launch London.
WhenWednesday, April 24th, 2013.
WhereSaatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3
WhoRoger Vivier Creative Director Bruno Frisoni and Brand Ambassador Ines de La Fressange, Jerry Hall, Marie Helvin, David Gandy, Jasmine Guinness, Fiona Scarry, Camilla Rutherford, Freddie Fox, Allegra Hicks, Tali Lennox, Jack Guinness, Debbonaire Van Bismarck, Jeanne Marine, Christa D’Souza, Tamzin Merchant etc.
EntertainmentMusic provided by Tali Lennox and Jack Guinness, Dan Lywood and Ben Bridgewater.
RundownAt London’s Saatchi Gallery, iconic and sophisticated luxury accessories brand, Roger Vivier’s, Ines de La Fressange and Bruno Frisoni (pictured in the first image) hosted a cocktail party to launch the Roger Vivier book as published by Rizzoli New York. Creative Director Frisoni and Brand Ambassador de La Fressange welcomed guests through a white on white corridor bedecked with fantastical oversize white paper flowers. A trellis with flower garlands led into an exhibition showcasing large scale imagery from the book. Focal point was a large scale paper installation which feature supersize pages from which equally large paper productions of iconic Vivier designs seemed to leap off from. The Roger Vivier tome as published by Rizzoli New York charts the evoloution of Roger Vivier from an iconic shoe brand to the contemporary but sophisticated Parisian accessories house. Its pages are filled with specially commissioned photography of the Roger Vivier archive, beautiful sketches by both Frisoni and M Vivier, essays by likes of Olivier Salliard and Virginie Mouzat, conversations between Ines de la Fressange and Catherine, Deneuve Frisoni and Cate Blanchett etc. Launched this April, this is a book that is as beautiful as the accessories it celebrates. To mark the publication of the book, a reinterpretation of the iconic Comma heel by Bruno Frisoni (he relaunched it for fall 2013-14) based on the 1963 original design by Roger Vivier in a mirrored silver. This sits side by a limited edition Prismick shoulder bag to mark the special occasion in a crocodile leather. Discover the book here and visit the Roger Vivier site here.
Image via Net-A-Porter.