Charlotte Perriand

Being a design buff and avid collector of furniture (among other shiny objects) I felt like sharing one of my heroines with you: the late French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand. This gifted and courageous woman believed that „better design helps in creating a better society“ – one distinct piece at a time. Her parents were in the fashion biz, but Charlotte was drawn to bigger things and studied decorative arts and furniture design in Paris.

Charlotte Perriand

She applied to work at Le Corbusier’s studio, but was rejected with the words „We don’t embroider cushions here“. Interior design, back then, clearly was a man’s world … After mounting a small showcase at Salon d’Automne all by herself (!) Le Corbusier finally agreed to hire her. The rest, as they say, is interior design history. And simply beautiful to look at and live with!

Charlotte Perriand

Photos: Cassina

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When Jean Paul Gaultier met Lady Gaga. Sounds rather campy, doesn’t it?! I have to admit, though, that after watching this extravagantly shot 2011 meeting of two wildly creative minds: that’s some perfect casting! The duo talks about fashion choices, music and each other’s personal life.

And so much to look at. The „House of Gaultier“ being invaded by the „House of Gaga“, a fashion shoot for „Slam“ magazine, visits in Gaultier’s atelier …

Even if you are of the opinion that Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is a tinsy, tiny bit overrated (I agree), take the plunge and see „Gaga by Gaultier“. Here’s a teaser:

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Galerie Dominique Levy

Dominique Lévy may be one of the most stylish people I know. And you should see her apartment in Manhattan! Talk about inspiring interiors … But there’s more, because Dominique is a one-woman powerhouse in the art world, opening her own gallery in New York a year ago, after high-profile jobs at Christie’s and co-founding L&M Arts. Her expertise: the post-war era, featuring masters like Yves Klein, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. Yet, she reserves spots for new work by living artists.

If you happen to be in New York, take the time to stop by at 909 Madison Avenue @ 73rd Street.

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Karl Lagerfeld: Mode als Religion

Oh, how I envy filmmaker Martina Neuen for her once in a lifetime opportunity to accompany Karl Lagerfeld for more than 16 months. What an incredible project, captured in probably the best documentary on this extraordinary creative force!

Does fashion share specific traits with religion? That’s Neuen’s question while exploring Karl’s world, speaking with close collaborators like Inès de la Fressange, Gerhard Steidl, Christiane Arp (German „Vogue“), critic Suzy Menkes, Claudia Schiffer and many, many more.

A fascinating movie experience titled „Mode als Religion“ („Fashion as Religion“) – and a substantial achievement!

See for yourselves:

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Sasha Luss

I don’t know much about Miss Sasha Luss, heck, even Google drew a blank after I typed in her name. So I’ll have to let her pictures speak, and I trust in your excellent taste to see that Sasha is a „Face to Watch“.

Sasha Luss

Photos: Clippings from WomenManagement.com

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When I am in London, like this week, there is another hot spot I simply can never resist, and that is DandMe in Brompton Cross, one of London’s most fashionable destinations for shopping.

It is a shop featuring cult brands and bespoke vintage creations and it was founded in 2007 by former Paul & Joe manager Marcelle Symons.

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Ever since its beginnings this sprawling four-storey townhouse has been a treasure trove featuring all kinds of finds from all over the world alongside vintage Chanel and Hermès and the boutique’s own label, One Vintage.

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I just have to stop by there every time I get to London, and always come out with something that inspires me for my collection, be it a vintage tunic, a vintage piece of jewellery or some new colour ideas. A must for every fashionista visiting London.

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May I very proudly present to you our new Set shop at the one and only Printemps Paris!

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A real dream come true!
Check it out if you happen to be in Paris anytime soon …

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Foto4When I stumbled across this gorgeous new scented candle by Diptyque, I felt immediately hooked by how soothing, romantic and sparkling it was.
This year, Diptyque glorifies the rose with this Rosamundi limited edition candle, available to buy now.

 A name that sounds like an ancient rose, descendant of the famous Damask rose and a love story that has become a myth over the centuries.

 What a beauty to have that one burning tonight. Happy Valentines day to you all!

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As the Fashion crowd descends on Milan soon for Fashion Week, here is one of the new must go to destinations when in Milan.

Overlooking the new Milan, surging upward among the skyscrapers, Ceresio 7 is D Squared’s Dean and Dan Caten’s new bar-and-grill. The designers chose to set it on the rooftop of the label’s headquarters, located in the historical ENEL building.

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The decor by Dimore Studio, which are one of my favourite interior architects, is somewhat magical, mixing old and new and matching colours in their usual unexpected ways from the fireplaces to the two swimming pools on the terrace (unfortunately nor usable now!).

ltvs-ceresio7-06 ltvs-ceresio7-11The chance to admire the venue is actually reason enough to visit, but here you’ll also find chef Elio Sironi, formerly of the Bulgari hotel, serving delicious Italian fare.

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What a gorgeous and cool place to go to for lunch or dinner …

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Street Style
as New York Fashion week is coming to a close, I am looking to the great Tommy Ton, my favourite Street Style Photographer, for Inspiration again. He is a master of catching on camera what goes on in the streets, before, during and after the shows. Braving the ice cold weather and snow in New York in the past week, here are some of my personal highlights from the streets. Unfortunately, I could not be there this time, but hopefully I will make it there in September again. But even looking at the pictures, I get excited and cannot wait to see what Paris, Milan and London bring, as the Fashion folk moves on to Europe.

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