30 May 2011

THE AUDREY DILEMMA

My golden rule in shopping has always been: don't be tempted by the trendy revisited version of something, but wait and get the original. This time, I must admit, I yield to the temptation. Last week-end I was in Paris, the sun was shining, hence the 'need' for an Audrey-style pair of sunglasses was even stronger and my choice went for the CÉLINE Audrey Sunglasses. Small model and black colour, to be precise.

I was on my way to the Roland Garros, but I managed to stop for no more than 20 minutes at Le Bon Marché, and that was enough. My parents stared at me in disbelief as they soon realised that my suggestion to get an hotel near the area Sèvres-Babylone was not that innocent.

My relationship with sunglasses has always been controversial, also because I (used to) don't like wearing dark shades when talking to other people. But it's easy to change my mind when there is a beautiful object inspired by Audrey Hepburn and created by Phoebe Philo.

They have a classic and sophisticated design that goes with anything, but there are two things that I particularly like about them: they are inspired by the original Oliver Goldsmith's Manhattan worn by Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany's but revisited in a more modern style, and they are extremely difficult to get because of their limited number. Once again, the formula beauty and...ehm...'rarity' won me over.

In any case, I'll soon pay a visit to Mr. Goldsmith's boutique in Notting Hill as I may feel the need for a pair in dark tortoiseshell.

21 May 2011

J'AIME MON CARRE

 I was talking to a dear friend of mine about writing this post and she asked me "Does it have to be Hermès?". Well, as I said at the beginning, it's not just about the label, but (certain*) designs and the touch of an Hermès scarf, makes it unique. Not to mention that Hermès is the epitome of scarves (and the creator of the bag of my dreams).


This week-end I had the chance to find out more. Imagine my surprise when I saw the advertising of an event to meet the artisans from Hermès in Brussels, and there I saw how a silk scarf is handmade, how the original sketch is transferred onto the fabric, how the colours are applied on the silk up to a maximum of 45 per scarf, and how long does it take to produce one: around 30 minutes and you have the beautiful object. Discovering the work behind it, made me like it even more.



Actually, while I've always admired Hermès scarves, I've also found very difficult to wear them avoiding the too 'bon ton' effect. I'm not sure how to explain it, but every time I wore them, it looked as if I had stolen them from my mum's cupboard, somehow misplaced. Until - thanks to the Hermès Knotting Cards - I found a way to wear it 'my way': as a belt or obi-style belt.


Certainly I was not alone and this may be the reason why Hermès launched the campaign J'aime mon carré to show a fun and young side of the scarf trend. Have a look at this micro-site when it will restart in July as it's an interesting source of inspiration.

* I would lie if I say that I love all their scarfs. I still find the one with the big Cherokee man with a bow tie - Pani la Shar Pawnee - pretty disturbing. The ones that I prefer are not the 'classic' themes of keys and horses (again to avoid looking like a weird Sandra Dee), but those with a more distinctive modern touch. I leave you with my wish list: Jean Louis Clerc 's Paddock, Bali Barret's Les Parisiens, and Dimitri Rybaltchenko's Cheval Surprise and Les Toits de Paris. I'll let you know if I start a 'mission' for one of those.

12 May 2011

The Bird

I'm a huge fan of costume jewelry, necklaces in particular. I think it started six years ago, when I saw the Marni necklaces collection made of flowers in different cotton and silk fabrics. I immediately fell in love with the idea that just one eccentric piece could define and definitely complete even the simplest of the outfits.

I'm sure I'll dedicate several posts to necklaces, but I want to start with my latest entry: the bird.
Of course, this is not its real name and I could have used many adjectives to describe the beautiful sparkling object...but I needed a funny name because you have to be pretty ironic if you want to sport it at a 9.00 AM meeting with clients. Anyway, it is called Metal Jicky by Shourouk, a Parisian designer of Tunisian origins. I studied very carefully her website and blog, because when something gets my attention, I want to know more about the inspiration and the collections. And finding out that her vision is "All about vanity", I understood that we were on the same page.

07 May 2011

An Introduction


I would not like this quote by Edward Mokton I found on last year anniversary card to define myself or how I live, I indeed love beautiful things.

Maybe because I'm Italian, and I've been lucky enough to grew up surrounded by beauty. The art, the landscapes, the colours. My parents gave me what I call a gift of being able to observe and remember all sorts of details and find beauty beyond the obvious. Now, I don't want to be too philosophical, also because I want this blog to be about fashion, but I want to explain what brought me here.

 
I am very happy with my job and in a way - in a very stretched way - a link with fashion could be found. For instance, dealing with the shaping of certain policy and legislation, which have an impact on the chemicals used to make the most innovative materials, should make me feel that I play a role in the game: Chanel or LV could not do make their famous PVC bags without me. But I wanted to have something that gives me the chance to do one of the things I enjoy the most: find and talk about beautiful things.