Spring/Summer 2015 Marc Jacobs


A BUBBLE GUM pink suburban house sits on pink gravel in the Park Lane Armoury. The audience are seated on banks of shagpile pink carpeted benches and each given a pair of Beats by Dr Dre headphones to wear for the show. Through the headphones a disembodied voice intones instructions: “Bring out the crooked smile and the backpack”; “Go into the house and take a shower”.

Is he talking to the Marc Jacobs army parading around the exterior of the house in military serge with their mandarin-collared jackets and oversized buttons? Is he controlling the girls with their shaggy black bobs and their satin-belted army style? Who is he?

Fashion shows as theatre is something Jacobs is a master of and possibly it distracts from seeing the clothes for what they are. Certainly some of the details like the huge resin buttons, the macramé lace inserts, the rich luxury of the wool and linen were of the highest quality. It didn’t look much like a spring/summer collection but the glitter-strapped sliders will no doubt be on everyone’s wish list any day now.

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Spring/Summer 2015 Lanvin

TWO years ago, Alber Elbaz celebrated his 10th anniversary at Lanvin (complete with karaoke from the designer himself no less), but tonight he was celebrating 125 years of the brand.

That’s a – cause for celebration, and b – cause for enlisting some of your favourite fashion friends to take to the catwalk for you – with Amber Valetta (all hair slicked back and in a slinky black column dress) among the model line-up. Edie Campbell later followed with a mop head of blonde ruffled hair, all louche and cool in a slouchy tuxedo.

And while there was no cake or karaoke from Alber this time (although there was a little dance – well, wiggle – from him at the end) what there was, was a breadth of clothes for a breadth of women to show just why and how Elbaz is a much adored designer at the house of Lanvin.

It began with sleek Grecian dresses, slit at the thigh, in navy, black and white, substantial jewellery clamped around the neck and a bag appearing with every look. These – elegant and gently draped numbers – seemed like a due and appropriate nod to Jeanne herself. We then moved on to Alber’s own repertoire – super sophisticated tailoring for today’s woman but with his rough edges and open seams for design distinction, followed by what we know and love him best for – party dresses.

They were less cocktail and punchy than we know from him (we’ve seen these in bright jewel shades), but you can’t help but think this was the designer stepping aside slightly in honour of the house. There all the same, they were molten and metallic and had his signature sumptuous luxe about them: lace, pearls, all together. Next it was on to a series of wafty and light printed tunic dresses, a modern and short bohemian riff on the Lanvin robe de style perhaps. They came in vivid yellow and red.
The take away from this collection was Elbaz’s ability to design and cater for a multitude of women – just as his model line-up proved. And that’s the key to Lanvin’s success right now.


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My Top Cafes in Paris

After coming to the half way point of my time in Paris it is definitely safe to say that time is flying by. I now feel truly settled, enjoying my course, absorbed in the world of Fashion and could easily call my little apartment home. During my time so far I have marked on a map all my favourite café spots and so have decided to share my best ones with you all:

Café Carette

25 Place des Vosges

This is without doubt my favourite go-to restaurant in Paris. Established in 1927 this Parisian tea room is located in the heart of the Marais overlooking place des Vosges. The menu includes several classic French pastries as well as an amazing selection of teas and lunches.


Café Charlot

38 rue de Bretagne

It may be because this restaurant has my name or its liquid chocolate hot chocolates but this has very quickly become one of my favourite little cafes to go to. This former bakery which has been converted into a bar-restaurant is impossible to miss. Charlot has become the perfect place for some amazing people watching as all the Parisians walk by. Breakfast, lunch or dinner this is a go-to spot.

Cafe Charlot

Claus Café

14 rue Jean-Jacques

Breakfast or brunch Claus is the place to go. Tucked away by the Louvre, Claus has become well and truly part of my tour of Paris when visitors come and stay. Here they only serve organic products that are hand-picked by the owner, as well as the house’s specialities. More of an English take on breakfast rather than the Parisian breakfast of croissants. Also perfect when desperate for an afternoon snack!

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Café Merci

128 Avenue Jean Jaures

Café Merci is the little treasure chest of Paris. A concept store full of beautiful interior inspirations, innovative fashion designs, modern expositions as well as its three little restaurants, café Merci has it all. The Used Book Café: Rendez-vous over a cup of coffee, at brunch or for a quick lunch where you will find the pleasure of a soft-boiled egg or in the afternoon tea-time gourmet scones. Cine Café: Bright and open on the terrace and the boulevard, Ciné Café is the place to meet for lunch around a plate of charcuterie, salad or soup. The Merci canteen: Opening onto a small garden, the canteen offers a balanced and healthy lunch everyday. You will find fresh produce vegetables, and vitamin packed fruit cocktails: a varied menu based on the seasons offerings and the temptation to give in to the delicious homemade desserts.

yum. yum. yum.

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Book cafe at Merci, Paris

Spring/Summer 2015 Giorgio Armani

THE money shot at this morning’s Giorgio Armani show was the finale look: a shimmering, shining bejewelled being complete with a bob of beads. She encapsulated the glamour of Armani and the designer’s inspiration this season: the sea, the sand and the landscapes they shape.

He started proceedings with a short film directed by the Oscar-winning Paolo Sorrentino and in it, we saw a mystery couple lying on the beach, hand in hand, with only rope to protect their modesty. Had they come from the deep blue sea? Were they from this world of Armani that Sorrentino was introducing? Were they simply on a nice beach day out?

Regardless, when we did get into that Armani water world, the designer took his theme and ran with it – to create multiple dresses that riffed on jellyfish proportions, shapes and movement. Pronounced short skirts splayed over sheer trousers (still an idea that might need some time to catch on) to perfectly replicate the entity in clothes. Fringes trailed from long skirts to reincarnate fish tails and scales and trousers came with pleats that looked like sand ripples – just as though the tide had come in.

The trousers here were mostly cropped and tapered, jackets languid and loose – a series of white suits were particularly beautiful – and shoes flat throughout. This style note helped to keep the collection feeling fresh and youthful too – those glistening dresses somehow seeming less obvious as obligatory eveningwear.

Armani isn’t the only designer diving deep this season – Philipp Plein made his own splash in Milan last night while back in London Ryan Lo took the plunge in his own irreverent way.

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