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Monday, 18 May 2015


Thursday, 14 May 2015


....& let the festivities begin.
And it has...the traffic is appalling, people are gawking and stopping at a hair's breath in front of you to point at Lord only knows what...but point they must...and gawk...

People have set up their seats and ladders and whatnot 2 days before the official opening of the Cannes festival in order to get a photo, a selfie with a known film star...and blown kiss...a peek of spanx underwear...anything goes.

So here goes:

Charlize and her gorgeous legs...and this Valentino dress:

Is the photo BIG enough for you? Hmmmmm?...cos here goes:

What an ugly dress for such a beautiful woman...in fact I doubt this dress will look good on any woman.

Seriously, I know that fringes are in...but this looks like the fringes on a palm parasol on a beach in Saint Tropez...you know the ones I mean.  Then I take offence with those "lacy" type bands around her body, followed by the tutu polka netting at her throat.. the bow....no no no no NO!

(DEEP SIGH.....)

Someone please say it for me: Charlize! Get thee to another stylist!

The only thing that looks good are her legs, her head and her smile....

The poor girl is only 39 years old!...this makes her look old and like Josephine Baker...

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Covert in Chanel

The Chanel espadrilles are like the Holy Grail....everyone lusts after them, covet them  from near and far and yet...many can't get their bloody hands on them!

Selfridges, London (last Saturday...around late morning):

I am waltzing around the shoe dept. while my sister makes a bee-line for Chanel: ..."just to check..."

"PssssT...." says my sister while waving me over.

I release a pair of Isabel Marant sandals I have also been coveting but find wayyyyy too expensive and head on over to Chanel and my sister.

" Look she whispers"...(cos when espadrilles are involved you gotta whisper ...they are like fairies or unicorns...and can disappear in a blink of an eye.).." see that girl is trying on a pair!"

So we amble on over, all easy breezy and I glance over my shoulder..nice and subtle like and sure enough a young girl is trying on a pair...but not one I am overly excited about.

"I don't like them" I reply as we finish casing the joint.
"Yeah! Me neither " replies my sister.
As we are about to move along , a couple are there on the cusp of approaching the salesgirl who has snapped the shoebox closed as though it was Pandora's box.
The lady asks about the espadrilles....

" Look! She is asking about them too!"....but the  shaking of the salesgirl's head is enough to move the couple along.

"Oh for God's sake ! Let's ask!"...I say to my sister.

"Excuse me..."

The sales girl looks startled and wants to flee , shoe box in hand...


"Do you have any other espadrilles available?" we ask.

"Only these" she says looking around in order not to create a scene. "Which ones are you looking for?"

"The classic ones with the toe caps" we reply in semi tandem.

"Oh , they didn't make them this season" she replies with aplomb and blind certitude.

"Funny!...There were a few available in Cannes a few days ago..." replies my sister, deadpan.

"Lucky Cannes!" she retorts as though we were questioning her in front of a judge and jury.

"Well, thank you, anyway" we smile and walk away from her and the need for these elusive espadrilles from Chanel.

Now let me get back to those Isabel Marants....

It's all about That Face!...

Lindsey Wixson gives you face...in fact she gives Great face!

And she is the face of Fendi sunglasses summer 2015:

As well as other parts of her body for Fendi's Spring- Summer 2015 collection:

I am enthralled with this season's new look sunglasses that are a little "out there" and deliciously daring:

Here are my next favourite pair from Miu Miu:

Now these have some serious street cred appeal.

Which do you prefer?

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Mission Impossible....

*courtesy of Chanel.com*
These were the mission and Yes!.. it was nigh on impossible...until my friend Stephane (now my inside man in Chanel ) rang me yesterday:

"We have just received a few espadrilles!...and as I know how much you wanted a pair..."

My sister lives in Monaco...and as leaving the office for shopping is not high on her daily to do list...she decided to call her "local Chanel"....on the off chance.

"Bonjour!"...my sister.

"Oui, bonjour"... sales assistant.

" Can you put me through to the shoe department please..."

"And may I ask why?"....sales assistant with high "snoot factor" .

" Well....(sister taking a relaxing breath...) I was told that Chanel in Cannes has just received some espadrilles and as I am not in the position to drive all the way there and back....(another deep, cleansing breath)...I was wondering whether you may have received a shipment too...?"

"Oh! I can't possibly discuss this with you over the phone, Madame....as you can well imagine, these are extremely popular and would require for you to come to the shop to find out in person."

My sister in her head: "...Oh pardon me! I had no idea that this is such sensitive material....!!! Are we being bugged by the Fashion Police?"
Or: ..." Good Lord, please excuse me...I didn't realise that I've just dialled the Oval Office...."

Lesson du jour :
Shop in Chanel, Cannes :there are some good, decent people there, some of whom I happen to know well.
If you are up for the challenge, need to get rid of some frustration and can do with a dose of verbal sparring: Chanel, Monaco it is...Go show them who's boss!

Friday, 24 April 2015

Ancient Greek Sandals: give you Wings!

My Ancient Greek Sandals have arrived !!...After a one month "well worth the wait"...for them to be handmade made, naturally.

After having seen them in GRAZIA magazine....I went after them like a heat seeking missile...

Once on their website, which is not only gorgeous but very user friendly: I was happy to see that the above sandal came in a shorter version...less climbing vine and more lawn length...
Which was a wonderful surprise and  a much better option for "vertically challenged " me! As well as in a selection of colour variations.

So without further ado, let me give you the skinny on this wonderful design duo and their "dreamy" product:

Ancient Greek Sandals were awarded the : Stelios Award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Greece 2014.

They are all about tradition meets myths, Goddesses and Gods...with a high end faultless finish. Each product is named after a Greek God or Goddess , a muse or a myth.

They are not about following trends and beat their own design drums....Ancient Greek Sandals was created when there was a hole in the market. They stepped in and simply made magic happen....immediately.

Just go to their website and see, everything is perfectly taken care of...the proof is in my pudding...the finished product even smells of quality.

Recommend it? Highly...in fact you must invest in a pair of Ancient Greek Sandals.

What is their guarantee? That the product will age beautifully, that the leather will gain a gorgeous patina and furthermore....they will fit and feel better the more you wear them.

Come on! Who doesn't want a little piece of Athena, Diana or Zeus...?
The wings are in the buckle... Who needs Redbull?!

Emotional or Vandalised Baggage ?

In the handbag dept. in Harvey Nichols, London my heart lurched and my stomach sank when I saw this very sight:

" WTF....!?" I exclaimed , horrified by the sight before me. My sister couldn't agree with me more...Who on earth would want to disfigure these emblems....Nay! objects of fashion status !

This is more than an "emotional outburst"... I see this as self mutilation: you are mutilating yourself by carrying such a disfigured iconic fashion accessory.

So who ? and Why?...are the following questions..

These bags are part of a collection of vintage handbags designed by Claudia Ricco : founder of luxury online retailer "Rewind Vintage" and hand painted by Palestinian artist Janan Shihadeh. Each handbag is numbered and part of a limited one off collection:

"...the UK exclusive collection celebrates the relationship between art and fashion, aiming to teach consumers how to carry their emotional baggage in style and with a hint of humour."

I am all for whimsy... Hell! This blog is wall to wall whimsy and humour but these poor innocent Chanel  handbags didn't deserve  this kind of treatment. The Louis Vuitton Speedy either for that matter but I rank it bottom of the designer handbag chain...

You have to ask yourself ;who would be foolish enough to throw money away on such a travesty?

Then I remember reading about Kim K and her Hermes Birkin hand painted by her daughter: North West.....

I rest my case.
There is obviously someone out there who has bags a plenty and wouldn't bat an eyelid to what I can only refer to "vandalism" of a much sought after handbag.

I would also call it a " darn shame"....

 But then I saw this one on the "Rewind Vintage" website:

.....and all is now right in this crazy world...
I actually believe that this enhances the Louis Vuitton Epi leather Speedy....(never liked Epi leather.....)

All is forgiven.