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Monday, 23 May 2011

Forget about the PRICE TAG...

...I wish I could forget about the bloody price tag: coconut man and moon head...(who are they? Anybody know other than Jessie J?)
These MIU MIU shoes are da bomb! The little sequin ZADIG vest is superb too...tad pricey for what is but who cares when ..."I wanna see the world dance and forget about the price tag..."

Proof is in the Pudding!

In my post "From Cannes to Morocco via 1970's " I mentioned the similarities between David Beckham  (in the royal wedding photos) and Ricky Gervais... and I couln't find the correct images to prove that point. Thanks to "HEAT" magazine, not only are there photos to prove it but also a letter from a reader sharing my view:

Thank you Sophie and HEAT magazine.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

The Unstoppable : " Miss Ashida"

I have always had a soft spot for Japanese designers: I was a complete Kansai Yamamoto follower back in the 80’s and then upgraded to the minimalistic genius of Yohji Yamamoto, followed by the beautifully structured Issey Miyake, adding a few whimsical pieces from Comme des Garcons. It was during my Kansai love affair in 1980, that I met the lovely Tae Ashida in Switzerland during our two scholastic years together. 30 years later and my love affair has extended its arms to the gorgeous designs by my dear friend: “Miss Ashida”.

Tae is the daughter of the much lauded Japanese designer Jun Ashida, upon leaving high school in Switzerland she was awarded the Nicole Miller scholarship for having designed “the most beautiful dress” and went on to assist her in New York in 1987. She also twiced interned at Christian Lacroix Haute Couture in 84 and 87, after Tae graduated from RISD with a BFA. (There was a connection with Mr. Lacroix since he had been an "assistant" for her father for 10 years before he set up his Maison de Haute Couture in Paris,1987.... Tae was backstage at the opening show.)
She then entered her father’s company :Jun Ashida Co, as a designer. Having proven her mettle, Tae launched Miss Ashida in 1991, marking her debut as an independent designer.And the rest is fashion history ...You just have to look at her collection to see what an accomplished artist and designer she is in her own right, with many collaborations and accolades under her belt.

After the horrors of the earthquake last March, many decisions had to be made as to whether Tae could go ahead or cancel the showing of her Autumn/Winter 2011/12 collection during Tokyo fashion week.The decision was taken out of her hands when most of the models that had flown in from Paris and Milan left Tokyo immediately upon hearing about the nuclear incidents in  Fukushima. Instead of giving up and giving in,Tae came up with the idea to film their show in a studio with a handful of willing models and a strong support system around her. Amidst aftershocks and blackouts they stood strong in the face of adversity, everyone making it their mission to see this project through.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you a taste of : “MISS ASHIDA” AUTUMN/WINTER 2011/12...a collection that fought to be seen.

For more please visit :http://www.jun-ashida.co.jp
Then ,when you have made your choice, hop on down to the boutiques in Japan or closer yet,  Paris at: Jun Ashida, 34 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, 75008 PARIS.
 Many thanks to Tae, her PR Ms Kumai and the two years we shared in Switzerland.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Im Yours Jason Mraz (Ukelele - Little Asian Kid Singing + Playing It)

Whenever I feel that the world is no longer my oyster because the oyster I ate made me sick...this little gem just makes me smile and chases the nausea away.
Jason Mraz never sounded this good....

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

From Cannes to Morocco via the 1970's...

Monday 9th May,2011:
Location: La Croisette, Cannes...on the corner of Hermes and expensive.

...I spied my pal Amine, who used to be my "Paris Pret a Porter" stomping ground buddy back in my days at Pashion. I haven't seen him since and was so utterly surprised to see him in Cannes amidst the pre Film Festival mayhem .
 He was here for "Marie Claire Arabia" to attend what has to be one of the most coveted affairs : the Chanel Cruise show at the Eden Roc. I caught him one hour before the show shopping at Hermes?  He was dressed in his indomitable style, encapsulating both chic and tongue in cheek and the hug he gave me made up for all the lost time and gave me pause to remember...

*Photo courtesy of Amine Jreissaty: AJ and the incomparable K.L*

Spotted: the gorgeous Blake Lively, Face of Chanel, in Cannes for the show.Obviously her presence would be required ...I only wish mine was too...but hey, you can't have everything . I adore the lovely Blake Lively, in my eyes she can do no wrong but when she messed with her hair....I saw red. Blake don't mess with the locks, orangutan is not your colour.
Gossip girl xoxo

Everyone's favourite butterfly Diva Mariah Carey gave birth to twins and proceeded to ruin the best years of their lives : the girl is called Monroe after Marilyn , an homage to the late great star  and the boy is called Moroccan... an homage to the Moroccan room Mariah and Nick have in their NYC  apartment.  I just hope these kids are going to be home schooled.... for their own sakes.
So I guess Alicia Silverstone naming her son Bear Blu will barely make a ripple in the ocean of  utterly bonkers names....

Elle Macpherson seems to have utterly embraced the 70s look.... to such an extent that she appears in full Charlies Angels regalia on her school run...wow...that hairstyle alone must take forever to get just on the right side of poofy without coming across as vulgar or Farah Fawcett...now if she shows up in a red bathing suit with nipples standing to attention ... grab your kids and RUN!

Actually, upon further investigation, she looks like one of those giant Royal Poodles.....Talk about taking a fad too far....Is that a camel toe I spy? Never a good look no matter who you are.

NB: Is it just me and my sister but....doesn't David Beckham look like Ricky Gervais in William and Kate's wedding photos ?... Who would have thought I would one day be making that comparison...Then again Ricky should be proud.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Easy Like Sunday Mornin'....

Easin' into the first of May.....
....Cannes style....

La Croisette heading towards the beach.....

Yeah baby! Toes in the sand...unadulterated view of the sea...no screaming kids....and super chilled beer....
"Easy like Sunday,mor..o..o..or..ninnnnn...."