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Thursday, 28 May 2015


I LOVE this look so much....I posted it twice!

Look to your right ...Yes! there under FROCKS FASH FAV:

and now below in all it's glory:

Now sing the following to a Samba beat: ..."It's that bag...that bag, that bag, that bag..."

"Louis Vuitton"  bag in textured "Epi" leather and cross over chain: £1,950

 "Ashish"   Sequin and lame jeans:  £1,176

"Current Elliot" cotton/denim shirt: £220

"Chloe" leather sandals :£705

All this by FENDI!

Denim crop jacket: £700
Denim jodhpur cropped tousers:£450
Leather patterned "Peekaboo" bag: £3,290

Non Fendi items:

White cotton top:Margaret Howell £295
Leather sandals: Marni £530

Monday, 25 May 2015


So the blessed film festival is over; Palme d'Ors have been handed out, hands shaken, backs patted and the paparazzi have moved onto pastures new or.... nude.

I have always had a love/ hate relationship with the film festival that dates back to my teen years  and watching it on TV with Barry Norman giving us the details of the stars' comings and goings.

Fast forward many years later... I am now living in Cannes and my relationship with the film festival is still as fraught as ever.
Apart from fleeting moments during lunches on beaches years ago... when that 2nd bottle of rose has you winking at Micheal Dougla....Did I feel like I had finally stepped into my television set and was living the dream....

Apart from the period I worked for Pashion magazine and wore the journalist badge with pride...until that is... I noticed that mine did not get me into films, after parties and generally...anywhere exciting...did I feel part of an exclusive enclave of people. 

Where does that leave me now? Older and wiser and happy to read about it and deal with the pangs of "what ifs "....from a safe distance.

So what has caught my attention?

There was a NO SELFIE rule ....like that is ever going to stop the likes of  ...well anyone on the red carpet! Selfies are considered vulgar and pedestrian and surely too primitive for the likes of the red carpets in Cannes or at The MET Ball...much to Anna Wintours disgust. But when Kim K/West can publish an entire book dedicated to just that...well where does that leave that rule? Out of the window.

There was a NO FLATS rule....excusez moi? I am conflicted ....and frankly torn. Obviously a long dress needs heels, like a fish needs water...But what of the extremely tall? Tilda Swinton for example ,surely she can pull off flats without getting anyone into a flap?

Moving on to Aishwarya Rai...and a journalist who decided to go on a : NO FLAB rant...


I present you with exhibit no.1:

Gorgeous, class act Aishwarya in an Oscar de la Renta gown:

And exhibit no.2:....

Yup! There it is...the offending flab...
Where is underarm "overflow" Spanx when you need it? 
So on a scale from 0 to 10 ..how offended are you?....hmmmm? Be honest now...

I can list 5 celebrities whose dress sense offends me on any given day and the lovely Ms. Rai is not one of them.

So lets us recap...Cannes 2015:

NO FLAB.....



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?