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Chérie Wish List: Thakoon Dresses at Avenue 32

As the party season approaches, the search for a dress to impress is on and top of my wish list are these stunning designer dresses by Thakoon at Avenue 32.

A favourite of Michelle Obama, Alexa Chung, Diane Kruger and Leighton Meester, Thai-American designer Thakoon Panichgul’s dresses are regularly spotted on well-heeled celebrities at parties, launches and on the red carpet.  His dresses are much loved with their femininity, exquisite tailoring, beautiful fabrics and vibrant prints.

I adore Thakoon’s take on the LBD with an eye-catching dandelion print dress, worn by Katy Perry, and a black high collar dress with lace pleats, as seen on Lily Collins.

Rosario Dawson wowed at the launch of the Tanqueray Gin Palace in a cool navy and white dress with split sleeves while Anna Kendrick wore this orange floral pleated dress. Also, Thakoon’s tailored grey wool dress and dusty rose silk pintuck dress can easily take you from day to night with a pair of statement heels.

Black Silk Dandelion Dress, £1,930
Grey Fine Wool Dress, £730
Orange Floral Pleated Dress, £1,150
Dusty Rose Silk Pintuck Dress, £680
Black Lace Insert Pleat Dress, £1,830
Navy Floral Side Draped Dress, £1,220

Which Thakoon dress is your favourite?

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Accessories, Designers, Fashion, Shopping, Websites

Chérie Wish List: Avenue 32

Avenue 32 is the perfect place to find chic, covetable and well-edited womenswear by international and niche designers.  As the days become brighter, I’m thinking ahead to the summer and which pieces I’d love to add to my wardrobe.

For the warmer season, check out the summer dresses, bags and accessories at Avenue 32…

Cédric Charlier Red Open Back Maxi Dress, £390
Preen Paint Splash Bloom Dress, £785
Sarah Chloe Gold Plated Leila Bracelet, £80
Roksanda Ilincic Orange Antares Swimsuit, £315
3.1 Phillip Lim Crystal Spot 31 Second Pouch, £450
BLK DNM Perfume 11, £85
Cutler and Gross White Mondrian Cat Eye Sunglasses, £365
Felder Felder 2cm Black Leather Spike Bracelet, £50
Lena Erziak Cream Khalil Box Clutch, £1015
Yigal Azrouël Blue Paisley Intarsia Dress, £745

Which designer pieces are on your dream list for the hotter months?  What are your favourites from Avenue 32?

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Christmas, Designers, Fashion, Shopping, Stores

Chic Christmas Gifts 2012

From Giles stationery and Bella Freud home accessories to the memoirs of renowned fashion insider Grace Coddington, these stylish Christmas gifts will be a hit with fashion gals…

Yigal Azrouël Lattice Knit Cotton Jumper, £370, Avenue 32
Athena Procopiou The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Scarf, £280, Salt Resort
Giles Illustration Tiger Notebook, £45, Matches
Sonia By Sonia Rykiel Crystal-embellished Cotton Collar, £35, Net-a-Porter
India Leopard Ponyhair Red Trim Ballet Flats, £95, French Sole
Canisa L Gold Sequin Clutch, £525, Jimmy Choo
Crystal Colour Necklace, £73.16, J. Crew
Grace by Grace Coddington, £21.25, Amazon
Bella Freud Candles, £38 each, Space.NK

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Anndra Neen Private View At The Dorchester

Winners of the 2011 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, Anndra Neen, hosted a private view of their accessories and jewellery at the elegant Spatisserie at The Dorchester.

Presenting in London for the first time, immaculately-dressed sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens were on hand to introduce the brand and reveal their design influences.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Phoebe and Annette were immersed in the art world at an early age, absorbing the creativity of their highly artistic family.  Father Luis Stephens is a painter and their grandfather Conlon Nancarrow was a progressive composer.

But was their grandmother – sculptor, painter and jewellery designer Annette Nancarrow – that particularly inspired their work.  Annette Nancarrow’s jewellery was collected and worn by creative luminaries including Frida Kahlo, Peggy Guggenheim, Elizabeth Arden and Anaïs Nin.

New York-based Phoebe and Annette founded Anndra Neen in 2009, bringing together their sisterly vision and instinctual style.

Hand-crafted in Mexico, the mixed metal pieces are bold, architectural and beautifully-made.  They draw on a range of historical and cultural references, including Mexican art, antique European jewellery, Egyptian and Bedouin motifs, Japanese design elements and French Medieval armour.

The pieces are powerful, feminine and warrior-like, with fluid lines and curves.  They look to artefacts of the past while maintaining a contemporary aesthetic.

The Alpaca silver woven cage clutch and the smaller cocoon-shaped clutch reminded me of the futuristic metal cage designs used by Yves Saint Laurent and Paco Rabanne.  Other favourite piece include the bold embellished and hammered metal cuffs and the rounded stud effect large bib necklace.

Delighted to win the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, Phoebe and Annette Stephens said: “The prestige of the prize has helped project our work globally and take our brand to the next level”.

Anndra Neen will present their Autumn/Winter 2012 collection at Hôtel Plaza Athénée during Paris Fashion Week in March 2012.  Following their win, Anndra Neen will be designing a range of exclusive accessories for Dorchester Collection.

Anndra Neen is currently stocked at Browns, Avenue 32 and CoutureLab.