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Chérie Loves: February 2013

Opening Ceremony by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon (published by Rizzoli), £25.60, Amazon
Opening Ceremony’s first hardback book is a fabulous scrapbook recording the brand’s history, collaborations and cool projects since its beginnings in 2002.  The book includes graphic stickers, Terry Richardson photography, zine inserts by friends such as Chloë Sevigny and Spike Jonze and artwork by Rodarte and Terence Koh.

Saint Laurent Paloma Striped Suede and Metallic-Leather Sandals, £730, Net-a-Porter
Hedi Slimane’s debut Saint Laurent collection was full of covetable footwear and one of my favourites are these luxurious, disco-esque heels.

Ditsy Garden Dress, £45, Oasis
Luella may be no more, but the English Eccentric brand’s spirit lives on with this adorable, flirty floral and black lace dress.

Valentina by Valentino eau de parfum, £41.50-£75, Debenhams
Valentina by Valentino is a delicate, sweet, heady floral oriental fragrance that captures la dolce vita and the refined femininity of Valentino.  Created by Olivier Cresp and Alberto Morillas, the fragrance opens with Calabrian Bergamot and Alba Truffle and leads to a white floral bouquet of Amalfi Orange Blossom, Tuberose and Jasmine with Wild Strawberry.  The base notes of Amber and Cedar give the fragrance a sensual, dusky warmth.  I also adore the round glass bottle adorned with pretty blush and white flowers.

Willow Tote Calf Ostrich Mix Navy, available mid-February, Mulberry
Mulberry’s stunning new Willow tote features a clever zip-detached envelope clutch, so you can instantly switch from daytime functionality to evening glam.  The luxurious two-in-one bag is the ultimate travel accessory, particularly if you need to streamline your luggage.  The Willow clutch can also be bought on its own and comes in black, navy, white, biscuit brown, nude, apricot and mint.

Tosha Pink Bracelet, £49, Swarovski
Summer comes early with this boho-luxe turquoise crystal and pink neon cord bracelet.  Even though it’s freezing outside, it makes me dream of sundowner cocktails at an exotic beach bar.

Yazbukey for Cire Trudon Candle, 70E, available at Colette now and at Cire Trudon, Chiltern Street, from March
A match made in heaven, accessory designer Yazbukey has created an exquisite candle for Cire Trudon, the world’s oldest candle maker.  Designed in seductive boudoir shades of black, red and pink, the scent is an alluring blend of violet and tobacco.

* Valentina by Valentino eau de parfum and Swarovski bracelet c/o brands

Designers, Fashion

Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2011 Campaign

Louis Vuitton takes inspiration from the Orient for its Spring Summer 2011 campaign, featuring a power trio of Freja Beha Erichsen, Kristen McMenamy and Raquel Zimmermann.

Shot in a New York studio by Steven Meisel, the campaign leads on from the Spring Summer 2011 catwalk show and Marc Jacobs’ new exotic siren is a world away from last season’s immaculate screen icon.

The trio of models have gone from powdering their noses in a backstage dressing room to pouting with glistening lips in a glitzy mirrored boudoir.

The collection features colour block lurex dresses in rich jewel tones, monogram lace full-length skirts, layered beaded tassle dresses and exquisite silk cheongsams with scattered luxurious tassles.

The dramatic styling and orientalisms bring up images of Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic 1977 Chinese collection.

Marc Jacobs’ inspiration for the collection came from this deliberate, artificial reference to The Orient that was tied up in the glitz and glamour of the 1970s.

Steven Meisel said: “We arrived at something which I would compare to the
Eiffel Tower lighting up every hour on the hour – something of artifice that is just so gorgeous, and glamorous, and beautiful, that you are completely mesmerized by it.

This season’s handbags are like round droplets of hard candy with a retro feel – a real departure from last season’s demure alligator bags.

The orient look is complete with the most exquisite monogram lace fans – j’adore!

The Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2011 collection will arrive in store from February.

Designers, Exhibitions, Fashion, London, Paris

This season’s must-see fashion exhibitions

As ‘fashion month’ approaches, it’s time to pack away the summer jersey dresses and espadrilles and get back on track with some serious fashion worship.

My favourite exhibitions are usually of the fashion kind and this Autumn there are some incredible happenings in the art and fashion world.

Firstly, from next week until late September, Selfridges will host a retrospective of Dame Vivienne Westwood’s iconic shoes from 1973 to 2010.

The Ultra Lounge will be devoted to five decades worth of Viv’s much-loved shoes, from the voluptuous, death-defying platform heels, to the classic Pirate Boots and her later collaboration footwear with melissa.  The infamous Super Elevated Gillie platforms that toppled Naomi Campbell on the catwalk in 1993 are also sure to make an appearance.

If you’ll be Paris during fashion week or any time from mid-September through to October, you really must take a detour to see Karl Lagerfeld’s photographer Exhibition at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, in the Marais.

Kaiser Karl’s love of photography and keen eye for detail has led him to shoot the Chanel campaigns, produce numerous editorial spreads, publish his own photography books and direct his own short films.

The featured photographs have yet to be revealed, but perhaps there may be some images of his Chanel girls Freja Beha Erichsen and Lara Stone alongside some insanely chiselled and beautiful male models such as Brad Kroenig and Karl’s muse,  Baptiste Giabiconi.

If you have time, pop in to 7L, Karl’s photography bookshop beneath his photography studio to pick up some Karl-prescribed literature.

Somerset House continues its dedication to fashion and the arts with an exhibition to the work of renowned illustrator René Gruau (1909-2004).

René Gruau’s unmistakable, iconic illustration style shaped Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’ in the 1940s and his use of bold, minimal lines has has a remarkable influence of the world of graphic design and illustration, which continues today.

The exhibition will feature original illustrations for Parfums Christian Dior, vintage perfume bottles, sketches and magazines alongside a selection of Dior Haute Couture dresses.  The exhibition also reveals the close friendship between the two creative geniuses and their shared vision of revolutionary elegance.

Vivienne Westwood Shoes, An Exhibition 1973-2010 will run from 26 August – 22 September at Selfridges, London.

Karl Lagerfeld Photography Exhibition will run from 10 September – 15 October at Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris.

Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the line of beauty will run from at 10 November – 9 January at Somerset House, London.