I went to the Shrine the other day with a couple of friends. The Shrine is a little “café concert” venue like we call it in Paris, with a very cool decor (old school vinyls all over the walls and ceilings, bistro tables and multi cultural vibe) in Harlem’s neighborhood, which by the way is becoming a hot spot for restaurants, lounges and bars… I love the concept of introducing to the public new talents coming from different musical backgrounds and giving them the opportunity to be discovered. One of the highlights that night was Katerina Polemi, a half Brazilian half Greek song writer/musician/vocalist who gave a wonderful performance: her repertoire is so vast and personal going from bossa nova to Greek folklore with strong jazz music influences. Katerina plays guitar and sings with no background vocals or any type of distraction, however her voice is so powerful that it gives the impression she has a band hidden somewhere! I invite you to learn more about this artist here
The Shrine 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Bl New York, NY 10030
This Spring Summer we will definitely show some skin. Between the crop tops and the shorts fashion brings the sexy back! Even if I like the idea of wearing a crop top to show off beautiful abs, and the retro vibe of some of the looks seen on the runway (think Prada, Nina Ricci), I still have some reservations about adopting this trend in the everyday life… I personally opt for the shorts, first because I’m far from rocking the six packs and second wearing shorts allows you to make endless combinations and, with the right style and accessories, look chic and put together at work or for a trendy cocktail party. If you want to dig in more on the subject I recommend reading this smart and funny article written by Amanda FitzSimons on the crop tops trend in ELLE April Issue… Whatever team you choose see some examples below hope they will inspire you!
Nina Ricci SS12 Look
Roland Mouret, Nina Ricci and Mark Fast SS12 Looks
Urban Outfitters SS12
Preen, Charlotte Ronson, Rebecca Minkoff, Creatures of the Wind SS12 Looks
The first time I heard about Lily Collins, I was not excited at all, I was thinking great another famous “daddy little girl” (her father is singer, song writer Phil Collins). Now the more I see Lily, the more I like her innocent beauty and flawless skin which makes her the perfect choice to interpret the legendary Snow White in “Mirror Mirror”(now playing in theaters). I haven’t seen any of her movies yet (she played in “Abduction” starring Taylor Lautner in 2011), so I don’t know if she has the real potential to stay around and make a name for herself on the acting scene, but I won’t be surprised if she becomes a designers favorite and we see her in prestigious ad campaigns (Miu Miu??)
Here Lily poses for LA Times March issue, styled by Hayley Atkin, loved this editorial, enjoy!
I read the book “La Parisienne” (“Parisian Chic” in English) a couple of months ago. The author, Ines De La Fressange, French fashion icon, and brand ambassador of the Roger Vivier house, offers us the ultimate guide to everything related to the chic modern Parisian woman: style, fashion, food, beauty, interior design, and plenty of exclusive addresses, all you need to know about Paris good taste is in this book. I love Ines simple elegance, humor and fresh take on trends. The plus of the book: the beautiful illustrations and Ines daughter, Nine, modeling for the style pages.
The author Ines De La Fressange
Nine in “La Parisienne” book
And just for the pleasure, here is some pics of beautiful well known Parisian women…
To celebrate the return of Mad Men, and let’s be honest, the return of glamour and class on television, I selected ones of the best looks of the very sophisticated Mrs Betty Draper mixed with some interpretations from the runway. Don’t get me wrong she’s far from being my favorite character in the show, but I have to admit the woman has class! And you, who is your most stylish mad woman?? Mad Men Sundays on AMC
Christian Dior FW12 RTW Look
The feminine cast of Mad Men: January Jones, Christina Hendricks and Elizabeth Moss
There is something about actresses, singers or personalities from past generations that captivate me, I could spend hours staring at one picture and try to imagine their lives, how they manage their star, or for some of them, icon status. Here is a look back to some of the most influential women who have marked style and fashion today
Chicago remains my favorite musical show ever. I fell in love with the music, the costumes, the ambiance when I saw the movie for the first time. Lately I have a “Chicago fever” revival, maybe it’s because of the 20’s Annees Folles inspiration I’ve been seeing recently in the fashion world… And let’s not forget the Great Gasby’s movie coming out at the end of the year!
Etro, Marc Jacobs and Gucci SS12 Looks
Etro SS12 Looks
Gucci SS12 Looks
Zoe Zaldana, Camilla Belle and Evan Rachel Wood all wearing Gucci SS12
Christian Dior Couture Collection SS05. I loved the beautiful gowns, their theatrical effect, embroideries details and how John Galliano played on the Empress Josephine circa Directoire influence and rock and roll vibe
I often think about that collection, still, and how impressed I was by so much creativity
Well, the FW12 Dolce and Gabbana collection kind of awaken this feeling, for me it was by far one of the most exciting collection of the season and I can’t wait to see the looks all over the magazines. I love the baroque details, the mix of black gold and lace, the almost over the top accessories very “nouveau riche”
Burberry SS12 Look It’s no surprise that Africa and its particular aesthetic have always been a great source of inspiration for artists and designers. SS12 Collections have been full of African prints or ornaments, and I’m loving it! Here are some of my favorites…