February 2013

Chanel’s Flower Stall at Covent Garden for Mother’s Day

February 28, 2013

Like Bambi I got up, all shaky of limb and tentative, a bit wide-eyed and knocked for six, following a recent spout of ill health. But, if anyone was going to tempt me out in the big wide world again, it would be Chanel, wouldn’t it?  Since July last year, Chanel have made quite a thing […]

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Les Exlusifs de Chanel launches a new baby: 1932

February 27, 2013

Les Exclusifs de Chanel has a new baby for us to coo over.  Not re-worked nor re-issued, this  glorious little princess is wholly devised by Monsieur Jacques Polge, Chanel’s house perfumer, to commemorate the year when Chanel’s fine ‘joaillerie’ collection ‘Bijoux de Diamants’ was first issued. The baroque brilliance of the clunking double C’s of […]

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Dolce & Gabbana Go All Ecumenical on us for A/W’13

February 26, 2013

In very typical fashion, Dolce & Gabbana treated us to a whole host of maximalism for Autumn/Winter 13 and very much in-keeping with the latest papal resignation and election. Dolce & Gabbana went all ecumenical on us. Steeped in their Sicilian roots, Stefano and Domenico can be relied upon to layer it on thick but […]

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Are these his best releases to date? Francis Kurkdjian rolls out Oud Mood

February 26, 2013

Just when you think ‘he surely can’t top that?’. In strolls the man who can, M Kurkdjian, with another majestic offer – only this time it comes in three. Three times the power, three times the seduction, three times the exhilarating addiction. The potency of this trio of overblown sophisticates wows with their aristocratic finesse. […]

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Shu Uemura’s Blossom Dream Range for S/S’13

February 25, 2013

While we’re zoomed through images on social media of the new Autumn/Winter catwalk collections, it feels very much like Winter here. Grey bitter cold days and drifting snowflakes aside, we’ve not so much emerged from one Wintery hollow into the first light rays of Spring than we’re beamed what we will be wearing next Winter. […]

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Peter Dundas Triumphs at Pucci for A/W’13 with his 1960s Getty Girl

February 25, 2013

The catwalks are full of it for Autumn/Winter ’13 – 1960s references.  From three quarter length sleeves to short collarless jackets, vivid almost fluoro colours that pop, minis and A-line shifts and the odd ode to the first acid psychedelia, it’s all there. Some would say that vintage references are becoming harder to plunder and […]

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Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin. As Enigmatic as Sally Bowles

February 24, 2013

Like diluted blood tinged with absinthe, Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin startles with all the impact and charisma of Sally Bowles, the ill-fated, devastatingly divine ‘Cabaret’ heroine. This new release seems as complex and steeped in artsy Weimar Bohemia as Sally was, reeking of ‘don’t care’ and ‘I dare you’ as much as heavy-lidded […]

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Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer – LFW edition

February 24, 2013

We’ve survived yet another season of queuing in Arctic conditions for hours, forced starvation, and the sea of self-publicising non-entities in the Somerset House courtyard, to bring you all the news from the London catwalks: LOVING Cara – She loves to eat, and party with “wifey” Rita Ora, but we fell in love with Cara Delevigne […]

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Prada’s Modern Film Noir Heroine Wows Milan A/W’13

February 23, 2013

Prada’s more than a bit of an anachronism for me. Veering in one direction and then another from season to season, sometimes it makes me wonder who is in charge of the reigns? The designer or the design team? No matter that Prada’s venture into trend territory and the Japanese influence of Spring/Summer ’13 sees […]

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Nicole Farhi A/W’13 – Sykes Makes Her Mark

February 23, 2013

“Hi! I’m Jo!” Joanna Sykes, the newly-ordained creative director of Nicole Farhi, says to me as she thrusts her hand enthusiastically into mine. Sykes’ excitement is palpable, as is my own. I had already been blown away by her initial menswear collection, and now it was the ladies’ turn. She seems genuinely delighted when I […]

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