Saturday, 31 July 2010

Beauty Is In The Eye of Burberry

In the same way that a Burberry trench remains an essential, dependable item in every stylish girl's wardrobe, the British brand's first makeup range, just-launched, aims to cover the basics.

The line includes powder, foundation, bronzer, blush, mascara, eyeshadow and lipstick, each in natural colours, recalling the easy, unforced ethos that is Burberry's heritage - and attitude today.

Available at Harrods or online at

(Champagne) Bubble Bath

L'Hôtel Prince de Galles has reinvented the bubble bath, adding to its list of room services the possibility of ordering a Bain de Champagne.

This involves 160 litres of Champagne being "run" for you, with such a bath apparently extolling toning, draining and anti-oxidant virtues.

Apparently this is the way Kate Moss and Johnny Depp used to bathe whenever they visited Paris together.

It's certainly a sparkling way to start the day!

Bain de Champagne, 6 000 €, Hôtel Prince de Galles.

The Big Teese

Dita Von Teese has collaborated with Perrier to star in a short, interactive film that is viewable on the water brand's website.

Dita is fabulously sexy and seductive in the starring role, while, as always, leaving as much as possible to the imagination.

You can view a short excerpt here:

All Booked Up

Olivier Zahm of Purple magazine is working on the first biographical book about Carine Roitfeld, slated to be published in the autumn of 2011.

It is sure to be worth the wait!

Celebrated Addresses: Paris

Want to know where Carine Roitfeld gets her colour done, who fixes Emmanuelle Alt's heels, or to whom Lindsay Lohan turns to have her hair blown out?

Then check into Celebrated Addresses regularly.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Pin Up

I love this shell hairpin, which is the perfect addition to any beach-bag of accessories.

Monday, 19 July 2010

La Vie En Vogue

I love American Vogue's "making of" videos, which provide behind the scenes insight into the magazine's cover shoots.

Here, you can see Marion Cotillard being prepped for her shoot with Mario Testino at La Bastide de Marie, a charming country hotel in the south of France:

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Beauty Injection

Beauty and syringes used to mean one thing: an extreme way of enhancing one's looks. But not anymore, thanks to a new skincare line designed by the French doctor Olivier Courtin (son of the founder of Clarins).

The concept is one of highly personalised skincare, where customized formulas that you mix yourself, treat you skin according to their individual, evolving needs.

Using a syringe filled with the product appropriate to your skin type, you release a pre-measured dose of your chosen Emergency Booster into your day or night cream, and blend.

A very modern way of tackling contemporary skin conditions, that can vary as easily as a change of clothes.

Bar None

You might be used to drinking superior cocktails blended by the most reputed mixologists, but have you ever been served a cocktail designed by Bruce Willis?

If not, head to the Bar Hemingway the Ritz in Paris, where you can order a one-off cocktail mixed up by the Hollywood star especially for Coco Chanel's favourite hotel.

Named "My Sobieski by Bruce Willis", it will be prepared for you by the just as celebrated barman Colin Field.

Sunday, 4 July 2010


This CREATE cameara, designed by Jason Wu, is perfect for popping into your handbag and photographing your adventures about town.

240 €, at Colette.

Bag It Up

Finally, one will be able to amuse oneself while taking out the long as your bins are lined with these cheeky goldfish bowl-print garbage bags.

£10 from

Gucci Gucci Coo

Gucci are launching their first childrenswear line this Autumn, marketed at babies up to 24 months old, and children up to the age of 8.

The only toddlers I could actually imagine wearing Gucci footwear, scarves, ties, belts, jewellery and sunglasses, would be the fictional offspring of Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big in the no doubt forthcoming sequel to Sex And The City 2.

Give me Bonpoint and Baby Dior any day!

In A Louboutin World

I love the series of images produced for the launch of Christian Louboutin's Autumn-Winter 2010-11 collection, which is already viewable on his website.

The campaign is as creative and imaginative as his utterly unique shoe designs.

Bag Lady

I love this quilted leather laptop bag designed by H by Harris. It's stylish and practical, and comes in lots of different colours so that you can match it to your outfit or accessories.

Available at Dover Street Market, or online at 

Blow by Blow

This September, Christie's had planned to hold an auction in London of the late Isabella Blow's wardrobe; however, this sale has now been called off, after a private buyer, rumoured to be the Couture collector Daphne Guinness, purchased the entire inventory.

The collection includes designs by Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Manolo Blahnik and Philip Treacy (50 hats, apparently!), and will now remain whole, as per the buyers' wishes.

They are accompanied by a collection of portraits of Blow by Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle, and Karl Lagerfeld.

If Guinness is indeed behind the purchase, then the historic clothes are sure to be well and appropriately looked after - Guinness was both a friend and distant relative of Isabella Blow.

So Long, Maria Luisa

Maria Luisa, so long the bastion for young and avant-garde design talent in Paris, is shutting up shop.

August will mark the last month that Maria Luisa's eponymous boutique continues to sell via a brick-and-mortar format, having opened her first clothes shop in 1988.

The future, as far as Maria Luisa sees it, is the internet, and by the end of the year she should be back in business, selling her carefully curated collections through a new e-boutique.

Mount Street Deli-cious

There's a fabulously smart new delicatessen that's just opened up on London's Mount Street, serving up signature recipes from its fashionable culinary neighbours.

Annabel's trademark chocolate cake, Harry's Bar pizza and Scotch eggs from Mark's Club are just a few of the gastronomical treats on offer, now all available in one place.

The time you save stocking your fridge at the Mount Street Deli, is time you can reallocate to a hair treatment at  Jo Hansford, or picking a new outfit at Lanvin or Azzaro, also on the same street.