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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Sonia Rykiel: The Queen of Knitwear and Stripes goes to Heaven



Iconic French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel died today, at the age of 86 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. 
Rykiel died at 5 a.m. at her home in Paris from the effects of Parkinson’s, her daughter Nathalie Rykiel said in a statement.
Rykiel launched her own fashion house in 1968 buoyed by the Swinging Sixties craze in London.
She had made her breakthrough in 1962 with the so-called "Poor Boy Sweater", a garment designed for women, that had long sleeves and a shorter, fitted shape.
The "Poor Boy" met resistance at first, but all that changed in December 1963 when Elle magazine featured the 19-year-old French pop idol Francois Hardy on its front cover in a stripy red-and-pink Rykiel number.
Then Brigitte Bardot and singer Sylvie Vartan were photographed in Rykiel sweaters and Andrey Hepburn herself went to the shop and snapped up five of them.
Rykiel was born in the upmarket Paris suburb of Neuilly in 1930 as the eldest of five daughters to a Romanian watchmaker father, and a Russian mother.
In 1954, she married a clothing store owner, Sam Rykiel, with whom she had two children and whom she later divorced.
Within the French fashion industry, Rykiel will be remembered as an original who helped cement Paris and, in particular, the Left Bank, as the capital of French Couture.
French President François Hollande offered his condolences to the fashion legend’s family and loved ones, calling Rykiel a pioneer who “invented not only a look, but also an attitude, a way of living and being”.
 The Socialist president also said Rykiel’s style, “will remain a symbol of her remarkable work with colour and nature, fluidity and light.”













 “She invented not only a look, but also 
an attitude, a way of living and being”.

See the Sonia Rykiel Fall 2016 collection here

Thank You, Sonia! 
 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Greek Summer of... Ines de la Fressange

If you know me long enough, you know that I adore Ines de la Fressange,
the French model, entrepreneur, mother, and ambassadrice of the Parisian Chic
Mme de la Fressange is the embodiment of elegance and joie de vivre.
And
This year she spent part of her summer holidays in Greece!







So glad you enjoyed your vacation in Greece, Ines!
See you soon!

xoxo




Saturday, 20 August 2016

Support Diane von Furstenberg's Empowerment Plan



I admire Diane von Furstenberg for her talent, her work, her resillience. 


The wrap dress
=
Freedom 
and
Independence
aka
The new Coco Channel
What an inspirational woman!
Now I admire her even more for this innitiative:

The Empowerment Plan 
DVF will match dollar-for-dollar the first $50,000 raised in support of the non-profit, founded by Veronika Scott, recipient of the People’s Voice Award at the 2014 DVF Awards. The Empowerment Plan, based in Detroit, aims at breaking the cycle of homelessness for single women and their families. The Empowerment Plan hires women living in local shelters and trains them to become full-time seamstresses, providing them and their families with access to a stable income and secure housing, as well as independence and freedom.
Both those behind the Empowerment Plan and DVF share a similar belief in the importance of giving women the opportunity to gain control over their lives. As Scott has said, “Diane emanates all that we stand for and continues to prove that despite the struggles one may face, we are all able to accomplish greatness. By matching the first $50,000 raised through this campaign, she is giving back to women looking to change the direction of their own lives by conquering their own fears. Her belief in our work will empower women facing homelessness to break that cycle and to become the person they have always wanted to be.”
Not only will donating help empower women in need, but with every $30 you donate you will be entered for a chance to win a free DVF wrap dress of your choosing!
To read more and donate click here

Friday, 19 August 2016

Travel: How to pack 130 items into a SMALL hand-luggage...



With ever increasing airline baggage restrictions, packing hand luggage can be a bit of a nightmare. But actress Rachel Grant, from London demonstrates how to fit a whopping 130 items, including five pairs of shoes, into a carry-on bag in an amazing video. Grant uses elastic bands, zip lock bags and even rolls her clothes to maximise the space in her bag.
 Here is what she packed:

-10 DRESSES,
- 8 BLOUSES/TOPS
- 3 BEACH/POOL DRESSES
- 8 T-SHIRTS/VESTS
 -2 NIGHTIES
-4 PAIRS OF TROUSERS
- 4 PAIRS OF SHORTS
- 4 SKIRTS
- 6 PAIRS OF SOCKS
-1 CARDIGAN
-5 PAIRS OF SHOES
-1 PACKING CUBE
-2 BIKINI TOPS
-2 BIKINI BOTTOMS
-3 BELT SASHES
-8 PAIRS OF PANTIES
-3 BRAS
-2 HANDBAGS/PURSES
-1 PUFFER JACKET
-1 PASHMINA/SCARF
-1 SARONG
-1 HAT
-1 SHOE BAG/LAUNDRY BAG

- 1 COSMETICS BAG INCLUDES (TRAVEL-SIZE): 
1 SHAMPOO, 1 CONDITIONER, 1 MOSQUITO REPELLENT, 1 SUNSCREEN, 1 FACE WASH, 1 TOOTHBRUSH, 1 TOOTHPASTE, 1 BUNDLE OF COTTON BALLS, 1 BUNDLE OF COTTON BUDS, 1 DEODORANT, 1 COMB, 1 NAIL FILE, 1 HAIR STRAIGHTENER, 1 BUNDLE OF HAIR CLIPS AND BANDS, 1 FOUNDATION, 1 MASCARA, 1 EYELINER, 1 COMPACT/POWDER, 2 BLUSHERS, 2 LIPSTICKS, 1 EYESHADOW PALATE, 1 EYE MAKEUP REMOVER, 1 SET OF TWEEZERS, 2 NAIL POLISHES, 1 NAIL POLISH REMOVER PADS, 1 SHAVER, 1 TRAVEL-SIZED ADVIL, 2 PAIRS OF EARRINGS, 2 NECKLACES, 2 BRACELETS

- 1 ELECTRONIC/ESSENTIALS BAG - INCLUDES: 1 SET OF PENS, 1 HAIRBRUSH , 1 CAMERA, 1 CAMERA CHARGER, 1 INTERNATIONAL ADAPTER, 1 IPHONE/IPAD CHARGER, 1 PORTABLE SPEAKER/MUSIC PLAYER, 1 PORTABLE CHARGER, 1 GO-GIRL (SHE-PEE), 1 SUNGLASSES

(NOTE: IPHONE, PASSPORT, IPAD, CASH AND CREDIT CARDS CARRIED IN SMALL CROSS-BODY BAG - CALLED A 'PERSONAL ITEM' BY AIRLINES)

Celine Dion: Life goes on








She is all new and stunning!
The Canadian singer/performer gave an interview and graces the cover of ELLE magazine.
Her new stylist, Law Roach, is working the miracle of her transformation after the loss of her husband, Rene Angelil.

Read her interview here


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