An Aromatic Twist with Clive Christian

For one long luxurious hour, I had the infinite pleasure of sitting tête-tête with Clive Christian over coffee at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas. And who is Mr Christian one might ask? Not only did he create the concept of designing exquisite kitchens with chandeliers as the focal point under his Clive Christian Interiors brand, but he is also the purveyor of the world’s most expensive perfumes.

Clive Christian Limited Edition Original Collection Twist

Clive Christian: Limited Edition Original Collection Twist

In Dallas to attend the Neiman Marcus beauty conclave, Mr Christian dressed in all black—his signature style, from turtleneck attire to sharp black eye frames. With a proper British accent, our conversation evolved from sharing personal anecdotes of life in the motherland, our love for America and of course his incredible success in the luxury industry. The man is a business marketing genius and a modest one at that. In 2012, he was announced as a recipient on the Queen’s New Year’s Eve Honours List for his contributions as a designer to the British Luxury Goods industry—honoured as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).

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Independence Day Weekend Celebrations Styled in Red, White and Blue

This year I will be in Paris for a très Français version of Independence Day, fortunately red, white and blue still translates perfectly for a weekend outfit. I’m already packed, but for any last minute purchases, I just found this adorable off-the-shoulder dress, and these star-spangled sandals, which couldn’t be more perfect. Wherever your travels may take you this coming weekend, celebrate in style! xo

Independence weekend outfit

 

Lisa Marie Fernandez – mira off-the-shoulder striped maxi dress, $911, Dolce & Gabbana – leather-trimmed embellished straw tote, $2,945, Eugenia Kim – soft brimmed straw hat, $425, Selima Mouzannar – black diamond star stud earrings, $1,680,  Loeffler Randall – starla leather gladiator sandal, $195.

 

Resort Stops for Chanel, Dior, Vuitton, and Gucci

The fashion flock love to fly to the far corners of the world, and for the Resort 2017 collections, a resort stop was the final destination for four fashion houses: from Rio de Janeiro to the countryside of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, Westminster Abbey in London, and Havana in Cuba. After much pondering and procrastinating, here are my edits of favourite styles from each collection.

Dior Cruise 2017

Dior Cruise 2017

Christian Dior at Blenheim Palace

What’s not to adore at Dior! Interim designers, Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux arrived at the most luxurious of resort destinations, albeit apparently wet, (the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and the ancestral home of the Spencer-Churchill family), and the home of the Duke of Marlborough in Oxfordshire in England—Blenheim Palace. Presented in the library, the designers combined a twist of French chic with British style. Flamboyant with billowing sleeves, layers over layers, nods to the classic coatdresses, foxhunting prints, and floral print tea dresses—all very wearable.

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Lady Dior x Marc Quinn

Three things that I obsess over (other than McQueen) are orchids, Marc Quinn and Dior handbags – of which, I can never have enough. So when I read that Quinn’s latest project involved Lady Dior and orchids I almost fainted!

Lady Dior, painted with signature Marc Quinn orchids

Lady Dior, painted with signature Marc Quinn orchids

Back in 2012, Dior launched a Lady Dior collection with artist Anselm Reyle, which of course I was fascinated with, but Quinn and orchids… well, swoon away!

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Get Fancy in Flowers, it’s a Floral Frenzy

Floral styles are out in full bloom. It’s time to dress feminine for summer in oversized flowers. Shop the Gucci and Net-A-Porter collaboration that just launched today, and Matches Fashion’s second exclusive capsule collection with Brit designer Emilia Wickstead, available in five floral styles. Wear flowers, either embroidered on your sneakers at McQueen, worn as a choker at Gucci, hanging from your ear at Oscar de la Renta and embellished on your jeans. It’s a floral frenzy!

Takashi Murakami: Bold Color, Stripes and Floral

A long, long time ago, far away in a distant land—my career began as a fashion designer. Designing collections and finding inspiration started from my early years living in London, researching ideas and concepts, sourcing fabrics, noting historical references, admiring artists, and architecture, and locating inspirational travel destinations—so not much different than my current-day thought process as an editor, just no sketching.

Takashi Murakami, Davy Jones' Tear, 2009

Takashi Murakami, Davy Jones’ Tear, 2009

So I’ve decided each week to edit styles that are currently available to shop, based on my weekly inspiration. Selfies are not my thing, so rest assured you will not find photos of me posing in my garden against a wall. Instead, I’ll edit from art I love, travel, and whatever takes my whimsical fancy.

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Matches Fashion x Altuzarra

I met fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra for the first time in New York at the Fashion Group International ‘Night of Stars’ gala two years ago, this week we met again over lunch with Matches Fashion founders Tom and Ruth Chapman.

Matches Fashion Lunch at Rosewood Mansion

Matches Fashion Lunch at Rosewood Mansion

Founded with boutiques in Richmond and Wimbledon, England, almost thirty years ago, the luxury retailer, with additional stores in Notting Hill, and Marleybone in London is now a serious online global retailer curating items from over 400 designers into a well-edited selection each season.

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The First Monday in May: Manus x Machina

Manus x Machina: Back in early 2014, I visited the Museum of Arts & Design in Manhattan to view the exhibition “Out of Hand: Materialising the Postdigital,” which was an exhibition focused on computer-assisted design—3D-printing, a manufacturing method now used by fashion designers, artists and architects. The exhibition, curated by Ron Labaco included works by artist Anish Kapoor, the late architect Zaha Hadid and milliner Stephen Jones to name a few. After that, I visited the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion.’

Exhibition – Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital – aka 3D printing fashion?

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What intrigues me, then and now, is the connection of digital manufacturing in fashion and how it’s progressed from haute couture. In one day I viewed two separate exhibitions, the first clearly a modern-day marvel of technology, and the haute couture era of designer Charles James. The dichotomy is poetic.

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