Gucci recently released the second installment of their collaborative digital project dubbed “GucciGram Tian“.
They collaborated with various artists and illustrators around the Asia-Pacific region to bring a new perspective surrounding the gorgeous Gucci Tian print. Featuring hummingbirds, peacocks, monkeys, butterflies, tree branches and flower blooms, Tian was inspired by Western orientalist fantasies and 18th-century Chinoiserie.
What makes Gucci such a success these days is that Creative Director Alessandro Michele brought something that fashion hasn’t seen in recent years — a poetic love affair with eclecticism. Although there’s nothing absolutely new from taking things from the past (like most, if not all, designers do), there’s something refreshing about his very personal way of taking old world nostalgia and mixing it with cultural elements from different time periods. The result is an entirely new aesthetic that you can’t really quite put your finger on because it’s new.
Earlier this summer, Martell Cognac invited me to Versailles for their tricentennial celebrations.
Martell was founded three hundred years ago at the height of French Art de Vivre. During the same period, Louis XIV gathered the nation’s most talented artists and culturally exciting figures at the court of Versailles. Today, in 2015, Martell — the oldest of the great cognac Houses — pays tribute to this heritage with the launch of the Martell France 300 project.
In association with L’Officiel Paris and led by the gorgeous actress Diane Kruger (who is also the Tricentenaire Ambassador), Martell reveals the 300 most influential talents (art, fashion, entertainment, gastronomy and mixology) who best represents the French Art de Vivre in the 21st century. Photographer Patrick Demarchelier, fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra and blogger Garance Dore are included in the list.
For video interviews on some of the most exciting innovative French talents and to experience your own French Art de Vivre, visit www.Martell.com/France300.
I love Ibiza. London and Stockholm aside, it’s is my summer happy place in Europe. I’ve been going for years now so whenever there’s an opportunity to come back, count me in! I recently joined Spanish luxury brand Loewe and my beloved Jonathan Anderson to celebrate the Loewe summer pop-up store opening at the El Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa (MACE) in Ibiza’s Old Town.
The pop up store carries a ton of terrific summer and beach-friendly essentials. They have the entire range of the gorgeous John Allen collaboration including beach towels, totes and pouches. They also have the classic espadrilles, eyewear, small leather goods and a select number of ready-to-wear looks.
If you’re in Ibiza before the summer ends be sure to swing by the pop up store.
Loewe Ibiza Pop Up
El Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa (MACE)
Ronda Narcis Putget,
s/n 07800 Ciudad de Ibiza
The only time I get to watch movies is when I’m on a plane so when Susie Bubble and her boyfriend Steve invited me to go to the cinema just this past Saturday, I had to say yes. It’s been quite awhile since I last went to a movie theatre. The three of us saw the new film, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard, at the Curzon cinema in Soho.
A few things —
1) I love Kristen Wiig
2) I love Alexander Skarsgard even more. *SWOON*
3) Bel Powley, at times, reminded me of Stefani Germanotta aka Lady Gaga but without makeup.
4) Don’t be misled by trailer.
5) It’s a very beautiful, riveting coming of age movie.
6) I love the visuals.
7) Every time I see flared jeans the first thing that comes to mind is “Vuitton, Ghesquiere, Vuitton”
8) There’s lots of sex on the film.
9) There’s way too many drug scenes. Everyone’s drunk and high.
10) The mom, the children, the stepdad are all doing drugs on the film. It was the 70s.
11) Yes, sex with Alexander Skarsgard.
It’s fascinating to see a film with a young, teenage girl embracing her feelings and her thoughts about sexuality — and this happens in real life. I won’t spoil it by sharing the key storylines but I suggest that you watch this beautiful film.
300 years is a very long time so a Tricentenaire calls for something extraordinary. A series of events will take place around the world to celebrate Martell‘s legendary history. To kick off the festivities, the French cognac house invited me to an unforgettable visit to Paris and of course, the palace of Versailles to celebrate their 300th anniversary.
Arriving at Versailles was an experience itself; tourists were still coming out of the gardens as the palace was taken over by 300 guests (including Solange Knowles, Olivia Palermo, Naomie Harris) in tuxedos and evening gowns. We were welcomed by Philippe Guettat, CEO of Martell who introduced us to Martell’s Ambassador, actress Diane Kruger, who looked stunning in my beloved Jason Wu.
A private tour of the palace followed. The Hall of Mirrors during sunset is a truly magnificent sight. After our tour, we went to the gardens to witness an excellent fly-past formation of the Patrouille de France (French Air Force).
Martell commissioned world-renowned French chef Paul Pairet to prepare a seven course dinner representing different stages in Jean Martell’s journey to Cognac 300 years ago. All courses were served with a suitable cognac while screens encircling the room changed sceneries to enhance the experience. My personal favorite? Martell’s rare blend, the Premiere Voyage!
The end of the dinner and start of the party was marked, as one could expect in such a place, by a delightful display of fireworks in the gardens.
It’s not every day I get to wear my tuxedo and celebrate in Versailles. Thank you very much to Martell for this incredible privilege!