Category Archives: Luxury brand

Celine’s New Flagship Store Opens At No.103 Mount Street London.


Phoebe Philo and her team opened the doors to their elegantly designed new flagship store on Mount Street today. Clear grey marmorino plastered walls and marbled floors inlaid with semi-precious stones, greeted eager customers. Danish artist FOS created specially commissioned artistic details including door handles, floor lamps and a chandelier.

Born in Paris and educated at Central Saint Martins in London, Philo won the ‘British Designer of the Year’ award in 2010 and the ‘International Designer of the Year’ award in 2011.

worklondonstyle shopping Celine's new flagship store on Mount Street on opening day. (photo - worklondonstyle)

worklondonstyle shopping Celine’s new flagship store on Mount Street on opening day. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Attention to detail includes beautifully inlaid marble floors. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Attention to detail includes beautifully inlaid marble floors. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Geometric shapes were integral to her accessories for the season. Bags featured square handles coupled with cubic bangles and chunky, rectangular platform shoes.

The Summer 2014 Campaign (photo - Celine)

The Summer 2014 Campaign (photo – Celine)

In a move away from her usual minimalism and understated elegance, Philo introduced bright colours and bold graphic prints for Spring /Summer 2014. The layered look and asymmetrical pleated skirts were teamed with coats and blazers.

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo - Showbit)

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo – Showbit)

Travel informed the Spring/Summer collections of many designers at Paris Fashion Week. It is represented by colourful tribal prints in the collection at Celine.

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo - Showbit)

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo – Showbit)

Stay Cool With The ‘Ice Queen’ Of French Cinema – Catherine Deneuve


At 70 and with more than 100 films to her credit, including the controversial ‘Belle De Jour’; the fiercely private Catherine Deneuve embodies French chic, aging well and being ‘bien dans sa peau’. She has been the muse for Yves Saint Laurent and the face of MAC, L’Oreal, Louis Vuitton and Chanel No.5, among others.

In her new film ‘On My Way’ she stars as Bettie, an aging beauty queen, dealing with a failed relationship and an ailing restaurant. She takes a road trip to clear her head. Along the way she picks up a passenger; her charming, rude but comforting grandson. The film is set in the lovely French scenery of rural Brittany.

Catherine Deneuve and Nemo Schiffman in 'On My Way'. (photo - Cohen Media Group.)

Catherine Deneuve and Nemo Schiffman in ‘On My Way’. (photo – Cohen Media Group.)

Whilst she has had many relationships, Catherine has only been married once, at 21, to British photographer David Bailey. She has two children. A son Christian from her relationship with director Roger Vadim and a daughter, Chiara from her relationship with actor Marcello Mastroianni.

Kate Moss arranged to be photographed with Deneuve after a meeting with David Bailey. They were photographed in Paris by Patrick Demarchelier.

Catherine Deneuve and Kate Moss photographed at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris for Vanityfair. (photo - Patrick Demarchelier)

Catherine Deneuve and Kate Moss photographed at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris for Vanityfair. (photo – Patrick Demarchelier)

What is the secret to her evergreen beauty? Her daily routine includes a Citron Presse at 5pm. She credits good genes, living a good life, keeping out of the sun and drinking lots of water.

Make your own Citron Presse with the recipe from the famous ‘Cafe de Flore’.

Citron Presse recipe from Cafe de Flore. (photo

Citron Presse recipe from Cafe de Flore. (photo – Debra Fioritto)

Stay cool with the drink 'du jour' a 'Citron Presse'. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Stay cool with the drink ‘du jour’ a ‘Citron Presse’. (photo – worklondonstyle)

‘On My Way’ directed by Emmanuelle Bercot is released in French with English subtitles.

Stunningly beautiful, interesting and as cool as it gets.

Stunningly beautiful, interesting and as cool as it gets. (photo – Carole Bellaiche)

Woman On The Move – Anita Barr Joins Harvey Nichols


Five months since her appointment as global merchandising director at All Saints, Anita Barr is on the move again. She will be joining Harvey Nichols as its new group buying director at the end of March. She will be responsible for womenswear, menswear and accessories buying and report to new chief executive Stacey Cartwright, who joined Harvey Nichols last month.

Anita Barr

Anita Barr

Cartwright said, “I am delighted that Anita will be joining the senior management team. This is an exciting time for Harvey Nichols and her expertise and experience in this market will help strengthen our fashion leadership in the sector.”

Barr is moving to Harvey Nichols from All Saints where she is global merchandising director.

Barr is moving to Harvey Nichols from All Saints where she is global merchandising director.

Barr said, “I am thrilled to be joining Harvey Nichols in this transformative chapter in the long and proud history of one of the world’s leading luxury department stores.”

Stacey Cartwright former CFO at Burberry who was appointed new CEO at Harvey Nichols on 17 February 2014.

Stacey Cartwright former CFO at Burberry who was appointed new CEO at Harvey Nichols on 17 February 2014.  (photo – Harvey Nichols)

Barr previously held senior positions in buying and merchandising at Harrods and Selridges.

Harvey Nichols London (photo - Harvey Nichols)

Harvey Nichols London (photo – Harvey Nichols)

Ines de la Fressange Paris’ LifeWear Uniqlo Collection.


Hot on the heels of their 2012 collaboration with French basics brand Comptoir des Cottoniers, Uniqlo has done it again. Available in Paris since November 2013; their Ines de la Fressange Paris range is set to be ‘pret-a-porter’ in London from mid March 2014.

Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo (photo - Uniqlo)

Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo (photo – Uniqlo)

An international top model since 1975, Ines became the muse for Lagerfeld, modelling regularly for Chanel from 1983 to 1990. She has been the brand ambassador for luxury shoemaker Roger Vivier for the last decade and is part of the L’Oreal “Dream Team.” Her French style guide “La Parisienne” published in 2010, became a bestseller available in 17 languages.

Carrying a Roger Vivier handbag prior to the Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013/2014 collection shows at the Grand Palais in Paris.(photo- Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

Carrying a Roger Vivier handbag prior to the Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013/2014 collection shows at the Grand Palais in Paris. (photo- Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

Parisian Chic. (photo- Ines de la Fressange)

Parisian Chic. (photo- Ines de la Fressange)

Ines says, “After many years in the fashion business I learned a few things, and my wish is to give back a part of my experience in order to help women, such as the trick to mix casual and sophisticated for instance. Everything can be mixed in an easy way and worn at the office and on the weekend.”

Ines working with Uniqlo Design Director Naoki  Takizawa (photo - Uniqlo)

Ines working with Uniqlo Design Director Naoki Takizawa (photo – Uniqlo)

Uniqlo Design Director Naoki Takizawa said, “We talked regularly with Ines and exchanged views on a number of subjects including fabrics, design and fitting. Ines’ own lifestyle and approach to fashion closely mirror Uniqlo’s LifeWear and I am very pleased to be launching the new line that we have created together.”

Ines de la Fressange's collaboration with LIfeWear UNIQLO. (photo - Uniqlo)

Ines de la Fressange’s collaboration with LifeWear UNIQLO. (photo – Uniqlo)

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LifeWear aims to promote comfort, allowing customers to create their own style. With her attitude of ‘laissez-faire’ and clearly ‘bien dans sa peau’,  Ines’ collaboration with Uniqlo brings us a fun, wearable and affordable collection. French chic is available at uniqlo.com/uk.

A French Affair


Forget the Presidential love triangle; the high street is in love with France. Bag your own bit of Gallic flair with le sac du jour – the bucket bag. Update your wardrobe with the bag created by Angele Lancel in 1925.

Lancel opened her store near the lively new Opera Garnier in Paris in 1876, selling smoking accessories. In 1925 she creates the iconic bucket bag renamed the Premier Flirt in 2006.

Brigitte Bardot with her famous basket in beloved St Tropez.

Brigitte Bardot with her famous basket in beloved St Tropez.

In 1987 the bucket bag is rereleased under the name Elsa. It quickly charms millions of women to become an international bestseller for the house. I succumb to its charms buying two in different sizes.

My big Lancel Elsa bag photographed during a 2003 stay at Ma Cachette chambres d'hotes in Arlanc in the Auvergne.

My big Lancel Elsa bag photographed during a 2003 stay at Ma Cachette chambres d’hotes in Arlanc in the Auvergne. (photo – worklondonstyle)

My small black Elsa bucket bag ideal for work and short trips. (photo - worklondonstyle)

My small black Elsa bucket bag ideal for work and short trips. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Lancel reinterprets its cult bucket bag in 2006 and rechristens it the Premier Flirt.

The. Lancel Premier Flirt 2006. (photo - Lancel)

The Lancel Premier Flirt 2006. (photo – Lancel)

Lancel expresses its proximity to the French cultural background with collaborations with French icons Isabelle Adjani and Brigitte Bardot. The design elements of the 2012 BB bag respected the actress’s strong conservation convictions as all materials were environmentally friendly and the leather look required no animal hides.

The curvaceous Brigitte Bardot bag created in 2012. (photo - Lancel)

The curvaceous Brigitte Bardot bag created in 2012. (photo – Lancel)

For Spring/Summer 2014 the slouchy bucket bag is the perfect accessory. Topshop, Next, H&M, Zara and French Connection amongst others, all have affordable versions of the bag, allowing for a balance between casual and chic.

The 2014 high street version of the bucket bag from Zara. (photo - Zara)

The 2014 high street version of the bucket bag from Zara. (photo – Zara)

Phoebe Philo – Sneaking Into Work.


Paris born Phoebe Philo, creative director at Celine, received and OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. With fashion’s current emphasis on menswear, Phoebe is leading the way to comfort.

Phone Philo received and OBE in the New Year's Honours.

Phoebe Philo received and OBE in the New Year’s Honours. (photo-Getty)

Dressed for speed in Nike Air Max for and interview with Vogue. ( photo - David Sims

Dressed for speed in Nike Air Max during an interview with Vogue. ( photo – David Sims)

Phoebe, already credited for spiking sales of New Balance 620’s and Nike Air Max, wore Stan Smith sneakers during Paris Fashion Week last year.

Marc Jacobs sported the trainers at the British Fashion Awards, whilst other supporters include Gisele Bundchen, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss.

Philo sporting Stan Smith Adidas Originals. (photo -Pinterest)

Philo sporting Stan Smith Adidas Originals. (photo – Pinterest)

The trainers named after US tennis player, Stan Smith who won Wimbledon men’s singles in 1972, had a fashion hey day in the 90’s. More than 22million pairs were sold.

Stan Smith Adidas Originals. (photo - Adidas)

Stan Smith Adidas Originals. (photo – Adidas)

Adidas Stan Smith Originals will be available in the UK from middle January 2014 at £67 per pair.

Adidas photographed by Bella Howard.

Adidas photographed by Bella Howard.

Hermès – The Kelly, The Birkin And Other Keepsakes.


Hermès, Paris evokes images of princesses, famous actresses and the wealthy elite. In 1837 Thierry Hermès opened his workshop making quality saddlebags,  harnesses and horse carriages in the heart of Paris.

Hermes Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Hermès Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris. (photo – worklondonstyle)

In 1892 the prototype of the Kelly bag was used as a saddle holder. By the 1930’s it had evolved into the Sac à dépêches, a spacious travel bag. Acclaimed costume designer Edith Head, introduced Grace Kelly to the bag when she chose accessories for the actress starring in ‘To Catch A Thief .’ After her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, a photo of her with the bag appeared in Life magazine. Instantly known as the Kelly bag it was officially renamed in 1977.

Happy customer (photo -worklondonstyle)

Happy customer (photo – worklondonstyle)

Actress and singer Jane Birkin, well known for carrying her belongings in a straw bag, was the inspiration behind the Hermès Birkin created in 1984. Priced between £4,800 and £100,000, the Birkin remains a best seller of the brand.

The bag is associated with long waiting lists (up to 5 years) as depicted in the TV series ‘Sex And The City’ and the book ‘Bringing Home the Birkin: My life in Hot Pursuit of the World’s Most Coveted Handbag’ by Michael Tonello.

The trademark orange packaging. (photo - worklondonstyle)

The trademark orange packaging. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Hermès is renowned for its equestrian inspired silk scarves, bracelets, ties and watches. Last time I visited I acquired the iconic Multi-Loop Bridle bracelet.

Back at the hotel. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Back at the hotel. (photo – worklondonstyle)

The iconic Hermes bracelet. (photo - worklondonstyle)

The iconic Hermès bracelet. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Hermes in harmony. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Hermès in harmony. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Model, fashion icon and blogger Olivia Palermo says, ‘Buying my first Hermès bag was like becoming one of the tribe.’