2 storey handbag wall @ LV Maison Vancouver
No amount of rain could have stopped VIP guests from attending the invite-only Louis Vuitton Maison opening party last night in Vancouver. The celebrities and journalists probably didn’t even notice each other’s soppy hair while basking in the lap of 10,000 square feet of LV luxury.
The Louis Vuitton Maison store situated in the Hotel Vancouver is the first of its kind in Canada and there are only eleven Maison stores around the globe. According to Jean-Philippe Hecquet, vice-president at Louis Vuitton Canada, Vancouver was a natural choice for Canada’s first LV Maison. “It’s a very dynamic city with a strong image and character, and its own personality. It represents a truly diverse, sophisticated cultural centre, one which we knew would be extremely receptive to the very highest level of Louis Vuitton creativity,” he said.
The LV Maison Vancouver houses ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewelery and of course, LV luggage including a trunk for $35,000. There is a dramatic two-storey wall of handbags and original Canadian artwork by Vancouver artist Steven Shearer.
Soppy hair or not, Vancouverites are looking good in their new maison.
Colette and the Hudson’s Bay Co. are giving us more reasons to love winter. The young Colette, an uber-chic department store on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris loves Hudson’s Bay, the iconic Canadian department store steeped in 340 years of history. Parisians can now purchase select items from the Bay’s trademark multi-stripe wares including the Caribou point wool blanket, cashmere scarf, Geoff McFedtridge-designed mug, Swiss army knife, and the adorable snowman dress-up kit . The cool factor continues to rise for The Bay as Colette is known to stock only the coolest of cool. Here are the items hipsters across the Seine are lusting after.
If you are in London town this holiday season, feast your eyes on the fabulous ‘Dior Illustrated: Rene Gruau and the Line of Beauty’ art collection in lovely Somerset House on the River Thames. The exhibit showcases the work of the late Rene Gruau, one of the most famous fashion illustrators who captured the essence of the Dior brand beautifully. In fact, he was responsible for creating the marketing campaign for Dior’s first perfume in 1947, Miss Dior. The exhibit runs until January 9th, 2011 and includes Gruau’s original illustrations, vintage perfume bottles as well as a selection of Dior Haute Couture gowns including a special dress designed by John Galliano himself, in homage to Gruau.
‘Tis the season to sparkle my lovelies and I’m delighted to share the new Crystal collection from Jimmy Choo, celebrating 15 years of unparalleled style. I might occasionally cheat with that red-soled devil but my heart belongs to Choo for the brand’s dedication to high-voltage glamour. The Crystal campaign is shot by famed photographer Marilyn Minter.
“In celebrating our 15 years, I wanted to create a modern glamour that stands for the style and imagination of Jimmy Choo,” founder and chief creative officer Tamara Mellon explains. “I was inspired by vintage jewellery to add sparkling and luminous details to iconic Jimmy Choo shapes. I have long been a collector and a fan of Marilyn’s work and know that she can capture the essence of my vision.”
Getting your perfectly pedicured feet into these shimmery stilettos will set you back around $1500-2000US.
Phuket one-piece swimsuit by Melissa Odabash
The weather’s getting cold and it’s time to start thinking about where to escape and more importantly, what to wear when you get to paradise. Former swimsuit model-turned-designer and celebrity favourite Melissa Odabash, recommends packing one swimsuit in your carry-on bag. In case your luggage is delayed or missing, you can still hit the beach without worrying about finding the right bathing suit. Odabash is responsible for making the Victoria’s Secret zebra print bikini which became the best-selling item in their 1998 catalogue.
Here are some of my beach essentials with samples from her 2011 collection.
1. Sexy bikini that’s one size too small. According to Odabash, less fabric makes you look smaller.
2. Glamorous cutout one-piece that can work double-duty in the evenings paired with silky trousers.
Marbella Brown Sugar
3. Loose, flowy jumpsuit for walking to your spa appointment.
Virginia Bandeau Jumpsuit
4. A fashionable wide-brimmed hat to protect your beautiful face.
4. A floor-skimming kaftan that can be worn on the beach and off.
5. Pretty cover-ups that work as dresses.
Here’s the entire sexy collection from the Melissa Odabash show at the W Hotel in Miami.