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Sonia Rykiel + Fairmont Monte-Carlo = Valentine’s Day
February 9, 2012, 6:33 am
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Iconic French designer Sonia Rykiel opened her first boutique over 40 years ago. Her signature striped sweaters brought her instant success and gained the Queen of Knits reputation.

Sonia Rykiel Spring/Summer 2012 runway highlights

Not only she conquered the world of fashion with her liberated anti-conformist approach, but also became an accomplished publisher, who introduced a very personal and alphabetically challenged dictionary only a few months ago. “Dictionnaire Déglingué” is a life-long collection of the definitions that are transformed into poems, anecdotes and snippets of life.

Photo credit: Margault Antonini

Here’s one of our favourite examples:
“Romantique: Une femme en costume d’homme, avec une fleur piquée dans les cheveux” – “Romantic: A woman in a man’s suit, with a flower in her hair”

Fairmont Monte-Carlo

Most recently this fascinating, imaginative and undoubtedly talented woman was invited by the Fairmont Monte Carlo to add her creative touch to Valentine’s Day celebration. The Chefs at the Fairmont’s l’Argentin restaurant are portraying love as a fashion show. The dishes become a catwalk for a stunning, radiant menu in the colours of summer.

L'Argentin restaurant at the Fairmont

Five made-to-measure treats, inspired by Sonia Rykiel’s Spring-Summer 2012 collection, will created for the occasion ‘to reach the heights of the spectacular’ as defined in the ‘Dictionnaire Déglingué’.

Sonia Rykiel's inspired desert

Another beautiful surprise is a competition that will be organised during this romantic evening where one lucky winner will receive a special Sonia Rykiel gift. Perhaps this is what you’re looking for in a gift to your fashionable Valentine?

119€ per person
For bookings contact +377 93 30 93 30
www.fairmont.com/fr/montecarlo



Top 5 Best Dressed at Le Bal des Débutantes

It is every girl’s dream to be a princess at least for a day. Once a year, this opportunity presents itself to the society’s bright young things in a invitation only ball, previously described by Forbes Magazine as ‘one of the top 10 social events in the world’. Le Bal Des Débutantes is held at The Hôtel de Crillon (one of the oldest luxury hotels in world) since 1991 and has always been dominated by the international aristocracy.

Hôtel de Crillon Paris

Hôtel de Crillon in Paris

Recently a few celebrity offsprings have been invited, perhaps, in attempt to bring the ball into the 21st century. This year the Willis clan – Rumer, Tallulah and Scout – the daughters of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore – stole the limelight of the event for multiple reasons including Rumer’s daring décolleté (classy!).

The Willis Clan

Scout, Tallulah and Rumer with father Bruce Willis

The event is sponsored by the ultra-chic Adler Jewellery, which holds a unique position in the world of fine jewellery. The name is synonymous not only with products of the highest quality but with a particular sense of creativity. The jewels are worn by modern women who are confident of their taste and who have a highly developed eye for beauty.

Adler Jewellery

Adler necklace ‘Asymmetry in brown’ (worn by Flora Collins) in white gold 18kt set with 692 brown diamonds and 133 white diamonds. Pendant in 18kt white gold and 18kt pink gold set with one Fancy Light Brown pear-shaped diamond.

Debutantes are introduced, accompanied by their brothers, boyfriends, fathers and mothers before sitting down for a meal, then being swept off their feet on the dance floor. We have observed this year’s Haute Couture gowns and selected Top Five for your enjoyment. Voilà!

1. Gown by Maxime Simoens Haute Couture

Alexandra Spencer (UK) accompanied by Hamish Khayat

Alexandra’s father, Michael Spencer, runs ICAP – a money-broking firm and is the former treasurer for the Conservative Party. Her mother, Lorraine Spencer, is heavily involved in charitable projects.

2. Gown by Lecoanet Hemant Couture

Shaiyra Devi of Kapurthala

Shaiyra Devi of Kapurthala (India) accompanied by Jean-Baptiste Solanet

Shaiyra is a Princess of Kapurthala and a niece to Shatrujit Singh, who pioneered the entry of Moet Hennessy and the LVMH fashion group into India.

3. Gown by Chanel Haute Couture

Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor (UK) accompanied by her father John Taylor

Atlanta’s father is a former member of Duran Duran and her mother is photographer Amanda de Cadenet.

4. Gown by Carolina Herrera Couture

Flora Collins

Flora Collins (USA) with parents

Flora’s mother, Amy Fine Collins, edits Vanity Fair annual Best Dressed List. Flora herself is a talented writer and has been commissioned to write about Le Bal for the Teen Vogue.

5. Gown by Atelier Versace

Princess Charlotte de Bourbon Parme

Princess Charlotte de Bourbon Parme (France)

Our absolute favourite debutante this year is Princess Charlotte de Bourbon Parme (pictured with her father) in her amazing Atelier Versace gown.

by Olga Titarenko



MICS 2011 + Interview with Jean-Roch

The Monaco International Clubbing Show (MICS) is the new international clubbing event, co-organised by Richard Borfiga and nestled in the heart of Monte-Carlo with a mission to bring together the the crème de la crème of the nightlife industry attracting professionals and specialists in the areas of music, design, light and sound equipment, fashion, beverages and of course, new technologies.

Richard Borfiga, Prince Albert and Jean-Roch

Richard Borfiga, Prince Albert and Jean-Roch

After attending its debut show in November 2010, it was hard to imagine that MICS could possibly get any better. This year it blew our minds with the amount of partying jam-packed into a single weekend.

Grimaldi Forum Monte-Carlo

Entrance to the MICS, Grimaldi Forum Monte-Carlo

The turntable superstarts like Steve Aoki, Joachim Garraud, Moussa Hafs, Cedric La Luna, DJ Ravin of Buddha Bar and many others kept the crowd moving and grooving, while the King of French Riviera’s clubbing scene Jean-Roch performed his new single ‘I’m Alright’ with a posse consisting of Kat Deluna, Fat Joe, Amerie, Tara McDonald and Fatman Scoop.

Jean-Roch and Friends

Jean-Roch and Friends performing at the Grimaldi Forum

Most definitely my favourite act of the show, Jean-Roch and Friends fired up the partygoers with their electric performance and dazzling fashions. Here we get up close and personal with Jean-Roch to satisfy our curiosity about his current and upcoming projects and importantly matters of his heart. Watch this!

If you like to keep up with Jean-Roch follow @ILoveJeanRoch on Twitter or join his page on Facebook.

Special Thankyou goes to Fabien Carlin and Thibault Griffon of Realize It Media, Coline Roubaud from the MICS and my gorgeous friend Oksana Arinkina for keeping me great company.

by Olga Titarenko



Paspaley Pearls Launch: The Muse Collection
October 13, 2011, 9:41 pm
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Paspaley celebrated the arrival of the 2011 collection, Muse by Paspaley, at a chic soirée for 300 special guests at a new event establishment.

Carolyn Murphy

Carolyn Murphy is the face of the collection

One by one guests arrived to be acquainted by swanky valet staff and escorted into an unknown door to an exclusive event.

The Muse Collection

Paspaley South Sea kasha pearl Muse bracelet with rose quartz, moonstone, morganite and pave set diamonds in 750 yellow gold

Guests including Carla Zampatti, Maggie Tabberer, Natarsha Belling, Bowie Wong, Hoda Waterhouse, Gracie Otto, Tim Holmes à Court, Bridget Holmes à Court, Kathryn Robinson, Michael and Angela Moore, Terry Kaljo and members of the Paspaley family gathered at Martyn Cook and Thomas Hammel’s haute showroom, The Residence, a building which resembles a Parisian hôtel particulier but is in fact a converted substation. If pearls weren’t on your mind the exquisite furniture was!

Sydney Launch

Sydney Launch

The mood was Haute! Sophisticated and yet as elegant as the collection, with a performance by the stunning Clare Bowditch, bedecked, of course, in Paspaley pearls and introduced by the evening’s host, third generation family member Chris Paspaley. Guests admired the collection displayed in and amongst The Residences’ rarities and antiques as they sipped on Veuve Clicquot and canapés from Matt Moran’s Aria; delicacies including ceviche pearl meat with coconut, chili and lime; blue swimmer crab, avocado and mint tapas; and hazelnut, coconut and chocolate pop-rocks that were to die for!

The Muse Collection

The Muse Collection

At the centre of the evening was an ornate circular installation featuring glamorous models adorning the collection. There was definitely a touch of old Hollywood glam!

Paspaley Models

Paspaley models demonstrate the new collection pieces

Dripping in the Muse collection of onyx, rose quartz and moonstone with Paspaley pearls in modern haute shapes and styles. From long necklaces that draped with such casual elegance to gorgeous rings, bracelets and earrings. My mouth was salivating…

The Muse Collection

Paspaley South Sea pearl Muse necklace and earrings with onyx and pave set diamonds in platinum

This was definitely a Sydney soiree to remember. Paspaley certainly know how to throw a party with style sophistication and flair. To top of the evening we were all treated to men and woman’s goodie bags with beautiful silk scarves!

What a treat! How Haute!

by Jasmine Montgomery 



Bally Celebrates 160 Years
September 24, 2011, 9:56 pm
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Earlier this year we joined Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz in celebration of a boutique opening in Sydney and since then it’s been forward and upward for Bally’s director duo. This year Bally is celebrating 160th anniversary and this milestone-worthy occasion has put extra pressure on thier creative minds… and let’s face it, the standard has been set in the highest Swiss tradition: unmatched craftsmanship, clean lines and multi-dimensional feel. Just take a look at Bally’s past ad campaigns:

Heidi Mount and Michael Gstoettner for Bally

F/W 2008 by Mario Sorrenti

Christy Turlington for Bally

S/S 2009 by Mario Sorrenti

Anna Maria Jagodzinska for Bally

F/W 2010 by Craig McDean

“The challenge for us has been to evolve Bally as a truly relevant, global luxury brand,” said the creative directors. “But to have that opportunity as the brand marks 160 years of excellence is a great privilege. We are committed to defining the future with not only contemporary collections, but also making Bally’s craftsmanship visible in fresh, modern ways.”

Earlier this month an exclusive cocktail event was held in London to celebrate the 160th anniversary capsule collection inspired by the brand’s heritage and revealed in time for September’s biggest global shopping event, Vogue Fashion’s Night Out. Characterized by soft lines and vibrant seasonal tones, each capsule collection piece carries the specially designed 160th logo that incorporates the Bally crest and reflects the brand’s legacy. Here is my personal favourite:

Bally Mame Ankle Boots

Stiletto-heeled ankle boots MAME, 995€

Bally’s 160th Anniversary Collection is available online as of this month.

by Olga Titarenko



Champagne Couture in Cannes

On a simmering Tuesday evening in the South of France, Germany’s couturier darlings Klaus Unrath and Ivan Strano of UNRATH & STRANO along with their business partner and investor of the label Princess Elna-Margret zu Bentheim teamed up with Moscow’s Boccara Gallery to present a capsule collection within the galleries at the Ritz Carlton in Cannes.

Unrath & Strano: 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin

President Sarkozy and a glowing Bruni were in attendance (although not in the flesh) with Sarkozy casting a watchful eye over proceedings (and his naked wife) from hip artist Alex Guofeng Cao’s infamous pixel perfect ‘Bruni vs. Sarkozy’ photographic masterpiece hanging at the gallery entrance.

Artist's Alex Guofeng Cao, Bruni vs. Sarkozy (2009)

The mostly Monaco and Milan jet set ooh-la-la’d over the Berlin based designer duo’s uber glam evening gowns. And as we sipped champagne, the Russian’s vodka, models sashayed through the exhibition, their dramatic yet delicately encrusted floor length gowns popping against the predominantly antique art collection, curated by Boccara’s Didier Marian as part of their second annual pop-up gallery on the Riviera.

This 100,000 euro handmade Tahitian pearl gown is a fitting example of Unrath & Strano’s expert patternmaking and master tailoring.

A soirée as such would not be complete with out the de rigueur beluga with guests savoring petite morsels whilst Russian entertainer Micha serenaded guests on the terrace, his commanding voice and colorful personality drowning out the traffic that fills La Croisette each summer.

Klaus Unrath and Ivan Strano pose with Princess Elna-Margret zu Bentheim and models post show

Late in the evening under a bright crescent moon that punctuated the night sky guests enjoyed a sumptuous sit down dinner, designed by head chef Laurent Bunel, over which they critiqued the collections and opened their cheque books.

The exhibition is open daily until September 12th from 11am until 11pm.
Ritz Carlton 58 Bd.
La Croisette Cannes.

by Kelly Cooke



Monaco Insider: 2011 Grand Prix Wrap
June 5, 2011, 2:40 pm
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Super cars, super yachts, supermodels and the super rich come out to play at the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix.

View from the Larvotto Beach

Super yacht parking lot at Larvotto Beach

Whilst world’s professional party people were sweet-dreaming soundly upon their super yachts, having tendered home from Jimmy’z as the hot sun was rising above the principality, the Grand Prix circus that rolled into town for business earlier in the week are hard at it preparing for Friday’s practice session.

Monaco Grand Prix 2011

A snap from my balcony

At precisely 9.00am the first fuel driven screams can be heard echoing hard against the chiseled mountain edge that dramatically frames Monaco, Cap d’Ail and Beausoleil. As the cars buzz past my apartment (conveniently situated on turn six), their speed so fast my iPhone shutter fails to capture a single car, I reach for my earplugs hoping to sooth my vibrating eardrums (and pounding head, self inflicted of course)!

Monaco's Sea Lounge

Post qualifying drinks at Sea Lounge

The practice session brings a day of R&R for the uber party set, many of whom have sailed direct from the Cannes film festival, leaving only the F1 purists manning the grand stands. For me it’s a great day to put the finishing touches on my tan at the Sea Lounge ahead of the Amber Lounge fashion party later that evening.

Formula 1 Drivers

Formula One World Championship Drivers at Amber Lounge

The Amber fashion event featuring flowing gowns by Matthew Williamson delivered yet again. However, this year the F1 drivers sashaying (rather awkwardly I might add) down the catwalk were brilliantly outshone by Kim Kardashian and her latest accessory – a 20-carat engagement bling, sorry ring!

Kim Kardasian

Kim Kardasian sparkles at Amber Fashion

With Monaco’s tight street circuit and hairpin turns, barring any mechanical mishaps, the race is often decided once the starting grid is confirmed. From the deck of the Renault super yacht ‘Sensei’ (chartered by Renault) we watch as Vettel takes pole – and the boats starts rocking!

Sensei Yacht

Sensei Yacht

On Sunday and with the grand prix all but decided (in my mind anyway) we head to the Hotel De Paris to sip France’s finest as we watch Vettle’s flawless finish in Monaco’s most thrilling grand prix in years!

Billionaires Club

Flavio Briatore's Billionaires Club direct from Sardinia

Later that evening it’s off to Flavio Briatore’s Billionaires Club to party like a billionaire – and with Cristal at 1,500 euro a bottle, I certainly felt like one!

by Kelly Cooke