21 November 2010

Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2011 Preview

WHAT  Louis Vitton Spring Summer 2011 Preview
WHEN 18th November 2010

 " LOVE for LV "

This week, I was invited to view the Louis Vitton Spring Summer collection at the gorgeous HQ office. Marc Jacobs' Spring/Summer collection for Louis Vuitton wowed me. The colours were rich, bright and reminded me of the 70's and 80's glam. The accessories were exquisite, I kept imagining of gorgeous 80's glam from Charles Angel and TV show Dynasty with so much glitter and an ozzing independent, successful womenwear.  The ready-to-wear collection is very much influenced and inspired by the seventies with the colour blocking and bold floral prints with heavy embellishment.
 



As ever Louis Vuitton are renowned for their leather luxurious bags and clutches and Marc Jacobs did not disappoint, he delivered with the colour block theme flap bags made from calfskin. Ladies of luxury will also have the option of purchasing the vibrant colour blocked stingray clutch or go for the more exotic option of choosing the more exotic clutch which is embellished with “voluptuous iris flowers in ostrich leather on a background of stingray.


 Accessory wise, the key design for this collection are oriental-inspired tattoos and the best way to flaunt it, is through the scarves.






During the Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2010 Men's Runway, I feel in love with so many bags. Well here are some preview photos.

Shown above is the new monogram canvas in a shoulder strap messenger style and another in a handheld/shoulder strap holdall style. The canvas seems to be made of linen/cotton and the bags features silver zips and leather detailing which tapers to the sides forming a "V". I am liking the handheld as shown in the runway. Colourwise, it is hard to tell which colour (as from the runway, there are 2 colours, a light and a dark khaki), but personally, I prefer the lighter one below as compared to the darker khaki above.


Many thanks to Louis Vuitton Press Team 

For more information please visit: www.louisvuitton.com


Chanel Spring Summer 2011 Preview

WHAT Chanel Spring Summer 2011 Preview
WHEN 10th November 2010
WHERE www.chanel.com

" Chanel Spring Summer 2011 Preview - Womenswear "

Recently, I was invited to view Chanel S/S 11 collection at the Chanel HQ in London. I got up close and personal with the fashion team to review and understand the influence, theme and inspiration about the new collection. The stunning pieces, as you'd expect were truly gorgeous. Every season Karl Lagerfeld hits the spot and the S/S 11 collection was no exception.  Lots of feathers, leather, hot pants, embellished jeans, classic Chanel box jackets in tweed with a modern twist and cocktail dresses to die for literally.




The S/S 11 collection  something to offer for all from your young fashionista to the older classic Chanel client.  Walking around the academy I was completely blown away surrounded by shoes, sports attire, beaucoup 2.5 bags, and most of all seeing those 2 C's entwined.  CC for me equals 'Classic Couture' and this is what the 'Powerhouse' always delivers! 



I was privilege to being able to see and handle the pieces left me amazed at the tiny quirks and details which made them so perfect. A classic 2.55 scattered with ladybirds, a glittering gold chain-handle bag, which upon second glance is covered in globules of molten-look golden metal. So many things which you'd always rely upon seeing at Chanel - like tricolor quilted handbags... but so many which remain innovative and surprising - the awkwardly beautiful footwear absolutely shone. Also great canap├ęs. 









  Many thanks to Chanel & Team 

For more information please visit: www.chanel.com


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     Amazing 10/10

One New Change Rooftop Terrance Launch

WHAT One New Change Rooftop Terrance Launch 
WHEN 16th November 2010

" Spectacular View "



Recently, I was invited to the One New Change Rooftop Terrace - Party. One New Change. Located on Cheapside overlooked by the historic landmark of St Pauls Cathedral, One New Change will become one of the largest shopping centres in central London. One New Change to me is London’s hottest new shopping destination in the heart of the city. When I arrived on the red carpet, I was overwhelmed with how stunning the aritechure and the glass building. The event was planned so perfectly and gorgeous girls wearing red festival dressed took us to the gorgeous rooftop terrance for drinks, canapes and live music entertainment. 

Lisa Butcher C with daughter Amber L and Dr Linda Papadopoulos R attends the One New Change rooftop terrace opening party
Prince Cassius
Vanessa Feltz attends the One New Change rooftop terrace opening party at One New Change shopping centre
After a smooth and welcoming speech, we were all invited to the One New Change rooftop terrace opening party where Alesha Dixon performed during the at One New Change shopping centre. Whether you work in the city, are a tourist or are a true Londoner, I cant emphasis enough how magnificent the shopping centre and Rooftop Terrace is. 


Alesha Dixon performing


Alesha Dixon performing

Special Thanks to Team at One New Change & Team at Blue Rubicon & Joanna Trigg for a spectacular evening.
 www.onenewchange.com

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19 November 2010

Austin Reed SS11

WHAT Austin Reed launches SS11 
WHEN 19th November 2010
WHERE www.austinreed.co.uk

" Inspired by Prince of Wales and Mad Men " 

Mainline Spring and Summer 2011
Austin Reed is know for established tailoring brand that produces gorgeous wear for both Men and Women with a modern twist.
Seeing the AMAZING team of Austin Reed always brings a smile to my face. So when I bumped into the gorgeous Rachel and Ariane during press day at Saatchi Gallery, I was so excited to see the collection. 

Austin Reed looks to architectural inspiration, British preppy, Mad men and key separates to encapsulate the new collection for Spring/Summer 2011.

Suits take an architectural edge, classic and structural in fit. Suits stripes are refined, not blood of yesteryear. Fine micro textures bring heavyweight stature to the suit but lightweight fit to suit summer months. 
Blue is the seasonal colour; from navy to peacock, cobalt to pastel; combination of blue in key separates offer a fresh, clean look. Check seersucker ties, crested collars, lines and herringbone with elbow patches add the 'prep' to preppy. Crisp blue blazers with contrast buttons, buggy lined double-faced fabrics with exuberant pink linings give an essence of cheekiness to sit alongside British collegiate styling.
For further information/ images/ samples please contact:
Rachel Wiseman : Rachel.wiseman@austinreed.co.uk
& Ariane : Ariane.chui@austinreed.co.uk

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Summer MUST HAVE 10/10

Oliver Sweeney launches SS11

WHAT Oliver Sweeney launches SS11 
WHEN 19th November 2010
WHERE www.oliversweeney.com

 " Step into the Future with Sweeney's"

Recently, I exclusively saw the new Oliver Sweeney SS11 collection at Saatchi Gallery.  Designed in England and hand-made in Italy, the quality and styling is exemplary - typified by the spring/summer line. The shoes were just spectacular and the colours were so rich.

About Oliver Sweeney

Since its inception in 1989, Oliver Sweeney has become synonymous with originals designs of exacting quality. The Spring Summer 2011 season is no exception with inspiration coming from British heritage detailing, sculpture, holidays and our impressive twenty year archive. Leathers this season range from the finest Italian call for formal shoes, brightly coloured suede's and also features waxed and high shine leathers for Sweeney London.

The colour pallet this spring draws inspiration from nostalgic holidays with acidic pastels, canary yellow, azure blue and ruby reds all featuring in abundance. Cool Grey monotones, camel and burgundy are also key colours across the formal offering. British heritage detailing including ribbon stitching and traditional brogue patterns are inherit throughout the collection.

Foster Fuoco

Blaham Blue

Boundary Brown

Wllerby Red
Wren Black
My Favorites the Clayton and Foster collection
For future information, images or samples contact the GORGEOUS Poppy Watson
Email: Poppy@oliversweeney.com

For buying information, click here.

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Summer MUST HAVE 10/10

PlayBoy Energy Drink Launch

WHAT PlayBoy Energy Drink Launch 
WHEN 18th November 2010
WHERE www.playboyenergy.com

" UK Launch of the Playboy energy drink "  
Last night, I wad invited to PlayBoy energy drink launch and Funky Buddah. With paparazzi frenzy for Kelly Brook, Nicole Scherzinger and Hope Dworaczyk (Playmate of the Year 2010) turned up to hosted and celebrate the launch party for playboy energy drink. Having tried the energy drink i must admit it was rather refreshing and taste. The night was itself full of energy, great crowd and surrounding.  
Wearing Austin Reed Blazer
 Nicole Scherzinger

Kelly Brook
Special Thanks to Brand Nation & Abby Beck  & Funky Buddah for a wonderful evening.

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Spectacular 9/10

15 November 2010

Kinetic Collection by Kirk Originals

WHAT Kinetic Collection by Kirk Originals
WHEN 15th November 2010
WHERE www.kirkoriginals.com


" The Hottest Eyewear in Town "

Recently, I spotted some innovative Kinetic Collection by Kirk Originals. While browsing through the Press days at Saatchi Gallery, my eyes caught attention to some gorgeous frames.

About the Collection

“The Kinetic Collection introduces four pioneering lenticular panel designs that bring animation and depth to the sides of each model: Spectrum, a living spectrum of colour; Flash, a flash arrow that shoots along the arm; Skull, a strip of blazing flames with a skull at the core and Equaliser, a base line equaliser which ripples and pulsates with motion.
Kirk Originals have taken that concept and stuck it on the temples of the frames in their new collection, appropriately named ‘Kinetic’.



With frame names inspired by the world of technology such as Byte, Chip and Cookie, the Kinetic Collection also offers a variety of classic backdrops including white, aubergine, black and tortoise that are also available in the sunglass version, the Kinetic Solaire Collection.” Kinetic Collection features four models and animation pioneer who provide depth on the branches of each model: a rainbow of colors, flash an arrow and a band of flames that spread at the option of facial movements. These effects are largely inspired by the world of technology.



Jason Kirk, MD of Kirk Originals commented: “We wanted to take the theme of movement in eyewear to a whole new level and really push the technical and aesthetic boundaries. We are proud to be the first brand ever to offer lenticular designs for eyewear. The Kinetic Collection features moving designs that are beautifully crafted, fun and entirely unique.”

The gorgeous frames are a really great shape and size, but the panel designs add great animation and depth as you move. The four different designs include spectrum, flash, skull, and eqauliser. Inspired by the world of technology, these are pretty much the best geeky, computer-nerd glasses of all time. I've truly never liked glasses as much as I do with the Kinetic Collection the animated side panels and all the eyewear come in sunglass styles too truly marvelous. 


For more information and more great glasses on the Kirk Originals site too! Kinetic Collection soon available in our stores. 
Special Thanks to Davina Askew - Photos of me wearing Kinetic Collection coming soon ..!!

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Eye Catching 10/10

14 November 2010

Longines Dolcevita Launch

WHAT Longines Dolcevita Launch
WHEN 3rd November 2010
WHERE Baglioni Hotel, 60 Hyde Park Gate

"  Longines Dolcevita Launch "


Last week, I was invited to the UK launch of Longines Dolcevita watches.


Longines’ Ambassador of Elegance Kate Winslet has presented the new additions to the Longines DolceVita collection along with the Bollywood icon Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and the Asian filmstar Chi Ling Lin. Combining steel with different colours of gold, these latest creations lend a new image to the paragon of watchmaking elegance launched in 1997 that has proven highly popular ever since. The Swiss watchmaker’s three star ambassadors were wearing the new Longines DolceVita models during a gala evening at the Villa Miani high above the Eternal City, where a film featuring the three famous faces was shown for the first time.
 

With a dress code of  "Hollywood Glamour", London descended on the Baglioni Hotel, on the 3rd to help celebrate the launch of the Longines "Dolce Vita" watch and collection.  With the tube strike in full bloom nothing  was stopping the fashion pack and press.  The event was a very upmarket affair with champagne on tap and beautiful snacks such as mushroom risotto and mini ice creams on hand for guests.



Ambassador Aishwarya Rai


Ambassador Chi Ling Lin


Ambassador Kate Winslet

ABOUT LONGINES AND THE WATCH.....

The Longines DolceVita collection embodies the brand’s vision of contemporary elegance. Launched in 1997, this collection has been extremely successful throughout the world, models being worn by women who appreciate refined elegance with timeless style. The collection is characterised by the harmonious rectangular shape of the case, which can easily be used as a basis for a variety of versions. Now Longines has created a new image for this collection of contemporary elegance by using different colours of gold to enhance the brilliance of the steel parts. With a choice of versions guaranteed to please all tastes, this new creation is available in three sizes, with a choice of dials, in steel and yellow gold or steel and rose gold, some versions set with diamonds. Longines revealed these new additions to its collection at the gala dinner in Rome – the heart of the Italian “dolce vita”. With this new variation that combines steel with yellow gold and steel with rose gold, Longines’ famous watchmaking elegance has gained a new dimension.
For more info about Longines and the "Dolce Vita" Collection visit

http://longines-dolcevita.longines.com/



Harrods Chiefs

The night was a great success, guests were served quality food by Harrods chefs, Champagne, Cocktails, Canapes and exquisite goodie bag. 


Special Thanks to Lucy & UK Swatch Group & Baglioni Hotel for a wonderful night.
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Gorgeous 9

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