Collaboration Alert: Camille Seydoux and Roger Vivier

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“Never be too sophisticated. Enjoy living life more than being fashionable,” shared Seydoux.

Stylist Camille Seydoux has collaborated with Roger Vivier, to launch the Prismick Denim collection. The idea for the collection of shoes and bags outfitted in pyramid patchwork denim came naturally to Seydoux, who is responsible for the red carpet looks of her bombshell sister, Lea. “Jean, it’s a material you always feel good in. And with the bag, it’s nice because it’s not boring, but it’s a neutral. It goes with so many things, but it’s fun. I hate boring bags, les Hermes me fatiguing!”

I love the ’70s, and I’m a huge fan of Jane Birkin,” Seydoux, clad in Valentino, told Pret-a-Reporter. She based the collection’s aesthetic on a photo of Birkin in patchwork jeans and a white t-shirt. Never mind that the French fashion icon is actually British, but she defined the je ne sais quoi of the decade’s style. “I wanted to do something really fun and effortless, not for the sophisticated Parisian but the more laid-back girl.”

The collection has patchwork cross-body bags and platform heels — a key to keeping it sexy in real Parisian life. “I live in the Marais and it’s all cobblestones, plus I’m a mama,” said Seydoux. “The collection is super-comfortable because it’s a wide heel — you can actually walk in these and go to the shops and chase your kids.”

As for any tips on intrinsic Parisian style? “Never be too sophisticated. Enjoy living life more than being fashionable,” shared Seydoux.

 

Travel Diaries – Tuesday

Cuba – Secluded Vacationers

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Timeworn but magnificent, dilapidated but dignified, fun yet maddeningly frustrating – Cuba is a country of indefinable magic.

Meticulously preserved, Cuba’s colonial cities haven’t changed much since musket-toting pirates stalked the Caribbean. The atmosphere and architecture is particularly stirring in the Unesco-listed cities – Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Camagüey – where grandiose squares and cobbled streets tell erstwhile tales of opulence and intrigue. Elsewhere many buildings lie ruined and tattered like aging dowagers waiting for a facelift. With more funds, these heirlooms may yet emulate the colonial treasures in Havana and Trinidad, further proof that the safeguarding of Cuba’s historical legacy has been one of the revolution’s greatest achievements.

 This is a  top pick for those looking to really get off the grid. There aren’t many places left on Earth where you can say you won’t have access to email, and actually mean it — but Cuba is one of them. It’s often described as being frozen in time, with its vintage cars, traditional Caribbean buildings, and lack of high-tech amenities. But those qualities only add to its charm. See it now, before everyone else gets there.

Fashion at the Festival.

Coachella, the raging arts and music festival, the fashion is always something to talk about. How does one dress combining luxury and festival wear? Here a re some tips to decode this luxury festival chic.

  • Tracks: Forget the long existing boho chic trend. The emerging festival wear is sportswear. Wear a Zadig & Voltaire track suit for cooler nights and days, otherwise pack your Adidas running shorts and team with a Mother Denim personalised sweatshirt.
  • Slick back hair: Try something new. Louis Vuitton’s show some series slicked back hair trend unlike the beach waves.
  • Mac: Stay ahead of the crowd by leaving your military khaki at home; pack a long buttoned-up coated cotton rain coat instead.
  • Sunglasses: This summer it is not about prim cat eyes or emboldened black frames. Wear the new split sunglasses from Dior.

 

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Travel Diaries – Saturday

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SYDNEY – CITY LOVERS

Looking for an urban experience and something different unlike New York or London, then head down under to Sydney.

It is the perfect and terrific destination for those who want to explore a bustling enclave. During the month of May, Sydney hosts Vivid Sydney, an epic annual event highlighting music, design and innovation.

The sights to see are Bondi Beach, the Harbour bridge, the famous lotus shaped Opera house and Sydney Harbour National Park.

 There’s always a new restaurant to try, undercover bar to hunt down, hip band to check out, sports team to shout at, show to see or crazy party to attend. The city’s pretensions to glamour are well balanced by a casualness that means a cool T-shirt and a tidy pair of jeans will get you in most places. But if you want to dress up and show off, there’s plenty of opportunity for that among the sparkling lights of the harbour.

If you want a bit of luxury in your living, then try the Park Hyatt or the Four Seasons Hotel.

 There is a good blend of restaurants to historical areas and endless beach experiences. It really is a diverse city, ideal for every kind of person, especially the city lovers.

British Fashion Fund Winner: Sophia Webster

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On March 22, British footwear designer Sophia Webster was awarded the 2016 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.

The seventh British Fashion Council/Vogue ceremony for 2016, which was held at the Bulgari Hotel in London, is one of the most prestigious fashion awards ceremonies of the year. Webster, a shoe designer renown for her colorful and playful footwear, was shortlisted for this year’s award along with Mother of Pearl, Emilia Wickstead, Osman and Prism.

Not long after launching her eponymous footwear line in 2012, Webster was named Emerging Footwear Designer of the Year in 2013 and was also awarded the British Fashion Award for Emerging Accessories Designer the same year.

British Vogue editor-in-chief and chair of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, Alexandra Shulman, lauded Webster’s win, stating in a press release, “Sophia Webster is a great winner for this year’s award. The brand encapsulates all the originality and creativity that British fashion is known for, while Sophia and her team have pursued a clear vision with drive and professionalism.”

2016 is indeed off to a victorious start for the 31-year-old designer. Webster receives her Fashion Fund award on the heels of her successful London Fashion Week FW16 collection presentation and has just debuted her first full collection of handbags for spring.

As a winner of the Fashion Fund award, Webster has been awarded a year-long mentor-ship program that will connect the designer with noted fashion brands, buyers and editors. In addition, Webster was also awarded a grant of £200,000 (or around $281,730).

“It feels amazing!” Webster said of winning the Fashion Fund award.

“I’m so shocked; I still can’t quite take it in. This will just make such a massive difference to our business. The store is next on the agenda, we only just got the keys last week, so that’s our next focus. After that, our team is growing and we’ve really outgrown our space so next will be a new office. It’s incredible.”

The different, exclusive and unique footwear brand is really going places!!

Kudos!

 

Travel Diaries – Wednesday

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VIENNA  – ART LOVERS

The Austrian city of Vienna is celebrated for its artistic roots, which run deep. Residents such as Mozart and Beethoven helped shape the cultural climate of the city, and to this day, music and the arts remain a huge part of its DNA. If you’re interested in experiencing historic landmarks alongside contemporary cultural attractions, all against the backdrop of a charming and cosmopolitan European city, Vienna is for you.

Few cities can boast the imperial grandeur of Vienna, once the centre of the powerful Habsburg monarchy. Lipizzaner stallions performing elegant equine ballet, the angelic tones of the Vienna Boys’ Choir drifting across a courtyard, outrageously opulent palaces such as Schloss Belvedere and Schloss Schönbrunn, and the monumental Hofburg complex – as a visitor today, you feel grandeur everywhere in Vienna.

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Vienna is a city where postmodernist and contemporary architectural designs contrast and fuse with the monumental and historic. The MuseumsQuartier is a perfect example, with modern museum architecture integrated into a public space created around former stables for the Habsburgs’ horses. Twentieth-century designs such as Loos American Bar are little short of inspiring, while contemporary Vienna is constantly being given new and exciting infrastructural designs such as the new Twin City Liners boat landing (with the restaurant, bar and cafe Motto am Fluss) and the enormous Hauptbahnhof (main train station).

For shopping, everything is available in the First District at the Golden Quarter.

Hotel Sacher and Park Hyatt Vienna boast of resplendent elegance and are positioned in predominant parts of the city.

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If one is a lover of the arts and history, Vienna is a must visit.

 

 

Travel Diaries – Monday

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Not everyone has the same idea of what constitutes the perfect vacation. While some of us might be content to sit on a beach with a cocktail and a book all day long, others prefer a getaway that’s jam-packed with adventurous activities.

This week is a curated list of getaway ideas inspired by different personalities and interests. There’s something here for every type of traveler, whether you want to spend your time off being pampered, indulging in some much-needed retail therapy, or exploring the great outdoors.

PALWAN ISLAND  – SECLUDED BEACH LOVERS

Nothing defines Palawan more than the water around it. With seascapes the equal of any in Southeast Asia, and wildlife terrestrial and aquatic, the Philippines’ most sparsely populated region is also the most beguiling.

Centrally located Puerto Princesa (Puerto) is the culinary capital and primary gateway to nearby rural and oceanfront tranquillity. The majority of travellers go north to El Nido or Coron town, base camps for island-hopping, snorkelling and diving adventures in the Bacuit archipelago and Calamianes group.

If you’re looking to escape from the crowds and lounge on your own private slice of heaven, check out Palawan Island in the Philippines. It’s not as well-known as some of Southeast Asia (such as Phuket or other parts of Thailand), but it’s every bit as beautiful. Towering waterfalls, miles and miles of lush plants, crystal-clear beaches, and virtually no one else in sight. Can’t beat that.

 For a secluded vacation, try the Amanpulo at Palawan. It is the prefect place for the discerning and discreet traveller in need of some sunshine and solitude.
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