Sneakers : The new « Working Girl »


In 1989 we laughed at Melanie Griffith in “Working Girl” as she gets into work at her posh Manhattan office sporting trainers all the way from her native New Jersey. Even though the idea of being that comfortable appeals, the suit/trainers combo is a no no, no !
Stilettos, platforms, high heels, sure… but our feet are screaming “enough!”. Pump shoes make a come back to rescue us, but it’s not quite enough to relieve our poor feet so cruelly tortured for years.


Shoes have had to adapt to the new urban lifestyles which often involve being on the move at a fast pace. The solution: real comfort in the shape of a pair of trainers. Here we are, transformed into the noughties’ Working Girl.
Luckily for us, in the meantime, the elitist status of fashion has collapsed. Nowadays, brands, stylists and marketing teams have come around to the idea, helping to make trainers a lot more acceptable, and even super trendy.


In 2006, Pierre Hardy who loves to defy conventions and play around with different concepts of fashion shoe making while himself being a keen sportsman, is the first designer to have the idea. He asks his collaborators to come up with a line of fashionable, urban trainers. Ever since, every luxury and pret a porter brand, as well as sports giants like Nike and Reebok have followed in his footsteps to each season deliver trendy, feminine trainers that flatter our looks and relieve our feet.
What’s more, walking flat with supple soles intensely massages the ball of our feet which in turn encourages blood and lymphatic circulation, optimizing the fat burning process. Yum! However, be sure not to mistake your fashion trainers for your exercise ones as you could end up getting hurt!

*Thanks to Cecile Coulot, from the last Pierre Hardy team.


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Fabrica and Tai Ping


Fabrica and Tai Ping carpets present, ‘From the Floor Up’, a collection of bespoke rugs that blur the lines between art and customary rugs.

Eight young Fabrica designers, reinterpreted the conventional horizontally orientated rug to create unexpected and innovative designs. Presented with creative freedom, the designers drew inspiration from their now imaginations, passions and narratives.

It is a true display of traditional savoir-faire with modernity and leaves the viewer to question the pre-conceived notion of a rug – do all rugs have to lay horizontally on the floor?

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Factory as Home: Ricardo Bofill’s Urban Fairy Tale


Originally an industrial complex dating from the turn of the century, with over 30 silos, subterranean galleries and huge machine rooms, the Factory by Ricardo Bofill turned an old cement production plant into the headquarters of his firm, Taller de Arquitectura. “The factory, abandoned and partially in ruins, was a compendium of surrealist elements: stairs that climbed up to nowhere, mighty reinforced concrete structures that sustained nothing, pieces of iron hanging in the air, huge empty spaces filled nonetheless with magic.” In fact, the story of Bofill’s factory is an incredible tale of a magnificent home that lies north west of Barcelona, Spain’s cultural and artistic capital.



Turrets, archways and a wild, rampant garden: when Ricardo Bofill installed his living and working spaces amidst an abandoned cement factory in 1973, instead of restoring the industrial turn of the century monument in an overly clean manner, he turned it into a urban fairy tale castle. He left eight silos, which became offices, a models laboratory, archives, a library, a projections room and a gigantic space known as “The Cathedral”, used for exhibitions, concerts and a whole range of cultural functions linked to the professional activities of the architect. The complex stands in the midst of gardens with eucalyptus, palms, olive trees and cypresses, standing as evidence of the fact that an imaginative architect may adapt any space to a new function, no matter how different from its original use.



Draped in lush vegetation and offering an abundance of open spaces, this building is impressive not only in size but also in style. However, this was not always a scene of domestic bliss and creative outlet. This towering building once housed the industry that produces the material we use to create most modern structures – cement. Expansive ceilings and crawling green plants, make this restored factory building an architectural masterpiece with a great deal of charm, showing how a visionary architect might turn a long forgotten and disregarded space into a modern dream.


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Every Best Actress dress since 1929


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Stylelife cats

Check out this very cute and well-made editorial of five furry fellows by Norwegian London-based photographer Marius W Hansen for The Gourmand Journal. 
The set design is styled by Annette Masterman and Samara Tompsett together with chef and food stylist Iain Graham. Source – trend land

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Julia Roberts for Givenchy

Over the last two years Riccardo Tisci has made a habit of hiring non-model celebrities for Givenchy’s print campaigns. First, the artist Marina Abramovic, then the musician Erykah Badu, followed by the French actress Isabelle Huppert. But Givenchy’s Spring ’15 face may be Tisci’s biggest get yet. Julia Roberts, as the designer pointed out at the Mercer Hotel this afternoon, isn’t a social media star, she’s a real star, one whom you don’t often see in the press aside from the compulsory awards show or movie junket appearance.


Julia Roberts!

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Buly – Two Centuries of History

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Starting in the late 18th century, the famed “Bully”, established in 1803 on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, made a name for himself (which he then wore with a double consonant) with his perfumes and scented vinegars. At the turn of the 19th century, perfumers were still the heirs of the master-craftsmen from the Ancien Régime, and the keepers of their trade secrets. The vogue of perfumes followed in the wake of a fresh openness to the world and to its novel, sometimes exotic flowers – as with Joséphine de Beauharnais, who imported to France and acclimatized new olfactory species and audacities. Napoleon’s establishment of the Codex in 1806 helped usher in new requirements in the realm of perfumery, thus stimulating the inventiveness of practitioners and the quality of preparations. Bully welcomed the advances of science and cosmetics to formulate his inventions. Among these, his perfumes and skin care products achieved lasting fame. The “Vinaigre de Bully”, a patented aromatic lotion to perform ablutions and preserve skin tone, earned a flattering reputation across Europe. This classic beauty product ensured the officine’s unprecedented notoriety for more than a hundred years. Well-known for his skills as a distiller, perfumer and cosmetician, in 1837 Jean-Vincent Bully was Honoré de Balzac’s inspiration for César Birotteau, the eponymous protagonist of one of his novels from the Scènes de la vie Parisienne cycle in La Comédie humaine. Throughout the Golden Century of beauty, which witnessed the invention of the first formulations of modern cosmetics and perfumery, the officine gradually established itself as a trend-setter. Today, L’Officine universelle Buly is reborn in Paris, on Rue Bonaparte in the sixth arrondissement, with a different spelling.

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Dear Christmas tree

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Christmas tree is at home; it is time to pinup it up with our most creative ideas…

We can stick to our good old ornaments old – fairy twinkle lights and baubles, or shack thing up with a hands-on creative approach.

Wait, what are the best ideas for an original Christmas tree?

First of all, it is all about staying with the festive Christmas spirit. Forget about the too much designer tree or minimalist touch.

For the ones longing for snow for Christmas, why don’t you go for an all white look? The deep green and the immaculate christmas idols are great combination for a chic effect with a graphic touch.

Anna Sbiera-Paléologue, Set Designer at Associated Creative, is thinking Florals for Christmas 2014. Paper and silk flowers in various sizes and colour combined with the coarser and darker branches of the tree, give shape to a vegetal hybrid – a poetic nod to the Spring to come from the depths of wintertime.

Astier de Villatte designers have imagined joyful and original Christmas ornaments, inspired by their lastest travels throughout Germany and Eastern Europe: animals, traditional characters, pastries and citruses made of blown glass, dusted with glitter, painted or covered in fabric.

If you hide a gherkin in the tree, the one who will find it will get an extra present – a German tradition to take on without any hesitation!

Happy holidays and merry Christmas to all




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