Lovers of fashion and shopping will undoubtedly be aware that Matches is a slice of virtual shopping heaven but did you know that they also have a totally addictive blog? It’s run by the super stylish Ruth who offers fashion advice, insider Matches info and random bits of whimsy that keeps us coming back for more. As for the busy bees at Matches, they’ve worked hard to supply us with the most covetable pieces that makes it almost impossible to resist clicking that ‘Buy‘ button.
Some of the pieces that have caught our eye include Lanvin’s latest bags in cheery colours so apt for such sweet arm candy, a gold boheminan style necklace from Annina Vogel, Alexander McQueen’s bird print silk chiffon scarf that we want to wear around our heads a la Grace Kelly but lest anyone thinks we’re looking too demure, how about McQueen’s black leather biker jacketto toughen up the look? And the perfect finish for this and let’s face it, most outfits is a pair of killer glossy leather heels. All hail one-stop fashion solutions!

 

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jessica-mccommackJessica McCormack – Lucky strike earrings

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Diamonds are a girls best friend. They are something you cherish and keep forever. And as for jewellery itself, the kind you wear most certainly says a thing or two about your personality and lifestyle.

Jessica McCormacks jewellery however is inspired by her surroundings, simulating the objects and landmarks that intrigue her. To her, jewellery design is more of an art, about “creating miniature sculptures”. She has created jewel encrusted pieces which substitute the real world from her own power of invention with a whimsical vision to make precious objects accessible and wearable. Her diamonds simulate landmarks like the skyscaper’s rooftops of the city skyline (New York Night necklace), The London Eye earrings or The Cog braclet which looks like the driving mechanism of a watch’s movement.

McCormack speaks of her jewellery as ‘the end result of her desire to turn what she perceives to be beautiful into a tiny piece of art.’ Her jewellery is not only elegant and stylish but versatile making it very easily adaptable into any wardrobe and can be worn with jeans or that favourite little black number. Her pieces are as enduring and as timeless as the symbols they represent – never overpowering proving diamonds really are forever!

To find out more about the ‘Lucky strike’ earrings or any other Jessica McCormack products, you can e-mail enquiries@jessicamccormack.com/visit her website or simply visit the ‘Iconic shop’Liv

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In times of hardship like these, most retailers and designers would expect sales would slow down due to the recession but I guess obviously not if you’re Stella McCartney. Her work is currently at its peak with two magnificent recent collections for Autumn/Winter 08-09 and Spring/Summer 09 to hold her on the ground if things ever got shakey. It has been a good year for the designer and after opening her first flagship store in Tokyo this past November and previously in London and New York, she will soon be celebrating the launch of yet another recently opened store  – her first flagship in Paris.

The store is located in heart of the city at the ‘Jardin du Palais Royal’ an unusual location for luxury compared to how Avenue Montaigne or Rue Saint Honore are more for the high-end fashion consumer. However, Stella has obviously come up with her own prediction if her brand survives the credit crunch and says that she thinks the Palais Royal has “just the right balance” as it will not only draw in those who already know her brand but the tourists as-well. She boasts her company’s eco-friendliness as an added quality that should hopefully give customers another reason to choose her brand in these times of economic instability.

If you’re soon to be taking a trip to Paris, The Stella McCartney store is located near the end of the Palais Royal gallaries at No.114-121 Galerie de Valois or visit www.stellamccartney.com – Liv

Luxury fashion is about sending a message of confidence, ease, tastefulness and pride and a recent collaboration between the very well known bespoke ‘House of Boucheron’ and luxury mobile phone company ‘Vertu’ proves just that bringing about the result of a collection of seven magnificent mobile phones. This creative co-existence also marks and celebrates Boucheron’s 150th anniversary and in the maisons own words ” combines its luxury savoir-faire with Vertu’s modern technology”.

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The collection consists of a set of unique mobile phone designs in accordance with the aesthetics of both Boucheron and Vertu, adorned with gold, rubies, sapphires and other precious stones with elaborate, complicated designs. Each individually named Audacious, Voluptuous, Curious, Gourmand, Magic, Dangerous and Mysterious the designs of these seven signature phones are inspired by the “Seven Muses” of the Enchanting Boucheron collection. And should you find the adornments a bit too much for a certain occasion, Boucheron has had the insight to make the pieces of jewellery that adorn the phones detachable and thus able to be worn separately as a pendant.

Elegant, sleek and stylish, this mobile phone collection is one of a kind. And with the design and luxury of the mobile phone fast becoming a must for the devoted and in some cases “very rich fashionista”, you wouldn’t want to pass up an opportunity to get one of these crazy beautiful phones. Above all, a mobile phone is one of the most important accessories you take around so don’t let your fashion fall short where it’s most important. Bearing all of that in mind, it’s safe to say these aren’t going cheap, unless your earnings fall into the disposable category of course. Visit www.boucheron.comLiv

The season of giving is thankfully also the season for parties! Tired of the same-old, same-old? Update your festive wardrobe with Iconic Chic’s handy party style tips and even if you don’t have a celebrity make-up artist on hand you too can achieve a fab look with their expert make-up tips at Elle UK’s marvellous beauty site with words of wisdom contributed by the likes of Bobbi Brown, Ruby Hammer and Pat McGrath. Click on the images below to discover Iconic Chic’s tips on party accessories, and Elle Beauty’s experts’ advice on how to wear your make-up. Party on!

 

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Dreamy scents on display at an Annick Goutal boutique

Dreamy scents on display at an Annick Goutal boutique

A limited edition Annick Goutal bottle

A limited edition Annick Goutal bottle

To fulfill all your Christmas dreams in one easy move, take a peek at either of the shops that Parisian perfume company Annick Goutal have just opened. Goutal, who died in 1999, was a great “nose” – her cult citrussy scent Eau d’Hadrien merely scratches the surface of her amazing talent. There is a huge choice of fabulously classy scents, from the purest flower (Rose Absolu) to the ancient and haunting (Sables). Now her bright and beautiful daughter Camille is running the show and expanding it in new directions. She whizzed over from Paris this week and showed me round her Mount Street domain. Upstairs, around the elegant fireplace and mirrors, it’s like a sweet shop – gorgeous ribbed bottles with gold or coloured ribbon, some with butterflies perched – and helpful assistants to guide you through the different fragrance areas. There are also deliciously scented bath, facial and home products. Downstairs is more a sexy boudoir feel, with the fantastically sensual newest range – Les Orientalistes, of which Musc Nomade and Encens Flamboyant are guaranteed to make you swoon. Add in beautiful, slightly boho jewellery inspired by the new perfumes, and fabulously elegant lingerie in classic silk satin and lace but unusual spicy colours, and you have a girl’s heaven on earth. Look foxy, feel smooth, smell great – what better seasonal gift for you and the man in your life? – Avril Groom
www.annickgoutal.com
109 Mount Street W1, 20 Motcomb Street SW1


Gucci’s latest initiative, the 2008 Gucci Campaign to Benefit UNICEF shows the world that high fashion has a conscience. Celebrated chanteuse, Rihanna is a strong supporter of UNICEF and in aid of her favourite cause, she is the global representative of this Gucci campaign. From November 19th 2008 until January 31st 2009, 25% of all sales from the very striking white Tattoo Heart Collection of highly covetable accessories will be donated to support UNICEF programs for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. We hope that this is just the beginning of a trend for enduring collaborations between fashion houses and great charitable causes.

Bag from Gucci Tattoo Heart Collection

Messenger bag from the Gucci Tattoo Heart Collection

Aren’t men just terribly difficult to buy gifts for? Thankfully, My-wardrobe.com are striving to make our gift-shopping a wee bit easier by launching a section for men’s accessories from great designer labels. Before you brush it off as too prohibitively expensive in these credit crunching times, Iconic View took a peek and was excited to see lots of gorgeous things for under £50 (how about a Paul Smith scarf?).We were particularly taken by the aforementioned Sir Paul’s fabulously striped accessories, classic Persol shades and a Mulberry day bag, all of which, you’d be pleased to hear, have unisex appeal. And there’s more excitement to come as My-wardrobe.com will launch their menswear site in January 2009! Stay tuned!
 

 

 

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Autumn Display at Few and Far, winner of Best New Shop 2008

Autumn display at Few and Far, winner of Best New Shop 2008

British Design Award winner, the Few And Far shop in Knightsbridge

British Design Award winner, the Few And Far shop in Knightsbridge

If you’re facing an unticked list of names on your Christmas gift-giving list, why not check out the winner of the British Design Awards for Best New Shop 2008, Few And Far in Knightsbridge? Founded by Priscilla Carluccio (yes, of the Carluccio’s and also sibling extraordinaire to Sir Terence Conran) it stocks a wide range of super desirables: accessories, furniture, lighting, clothing and food! And best of all, all products are stocked in small quantities with a wide price range so you’re bound to find something for everyone on your shopping list! For shop info, go to their website.

007 poses with his Bond Girls, Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton

007 poses with his Bond Girls, Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton

Our new Bond girl, Olga Kurylenko has good taste. She wore a stunning red Valentino gown to the premiere of the James Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’ in Leicester Square. Unlike her co-actress Gemma Arterton who chose a burlesque-style violet frilly number that left the entire length of her legs exposed to the chilly night air, Olga, pulled off the event in style. As for the jewellery chosen by Olga, her red carpet look was a refined pair of de Grisogono stud earrings and a ruby and diamond ring. On the screen, she wore her jewels with chic abandon, and particularly attractive was the thick gold link necklace worn in the opening scenes in steamy Port au Prince. After the dowdy ‘Algerian Love Knot’ necklace worn by Bond’s love interest Vesper Lynd in ‘Casino Royale’, Olga’s choice of jewels is a welcome change.
Daniel Craig’s Bond, wore his trusty Omega Speedmaster. – Maria Doulton