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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

Artistic jewels

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

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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Marc Newson

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If any item of interior décor needed a rethink it had to be the almost defunct mantelpiece clock. Usually given as a retirement gift to help you watch your last years slip away, suddenly this forgotten item is hot again. With Marc Newson unveiling his new design for the 80 year old Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos the trendiest mantelpieces around the world are going to be seen gracing this über cool clock. Floating in a Baccarat lead glass cube, this clock never needs winding as it lives on air.

Our fabulous Fashion Editor Avril, hot foots it from show to show and in between squeezes in the odd call back to update those of us not lucky enough to be there, on all the latest,…

The shows all ran very late, so Paris made Milan look like a well oiled engine in comparison – there’s a surprise! The overall feeling was back to what they do well for most of the designers probably because of the current economic climate – the majority of the designers focused on what will sell rather than the revolutionary.

One theme seemed to be the underlying African, tribal vibe, with prints on effortlessly light fabrics, lovely soft spring colours with more wearable shoes than in Milan, though not so sure about the pregnant lady heels (fertility symbol!) by John Galliano for Dior.

Issey Miyake Paris S/S 09

Issey Miyake Paris S/S 09

Very strong collections from Yohji Yamamoto, Dries van Noten and Issey Miyake show a design spirit typical of those designers but not specifically trend identifiable – these are collections that could have come from any time and don’t appear to be seasonal specific. Very useful when clothes may have to last longer than we are used to. Ann Demeulemeester is another who sticks to her guns, adding more colour – flame and saffron – and lighter fabrics but her asymmetric, occasionally androgynous, style seems more feminine and wearable this season.

Many designers are celebrating anniversaries – Margiela twenty years in the business, amongst rumours that this most reclusive of designers is, or already has, taken a back seat in his company, though as usual with him this is shrouded in mystery and there are denials. Sonia Rykiel celebrated forty years and going strong, though mostly her daughter Nathalie designs now. The Paris icon’s show and party was the bash of the week, especially the 30-odd outfits designed by other top names in Rykiel style, with most applause going to the “wig” jacket by Margiela which looked like her bushy red hair, and Gaultier’s long, loosely knitted mohair dress which looked like a work in progress – its strapless neckline was formed by a pair of giant knitting needles with the stitches still cast on.

Spotted: One super cool fashionista seen struggling to walk in the über-high Stella McCartney heelless clogs – these seem best left for the mantlepiece as a piece of art, rather than running around the shows. Ironically the very strange Marc Jacobs – ‘backwards’ heel which shows off the sole, should one want to see it, seems a far easier ‘walk’.

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All week the press have been seen stomping around in black strappy cage shoes on huge platforms but their days are numbered now that style leader Carine Roitfeld, the Editor of French vogue (who virtually started the bondage shoe trend) has opted for plain black patent, high heeled classic courts with no platform.

By Friday, the shows had started to heat up and the fabulous Yves St Laurent Show had THE accessory of the season, a mesh boot with Eiffel Tower- girder heel – a must have on every fashionista’s list – wow, we want those NOW! Stephano Pilati is very clear as to where he’s taking things – strong, modern, no wishy-washy lack of direction and even a shoe you can walk in!

Talk about folie des grandeurs for Chanel – Karl Lagerfield took over the huge Grand Palais and built a set from the façade of the Rue de Cambon store with the roadway in front of if as the catwalk – mixed chic suits with Victoriana, and Wallis Simpson-style hair with narrow Alice bands for the models – hmm… make of it what you will.

Hermes, Paris S/S 09

Hermes, Paris S/S 09


The last two days produced a welcome relief in the form of colour, which had been somewhat lacking earlier in the week. We loved Jean Paul Gaultier for Hermès’ Western heroines, who made blonde fringed suede look chic and silk versions of Clint Eastwood’s striped poncho (complete with cigar) the last word in desirability.

Check out the strappy sandals with abstract versions of house symbols, and the python clutches with “dog collar” studs. Best of all were Naomi Campbell and Stephanie Seymour as two very sophisticated saloon bar girls – really separating the women from the waifs.

 

 

John Galliano, Paris S/S 09

John Galliano, Paris S/S 09

Galliano is the only place to go for a great frock – he might have shown in a tram shed beyond the Péripherique but this was so not industrial, just fabulous dresses in all colours from hot red and pink to soft pastel prints, many shown under variants of his favourite jacket shapes, from Poiret-style opera coats to eighteenth century frock coats but all given a slouchy parka look. Forget the mad hats, and the extraordinary shoes with what looked like two curlicued heels at right angles – this was his most wearable collection for years and the buyers were in heaven.

Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton reckoned more was more – great little separates, mainly a fitted, sharp-shouldered jacket with a pair of wide, soft trousers or a flirty, duck-tail skirt – but then he added wrapped belts, bags, sandals and huge jewels, mostly metallic and sporting beads and feathers – slightly tribal, slightly Parisienne but wow, one at a time please! Even Alber Elbaz at Lanvin, having done beautifully couture-cut, calm, colour blocked clothes with easy volume, suddenly broke out into bright leopard print, metallics and crazy sunglasses. Never mind, it all gave a great lift to a slightly sombre week and something to look forward to if the winter of the credit crunch ever ends.