In love with Lanvin

The lovely Alber Elbaz, Lanvin’s artistic director, is up to receive the 2007 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. I’ve never heard of this award but whatever. Elbaz is a design genius and always comes across as the sweetest, humblest guy. Go Alber!

Return of the Supermodels

I am SICK with excitement at the thought of the Dior couture show on July 2nd. I keep hearing more and more Chinese whispers about this show. From the promise of a full gospel choir, to the dress code of black tie for all the attendees, to the rumour of Christy, Linda, Kate and Naomi WALKING THE RUNWAY!

Oh I WISH I could be there.

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Bourgeois bags

I must be going through a midlife crisis. I bought my third bourgeois bag yesterday totally on impulse. A quick browse in Rellik (vintage store to the stars) turned into a twenty minute deliberation, not helped by the torrential downpour outside prolonging my visit. Finally I caved.

This 80s(?) Celine bag in never-dates camel with gold hardwear and adjustable/removable strap will work a treat with the new grown up look I’m cultivating. Think Studio 54-era Lauren Hutton in skinny blazer (I need to upgrade my Brooks Brothers one which has gone a bit – ugh- shiny), straight-leg Calvin Klein jeans (my Nudie’s will do for now) and vintage Charles Jourdan court shoes ($60 darlings from Miami, RESULT!!!). Just add a silk shirt unbuttoned to there and flowy, wavy hair (hmm, this bit’s tricky considering I haven’t had long hair since I was 15). Kisses to French Vogue and Emanuelle Alt for the inspiration. For more bourgeois bags check out (thanks to for the heads up).

1) Celine leather bag, Rellik
2) Gucci navy calfskin bag,
3) Gucci navy fabric bag

Eight new fashion(ish) things I learnt this week

1) A new film, Paris Je T’aime, starring Steve Buscemi (my guilty crush), Natalie Portman and Maggie Gyllenhaal comes out later this year. It collates the work of a group of different directors (including my fave Gus Van Sant) who were each given their own five-minute segment to film in the arronidissement of their choice. Got to be worth a look.

2) As if Ebay isn’t addictive enough there’s an upscale online auction site called This site specialises in cast-offs of the Hermes, Chanel and Cartier variety. Click at your peril.

3) is celebrating the golden age of Gucci with a special area of vintage picks. No, not Tom Ford tat but handbags, dresses and suits from the 50s to the 70s.

4) Life hasn’t been the same since Helmut Lang parted ways with Prada. Where to go for a reflective dress, anonymous jean or Crombie-style-coat-for-girls? Well, since Theory bought the company things have been looking up. Rumour has it that a Meatpacking District store is in the pipeline although nothing’s been signed off. Of course, it’s not Helmut Helmut, but it’s the next best thing, no?

5) From 19th-28th June, Bruce Weber’s cult movie Let’s Get Lost is being shown at New York’s Film Forum. If you go, don’t forget to get me a T-shirt will you?

6) Dare I believe the news that Judith Leiber is opening soon in London?

7) It transpires Henry Holland isn’t just a one-T-shirt pony. Latest news is that he and Agynes Deyn are working on a jewellery collaboration. So don’t write him off just yet.

8) Keds invented the term ‘sneaker’. Who knew?