Monday, 11 February 2013

My Mink Autumn Winter Collection

When thinking about fur coat, our thoughts always go to a grown woman wearing something furry with a classic cut, perfect for a night at the Opera. Maria Wijngaarde changed this preconception creating a line of fur coats and accessories for the modern girl and woman called My Mink. All the pelts are origin assured and sustainably sourced. The presentation has been held at beautiful Russian restaurant Mari Vanna at Wellington Court, 116 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7PJ, an homage to Maria's home country. www.marivanna.co.uk
Maria Wijngaarde is wearing a purple Soho Raccoon bolero glamming up to the nines a LBD. The inclement London weather will be a thing from the past when wearing something like this to a party. The bolero comes in red as well who knows maybe every collection will a different colour setting a colour code timeline for the future.
Brand ambassador Ganna Nyeizvyestnykh is wearing a gorgeous mink and silver fox collar vest. As you can see the mink has been stripped from the image of "old lady's outwear" and it has got this 21st century look.
This Canadian sable jacket is a beauty and the model is wearing it with grace matching it with a fishtail dress, this look is vintage yet modern for a gala night, but I can see it really cool with a top, designer's jeans and high heels shoes for a look more relaxed.
These are some of the great accessorises from the My Mink collection. Snoods, ear muffs, collars, hats, all stunning and soft, ready to keep your head and neck warm. I particularly love the headband.

This Swakara and Mink jacket is quite sporty and perfect to wear everyday. Don't wear a fur coat only on special occasions, this model and most of My Mink creations are for an everyday wear, what it should be when inside your wardrobe is hanging something beautiful like this. Outwear made to be enjoyed in full. www.my-mink.com
This leopard print mink jacket is so great. My Mink will be showcasing its collection at the first ever Luxury Fashion Event at Baku London 164-165 Sloane Street SW1X 9QB from the 15th of February to the 18th of February. For an invitation contact the designer at the website www.my-mink.com and it will be possible to admire these gorgeous coats from 10 to 6 on the dates above, during London Fashion Week. www.bakulondon.com
During the presentation guests have been treated to delicious Russian nibbles from Mari Vanna Restaurant and cocktails courtesy of Snow Queen Vodka, a suitable brand matching the designer's homeland and the venue. www.snowqueenvodka.com

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Diet Coke 30th Anniversary Party

Family outing for me and my pals media and fashion consultant Stephen Mahoney and conceptual artist Pandemonia. Destination? sketch at 9 Conduit Street for the 30th Anniversary party of the Diet Coke. Arrived at its door, we've left the cab and dozens of paparazzi started to take pictures of Pandemonia who graciously as always started posing for the photographers. Then we went inside quite in a hurry because we were expected by Stephen's best friend Patricia Field.
Stephen could not resist taking a pictures of two redheads and a blonde. Snowy obviously was delighted to be in such a great company and being cuddled by the queen of style Patricia Field.  The party was organised to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Diet Coke so everywhere huge bottles of Designers Diet Coke and displays with special bottles designed during three decades attracted the guests at this very exclusive party.
I personally love a displays of memorabilia to see how during the years a products changed its image. There were limited edition bottles, cans celebrating some sporting events and other gadgets related to the brand. The walls were covered with pictures of past advertising campaigns divided by decades.
This Jean Paul Gaultier bottle is 7 feet tall, Pandemonia has been photographed next to the one designed by Karl Lagerfeld and the heigth was the same. The room had these huge bottles on display reminding the great fashion designers who had a collaboration with Diet Coke.

Chic Freak Launch Party

Tired of the high street shops? Well don't look anywhere further, the answer to all trendy girls' prayers is at  357 Portobello Road W10 5SA. Chic Freak is a casket of all the new labels seen on the catwalk and scouted all over London and surroundings by Tamarisk East-Rigby. New names and more famous ones like Pam Hogg are hanging at the rails of  this dark red shop in Portobello Road.
Tamarisk East-Rigby founded the shop wit the intention of stocking it with the best, hand made items and rare finds of the most trendy designers in London. Just look at the fabulous leather jacket she is wearing. Here Tamarisk is with Senior Manager of the shop Josefin Orving, wearing a lovely dress by ethical label Beautiful Soul, who is one of the brands available in the shop.

These fantastic sequinned dress and sequinned handbag are a very fun outfit, it is just one example of what  it will be possible to find in this boutique. Items for everyone's pocket, from inexpensive to  pieces from top designers. I can predict that Chic Freak will become the next fashion hotspot in town.
On this chest of drawers there is a selection of great shoes by Julian Hakes and Terri de Havilland. Claudine Abou bags are around the  mirror, it is like somebody's bedroom where bags and shoes are arranged like works of art ( well my bedroom at least).
I remember the gold catsuit during Pam Hogg fashion show and now some of her iconic pieces are stocked at Chic Freak. A service that the shop gives is a make up and styling studio where it is possible to use the back shop in order for stylists and magazine crew to style models for a photographic shoot in Portobello. The shop has been styled like a backstage full of clothes and the environment is very cosy making it the perfect stop for a shopping day out. www.chicfreak.com

Silje Vallevik Private View at The Arch Hotel

The Arch Hotel  at 50 Great Cumberland Place W1H 7FD is a sophisticated boutique hotel in the heart of Fitzrovia. It is the perfect place for an art exhibition because when paintings are hanged on the Library's walls they are given the visitors the idea of how these paintings could be look like in a  private house blending with the rest of the furniture. Silje Vallevik, Norwegian artist based in London, held her private view of her stunning paintings in this cosy and elegant room. www.thearchlondon.com
Silje is posing next to one of her favourite paintings " Blue". The colours are vibrant and as well as some abstract works, Silje displayed many paintings where the female form is  the focus of her creativity. This painting is beautiful, I could gladly wear it if a print of this pattern was available. It would make a great dress, similar to the one that Silje is wearing or a beautiful scarf. www.siljevallevik.com
This "Horizontal Turquoise" dresses perfectly this wall. The cold colours used for the woman's body match the warmer hues on the background. Showing a painting like this in a sterile gallery would not be as effective as it is displayed in here. Would be buyers can see how actually the painting would look like in their houses.
A great turn out of guests came  for the private view. In  here fashion designer Nico Didonna, www.nicodidonna.com  who is working for his new collection Autumn Winter 2013 during London Fashion Week, is with Danielle Nearey, who is wearing a Nico Didonna cocktail dress and who provided the drinks for the evening where the mixologist at The Arch Hotel prepared, under her instructions, delicious cocktails made using Ginger spirit Kamm & Sons and Sacred Spirits liqueurs. www.kammandsons.com www.sacredspiritscompany.com

"Purple Back" sits fantastically on the mantelpiece. It's perfect, isn't it? Despite being a modern painting, it blends with this classic fireplace.

Media and fashion guests were at The Arch Hotel to admire Silje Vallevik works. PR guru Liz Brewer, conceptual artist Pandemonia, a posse of stunning models from Storm agency, journalists and among them media and fashion consultant Stephen Mahoney, who is organising a huge fashion event during London Fashion Week and Debbie Korrie, make up artist to the star. www.debbiekorrie.com