Something about Smythson

Every time I walk passed the Smythson of Bond Street shop on Sloane street I have to fight the urge to shout “Want. Need. Must have.” at the top of my voice and try to carry on about my daily business. This is no simple task.

With the Grosvenor collection being my current favourite, I’m sad to discover that this handbag (above) does not come in black. Though having seen a preview of the AW13 collection, I highly suspect a little patience will be worthwhile.

La Ligne Fine

Once again, French stylist Agnès Poulle pulls together the finest pieces from the likes of Carven, Lanvin, Hermès and Givenchy par Riccardo Tisci to showcase exactly I need to be wearing this season. The white Hakaan dress paired with simple black heels is utter perfection, and I wouldn’t say no to the Ralph Lauren number (image 3) either!

Sadly my budget isn’t in sync with Madame Figaro’s so for now, a blog post will have to suffice.

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Milla’s London: Hermès Leather Forever

Back from a wee blogging hiatus with Hermès, one of the most luxurious brands known to man. To celebrate its 175th glorious year, Hermès brings French chic to London by teaming up with the Royal Acadamy of Arts to celebrate its relationship with leather. Unless you’ve been living in a bubble, you’ll know about the beauty of the Birkin and Kelly bags but this exhibition offers a peek into the less known bags like the Jypsière and the Évelyne.

Divided into nine section, The exhibition serves to highlight the ethos behind master craftmanship of the brand as we delve into the history of Monseiur Thierry Hermès from the founding of the house in 1837 up until today. I only have two of those gorgeous orange boxes and I really need more in my life! Sharing the personal touch Hermès is well-known for, there are a few ‘Artisans’ from the France-based workshop giving demonstrations. They have such pride in their work and having the opportunity to see them at work was a real honour.

Further supporting the arts, Hermès has created four one-of-a-kind versions of its Passe-Guide handbag as a tribute to the UK and Ireland (one bag for each country), and these can be viewed towards the end of the exhibition. Not only do you get to see four new originals but you get the chance to buy them as Christie’s will conduct an online auction with all proceeds going to the Royal Academy of Arts. We have to support art and culture, and in a city like London where all public galleries and museums are free to the public, I love this concept even more.

There was a little part of me which felt uncomfortable: as you enter the exhibition, the first thing to great you in a variety of leather. I wear leather shoes and have leather wallets and bags, however seeing the skins draped around somehow connected the beauty of fashion with the environmental impact. I’m not saying Hermès is alone here and I have no immediate plans to start wearing plastic shoes (shudder) or stop coveting a Birkin, but seeing a multitude of crocodile, cow, snake and lamb skin made me a wee bit more conscious of the process from field to clutch bag. It’s not for me to dictate to other people what they wear but I do believe we need to, at the very least, be aware of the origins.

Unfortunately, photography is forbidden and you know me, I don’t like breaking the rules so just the entrance I’m afraid. Loving the statue with her white Kelly bag.  

The exhibition runs until 27th May 2012 and is entry is free to all. 

Hermès Leather Forever
Royal Academy Of Arts 
6 Burlington Gardens
London, W1S 3ES
+44 (0)20 7300 8000

Chanel at Les Trois Marches de Catherine B

Every woman loves a bit of Chanel so on my recent trip to Les Trois Marches de Catherine B in Paris, I took time to snap away some of my favourites whilst indulging in my fantasy of buying pretty much everything.

My recent article in The Arbuturian gives a little more insight into Catherine B and her vintage heaven, and stay tuned for the Hermès article, Birkins et al!

1 Rue Guisarde
75006 Paris
+33 (0) 1 43 54 74 18

A lingerie boost

Lingerie and shoes are so important to my confidence level, and even if I’m dressed casually, I like to ensure that there is a little hidden glamour going on. I don’t know why, nobody can see what I’m wearing but it gives me a wee boost. How about you? Do you have a particular item of clothing which makes you feel good?

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