Her Name is Rio

Louis Vuitton Rio

At the end of last week, the fashion set travelled to Rio de Janeiro to witness Nicolas Ghesquière’s weekend presentation for Louis Vuitton Resort 2017. The Saturday spectacular was staged at the Oscar Niemeyer–designed Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, which sits atop a cliff at Guanabara Bay, providing a stunning backdrop for the designer’s third destination show.

What began as a trend among the top-tier brands, including Chanel and Dior, for choosing ever-exotic venues to reveal their resort-wear – Nicolas Ghesquière has previously shown at the former Palm Springs’ home of Bob Hope and the Place du Palais in the principality of Monaco – has now become an industry mainstay. And as clearly evidenced at Chanel’s recent show in Cuba, these far-flung locations have a significant impact on the designers’ collections.

So with Brazil playing host to the Olympic Games next month, sports references and sportswear in general were unsurprisingly in abundance on the Louis Vuitton catwalk. And the clothes were playfully colourful too, reflecting the city’s climate as well as its vibrant culture.

Louis Vuitton Rio

However, the designer didn’t forget his customer from cooler climes, and his Rio girl also showed her darker, more dramatic side.  The military inspired tailoring in a more sombre palette and monochrome all-in-ones which also made an appearance were, needless to say, among my personal favourites.

Louis Vuitton Rio

I wonder where Louis Vuitton Resort will land next?

See all the looks from the show here

Image Credits: harpersbazaar.com / vogue.com


Zaha Hadid x Georg Jensen

Zaha Hadid x Georg Jensen | MODE+MAISON

When I put this blog post together earlier this week, I could never have imagined that I would be sharing it in such awfully sad circumstances.  Zaha was a pioneering figure in the fields of architecture and design, as well as an inspirational role model for women the world over.  She will be greatly missed. 

At last month’s Baselworld watch and jewellery show, held annually in Switzerland, Georg Jensen, the Danish design house, unveiled a stunning capsule collection in collaboration with Zaha Hadid.

The Iraqi-British architect, who was made a Dame in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List, was also the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered the Nobel Prize of architecture, and I first became fascinated with her work when I was researching the impact of architecture on fashion design for a London College of Fashion project.

Her buildings, such as the London Aquatic Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games, are instantly recognisable by their beautiful sculptural shapes and sweeping curves…

Zaha Hadid x Georg Jensen | MODE+MAISON

and you can clearly see her design signatures in these pieces from the Georg Jensen collection…

Zaha Hadid x Georg Jensen | MODE+MAISON

Lamellae Twisted Cuff Zaha Hadid x Georg Jensen | MODE+MAISON

Double-Finger Ring

Three cuffs and five rings make up the eight-piece collection, which will be available, from September, in sterling silver and black rhodium-plated silver with black diamonds.

Read more about Zaha Hadid here


Image Credits: Dezeen.com / Zaha-Hadid.com

From Underwear Factory to Understated Living Space


The transformation of this former state-owned underwear factory by German architect Arno Brandlhuber is quite amazing.

Known among his contemporaries, according to T Magazine, ‘…for his affection for the ugly, the discarded and the minimalist’, the Berliner has reimagined what was a concrete bunker in Potsdam into an elegant, contemporary home.

I love the jagged windows, which the architect and his friends knocked out with sledgehammers!  And inside, the huge open space, dotted with pieces from Arno Brandlhuber’s collection of modern art, is a minimalist’s dream.  Simply stunning.

Source: T Magazine




Viktor & Rolf’s Amsterdam Residence

Viktor & Rolf's Amsterdam Residence | MODE+MAISON

This 17th-century former mayor’s residence, overlooking Herengracht (Lords’ Canal) in Amsterdam, is home to haute couture house Viktor & Rolf.

Viktor & Rolf's Amsterdam Residence | MODE+MAISON

It took several years for the Dutch design duo, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, and their staff to make the imposing space their own, and it now provides the perfect setting for the creation of the label’s high-concept clothing.

Viktor & Rolf's Amsterdam Residence | MODE+MAISON

Period details have been respectfully retained, and antique furniture sits side by side with  more modern pieces.

Viktor & Rolf's Amsterdam Residence | MODE+MAISON

And the outside space, a sculpted ornamental garden, is just as stunning.  This is the view from the meeting room…

Viktor & Rolf's Amsterdam Residence | MODE+MAISON

What a beautiful place to work!

See more images here

Image Credits: Vogue Living

Raw Romance

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This avant-garde Copenhagen apartment is home to Swedish stylist Ingeborg Wolf and her boyfriend Claus Larsen.

The black, white and grey interior is an homage to fashion designer Rick Owens – Ingeborg is a huge fan.  And her love of Owens’ aesthetic is further evidenced by the wood, leather and metal accents used throughout, many of which were made by Claus himself.

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I cannot concentrate if there is too much clutter and too many colours.

Ingeborg Wolf


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What a stunning home!

See more images of the apartment here

Image Credits: vosgesparis.com via bobedre.dk

Inside Céline

Earlier this year, Phoebe Philo’s Céline took up residence in a new corporate home in Paris.  Pictures of the French brand’s new headquarters were released at the time, but now this most fashionable space has also been captured on film.

However, and as one would expect, this is no ‘through the key hole’ style exposé. Rather, the short evokes more of a mood, highlighting the architectural features that have been restored to their former glory and the new design details, such as the multicoloured marble floor and ultra modern lighting.

See Céline’s autumn/winter 2015 collection here

Source: Wallpaper

White Out

Maison Martin Margiela Boutique Milan

Maison Margiela Boutique Milan

These shots show the white on white interior of Maison Margiela’s new flagship store which opened in Milan last week.

And it’s particularly interesting to see that despite the appointment of John Galliano as creative director, the house’s favoured clean and crisp lines and minimalist palette have been maintained…

Maison Martin Margiela Boutique Milan

Maison Martin Margiela Boutique Milan

Maison Martin Margiela Boutique Milan

But as one would expect from this avant-garde label, the apparently simple design is not all that it seems. No Margiela store would be complete without a touch of tromp l’oeil, and the white curtain shown draped around the lift shaft is actually made of wood!

See more shots of the boutique’s interior here

Source: Wallpaper*