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


Battle of the Bags

Puzzle bag

Loewe’s Puzzle Bag

Since the launch of the Fendi Baguette back in 1997, heralding the concept of the ‘It’ bag, luxury brands have been on a constant quest to capture our attention and secure must-have status for their own designs. Consequently, the marketplace has become ever more crowded, many styles have suffered from over exposure, and, in my humble opinion, creativity has often suffered too.

In the absence of any real desire, or need, over the past few years, I’ve been more than happy to stick with my well-loved favourites, which tick personal boxes in terms of style and practicality. However, this may be about to change thanks to Loewe, or to be more precise, one Jonathan Anderson.

The Northern Irish designer was appointed by the luxury brand, renowned for its leather goods, back in 2013, and his first handbag for the house was the Puzzle. Structured yet slouchy in appearance, thanks to the patchwork of soft leather panels that make up the design, this unassuming bag has quietly wooed the fashion world, and can now also count me as a fan.

This talented designer seems to have tapped into my sense of style of late – I’ve recently blogged about my first J.W.Anderson purchase – and the Pre-fall collection Pierce bag, conceived for his eponymous label, is also on my radar.

Pierce bag

J.W.Anderson’s Pierce Bag

This rather ladylike design is an unusual pick for me, but I love the contrast with the modern cut outs and sleek, circular hardware.

Here’s Jonathan Anderson himself introducing the Pierce bag to matchesfashion.com’s Jane McFarland…

Given that at present, the Pierce comes with gold-toned hardware only, and  silver is my metal of choice, the Puzzle is currently winning the battle of the bags.  But who knows what new features may be introduced in future seasons?  If I can wait that long.  Watch this space…

Image Credits: tamikerndepotvente.com / matchesfashion.com

Winter Sun


With summer firmly in our sights, advertisements for eyewear are now filling the pages of glossy magazines and our internet feeds, typically featuring beach-ready models in sun-drenched locations or snapped under the glare of studio lights. However, one Australian brand has taken a rather different approach to showcase its current collection.

Valley Eyewear chose the snow-covered hills surrounding a former Communist Party building in Bulgaria to capture their latest campaign, and with quite dramatic results…




See more images from the shoot here, where you can also watch the accompanying campaign video ‘The Happening’.  Brrr…

Image Credits: valleyeyewear.com

Finally Mine

Silver signet rings

Since being inspired by this Instagram snap back in February (here), I finally have two Tom Wood rings to call my own.  And it was worth the wait…

Silver signet rings

Despite being stunningly simple designs, the different styles of top plate (I opted for Oval and Cushion) and alternative silver finishes, polished and satin, provide enough of a point of difference for a minimalist like me.  But if you prefer something a little more bold, there’s the option of a dramatic black Ruthenium finish or a top plate furnished with a coloured stone.  And for traditionalists, each ring  is also available in 9k gold.

I haven’t worn a signet ring for years, and these new additions to my jewellery box are certainly a step up style-wise from the high street version I wore constantly in my primary school days!

See more from Tom Wood here

Main Image Credit: @damoyantwerp




Optical Illusion

Optical Illusion | MODE+MAISON

I’ve featured Lee Broom’s directional designs on my blog before, and these lights from his new Optical collection are the latest products to have captured my attention. But it’s not just his designs that set the British designer apart from his contemporaries, his clever and unconventional installations have a habit of making the headlines too.

In true Lee Broom style, his nineties inspired Optical lights were showcased at this month’s Milan design week in a somewhat surreal setting – remember last year’s Department Store?  One of his studio’s delivery vans was transformed into a travelling installation, or Salone Del Automobile, which started its journey in London before moving onto Milan, where it toured the city…

Optical Illusion | MODE+MAISON

While deciding where I should exhibit I thought ‘what about everywhere?  My designs are often surreal and the idea behind the installation is to see something unexpected – a captivating optical illusion.

Lee Broom


Here’s the designer himself talking about the concept behind his travelling exhibition…


Source: Dezeen

Visit Lee Broom online here

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