The stuff of dreams

The magnificent Alta Moda show hosted by Dolce & Gabbana in Florence last week, was a superbly orchestrated showcase of 189 creations as a tribute to the city’s history, art and timeless elegance.  The designers’ vision captured the sophisticated style of the 1950s and early 1960s. The parade was set in the glorious gardens of...
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Empress of Fashion

Diana Vreeland (1903 – 1989), Empress of fashion, taste and style, was one of the most influential figures in the history of fashion.  Longtime editor of Harper’s Bazaar, then Vogue she followed up by being consultant to The Costume Institute Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her individual style drew fashion photographers, keen to portray her unique...
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A Paris pit stop – Galeries Lafayette

The flagship store of Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris is   sheer heaven for shopping and second only to the Eiffel Tower as the most visited monument in Paris. Opened in 1912 it’s art nouveau design includes a breathtaking glass dome (43m high) that floods golden light into the...
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The first best-dressed woman

Mona, Countess of Bismarck was the first American to be named ‘Best Dressed Woman in the World’ in 1933 and she won again in 1934 and 1936. Born in Kentucky in 1897, Mona went on to become a globetrotting socialite and a style icon of the mid 20th century. Mona was to marry five times....
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The perfectly poised Princess

Whether she’s attending a gala event or glimpsed off duty, Princess Charlene of Monaco is the perfectly poised Princess.  The elegant cool blonde Charlene Wittstock married Albert II, Prince of Monaco in 2011, having met while competing in a swimming competition representing South Africa in Monaco in 2000.  Since the very first moment she began accompanying...
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