Georges Hobeika

Wearing Georges Hobeika

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I wore this dress during fashion week, to a dinner for and together with Georges Hobeika. Can I be perfectly honest with you? I never wanted to take it off. And I still dream about it. The perfect little black cocktail dress.

Photo of me: Hana Le Van – Hair & Make-up: Trine Juel

Buongiorno Milano

Milan in February

I don't normally make any resolutions for new year's but this year I actually did have one in mind. It's still not a resolution but just a little thought I'll carry with me throughout the year. More of a goal I guess you could say. Either way, my little "goal" for the year was to travel more for personal reasons again. When travelling so much for work I've actually forgotten how much I enjoy travelling for just myself as well (don't get me wrong, I love travelling for work too of course). I'm happy to say that I can kind of half tick off this goal on my list after this little trip to Milan. Although, hopefully this was only the beginning of travelling more for personal reasons this year. I have so many other places I want to visit! 

I decided to spend the "most romantic day of the year" (I'm not the biggest fan of Valentine's Day there is but hey, I don't think having a day to spread a little bit of extra love is something negative) strolling the streets of Milan, indulging in a ridiculous amount of pasta and passing one million little flower stands on our way – extra pimped out just for this day. We stayed at the beautiful Principe di Savoia hotel while in Milan, feeling like royals even if it was only for a little weekend escape. I'm starting to understand that I have a major weak spot for beautiful hotels, getting changed into a bathrobe the second I've checked in, ordering breakfast in bed and enjoying a bathtub for once (since this is something that barely exists in Paris) – but then again, who doesn't?

I also have a weak spot for Italy and this is something that anyone who truly knows me can testify to. I don't know what it is but there's something about the language, the food, the people, the colours. I just love it. Milan is quite different to Rome (a city that is extremely close to my heart) and many people usually say that Milan is quite ugly or "industrial looking" to put it nicely but I have to say that we found so many lovely spots and neighbourhoods in the city this time which made me so pleasantly surprised. I've been to Milan before but only two times and both quite briefly. The second time I visited I went to Milan for fashion week, which is a hard time to truly see and discover all the little nooks and corners of a city.

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I'm so excited about the fact that I made my little promise to myself about travelling more for personal reasons came true so early during the year. I'm also so excited about the fact that I got the opportunity to fall in love with Milan during a couple of days (but don't worry Rome, you still have my heart). I can't wait to come back one day in the future and hopefully stay longer this time and also plan little day trips to nearby favourite locations such as Lake Como and Lake Garda. Bye bye beautiful Milano

For a few suggestions and a couple of places that I managed to hit up while in town, you can have a look at my "Milan Suggestions". 

A Cartier Love Story, Part II

Cartier LOVE bracelet

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Today, accidentally the day after Valentine’s Day, I’m so excited to share this second part of the project I created and work on for Cartier and their new LOVE bracelet. If the first post was all about being strong and indipendant, this post is meant to convey the exact same feeling. Even though you might have someone you care about along your side. Happy belated Valentine's Day everyone. Spread a little bit of extra love today (because who doesn't like love after all?) and every other day if you have the chance to.

Photo of me: Hana Le Van – Hair & Make-up: Trine Juel

A Cartier Love Story, Part I

Cartier Love Bracelet

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If my experience in Paris – or this journey called life rather – has taught me anything this far, it's to cherish and take care of myself. Learn to live with just myself and no one else. I know, I know, it sounds cheesier than rose flavoured macarons sprinkled with sugar, I knoooow, but it's also so true. I came to Paris newly single, in my early twenties and with the next couple of pages of my life completely unwritten and without any sort of plans for the next couple of years. I've been through rougher times, times when I did nothing but cry over the phone to my mother (bless her for not going completely insane by the way), staying in every single evening dreading to leave the comfort of my own apartment, having my heart broken (and stepped on a couple of times) as well as happier times when I've literally jumped up and down of joy, laughed so hard I've cried my eyes out and found deeper and more genuine friendships than I ever knew existed. I'm thankful for these moments, which I also like to think of as little lessons. People say you learn a lot about yourself in your twenties, which I have to say I thought was a load of bulls*it as a very determined 18-year-old a few years ago, but it's so true. Never before have I've learned so much about myself as I have during these past couple of years (please, stop reading now if the cheesiness is too much for you, I don't blame you) – both about my flaws and about my strengths. I've never felt more capable and independent than I do at this moment and even in saying this I know I have a long way left to go. But I think I'm on the right track anyway. Well, hopefully at least. 

This was not meant to be a text this long (you know I'm not much of a writer and usually prefer to stay in the "photography lane" of things...) but sharing these little thoughts and words feels better than I thought it would. 

Ok, so back to the purpose of this post (which just happened to awake a lot of feelings and emotions within me). I've always been a big fan of the Cartier LOVE bracelet. I'm sure you know it by know, right? If not, the gest of it is: someone is supposed to give it you, lock it (yes, literally lock it) around your wrist, which represents their love being locked in forever sort of thing. Cute, wouldn't you say? When I happened to mention that I wanted to get it for myself to a couple of people a while back I was overwhelmed by responses sounding something similar to this: "Oh no, you should wait for someone else to give that to you" or "Shouldn't someone you love offer that to you as a special gift?". First of all: I doubt that anyone who loves me (no matter how much they love me) wants to give this bracelet away instead of keeping it to themselves (which I kind of understand since it's incredibly pretty), and secondly: shouldn't it be ok to get something as a gift for myself that represents love just as much as it would be for someone else to give it to me? Anyway, this is one of the reasons as to why I fell in love with the idea of the newest addition to the Cartier family. The new LOVE bracelet is a little bit slimmer and offers the possibility to be opened and closed by yourself (which used to be a bit tricky since it included a little screwdriver thingy, which was absolutely necessary to open and close it) without the help from anyone around you. Having lived as a single girl in this city for the last couple of years I truly know the struggles of taking off a dress (a 20-somehting button story has happened more times than I can remember in this apartment), taking off jewellery or whatever it might be after getting back home after an evening out.

Alright, I won't go on and on much longer, I promise. I honestly don't know why this little jewellery update made me feel so empowered, it's kind of ridiculous when you think about it but it felt like a teeny tiny little step forward (and a hell of a lot easier for all single women out there wanting to take their jewellery off by themselves when getting back home). Either way, I hope that whatever bracelet you prefer to get is met by no other comment than: "That's fantastic" or "It will suit you beautifully", whether or not you get it for yourself or for another loved one. Cue the Beyonce music!

Photo of me: Hana Le Van – Hair & Make-up: Trine Juel

Classic Dior

Dior for Haute Couture Week

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The perfect black dress. By none other than Dior of course. If I could I would wear this every single day. I also have a major crush on these shoes at the moment. Didn't think so when I first tried them on but now I just can't get over them. 

Photo of me: Hana Le Van – Hair & Make-up: Trine Juel

Haute Couture

Haute Couture Week

It's funny how quickly these weeks come around yet again and how quickly they're then over. It's such an intense but exhilarating period that I absolutely dread and look forward to each season. Haute Couture Week has to be my favourite week out of all the fashion weeks though. There's just something about it... Haute Couture. Paris. Do I need to say anything more? No, I didn't think so. This little recap is a little bit delayed but I hope you'll enjoy it anyway. 

 

Getting back into the swing of things...

The first show of the season for me was the Georges Hobeika show, taking place in the 6th arrondissement. I made sure to warm up, after a winter away from fashion shows and runways, starting with men's fashion week before this week took off properly, which I now think was a pretty good way to go about it since it kind of takes me a few shows, tunes and models to get back into the "groove" of things again. Luckily I got to dream about gorgeous men's clothing thanks to Berluti, Dior Homme and Paul Smith

If you'd like to see more from the Georges Hobeika show you're more than welcome to click on this little video here to the left. 

 

The Dior day

As you've probably gathered by now I definitely have a soft spot for anything Dior. But who hasn't, right? The first day of this week was pretty much a dream for us people with a light Dior addiction. Maria Grazia Chiuri put on a magical fairytale show, set in an equally magical forest setting in the middle of Musée Rodin. Dress after dress made me dream about opportunities to wear these incredible fairytale-dresses.

But the Dior experience didn't end there. Nope it did not. In the evening Dior organised the most extravagant masquerade ball I've ever seen. Not that I've seen many masquerade balls, but stil. This is an evening I won't forget anytime soon.

 

Egyptian glamour at Elie Saab

A show that never ever disappoints when it comes to glitter, glam, huge gowns and sparkles beyond words, is Elie Saab. Their Haute Couture shows are always something incredibly impressive and what I'm guessing most girls' dreams are made of. Wouldn't you agree? See more from the show by watching the video here to the right.

Other fun events that I got to attend during this week was the launch of Miu Miu’s new perfume (which I absolutely adore and also can we talk about that cute bar set-up which you can see below), the International Woolmark prize, the loveliest dinner with Georges Hobeika and the Sidaction dinner.

 

Ultimate romance at Georges Chakra

If there was any show that treated us to girly, flowy and pretty dresses it was Georges Chakra. I have to say that he surprised me this time. In a very positive way. I wouldn’t mind wearing several of these lighter-than-air-creations during summer gatherings and garden parties (now it sounds like I go to plenty of “garden parties” during the summer, which is not the case at all, but if I were to go to one, I wouldn’t mind wearing one of these dresses).

I also got to drool over Rami Kadi’s beautiful Haute Couture creations, that I actually later got to shoot that week but more about that later. I just need to edit all of the photos before I can share them with you all! Can you guess which one I picked to photograph?

 

 

Alexandre Vauthier

This week also treated me to my first ever Haute Couture experience with Alexandre Vauthier, a show I’ve never got to see before. For the occasion I wore an all black outfit with huge statement earrings by Swarovski x Lanvin which I have to say matched the cool-girl vibe of the show. Obviously cameras were smattering away like never before when Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid strutted down the runway before running back behind the scenes and change for their second look.

 

Chanel at the Ritz & Zuhair Murad

One of the last shows of this season was the Zuhair Murad show. I absolutely love the Hotel Pôtocki location where the show has been held the last couple of times – not only because it matches the extravagant gowns perfectly, but also because it gives you the opportunity to see the inside of these gorgeous Parisian venues for once.

Besides going to shows during the week, there’s also plenty of presentations, meetings, emails, editing photos (and taking them) as well as trying to eat one or two pieces of pasta in between it all if you’re lucky. I fell in love with the Chanel suite at the Ritz, that the brand had decorated in all Chanel mannequins, living out different scenarios like having a little Chanel pyjama party, deciding what to wear or lounging on the sofa.

A lovely ending to a lovely week... 

Besides the Chanel presentation another favourite presentation of mine was the Dauphin jewellery presentation. Not only because the Place Vendôme location literally blew my mind away (I kept having to close my moth over and over again after walking into each and every room of this place) but also because I absolutely adore the unique and beautiful jewellery pieces Charlotte had designed for this collection.

Another highlight was definitely the Viktor & Rolf show, which was also a first for me. The collection was assembled by different vintage gowns and put back together in the most unique way possible. Each and every garment that walked down the runway made me look twice. The colours, the creativity. Everything was just so beautiful. Including the music that I still want to find somehow (you can listen to it in the video here to the right) as well as the perfect Louboutin heels that accompanied every single look. Simply beautiful (but not at all simple) is all I have to say.

SoHo Strolls

Dior in New York

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Even though we only had a limited amount of time in New York we managed to make the most out of it and even squeeze in a sunny stroll through the city (as well as plenty of coffee stops and one or two doughnut runs...). Only thing better than doughnuts? This Dior bag. I'm in love.

Photos by: Ylenia Cuéllar

#IAMPOISON

Dior Poison Girl

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Straight after a very intense Haute Couture Week (but more about that later on) I flew to New York together with Dior for a very special experience. For a couple of days we got to experience the Big Apple together with Dior's Poison Girl perfume, which will be a few days I won't forget anytime soon. New York is such a special place and after not being back since last year I couldn't wait to get back to this city, even if it was only for a short time. If you've been following along via Snapchat or Instagram I'm sure you've seen it all by now but if you haven't, here are a few photos from my time away. I loved getting to enjoy this city "the Poison Girl way" including a pretty rememberable party... If only there were more clubs with this kind of music and atmosphere in Paris, haha! Thank you to Dior and the Poison Girl team for the loveliest time away – for bringing me back to New York, spoiling us rotten, for waking me up with this view every morning and for making me look pretty (and awake) thanks to the hair & make-up team before our big night (Bella and now share having our make-up done by the same make-up artist, just sayin').  

Photos by: Ylenia Cuéllar & myself