Showing posts with label Luxury. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Luxury. Show all posts


Coco Chanel's French Apartment

If you thought the Chanel Summer/Spring 2013 fashion show was amazing, just imagine how Coco Chanel's apartment must be like. The mastermind behind this uber-luxurious women's brand would no doubt have a home like this! Located at 31 Rue Cambon, the dreamy Parisian dwelling represents the blend between Eastern and Western culture.
It's amazing to think that Coco entertained men such as artists, Alberto Giacometti and Igor Stravinksy, within the very walls we were walking in more than 80 years ago.

Handcrafted Chinese screens, crystal chandeliers and animal decor sprinkled each magnificent room. Since traveling was often difficult during her time, she purchased these antique pieces through antique dealers verses directly from the Orient and other areas around the world.  

Behind the façade of the art-deco-influenced exterior and downstairs showrooms, there's a spiral staircase that ascends to an extraordinary second floor.
The central element of the main room was the custom crystal chandelier with iconic "5's", "G's" and "c's" hidden in the iron detailing. 

Chanel was a superstitious woman and often placed open-mouthed frogs, symbols of love, money and luck around the house.  Also, Chanel's favorite flower, the camellia flower, is seen on several decor items in her home. 
Wondering about the lions? Coco was born in February make her astrological sign a Leo, which is a lion. 


Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Runway Show

To say the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Runway Show at the Grand Palias during Paris Fashion Week was the highlight of fashion season would be an understatement. Karl Lagerfeld certainly knows how to put on an outstanding show.

Not only was it a complete dream to see the Chanel show during Paris Fashion Week, but we had front row seats to the event! *Sigh*

As the models strutted their stuff down the runway lined with wind turbines, stars ranging from Jennifer Lopez to Kanye West to Rachel Zoe sat fully entranced by the airy dresses and blouses that fluttered by. 

At the end of the show Chanel's Creative Director, Karl Lagerfeld, made his way down the runway for the finale. 


Chanel: The Brand That Never Goes Out of Style

Chanel. How you tempt me so. Those classic silhouettes and all around gorgeous, handcrafted handbags make me gasp each time I see that mirrored "C" logo.
This high-end couture and ready-wear fashion house began in 1909 by Madame Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. The iconic quilted bags and "the little black dress" are just a few items that the House of Chanel is known for.

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Coco Chanel's favorite colors, black, white and greys, are used throughout Chanel's line. Lucky for us, these neutral colors never go out of style and can be paired with practically anything. 

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Did you know that the interlocking "C" logo was influenced by the stained glass windows in an Aubazine chapel which featured interlaced curves?

Every bottle of of Chanel No.5, the best selling fragrance in the world and Chanel's most profitable item,  is hand-sealed with baudruchage (a fine membrane), pearl cotton thread and hot wax stamped with the interlocking C's. Talk about premiere product care.

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Coco Chanel used her personal style to influence her designs. Her cropped hair and slim figure became the ideal feminine look of the 1920s and has continued to influence women around the world to this very day.

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Sophia Loren | A Style Icon

Although this Roman native holds the record for being the most awarded Italian actress in history, Señora Loren also holds the exclusive title of "Style Icon". Only a handful of women in history have been able to influence generations of fashionistas to embrace and flaunt their exotic features and natural curves like she could.

In fact, she was often quoted saying, "everything you see, I owe to spaghetti," in reference to her voluptuous figure. Hard to believe carbs ever got within 10 feet of this body, right?

Sophia and one of her two boys with whom she had with her husband, Carlo Ponti. 


Italian Luxury

When I think of Italy, I think of Heaven. Some of my favorite designers are Italian. Some of my favorite food is Italian. Some of my favorite people are Italian. You could say I'm partial to all things Italian, but who wouldn't be? Italy is luxurious!

From the cliffs of Capri to the runways of Milano to the ruins of Rome, this boot shaped country is pure bliss. 

Gucci Factory - Florence, Italy  - Image from Bag Snob

Flowers from an Italian Vendor 

Ciao Bella!


Summers' End

If the Vintage Contessa surfed...

As summer comes to an end, I thought this was the perfect Hamptons Picture.


Must See... Paris

The Vintage Contessa shares her favorite chic spots in Paris

Rob, Bella and I had the most amazing opportunity in the summer of 2010. We rented an apartment in Paris on Avenue de Wagram in the 17th for 8 weeks. It was an amazing journey. People are constantly asking me for suggestions on travel to Paris. Here are a few of our favorite things…

i. Favorite small museum- Orangerie Museum, Tuileries gardens, Paris
ii. Most inspirational art- Degas at Musee de Orsay
iii. Favorite Museum Lunch spot- Café Marley at Louvre
iv. Favorite Parisian Lunch cafe- Le Deux Magot in St. Germaine
v. Best Lunch View of Paris – Jules Verne in Eiffel tower-
vi. Restaurant with Best View of the Eiffel Tower- Café De l’Homme at the Trocadero
vii. Favorite place for afternnon tea- Laudere near Opera house
viii. Favorite restaurant for Truffles- Maison de la de Truffe
ix. Favorite spot for people watching – Hotel Costes
x. Favorite Patio Lunch in the Summer- Hotel Plaza Athene La Cour Jardin
xi. Favorite Park and Best Place to take children- Theatres des Marionenettes du Luxembourg
xii. Favorite American Grocery to get a taste of home- Thanksgiving Le Marais
xiii. Best apartment provider for Americans- A La Carte Paris-
xiv. Fab French Concept Store for French fashion and music inspiration- Colette on Rue Saint- Honore
xv. Favorite Shopping Experience for Everything French in Fashion- Printemps-
xvi. Favorite Boutique sale- Hermes Sale at an undisclosed location, late June, you must ask, it wont be published
xvii. Favorite Luxury Vintage Shop- Depot Vente du 17eme (17th arrondissment)
xviii. Favorite Flea Market- Saint-Ouen / Porte de Clignancourt - "Le march aux puces de Saint-Ouen"-

Parisian Inspiration on
Vintage YSL Clutch
Vintage Chanel
Vintage Hermes Kelly Bag

 Much Love,
 The Vintage Contessa from Paris