Roger Vivier Haute Couture Spring 2010

by David Pedroza,Editor in Chief and Writer

Bruno Frisoni took the right steps into couture this season with a very flamboyant and baroque collection for Roger Vivier Haute Couture. Vivier is one of the only houses in Paris that presents a collection of accessories during couture week. Though the house is celebrated for its whimsical, and outlandish shoes, this collection has a large enphases on handbags. Yes, bags and shoes can be haute couture, each shoe is made to measure with hours (can take 300 hours of embroidery) of hand work and the finest material; The bags also have the same treatment and each client will have a one-of-a-kind bag, making the 2 week to 3 month wait worth it. For Spring 2010, Bruno designed a modern take on outlandish luxury with boudoir silk bags, classic Art Deco-style clutches, and a pair of white feathered unicorn heels. I m sure there is a bag that will go perfect with Chanel’s new couture evening gowns.

Photos courtesy of Womens Wear Daily, 2010

Interior Design For The Home

Any home can be pleasing with the proper application of basic interior design methods. Some people study interior design to be very good at it but there are people who are gifted with an eye for beauty and for interior designing.
A person who is creative can do some interior designing on his own even without formal training. Those who have an eye for what is aesthetic can just as easily decorate and design his own house depending on his tastes. Of course, it helps to read books and articles about designing to be updated on the basic and latest design methods.
Any interior designer can create a specific atmosphere just by putting together several pieces and unifying them in a single theme. There are interior designers who have a bias for certain motifs like eclectic, modern or even country style. Some go for simple designs without the clutter.
Interior design is not only aesthetic but also functional depending on the requirements of the client. An interior designer can make a small room spacious and an otherwise cluttered room into an orderly one. Interior design is used just about anywhere from homes, offices to commercial buildings.
The interiors of a room should always match the personality of the person who will occupy that room. This is the reason why designers always work closely with their clients so they can make sure that they get a feel of what their clients want in terms of design style.
People have this notion that interior design is expensive. However, designers are not only creative people but they are also very good in budgeting. Most designers will work on a design that will match or fit the budget of their clients. A person can allot a minimal amount for the interior design of his home or office and still come up with an aesthetic and functional room.
Professional interior designers who are formally trained usually have basic knowledge on architecture, engineering and even accounting. They need these courses to make their design aesthetic, structurally correct and cost effective.
The terms Interior design and interior decorating have often been used interchangeably. However, the two terms actually deal with different phases of making a room or a space aesthetic. Interior design is basically the process of studying the personality of the occupant of the room being designed in order to maximize and tailor-made the room's design for that person's behavior and personality.
Interior decorating on the other hand is the process of actually mixing and matching the different design techniques like window treatments, the right wallpaper, wall finish and even the furnishing of a room.
There are a lot of opportunities for those in the interior design and decorating industry. An interior designer can go into designing household, corporate or commercial establishments. Others specialize in the design of health facilities or even tourism establishments.
The latest trend now for those in the interior design industry is to be able to incorporate the right engineering and aesthetic design with sustainable development. Even designers are now more conscious about the state of the environment so they tend to use environmentally friendly materials for their designs.
There are designers who specialize and use Feng Shui in their designs. This requires further study because Feng Shui deals with the Chinese's ancient methods of designing a space to make the design work for the owner's health, business and other life factors.
The Chinese believes that a structure should be properly designed so as to allow positive energy to enter the structure. When the structure has already been built without the aid of a Feng Shui expert, the mistakes can be corrected through proper interior design using the Feng Shui methods.
By incorporating Feng Shui in interior design, it is believed that a person can bring out all the positive energies in a room to make him rich, happy and healthy. An interior design using Feng Shui can also get rid of bad spirits that bring in negative atmosphere in an abode.
Getting the services of an interior designer can make a room both aesthetic and functional. Any person who wants to make his home livable and functional should try getting the services of an interior designer to maximize his space.
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Valentino Haute Couture Spring 2010

by Christine Suppes

The two young designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccini showed a collection they called Virtual Eden. This anything but classical Valentino theme brought out sleepwalkers, often blindfolded, in chiffon and billowing pastel confections of summer froth, from tight pleated trousers to goddess tunics for romping in the summer sunlight or moonshine. Yes, there was the red tribute to Mr. Valentino which seemed so out of place as to be annoying. This was a collection about softness, floating and dreaming. Take away the red when it does not apply, please.

All photos by Marcio Madeira, from, 2010

Queen of Hearts: On Aura Tout Vu Haute Couture Spring 2010

By Christine Suppes, West Coast Contributing Writer, Reporting from Paris

A House of Cards set the tone for this always uber-creative On Aura Tout Vu. Standouts included a mink tunic with a bright red cutout in the front, a black and red lace gown that would make the wicked witch of Sleeping Beauty more envious than ever, and a collection of Star War gowns, with fabric running of the shoulder and draping down to the floor. The hair was reminiscent of Star Wars and as always, attention to detail and embroidery was fastidious and ahead of the crowd.

All Photos From Le, 2010

Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2010

By Christine Suppes, West Coast Contributing Writer, Reporting from Paris

The gentleman to my left whispered "Why would any woman pay couture prices for a pair of shorts?" Indeed, the combination of shorts paired with jackets looked perverse rather than chic. The silver and pastel dresses and gowns on the other hand were dreamy and ethereal. Silver was the theme of this season for Lagerfeld, who came out afterward and made himself nearly as cuddly to the to the press as the Lagefeld Stieff Teddy Bear. In other words, an old school show with new school ensembles---very appealing.

All Photos By Monica Feudi /, 2010

British Invasion:Saint-Hill and Von Basedow Haute Couture Spring 2010

By Christine Suppes, West Coast Contributing Writer, Reporting from Paris

We were drawn to this event because the claim was that husband and wife duo are the fist British couture house in 100 years. The warm and gracious British Embassy hosted the two young designers whose style lies between that of Dominique Sirop and generic royal gowns . Clearly conservative, focusing primarily on draping, this is not a young look, though Mr. Saint-Hill's early assignment was a gown for Princes Diana. The designers hope to find sponsors in France so that they may join the Federation de Couture, an increasingly difficult task.

All Photos by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe, 2010

Franck Sorbier Haute Couture Spring 2010

by: April Hall,Contributing Writer

Franck Sorbier - This theatrical show was like a voyage through literary history, where each famous heroine was given an haute couture ensemble. Decadent hair and jewellery, including a headpiece crafted from forks, accented the clothing to help give each character a distinctive personality. Looking at a frozen tableau of all the models against the backdrop, a golden metal bustier was a piece not to be missed.

Dior Haute Couture Spring 2010

John Galliano galloped into 30 Avenue Montaigne,yesterday, with an equestrian themed collection. The collection had a Leroy Nieman inspiration, gone side-saddle, and into Dior's archives. John Galliano noted that it was Charles James that inspired Mr. Dior to come up with The New Look, thus taking inspiration from Charles James was certainly obvious in some of the sculptural gowns (Charles James's four leaf clover gown is now two leaf clover gown at Dior). This collection is most definitely Galliano at his best for Dior, and being one of the power houses in Paris, Am sure versions of these dresses will end up in some ladies closets. -David Pedroza

Anne Valérie Hash Haute Couture Spring 2010

Haute Couture is a laboratory where designers can create with no limit, use any resources and inspirations to interpret their visions. This idea was taken further today, when Anne Valerie Hash presented her 14 piece collection of reworked clothing. And were did she take these clothes she reworked, from? They were donations,such as, Jean Paul Gaultier's striped tops, Alber Albaz's pj's and Tilda Swinton's worn out rock t-shirt. Hash said she created this collection as an experiment, which she intends to continue on future couture collections. Though this first collection is not intended for sale, it sure is great to see pretty clothes that have been made by previously owned garments. It's a true mixture of past and present.

Wine Accessories and Things That you Can Get for your Wines

It doesn’t really matter whether you’re a true wine connoisseur or not. One of the best things about wine is all the wine accessories and things that you can get for your wines. And since I love this part almost as much as I love the wines and the tasting, I thought that you might enjoy it too. So, with that in mind I’ve listed a few items which you can find to complement your growing interest in wines.
Some of these wine accessories are essential, like a good corkscrew, but the others you’ll probably get just for the fun of it. They’re in no particular order and even if you have no intention of getting any of these (except the corkscrew of course!), and you do actually manage to restrain your buying impulses, it’s fun to read through the list to see what’s available.

Corkscrew; Essential if you’re to open your bottles of wine. Comes in many shapes and designs.

Wine Rack; There’s more than one way to store your wine, and a wine rack is one of the best ways to do this.

Wine Decanter; This glass decanter allows the wine to aerate before drinking it.

Wine Glasses; These too, are an essential item in your wine drinking efforts. The effort should be made to find the correct wine glasses

Stopper; These little gadgets are the best way to stopper your wine after it’s been opened, and they also come in many different shapes and designs

Champagne Flutes; Champagne is best tasted using these specially designed champagne flutes.

Double Wall Stainless Steel Wine Cooler; Double walled stainless steel wine cooler in an elegant heavy duty, high luster collared thermal cooler. Seamless finish all around.

Double Wall Stainless Steel Wine and Champagne Cooler; This stainless steel container is semi-brushed, double walled and straight sided. This container can store either wine or champagne. It doesn’t have a collar and it is seamless.

Rapid Ice Wine Quick Chiller; This cools the wine quickly to serving temperature. You can keep your cooled wine in here for 3 hours. You slip cooling jacket over the bottle and very quickly you will have a chilled wine.

Electronic Infrared Wine Thermometer; You can use this device to find the temperature of the wine before you de-cork it. The infrared technology allows you to see the temperature of the wine in the bottle and in your glass.

Wine Aerator; This device works by letting air bubble into your wine thus cutting down the time that the wine needs to breathe. Softens wine tannins fast.

Black Leather Corkscrew Holder; A classic leather holster that is specially made to be able to carry all waiters’ sized corkscrews. It is made of pure leather and it straps onto any belt.

Corkscrew and bottle stopper; This corkscrew is made from Rosewood. You can use it to uncork a wine bottle or to seal /stop up the bottle

Waiter’s Corkscrew; You open the wine bottle by ratcheting the cork slowly out of the bottle. The process is somewhat like a car jack.

Pine Cellar Cube; This wine rack is easy to stock and it is expandable. The sturdy cubes are made from ¾ inch solid pine. There are four separate compartments for you to store your wine.

Bottle Tasting Table; This table wine rack will hold up to 110 bottles. The top surface of the wine rack serves as a table top. Here you can serve wine and other food pieces, wine glasses and other items that you will need for your wine tasting experience. This bottle tasting table is made from solid Canadian pine.

Avanti Dual Zone Mini Wine Cellar; There are separate compartments for red and white wines. You will find separate temperature controls for each section. You can store 10 bottles in the top section and 18 bottles in the bottom section. There is an interior light that lets you see what is in the mini wine cellar.

Shelf Mounted Glass Hanging Rack; This hanging glass rack can be self mounted. It will easily hold 20 glasses.
Glass Cleaning Brush; You pour a small amount of water into the glass. The brush uses the water in a swilling action to clean the glass.

Ice Bucket; Made of double walled stainless steel. This container provides a good insulation with minimum chilling temperature loss. The silicone sealing ring in the lid provides the bucket with a secure closure.

Professional Bar Glass Wash; This glass wash is made from natural ingredients like plants and salts. It doesn’t contain any solvents or harsh chemical and it is completely bio-degradable. You will not get the taste and smell of any cleansing agent with this item. 
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Josephus Thimister Haute Couture Spring 2010

Today Josephus Thimister sent out a strong, meaningful, collection of gorgeous clothes for both men and women. He opened the couture season with a statement inspired by Bolshevik Revolution, Russian military uniforms and blood shed brought on by war; Thimister's collection was still luxury at its best. The collection, displaying both ready-to-wear and haute couture with unquestionable showmanship and craftsmanship; Imperial duchess satin and blood red-beaded dresses; blood stained jodhpurs and tanks; a crackling "thermal blanket" foil gown; and gold ribbon, woven ball gown with a revealing back showed everlasting haute couture spirit. I am sure this true maverick, will not have trouble fill orders from clients both new and old. -David Pedroza

Ribbon woven Gown, Josephus Thimister Couture Spring 2010

Foil Gown, Josephus Thimister Couture Spring 2010

Scarlet red Bugle beaded gown, Josephus Thimister Couture 2010

Note: All photos by Yahoo News, 2010

Josephus Thimister Returns to Paris Couture

After a decade, 47 year old dutch couturier, Josephus Thimister, will present his military inspired couture collection on January 24, 2010. His Anti-War collection will open the couture season, with stark wardrobe of Cossack coats, military jackets, and jodhpurs. Don't expect red carpet gowns, but architectural columns and "survival blanket" trousers, made to look burnt. Thimister's collection will be shown in a red, white, khaki color pallet, with some pieces requiring 500 hours of work, such as a blood-red, beaded gown with hood. The couturier used classic haute couture techniques with out compromising his modern, avant-garde vision. The self financed Thimister had help from friends to show his collection on the 24th of January, and will display a collection that is truly self expressed. In the 1990's Thimister was a star in the avant-garde minimalist movement, along with Veronique Branquinho, Martin Margiela, and Miguel Adrover, with clients willing to spend $3,000 to $23,000 for his creations. He was persuaded to show again by the Federation Française de la Couture, a couture collection that not only sends his message, but also a message of beautifully made clothes. -David Pedroza

Atelier Maison Legeron

In 1945, Diana Vreeland sent an assistant to Paris, on a mission to bring back a fabric rose from a couture atelier, as proof that couture had survived World War II. Most likely that rose came from Maison Legeron. Atelier Maison Legeron was founded in 1880 and today Legeron stands as the last atelier which produces haute couture flowers in fabric. Maison legeron still makes some of the most beautiful artificial flowers that grace the surfaces of Dior gowns, Lacroix Dresses and Dominique Sirop coats. The house crafts flowers in silk and feathers, using old world techniques. Maison Legeron Collection is the houses service of haute couture accessories, offering silk flower pins and brooches to be worn with any garment you may own. A selection of natural-looking silk flowers are now available, exclusively through Couture Lab (

Velvet and silk floral brooch in black, Maison Legeron, $392, at

Valentines Gift Ideas

Don’t know what to get your Valentine this year? Maybe you have a new Valentine or want to spice this Valentine’s up a little. Following are some gift giving ideas for all types of shoppers from boyfriends to girlfriends, wives, husbands and everything in between. I’ll start with the practical gifts that don’t put to much pressure on the gift giver or convey the wrong message and then work my way into the romantic gifts and finally the gifts that add some sizzle to this special day.
If you just started a new relationship and want a nice gift without any hidden meanings or if you just don’t put a whole lot of stock into the whole Valentine’s frenzy, try a more practical approach to finding a gift they’ll love. Find out what their needs are and start shopping from there. Maybe they’re a busy professional and need a new laptop case. To make the gift even more memorable, make the laptop case personalized with their name. Or a leather briefcase makes the same kind of statement, not to personal, but something they could really use. If the person you’re buying for loves music, get them an iPod case or CD case. These gifts are a great way to show you care without having to make huge exclamations of love.

For those of you who like to get romantic, here are a few ideas for you. A recent photo of the two of you having a good time, framed in a personalized photo frame makes a wonderful statement. Flowers always make a great gift, but they never last, so if you are for sure getting flowers, maybe try a personalized vase to go with the flowers. That way once the flowers are gone, the vase will remind them of how thoughtful you are. If jewelry isn’t in your budget this year, try getting a jewelry box to put her jewelry in. If you’re shopping for your man, a watch jewelry box makes another great gift idea. To make it even more special have the jewelry box personalized. Even if they already have a jewelry box, the personalization will make it very special and it will always be treasured. And last but not least, who doesn’t love chocolate. A chocolate gift basket makes the occasion even sweeter.
If you really enjoy being romantic and like to put a lot of thought into this event, jewelry makes a perfect gift enjoyed by all. Whether it’s a ring, necklace, bracelet, earrings, a watch, or a set of cufflinks, jewelry speaks volumes without having to say a word. A nice romantic dinner with a special culinary delight prepared just for the two of you makes the whole evening perfect. Maybe the jewelry could be hidden in a set of crystal stemware to commemorate the occasion. Once again, anything personalized makes the gift more memorable. Maybe you just want a nice quiet evening at home, snuggled up on the couch? If so, a personalized throw blanket, complete with your pictures and a nice saying on the front, makes a cozy addition to any home.

For those of you who want this Valentine’s Day to not only be memorable with great gifts, but want the whole event to just sizzle with passion, these ideas are for you. Whether you’ve been married for years or are just looking to add some spice, card games and board games designed for lovers are always a big hit. Not only do they bring out the adventurous side in your lover, but they help both of you discover new and exciting things about each other. Just by taking the time to enjoy each other, you’ll find it brings out all those romantic feelings that got everything started in the beginning of your relationship.

The bottom line is, don’t hold back. This is the day for lovers everywhere. Plan the evening out. Show them how much you care. Start with dinner, wine and then the gifts. Or the other way around, but don’t forget to make it romantic for both of you. Then go with the flow and enjoy. No matter if you’re just getting to know each other or have had many years together, this is the day to celebrate love and all the wonderful things that come with it. Happy Valentine’s Day :-)

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Luxury Wedding Gifts

Treat newly weds to a day out which will stay in the memories forever. Luxury wedding gifts designed with couples in mind are a perfect choice of present -for a perfect couple.

Hot air ballooning flights are usually shared with other people-typically up to eight people in the basket who you may or may not know. A luxury hot air balloon flight ensures that apart from the pilot and ground crew the couple will not have to share their experience with anyone else! Their day will begin by helping to prepare the balloon ready for launching. Climbing into the basket the ground crew and pilot take over completely as the balloon rises slowly into the air. Outstanding views of the countryside below will take their breath away as they share this wonderful way to travel only between themselves. Once they have safely landed back on the ground they will help to pack the balloon away before celebrating their special experience with a glass of champagne. There will be plenty of time of taking photographs to add to their wedding album. A beautiful wedding present that will make the newly weds feel very special indeed.

Completely spoil newly weds by giving them a luxurious stay in the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London. This fabulous hotel oozes chic style and elegance. Their wedding present will include a three course a la carte dinner in the hotel's chic restaurant over looking Hyde Park. After spending the night in a luxury room their day begins with a full English breakfast. They will then be collected in a chauffeur driven car for a four hour tour of the capital. The chauffeur will tailor make the tour to ensure the happy couple take in all the famous landmarks and enthralling sights of London. The Mandarin Oriental is situated in the heart of the chic and elegant Knightsbridge area of London. There will be plenty of time for the couple to shop in some of the finest retailers in the world. This wonderful deluxe break will make a perfect wedding present for couples of any age.

The award winning Rowhill Grange in Kent makes the ideal place for newly weds to spend two nights being pampered, relaxed or energised. A Utopia facial, Utopia Sea Salt scrub and Utopia back, neck and shoulder massage are inclusive. This superb wedding present also includes full use of the Utopia Spa facilities and fitness centre throughout their stay -whether they want to simply unwind and relax in the sauna or steam room or join an exercise and fitness class-the choice will be theirs. In the evening a sumptuous three course dinner at the Truffles restaurant with a selection of fine food from the Spa cuisine menu will end their days in romantic style. An English breakfast awaits them each morning. As a memento of their stay they will take home a Utopia free gift. All in all this fantastic two night break is a truly luxurious wedding present.

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Haute Couture is Upon Us

Photo by Partick Demarchelier

by David Pedroza

One of the most fascinating fashion events, is just around the corner. Haute Couture, an art that has been questioned in the past years, and more recently with the economic down turn and with the backrupcy of a reputable fashion house, will prove it self as a enduring craft. On January 24, 2010, Paris will host, for 5 days, from great fashion houses, both large and small, the Haute Couture collections for a modern era. In the last year haute couture shows have become accessible to millions of people on the Internet and has expanded its global client base to the Middle East, India, Russia and China. Although, with the bad economy,last January, the two grandest fashion houses in Paris, Chanel and Dior, were posting sales increases of 20 and 35 percent. The number of American clients has dwindled, but a large increase in Middle Easter and Asian clients has increased sales for some haute couture houses. Not only has haute couture attracted new clients (including younger age clients, some in their twenties), but also a group of new designers, such as Maison Rabih Kayrouz and Alexandre Matthieu. For the Spring 2010 collections, The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, made this spectacular a bigger event with the showing of fine jewelery collections, inviting jewelers Boucheron, Van Cleef and Arpels, Chaumet, Dior and Chanel Haute Joaillerie, on the official couture calendar. Couture week will also include the return of modern, minimalist, Joshepus Thimister, who in the past has created simple, yet artistic impressions of haute couture, using simple fabrics such as cotton canvas, which have been dip dyed to create an ombre effect, then distressed.

Chanel couture workshop, Fall 2007 (photo New York Times)

There will also be an empty void, without the presence of Christian Lacroix , staging one of his flamboyant and gorgeous collections of sugary, colorful gowns. Many houses have gone in the past years, Yves Saint Laurent in 2002, Emanuel Ungaro in 2004, and Ateiler Versace, who does make haute couture collections, but does not stage a show in Paris. The lost of some of couture's greatest may have been the reason for some speculation on the existence of haute couture, but there will always be a group of people who will support this craft and of those in the ateliers. Chanel has saved several small ateliers, such as Lasage (embroidery), Massaro (shoes), Maison Michel (milliner) and Lemarie (feathers) who are at the core of this art. With out these specialists, the extinction of haute couture is possible. The work that goes into these beautiful clothes, hours of hand work, and the perfect fit on a clients body, justifies a five to six figure price tag( the less priced items, from Dominique Sirop, Matte crepe day dress for $9,000). When one enters the rarefied world of Haute Couture, there is not turning back, it is a way of life and there is no other way to dress, than in Haute Couture for some clients. Haute Couture, may it be important or unimportant for some people, makes some dreams come true, especially in a tough world.

Note: Master the Art of Style will report on the up coming Haute Couture Fashion week from January 24-28, 2010.

The Art of a Handbag: Akris Bags

Akris Horse Hair and Leather Bag, Price Upon Request. Akris, NYC.

I remember meeting Albert Kriemler, a couple of years ago in New York, he was a gentile man who loves to design beautiful clothing and cares about the craft of making fine clothing. He brought modern sensibility from his native Switzerland into fashion, and made it his own with minimal, yet elegant design. So when he launched his accessories line for spring 2010, I knew to expect, gorgeous, well made bags. The bags have been crafted in box calf or soft cervo leather along with woven horsehair and are available in colors such as Ecru, cayenne, garnet, slate, mocha, greige, smoke, and black. These bags are sure to surpass the usual "it" bag and the changes of time; wouldn't be surprised if they become classics. Akris accessories are available at the Akris flagship store, 835 Madison Avenue, New York or at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC. -David Pedroza

Style Diary: The Irresistible Heidi Dillon

Founder of The Fashionistas by David Pedroza

For some women, the older they get, the better they look. They take better care of them selves and know exactly what looks great on them. This is true in the case of Heidi Dillon, a woman who has become a style expert when it comes to dressing her self. Heidi, who resides in Dallas, is the founder and Executive Director of The Fashionistas, a non-profit organization. The Fashionistas raise funds for scholarships for fashion design students. Heidi is truly one of a kind, especially in Texas, were the train of thought is always… less is more and conservatism rules supreme. Heidi, who is over 50, commits every right move in keeping her self looking great. She knows which designers to got to, and what silhouettes work for her body. Heidi shares her personal (and witty) wisdom on how she stays so irresistibly chic…

DP: How would you define your personal style and what influenced you?

HD: I am 56, so I have had to do a lot of soul searching about the evolution of my style. While I stay in great shape and look "young" for my age, there are so many things that I no longer feel comfortable wearing. As you grow older you should reveal skin very judiciously. I still love to wear a skin-tight Herve Leger dress, but it needs to be one that is longer and doesn't cause back fat bulge. Skinny straps are a no-no unless you throw a shrug on top. But I digress. My assistant just told me that my style is very well edited. That makes me feel good. I like to look a bit intimidating, so I wear very high heels whenever possible and stick to a lot of black, architectural clothes. I love doing a somewhat softened biker chick look but try not to be to cliché about it. I have a M.F.A. so most of the things I buy are on the "artsy" side.

DP: Which store is your favorite to shop?

HD: I consider myself a Barney's girl. I also do quite a bit of damage at Alexander McQueen, Prada, Jil Sander and Donna Karan. There is a store in Dallas that I love called FortyFiveTen.

DP: Which designers dominate in your wardrobe?

HD: McQueen, Prada, Jil Sander, Balenciaga, Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto, Ann Demeulemeester, Givenchy, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein.

DP: Who is your favorite designer?

HD: Alexander McQueen

DP: What is your Daily uniform?

HD: My daily uniform changes with the seasons, but this fall I have been wearing black, skinny J Brand jeans, a James Purse t-shirt, tons of bracelets, Chanel motorcycle boots, a brightly colored Hermes scarf and a cashmere or fur coat or jacket. We'll see what happens this spring.

DP: What perfume do you wear? Do you think a perfume can say a lot about a woman?

HD: I wear Rue Faubourg by Hermes, usually in the evening, and Allure by Chanel during the day. I have worn those two scents for years. They seem to describe me on an olfactory level - mature, definitely not "girly", a bit sensual, but that's another conversation!

DP: Have you ever bought Haute Couture? If so, what was your first purchase?

HD: Why do you torment me with this question? It is my dream to buy Haute Couture. I go to the shows in Paris and feel transformed. One day.....

DP: What are your must have pieces for spring 2010?

HD: As always, I am going to go for the "less is more" look. I think that Phoebe Philo at Celine has done an incredible job of emphasizing the importance of minimalism. That, however is not to say that I am not going to go for some more billowy looks. There is something about being on the beach in a flowing dress.

DP: What is your view on shoes?

HD: If I could, I would sleep in 5" heels and wake up every day 5'10". The taller my 12 year old son gets, the higher my shoes get. Flats are an evil necessity.

DP: What are your must have accessories?

HD: I am, of course, obsessed with Birkin and Kelly bags, I also love bracelets which I like to pile all the way up my arm. Recently I have been enjoying wearing my scarves. Maybe because I spend so much time out in LA/Malibu and that's the look there or maybe because they cover up my aging neck! Shoes - see above!

DP: If you could raid some one’s closet, whose closet would it be?

HD: I am so intrigued by Rick Owen’s partner Michele Lamy. She certainly stands out in a crowd with her gold teeth and incredible style. I would be happy wearing Rick and Gareth Pugh.

DP: Do you have any tips on keeping a well organized closet?

HD: I have two closets, one of which I share with my husband and both of which are woefully small (by fashionista standards, that is). Consequently, I have a very difficult time keeping things organized - especially since my wardrobe is predominantly black! Every spring and fall I take a couple of days to edit out the deadwood. You have to be careful when editing because once you get into a closet cleaning frenzy, you may wind up letting go of some things that you will regret later. I organize my closet by designer because that's how I think about each piece - the Jil Sander cape or the Prada evening coat. That way I can go right to the piece rather than wading through a mishmash of black.

Heidi Dillon in her signature Black.

Master The Art of Shopping: Rodarte's Limited Edition Men's Wear

Men's Cardigan, Rodarte, $2,760.00. Exclusive at Opening Ceremony NYC.

Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavys, has introduced a limited line of men's sweaters, exclusive to Opening Ceremony's New York store. This is not a launch for a men's wear line, but a special, limited edition of sweaters inspired by the women's signature spiderweb weave. This project came to be when the co-founder of Opening Ceremony, Humberto Leon, mentioned that he wanted a Rodarte sweater. So the sisters of this cult brand, created 4 men's sweaters, which are available exclusively at Opening Ceremony for a limited time. Each sweater is hand-made, with irregular knots, creating an ethereal look.The sweaters are now available at Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard St. in New York City(

In Defence of the Scented Candle

The scented candle is a product which has remained a popular gift over many years. With more and more increased competition internally and externally, this method of home fragrance is under pressure, and it is within this article that these pressures are questioned - why should the scented candle be defended against such pressures and why the scented candle will continue to be just simply a perfect gift.

Interior design is a continually evolving business; new trends, new styles, new products. I present one example of this. With the ascension of the fragrance diffuser in recent years, the scented candle has suffered. The fragrance diffuser, which is also known as the reed diffuser, is marketed as a safer way to provide luxury household scenting, eliminating the fire hazard which candles present. The fragrance diffuser does provide varied advantage; aromas through this means can be deployed anywhere, in places where scented candles simply cannot reasonably be used; diffusers rule the workplace. But there is still a place for the scented candle in our homes. Any worries and fears over the use of candles in the home can easily be allayed. Most candles now come in non-flammable holders which do not fall over easily, and if used sensibly by keeping the flame away from anything particularly flammable, such as curtains, can be as safe as any other household object. When used properly candles can be a safe addition to the look and feel of your house – there is something unmistakably atmospheric about the glow of a scented candle as it fills the room with its essence.

A scented candle is another of those products which can be called a perfect gift; the appeal is universal. Such candles are atmospheric, soothing, the ideal gift for ‘her’. There is a reason why ‘smelly candles’ are at the top of many women’s lists this year. But scented candles are not restricted to personal presents, and hold as a successful home gift. From an interior design point of view, scented candles can be instrumental. The scented candle can provide the finishing touches, or can equally dominating the focus of a room depending on Candle styles and positioning. Fronting duel properties as a room scenting and supplementary lighting device, the scented candle already notches an advantage over other means of home fragrance. It should be noted of course that the scented candles main aim is that of fragrancing, not lighting, but the comforting glow of such a product really contributes towards a feeling of warmth and comfort and always needs to be considered. Another overlooked advantage includes the stylistic merits of the candle itself. The candle holder is an opportunity for designers to create something which can perform as a stylish home accessory, added flair to the design of the candle in a way which the fragrance diffuser is limited in – there are only so many ways fragrance oil diffusers can be visually displayed. For scented candles the possibilities are endless; candles in gorgeous glass holders, crafted ceramic bowls, modern designed flasks, an opportunity is given for the candle to become more a piece of art than simply a means of home fragrance.

Most importantly however, luxury candles cannot be beaten when it comes to inventive and specialist scents, the main reason why scented candles are used in the first place. Smell is a very powerful sense, strongly connected with subconscious feelings and memories. Room scents can help reaffirm such connections with your own home, or even to bring back pleasant memories from long before. Room fragrance is not just a pleasant aroma, or means to clear undesirable odours, but has a much firmer connection to the overall design and feel of a home. One particular brand which I would like to mention in this case is the Baobab Collection, which began operating in 2002. Tracing its roots back to Tanzania, this brand has selected scents which bring you straight into the African heartland. Exotic aromas such as Serengeti Plains, White Rhino and Madagascar Vanilla are truly unique, making a huge difference to the atmosphere of a room. These scents succeed in transporting you to the African plains, and physically look great in transparent glass containers. But this is just one example of the carefully crafted scent ranges available across the market, an illustration of how much choice is available in this highly competitive area. There is a reason why, even through increased competition in the home fragrance market in general, that the scented candles market remains strong, and it is the sheer quality of the goods out there.

Thomas Freeman is an employee of Amara, a luxury retailer of designer home accessories. For more infmation, browse Amara's extensive range of Scented Candles

Buying that luxury gift for the man in your life

Buying a gift for a man has never been easy, particularly when you are looking to buy something that little bit extra special, but want to ensure it is practical.

The man of today is arguably a bit different from the man of, say, twenty years ago and those luxury gifts men like to receive which would have passed all the tests back then, would not pass similar tests today.
The man of the 21st century is generally more sophisticated and demanding, with different values. When it comes to values, more men are concerned about their appearance and style than in the past. Postmodern man likes to impress! Another value shift that has affected men is an increased concern for the environment. These attitudinal changes are profound. So much so that those unique gifts for men really need to be more exceptional than ever, and far removed from the products one would find in some high streets.
Exclusivity and uniqueness can go a long way to showing a man just how much he is valued as a person, and indeed, cared about.
At Henry Tibbs, for example, we ensure our suppliers only provide a blend of traditional designs; designs which combine both modern manufacturing techniques and materials, where appropriate, with a quality and class which will not be easily found elsewhere. For our loyal customers, this is of the utmost importance.
There are of course literally hundreds of wallets, watches, clothing, and even utensils which one can buy for the kitchen, but finding such luxury gifts for men that are that little bit different, individual and unique requires a little bit more effort and thought.

Christmas is nearly upon us and to ensure you get the right gift for your man, there is little time like the present to put that little bit of extra effort in.

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Is it still a good time to buy a luxury watch?

With 401(k) losing their value and stocks plummeting like a malfunctioning rollercoaster the last thing on most people's minds is deciding whether or not to invest in a luxury timepiece. However, history of this unique collectible category has proven that fine watches are a resilient, timeless investment - even in difficult markets such as the one we are currently experiencing.

What it may be a GOOD time to buy a luxury watch

It should come as no surprise that the fine watch world is in the midst of one of the greatest buyer's market in history. People who need cash are willing to part ways with their expensive watches

at a fraction of their actual value. However, as we will see, one person's loss can be another's gain.

For the astute buyer (especially those who spend a good amount of time shopping online) there are tremendous bargains to be found in the luxury watch market. Consider that a recent survey by online discount watch websites found that many $10,000 timepieces are currently being sold for $5,000 - and that $5,000 classic Rolex and Piaget watches are regularly being offered for as little as $2,500. It is hard to argue with these kinds of figures, especially given that the quality of the watches coming out of the best companies has remained unchanged.

This is a good time to buy a luxury watch for two reasons. First, if you are a reseller or a collector, the current climate represents an opportunity to make a profit down the road once the economy begins to grow again and individuals have more cash at the disposal. Secondly, if you have ever wanted to possess a prestigious watch - and never had the resources to do so - this may be the best opportunity you ever had to own a magnificent timepiece.

An investment that never goes out of style

Unlike luxury carmakers, who dilute the prestige of the own brand by selling lower-end versions of their cars, every item that comes out of top watch companies represents the pinnacle of excellent performance and design. As a result, there are no "down years" to worry about in terms of makes and models of watches. Every watch released every year is considered a good personal investment - and a show of good taste.

Luxury watches mean investing in the "intangibles"

In addition, there are elements of purchasing a luxury watch that cannot be measured in dollars and cents. For example, wearing a fine Rolex or Tag Heuer watch has the ability to boost one's confidence immensely. It can change the way people see us - as well as the way we present ourselves to others.

Finally, the watch-as-family heirloom tradition is something that is most certainly recession-proof. It does not matter what the current Dow Jones average is when a man hands his fine Rolex watch to his son. It is a richFind Article, emotional transition that makes purchasing a top timepiece all the more attractive.

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How To Find Great Wedding Gifts That Won't Break You

Taking the time to pick out a special gift or creatively put something together for them will be more memorable than kitchen supplies, towels and other gifts that are commonly given at weddings. A wedding gift does not have to be expensive to be well received and appreciated by the new bride and groom. By putting in a bit of thought you can find wonderful gifts without emptying your wallet.

Creative Gifts

There are several different ideas for making inexpensive wedding gifts. The happy couple will feel blessed that you took the time to put together something special. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant. It's really the tought that counts. Some ideas are;

A creative yet useful gift is to fill a mixing bowl with a variety of kitchen utensils. Use a basket containing the elements of a romantic dinner. Include items such as pasta, sauce, a bottle of wine and two wine glasses. You could also include a sweet desert, like biscotti or chocolate. Picture frames are always a safe bet, there is bound to be pictures from the wedding or other things to put in them. Along the lines of photographs, if you are close friends or relative to one of them, you could gather all pictures you have of them and start a photo album or scrapbook. Check at discount stores and craft stores for the supplies above.

Other Gift Ideas

Some other ideas for inexpensive wedding gifts are;
Check stores to find out if the couple has a gift registry, then choose something you can afford off that list. You can also look at those lists to get an idea what sort of gift the couple might like. Candles are another gift which many think of when they hear wedding bells. You can get as many or few as you want. To dress them up a bit, put variety in a basket and add some bubble bath, a bottle of wine, and 2 wine glasses.

Wedding gifts do not have to be expensive for the couple to like them. Using your creativity and a dash or romance, you can put together a gift that they will appreciate.Wedding gifts are meant to be a symbol of your good wishes to the new couple. Feel free to put your own personal touches into your wedding present. The couple will most like appreciate your efforts and thank you for all the hard work you put into their present.

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