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Monday, 28 April 2014


My New Chanel Glasses

It was time for my routine eye test and for some new reading glasses, so I went along to my opticians, Chatoo, in Kensington (chatoooflondon.com).  They are excellent, well established opticians offering expertise in eye testing, glasses and contact lenses and carry a good selection of frames, including designer brands.   

I wanted some very chic, classic, Chanel glasses (most definitely Chanel!) and I chose flattering dark grey tweed effect frames.  The size and shape are perfect for a petite person's face. 

The silver double-C Chanel logo on both arms is small and discreet and the glasses come in a black Chanel hard case with a silver Chanel logo at each end (see photos below).

Detail of Chanel logo
Chanel case
Now I can look stylish when I am reading!

Sunday, 20 April 2014


Sequins, sparkle and frills featured in designer Spring/Summer 2014 collections, (at Saint Laurent there were little cocktail dresses in Eighties mood) and I have echoed this theme with two black tops I bought at H&M.

The sequined top, shown below, is in chiffon.  with adjustable, narrow shoulder straps.

Black Sequined Top from H&M

This silky top has spaghetti straps and frills.  The front opens with concealed hook-and-eye fastenings........ 

Black Silky Frilled Top from H&M

....and I can wear them both with my tuxedo jacket featured in my last post, "A New Tuxedo Jacket" (09/04/2014)!!!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


When the late Yves Saint Laurent first presented his "le smoking" or tuxedo suit for women, back in 1966, it caused a great deal of excitement.  

I have been looking around for a tuxedo jacket and I've found H&M's Dinner Jacket, which is from their Spring 2014 collection. 

Black Dinner Jacket from H&M

The jacket is short, even slightly shorter at the back and quite fitted. It is made from a woven fabric with satin lapels, has welt pockets at the front and is buttonless. 

Since Hedi Slimane became creative director at Yves Saint Laurent in 2012, he has revamped the legendary fashion house, giving it a new name, SAINT LAURENT  and a young, modern mood.  Whilst taking inspiration from contemporary fashion influences such as grunge and rock chic, he has retained the essence and tradition of Yves Saint Laurent and most definitely the iconic tuxedo!

Even the SAINT LAURENT stores have been newly refurbished to reflect the new image - see the Sloane Street store in London below.

Saint Laurent, Sloane Street

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

YVES SAINT LAURENT - the new film

Of course I just had to see  "Yves Saint Laurent", the new film about the legendary designer, who sadly died in 2008.  This very stylish French film is a treat for the eyes of those who love fashion and beautiful clothes.

The film traces his life from his early success and fame as a fashion designer at Dior at the age of 21.  We see the opening of his own fashion house and his eventual venture into ready-to-wear.  

It shows his long relationship, both in business and romantically, with his partner, Pierre Bergé.  We also learn of Saint Laurent's neurotic personality, his depressions and breakdowns and his drug dependency.

French actors, Pierre Niney (Yves) and Guillaume Gallienne (Pierre) gave very convincing performances.  Gosh, Pierre  Niney looked so like Yves!

I left the cinema feeling rather sad, but I was glad that I saw the film.