JEWELLERY: Charlotte Chesnais

Charlotte Chesnais jewellery designer french

“Each one is a beautiful object – even just sitting on a table. That’s my interpretation of timeless” – Charlotte Chesnais Jewellery Designer

I haven’t worn much jewellery since we were burgled last year because how do you replace sentimental rings and old, special family pieces? But, this hasn’t changed my fascination (and slight obsession) with looking at jewellery and French designer Charlotte Chesnais is on top of my lust-have list (so out of my price range, but it’s good to dream, right!).

After studying at the reputable Studio Bercot in Paris, Charlotte Chesnais joined Balenciaga as senior designer where for almost a decade she worked on the ready-to-wear collections and oversaw the launch of Balenciaga’s first jewellery collection. She collaborated with other designers like Kenzo, Paco Rabanne before deciding to do her own line of jewellery in silver and gold and in 2015 she was awarded the prestigious ANDAM Fashion Accessory award.

Her pieces are a juxtaposition of linear and curved lines, featuring abstract and bold shapes, circles and coils. Her jewellery, all handmade in France are found at some of the most prestigious boutiques around the world.

Charlotte Chesnais jewellery designer french

Charlotte Chesnais jewellery designer french

Charlotte Chesnais jewellery designer french

Charlotte Chesnais jewellery designer french

Charlotte Chesnais jewellery designer french

Charlotte Chesnais jewellery designer french

Charlotte Chesnais jewellery designer french

Charlotte Chesnais jewellery designer french

Charlotte Chesnais jewellery designer french

Liya Kebede wears Charlotte Chesnais jewellery

Liya Kabede wears her Charlotte Chesnais Bond bracelet for French Grazia.

Charlotte Chesnais jewellery designer french

Charlotte Chesnais jewellery designer french

Charlotte Chesnais jewellery designer french

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JEWELLERY DEBUT by Kate Moss

Kate Moss jewellery line Limited Edition

PRETTY THINGS

Last week Supermodel Kate Moss launched a limited edition jewellery line where she collaborated with her friend designer Ara Vartanian to create the Kate Moss x Ara Vartanian line.

Kate’s keen we get on board with the ‘mix ‘n match’ earrings trend. She told The Telegraph, “Nobody wears pairs of earrings any more; it’s old-fashioned. I like to throw it on, mix and match earrings. It’s cooler when it’s not styled so much,” so on that note, thankyou Kate, I’ll be grabbing my (many) mismatched earrings and wear them again!

Inspired by the mystic and old English legends, the limited collection consists of garnets, rubies, citrines, amethysts and diamonds set in 18kt gold. Shot at Kate’s house in the Cotswolds by photographer Fenton Bailey featuring Kate and four models from her own agency, Kate Moss Agency.

Pieces available Harvey Nicols or Ara Vartanian store.

Kate Moss jewellery line Limited Edition

Kate Moss jewellery line with Ara Vertanian

Kate Moss jewellery line Limited Edition

Kate Moss jewellery line Limited Edition

Kate Moss jewellery line Limited Edition

Kate Moss jewellery collaboration with ara vartanian

Kate Moss jewellery collaboration with Ara Vartanian

Kate Moss jewellery collaboration with Ara Vartanian

WALK THE LINE: Tread + Miller Winter17

WALK THE LINE

TREAD + MILLER launched their Winter ’17 collection of leather shoes, bags and accessories for Men and Women earlier this month at First Thursdays, at Upstairs on Bree,

Renowned for their attention to detail and fine craftmanship, Tread + Miller’s Mens shoes include an update on the Chelsea boot, with elastic gussets in a contrasting colour, detailing on brogue uppers, plus Arthus Jack sneakers, desert and combat boots, all in a palette of grey, tan, brown and black; perfect for workwear and weekend attire.

Women’s boots are also available in a variety of styles including ankle, rider, equestrian-inspired, penny loafers and brogues with a masculine influence. Prices start from R599 upwards for women and R799 for men.

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A range of stylish leather backpacks, duffel, messenger and satchels by Arthur Jack Woodstock plus Simon and Mary Olive Bowler and Mounties hats for men and women are also available.

TREAD + MILLER ARTHUR JACK WOODSTOCK

Soft and luxurious leather bags – great for everyday use, even better for weekend getaways

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I loved the tools of the trade still-life.

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Tread + Miller have an amazing blog with tips and how to’s. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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FRAGRANCE REVIEW: Montblanc Lady Emblem Elixir EDP

MONT BLANC LADY EMBLEM ELIXIR EDP

HIGH NOTES

With the change of seasons it’s always a good idea (or excuse!) to change your fragrances for warmer and deeper notes and the new Montblanc Lady Emblem Elixir EDP is well worth a try.

This is a bolder version of the original Montblanc Lady Emblem EDP, which I thought was a perfect daytime fragrance, as it contained sweet floral and fruity notes like raspberry, redcurrant and peach, combined with sandalwood, patchouli and rosewood. Montblanc Lady Emblem Elixir has contrasting notes yet very complementary, a dash of a rebel streak underneath her sophisticated facade!

Mont Blanc Lady Emblem Elixir EDP

(The original Montblanc Lady Emblem is on the right (see the same shape bottle and lid)

The scent opens up with fresh mandarin and sweet litchi, dispersed with orange blossom, jasmine and gentle damask rose notes at the heart; finishing with a trail of warm and sensual sandalwood, patchouli and (my favourite note), vanilla. It’s not overbearing and comes across as a feminine and elegant scent which lingers beautifully on your skin.

Now how lovely is this rose gold metal bottle? It’s inspired by the 43-faceted cut of a Montblanc diamond and the crystal like lid has the Montblanc emblem engraved in it, making this a bottle a must have and to hold!

MONT BLANC LADY EMBLEM ELIXIR EDP

Available from Foschini, Truworths and Edgars

MONTBLANC LADY EMBLEM ELIXIR EDP:

30ml ZAR 745

50ml ZAR 995

75ml ZAR 1195

WALK THIS WAY: Coast and Koi Shoes

Coast and Koi

STEP OUT

I first spotted these beauties on a friend of mine’s feet and promptly Googled Coast and Koi, without realising this local designer, Caryn Wilensky, has made a name for herself not only on the local but also international fashion front!

Sumptuous fabrics and hand-beading make these bespoke shoes a walking piece of art.

Caryn’s timeless creations are so unique they caught the eye of Raquel Medina-Cleghorn, a fashion stylist who was sourcing for acclaimed New York stylist Bill Mullen, which led to Coast and Koi shoes being featured in a 9 page spread for Ideat magazine, France, shot by renowned photographer, Bettina Rheims.

From there Caryn’s shoes were recommended to Reem Acra, designer to the stars like Madonna, Beyonce and Angelina Jolie (she most recently hit the headlines as the designer for Melania Trump’s inauguration gown). Reem Acra even has pics of herself wearing Coast and Koi shoes on Insta – not too shabby!

Coast and Koi are available from http://www.coastandkoi.com

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HEAVEN SCENT: Fragrance ideas for Mother’s Day

SCENT-SATIONAL!

Mother’s Day is an auspicious day for me as I had my son on that particular day and this year his birthday again falls on Sunday 14th May, so happy birthday to my first born child and happy Mothers Day to friends and mothers all over!

Who doesn’t love a delicious fragrance, and if your kids don’t take the hint maybe it’s time to for a self-spoil? I’ve rounded up some of my favourite new fragrance finds:

Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Pure EDT

I adored the original Issey Miyake perfume that came out in the early nineties, not only for its fresh aquatic floral scent but the modern, clean lines of the bottle. Miyake designed the bottle himself based on the view from his Parisian apartment of a full moon rising behind the Eiffel Tower. Since 2007 Miyake has brought out a ‘limited time only’ fragrance for women and this version is made up of some gorgeous notes like jasmine, Damask rose and orange blossom in the top and middle notes, and rounded off with cashmere, wood and amber. The combination makes for a light, fresh and floral everyday scent

Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Pure EDP :

30 ml R910

50ml R1400

90ml R1790

SIGNORINA by Salvatore Ferragamo EDP

A fruity floral gourmand that opens with punchy pink pepper, sweet jasmine and gentle rose notes, settling into a subtle mixture of musk, patchouli and panchetta; a very wearable fragrance.

Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina EDP

30ml R780

50ml R1110

100ml R1620

Available Edgars and Truworths

Chloe Love Story Eau Sensuelle EDP

If you loved the previous two from Chloe’s Love Story line, the original Love Story Eau de Parfum (2014) and the Eau de Toilette (2016) version, I expect you’ll love this too!

Chloe Love Story Eau Sensuelle is inspired by the love padlocks on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. They’ve since removed the padlocks as the weight was affecting the bridge, but if you fancy replicating the pledge of love to each other, you could drive up to admire the spectacular view on Signal Hill in the Mother City and “lock your love” on the railings.

Perfumers Anne Flipo (who is responsible for the previous editions) and Domitille Bertier created an “essentially sensual” version with similar notes but intensified the main ingredient, orange blossom (heaven!), mixed with jasmine and heliotrope, settling down with warm and sensual velvety sandalwood. A fresh floral scent.

Chloe Love Story Eau Sensuelle EDP

30ml R935

50ml R1375

100ml R1655

Missoni EDT

Early morning skies of pale pink and orange streaks is Missoni’s inspiration for the bottle, which is similar to the predecessor Missoni EDP with its darker red and blue hues. The juice itself conjures up the essence of summer: blood oranges, pink berries and juicy Nashi pear, with peony, freesia and heliotrope at the centre, ending with warm base notes of white cedar and musk. A feast of fresh feminine notes.

Missoni EDT:

30ml R705

50ml R985

100ml R1255

SISLEY Izia EDP

“IZIA is an inspired perfume that you notice and commit to memory, long after its scent trail has dissipated” – Isabelle d’Ornano, co-founder of Sisley Paris.

Inspired by a rose that blooms for only ten days of the year, co-founder Isabelle d’Ornano wanted to include it in the new Sisley Izia EDP fragrance. The unique scent opens with pink pepper and white bergamot before moving into an elegant and sophisticated heart of rose, angelica and floral notes, ending with warm cedar, musk and amber. I fell in love with this sensual fragrance instantly and I think it’s a good one to wear throughout winter or in the evenings as it’s slightly heavier. Personally I’ve been wearing it daily as it is just too gorgeous! That’s the beauty of having a few fragrances: you can select to reflect how you are feeling.

Sisley Izia EDP

30ml R1245

50ml R1690

100ml R2710

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HEAVEN SCENT: Fragrance ideas for Mother's Day

SCENT-SATIONAL!

Mother’s Day is an auspicious day for me as I had my son on that particular day and this year his birthday again falls on Sunday 14th May, so happy birthday to my first born child and happy Mothers Day to friends and mothers all over!

Who doesn’t love a delicious fragrance, and if your kids don’t take the hint maybe it’s time to for a self-spoil? I’ve rounded up some of my favourite new fragrance finds:

Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Pure EDT

Issey Miyake L'Eau Dissey Pure

I adored the original Issey Miyake perfume that came out in the early nineties, not only for its fresh aquatic floral scent but the modern, clean lines of the bottle. Miyake designed the bottle himself based on the view from his Parisian apartment of a full moon rising behind the Eiffel Tower. Since 2007 Miyake has brought out a ‘limited time only’ fragrance for women and this version is made up of some gorgeous notes like jasmine, Damask rose and orange blossom in the top and middle notes, and rounded off with cashmere, wood and amber. The combination makes for a light, fresh and floral everyday scent

Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Pure EDP :

30 ml R910

50ml R1400

90ml R1790

SIGNORINA by Salvatore Ferragamo EDP

Signorina Salvatore Ferragamo

A fruity floral gourmand that opens with punchy pink pepper, sweet jasmine and gentle rose notes, settling into a subtle mixture of musk, patchouli and panchetta; a very wearable fragrance.

Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina EDP

30ml R780

50ml R1110

100ml R1620

Available Edgars and Truworths

Chloe Love Story Eau Sensuelle EDP

If you loved the previous two from Chloe’s Love Story line, the original Love Story Eau de Parfum (2014) and the Eau de Toilette (2016) version, I expect you’ll love this too!

Chloe Love Story Eau Sensuelle is inspired by the love padlocks on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. They’ve since removed the padlocks as the weight was affecting the bridge, but if you fancy replicating the pledge of love to each other, you could drive up to admire the spectacular view on Signal Hill in the Mother City and “lock your love” on the railings.

Perfumers Anne Flipo (who is responsible for the previous editions) and Domitille Bertier created an “essentially sensual” version with similar notes but intensified the main ingredient, orange blossom (heaven!), mixed with jasmine and heliotrope, settling down with warm and sensual velvety sandalwood. A fresh floral scent.

Chloe Love Story Eau Sensuelle EDP

30ml R935

50ml R1375

100ml R1655

Missoni EDT

Early morning skies of pale pink and orange streaks is Missoni’s inspiration for the bottle, which is similar to the predecessor Missoni EDP with its darker red and blue hues. The juice itself conjures up the essence of summer: blood oranges, pink berries and juicy Nashi pear, with peony, freesia and heliotrope at the centre, ending with warm base notes of white cedar and musk. A feast of fresh feminine notes.

Missoni EDT:

30ml R705

50ml R985

100ml R1255

SISLEY Izia EDP

“IZIA is an inspired perfume that you notice and commit to memory, long after its scent trail has dissipated” – Isabelle d’Ornano, co-founder of Sisley Paris.

Inspired by a rose that blooms for only ten days of the year, co-founder Isabelle d’Ornano wanted to include it in the new Sisley Izia EDP fragrance. The unique scent opens with pink pepper and white bergamot before moving into an elegant and sophisticated heart of rose, angelica and floral notes, ending with warm cedar, musk and amber. I fell in love with this sensual fragrance instantly and I think it’s a good one to wear throughout winter or in the evenings as it’s slightly heavier. Personally I’ve been wearing it daily as it is just too gorgeous! That’s the beauty of having a few fragrances: you can select to reflect how you are feeling.

Sisley Izia EDP

30ml R1245

50ml R1690

100ml R2710

THREE OF THE BEST: BVLGARI SPLENDIDA FRAGRANCES

” A journey to the heart of the three most iconic flowers in the history of perfume”

Inspired by Hollywood divas of yesteryear, Bvlgari’s new fragrance collection, Splendida, aims to reflect the glamourous era of semi-goddesses like Monica Vitti, Audrey Hepburn and Ingrid Bergman.

The trio include Bvlgari Splendida Iris D’or EDP, Bvlgari Splendida Rose Rose EDP and Bvlgari Splendida Jasmin Noir EDP, a fresh interpretation on Bvlgari’s iconic Bvlgari’s pour Femme (launched 1994), Rose Essentielle (2005) and Jasmin Noir (2008). Developed by the esteemed perfumer, Sophie Labbe, where “the idea was to transform the original fragrances that have been in the market for more than 20 years. It was really to keep the identity of these fragrances and magnify their beauty in different ways”. The emphasis on the newer versions is to reinforce their intensity thanks to new techniques of extraction for higher concentration.

BVLGARI SPLENDIDA IRIS D’OR EDP

“Like gold merging from light, Iris absolute is illuminated by precious mimosa, with a subtle association of violet, rose and heliotrope. A powdery Signature, luxuriously burnished with sandalwood and textured with a noble heart of Vetiver”

– Sophie Labbe`, Master Perfumer

A fragrance that pays tribute to the most iconic and noble flower, the Iris. You’ll find fresh, crisp top green notes with Iris at the centre, rounded off with sensual warm base notes of Vetiver, sandalwood and tonka beans. Think elegant, sophisticated and timeless, a scent to wear every day.

BVLGARI SPLENDIDA ROSE ROSE EDP

“A perfume that evokes seduction, a luxurious trilogy of roses embodying the most beautiful flower in the world, coloured under the sparkle of an accord of white mulberry, softened by a woody heart of patchouli”

– Sophie Labbe`, Master Perfumer

One spritz and you’re transported to a garden of heavenly blooming roses on a hot summer’s day, (and we’re not talking granny fuddy duddy wafts of roses, but deep and hearty notes that make for a romantic and sumptuous floral-rose fragrance). Mandarin and blackberry keep it modern and fresh, with a fusion of warm and earthy patchouli Vetiver and Sandalwood notes at its base.

BVLGARI SPLENDIDA JASMIN NOIR

” The exalted floral oxymoron…The purity of the star-shaped flower of Sambac jasmine is glorified by the milkiness of satin almond, brightened by vivid notes of green sap. Its sensuality is intensified under the mysterious facets of profound and mysterious woods.”

– Sophie Labbe`, Master Perfumer

Described as a floral woody oriental bouquet, I have my heart set on this one! The heady exoticness of gardenia and sweet smelling ultra sensual jasmine, some of my favourite flowers, are in the top notes, with milky almond balancing the heart; woody facets of patchouli, sandalwood and cashmeran keep it grounded. A warm, sensual and enchanting scent which I’ll be wearing throughout winter!

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50 ml EDP R1500 and 100 ml EDP R2115