Ahead of Baselworld 2016, Hermès introduces new models to their Slim collection, debuted in 2015. The Manufacture collection now welcomes models paying tribute to the saddlery and leather-crafting expertise of the Maison; an epitome of extreme simplicity, striking the perfect balance between rigorous discipline and visual equilibrium.

As Philippe Delhotal, Creative Director of La Montre Hermès, points out: “The collection was born from encounters between the Maison, designers and artisans. The singular blend of contemporary and classic elegance embodied in Slim d’Hermès expresses the essence of Hermès.”

With Slim d'Hermès Manufacture, graphic arts and horological skills meet and mingle in perfect harmony.

Peter Thomas Roth products have been my new favorites in the beauty department so far in 2016, as I've been using them to keep a clear, fresh complexion through the dull winter days. 

In France, the brand is available at Sephora starting this month with 3 masks and 2 cleansers, all based on natural ingredients like cucumber, pumpkin and rose in innovative formulas.

The philosophy of Peter Thomas Roth is quite simple: innovative formulas, amazing results.

Including 3682 hotels and guesthouses and 4347 restaurants, the 2016 edition of the MICHELIN Guide France grants  three stars to two famous Paris establishments, both part of my favorite palaces in the French capital: Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée and Le Cinq, at the Four Seasons Hotel George V.

For Spring-Summer 2016, Yanina Couture takes inspiration from ballet, that runs through every detail of the collection: weightless dresses with piles of ballet tutus, and hats, like those worn by Anna Pavlova and Ida Rubinstein in 1910’s, embroidery, taffeta, veil, tulle and velvet.

The Yanina Couture girl is definitely a young girl, a romantic dreamer, a refined and gentle Russian girl whose image is actual again in the contemporary cultural context.

Chanel is often and mainly associated to women, but when it comes to beauty it is good to know that the brand also caters for men: in the perfume department of course with classics such as Egoïste and Monsieur, but Chanel also offers other men's essentials.

Hermès' new interpretation of its Pendentif Boule is quite an unusual one: it appeals to cloisonné enameling, a very unique skill that is rendered all the more complex here with the rounded nature of the back of the watch, on which the enameller creates a unique motif for the Maison. 

Everything begins with a white gold half-sphere, on which the artisan marks off the central point of the motif using a compass.

Gabrielle Chanel first travelled to Venice in 1920, while mourning the death of Boy Capel, the love of her life. One year later, she launched No. 5 : clearly, the City of Canals, where she returned numerous times in her life, was a source of inspiration for her.

Moët & Chandon So Bubbly 2015

The 2015 "So Bubbly" edition highlights Moët Imperial, the Maison's iconic champagne - and ideal gift this holiday season, and of course a classic for a successful New Year's Eve party ! So Bubbly is a balanced champagne with an association of Black Pinot, Meunier and Chardonnay that provides a structure, roundness and freshness combining harmoniously.

Last year already, I was there to capture some of the Christmas magic, as it was the first year the world famous Avenue Montaigne palace celebrated Christmas after its grand reopening, that followed major renovations by celebrated interior designer and architect Bruno Moinard.