In 1914, Cartier created its first panther-spot motif on a wristwatch. Inspired by nature, its black and white abstract onyx and diamond paving inaugurated the use of flecking in jewellery and pioneered the contrasts of the future Art Déco style. That same year, Louis Cartier ordered a “Lady with panther” from French illustrator and painter George Barbier. 

For Cartier, the first panther woman was Jeanne Toussaint, Louis Cartier’s close collaborator and muse. She was original, creative and demanding. Cartier’s high jewellery creative director in 1933, in the eyes of her major clients she enveloped herself in an indisputable aura of elegance by dictating the famous “Toussaint style”.

Jeanne Toussaint set the tone and others followed.

It's official : Karl Lagerfeld now has his own corner at Galeries Lafayette. 

Unveiled on Tuesday evening, the arrival of the designer at the world famous department store was launched with the reveal of an XXL drawing he imagined and made especially for the occasion. 

The spectacular 10 x 7 meter drawing is installed for the public under the dome of Galeries Lafayette in Paris until September 17...

The tone is set : for its new century, the Plaza Athénée will remain true to the appearance and essence that its current guests are so familiar with, whilst its style update will for sure appeal to newer generations.
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Chanel will be one of the 8 official High Jewelry Maisons to introduce exceptionnal creations at the upcoming Paris 2014 Biennale, from 11th to 21st September.

Like Chaumet and a few other Maisons, Chanel introduced part of their creations for the Biennale during the last Paris couture week, earlier in July. The theme ? « Café Society », that I had the privilege to preview and shoot.

This week saw the launch of My Burberry, the most significant new fragrance from Burberry to date. Inspired by a London garden after the rain, My Burberry takes its name from the affectionate way in which people refer to their Burberry trench coat.

Here she is!

After the past days buzz, it’s now official: the highly-anticipated collector doll, Barbie Lagerfeld, will be available on Monday, September 29, 2014 in limited quantities (only 999 dolls will be produced) through exclusive retail channels including NET-A-PORTER.COM, select KARL LAGERFELD retail stores, TheBarbieCollection.com, and Colette in Paris.

De Beers was among the jewellers to introduce their latest creations during Paris’ couture week last month. I have been following the Maison for a while now – I had the privilege to meet Andrew Coxon, President of the De Beers Institute of Diamonds, last year ; and was really anticipating this private presentation.

Apparently, summer is back in Paris next week... I usually make white or rosé wine selections for the summer, but thought it would be nice for a change to introduce a few nice champagnes I’ve recently tried!

Rubis Velours by Pannier

It’s not the first time I’ve had Pannier champagne ; a Maison I’ve liked since I first tried it two year ago.

Last May, I started to take you on a journey with me to Boa Vista, Cape Verde and introduced the hotel I stayed at while discovering the island on a long bank holiday week-end. 

Traveling with Heliades, the French tour operator specializing in the destination since 2009, this trip took me through amazing adventures : on the second day of my trip, I went on a exploration of the island’s desert and north Boa Esperança coast.

Daily Exfoliating Face Gel BY MATIS

I love to use this ultra cool blue gel, especially in the summer : it contains a a multimineral cocktail (magnesium, copper and zinc), which stimulates and energizes the cellular functions of the skin. As a 2 in 1 cleanser and exfoliant, it has exfoliating microbeads for mechanical exfoliation, and is also rich in flavanones mint leaf, for less irritations.
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