I have quit using all other perfumes other than the ones I have got from Byredo. I wouldn’t call it an obsession, but I would definitely say there something more to it in these scents than any other fragrances out there. At the moment I am using ‘Flowerhead’ for the warmer period of the year (since its lighter and as the name reveal; its got a beautiful flower scent), and ‘Bal D’Afrique’ for the colder seasons. However my new favourites are ‘Blanche’ and ‘Bullion’ (also trying Mojave Ghost at the moment). Two amazing and very fresh scents. Blanche has got blonde wood, musk and sandal wood in it with a heart of peony and violets. Bullion on the other hand is a bit similar yet a lot different with its leather accord and magnolia. If you visit their very sleek website you’ll also very soon discover their extended product lines such as leather accessories – pieces which I am hugely crushing on since they launched at Barney’s. When Byredo opened up their first store in Soho last year I visited a but too often to have a look at their luggage and hand bags. Though those are definitely investment pieces, which is both unfortunate and fortunate. In the meantime I can please myself with a new fragrance at least.
I must say I am starting to dig these boots from the Saint Laurent Fall 2013 collection. I wasn’t a big fan of the pimped-out ones when seeing the collection for the very first time. Somehow I just couldn’t cope with the fact that such a classy, timeless and fabulous brand as Saint Laurent when a bit mainstream and ‘hard-core’ showing of stuff that I basically could find at, well, Topshop (nothing wrong with Topshop though). I do love the fact that I have seen a lot of cool, timeless and classic pieces from the Saint Laurent in stores and web-shops. Apparently Hedi Slimane has created a ‘Permanent Collection’ that will be available all year around and which include pieces like leather jackets, denim, t-shirts and duffle bags that are all a great foundation in a wardrobe. I do like the idea of dividing the brand in such collections and lines. For the this campaign the creative director has captured Danish Freja-Beha Erichsen in the new Saint Laurent store in Paris (and the collection was a celebration of this new opening). Anyway the boots in this editorial is a pair I wouldn’t mind at all for this fall. By the way, great looks in this editorial from the latest issue of Vogue China, June 2013. Eliza Cummings looks effortless smart captured by Daniel Jackson.
“Everyone says ‘Japan is going to be your market'” said Acne’s Jonny Johansson when celebrating the new store-opening in Aoyama Tokyo, Japan last week. Plenty of Japanese It-girls came (for an example Chiharu above wearing Acne Spring 2013) as well as Carmen Kass (dressed in Acne, of course) and Rag & Bone’s David Neville. The whole evening had an unofficial Sweden-meets-Japan theme with an after-party at the former residence of the Danish ambassador. I believe, as everybody else, that Acne is going to be huge over there. So all the best to Jonny, Mikael Schiller and their team at Acne.
Isabel Marant opened a brand new boutique in Paris a couple of days ago, on Avenue Victor Hugo. You will not only find the brand’s Ready to Wear collection in the store but also her accessory line with shoes and bags. The boutique is over 2,000 square feet in the heart of a Parisian three story mansion. Of course there were a lot of chic people mingling in the evening the doors to the boutique opened. Among others Doria Tillier (looking great in a star printed shirt), Marie-Ange Casta (second pic) and Jeanne Damas (looking chic in a Isabel Marant top and jacket.