I’m back in Melbourne! And missing Paris terribly. Here are a few people I want to introduce you to.. some of which need no introduction
1. Christine Barro- owner and buyer of her amazing accessories boutique in Melbourne. I like to consider her as my mentor.
2. Elena from Nicole Brundage. I felt so rude because I interrupted her lunch but she still gave me an excellent showing of the latest collection from the New-York based shoe designer.
3. Mawi, the jewellery designer!!! I couldn’t’ believe my luck to have her explain to me the inspirations of her latest jewellery collections. She designs 2 lines every season- the Costume Luxe and Heirloom collections. Don’t you love her vintage kimono cape?
Wearing MaxMara cashmere cape, vintage YSL dress, YSL belt, MAWI jewellery, Omero leggings, vintage clutch and Fendi boots.
4. I met another young talented jewellery designer. It turns out that Jacey Withers and I have so much in common- we’re both pastor’s kids and we’re passionate about animals. Apparently he really wanted to be a vet when he was little, and me? A jewellery designer =D Most of his pieces are endangered species- like the snow leopard. His new collection is inspired by love lost at sea. The pieces are as romantic as they sound.
5. And finally, the designer everyone loves- Diane von Furstenberg. The original creator of the wrap dress. I saw her at Milan Paris Fashion Week (read here) but I was a little awestruck so I didn’t say ‘hi’ but this time in Paris, my skin was thicker and my courage was stronger from all the sugary goodness I’ve been indulging in. Her boutique was actually just around the corner from our apartment in Paris. When she learnt that I was from Australia she told me that she’s about to open a DVF store in Sydney! Lucky Sydney-fashionistas! Ah looking at the divine Diane and those legs, perhaps I should take up Pilaties too?
Wearing See by Chloe dress, Miu Miu dress (as coat), snakeskin boots…should have asked Diane what she was wearing…
Spending a week in Paris has educated me more than text books every could in the same time. I’ve learnt so much from the people, the culture, and from their appreciation of the fine arts and cuisine. I’ve learnt to dress better, eat better, see more art, walk more and chew slower. Let’s hope these new habits never go away…