From stylists to members of the press, Aussie designers and international buyers, I met so many people during Australian Fashion Week a few months back. One of the chica people I saw at the tents is Kath Purkis. It was only until I got back home when we emailed each other that I found out she developed a luxury online store called Le Black Book.
Prior to starting Le Black Book, Kath worked for Akira Isogawa who is one of Australia’s leading designers.
I visited their siteseveral times and they have a very interesting selection of merchandise from designers such as Kirrily Johnston (who I’ve also met and I *love*), Anna & Boy, Natasha, Fleur Wood, Daniel Avakian, Jessie Hill, Shakuhachi and more. Even Thai trio Stretsis are also represented. I think they’re a great addition to the online shopping industry. In this day and age where personal style rocks more than anything, shopping overseas (ie Australia) for pieces you can’t get elsewhere is fun.
Le Black Book ships worldwide and if you live in Sydney and nearby suburbs, same day delivery is also available.
How beautiful is this image? This is Harper’s Bazaar’s cover exactly 15 years ago. Before they had airbrushing and all that hoola baloo, Linda Evangelista managed to look elegant, timeless, and yes, modern.
15 years later, they have this. Jessica Biel for Harper’s Bazaar August 2008.
Well? Which cover do you like best? One step forward, fifteen steps back?
PS. Jeezus Bajeezus. Can you believe 1993 was 15 – yes – FIFTEEN – years ago?
Paging Anton Huang, Eman Pineda and Jappy Gonzales… watch and learn. Haha. JK! ;-)
Now. Let me tell you my dear readers that the internet is truly a magical, magical place. Think about it. After all these years and with EVERYTHING that I’ve said and done online, both you and I should know that miracles happen with a click of a mouse.
Something magical occurred again last week. Click click click!
It’s here. They’re all here! The Fall/Winter 2008 Lanvin menswear and womenswear collections are now available at luxury superstore Luisa Via Roma. I’m blown away with their selection. Everything is just so beautiful and so chic. Remember how the iconic Isabella Blow (may god bless her soul) bought Alexander McQueen’s entire collection when he graduated… on weekly installment? Well, someone should give me Alber’s phone number so I’ll call him and ask for a payment plan because I am in love with everything! *sigh*
Check it out. My top “must-haves” (I’m only saying this because a lot of the pieces are ‘out of my reach’ but if I had the resources I’d go straight to the fur coat!) are the women’s t-shirts and men’s sneakers. They were meant for me.
Click the men or women’s buttons above to browse Lanvin’s fall/winter 2008 collection at my favourite online shop, Luisa Via Roma. They ship anywhere in the world and delivery is very fast. If you’re located outside the European Union, you get an automatic 17% (or something like that) discount because of the whole VAT-back thing. This is exactly why shopping in Europe is best. Those US$620 Lanvin sneakers at Barneys goes down to US$480. Need I say more? Flex that plastic and love the Lanvin.
She’s got a British accent but she’s Russian. She likes to drive cars! She’s human! She’s nice! She’s real! She’s just like us! Got 26 minutes to spare? Check out this full-length feature of Aliona Doletskaya who celeberates 10 years of tenure this year as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Russia. I love Aliona. I really do. Say what you want about the “baby Vogues” but Vogue Russia, like Vogue Paris, to me, is “IT”.
Month after month after month, she offers original content, she uses models for her covers and her editorials are very bold, strong and in your face. Just the way I like it. Soo refreshing from the sanitized, repetitive and dull “let’s get a blond actress promoting a movie and put her in a white dress” formula by the usuals.
I mean really, any editor who puts Natasha Poly on the cover two months in a row deserves her stripes, yes?
Natasha Poly for Vogue Russia covers. July 2008 shot by Mario Sorrenti, August 2008 shot by Terry Richardson.
The lovable JD (yes, he’s alive!) sent me this smashing photo of one of my favourite girls in the whole wide world: Olga Sherer. How flawless is she? She’s SMOKIN FIERCE! FEROSH TO THE EXTREME! One day I’m gonna have an I <3 BB photo from her to add to my collection. haha!
Editorials like the one below is the exact reason why Vogue Paris reigns supreme in my books. With no suburban soccer moms in their SUVs to cater to, the bold and fierce Vogue Paris Editor-in-Chief Carine Roitfeld shows you what some North American magazines should’ve done a long time ago.
Click click click for more images. This editorial is mindblowing! THIS IS HOW YOU DO FIERCE! THIS IS HOW YOU DO FEROSHA!
Can you tell I’m totally enjoying my new moleskine?
Patience my readers and watch this space. No blogging until it happens in a few weeks… if it ever does! *wink wink*
Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart!
PS. Check out Alber Elbaz towards the end of this video. And to quote:
“Sometimes you know when I’m, kind of, on… on a hard day, I wake up the next day saying that i’m quite happy doing what i do because how many people have the ability to have a dream and to have a team of people around that realize their dream? that’s fabulous.“ - Alber Elbaz, Lanvin