Valentino, Master of Couture

Valentino Master of Courture, The Catwalk at Somerset House LondonThe last emperor, master of couture, also known as Valentino Garavani, showcases just that, some of his much deserving masterpieces of over 130 breath-taking haute couture designs which have been worn by the crème de la crème of socialites, fashion icons, film stars, and political spouses in his latest exhibition at Somerset House, London.

Valentino Master of Courture, at Somerset House LondonThe “Catwalk” section of the exhibition (as shown in the first photograph) is absolutely sensational and musn’t be missed if you’re in town. I was even so delirious by the end that I could imagine myself stylishly strutting up and down exclusive red carpets and elegantly mingling my way through the best cocktail parties in the most stylish of the archived couture. Who knew that 1960-70s couture could be so timeless and chic! However, some of the 1980s couture would prove a much more difficult task of incorporating into your modern day wardrobe and frankly, it would be borderline unforgivable if you ask me, those poofed up shoulder are hard to pull off no matter who you are!

Valentino Master of Courture, at Somerset House LondonThe exhibition also featured an enlightening section that shared behind the scenes footage of the highly skilled and time consuming work that goes on in the Valentino atelier through demonstrations of a few technical samples. It really opens your eyes and gives you an appreciation for the difficult and highly intricate craft of couture techniques! Magazine clippings, and personal correspondences from some of Valentino’s most elite clients were also on display.

Valentino Master of Courture, at Somerset House LondonI think Countess Luann would approve of the fabulous exhibition as ♪ chic, c’est la vie ! Regardless, I certainly do!

Up, up and away…

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さよなら Tokyo! After a super lush holiday spent back home, it’s now time to fly back to reality a.k.a London.

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Not only do I like to travel in style, but I also like to be well prepared. Should the airplane food fail me, then I have a trusted box of sushi in my carry-on. It’s just not worth the risk of feeling hungry during a 10 hour flight.

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グッチ・カフェ (Gucci Café)

Gucci Café Tokyo Ginza (グッチ・カフェ)Yes darlings, the divas who lunch are back and this time we hit up the glamorous Gucci café after a strenuous day of some luxury shopping.

Gucci Café Tokyo Ginza (グッチ・カフェ)Their absolutely delicious risotto and a nice warm cappuccino proved the perfect pick me up because baby, it’s cold outside!

Gucci Café Tokyo Ginza (グッチ・カフェ)If you’re feeling inspired and like giving risotto a go then why not try this recipe (serves 4)?

Ingredients:

50ml olive oil, 1 finely chopped onion (amount acc. to taste), 1-2 crushed cloves of garlic, 200g Arborio rice (risotto rice), 120ml white wine, 750ml hot vegetable stock, 20g butter, 50g grated Parmesan cheese, 10g of basil leaves (shredded), sea salt and black pepper

1. Put oil and onion in a pan and fry on low heat until soft. Add the garlic and stir fry for another 3 minutes.

2. Turn up the heat and add the rice. Fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the wine and cook for yet another 2-3 minutes.

3. Turn down the heat to medium. Add the hot stock to the rice, little by little (let it absorb), while stirring. When all the stock has been added, remove pan from heat. Add whatever taste you prefer (could be lemon zest of one grated lemon, +2 tbsp lemon juice and 2 medium, previously diced and fried aubergine or maybe pesto), also add the butter, most of the Parmesan and a pinch of salt. Stir well and put a lid on and leave for 5 minutes.

4. Sprinkle with basil and light roasted pine nuts before serving. Enjoy, and add salt and pepper according to taste.

Baccarat Bar in 六本木 (Roppongi)

B Bar (Baccarat Bar) Roppongi Tokyo

What a fabulous way to enjoy one’s weekend! After a day spent out on the town, my terrific sister and I ended our evening at the ultra exclusive B Bar (Baccarat Bar) in 六本木 (Roppongi), Tokyo. left: a pear and champagne concoction, right: a strawberry champagne concoction. Yum!

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B Bar (Baccarat Bar) Roppongi Tokyo

The prominent display of their timeless and exceptional crystal glasswork is reason enough to stop by for a night cap.

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Baccarat Bar, Roppongi Tokyo

Cheers!

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A beaming 六本木 (Roppongi) with the Tokyo tower glittering in the background.

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