Book Review: Dior in Bloom

This breath-takingly beautiful book, put together by Justine Picardie, the former editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country, is a must for anyone who loves Christian Dior, flowers or fashion in general: it...

Boutique Beat: Handmade Luxury Goods in Paris

Ever since Louis XIV organised artisans – from perfumers to saddlers – in guilds to serve his gargantuan palace, France has been a world leader in the design and production of handmade luxury goods. Now that France’s global behemoth brands (you...

Spring Scents: Charlotte Gainsbourg for Balenciaga

Spring Scents   Birkin's daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg, whose father was the late French singer, musician and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg, has grown up to become an actress, singer and serious style icon in her own right. Her friend Nicolas...

Van Cleef & Arpels Unveils Emeraude en Majeste: Ode to an Exceptional Stone

During the Couture Paris Fashion Week, I was fortunate to be invited to a private showing as Van Cleef & Arpels unveiled its latest high jewellery collection – Emeraude en Majeste.  The emerald, also...

Editions de Parfum Frédéric Malle

Frédéric Malle, grandson of Serge Heftler, the legendary founder of Dior Perfumes, invented his own fragrance career as a perfume "editor", "publishing" the enticingly complex personal creations of some of the world's top noses,...
Heavenly Hermès

Book Review: Hermès, Heavenly Days

You won’t be able to resist this elegant collection of Alice Charbin’s whimsical illustrations from her 18-year collaboration with luxury goods icon Hermès. For almost two decades, illustrator Alice Charbin has been inviting people...

Book Review: Chanel, The Making of a Collection

Little did journalist Laetitia Cénac and illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme imagine, when they swanned into Chanel’s fabled 31 Rue Cambon atelier in 2018, that they were witnessing the making of Karl Lagerfeld’s final Ready-to-Wear collection...
The Art of Travel at the Lalique Museum

The Art of Travel at the Musée Lalique in Alsace

A visit to the Musée Lalique in Alsace is a surprise not just for the fantastic permanent collection and the spectacular natural setting, but also for the quality of the temporary exhibitions, guided by a different...

Naughty and Nice: 10 Picks for Christmas Shopping in Paris

From France’s best beauty secrets and beetles that gleam like jewels to the sweetest bonbons and mustard on tap, Lindsey Johnstone finds there’s nowhere better than Paris to fill that Christmas stocking with some...

Eco Threads: French Clothing Brand FAGUO Plants Trees

There's nothing quite like splashing out on new apparel and saving the planet at the same time. With French clothing brand FAGUO, that's precisely what's on the table. Having celebrated their 10th year in...