Archive for August, 2011

Louis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors

lv architecture book Louis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors

Louis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors, Louis Vuitton’s upcoming book that explores the dynamic and innovative architecture and interiors of Louis Vuitton stores. A prescient advocate of contemporary interiors and architecture, Louis Vuitton continues to encourage innovation and playfulness in the designs of their retail spaces without losing sight of the essence of luxury central to its identity. This process of designing places to display high-style objects has created a new venue for cutting-edge architecture and transformed city streetscapes.

This exploration of Louis Vuitton’s international stores, as well as industrial sites and unrealized projects, includes interviews with some of today’s most talented architects and designers who discuss the beautiful and complex structures they have produced in collaboration with Louis Vuitton. This book examines the physical aspects of these buildings as well as the ideas that went into their composition.

Acting as both a backdrop for luxurious retail goods and the physical manifestation of the brand, these spaces are a genre unto themselves that invite exploration. With luxurious finishes and unexpected textures, these fantastic buildings represent the intersection of fashion and interior design. The book includes interviews with Jun Aoki, Peter Marino, Christian de Portzamparc, David McNulty, and Christian Reyne.

Louis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors will be sold on bookstores starting October 2011 for US$85. There will also be a limited edition, with 3 different photographs on the cover and each encased in 3 monogrammed fabric slipcases in gold (quatrefoil monogram), silver (LV monogram), and copper (Damier). The Limited Edition books will be sold exclusively in Louis Vuitton stores for US$130.

Louis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Rizzoli
Trim Size: 9-1/2 x 12-¼
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3652-9
US Price: $85.00
Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Price: $130

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Jimmy Choo Geometric Print Satin Fold Over Framed Clutch

Jimmy Choo Geometric Print Satin Fold Over Framed Clutch

Jimmy Choo Geometric Print Satin Fold Over Framed Clutch

My latest fabulous find at Jill’s Consignment is a cute, colorful Jimmy Choo Geometric Print Satin Fold Over Framed Clutch.  The vibrant mix of colors first grabbed my attention.  I love the combination of pink, orange, brown, yellow and grey in a fun geometric print.  The clutch has a matte gold frame, brown leather belt closure with hidden magnetic snap closure, and orange lined interior with back wall slide pocket.  It’s in pristine condition with dust cover. Price: $245.00

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kate spade new york Daycation Bon Shopper

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I love the fun, whimsical designs sprinkled within each kate spade new york collection.  My new favorite is the kate spade new york Daycation Bon Shopper because I love taking a daycation every so often to shop and enjoy a little “me time”.  There’s a NYC map printed on this enamel-coated cotton tote, so you don’t get lost while shopping all over the city.  There is an open top, interior slip pocket and logo plaque.  If you know of someone traveling to New York in the weeks/months ahead, the Daycation Bon Shopper would make the perfect gift.  Price: $145.00 at Bloomingdales.com

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Giving the support site a refresh

Keeping WordPress.com’s documentation up to date and accessible is one part of what the Happiness Team works on. We’ve long had lots of documentation, but we realized that the design and flow of the support site spoke more to us Happiness Engineers. How backward is that?

That all changes today. :) Before, you saw a long page filled with lists. Now you see eight content groupings on the homepage.

Before

After!

We looked at a lot of data about where people run into problems with WordPress.com. Using this we redesigned the site by weeding back overgrown lists, eliminating overly complicated jargon, and putting the answers to the questions you’ve asked most front and center.

If those new sections don’t have the answers you seek, we prominently placed a very effective search option at the top right that is perfect for pinpointing an answer to an obscure issue.

There’s more coming too so keep an eye out. We’ll keep working hard to make it even easier to find the information you need.


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Fashion Accessories for Fall

Spring has come and gone and summer is fast drawing to an end, and that means that it’s time to start thinking about the latest styles for fall fashion accessories. If you want to look fresh next season, here are some of the latest fashion accessories for Fall that you’ll see on runways and in stores: 

Cool-Weather Hats

The floppy fedora that you love to wear this summer is still going to be
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My Street Style Feature at What’s Haute

What's Haute Street Style Feature

Today’s haute handbag is from my own closet, and part of my Street Style Feature at What’s Haute!  Here’s an excerpt from the post:

Staci shares our strong love for accessories, so it’s only natural that her handbag, earrings and shoes would be the showstoppers of her outfit.

***If you’re curious to see the rest of my outfit, click {here}.***

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See How You Can Personalize Your Blog with Custom Fonts and CSS

You already know that you can choose from over 130 awesome themes here at WordPress.com, but did you know that you can create a theme that’s entirely unique to you with the Custom Design upgrade?

To see just how powerful Custom Design is, take a look at this diverse collection of sites that are all using the exact same theme:

These all have a completely different look and feel because each site makes use of the many customization options that the Twenty Eleven theme offers. Adding the Custom Design upgrade, which is compatible with all WordPress.com themes, takes personalization to the next level by allowing you to choose from over 50 gorgeous Typekit fonts to use for your site’s title, headings, and body text.

Additionally, if you’re familiar with CSS, Custom Design enables you to customize your colors, borders, backgrounds, and even the layout of your blog.

Best of all, you can try before you buy. Head to Appearance → Custom Design in your dashboard to test out Custom Design right now.

Find details and CSS resources in the Custom Design support document.

So, how will you customize your blog’s design?


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LIKE HONEY AND TROMBONES

Jenny Grettve and Ravishing Mad had a showroom far away from the center and in that showroom, on the 2nd floor of an apartment building, I met with them and spoke to them about their collections for S/S 12. So, I went into the elevator

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up the stairs

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and down the proverbial rabbit hole.

Jenny Grettve is both an architect and a fashion designer, a fact which comes through in her sculptural pieces. She’s got something interesting to say about eco-friendly fashion which stuck with me: “Make fashion you can wear for a lifetime.”

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So true – why don’t we just get it right the first time?! If you produce quality, well-made and classic pieces, then people will love them for years and won’t need to buy more or waste the ones they have already. Right on, Jenny! Her pieces stand up to the rhetoric; have a peek at some of my favourites (including the perfect wide-legged trousers she’s wearing herself):

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Also, have a look at an art video she produced of the entire collection below:


Anna from Ravishing Mad was an exercise in contrasts. Her style is irreverent and her ideas are complicated – when describing her denim she said “I intentionally do everything the denim world tells you not to do.” I could see what she meant – instead of distressing her jeans, she paints directly on the fabric. Her creations have high waists and ample thighs, and she even uses denim to create sculptural haute couture pieces inspired by evolved skeletons and and rorshag tests. I only wish I’d gotten a picture of the amazing 3/4 length navy silk jersey dress she embellished – with burn marks.

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My favourite piece of denim from her S/S 12 collection below:
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And a few more pieces from the same collection which I found on her website:

   

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A great fashion collaboration made in Malmö (pronounced “malm-oh”), the 2nd city of Sweden, which these girls hope to make as much of a fashion hub as Stockholm. They may just be on to something.


{title: From Anis Mojgani’s poem “These things are how you make me feel” – like honey and trombones! This is the very first of his poems I ever heard, and still one of the most beautiful. Video above.}

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Louis Vuitton Heart Shaped Coin Purse

Jill’s Consignment has some of the best gently used designer accessories, which is why I’m constantly shopping there.  Aren’t these LV coin purses super cute?!  I want them all!

Monogram Vernis HEART-SHAPED COIN PURSE - Amarante

The Amarante Monogram Vernis Heart Coin Purse has shiny monogram vernis leather with goldtone hardware.  It has zip-closure, includes key, padlock and luggage tag charms.  Condition: brand new with box, dust cover and ribbon. Price: $395

Mirror Miroir HEART-SHAPED COIN PURSE - Gold

Gold Mirror Miroir Heart Coin Purse has shiny gold monogram mirrored vinyl, zip closure, golden hardware and gold cross-grain leather lining.  Condition: excellent with box, dust cover, ribbon and tags.  Price: $395

Monogram Vernis Heart Shaped Coin Purse - Violet

Violet Monogram Vernis Heart Coin Purse has goldtone hardware, zip closure.  Charms include luggage tag, padlock and key. Hooks onto the d-ring in most LV bags. Condition: brand new condition with box, dust cover and ribbon.  Price: $395.

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New Theme: Chunk

We are launching another theme for you which goes by the name of Chunk. It has a straightforward look, with bold typography and a well balanced layout. The theme also offers content variety with post formats.

A view of Chunk

Chunk was designed by Tran N. It comes with support for an optional custom header, background color, and a footer widget area that appears when you populate it with widgets. Check it out at the Theme Showcase or activate it right away in Appearance → Themes.

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