As part of our handmade in Italy series, we are pleased to present Stefano De Lellis.  A young jeweller from Florence who makes hand made pieces that combine a range of modern influences with techniques from the local bottegas and artisan’s laboratories to create one of a kind, show stopping necklaces.

Just in case you don’t already know, Luisa Via Roma has teamed up with Steiff and 20 of our favourite designers to create a series of one of a kind designer dogs! These fabulous creatures are now going up for auction so that you could be the proud owner of one of these special stuffed animals.  Each week 3 will go online and the highest bid on ebay will win.  Not only that but all proceeds from the auction will be given to the charity Unicef to help disadvantaged children in Bangladesh.

 

At the 4th edition of Firenze4Ever some of fashion’s most important bloggers came to our store and fell in love with these puppies and each adopted their favourite in order to help us with this great cause. If you would like to help too simply go to our mini site and find your favourite then start bidding!

To start us off, from March 19 – 25 we have dogs from Balmain, the french fashion powerhouse that shot back onto every fashionista’s radar with it’s strong, sexy aesthetic and attention grabbing rock infused style.  The exciting, up and coming Mary Katrantzou who has everyone mesmerized by her beautiful, witty use of colour and print and finally, Valentino.  The italian institution that has created a fabulous leash and collar in homage to it’s iconic rock stud shoes and bags that are a front row fixture at all the international fashion weeks.

Don’t miss your chance to own one of these special designer dogs and help us contribute to a good cause. For more information click here!

 

Front row regulars Margherita Missoni & Eugenie Niarchos were both spotted at the Paco Rabanne show in Paris rocking the designer’s “le iconic 69″ bag.  Both wore the eye catching shoulder bag with simple, tailored pieces that had a relaxed feel to them.  A great idea to take the fuss out of dressing up, using an iconic bag to make a statement meant that the girls looked effortlessly chic and comfortable whilst facing all those flash bulbs!

 

We have had an amazing AW 2012 fashion week in Paris, packed full of interesting new talents, avant garde designers breaking new ground and big luxury houses. To help us explain the week in Paris, we asked a selection of fashion insiders what they love the most about this magical city.

We spoke to the beautiful Ady An front row at the Chloe show about why she likes the ultra feminine french label.

Front row at the Valentino show Alicia Keys talked about how she was ready to fall in love with the italian house’s new collection and we certainly did! Finely cut leather, lace, glittering gowns and more leather all somehow transformed into an ethereal vision on the runway. Whilst integrating some stronger pieces, there were quite a few leather shorts and military details, the collection still stayed true to the signature refined silhouette that has made the house such a success with aristocracy and Hollywood royalty alike.

Watch Stella McCartney’s AW 2012 show from the front row in Paris where a host of special guests including Sir Paul McCartney and Alicia Keys came to watch the designer’s latest collection that moved from cable knits to body con pieces, all with an effortless and sporty feel.

Backstage after the AW 2012 show, we spoke to Giambattista Valli about what inspires him and the new direction of his ready to wear shows.

Front row at the John Galliano show we spoke to Mary Charteris about her favourite aspects of the AW 2012 collection.

To the sound of galloping hooves Ricardo Tisci’s latest collection came storming down the runway and in the words of Harpers Bazaar’s Derek Blasberg, “And just like that, subversive equestrian became a trend”. Forging his own, new path, Tisci mixed vampish red and black lace with lashings of leather and fur. The equestrian theme was evident in the quilted panels, peplums and riding boots. The collection had the distinctive dark edge that make the Givenchy collections so seductive but also included bright flashes of colour that will no doubt be gracing other front rows and red carpets in the months to come.

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