Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk & Alexa Hampton

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk & Alexa Hampton

In the world of design, Alexa Hampton needs no introduction. Armed with all the right credentials, including an honorary doctorate, Alexa (or should we say Dr. Hampton) has built her own successful career since assuming the role of president of her father’s eponymous firm in 1998. Alexa can not only tell you what is good but also why. As she explains in her book, “While there is no question that the best designers have innate talent and creativity, the language of interior design can be taught, and anyone can benefit from learning it. Training your eye is a life-long process.” We are thrilled to have Alexa as our guest today to shop with Susanna in our latest episode of Stylish Shopping.…

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Astier de Villatte at Maison et Objet

Astier de Villatte at Maison et Objet

Since 1996 Ivan Pericoli and Benoit Astier de Villatte have been producing their furniture and distinctive white ceramics that are now carried in upscale boutiques around the globe. Establishing their charming Saint Honoré boutique in 2000, it quickly became a go-to destination in Paris for chic home accessories. And with one of the most creative sites on the web, they are now accessible to all those who appreciate innovative handcrafted quality served up with an inventive sense of humor.

I stopped by their crowded booth at Maison et Objet to see what was new. There were of course additions to the white ceramics line, including a festive three-tier cake stand.…

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Style inspiration Coming Soon!

Style inspiration Coming Soon!

Dear readers, time has finally caught up with me this week but I will be working faithfully over the weekend to bring you more exciting style inspiration from near and far. Here is  just a bit of what is on the horizon – some sooner and some later in the coming weeks or months. Lots of exciting things planned – and do be on the lookout next week for the second episode of our Stylish Shopping video series with an entertaining design dynamo! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend – do stop by if you have a moment – there just might be something new!!…

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Créations Métaphores at Paris Deco Off

Créations Métaphores at Paris Deco Off

The triumverate that is Créations Métaphores represents the brilliant blending of three distinct brands that are as different as they complementary. And  together, discreetly under the Hermès umbrella, they coordinate for a super sophisticated understated chic. It’s a good thing they had a prime Paris Deco Off locale on the rue Furstenberg, otherwise I might have missed them.

Metaphores was created in 1981, the collection echoing the unexpected combinations often found in the figure of speech. Mat and shiny, iridescent and plain, natural and synthetic but always elegant, subtle and contemporary. One of their new introductions for fall, Zigzag, above and below, is a small jacquard of geometric pattern in a stunning range of colors.…

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Midipy and More from Maison et Objet

Midipy and More from Maison et Objet

Among the thousands of exhibitors at Maison, I was delighted to discover Midipy, a French brand looking to revive the heritage of the century old wool mills and weavers’ workshops of the Pyrenean mountain valleys. With skills handed down by generations, they have translated these traditional and authentic goods into a stylish line of beautiful blankets, rugs and leather products.

After carefully selecting only the very best wool, it is washed with soft spring water, exactly as it was in the late 1800’s. This non-chemical cleaning process  guarantees the quality of the finished product.

Nor far from the Pyrenees, are regions of leather makers with the same devotion to craft and quality.…

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Vintage Meets Modern at Nautic Lighting

Vintage Meets Modern at Nautic Lighting

While wandering the overwhelming halls at Maison et Objet, I was stopped by the stunning lighting at Nautic. Part of the Belgian lighting company Tekna, Nautic, celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, is an elegant architectonic line of bronze, copper, cast iron and brass lights. With industrial references, and inspiration from old trains and ships, the fixtures have a sophistication that belies their simple forms.

In a small world occurrence, I ran into friend, designer Francine Gardner at the booth. Francine is also proprietor of the chic shop Interieurs in NYC and informed me she is the exclusive distributor of Nautic in the U.S.…

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J.Crew Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

J.Crew Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

While Moroccan themes have been at play for a while in both fashion and interiors, inspiration from a recent trip to Marrakech led head J.Crew women’s designer Frank Mora to spearhead one of the most appealing collections for the brand in seasons. With their signature pattern interplay, playful sense of color and winning accessories, the collection has something for everyone. The look may be neutral here but is anything but boring.  Starting with the school boy wool flannel pant, it’s the special pieces and accessories that make the difference. The Moroccan influence can be seen in the hand embroidery and beading of this fabulous merino wool sweater, that would look equally smashing over a black turtleneck or alone.…

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J. Mendel Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

J. Mendel Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Unabashed luxury always marks the collections of J. Mendel. But this fall it’s a luxury with conspicuous contrasts – outerwear of sophisticated biker chic with layered lush opulence and evening looks of sleek simplified silhouettes with complicated craftsmanship. Here the extravagance of Indian broadtail is perfectly paired with trapunto leather panels in this uber chic hooded parka.

From my seat I couldn’t capture the full effect so here is another shot showing the marvelous contrast with the silk chiffon skirt and the cavallino boots by Manolo Blahnik for the collection.

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Elegant winter white sheaths showed immaculate drape and sinuous seaming.…

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Jenny Packham Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Jenny Packham Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Jenny Packham’s beautiful new collection is princess pretty – literally and figuratively. With elegant slim shapes and flowing silks and chiffon with sparkle aplenty, there were quite a few dresses that looked like they were made especially for holiday celebrations at the palace. Plenty of time for Kate to get back in shape after a summer delivery!

Starting off strong with this lovely flowing peach confection (sorry for the blur – I seemed to have lost my camera mojo for this show), Packham’s fall collection took its inspiration from the intellectual salons of 17th century Paris. Here exquisitely dressed women gathered in splendid surroundings to discuss the culture of the day – art, literature and philosophy.…

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Naeem Khan Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Naeem Khan Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

From the very first dress, it was clear that Naeem Khan is yet again red carpet ready. With a wide range of luxurious looks, Khan’s collection was ripe with lush luxe. Khan looked to both the sinuous lines of 1920s deco and the opulence of the Byzantine empire for inspiration. Black and white is key for fall and Naeem Khan’s version includes elaborate embroidery as seen in one of my favorite looks – a faille evening coat with fox fur cuff over a chantilly lace blouse and tuxedo trousers. Not just anyone could combine such elaborate patterns, weights and textures so effortlessly.…

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