+ Some gorgeous photos taken by Hedi Slimane himself during fittings for the recent Saint Laurent collection at the houses' headquarters in Paris. Much talked about show, much talked about company logo, much talked about head designer - that's one way to stay in the public eye! More lovely moody pics here via Style.
+ Aaah Monsiour Dior... a look at Christian Dior and the early years of the quintessential French design house in pictures.. via LifeStyled
+ More images of Chloe's current collection and an interview with current house designer Claire Waight Keller and what it means to be designing for this youthful 60year old French Label. Images by Craig McDean for Interview Mag here.
+ A collaboration with Sergio Rossi and artist Peng Wei which sees the artist using her delicate technique on rice paper boots! Not currently wearable (of course!), they would look absolutely gorgeous on an impromptu gallery wall or downlit shelf at home. Of course, I don't know how that works if you are superstitious ... you know,... can't put shoes or boots on a table (have you heard that one, or is that just me!?) More images here via Because.
+ A while ago I went into Hermes to look at a scarf (I think it was a birthday)... anyway, I was dumbfounded by the array of colours and patterns on offer that I couldn't make a decision (but lets just say I didn't walk out empty handed...haha!) How can one pick one beautiful thing over another?
Take a look at the process of screenprinting a stunning array of colourways onto a Hermes scarf, where some scarves have up to 49 different colours and try and decide for yourself! Sure beats my art class screenprinting efforts... but hey, the process is still the same! More beautiful hues here via Elle Decoration South Africa.
+ Speaking of creating, the author of Habitually Chic blog has just launched a new book, Habitually Chic at Work gaining access into the studios and ateliers of top designers, artists, editors, architects and showing us a glimpse into their creative domain. The workplaces of Jenna Lyons, Peter Som, Chris Benz and Jonathan Adler to name a few are featured, with interviews giving the reader an insight on how they got there and what keeps them going. A stylish inspiring read if ever I saw one. More pictures here via NYMag.
+ I think I'll have some time to take in this exhibition at the NGV that starts this weekend, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Australian Ballet. "Ballet & Fashion" features designs by Australian & International designers, including Collette Dinnigan, Akira Isogawa, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons, Christian Lacroix, Valentino, Viktor&Rolf and their costumes designed for ballet companies around the world, The Australian Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Nederlands Dans Theater, Sydney Dance Company and more. There are events, movies, and drawing workshops too... from now until May 2013. I'm really excited by this one... oh and they're showing one of my all time favourite movies, 'The Red Shoes' starring Moira Shearer and will also be screening, 'Valentino: The Last Emperor'!
The exhibition is sponsored by Vogue Australia and is really centred on the fashion and costumes. Here's a look at the photo shoot for Vogue featuring Australian Ballet principle dancers - it's just gorgeous.
Have a great long weekend everyone... and I hope your horse comes in!