+ Someone who knows how to glam it up 'a little' is veteran to the modelling scene and fashion catwalks, China Machado - did someone say 83 years old!... Muse to Richard Avedon, inhouse model at Givenchy, wooed by Spanish bullfigher Luis Miguel Dominguin (who left her for Ava Gardner), China is keeping busy with a biography, painting, fixing furniture and still being sought after for modelling. Doesn't seem there's much glam about wiping makeup off with Ponds cold cream and washing it with a gentle soap and water to cleanse it is there? But it works... read her interview here from The Cut.
+ For a little glam in our own backyard, Chanel has just opened a super store in the middle of the city in Melbourne. The building at 140 Flinders Lane boasts ready to wear, handbags, shoes, accessories, fine jewellery, watches and fragrances. The interior is a nod to Gabrielle Chanel's Parisian apartment at 31, rue Cambon and the exterior looks like it's been transplanted from the classic city too. If you're luck you could 'bag' one of the limited edition Boy Chanel handbags that Karl Lagerfeld exclusively designed for the Melbourne store. Via Vogue Aus.
+ Someone else who epitomized the glamourous French fashion world, Yves Saint Laurent is the subject of a bio-pic due out in January 2014. It's on my list as a must see! See the trailer here via Fashion Copious.
+ Employees of Lesage for embroidery, Maison Michel for hats, Lemarie, specialists in feathers and flower making and Goossens jewellery makers, have all contributed to the top couture houses throughout the last century or so; but as busy hands and creative minds weary and age, and fashion becomes more and more industrialized, these original early 20thCentury workrooms could not accommodate the pace. Enter Chanel, who has purchased these ateliers over the past few years, and come to the rescue by putting them all in a brand new, airy complex in north eastern Paris. Of course other couture houses (Valentino, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton) are able to use the ateliers for their work too... what a dreary fashion landscape it would be if we didn't have the intricate and delicate work of those skilled couture artisans. More here via NY Times.
+ And what better way to spend a quiet glamour weekend, but to have some friends over for a light lunch followed by a rustic cheeseboard... mmm cheese! The one below is by Melbourne caterers Cookes Food which was showcased on The Design Files earlier this week (view how to make here).
Have a good one...