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Montblanc Launches Extreme Collection in Florence

Hugh Jackman Joins VIP Guests For Launch of High Performance Leather Goods


On July 9th 2014, Montblanc hosted an exclusive dinner at the historic Palazzo Vecchio in the centre of Florence, Italy, for the launch of Montblanc Extreme: a collection of leather goods designed to successfully withstand the demands of man’s daily urban adventures. Pushing the boundaries of technical innovation to achieve new heights in durability and performance, Montblanc has created innovative high-performance leather, delivering abrasion resistance, water repellence and heat resistance.

Montblanc Global Brand Ambassador Hugh Jackman was among the international VIP guests invited by Montblanc International CEO Jérôme Lambert to discover the new collection crafted in Montblanc’s Pelleteria in Florence: a new generation of leather accessories tailored for urban adventurers, functional pieces to carry them through their everyday life. Artisans from the Montblanc Pelleteria interacted with guests, demonstrating the skills and craftsmanship required to create the fine leather pieces.

During an aperitivo style cocktail in the mediaeval vaults of the grand palace, situated in the historical centre of the Italian leather trade, guests enjoyed a horse cavalcade featuring elaborate acrobatics, perilous stunts and the outstanding horsemanship of a skilled a rider dressed in a black tuxedo, mirroring Extreme leather’s unique attributes. Just like these impressive horses, trained for complete endurance, agility and control, Extreme is designed to deliver outstanding performance and durability in all conditions, always with the utmost elegance.

The Florentine gala dinner was held in the spectacular Salone dei Cinquecento with its imposing Renaissance frescoes, with guests surrounded by specially commissioned screens displaying the elements that the new leather collection was created to withstand including fire, water and earth.

Building a bridge between a long tradition of fine craftsmanship and Montblanc’s constant quest for innovation, the Extreme collection masterfully blends leather manufacturing processes in use since 1926 when Montblanc opened up its first leather workshop in Germany, and new techniques pioneered at the Montblanc Pelleteria in Florence. A unique dressing and finishing technique ‘made in Germany’ uses cutting- edge technology to provide every piece with additional protection against the elements.

Technical prowess is combined with distinctive design delivering a contemporary yet timeless carbon look for every modern adventurer ready to face the extreme elements of the urban outdoors and to embrace his true spirit of adventure.

The Extreme collection features a single gusset briefcase, document case, messenger bag, rucksack, tote bag, envelope bag, North South bag, and clutch bag, as well as passport and business card holders, iPad, tablet and mobile device covers. It will be available in Montblanc boutiques and Point of Sales worldwide from September 2014. 




Lindy Klim Exudes Femininity in her Simone Pérèle Photoshoot


Wife, mother, business owner and Australian fashion icon, Lindy Klim chose global French lingerie brand Simone Pérèle to work with in a recent shoot for her hugely success blog www.lindyklim.com.au designed to inspire women to feel sexy, feminine and womanly. 

"It’s so easy to get caught up in today’s fast-paced world… whether it’s your career, or being a girlfriend, wife or mother, you can often forget to just sometimes feel like a woman" Lindy muses in her stunning editorial on L.K.EDIT

"When it comes to lingerie, it’s no secret that the French make some of the best, and I have always loved the perfect balance that Simone Pérèle strikes between comfort and femininity. 



"Founded in Paris in 1948, the brand was all about enhancing the beauty of the female body, and still perfectly achieves this in 2014. It’s amazing how things like beautiful fabrics and perfect cuts can really change the way you feel – to me, Simone Pérèle has the ability to make women of any body shape feel truly sexy."

And unlike other lingerie brands, Simone Pérèle designs lingerie for you, the wearer, not for anyone else.

"Most of the time you might be the only one who knows you’re wearing it, but beautiful lingerie is not always about who is going to see you in it: it’s all about how it can completely change the way you feel."

Like any mother juggling parenthood and a demanding career, sometimes you just need a few moments to remind yourself that you are beautiful, strong and feminine....and what better way to do so than by dressing up in some gorgeous lingerie!





The Peninsula Paris Opens Its Doors


The Peninsula Paris is officially open for business, making its grand entrance into Europe for the first time. 

Located just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysée, The Peninsula Paris features 200 luxurious rooms, including 34 suites with five featuring their own private rooftop, six restaurants and bars including a panoramic rooftop bar L’Oiseau Blanc with a 360 view of Paris; luxury boutiques, the Peninsula Spa, private reception rooms and Paris’ first above ground Cigar lounge.

The property is located in a late 19th century classic French-style building, dating back to 1908, when it first opened as the Hotel Majestic, one of Paris’ most famous historic landmarks. Following the wartime occupation of Paris, the hotel was converted into UNESCO’s headquarters in 1946 then in 1958 became the conference centre for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, used to host high profile events until 2009.




The 'Awaken Your Senses' collection for European Fall/Winter 2014 has been captured within the highly charged and exciting walls 'backstage at an Haute Couture fashion show' in Paris. It is also launching this month (July) in Australia.

This season, Simone Pérèle has partnered with Mary McCartney, internationally renowned portrait photographer and daughter of Sir Paul McCartney, to produce three hero images for the campaign that reflect the hidden intensity and undercurrent of energy backstage at fashion week, to mirror the role lingerie plays 'backstage' to fashion; the secret source of beauty, femininity and confidence.

This beautiful campaign video brings the couture-esque pieces to life with a 'Behind The Scenes' look at the exclusive photo-shoot with Mary McCartney.





A photographic exhibition by Sam Taylor-Johnson

Sam Taylor-Johnson’s photographic exhibition of the private apartment of Mademoiselle Chanel, ‘Second Floor’, will open at Saatchi Gallery in London on Friday 12th September 2014 until Monday 22nd September.

The series of 45 photographs captures the private rooms of Mademoiselle Chanel at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris.

“Shooting at Coco Chanel’s apartment was an unexpectedly absorbing experience,” says Taylor-Johnson. “The essence of Chanel is firmly rooted there in all of her possessions and I truly believe that her spirit and soul still inhabits the second floor.”

Starting from the hallowed mirrored staircase leading up to the apartment, the Turner Prize nominee has captured this intimate world, artfully immortalizing objects and furniture that were so treasured by Mademoiselle Chanel.

The photographs illustrate the numbers, patterns, colours and emblematic animals that are synonymous with Mademoiselle Chanel's creative vocabulary.

From the white satin-covered bergère on which Chanel was photographed by Horst in 1937, the Coromandel lacquered screens, gilt Venetian mirrors, and walls stacked with leather bound editions including Shakespeare, Voltaire, Byron and Bronte, to the salon's rock-crystal chandeliers, which on closer inspection reveal the blossoming of camellias, not forgetting the number 5, the double C, and the initials G for Gabrielle and W for Westminster, every detail has been brought to the fore.

Mademoiselle Chanel surrounded herself with treasured objects, like crystal balls, pairs of animals - like terracotta camels, deers, and earthenware horses - and, of course, her majestic and symbolic gilded lions that represented her star sign Leo. These valued talismans co-exist with the more austere lines of natural materials and muted colours.

Mademoiselle's apartment provides an atmosphere, which, is both personal and mysterious and is a testament to her modern style. "The apartment is beautifully stylish. It feels like she had meticulously chosen every object, "says Sam Taylor-Johnson.

To accompany the exhibition, a book entitled ‘Second Floor’ published by 7L will be available to buy from Saatchi Store at Saatchi Gallery as well as other book stores. A limited edition box set of ten prints chosen by the artist will also be available.

Saatchi Gallery Duke of York’s HQ King's Road

London, SW3 4RY

Opening hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm, seven days a week, last entry 5:30pm.

Free admission. 




Online magazine, Le Style connects with readers and Francophiles in its 4th annual luxury charity event at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins


Photography by Andre Elhay 

On Saturday, July 12, Le Style magazine, an online publication about French luxury and photography, led by Sha Anderson hosted its fourth annual high tea fundraiser event, L’heure du Thé at West Tower Suite on level 35 of Sofitel Melbourne on Collins to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation while sharing the love for France, food and fashion. This year’s event brought together supporters, clients and readers for an opulent afternoon which included an entertainment program, best-dressed, lucky prize giveaways and donations.

L’heure du Thé (meaning tea time in French) event was a luxury high tea styled in an elegant monochromatic black and white interior styled by Little Big Company and The Eleventh Flower Designs. Couture laced macarons and meringue drops by Macarahrah, floral-art cupcakes by Studio Cake, demitasse sugar sticks by Little Big Company and silver leafed petits choux by Executive Chef Pierrick Boyer from Le Petit Gateau added to the luxurious elements of the event, all handmade in black and white in sync with the overall opulence accompanied with Parisian tea house, Mariage Frères in Paris who has sponsored their famous Marco Polo teas at the event. Renown fashion illustrator Kerrie Hess who has illustrated for various recognized international names such as Le Meurice hotel in Paris and Ladurée, was the special guest with a book-signing special meeting fans and autographing her featured illustrations on Le Style magazines which was part of the goody bags given out on the day.

Guests attended in a black and white - black tie dresscode from a good mix of Australian fashion professionals, French expats and Melbourne foodies with a common interest on France and luxury. The best-dressed prizes, selected by presenter, Colette Werden were a bouquet of flowers by The Eleventh Flower Designs, a Kerrie Hess illustrated iPhone case from The Dairy and a large cake from Le Petit Gateau. A La Petite Robe Noire (The Little Black Dress) fashion installation by Creative Director and Stylist Dean Hewitt from Madam Virtue & Co included eight looks by Elsa Schiaparelli, Tom Ford for Gucci, Roksanda Ilincic, John Rocha and JC Lloyd-Southwell d’Anvers for Madam Virtue. Director Sha Anderson was styled by Southwell d'Anvers from Madam Virtue in a YSL dress, BCBG Maxaxria heels, Coco Chanel bangle and pearl necklace by the French designer & stylist himself.

Deputy Director & Manager of Cultural Events of Alliance Francaise Melbourne, Francoise Libotte made a speech on French language in today’s modern society, French Designer and Stylist JC Lloyd-Southwell d’An- vers from Madam Virtue & Co shared his perspectives on the little black dress concept in Australia and Paris, a neoclassical ballet was performed by The Jane Moore Academy of Ballet and comedienne Kate Hanley performed her stand-up comedy as the hilarious ‘Parisian pop icon’ Fanny Bouffante.

Colette Werden, a TV presenter, Style & Image Specialist and Alfa Romeo ambassador emceed the event. Also in attendance were Creative Director and Stylist DEAN HEWITT from Madam Virtue & CO, Executive Chef PIERRICK BOYER of Le Petit Gateau, Melbourne’s socialite SHIVA SINGAM and fashion stylist REUBEN CHEOK.

“We are truly blessed. The generosity of our guests is absolutely amazing. The support of all of our sponsors and the dedication of our volunteers is what makes this event such a success,” said Sha Anderson. “We feel fortunate to be able to make this contribution to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.”

This year’s L’heure du Thé Melbourne was made possible by the following partners and sponsors: Little Big Company, Eleventh Flower Designs, Kerrie Hess Illustration, Colette Werden, Madam Virtue & CO, mei+picchi, Fanny Bouffante, Le Petit Gateau, Mariage Frères Paris, Alliance Francaise Melbourne, The Jane Moore Academy of Ballet, Andre Elhay Photography, Popcorn Films Melbourne, entertainmentone, Collins Place, Deitea and Uber Melbourne. 

Le Style promotes inspirations to travel to France and French luxury through photography and L’heure du Thé events. Based in Melbourne Australia, the online magazine and events started in 2011 and have been raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation ever since. Le Style will bring L’heure du Thé events to Sofitel luxury hotels in New York and Singapore from the end of 2014 to raise funds for the local Breast Cancer Organizations and connects with French and Francophile community. To learn more, visit www.lestyle.org or call (61) 0450 545 564. View all amazing photos of the event here.





Tuesday July 8th, for the presentation of the CHANEL Fall-Winter 2014/15 Haute Couture collection, Karl Lagerfeld welcomed his guests to the Grand Palais in a décor evoking a 20thcentury Parisian apartment, thus orchestrating an encounter between Le Corbusier and Versailles.

From laminated lace to neoprene and concrete, Karl Lagerfeld invites new and unexpected materials into his collection, combining them with chiffon, tulle, tweed and organza to create an utterly modern silhouette.
The line is structured with right-angled shoulders, corseted waists and rounded volumes created by cages over which fabrics are draped. Black and white mingles with fiery colours of red, rust and gold, as well as cooler shades of sky blue and concrete.
With “des tongs très chic” (very chic flip-flops) on their feet, the models walk the runway in little dresses with marquise volumes, shortened to the knee and worn with “cycling shorts à la française” or bloomers. The jackets and skirted frock coats are fastened with metal and concrete buttons or by staples. For evening the long empire dresses have trains; others look like clouds, frothing with feathers enclosed in tulle. Karl Lagerfeld shakes up conventions with a “seamless Haute Couture”, where the jackets and coats are made from a single piece, cut on the bias.
Playing with paradox Karl Lagerfeld turns concrete into an actual fabric, uniting it with pearl, crystal and sequin embroideries. For the first time ever concrete is embroidered, sewn, inlaid, perforated like a mesh, metamorphosed into a shirt front, a martingale belt, braiding and even clothing, for day as much as night.

Karl Lagerfeld delivers here a new interpretation of Haute Couture, one that is both modern and visionary.

CHANEL faces Kristen Stewart and Alice Dellal, ambassadress Zhou Xun, Barrie's face Lily Collins, film director Baz Luhrmann, actor and singer Jared Leto, actresses Isabelle Huppert, Dakota Johnson, Alma Jodorowsky and Gwei Lun-Mei and singers CL and Banks attended the show.





Peninsula Hotels Makes Its Grand Entrance Into Europe With Peninsula Paris

Peninsula Hotels announces the opening of Peninsula Paris, its grand entrance into Europe. Peninsula Paris sits  just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe and Avenue des Champs Elysées at 19 Avenue Kléber in the heart of the elegant 16th arrondissement.

The property is a late 19th century classic French-style building, which first opened in 1908 as the Hotel Majestic. One of Paris’ most famous landmarks, the Majestic “grand hotel” enjoyed 40 years hosting the rich and famous, the titled and tycoons, together with leading lights in the world of the arts, literature and music during the “Belle Epoque” and “Années Folles”, when Paris was at the height of its creativity and glamour. Historical highlights include George Gershwin composing “An American in Paris” while staying at the hotel in 1928, while the Paris Peace Accords, negotiated by Henry Kissinger and bringing the Vietnam War to a close, were signed in 1973 in the salon which is today Le Bar Kléber.

Peninsula have been careful to preserve the heritage, authenticity and the spirit of the building, while setting spectacular new standards in design, luxury and comfort. Interiors have been designed by Henry Leung of Hong Kong-based Chhada Siembieda & Associates Ltd and the architectural restoration spearheaded by Richard Martinet of Affine architecture & interior design, the building has been meticulously restored by teams of French master craftsmen, utilising traditional techniques in use for hundreds of years. 

Exquisitely restored spaces will be complemented by contemporary art installations, furnishings and technology. Dazzling rooftop spaces and private terrace gardens offer 360° views and glamorous extras that will make The Peninsula Paris a decidedly 21st century palace.



(L-R) Montblanc North America President and CEO Mike Giannattasio, actors John Cho, Danny Pudi, Michelle Trachtenberg, tv personality Kelly Osbourne, actor Seth Green and Urban Arts Partnership CEO Philip Courtney attend Montblanc and Urban Arts Partnerships 24 Hour Plays in Los Angeles at The Shore Hotel on June 20, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)




JUNE 23, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) – Montblanc and Urban Arts Partnership held their 4th annual production of THE 24 HOUR PLAYS, in Los Angeles, on Friday, June 20, 2014 at the Broad Stage Theater in Santa Monica.

Hollywood’s finest joined forces to participate in a one-night-only live performance, produced by Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri of the Freestyle Picture Company and the 24 Hour Company. The entire creative process, from writing to directing and performing took place in just 24 hours.

This year’s talented cast and crew included: Actors: Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch), Adam Pally (Happy Endings), Alanis Morissette (Weeds), Andra Day (The Gap summerloves cover girl as Warner Bros artist), Ashley Fink (Glee), Ashley Madekwe (Revenge), Bryan Greenberg (Lance Armstrong Biopic), Constance Zimmer (House of Cards), Danny Pudi (Community), Gavin Rossdale (Bling Ring), Jamie Chung (Sin City), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), John Cho (Star Trek), Kelly Osbourne (E! Fashion Police), Michael Ealy (Almost Human), Michelle Trachtenberg (Killing Kennedy), Ramon Rodriguez (Need forSpeed), Retta (Parks and Recreation), Rosie Perez (Artistic Board Chair, The Counselor), Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Tracie Thoms (Annie), Wilmer Valderrama (That 70’s Show) and Yvette Nicole Brown (Community).

Writers: Ben Karlin (Emmy Award Winner for Colbert Report and Modern Family), Bill Wrubel (Emmy Award Winner for Modern Family, Will & Grace), David Krumholtz (This is the End), Gabrielle Allan (Scrubs, What’s Your Number?), Jennifer Crittenden (Arrested Development, The New Adventures of Old Christine), LaToya Morgan (Shameless), Laura Jacqmin (Grace & Frankie, Dental Society Midwinter Meeting).

Directors: Edoardo Ponti (La Voice Umana), Fred Savage (Friends with Better Lives), Leigh Kilton Smith (Acting Coach to the stars), Peter Ellenstein (William Inge Center for the Arts), Rob Greenberg (How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings), Max Hernandez (Captain America, Winter Soldier).

Musical Talent: Andy Davis, a Nashville-based singer and guitarist who released the album Heartbreak Yellow in 2012 and Katie Stevens, a finalist in the ninth season of American Idol who stars on MTV’s series Faking It!




CULTURE CHANEL, The Sense of Places


From August 30th until October 5th 2014, the DDP Seoul will house the CULTURE CHANEL exhibition entitled The Sense of Places. This design museum inaugurated in March 2014 is the work of the architect Zaha Hadid.

Once again this exhibition has been entrusted to Jean-Louis Froment, the curator of the previous editions of CULTURE CHANEL, held successively in Moscow’s Pushkin State Museum for Fine Arts in 2007, in Shanghai at the Museum of Contemporary Art and in Beijing at the National Art Museum of China in 2011, and more recently in 2013 at the Opera House in Guangzhou and at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

CULTURE CHANEL - The Sense of Places approaches CHANEL’s creative language through the locations that greatly inspired Gabrielle Chanel.

Each of the exhibition’s ten sequences acts as a particular landmark in Mademoiselle Chanel’s life story, and the exhibition seeks to highlight the strong influence these places she lived in and loved had in forming her stylistic language.

From Aubazine to Deauville, from Paris to Venice, Gabrielle Chanel sketches the contours of her world enriched with images and reminiscences. More than 500 pieces including photographs, books, objects, manuscripts, archives and artworks along with fashion, jewelry, watch and perfume creations retrace the life story of this key figure that left an enduring mark on her time. This exhibition reveals the true spirit of CHANEL through a subtle play of correspondences, and in a highly original way sheds light on the real and imaginary life of one of the foremost creators of the 20th century. 




Sunday 15th June 2014

On Sunday 15th June 2014, the Cartier Queen’s Cup Final will mark Cartier’s 30th year of polo sponsorship. As the longest standing polo sponsor in history, “The King of Jewellers”, is proud to celebrate and honour its longstanding relationship with polo, the “King of Sports”. We would like to take the opportunity to look back and celebrate the wonderful years that Cartier has been privileged to support polo worldwide.
Cartier first sponsored the International Day in 1984 and since then, the Cartier International Day became the largest and most prestigious polo spectator event in the world, attracting over 25,000 people in Windsor Great Park at Guards Polo Club.
It was for 27 years that Cartier sponsored the International Polo day at Guards Polo Club before deciding to sponsor the Queen’s Cup, one of the world’s leading polo tournaments. With the best polo players in the world participating, it is a highlight for the sport’s elite and spectators alike. Past players have included HRH Prince Philip, who played in the final and HRH Prince Charles who won the trophy. HM The Queen first presented her cup to Guards Polo Club in 1960 and historically attends Finals Day.
Thirty years later, Cartier continues to hold its signature of tradition and passion the world over. Events such as the St. Moritz Polo, the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge, The Cartier World Elephant Polo championship and the first polo event in Beijing have all contributed towards the embodiment of what polo and Cartier have achieved together. Cartier polo events are always a much anticipated event in the British social calendar and while the sport of polo has embedded itself in British culture, it has never ceased to expand to other parts of the world.
From Cartier’s first ever sponsorship with the International Day at Guards, to the Cartier Queen’s Cup polo, guests have included royalty, celebrities, the respected polo community and many more. Cartier polo events have seen some of the world’s most famous faces such as the Royal Family, Angelina Jolie, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Sharon Stone and Emma Watson to name a few.
Cartier and polo’s long standing rapport has resulted in something truly iconic and it is a relationship that Cartier is honoured to uphold for years to come.



Amanda Seyfried Attends clé de peau BEAUTÉ Global Press Event in Tokyo!


Amanda Seyfried attends cle de peau BEAUTE global press event in Tokyo

June 3, 2014

American actress Amanda Seyfried (clé de peau BEAUTÉ Muse) attended the clé de peau BEAUTÉ global press announcement event held in Tokyo on June 2th.

Special On-Stage Interview with Amanda Seyfried

-What is your impression of Japan and Tokyo, after coming back here again?

“I love Japanese culture. It is so refined and beautiful. Japanese women have such beautiful skin. The women in Tokyo, in particular, are so fashionable, They give me a lot of useful hints and ideas. It's a shame I can't stay here longer this time, but I always wish I had more opportunities to learn about all the wonderful aspects of Japan, and about its traditions. For place, of course I like Tokyo. Recently, I have been interested in Kyoto. I have a particular respect for its beautiful streets, history and culture. I also love Japanese food.”

-What do you think is the key point of your makeup today?

“I had my look made up with clé de peau BEAUTÉ’s eyeshadow for autumn/winter this year, and the new foundation. I think it helped me enhance the charm of mature woman. I love it.”

-What is the secret to keeping your beauty?

“I always stay very physically active, I drink a lot of water, and, more than anything, I use clé de peau BEAUTÉ every day! I think that being happy and fulfilled is the most vital thing to bringing out women's beauty. For me, what is most important is the time I spend with my family and my dog, Finn. That, and always taking on new challenges.”

clé de peau BEAUTÉ announces new products

“clé de peau BEAUTÉ has consistently offered “new, unprecedented forms of beauty” to beauty-conscious customers worldwide. The latest offerings from clé de peau BEAUTÉ  will be: (1) color makeup that features a mysterious “beauty of a gaze,” more specifically a “drama of the eyes”, which is completed by taking on the infinite brilliance of the heavens; and (2) base makeup created from a new concept of “staging the skin”, in other words “putting the skin in the lead role.” Today we would like to introduce to you the appeal of Synactif, which brings to life a “vibrant beauty which is only possible through skin purification and outstanding science,” said Keiichi Fujii, General Manager of clé de peau BEAUTÉ.



LE STYLE magazine edition 10 - LUXURY

A photographic perforated luxury publication, Paris to Monaco themed.

Available online, iTunes & Google Play and in print. Distributed at L'heure du Thé Melbourne event.

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