Hello Mrs. Robinson

John Galliano’s show at Dior yesterday afternoon was a swinging sixties trip to the Valley of the Dolls! Big-haired super-groomed Barbies walked the catwalk, oozing with high-octane glamour! Colours were bright magentas, turquoises, lemons, and limes; prints were psychedelic; and the exotic skins were totally drool-worthy! 

Dior 1

Dior 2

Dior 3

Dior 4

Dior 5

Dior 6

www.dior.com

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Welcome back for Fashion Week!

Last night Cacharel founder Jean Bousquet invited fashion press to a cocktail to view the upcoming collection under new artistic directors Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto of Eley Kishimoto fame. I can’t think of a better partnership and I love the quirky universe they’ve already created!

Cacharel 5

Cacharel 4

Cacharel 3

Cacharel 2

Cacharel 1

www.cacharel.com

PFW Sweet Peek

Notes from Ungaro

Esteban Cortazar might be the new kid at Emanuel Ungaro, he’s amazingly only 24 years old, and he definitely has some large shoes to fill, but he’s obviously taking the attention in stride. Boxes of Jadis et Gourmande chocolates were dispatched yesterday morning to fashion editors worldwide with a note attached “Pressure? What pressure!!…” A sweet peek to his first show at Paris Fashion Week for Ungaro on February 27th!

www.estebancortazar.com

Get cracking on Valentine’s!

The Fabulous Coco Girls

Mad Vicky’s Tea Gallery - Paris

The cat’s out the bag: American sisters and local Parisian expats Bianca and Sierra Casady (AKA CocoRosie) will be the hot-band-to-watch performing at Prada‘s New York fashion week party tomorrow night. It’s not a Prada first for the girls, who were also featured on the Spring 2006 runway soundtrack created by Frédéric Sanchez. Those of us in Paris shouldn’t feel left out however, on February 14th Bianca Casady will be celebrating the opening of her art-meets-fashion-meets-everything-else tea room called Mad Vicky’s Tea Gallery! Mariage Frères beware!

Mad Vicky’s Tea Gallery, 3 rue Nicolet, 75018 Paris, M° Château Rouge

www.madvickysteagallery.com

Mmm… donuts!

Donuts @ Coffee UnionCheesecake @ Coffee UnionBagels @ Coffee UnionSmoothies @ Coffee Union

This has not become a food blog, I promise! But I’m so excited about my find yesterday! Coffee Union is an independent coffee shop offering real American donuts!! There are currently 13 different flavours, but there will be 20 by the end of the month, and everything is available for delivery. Homer Simpson would be proud.

Coffee Union, 11 blvd des Filles du Calvaire, 75003 Paris, 01 42 77 51 99, M° Filles du Calvaire

www.coffeeunion.fr

Nothing says I love you like cupcakes

Sprinkles Cupcakes

If I’m in an indulgent mood there’s nothing that can bring so much pleasure, or equally cause as much anguish, as cupcakes! Visits to the Magnolia Bakery in New York, Sprinkles in Los Angeles, or the Hummingbird in London, are remembered and replayed with an almost orgasmic fervour: all of the flavours, all of the colours, and not to mention the sprinkles! On the other hand, hearing of a friends visit to said cities and the knowledge that they may soon be gobbling their baker’s dozen at Bleeker and 11th is enough to bring one to the depths of despair!

Reading Mots de Mode’s blog yesterday about her visit to the Hummingbird Bakery (and I remember Géraldine from Café Mode blogged and visited too) made me decide to take action – it’s time the Parisian cupcake drought came to an end! In fact that is my project this weekend, and yours, if you’d like to participate too!

A super delicious cupcake recipe below! Let’s bake!

The Magnolia Bakery’s Vanilla Cupcakes: 

Cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Icing:
Vanilla Buttercream, recipe follows –
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (1/2 cup-12 capacity) muffin tins with cupcake papers. In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not over beat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.Cool the cupcakes in tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing.Vanilla Buttercream:
The vanilla buttercream used at the Magnolia Bakery is technically not a buttercream but actually an old-fashioned confectioners’ sugar and butter frosting. Be sure to beat the icing for the amount of time called for in the recipe to achieve the desired creamy texture.
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. (Use and store the icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.) Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.Yields: enough for 2 dozen cupcakes or 1 (9-inch) layer cake

Your inspiration:

www.magnoliacupcakes.com

www.sprinklescupcakes.com www.hummingbirdbakery.com

Your couture week bible!

Editions Falbalas

Every couture week I come to realise just how much I have still to learn about fashion and clothes! I used to blank when someone mentioned a term like dolman sleeve (was that the shorter elongated sleeve or a puffy cuffed sleeve?! Panic!) but recently I got a hold of former Yves Saint Laurent staffer Sophie George’s new fantastic book Le Vêtement de A à Z, a complete guide to sartorial terminology and I love it! Entirely bilingual in English and French (very useful) – it comes from her new publishing house Editions Falbalas – the first house to be exclusively devoted to fashion!  

En librairie now or at www.amazon.fr

All you need is LV

The champagne was flowing at last night’s Louis Vuitton launch for Blason – the new line of fine jewellery designed by Marc Jacobs gal-pal Camille Miceli and rapper/producer Pharrell Williams. A wild start to Couture week!

Camile Miceli and Pharell Williams launch Blason!

Camille Miceli and Pharrell Williams launch Blason

Pharrell Williams and Ludivine Sagnier

Pharrell Williams and Ludivine Sagnier

Sophia Coppola, Yves Carcelle, and Virginie Ledoyen

Sophia Coppola, LV President Yves Carcelle, and Virginie Ledoyen

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson

Elodie Bouchez and Romain Duris

Elodie Bouchez and Romain Duris

Blason Party

www.louis-vuitton.com

For Sale on Girl and the City!

Prada sandals à vendreMiuMiu sandals à vendre

A Friday sale on Girl and the City to get in the spirit of things! A very fashionable friend who works at a major fashion house is selling a selection of shoes and other items. To view a complete list please send an email to me at girlandthecity@hotmail.com and I will forward you the images which have prices and sizes listed. Bon weekend and happy shopping! xox

You send me!

Franck Sorbier stamp for La Poste

Ok so maybe I’m not officially back from sale shopping! However one I thing I will pick up before the end of the day are this year’s edition of stamps from couture houses like Franck Sorbier (above), Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Chanel and Givenchy (I feel very guilty – I still have to send Christmas and New Years cards! Eek!).

www.laposte.net

Gone Shopping…

SALES!

… back tomorrow! xox Girl and the City

www.soldesbyparistouch.com

Advance notice!

Christian Louboutin & Oprah Winfrey

Getting your fashion-obsessed friends in New York (and/or the rest of America) to record an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show isn’t a usual “must-do”, but with a special episode featuring shoe-designer Christian Louboutin to be aired on January 18th, you will want to start lining up those friends and their DVD players. Or if you’re super organised you can slingbox it. Either way, notice has been given: Oprah! Christian Louboutin! A mini-film of Christian in Paris! January 18th! Ooh la la!

www.slingmedia.com

www.christianlouboutin.fr

www.oprah.com

Welcome back for 2008!

Camile Miceli & Pharrell Williams

Welcome back in 2008! First of all I’m convinced this year is going to be amazing – remember how lucky 8 is in Chinese? Yesterday I was chatting with a friend about how sad it was that January was going to be so slow and then of course I remembered – duh! that both Men’s Fashion Week and Haute Couture will soon be upon us! One of the most hotly anticipated events coming is going to be the launch of the new Blason line of fine jewellery at Louis Vuitton! Designed by Camile Miceli and rapper Pharrell Williams, this event, which is being held at a private mansion on the avenue Foch on January 21st, is sure to bring a super bling-bling beginning to 2008!

www.louis-vuitton.com

Cashmere jumpers and other musings…

Uniqlo in France

A recent post from Style Bubble made me laugh! First of all her waiver that a **GIANT DOSE OF BORING IS ABOUT TO BE FED TO YOU** and then her soliloquy to her days at Uni wearing Ferragamo “Vara” flats and Uniqlo cashmere jumpers. I was sent off on a trance about how much I adore preppy-ness, especially à la “Love Story” (which is quite possibly my favourite film wardrobe of all time), and then to thoughts on cheap cashmere jumpers from Uniqlo.

I went on the UK website for Uniqlo to look at the prices and £29.99 for a v-neck jumper seemed totally obscene! I immediately tried to buy a whole lot! But at the billing section, I realised they wouldn’t take a foreign credit card. A good thing to tell the truth, as I was a bit dubious about buying cashmere without actually feeling the quality.

Then yesterday, a friend very casually mentioned to me that he was interested to go to La Défense on Friday, as the first Uniqlo shop in France will be opening at the Commercial Centre “Les 4 Temps”!! How bizarre is that? I suppose now I have no excuse, and must certainly make the trek with him to see whether I should officially make a fuss or not!

Uniqlo France, Centre Commercial Les 4 Temps, Niveau 1, Zone Cassis, 15 Parvis de la Défense, 92092 Paris La Défense, M° Grande Arche de La Défense

www.uniqlo.co.uk

www.les4temps.com

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