Style - September 2012
Antwerp's MoMu is hosting an autumn exhibition dedicated to designer Madame Grès. A sculptress by training, Grès became such an influential couturier she earned the moniker "the designer's designer". Grès used her sculpting background in her career: "For me, working with stone or fabrics is the same thing." Her designs were created by draping or pleating fabric directly on to the model, without artificial devices and Grès came to be known as the pioneer of seamless garments. Her classic style was beloved by celebrity customers such as Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich.
Grès worked with legendary photographers such as Guy Bourdin and this exhibition is a chance to see their work. Belgian artist Renato Nicolodi has created a backdrop for the exhibits, his classically inspired minimalism perfectly accompanying the madame's sculptural fashion.
Delvaux is renowned for its focus on timeless elegance and, as the oldest luxury goods company in the world (founded in 1829), there is a wealth of design inspiration in its archives. This September sees the re-imagining of a bag that was first launched in 1977, with the Le Maronnier reborn in 2012 as Le Madame. To celebrate the relaunch, Delvaux has teamed up with Belgian illustrator Valentine De Cort to create a gorgeous book of words and illustrations that capture the spirit of the glamorous new model.
The Eyes Have It
Windows to the soul, perhaps, the eyes also tell tales of late nights and overindulgence. Mimic a more virtuous lifestyle with these rescue products
* Elemis Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment, €50
Powerful plant actives combine with amino acids to create a treatment to minimise early morning mirror horrors. When you dab it on there is a noticeable, but gentle, tightening effect.
* Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Complex, €47
The skin around the eyes is 40% thinner than the rest of the face so needs a gentle touch. This serum softens fine lines, replacing crepiness with silkiness.
* Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, €35.50
Lightweight and oil-free, this product evens out skin tone and brightens. Caffeine and Green Tea calm irritation and the cooling applicator is wonderfully refreshing.
Sarah Pacini is opening a new store in New York's Greenwich Village this month. Those browsing the Winter 2012/13 collection will find it distinctly blue-blooded. The knitwear has been inspired by Queen Elizabeth I and if you are unfamiliar with the Tudor period, expect plenty of hoods and high collars with brocade and tapestry detailing. Deep tones and rich colours run throughout the collection.
350 Bleecker Street, sarahpacini.com
Veja is brightening up autumn with a capsule collection of multi-coloured sneakers - the result of a collaboration with fashion journalist and blogger Domino Lattès. Veja is a leading brand in ethical footwear, using vegetable-tanned leather, wild Amazonian rubber and organic cotton.
Available from www.asos.com, www.veja.fr and stores throughout Europe