31 October 2012

Day 5 PFW SS13

Photos by Pete Navey

Shoes Alaia, Dress (sample) Patricia Chang, Shirt Tibi (gifted), Bag vintage, Hairband Marie Mercie and Sunglasses Ottica Mantovani.

Chanel day is one of the most exciting days of Paris Fashion Week. 
It is an institution that it is my absolute joy to have witnessed.
There is nothing like the scale and magnitude of the Chanel show at Grande Palais.
This means that there is even more freedom to wear the most exciting and elaborate clothes.  I love to play dress up (obviously!) but there aren't very many occasions where you really get to during the day. So I always make sure to have extra fun making an effort for Chanel.
This season I wore this stunning Patricia Chang dress. You may remember that I wore some of her pieces last season, in London and Paris
I love her work it is beyond amazing in terms of both cut and detailing. 
Embellishments are one of the loves of my life and she really does them like the best. Definitely make a trip over to her site and look through the collection its wonderful. I can't wait to see her on Net-a-Porter!

29 October 2012

Mango Tartin

Photos by Me

This delicious tart is a wonderful pudding or a great teatime treat.
Its easy to make and most people will have all but the mango and puff pastry at home already.
I love to have it with some cream or yoghurt.

Spiced Mango Tartin

  • 1kg Ripe Mangoes
  • 1 heaped tsp Chinese Five Spice 
  • 1 tbsp Icing sugar
  • 3 tsp Cornflour
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 100g salted butter
  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 50g white sugar
  • 300g puff pastry
  1. Preheat oven t180oC.
  2. Line a cake tin with baking paper, make sure it is large enough to catch all the caramel fruit juices. 
  3. Slice the mango on the stone and then peal it to get undamaged slices that will look pretty on the top of your tart.  Keep them about 2cm thick.
  4. Put the mango slices in a bowl  and mix in the five spice, icing sugar and cornflower, then toss them in the lime juice and zest.
  5. Roll out the pastry into a circle to just over lap your tin by about 2cm with a thickness of about 4-5 cm. 
  6. Place butter and sugars in a small frying pan over a medium heat, allow to bubble and cook gently for about 7-8mins. The mixture should darken slightly, curdle and then re-amalgammate into thick ropes. (If it stays curdled don't worry to much this is fixable.)
  7. Pour the sugar mixture into the cake tin on top of the paper and then carefully arrange the mango in a decorative pattern that covers the whole of the base. (Although it looks just as good a bit rustic if your slices are more wedge-like.) Make sure to scrape any remaining juices from the mango bowl into the cake tin.
  8. Then place the pastry over the mango and sugar and tuck the pastry edges in to prevent any caramel juice escaping. 
  9. Bake for 25-30 mins or until the pastry is well risen and browned. 
  10. Allow to cool in the cake tin for 20 mins before removing it and turning it upside down. 
p.s. You can make your own Chinese Five Spice by grinding these ingredients together...
2-3 Star Anise
1 tsp Szechwan Peppercorns
5cm Cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp Fennel
1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
2 Cloves

26 October 2012

Day 4 PFW SS13 Part II.

Photos by Pete Navey

Shoes Valentino, Skirt Miu Miu, Shirt Thomas Pink, Fur Gilet Chinese Arts and Crafts Center HK, Necklaces DIY and vintage, Bag Chanel and Sunglasses Ottica Mantovani.
  1. Being photographed in the Tuileries
  2. Candice Lake taking my photo
  3. Candice and Me
  4. The Maison Michel Preview! Love!
  5. Me in a Maison Michel with ears (the best kind).
  6. Some more metal Maison Michel

24 October 2012

Day 4 PFW SS13 Part I.

Photos by Pete Navey

Shoes Miu Miu, Skirt vintage Levis, Jacket and Top Phillip Lim, Bag Chanel and Sunglasses Paul Smith.

  1. I love the combination of sparkle and denim. I think I just love both things separately so it only seems natural to put them together!
  2. Some glittery uptown Miu Miu's.
  3. My silver Chanel
  4. Being photographed in St Germain.
  5. One of the many amazing little scenes at the Roger Vivier preview.  I love a grown up my little pony.
  6. Surrealist moss furniture was one of the themes at the preview.
  7. From the Roger Vivier preview.
  8. As above.
  9. I love the colour of this lime green Roger Vivier bag.
  10. A princess chair, as envisaged by Roger Vivier. 
  11. More of the Roger Vivier collection
  12. As above
  13. The perfect pink slipper by Roger Vivier
  14. I wish my room was filled with Roger Vivier boxes!
  15. Mirror mirror on my bag...
  16. Sea life at the presentation
  17. More Roger Vivier moss

22 October 2012

Day 3 PFW SS13 Part II.

Photos by Pete Navey

Shoes Manolo Blahnik, Dress (sample) Isolda London, Bag Hermes, Sunglasses Ottica Mantovani and Jacket Hanali from Eriin (gifted).

I haven't worn Isolda since last season, with the brand being such huge success over the last year, the designer Ale has moved to New York and I no longer get to see them as much as before. I wish I could still be as hands on as I was before, but the sea stretches between us and I do what I can for them at arms length. 
You may remember the two outfits I wore from them last season, HERE and HERE!
Each season the collections get stronger and stronger and I'm so happy for them for getting so far. 
I hope you all love this dress as much I do. 

19 October 2012

Day 3 PFW SS13 Part I.

Photos by Pete Navey

Shoes Manolo Blahnik, Dress Isolda London, Bag Hermes, Sunglasses Ottica Mantovani and Jacket Hanali from Eriin.
  1. Seated front row at Costume National next to Rumi and Bryan Boy.
  2. One of my favourite looks from the Costume National Show. 
  3. Cara Delevingne walking at Costume National.
  4. Painted sunglasses at Costume National.
  5. The final walk at Costume National.
  6. Being photographed after the show.
  7. As above.
  8. My outfit, I was so happy to be back in Isolda!
  9. The ever cool Guerre.
  10. Being photographed after the show.
  11. As above.
  12. As above.
  13. As above.