Natural Act

The Tuileries; an iconic green space where Parisians celebrate, meet, stroll and relax.  Situated in between the most idyllic French landmarks, the Louvre to the left and Place de la Concorde to the right, what more with regards to location could you ask for in an Oracle Fox Journal Submission. When you live on the complete

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Embroidered

Embroidery and intricate details (basques, folds…) entirely sum up this Parisian chic blouse by Balzac Paris. An ode to all such lightweight, romantic, and subtle assets. Balzac Paris Blouse – Jonak Square Boots

Mix and Match

Various qualitative layouts for a well-balanced mix and match. Striped Linen Blouse composed of its ballon cuffs and adjustable tie. Associating it with ripped jeans, fringed wool plaid scarf, and leather chelsea boots will create a delicious textural …

So Frenchy So Chic: Part 3

Bonjour and welcome to Paris, one of my favourite homes away from home.  After several years of visiting Paris for Fashion Week you would think that by now that I’d almost be part French .. no?  But alas mes amours.. ce n’est pas ainsi …(sigh) it is not so. The most Frenchy So Chic that

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Valentino Spring 2019

  “I was thinking of paradises, about artists’ colonies of the past,” said designer Pierpaolo Piccioli at the Spring 2019 Ready to Wear show this season in Paris. Pierpaolo began to elaborate on the collection with cues to escapism, highlighting that he doesn’t believe in the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, but

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Hermes Spring 2019

A monolithic runway length mirror sat adjacent to the freshly-combed sandy catwalk as models serenely glided onto the stage for this season’s Hermes Spring 2019 show.  Every now and then wafts of powdery white clouds floated across the scene in an engineered masterpiece to resemble that of fluffy white clouds, it was something that only

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A Worthy Investment

Throughout out lives our parents have always shared advice and passed on their favourite pearls of wisdom. You know the drill; If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all, use your manners, eat your vegetables. But something that has always stuck with me is advice my dad gave me many

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48h. Paris 2018

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Hôtel de JoBo

Hôtel de JoBo // 10 Rue d’Ormesson, Paris // website
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Studio KO’s Moroccan Villa Overlooks The Snowy Atlas Mountains

Situated just a half-hour drive from Marrakech outside a small town called Tagadert is ‘Villa K’, a five-bedroom retreat designed by French firm Studio KO that sits softly on the land.
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Balenciaga Flagship Store By Gonzalez Haase AAS

Balenciaga’s flagship boutique on the upscale Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, France, has been given a sharp, industrial redesign by Berlin-based architects Gonzalez Haase AAS.
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Perfume as an Art

Introduce sustainable luxury. This was the mission of Kilian Hennessy, creator of the perfumery By Kilian, “Perfume as an Art.” Refillable bottles, reusable boxes, and fragrances which embody ultimate sophistication and timeless luxury. Straight to Hea…

Amanda Levete and Junya Ishigami among shortlist for Eiffel Tower overhaul

Four teams including architects Amanda Levete, Carlo Ratti and Junya Ishigami are vying to improve facilities at the Eiffel Tower, in time for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The teams including architects, landscape designers and urban planners have been selected to draw up ideas that would improve facilities for the six million tourists that

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Paris stadium to be covered with greenery in bid to become Olympic venue

SCAU is set to cover the Clamart stadium in Paris with verdant foliage, as part of a renovation that will be completed in time for the Olympic Games in 2024. The French architecture practice has won the competition to overhaul the stadium in Clamart, which backs onto the Meudon Forest in the Parisian suburbs, in a bid to

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The Summer Of George

In the lightning speed world of fast fashion,  I’ve become increasingly obsessed with a desire to search out the relatively unknown .. and I’m not just talking about latest section on Topshop here friends.  Don’t get me wrong a girl still needs her shot of Gucci-mania goodness but sometimes it’s nice to sniff out the

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“Vertical village” by Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel to be built in Paris

Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel have won the competition to build a new mixed-use development in Paris with their design called Vertical Village. Japanese architect, Fujimoto collaborated with the two French architects to design the complex that will be built almost entirely from wood and will stand as a “new gateway” to the suburb of Rosny-sous-Bois.

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So Frenchy So Chic: Part 2

Eat, Sleep, work repeat, eat, sleep work repeat… Welcome to Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2018. For those not on the ground PFW looks like a magical fairy tale broken up with long lunches at insta-worthy restaurants and the kind of fashion shows that one would swap a kidney to attend. Well let me clarify,

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Floating On A Cloud

The 1st of October 2017 for me was not just any old birthday, it was also the day that I was honoured with the privilege of attending my first Céline show inside of the cloud like bubble installed at the Tennis Club of Paris. Late 70’s and early 80’s references featured strongly throughout the show, hitting […]

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Eight buildings proposed for BIG’s EuropaCity development near Paris

Here’s a look at eight of the buildings that will make up the BIG-masterplanned EuropaCity district, set to be built on the outskirts of Paris. UNStudio, Atelier COS and Hérault Arnod Architectes are among the European firms that have been selected to design buildings for the sprawling new leisure district, which is planned for an 80-hectare site near Charles de

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Paris garden skyscraper by SOM will be “one of the most sustainable buildings in Europe”

Skidmore Owings and Merrill has proposed a 180-metre skyscraper in Paris that is designed to be zero-energy, and accessible via a garden bridge leading from the River Seine. The international architecture firm is part of the team that launched a masterplan for the Charenton-Bercy project at property event MIPIM in Cannes this week. Led by urban

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Parasitic extensions to Paris apartment building could reduce energy consumption

Our latest Dezeen x MINI Living video features a proposal by Malka Architecture to improve the energy efficiency of a Parisian apartment building, by attaching boxy, parasitic extensions to its exterior. Titled Plug-in City 75, the proposal would see parasitic cubes mounted onto the facade of a building in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, extending the floor plates

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Sunday Sanctuary: Crisp

  Herringbone floorboards, ornate wall mouldings and the type of Parisian apartment that we at Oracle Fox dream of, is all right here in one sweet little package my friends. A poetic union of 19th century details and an urban aesthetic of minimalist functionality, this space is homed to Paris-based, Peruvian architect Diego Delgado-Elias. The apartments combination […]

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UNStudio plans new cultural centre with rooftop cinemas for Paris

UNStudio has won a competition to design a new cinema and cultural centre with weathering steel walls and green roofs as part of BIG’s EruopaCity masterplan on the outskirts of Paris. The three intertwined volumes of weathering steel comprising the Centre Culturel Dédié Au 7è Art will house a cinema and “cultural laboratory” featuring both indoor and outdoor screens. EuropaCity

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Ellery Fall 2018 Ready To Wear

 
 
Ellery’s first haute couture show…
Thoughts? Voluminous proportions and cutout shapes were familiar territory, a territory which is much loved btw.
The collection, was inspired by the notion of collecting and the curation of …

The Patriot

If you’re not the girl who lives in Paris, you’re most likely me … yep that’s right that girl who imagines that she lives there. On the weekends I order croissants, when I leave my makeup on at night I like to reason that it’s ok because it’s so very French no? And I can […]

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Boxy

                          Despite the fact that I live in one of the warmest parts of the world I seem to have acquired a coat collection that could clothe a small village. You see the coat, although no doubt a practical essential for most, semaphores the […]

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Star Gazing

Of the many highlights from our trip to Paris earlier in the year for the 2017 Fall Winter shows, being in the bleachers for the Chanel show is something I won’t ever forget. As we sat in The Grande Palais in the presence of the ‘Gabrielle Chanel Agence Spatiale’ rocket, we knew we were about to witness […]

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Camille

My mum has always said to me ‘there’s no such thing as being overdressed’. But for the most part, I find a uniform of denim and t-shirts to be the perfect all event outfit. However as we know, mums know best… So when the beautiful team at Valentino make your dreams come true and kindly dress a […]

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Post Office Architectes adds vaulted roof extension to Paris apartment for a photographer

Post Office Architectes has added a timber-lined barrel vaulted roof extension to an apartment in Paris, giving its owner an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower. The apartment building is located at the intersection of four Paris districts and was originally built in the 19th century as a two-storey department store. A third floor was added in

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Île Saint-Louis

When a friend of mine recently asked what time of year is best for a holiday in Paris, she may have thought it was curious that my advice was to travel in Winter when it’s cold and rain is never too far away. I can’t quite put my finger on it exactly, but I’ve always […]

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Sunday Sanctuary: History Repeating

You guys, this is how it’s done. This lust-worthy Le Marais apartment is taking us to interior design class and I’m a very willing student. If only we could all get our hands on a Le Corbusier Chaise Lounge or a Jean Prouve Daybed. While we’re at it, some digs in Paris would be mighty fine too. Sunday dreaming […]

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First photos emerge of tiered tower built by Renzo Piano to house Paris law courts

Work has completed on Tribunal de Paris – a tiered skyscraper, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano to become the largest law complex in Europe. Comprising a series of stacked glass volumes, the building will bring together the various activities of the French capital’s judiciary system, which had previously been scattered about the city. It is not set to open

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Solace

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, we all love a good power duo right? Well it may not be hip hop but it’s just as good baby, one of my latest obsessions is dream team Laura Taylor and Ryan Holliday-Stevens the design team behind Solace London. With […]

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Sunday Sanctuary: Code Red

One of the biggest trend’s for 2017 was red. Red shoes, red bags, even a red leather skirt, to name a favourite. From the runway, Balenciaga red puffer jacket to the street with Dorateymur Red Patent boots we couldn’t help but embrace it. And embrace it we did, bringing it right into the sanctuary. Above we have […]

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48h. Paris

08:00 – Waking up at C.O.Q. C.O.Q. Hotel, 15 Rue Edouard Manet, website 10:00 – Coffee break at Ten Belles. Ten Belles, 10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles 12:00 – Chocolate… Read More

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So Frenchy So Chic

Honey I’m home… and the reality of what was Paris Fashion Week SS 2018 is slowly fading, although thankfully some memories will last forever.  Take for instance that moment when I walked into the Céline show on my birthday into what looked like a giant marshmallow, how did Phoebe Philo know that marshmallows are my favourite […]

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The Peninsula Paris

When you’re half way around the world, have just stepped off a 24 hour flight and a broken luggage carousel holds your suitcases hostage upon arrival… There’s no better feeling than finally arriving at your accommodation and knowing that your home for the next little while happens to be one of the most beautiful hotels in […]

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Shigeru Ban’s La Seine Musicale incorporates a wall of moving solar panels

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban has completed a music complex near Paris, featuring an egg-shaped auditorium and a wall of solar panels that move to follow the path of the sun. The Japanese architect’s Paris-based office won an international competition held in 2013 to design La Seine Musicale – a musical facility comprising a large

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C.O.Q. Hotel

C.O.Q. Hotel, abbreviation of Community of Quality, is a modern 50-room boutique hotel in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. The hotel’s name reflects their idea of hospitality. Quality is in… Read More

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week end à Paris

There is always a good reason for a weekend in Paris. This is the second year we went in August, which is such a good timing. The weather is amazing,… Read More

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Tour Montparnasse set to receive “green makeover” by Nouvelle AOM

French studio Nouvelle AOM has been selected to overhaul the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper, in time for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Nouvelle AOM is a team made up of the heads of three Paris-based firms: Franklin Azzi of Franklin Azzi Architecture, Fréderic Chartier and Pascale Dalix from Chartier Dalix, and Mathurin Hardel and Cyrille Le Bihan of Hardel + Le Bihan Architectes. The consortium

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Populous and Egis unveil masterplan for Paris 2024 Olympic Games

A beach volleyball court will be installed at the foot of the Eiffel Tower as part of the masterplan developed for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games by architects Populous and engineers Egis. Populous and Egis’ proposal will see 38 Olympic and Paralympic venues dispersed across the city, rather than corralled into a campus setting such as in previous

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“We have to build in gold, silver, titanium and copper” says Édouard François

Architects should specify expensive materials including stainless steel and titanium for their buildings to ensure they are recycled afterwards, according to French architect Édouard François. François, a pioneer of green architecture, said that cheap construction materials get thrown away but pricier components would be salvaged. “To introduce this idea of recyclability we have to build

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The Hoxton Paris

Sleep, eat, work and play at The Hoxton Paris. As you might have noticed, we walk in and out The Hoxton in Amsterdam on a regular basis. To have a… Read More

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Paris deputy mayor questions London’s approach to skyscrapers and public space

A project like London’s now-abandoned Garden Bridge would “never” happen in Paris, according to its deputy mayor, who has criticised the UK capital’s free-market approach to development. “We don’t accept to give the management of public space to the private sector,” said Jean-Louis Missika, who is responsible for architecture, urbanism and economic development in the

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Watch our Dezeen x MINI Living talk about the future of Paris live from Maison&Objet

Deputy mayor of Paris Jean-Louis Missika joins architects Edouard François, Chartier Dalix and Hamonic+Masson & Associés to discuss the future of the French capital in our latest Dezeen x MINI Living talk at Maison&Objet. Tune in here at 11am UK time to watch it live. The livestream has now ended, but you can still watch the talk in full above

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Deputy mayor of Paris joins Dezeen x MINI Living panel to discuss the future of the French capital

Deputy mayor of Paris Jean-Louis Missika will join architects Edouard François, Chartier Dalix and Hamonic+Masson & Associés to discuss the future development of the French capital in our latest Dezeen x MINI Living talk at Maison&Objet on Friday. Following the relaxation of its 42-year skyscraper ban – put in place after negative reaction to Tour

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OMA builds city-inspired engineering school for Ecole Centrale Paris

Rem Koolhaas’ firm looked at urban-design patterns when drawing up plans for this laboratory building at an engineering school on the outskirts of Paris. Called Lab City, the building was designed by OMA to provide a new facility for Ecole Centrale Paris, a French university that specialises in science and engineering. But the design team – led by

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Buvette

When in Paris, you got the eat croissants, baguette, crepes and croque monsieur. Might be stereo typical, it’s just a good excuse to order carbs like crazy. After visiting Montmartre… Read More

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Liberté

Liberté – Patisserie Boulangerie Bakery in Saint Martin which you will immediately recognize for its industrial look and the smell of their delicious pastries. A place to my heart. Concrete… Read More

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Jade Doskow’s Lost Utopias photo series documents past World’s Fairs sites

Photographer Jade Doskow has spent the last decade documenting crumbling and thriving World’s Fair sites across North America and Europe for her Lost Utopias series. Once a display of the time’s most pioneering ideas, these exposition sites now exist predominantly in a state of decline or dereliction. The dystopian-style series has seen Doskow travel to and photograph the remaining

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Paris’ most eye-catching buildings take centre stage in Sebastian Weiss’ latest photo series

The silvery skin of Jean Nouvel’s Philharmonie de Paris concert hall and the cauliflower-like balconies of the Choux de Créteil tower blocks by Gérard Grandval are among the details captured by photographer Sebastian Weiss on his last trip to Paris. The photos are the second instalment from Weiss’ ongoing Dramatis Personae series, which has previously seen the architectural photographer document landmark buildings in Portugal, Denmark and

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How to get around in Paris (and how not to)

How to get around in Paris (and how not to) In this editorial: ‘Bank’ Bag by X Nihilo; Silk V Neck Top by Conflict of Ego; Step Hem Jeans by Grlfrnd Denim; Velvet Pumps by Dolce & Gabanna (similar) According to the Theory of Relativity, the faster one travels through space, the faster one travels in time.Go figure. But when it comes to how to get around in Paris and its cockleshell-shaped arrondisments, speed is not the question here. Rather, it is how best to travel without missing a thing. For, in Paris, those tucked away restaurants only the locals know, backstreet vintage shops that don’t find their way into city guides, and the most photogenic views, are not marked by colour-coded signposts. 1 On Foot Where the sights, sounds and sensations of each street and corner seduces you away from the Google Maps route, 30 minutes on foot in Paris is 5 minutes in London or New York. Indeed, the most beautiful things to experience are the smallest and simplest that the senses need to take time to savour: the scent of fresh baguettes permeating every street, the uniqueness of each ancient cobble stone, and the changing light, streaming […]

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Sunday Sanctuary: Contemporary Cool

With beautiful and raw sandblasted oak, an abundance of lust-worthy art and contemporary furnishings, this apartment is ticking all of the right boxes. So, it comes as no surprise to learn the space is home to Parisian interior architect, Pierre Yovanovitch. Renowned for his contemporary interior spaces, Yovanovitch is particularly good at shaping spaces – no matter how […]

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Sunday Sanctuary: Complimentary

With a focus on complementary colours, (orange and green no less), an impressive art collection and unique textures, finishes and furnishing, there’s no doubt this week’s Sunday Sanctuary is one to inspire (and have you redecorating your entire house – hidden wall of art, anyone?). Steering away from the usual minimal interior theme, this space […]

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Arnaud Apartment By Batiik Studio

Completed in October 2016 by French firm Batiik Studio, the Arnaud Apartment is a tiny studio dwelling designed for a young bachelor. With a budget of 32,000 euros, the apartment is located in Saint-Denis, Paris, and is a renovation of a dilapidated flat with a tiny area of 32 square meters. Rebecca Benichou, the founder […]

Tadao Ando to convert Paris stock exchange into art gallery

Japanese architect Tadao Ando has revealed his plans to convert Paris’ Bourse de Commerce building into a museum that will host one of the world’s largest contemporary art collections. Ando was commissioned to create the gallery within the heritage-listed building by French businessman François Pinault, who will use the space to host his collection of contemporary artworks known

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Kengo Kuma reveals plant-covered Eco-Luxury Hotel for Paris

Plants will spill out between the overlapping wooden blocks that make up the facade of this hotel, which Kengo Kuma & Associates has unveiled for a site on the left bank of Paris’ river Seine. Kengo Kuma’s wanted the design of the Eco-Luxury Hotel to bring an abundance of greenery to the development in the Paris Rive Gauche neighbourhood. In addition to the heavy

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Colourful Paris basketball court updated with new hues

Ill-Studio and Pigalle have returned to a basketball court they previously overhauled with bold patterns, replacing primary colours with gradients of blue, pink, purple and orange. The Pigalle Duperré is sandwiched into a row of buildings in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. With support from sports brand Nike, creative directors Ill-Studio and fashion label Pigalle

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Sunday Sanctuary: Belle Chasse

  Herringbone floorboards, ornate wall mouldings and the type of Parisian apartment that we at Oracle Fox dream of, is all right here in one sweet little package my friends. A name known throughout the design and architecture communities, Joseph Dirand is the one behind this beautiful classic yet modern French apartment. Located in the […]

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Celine Pre Fall 2017

Celine Pre-Fall 2017 Celine’s newly establish digital Insta presence has got me egg-stremely excited and becoming a great source of inspiration for the Oracle Fox Journal. And what is just as exciting is the Celine Pre Fall 2017 lookbook. The somewhat tonal colour palette emphasises a new modern aesthetic, and in my opinion is what Mrs […]

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Sunday Sanctuary: La Villa Rose

Unashamedly entitled the ‘cactus lady‘ by those who know me best, a space like this hidden away in Paris is one of which, I previously assumed, only dreams were made of. Located on the 9th arrondissement, also known as the ‘Nouvelle Athenes’, lies the incredible La Villa Rose by Séverine Redon. Founder of Artdicted agency and co-founder of […]

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IM Pei’s Grande Louvre receives AIA 25-year award

The American Institute of Architects has honoured IM Pei’s renovation of the Musée du Louvre in Paris with an award during the organisation’s national convention, the same week that the Chinese-American architect is celebrating his 100th birthday. The project, which includes the steel and glass pyramids in the central courtyard of the former palace, received

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What to wear (when you have nothing to wear) with Net-a-Porter

What to wear (when you have nothing to wear) Wearing: Top, Pants & Earrings: Net-a-porter | Shoes: Valentino With ‘When’ being the operative word here, the situation of ‘nothing to wear’, at least for yours truly, has perhaps too high of an incident rate to warrant the parentheses. For those of us whose lives are perpetually running on ‘omw now!’ basis (and compounding), opening your wardrobe and finding an abundance of ready-to-go outfits is basically that dream you have just before waking up to a mind-grating alarm beep and a bad hair day. Yours truly being firmly within that demographic, I’ve spent years making dressing when having nothing to wear something of an art. So together with Net-a-Porter and their ‘I have nothing to wear’ campaign, I’m going to impart on you my little nuggets of wisdom, to help you know what to wear when you have nothing to wear. 1 Shop your wardrobe (and wear it wrong) In the way that desperation often gives rise to inspiration, unlock the full potential of your wardrobe by looking at the most ordinary of pieces and wear it wrong. A daggy old coat can be cinched with a belt to be transformed […]

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In Paris With Bally

Bonjour mes amours!   After weeks of everyone asking what mischief I was up to in Paris for Bally, I can finally share with you the fruits of our labour. Unlike any other project that I’d worked on before, I headed to Paris with my team to photograph my very own Easter Escape edit of what […]

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A Taste Of Paris

Note to self .. Paris in Spring is always a good idea.  The leafy asymmetric gardens of  Place des Vosges, eating fresh Baguette au Fromage on picnic blankets in the park, and the vintage book sellers along the banks of the Siene, makes Paris the kind of destination that will leave you pining from your office desk on a rainy […]

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Work Hard, Play Harder

Yesterday I rolled out the last of my Insta stories from Paris, a bon voyage to a whirlwind tour of hot cheesy patisseries, late night whiskey dens.. cue Bar Hemingway, and the mandatory fashion zeitgeist that is PFW. With a schedule that was jam and errr.. hot croissant packed full of meetings in quaint French bistro’s, […]

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Sunday Sanctuary: Atelier Brancusi

    Now I know this goes beyond realms of our traditional Sunday Sanctuary interior inspiration but considering that it is Paris Fashion Week we thought we should deliver something a little different. Now I’m sure some of you have seen this drool worthy studio floating around on your Tumblr or Pinterest and wondered the person behind […]

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Landed

Bonjour from Oracle Fox HQ for Paris Fashion Week, otherwise known as a beautiful apartment in the heart of The Marais… Think perfectly aged parquetry floors, antique furniture, vast windows which let in the kind of natural light that hides even the strongest signs of jet lag (thank goodness), while also giving us the most aesthetically […]

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Paris announces seven skyscrapers to boost post-Brexit business

“Tired of the Fog? Try the frogs!” goes the marketing campaign attempting to lure post-Brexit business to Paris’ La Défense district, where seven new skyscrapers are being built in anticipation of an influx of British workers. The family of skyscrapers – designed by architects including Jean Nouvel and Norman Foster – was announced by French presidential candidate Emmanuel

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