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Modern bohemian

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Classic and contemporary, carefully tailored yet comfortable to wear, it’s Monamici, a Swedish brand created in 2005 by Helene Edsta and Karolin af Jochnick. Most of the clothes are made with organic fabrics; the company respects the environment and working ethics. A true, sincere mission for the two founding sisters. Monamici Autumn/Winter 2010 collection has a bohemian look with a modern feeling. Liberty patterns are mixed with classic stripes and checked patterns. The collection includes soft colours such as dusty pink, light blue, olive green but also typical autumn colours as burgundy, brown and dark blue. The fabrics include teddy plush and hemp, a great ecological and soft combination.

Monamici is available at Tiphaine, a new very cute store in Paris. Thiphaine, 24 rue Saint-Louis-en-l’ile 75004 Paris (near Notre dame). And also Sweet William, 112 North 6th street, Brooklyn.



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Earthy tones, gold and a hint of red






Bye bye bright summer colors, the mood is changing for autumnal shades. At least here in London; no Indian Summer.

Flower jacket Hoss, Dress flower dress Fable and Lore, Gold jacket Essentiel Girl, golden dress mor mor rita, shoes Pepe.



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Main trend at Maison & Objet





With its 8 halls, 101,000 square meter and 2860 exhibitors, the trade show Maison & Objet can be very overwhelming. Depending on how long you stay and how far you go in the alleys of ashtrays, cast iron coat racks and useless objects, you either become dizzy, sick or enchanted. Best, if you have a sudden overdose of small scale useless consumer goods, is to go visit the trends section. That will take you back to the big picture, to the essential, to the future.

I was impressed by “Archaic Shelters”, an exhibit by trends specialist Elisabeth Leriche. “The main trends for this autumn can be seen as a reaction to a world which is out of favour and often thought to be over-aggressive. Faced with this real or virtual danger, our ancestral reflexes re-emerge. Far from the ultramodern cocoons offered in recent years, over-representative of their period, there is a regression towards a natural and reassuring habitat. Wood and stone, animal skins and clay – nature is once again a real inspiration for designers. Out of a need to reconnect with origins we have ignored for too long, the neo-primitive is emerging and establishing itself as the major trend of this new decade.” A room inside the exhibit (a bit too dark to be photographed properly) was indeed like a luxury version of a cave from the stone-age era. In line with the rough luxe and glamping concepts. I can’t wait to see new troglodyte hotels flourish, Flinstone way. Kids will love it!






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Shanghai wheels




It arrived from China, in a carton box, two months after I packed it at a Shanghai post office. I found this little tricycle at the Dongtai Lu flee market and sent it in a container, slow way, cheap price. It’s rare to find real vintage at Dongtai nowadays. It is more a jungle of fake antics and a true tourist’s trap, but there are still a few stalls selling original items from the past. Thanks to my nephew Lucas (“china wine)” who was able to negotiate in Chinese, I paid only a tenth of what the seller was asking. Always good to be with a chinese speaking friend when it comes to getting good prices at the market. I loved that tricycle so much, I could have emptied my wallet for it.

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Merci Merci!






Merci to Parisian store Merci for the cocktail party they gave last night on the occasion of Maison & Objet. I hear quite often that Paris has become a boring city, but every time I go I guess it’s when there are shows, events or trade shows and the city is lively and packed with fun things to do/ great people to watch. Yesterday it was the case again, with crowds going from one art gallery opening to another in Le Marais, and from Merci to Bensimon Gallery a few street further, for drinks and finger food. Paris is not dead.

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It’s been called “one of the coolest places to shop in the UK” by Elle Decoration, “a hard edge wonderland” by the NY Times. The products from Atelier Abigail Ahern (located in Islington, London), are also available online. Latest addition to a long list of eclectic products  (furniture, accessories, textile, wallpaper, mirrors, etc) is a fun lightning collection. Dogs and pelicans covered with rococo lampshades, that’s the confirmation that Abigail Ahern knows how to mix things that you wouldn’t normally see together. For the pleasure of children who always like the odd and the surrealist side of things.


Atelier Abigail Ahern is showing at Maison & Objet.

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Poppy duo





Perfect poppy red duo to go to school in Bensimon head to toe next spring! This is just a preview of S/S 011 collection, more to come closer to the release date.


For professionals : Bensimon is showing at Maison & Objet – Hall 7, stands L160-L166

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Mae, 8 years old – New York, USA


Mae is a very independent and centered girl, with a strong sense of self. She is a wonderful sister to her rambunctious younger brother Marius. The mother, Sophie Demenge, also co-founder and designer of Oeuf adds : “Mae enjoys the company of others (kids and adults alike) but is equally happy to play (or work as she says) by herself for hours on end.

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Decor for fun


Elle Decoration, September 2010 – Photo Nicolas Tosi


Marie-Claire Maison, Septembre 2010 – Photo Mark Eden Schooley


Two fun ways of displaying robots and designer toys. Accumulation, very Warhol way. The first shelf is very cleverly done, with simple wooden boards on Kartell and Xo stools (all by Philippe Starck). A smile in the house


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Oeuf at LFG





Oeuf is an American brand created by Sophie Demenge and famous for its clean, beautifully made cribs and bedroom furniture. About 3 years ago, the brand launched their knit collection, “Oeuf Clothier”, successfully sold across the US. Good news : the brand is finally available in Europe. We love the comfy jumpers, pants, cardigans made in Bolivia, with their clean look and subtle colors. The toys and decor items are a wonderful addition to the clothes. Don’t miss the Robe tunique Ivy and the Forest coat. And of course the Sparrow cot, all available at Little Fashion Gallery.


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Feathers and colors



Crown of feathers by Lale.

Courtesy of L’Officiel (Supplement enfant, septembre 2010). Photo Luciano Pergreffi.



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StyleSight Interview



Thanks to Khalym Shell for this interview on StyleSight. About trade shows, beloved brands, retail, photography and more. Read the interviewhere.

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