Monday, September 12, 2011

London in Paris: So London Exhibition at Le Bon Marche

I used to live in London, and because it remains a city very close to my heart, I had to visit the highly advertised So London exhibition at Le Bon Marche.  Le Bon Marche is THE tres chic department store on the Left Bank and an internationally known destination for those who love to shop.  I'll never forget the day about four years ago when I stood next to Catherine Deneuve in the Louis Vuitton boutique at Le Bon Marche -- she looked fabulously elegant and wore her hair in a French chignon.  Gasp.

As for the So London exhibit, I was expecting a much bigger extravaganza, but nonetheless enjoyed all the 'bits and pieces' a la Londres and a few fabulous finds in between.  Note the mentions beneath my photos of things I'd love to rock and also features of my two favorite designers in Paris, Irie Wash and Philippe Ferrandis.  Please subscribe, share, and comment!

Huge murals on the Ground Floor

Iconic totes by Vanessa Bruno...canvas and sequins in every color combination

Gerard Darel -- Boho Chic 

Fabulous combo:  Metallic snakeskin and Swarovski!

Stella McCartney in her finest hour

Lanvin, a la mode

This sparkly pocket was on a huge cashmere wrap....only 900 euros

More crystals and cashmere

I can't pass up a tour of the scarf, hat and fur department...temptations at every turn

The perfume and cosmetics hall with a backdrop of the divine criss-cross elevators

Creme de la Mer Aquarium

View from the escalator on my way up to the So London Exhibit

Had to snap this happy leopard duo

I can't resist a Liberty print in any way, shape or form!  Loved these offerings!

English Bowler Hats as lamp shades...even in the dressing rooms!  

Of course Anya Hindmarch was featured....

and these are Mulberry bags I'd love to own.

Fortnum & Mason Sweets

For the Monarchists amoungst us

Love this huge martini glass

Tour elegant rendition in the Stationery Hall

Candles I'd never put a match to....

Modern seating for your Paris apartment

The famous Mariage Freres teas......

Opposite the english tea strainers in the Housewares/Cooking Hall

Isabel Marant to-die-for heels

Irie Wash!  Stay tuned for an upcoming visit with the designer at his Left Bank boutique.
I love Mr. Irie's timeless clothing...everything is beautifully tailored 
and I especially adore his dresses and trench coats.  

Just a block away from Le Bon Marche on rue Babylone is one of Philippe Ferrandis' boutiques.  I adore his designs and am lucky to own several of his pieces.  He recently invited me to his atelier and I'll be featuring a posting about Philippe and his jewelry soon!  See above and below photos.

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