Meanwhile, outside on the snowy streets of Paris . . .
Maria Grazia Chiuri and her design partner Pierpaolo Piccioli brought an emotional Valentino to his feet as their show closed the Spring 2013 couture season. Inspired by wrought-iron gates and secret labyrinths of formal gardens, the duo stuck true to the brand’s identity with show-stopping artisanal dresses adorned with hand painted organza, luxe embroidery, hand-rolled crepe piping, stamped wool, and intricate crystal beading. Dramatic and romantic perfection.
Giraffe Manor, a luxury boutique hotel located 12 miles outside of Nairobi, was set up by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife as a breeding and conservation center for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Can you think of anything better than waking up in Kenya to feed a herd of giraffes over your breakfast table?! Sign me up!
Nostalgia came knocking on our door yesterday in the form of Ulyana Sergeenko‘s second couture collection. Envision a Russian Scarlett O’Hara walking out of some of our favorite childhood stories like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Wizard of Oz – figuratively and literally (models walked out of a life sized fairy tale book) – and donning dramatically cinched waists, exposed damsel in distress shoulders, hand embroidered animal details, floor sweeping dresses, oversized straw hats, and apron topped burlap skirts. Collection after collection, Ulyana has us wishing we were living in the fantasy she’s so brilliantly imagined.