Haute Couture AW15: Day 1

Haute Couture, Ella Catliff, Paris

Wearing House of Holland jumpsuit & clutch, Marni flatform sandals, Karen Walker x Liberty’s sunglasses, Eddie Borgo bracelet and Thomas Sabo earrings
Images by Carola de Armas

After some 36 hours “off” (i.e. working and wandering) in Paris following the Swarovski x Chanel ANDAM Award dinner, at last the time came for me to get dressed and head to my first ever Haute Couture show of my first ever Paris Haute Couture week. To say I was excited would be the biggest understatement ever made. Couture is a dream, it’s the dream, it’s something I’ve wanted to experience so badly for so long and even as I sat in my new room at gorgeous Saint Germain boutique hotel, La Belle Juliette, tickets piled up and outfits definitely not heaped in a mess on the bed, I couldn’t quite believe it was actually happening…


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Swarovski x Chanel ANDAM Dinner

Swarovski, Chanel, ANDAM Award

As previously mentioned, the past couple of weeks have been something of a whirlwind to put it very mildly. For months on end I’d been psyching up for my first time at Paris Couture Week. Attending the Haute Couture shows has been a dream of mine for a very, very long time and this season the time seemed right to go. Originally I was planning on heading out to The City of Lights on Sunday in time for my first show that evening. Having had a week of non stop shooting (ok, and partying) the weekend had been set aside to prep my looks, sort out my schedule and generally get my self together. Then I received an email from Swarovski informing me that they would be supporting the ANDAM Award for the 15th successive year, this time in partnership with Chanel, and would I be able to come out to Paris on Friday to join them for an intimate dinner and the winner’s announcement. Well, I mean, you just don’t say no to that do you?


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The Serpentine Party 2015

The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party - Inside

Wow, what a couple of weeks it’s been! Hence the shameful lack of blog posts going up. Writing this on my flight back from Valentino’s Haute Couture show, having flown over on a chartered plane from Paris Couture week with the likes of Suzy Menkes and Anna Della Russo things have definitely been a bit surreal of late. Certainly not that I’m complaining! And this started before the whole crazy couture bonanza kicked off aided, not least, by the Serpentine Summer Party…

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