LUXURY CHANEL SUPERMARKET SWEEP





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Kaiser designer Karl Lagerfeld transformed during Paris Fashion Week 2014 Paris’ Le Grand Palais into the most amazing giant supermarket to debut Chanel’s womenswear collection show attended by well-heeled celebrities such as pop star Rihanna and model Cara Delevingne who gladly partook in the fanciful supermarket sweep. The flamboyant aisles were replete with 500-odd Chanel-branded products in packaging designed specially for the show with over 100,000 mocked-up items on the shelves such as condiments, pastas, oils and vinegars, cheeses, charcuterie, brooms, dusters, fruits, vegetables, breads, alcohol, mops and more all stamped with the iconic luxury brand logo.


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Complete and utter genius if you ask A-Gent of Style.


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After the show was over, a tannoy announcement came out: “Dear valued customer, the Chanel store is closing. Please pick up complimentary fruit and vegetables as you leave”, which prompted a supermarket sweep as audience members pillaged and looted the shelves. Editors pounced on the non-perishable items with the Mademoiselle Privé doormats being the number one prized item to go first. Some of you might have seen some of the brilliant Instagram photos and videos by Anna Dello Russo

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Oh and the clothes? Candy-coloured tweed suiting came layered over purple glittery tops and metallic jeans. Elsewhere, tissue-thin leather tracksuit trousers were partnered up with sporty quilted cropped jackets, all set off with sneakers – some extending to boots – padlock necklaces or multi-strand pearls and full ponytails streaming in tweed rags.


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“I wanted to show the ease of the clothes, the way they walk in those shoes, the modern approach even to luxury”, professed Kaiser Karl. “Luxury should not be something like this, confined to a limited thing, that if you are lucky enough that you can buy those things, buy them, but don’t wear them to show people how rich you are. The big thing in Chanel is that we can play with everything and do whatever we want. Nobody tells us what to do, we are totally free. Which is nice.”


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Who said food-shopping shouldn’t be glamourous and that you couldn’t wear your sunnies in a superstore!? After seeing these images, even going to Waitrose will seem utterly dire.


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SIMPLY MARBLE-OUS



 

Martyn Lawrence Bullard marble collection for Schumacher

Martyn Lawrence Bullard marble collection for Schumacher

 

Last Summer during Focus design fair, A-Gent of Style had the great pleasure to meet Martyn Lawrence Bullard at Tissus d’Hélène. There, the prolific celebrity interior designer (who’d already had a special feature on this blog) introduced us to his new collection and told us he foresaw that by mid-2014 the marbling effect will be everywhere.





  Six months later, his prophecy could not have been any truer. The marble trend has inundated every aspect of our lifes from fabrics and wallpapers to fashion, home accessories, dinner plates, jewelry, furniture or even lamps. With its cracked, veined and swirled illusory appeal, the phenomenon of marbleising everything has become so ubiquitous that A-Gent of Style couldn’t resist collecting images along the way.


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Being part of the zeitgeist himself, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the modern-day
Renzo Mongiardino, launched this year his latest collection of marble wallcoverings and prints exclusively for Schumacher. Inspired by the dramatic interiors of legendary decorator Renzo Mongiardino, the trompe l’oeil techniques of Italian palazzi, and the fine art of Venetian marbled paper, Martyn has created an exuberant family of patterns that reinvigorates a centuries-old tradition for the modern age. The line captures the look of finely veined stone as well as the swirling motifs of hand coloured paper. Vibrant mineral hues and a variety of scales ensure a versatility that captivates as a refined backdrop or takes center stage as a design element with verve. They are at once charmingly classic and thrillingly new.


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Those of you who are lucky enough to participate in London’s Design Week, which started yesterday at the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, don’t miss the opportunity to hear and meet the inspirational Hollywood design guru himself who will be in conversation with House & Garden editor Susan Crewe on Tuesday and then at the Ann Sacks showroom to launch his fabulous tile collection. And should you miss Martyn, you can always catch him on ITV with his new series Movie Mansions.


But for now, come and enter with a  playful dose of whimsy and a worldly sense of grandeur the marble sensation.

“Delicious, dahlings!”




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Pair of Blue Marbled Pillows Brian Gennett


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Vase Origami, design by Patricia Urquiola (Budri)
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Marble cylinder stool by Kelly Wearstler
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Dolomite mosaic by Ann Sacks
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Side tables by Jonathan Zawada (IrèneIrène)
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Side table Sédimentations by Hilda Hellström
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Metallic Marble Wallpaper by Calico Wallpaper
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Wild Card notes
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Faux Marbre by Studio Printworks




Dinnerware from Neiman Marcus



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Surya rug by Accent Furniture
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OSCAR NOMINATION FOR CAROLINA IRVING





On Friday afternoon, a big announcement was made on Twitter and it didn’t take long before the news went viral on the design blogosphere.

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Carolina Irving has been named Creative Director of Home at Oscar de la Renta and will be replacing interior designer Miles Redd who is leaving to focus on his own interior design business. The textile designer will oversee the creative direction and execution of the Oscar de la Renta Home collection that comprises gift and entertaining pieces as well as Oscar de la Renta for Century furniture, the fabric and wallpaper collection with Lee Jofa, and the rug collection with Elson & Company.

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“I can think of no better person than Carolina to continue to develop our Home collection”, says de la Renta. “Her taste is fabulous…we trust that Irving will bring her own striking look to the collection.”

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  “I am incredibly excited to work with Oscar,” says Carolina. She adds: “His style is iconic; if any fashion designer has legitimacy to do home, it’s Oscar. He has the most fantastic sense of color and scale.”

Born from a Venezuelan family in Miami, then raised in Paris where she studied history of art at The Louvre, she worked  for ten years at the now sadly defunct American House and Garden as Editor at Large before working for Vogue Living with Hamish Bowles (a recurring theme on this blog). She then set up her own fabric company Carolina Irving Textiles in 2007 which she will continue to run alongside her two other joint businesses, Irving & Fine (clothing range)
and Irving & Morrison (furniture and home accessories). She also currently writes for T Magazine‘s column “In the Air” as a contributor.



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A-Gent of Style has had the pleasure to meet the charming Carolina on several occasions over the years and currently works on an ad hoc basis for the two London-based companies that represent both her textile collections and also her furniture and accessories business, Redloh House Fabrics
and Irving & Morrison respectively.

With her effortless elegance, impeccable taste and timeless style, A-Gent has very little doubt Carolina Irving will shine in her new role, and wishes her every success.


Here are some of A-Gent of Style’s favourite photos of Carolina, most of which taken from her now storied Manhattan apartment:


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Carolina Irving for Hollywood at Home

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    Lee Radziwill's Paris apartment photographed by Francois Halard, styled by Carolina Irving for T Magazine

Lee Radziwill’s Paris apartment photographed by Francois Halard, styled by Carolina Irving for T Magazine




– Photos by Vogue, The World of Interiors and Lonny




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