Monday, December 15, 2014

CHRISTMAS AT PALAZZO FENDI IN ROME WITH QuTWEET

Palazzo Fendi, Rome - Christmas 2014
©Margaret Jessop


There are some things that are a clear sign that Christmas is just around the corner and it's time to get festive, red robins bobbing on the lawn, Bing Crosby singing his heart out in every store you visit and for those lucky enough to be in Rome: Palazzo Fendi's Christmas lights.

The decorations, which feature bright little birds on wires surrounded by gifts and candy, were inspired by the QuTweet capsule collection featuring original gift ideas revealed in a fun new video (see below). 

The iconic Fendi Peekaboo and Baguette bags get a multi-colour makeover with special tropical prints, while the Bag Bugs family enlarges to welcome a new group of fun charms to personalise your winter style.






Friday, December 5, 2014

SHOES: PLEASURE & PAIN AT THE V&A


‘InvisibleNakedVersion - Andreia Chaves - 2011
Photo by Andrew Bradley


An unmissable event   for those who like the Green Pebbles Girls have a passion for shoes which borders on the truly obsessive.   Sponsored by Clarks, Agent Provocateur and the Worshipful  Company of Cordwainers,  if there is one exhibition you visit in 2015 it has to be the V&A's SHOES: PLEASURE & PAIN  (13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016).


Chopines, Punched kid leather over carved pine, Venice, Italy  c 1600s
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A stunning collection of more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary shoes will be on display, many for the first time, at this fabulous exhibition which aims to explore the transformative power of extreme footwear!

The exhibition will explore the 'agonizing' aspect of wearing shoes as well as the euphoria and obsession they can inspire.

‘Parakeet’ shoes
Caroline Groves (b.1959)
Photography by Dan Lowe

'Twas the unforgettable Marilyn Monroe who once said "I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot" - and indeed shoes worn by Marilyn Monroe as well as other high profile figures such as Queen Victoria, Sarah Jessica Parker and the Hon Daphne Guinness will be shown as well as famous shoes, such as the ballet slippers designed for Moira Shearer in the 1948 film The Red Shoes.


Red ballet shoes made for Victoria Page (Moira Shearer) in The Red Shoes (1948), silk satin, braid and leather, England
Freed of London (founded in 1929), 
Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Northampton Museums and Art Gallery

Footwear for men and women by 70 named designers including Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and Prada will be on display. 

Historic lotus shoes made for bound feet and 16th-century chopines, silk mules with vertiginous platforms designed to lift skirts above the muddy streets, will also feature.


RiRi 
Sophia Webster - Spring Summer 2013
© Image Courtesy of United Nude

Exhibition curator, Helen Persson, said:
“Shoes are one of the most telling aspects of dress. Beautiful, sculptural objects, they are also powerful indicators of gender, status, identity, taste and even sexual preference. Our choice in shoes can help project an image of who we want to be.”

Wedding toe-knob paduka, silver and gold over wood, India  1800s


Tickets £12 (concessions available). Available to book from the end of January 2015 visit vam.ac.uk/shoes or call 0800 912 6961 (booking fee applies)
 The exhibition is curated by Helen Persson, Curator in the Asian department of the V&A, specialising in textiles and dress.
 The exhibition will tour to Bendigo Art Gallery (March – May 2016); Queensland Museum and Science Centre (June – October 2016) in Australia; and to Peabody Essex Museum (Nov 2016 – Feb 2017) and the Savannah College of Art and Design (March – June 2017) in the USA.


Mens’ shoes, gilded and marbled leather, Northamptonshire, England - 1925
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Evening shoe, beaded silk and leather, France  1958-60
Roger Vivier (1907–98) for Christian Dior (1905–1957). 
 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London



One sandal, gilded and incised leather and papyrus, Egypt  - c30 BCE-300 CE
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

NOVA
Zaha Hadid for United Nude
(c) Image Courtesty of United Nude

Thursday, December 4, 2014

BOX US UP IN CÉLINE FOR CHRISTMAS



We're not very demanding here at Green Pebbles..... so all we really want for Christmas is a BOX ... well a  Céline BOXY actually.

These stunning beauties come in a selection of leathers and colours and are priced between 1,450 Euros and 1,600 Euros.

So, Santa dear, we'll be leaving out a rather large stocking on the fireplace..... please feel free to fill it up with any or all of the following!


BOXY HANDBAG IN TAN VEGETAL CALFSKIN 
36 X 31 X 17 CM (14 X 12 X 7 IN)
CALFSKIN AND NON LINING
175413VOA.04LU - 
1.450 EUR


BOXY HANDBAG IN BURGUNDY SATINATED CALFSKIN 
36 X 31 X 17 CM (14 X 12 X 7 IN)
CALFSKIN AND LAMBSKIN LINING
175413VOG.28BD -
1.600 EUR


BOXY HANDBAG IN BLACK NATURAL CALFSKIN 
36 X 31 X 17 CM (14 X 12 X 7 IN)
CALFSKIN AND LAMBSKIN LINING
175413VOB.38NO  - 
1.600 EUR



Images via www.celine.com







Thursday, November 20, 2014

SWAROVSKI'S SPARKLING CHRISTMAS.....



SWAROVSKI BLOSSOM NECKLACE
www.swarovski.com 



There can never be too much sparkle at a Christmas or New Year's Eve Party and it seems Swarovski knows it!

Enjoy this stunning selection of jewels that will make you 'shine' at any occasion!







SWAROVSKI BABYLON NECKLACE
www.swarovski.com

Vintage with a modern twist. This necklace combines colored crystals, clear crystal pavé, and an on-trend gourmet chain in palladium-plated metal. It can be styled casually or dressed up for a night out. The easy-to-use closure is at the front, hidden behind the colored crystals.







SWAROVSKI BILLION NECKLACE CHF 1,395.00
www.swarovski.com


Go for the disco glam look! This breathtaking construction features purple and green crystals combined with clear crystal cupchains and Swarovski disco ball cut crystals. It comes on an adjustable rhodium-plated gourmet chain.




SWAROVSKI BEE NECKLACE CHF 1,925.00
www.swarovski.com

This eye-catching statement necklace definitely has the wow factor! Showing incredible craftsmanship, it combines vibrant pink and blue crystals and beads, colored thread, and Crystal Pearls, creating a futuristic look. A mix of different metal platings adds an on-trend touch.



SWAROVSKI BUZZ NECKLACE CHF 749.00
www.swarovski.com

This striking necklace turns heads with its futuristic and original design. It combines colorful, geometric-shaped crystals with a flash of luminous Aurora Boreale effect. The necklace comes with a palladium-plated chain.







SWAROVSKI BLUE NECKLACE CHF 219.00
www.swarovski.com

Simply breathtaking. This on-trend necklace demonstrates Swarovski’s color expertise. The central crystal is beautifully embellished with crystal Pointiage® in an exquisite mix of sparkling shades, from blue to violet. The necklace comes with a palladium-plated chain.






SWAROVSKI BRAZIL COLLAR CHF 319.00
www.swarovski.com

Pure, red carpet-inspired elegance. Give an elegant outfit the wow factor with this glamorous collar. Very refined, it combines emerald green-colored crystals with delicate clear crystal pavé and rhodium-plated metal.







SWAROVSKI BRIGHT NECKLACE CHF 319.00
www.swarovski.com

With its on-trend collar silhouette, this palladium-plated necklace adds a fashion edge to any outfit. It sparkles beautifully in clear crystal with an emerald green-colored crystal at the center.









SWAROVSKI HOT NARROW NECKLACE CHF 319.00
www.swarovski.com

Subtle yet stunning. This rhodium-plated statement necklace seduces with a breathtaking combination of light and dark crystals. It is ideal for festive occasions and will add a gorgeous sparkle to any party outfit.














 
 


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SALE ALERT: LUXURY DESIGNER SNEAKERS FOR MEN




Put the right foot forward this season with the SECRET SALES luxury sneakers edit. 

Packed full of statement shoes from Balenciaga, Dsquared, Y-3, Jimmy Choo, Margiela, Lanvin, Gucci and Versace, you’ll find vivid lace-ups, soft leather high-tops and sumptuous suede moccasins. 

With such a range of products to choose from, this season’s style is a walkover.


Y-3

GUCCI

BALENCIAGA

LANVIN

MARGIELA


Monday, September 29, 2014

#LOUBOUTINESF: DONATE & WIN THE CHANCE TO MEET CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN & ELISA SEDNAOUI IN PARIS






Elisa Sednaoui, the model and actress, now philanthropist has teamed up with innovative celebrity fundraising platform www.MyGoodness.com to raise money and awareness for The Elisa Sednaoui Foundation. 

Those who donate to the Foundation via MyGoodness.com will be in with the chance of winning an exclusive weekend in Paris where they will meet Elisa herself, as well as her iconic godfather, Christian Louboutin



The Elisa Sednaoui Foundation (ESF) supports creative learning projects (i.e.: education through and exposure to culture and arts) to promote playful cultural exchange and the building of life skills. 

Why creative learning? Because it has the power to transform the social and cognitive development of children, help foster innovators and problem-solvers, build a sense of community, and promote civic engagement.

The winner of the experience will be flown to Paris to meet Elisa Sednaoui and Christian Louboutin at his studio, where they will discuss the secret of the red soles as well as get to choose their favourite pair of stiletto’s from the collection that will be signed by Christian Louboutin. They’ll then indulge in a VIP spa treatment at Darphin and spend an evening at the Crazy Horse, sipping champagne and enjoying the most glamorous show in Paris.

Donations start from as little as £10, which will earn entrants 2 entries to the competition, with the winner being selected randomly at the end of the campaign. 

Other than the grand prize, entrants can get many other exclusive rewards , including Darphin beauty products, Lisa Marie Fernandez Ponchos, original drawings from Christian Louboutin himself, and a signed pair of his signature shoes. 

The Green Pebbles Girls have already donated ..... come on..... help make a difference!!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

MOYNAT LAUNCHES THE RÉJANE SADDLE BAG




Well,  it's finally here.....

The Moynat Réjane Saddle Bag, the latest work of art to join the iconic Réjane bag family for the chic and urban style launches this month.  As the saddle bag becomes a must have for all fashionista's this autumn, then the Réjane has to be the must-have of must-haves!

© Moynat - Vogue Paris - Andreea Diaconu par Gilles Bensimon


In 2011, Ramesh Nair, the artistic director of Moynat chose to reinstate the Réjane bag which is the most emblematic creation of the house thanks to its very Parisian spirit. 

The Réjane has the clean and pure lines with sensuality, which reminisce the delicate curves of the Moynat trunks; the intricate details and finishing, which requires the highest quality leathers and 20 working hours by the hands of an experienced artisan. 


The rounded bijou closure, which is a re-edition of an original Art Deco piece, pays a discrete and refined homage to the influences that have determined the history of Moynat: the city of Paris (the Art Deco period, a promise of the exceptional French savoir-faire) and the theatre world (Gabrielle Réjane, Moynat’s most renowned muse). 


Made of the Barenia leather, one of the most precious natural leathers you can find in France. It gains beautiful patina as it ages. Fine scratches can easily be rubbed off with the fingers or sponge. 

Actress Gabrille Réjane - Pauline Moynat's Muse


As one of the most renowned actresses of Belle Epoque and muse to couture houses including Poiret, Gabrielle Réjane became a dedicated fan, inspiring Pauline Moynat to design the first line of women’s handbags at the end of the 19th century, thus pioneering a modern approach to travel for women. 

The talented and adventurous actress was well known for being a woman of character, full of charm and humour; gained huge success not only in Paris but also on the stages of London and New York. At the beginning of 20th century, Moynat created the Réjane bag in her honour, which was the first handbag ever to be named after a star of its time.   

The very first Réjane bag








Friday, September 5, 2014

ARM KNIT AN INFINITY SCARF IN 30 MINUTES





We absolutely love this fabulous 'tutorial' by the team at HANDIMANIA!

Create your very own infinity scarf in 30 minutes (or less if you're really fast!).  All you need is 2 hands, and 4 skeins of super bulky yarn and now watch the tutorial below!





Image and video courtesy of www.handimania.com

Thursday, September 4, 2014

KATE & CARA'S BURBERRY



BURBERRY hits the jackpot as iconic British models Kate Moss (40)  and Cara Delevingne (22) are shot together for the first time in the new "MY BURBERRY" fragrance campaign.

Shot by Mario Testino under the creative direction of Burberry's Creative Director Christopher Bailey, the ad rigorously in black and white, feature "I Put A Spell on You" performed by British musician Jeff Beck featuring the fabulous Joss Stone.


My Burberry was created by Burberry's creative director Christopher Bailey and celebrated perfumer Francis Kurkdjan.

"My Burberry" Ad Campaign FW2014 - 15 with Kate Moss & Cara Delevingne

Monday, August 18, 2014

WHAT WE WANT FOR BREAKFAST FOR FW14!

Anya Hindmarch Frosties Maxi Featherweight Ebury
$2,295

Forget cereals and porridge, forget continental breakfasts, forget cappuccino..... what we want to see on our breakfast table are these outrageously fun bags from Anya Hindmarch.

Our favorite  is the FROSTIES MAXI FEATHERWEIGHT EBURY   (there is a waiting list for it so join the queue just behind the GREEN PEBBLES GIRLS).   Made from cobalt blue capra leather, it is embossed with the Frosties (Tony the Tiger) motif and it comes in at $2,295.00

Anya Hindmarch Corn Flakes Imperial Clutch
$1,595

If you aren't a fan of Frosties then you can choose from other Kellogg's cereals such as the CORN FLAKES IMPERIAL CLUTCH.  Created by a third generation minaudiere maker in Florence and inlaid with printed snakeskin - you're bound to make heads turn at any event wearing this wearable art!

Anya Hindmarch Digestives Clutch
$1,450



If cereals aren't your 'cup of tea' then how about a packet of yummy 'McVITIES DIGESTIVE' biscuits, from the aptly named Larder Collection

All in all a pretty 'healthy' breakfast for any fashionista!



..... and if you haven't see it yet check out the Anya Hindmarch FW14 ad campaign, it is just as super!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

SAINT LAURENT FALL-WINTER 14 CAMPAIGN / PART 1 with VALERY KAUFMAN



SAINT LAURENT FALL-WINTER 14 CAMPAIGN / PART 1  featuring Saint Laurent's new face ValeryKaufman

SOUNDTRACK by  MR. ELEVATOR & THE BRAIN HOTEL 


Saint Laurent FW14 Campaign with Valery Kaufman
image via Fashionerogue

Saint Laurent FW14 Campaign with Valery Kaufman
image via High Snobiety

UNCONVENTIONAL FASHION DISTRICT MEDITERRANEAN DREAMS CATWALK SHOW & AD CAMPAIGNS ON ELBA ISLAND

Catalina Mirita for SHELL BELLE COUTURE
Photographer: Jason Knott - Hair & Make Up Silvia Mangano

Just over a year after the Unconventional Fashion District Mediterranean Dreams Fashion Show which saw designers from all over the world descend on the tiny Island of Elba in the Mediterranean Sea, we are delighted to share the video of the event and the photo shoots with you and look forward to preparations for the show in July 2015.

Featuring: Expensive Doll, Simone Marulli, Ocnarf Sairutsa, Heather Jones International, Textures Fashion, Cédric & Rodolphe, Vittorio Martire, Lalita, Shell Belle Couture, and Babajaan





The designer ad photo shoots were shot by international photographers JASON KNOTT for Shell Belle Couture and VICTORIA KHATIB for Heather Jones International and Cédric & Rodolphe.  Official Make Up & Hair : SILVIA MANGANO






Catalina Mirita for SHELL BELLE COUTURE
Photographer: Jason Knott - Hair & Make Up Silvia Mangano

Aida Jahic for Cédric & Rodolphe
Photographer: Victoria Khatib


Catalina Mirita for SHELL BELLE COUTURE
Photographer: Jason Knott - Hair & Make Up Silvia Mangano

Nariba Edwards & Aida Jahic for Heather Jones International
Photographer: Victoria Khatib - Hair & Make Up: Silvia Mangano

Naffi Ndiaye for Heather Jones International
Photographer: Victoria Khatib - Hair & Make Up: Silvia Mangano

Nariba Edwards for Heather Jones International
Photographer: Victoria Khatib - Hair & Make Up: Silvia Mangano

Aida Jahic for Cédric & Rodolphe
Photographer: Victoria Khatib

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