Bonjour mes lapins! It's official: I have finally landed in Paris after what can only be described as a "colorful" Air France flight – be sure to bunnyhop over to PAPERMAG for the downlow on my slightly nerve-racking (and in hindsight, rather laughable) "FRAKES ON A PLANE!" saga – to once again report on the Haute Couture shows for Paper's Fashion Schmashion.
While reluctantly tucked away toute seule dans ma chambre with a less-than-glamorous bout of food poisoning contracted en route to Paris, I was begrudgingly forced to forgo my beau bow amour Alexis Mabille and the master Armani Privé's presentations as well as cancel tea with Cobrasnake and Alie of Dirrty Glam at Colette.I was, however, buoyantly cheered by the arrival of these two Hippolyte garden bunnies thoughtfully dispatched to me by Hôtel le Bristol's legendarily kindhearted staff.
This superbly silky-soft velveteen rabbit is really all the rage! Little Lucas Portman – flanked by his mum, Natalia Vodianova and dad, Justin Portman – proudly totes bunny buddy Hippolyte (named after the hotel's founder Hippolyte Jammet). Many thanks to Amy Bramley (Executive Director of The Naked Heart Foundation) for informing me of the charity's recent website makeover. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the new site and the foundation's magnanimous work!
Apropos of nothing, I recently received a number of surprising and flattering e-mails with regard to my choice beauty products and toiletries. Well, I am a bit of a purest (it's actually a rare feat to even espy me wearing any makeup) but I do have a few go-to cruelty-free products that I use semi-daily. So while unpacking earlier yesterday I zippily snapped a few shots to test out my new USB cord before the shows. Shown above are my favorite shampoo, conditioner, facial cleanser, facial moisturizer, body soap, hand/body cream, perfume, the one hair product that I can tolerate, and a free sample airport security safe purse-size hand cream thrown in for good measure.
Luella Bartley and Linda Farrow's sought-after S/S 2008 collaboration square frame spectacles are finally available sur l'internet! The cult geek-chic lenses responsible for revamping Olga Sherer and Masha T. into lovably quirky Brit schoolgirls – an aesthetic no doubt brought to the fore by the season of yore's delicate-Liberty-printed-belle-cum-comic-book-nerd-meets-punky-Doc-Martin-spirit – are at long last procurable at Feathers London.
Want to see more of your bunny's gift picks? Be sure to procure the new December 2008/January 2009 Solange-fronted issue of Paper Magazine; I contributed to "The Best Holiday Gift Guide in the World" [pages 96-103]: