Balmain SS12
Though it is unrealistic to expect that we all will be able to afford the pieces presented, Balmain for Spring/Summer 2012 is going to give fresh, worldwide inspiration to many a fashionista.

Olivier Rousteing had a lot on stake this season. It was the young (and hot, ahem) designer’s first season at the reigns of the label after working under Christophe Decarnin for two years, and he certainly impressed. With not a raised brow in the room, Balmain’s ferocious rock and roll edge took not a step out of line.

With Rousteing’s MO being to mix the tailoring of Mexico and the glamour of Vegas without watering Balmain down, he turned out a brilliant, refined collection. With chrome, gold, black and icy white literally sparkling it’s way into view from backstage, we all experienced insta-love over second skin style dresses, beautifully embellished and fringed jackets, as well as enough leather and studs to please the baddest ‘bad girl’ around. View Post

Leighton Meester FNO
It’s been a while since the last Leighton Meester Style update, hasn’t it? Thankfully, as Gossip Girl Season 5 kicks off later this month (September 26, 8pm on The CW!), our real-life Blair Waldorf has been out and about more often. Most recently, Leighton performed with her band Check in The Dark at the Tiffany’s & Co. boutique during Fashion’s Night Out in New York City. She actress-cum-singer-cum-fashionista opted for an effortless, sky blue, cloud-printed Carven Resort 2012 maxi dress.

She chose to accessorize with ballet flats from Roger Vivier and Tiffany & Co. jewellery – silver, hooped earrings and a matching silver necklace with a star-shaped charm. Brilliantly bohemian yet polished.

Leighton Meester Lovestruck
Earlier, as the face of Vera Wang’s fragrance “Lovestruck“, she made an appearance the launch of the new scent in a lemon sorbet-coloured, ruched chiffon dress from Vera Wang Lavender Label along with the “Esam” platform pump by Jimmy Choo.

Monique LHuillier Fall Winter 2011
Monique Lhuillier has the ‘Ladies’ of the world on lock. If you are a woman – or man – with a taste for the sumptuous and sophisticated, her Fall/Winter 2011 is going to inveigle you. In a colour choice we haven’t seen recently via LHuillier, there was a myriad of baronial black; blace lace, black chiffon, etc. Every gown was a premium excuse to throw out my entire wardrobe and Monique my way to Majestic Fashionista. See the top five looks below! View Post

Want to getting a little R&R where “Sex and the City” meets “Brideshead Revisited“? Check out myhotel Chelsea.

Less than a thirty-second walk off of Fulham Road‘s eastern end you will find a pastel-lit hotel that almost disappears into it’s surroundings. With a platform-soled step into the lobby, I was set up for one of the most relaxing visits imaginable. The entire design of the hotel is very fresh, with the idea of being a “comfortable bohemia“.

It is an informal enclave with only 45 rooms, each as glamorous as the last. I must mention that the upgrade to a suite is completely worth it. My Queen Suite was a just-pink-enough, eclectic setting that I just didn’t want to leave. As well as all the standard amenities, the hotel has teamed up with the BeeKind Collection for their toiletries (which, let’s be honest, we all obsess over) which were luxurious, skin-friendly formulations in environmentally kind packaging.

I spent the afternoon writing up a storm thanks to their instant wireless setup – after picking out an in-house film in the guest-only library for my background music -, had a champagne cocktail or two at mybar (I highly recommend Honey Bunny and Disco Fizz!), and then went fifteen minutes down the road to the fantastic Sophie’s Steakhouse for dinner. When you stay at myhotel Chelsea, you have to visit Sophie’s. Their Chateaubriand is – with no endorsement – the best steak in London. Follow it up with a raspberry and white chocolate creme brulee with one of their enormous spicy cocktails and you may just need a taxi back.

I must admit, I was preaching the gospel of their 24-hour room service as soon as I got back. When a fashionista has consumed about seventy-billion flavours in a few hours, losing her toothbrush is an endemic crisis. Thankfully, after a quick call to reception, a lovely man essentially teleported to my room, Gilchrist & Soames in hand. The staff as a whole were fantastic, all decked out in uniforms designed by Nicholas Oakwell, with mix and match Pringle separates and perma-smiles on their faces.

One great quirk the hotel offers is “mypreferences” – a form that is issued during the time of reservation which lets you pick specific choices; from the type of pillow you would like to the kind of music that should greet you when you arrive in your room. No muzak here.

Though I didn’t get to try them out, two great places for your hotel well-being are their “Energy Zone” (a fully stocked fitness suite) and “Jinga” (the treatment haven that combines Eastern healing and Western products). La Vie Boheme.