Spring/Summer launch

Take a look at what we have in store for Spring/Summer 2011. Don't you love the shock of the new?

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A summary of the new season, here’s your sneak peek of the new arrivals for Spring/Summer 2011.

 

Take a leaf out of German Vogue (the May issue) and let one of the new Lanvin ‘Feuilles’ transform your little black dress. See variations of these crystal stemmed beauties in brooches and chiffon strung necklaces in store.

 

 

 

 

Crystal-stemmed, larger than life leaf brooches, with leaf-print espadrille, and cotton cabas tote in background.

 

 

 

 

Paco Rabanne, the label that rocketed into fashion history in the 1960s with its metal mosaic dresses, is returning to the fashion present with madcap Indian designer Manish Arora at the creative helm. The first collection will hit the runway in 2012, but ‘til that time, lovers of Paco’s structural aesthetic (yes, he did train as an architect) will be thrilled to hear that ‘Le 69’ chain mail and disc bag has been re-editioned in a range of luxe contemporary leathers and metals. Christine covets the stainless steel, but we also love it in vegetal leather and nubuck….all exclusive to Christine in Australia.

 

 

 

 

Anya’s chic shagreen ‘Marano’ clutch that the Duchess of Cambridge simply can’t live without.

 

 

 

 

The House of Goossens is one of many artisan ateliers who have long supplied Chanel and now been absorbed into its stable (Maison Michel is another). We adore the Byzantine themed jewelled cross pendants and freshwater pearl tassels…all exclusive to Christine in this country.

 

 

We all know that Robert Clergerie has stitched up the market for moulded sole shoes (his platforms add inches without the pain) but we declare instant love for this season’s new ripple-soled flats and lace-up Oxfords. Can’t decide between Wham, Jas or Flac (left to right) how about you?
We think Toni Maticevski is Australia’s answer to Alber Elbaz of Lanvin – he knows what women want to wear and can deliver feminine flounce with a dose of steely inner strength.
We adore his hot pink shantung silk ‘Hutton’ dress, his structured cocktail sheaths and the ‘Christine’ – a fluid evening jacket shimmering in tiny mother-of-pearl paillettes, designed exclusively for madame (pictured second from right).
Etro primitive-print, collarless linen coat. Exotic with a strong urban slant.
Here’s further evidence that fashion is currently loving the leaf. This sublime fringed scarf is designed by Swash, the label that developed out of a creative collaboration between former Central St. Martins students, Sarah Swash and Toshio Yamanaka.
These pieces are a stunning illustration (all designs begin with a watercolour work) of the quirky collision of the designers’ respective heritages – Cornwall and Tokyo. For summer they went on the equatorial search…across cashmere/silk cardigans, bicycle shorts and flared pants.
This summer sandal is pure St.Tropez perched on a wedge of signature Sonia Rykiel stripes….chic but comfortable enough to cover the Cote d’Azur on foot. Pictured with black nubuck ‘Zita’, and studded cinnamon leather tote.
Rancé may not be a name familiar to lovers of fragrance, but since the 17th century it has been the secret of French aristocracy. In 1795 Francois Rancé secured the favour of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte who commissioned the innovative perfumer to create signature scents for himself and his succession of wives. We think ‘Eugenie’ with its top notes of passionfruit, melon, mandarin, lilly of the valley and bergamot is the most sublime summer scent.