Les Jardins d’Étretat

Les Jardins d’Étretat is a magic place which, as if by the wave of the hand, has appeared at Falaise d’Amont cliffe, at Seine Maritine. These gardens enjoy spectacular views over the ancient town and one of the world’s most beautiful cliffs, Falaise d’Aval, with its famous L’Aiguille gushing from the ocean. The gardens and the villa were founded more than a hundred years ago by Madame Thébault, a famous actress at the beginning of the 20th century. Inspired by the ideas of Claude Monet, who lived in Étretat for some time and was a keen gardener, she decided to create her own, gorgeous garden. Today, The Gardens are a venue for permanent and transitory exhibtions by international artists. Works of Samuel Salcedo (the brilliant faces placed in Le Jardin Émotions), Wiktor Szostało and Sergey Catran are here, among many others. If you’re in Normandy by car, you can’t miss this charming place.

Photos by Edward Kanarecki.

Bordallo Pinheiro Garden

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It’s a small garden, or rather a well-hidden oasis in the heart of Lisbon, where the amazing giant porcelain creations of the 19th-century artist Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro bask in the sun. Scattered amongst the trees, bushes and live peacocks, you will be surprised to find the oversized snakes, lizards, bees, frogs, lobsters, mushrooms and cats all over the jardin. Honestly, I was quite shocked that nobody really knows about the existence of this place (I’m more than grateful to this Purple Travel post that I’ve found few weeks ago!). At least, you can walk around the garden all alone, in silence. It was the last point of my spring holidays, but one of the most magical.

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Alaia in Paris

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The first place I visited in Paris was the brand new Alaia boutique which welcomed me with a beautiful view, full of green serenity. Monsieur Azzedine opened his outdoor patio! And this means, that the summer in Paris has officially started (having in mind its 40 deegrees today). Also, it is possible to have a cup of coffee while searching for sale treasures. Referring to himself as a ‘builder’ rather than a fashion designer and known as the King of Cling, the Tunisian-born designer’s seductive creations are favourites of Parisians.

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HC: In The Garden. Chanel SS15

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Am I the only one who thinks Karl Lagerfeld starts to be boring? This haute couture collection feels so… without life. The models were all dressed up as gardener wives, wearing ugly, anti-couture boots, widow straw hats and strange silhouettes, which are totally not eye-catchy. Definitely, if not the high retail of bags and cosmetics, the brand would feel some crisis. He claimed the show came to him in an electronic flash. “One morning in bed, I saw it in a second.” Or maybe he had a peek at the archives? SS10? Ring a bell? Same theme – cute dresses and a garden. But, then, the dresses were really cute.

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This is Paper

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I am constantly discovering new Polish brands which create and produce unique, innovative and beautiful pieces of daily use. This time, I met the Warsaw-based label THIS IS PAPER, which first started with 100% ecologically-made bags and rucksacks, and now is all based on very various items. From knitwear to garden tools and from “raw” homeware to printed magazines, the brand keeps it’s fresh, but simple, high quality level. They create objects which are lasting, keep on being sustainable and well-designed. Launched in 2013 by Aleksander and Zuzanna, the project values timeless over trendy, plain over fancy and less over more. In response to that, THIS IS PAPER decided to curate an online collection of objects that they would be proud to own, designing and collecting items which are made from natural resources. Some of the products they source are from manufacturers and craftsmen in Poland. Others are designed and manufactured by their studio itself, by hand, at THIS IS PAPER Warsaw studio. All of them are made with respect for the Earth’s scarce resources and little concern for passing trends. More on thisispapershop.com

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Trademark

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There is a new hot brand on the horizon created by Pookie and Louisa Burch. The offbeat brand called Trademark is just the name you need to know! Their new season was presented in cool look-book starring Waleska Gorczevski, which definitely matched the clothes. The picnic printed dresses, denim barn jacket with a red shearling collar and feltlike wool of one dirndl skirt are just the perfect fit for Summer gardening or autumn park stroll. Sweaters continue to be a highlight for Trademark; this season it was the trompe l’oeil twinset in royal blue and red that really stood out. Another clever idea: a silk evening pajama set in navy and off-white for the girl who wants to look pulled together without pulling on a dress in the best way. This pretty interesting brand is the one we are interested to watch evolve…

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England. Mary Katrantzou SS14

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Mary Katrantzou’s SS14 collection was all about… Yeah, prints and… England! The queen of prints again mastered this what she does best, and this happened- brogues (type of shoes for men that are hand-made in England) and lots of English gardens appeared on fantastic dresses created by Mary. The collection indeed is very beautiful- I really like the topic of shoes covering dresses- that sounds a bit strange. But this V neck dress looks really good. The next dresses covered all over with fairy-tale gardens looked too amazing. Jackets, tops and trousers looked like flower-bombs and additionally decorated with printed gems, it looked even more spectacular. What’s most exciting about this collection, is that all these prints are so 3-D… And at the same time they don’t make the women silhouette visually look fatter! Why? It’s all thanks to amazing Mary Katrantzou.

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The Miu Love

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They were the last, standing in the KaDeWe Miu Miu section. These runway shoes are just mind blowing. And really beautiful. Perfect for all occasions- from a elegant gala to the beach party. WIth the polished leather in the front, they are very eye catchy and match everything in white, black and grey. These Miu Miu AW13 heels are out of this world!

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In connection with these marvelous shoes bought in Berlin, there is a beautiful editorial called THE MIU AGE in recent Dazed & Confused magazine, that is starred by… archival Miu Miu dresses and the hottest looks from Miuccia Prada’s collections for this Parisian label! “Dazed & Confused have always excelled at reminding people of the past with their archive pages of long forgotten designers but fashion director Robbie Spencer has done something extra special with Miu Miu’s archive from the last decade (the label began in 1993 but it’s safe to say their directional prowess didn’t really kick in until later).  Shot by Ben Toms and styled by Spencer, the 16-page editorial is an ever-pertinent reminder of how pervasive Miu Miu is – new or old, brimming with ideas that could still be exploited today by Miuccia to great effect.” wrote Susie Lau on her blog. Miu Miu is like a mirror reflection of girl that loves fashion and chic!

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