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2012 has been the stage of major changes at the head of some of the most influential fashion brands such as Saint-Laurent Paris (with Hedi Slimane) or even Balenciaga (Alexander Wang taking over Nicholas Ghesquière). Some of their flagship products are subject to intense (and worrying…) discussions on forums to decide whether or not to invest now in such and such products that might soon disappear… That’s why, we wanted to introduce the unique Balenciaga Cut Out Boots: this is the kind of pair (like Chloé’s Susanna) fashionistas will notice on you! If Santa delivers a 1,000€ cheque, you know what you have left to do…

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Elegance lies in simplicity: Chloé masterfully embodied that quote into this magnificent Grand Louise Vintage handbag. That’s typically the kind of bag you want to have to accessorize a parisian look with a nice (fragile though) burgundy leather and an handcrafted gold buckle. It also exists in dark green and camel. Available exclusively at Département Féminin   

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Find out about London right before the opening ceremony of the Olympics Games: From Victorian London to the Swinging 60s; from the Battle of Britain to Punk; from the Festival of Britain to the 2012 Olympics; from the foggy cobbled streets to the architectural masterpieces of the millennium; from rough pubs to private drinking clubs; from Royal Weddings to raves, from the charm of the East End to the wonders of the Westminster; from Chelsea girls to Hoxton hipsters; from the power to glory: in page after page of stunning photographs, reproduced big and bold like the city itself, London at last gets the photographic tribute it deserves. #London2012

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Lisa Marie Fernandez is carving her own design niche with her range of amazing scuba-inspired swimwear. Short sleeves and an exposed zip ensure this glossed nylon + elastane piece is a perfect fit for the active fashionista – complete an edgy vacation look with color-pop shorts and statement sandals and you’re ready to flash tho’ boys on the beach. SHOP.

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Fashion alert: We just found out about the revisited edition of the legendary Chloé Susanna studded boots. This time, we’re talking about python skin and only at 1225€ (!!). Available on Mytheresa

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This year’s SIHH saw several big(ish) announcements for Audemars Piguet (namely a ceramic version of the Royal Oak Offshore diver) but the most impressive watch of the 2012 AP SIHH collection, we’ve yet to show you in detail.  We are talking about the Audemars Piguet Openworked Extra-Thin Royal Oak Tourbillon.  It is just sick. This is a dream of any watch enthusiasts, especially for me! The caliber is completley hand finished and shows the power reserve on the rear.  It is, quite honestly, just an incredible example of watchmaking and worth seeking out if not to purchase, just to view as a lover of mechanical watchmaking. The Openworked Extra-Thin Royal Oak Tourbillon will be made in only 40 pieces worldwide and retail for $353,600… Link

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With campaigning for the 2012 general election well under way, Downtown for Democracy, the political action committee established during the 2004 elections, is back. Aimed at motivating and engaging the creative community to political action, the organization has begun this cycle’s crusade with the publication of a 75-page civics primer. D4D and OHWOW Present: The Pocket Guide to Politics breaks down and clarifies the complicated, and some might say confusing, workings of American representative government. Available on Opening Ceremony for 20 bucks.

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Because elegance remains at the heart of French culture and savoir-faire; because Honoré de Balzac is the spirit, if not the word itself; because La Comédie Humaine, that classic literary work, is just as relevant today thanks to its overwhelming modernity. And because an allusion is sometimes the best of tributes, La Comédie Humaine appeared as the tailor-made name for a new brand whose entire philosophy is built principally around French craftsmanship, offering fashion items inspired by old or revisited creations. Now that you catch the spirit of this new French brand, here is the good news: the online store is opening on May the 30th (link)!!

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As you may have guessed, the new season is all about pattern and print, so punctuate your wardrobe with Chloé‘s hand-painted python tote. With an opulent rose gold chain and clasp, this colorful leather-lined style will work just as well for night as for day. Indeed, this Chloé shoulder bag (€1895) will perfectly suit your new pair of Miu Miu sandals (see Summer Essentials #1). Available on Net-a-porter

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Prada’s little sister, Miu Miu, has come up with some pretty hot collection of sandals for next summer. Save your pairs of pumps for the night parties, the sandals are what you need to comfortably walk-around and enjoy your day at the Croisette in Cannes or elsewhere. Whether it is Miu Miu‘s or not, you should start thinking about your next pair of sandals as the sun is finally back… Available here

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