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31 August, 2013

new in: valentino dress

Valentino certainly wasn't always my cup of tea. 
Mostly I guess, because it was too much pomp & I lacked the circumstances. 
On top of which the tanned-to-perfection Mister Valentino Garavani lacked the subtleness I prefer in my clothes. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, who took over in 2008, brought with them a more sober grace & ladylike elegance. I have been a bit obsessed with the brand ever since. 

As such I made my way to the Valentino store at Michaelerplatz, which is housed in a building designed by Adolf Loos. (It seems a second one is to open soon!) The store is relatively small, but quite cozy & the ladies working there are absolute dolls. 
I noticed the dress immediately but was informed that they had lent my size to a magazine for a photoshoot & I would have to come back. I did, tried it, loved it & bought it. I was mostly drawn to the intricate design - the lace flowers that almost look more like Rorschach blots - and the morning-light colors of rosé and cream disturbed by the dark. And thanks to a nice & small summer get-together I even already got the chance to wear it out.

"I think I have succeeded through all these decades because I was always concerned with making beautiful clothes. Forget about fashion—the grunge look, the messy look. I cannot see women destroyed, uncombed, or strange. I want to make a girl who arrives someplace and makes people turn and say”—he gasps—“‘You look sensational!’” (x)

30 August, 2013

tatiana santo domingo's virgin cruise


Oh, to be a future Grimaldi!
Apparently what it means to be inducted into Monaco's royal family is to have a Bachelorette party worthy of a Dolce & Gabbana ad. 

Mind you, the bride-to-be was wearing Missoni - being that she is BBFs with Margherita Missoni - reflecting the Monegasque colors as seen in the flag behind her. Margherita, however, couldn't attend as she's heavily pregnant, which apparently didn't stop Charlotte Casiraghi.


In attendance, however, were Lauren Santo Domingo (Tatiana's aunt by marriage), Greek shipping heiress Eugenie Niarchos, Bianca Brandolini d'Adda, cousin Bettina Santo Domingo, Swiss artist Olympia Scarry, Alexia Niedzielski (who founded the Ever Manifesto with Charlotte) & jewelery designer Noor Fares.

Tatiana is set to wed Andrea Casiraghi August 30th.
The LSD & Tatiana (x)

Alexia Niedzielski & Bianca Brandolini d'Adda (x)


Here's half of the bachelorette party (Tatiana Santo Domingo, Margherita Missoni, Joséphine de La Baume, Olympia Scarry, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, and Alexia Niedzielski) from a story Vanity Fair did on 'Fortune's Children' back in 2009.