Fashion Fridays: Paris Haute Couture Week

January 26th, 2018

We always look forward to Paris Haute Couture Week because it is truly a no holds barred form of expression for some of the most talented designers in the industry. This season's Spring/Summer 2018 certainly did not disappoint. We were so excited to see tons of texture with beautiful bead work, feathers, tulle, patterns and ruffles. Fashion has always been and continues to be a big source of inspiration to us when designing events not only for the clothes but for the creativity involved in set design. The Chanel Paris-Bombay show in 2011 still resonates to this day. Here are a few of our exquisite favorites from Paris Fashion Week 2018. We definitely predict some of these being on award season red carpets. What are your favorites?

Christian Dior SS ’18 Couture

Elie Saab SS ’18 Couture

Ralph & Russo SS ’18 Couture

Zuhair Murad SS ’18 Couture

Le George, Jeff Leatham & Monsieur Bleu

January 19th, 2018

Per my friend Alejandra’s suggestion, we had booked a table at Le George at George Cinq by the window on our second night in Paris.

Our talented friend Jeff Leatham had outdone himself yet again. Starting with the lobby and spreading through all public areas including Le George, all Christmas decor was nothing short of spectacular.

The food at the restaurant was divine, exquisitely prepared and presented with impeccable service. Needless to say the experience was a gastronomic delight! Our server was not only beautiful but spoke three languages and was a graduate of Sorbonne. This is something I have always envied of Europeans as it is not uncommon in the continent to speak multiple languages. It was a memorable dining experience that lasted beyond four hours amid spell binding stories, laughter and anecdotes that were shared among us friends. This evening promised to be just as unforgettable as expected. The restaurant delivered a level of refinement, exceptional service and attention to even the smallest details.

Another restaurant that is my all time favorite in Paris is Monsieur Bleu and we had booked a table on our third night in this magical city. I have always enjoyed going to this restaurant with the cool vibe, high ceilings, modern decor, impeccable service, decadent cuisine and a dj that plays the most sultry music and this evening proved to be just as magical and memorable as I had imagined.

Rest of the stay, there was dinner at La Serre (another one of my all time favorites) and many others that followed, some old favorites and some new.

Fashion Friday: House of Dior in Paris

January 12th, 2018

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior in Paris. This was on Nikki’s “must see" exhibition on her trip because of her infatuation and love for the house of Dior. So much so that every movie that has been made on Christian Dior or is related to the House of Dior, she feels has to be watched.

Even though the exhibition has been open to the public for more than six months, lines were still unbelievably long. Our dear friends in Paris came to the rescue and we were able to get into the museum with no wait. What a treat!!!!! This lavish and comprehensive exhibition invites visitors on a voyage of discovery through the universe of the House of Dior’s founder and the illustrious couturiers who succeeded him: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Raf Simmons and most recently Maria Grazia Chiuri. The selection of over 300 haute couture gowns designed between 1947 and the present day has a unifying thread of emotions, life stories, inspirations, creations and legacies. Alongside the dresses is the most wide ranging display to date of Atelier fashion, photographs, sketches, letters and notes, fashion accessories, including hats, jewelry, bags, shoes and perfume bottles. Suffice to say that the two curators Florence Muller and Olivier Gabet have been successful in conveying their message with a chronological and themed exhibition. This certainly was a huge highlight of Nikki’s trip.

“ After women, flowers are the most divine of creations."
-Christian Dior

Nikki’s Favorite City, Paris

January 5th, 2018

For the last three years, I have been lucky enough to carve some time for myself and go away to Paris (which happens to be my favorite city in the world). Fortunately this year was no exception.
The view from the ballroom balcony

This trip was also special because we had our very dear friends from Pakistan join us in Paris and like us, our friends also wanted to rediscover the city - try the best restaurants, walk endlessly and immerse in the local culture. My friend Alejandra Poupel who lives in Paris came to the rescue and suggested fun places to see, eat and visit. There is nothing like an insider’s take on a destination to help discover hidden jewels.

This stunning city has inspiration everywhere from architecture to eye catching window displays and the most stylishly dressed people. It is hard not to get inspired by the beauty surrounding you and such is always the case with me. On this trip I was particularly eager to see the Hôtel de Crillon as it had been closed for renovation the last two years I was there. This hotel also holds a very special meaning for us due to the fact we always stayed at Le Crillon during the time my husband worked in Paris in the eighties. I was specially very keen to see the “New Crillon“ after the renovation and my friend, Radha Arora, was kind enough to help set up an appointment with Sebastien Legrand who is Director of Sales and Marketing at the hotel. Sebastien took great care of us and after treating us to a decadent lunch at the bar, he gave us a personal tour of all the spaces including the new spa and pool, suites decorated by none other but Karl Lagerfeld which are jaw dropping gorgeous (wow what a treat!) and then the stunning ballroom which unarguably happens to have the best views of the city from the balcony. We are so grateful to Sebastien for taking three hours out of his busy afternoon and reintroduce us to the jewel, Le Crillon. We would love for any brides looking for an elegant city wedding for about one hundred guests to consider this hotel. You will be in for a treat from the moment you put your foot in the door until you leave.

I can’t wait to revisit this great city soon!

Here some photos from the Karl Lagerfeld Suite!

Photos from the spa, pool & pastries on display in the lobby!

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