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10 Reasons to visit La Rinascente – again and again!

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Smaller than London’s Harrod’s (in size only) but equal in brand selection and exclusivity, La Rinascente at the centre of Milan is much more than a shopper’s paradise. I consider it the essence of the Fashion Capital housed under one … Continue reading

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Riad Yacout – A magic carpet ride from Milan to Morocco

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From the pavement outside, I teleported from the fashion capital’s Via Cadore to a street in the centre of Casablanca. The scene was set with cushions and couches on the veranda, a trickling water feature and glass lamps lining up to … Continue reading

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7 hours in Pavia; town of a hundred towers

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I hopped off the train at 11:30 and was relieved to see the friendly face of Claudia Sclavi, a striking lawyer who I first met at the La Vendemmia event on Milan’s Via Montenapoleone. It’s been a month since she … Continue reading

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Restaurant Lyr – fine Lebanese food served in a lavish lair

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Variety is the spice of life so I headed off to Restaurant Lyr for something to eat other than pizza and pasta. Walking through these doors is like travelling straight to the heart of Beirut with a rich setting of … Continue reading

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Even rain couldn’t keep me away from La Vendemmia…

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Wow! Where do I start? I am soaking wet from the pouring rain but slowly defrosting after spending the most memorable night out yet on Milan’s main vein, Via Montenapoleone, Via Verri and Via Sant Andrea. Fashion Week has nothing … Continue reading

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Bollywood style showcased in Joburg for “Pippie se Gesiggie”

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I attended a fabulous fashion show in aid of the charity foundation “Pippie se Gesiggie” set up for the young burn victim, Isabella Pippie Kruger who underwent ground-breaking skin grafting surgery. Joburg’s elite crowd turned up at the posh Killarney … Continue reading

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Dinner with the Italian South African Chamber of Trade and Industries

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Promoting the breathtaking coastline of the picturesque Cinque Terre on Italy’s rugged East coast was reason enough for the Italian South African Chamber of Trade and Industries to hold a special dinner at the Il Tartufo restaurant in Hyde Park … Continue reading

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Pisa Horologerie events for Salone del Mobile 2013

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I am so sorry that I missed the Pisa family’s annual events held at their boutique stores during the Salone del Mobile. Unfortunately, this year’s Design Week clashed with training required for my day job. On the bright side, my … Continue reading

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Black & white Fratelli Rossetti shoes and my photoshoot!

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The unveiling of Fratelli Rossetti’s Swinging London collection proved to be quite a treat. I attended the presentation of these Fall/Winter 2013/14 shoes and matching handbag, in another Milanese palazzo where the stark contrast of black and white creations were … Continue reading

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YSL Purple Attitude and a night at Tara

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At this point I cannot reveal much except to say that the world is indeed my oyster. Today, I hijacked time in my super-cool, ‘anything is possible’ publisher, Andrea’s busy schedule to introduce him to Saul, the South African Consulate … Continue reading

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Tracked: Dresses and jewels from Brera to San Babila.

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If you had tracked my whereabouts yesterday, you would’ve noticed that I explored all my favourite parts of Milan by foot. From pizza and a caffe latte in Brera, I walked down Via Brera through the flea market where I … Continue reading

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Gianni Dori – The CEO of ‘RODO Firenze’ feeds my addiction to shoes

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While exploring Florence from Palazzo Pitti to the museums of iconic Italian brands, it became evident to me that the city was once a trend-setting centre of fashion and even today, inherent style is showcased in the leather jackets and … Continue reading

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Vittoria Bianchi – Faraone’s CEO and a bejewelled queen

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Resembling the Faraone Jewellers double oval logo, with its wide grin is the pearly smile of the company’s CEO, Vittoria Bianchi, one of the most aristocratic ladies that I have met on Via MonteNapoleone. Standing model tall at 1.76 meters, … Continue reading

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My tour through ‘Pisa Orologeria’ – a Rolex lover’s heaven

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I clicked my heels across the street to the Pisa Orologeria, a boutique on Milan’s Via MonteNapoleone that deals exclusively in Rolex timepieces to meet the lovely long-haired brunette, Chiara, one of several young members of the Pisa family who play a role in … Continue reading

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Geraldine De Vulpian – As Flawless as the Diamonds She Sells

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When American actress, Jaclyn Smith was quoted as saying: “Angels are like diamonds. They can’t be made, you have to find them”, it must have been the piece of advice which the Van Cleef & Arpels jewellers took to heart, … Continue reading

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