Luxe and Stylish: Louboutin comes to Harrods

Luxury French designer Christian Louboutin has opened his first standalone boutique at London’s iconic Harrods. Located on the first floor, the stage-like space is full of archived Louboutins and also offers a wide selection from the designers latest shoe and bag collections.

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Designer Lee Broom has created this dramatic new store for Louboutin following in the footsteps of other Christian Louboutin boutiques around the world, to reflect the city in which it is located; Broom’s creation pays homage to London. The space features a white, fanned arch-way entrance that acts as a shop window, aiming to reference the Covent Garden Opera House and create a ‘feeling of suspended reality’, according to Broom.Other nods to the city can be found in the tiled walls, themselves reminiscent of that of the London Underground, and white street lamps which illuminate the footwear on display. Even Big Ben makes his presence known in the arched store window, which has been etched to resemble a giant glass clock face.

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For the ultimate Louboutin experience, slip behind a mirrored door and enter the private shopping room. Here, the couture crafted footwear is no doubt waiting to be worn by some of the regular Louboutin lovers. Visit Harrods to experience this beautiful space and indulge in the ultimate sole search.

Disney Magic

I may have grown up, but Disney is still an integral part of me, so much so that I could give my 5 year old niece in Singapore competition. She has a Disney princess party for her 4th Birthday I want it for my 30th. Can you really blame me? Those fairy-tales are what we grew up with and a part of each girl wants to still be that princess- Career, Family, Husband’s Family, Health, Diet and Drama aside. Well even though we can’t really be the princess’s but no harm wanting to keep that part alive, especially when you are in need of a little magic, like I am right now. So here are some ways we can still incorporate Disney into our Real World.

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To give Disney fans a holistic experience and to bring a piece of Disney magic in day to day life, Disney is getting real estate players on board to provide Disney enthusiasts with Disney inspired interiors and exteriors. Though this is obviously a Kids room, I love the statement it makes for a Study even at an older age.

Disney's Mickey Inspired Women's T-shirt

This summer add some cool style to your wardrobe with the trendy Disney t-shirts collection. This fashionable collection of t-shirts for adults, inspired by Disney’s classic characters is now in the market and is designed for both men and women.

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Through the years, Chopard has maintained the distinguished status as ‘Jeweller to the Stars’. And frankly, Disney Princess’s get deserve that title more than most Stars. Caroline Scheufele, Co-President and Artistic Director, Chopard has interpreted the key characteristics of Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Tiana by designing ten unique High Jewellery pieces that unveiled at the Chopard Boutique at Harrods, London in November 2012.

Mystic Manor

And finally, Mystic Point, the final chapter of Hong Kong Disneyland’s current expansion project, will officially open on May 17, 2013. Rich in storytelling, Mystic Manor, an all-new, original attraction within Mystic Point, is home to brand new characters, special effects and architecture.

So hope you can join in the magic of Disney this season! How would you include the magic of Disney in your life this season?

Tete-a-tete with Mandeep Nagi of Shades of India

Shades of India is a 20-year-old company where the owners are passionate about fabrics, textures, techniques and colours and the way these can be transformed into clothes, accessories, cushions, quilts and curtains. Led by David Housego, a former journalist with Financial Times and Mandeep Nagi, Shades of India has a reputation for creativity and innovation. They sell across major department stores across the world like Harrods, Selfridges, Debenhams in UK and ABC Homes, Gumps in US and Good Earth stores in India. Finally they have launched their stand alone store in Meherchand Market of New Delhi. The shop holds Shades of India’s current range of cushions, bed linen and bed covers, curtains, furnishing fabrics and table linen, along with the Shades and White collection of clothes, bags and jewellery and the Mandeep Nagi collection of clothes and accessories.

On the launch of the store we had a little chat with Mandeep Nagi the design director of Shades of India to ask her take on decor and design.
StyleCity: What is your inspiration for your designs?
Mandeep Nagi: We are inspired by everyday life and all that it brings. We believe in simple living, unlike a lot of other stores our focus has never been just making money, we like to sell a lifestyle and believe in 100% natural material.
StyleCity:What do you think defines Style in a house/room?And what is the one detail that can take away from a room?
Mandeep Nagi:I think a truly stylish room is one that looks warm. When people go in for a completely contemporary room with all white and clean furniture the room feels cold and not homely. There should be a mixture of rough+sophisticated, for instance our store has rough walls and clean wooden flooring. The perfect room for me for example a living room would have a big neutral coloured,straight lined sofa with one strong chair in a vibrant colour and lots of sheers. One mistake people do is not have floor length curtains, I think that makes the room look shabby.
StyleCity: Any colour you like to use?
Mandeep Nagi: I love to use red, all family of red. In fact even the Shades of India logo has a red element.
StyleCity: Any tips for our users to do up their space for Diwali without going if for a complete makeover?
Mandeep Nagi: I would tell them to do up their dining tables and other tables with lots of t-lite. Get different bowls and fill them with T-lights then place them along the centre of the table in a line or two lines, then incase you don’t have the required napkins you can get red cloth and cut out 50cm diameter circles, then hold it in the centre so it looks like a flower and tie a ribbon around and place them on plates.
Another suggestion is to take straws, either the plane ones or the coloured ones you get in the market and string them together to make a bunch. Hang these around any lights/bulbs you have in your house. This is a creative way to add a decor element.