A Dip into the Fashion Scene

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Ingrid tweeted to tell me that she'd be popping into London briefly for the day, would I have time for a catch up. "Sure!", I replied. She was bubbly and a bundle of energy despite having had to survive on 2 hours of sleep. I don't know how she does it but I would've keeled over and probably resembled a zombie before midday.


We popped over to Walter Steiger boutique just off Sloane St to pick up Giulio Steiger. I had a few minutes to admire the awe-inspiring designs. There were too many delectable delights and far far too tempting for me. Check out the rest of his collection here.


What purse addict wouldn't attempt to take photos of these two beauties here. My heart skipped a beat when I first sighted Ingrid's friend's crocodile embossed Givenchy Antigona bag. Ingrid's Jay Ahr clutch is a work of art. The intricately braided leather was inspired by the hair braids worn by an African tribe. The workmanship and finishing are exquisite.

Jonathan Riss, designer of Jay Ahr with Ingrid
Having read about Jonathan Riss' collaboration with a village in China which has a 400 year old embroidery tradition, I was intrigued to find out more. It turned out that the village was in Fujian province, China where my grandparents originally came from. The sparkle in his eyes as he talked so exuberantly about the ongoing artistic projects in China which involved specialists in their field was infectious. This man is a talented visionary who has a child like inquisitive nature and is utterly fearless in his pursuit to realize his ideas. I couldn't help but walked away feeling inspired and perhaps do the same - feel the fear and do it anyway.

Giulio Steiger with Ingrid
For someone who is used to the world of celebrities and fashion heavyweights, one would assume that Giulio Steiger would be rather blase about it all. Yet, this man, despite his young age is a gentleman who is unassuming, quietly spoken and down to earth. The fashion industry can be rather cutthroat but it was wonderful to meet individuals such as Jonathan Riss and Giulio Steiger who are not only talented but also genuinely nice.


This season's collection from Jay Ahr is available here. A huge thank you to Ingrid and her lovely friends, Claudette and Lisa for the enjoyable day. 


  1. So many lovely lovely things.
    I honestly should just stop looking at fashion blogs. My purse will be thankful.

  2. What a wonderful and glamorous meeting up. Your photo have such gleam and movement. I am salivating over those gold shoes (I have just bought a pair of gold shoes though - are you allowed two pair?) and that gold and grey dress on the rack, stunning!

  3. Oh wow lots of awesome pieces here! So cool that you guys got to meet up and hang out. Sounds like a very cool time and I just love that first picture! You both look beautiful!


  4. The photo's are really gorgeous Marlene! You've really captured the moments. You and Ingrid really look like two peas in a pod :)

    xx Mandi

  5. What a gorgeous bag! Sounds like you met a true gentleman too! X

  6. Marlene it looks and sounds like you had such a fun time - the dresses I must say look stunning!

  7. Such a gorgeous post - so much beauty! And it sounds like you met some lovely people.

  8. Such a great post Marlene! I always love hearing artists and designers talk about their work, it's that unquenchable passion that makes them so intriguing. It's refreshing to know that even heavyweight designers can still be down-to-earth. You look absolutely radiant by the way.

    xx Jenee C.
    {camo meets couture}

  9. Sounds like you had a wonderful day and I must admit I would have been dribbling at the sight of that Givenchy bag! xx

  10. What an amazing day! Love Ingrid - thanks for the eye candy photos!!

  11. You sound like you had an amazing time despite being under the weather - you wouldn't be able to tell from the photo! You both look very glamorous. Love the fact that Giulio is a gentleman - I like gentlemen! He looks like a nice man too. I sound weird. I'm trying to say that some people come across a bit up themselves but he has a kind face.

  12. Oh Marlene, that really sounds like a fun day !! I ve spotted Jay Ahr's clutches on luisaviaroma a while back and I ve been obsessed ever since. They would be in my wardrobe if I had unlimited budget to spend but the reality is that I cannot spend that much on a clutch... You lucky girl for having been close to these ;) xx

  13. Such lovely pictures and it really seems like a perfect and fun day! :)

  14. What a fun day.. you and Ingrid look great! The gator bag is calling my name..lol!

  15. soo many gorgeous items! so in love with that multicoloured clutch, it's like a rainbow crystallised in one little ball (or oval) <3


  16. I'm drooling over that gorgeous rainbow clutch. Seriously, everything is so pretty!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  17. the jay ahr clutch is so beautiful! love these pictures, you always seem to capture the best moments ;)

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

  18. Oooooh fun! Glad you guys had a good time. Pretty bags too :)

  19. What a fun event! So glad you two got to go. All of the items are gorgeous.

  20. You've been on so many blogger dates, I'm quite envious! Did you pick up any of their pieces? I'm going to have to look into that jay ahr braided clutch!

  21. That Givenchy bag is super gorgeous! xx

  22. those purses are amazing! lovely pictures! love your style!




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