08 September 2011

gwyneth paltrow coach grazia

So Grazia Daily met Gwyneth Paltrow last night, and we are completely besotted (as the photos show).

Mainly we loved her orange Lanvin dress 'my second orange dress in a week - my new favourite colour!', and the fact that she paired it, not just with a pair of cherry red Jimmy Choo ankle boots (colour blocking like a real Grazia girl) but also with a majorly fashion forward Sixties-style dogtooth check coat. LOVE.

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This almost made up for her scruffbag husband, Coldplay's Chris Martin, who accompanied his missus in a 'darling-are-you-really-going-out-like-that' ensemble of hoodie, anorak and horrible sporty trousers. The woman is a saint. Anyway, Gwynnie looked resplendent, and who better to  be the new "face" of our obsession of the moment - Coach bags, which we've been drooling over on for weeks. The New York heritage luxury bag brand has long been the go-to label for pared down all-American style. The Coach Classics collection features five iconic bags reissued from the 1970s achives, which were originally designed back-in-the-day by sportswear legend Bonnie Cashin, and are just the perfect styles to go with this season's wide legged trousers, A-line skirts and silk blouses. Meanwhile, designer Reed Krakoff whose own-label luxe minimalist ready to wear has been sending fashion editors into a spin for seasons, is now creative director at Coach. And this year the brand is celebrating its 70th anniversary, and it's giving London a birthday present - a shiny new flagship store, the UK's first, on Bond Street, no less.

Anyway, the never-ending dinner at chi-chi The Arts Club in Mayfair was almost enough to distract us from gawping at Gwynnie (and Mario Testino, and Thandie Newton): not only were there gorgeous crayfish and oysters, roast chicken and lamb chops, and amazing desserts (we nearly exploded) but the napkin rings were wicked grey leather Coach wristbands - how cool? - even Gwyneth left wearing hers.


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