Each week, Gemma Hayward - Grazia's Senior Fashion Editor - shows us what she's seen, loved and bought...
Grazia's Gemma (right) with Valentino designer Maria Grazia Chiuri during the Cash & Rocket tour [Instagram]
1. Dream Dior Shoes
'I fell in love. It’s no secret that I'm a leopard print devotee, and when these Dior shoes came in for an Autumn/Winter shoot I am working on, it's safe to say they went straight to the top of my wish list. I love the unusual shape of the heel and the mix of black with the print too. A girl's gotta have dreams, right?'
2. Meet Kamila Filipcikova
'Casting for my shoot latest shoot was made easy when the photographer showed me Kamila Filipcikova – she was perfect for our story. In the past she has walked for the likes of Givenchy and Armani Prive, appeared in French Vogue and starred in a Marc Jacobs ad campaign, so it was no surprise that she was a pure pleasure to work with.'
3. Window Shopping In Paris
'I was in Paris for the weekend with the charity Cash & Rocket (more of that below) and with an hour to myself, I took a walk to the Palais Royal, one of my favourite things to do in the city of love. With a beautiful fountain-filled garden, surrounded by shops like Pierre Hardy, Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs, there's plenty to tempt a fashion tourist. However it’s Didier Ludot, one of the most revered vintage and couture dealers in the world that I love the most. Like a mini exhibition, the windows are filled with the wonderful designs from Chanel, Balenciaga, Courreges and the like – I could window shop for hours. This yellow bow dress is YSL from 1967.'
4. On Tour With Daisy Lowe
The reason behind my weekend jaunt to Paris was to support the charity driving tour Cash & Rocket, a wonderful cause which supports three African charities. Also joining the last leg was Daisy Lowe, who drove her Mercedes Benz with co-pilot and friend Portia Freeman. I met up with the girls on the outskirts of Paris where we joined the rest of the drivers who had navigated all the way from Geneva (via Venice and Milan) before we all headed to the Place Vendome stop off. Also in convoy was Valentino's co-creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri (see below) and Topshop heiress and shoe designer Chloe Green ensuring proceedings were suitably chic.
5. My Night With Valentino
Valentino are helping the Cash & Rocket cause by sponsoring the tour and designing a capsule collection (available on net-a-porter.com) with all proceeds going to the charity . The design house hosted a lavish party to welcome to drivers and sponsors at the label's HQ in Paris. For the event I wore my wonderful new gold dress from Lanvin. Maria Grazia Chuiri took part in the whole tour (with an average of 5 hours of driving per day over 4 days!) but she was still happy to pose for a picture with me on the Eurotunnel on the last leg back to London. To finish the whole tour, a Gala dinner was held in the capital's Natural History Museum.
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