Tuesday, December 6, 2011

An Enchanted Evening:By Invitation Only

I am in a mood to party.... in grand style of course!

Swarovski windows at Harrod's

The invitation of the season! I am absolutely thrilled to be invited to Tina's magnificent new home for a Holiday Celebration on December 23rd... even though this is a virtual invitation... I just had the most fabulous time getting my outfit for the occasion.

Just flew back from France last night and made a little detour via Paris. From the CDG airport went directly to my favorite designer Loris Azzaro whose couture house I have been faithful to for years. I had once been invited to an imperial wedding in Japan and trusted Loris Azzaro for the perfect dress. Ever since I run to him for any special occasion. The evening affair at Tina's is certainly a reason to visit his Studio.
Being in Paris for one day only, I had to be quick and decisive.

Here is the dress! I always wear black and love simple elegant dresses yet with a touch of sexi-glam

Of course the shoe is a detail that can make or kill an outfit. I decided on a Miu Miu little evening shoe.

New York being cold in December, I needed a coat. I trusted Valentino Couture House to have the perfect coat, in my size of course...

To accessorize the outfit, I will wear a vintage Cartier white gold and diamond watch, a simple Van Cleef and Arpels dragonfly pined on my dress as the only jewelry and my beloved crocodile bag that once belonged to my grand mother

Now, the subject of the hostess gift...
Tina's new home being a French Style Grand House , I felt that a little Lalique was appropriate.

As for the host, a bottle of my favorite Perrier Jouet Pink millesime 2002

Please check in with Marsha at Splenderosa to see what every one else will be wearing!

A Bientot,



  1. Fabulous Francine!! Love all the choices - and how lovely that you have your grandmother's beautiful croc bag. And rosé champagne- a girl after my own heart!

  2. Oh Francine,
    I love everything, down to the smallest detail....that dragonfly brooch is stunning. Do you think that we could swap outfits halfway through the evening ?!!!

  3. I knew I would find you in the perfect outfit for our party, and I did. Those shoes seriously ROCK...and your other accessories will be the envy of everyone. Your fab dress, the Lalique, the Perrier-Jouet...only THE best...just like you.
    Merry Christmas from Texas....

  4. You look divine Francine... Wouldn't it be fabulous if we were all really meeting up! xv

  5. Francine, you might just have taken the cake with your look. I am shaking my head in wonder over this one. Whew.

    Makes me wonder what you wore in Japan!

  6. You ladies are going to be one dressed up group! I love this months theme. Nice to have a little make believe now and then. Isn't Tina's house wonderful, just as she is.
    Cartier is my favorite jeweler. They design the most beautiful pieces. I will take the shoes, dress and coat too, please. And Lalique? Be still my heart.
    I really loved this months theme.
    Have a nice day, Francine.

  7. Francine,
    I absolutely love this ensemble. You are a woman with such repose.
    xo Lisa

  8. Francine, to say I adore everything you have put together for your ensemble would be quite an understatement. Absolutely Gorgeous!!

    How is your Mother doing?

    Vicki from French Essence has offered her duo of books to 2 winners! We are on our 5th day of Holiday Giveaways with 4 events being open!

    Art by Karena

  9. Such an elegant ensemble............and I love your choice of gifts Francine. I must write this b ottle of bubbly on my list this year. XO

  10. Okay I am dying over the dress! I love it! and the pin just perfection!


  11. Just beautiful, love the outfit and what gorgeous gifts for the hosts.

  12. Oh my Francine...my driver will definitely be ditching me for you...that is a fabulous dress. Can't wait to meet. Mona

  13. oooh la la fashions... and LOVE that window dressing!

  14. Francine,

    You will be very beautiful and stylish!! Love that dress!!And the Lalique bottle is a gorgeous gift!

  15. Wow,very elegant..love the Miu Miu sandals.
    HAve a nice weekend



  16. Francine, this sounds and looks divine! I can hardly believe that long gown and the beautiful accessories.... lovely :)


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