My Winter Wardrobe..Dresses

I present to you all, the dresses I have selected for my Winter Wardrobe 13/14.  My favourites include the Erdem Laudia embroidered silk dress (no.31) and the Temperley London Angeli embellished silk-chiffon and tulle gown (no.33).  I am dying over these amazing dresses!

1.GIVENCHY Black wool sweater dress with gold bars £752.50

1.GIVENCHY
Black wool sweater dress with gold bars
£752.50

2. VICTORIA,VICTORIA BECKHAM Wool-felt dress £681

2. VICTORIA,VICTORIA BECKHAM
Wool-felt dress
£681

3.JONATHAN SAUNDERS Odette brushed wool-blend dress £914.37

3.JONATHAN SAUNDERS
Odette brushed wool-blend dress
£914.37

4.VALENTINO Tulle-paneled wool and silk-blend dress £1,483.12

4.VALENTINO
Tulle-paneled wool and silk-blend dress
£1,483.12

5.RICHARD NICOLL Illusion scuba-jersey and silk-blend jersey dress £503.13

5.RICHARD NICOLL
Illusion scuba-jersey and silk-blend jersey dress
£503.13

6. DONNA KARAN Gathered jersey dress £1,395.63

6. DONNA KARAN
Gathered jersey dress
£1,395.63

7. CHLOÉ Wool, silk and cashmere-blend sweater dress £982

7. CHLOÉ
Wool, silk and cashmere-blend sweater dress
£982

8. MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Dégradé wool and mohair dress £640

8. MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
Dégradé wool and mohair dress
£640

9. PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI Flo stretch-sateen jersey dress £831.25

9. PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI
Flo stretch-sateen jersey dress
£831.25

10. ALICE + OLIVIA Joi leather-trimmed wool maxi dress £469

10. ALICE + OLIVIA
Joi leather-trimmed wool maxi dress
£469

11. ROLAND MOURET Bilbao crepe-jersey dress £708.75

11. ROLAND MOURET
Bilbao crepe-jersey dress
£708.75

12. THAKOON Ribbed-knit wool dress £468.12

12. THAKOON
Ribbed-knit wool dress
£468.12

13. DONNA KARAN Wool-blend dress £1,120

13. DONNA KARAN
Wool-blend dress
£1,120

14. STELLA MCCARTNEY Fluted stretch-cady dress £616.88

14. STELLA MCCARTNEY
Fluted stretch-cady dress
£616.88

15. MICHAEL KORS Cashmere and merino wool-blend sweater dress £565

15. MICHAEL KORS
Cashmere and merino wool-blend sweater dress
£565

16. PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI Atlantic printed sateen dress £1,548.75

16. PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI
Atlantic printed sateen dress
£1,548.75

17. LANVIN Floral-appliquéd faille tunic dress £3,676

17. LANVIN
Floral-appliquéd faille tunic dress
£3,676

18. DOLCE & GABBANA Ruched lace and tulle dress £3,134.25

18. DOLCE & GABBANA
Ruched lace and tulle dress
£3,134.25

19. J.CREW Mia cotton-macramé dress £301.88

19. J.CREW
Mia cotton-macramé dress
£301.88

20. NOTTE BY MARCHESA Sequined tulle and silk-crepe peplum gown £756.87

20. NOTTE BY MARCHESA
Sequined tulle and silk-crepe peplum gown
£756.87

21. NOTTE BY MARCHESA Embellished silk dress £564.38

21. NOTTE BY MARCHESA
Embellished silk dress
£564.38

22. STELLA MCCARTNEY Lace-paneled stretch-jersey dress £765.63

22. STELLA MCCARTNEY
Lace-paneled stretch-jersey dress
£765.63

23. BIYAN Iris embellished tulle gown £1,373.75

23. BIYAN
Iris embellished tulle gown
£1,373.75

24. BIYAN Isobel embellished tulle and satin gown £1,347.50

24. BIYAN
Isobel embellished tulle and satin gown
£1,347.50

25. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Faux pearl-embellished knitted dress £1,548.75

25. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
Faux pearl-embellished knitted dress
£1,548.75

26. ROKSANDA ILINCIC Izumi color-block wool-crepe dress £881

26. ROKSANDA ILINCIC
Izumi color-block wool-crepe dress
£881

27. JIL SANDER Plaid mohair-blend dress £1,050

27. JIL SANDER
Plaid mohair-blend dress
£1,050

28. EMILIA WICKSTEAD Darcy printed silk-organza dress £962.50

28. EMILIA WICKSTEAD
Darcy printed silk-organza dress
£962.50

29. EMILIO PUCCI Bead-embellished stretch-wool crepe mini dress £1,420

29. EMILIO PUCCI
Bead-embellished stretch-wool crepe mini dress
£1,420

30. JASON WU Pleated wool-blend and chiffon peplum dress £2,765

30. JASON WU
Pleated wool-blend and chiffon peplum dress
£2,765

31. ERDEM Laudia embroidered silk dress £4,611.25

31. ERDEM
Laudia embroidered silk dress
£4,611.25

32. VICTORIA,VICTORIA BECKHAM Merino wool-blend and felt dress £778

32. VICTORIA,VICTORIA BECKHAM
Merino wool-blend and felt dress
£778

33. TEMPERLEY LONDON Angeli embellished silk-chiffon and tulle gown £2,244.38

33. TEMPERLEY LONDON
Angeli embellished silk-chiffon and tulle gown
£2,244.38

34. JAY AHR Wool-blend jersey and jacquard dress £879.38

34. JAY AHR
Wool-blend jersey and jacquard dress
£879.38

All of the dresses shown are available from www.net-a-porter.com

Yours,

The Countess x

The Chanel Little Black Jacket Exhibition..Dubai

 Little Black Jacket is an iconic jacket designed by the late Coco Chanel in the early 50’s that has been re-imagined by Karl Lagerfeld since he took control of the CHANEL fashion empire.With this exhibition, the public get a chance to witness the originality, timelessness and versatility of the Little Black Jacket through Lagerfeld’s original photographs with styling by Carine Roitfeld

Due to commitments, I was unable to attend this exhibition in London or Paris, so I have decided I will be attending in Dubai. The Exhibition will be running in Dubai from April 27 – May 11 at  Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown DubaiI adore the Chanel Jacket so I could not miss out on this, plus it is another excuse to visit one of my favourite cities.

Alongside the exhibition, CHANEL will present its latest spring and summer collection of jackets in its boutiques at the Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Burjuman Centre.

 

 

 

 

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Yours,

The Countess x

The Countess shares her favourite Hotels

I have been lucky enough to travel the World and visit some of the most beautiful places imaginable. I do have to be honest and admit that when it comes to travelling, I like all the comforts of Home and would not have fun ‘roughing it’ to say the least. The Four Seasons have provided me with some of the most exquisite accommodations over the years and they feature heavily in this post. I know with a Four Seasons Hotel I am going to get incredible accommodation, impeccable service and a superb location. Some of the trips I have been on with the Earl have been last minute and I have not had time to research a Hotel, when this happens I simply book a Four Seasons knowing it will be perfect. When in London my favourite place to stay is The Ritz. My family have been staying at this establishment for generations and I too adore it’s regal charm and luxurious comfort. My Husband and I often considered investing in a Townhouse in Belgravia but eventually realised that it would have been pointless as we would only pine for our second home, The Ritz. We also adore the Ritz in Paris and whilst here I cannot resist the Coco Chanel Suite. I find it very moving to think that Chanel spent most of her days here creating a legacy. Unfortunately it is now closed for refurbishment and will be sorely missed. I attend the Dubai World Cup every year and whilst in the fabulous city, I reside at the One & Only Royal Mirage. The hotel named after a Prince travelling the Desert who had a mirage of a luxurious Palace. This dream was realised and is embodied in this establishment. This Hotel is a real Arabian delight with luscious surroundings and pristine accommodation. Nearby in Abu Dhabi I decided to stay at the Emirates Palace. I had read about this Hotel in the news and had to experience it for myself. The Palace cost £3.9 Billion to build and the Suites are decorated with Gold and Marble. It would not be an exaggeration to say that one felt like the Queen, residing here! In the Gallery below you will see the Four Seasons Hotel located in the Serengeti. This is a new establishment and next on my list to visit. The villas overlook the National Park with a view of African wildlife, it is almost like a picture of Heaven. Enjoy the gallery and please do comment and let me know some of your favourite Hotels and destinations.

Yours,

The Countess x

The Iron Lady Baroness Thatcher sadly dies.

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have just learnt the news of Margaret Thatchers death. The former Prime Minister died this morning after suffering a stroke at the grand old age of 87. Baroness Thatcher was the first woman in history to become Prime Minister in Britain and is in my view is one of the greatest we have ever known. I will not report a full story here as many others will have already done so, instead here are a selection of photo’s of the remarkable Lady!

The Countess x

Summer Social Season..What i’ll be wearing

Summer is almost upon us and this year my diary is rather full with engagements, In particular evening festivities. After Christmas celebrations, this is my favourite time when I have the opportunity and privilege of wearing stunning gowns almost every week. My wardrobe is planned months in advance and I often attend Fashion Week in London and Paris to see what catches my eye. At most of the Social occasions the Earl and I attend, there are in excess of 300 guests, therefore it is important to stand out but remain elegant at the same time. Oscar de la Renta in particular has impressed me this season and here are are a selection of the gowns that I shall be wearing this year. Click thumbnail to enlarge image.

Yours,

The Countess x