Monday, 11 February 2013


"Cupid shoots and he scores!" Mrs M. is lovestruck. FALLEN HEAD OVER HEELS. And the object of her undying affection... (no, not Mr. M) Lancôme's limited edition clutch in collaboration with Parisienne designer Olympia Le-Tan.

The handcrafted beauty is crammed full of the best selling lippy and nail polish from Lancôme's much-adored IN LOVE range. The selection includes everything from the iconic Miss Coquelicot to Corail in Love, a perennial basic with the fashion set. But surely the aptly named Sweet Embraces is set to be the  Valentine's success?

With only a limited number of the bags being commissioned there will undoubtedly be a crazy demand- think Chanel's jade and Mulberry's Alexa combined. Get yours exclusively from Harvey Nichols on the 13th- a perfect Valentine's treat. Of course, the detail and craftsmanship is impeccable, something we've come to expect from her handmade designs. Stitched inside is the line "handmade with love in France"- a motto that could apply equally to both Parisienne labels.

Olympia lovingly describes her creation..."I wanted to design the cover of an imaginary novel called 'Rouge in Love'. My idea was to create a 'mise-en-abyme', a book within a book. It is held by two hands with painted nails and surrounded by little red and violet lips that seem to dance around. I love drawing lips, so it was the perfect opportunity... The clasp and side, instead of having a gold finish like my other designs, are silver, like a mirror. Perfect to look into during the evening if you want to touch up your make-up."

Even I cannot deny the fabulousness of this cheeky minaudière, in all its kitsch felty glory- but at £995 a pop this one ain't coming cheap. Who said money can't buy love?

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