Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Istanbul Nights and some odd bits

Pinch me, I'm in Istanbul! 
I've never been here before.
I'm here on business. This is a big deal for me - a large European retailer flew me here to see samples of a line I've designed for them. I arrived tonight and have a whirlwind of a trip and come home Saturday!
Truth be told I haven't seen much of the city yet. I arrived at 7 at night worked on the computer til 9 then went to the rooftop restaurant here at the hotel for dinner alone. But the energy here is palpable and from the text ride here and from the roof top view it is so gorgeous. 
Here's my cheese course from dinner. That on the right is walnut butter. Um, so good. We must start to make this in US. Move over almond better. Also, please note the thinness of the bread served. This must be how Europeans stay svelte. And, yes, that is a rock holding the slices.
Backing up a few weeks to the opening here're a few pics I never posted. I wore Barneys sale Balenciaga shoes to the soirée but I also couldn't pass up these striped Manolos. Cute, right??
We had some pretty awesome coverage of the party, Vogue (!), WWD,, Daily Candy and Pure Wow  among others!!
So amazing! At the party I wore a J Brand leather shorts/Theysken's Theory blazer/Balenciaga shoe situation, but what most people didn't know was that I was also wearing the skills of make-up artist extraoridinaire and super mom-friend-from-school (her daughter and Oscar are in class together) Pati Dubroff on my face and legs. Yes, legs. I had a bruise and Pati said, 'let me take care of that.' She assured me that all the stars do it before the hit the red carpet. Jeez, who knew?!
Here's Pati's artillery dumped out on my dinning room table. 
I tried to pay attention so I could do it to myself the next time, but I had to face it, I just don't speak make-up language - it's like trying to pay attention to someone speaking Mandarin to you - doesn't soak quite in.
I had some pretty awesome hosts to the dinner after the opening party and to be expected, they all had on some awesome foot ware: Clockwise from top:
Shiva in Louboutin, Marlien in Louboutin, me in Balenc, Minnie in Marni.

More from Istanbul tomorrow!!!


loopylu said...

I love Istanbul and I love shoes

briannelee said...

Great shoes! Love both pairs.

kmd3725 said...

Hey Clare! Love your blog and leather creations. I love my clutch! What brand are your neon green jeans?

Clare Vivier said...

@katie, they are Seven! Thanks for your note! xoc