FRONT ROW WITH IGOR CHAPURIN

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Three words that describe Russian designer Igor Chapurin: simplicity, harmony, perfection.

 “While I’m Russian, I think all the stereotypical authentic elements are growing old. People want modern, quality, and stylish clothes. You know, when I’m in France I always watch people – and the only ones you see dressed in high style are Russians. Europeans keep it simple and low-key.”

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On monday he will be receiving one of the prestigious MC FASHION WEEK AWARD in Monaco. I will keep you posted about what is going on during the ceremony and publish his new fashion show (tuesday afternoon at the Musee Océanographique).

You can register here if you want to attend any of the “MC fashion week” fashion shows on tuesday next week !

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Born in 1968 halfway between Moscow and St. Petersburg Igor Chapurin is one of the most successful Russian fashion designers, with boutiques worldwide and the first to expand his business to furniture, interior and exterior design. He even owns his own bar.

“My target client is a modern woman – she is in the office by day, and needs something stylish and practical, and at night she is attending a presentation, and needs an evening dress. My goal is to make versatile clothes, that just by changing a jacket for a cardigan you could turn an office outfit into an evening dress.”

Chapurin Couture opened its first boutique in Moscow in 1999. The same year, he took on jewelry design and costumes for theater performances.

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On 2 October 2005 the CHAPURIN fashion house became the first Russian fashion brand to show its collection within the official schedule of Paris pret-a-porter week and now we are looking forward to welcoming him at the 3rd MC Fashion Week in Monaco!

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KOBJA – recycled toad skins

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KOBJA`s line of luxury belts, bags and purses is made with poisonous cane toads, an invasive species now overrunning the South Sea Islands of Australia.

The Paris-based Polish designer says:

“This highly poisonous toad is in the process of destroying several local species. Animal defence associations have recommended its selective elimination. In this way, each toad skin is recycled, not destroyed.”

Introduced into Australia from Hawaii during 1935 to help with agricultural pests, the cane toad (Rhinella marina) is a prolific breeder, and now numbers in the hundreds of millions. Their impact on local ecosystems and biodiversity is so severe that the Australian army was called in to control their populations.

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Monika Jarosz, who first got the idea for her designs when a friend gave her a stuffed frog from New Zealand, this undesirable excess of poisonous frogs invading Australia was an unexpected opportunity, as she was having trouble finding a supplier for toad skins.

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photo: Ryota Atsumi

The skins are now prepared in Carins, Australia, before being sent off to France to be tanned, dried and dyed in a meticulous, 14-step process. Jarosz also adds lavish touches like inserting Swarovski crystals, in addition to bright colours and careful detailing.

In MONACO you can buy them here!

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KOBJA`s cane toad inspired fashion accessories range in price from 220 euros for a small purse up to 1200 euros for a handbag. They can be found in luxury stores in the most fashion conscious cities, including Tokyo, Beijing, Berlin and Paris. Go and take a look at the Kobja Collection of Toads in Monaco! They are waiting for you in store at Pierre (+377 99 99 61 89), 41 rue grimaldi  98000 MONACO.

MC FASHION WEEK 2015

From 6th to 8th of July 2015 the Principality of Monaco will turn into a temple of International Fashion and Style. Fashion shows featuring Spring- Summer 2016 collections will take place in the sumptuous rooms of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

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MC Fashion Week is organised by the Fashion Council of Monaco with the support of the Monegasque Government, the Town Hall of Monaco, the Direction of Tourism and Congress, the Russian Honorary Consulate in Monaco and the executive partner Società Italia.

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The aim of the three days event is to promote new fashion talents to a large public of buyers from Multi Brands Shops, Department Stores, International Press Journalists, VIP Bloggers and other Opinion Makers coming from different countries.

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Before the actual fashion shows Conferences and round table discussions with experts from the fashion sector will be organised; perfect to enable great Monegasque and International designers to showcase their talent in front of the global fashion elite.

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I am proud to announce that I will attend the conference on monday aswell as the fashion shows on tuesday at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

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In the upcoming weeks I will, one by one, present to you the participating designers of the MC Fashion Week. Stay tuned and don´t forget to sign up for my newsletter so you don´t miss the latest posts!!!

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You can also follow me on Instagram via “maxinmonaco”.

 

GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2015

Fast cars, hot girls and rich celebrities this was the 73rd Monaco Grand Prix 2015…Glamorous Monaco has brought it all to the table once again!

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F1 has to try hard these days to make races more exciting and the cars louder, faster and more powerful. Well, the race in Monaco is definitely the jewel in the crown of the Grands Prix worldwide. The winner of the last three Monaco Grands Prix, Nico Rosberg says:

It`s the most legendary race in the calendar, and it`s the most exciting track to drive on and the most challenging track.

1929 the first Grand Prix took place in Monaco and today its much the same circuit. As the track was not intended for todays modern race cars. This is the only place in the world where the track dictates the style of racing and not Formula One´s technical or sporting rules.

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Monaco may be the slowest race of the season but because its so close to the viewers it appears to be very fast and definitely the most exciting race of the year. Some drivers say that new technology and less engine power makes the Formula One cars to easy to drive but nonetheless Monaco remains a challenge to all the drivers because its not an easy track to overtake. Todays safety requirements make it impossible to build a track that compares to Monaco anywhere else. This is why some circuits are struggling to but Monaco is virtually immune from extinction. Changes in F1 regulations for 2017 won´t really affect the Monaco race. Monaco has never been a track that favors the highest horsepower cars with their often less drivable engines.

There is no other race where the fans are in such close proximity to the drivers and the racing as they are in Monaco. The vehicle performance director at the Williams team Rob Smedley said:

I think that we have to seriously think about not changing anything.

Monaco is all about show – off the track and on. Here some pictures of what went on last weekend:

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Pierre Casiraghi and his fiancée Beatrice Borromeo.

Pierre Casiraghi and his fiancée Beatrice Borromeo.                                     Instagram / amberloungeltd

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CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2015 – SELFIE SPECIAL

Even the world’s most photographed  people, including Eva Longoria, Victoria Silvstedt, Salma Hayek, and Diane Kruger, are eager to post their own, very personal view of what is happening during this years Cannes Film Festival on Instagram. What we get to see in this “INSTAGRAM SELFIE SPECIAL” are the perfect selfies before, during and after the red carpet in Cannes.
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Victoria Silvstedt / Instagram

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Karlie Kloss / Instagram

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Salma Hayek / Instagram

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Mariano Di Vaio / Instagram

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Diane Kruger / Instagram

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Victoria Bonya / Instagram

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Zoe Kravitz

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Liliana Nova / Instagram

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The most popular Instagram hashtag related to the Cannes Film Festival 2015 seems to be #BecauseWeCannes.

 

DEATH OF A DOCTOR

Mariah Carey`s Make-up Artist and friend Kristofer Buckle brought to my attention the sudden death of Cosmetic dermatologist to the stars Fredric Brandt. The City of Miami Police Department confirmed that Dr Brandt’s death was a suicide by hanging, at his Coconut Grove home in Miami. There are rumors going around that Fredric was ‘devastated’ over the comparison between him and a character on the show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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Columnist Lesley Abravanel said Brandt, 65, was ‘devastated’ recently over rumors comparing him to a character on the Netflix show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She also reported that he was found dead at his Coconut Grove mansion in Miami by his housekeeper where he lived alone. She called 911 at 9.19am.

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I looked up Frederic´s official website which states: Dr. Brandt sees himself as a physician, but also as an artist, as he helps patients sculpt the younger demeanor they seek with a variety of non-invasive procedures, many of which he pioneered or perfected himself. With practices in both Miami and New York City, Dr. Brandt sees more than 40 patients a day. Patients rely on Dr. Brandt for the resolution of medical concerns, but also for his innovations in the realm of in-office procedures. In addition to professional papers, Dr. Brandt is the author of “10 Minutes/10 Years” and “Age-Less: The Definitive Guide to BOTOX, Lasers, Peels and Other Solutions for Flawless Skin” – revolutionary skin-care manuals that contain advice and information from the master of youth himself on how to achieve perfect, youthful skin at any age.

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In an interview with Jane Holzer in 2009 he described his daily routine for Interviewmagazine:

I get up at 6:30 a.m. My yoga teacher comes and wakes me. Every morning I always tell him it’s like waking the dead. We do yoga until about 8:00—I have it down to, like, a timetable—and then from 8:00 until 8:25 I shower, brush my teeth, and do all my morning cleansing. Then I eat my breakfast from 8:30 to 8:45, and then at 10 to nine I’m off to the office. Further he described his work: What I try to do is to make your face look like it did when you were younger. I always tell people it’s not just about filling in the lines, but re-creating the shape of your face as it was in your early- or mid-twenties. People see the lines as they age but they don’t see how their shape is changing. I think it’s all about restoring the contours. You can fill in a line and it makes you look a little better, but it doesn’t make you look younger.

Sephora, where he sold his hugely successful skincare line says about him:

With over 20 years in practice translated into a hugely popular skincare line, Dr. Brandt fuses cutting-edge science with active botanicals and remains always in search of state-of-the-art ingredients and technologically advanced delivery systems.

His associates and staff are profoundly saddened by Dr. Brandt’s passing. He was one of the country’s leading dermatologists and pioneered the use of injectable fillers and botulinum toxin with his innovative and cutting-edge techniques. Dr. Brandt was dedicated to his profession, artistry, and every single one of his patients. Above all, he was kind, caring, compassionate and a true friend to all. Dr. Brandt will be forever missed by his staff, associates, friends, and patients.

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RIP, Fredric Sheldon Brandt (June 26, 1949 – April 5, 2015)

DESPERADO

Madonna is wearing Givenchy for the Grammy Awards this year. It looks a little as if everyone at Givenchy was afraid to say NO to her ideas. It looks like they tried desperately to put 12 different looks in ONE outfit.

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The details on this outfit are beautiful and its definitely couture but I think Madonna should stop trying too hard. She doesn´t need this anymore. Enough!

 

GIRL RISING WITH MyAnnika DRESSES (litterarly!)

 

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I was thrilled to be invited to a very prestigious Charity Fashion show at the Novotel in Cannes to comment on the latest fashion trends but more importantly to bring awareness to a very important charity called Girl Rising.

 

Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls’ education.

They use the power of storytelling to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies. Girl Rising unites girls, women, boys and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential.

The mission is to change the way the world values the girl.

Everything the charity does is to ensure that girls’ education is part of the mainstream conversation.

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Being someone who knows a little more than average about fashion I have to say I was excited when I arrived just in time to see the beginning of the fashion show. The same group of amateur models were presenting outfits by different designers. The presented fashion was more the average day-to-day wear but when MyAnnika dresses took the stage and presented the new summer collection I was blown away!!!

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The models suddenly had a change in attitude. It seemed as if the sexy badge dresses transformed the girls into real superstars. Finally I saw the attitude I was missing before!

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The Hervé Léger style dresses by MyAnnika were definitely the highlight of this Charity fashion event in Cannes.

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Girl Rising managed to collect a couple of thousand Euros for their Charity this evening. We all had a great evening, free drinks and snacks and made some great new friends and supported a very worthy cause!

Just take a look at the pictures and comment in the section below on how you feel about the outfits!

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FIT 4 SUMMER

If looking great at the beach summer is what you’re after, it’s time to start now! Avoid the last minute panic and get yourself sorted asap. Many of us would jump at the chance to have a personal trainer. But really good trainers are very hard to come by in Monaco. Luckily I managed to get one of the best trainers at the Cote D´Azur to come and train with me in Monaco on a regular basis. So let me introduce to you Nicolas Fache and share some pictures of our work out routine…

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Sometimes you have to rise above the mental barriers of exercise to reap the physical benefits. By focusing on how good you feel during and after exercise can be the motivation you need to stick to your fitness plans all year around. If you are a bit lazy like myself a personal trainer like Nicolas can help you to get out there, train hard, and be one happy fitness enthusiast come summer time.

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My initial session with Nicolas was spent undoing the bad training habits I’d picked up over the years. He watched over my every move. You really feel the difference when you do exercises properly.

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Nicolas is known and recognized within the most renowned spots of Paris; the Ritz Health Club,
Dior Institute, the Athenian Plaza as well as the TF1 TV Channel. He also understand how to create a productive work out atmosphere without putting too much pressure. This way training with him is fun and effective at the same time!

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There have been times when I’ve been going to the gym every single day, and worked harder than I have been with Nicolas, but I never got anything like these results.

Now I really look forward to my training sessions. I find Nicolas inspiring, and when he is standing there chatting, I don´t notice how much harder I am pushing myself, and how much faster the 60-minute sessions seems to be going.

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During the last few years, Nicolas has been training very refined and demanding clients
from Paris, Monaco, Moscow, Germany and London and a number of International VIP´s and in the future he wants to train mainly in and around Monaco.

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Outside those training sessions, I am encouraged to work out three times a week, and I stick to the regime pretty well.

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I’ve noticed the difference and I’m delighted. My upper body is much more toned, and my legs are stronger. I don’t think I could have come this far without my personal trainer Nicolas Fache.

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One of the most significant changes was my diet. Before meeting Nicolas, I skipped meals if I could, and then occasionally binged. He told me to eat at least every four hours and never let myself get hungry.

Because I haven’t had to diet, I don’t feel deprived, and I won’t be changing my new eating habits.

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Nicolas offers coaching with a high standard personalized electronic method of evaluation and continuous monitoring. This way you know exactly how much calories you are burning and quickly you are progressing. His clients usually burn around 1.000 calories per training session!!!

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Now that I know the right way to do things, I can continue the good work on my own. But of course, seeing him once a week will be great. It is a luxury I allow myself because I AM WORTH IT 😉

Nicolas is a “coach” in the true sense of the word. He wants you to succeed with your workout!

If you want a complete diet and workout solution, contact him via his website. After the training session he will provide you with tips and tricks on the perfect pairing of nutrition and exercise to help you lose fat and get fit faster than ever—with no wasted time or effort. What could be better than that?

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BONUS!  Nicolas is a great guy and fluent in English. He wants to develop a client base in Monaco and therefore offers a great discount on his regular hourly rate of 150 EUR but…

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…if you contact him and mention “pretabloguer.com” you get 1hr for 100 EUR or even less if you take a package… But lets find out more about his training first. But let me say this:

I was impressed, Nicolas is a very friendly and professional guy and the training session was THE BEST I EVER HAD!