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New YorkNew York3New York2Jewel colours, powder puff pastels and blood red. Rows, left to right, from top left: Marc by Marc JacobsRodarte and Derek LamTibi, Rodarte and Altuzarra; Elder Statesman, Ralph Lauren and Wayne; Marc by Marc Jacobs, Douglas Hannant and Marc Jacobs; The Row, Lacoste and 3.1 Phillip Lim; Libertine, Araks and Zac Posen.

All images via Vogue.

New MonochromeYup, all brilliant. 1. Zigzag-print suede and leather pointed-toe flats, Nicholas Kirkwood at Net-A-Porter  2. Tobago T20 Cushion, Missoni Home at Heal’s  3. Abstract Check Silk Miniskirt, Balenciaga at Browns  4. Morgan basket (coming soon), Habitat  5. Striped dress, Marc Jacobs at Farfetch  6. Bi-colour silk crepe blouse, Balenciaga at Matches

Friday four 2Four things I love on a Friday, and most other days. This is the New York house of badger-haired couture magnet Daphne Guinness. She says, ‘Do I want a corridor or do I want an experience every time I walk in the door?’ Quite right, Daphne, an excellent way to decorate one’s home. Stylist Giovanna Battaglia, how I love her work, especially shot. Immense hair and dress. And have you seen the lady herself? Wow. Speaking of wow, the 60s inspiration for Battaglia’s styling perhaps – the walking mirror ball, Peggy Moffitt. I love the Nowness tour of her home, still got that amazing hair. Issey Miyake for men, ideal ‘just popping out to space, dear’ clothing. Happy weekend all!

New floralsThese ain’t no wallflowers, these blooms are bold. Pretty, never the less. 1. Oriel Midnight Garden standard lamp, House of Hackney  2. Floral-print silk-faille mini skirt, Miu Miu at Net-A-Porter  3. Blush Harbour printed coat, Mary Katrantzou at Browns  4. Floral print Lucrezia bowling bag, Givenchy at Farfetch  5. Oil painting cushion, Zara Home  6. Floral-print leather brogues, Maison Martin Margiela at Net-A-Porter  7. Floral Jacquard Silk-blend Tank, Dolce & Gabbana at Browns.

Friday fourFour of my favourite things on a Friday. Red or Dead’s Space Baby collection is what I wanted to wear more than anything else in the world when I was 12, sadly my mother didn’t see it my way. What I wouldn’t do to track down one of the see-through jackets now! Seeing the logo always reminds me of that time, when I was little but wanted to be big. Model Aly Dunne kicking back in 90s Gianfranco Ferre, both starring in the V&A’s very exciting exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014. Then, Neil Tennant and Anna May Wong, cool as a cucumber and fabulous both.

New BlushMove over grey, there’s a new shade of subtle in town. I love knocked-back, just-a-hint-of-pink pink, especially when it’s mixed with black. It’s less soft that way.

Bonded leather gilet, Marni at Net-A-Porter; Square crystal-embellished earrings, Shourouk at Matches; Marble-effect sunglasses, Peter & May Walk at Farfetch; Pearl knocker ring, H&H at Farfetch; Candleholder, Marks & Spencer; Colour block pump, Chloe at Farfetch; Angus soup bowl (coming soon), Habitat; East West bi-colour tote, Rochas at Matches.

Newness Back to workThis morning, I woke up feeling refreshed, organised and ready to go for my first day back in the office. I cut a dash in this get up, Helen Moore’s faux-fur Vixen scarf draped nonchalantly over my shoulder. I really, really wish. I had festive jet lag – I would’ve happily gone to work in my pyjamas. The glamour will return tomorrow, I hope. Happy 2014 everyone!

1. Cali pinstripe suit, Acne 2. Double stone ring, Valérie Egée at Farfetch 3. Midnight faux-fur Vixen scarf, Helen Moore 4. Arty notebook, Christian Lacroix at Quill 5. Sunglasses, Linda Farrow at Net-A-Porter 6. Smooth backpack, The Row at Farfetch 7. Mid-heel Oxford shoes, Simona Vanth at Farfetch

Wixon MouthGlorious, glorious work from stylist supreme Giovanna Battaglia, photographer Sharif Hamza and model Lindsey Wixson. This shoot has worked on me, especially the Miu Miu suit after the click…

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BarbicanWhat are you doing this weekend? I heartily recommend Pop Art Design at the Barbican in London. Hits include: lots of iconic pieces by absolute design hero Ettore Sottsass, brilliant works by Richard Hamilton, Studio 65 and this searing piece by Elaine Sturtevant. There’s a room of tired 60s music posters and paraphernalia (including Cream’s truly toe-curling Disraeli Gears) towards the end, but that’s a mere blip in an otherwise genius show.

Bonjour paris2Clothes as canvases, on the spring/summer catwalks of Celine (bottom) and Jean Charles de Castelbajac (top). Images via style.com

Bonjour parisSpring/summer ’14 is strips, strips and more strips, says (clockwise, from top left) Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, Vivienne Westwood and Givenchy. Images via style.com. Imagine a more glamorous version of those leather skirts favoured by Roman centurions.

NEWNESSPOP ARTFashion and interiors accessories that will look good for far, far longer than 15 minutes. Comic Book printed leather skirt, JW Anderson at Browns; I Love You necklace, Tatty Devine; Crash cotton sweatshirt, Iceberg at Browns; Wham! Plane cushion cover, Tate Modern; Boom Pow slippers, Stubbs & Wootton at Browns; Tom Ford, autumn/winter ’13, via style.com

rugsHere they are – the best rugs in the world. They’re by (clockwise, from top left) Made by Node at Patternity, Florence Broadhurst at Knots Rugs, Luke Irwin and Paul Smith at The Rug Company. That’s that decided, then.

Jallu Jallu2I first saw the work of Brittany-based design studio Jallu Ebénistes earlier this year when I was putting together a feature for Alto magazine on decorating with semi-precious materials. Sandy from the company was kind enough to send me info about their latest pieces this week and, of course, they’re beautiful. The studio specialises in techniques from the Art Deco period, using materials including parchment, straw marquetry, horn, gypse, precious veneers and metals. This new Roxy cabinet is pure glamour, veneered in crystal-white gypse (selenite in English).

NewnessBWThere’s nothing wrong with seeing everything in black and white. Outline clock, Habitat; Bamboo basket, Zara Home; Socks, &Other Stories; Fausto Puglisi skirt, Farfetch; Agnes vase, Normann Copenhagen at Bodie & Fou; Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes, Farfetch; Bra, &Other Stories; Moschino Polka dot blouse, Farfetch.