I’ve never won anything in my life. Well, I won a colouring competition when I was around 10 years old but that doesn’t count, as I don’t even remember what the prize was, and around 17 years have since passed. Sooo, when I received an email one afternoon, sitting aboard the train London bound for the weekend, telling me that I had won the competition I had recently entered, I could not prevent the grin from spreading from ear to ear!
I’d entered into the Louis Vuitton competition hosted on their Facebook page, by posting a photograph of an object that signified an important journey in my life. I decided to enter the photograph as the object itself. It signified to me, a very important journey on which I embarked around India; to see some of the world, experience new things and seek a sense of direction in life (as corny as it sounds).
The Winning Photograph - Pushkar's Holy Lake
The prize was an afternoon spent with Contributing Fashion Editor of Vogue and Stylist, Bay Garnett, at the Louis Vuitton store on Bond Street in London. We would be styled in beautiful clothing for an afternoon and get made up by a Dior make up artist.
I knew who would love to accompany me on this treat of a day and when I rang Ciara to pass on the good news, she squealed with delight and jumped with joy!
The day was not a disappointment. On 7th November we arrived at the store at 2pm, and were given a guided tour by Digital Officer, Anna Reiter, before being escorted up to the private apartment in a darkly lit lift. Louis Vuitton do a lot of work with various artists, including that of Grayson Perry, recent winner of the Turner Prize. It was really interesting to see the use of art within the store, the digital screen staircase, the moving handbag wall, and I particularly loved the book section, full of amazing fashion and art finds. Even if you aren’t planning on investing in an LV monogram bag, seriously go and take a browse in the store – it really is incredible.
The Louis Vuitton, Bond Street Store
The dark wood panelled apartment is exclusive and only known to a few. It isn’t advertised by the press and only really used by ridiculously rich clients. On arriving in the spacious warmly lit lounge room, we were introduced to Bay Garnett. It was an honour meeting such a great stylist, renowned in the industry for such amazing work. After sipping on champagne, trying on the AMAZING platform green wellies (not quite suitable for Glastonbury), sampling the delicious nibbles and chatting to both Bay and Anna, we took our places in the make up chair to be beautified by the lovely Dior make up artist.
The first sip of Veuve Cliquot champers...
Chatting to Bay and Anna
The amazing Wellies
The make up room...
A girl's dream in Dior
Ciara taking note
After my make up had been done, Ciara took her turn and I perused the rail of the most beautiful Louis Vuitton clothing and got to select my first outfit. Luckily Bay recommended that I wear the very playsuit that Thandie Newton wore in their campaign (seen below in a snapshot from the Facebook page) as it suited my frame. Complete with tights, grey patent leather gloves, knee-high boots, the cutest LV bag and a small mask, I was ready to pose for the camera. And I loved it, it was so much fun playing dress up!
Styled by Bay
Thandie Newton's Playsuit
My favourite image
Both myself and Ciara changed a couple of times into various ensembles. Ciara got the chance to wear one of Alexa Chung’s actual printed dresses (the image in which we are holding hands – looking totally normal, as we would on a day out shopping(!)), which suited her perfectly – so ladylike!
Dot & Peggy
The Alexa Chung dress on Ciara...
New outfits, new make up - my £6,500 dress
So yes, we may look slightly silly in a few of the images but it’s not every day you get to wear a dress that’s worth £6,500, drink champagne, chat to Bay Garnett and play models and dress up, so we lapped it up (as well as the fizz).
Myself, Bay and Ciara
At the end of the afternoon, we were each given a little keepsake. These leather embossed luggage tags printed with our initials, are something to keep forever… I just need to save for my Louis luggage trunks now.
Our Initialed Luggage Tags
End of an amazing day
Thank you to Anna Reiter at Louis Vuitton and Bay Garnett for giving us the opportunity to have such an fabulous day – we loved every minute!
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