At the end of every year I prepare a wish list extravaganza consisting mainly of couture clothes, extraordinary shoes, incredible furniture or first editions of my favourite books. A very good friend of mine who is a notorious optimist advised me once, that if there is something I want or dream about, now matter how ridiculous it might be, I should start a scrap book with pictures or sketches of all that I desire. So far I have an incredible apartment in Chelsea and Richmond Park, a first edition of “The Pictures of Dorian Gray” as well as first editions of every single book ever written by Ayn Rand, all the costumes from Dangerous Liaisons, Louis XVI armchairs with matching writing desk, at least four paintings by Tamara de Lempicka with her “Green Turban” as the focal point of the room and many more. I have it all, at least I do… in my scrap book. This year, I’m trying to be a little bit more restrained at least with fewer items from my wish list extravaganza, but only with a few, as it’s beyond my control.
I decided to start my wish list with a Nicholas Oakwell couture gown in bugle beads and oyster georgette, which would be perfect for a red carpet event I’m attending in January or the “All About Eve” film screening party I’ve been planning for my friends for the last decade but always end-up watching by myself with the company of a very dry martini. Price of the dress is on application and as yet I haven’t placed said application, so I can’t tell you how much it costs.
Next on my list is a whole set of plates and tiles designed by an incredible artist, Rory Dobner. If you happen to be in London, I urge you to either visit Liberty’s, which stock a large selection of Rory’s homeware items, or at least visit his official website to get inspired by the artist’s extraordinary creations. Price for the plate: Small: £36.00,
Medium: £46.00, Large: £66.00. White ceramic tiles decorated with illustration. Price:£37.50
Every single year I put this particular book on my wish list extravaganza hoping to send a message to the universe, that it should really be in my proud possession, rather than collect dust at some undeserving shelf of an antiquarian. “Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand Price: £ 14452.31 AbeBooks.co.uk
Hats, hats, hats, Philip Treacy hats to be exact. It was love at first sight when I found this beautiful heart shaped creation with a black silk rose. Price: £750
Giuseppe Zanotti Swarovski crystal contoured wedge pumps because they are so much more than just shoes, they are a piece of art. Price: £1,265 at net-a-porter
Oh how decadent it would feel to write with something so ornate and over the top and considering, that I write all the time it would be a totally justified buy. St Dupont Second Empire Neo-Classique President fountain pan. Price: £2000
Whats on your Wish List Extravaganza I wonder?