The Bouvier Sisters at the Debutante Ball 1951 Mirrored

The Bouvier Sisters

The Bouvier sisters are; Jacky Kennedy-Onassis and Lee Rafdziwill, they are both deceased. In their lifetime they really were top-notch socialites. The photo below is made by Sir Cecil Beaton in 1951, captured for Vogue Magazine. It marks the start of their adult ‘career’ in high society. The picture is taken before (during, or at) their Debutante Ball. A Debutante ball is an official party were boys and girls from royal, aristocratic or upper-class families are introduced as marriage material, at around age sixteen to eighteen.


(Jacqueline with her sister at a debutante ball in 1951 photo Cecil Beaton/Vogue/Condé Nast. Mirrored by Mimi Berlin)

That Summer in Grey Gardens

At Grey Gardens 1972

That Summer is a documentary made of material shot by photographer Peter Beard in the summer of 1972 at the Grey Gardens estate in Long Island. After all these years, director Göran Olsson has edited Beard’s material into a 82 minutes long movie: That Summer. We guess it must be a celeb gazing flick; starring, Peter Beard, Andy Warhol, Lee Radziwill, Mick Jagger, Truman Capote and of course Big and Litlle Edie Beale.

That Summer in Grey Gardens

Welcome to Grey Gardens…as you’ve never seen it before.

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Louise de Vilmorin’s Stuffed Cabbage

Louise de Vilmorin’s Stuffed Cabbage

Marie Louise Lévêque de Vilmorin (4 April 1902 – 26 December 1969) was a French novelist, poet and journalist.

Louise de Vilmorin’s Stuffed Cabbage
1 medium green cabbage2 cups cold cooked pork or sausage meat or roast veal, ground
4 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1/2 pint yogurt or sour cream

Plunge the cabbage into enough rapidly boiling salted water to cover the cabbage. Boil for 5 minutes. Drain well, bottom up. Separate the leaves and cut out the hard cores. Place a spoonful of well-seasoned stuffing on the edge of each leaf. Turn over the sides of the leaves and roll up. Place side by side in an oiled casserole with a cover and simmer on the lowest fire for about an hour. To keep moist, add a few spoonfuls of broth or water. Uncover and let brown, turning after 10 minutes to brown evenly. Pour yogurt or sour cream over cabbage and cook until heated through.

Fille d’une célèbre famille de grenetiers, Louise de Vilmorin est le premier grand amour d’Antoine de Saint-Exupéry et devient sa fiancée. Louise initie le Club GB (Groupe Bossuet) – une société humoristique – dont son frère Olivier est un des membres fondateurs. Pour sa part, Antoine reçoit le titre de Grand poète sentimental et comique.

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Elsa Peretti for Halston

Elsa Peretti for Halston

Elsa Peretti is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s finest, most creative, jewellery designers. Born in Florence, she studied interior design in Rome. Peretti created jewellery for Oscar de la Renta, Giorgio di Sant’Angelo and Halston. Elsa Peretti has worked exclusively with Tiffany since 1974, creating personal ornaments and tableware in silver, gold, lacquered wood, glass, carved hard stones and bamboo basketry. She held her first retrospective exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) New York in 1990. She has won a number of accolades including the Coty American Fashion Critics’ Award for Design (1971), the President’s Fellow Award from the Rhode Island School of Design (1981) and the Council of Fashion Designers of America Accessory Designer of the Year Award for 1996. She received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from FIT in 2001. In 2013 she has received the prestigious Premi Nacional de Cultura de Catalunya. (via elsa peretti /theheritagestudio / tiffany)

Birkin Kelly Gisele Daphne Coppola and Del Rey

Birkin Kelly Gisele Daphne Coppola and Del Rey. We all are familiar with The Birkin and The Kelly but did you know about the Gisele or the Daphne, we at Mimi Berlin sure didn’t and we found out why.

Matching the actual product above with the advertisements and other alluring pictures below can be a nice game! Try it, (without enlarging the images)

Kelly Bag / Grace Kelly / Hermes 1935

The beginning of the Kelly bag design as we know it now started in the 1930s. In 1954, Hitchcock allowed the costume designer Edith Head to purchase Hermès accessories for the film To Catch a Thief, starring Grace Kelly. According to Head, Kelly “fell in love” with the bag. Within months of her 1956 marriage to Prince Rainier III, the pregnant Princess of Monaco was photographed using the handbag to shield her growing belly from the paparazzi. That photograph was featured in the Life magazine. The bag was officially named Kelly Bag in 1977 (via)

Birkin Bag / Jane Birkin / Hermes 1981

This bag is the most famous in the fashion world. The legend behind the creation of it is known to everyone. In 1981, Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to Jane Birkin, a singer and actress, on a flight from Paris to London. She had just placed her straw bag in the overhead compartment of her seat, but the contents fell to the ground, leaving her to scramble to replace the contents. The woman complained to Dumas that she wasn’t able to find a roomy but elegant bag she liked. And already in 1984, a black supple leather bag was designed for her. Birkin has been using the bag for herself since then.

Gisele Bag / Gisele Bundchen / Luella 2002

In 2002 when the Luella brand was on the verge of bankruptcy Gisele was asked to carry the new bag named in her honor on the runway. Soon after the show the bag started selling very well. The Gisele Bag by Luella literally saved the company but is hard to find nowadays, it hasn’t become a real classic, and we at Mimi berlin predict it won’t be (read more at millionlooks)

SC Bag / Sofia Coppola / Louis Vuitton 2009

In 2009, Sofia Coppola arrived at the historic Louis Vuitton ateliers in Asnières, near Paris to design her very own bag. A close friend of Marc Jacobs, then Creative Director at Louis Vuitton, the movie director wanted a bag for a women who “is always on the go and has things to do, something between the Speedy and the Keepall“. And so the Sofia Coppola came into being, and was later marketed worldwide. The Coppola is an ideally sized bowling bag, with clean lines and a timeless design – it’s a travel bag for everyday city life, and has fast become one of the French brand’s most recognizable products. (via

The Daphne Bag / Daphne Groeneveld / Jason Wu 2012

Jason Wu met Daphne Groeneveld when she first arrived in New York and just fell in love with her. Daphne’s striking, classic with a twist look reminded him of this bag and he decided to name it after her. ” I created the Daphne in her likeness, casting a modern spin on a 1940s frame bag by lending it softer structure and a more relaxed look. Well, that doesn’t sound very inspiring does it? The Daphne bag won’t stand the test of time like the Birkin or the Kelly have done. Ms Groeneveld doesn’t wear this bag in public, we could’t find any pics except for the one above.  (via neimanmarcus)

The Del Rey / Lana Del Rey / Mulberry 2013

The Del Rey has a timeless style and sensibility that evokes thoughts of both retro and modern luxury. Inspired by the nostalgic style of singer Lana Del Rey it exudes simple, refined elegance and an understated, common-sense practicality. The shape implies a structured smartness but in reality celebrates the tactile quality of buttersoft leather. Ms Del Rey has been spotted wearing this bag many times! (via mulberry)

Charlotte Gainsbourg X CURRENT/ELLIOTT

Charlotte Gainsbourg X CURRENT ELLIOTT

Current/Elliott creative director Serge Azria and Charlotte Gainsbourg created a special capsule collection ; Effortless Chic, Contemporary Classics with a Parisian Twist is a good way to describe this collection. The first collection has about 40 pieces that range from denim pants to corduroy outerwear to tailored wool suits, Our favorite is the petite pants in black leather. Continue reading