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Life à la MF

What is "Life à la MF" ?

 

Little stories about everyday life

 

A passion for beautiful things 

A passion for fashion, food, family, friends, travels, objects, art, animals, a passion for life.

The Party.

The Party.

In the heady era of the 70s, I wore my caftans lounging by the beaches on Fire Island to dancing on the streets of New York en route for yet another star filled night at Studio 54. I still dream of the bright lights of the city and nights with Warhol and Dali. The impossible glamour of the bygone days when innocence and joyous hope reigned.

More than ever today, we need that little bit of rock and roll and a whole lot of glamour to lift our spirits and lighten the days. Read More

Interview with Marie France x Hong Kong Tourism Board

Welcome to Humans of Hong Kong, a story series on Localiiz that takes a deeper look at the many colourful characters and unique personalities that call our beloved city home. We traipse the catwalks of Hong Kong’s fashion scene with Marie France Van Damme, a world-renowned fashion designer originally from Montreal who has called Hong Kong home for over 40 years. Join us as she shares her story of how she got started in the fashion industry, why she rooted her business in Hong Kong, and the best ways to explore the city.   “I dropped out of school. I did only one and a half years of university. And my family was very upset because everyone has PhDs in my family—they are all mathematicians... Read More
Interview with Marie France x Hong Kong Tourism Board
Interview with Frank Ancona

Interview with Frank Ancona

In the early 80s, I discovered Gump’s, a small luxurious department store in the heart of San Francisco. It sold the most amazing products from jewellery made from jade, precious stones and freshwater pearls to Oriental Art, exotic collectibles from the Far East, rugs, Buddhas and everything for entertaining and gifting…all beautifully curated under one roof. This is where I met Frank in 1983. I was on my way to Hong Kong, a city he knew too well. As the buyer for Gumps, he would travel to the Orient, and bring back all these treasures. But his passion then and now is pearls. As an artist who studied in Italy, how did you find yourself designing fine jewellery in San Francisco? As a student... Read More

The lushness of the bohemian spirit infuses the Marie France Van Damme Summer 2021 collection.

In the heady era of the 70s, I wore my caftans lounging by the beaches on Fire Island to dancing on the streets of New York en route for yet another star filled night at Studio 54. I still dream of the bright lights of the city and nights with Warhol and Dali. The impossible glamour of the bygone days when innocence and joyous hope reigned. 

More than ever today, we need that little bit of rock and roll and a whole lot of glamour to lift our spirits and lighten the days. 

There are things in this world that endures. My caftans of yesteryears and today. Timelessness personified.

Marie France

The lushness of the bohemian spirit infuses the Marie France Van Damme Summer 2021 collection.
Work on that body!

You do a lot more in your swimsuit then swim.

The truth is, you do a lot more in your swimsuit then swim…  I think one of the biggest mistake women make when buying a swimsuit is opting for something that is too revealing.  It is always better to suggest than to show too much. You must choose a shape that is flattering to your figure, and one that you are comfortable wearing. There is no point going for something risque, low cut, or high cut if you are continually fiddling or adjusting it. Pick something in which you feel confident.  The most important detail is how you feel when you wear it. If you feel good in it, then it will be the sexiest suit ever - as it will change the way... Read More

Interview with Blaise Mautin

When you walk into the Park Hyatt Hotel in Paris, there is a scent in the lobby that is just …unforgettable.  Let me introduce Blaise Mautin. Blaise, when I first met you, you said you were "a nose." Please tell us what is a "nose" and how it all started, how did you become one? It is true that we call people who design fragrances  “un Nez”  a nose in English, in other words, I would describe my craft as a fragrance designer I think is more «chic». To create various fragrances it takes a lot of time, passion, work and convictions. Put these 4 elements together and you have a chance to become "a nose"   Your perfumes are most... Read More
Interview with Blaise Mautin
MARIE FRANCE VAN DAMME: FOR THE LOVE OF SIMPLICITY

MARIE FRANCE VAN DAMME: FOR THE LOVE OF SIMPLICITY

How did a striking French-Canadian blonde become global chic royalty? C'est simple… she followed her heart and her dream.

BEACH BRIDAL

A simple elegant and feminine bridal collection designed for a wedding on the sand.

BEACH BRIDAL
The Peak of MFVD

The Peak of MFVD

Dance in your Caftan like no one is watching. Elevating effortless to new heights. Shot at the Peak, Hong Kong.

 

The Caftan

I created a small collection of dresses, which I called "the Hostess dress" collection, for those who entertain friends at home, who want to be super comfortable and instantly chic, who do not want to go thru the trouble of what to wear with what ,something you can throw on your naked body, or even over your old and soft comfy jogging suit. I’m not sure I should call those dresses "caftans" as they are not always shaped like an old fashion caftan, but I love the word "caftan", as it reminds me of an era I wish I had known.
The Caftan