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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.

‘Mine is a simple story, it is the story of an ordinary life that became extraordinary’  (Wallis Simpson)

MFVD | Financial Times – How to Spend it.

MFVD | Financial Times – How to Spend it.

 

Resortwear designer Marie France Van Damme, Day 1. 
It’s a mad dash for the resortwear designer to get her new collection in front of buyers in Paris.

Escape from Haute Couture

Paris … we all feel terribly saddened by what happened in Paris a few weeks ago … friends tell me the stores, restaurants, streets are empty ! Let’s hope ‘Haute Couture week ‘ will bring back to Paris the beautiful and rich ladies, the 1000 ‘’only’’ ladies in the world that buy Haute Couture , year after year …. And it is also the week when all the Fashion industry comes to Paris from all countries to view the ‘’Pre Fall’ collections ’. Pre Fall is a new season in the Fashion calendar… something like Cruise … Cruise comes in stores in November just before Spring and Pre fall comes to store around June- July just before Fall … (... Read More
Escape from Haute Couture
Kensington Chelsea Magazine - London Store Opening

Kensington Chelsea Magazine - London Store Opening

Le Festival de Cannes, Grace Kelly and me

I studied Ballet  in Cannes in the early 70’s. My dream was to be a "danseuse etoile" ( ballerina ) at the Opera of Paris  ! I loved to walk  with my girlfriends along the Croisette, every step was ‘a pique, an arabesque, a pirouette’ ; it would take us hours to go from our school l’Ecole Superieure de Danse founded by Rosella Hightower to the Sucquet; on the way we would  leap up those famed Festival red carpet steps. Grace Kelly met her "prince charmant" in Cannes during the Film Festival in 1955 as she was walking up those stairs, and they married a year later. As a young girl I dreamed of looking just like her. She has long... Read More
Le Festival de Cannes, Grace Kelly and me
In Memory of Manfred Schoeni

In Memory of Manfred Schoeni

My Love For Chinese Art: Liu Wei Revolutionary family.   I first discovered Contemporary Chinese Art at the China Club Hong Kong, this gorgeous member’s only club, which Sir David Tang opened in 1991,  decorated with Chinese Modern Art and Art Deco furniture reminiscent of 1930’s Shanghai.  I later met Manfred Schoeni, who would  become a close friend; Manfred was one of the first person in Hong Kong to open an Art Gallery showcasing Contemporary Chinese Art. Through him I bought my first piece, a nice painting by Li Gui Jun; a Wang Yi Dong followed very quickly. Despite these perfectly good flirtations, the piece I really fell for was a Liu Wei painting. It was love at first sight, but as soon as I... Read More

The Oriental Bangkok

35 years ago, I stayed at  the Mandarin Oriental Hotel; ‎I am here today, it is exactly as it was then, as if time stopped here. I am enjoying the "Joseph Conrad " suite, which is located in the old wing of the hotel, "the historic wing ", looking out on the Chao Phraya River‎, it must have felt and smelled the same in 1887, having breakfast on the terrace of the suite, the humidity has already taken over, but it is such a romantic scenery, I can close my eyes and go back in time, Crown Prince Nicholas from Russia is walking thru the gardens. I am in Bangkok to shop for a shop! Do not look any further, my... Read More
The Oriental Bangkok
Herbert Ypma and MFVD Celebrating Simplicity

Herbert Ypma and MFVD Celebrating Simplicity

Hong Kong Art Basel

Hong Kong Art Basel, one of the world most important art fair for collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and art lovers, just took place in Hong Kong. The city was "buzzing" with people (very famous people !!!) from all over the world....the "apocalyptic weather" did not alter our moods... Perhaps not everyone was thrilled to land in the middle of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms in the early morning of the opening day. When the black rain signal was issued, Hong Kong came to a complete stand still. However the Art fair has been a great success, and our gallerist friends were most excited about all the sales that have taken place during the show. Here I am with 2 friends,... Read More
Hong Kong Art Basel
Chanel Haute Couture "Magique"

Chanel Haute Couture "Magique"

Feerique Magique, how else could I describe the defile Chanel Haute Couture I was invited to this morning. Everything that I love from the black and white to the silvers and golds, A feast for the eyes, une fete pour les yeux !!!   Read More

White Paris

Just arrived in white Paris, its freezing ! Most trains and planes are delayed or cancelled, it has snowed non stop for the last 12 hours. Showing our resort fashion collection in one feet of snow...will be challenging .. How to wear it  ? With boots and fur how else! Read More
White Paris