Finds of a fashionista

26/Mar/2013

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Jess Dunlop. Photographer: Andrew Ritchie  Jess Dunlop. Photographer: Andrew Ritchie

JESS Dunlop of popular western suburbs boutiques Coco & Lola and Malolo was delighted after discovering her beloved Krigler number 12 perfume was concocted for Grace Kelly.

A symbol of classic glamour, femininity and poise, the late princess and silver screen siren has all the qualities Jess admires and imparts.  

“All the Krigler scents are based on film stars. As Grace Kelly is my absolute favourite it was quite a coincidence to learn that it was made especially for her,” the Nedlands beauty shared.   

The high-end New York fragrance is one of several fashion treasures Jess shared with WS Weekly at her Coco & Lola, Nedlands store.

Ranking supreme on her most-prized list are three vintage Chanel bags.

“When travelling, I always visit markets and stores to try and hunt them down,” she shard.  

“I absolutely adore them for their leather and the brand itself but I also love the history behind them:
finding out where they have come from and who owned them.”

“When I wear them, I feel special. The yellow is my favourite and the first I purchased, five years ago in London.”

Second to Chanel in the French style stakes is Laduree, a company best known for its double-decker macaron.  

“Five years ago in Paris I bought my fist Laduree candle. I’ve collected them ever since and have about 15 flavours – my favourite is brioche,” Jess said.  

“As soon as you walk into a Laduree store, the ambience speaks for itself.

“The candles are hard to find in Australia – although they do have a Sydney store now so it has become a bit easier – so when you find them it’s quite special.”  

Another worshiped wardrobe item are her Rag & Bone boots from Greenwich Village, New York.

“I love the heel height, the leather and the fact they are handmade in NYC. I think they’ll be my number one item this winter,” Jess said.

“I’m actually a huge cream fanatic and wear very little black. Even for my stores I try to limit black because I find it kills the ambience of the store. So for me to have black boots is very unusual.”  

Jess counts two necklaces from her Willow + Hunter line amongst gems.  

“The label started with me beading in the store when I fist opened Coco & Lola three years ago. I had customers asking me to make them pieces so it evolved from there,” she said.  

“Each design is unique so no two customers have the same.”

Other cherished staples include a silk L’avion scarf, Camilla dress (pictured on Jess in the photo), which she purchased for her honeymoon, and a Viktoria & Woods navy coat.




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