Pauline Chardin is a Paris-based freelance art director and trend consultant in fashion who looks to travel as a source of inspiration.

Here she speaks exclusively to HON about her favourite travel discoveries.



Athens, Greece


"I can’t believe I’m only finding out now how great Athens is. The city has a lot going for itself: sunshine almost all year round, mythical ruins, fragrant food, a vibrant art scene and that laid back Greek je ne sais quoi which makes everything seem a little better. I could easily picture myself living here; eating breakfast on my rooftop every morning with the mountains on one side and the sea on the other and, if by chance I might need a change of scenery, I am only a ferry ride away from a myriad of islands."


Maramures county, Romania


"Romania is way more modern than you’d imagine, but that doesn’t keep it from still having wonderful havens of tradition. If you venture to the north of the country, you’ll find yourself in a place that has all the ingredients of an old European fairy tale. For us, it started with a small road winding through silent woods before the landscape turned to rolling hills and fields decked with towering haystacks. Soon enough tiny villages started to appear and with them old wooden churches and impossibly tall sculpted portals. If you add to that the warm welcome and the crafts galore, it starts to look like my kind of paradise!"


Sao Miguel island, Azores, Portugal


"The Azores archipelago were my favourite discovery of 2017. Chances are you’d have a hard time placing them on the map, which is a good indication of what a hidden gem they are. On landing there, it takes time to realise you’re actually in the very middle of the Atlantic, halfway between Europe and America. The experience itself is very much about an unreal mix of influences. The islands and the culture are Portuguese but the setting varies from tropical scenes and volcanic colours to European pastures. The variety of landscapes on such a small island is a bit of a puzzle, albeit the good kind and you will soon find yourself on a quest for the best picnic spot. Just don’t forget your umbrella; rain plays a big part in making these hills so lush!"


Yakushima Island, Japan


"I’m pretty much in love with all of Japan, but there is definitely a special place in my heart for this volcanic island covered with ancient cedars. The magnetic energy there, coupled with the humbling beauty of nature are bound to leave lasting memories. Here, a typical day starts on the coast, with its sub-tropical climate of mango trees and multi-coloured spiders (they’re the island's protectors!) and often takes you to the misty forests of the mountains for incredible hikes that will end with a dip in the hot springs, leaving you enchanted, relaxed and rejuvenated."


Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

"Sri Lanka is quite a popular beach destination now, yet it is inland that I would urge you to go, deep into its green centre, which is also its cultural heart. I feel it’s where time finally ceases to exist, among the white-clad crowds in Kandy celebrating Vesak Poya, up in the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya, climbing the antique stairs leading to Sigiriya and feeling the hot stones of antique temples under your bare feet."


Travel images: Pauline Chardin

Image of Pauline: François Guillaume


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The fashion weeks - New York, London, Milan and Paris - ended last week. It’s been a month of new looks, updated silhouettes and a celebration of female power. And as the slogan tee says, the future is female.

Of all the fashion weeks, Paris must be the most iconic. Walking the streets filled with the smell of fresh croissants and the most stylish inhabitants, one can’t help but be swept up by the romance and allure of fashion.

With Paris being our favourite, we’ve put together a little collection of the best looks. From pants and suits to bias-cut dresses, there is a distinct femininity and sexiness to Fall Winter 2018. And we love it. 

Strong and powerful, but never losing that female edge.

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Hollywood’s biggest night, The Academy Awards, isn’t only known for its celebration of the film industry. The fashion is a key drawing card too. Don’t you just love the voyeuristic pleasure you get while watching E! delve into who is wearing what?

Zooming in closer, you’ll see the jewellery forms a big part of the outfit. And, it’s quite spectacular. 

Take a closer look at the best jewellery worn on the night.


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While recently taking a slow stroll through the shoe floor of Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, I wondered how it was possible that these small works of art elicited so much emotion. The fast beating heart, a sublime daze mixed with excitement. Honestly, it’s quite overwhelming. How do I select a favourite when each one is screaming, “pick me, pick me!”

Now, we’ve made it simple for you, by choosing our 5 favourite shoe trends. They're hot, they're now and they'll quickly update any look.


Aquazzura; Jimmy Choo; Tom Ford; Prada

Whether it’s a delicate pink or full-force shocking pink, it’s the hottest colour. Just pick the right shade for your skin tone.


Gucci; Valentino; Saint Laurent; Alaïa

As our winter’s are not that cold anymore, the bootie is the perfect go-between for an African winter. 


Givenchy; Burberry; Miu Miu; TODS

Athleisure, as you might have noticed, continues, and so does the sneaker. Who doesn’t love a bit of comfort? You can wear them with dresses or skirts for a relaxed look. This is the one you really should get if you haven’t already. 


Saint Laurent; NO 21; Alexandre Birman; Christian Louboutin

Wrap your feet up in leather or fabric. From bows and ruffles, to exaggerated loops and folds. It's just so elegant and sophisticated. 


Nicholas Kirkwood; Gucci; Mansur Gavriel; Christian Louboutin

If you wore these in the eighties, you might be delighted to wear them again. Or not. The catch here is to get a simple pair that you can wear with anything. Streamlined, with a small detail, updates this classic. 



They’re round, plastic and very small. And, they get me every time. Sequins. I try my best to ignore them, but the allure is too hard to resist. It has almost become a ritual: first the deep sigh and then the touch. Next, I step closer, run my hand over the little sparklers, ruffling them in the opposite direction to the way they naturally lie. I just have to.

My ability to spot a sequin and fall in love with all its glimmering beauty is a weakness I’ve learnt to accept. They’re frowned upon by some and adored by others but at the end of the day the love of all that glitters is a very personal thing.

The fashion world, thankfully, loves a good sequin too, so I’m not alone in this little obsession. Is it really necessary to have skirts, tops, t-shirts, shoes and bags decorated with these tiny circles of joy? Oh yes! And there is no reason to limit sequins exclusively to nights out. Boldly wear them in the day too – on a t-shirt or a pair of shoes?

The new Pre-Fall 2018 collections seem to indicate that the path to sequins is bright and shiny – and wearing them in daylight is perfectly fine. From Gucci to Chanel, with different colours and textures, there is no easier way to shine and feel happy.


Designers from left to right: Gucci; Chanel; Sachin & Babi; Narciso Rodriguez; Prabal Gurung; Paco Rabanne; Sportmax; Alice & Olivia; Sachin & Babi


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Photograph by Nicole Danielle Marchant

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As the year takes flight, new projects are launched and plans made. You dream, you see pictures in your mind and start formulating exactly how you want that new project to come to light. 

If you’ve browsed through the site, you may have noticed the agency handles the communication for luxury brands. We’re surrounded by beautiful objects, experiences and places from the best Houses around the globe. It’s a world we know and love.

So, in light of new projects, it was decided to create a space where we share our stories. A place where you can discover something new. See a latest collection, find out how the luxury handbag is made, gorgeous new books or a spot you have to visit in the city. 

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