Archive | November, 2010

Gracious vintage nod to 50’s fashion

30 Nov

It’s the season to give tribute to exquisite ladylike fashion of the fifties and this Priestley’s Vintage dress does it for us Grace Kelly style.

In the words of the designers “Take inspiration from the darling of 1950’s Hollywood. Grace, Luxurious silver and pink floral brocade dress with a simple flattering cut evoking the effortless style of Grace Kelly”

I love the classic cinched waist, the bow detail adds interest and ties it in with a flourish.

Priestleys-Vintage-womens-Grace-Dress-1Priestleys-Vintage-womens-Grace-Dress-3It even has a petticoat underneath to give the dramatic fullness to the skirt.


You can find it online for £425 at


Five interesting LBD stories

29 Nov

I found this article on and thought it was really interesting. The versatility of the LBD is quite legendary but I haven’t seen the story told in such an engaging way. Reading through each story, for a moment, I almost thought the LBD was a person!

I ended up seeing it beyond an LBD story but about the wearability of one fashion item, and the power of accessorizing, dressing up and dressing down. It does make perfect sense to get as much wear as possible from an item especially when you’ve spent a lot on it.

They were all great stories in their unique way but this was one of my best.

“Mandy Sutcliffe, 37, is an illustrator from East Finchley, North London, and the creator of Belle & Boo designs. Her LBD was a present from her partner 12 years ago.

My partner Russ has always been good at buying presents and Christmas 1998 was no exception. Urban Outfitters had just opened in the UK and, knowing how much I loved the US shop, he spent £120 on this LBD for me.

It didn’t look like much at first – just a pool of heavy, silky material in a tissue-paper-lined box – but when I tried it on, it fitted brilliantly and I loved it straight away.

Although it’s very simple – sleeveless with a scooped neck – it has asymmetric, toga-like draping that transforms it into a very special dress. It’s taken me from work events to weddings, nightclubs and beaches, and I’ve also lent it to friends of mine who love it nearly as much as I do.

I never have to iron it, and it’s one of those dresses that I can throw on and know looks great. As a result, it was the only smart thing I packed when we went travelling around the world for two years. I’d worn it casually while we were away but it really came into its own one New Year’s Eve. We were living in Auckland and five friends decided to come out from England to visit. That night, after months of not dressing up, I decided to make a real effort. I did my hair, put on some jewellery, bought some heels and wore my dress with a pashmina. I felt incredibly elegant and Russ couldn’t believe his eyes. We had a wonderful night, sipping champagne on a balcony overlooking the sea, watching the fireworks and welcoming in 2006.

Whenever I wear that dress now, I feel like a bit of magic from that amazing evening still clings to it.”

You can read the rest of the article on Daily Mail.

Phenomenal photographer; Perfect art

29 Nov

When Nick Knight is doing the photography, you can be sure you’re getting out-of-the-box artistic photography. This editorial was featured in the November edition of Vogue UK, featuring Brazilian model Raquel Zimmermann, styled by Lucinda Chambers.

Refined Rebel, as interpreted by Nick Knight.

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Pictures via Fashion Gone Rogue

A certain Je na sais quoi

27 Nov

Must be the combination of soft curls, intense blue eyes, round tortoise shell geek chic like glasses, dark sequinned blouse, berry lipstick, i don’t know what.

Bottom-line, this is a striking portrait. Never mind that the editorial was about hairstyles.

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Picture via

Lace up Friday: Foot candy from Asos

26 Nov

I’ve been thinking about lace up shoe boots lately. They give that extra edge to an outfit, i especially love it when they are worn with dresses, floral print dresses to be precise.

So this is my Sumptuous Friday lace up boots feast. All these fabulous shoes can be found on the Asos site.


ASOS PURIFY Lace Detail Lace Up Shoes £45

ASOS PURIFY Lace Detail Lace Up Shoes £45

ASOS TIAMARIE Platform Lace Up Shoe Boots £80

ASOS TIAMARIE Platform Lace Up Shoe Boots £80

Dolce Vita Harrison Platform Lace Up Heeled Shoes £150

Dolce Vita Harrison Platform Lace Up Heeled Shoes £150

ASOS PICASSO Block Heel Lace Up Town Shoe  £45

ASOS PICASSO Block Heel Lace Up Town Shoe £45

Nine West Lace Up Heeled Shoes  £90

Nine West Lace Up Heeled Shoes £90

ASOS ATTACK Leather Lace Up Platform Boots  £108

ASOS ATTACK Leather Lace Up Platform Boots £108



Haute 50s elegance in Harpers Bazaar en Espanol (via Style Fest)

24 Nov

This is an absolute favourite blog post. I can’t get over the ‘exquisiteness’ of the Harpers Bazaar editorial. Totally crème de la crème of the fifties editorials we’ve seen this season.

Haute 50s elegance in Harpers Bazaar en Espanol With the recent 'Mad Men' frenzy that gripped the fashion industry, my beloved fashion era -the 50's- has scored its place in the limelight. At least until Spring 2011 when the 70's take over -if fashion week trends are anything to go by. The 50's represented the peak of ultra feminine fashion, with the hallmark hourglass silhouette, cinched waist and full skirt pioneered by Christian Dior in the early 50's. It was the era when women wore their h … Read More

via Style Fest

One French Connection dress to love

24 Nov

This is one dress that quickens my pulse race. Ticks all the boxes for fifties ladylike chic, which happens to be right up my alley. It’s a dress to have and to hold.

You can snap one up for £170 from the French Connection site

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Stella Silk Dress by French Connection

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Designer + High Street Collaboration II: Valentino for Gap

24 Nov

It’s the season of A-list designers collaborating with high street stores. The much awaited and longed for Lanvin hearts H&M collection hit the stores and online yesterday and SOLD OUT. The H&M site actually crashed in the morning! People literally slept outside the stores and waited on-line for hours! And even though they were only allowed to buy one piece of each item in the collection, individuals spent up to $1,800 shopping. Might have as well purchased a Lanvin dress! The passion for designer fashion is beyond comprehension.

Now that Lanvin hearts H&M has been fulfilled and fashionistas are purring over their purchases, the next collabo up for frenzied buying is Valentino for Gap. The Italian designer – now headed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli – created a seven piece capsule collection featuring ruffled khaki pieces, a parka, jacket, skirt, cargo pants.

Lots of bows and ruffles applied to the hard-edged military look, the attempt was to introduce a soft, feminine side to Gap’s classic style. I’ll describe the collection as girly military.

The designers, Chiuri and Piccioli captured the essence of it: ‘We love mixing different cultures and we have been excited to mix gap’s timeless essentials with our roman culture of Couture. It brings together the iconic world of Valentino and Gap’s fashion staples, synthesizing the current trend of combining luxury with basics.’

The collection hits the stores in London and Paris next week. And by the way, up next in the designer/high street collabo line up is the mammoth Karl Lagerfeld of CHANEL for Macy’s. Pretty interesting times for fashion.

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I love the shoes, gotta have the shoes in both colours.
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Credits: Daily Mail UK, Fashionising, Vogue UK

Elle Singapore’s next season-esque editorial

23 Nov

Elle Singapore totally brings IT with this freshly whimsical editorial. It’s so refreshing when an editor breaks out of the pack and does something different. We were getting lost in the sea of sequins and body con style dresses heralding the December party season. Right now, all the magazines, websites, blogs are awash with sequins and glitter fare, the norm for this time of the year; but someone in Singapore stepped out of the box of glitz.

Aptly tagged Swept Away, it features feminine, whimsical style dresses and an aura more fitting for Spring/Summer. The bright hues, florals and floaty, romantic dresses tick all the next season trend boxes; says Spring 2011 has come early in Elle Singapore.

The brilliant styling was done by Daphne Chen, modelled by Sasha Luss and lensed by Zhang Jingna.

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Photo Credits: Fashion Gone Rogue

Lush Rich Nail Polish Tones by Illamasqua

21 Nov

Nail polish in rich, lush, saturated jewel tones are beautiful and that’s what i love to wear regardless of season or time of year. I’ve found these colours from different brands but Illamasqua does several shades and they are a dream.

I especially love the Viridian, it’s an unusual luxe shade of turquoise, gorgeousness personified.

You can grab each one for £13 at Beauty Bay or Illasmasqua.


Illamasqua Viridian


Illamasqua Baptiste

Illamasqua Baptiste



Illamasqua Spartan


Illamasqua Untold


Illamasqua Phallic

Style Personified: Gabrielle Coco Chanel

21 Nov


Timeless and never out of style, Coco Chanel keeps inspiring the fashion-forward decade after decade since her death in 1971. It’s just as she put it herself, ‘Fashion fades, only style remains the same.’ Coco’s style can best be described as infinite and she’s the timeless style icon. She didn’t just embody style though, she created classic fashion till she was old and grey and for this we love her.

How do we love thee Coco Chanel? Let us count the ways

We love thee for…

1. Breaking the fashion status quo in your day, setting women free from the bondage corset and reinventing the way they dressed.

2. Creating and perfecting the art of effortless chic

3. Doing wonders with tweed and inventing the all time classic Chanel suit

4. Making a signature out of the quilted chain strapped bag

5. Against all odds, Creating the little black dress


The ABC of being Coco Chanel

A – Gotta love black

B – Pile on the pearls

C – Get a wardrobe full of hats and master the art of the stylish perch


Coco Quotes

“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

Photo Credits: The Guardian

The Luxe edit: Crème of Spring 2011 Bags

20 Nov

Spring 2011 is looking awfully beautiful for fashion. But then, it was pretty obvious from the Fashion weeks. I’ve been looking at the accessories over and over and it’s a deluge of beautiful pieces to choose from.

Talking about the bags, it is a sea of endless possibilities ranging from clutches to totes to the new small bag. I already did a previous post on my top 40 Spring 2011 bags. Right now, i’m awed by these pieces I consider pure art. My favourite is the Lanvin with a bronze leaf detail.


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Spring 2011_Giambattista Valli Bag

Giambattista Valli

Spring 2011_Chloé Bag


Spring 2011_Bulgari by Matthew Williamson Bag

Bulgari by Matthew Williamson

Spring 2011_Jen Kao Bag

Jen Kao

Spring 2011_Leiber Bag


Spring 2011_Marni Bag


Spring 2011_Nina Ricci Bag

Nina Ricci

Spring 2011_Missoni Bag


Spring 2011_Miu Miu Bag

Miu Miu

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Nina Ricci

Spring 2011_Nancy Gonzalez Bag

Nancy Gonzalez

Spring 2011_Roberto Cavalli Bag

Roberto Cavalli

Spring 2011_Mulberry Bag


Spring 2011_Oscar de la Renta Bag

Oscar de la Renta

Photo credits to


Best of the Velvet dress pack by Versus

17 Nov

This gorgeous plum dress by Versus is the best interpretation I’ve seen of the Velvet trend. Less is more with the Velvet bustier and strip detail instead of a full on Velvet dress. The contrasting pleated skirt and leather straps also make it work in exquisite fashion.

Velvet Dress with Leather Buckle by Versus

The Sleek Victoria Beckham Bag Collection

16 Nov

When Victoria Beckham launches a bag line, what will you expect to see? Structure, minimalism, solid colours, functionality. Yeah, quite reflective of her clothing line.

She’s created this classic collection in collaboration with stellar accessories designer Katie Hillier. Each bag is supposed to represent 24 hours in the day of Victoria Beckham, so there’s the large travel bag and the Victoria bag for everyday.

And as with all things VB, I am smitten.

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An exquisite take on the Lace Dress plus more

15 Nov

Anthropologie is the best stop for the most beautiful, ladylike, whimsical dresses you can find. I was completely bowled over by this exquisite lace number. It stands out from the pack of black lace dresses lining the shops this season and it will remain a classic even when the trend phases out.

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Spinning Lace Dress £228

And there are even more beautiful dresses from where that came from

Braque Bodice Dress_Anthropologie_£128

Braque Bodice Dress £128

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Stylist's Eye Dress £138

And this waistcoat? with its waterfall ruffles? It’s to die for. The name it was given couldn’t be more apt.

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Falling in Love Waistcoat £98

Falling in Love Waistcoat_Anthropologie

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