Archive | January, 2011

Elie Saab Spring ’11 Haute Couture: Every girl’s dream

27 Jan

I look forward to every Elie Saab runway show and when it comes, it’s always more than worth the wait.

I mean, for a designer who understands how to drape delicate lace and dreamy chiffon on the female form to this degree, I deign to wait.

The neutral palette infused with bright red and a touch of floral is breathtaking. The Elie Saab woman is soft, delicate and oozing an alluring feminineness. Every girl should be dressed like a princess every once in a while and this is  pure mastery in achieving that.

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Pictures via Elle.com

Style Item: Arm candy

27 Jan

Lovely eclectic thing.

Marc Jacobs intense-red leather shoulder bag with multicolored cone-tassels and a calf hair leopard-print flap. Hmmm…

And it’s 50% off at TheOutnet.com

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Marc Jacobs Sahara tassel shoulder bag £700

Beyond Fashion to Pure Art: Christian Dior Haute Couture

26 Jan

John Galliano is an artist, no one has ever doubted that, and with each showing on the runway, he just proves it again.

At this point, I’m not bothered about the wearability of these clothes; all i see is the expert craftsmanship of an amazing artist. The couture pieces, the hair, the head pieces, the make up; it’s beauty unparalleled.

John Galliano, we love you!

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John Galliano the maestro

 

Pictures via Fashion Editorial

Kurt Geiger Spring 2011 Collection: Delicious foot candy

26 Jan

Kurt Geiger leads the high street shoe retailer pack for some of the prettiest shoe collections packed in one store. It’s an endless sea of stunning shoe art.

For Spring, they’ve had no issues translating the key trends into drool worthy foot wear. Lots of electric colour, 70s style clogs and platforms, some stunning prints, leopard, polka dots.

Kurt Geiger is a MUST visit in the following months.

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Carvela Gallant Leopard £130

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Carvela Azalia Orange £130

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Carvela Gallant Nude £130

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Carvela Gin Pink £120

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Carvela Girl Orange £110

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Kurt Geiger Garson Turquoise-Gold

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Kurt Geiger Cairo Green £195

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Kurt Geiger Brooke Navy-Polka £195

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Kurt Geiger Erika Turquoise £160

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Kurt Geiger Higgins Tan-Turquoise £395

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Kurt Geiger Hoc Camel-Turquoise £280

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Kurt Geiger Gen Purple £180

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Carvela Annie Rust £140

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Kurt Geiger Galenka Purple-Green £180

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Carvela Abba Brown £95

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Carvela Alan Tan £120

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Kurt Geiger Athens Green

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Carvela Lotus Pink £110

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Carvela Gallant Sandal

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Carvela Krazy Red £75

Pictures via Instyle.co.uk

My best of Pre fall 2011

25 Jan

The Spring 2011 Couture shows kicked off in Paris yesterday. I’m getting ready to start gushing about the art and craftsmanship that goes into the creation of couture pieces, already saw some stunning pieces in the Dior collection, but just before I go there, I want to highlight my favourite pieces from the Pre fall collections.

There was loads and loads of great fashion to keep us inspired.

I’ll start with BCBG Max Azria, there was lots of colour blocking in floaty chiffon with gold accents. Coupled with those bright pink lips the model was wearing, it could have passed for a summer collection, something straight out of Spring 2011

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Carolina Herrera, metallics, prints, moderate serving of embellishment, nothing breathtaking, but pretty all the same. Minimalism is for sure here to stay, it was clearly a major influence in most collections.

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Oscar de la Renta was in no hurry to move from the Spring 2011 mood, lots of vibrant colour, stayed very true to the ladylike, intensely feminine aesthetic. As with everything Oscar, I loved the collection.

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Nina Ricci, forever the girl at heart. We know one designer who will always let girls be girls,

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Zac Posen was the right fusion of edgy and feminine. Lots of dark hues with some bursts of colour and print, black was almost predominant but there was a mix of textures and detailing, keeping it interesting. Bottomline, Tres chic.

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The layering was just beautiful at Elie Tahari, those pants were exquisitely tailored and skinny belts were a major feature. It was a lesson in smart layering.

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DSquared, the collection was eclectic but tied together in a very neat, understatedly elegant style. It was the wardrobe of a very style savvy lady.

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I was taken by the lush draping and beautiful colour of this Vera Wang dress. Not much to say about the rest of the collection. I still love Vera Wang to pieces though.

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Erdem was classic Erdem. Pretty florals and simple, classic cuts.

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And then the die hard minimalists, Celine and Stella McCartney go huge on the coat. Nothing ever will separate Stella McCartney from Camel, nothing.

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Pictures via Elle.com

Louboutin Spring Summer Tour

23 Jan

The fusion between art and fashion is beautiful. It’s like a collision of two creative forces and quite exciting to see. One designer who constantly makes this happen is Christian Louboutin, all you need do is check out his fantasy themed site and you’ll see what I mean.

For the coming season he collaborated with photographer Khuong Nguyen to make a stunning Spring/Summer 2011 lookbook tagged Louboutin Spring Summer Tour. The concept gives life to the shoes and makes them take on a whole new persona, more or less like ‘the Louboutins day out.’

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Pictures via Trendland

Lanvin Porcelain dolls: Who says big girls can’t play?

21 Jan

Mr Alber Elbaz clearly begs to differ, even though he proposes a different kind of play. One that includes collecting limited edition Miss Lanvin dolls.

Designed by the beloved designer himself in collaboration with Chinese craftsman Franz, the collection features 800 pieces of 6 doll designs each season. All in hand decorated porcelain mixed with varying materials.

Prices range from $435 to $610 with the newest season at the highest price. This will make a brilliant (perhaps Valentines?) gift for any fashion + art inclined collector.

They are a genius work of art and intensely reflect that fun yet über chic Lanvin aesthetic. No big surprise though, the fruit never falls too far from the tree. I selected 10 of my favourite below.

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You can only purchase the dolls from the Lanvin online store and Selfridges.

 

Credits: Trendland.net, Lanvin.com

Jil Sander’s Spring Colour Burst: Simply Stop and Stare

20 Jan

To say I am besotted with Jil Sander’s Spring collection will be a sorry understatement. Asides from holding the fashion pack in awe with the ‘minimalist meets maximalist meets kaleidoscope of colour meets couture’ show in Milan, the collection combines many elements I love and find sooo attractive.

Plain white tees + full sweeping skirts + gorgeous bright colour, so simply but exquisitely put together. I am craving every single skirt from the collection!

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Asides from the fact one piece from the collection has already made it’s red carpet debut with Kate Bosworth,

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you just know that this is one collection that’ll be featured over and over in editorials till we make the transition to next season.

Harper’s Bazaar has done beautiful justice to it already with Fashion’s bright spot, the editorial also features an interview with the genius designer Raf Simons.

I wait with bated breath for even more breathtaking editorials (pardon the pun, lol)

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Pictures via WhoWhatWear

Spring 2011 Ad Campaigns pouring in

19 Jan

These are fun times for the creative junkies and fashion lovers in general. It’s when all the trends that sashayed down the S/S runways some months ago start showing up in beautiful artistic Ad campaigns. It’s the test of how much justice the beautiful clothes get, now that they’ll be featured in fashion magazines across the world.

So, I did a compilation of my favourites.

The D&G Ad Campaign featured those beautiful floral maxis that ended the show in Milan and is so reminiscent of the intensely floral runway show. Very summery, very young and so happy. I really could use one of those maxi dresses.

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Dolce & Gabbana, this Ad campaign told a story about some emotionally high strung females, lol. At least, so it looked to me. It was feminine and so pretty, the black and white photography did beautiful justice to the mainly white lacey collection.

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Now we all loved Jil Sander, nothing spells out the electric colour Spring trend more than this Ad Campaign. Simply gorgeous and amazing photography.

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Given the relative weirdness of the Prada collection, it came out beautifully in the Ad Campaign. Another happy celebration of colour and patterns.

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Pictures via Fashion Gone Rogue, Fashion editorials

OMGosh! The Kurt Geiger Sale

17 Jan

My sister just mentioned the Kurt Geiger sale to me and I decided to check it out. Just when I thought the sales craze was over, look what I found. It is simply R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S.

The most gorgeous shoes at unbelievable prices. Bad for a girl’s purse.

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Broadway Was £290 now £89

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Attack Was £130 now £39

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Arrogant £130 now £49

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Alba Was £90 now £35

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Avalon Was £85 now £35

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Evita Was £160 now £49

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Dancer Was £100 now £49

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Gillian Was £95 now £35

If you please, get to Kurt Geiger.com like ASAP!

Still loving Louboutin

14 Jan

Christian Louboutin attained cliché status and while he’s still got his loyal fan base, he’s not quite as ‘hot right now’ as he was many months ago, but he’s still got shoe game. He has the art of the high heel wrapped around his pinky finger and totally love him for that.

Well, anyone who created these fabulous shoes is worthy of being loved.

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Christian Louboutin_Futura nappa leather peep-toe boots $1095

 

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Christian Louboutin Panier 120 Wedge Sandals $545

 

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Christian Louboutin S/S 2011 collection

 

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Christian Louboutin S/S 2011 collection

 

You can find the first two pairs on Net-a-porter.

 

 

 

Love, Want, Need: Spring 2011 Style Pieces

11 Jan

Spring 2011 fashion has started hitting stores, with all the last season sales fever dwinding down.

I am especially loving the electric colour – pinks, blues, orange, green, think colours of the rainbow almost –  and 70s inspired trends – wide leg pants, wedges, wide brim hats. It’s going to be fun for fashion, already looking forward to all the street style pics.

I’ve just made an early pick of my (mainly designer) faves, watch this space for high street alternatives of these trends.

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Anglomania by Vivienne Westwood Square top blouse £200

 

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Yves Saint Laurent Tribute patent-leather sandals   £550
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Current/Elliott_The High Rise Bell flared jeans_£170

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Equipment Power Ballad washed silk-satin shirt £230

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Givenchy Woven leather wedges £945

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Asos Catarzi Felt Floppy Hat £30

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Lanvin Satin-jersey wrap-front dress £1200

Check out Selfridges,  Net-a-porter and Asos for the featured items.

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2011 Catalogue

11 Jan

Simply put, trends may come and go but elegance and sophistication never go out of fashion. Louis Vuitton has nailed this down to an art.

The Cruise 2011 catalogue features that versatile but undeniably elegant lady, touching on Spring 2011 trends, vibrant colour, tailoring, florals; all set in an old school road trip.

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Pictures via FashionGoneRogue

 

 

 

Emmanuelle Alt named Editor of French Vogue

8 Jan

Just like I suspected, Emmanuelle Alt has been announced successor of the legendary Carine Roitfeld, outgoing editor of Vogue Paris. The very obvious reason was to ensure continuity since she worked alongside Carine through her 10 year reign as editor. She was the logical choice if you ask me.

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The president of Condé Nast France,  Xavier Romatet, had this to say, “Vogue Paris is performing strongly and I wish to entrust the editor-in-chief position to someone who will ensure a certain continuity, while bringing a new energy and dimension.”

We certainly agree Xavier, there’s a special place in our hearts for our rock chic style icon, Emmanuelle Alt.

Hearty hearty congratulations to Emmanuelle, we wish her a fun career as editor in chief!

To see the full story, check out the Vogue site

 

Picture, story via Vogue

Style Resolutions for 2011

7 Jan

WOW! It’s been such a long blogging break for me. Not good!

Quite a few things have happened since I’ve been away. We crossed into a New Year for instance. So, better late than never. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The fashion wheels never stopped turning, regardless of the holidays. There’s been all the buzz about rock bottom sales and the excitement about Spring 2011 fashion is getting more intense every day. I can’t wait to blog about my favourite Ad Campaigns.

In the spirit of catching up, I’m thinking about New Year resolutions. Every year, I have Style resolutions and this year is no exception.

I’m sharing mine for this year, you can adopt them, just in case somehow you haven’t got any. Some are reminders, some are new challenges. Here goes:

1. This year, know your body shape and stick with the right clothes for you.  Now, let’s face it, the body con is just not for everybody. What matters in the end is how you look in what you’re wearing, not the elements of the outfit. Knowing your body shape helps you know how to play with proportions and balance out your look. And there are so many options for what to wear, it obliterates any excuse to wear the wrong thing.

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There are quite a few guides online for knowing your body shape and what to wear. You can look up http://www.bodyshapefashionadvice.com/questions.php

2. Wear clothes that fit. A close follow up to understanding and dressing for your body shape is wearing clothes that fit you. Tight clothes revealing unflattering lumps and bumps should be banished this year.

A style savvy lady knows that clothes should skim, not squash her body; all detailing should lie flat and not be scrunched between body parts. There was so much talk about Spanx and body shapers last year, they’re a wise investment, they do help to smooth out the shape under clothes and they were not made for the plus sized only.

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Victoria Beckham is one style icon who makes no mistakes with fit

3. Be more adventurous with style: This year, more than ever, fashion needs to be about fun. Experiment with something you’ve never worn before, a new cut, new color or fit. Try out a kimono, high waist pants or a bright yellow dress. Spring 2011 is full of colour, that’s a good opportunity to do something fresh and new. What’s the fun in wearing the same old stuff year in, year out. It becomes a drag.

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SJP is the eclectic dresser, pretty obvious she's having fun with her clothes

4. Accessorize Accessorize Accessorize. This is almost cliché but definitely worth repeating. It’s amazing what one layered necklace can do to a basic tee. Accessories can transform in ways beyond the imagination, they are a work of art in themselves.

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I love Accessorize Ads, they tell you things you never knew about accessories

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Pile on the pearls on an LBD for instance

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5. Keep it appropriate. There’s a new obsession with nudity in fashion, it literally went crazy late last year, what with the Vogue Paris calendar!  I thought fashion was about the wearing of clothes???? Well, we are not going down that road! Not with the tons of things there are to wear.

Carey Mulligan was Harper’s Bazaar’s best dressed woman of 2010 and no one dresses more appropriate than this young British actress. We all can borrow a leaf this year.

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Carey Mulligan is your classic ladylike chic, evoking class and elegance

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6. Have the courage to express yourself fashion-wise.  Once again, fashion is about getting dressed but it’s also about having fun. It becomes bland when everyone plays safe and no one dares to wear that turquoise silk blouse with the pink tulle skirt or the huge head-dress. Daring to express your individuality with what you wear is so liberating. There’s no case for blending with the crowd, that just stunts your inner Picasso.

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Anna Dello Russo, call her crazy but she's one of the few bold enough to pull off some looks

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With Daphne Guinness, fashion is some form of art everyday

7. Work your wardrobe. Who says you need to have a separate work wardrobe, day wardrobe and party wardrobe. The fun is in the mix and match. The same top or dress can go across the work, day out, night out spectrum. It all depends on how you work it. Given how much is spent on these items, they need to work as hard as possible.

I have an example here of what you could do with one lovely top.

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These here are the seven gems of wisdom I will be seeking to live by Style-wise in 2011. Really looking forward to it being an exciting year for fashion. Have a truly wonderful, fulfilling and expressive year!

Pictures via Daily telegraph, Fashion Gone Rogue, Vogue