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It’s been one year, perhaps time to change

19 Sep

Yeah, it was about a year ago that I decided to start blogging. Following a ‘just do it’ challenge from the facilitator in one of my summer fashion classes. A few of us did start a blog and sent out links to each other.

The class portrait. 'Just do it' facilitator is the bald guy right in the middle, lol

Very nostalgic feelings I have of the early days of StyleFest. I was on a mini sabbatical so I had quite a bit of time to do tons of research and find the best of fashion from around the web and more. I was a committed fashion blogger :-)

It was Spring 2011 fashion month back then and i blogged away to no end. Rushing to see all the shows barely hours from when they went live and staying up till the early hours of the morning, blogging away my thoughts and opinions. Those blog posts earned me a job at a fashion magazine you know? Lol

It was simply unforgettable. Simply unforgettable. That entire summer (and year for that matter) was a moment in time that I would relive again and again.

A lot has changed since then. I’m back to work, attention is split between fashion and so many other things. Right about now, i’m asking myself questions, trying to revive the many facets of my creative life that just do not need to be buried in favour of fashion, even though fashion remains dear to my heart and is being explored further as we speak.

So, what’s the point of the reminiscing? Here it is: Style Fest will be evolving from being a fashion only blog to a full lifestyle blog. It will be about everything I used to be and i’m reviving and everything i’m going to be. I used to be a Poet, Baker, Singer, Writer and I’m dabbling into photography (a Nikon DSLR coming in the near future). Quite a few facets but hey, the call is to place a demand on life and the thing about seeing in colour is that there are so many expressions.

StyleFest will be about Life the way i See it, including all of the above plus Fashion, Home style, Healthy eating, every thing I pass by on my creative journey. And because Style is all encompassing, there’s no better home for all that content than here. I planned to start a different blog called Pink Tapestry ;-) **yeah, wince and roll your eyes Big Sis, LOL** but decided to just make my home here. No need to do split personalities.

I clink glasses with every reader to a beautiful, stunning, picturesque journey ahead.

Let me end this new chapter intro with these poignant words by Steve Jobs, they are excerpts from the Commencement Address he presented to the 2005 graduating class of Stanford University:

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

 

Cheerio folks, see you more often :-)

Paint it Red: Editorial Lurv

30 Mar

Every once in a smoky blue moon, you come across an editorial that stops you in your tracks and has you gaping, totally mesmerized. Sometimes it’s the flawless styling, sometimes it’s the way the beautiful clothes have been interpreted in stunning photography, sometimes it’s just the sheer life, you know, the joie de vivre oozing out of the model, set and pictures.

Well, this is one of those moments, and what has me so wowed this time is the zest, the va va voom and energy of the editorial; plus the focus on vibrant hues of red and pink, major colours for the Spring season.

And of course I spot the resplendent red asymmetrical Lanvin dress, that dress dazzles in every shoot the way it dazzled on the runway. Then the pink fluoro Jil Sander skirt. Too much to love about this editorial.

Don’t be startled by the close up of the model – Carola Remer’s toothy smile, it’s just joy; joy for great fashion, lol.

This splendid work was styled by fashion editor Marie Chaix for the spring summer issue of Self Service.

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Pictures via fashiongonerogue

Editorial Lurv: Lady Be Good

11 Mar

It’s no news that I’m a die hard lover of all things ladylike, so finding this editorial tagged ‘Lady be Good’ on Vogue.com was pure joy. Featuring the model Amber Valletta alongside her son Auden McCaw (adorable twist), it’s sleek sophistication in the best of Spring fashion by Jil Sander, Dolce & Gabbana, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Prada and more.

The pink Carolina Herrera silk blouse in the first picture is simply TDF.

There was a generous helping of pieces in one of Spring’s key shades, Tangerine but it was overall a celebration of my best Spring trend, Electric colour. On the look though, this is where fashion is at right now, grown up glamour with a zesty twist.

The shoot was photographed by Steven Klein.

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See more details of the editorial on Vogue.com

Editorial Love: A distorted glare

12 Feb

Just before I dive headlong into the pulsating Fall 2011 fashion weeks, starting from NYFW, i had to share this blogpost.

These are the sort of editorials I admire and want to make into posters on my wall. It’s a beautiful fusion of excellent photography, fashion and art. The images were intentionally distorted but still managed to retain a crystal clear quality and the motion, i love motion photography. Don’t forget the clothes, all touching on Spring trends, electric colour and 70s influence.

The editorial featured models Nane Fesit and Crista Cober and was shot by Pierre Dal Corso.

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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

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

Glam Editorial: January issue of Harper’s Bazaar China

23 Dec

Combining high fashion with the striking scenery of Seoul makes for mind blowing editorials.

Featuring Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan, this editorial was shot on location in Seoul and styled by Harper’s Bazaar China’s fashion editor Li Hui.

It brings words like elegant, graceful, resplendent, breath taking to mind. Once again, fashion is an art form.

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Pictures via Fashion Gone Rogue

It’s all in the street style detail: A Bracelet fest

13 Dec

Since I ran into Swagger 360, I’ve been captivated by the detailed street photography I’ve seen on the blog.

Interestingly, it’s a blog focused on gentlemen’s fashion but that doesn’t in any way lessen the appeal for me; you simply have to love the detailed hand-knotted bow-tie shots and the generous tips on how to be and dress like a gentleman, lol. It’s quite exciting to see men show such creativity in the way they dress. It’s a blog definitely worth checking out.

Asides from the men, he does quite a few posts featuring detailed shots of women’s accessories and I love love love these close up shots of bracelet clad hands. Stacked bracelets are my favourite for signature accessories and these fashionistas wear them too well.  The stunning photography does justice to the exquisite taste of the ladies and the accessories.

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You should check out the blog at Swagger 360 for a hearty detail feast and of course tips on how to be a gentleman (:

After all of this, I couldn’t resist creating a bracelets wish list, and my definite go-to spot for drool worthy bracelets is Net-a-porter and Asos. So, if money were no object, I shall be getting myself one or two of each. They’re just so pretty when stacked and the edgier the more attractive.

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Burberry Prorsum Leather and brass studded bracelet £225

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Stella McCartney Chunky brass ID bracelet £155

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Fluoro chain-link bracelet £85

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Aurelie Bidermann Do Brazil 18-karat gold-plated bracelet £240

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Oscar de la Renta Silver-plated enamel and crystal cuff £525

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Burberry Studded leather wrap bracelet £150

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Maison Martin Margiela Silver-plated buckle bracelet £275

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Kara by Kara Ross Braided snake-chain bracelet £150

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J Dauphin Leather And Brass Fearless Bracelet £175

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Gemma Lister Black Rope And Faux Pearl Cuff £80

Juicy Couture Wide Multi Chain And Feather Bracelet_£100

Juicy Couture Wide Multi Chain And Feather Bracelet £100

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Sabrina Dehoff Cord And Gold Tube Bracelet £118

Editorial Retro: The famous ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by US Vogue

11 Dec

I take a major fancy to editorials because they’re one of the best outlets for creative expression in fashion. And if you’re looking to find the creative director who has turned out some of the most amazing editorials, look no further than Grace Coddington of US Vogue.

Seven years after this editorial, we’re still loving it. Asides from the fact that I love Alice in Wonderland the classic, the editorial brings the story to life in style and takes inspiration from ten major designers. Alice (Natalia Vodianova) wore dresses from their collections and then they stepped it up by involving each designer in the shoot. Monsieur Lagerfeld himself was right there in wonderland, and it was hilarious to see Viktor and Rolf posing as Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

That’s the amazing magic that happens when you put two legends in a room, Grace Coddington and Annie Liebovitz work some magic.

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with Olivier Theyskens (Rochas)

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with Tom Ford

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Karl Lagerfeld

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Jean Paul Gaultier

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Christian Lacroix

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Donatella Versace

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John Galliano

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Photos via Fashioneditorials.com

Spring 2011 Fashion with a Zing!

7 Dec

This editorial is the best expression of Spring 2011 I’ve seen so far. It channels key trends for Spring 2011 and screams girl power, that’s my best part, gotta love girl power. The shoot has got so much oomph! Coming from New York Times Style Magazine, this is definitely Zing!

The fierce model group wore some of my favourite designers, Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Oscar de la Renta and Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, featuring lots of bright colour and floaty floral print.  Love Love Love!

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You can see more of the editorial on the New York Times Site

Pictures via Fashion Gone Rogue


Portrait of the day

3 Dec

Decadently exquisite portrait from beauty shoot in the November issue of Vogue Italia, starring Charlotte Benson.

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Photo Credits: Fashion Gone Rogue

Glam Glam Absolutely Glam 50’s Editorial by Marie Claire

3 Dec

How am I ever going to stop pining after the 50’s trend taking the fashion world by storm? I don’t see an end in sight! Not with editorials like this one in the December issue of Marie Claire Turkey. This is glamour, high class and haute sophistication personified, all totally rolled into one and I am loving it.

The model Wiola Kowal depicts this über fab retro housewife searching for escape, she’s dressed in Louis Vuitton, Prada and once again, the most photographed Miu Miu dress. Styled by Hakan Öztürk and photographed by Talmer Yilmaz.

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Pictures via Fashion Gone Rogue

The Legend of Simple Glam a la Vogue Nippon

2 Dec

Loving the ‘ladyluxe’ yet playful, fluid styling and the ‘motion’ photography. The January 2011 Vogue Nippon editorial features some key trends, kitten heels, animal print, ladylike silhouettes.

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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 Fashionising.com