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The Most Fashionable Bloggers Episode 1

8 Apr

There are thousands of bloggers on the blogosphere and it’s not news that bloggers are taking over the global fashion industry. Bloggers inspire collections, co-design lines for designers, style editorials for fashion magazines, feature prominently in fashion week, act as consultants for designers and are a huge part of the advertising for fashion brands.

With so many blogs to choose from, there are many different styles, aesthetics and sensibilities, so when I find a blogger who makes my eyes round as saucers due to their AH -MAZING style, it excites me to no end.

So I was doing the blog round up the other day and came across the extraordinarily stylish Wendy Nguyen of Wendy’s Lookbook

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She basically ticks all my boxes, tres femme, multi faceted expressions of style, loads of versatility, classy and tres chic dressed up or down and she’s got a sweet personality that shines through. Reading her story in the About section, there was even more jaw dropping. Wendy grew up in foster care, worked and fought hard to get into college, has worked with incarcerated youths and still volunteers at an organization that provides mentorship to previously incarcerated youths. Totally wowed! and that trumps the silly notion held by weird people that fashion aficionados are automatically flaky people.

Wendy also proves the point I’ve made several times that fashion is an artistic expression. I can’t help but quote her, ‘ I find inspiration in art, nature, culture, architecture, food, people, and music. And for me, fashion is a compilation of all that. Fashion is a vehicle for me to play with shapes and colors in order to uncover my personal style. Like music and art, fashion and style are forms of creative self-expression where each of us are architects creating unique designs and looks.

Pardon my excitement, it’s not everyday you find a fashion soulmate *grinning*

So, for that great style that has me doing the couch jump, check out after the jump. You can see Wendy sharing great fashion tips on her youtube chanel as well.

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Cheers to you Wendy! Massive cheers to you!

All photos from Wendy’s Lookbook.

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Time Magazine’s ALL Time Fashion Icons

4 Apr

TIME magazine just compiled a list of 100 fashion icons, featuring fashion inflencers and icons from as far back as Cristobal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn. Complete with short stories of influential designers, stylists, editors, photographers, models and muses, there are the familiar faces and the unfamiliar plus the (concisely written) stories behind them.

Of course you know Anna Wintour was on that list!

Very interesting read, seeing some of the stories cements my belief that fashion and the fashion industry is waaay beyond the wearing of clothes, it’s art, it’s creativity, it’s passion and expression. Totally inspiring and a must read for everyone with  more than a casual interest in the fashion industry. Trust me, there just might be some names you’ve not  met before.

You can find the story here

And style icon extraordinaire Grace Kelly

Photo credits: Time Magazine.com

Carine Roitfeld: Rounding off a decade of Style

17 Dec

Carine Roitfeld is one of the leading ladies on my style icon wall of fame. Love her bold, eclectic and sometimes eccentric style; she can pull off a Tee and denim skirt and still look as fabulous as when she’s under a massive fur coat.

My biggest attraction is that very down-to-earth, vivacious personality; the polar opposite of Anna Wintour. She’s giggling, laughing, hugging, kissing people at fashion week. She’s a dedicated family woman, always seen hanging out with her son and daughter and is so energetic and full of life. And wow, does she live and breathe that effortless Parisian chic or what? She personifies the i-just-dropped-out-of-bed-looking-fabulous.

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She’s literally synonymous with French Vogue, think French Vogue and Parisian Chic, think Carine Roitfeld.

So I definitely share the shock of the fashion world to hear that she’s resigned from French Vogue (after 10 years) to concentrate on personal projects. All hope is not lost though, i know the fashion world hasn’t heard the last of Carine. And of course the speculation is on about  her replacement, as if it’s not already been decided, i think it just might be her right hand chic and loyal fashion director, Emmanuelle Alt.

I had always wanted to do a blog post on Carine Roitfeld as my Style icon, so i guess here goes. Check out the stunning style of the outgoing French Vogue editor.

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with her daughter Julia and Karl Lagerfeld

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with Giorgio Armani

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French Vogue will miss Carine sorely but we, we’ll be on the look out for her because we know she’ll be around.

Pictures via Zimbio, JakandJil

Sleek 70s Chic Olivia Palermo

14 Dec

Olivia Palermo has definitely got style. She totally nails this 70s look to the wall.

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Picture via WWW

Style Personified: Gabrielle Coco Chanel

21 Nov

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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

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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

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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