Friday, 28 November 2014

Christmas gift guide: every shade of BLUE

via fashionedbylove | fashion editorials | Natalia Vodianova in Vogue US July 2007 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Tonne Goodman)

Light blue, despite it being one of the Pantone 2014 colours and an absolute classic, isn't a hue that you come across on a daily basis. Unless, of course, we are talking blue jeans... It shows up on a catwalk, but hardly ever makes it to the glossy pages of Vogue and, as a result, is never as popular (read: worn to death) as, say, overhyped pink... Honestly, I find it a little odd because this shade is so versatile and gorgeous that it needs to be loved and celebrated.

I adore blue. Always have and always will. Seasonally speaking, it reminds me of a frozen park on a sunlit wintery day and the endlessly beautiful sky above it. Styling-wise, I feel that the powder blue would suit most girls: the red heads, the blondes and brunettes, the English roses, the Eastern Europeans like myself and the girls with olive and dark skin. And as far as the fashion is concerned, this winter is all about pastels, so if you are in love with blue, seize the opportunity to embrace it.

via fashionedbylove | Christmas gift guide & gift ideas in pastel placid blue | pantone colours 2014 | gifts for her


Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Vogue US July 2007 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Tonne Goodman)


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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Originally inspired

Lily Cole wearing Stella McCartney RTW Spring/Summer 2005 in Vogue UK July 2005 (photography: Tim Walker)

Seeing your ideas being copied is not emotionally pleasing. But... It happens. Intentionally or not, you stumble upon a creation that clearly resembles something of your own and most likely feel lost, angry, fooled as if the ground suddenly moved under your feet... Sounds  familiar?

I've been through it myself and in the beginning found those discoveries rather upsetting because, at the end, what one copies within a matter of seconds, often takes a lot of time, energy and emotions to create in the first place. 

You dream up a world of thoughts and images that reflect a moment of your life, an experience, a fantasy and the very realisation of somebody not only stepping into this world uninvited, but taking a part of it away does hurt and makes you feel helpless.

Then comes a new day. With the first ways or the morning sun (or whispering rain, since we are in Britain), it brings a freshly printed copy of American Vogue. Among its glossy pages there is an editorial that makes you pause. You know you've seen this pose, and the stair case, and the blue dress... Back in 2005.

Lily Cole in Stella McCartney gown is leaning against the intricate metal work posing for the one and only Tim Walker. The photo is captured and published in the July issue of British Vogue. 

The years go by... The house is now overtaken by trees and it is now Karlie Kloss wearing Giambattista Valli (a fashion deja vu, a bit of McQueen RTW 2004 mixed with Galliano's Dior Resort 2011 minus the refinerement), balancing on a familiar staircase. It all seems to be there,  the stairs and the blue gown... And yet, it just doesn't work any more. The only response I feel inside my mind is... disappointment.

Because one can certainly copy an object or idea, but never - the energy, fantasy and imagination of the original. 

Karlie Kloss wearing Giambattista Valli Couture Fall/Winter 2014 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier, styling: Phyllis Posnick)


Photo source: Lily Cole wearing Stella McCartney RTW Spring/Summer 2005 in Vogue UK July 2005 (photography: Tim Walker), Karlie Kloss wearing Giambattista Valli Couture Fall/Winter 2014 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier, styling: Phyllis Posnick)


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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Stylish quote

via fashionedbylove | Mariacarla Boscono wearing Valentino Couture in Vogue Italia March 2013 (photography: Paolo Roversi, styling: Panos Yiapanis)

"In recent years, the image of fashion has prevailed over traditional fashion, meaning sartorial detailing and workmanship. But fashion designing means creating something using a special technique that might not emerge in a photo, but when you look at it up close, you see that it's stylish. 

That's a cultural problem.

Clearly we live in a time where image is more important than content."

Maria Grazia Chiuri 


Photo source: Mariacarla Boscono wearing Valentino Couture in Vogue Italia March 2013 (photography: Paolo Roversi, styling: Panos Yiapanis) |  Interview magazine


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