Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Stylish quote

essica Stam wearing Jean Paul Gaultier in W January 2013 (photography: Willy Vanderperre, styling: Olivier Rizzo)

"The runway show is the one opportunity we get to show our clothes our way. It's an invitation; it's certainly not dictating."

Jean Paul Gaultier


Photo source: Jessica Stam wearing Jean Paul Gaultier in W January 2013 (photography: Willy Vanderperre, styling: Olivier Rizzo)

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Gianfranco Ferre: The white shirt according to me

Gianfranco Ferre: The White Shirt According to Me

In a surreal world of fashion losing someone or something you love can be just as unpredictable as coming across a precious gem that may, in some way, cushion the blow caused by the bad news. In March it was announced that Gianfranco Ferre, the brand founded by one of the most incredible fashion designers in 1978, will be closing its doors - a heartbreaking reality of not being a crowd pleaser, but rather a fashion house with a legacy build on the firm believes in elegance, "constant pursuit of innovation" and "unfailing love of tradition".  It was an incredible journey of style, a truly unforgettable one, captured in articles, videos and, of course, the clothes including one of the most simple, but magnificent pieces that Ferre made his hallmark...

Gianfranco Ferre: The White Shirt According to Me | Classic Glamour Fall 1990

The white shirt. Inspired by eras and continents, fairy tales and memories, Ferre transformed it from an ordinary classic shirt into an exquisite piece of fashion architecture. Made of silk, satin, poplin, taffeta, organza or cotton, it enhanced the beauty of a female body, moving, pleating, following the lines, twisting, knotting, the blouse kept transforming, changing its geometry and creating an emotional connection.

Gianfranco Ferre: The White Shirt According to Me

Founding a book entirely dedicated to Gianfranco Ferre's white shirt was surreal. Over the last few years I have bought every available title written about or by the designer, but The White Shirt According to Me was new to me. I later learnt that the book was a catalogue to accompany an exhibition co-organised by the Gianfranco Ferre Foundation and the Prato Textile Museum, but even on its own, it made it an outstanding and comprehensive guide providing wonderful insights into the work of Ferre and paying homage to his creative genius.

Gianfranco Ferre: The White Shirt According to Me | Princesse Spring 2006

It begins with a series of articles discussing the creative vision of the architect of Italian fashion and then moves into the visual part showcasing 27 most iconic designs from 1982 to 2006 through a series of editorial and runway photographs, description of each blouse and collection it belongs to, Ferre's sketches and, what I personally found most fascinating, x-ray images of each shirt that truly capture the architectural structure of the garment and its numerous metamorphoses almost as if the shirt was a living creature and presenting it as an object of art.

Gianfranco Ferre: The White Shirt According to Me | Merveilleuse Fall 2003

Gianfranco Ferre: The White Shirt According to Me | Merveilleuse Fall 2003

Truly captivating, it makes such a wonderful addition to any fashion library. I found my copy at the V&A shop, but you can pre-order it via amazon.

Gianfranco Ferre: The White Shirt According to Me | Sketch

Photo source: personal, Ferre | Museo Del Tessuto

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Life lessons

Kirsten Owen in Marie Claire France July/August 1989 (photography: Sacha)

Planning... It never works. Not for me, at least. If it did, I would be sharing a completely different editorial and weekend impressions today. Even more so, there would be an outfit post, and a very pretty one, too...

Alas, I messed it all up. Unintentionally, of course, which made it feel million times worse.  On Saturday night I decided to test a new cleanser.  It was raw, super natural and felt wonderful in the process, but gave me a terrible allergic reaction at the end, a kind that even a photoshop would not fix easily.

As a result most of my Sunday was spent at home watching old and new movies, though we did venture out for the usual morning walk and a long drive stopping for a latte break... Sitting at shadowed and rather spacious boot of Touareg parked in a middle of nowhere, just the countryside and us... This cheered me up pretty well. Upon return I went online and ordered a fresh supply of Oskia - after all, it still happens to be the perfect choice for me.

Then I picked this editorial... Loved the warmth and joy of it, the escapism and simplicity of being... It reminded me of a quote I've recently come across...

"Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower, and draws all good things toward you. Do not strain after the needs of life. It is sufficient to be quietly alert and award of them. In this way life proceeds more naturally and effortlessly."

Kirsten Owen in Marie Claire France July/August 1989 (photography: Sacha)

Kirsten Owen in Marie Claire France July/August 1989 (photography: Sacha)

Kirsten Owen in Marie Claire France July/August 1989 (photography: Sacha)

Kirsten Owen in Marie Claire France July/August 1989 (photography: Sacha)


Photo source: Marie Claire France July/August 1989 (photography: Sacha)

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