Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Timelessly perfect

via fashioned by love | outfit inspiration | Akris Fall/Winter 1996-1997 | camel coat | men style fashion


I look at this shot wondering about the beauty of the outfit, the elegance and simplicity, the luxurious idea of a cashmere trench coat and tailored wool trousers that drape, fall, hug and fit you in the exactly right places, the men-style shoes that elevate you precisely to the point of feeling like a woman, and the challenge of finding each of the items and marrying them together without losing that very essence of chic or compromising on quality. 

Now that I've got you head over heels in love with the ensemble, I would like to mention that it was designed by Albert Kriemler as a part of Akris Fall/Winter 1996/97 collection.

Timelessly perfect, isn't it?...

Photo source: Akris


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Monday, 24 November 2014

Provoked by Fabrizio Ferri...

Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)

Oh, yes... I am back to Fabrizio Ferri and his work. One of my favourite. Ironically, it was just before sharing the post when I realised that Tatjana was holding a cigarette... Next I imagined a few  "oh how terrible..." comments that would follow. 

This lead to a series of thoughts spread over the last three decades of my life in a manner of crunchy peanut butter - a lump here, a softness there, a little sprinkle of salty sensation that, in a way, made  it all palatable... 

So, the smoking... It was everywhere... Everyone in my family and some of my friends smoked, all but me and my dog - I preferred chocolate as the choice of drug and he loved chicken. I never thought of trying to smoke or felt bothered by those who couldn't live without it. It was a part of life. What I liked about cigarettes, though, was the packaging, the perfectly shaped boxes wrapped in a glossy layer of plastic. For some reason, I found them beautiful. 

A decade later another experience became one of the favourite memories of mine. The aroma of a good cigar smoked in front of a fire place in a cosy little cottage tucked away among the frozen frosted fur trees. That smell, and intoxicating perfume of cognac. Blended. In a middle of the stormy dark winter. 

I didn't smoke, nor drunk... But I remembered that December... 

Another decade passed and the cigarettes became one of the most stylish fashion props the editors would rely on. Being made in the USSR, I wasn't, of course, aware of the Newton's iconic Le Smoking, so it was Cosmo, Elle and Vogue all the way... 

For me, those visual stories have always been a form of art, whether I liked the final result or not, it was there, done for the very idea of stirring some form of emotional response and giving an opportunity of making a choice of my own. To look or not to look. To love or to hate. To smoke or go and have a cup of green tea. To make a conscious decision of being true to myself or following the crowd.

This is why I don't understand the negative comments when it comes to cigarettes in glossy magazines. In a way it is exactly the same as a claim that seeing a girl drinking wine in a Vermeer painting made one reach for a glass of bordeaux.

Some people smoke. They've always done and they always will despite the realities of scientific research. Some will quit because they'll find a reason to do so. Others will never think of smoking simply because it wouldn't cross their mind. I doubt that any of those decision will depend on the number of fashion editorials featuring a cigarette because, at the end, the choice is yours, and so is the body you live in... 

And just out of curiosity... Do you smoke? Or ever did? And what are your thoughts on the subject?

Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)

Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)

Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)

Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)


Photo source: Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)


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Friday, 21 November 2014

Christmas gift guide: every shade of GOLD

Natalia Vodianova in Harper's Bazaar UK December 2010 (photography: Michelangelo di Battista, styling: Sophie Neophitou-Apostolou)


Nothing lift the spirits as good as a sprinkle of gold dust - the beautiful, sparkling, joyful reminder that the festive season is only a few weeks away - one of the reasons why I decided to share my Christmas gift guides a little earlier. Not only it will give you a chance to find a perfect present, but receive it before the holidays, too - such a wonderful feeling, isn't it?! 

Indulge! It adds that beautiful rosy colour to your cheeks and creates the most comforting sensation of happiness inside. And lets be honest the timing to treat yourself (or somebody special) to a little piece of shimmering magic couldn't have been more perfect... 

via fashionedbylove | christmas holiday gift guide in gold | clothes, shoes, accessories, make-up, perfume & more


Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Harper's Bazaar UK December 2010 (photography: Michelangelo di Battista, styling: Sophie Neophitou-Apostolou)


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