Confessions of a former style victim

30/03/2011

via fashioned by love | Anna Marie Jagodzinska in The Dreamer | Vogue UK October 2010 (photography: Laura Sciacovelli,  styling: Charlotte Stockdale)
"I never look at labels when I buy clothes... What really grabs me is whether clothes are comfortable or not. I LIKE TO FEEL FREE"

Audrey Tautou, Vogue UK, August 2009

We often forget the last bit, don't you think? Even if we do not look at labels many of us still go for the look without any further consideration.

I can honestly say there were times in my life when I thought that I could walk in THOSE shoes or wear THAT dress simply because I liked the SHOES or the DRESS and didn't think much about the way I was going to feel in them. Yes, the final result would look attractive, otherwise I wouldn't put those things on to begin with, but often the clothes would be chosen for an ideal situation where the pavements are flat, there is no food to consume and, frankly, there is no need to move or breathe either. Sort of a stationary world of mannequins.

I don't think I was a fashion victim, though. It was more about being a style victim, wearing BEAUTIFUL things and seeing the result as a piece of art (and so often art is not about function, but more about an emotional impact).

As I got older I realised that no matter how much I like a certain item it will never going to work if a) it does not fit perfectly (in other words it restricts my ability to live my life) b) it requires a person to to change their lifestyle in order to wear it.

I still remember a horrible feeling of walking in very uncomfortable shoes simply because they added a special touch to the outfit I planned in my mind. Yes, I did look good, but what an excruciating pain I experienced a couple of hours later after we went for a walk! Almost as if something was drilling my brain, that's the only way to describe it (I am not even mentioning my poor feet here).

Another silly situation is to go out in a dress or top that's not perfect for you. All the glamour and sensuality you were after can be easily ruined if you keep adjusting it here and there and spend the evening fidgeting. Nobody would find this attractive.

That is why I always remind myself of how important it is to choose clothes that suit (and fit!) you and your personality and not the other way round. I still wear heels, but can spend ages shopping for my perfect pair of shoes. I know that once I found them I am going to think of looking beautiful and feeling free. Not about every single step I need to make in those shoes and whether or not I need to call a taxi now or a few steps later. I buy clothes that would help me express myself in every situation. I no longer pick up pieces that would require me to change my lifestyle in order to wear them, or go on a diet, so they fit me better. I just live and use my clothes to add more style and comfort to my life because this is the only way I can feel FREE.

Photo source: Anna Marie Jagodzinska in The Dreamer | Vogue UK October 2010 (photography: Laura Sciacovelli,  styling: Charlotte Stockdale)

Stylish quote

29/03/2011

via fashioned by love | vogue uk 2007
"It's always self-defeating to pretend to the style of a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in history"

Renata Adler

Photo source: Vogue UK 2007

Redhead

28/03/2011

via fashioned by love | Karen Elson in Hed Hot | Harper’s Bazaar UK October 2010 (photography: Alexi Lubomirski, styling: Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou)
The legend goes it was Christina Hendricks who suggested that Karen Elson dyed her hair red. Whether it's true or not, but this girl remains one of the most stunning red heads I've ever seen.

via fashioned by love | Karen Elson in Hed Hot | Harper’s Bazaar UK October 2010 (photography: Alexi Lubomirski, styling: Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou)
via fashioned by love | Karen Elson in Hed Hot | Harper’s Bazaar UK October 2010 (photography: Alexi Lubomirski, styling: Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou)
Karen Elson in Hed Hot | Harper’s Bazaar UK October 2010 (photography: Alexi Lubomirski, styling: Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou)
Photo source: Karen Elson in Hed Hot | Harper’s Bazaar UK October 2010 (photography: Alexi Lubomirski, styling: Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou)

Marion Cotillard sans retouching in Vanity Fair

26/03/2011

via fashioned by love | Marion Cotillard in Vanity Fair Italy September 2010 (photography: Bruce Weber)
Marion Cotillard is one of those women whom I find absolutely fascinating and beautiful. She is natural and remains true to herself in every situation. Seeing her editorial in Vanity Fair, which went into print without any retouching, was a breath of fresh air and also a reminder that real beauty is all about perfect imperfections that make everyone of us so unique and very special.

via fashioned by love | Marion Cotillard in Vanity Fair Italy September 2010 (photography: Bruce Weber)
via fashioned by love | Marion Cotillard in Vanity Fair Italy September 2010 (photography: Bruce Weber)
via fashioned by love | Marion Cotillard in Vanity Fair Italy September 2010 (photography: Bruce Weber)
via fashioned by love | Marion Cotillard in Vanity Fair Italy September 2010 (photography: Bruce Weber)Photo source: Marion Cotillard in Vanity Fair Italy September 2010 (photography: Bruce Weber)

Carmen Dell'Orefice: living haute couture

25/03/2011

via fashioned by love | Carmen Dell'Orefice Rolex campaign
I remember the first time I saw Carmen. She was featured in Vogue advertising Rolex. Gorgeous aristocratic

Natalia in Harper's Bazaar Russia

24/03/2011

via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova wearing Ralph Lauren in Harper’s Bazaar Russia April 2011 (phtography: Antonio Paredes, styling: Olya Borissova)
I am doing my happy dance now because I finally got a chance to see new photos of Natalia Vodianova from Russian Harper’s Bazaar. I’ve missed her a lot.

via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova wearing Ralph Lauren in Harper’s Bazaar Russia April 2011 (phtography: Antonio Paredes, styling: Olya Borissova)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova wearing Ralph Lauren in Harper’s Bazaar Russia April 2011 (phtography: Antonio Paredes, styling: Olya Borissova)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova wearing Ralph Lauren in Harper’s Bazaar Russia April 2011 (phtography: Antonio Paredes, styling: Olya Borissova)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova wearing Ralph Lauren in Harper’s Bazaar Russia April 2011 (phtography: Antonio Paredes, styling: Olya Borissova)
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova wearing Ralph Lauren in Harper’s Bazaar Russia April 2011 (phtography: Antonio Paredes, styling: Olya Borissova)

Finding your inner French girl

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I guess, you already know that I am slightly (well, maybe a bit more than that, but lets leave it as "slightly") obsessed with France and Paris, in particular. This cute book was an answer to my craving for everything French while I was going through yet another period of nostalgia for Paris. Written by Debra Ollivier who worked for Harpers, Salon, Le Mode and spent a decade of her life in France, Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl was a truly self-help book, a pleasure to own and fun to read.

Stylish quote

23/03/2011

via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova wearing Christian Dior Couture by John Galliano in High Art | Vogue US November 2004 (photography: Annie Leibovitz, styling: Grace Coddington)
"Fashion is a tool... to complete in life outside the home. People like you better, without knowing why because people always react well to a person they like the look of."

Mary Quant

Photo source: Natalia Vodianova wearing Christian Dior Couture by John Galliano in High Art | Vogue US November 2004 (photography: Annie Leibovitz, styling: Grace Coddington)

Monday for Marie Antoinette

21/03/2011

via fashioned by love | Marie Antoinette inspired fashion editorial | Elle Sweden August 2008 (photography: Jimmy Backius, styling: Cia Jansson, Lisa Lindqwister & Jenny Fredriksson)
Starting a week with an enchanting Marie Antoinette inspired editorial from Elle Sweden. It is fascinating how talented some stylists are to be able to play with clothes created for a 21 century princess and create an atmosphere as gorgeous and era-appropriate as this.

via fashioned by love | Marie Antoinette inspired fashion editorial | Elle Sweden August 2008 (photography: Jimmy Backius, styling: Cia Jansson, Lisa Lindqwister & Jenny Fredriksson)
via fashioned by love | Marie Antoinette inspired fashion editorial | Elle Sweden August 2008 (photography: Jimmy Backius, styling: Cia Jansson, Lisa Lindqwister & Jenny Fredriksson)
via fashioned by love | Marie Antoinette inspired fashion editorial | Elle Sweden August 2008 (photography: Jimmy Backius, styling: Cia Jansson, Lisa Lindqwister & Jenny Fredriksson)
via fashioned by love | Marie Antoinette inspired fashion editorial | Elle Sweden August 2008 (photography: Jimmy Backius, styling: Cia Jansson, Lisa Lindqwister & Jenny Fredriksson)
via fashioned by love | Marie Antoinette inspired fashion editorial | Elle Sweden August 2008 (photography: Jimmy Backius, styling: Cia Jansson, Lisa Lindqwister & Jenny Fredriksson)
via fashioned by love | Marie Antoinette inspired fashion editorial | Elle Sweden August 2008 (photography: Jimmy Backius, styling: Cia Jansson, Lisa Lindqwister & Jenny Fredriksson)
via fashioned by love | Marie Antoinette inspired fashion editorial | Elle Sweden August 2008 (photography: Jimmy Backius, styling: Cia Jansson, Lisa Lindqwister & Jenny Fredriksson)
via fashioned by love | Marie Antoinette inspired fashion editorial | Elle Sweden August 2008 (photography: Jimmy Backius, styling: Cia Jansson, Lisa Lindqwister & Jenny Fredriksson)
via fashioned by love | Marie Antoinette inspired fashion editorial | Elle Sweden August 2008 (photography: Jimmy Backius, styling: Cia Jansson, Lisa Lindqwister & Jenny Fredriksson)
via fashioned by love | Marie Antoinette inspired fashion editorial | Elle Sweden August 2008 (photography: Jimmy Backius, styling: Cia Jansson, Lisa Lindqwister & Jenny Fredriksson)
via fashioned by love | Marie Antoinette inspired fashion editorial | Elle Sweden August 2008 (photography: Jimmy Backius, styling: Cia Jansson, Lisa Lindqwister & Jenny Fredriksson)
via fashioned by love | Marie Antoinette inspired fashion editorial | Elle Sweden August 2008 (photography: Jimmy Backius, styling: Cia Jansson, Lisa Lindqwister & Jenny Fredriksson)
via fashioned by love | Marie Antoinette inspired fashion editorial | Elle Sweden August 2008 (photography: Jimmy Backius, styling: Cia Jansson, Lisa Lindqwister & Jenny Fredriksson)
Photo source: Elle Sweden August 2008 (photography: Jimmy Backius, styling: Cia Jansson, Lisa Lindqwister & Jenny Fredriksson)

For Japan with love and hope

18/03/2011

via fashioned by love | Shu Pei in Vogue China January 2011 (photography: Regan Cameron, styling: Katie Mossman)
"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasise in this complex history will determine our lives. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. 
The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvellous victory."

Howard Zinn

Photo source: Shu Pei in Vogue China January 2011 (photography: Regan Cameron, styling: Katie Mossman)

Stylish quote

17/03/2011

via fashioned by love | Camilla Belle wearing Christian Dior by John Galliano in Marie Claire US October 2009 (photography: Matt Jones, styling: Elizabeth Stewart)
"Style is primarily a matter of instinct."

Bill Blass

Photo source: Camilla Belle wearing Christian Dior by John Galliano in Marie Claire US October 2009 (photography: Matt Jones, styling: Elizabeth Stewart)

The magic of scent: Serge Lutens and his creations

16/03/2011

Inspiration: relaxed chic

15/03/2011

via fashioned by love | DSquared2 Spring/Summer 2011
I must admit, creating a relaxed but chic and well put together outfit without making it shabby/unkempt can be a difficult task. It requires practice, well-cut clothes, a few accessories and some inspiration.

These looks from DSquared2 Spring/Summer 2011 collection are something I would certainly love to recreate and incorporate into my daily life. Classy comfort with a dash of je ne sais quoi.

via fashioned by love | DSquared2 Spring/Summer 2011
via fashioned by love | DSquared2 Spring/Summer 2011
via fashioned by love | DSquared2 Spring/Summer 2011
via fashioned by love | DSquared2 Spring/Summer 2011
via fashioned by love | DSquared2 Spring/Summer 2011
via fashioned by love | DSquared2 Spring/Summer 2011
via fashioned by love | DSquared2 Spring/Summer 2011
via fashioned by love | DSquared2 Spring/Summer 2011
Photo source: DSquared2 Spring/Summer 2011 via stylebistro.com

Emotions: Natalia Vodianova by Vincent Peters

14/03/2011