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

Finding your inner french girl by Debra Olivier / book review / French women style tips / French women secrets / Parisian style / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
I guess, you already know that I am slightly (well, maybe a bit more than that, but lets leave it as

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)

Scarlett

22/03/2011

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

French flourless chocolate cake

20/03/2011

french flourless chocolate cake / gluten free / vegetarian / easy / healthy desserts / special treats / mousse cake / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
I found a recipe for this cake in a Michel Montignacs book several years ago and

Why do we shop?

19/03/2011

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

Gisele on a cover of Vogue Paris April 2011

11/03/2011

via fashioned by love | Gisele Bundchen wearing Dolce & Gabbana on a cover of Vogue Paris April 2011 (photography: Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin)
I wish I could get my hand on this copy of French Vogue signed off by Emmanuelle Alt in her  capacity as the magazine's new editor, featuring Gisele Bundchen in Dolce&Gabbana as a gorgeous cover girl. Everything looks and feels so fresh… like a morning dew… or a delicate spring blossom…Brilliant start.

Photo source: Gisele Bundchen wearing Dolce & Gabbana on a cover of Vogue Paris April 2011 (photography: Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin)

Tasha De Vasconcelos: how to be Parisian

via fashioned by love | Tasha de Vasconcelos | How to be Parisian | French women secrets
Tasha De Vasconcelos is one of those women I really, really adore. I just think there is some special feminine softness about her, she sounds and looks so sensual and warm and has an amazing style.

As a model she worked for Calvin Klein, Escada, Van Cleef and Arpels, Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga, Banana Republic, Pantene, Organics, Harrods, Silhouette, BEIERSDORF, NIVEA and magazines including Vogue, ELLE, Tatler, InStyle and many more. She also appeared in several movies and documentaries as well as France's Next Top Model in 2005.

Many of you would probably recognise her from the latest Nivea DNage ad.

Some time ago I watched a programme about shopping in Paris where Tasha talked to Jodie Kidd and shared some of the secrets she learned while living in the French capital. Since I can never get enough of la parisienne topic, here is what I carefully noted down.

via fashioned by love | Tasha de Vasconcelos | How to be Parisian | French women secrets
According to Tasha...

a) Parisiennes always dress for men, but choose their clothes and accessories that tease their imagination and rather than show everything off.

b) Parisienne always leaves her house looking pretty (just in case she happens to meet a man). Even if she goes to the boulangerie next door to get some fresh croissants. She will always make sure to wear a pretty cardigan, a scarf and slim trousers or even better - a skirt.

c) every woman regardless of her nationality or location must have a skirt in her wardrobe, ideally, one of the skirts should be la petite jupe (above the knee and feminine)

d) Parisiennes eat very little, not only because they want to stay slim, but mainly because any French woman wants to keep a man interested in her as someone he can discuss things with, not just a pretty woman with her mouth full.

e) for every Parisienne beauty begins with great skin and great hair cut for which she will visit a hair salon on a regular basis.

via fashioned by love | Tasha de Vasconcelos | How to be Parisian | French women secrets

PFW Fall 2011: Nina Ricci

10/03/2011

via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
Every time I browse looks shown during fashion weeks, I save the ones I would love to wear or use for inspiration. Once the fashion week is over, the folder clearly identifies the ones that caused a fashion craving in me.

This time having obsessively saved virtually every single image from Dior and Galliano shows, I couldn’t stop my poor little heart from falling in love with Nina Ricci.

The clothes looked beautiful and… comfortable. A kind of comfort that, while not preventing movement and caressing every curve, looked incredibly sensual. It was, probably, the main reason why I found myself longing to touch, feel and wear these delicious temptations.

via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection
Photo source: Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2011 collection via stylebistro.com