Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Fashion ode to poodles: editorials and stories

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He was a poodle and his name was Jerry. He was my very first dog.

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As a 13-year old kid I was pretty serious about having a pet. Even before I asked my parents, I enrolled on a special 6-month course to learn how to take care of my future dog in every situation, read every book I could possibly find and got myself on a puppy waiting list.

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Then I finally broke the news.

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My mum wasn’t amused, but dad told me not to worry about it. And so 3 months later a tiny silver miniature poodle puppy became a part of my life.

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If somebody ever tells you that poodles are a) stupid b) should be treated as toys c) not real dogs – don’t listen. As Alfred Brehm said “if there’s anything bad about poodle’s character, then it’s likely to come from the owner, not the breed”.

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Jerry with his mix of French, German, English and Russian bloods was very much an aristocrat.

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He knew what he wanted, he was incredibly intelligent, polite, happy, playful and loving creature with a gourmet taste for salami, white bread, cucumbers and peas.

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The only thing Jerry hated with passion was grooming. He tolerated it only because of the compliments he knew he would receive afterwards and because he had quite a few gold medals he enjoyed showing off, especially after having his hair done.

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Poodles have always been one of my favourite breeds and it’s only natural that I decided to browse my fashion archives and pick every editorial that featured these gorgeous dogs.

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Originally bred as gun dogs, poodles soon became beautiful elegant companions for the glamorous and creative community as well as the royals.

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Both Madame de Pompadour and Marie Antoinette had beautiful miniature poodles.

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The little dog joined Marie Antoinette in prison and was executed on the same day as his beloved owner.

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A brown poodle Rufus shared his happy days and love for chocolate with Sir Winston Churchill who adored his little pet to pieces.

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And of course, the story wouldn’t be completed without George Sand who used to appear in her open carriage in a company of two champagne coloured poodles with green bows in their hair.

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These days the dogs appear in every fashion magazine and are loved by editors and photographers.

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Fashions change, but poodles always remain where they belong – a world of beauty, charm and chic.

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After all… It’s impossible not to fall in love with a beautiful poodle.

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Photo source: 10 Magazine 2011, Vogue Italia 2002, Elle France October 1994, Vogue Germany March 2010, Americana Manhasset Fall/Winter 2006, Renee Zellweger by Ellen von Unwerth, Versace campaign, Vanity Fair September 2010, Vogue Paris June/July 2009, Vogue UK August 2009, Numero 123 2011, Vogue US March 1999, Vogue Gioello November 2009, Vogue Italia 90s, Vogue US July 2007, Vogue Italia 2009, Vogue Nippon August 2008, Natalia Semanova by Arthur Ergot 1999

Monday, 30 May 2011

Christy Turlington in Vogue Italia 1991

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My beautiful precious find…

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Photo source: Vogue Italia September 1991

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Rosie, the Goddess

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been one of my favourite models for the last few years and I must confess I wish she did more editorial work because she is so incredibly beautiful. She just appeared in Elle UK and of course, I had to have this issue.

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Photo source: Elle UK July 2011

I would also like to mention that I’ve just written an article for Marta’s blog, With Love… Please do visit her wonderful blog and read my tips on healthy eating and more (because after all, I am a nutritionist by profession).

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Weekend sign off

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I am feeling a little bit tired this morning. Perhaps, it’s got something to do with the weather – cloudy skies and very little sunshine are the best excuse for wrapping up in a blanket and watching a good movie while recharging my long-life buttery.

Still… there’s always hope that we get to do a little bit of this…

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and definitely a little bit of this…

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…and, if it’s warm and sunny, even a bit of this…

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…followed by a portion of this…

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And… should everything fails, I will just revert to my original plan of blanket, movie and a bit of blogging on a side.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Always yours,

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P.S. Don’t you just love those pink Lanvin pumps? So perfect.

Photo source: Vogue UK May 2011 (1), Vogue US February 2009 (2,3, 4), Vogue UK August 2008 (5)

I want to thank everyone who left comments on my blog over the last few days. I visited every single site, but for some reason was unable to leave a comment. I hope blogger will fix this soon and our communication will be a flawless pleasure. Thanks for your time, understanding, patience and love for Fashioned by Love. x

Links à la Mode: May 26th


For the Love of Clothes

Edited by Fajr Muhammad at Stylish Thought

If fashion is one thing; it's fun! Whether fashion bloggers are chronicling their ensembles, spring cleaning their wardrobes or finding the perfect colored jean they are loving their clothes. In IFB we discuss fashion from so many angles we often forget the fancy of style and what keeps us blogging: our passion for fashion. This week's Links A La Mode features advice for the perfect poolside ensemble, a comprehensive Q & A on San Fran style and a walk down fashion's memory lane. At the heart of each post are the lovely clothes we wear and adore.

Links à la Mode: May 26th

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Friday, 27 May 2011

Vogue Paris June 2011 vs Vogue Italia 1989

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As soon I saw first photos from June/July editorial from Vogue Paris I got a feeling of déjà vu. Something looked very familiar in a way Isabeli Fontana was styled and photographed. And then, in a few seconds I realised “Linda!” The beautiful story shot by Mert and Marcus was a fresh intake to the original photographed by Steven Meisel for the February issue of Vogue Italia back in 1989. I’ve always knew that fashions return, but it makes me smile to see the return of editorials, too. It just proves that classics never get out of fashion – all you have to do is to brush some dust off and get them back to their full glory.

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*** 1989 ***

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Photo source: Vogue Paris June/July 2011, Vogue Italia February 1989

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