The idea of this outfit came from a picture of
Outfit inspiration: Diane von Furstenberg
The Wrap: journey of a dress
Natalia Vodianova in Diane von Furstenberg campaign
"What is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it."
Yves Saint Laurent
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Harper's Bazaar UK December 2010 (photography: Michelangelo di Batista, styling: Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou)
A few fashionable tennis editorials to celebrate Wimbledon season 2011. Do you play? Were you lucky enough to get your golden ticket to watch a game or two live there and then? Or are you a TV-glued spectator like me?
Karen Mulder in Vogue Italia 1991
For everyone who loves red, feminine dresses, bows, pugs, Karen Mulder or old editorials.
Photo source: Karen Mulder in Flamboyant | Vogue Italia October 1991 (photography: Ellen von Unwerth, styling: Alice Gentilucci)
Strictly for the girls
So, just in case you are a guy and do not work as a fashion stylist, please stop reading right now and feel free to browse the rest of my blog because this post is for the girls’ eyes only.
Today I am going to talk about something very up close and personal. Literally. It’s not going to be pretty, but the information will definitely be very useful.
Some of you know that I adore beautiful lingerie, but the fact is that sometimes even the most gorgeous pieces aren’t going to work for a very low cut dress or some summer silk perfection AKA lovely lingerie style silk camisole or sweet floaty can-hardly-feel-it-on dress. This can certainly be a problem if you fall in love with the above styles, can’t bear a look of a bra underneath, but still need essential lift, support and coverage.
Up until now I knew about three things only – the daisy look stickers for the coverage of the pointy bits, the weird half moon adhesives designed to lift and hold, and the tape for everything that needed to be fixed in place including the daisies and the adhesives. I must admit, the tape was quite helpful for me, but the rest was simply unacceptable.
I would have continued to suffer in silence, surrounded by my dream dresses with a V-cut down to there and silk chiffons that could make even the most delicate bra look almost like a bullet proof jacket, but my fashion fairy magically guided me to the Fashion First Aid page. Finally, I was in a very happy place.
There were Concealits that looked and worked much better than the silly daisies, Liftits for lifting and holding, Boostits for adding extra cleavage up to 1 cup size up and, of course, the tape.
I know these not exactly the most glamorous accessories, but honestly, sometimes we do need them in order to look our best and feel confident. So let it be our little secret, just between you and me. Oh, yes, don’t think it’s a good idea to show any of the aids to your man whatever his age is – he wouldn’t get it or you will make him cry with laughter and men don’t really like to cry…
Photo source: Heloise Guerin, Lais Oliviera & Mina Cvetkovic in Vogue Italia Beauty May 2010 (photography: Ellen von Unwerth, styling: Giovanna Barraglia)
Nina Ricci Resort 2012
Young and elegant, this Nina Ricci Resort 2012 collection is my dream come true. Not that I can afford it, though. The feminine hourglass dresses, pencil skirts and short fitted jackets with lingerie-like stitching, delicate lace, frills, ruffles, bows in pastel perfect shades, classic pumps just made me feel dizzy with excitement. This truly is a story of fashion love at first sight and heartbreak. I’ll get through it, I know, but I will never stop thinking about these beautiful so-very-Parisian clothes.
Photo source: Nina Ricci Resort 2012 via style.com
"What you wear when you are in your own house is like a costume for the role of yourself."
Photo source: Gemma Ward in Vogue US December 2007 (photography: Norman Jean Roy, styling: Elissa Santisi)
Parisian style hair and make-up inspiration
Julie Ordon in Elle France 2007
Julie Ordon is one of my favourite models and I feel it’s almost unfair that fashion magazines don’t feature her as much as she really deserves.
Doesn’t she look like the 21st century Brigitte Bardot in this beautiful summer sunshine filled editorial?
Photo source: Julie Ordon in Elle France January 2007
Natalia & weekend impressions
The problem with British summer is that one has to be spontaneous when it comes to activities and wardrobe, because, lets face it, today we melt and tomorrow the chunky knits come out to play. Personally, I’ve learnt to dress up in layers most of the time and never leave a house without a scarf, umbrella and sunglasses.
Another thing I’ve come to realise is the importance of greeting each and every single day as it comes and then act accordingly: never miss breakfast (very important), put on a pretty dress and espadrilles and head over to some National Trust beautified field for a walk through a sea of flowers or wrap your precious self in a cosy cardigan and enjoy a movie while savouring Duchy Originals ice-cream (the best in the whole world – trust me or better still, try it).
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Madame Figaro 30 August 2008 (photography: Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello)
Apart from all the obvious, there’s one goal worth getting to or remaining in good shape - THE SHORTS. Shorts have been a part of almost every fashion collection for spring/summer 2011. From super tiny (it’s almost like you want to double check if shorts are actually present or have been forgotten at home (hello!!!! shorts? are you there??? oh, yes, here you are…) to more relaxed and classic – they were created to suit any woman. Obviously I wouldn’t dare wearing the micro creations, not only because I am not 18 any more, or have legs like Giselle’s, but also because it’s just not me… A micro part of my inner ego does wish I could pull the look off or had the legs to die for, but… There’s a reality and there’s a dream and they don’t always match.
On the other, more realistic note, I would gladly wear something like Roland Mouret, Nina Ricci, Sonia Rykiel or Moschino Cheap & Chic designs. Plus a pair of chunky platforms and something simple on top, like a ribbed tank or a silk shirt. I think, mentally I am ready for summer now, just need a touch of golden tan and some bright nail polish.
What about you? Would you feel like wearing shorts and show off your gorgeous legs this summer? What style would you choose? If you feel like sharing, I’d love to hear your opinion.
Photo source: Liu Wen in Vogue China April 2011 (photography: Hans Feurer, styling: Anne Christensen), runway inspiration from Spring/Summer 2011 collections at Sonia Rykiel, Tommy Hilfiger, Tracy Reese, Hermes, Aigner, Erin Fetherston, Roland Mouret, Barbara Bui, Akris, Brioni, Dolce&Gabbana, Moschino Cheap&Chic, Valentino, Nina Ricci, Alberta Ferretti via stylebistro.com