Outfit inspiration: Diane von Furstenberg

30/06/2011

Natalia Vodianova in Diane von Furstenberg campaign

27/06/2011

Stylish quote

23/06/2011

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

Wimbledon inspired

21/06/2011

Karlie Kloss in Vogue US October 2009 (photography: Arthur Elgort, styling: Grace Coddington)
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?

Elise Crombez in American Splendour | Vogue US November 2003 (photography: Arthur Elgort)
Nadja Auermann in Diary of a SPA | Vogue US June 1994 (photography: Ellen von Unwerth)
Jessica Stam & Heidi Mount in What's white now | Harper's Bazaar US April 2010 (photography: Peter Lindbergh, styling: Brana Wolf)
Lily Cole in Imaginary fantastic bizzare | Vogue Italia July 2005 (photography: Tim Walker)
Natalia Vodianova in Partie de Plaisir | Vogue Paris February 2005 (photography: Mikael Jansson, styling: Karl Templer
Shalom Harlow in DKNY Spring/Summer 1995 campaign (photography: Peter Lindbergh)
Caroline Trentini in Vogue US June 2006 (photography: Miles Aldridge)
Anouk Lepere in Elle Italia November 2011 (photography: David Burton)
Photo sources: Karlie Kloss in Vogue US October 2009 (photography: Arthur Elgort, styling: Grace Coddington), Elise Crombez in American Splendour | Vogue US November 2003 (photography: Arthur Elgort), Nadja Auermann in Diary of a SPA | Vogue US June 1994 (photography: Ellen von Unwerth), Jessica Stam & Heidi Mount in What's white now | Harper's Bazaar US April 2010 (photography: Peter Lindbergh, styling: Brana Wolf), Lily Cole in Imaginary fantastic bizzare | Vogue Italia July 2005 (photography: Tim Walker), Natalia Vodianova in Partie de Plaisir | Vogue Paris February 2005 (photography: Mikael Jansson, styling: Karl Templer), Shalom Harlow in DKNY Spring/Summer 1995 campaign (photography: Peter Lindbergh), Caroline Trentini in Vogue US June 2006 (photography: Miles Aldridge), Anouk Lepere in Elle Italia November 2011 (photography: David Burton)

Karen Mulder in Vogue Italia 1991

20/06/2011

Karen Mulder in Flamboyant | Vogue Italia October 1991 (photography: Ellen von Unwerth, styling: Alice Gentilucci)
For everyone who loves red, feminine dresses, bows, pugs, Karen Mulder or old editorials.

Karen Mulder in Flamboyant | Vogue Italia October 1991 (photography: Ellen von Unwerth, styling: Alice Gentilucci)
Photo source: Karen Mulder in Flamboyant | Vogue Italia October 1991 (photography: Ellen von Unwerth, styling: Alice Gentilucci)

Strictly for the girls

19/06/2011

via fashioned by love | Heloise Guerin, Lais Oliviera & Mina Cvetkovic in Vogue Italia Beauty May 2010 (photography: Ellen von Unwerth, styling: Giovanna Barraglia)
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.

via fashioned by love | Heloise Guerin, Lais Oliviera & Mina Cvetkovic in Vogue Italia Beauty May 2010 (photography: Ellen von Unwerth, styling: Giovanna Barraglia)
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.

via fashioned by love | Heloise Guerin, Lais Oliviera & Mina Cvetkovic in Vogue Italia Beauty May 2010 (photography: Ellen von Unwerth, styling: Giovanna Barraglia)
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

17/06/2011

via fashioned by love | 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.

via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Resort 2012
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Resort 2012
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Resort 2012
via fashioned by love | Nina Ricci Resort 2012
Photo source: Nina Ricci Resort 2012 via style.com

Stylish quote

15/06/2011

via fashioned by love | Gemma Ward in Vogue US December 2007 (photography: Norman Jean Roy, styling: Elissa Santisi)
"What you wear when you are in your own house is like a costume for the role of yourself."

Valentina

Photo source: Gemma Ward in Vogue US December 2007 (photography: Norman Jean Roy, styling: Elissa Santisi)

Parisian style hair and make-up inspiration

14/06/2011

Julie Ordon in Glamour UK November 2005 / Parisian hair style and make-up inspiration
Continuing yesterday’s Julie Ordon related posts… Here is yet another hair and make-up style

Julie Ordon in Elle France 2007

13/06/2011

via fashioned by love | Julie Ordon in Elle France January 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?

via fashioned by love | Julie Ordon in Elle France January 2007
via fashioned by love | Julie Ordon in Elle France January 2007
via fashioned by love | Julie Ordon in Elle France January 2007
via fashioned by love | Julie Ordon in Elle France January 2007
via fashioned by love | Julie Ordon in Elle France January 2007
via fashioned by love | Julie Ordon in Elle France January 2007
via fashioned by love | Julie Ordon in Elle France January 2007
via fashioned by love | Julie Ordon in Elle France January 2007
Photo source: Julie Ordon in Elle France January 2007

Natalia & weekend impressions

11/06/2011

Natalia Vodianova in Madame Figaro 30 August 2008 (photography: Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello)
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.

Natalia Vodianova in Madame Figaro 30 August 2008 (photography: Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello)
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).

Natalia Vodianova in Madame Figaro 30 August 2008 (photography: Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello)
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Madame Figaro 30 August 2008 (photography: Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello)

Short story

09/06/2011

Liu Wen in Vogue China April 2011 (photography: Hans Feurer, styling: Anne Christensen)
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.

Sonia Rykiel Spring/Summer 2011
Tommy Hilfiger Spring/Summer 2011
Tracy Reese Spring/Summer 2011
Hermes Spring/Summer 2011
Aigner Spring/Summer 2011
Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2011
Roland Mouret Spring/Summer 2011
Barbara Bui Spring/Summer 2011
Akris Spring/Summer 2011
Nina Ricci Spring/Summer 2011
Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer 2011
Brioni Spring/Summer 2011
Dolce&Gabbana Spring/Summer 2011
Valentino Spring/Summer 2011
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