Thursday, 30 June 2011

Outfit inspiration: Diane von Furstenberg

The idea of this outfit came from a picture of 20-year old Diane when she was studying in University of Geneva. It was the time when she got introduced to a jet set lifestyle where everyone was “effortlessly beautiful and rich”. The photo, the pose and the outfit, I felt, really reflected this classy and chic luxury. I found it very exciting to try and recreate the look by using modern pieces with a timeless feel to them. I decided to replace what looks like a jumpsuit with a dress because most women would probably find it easier to wear and introduced a tote bag and a pair of glamorous vintage style sunglasses to complete the look. I hope you like the result.

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Shopping list: Dress, Mango Blouson Paraiso / Scarf, LemLem / Sunglasses, Linda Farrow Luxe / Earrings, Astley Clarke / Watch, Venom Roberto Cavalli / Rings, both Emotions Folli Follie / Sandals, MaxMara / Linen tote bag, Mango

Photo source: Diane: A Signature Life by Diane von Furstenberg

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Stylish quote

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"The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself."

Diane von Furstenberg

Photo source: i-D spring 2010

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

The Wrap

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We say “the bag” – we think 2.55 or Birkin, we say “the scarf” – we think Hermes and when it comes to “the dress”, we think “the wrap”.

Created by Diane von Furstenberg, this dress is probably the most iconic piece in fashion clothing history because it never goes out of fashion helping women all over the world discover their feminine, confident, sexy, coquettish and beautiful side by simply slipping on a soft silky garment secured by a tightly wrapped sash belt.

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Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Fall 2002

The idea of the wrap dress came to Diane after she saw Julie Nixon Eisenhower wearing a DVF wrap top and skirt on a television show. The outfit just wanted to be made into one piece easy-to-wear dress.

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Spring 2004, Fall 2003, Fall 2004

The first dress in a wood grain print saw the world in 1973 – a few yards of fabric that would fit a female body as if the wrap was made just for her -  highlighting the bust, slimming down the waist, lifting up the bottom and allowing complete freedom of movement. The dress could be worn day to night. Slipping on in the morning within seconds allowed women to look gorgeous at work, but adding beautiful jewellery and heels would instantly turn the same piece into a seductive outfit suitable for a special occasion.

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Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2007

Every season a new set of patterns would emerge. Not only the colours were striking and unique, the patterns themselves were designed to compliment different women and their mood and unique personality. The inspiration came from Diane’s past in a form of a beautiful signature, scarf pattern, post card stamps, graphic images or nature. The animal prints made their debut in the fall of 1974. They became so popular that Diane’s driver would count them walking down the streets, from prep schools to office buildings to glamorous restaurants.

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Every dress carried a bit of designer’s soul in it and this is one of the reasons why it was such a fascinating piece to own. When something is made with so much love, thought and care, it’s impossible not to feel special in it.

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Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006

The wrap stole hearts of millions of women all over America and then – the world. It was associated with the most wonderful memories and special moments. Todays wrap is essentially the same dress that comes in luxurious jersey silks rather than original basic cotton fabrics. Its shorter length is perfect to show off just the right amount of leg and a modern collar is smaller to make it look fresh rather than vintage.

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Spring 2007, Resort 2011, Spring 2011

It’s a timeless piece for a woman who wants to feel like a woman because once you put on the wrap, there will be no way back to unisex. The dress doesn’t only transform the way you look – it definitely changes the way you feel and act, too.

Find the perfect wrap dress and fall in love with yourself.

Photo source: Diane von Furstenberg ad/label 1972, style.com

Monday, 27 June 2011

Natalia Vodianova in Diane von Furstenberg campaign

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Back in 2007 Diane von Furstenberg decided that it was the time to use a model rather then herself for an upcoming campaign and turned to her friend of three decades, François-Marie Barnier, the artist and photographer behind these unique creations, for help. She also choose Natalia Vodianova to be the model and pose for an intimate story photographed in both New York and Paris. There was no make-up artist or a stylist – Natalia chose all the clothes herself and posed bare-faced.

The result is a true art form where 50 photographs transform into paintings filled with a colourful rainbow of emotions. Here are some of my favourite images from the campaign and you can see more in Barnier’s book, Vive la Vie.

I’ve also included a behind the scenes video for an extra dose of fashion magic.

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Photo source: Diane von Furstenberg Campaign Spring/Summer 2008, scans from Vogue and Vanity Fair

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Summer inspirations

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Some random visual inspirations for the summer season. Textures, shapes, colours and patterns, clothes and accessories, hair styles and make-up must have shades… oh, yes – and shoes, of course!

P.S. I do realise that Chanel hair accessory is actually from the fall collection, but it was too pretty to leave it till then – wouldn’t you agree?

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Photo sources: Vogue UK June 2011, Costume June 2011, Elle France 2011, style.com, Garance Dore, Marie Claire Italy April 2011, Longchamp campaign Spring/Summer 2011, Fifi Lapin Blog, Elle Sweden April 2011, Erin Heatherton for ???, Glamour France June 2011, Glamour France 2008

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Weekend sign off

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Charity is a strange thing… As Nietzsche once said "it makes you feel guilty because you think you might not have given enough or if you choose not to give anything at all” (excuse my very rough interpretation of his quote)

Another thing I don’t really like is to tell other people that I just gave a donation to a charity. Makes me feel rather uncomfortable.

On the other hand, just like most women, I do enjoy a bit of shopping and it gives me even more pleasure knowing that some money I spend on clothes will be used for a good cause.

This is why I wanted to share the latest news from Uniqlo with you today. This weekend the company is launching a limited collection of t-shirts with a message to support Japan designed by 10 celebrities including Karl Lagerfeld, Alber Elbaz, Nicole Kidman, Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham, Cyndi Lauper, Orlando Bloom, Charlize Theron, Blake Lively and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Uniqlo will donate the profit of approximately 100 million yen (Approximately £750,000) to the Japanese Red Cross Society through the sale of these T-shirts at its stores around the world, to back recovery efforts in North Eastern Japan.

What could be a better excuse for some on-line shopping?

The collection will be available exclusively on-line from 1 am Saturday 25 June 2011. Let me know which one/ones you would like to get. Personally, I am loving Alber Elbaz and Blake Lively ones the most.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

always yours,

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Friday, 24 June 2011

Beautiful Carolina

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What a perfection of femininity this is! Gorgeous cinched waist 50s glamour meets modern 21st century princess holidaying somewhere very Italian. Loving this Resort 2012 collection by Carolina Herrera.

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Photo source: elle.com

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