Once upon a time, in 1966, 45 years ago, a new
A story of Bottega Veneta
"Fashion is a reflection of our time and many times and indicator of human sensibility."
Photo source: Anya Kazakova photographed by Nan Goldin for Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2010 campaign
Bottega Veneta: fragrant début
Bottega Veneta: my favourite campaigns
Natalia Vodianova in Love
Second editorial featuring Natalia this week, but I just had to post it. This time it’s The Craft of Seduction, a story from Love magazine photographed by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Katie Grand. Here Natalia Vodianova is wearing unique pieces borrowed from Gucci’s archives to celebrate the company’s 90s Anniversary. I love Love for the unique experience and gorgeous imagery.
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova wearing vintage Gucci in The Craft of seduction | Love #6 2011 (photography: Alasdair Mclellan, styling: Katie Grand)
To have and to hold
I have a pet bag, the little Ledbury baby as I call it. It’s small, soft and beautiful. It’s cuddly. I will probably sound totally insane, but I find it somewhat soothing to touch and hug “her”. It’s like a comfort blanket. It’s velvety suede interior also holds beautiful memories about our trips to Paris, Bruges and all over England. I love this baby and was very excited to spot a new style of carrying a handbag that suddenly made me see my little treasure in a completely new light. The bag can now be truly cuddled and carried around in my arms – a style that looks so wonderfully effortless and chic!
And it doesn’t just apply to lady-like handbags – you can use your favourite tote bag by folding it in half or use a larger handbag as long as its shape makes it comfortable enough for you to hold it. I wouldn’t probably clutch mine à la Prada, otherwise I’d most likely lose some of my precious possessions, so I’m taking inspirations from the likes of Miu Miu, Celine, Dries and Victoria Beckham.
What do you think about this trend? How do/will you carry you favourite bag?
Photo source: Fall/Winter 2011 runway inspiration at Prada, 3.1. Phillip Lim, Valentino, Nanette Lepore, Laura Biagiotti, Stephen Burrows, Elie Tahari, Louis Vuitton, Dries van Noten, Celine, Brioni, Sportmax via style.com & stylebistro.com
Saskia de Brauw in Chanel Cruise 2012
A beautiful look book shot by Karl Lagerfeld to follow an unforgettable collection and a very stylish movie. I fall in love with the black and white photography all over again – in such a classy way the lack of colour lets us focus our attention on clothes, lines and each and every detail, from pleats and buttons to delicate embroidery and gorgeous jewellery. So very classy, elegant and truly Chanel.
Photo source: Saskia de Brauw photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Cruise 2012 campaign / look book via fashionising.com
Natalia Vodianova in Marie Claire 2001
Simple, natural and flawless, the Baby Doll editorial was shot by Jacques Olivar for Marie Claire France in 2001. Reminds me of Roversi’s photography with the intensity factor turned down creating softer images - less soul-burning, but equally stunning.
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Baby Doll | Marie Claire France September 2001 (photography: Jacques Olivar)
Jewellery in Vogue Italia 1971
Jewellery editorial by Alberto Rizzo for a June issue of Vogue Italia 1971. Stunning images, aren’t they? And such a unique and creative yet very clean and simple way to show off beautiful pieces.
Photo source: Vogue Italia June 1971 (photography: Alberto Rizzo)
Faces of Fall 2011
It’s time to talk about Fall 2011 and I am going to begin with my favourite make-up and hair looks that I found the most inspiring. My personal favourites are the natural sun-kissed faces at Michael Kors, “luxurious and expensive” make-up at Roland Mouret, very lady-like polished looks at Carolina Herrera and Yves Saint Laurent and stunning lips at Gucci.
I also like the fact that the natural carefully defined eyebrows got attention they deserve.
Needless to say that the hair is simply perfect, too – the non-fussy lacquered do’s, side partings, low pony-tail or chic bun styles are feminine, but at the same time sharp and groomed, and so very simple to create. The latter is particularly important to bear in mind because every extra minute spent under a cosy duvet on a dark sleepy winter morning is more precious compared to the additional time needed for a complicated hair related extravaganza. Instead you just gather the hair in a stylish ponytail (or proceed one step further “enveloping” the hair into a reverse bun as Orlando Pita did for Carolina Herrera show) and move the parting depending on your mood and choice of outfit. Easy!
I did a bit of browsing to find out what products were used to make-up the faces at Carolina Herrera, Gucci, Michael Kors and Roland Mouret, and here’s some useful information in case you feel like re-creating them at home.
Carolina Herrera Fall 2011 by Diane Kendal for M.A.C. via Vogue Beauty
Skin: subtle foundation with a blend of faint pink blush (Angel) on the cheeks.
Eyes: “classic and clean” with the thinnest sweep of black cream liner very close to the lashes and “extended out just a bit”.
Lips: use a small brush to apply small amount of M.A.C. Prince Noir to outline the lips first and then – fill them. Keep the surface soft and matte by blotting off the excess with a folded tissue.
via Allure Beauty
Skin: CoverGirl NaturelLux foundation applied with fingertips to even out skin tone followed by a dusting of powder around the nose, eyelids, and brows to cut any shine and set the foundation. No blush.
Eyes: A tiny barely there amount of taupe eye shadow in Tapestry Taupe on lids, beige eyeliner in the inner corners, plus layers and layers of CoverGirl NaturelLux mascara. Groomed eyebrows.
Lips: a mix of four products: a deep red lip pencil that both lined and filled in the mouth; a dark, blackened-burgundy lipstick dabbed on with a flat brush; a lighter, true-red lipstick tapped onto the middle of the lips; and finally, gloss.
Skin: start with Shiseido Perfect Refining foundation to cover any redness and blemishes, then dust with Shiseido Translucent loose powder from the mid-cheek to lower jawline only. No concealer.
Shiseido bronzer was applied from the hollow of the cheek area and diffused towards the jawline (the bronzer shade was dependent on the model’s skin tone).
Eyes: first using a fluffy brush apply Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye colour in bronze/taupe-like Sable (BR709) along the upper and lower lash line, blend well to diffuse the colour. Follow with Shiseido Eyeliner in Brown (#2) applied along the upper lash line and a couple of coats of black mascara on the top lashes.
Lips: Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Dune (BE310)
Photo sources: hair & make-up inspiration at Gucci, Michael Kors & Carolina Herrera Fall/Winter 2011 via style.com