"Everyone needs aesthetic ghosts in order to
Perfect wardrobe according to Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 2002
Christy Turlington in Max Mara Fall 1995
A perfect campaign to add to my collection. Beautiful nature, gorgeous photography and forever perfect Christy.
Photo source: Christy Turlington photographed by Max Vadukul for MaxMara Fall 1995
Manolo Blahnik’s fashion fairytale
On 21 November a second Camilla Morton’s book, Manolo Blahnik's the Elves and the Shoemaker: A Fashion Fairytale, was finally available. Of course, I had to order it not only because I’ve already got the first fairy tale, but because I simply wanted to own this very special and beautifully illustrated edition – it felt like living a magical moment all over again, going on an exciting journey with Manolo Blahnik, see his memories come alive and learning about yet another amazing person who made a huge impact on fashion history.
"The only way to atone for being occasionally a little over-dressed is by being always absolutely over-educated."
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Beauty: Caudalie Vinoperfect
Caudalie enzymatic peel mask. Got this little wonder last week to replace my favourite (but slightly more expensive) Elemis papaya enzyme peel. I’m very pleased with my decision because this mask actually gave me better results and I knew exactly what was in it – no parabens, no mineral oils or anything artificial.
The mask contains papaya enzymes (same as the Elemis one), plus glycolic acid and Viniferine. It’s creamy and smells beautiful.
After applying a small amount on a cleansed face and waiting for 10 minutes, my skin looked really (I mean, REALLY) smooth, brightened and wasn’t at all irritated or dry. It’s definitely a new favourite that I’ll be buying again and again and again.
Natalia Vodianova in Vogue Paris 2003
Borrowed from the boys, styled by Emmanuelle Alt, modelled by Natalia and photographed by Terry Richardson. This editorial certainly is a keeper.
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Vogue Paris April 2003 (photography: Terry Richardson, styling: Emmanuelle Alt)
It’s the sound of Bottega Veneta
"The truly fashionable are beyond fashion."
Photo source: Constance Jablonski in Vogue Germany September 2010 (photography: Greg Kadel, styling: Nicola Knels & Lynn Schmidt)
Russian top-models: Natalia Semanova
Natalia Semanova in Vogue Italia 1998
Natalia Semanova, one of my favourite Russian models that conquered the world of fashion back in the 1990s, photographed by Paolo Roversi for Plein Sud campaign featured in Vogue Italia 1998. So intense and beautiful the story is almost palpable.
Photo source: Natalia Semanova for Plein Sud | Vogue Italia September 1998 (photography: Paolo Roversi)
How to have the most beautiful skin at any age
“Approaching your daily skincare routine with enthusiasm will make a much greater difference than blindly spending a fortune on cosmetics.”
Back in 2009 I have discovered The Japanese Skincare Revolution, a beauty book that became my skin care bible. Written by Chizu Saeki, a woman in her 60s who has beautiful skin and very few wrinkles, this slimline edition is based on the beauty secrets that Japanese women used for centuries and offers advice on every aspect of skin care you can think of, from daily beauty routines adapted for different seasons and skin types, to emergency remedies both for special events and repairing specific skin problems, to facial exercises and lymphatic massages that you can DIY in a comfort of your own bathroom. Every chapter contains precious and very detailed instructions and plenty of photographs whether she is talking about her signature moisturising “lotion mask” or daily face cleansing.
Even though Chizu herself spent many years running her own beauty salon and working for Guerlain and Christian Dior, her method is very down-to-earth: “This is something you can do at home, with what you have around you.”
Can’t recommend it highly enough.
Photo source: Celestial moon | Vogue Japan May 2011 (photography: Michael Thompson, styling: Simon Robins)
Harper’s Bazaar January 1993
Romantic perfection à la Christy Turlington. A bit of powdery rose haze for a sleepy Monday morning that can be intensified by a drop of Chloe perfume to tease the good old olfactory.
Photo source: Christy Turlington in White | Harper’s Bazaar US January 1993 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier)
The other day I was wondering about body issues. Frankly, I don’t know a single woman who would be absolutely happy with the way she turned out. Alright, there are some perfect angels living among us. They’ve got legs up to here and the skin and the eyes and the brain and a few other freebies that Mother Nature felt like throwing in the body building kit. Those gorgeous girls usually become top models.
And we make the rest of the female population, with perfectly normal features, all – quite unique and, in my opinion, also beautiful as long as… we remember to love our bodies.
The body that gets properly nourished with a good diet, pampered with a few beauty products, groomed as necessary and well-maintained through regular exercise, sleep and relaxation breaks, is always a beautiful, healthy and glowing, body.
This morning I wanted to remind everyone (including myself) that every BODY needs to be loved because our body is our best friend, the irreplaceable kind. So every time you are about to eat junk, starve or diet, feel like criticising your reflection in a mirror or ignoring a totally innocent wish of going for a walk, thing again. Would you do the same things to your friend? I doubt it.
Lets start our morning with a sun salutation or any other kind of yoga or even simple stretch, followed by a healthy nutritious breakfast (mine consists of red grapefruit, natural goats yoghurt, flax and a cup of green tea), a relaxing walk before lunch and an indulgent bath in the evening. I’m sure you’ll feel the benefits and your body will be very happy, too. And making friends happy is one of the best things in the world, isn’t it?
Photo source: Solange in Vs magazine July 2011 (photography: Daniel Gurton, styling: Monica Gingold)
Dior couture by Patrick Demarchelier
Maths has never been my strongest (or favourite) subject, but I’ve always loved making lists and had a soft spot for beautiful things, so this is how I came up with my perfect formula for cold seasons.
Once upon a time I didn’t like autumn and winter much. Too cold, too snowy, then, 3-hour flight later, too rainy… September and Christmas were the only bright moments of enjoyment. And then I came up with a list of my personal little luxuries and things changed as if by magic.
I’ve leant to appreciate a glimpse of sunshine or a whispering rain. I’ve developed a craving for snow at Christmas - the snowflake ballet performed in a cloud of streetlight is one of the most beautiful things in the world. And, of course, a painting made of fallen maple leaves, little masterpieces of nature, so unique and fragile.
I’ve come to realise that once you have a few things waiting for you at home or protecting you from the elements in the most wonderful and indulgent way, the outside world becomes more beautiful, too, whatever the weather.
Do you have your perfect formula?
Photo source: Flavia de Oliveira in Elle Russia November 2009 (photography: Mario Sierra, styling: Immaculada Jimenez)
"You may turn into an archangel, a fool, or a criminal - no on will see it. But when a button is missing - everyone sees that."
Erich Maria Remarque
Photo source: Constance Jablonski in Vogue Germany September 2010 (photography: Alexi Lubomirski, styling: Christian Arp)