Happy New Year!

31/12/2011

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2012 – can you believe it? It feels like the time flies by way to fast… Still, it’s almost here, the exciting and unpredictable new year.

The year of the Water Dragon (which technically begins on 23 January 2012) needs to be celebrated in a lavish style. The clothes should be made of light fabrics, creams and blues. Jewellery must be worn, either gold or gold with light blue precious stones. The table deco needs to be in creams and whites and include some gold accents. And because my favourite planet Venus is still circling around, you should also have fresh flowers and something sweet on your dinner table in order to please the Goddess.

This isn’t something I just made up because I’m experience a burst of creativity. In fact I’ve heard it from an astrologist invited by one of those TV shows I do watch from time to time and I thought I’d share, so we all make a beautiful effort that may bring us more luck in 2012.

For me 2011 was a good year. I’ve met a few wonderful people who became an essential part of my life. I’ve started this blog that in a way helped me deal with some demons from the past and re-discover my passion for writing. The work’s been good, too, and although I don’t really like talking too much about work, I can say one thing – if you have a dream, you work hard for it and you keep knocking at hundreds of doors, sooner or later the dream, whatever it might be, will become a reality.

With just a few hours left before the new year comes, I would like to wish you a happy new year, full of surprises, laughter, warmth and love, silly little moments and precious memories. If you follow Fashioned by Love or simply found it today by chance consider yourself loved, hugged and welcomed to my little blog.

Happy New Year!

Photo source: Vogue Paris December 2012

Winter tale

30/12/2011

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Russian winter fashion tale created by Dior, Valentino, Armani, Elie Saab, Gaultier, Givenchy and Chanel and jewelled by Chopard and Faberge. Beautiful luxurious lavishly over the top story wrapped in furs, silks, velvet and lace and generously sprinkled with diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Madeleine de la Motte looks like a young Russian Empress, an epitome of grandeur, a dream of the past brought back by an icy snow storm just for a moment, so we can admire it again. Loving this editorial from Russian Tatler photographed by Thomas Whiteside.

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Photo source: Tatler Russia December 2011

First glimpse of summer with Reiss

29/12/2011

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Here I am, right in a middle of winter, falling in love with pieces from Reiss Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The clean and modern lines inspired by past Calvin Klein campaigns and vintage Jean Paul Gaultier that also reminded me of the resent Chloe, Erdem and Proenza collections felt so timeless (and so me), I wanted to have everything.

I love the fact that every piece feels fresh, young and wearable, easy to incorporate into an existent wardrobe or mix with the other clothes and accessories. I adore the colour palette: classic blue and white, delicate neutrals complemented with pastel hues of mint and apricots, deep auburn and crisp aquamarine and citrus yellow accents mixed with metallics and creams.

The prints create a story of its own. The journey begins organically with intricately hand drawn florals, which are repeated and distorted to give a more graphic illusion. Hand drawn birds are digitally printed onto smoky backgrounds and insect wings are blown up to become unrecognisable.

Watery abstracts and stripes feature later for a poolside vibe. Unusual coloured, almost snake-effect textures in print and burnout feel effortless, versatile and easy to wear. Clashing palm prints and botanicals are styled together for a playful juxtaposition.

The simple lines of beautiful shoes and bags create that essential minimalistic touch, but at the same time add tiny eye-catching finishing details. Exotics include snakeskin and nubuck crocodile, and metallic details appear on toecaps and heels. Sculptural clutches are oversized or small and include 3-D detailing. The ‘new’ bucket bag features a contrast edge stain and nappa leather ribbon tie.

Although there are particular items that are destined to become must-haves (Callas lace statement jacket, Stilla sheer print and pleat dress, Percy cocoon cropped pant and Pru double layer silk day dress), the entire collection is like the essence of summer whether you need something for the office, a party or just a dress that makes you feel beautiful and free.

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The Spring/Summer 2012 collection will be available in stores and on-line from mid January 2012. Have you fallen in love with anything in particular yet?

Photo source: Reiss Spring/Summer 2012 Lookbook

Stylish quote

28/12/2011

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“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.”

Coco Chanel

Photo source: Elle France September 2011

All that glitters

27/12/2011

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For some, it’s a trend, for others – a necessity, but whatever your reasons are, a little bit of glitter really does add a special flirty touch to an outfit and can even change the way you get through your day. Since Miu Miu sparkling beauties hit the catwalk, glitter and sequins became almost an obsession. I guess, every girl has a bit of a princess and a bit of a magpie in her, so I’ve come up with a long list of treats from make-up and perfume to clothes, shoes and accessories.

Personally, I feel that one doesn’t need to spend an annual wardrobe budget on something that sparkles unless, of course, this is something you want and will wear regularly. For the rest of us it’s safer and sensible to stick with an accessory, less expensive top or dress or just a nail polish just for a special touch that will carry us through a season or two and go with everything we’ve already got in our wardrobes.

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1. Anya Hindmarch glitter envelope clutch via matchesfashion.com

2. Black sequin mask via accessorize.com

3. Sequin stripe dippy hem jumper via Lipsy

4. Marc Jacobs square glitter sunglasses via matchesfashion.com

5. DKNY burgundy & red sequin dress

6.  Black glitter shift dress via OASIS Sale

7. YSL Opium exclusively for Crystal Christmas at harrods.com

8. Marc by Marc Jacobs gold glitter ballerina flats

9. MANGO plum sequin dress

10. Miu Miu glitter belt via mytheresa.com

11. Juicy couture glitter smart phone case via bloomingdales.com

12. Gold glitter lips clutch via harrods.com

13. Laura Mercier sequin eye colour in Tiger’s eyes

14. DKNY sequin embelished silk dress via The Outnet

15. Paul & Joe Chatoie sequined mini shorts via The Outnet

16. Dune Bizzy D glitter wedge shoes

17. Donna Karan Bronze All Over sequin top

18. Butter London Rosie Lee glitter polish via Zuneta

19. Kravitz glitter Eva sole shoes via topshop.com

20. Glitter belt strap bracelets via topshop.com

21. Fountain sparkle court shoe in rose gold via reissonline.com

Photo source: Harper’s Bazaar September 1995

Numero 43 May 2003

26/12/2011

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Although this story shot by Karl Lagerfeld for Numero is called Vertical Water, every time I see the photos I think of Natalia as a Snow Queen in a frozen icy palace. What about you?

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Photo source: Numero #43 May 2003

Merry Christmas to You!

24/12/2011

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Are you ready for Christmas? It’s almost here. All the presents are wrapped and the house looks beautiful and feels peaceful.

I don’t believe in a Christmas rush. We like it quiet. No crowds, just the three of us. Oscar gets his presents in the morning, then – a special long walk, a wash and blow-dry. And then we just relax. I cook a special dinner, of course – there’s no Christmas without delicious food and warm mince pies.

For the first time this year I won’t be blogging tomorrow – it’s time to take a break and be with my little family. Blogging will resume on Boxing day and continue as usual, with a beautiful editorial and a stylish quote to inspire and a few other posts to tease and tempt and entertain you.

I hope tomorrow you will get your dream gifts (and if you get an extra Chanel 2.55 that you just don’t need – please think of me, I’ll gladly adopt it), a kiss from somebody special and hugs from the loved ones. I hope your home will be filled with love, warmth, joy and smiles.

I hope it will be just the way you like and want it to be.

Thank you for stopping by Fashioned by Love today. Enjoy this very special Christmas song in a company of Jon Bon Jovi and Cindy C. and have a wonderful holiday!

MERRY-CHRISTMAS

Photo source: Vogue UK December 2007

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