Natalia Vodianova in Marie Claire 2001

26/03/2012

Natalia Vodianova in Belle de nuit | Marie Claire Australia March 2001 (photography: Friedemann Hauss)
No, I am not trying to confuse you. There really is no Fashion Week post today. I’ve been so busy with work, live and spring that I simply didn’t have enough time to finish the posts. And since this week is also looking pretty busy I just knew that trying to keep up with everything at once will be impossible. And so I decided to postpone the series until mid-April.

I know you are probably a bit disappointed, but I promise to deliver something good in a few weeks. Until then, I’ve got a few beautiful editorials and stories to share.

As it often happens on Mondays, here’s another editorial featuring beautiful Natalia Vodianova in Belle de nuit story photographed by Friedemann Hauss for the March 2001 issue of Marie Claire Australia.

Natalia Vodianova in Belle de nuit | Marie Claire Australia March 2001 (photography: Friedemann Hauss)
Natalia Vodianova in Belle de nuit | Marie Claire Australia March 2001 (photography: Friedemann Hauss)
Natalia Vodianova in Belle de nuit | Marie Claire Australia March 2001 (photography: Friedemann Hauss)
Natalia Vodianova in Belle de nuit | Marie Claire Australia March 2001 (photography: Friedemann Hauss)
Natalia Vodianova in Belle de nuit | Marie Claire Australia March 2001 (photography: Friedemann Hauss)
Natalia Vodianova in Belle de nuit | Marie Claire Australia March 2001 (photography: Friedemann Hauss)
Natalia Vodianova in Belle de nuit | Marie Claire Australia March 2001 (photography: Friedemann Hauss)
Natalia Vodianova in Belle de nuit | Marie Claire Australia March 2001 (photography: Friedemann Hauss)
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Belle de nuit | Marie Claire Australia March 2001 (photography: Friedemann Hauss)

Russian top-models: Olga Pantushenkova

22/03/2012

Olga Pantushenkova, russian top-model, biography, photos, via fashioned by love
You may not remember her name, but if you are in your late 20s or early 30s and beyond you would definitely recognise the mysterious stunning girl from a Cacharel ad whom Karl Lagerfeld once called “an explosion of beauty”. And now you can learn her name, too.

Olga Pantushenkova was born in Leningrad (now St Petersburg) in 1975. Their home was always full of magazines like Russian “Moda”, “Krestianka” and “Burda” and together mother and daughter used to spent hours and hours flicking the glossy pages and choosing new designs that Olga’s mum would later make.

One day little Olya decided that it wasn’t enough just to look at beautiful clothes. The girl went to her mother and declared that she would very much love to become a fashion model. Not a teacher, doctor or ballerina, it was the modelling or nothing.

Olga Pantushenkova, russian top-model, biography, photos
Although it came as a surprise, her mum was happy about her daughter’s decision and took the girl to several competitions including the “USSR Supermodel” in 1991. And it was then when 14-year old Olya won a 3rd prize and got noticed by “Red Stars”, the most influential Moscow modelling agency who sent her off to German Elite. Something didn’t seem to work out because 3 months later Olga was back in Moscow. Next stop was “People International”. In 1993 she signed the contract and was sent to Paris.

Despite her hopes and dreams, the reality was different. The agency informed the beautiful teen that her future as a model was non-existent because she wasn’t right for the industry. It was time to return to Russia.

Olga Pantushenkova, russian top-model, biography, photos
Many girls would probably buy a ticket and head back home, but Olga had a dream and wasn’t prepared to give it up just yet. She remembered meeting an agent from “Elite” after the “Supermodel” competition, so instead of packing her bags, went straight to the agency. They remembered the young Russian beauty and were happy to sign her up on one condition – she had to cut her hair.

Olga Pantushenkova, russian top-model, biography, photos
They didn’t have to say it twice. Olga run to the hair salon and her long locks became a short chic bob. Suddenly, everyone noticed that she wasn’t a skinny teenager with sparkling blue eyes, but a delicate, fragile, striking one-of-a-kind beauty. Unlike her native Russia, Paris fell in love with Pantushenkova at first sight.

Olga Pantushenkova, russian top-model, biography, photos
She was offered a contract with Cacharel and became a face of Eden. The campaign photographed by Javier Vallhonrat took five days to make and became one of Olga’s most found memories (although she did admit later that she never liked the perfume). Her client list was growing. Olga was offered contracts with Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Christian Lacroix and Claude Montana. She worked 24/7 modelling for Balenciaga, Valentino, Chanel, Galliano and Yves Saint Laurent and posing for Vogue, Elle and L’Officiel. Within months Olga Pantushenkova became one of the top 15 fashion models in the world.

Olga Pantushenkova, russian top-model, biography, photos
In 1996 John Galliano asked Olga to add a personal touch to the Bride look designed as a part of his first Haute Couture collection for Christian Dior. Pantushenkova dyed her hair into platinum blonde and ask for a super short pixie hair-cut. The blonde pixie look became iconic as soon as the show was over.

Olga Pantushenkova, russian top-model, biography, photos
Her career spanned over a decade. In 2002 she appeared on a cover of Italian Grazia, opened a Chloe boutique in Moscow in 2004 and worked as a stylist at Russian Marie Claire. Now she’s planning to write a book, polish her French, study something and just live without constantly checking her schedule.

Photo source: Olga Pantushenkova in Elle Russia, Vogue Russia 1998 (photography: Mario Testino), Claude Montana campaign, Vogue Russia September 1998, Eden by Cacharel campaign 1995, Vogue Paris

Gisele in Elle

19/03/2012

Gisele Bundchen in Flower princess | Elle France February 2005 (photography: Stephane Sednaoui, styling; Michele Beaurenaut)
Today is about the miracle of one and only Gisele Bundchen posing as a Flower princess before the lens of Stephane Sednaoui (yes, he is Elisa's father) for the February issue of Elle France.

Gisele Bundchen in Flower princess | Elle France February 2005 (photography: Stephane Sednaoui, styling; Michele Beaurenaut)
Gisele Bundchen in Flower princess | Elle France February 2005 (photography: Stephane Sednaoui, styling; Michele Beaurenaut)
Gisele Bundchen in Flower princess | Elle France February 2005 (photography: Stephane Sednaoui, styling; Michele Beaurenaut)
Gisele Bundchen in Flower princess | Elle France February 2005 (photography: Stephane Sednaoui, styling; Michele Beaurenaut)
Gisele Bundchen in Flower princess | Elle France February 2005 (photography: Stephane Sednaoui, styling; Michele Beaurenaut)
Gisele Bundchen in Flower princess | Elle France February 2005 (photography: Stephane Sednaoui, styling; Michele Beaurenaut)
Gisele Bundchen in Flower princess | Elle France February 2005 (photography: Stephane Sednaoui, styling; Michele Beaurenaut)
Photo source: Gisele Bundchen in Flower princess | Elle France February 2005 (photography: Stephane Sednaoui, styling; Michele Beaurenaut)

Chanel: the secrets of the little black jacket

18/03/2012

Christy Turlington in Vogue Italia February 1992 (photography: Steven Meisel)
I am always fascinated by birth stories of the iconic fashion pieces like this super chic the one and only little black jacket. Absolutely captivating!


Photo source: Christy Turlington in Vogue Italia February 1992 (photography: Steven Meisel)

Vidal Sassoon: the movie

16/03/2012

Vidal Sassoon
“My scissors have lifted me out of Petticoat Lane in the East End of London and have taken me all over the world.”
Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon: the movie is a beautifully made, intelligent, brilliant, incredibly intimate and moving film about “a man who changed the world with a pair of scissors” and created the most iconic hair cut that stood the test of time.

Vidal Sassoon’s philosophy has always been very simple: do something you know you are good at and don’t waste time trying to be somebody you aren’t, achieve perfection in everything you do and remember to take care of your body and mind by eating well, staying active and learning something new every day.

He is not just a legend, but a source of inspiration that gets into your brain, under your skin and circulates through the body while you are watching the film.

I can’t recommend it highly enough.


Photo source: Creative Portal
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The quote is taken from Vidal: The Autobiography

Stylish quote

14/03/2012

Ruby Aldridge in Vogue Italia February 2011 (photography: Francesco Carrozzini, styling: Enrica Ponzellini)
"Glamour is in your brain, not your eyes."

Oscar de la Renta

Photo source: Ruby Aldridge in Vogue Italia February 2011 (photography: Francesco Carrozzini, styling: Enrica Ponzellini)

Marni for H&M: a dress, a skirt and a bracelet

13/03/2012

Aymeline Valade Marni for H&M
In the entire history of H&M collaborations with designers and celebrities, Marni was the very first one who got me really (REALLY) excited. Of course, I loved the idea of Lanvin for H&M, too, but it just wasn’t THAT tempting for me, especially after my darling friend kindly reminded me of the real Lanvin hanging in my wardrobe. “Why would you bother”, she said. “You’ve already got your Lanvin.”

Marni was different. My ultimate Marni love has always been their statement jewellery, but I’ve never allowed myself to buy any because, ultimately, it was too expensive for what it was. H&M made it affordable to the point of stocking up like there’s no tomorrow. If only it was that easy…

For days I browsed and browsed the Marni for H&M lookbook, dreaming until the day has finally come. I got up in the morning, fed my lovely pupster, made myself breakfast and a cup of green tea and sat in front of my computer ready to shop. I must admit, I would give it a miss if I had to go to the actual shop. Having spent most of my childhood and adult life queuing, I wasn’t prepared to do it again. More over, I didn’t want to get up at a crack of dawn (I’ve heard of people camping by H&M entrance at 3:30am!) and drag myself to the shops. It’s too early, too crowded, too  much of a pain and not so very much me. I am a dedicated online shopper, particularly when it comes to collaborations and very much intend to keep it that way.

And there I was… Browsing the pieces beautifully displayed on my screen, carefully judging every magnified pixel. Of course, I wanted the necklaces and a couple of bracelets before anything else, but the cream patterned skirt and colour block dress were also on my wish list just in case I get lucky.

At exactly 9:00 I pressed the “buy” button, the screen blinked and the shiny silver picture was replaced by a heart-breaking “you are placed in a queue” message. I got up, made myself another cup of tea and decided to do some paperwork while waiting and periodically pressing the “try again” button. Cool as a cucumber.

30 minutes later I was granted the access. The necklaces were still there, and so were the dresses, skirts and bracelets, waiting to be mine. I quickly placed the white necklace, chunky cuff and a colour-block dress in my basket and went through the checkout. By the time I was done with my credit card details, the necklace was gone forever. The good news was that I managed to get the cuff and the blue and orange silk dress. I was happy.

Just for fun, I returned to the website, managed to log in straight away and 2 minutes later emerged with a cream skirt, blue patterned dress and a pair of orange plastic earrings.

There was still plenty of everything left (apart from the necklaces), but it was a lovely  morning and pupster needed his walk and so off we went.

It was a good experience to remember and certainly a brilliant way to acquire some beautiful pieces for a lot less of their full-blown Marni equivalents. Once the whole over the top excitement faded away, I decided to return the blue dress and earrings, so will only keep the dress, bracelet and skirt.
marni for hm silk dress ski
I did develop a few rules and I guess, they helped me to get what I wanted, so here is a list just in case you may find it useful:

1. Be prepared in advance: browse the lookbook, select what you like and stick with the list.

2. Register your details before the sale. If you don’t you will definitely lose precious minutes and some of your purchases. If you can add and save your card details, it will make your life even better.

3. Make sure that you are logged in on the day.

4. Know your sizes. If unsure, go for everything in two sizes and return the ones that don’t fit.

5. Check out several times if necessary as it may increase your chances of getting every single item you want. You will have to pay extra delivery charge, but it really is worth it.

6. Sometimes you are only allowed one item from each category, so if you really want to have a pair or simply increase your chances of success, team up with a friend, lovely neighbour or relative and shop from two computers with two credit cards.

7. Shopping on-line makes it easier to return the items because you are protected by consumer right policy for on-line shopping and can return everything you didn’t like without any problems within a timing period that often differs from the one in a regular shop.

8. Have fun! I always remind myself that if something is no longer there, it wasn’t meant to be mine and isn’t worth my time and emotions.

P.S. Still wish I got the white necklaces, though…

Paris Fall/Winter 2012 favourites

12/03/2012

Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
And so, just for once, there is a story rather than an editorial to share on this beautiful Monday morning.

And just like that Paris Fashion Week, the most exciting, sparkling and glamorous of them all, is over. I always feel a bit sad when it comes to an end as I can enjoy Parisian delights for as long as Paris is happy to generously share them with me.

And there is a list of my unforgettables…

Chloe’s casual elegance with scrumptious cosy coats, signature oh-so-Parisian drop waist silhouette, floaty skirts and delicate lace details.

Chloe Fall/Winter 2012
Chloe Fall/Winter 2012
Chloe Fall/Winter 2012
Chloe Fall/Winter 2012
Chloe Fall/Winter 2012
Chloe Fall/Winter 2012
Chloe Fall/Winter 2012
Chloe Fall/Winter 2012
Chloe Fall/Winter 2012
Chloe Fall/Winter 2012
Chloe Fall/Winter 2012
Chloe Fall/Winter 2012
Chloe Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin’s collection was probably one of my most favourite ones Alber Elbaz ever did. It was perfect in a way it was structured to fit the body where necessary without losing an ability to flirt with the audience with the help of glittering appliques and yards and yards of draping and crinoline-free deliciousness of the full skirts.

Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel looked French and like something a woman could throw on first thing in the morning and still look good all day long. It was very inspiring because many looks could have been created with less expensive pieces without loosing the magic.

Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012
Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2012




I also loved Stella McCartney’s sporty, edgy and impeccably tailored clothes. She made me want to wear a suit, something that’s been a Mission Impossible until now.

Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
On the other end of the spectrum was, of course, the one and only Marc Jacobs whom people keep referring to as genius. I am yet to figure out why because the only things I keep thinking of include his carousel extravaganza that was obviously inspired by Chanel Fall/Winter 2008-2009 collection and then the latest Fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection that made me think of Karl’s Chanel Cruise 2007/2008 show again. I guess, using the plane would be too obvious, so Mr Jacobs went for the budget and space friendly train option. Not that I am very surprise. His 2008 Gosta Olofsson’s case and and well-known Oscar de la Renta’s claim about Mr Jacobs being “a mere copyist” are more then enough to prove my point.

Photo source: Chloe Fall/Winter 2012, Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012, Sonia Rykiel Spring/Summer 2012, Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012