Gianfranco Ferre jewellery
The white shirt by Gianfranco Ferre
Gianfranco Ferre 1992 campaigns
Michael Kors Resort 2013 look for less
Those who’ve read my blog for a while know that I adore Michael Kors. Sometimes I may not write about his collections, but there are always, always pieces and looks that I save and admire.
This particular outfit from Resort 2013 is one of those I love. I think it’s about the gorgeous golden brocade lace and the silhouette that slims down the top part so beautifully.
A great thing about Michael Kors designs is that many can be used as inspiration and re-created from less expensive clothes and accessories. Since the sales season began I’ve been busy browsing for the best of the best until I found my perfect trio below.
So if you have fallen in love with Michael Kors Resort or been looking for a special outfit, this might be the one to consider.
Photo source: elle.com
Have a peplum
Among all spring/summer 2012 trends this one was impossible to miss. Peplums were everywhere. Just a bunch of designers resisted sending them down the runway.
It felt almost as if we got force fed with peplums. They were the answer to everything. Having a happy day? Have a peplum. Feeling flirty? Have a peplum. Feeling like you need to hide a few bumps? Oh, yes, have a peplum. Want a thinner looking waist? Definitely have a peplum. Channelling 1950s trend? Don’t forget the peplum.
I had a few problems with that. Just like in any situation the more somebody tries to convince me that something is that good to make it into a must-have list, the less I want it. My brain develops a fashion antihistamine to stop the trend allergy from developing. Beside, I couldn’t visualise myself in peplum.
A few months down the line I realised that, apart from the above mentioned intolerance, I somehow ended seeing most peplums as a part of a skirt. This is where I went wrong. While the peplum skirts and dresses didn’t agree with me, the tops and jackets were the perfect solution. Something black or white, cinched with a thin belt, worn with cigarette trousers, boyfriend jeans, tulip or full skirt. That felt very “me”.
What I’ve also learned is that there’s the right peplum shape for everyone – some may prefer just a hint of it (Giambattista Valli and Preen) while others will go for a very clean cut (think Celine and Cushnie et Ochs), an absolute fantasy (McQueen, Marchesa or Givenchy) or very “New Look” (Dior, Ermanno Scervino or Zac Posen)
One thing I am sure of is that this isn’t something I’d buy as an investment piece, so high street is the best place to search for my perfect peplum top. And yes, I am still looking for one.
Alexander McQueen * Marchesa * Givenchy
Ermanno Scervino * Jason Wu * Zac Posen
Cacharel * Paul Costelloe * Celine
Christian Dior * Giorgio Armani * Cushnie et Ochs
Badgley & Mischka * Vera Wang * Francesco Scognamiglio
Frankie Morello * Nina Ricci * Dries van Noten
Marni * Giambattista Valli * Preen
Do you or would you have a peplum in your life?
Photo sources: Marie Claire France February 2012, elle.com
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
Photo source: Vogue Australia September 2010
Christian Dior Resort 2013
Once I asked my husband if we could get a video player in addition to sleek and shiny DVD/BlueRay extravaganza that, of course, could do more or less anything apart from probably serving you coffee in bed. I sort of thought that a video player would be the best way to watch my old VHS tapes. Not that they were precious in any way, nothing nostalgic or family related.
Mr gave me a puzzled look as if I suddenly spoke perfect Japanese and said “No”. “Why would I want to go back when technology makes new things so beautiful and exciting to use?” he added. He had a point (while I am probably losing it right now).
In a strange way, Bill Gayttens Resort was that video player. It felt like it. Don’t get me wrong, the collection was beautiful and very wearable. The presentation was immaculate just like the cut. But, as horrible as it may sound, I was happy about Gayttens departure from the Maison Dior.
The house is desperate for a fashion designer because Gaytten isn’t one. While every collection created by him was inspired by the archives, this one WAS the archives. Re-worked to avoid complicated corsetry and fancy weighty undergarments, it looked so very much like the New Look.
He truly showed his ability to construct and recreate beautiful clothes, but totally lost it when it came to originality, vision and je ne sais quoi that one has to have in order to be a fashion designer and move forward.
Missing Galliano so badly right now…
Photo source: fashionising.com
Linda Evangelista in Chloe campaign
Weekend sign off
Sometimes my need to blog feels borderline strange and pointless. Perhaps, it’s my cold talking… I do feel a bit down because of it, I must admit. It was almost gone, within just a couple of days and so I decided to get back to exercise. And it was the most silly idea to come up with! Working out in a cold room gave me a temporary burst of endorphin-induced joy, but got me back to day one as far as the cold was concerned.
The rest of the week that followed such a magnificently ridiculous decision was spend looking pretty unglamorous in layers of knitwear, box of tissues on stand-by.
I blogged because I felt the need to blog, but I kept thinking if the world would actually remember Fashioned by Love if I suddenly stopped. Do you ever think about importance of your blog and responsibilities that come with it?
Anyway… The week happened to be pretty eventful for the fashion world.
H&M site crushed following the company announcement about new collaboration with Martin Margiela.
Christian Louboutin 20th anniversary capsule collection was released.
Fendi celebrated the 15th birthday of their Baguette bag.
Devil Wears Prada sequel was confirmed for release in 2013.
Chloe has been preparing to celebrate its 60th anniversary with a special 'Chloe. Attitudes' exhibition.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Photo source: Vogue Russia June 2012
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Nina Ricci Resort 2013
Nina Ricci Resort collections are highly dangerous for my emotional health. I want them. I want the dresses, accessories (especially gold cuff, statement rings and clutch), and, of course, the shoes… Wedges in a colour of blueberry ice-cream, rope leather sandals and gorgeous flats because dreaming of one pair just wouldn’t be enough (greedy mind, I know, I know – naughty insatiable mind…)
What would you choose? The delicate sparkling sequined coat, the silks in pale powdery pink or covered in butterfly prints? The lace or raffles?
Gorgeous collection to dream about and use an inspiration. Daytime dressing up like a little Parisienne… Playing asymmetrics with cashmere… Paying your toes in delicious ripe cherry rouge noir and dipping your fingers in barely there shades… Wearing flats with an evening dress… And never forgetting about importance of gorgeous lingerie because sometimes it just likes to play peek-a-boo… Why not? Perhaps it’s one of those subtle ways to channel your inner Nina Ricci girl…