Stylish quote

31/10/2012

Catherine McNeil wearing Prada in A fine romance | Vogue Australia September 2010 (photography: Nicole Bentley, styling: Naomi Smith)
"When people think of fashion, they always prefer to see the crazy side, the clichéd side of it. But that's wrong. Fashion is an important part of woman's life."

Miuccia Prada

Photo source: Catherine McNeil wearing Prada in A fine romance | Vogue Australia September 2010 (photography: Nicole Bentley, styling: Naomi Smith)

Natalie Hand: exclusive interview

30/10/2012

Even before you learn that Natalie Hand runs Viva London, works with the most beautiful models, speaks two languages and

Christy Turlington in Vogue Italia 1992

29/10/2012

That very special Vogue 1999 editorial

26/10/2012

Better than The September Issue

25/10/2012

Anna Wintour at Chanel | Anna Wintour documentary
Last  night I found a documentary I was absolutely unaware of. Seconds later the tiredness was forgotten and my bed time postponed. I had to watch it immediately.

If you saw The September Issue, you will enjoy this story directed by Christine Hall for BBC1 as a part of Boss Women series. The camera follows Anna Wintour as she works on the February issue of Vogue, travels to Paris and shares her memories and thoughts about fashion and life.

To me, this documentary felt more frank, more sincere – there was definitely less hype and more depth in it compared to the latest one. It made me like Anna even more. I found her, yet again, absolutely fascinating.


Stylish quote

24/10/2012

Kate Bosworth in Elle Italia October 2008 (photography: Matt Jones)
"Fashion is more a way of living life with your roots, and finding your own true self, then having a logo to put on your back."

Christian Lacroix

Photo source: Kate Bosworth in Elle Italia October 2008 (photography: Matt Jones)

Kinder Aggugini: exclusive interview

23/10/2012

via fashioned by love | Kinder Aggugini by Kevin Wong for Everzine Issue 3
A brilliant and very unique Italian-born London-based designer, Kinder Aggugini studied at Saint Martins, worked with

Natalia Vodianova in Elle Denmark 2000

22/10/2012

Autumn statements: animal motif jumpers

19/10/2012

Imogen Newton in Elle France August 2012 (photography: Claire Shilland, styling: Jeanne Le Rault)
I often wonder how a certain design turns into a must-have fashion item. While the whimsical reindeer sweaters only saw the light of day at Christmas, the growling Givenchy and, later, adorable Burberry motifs suddenly made us want to fall back into innocence and really embrace the trend. Perhaps it’s got something to do with the inner child or a stylish effort for not taking yourself too seriously…

I chose some of the sweetest ones today – their soft cuteness instantly puts a smile on your face and allows you to express love to a certain creature. Whatever reason you have for wearing one of those jumpers – embrace it: combine with a pencil skirt or smart trousers and structured coat or, just like Burberry did, peplum jacket for work, full skirt, lady-like bag, platform laced ankle boots and trench (again, very Burberry) for lunch  or jeans and duffle coat for weekends and walks in a country. Just don’t leave them in a draw until Christmas day.

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Click to buy: 1. Portland fox intarsia merino wool sweater by Aubin & Wills (£125) + similar one by Peter Jensen, 2. Owl intarsia cashmere sweater by Burberry Prorsum (£895), 3. Horse angora mix jumper by Warehouse (£45), 4. French hen sweater by J.Crew (£80), 5. Swan jumper by Miss Selfridge (£39), 6. Doe embellished jumper by Monsoon (£49), Sequined puppy sweater by Muveil (£382.12), 7. Badger jumper by Dorothy Perkins (£30), 8. Fox print jumper by Marsha at Joules (£69.95), 9. Ivory poodle jumper by Dorothy Perkins (£30), 10. Sequined puppy sweater by Muveil (£382.12), 11. Scottie dog angora-blend jumper by Wallis (£20), 12. Horse intarsia cashmere wool sweater by Jaeger (£120) + similar ones by Joie, C Wonder and Wildfox

Not every sweater made it to the post, but you can find them on-line. The list includes squirrels, zebras, baby leopards, mummy leopard, blue birds, peacocks, bunny, rabbit, giraffe, elephant, owls (1 and 2), cats (1234 - 5) and more dogs (12345) Did I miss anything?

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Photo source: Imogen Newton in Elle France August 2012 (photography: Claire Shilland, styling: Jeanne Le Rault)

Cashmere guide courtesy of Whistles

18/10/2012

Doutzen Kroes for H&M
Last weekend I discovered two things. Whistles, one of the best high street (if I dare to put it in this category at all) brands opened a new shop just a few minute drive from where I live, so no longer it will require a long journey to go and see all the beautiful things they have on their website.
Seeing the shop being prepared for opening made me want to check the newest additions on-line and this is when I saw the cashmere line made of cosy-shaped sweaters and jumpers that you would never want to take off.
In addition to that, Whistles published a cashmere care guide, which I found very useful and beautifully presented, so I took liberty to add it to the blog.
* Clean out the sink to ensure there are no other products that can damage your cashmere.
* Fill your sink or basin with cool water and add the recommended amount of fine-garment detergent to the basin.
* Briskly run your hand through the water to distribute the detergent and generate suds.
* Turn your garment inside out, submerge it and gently squeeze the suds through it.
* You can spot clean any dirty areas with a squirt of neat detergent and massage gently with fingertips. Rinse and repeat where necessary.
* Let it soak for 10 minutes.
* Drain the sink and rinse your sweater with cool water until the water rinses clear.
* Gently press water out of the sweater and place it lengthwise on a clean, dry bath towel.
* Roll up the towel, press with your palms to squeeze out excess water. Do not wring or twist.
* Remove the sweater from the towel and smooth it out so it is back to its original shape.
* Lay the sweater flat on a dry towel and let it air-dry, or use a drying rack if you have one. Button up cardigans, pull pockets straight and ensure that sleeves and hems are laid flat to avoid unsightly wrinkles.
Extra tips:
* Buy a detergent specifically intended for fine garments.  The Laundress cashmere shampoo is a good choice, although baby shampoo works quite well.
* Pilling on cashmere is not a sign of poor quality or a fault. The pilling is a natural characteristic of the long fibers. Pills can be easily removed using a cashmere comb, electric depiller or  a sweater stone. Cashmere should not be depilled very often as this will result in holes.
* For the storage fold your cashmere with tissue paper to absorb any moisture. Do not hang cashmere as it will de-shape your garment.
* As a precaution hang cedar balls, keep clothes clean and store garments in cotton bags. You can also use the Moss box from the Total Wardrobe Care. (Additional note from me: you can buy large plastic sealable freezer bags and use them for your cashmere sweaters)
Photo source: Doutzen Kroes for H&M

Stylish quote

17/10/2012

Sophie Holmes in Goden twenties / Elle Germany June 2011 (photography: Pasquale Abbattista, styling: Karhtin Seidel) / Diana Vreeland quotes / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
"Nothing gives the luxury of pearls. Please keep that in mind."

Diana Vreeland

Photo source: Sophie Holmes in Goden twenties / Elle Germany June 2011 (photography: Pasquale Abbattista, styling: Karhtin Seidel)

Chanel: The Little Black Jacket exhibition in London

16/10/2012

Chanel: the little black jacket exhibition | London
“There are clothes which keep rejuvenating themselves instead of getting worn out.”
Roberto Juarroz

Happy to report – being there, got a poster.

On a serious note, I have been really looking forward to the Little black jacket exhibition and as soon as it was opened jumped on a train to London.

It was truly special to see moody dim silent rooms filled with gorgeous images of fashion and music royalty dressed in Chanel, styled by Carine Roitfeld and photographed by Karl Lagerfeld who made one the early 20s century classic piece look modern and incredibly versatile. I snapped some of my favourites with an iphone – I wasn’t at all prepared to be allowed to photograph, so the proper camera was left behind, a mistake that I will never ever make again.

Luckily, the style of the photography somewhat compensated the quality of the iphone images, so here are a few to share.

If you are in London, do visit Saatchi gallery. The entry is free and you also get a poster to keep as a memory. The exhibition is open until 28th October.

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Photo source: Chanel: the little black jacket exhibition | London, all photos taken by me

Natalia Vodianova in Vogue US 2003

15/10/2012

This is just a half of the Friends for Life editorial shot by Craig McDean for the August issue 2003 of US Vogue. The story was dedicated to the timeless buys that you keep forever – each styled for madame and mademoiselle. Natalia was, of course, the mademoiselle (Amber Valetta was given the other part), in her Chanel tweed suit, pearls (faux and flirty), show stopping evening dress (Balenciaga chiffon in her case), fur, or holding a classic crocodile bag (leather Miu Miu).

Natalia Vodianova in Friend for life | Vogue US August 2003 (photography: Craig McDean, styling: Kate Phelan)
Natalia Vodianova in Friend for life | Vogue US August 2003 (photography: Craig McDean, styling: Kate Phelan)
Natalia Vodianova in Friend for life | Vogue US August 2003 (photography: Craig McDean, styling: Kate Phelan)
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Friend for life | Vogue US August 2003 (photography: Craig McDean, styling: Kate Phelan)

5 dresses every woman should own: the little black dress

12/10/2012

Kate Moss in The Moss factor | Vogue UK September 2010 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier, styilng: Kate Phelan)
I am thinking about writing a few posts on wardrobe basics covering pretty much every item from head to toe, but instead of sticking with the usual list of wardrobe essentials, I am planning to divide everything into groups, i.e. dresses, tops, bottoms (still marinating this one), footwear etc. etc. etc. I’ve already written about the bags and lingerie in the past, so those two categories may not be included this time unless I change my mind or you tell me that you would want to read about those in addition to everything else.

Dresses we should all have. Why start with those? Because we are women and, as Diane von Furstenberg said, if you want to “feel like a woman – wear a dress”. I’ll get back to Diane later, but right now we are focusing on the holy grail of all dresses – the little black dress.

The LBD was introduced to us by the only and only Coco Chanel in the 1920s when, after tragically losing Boy Capel, she vowed to put the entire world in mourning for him and make every woman wear a black dress whatever the occasion. As always, she succeeded – in 1926 Vogue published a picture of a simple black dress designed by Chanel naming it “Chanel’s Ford”.

Although the story may not be totally familiar to everyone, we seem to be born with an idée fixe that we must, simply must, have an LBD.

Why? Because we secretly want to look like a Parisienne or channel our inner Audrey in one of her Givenchy designs. And because the LBD works on so many levels. The dress can be worn day to night, particularly when you have nothing to wear. The right cut gives comfort. It makes you look chic and gives people the right impression. Unlike many other styles, men find it easy to understand the LBD and subsequently dream about a woman who wears it.

The little black dress is a keeper, thus the only rule that applies for getting one is that you are in love with it – otherwise, just like an unhappy marriage, the story will be tragic.

Ideally, look for classic shapes and natural fibers – the fabric adds a touch of luxury and must caress the skin, not prick, scratch or irritate. And remember that black comes in several shades (it can have warm or cool undertones and grey, brown or blue’ish shades), so if one doesn’t suit you, move on and try another one until the puzzle comes together.

I found my LBD (the only black dress I own) back in 2003 and still wear it – admittedly, I am not a huge fan of black colour, but I do adore the dress because its classic hourglass shape and boat neckline that shows off the collarbones makes me feel beautiful and, after all, who am I to argue with Coco?

Below are some of my favourite finds and if you are a real admirer of the style, why not treat yourself to The Little Black Dress book or La Petite Robe Noire perfume?

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Where to buy: 1. Yarra dress by Diane von Furstenberg (£535), 2. Sleeveless Inverted Pleat dress by T by Alexander Wang (£263), 3. Black mesh insert skater dress by Dorothy Perkins (£36), 4. Organsa Prom dress by Miss Selfridge (£55), 5. Satin trimmed dress by Givenchy (£1368), 6. Wool and mesh dress by Azzedine Alaia (£2760), 7. Leather detail dress by Proenza Schouler (£1152), Fluted hem ribbed dress by Yves Saint Laurent (£1525)
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Where to buy: 9. Draped satin dress by Carven (£244), 10. Shift dress by Cacharel (£329), 11. Pixel leather detail dress by Helmut Lang (£415), 12. Christa Embellished dress by Bastyan (£175 Was £295), 13. Structured pencil dress by Warehouse (£75) STYLE STEAL, 14. Ruffled dress by Lanvin (£584), 15. Kent stretch silk dress by Azzaro (£414 Was £920), 16. Belted stretch crepe dress by Marni (£482 Was £965)
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Where to buy: 17. Mae Black Shift dress by Great Plains (£85), 18. Jesse dress by Roland Mouret (£1229), 19. Wool & silk dress by Alberta Ferretti (£325.50 Was £1085), 20. Bow dress by Vivienne Westwood Red Label (£700), 21. Origami dress by TopShop (£150), 22. Applique dress by Moschino Cheap & Chic (£325), 23. Origami dress by Plein Sud (£849), 24. Parigi dress by MaxMara ‘S Max (£260)

Photo source: Kate Moss in The Moss factor | Vogue UK September 2010 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier, styilng: Kate Phelan)

Stylish quote

10/10/2012

Caroline Eggert in Portrait report | Vogue Italia May 1997 (photography: Peter Lindbergh, styling: Anna Dello Russo)
"Photoshop has destroyed photography. Today our image of beauty is over sleek and over retouched. All the dream has gone, it's just brainless."

Peter Lindbergh

Photo source: Caroline Eggert in Portrait report | Vogue Italia May 1997 (photography: Peter Lindbergh, styling: Anna Dello Russo)

Paris, Je t'aime

09/10/2012

Liu Wen in A une passante Paris Shanghai (photography: Benoit Peverelli, styling: Stephanie Zhuge)
"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays

Christy Turlington & the Catwalk documentary

Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, Naomi Campbell & Linda Evangelista photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue UK January 1990
I found this documentary last weekend after a series of attempts to get the actual video. Truly precious, the a story was filmed during the fashion week while cameras were following Christy Turlington in New York, Milan and Paris capturing her life both on the catwalk and during a few seldom moments of peace and quiet. Enjoy and savour every minute.










Photo source: Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, Naomi Campbell & Linda Evangelista photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue UK January 1990

Natalia Vodianova in Harper’s Bazaar 2003

08/10/2012

Natalia Vodianova in Harper’s Bazaar US December 2003 (photography: Glen Luchford)
And so today Natalia is back on the blog wearing Fendi, Jil Sander, Prada, Cavalli, Dolce&Gabbana, Etro, Armani, Ferre and MaxMara photographed by Glen Luchford for the December 2003 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

Natalia Vodianova in Harper’s Bazaar US December 2003 (photography: Glen Luchford)
Natalia Vodianova in Harper’s Bazaar US December 2003 (photography: Glen Luchford)
Natalia Vodianova in Harper’s Bazaar US December 2003 (photography: Glen Luchford)
Natalia Vodianova in Harper’s Bazaar US December 2003 (photography: Glen Luchford)
Natalia Vodianova in Harper’s Bazaar US December 2003 (photography: Glen Luchford)
Natalia Vodianova in Harper’s Bazaar US December 2003 (photography: Glen Luchford)
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Harper’s Bazaar US December 2003 (photography: Glen Luchford)

Paris fashion week impressions

05/10/2012

Vanessa Bruno Spring/Summer 2013
The last week of the fashion season was overwhelming in many ways. There were beautiful clothes. There was a generous amount of gossip that stained my otherwise exciting and sparkling idea of a beautiful week. And there were a couple of disappointments and a few surprises, too.

It was very difficult to pick a few favourites this time – it feels unfair not to mention certain designers in fear of running out of blog space. I am condensing it to the bare minimum of words and photos in hope to preserve the essence and memories of this special time without making you fall asleep right here, on your keyboard…

My absolute favourites (in alphabetical order) included…

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…very French (or better yet, Parisian), light as air, garnished with most gorgeous floral applique and beautifully accessorised Chloe.

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… beautiful, minimalistic in a way, until you see the finishing touches of elaborate embroidery or sequins sparkling in the dark, unfolding into a fantasy, Valentino collection. The simple silhouettes and stunning details made those clothes absolutely timeless.

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…Vanessa Bruno for its Parisian feel, colours, carefree attitude, mix of floating silks with structured leather jackets and wish-list worthy footwear.

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And talking of the ultimate spoilers…

First of all, Christian Dior show. I was looking forward to it. I was very excited and my heart wanted to be in love (and so did my mind, if I am honest). I didn’t get the collection. It confused me. It made me think of the previous Haute Couture show, table cloth, badly fitted footwear and, ironically, the smoking jacket (yes, the Yves Saint Laurent smoking jacket).

I know Raf is a lovely man and I know everyone loves him. I totally understand the enthusiasm that comes with the new era of Christian Dior. I just don’t like the clothes.

The second bad memory formed after John Galliano show designed by Bill Gaytten. It was sad, bizzare and messy, although the music was good. It felt like a funeral. I am trying really hard to brush off the feeling, but so far failing miserably.

And then there was also Yves Saint Lauren by Hedi Slimane. Or should I refer to it as Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane? Or Saint Laurent? Apparently there is a huge difference now and one is supposed to use a certain names when referring to specific topics.

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The collection itself was wonderful, fantastic, in fact, because it made me think of Yves and his aesthetics and signature pieces (the smoking, the blouse and bows, pea jacket, jumpsuit and Saharienne). It made me think of all things bohemian. It reminded me of the Opium years (as a perfume, not the other thing). I loved the jewellery and the shoes – I imagine those statement pendant necklaces being used a lot in editorials comes spring and becoming another must-have item.

What I didn’t like was the gossip that followed. All that open letter nonsense. It became too personal and too bitter. It spoilt the overall impression.

And that is it. The Paris Fashion Week. It’s over now and so is my post. Thank you for reading.

Photo source: Chanel Spring/Summer 2013, Chloe Spring/Summer 2013, Valentino Spring/Summer 2013, Vanessa Bruno Spring/Summer 2013, Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2013 via style.com & stylebistro.com