Dressing up for New Years night (and the year of Horse)
Helena Christensen in Vogue UK 1994
Designer look for less: Louis Vuitton Fall 2013
“Fashion is about changing yourself into the person you dream of being.. and then feeling better about yourself and with the others.”
Photo source: Marie Claire Netherlands December 2013 (photography: Hans Van Brakel; styling: Simone Dernee)
Christmas gift guide: every shade of WHITE
Once upon a time, still a teenager, I learnt from a magazine that white is not, in fact, my colour at all. Period. For a developing mind it was a tragedy and in my attempt to remedy the pain I proceeded to wear white despite all rules and limitations. As the years went by it became clear that the person who wrote the no-white nonsense article might have forgotten a very simple, but obvious fact – white, just like any other colour, doesn’t come in a single tint, but in a dozen of nature-inspired hues, so everyone, absolutely everyone, will have a beautiful, sparkling, delicious shade of white that suits them.
Shop: 1. Safety pink clutch bag, Versus (£178), 2. Stacking rings, Astley Clarke (from £75), 3. Mineral eye shadow in Sparkling White, Clarins (£17), 4. White fitted dress, Stella McCartney (£855), 5. Rose earrings, Oscar de la Renta (£175), 6. Flagrant Délice EDP, Terry De Gunzburg (£68), 7. Champagne / Penthouse Candle, LAFCO New York (£46), 8. Diva Dog Bichon with Red & Green Collar Ornament, Joy to the World (£29), 9. White camelia flower brooch, AZ Collection (£125), 10. Merino wool V-neck sweater, Zadig et Voltaire (£100), 11. Black trip PJs, Poplin (£150) & similar, JCrew (£95), 12. White chocolate liqueur, Mozart (£17), 13. Rue the Cat dinky watch, Marc by Marc Jacobs (£136), 14. Living luminizer, RMS Beauty (£30), 15. Gold Layla headphones, Friends (£130), 16. White leather bag, Alaia, 17. White Linen perfumed body powder, Estee Lauder (£35), 18. Love Me shoes, Christian Louboutin (£565).
Photo source: Marie Claire Netherlands January 2014 (photography: Klaas Jan Kliphuis; styling: Simone Dernee)
"There are women in fashion that want to be like all other ones, but fashion can show your differences and that is beautiful because we are each unique."
Jean Paul Gaultier
Photo source: Solveig Mork Hansen, Maria Palm Lyduch & Julie Rhode in Flower girls / Elle Denmark April 2011 (photography: Signe Vilstrup)
Christmas gift guide: every shade of BLACK
I bet, black wasn’t something you were expecting to see as a part of gift guide and I feel that I do owe you a little explanation before we proceed.
Black was, indeed, a surprising, but equally logical choice for me. I did think that publishing it as a part of Black Friday could have been a better and more organic idea, but it crossed my mind a week too late and was a little annoying to realise. Still, the black is here because it is such a classic that avoiding it purely because it’s the least cheerful shade would be an unfair mistake.
Black is timeless and so will be the gifts below. Chosen for their ability to remain beautiful despite any trends and fashions, these pieces are here to make life a little bit more special and classy, add a touch of elegance and style to an outfit you wear or the place you live in.
And the sparkle? It’s Christmas, so sparkles, diamonds and sequins are practically mandatory.
Shop: 1. Leele sequined sweater, Reiss (£89), 2. Diamond drop star earrings, Mary Jo Matsumoto (£1285), 3. Star stud hat, DP (£10), 4. Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs (£60), 5. Maison Noir scented candle, Voluspa (£35) – US or UK/Europe, 6. Crystal embellished clutch, Miu Miu (£350), 7. Rouge Coco lipstick, Chanel (£24), 8. Gold plated crystal earrings, Erdem (£295), 9. Bisou Bisou lace bra & matching thong, Mimi Holliday (£26 & £22), 10. Metallic lace cocktail dress, Notte by Marchesa (£435), 11. Textured leather cosmetic bag, Gucci & NAP (£185), 12. Signature shampoo, Oribe (£28), 13. Exvota 140 metal-appliquéd leather sandals, Christian Louboutin (£383), 14. Courtly check enamel canister, Mackenzie Childs (£78), 15. Floral crystal cuff bracelet, Lanvin (£1705), 16. T-bar leather pumps, Mango (£59), 17. Black orchid, Tom Ford (£35-£85), UK/Europe & US, 18. Jewelled flower box clutch, Karen Millen (£140), 19. Black cat iPhone case, Kate Spade (£29), 20. Cutout leather ankle boots, Sergio Rossi (£414), 21. Cat round bag, DvF (£250), 22. Black taxi toy, Harrods (£9.95), 23. The world according to Karl, Amazon (£11)
Photo source: Harper’s Bazaar Singapore October 2013 (photography: Mari Sarai, styling: Kenneth Goh)
Donna Karan Pre-Fall 2014
When you look at this Donna Karan Pre-Fall 2014 collection, it makes you realise, once again, that simplicity truly is the ultimate sophistication. You want to have all these clothes in your wardrobe to adhere to Karan’s formula of having a few timeless pieces that create style synergy. You want to hold those weightless and impeccably tailored garments in your arms, hug them with an overwhelming joy, press the soft fabric gently against your cheek, and then put something on and feel so, so, so incredibly beautiful.
Here is my perfect dress…
So simple – after all it’s just a skirt, a shirt and a jacket, but those proportions, lines, fabrics and the beret as a finishing touch are working their style magic giving us such a chic look!
Cashmere and silk… The ultimate combination.
This last look makes me think “young Parisienne”… Such a wonderful mix of romantic, sporty and elegant.
Photo source: Donna Karan Pre-Fall 2014 via style.com
Claudia Schiffer in Vogue 1993
I woke up to a thick layer of fog outside my window, a gentle kind of morning and a need for some beautiful simplicity, and so I picked this editorial from a 1993 issue of US Vogue. It may not be glossy and perfectly polished, but when a story is created by three iconic fashion figures - Claudia Schiffer as a model, Steven Meisel behind the camera and Grace Coddington – to style, the grainy surface fades away and only true beauty remains.
Photo souce: Vogue US April 1993, Claudia Undone (photography: Steven Meisel: styling: Grace Coddington)
Introducing: Kelly Love
“The woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.”
Photo source: Emily DiDonato wearing Vera Wang in Vogue Mexico April 2012 (photography: Jean-Francois Campos; styling: Sarah Gore-Reeves)
Bag of the month: December is for Desa
Desa 1972 may not exactly be the brand everyone is familiar with, but this Turkey-based family-run company has been the industry's secret for over 40 years. Known for some of the best leathers and an impeccable craftsmanship, Desa worked with the leading Italian and European fashion brands producing some of the most scrumptious handbags before creating their own line of ready-to-wear and accessories where tradition, quality and modernity are the key points.
This Desa 1972 “Four” bag was, in fact, my only choice for the December edit – I instantly fell in love with its sophisticated and minimalistic design, most perfect shade of grey and the elegant finishing touches. I couldn’t (and didn’t want to) think of anything else.
If Santa is real, I would very much love to find this beauty under my Christmas tree…
Never alone by Bruce Weber
Christmas gift guide: every shade of BLUE
I absolutely adore blue and wear it despite any trends or season changes, so no wonder it made it to my Christmas gift guide 2013 as one of the perfect colours.
According to Pantone, it is the classic, deep and meditative shade called Myconos Blue that we should concentrate our attention on this season mixing it with black, white or both for extra intensity and depth and later, as the spring 2014 comes, turn to cobalt-like Dazzling Blue that beautifully fades into a softer dreamy hue of morning sky (the official name for the latter is placid blue, in case you were curious).
It took me quite a bit of time and editing to put this list together and then - a good dose of willpower to stop myself from buying everything on it. I hope you love the result as much as I do. If something has your name written all over it – use one of the discount codes and sale offers I’ve included below and treat yourself.
Shop: 1. Cashmere blend cable knit sweater, Uniqlo (£29.90*), 2. Royal blue fedora hat, Mademoiselle Slassi (£235), 3. Ocean blue coral cuff bracelet, Ashiana (£40 + matching ring, £22**), 4. Gold-plated stone and crystal brooch, Kenneth Jay Lane (£52), 5. Sweetie ring, Jigsaw (£45), 6. Softly pleated dress, Jil Sander (£572), 7. La Pluie EDP, Miller Harris (£65), 8. Blu Mediterraneo Fico Di Amalfi, Aqua di Parma (£52), 9. Blue pure wool tartan check throw, Dreamwool blanket Co. (£49.95***), 10. Cobalt/black bar top clutch, Dorothy Perkins (£5.95****), 11. Snowflake gold-tone key fob, Anya Hindmarch (£65), 12. Turquoise candle, Thomas Fuchs Creative (£39), 13. Crystal Butterfly, Baccarat (£68*****), 14. Grown-up glamour, Caroline Cox, Amazon (£10), 15. Riviera dream earrings, Accessorize (£12), 16. Blue velvet Amelie boots, Bionda Castana (£495), 17. Sequin shoulder bag, Mango (£29.99)* sign-up for a newsletter and receive £5 off your first order
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Hematite-plated Swarovski crystal bracelet by Elizabeth Cole – doesn’t it look like a bunch of snow flakes?!
Photo source: Nadja Bender wearing Elie Saab Couture in Numero France September 2013 (photography: Karl Lagerfeld, styling: Vanessa Metz)
D.V. by Diana Vreeland
“There is something special about clothes that are made by women (at the atelier) and not by machine. They do something for the clothes. There is a huge difference when I see a suit, or pants and a shirt being done by the atelier, and the same pieces done by a factory. It’s an emotion. Zara can’t copy that.”
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova wearing Christian Dior Couture by John Galliano in Vogue US October 2008 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier; styling: Grace Coddington)
I admit, the 1967 version of Bonnie & Clyde wasn’t exactly my kind of film – it was the haircut topped with a perfectly cocked beret and the clothes Faye Dunaway wore on screen that I loved more than the story itself.
No wonder, I was so attracted to the movie-inspired Akris Pre-Fall 2014 where the clean cut, soft pleats and light weight cashmere, leather, and herringbone fabrics in the shades of cocoa, burgundy, and steel colour-matched to the old Ford colour card created a truly elegant collection.
Hats (or should I say, berets?) off to Albert Kriemler for being such a perfectionist and able to give us something so timeless, flawless, dreamy and beautiful. Something worthy falling in love with.
Photo source: Akris Pre-Fall 2014 via style.com
Couture dreams in Numero China 2010
Christmas gift guide: every shade of PINK
It’s beginning to feel like Christmas. Actually, even look like Christmas, though I do try to ignore the latter for am not ready for the sparkles, twinkles and oversized boxes of sweets yet. What I am eager to do, though, is sharing my 2013 edition of colour-coordinated gift guides.
They were very popular last year, so I decided to do it again, but instead of going for red, green, gold and silver, choose a few other shades that seemed to have more impact on me this season.
Pink was the obvious one for it was everywhere. Just everywhere. The coats. The knitwear. The make-up. We have been thinking pink, wearing pink, beautifying our faces and nails in rosy shades and practically seeing the world turning soft strawberry marshmallow hue. As a result I picked something for everyone… From books, jewellery and accessories to clothes and shoes. Even got a pair of teddy bears. Just in case.
Pink may not be the colour of Christmas as such (and the list would also work as a February edition, so do feel free to direct your boyfriend/husband to it), but it is so very pretty… I don’t think there will be many girls who would be able to resist a dose of rose or feel indifferent when admiring it.
It’s time to think pink and go shopping.
Shop: 1. Notebook in pink and gold check, StudioSarah (£10), 2. Flamingo feather bracelet, Noémiah (£31), 3. Ivy rose gold plated watch, FolliFollie (£210), 4. Embellished blouse, Dorothy Perkins (£28), 5. Valentino: Themes and Variations by Pamela Goblin (£40), 6. Wrap dress, Bottega Veneta (£1215), 7. Chloé Roses EDT by Chloé (£40), 8. iPhone case by DSquared2 (£37), 9. Lily by Mulberry, (£750), 10. Pure pashmina shawl, Forzieri (£248), 11. Pink cherry blossom earrings, Shaun Leane (£150), 12. Baume de Rose lip treatment, by Terry (£35), 13. Evening Luau chemise by Elle Macpherson Intimates (£31), 14. Triple-wrap leather blacelet, Balenciaga (£135), 15. Pink teddy bears, Bloomingdale’s (£19-£35), 16. Ribbed leather pumps, Laurence Dacade (£285), 17. Barry leather-trimmed sandals, Oscar de la Renta (£220), 18. Milk and pink Marc de Champagne truffles, Charbonnel et Walker (£45 for 650g), 19. Blush Champagne Coupes, set of 2, Monique Lhuillier Waterford (£98), 20. Bow clutch, Marc Jacobs (£280)
Photo source: Julia Frauche in Blush Hour / Allure US October 2013 (photography: Sebastian Kim, styling: Siobhan Bonnouvrier)
“One is born with good taste. It’s very hard to acquire. You can acquire the patina of taste.”
Photo source: Sofia Coppola wearing Chloe in AnOther September 2009 (photography: Craig McDean)
"I believe in timelessness. It's not a trend, it's not a moment; it's life. And it's a dream life, it's a wonderful life."
Photo source: Bette Franke wearing Ralph Lauren in Elle France September 2013 (photography: Thomas Whiteside, styling: Jeanne Le Bault)
The look of love: an outfit inspiration
I can absolutely see myself wearing this outfit… I have a similar coat (two, actually) and an oversized blouse (and on a very cold wintery day – an off-white cable knit sweater), will probably get another pair of blue jeans from either Uniqlo or, if I feel rich, MiH, swap leopard print booties (don’t have any like these) for the “Lord of the Rings pair”, add a bracelet from Mango, and use my beloved good old Ledbury to carry my possessions.
Photo source: Claire Collins by Richard Bernardi for Grazia France September 2013