Stylish quote

27/03/2013

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“Building a wardrobe is like building a circle of friends your whole life. Your own beauty is to be yourself, but of course we need tools and accessories.”

Diane von Furstenberg

 

Photo source: Elle Denmark April 2011

Natalia Vodianova in Vogue China May 2010

25/03/2013

Natalia Vodianova in Vogue China May 2010 (photography: Paolo Roversti, styling: Violetta Santoro)
Sleepy and chilly Monday morning, smell of coffee, hearty drops of hot water in a shower blending with soapy bubbles, memories of the weekend dissolving into the past, bursting inbox and long to-do list.

Before diving into reality, I am going to take a quiet moment enjoying these images of Natalia photographed by Paolo Roversi for The Seated Beauty editorial published in the May 2010 issue of Vogue China.

And then… I’ll wake up.

Natalia Vodianova in Vogue China May 2010 (photography: Paolo Roversti, styling: Violetta Santoro)
Natalia Vodianova in Vogue China May 2010 (photography: Paolo Roversti, styling: Violetta Santoro)
Natalia Vodianova in Vogue China May 2010 (photography: Paolo Roversti, styling: Violetta Santoro)
Natalia Vodianova in Vogue China May 2010 (photography: Paolo Roversti, styling: Violetta Santoro)
Natalia Vodianova in Vogue China May 2010 (photography: Paolo Roversti, styling: Violetta Santoro)
Natalia Vodianova in Vogue China May 2010 (photography: Paolo Roversti, styling: Violetta Santoro)
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Vogue China May 2010 (photography: Paolo Roversti, styling: Violetta Santoro)

Designer look for less: Nina Ricci Fall 2013

22/03/2013

Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2013
This is the look from the Nina Ricci Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear collection that I fell in love with. Below is my version costing about 10 times less than the gorgeous original. I made a few tiny changes just to make the look a bit different, not completely copied. Now we can all look a little bit like Nina Ricci girls.

Designer look for less, Nina Ricci Fall 2013 via fashioned by love
Fur-trimmed cape, £148.00 | Contrast cuff sweater, £39 | Jersey bando, £4.00 | Nina Ricci Nina L'Elixir perfume, from £25.00 | High waist trousers, £30.00 | Black woven bag, £37.00 | Silver court shoes, £240 | Revlon ColourBurst lipstick in True Red, £8.00

Photo source: Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2013 via stylebistro.com

Trends 2013: wearable blooms

21/03/2013

Dolce&Gabbana Spring/Summer 2009
You know, apart from one dress covered in strawberries so tiny that they can only be recognised up-close, I don’t own or wear anything floral. I thought about it once or twice, but dismissed at the end.
And yet I adore wearing flowers. I always did. Years ago it was a floral wreath made with delicate wild flowers on a daily basis and worn proudly as if it was a crown. As soon as the first blooms appeared we would be off to the nearest park to gather dandelions and plants of unknown origin to braid them into beautiful and naive headbands, hands covered in brown spots from the dandelion milky juice, not that we ever cared… In summer our original monochromatic choice would transform into a rainbow with blue cornflowers, white daisies, yellow marigolds and pink cosmos, all so fragrant, intoxicating and, for any kid who read Andersen’s Thumbelina, mesmerising beyond belief.

As a grown-up, I still wear my petals, mostly as jewellery or shoes, not so secretly dream of the most beautiful Valentino bag and, of course, dresses and blouses.

Dolce&Gabbana Spring/Summer 2009
I think my love for this type of clothes began with the stunning Dolce&Gabbana gowns from their Spring 2009 collection and was later fuelled by Valentino designs that I saw last year and an antique hat covered in teeny blossoms, each secured with a glass bead – I almost bought it, just to look at, but having marinated the idea overnight, decided to be sensible and… hat-less.

Dolce&Gabbana Spring/Summer 2009
So here I am, fascinated with the clothes that feel like a step into a dream and becoming a part of it. There isn’t any other way to explain it – it’s purely about spring, new beginnings, beauty and love. And memories that I can touch, I guess.

Blugirl Blumarine Spring/Summer 2013
Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2013
Chloe Spring/Summer 2013
Agnes B Spring/Summer 2013
Chloe Spring/Summer 2013
Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2013
Alexis Mabille Spring/Summer 2013
Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2013
Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2013
Badgley & Mischka Spring/Summer 2013
Photo sources: Dolce&Gabbana Spring/Summer 2009, florals on a runway at Bluegirl Blumarina Spring/Summer 2013, Chloe Spring/Summer 2013, Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2013, Agnes B Spring/Summer 2013, Chloe Spring/Summer 2013, Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2013, Alexis Mabille Spring/Summer 2013, Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2013, Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2013 and Badgley & Mischka Spring/Summer 2013 via style.com & stylebistro.com

Stylish quote

20/03/2013

Photo source: Lesly Masson in Elle Italy March 2009 (photography: David Burton, styling: Carola Bianchi)
"Your dress should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to show you're a lady."

Edith Head

Photo source: Lesly Masson in Elle Italy March 2009 (photography: David Burton, styling: Carola Bianchi)

PFW Fall 2013: the one and only

12/03/2013

Celine Fall/Winter 2013
It seems as if Paris fashion week finished ages ago. One of my favourite, it was beautiful, but made me feel deflated. Not in a disappointed deflated way, but deflated like a balloon, that happy bouncy candy coloured object that at some point becomes limp and sad looking.

Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
The emotional tiredness was part of the reason why I didn’t talk about Paris last Friday. I also wanted to give myself a little extra time to digest and decide on my favourites. And whilst I could pick the looks it turned out to be just one collection that I will remember as a highlight of Paris fashion week Fall/Winter 2013-2014.

Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine.

Celine Fall/Winter 2013
The most wonderful, most wearable, beautiful, graphic, classy, sober, simple collection, each piece – a drawing, a beautiful inspirational combination of pencil strokes.

Celine Fall/Winter 2013
The way every look was shaped, the way the clothes moved, the shrug that made the back of the neck and shoulders look so fragile and yet protected, the embrace of the sleeves knotted at the chest, the way jewellery touched the skin…

Celine Fall/Winter 2013
It really took my breath away. I can honestly say that this Celine collection is my absolute favourite since Spring/Summer 2010.

Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Celine Fall/Winter 2013
Photo source: Celine Fall/Winter 2013 via stylebistro.com, backstage photos via vogue.com