Timeless chic: Hermes 2006

31/05/2013

Hermes Spring/Summer 2006
Hermes Spring/Summer 2006 Ready-to-Wear collection and campaign were, by far, my absolute favourite ones in the entire history of Hermes.

The looks designed by Jean Paul Gaultier are FLAWLESS and, luckily for us, can be recreated with a few items any girl should have in her wardrobe anyway – a white shirt (and a shirt dress), a pencil skirt, classic trousers, a cardi, a plisse dress, tan leather accessories (with a splash of signature orange here and there), a fedora and a pair of ankle-wrap sandals or espadrilles. Perfect summer styling for the lovers of classic and sophisticated fashion.

Hermes Spring/Summer 2006
Hermes Spring/Summer 2006
Hermes Spring/Summer 2006
Hermes Spring/Summer 2006
Hermes Spring/Summer 2006
Hermes Spring/Summer 2006
Hermes Spring/Summer 2006
Hermes Spring/Summer 2006
Photo source: Hermes Spring/Summer 2006 via stylebistro.com

Bag of the Month: May is for Marni

30/05/2013

Marni tote bag
I  have just realised that first letter of the brand name of my Bag of the Month so far matched the first letter of the month it was featured in. April was for the Angel Jackson sweetheart and this Marni tote stole the spot in May.

Why, after my long-winded speech on discovering new and unknown, I went for Marni?

I love the brand and its quirky and playful attitude to fashion. I feel this is how everything great is made – the process seems effortless and the result doesn’t need numerous magazine editorials to be appreciated.

This tote, crafted from soft calfskin leather, is a great example of what I call an investment buy. It’s simple, but not boring. It’s eye-catching and memorable, but, unlike some well-known brand bags, isn’t epidemically carried by every “fashionista” and celebrity, so it neither hurts my eye nor causes allergic reaction.

I love this tote.

It’s sophisticated and timeless.

And currently on sale.

Which makes it absolutely, 100%, totally and utterly perfect.

Stylish quote

29/05/2013

Barbara Palvin wearing Chloe in Harper's Bazaar US May 2010 (photography: Benjamin Alexander Huseby, styling: Jacob K)
"Sexiness and confidence come from feeling relaxed in your clothes. It's not about wearing a piece of architecture."

Hannah MacGibbon

Photo source: Barbara Palvin wearing Chloe in Harper's Bazaar US May 2010 (photography: Benjamin Alexander Huseby, styling: Jacob K)

Burberry Prorsum Resort 2014

28/05/2013

Burberry Prorsum Resort 2014 via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Finally, finally, after the Quality Street foils, flats and latex, I’ve got back the Burberry Prorsum

Equestrian fashion

24/05/2013

Location, location, location – story continues

23/05/2013

Audrey Marney in Ravishing couture | Vogue US March 1999 (photography: Arthur Elgort, styling: Grace Coddington)
I made a few discoveries this week. A not-so-good one was the fact that somebody not only really like my idea of poodle inspired fashion editorials, they decided to take all of the photos I’ve collected over the years and retouched to make them look their best and then created a post of their own without any reference to the source (i.e., Fashioned by Love). Such a discovery made me sick. This isn’t the first time it happened to me and while I don’t mind people using the photos I think it’s unfair when they just flush down all the hard work that goes into the original post and give you a zero credit. So that was quite a highlight of my day.

Trish Goff in The New Definition | Vogue US January 1995 (photography: Pamela Hanson, styling: Brana Wolf)
A much better news came in a form of a photo that resurfaced while I was clearing up my disk storage. It wasn’t just the picture that made me smile, but the message that was carefully placed in a corner of it. Patisserie Cador, it read.

Amelia Heinle in Paris Match | InStyle US November 1999 (photography: Matthew Rolston)
Apparently, the charming tea salon decorated in the style of Louis XVI was situated on the corner of rue de Louvre and 2, rue Amiral de Coligny. Some say it was closed for renovations and turned into a snack shop. If you are in Paris and have time to visit and check, please do share an update. I would really love and appreciate that.

Photo source: Audrey Marney in Ravishing couture | Vogue US March 1999 (photography: Arthur Elgort, styling: Grace Coddington), Trish Goff in The New Definition | Vogue US January 1995 (photography: Pamela Hanson, styling: Brana Wolf), Amelia Heinle in Paris Match | InStyle US November 1999 (photography: Matthew Rolston)

Stylish quote

22/05/2013

Elle Italia February 2013 (photography: Alexi Hay, styling: Alberto Zanoletti) via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk
"Women often express their fantasies in their footwear: shoes are the symbol of what we want to be."

Ines de la Fressange

Photo source: Elle Italia February 2013 (photography: Alexi Hay, styling: Alberto Zanoletti)

25 most beautiful maxi dresses

21/05/2013

Toni Garrn in Chic & easy pieces / Harper’s Bazaar US April 2011 (photography: Camilla Akrans, styling: Brana Wolf) / most beautiful maxi dresses for all budgets / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
Long dresses are definitely my current obsession. Though it’s been over ten years since I wore

Eva Herzigova in Glamour France 1992

20/05/2013

Glamour France April 1992 (photography: Tiziano Magni, styling: Carine Roitfeld (?)) via fashioned by love british fashion blog
Life resembling a classic movie seeing through the lens of Tiziano Magni who photographed

Natalia Vodianova in Jalouse 2009

18/05/2013

Natalia Vodianova in Jalouse April 2009 (photography: Paul Schmidt, styling: Jennier Eymere) 
Natalia Vodianova in Jalouse April 2009 (photography: Paul Schmidt, styling: Jennier Eymere)
Natalia Vodianova in Jalouse April 2009 (photography: Paul Schmidt, styling: Jennier Eymere)
Natalia Vodianova in Jalouse April 2009 (photography: Paul Schmidt, styling: Jennier Eymere)
Natalia Vodianova in Jalouse April 2009 (photography: Paul Schmidt, styling: Jennier Eymere)
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Jalouse April 2009 (photography: Paul Schmidt, styling: Jennier Eymere)

Timeless chic: Michael Kors 2006

17/05/2013

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2006
Just thought of another topic for the series to showcase some of my favourite looks from the past. Those, I feel, are absolutely ageless, incredibly elegant and memorable. At least, for me.

This also proves my opinion that fashion collections are a bit like wine. You get seasons that are good and then there are others that take your breath away.

And now, lets focus on the clothes that pretty much inspired me to share this story…

Over the years of fashion heartbreaks and triumphs I’ve come to realise  that if you see a garment you are in love with, you’ve got to buy it. If you can’t afford it straight away – wait for sales and set the cash aside while playing the painful waiting game – seeing your piggy bank growing really does make up for the agony. Search high and low on ebay and in outlets. And if you are lucky enough to find this piece – make it yours.

Alright, I am in no way insisting on acquiring everything you happened to adore because there is always a special something that will stand out. Sometimes there will be a few things. Take your time. Do not rush. Treat it like a long-term relationship you are about to start. A new friendship. And choose the dream dress. Or jacket. Or whatever makes your brain go all gooey…

Exactly the way mine feels every time I look at Inguna and the dress she is wearing, in particular.

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2006
This was my dream dress. Of course, I couldn’t afford it off the rack, so I decided to wait and see what happens. Unfortunately for  me, Spring 2006 was a marvellous year as far as fashion collections were concerned and my wish list included a few other dresses (some to be shared over the last few weeks) including the DVF’s Taffy. When the sales came and both dresses were available, I had to make a decision and choose one… Two would be too expensive. And so Taffy moved in with me. Michael Kors was left behind.

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2006
I knew I made the right choice because I still wear the DvF dress. But not a summer goes by when I don’t think of that Michael Kors perfection. I should have bought both of them… It would feel totally impractical and borderline insane, but we would have such a fabulous time together for many years to come!
Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2006
Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2006
As for the looks here are my inspiration and have always been (cannot believe it’s been 7, SEVEN (!!!), years!!!). It is about the white and tan, simplicity, styling and sun kissed glowing skin. So elegant, so chic, so timeless…

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2006
Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2006
Photo source: Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2006 via stylebistro.com

Stylish quote

15/05/2013

Sasha Pivovarova photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue US January 2007
"Brush your teeth, smile and don't put more than three colours together."

Ines de la Fressange

Photo source: Sasha Pivovarova photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue US January 2007

Bella figura | Vogue Germany 2008

13/05/2013

Luca Gadjus in Bella figura / Vogue Germany November 2008 (photography: Alexi Lubomirski) via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
I feel today will be one of those days when I don’t say much, but simply share a beautiful editorial

Le parfum by Carven

10/05/2013

Carven Le Parfum
“I wanted to play with the Carven values in a feminine mode: timeless elegance that also seems absolutely effortless. I wanted a fragrance that would resemble a huge bouquet of freshly cut flowers, with temperament”.
Francis Kurkdjian, perfumer, creator of Le Parfum 

I don’t know what was the first thing I liked about this perfume launched by Carven on 5 May. Le Parfum had so many elements with my name written all over and was very difficult to resist.

Carven Le Parfum
The unfussy name. The elegant label. The clean, simple and classic design of the bottle combining frosted glass, soft curves and a stopper lid that slides in with a delicate, very intimate whisper… The rainbow scent made of happiness-filled mandarin blossoms, intoxicating dreamy jasmine, summery hyacinth, sensual ylang-ylang and a warm touch of sandalwood… The couture charm and youthfulness of Carven it reflects.

I am excited. I want to feel this delicious veil around me.

Find it at Harrods – then buy, keep and enjoy this precious little gift.

Brynja Jónbjarnardótti
P.S. And may I just add that I simply ADORE Brynja Jónbjarnardóttir, the model who became the face of the new fragrance… 
Photo source: carven-parfums.com

Fashion with a purpose

09/05/2013

Sasha Pivovarova photographed by Mikael Jansson for Vogue Paris November 2010 via fashioned by love brtisih fashion blog
Having a little cyberspace of my own is a pleasure. It’s a hobby, an emotional and

Stylish quote

08/05/2013

Edita Vilkeviciute in Elle France April 2013 (photography: Jan Welters)
"The idea of lace only for evening is so antiquated. Why only look beautiful at night?"

Tom Ford

Photo source: Edita Vilkeviciute in Elle France April 2013 (photography: Jan Welters)

The Balenciaga mystique in Vogue 2006

06/05/2013

May I share something absolutely stunning with you today? Gemma Ward wearing Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière in the March 2006 issue of US Vogue photographed by Irving Penn.

Iconic.

Gemma Ward wearing Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue US March 2006
Gemma Ward wearing Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue US March 2006
Gemma Ward wearing Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue US March 2006
Gemma Ward wearing Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue US March 2006
Photo source: Gemma Ward wearing Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue US March 2006

Donna Karan New York: the shows

05/05/2013

Donna Karan Fall/Winter 2001
I wanted to share a few deeply treasured videos I came across a while ago. I admit,

Donna Karan New York

04/05/2013

Donna Karan: at Anne Klein

03/05/2013

Donna Karan: the Seventh Avenue baby

02/05/2013