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Daria Werbowy in Salvatore Ferragamo campaign
Bag of the Month: June is for Jigsaw
I saw Thelma last week and fell in love with the braided handle, whipstitch details and the colour – a pale shade of grey that would work wonderfully all year around and become a perfect alternative to a white bag that can sometimes be a bit of a high maintenance. The classic look, two colour options, the soft leather and… the high street price tag. Another reason why I adore Jigsaw so much.
White magic: 14 essential summer wardrobe pieces
“It is the colour the human eye sees when it looks at light which contains all the wavelengths of the visible spectrum, at full brightness and without absorption. It does not have any hue,” Wikipedia kindly informed me when I google “white”.
I loved the scientific sound of that. I also loved the fantasy and poetic mood of the description. Most importantly, it made me think of how something so hue-less can make us experience emotions as strong as love and desire.
So pure, white has always been one of the top choices of the classy and elegant colour palette. No wonder it is the signature colour of the Wimbledon – just a few days ago Federer was told of for wearing trainers that had orange soles, a small detail that could have been easily ignored, was, in fact, against the official rules. Perhaps, it was a clever marketing move because those Nike’s were sold out without 24 hours. Who knows…
My obsession and need for white is obvious – I do talk about it a lot on the blog and I certainly have a few white pieces in my wardrobe to enjoy during the warm seasons.
The only missing item are the jeans, though. I have been looking for something “easy-breezy” and stylish for a while and at this point the J Brand jeans boyfriends seem like a smart investment. Aidan will look good as the style isn’t clingy allowing the bodily fluids circulate freely, and isn’t too lose to make the hip area swing in the wind as if living the life of its own.
I sat there totally absorbed into the sparkling spotless whiteness of the newly discovered denims creating the looks in my mind. The white was so beautiful I suddenly found myself dreaming of having a completely white summer wardrobe… The head-to-toe load of pure gorgeousness created with the help of a few basic pieces that can be mixed and matched, from the perfect blazer to the most gorgeous bag. I did end up with three pairs of shoes, after all, it’s my ultimate dream – the pumps for pretty much any occasion, the ballerinas – for walks and work and the sandals for the beach and any form of blissful occasions of total relaxation.
Where to buy: Blazer, Burberry London (£207, sale), necklace, J.Crew (£110, free shipping), white trilby, Ralph Lauren Denim&Supply (£32, sale), shirt dress, Ines de la Fressange (£42.50, sale), ballerina shoes, KG London (£65, sale), classic court shoes, LK Bennett (£187), racer-back tank top, T by Alexander Wang (£85, sale), merino wool v-neck sweater, Uniqlo (£19.90), lace pencil skirt, Jigsaw (£118), cateye sunglasses, Spitfire (£24), suede sandals, K Jacques St Tropez (£188), Aidan, J Brand jeans (£288), silk shirt, L’Agence (£156, sale), leather tote bag, Jaeger (£199, sale + free delivery on orders £200+ with a code FREE200).
P.S. And talking of Wimbledon. My favourites are both out, so I am no longer watching the tournament. Last night I couldn’t look at the screen – it was too painful to see Federer lose.
Photo source: Marlijn Hoek in White in the wild | Marie Claire Netherlands May 2013 (photography: Carmen Kemmink, styling: Marjolein Mos)
Timeless chic: Hermes Spring 2010
One of the habits I acquired after moving to England is the need to watch Wimbledon. Of course, I’ve done it in the past – I just never experience the itch that seems to appear in June these days.
I blame Federer. And Nadal. They are my favourites, the charismatic Gods who are passionate about the game and make it beautiful. I watch the match for the sake of seeing those two. I never played tennis myself, nor really felt the need to learn – anything of the running kind isn’t my thing.
Obviously I try to mark the start of every season with a blog post. The one before was about tennis-inspired fashion editorials and today’s story will be about collection that I will love for as long as my mind marbles allow me to.
Every time I see these looks I wish Gaultier never left Hermes. He had such a gift of capturing the effortless elegance and discreet luxury whilst inspiring and teaching the mere mortals like myself how to use and blend the simple colour palette, feminine shapes and modern accessories and create something absolutely stunning, unforgettable, flawless and timeless.
Photo source: Hermes Spring/Summer 2005 via stylebistro.com
Freja Beha Erichsen in Harper’s Bazaar US 2008
To see the fabric moving like a tamed pet, caressing the skin, wrapping around those enviable curves, trembling in the wind, creating a fantasy is so incredibly mesmerising… Like a waltz of summer flowers.
So stunning, it makes you forget about the skill required to capture this beauty.
Photo source: Freja Beha photographed by Solve Sundsbo for Harper’s Bazaar US March 2008
Designer look for less: Louis Vuitton Spring 2005
Don’t let the season put you off, but instead give me a chance to live through one of those special eureka moments. You know, the ones that turn your brain into a pink cloud and changes the anatomy of your stomach replacing regular enzymes with butterflies.
Ever dreamed of being a Louis Vuitton girl? A flirtatious and feminine Parisienne that loves playing with fashion, breaking the rules and wearing her Louis Vuitton in the process?
And though I may have to skip the original Vuitton and go with a few high street pieces, the alternatives are so fabulous (and budget friendly!) it’s hard to blame me for being so excited about sharing this outfit idea.
P.S. Socks are optional – not my comfort zone, I admit that. However, they come with the outfit and some girls can actually pull them off wonderfully, so the hosiery is here to stay.
Photo source: Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2005 via stylebistro.com
Natalia Vodianova in Madame Figaro 2008
Marni, oh Marni, the look of love
The burnt orange mixed with khahi, topped with a little burgundy and cinched with the deepest, the expensive kind of, black, the necklace, the bow (they even included the bow as if it was destined for me!), the heels, the loveliest bag. It’s wearable, it makes me smile, it makes me feel alive. It must be love, love, love… and Marni magic.
Photo source: Marni Resort 2014 via style.com
Angela Lindvall in Vogue UK 2000
It’s amazing how many significant (and not so significant) events can happen in a short space of time – some were totally unexpected and others – much anticipated and important for they will certainly become a part of the history of fashion.
So here is a little fashion digest. From me to you.
* The image above is my favourite photo of the week that belongs to the Rochas Resort 2014 collection.
* Following his exclusive interview published in the July issue of Vanity Fair, John Galliano talks candidly to Charlie Rose discussing his childhood, most excited fashion moments, addictions, regrets, betrayal and friendships. A must see.
* H&M did it again. The new collaboration between the high street brand and Isabel Marant will be sold in shops and on-line on 14 November. Anticipate affordable prices, first ever Marant’s for men ready-to-wear and the longest queues in history.
* Emma Hill packs her Mulberry bags for good and will be leaving the brand after finishing the Spring/Summer 2014 collection due to be presented in September 2014.
* The new and most comprehensive biography of Alexander McQueen, Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy by Judith Watt, is due to be released on 27 August 2014. Pre-order your copy here.
* Another title many will be excited to get their hands on is Dior Impressions: The Inspiration and Influence of Impressionism at the House of Dior inspired by art and Dior creations and published to accompany the Impressions Dior exhibition presented at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville. The book features beautiful works by Monet, Renoir, Degas as well as stunning couture gowns.
Photo source: Rochas Resort 2014 via style.com, Lou Doillon in Isabel Marant pour H&M campaign, Emma Hill, covers of Alexander McQueen: the life and the legacy & Dior Impressions
Lanvin Resort 2014
One can easily understand why women love Alber Elbaz so much. He creates the clothes that, in some subtle ways, remind of the most beautiful pieces from the past collections we’re already in love with, whilst simultaneously gives us designs that feel fresh, youthful and suitable for practically any occasion.
Resort 2014 was like a bag of assorted sweets – all kinds of flavours, all sorts of colours with a few classic chocolate nibs thrown in to please the admirers of simplicity and timeless elegance.
If I could wear Lanvin, these would be the clothes I chose - the white dress and black leather bag being my absolute favourite.
Photo source: Lanvin Resort 2014 via style.com
"People are so conditioned to buy the wrong thing because it's the "hot" thing."
Photo source: Madgalena Langrova in Vogue Germany October 2012 (photography: Sebastian Kim)
Charlotte by Liam Fahy
It took me a while to find this fascinating creature and seconds – to fall in love.
She is seductive. She is mysterious. She is a beautiful coquette. She is perfection of a shoe, with the soft curve of the toe, stiletto heel and, of course, the bow. Ah, those bows… So wonderful, so me. I have a soft spot for bow closures and adornments – Alexis Mabille would be proud of me.
Her name is Charlotte. She is a hand-made satin bow pump and a part of the Film Noir collection designed by Liam Fahy.
Photo source: Liam Fahy Charlotte satin bow court shoes via liamfahy.com
"Fashion is about selection, editing. You have to be very severe to your selection, so you keep something to yourself - even in the way you present yourself."
Photo source: Marion Cotillard by Ellen von Unwerth in Elle France February 2010
I have been saving this gorgeous story created by Bruce Weber for the June/July 2005 issue of Vogue Paris because I wanted to use the images to celebrate the beginning of summer. A little bit of sun soaked, sensual, blissful reverie… So absolutely perfect in every way.
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova by Bruce Weber in Vogue Paris June/July 2005