Stylish quote

31/07/2013

Heidi Mount photographed by Karl Lagrefeld for Chanel Spring/Summer 2009 campaign via fashioned by love british fashion blog
"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance."

Coco Chanel

Photo source: Heidi Mount photographed by Karl Lagrefeld for Chanel Spring/Summer 2009 campaign

Bag of the month: July is for Jérôme Dreyfuss

30/07/2013

Alain hobo bag by Jerome Dreyfuss
Last month somebody challenged me to continue with my first letter matching selection for the Bag of the Month feature until 2014. I was only happy to oblige. After all, “what’s the life without whimsy?” as Dr Sheldon Cooper would say.

In July I was tempted with this soft and huggable Alain hobo by Jerome Dreyfuss, a French designer extraordinaire and a husband to la créatrice de mode Isabel Marant (pardon my French, but I just love the sound of it so much!). Also while we are on the Dreyfuss-Marant subject, here are a few photos of their Parisian apartment, in case you feel like visiting.

Back to the bag, though. I think it was the distressed leather that made me fall in love with this sweetheart. I can just imagine squeezing it and touching that grainy surface with my fingertips. And the size of this sac is absolutely perfect, too. Irresistible!

The gorgeousness is available here (in tan), here (in black), here (in emerald) and here (in animal print).

Kylie Bax in Allure May 1997

29/07/2013

Kylie Bax in The close line / Allure US May 1997 (photography: Satoshi Saikusa) via fashioned by love british fashion blog
I fell in love with the black and white photo, the fragility of it, the pixie, that beautiful

Vanessa Axente in Calvin Klein Fall 2013 campaign

26/07/2013

Safari chic, the hottest summer trend

25/07/2013

Liya Kebede in Desert fox / Vogue US March 2009 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier, styling: Marie-Amelie Sauve)
Open the doors of your wardrobe welcoming a new day and new beginnings. Pull out your clothes coloured in every shade of powdery sand, knits in earthy tones, belted vests that add that special feel of casual elegance, crisp white shirts, a little bit of buttery soft tan leather or suede, a statement cuff bracelet, a pair of classic Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses or Ray Ban Wayfarers in tortoise shell, woven leather sandals or espadrilles and a light as air silk scarf or a panama hat for a touch of glamour. 

Liya Kebede in Desert fox / Vogue US March 2009 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier, styling: Marie-Amelie Sauve)
Start your own safari-inspired adventure wherever you are. The tiger cub is optional, but remember to grab your favourite mini cross body bag or a slouchy caramel satchel on your way out.

Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2013
Max Mara Spring/Summer 2013
Max Mara Spring/Summer 2013
Max Mara Spring/Summer 2013
Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2013
Loewe Spring/Summer 2013
Loewe Spring/Summer 2013
Trussardi Spring/Summer 2013
Photo source: Liya Kebede in Desert fox / Vogue US March 2009 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier, styling: Marie-Amelie Sauve); safari trend on a runway at Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2013, Max Mara Spring/Summer 2013, Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2013, Loewe Spring/Summer 2013, Trussardi Spring/Summer 2013 via stylebistro.com

Stylish quote

24/07/2013

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2000 by John Galliano
"We need the dreamers. We need those designers who create a magic moment, a world that changes the way you look at clothes."

Anna Wintour
(on John Galliano for the story published in Vanity Fair US July 2013)

Photo source: Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2000 by John Galliano

It’s a boy!

23/07/2013

Amber Valletta in Growing with glamour / Vogue US July 2002 (photography: Annie Leibovitz, styling: Camilla Nickerson) via fashioned by love british fashion blog
Finally the baby, the third in line to the throne, the first Prince of Cambridge in 190 years is

Couture now in Elle US October 2003

22/07/2013

Stylish quote

17/07/2013

ogue UK August 2011 (photography: Raymond Meier, styling: Charlotte Pilcher)
"I dislike trick fashions - designed only for publicity's sake. They may be eye-catching, but they are never elegant."

Christian Dior

Photo source: Vogue UK August 2011 (photography: Raymond Meier, styling: Charlotte Pilcher)

Making Chanel couture

16/07/2013

Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2013
Last night, just before I fell asleep, I watched Chanel Couture and then dreamed beautiful dreams. Oh, those dresses… These are the ones I would collect if I was among those 5 per cent of the world population.

Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2013
You see, I believe that in the last hundred or so years there have been very few art forms worth falling in love with. Couture is definitely one of them – it moves me beyond tears, especially when seeing it in the making.

Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2013
Call me naive, but don’t you think every dress should come with a list containing the names of all petite mains involved in the production? Sort of like movie credits…


Photo source: Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2013 via style.com & stylebistro.com

Linda Evangelista by Peter Lindbergh

15/07/2013

Linda Evangelista in Storia di una Bellezza / Vogue Italia December 1989 (photography: Peter Lindbergh) / Fashioned by Love British fashion blog.
Marriage made in heaven. Fashion photography in an art form. Linda Evangelista photographed

Timeless chic: Donna Karan Spring 2008

12/07/2013

Donna Karan Spring/Summer 2008
Chez Nueva York was a sharp and sensuous collection. 50s style shirt dresses cinched with a wide

Talking of haute couture

11/07/2013

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Life is about constants. Four seasons made of twelve months, the white shirt and pumps that complete our wardrobe, sweetly rounded aborio without which risotto wouldn’t exist or Champagne-grown grapes for the perfect sparkle...

Couture... the magical constant of fashion. My primitive self has always perceived it literally, as the vocabulary intended. “Haute couture”, the clothes sewn with extreme attention to detail, the highest level of craftsmanship that meet certain well-defined standards, the design that preserve the most precious traditions, the building blocks of fashion, the exquisite elements that make a woman beautiful by recreating her fantasies  and desires in clothes that are tailored to fit her body and soul. “A realm supposedly unique as well as sublime” as wwd rightly put it.

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Over the last couple of years the constant of couture seemed to have shifted in a direction when the label on the back of the dress boosted by endless publications in top ranked fashion magazines seems to be more important than the quality of the garment itself. I suppose, when a crowd is repeatedly told that something is beautiful, the crowd eventually believes it. The syndrome of the naked emperor kicks in and the truth becomes irrelevant.

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Fortunately the fashion organism has to restore the homeostasis no matter how toxic the environment is and this is when we get the pleasure of Chanel drama, arty Alexis Mabille, magnificent Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad, surreal and stunning Schiaparelli, nostalgic Ulyana Sergeenko and, of course, enchanting and opulent Valentino, my personal favourite.

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
When I saw those daywear looks presented by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the embroideries that took hundreds of hours and thousands of pearls to make, the antique gold lace, the renaissance-inspired prints, the mink, cashmere and silk and smooth and sensual clutches decorated with gold figurines encrusted with tiny precious stones, I lost my ability to breathe. This was a collection worthy of a classic movie star, mysterious, elegant and impeccable, a woman who is an embodiment of class, not a celebrity starlet who shows up for a couture collection with a bare midriff or a skirt that splits up to there (lets forgo the names at this point).

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
It was a joy to see that we still have designers who know how to create couture and, most importantly, have an ability to preserve traditions and take them into the future.

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Photo source: Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013 (photography: Gianni Pucci) via style.com & backstage photo via stylebistro.com