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…