Pure beauty talk with… Valentina Zelyaeva

31/01/2014

Pure beauty talk with… Abigail O’Neill

30/01/2014

Abigail O'Neill exclusive interview | Model Chocolate
There are quite a few things that are absolutely fascinating about Abigail O’Neill. First of all, the beautiful

Pure beauty talk with… Rose-Marie Swift

29/01/2014

via fashioned by love | Rose-Marie Swift | exclusive interview with RMS Beauty founder
For me Rose-Marie Swift to beauty and make-up is like Donna Karan to fashion and clothes. Both know

Pure beauty talk with… Adriana Giotta

28/01/2014

via fashioned by love | Adriana Giotta | exclusive interview | fashion editorial
As I was preparing for my Pure Beauty week I wondered about the ways our mind works when

Inspired by Pantone: radiant orchid

25/01/2014

nne Vyalitsyna in Fantasie editorial, Numero #135 August 2012 (photography: Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones, styling: Franck Stambro)
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguilling charm.”
Pantone official press-release 2014

Once upon a time purple was a very exclusive shade to wear. Only the most rich and powerful could afford the fabrics dyed in a solution made from the mucus glands of the murex. The tropical snail, according to the legend, was discovered by a dog that belonged to the beautiful nymph Tyrus. The dog bit the strange creature and his mouth turned purple. A true fashionista, the nymph declared that she’d only sleep with her dog if all of her clothes were dyed the same colour as the tongue of her beloved pet.  A slightly different story suggests that the dog was Hercules' and accompanied both him and Tyrus and since Hercules ask the nymph to marry him, she said she's only agreed to accept Hercules as her lover if he gave her a purple robe. Whichever one is true, everyone got what they wanted and the Tyrian dye was born.

It required 250000 molluscs to extract an ounce of dye, so the production process was very time-consuming and costly - by the third century BC Tyrian purple was worth more than gold and particularly admired by Romans, the murex shell even appeared on the very earliest Tyrian and later Roman coins.

For hundreds of years it was only the Emperor who wore the “the shade of triumph”, while senators were allowed to add a stripe of purple to their togas.

By the 15th century when the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople, the original recipe for the dye was lost until 1856 when a French zoologist Felix Henri de Lacaze-Duthiers noticed how fishermen dying their clothes with a shellfish ink, which prompted a few experiements. In 1909 the formula was finally discovered by Paul Friedlander, an Austrian chemist who not only recreated the original dye, but also noticed that it was similar to an extract from an Indian pea plant. The new shade had more blue undertones and was eventually named royal purple (and worn mainly by Royalty)

Similar to violet, purple isn’t, in fact, the colour of the visible spectrum, and despite its origins, not something created in nature, but rather a shade that exists in art and is a combination of red and blue in different proportions.

So mesmerising, purple has been one of the most fascinating colours of fashion. The designers including Alberta Ferretti, Anna Molinari, Frida Giannini, Diane von Furstenberg, Alber Elbaz, Peter Copping and John Galliano often used it in their collection and the purple trend has been topping the trend charts every other season.

In 2014 it came back in a shade of Radiant Orchid, a slightly softened hue with a touch of pink glow. It is said to suit sensitive and compassionate people, artists and free-spirited dreamers of the world who are able to inspire others without expecting much in return.

Whether it is the story that speaks to you or you simply adore the colour, here are some of my favourite things celebrating Radiant Orchid. Personally, I think I will start with a pair of shoes…

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Shop: 1. Cashmere V-neck sweater, Uniqlo (£49), 2. Colour Design Infinite 24-hour eye shadow in Vibrant Violet, Lancome (£15), 3. Shimmering lip gloss in Sparkle Fuchsia or White Gold Topaz, YSL (£18), 4. Purple hobo bag, Stella McCartney (£775) 5. Pure colour nail polish in Purple Passion, Estee Lauder (£14.50), 6. Nail polish in Cabaret, Ciate (£9), 7. Fracas de Robert Piguet perfume & roll-on gift box, Robert Piguet (£55), 8. Anna silicone & cubic zirconia bracelet, Natasha Goldenberg X EK (£180), 9. Amethyst, 18-karat gold and hand-woven cord polka bracelet, Astley Clarke Biography (£85), 10. Paisley-print summer dress, Zimmermann (£114), 11. Ltd edition nail polish in Grape Ice, Clinique (£10), 12. Pop rabbit key & coin pouch, Marc by Marc Jacobs (£65), 13. Pink topaz earrings, Nikki Baker (£162), 14. Serenity candlesticks, set of 2, Orrefords Totem (£27), 15.  Emilie sandals, Miss KG (£65), 16. Leather make-up bag, Jigsaw (£29), 17. Three-stone gold plated earrings, Isharya (£172), 18. "Glove" sling back sandals, Balenciaga (£303), 19. Milk chocolate coin, Harrods (£5.50), 20. Sophia sunglasses, Illesteva (£185), 21. Pashmina shawl, Forzieri (£133), 22. Converse in Purple Ox, Converse All Stars (£27), 23. Nuit EDP, Laughter (£45), 24. Woven crystal candle, Agraria (£42), 25. Pointed toe pumps, Alice + Olivia (£226)

Photo source: Anne Vyalitsyna in Fantasie editorial, Numero #135 August 2012 (photography: Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones, styling: Franck Stambro)

References: The secret astrology of the bible by Michael Ledo,  QI the book of the dead byJohn Lloyd & John Mitchinson

Valentino Couture Spring 2014: a tale of 55 operas

24/01/2014

Valentino Couture Spring 2014
The hand painted magic woods, flowers and butterflies designed by Maurizio Varamo covered the walls and floors of the salons at the Hotel de Salomon Rotschild as if a beautiful welcoming to the gardens of Eden.

Valentino Couture Spring 2014
The dresses glided down the runway – full skirts sweetly bouncing with every step, long layers of luxurious fabrics floating in the air – each inspired by a character from an opera or a Saint-Saens’ Carnaval des animaux creature.

This collection wasn’t just about the smoky gemstones, guipure lace, lavish embroideries, ethereal tulle or lustrous silk, but the beautiful story inspired by music and time and then created by human hands for us to enjoy, a true couture – unique, unforgettable, glorious and breathtaking.

Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014
Valentino Couture Spring 2014



Photo source: Valentino Couture Spring 2014 via style.com, backstage photos via vogue.com

Timeless chic: Prada Fall 2004

23/01/2014

Prada Fall 2004
“A dream of extreme romanticism… The idea of eighteenth-century painting, with video games. A romanticism between past and future.” is how Miuccia Prada described her Fall/Winter 2004 collection inspired by paintings of German artist Caspar David Friedrich and technology. For me, it was all about details…

The scrumptious prints and moody tweeds, sparkling drops of crystals on waist-cinching grosgrain ribbon belts and brooches, puffy skirts, chiffon dresses, soft fox fur scarves tucked into a simple t-shirt, and delicate cardigans for extra warmth… And there were the robots and ribbons, velvet and fur, leather and metal all mixed up in a way only Prada (and later on, Van Noten perhaps) could do.

Something from ten years ago that can be loved and worn today is the reason why I adore Miuccia so much – for being a rule-breaker and an explorer capable of designing thoughtful, beautiful and absolutely fascinating collections that capture imagination and give us something to adore forever.

Prada Fall 2004
Prada Fall 2004
Prada Fall 2004
Prada Fall 2004
Prada Fall 2004
Prada Fall 2004
Prada Fall 2004
Prada Fall 2004
Prada Fall 2004
The beautiful and mysterious campaign that accompanied the season featured Raquel Zimmermann, Karen Elson, Gemma Ward and Elise Crombez was photographed by Steven Meisel. Oh, those details… I can’t stop looking at them. It’s just like art, it moves me.

prada fall winter 2004 campaign steven meisel
prada fall winter 2004 campaign steven meisel
prada fall winter 2004 campaign steven meisel
prada fall winter 2004 campaign steven meisel
Photo source: Prada Fall/Winter 2004 collection and campaign (photography: Steven Meisel), RTW images via stylebistro.com

Stylish quote

22/01/2014

Elle France 27 December 2013 (photography: Matt Jones, styling: Elissa Castelbou)
“Fashion is, ultimately, about nothing but appearance – and money. It is one enterprise in which the colour of the skin is far more important than the individual inside it.”

Colin McDowell

Photo source: Elle France 27 December 2013 (photography: Matt Jones, styling: Elissa Castelbou)

Campaign love: Hermes Fall/Winter 2013/14

21/01/2014

A sporting life! Hermes Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 campaign (photography: Nathaniel Goldberg, styling: Clare Richardson)
This is most likely the only way for me to experience the snow this winter – by looking at gorgeous Hermes Fall/Winter 2013-2014 campaign featuring Iselin Steiro photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg and styled by Clare Richardson.

As always, every image is an essence of beauty and bliss and a wonderful way to preserve all the things I adore about winter – the sparkling ice, the fluffy weightless snowflakes and the wonderful calmness and peace the season always brings. The endlessness and eternity of the world and the timelessness of all things Hermes… So very perfect.

A sporting life! Hermes Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 campaign (photography: Nathaniel Goldberg, styling: Clare Richardson)
A sporting life! Hermes Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 campaign (photography: Nathaniel Goldberg, styling: Clare Richardson)
A sporting life! Hermes Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 campaign (photography: Nathaniel Goldberg, styling: Clare Richardson)
Photo source: A sporting life! Hermes Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 campaign (photography: Nathaniel Goldberg, styling: Clare Richardson), hermes.com