And the world smiles with her

30/03/2014

When Behati smiles, the world smiles with her...

Behati Prinsloo by Greg Kadel for Vogue Spain March 2014
Behati Prinsloo by Greg Kadel for Vogue Spain March 2014
Behati Prinsloo by Greg Kadel for Vogue Spain March 2014
Behati Prinsloo by Greg Kadel for Vogue Spain March 2014
Behati Prinsloo by Greg Kadel for Vogue Spain March 2014
Photo source: Vogue Spain March 2014 (photography: Greg Kadel, styling: Havana Lattiffe)

Outfit inspiration: my kind of sexy...

29/03/2014

Love written in red nail polish stain
This morning I woke up thinking I needed to run... It was an autopilot response to the events of last week overloaded with work. Despite the tiredness and totally concussed brain I enjoyed every minute of it.

On Friday night I sat in bed with Mac and Oscar (one being a laptop and the other - my beloved pup, just in case you don't know yet) getting some much needed me-time and enjoying a good old browse. And this was when I saw the shoes. 

Oh, I know, I am predictable... You can even roll your eyes. I will be fine with that. I could almost do the same for the love for beautiful footwear and desire to look at most perfect specimens will only end when I am dead. 

I imagined myself in those sandals. Sexy suede  little things that would send me off to the centre of the Universe, tiptoeing on the edge of sexy. 

I couldn't help dreaming up the entire outfit. The white suit, the little clutch bag, the barely there cami... Ah, how I would love them all.

Sexy, elegant, ladylike outfit idea for spring and summer, Reiss white suit, Fiorenza red suede sandals, Srpui Marie clutch, Astley Clarke pearl earrings and Gat Rimon silk camisole
Fontez cream tailored jacket (£245)  / Sandra fluted cream skirt (£120) / Orielle white topaz & pearl earrings (£125) / Gat Rimon two tone silk top with shoe-string straps (£89) / Serpui Marie pearl & straw clutch bag (£446) / Fiorenza suede sandals in scarlet & fuchsia (£157) - also in salmon, black or nude versions

Photo source: tumblr.com 

Stylish quote

26/03/2014

Sasha Pivovarova wearing Marc Jacobs, Burberry, DSquared2, Armani in Down Town editorial, ph: Inez & Vinoodh, Vogue Paris June 2011
"In order for fashion to become less precious, it has to have some root in reality."

Marc Jacobs

Photo source: Sasha Pivovarova wearing Marc Jacobs in Down Town editorial, Vogue Paris June 2011 (photography: Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, styling: Joe McKenna)

American dream

25/03/2014

Kim Kardashian by Annie Leibovitz & Grace Coddington in April 2014 issue of American Vogue
At first I thought it was a mock-up and then quickly realised that no, I wasn't dreaming and the image before my eyes was real. Kim Kardashian wearing a stunning Lanvin gown was on a cover of American Vogue. The photo of the couple styled by Grace Coddington and shot by Annie Leibovitz was flawless - you have to give it to the magazine team for creating the beautiful imagery - after all, we are talking Vogue make-over and all that comes with it. 

The fact that Kim wanted to be in Vogue has been well-known for months. Although in her editors letter Wintour denied such a fact taking place, everyone heard about Kayne asking Anna about the cover shoot and many applauded her for saying "no". 

And then it happened. 

Oddly, but predictably so, it was Kim who got the dirt poured over her. I absolutely understand that - after all, she is the visual target and people tend to go down the easiest route without taking a moment to reflect and think things through. 

I did, though... Not to show that I am perfect, not at all. Personally I didn't like the idea AT ALL because the Vogue I love is something quite special - a beautifully written, though-provoking visual feast. In addition to that and with a few exceptions, I am not a believer in celebrities being used as cover models. If you read my blog, you would know about it by now. 

So what did I think of the April issue?

Once I recovered from the initial shock, it all suddenly became very clear. 

First of all, Anna Wintour is a very smart editor.  Whether or not there was any money agreement involved in the first place, this issue of Vogue will most likely sell more copies than any September one - Kim alone has over 20 million fans who will certainly rush out to get their hands on Vogue (and finally learn that the magazines are not limited to OK, US Weekly and People) in addition to those folks who will buy the issue on autopilot or as the one to collect and later ebay for a small fortune.

I suspect the mag will have to go to re-print in order to please everyone. The popularity will play a very important role in advertising rates, too. Wintour would never miss such an opportunity - she is too intelligent not to foresee the hype.

Secondly, American Vogue stopped being high society magazine a long time ago. I fail to think of the issue featuring a super model rather than a celebrity because this is something that the majority of the readers would accept and swallow. The truth is that the world we live in is powered by celebrities created by people themselves simply because they prefer seeing their world through the eyes of somebody from a TV show or youtube channel.

One can either accept such a fact and learn to navigate through life without wasting any of it on discussing those faux idols or, instead, lose their true self by dedicating full attention to people who get rich of it ending up on a cover of Vogue living their American dream. 

Thirdly, Kim does deserve a little appreciation for being so focused on her goal and for having a husband who would be prepared to do anything for the girl he loves. I cannot say she is my favourite person or somebody I am interested in - in fact, this is the first time I am actually talking about her. Once I am done, I doubt I will ever talk to her again. I know she is out there and am obviously aware of who she is, but that's where it ends for me. 

Of course, I am disappointed, but not in Vogue or Anna, but rather the world we live in... Should the crowd be more interested in fashion, models and designers, they would be the ones we see on a cover of the magazine. Alas, the crowd wants the bread and show and that's exactly what American Vogue serves them on a silver platter. Bon Appetite!

Photo source: Vogue US April 2014 (photography: Annie Lebovitz, styling: Grace Coddington)

Divine Vodianova

24/03/2014

Natalia Vodianova photographed by Paolo Roversi for Divine Vodianova fashion editorial, Elle France December 2008
I wish I knew how to keep it simple when it comes to my Monday editorials from the past. I wish I could pick a story, add it to the blog and walk away happy and satisfied simply because the post is published and meets the brief. 

Alas, more often than not, it's complicated taking hours and sometimes days before I am comfortable with my choice - I look for the one that speaks to me, so what you see isn't just a few pictures from a fashion magazine, but something that, metaphorically speaking, dips my heart in warm honey where it's then left to bathe whilst I am admiring the beautiful masterpieces of the fashion photography...

Natalia Vodianova photographed by Paolo Roversi for Divine Vodianova fashion editorial, Elle France December 2008
Natalia Vodianova photographed by Paolo Roversi for Divine Vodianova fashion editorial, Elle France December 2008
Natalia Vodianova photographed by Paolo Roversi for Divine Vodianova fashion editorial, Elle France December 2008
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Divine Vodianova editorial, Elle France December 2008 (photography: Paolo Roversi, styling: Julie Chanut-Bombard)

Outfit inspiration: another way to wear trench

23/03/2014

Outfit inspiration from L'Officiel Paris March 2014 - another stylish way to wear trench
This is the way I could wear the much hyped about sporty look without giving up my fashion believes (which do not, absolutely do not include trainers and ugly flip-flop style sandals).

The L'Officiel look is, of course, a very high-end designer version spotting Michael Kors coat, Veronique Leroy dress, Super Chez Marc Le Bihan sunglasses, Charlotte Olympia bag and Louis Vuitton sandals and jewellery, so I simply had to whip up something equally beautiful, but for less.

I went for a different cut with the dress - I loved the the ease of t-shirt and also thought that the v-neck would actually suit the look better.

The bracelet is leather rather than enamelled metal - both options are wonderful, but the leather is something  I would be more likely to wear myself (and now want for my birthday... Oh, the danger of outfit posts!). I adore this simple wrap-around style and how it can be personalised by adding charms or precious stones. Certainly an indulgent wish, but this is a kind of jewellery that I would want to keep and wear forever, not just a bijoux one-season stand.

If you'd still rather go for a bangle, best ones are the stacks from River Island and ASOS or Mango, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, Sakroots or Love Moschino bangles. In addition I also really liked the beautiful transparency of a Cara Couture cuff and gorgeous leather bracelets from Coach.

The new way to wear trench, an outfit idea
Where to buy: Trench coat, Silja | NM (£45), tan leather sandals, Mellow Yellow (£99), Aqua sunglasses, FE NY (£14), Breeze shift dress, Helmut Lang (£178), leather bracelet (£75) & moonstone, aqua & amethyst charms (£80 each), Astley Clarke Bolsena collection, tan leather satchel (£170), Karen Millen

Photo source: Gym tonic editorial, L'Officiel Paris March 2014 (photography: Bjarne Jonasson, styling: Vanessa Belugeon)

Step into new season: the bright shoes

21/03/2014

atricia van der Vliet in The bright side / Vogue US July 2010 (photography: Raymond Meier)
Bright pumps and courts. The burst of colour, the joy of walking and the kind of sexy you want to portrait. I love a classic shoe in an unexpected rainbow hue. For me, it's the easiest and most perfect way to add the colour to a neutral wardrobe and make it extraordinary and unique. Optional matching nail polish would be a great finishing touch.

Most beautiful bright coloured court shoes and pumps for spring 2014 to suit all budgets
Where to buy: 1. Panorama pink high heels, (£25), 2. Biondini blue stiletto pumps, (£239), 3. Yellow suede BB pumps, (£402), 4. Pigalle pink leather pumps (£395), 5. Playback yellow pumps, (£30), 6. Bailey purple suede courts, (£99), 7. Powder blue leather courts, (£99), 8. Grand lime courts, (£58), 9. Willow orange cap toe pumps, (£50), 10. Turquoise leather pumps,(£182), 11. Paris blue suede pumps,(£390), 12. Nouveau red pumps, (£282)

Rainbow of nail polished in bright shades of yellow, orange, red, blue, green and purple for every Spring 2014 beauty trend
From the top clockwise: Ciate Boudoir (£9), OPI Pompeii Purple (£12), Burberry Pale Yellow (£14).  Christian Dior Voyage Sailor (£18), Estee Lauder Beautiful Liar (£14), NARS Madness (£13), Paul&Joe Poodle (£12), Illamasqua Caress (£10), Tenoverten Rivington (£11), Lancome Violette Coquette (£10), Dolce&Gabbana Lemon (£15),  Butter London Molly Coddled (£9)

Photo source: Patricia van der Vliet in The bright side / Vogue US July 2010 (photography: Raymond Meier)

Many lives of Dolce&Gabbana dresses

20/03/2014

Sasha Luss in Dolce&Gabbana almond blossom dress, Dolce&Gabbana Spring 2014 ready-to-wear
Oh, how much I love spring! I cannot get enough of it. The sunshine, the endless blue sky, the air, the light, the blooms...

As soon as the first tiny flowers appeared braving the cold wind, eager to welcome the new season, I began thinking and dreaming of the Dolce&Gabbana Spring 2014 collection and the almond blossom dresses in particular.

Those were magical, couture-like and simply unforgettable. I chose my favourite three and lovingly preserved some of the fashion stories that featured them. 

Such a wonderful way to celebrate the spring equinox, beauty and fashion...

Angela Lindvall in Dolce&Gabbana dress, Elle Russia March 2014
Julia Frauche in Dolce&Gabbana in Harper's Bazaar February 2014
Devon Windsor in Dolce&Gabbana, Numero 151 March 2014
Caroline Brasch in Dolce&Gabbana, Elle Denmark February 2014
Eva Herzigova in Dolce&Gabbana Harper's Bazaar Spain March 2014
W February 2014 (photography: Craig McDean, styling: Edward Enninful)
Dolce & Gabbana dress in Marie Claire Australia May 2014
Marie Claire UK April 2014 (photography: James Macari, styling: Tiffany Fraser-Steele)
Masha Novoselova in Dolce&Gabbana in Marie Claire France April 2014 (photography: Thiemo Sander)
Jessica Hong Kong February 2014
Angela Lindvall in Dolce&Gabbana Elle Russia March 2014
Isabeli Fontana in Dolce&Gabbana Vogue Ukraine February 2014
Dolce & Gabbana dress in Marie Claire US February 2014 (photography: Markus Pritzi, styling: Enrique Campos)
Cameron Russell in Dolce&Gabbana Elle UK February 2014
Vogue China March 2014 (photography: Camilla Akrans, styling: Franck Benhamou),
Elle Taiwan February 2014
Dolce&Gabbana dress in Vogue Germany March 2014
M Le magazine du Monde France March 2014 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Alexandra Woroniek)
Dolce&Gabbana dress in C magazine US March 2014
Charlie Newman in Dolce&gabbana in Glamour UK April 2014
Photo source: runway images via style.com, Elle Russia March 2014 (photography: Xavi Gordo, styling: Daria Anichkina),  Harper's Bazaar UK February 2014 (photography: Tom Allen, styling: Cathy Kasterine),  Numero #151 March 2014 (photography: Billy Kidd, styling: Charles Varenne),  Elle Denmark February 2014 (photography: Oliver Stalmans, styling: Alexandra Carl), Harper's Bazaar Spain March 2014 (photography: Nico, styling: Juan Cebrian), W February 2014 (photography: Craig McDean, styling: Edward Enninful), Marie Claire Australia May 2014 (photographer: Nicole Bentley, styling: Jana Pokorny), Marie Claire UK April 2014 (photography: James Macari, styling: Tiffany Fraser-Steele), Marie Claire France April 2014 (photography: Thiemo Sander), Jessica Hong Kong February 2014 (photography: ?), Vogue Ukraine February 2014 (photography: Marcin Tyzska, styling: Ekaterina Mukhina), Marie Claire US February 2014 (photography: Markus Pritzi, styling: Enrique Campos), Elle UK February 2014 (photography: Kai Z Feng, styling: Anne-Marie Curtis), Vogue China March 2014 (photography: Camilla Akrans, styling: Franck Benhamou), Elle Taiwan February 2014, Vogue Germany March 2014 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Alex White), C Magazine March 2014, Glamour UK March 2014 (photography: Kenneth Willardt, styling: Alessandra Steinherr)

Stylish quote

19/03/2014

Moa Aberg wearing Dries van Noten and Haider Ackermann in Elle Sweden March 2013
"Elegance is not only a way of dressing, it's a way of living, it's a flair, how you do things, how you approach things and how you look at things also."

Dries Van Noten

Photo source: Moa Aberg wearing Dries van Noten in Elle Sweden March 2013 (photography: Andreas Sjodin; styling: Lisa Lindqwister) 

Bag of the month: March is for Sonia Rykiel

18/03/2014

Gabriel tote bag in tan leather by Sonia Rykiel
As soon as I spotted the woven handles of the Gabriel tote, I knew I wanted to show this bag as my pick of the month. Those are the kind of handles you want to hold and caress with your fingers - it would be such a delicious and sensuous experience, almost therapeutic if you please. 

Gabriel, that comes in tan and black versions, is an absolutely gorgeous specimen of a handbag! It's soft, but structured, vintage-inspired, but modern (almost sporty) looking and a bit of a chameleon when it comes to changing shape with a simple press of a gold button. 

From the price-point, at £570 the fashion temptation is not cheap, but when compared to many other bags of this caliber, not insanely expensive either.

If you love it as much as I do and believe that this might be your dream bag, you can instantly reduce the price by £160 with a code BAG160UK at Monnier Freres 

Bottega Veneta Essence aromatique

16/03/2014

Details at Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2014

15/03/2014

Maison Martin Margiela RTW Spring/Summer 2014
You know what this dress made me think of? Natasha Rostova going to her very first ball... Only at present times rather than the 19th century Russia. The soft pink hue of the silk, the grosgrain ribbons and a touch of organza. Ah, just so beautiful! I need to read the War and Peace again.

Maison Martin Margiela RTW Spring/Summer 2014
By the way, a piece of trivia. Do you know that the translation of the title is, in fact, incorrect? The original title has a very deep philosophical meaning, so the Russian world "mir" later translated as "peace" should actually be "world", something that we are a part of, our community and environment, everything around us and not just the current state of affairs.  Somehow this moment of word-play ("mir" can be interpreted in two different ways) was lost in translation.

Maison Martin Margiela RTW Spring/Summer 2014
Photo source: Maison Martin Margiela RTW Spring/Summer 2014 via vogue.com

Exclusive interview with Olivia Burton designers

14/03/2014

Exclusive interview with Lesa Bennett and Jemma Fennings of Olivia Burton
In a recent interview to Harper's Bazaar Karl Lagerfeld confessed that, in his opinion, British girls make

My beautiful little indulgence

13/03/2014

Marloes Horst photographed for Victoria's Secret Look book
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you'd probably remember that I have