Nobody mixes colours and prints like Dries van Noten. Absolutely nobody. His vision is unique, his talent of turning a regular ethnic-style dress into a work of art is undeniable and what grabs me the most is how these designs live in their own imaginary world free from trends and time constrains. These are the works of pure beauty and emotional escapism for me.
Photo source: Dries van Noten Spring/Summer 2003 via stylebistro.com
And so, two days ago, I woke up, played with the blog, booked myself a ticket to the Savage Beauty as soon as they became available, packed a few titbits in my trusted Missoni bag and travelled to London to see the Glamour of Italian Fashion, the first and probably most comprehensive exhibition celebrating the birth and development of the industry through the extensive collection of archival documents and over 100 designs showcasing the incredible craftsmanship, centuries old traditions and the unique sense of easy unforgettable elegance Italians have become famous for.
As a lover of Italian fashion I could not wait to get to V&A and admire the clothes, which turned out to be a wonderful and very emotional experience.
The vast gallery divided into several spaces was filled with the air of beauty, style, gorgeous Simonetta, Capucci and Schubert and gowns made in 1950s for the ladies with tiny waist lines and unlimited budgets, Bulgari diamonds worn by Elizabeth Taylor, a mustard evening dress by Federico Forquet, a treasured dress by Mila Schon worn by Princess Lee Radziwill at the Truman Capote Black & White ball, the original Pucci bikini, a patchwork Fendi coat presented alongside its paper pattern, the iconic gems of Italian fashion including Max Mara coat, Missoni signature zigzag prints, Ferragamo ballerinas, Gucci accessories, Bottega Veneta intrecciato bag, Fendi Baguette, Tod's loafers and Trussardi leather dress and then, as if this wasn't enough to take my breath away... I saw the content of the last room and nearly fainted with joy...
There I saw the Valentino couture dress from the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, the Giambattista Valli flower-covered couture gown from the same season, Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda dress that I remembered from the magical Vogue editorial, stunning creation from Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, the Prada Spring/Summer 2004 dress (as well as Fairy shoes and Flame sandals), a crystal Armani Prive Spring 2010 crystal evening dress, the Miu Miu and Marni looks from Spring/Summer 2014 (!) and the unforgettable white Gucci dress designed by Tom Ford for the brand's Autumn/Winter 2004....
On the opposite wall there were a few framed photos... Amber Valletta in Prada Spring/Summer 1997 campaign by Glen Luchford (I smiled because I mentioned it in my Friday post and now saw it before my eyes), a shot from the Autumn/Winter 1988 Romero Gigli campaign featuring Kristen Owen photographed by Paolo Roversi and a portrait of the one and only Anna Piaggi...
The last room was like a small cinema playing a short documentary featuring interviews with Franca Sozzani, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Angela Missoni, Fausto Puglisi, Francesco Cianferoni, Jacopo Etro and Mariano Rubinacci discussion the past, present and future of the Italian fashion.
It was such a wonderful place to be... I wanted to stay in that little beautiful world for as long as I could and will most likely go back at least once to re-live the experience, see the magnificent works of art and dream, once again...
The exhibition is available to see until 27 July 2014, so if you find yourself in London - don't miss an opportunity to enjoy something quite special.
To give you a little glimpse of what to expect, I found a video that, conveniently, contains an interview with Sonnet Stanfill, the exhibition curator who shares some fantastic insights about the event. Also follow the links above and read about The Glamour of Italian Fashion via Telegraph and V&A
Photo source: AnOther, zimbio, V&A, Gucci Autumn/Winter 2004 campaign photographed by Mario Testino, Romeo Gigli Autumn/Winter 1988 campaign photographed by Paolo Roversi
Lets start the weekend with a beautiful editorial, shall we? Rosie Tupper photographed by Nicole Bentley for the Artist's muse story featured in the May issue of Australian Marie Claire. Dreamy, isn't it?
Photo source: Marie Claire Australia May 2014 (photography: Nicole Bentley, styling: Jana Pokorny)
It was just announced that Alexander McQueen: the Savage Beauty is coming to London next spring! The exhibition will be held at V&A from 15 March 2015, and the tickets will be available from 10:00 tomorrow on the museum website.
Blue eyes, soft smile on a sun-kissed face, husky voice, golden locks trying to escape their destiny to remain in a pony tale, Melina Gesto is certainly one of a kind girl you fall in love with instantly. Represented by Viva London, the super model in the making may be new to the fashion scene, but is already the one everyone is talking about...
Indeed, she is stunning, but it is her ability to transform from a rebel to a character from an Ingres painting to a girl next door that I find most captivating... She makes me feel... love, magic, fantasy - all the things I adore about fashion. Enjoy the photos and keep your eyes open for more because this Argentinian beauty has such a fantastic future ahead of her.
Every time I see the Infanta style editorial created by Paolo Roversi, it makes me think of Vermeer, Rembrandt and a little bit - Velazquez for he often painted infantas (and as a kid I adored the word).
Shall we think arty this week? Art and Fashion... So nourishing and pure...
Photo source: Vogue Italia September 1997 (photography: Paolo Roversi, styling: Alice Gentilucci)
Easter is about love. Family is about love. Doggy paws are about love (and in fact, such a heart melting kind of love that whenever I hold or smell Oscars fluffy paws, I close my eyes and feel the endorphins and oxytocin running through my blood straight into my heart and bang - become fireworks). These are the things that make me smile, today and every day, and this editorial is the most perfect way to condense thousands of words and emotions into a few precious and beautiful images.
Photo source: Julia Stegner in Everyday makes me smile editorial | Vogue Germany May 2014 (photography: Benny Horne, styling: Nicola Knels)
Thinking of treating yourself to something sweet and special this Easter? Then adopt little Violetta, the famous Moschino bunny that will stylishly protect your iPhone... and simply because she is so adorable!
I am a huge fan of bunnies myself. I carry two fluffy toy ones in my bag, they are presents from the past and my good luck charms. And although Moschino duck or bears look lovely, it is the little Violetta whom my heart truly belongs to... You can't help smiling and going "awwww" every time you see this sweet face.
Wouldn't you agree? Just look into her eyes... And melt away.
"Now we are having beautiful warm windless weather that is very beneficial... The sun, a light that for lack of a better word I can only call yellow, bright sulfur yellow, pale lemon gold. How beautiful yellow is!" Vincent Van Gogh
Continuing my Pantone series with Freesia, a vibrant, happy shade of yellow that may not always be the easiest one to wear, but is surely very beautiful to look at. I picked it from the Spring 2014 Colour report this month because this bright and gleaming hue that was once associated with gold always reminds me of daffodils and the daffodils make me think of Easter.
As usual I have created a little list of pretty thing for you and I to adore. The ones I particularly love and suggest are the perfume (it smells like sunshine, warm, soft, light, more fruity than floral), the burst necklace, gorgeous yellow dress, Moschino scarf and Repetto flats (the two are on sale right now), the bag and Max Mara midi skirt. Frankly, I'd happily take everything, but am doing my best to appear calm and reserved.