The espadrilles story & a pair for every budget

31/05/2014

Marie Claire Italia June 2014 (photography: Bhara Sikka, styling: Sabrina di Gennaro)
If there was a prize for being an iconic footwear, espadrilles would make the most likely candidate to be awarded. Can you imagine these casual braided jute-soled shoes have been around since 13th century? Born in the Pyrenees, the veterans of style quietly walked into our life and recently became a form of fashion obsession for many (I blame the highly coveted Chanel flats for that).

I first became aware of espadrilles after reading an interview with Manolo Blahnik who shared a memory of black wedges worn by his nanny. He talked about them with so much love, remembering every detail, the way the ribbons would be tied around the ankle and how the fabric felt to the touch. That story made me want them so much... I dreamed, and I searched, until one day I saw a pair that seemed perfect.

It came from Castaner - an iconic brand that was firmly put on a fashion scene in the 1970s by Yves Saint Laurent who was looking for a manufacturer of wedge espadrilles and, as the history shows, made the perfect choice - the Castaner shoes really are that good! Over the years I have bought a few to suit every occasion and am currently eyeing the classic black and white ribbon flats that I hope to make mine.

Soludos is another brand I adore because they have so many styles to play with and are very affordable, and, of course, I have to mention my good old friends Jeffrey Campbell and Kurt Geiger because both often come up with some fantastic ideas that I find incredibly sweet and tempting. In a perfect world I would also love a pair (or two) of the Valentino woven leather sandals, but for now they are strictly for the wish list. 

And here are just some of my favourite picks for this season - whether it's a happy budget-frienly purchase or a real investment there's something equally beautiful for everyone. Just remember, as Diana Vreeland said once, "the proper Basque espadrille has a totally straight line {over the toe}, which is the whole chic."

Flat espadrilles for every budget, Castaner, Kurt Geirger, Soludos, Jeffrey Campbell, Superdry, mango, Valentino, Dolce&Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch
Where to buy: 1. Classic espadrilles, Soludos (£35), 2. Spike leather espadrilles, Mango (£49), 3. Windward espadrilles, Soludos (£29), 4. Gold leather espadrilles, Park Lane (£35), 5. Lindy Hop espadriles, KG (£29), 6. Classic striped espadrilles, Soludos (£47), 7. Striped espadrilles, Mango (£35), 8. Printed espadrilles, Aldo (£35), 9. Crochet espadrilles, London Rebel (£15) & Superdry (£16), 11. Lets tango poppy espadrilles, Soludos (£29)

Flat espadrilles for every budget, Castaner, Kurt Geirger, Soludos, Jeffrey Campbell, Superdry, mango, Valentino, Dolce&Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch
Where to buy: 1. Jaylee gold leather espadrilles, Bertie (£55), 2. Adriana espadrilles, Plomo (£85), 3. Debby espadrilles, Ralph Lauren (£65), 4. Madison espadrilles, KG (£75), 5. Embroidered espadrilles, House of Harlow 1960 (£93), 6. Acra espadrilles, Manebi (£100), 7. Quilted espadrilles, Jeffrey Campbell (£72), 8. Snake-embossed leather espadrilles, KG (£85), 9. Lace espadrilles, Dune (£79), 10. Printed espadrilles, J.Crew (£60)

Flat espadrilles for every budget, Castaner, Kurt Geirger, Soludos, Jeffrey Campbell, Superdry, mango, Valentino, Dolce&Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch
Where to buy: 1. Printed brocade espadrilles, Dolce&Gabbana (£235), 2. Lace espadrilles, Stuart Weitzman (£267), 3. Guipure lace espadrilles, Tory Burch (£155), 4. Striped silk espadrilles, Valentino (£285), 5. Escalus lace espadrilles, Valentino (£320), 6. Esme print espadrilles, Charlotte Olympia (£147), 7. Beaded suede espadrilles, Rene Caovilla (£470), 8. Printed espadrilles, Missoni (£197), 9. Mesh & faux leather espadrilles, Stella McCartney (£188),

Photo source: Marie Claire Italia June 2014 (photography: Bhara Sikka, styling: Sabrina di Gennaro)

Burberry Prorsum Resort 2015

30/05/2014

Burberry Prorsum Resort 2015
"The magic and mayhem of British rain", "Rolling fields for rainfall and exploration"... The words from old books scrolled across the fabric, the ombre colours melted into the draped silk and lace, and the raindrops outside my window for the sound effect, it all had an impact on me as I saw the charming Burberry Prorsum Resort 2015. Yet at the end it wasn't all about the weather, the poetry, the romance or the melody... When there's a collection so beautiful that it takes your breath away, falling in love is as easy as dreaming...

Burberry Prorsum Resort 2015
Burberry Prorsum Resort 2015
Burberry Prorsum Resort 2015
Burberry Prorsum Resort 2015
Burberry Prorsum Resort 2015
Burberry Prorsum Resort 2015
Burberry Prorsum Resort 2015
Photo source: Burberry Prorsum Resort 2015 via style.com

Exciting news about the Glamour of Italian fashion

29/05/2014

Karolina Was wearing Dolce&Gabbana onyx & glass rosary necklace, pendant necklace and gold-plated resin & macrame lace earrings & Marni necklace photographed by Dima Hohlov
The forever glamours and one of a kind, Italian fashion is a wonderful subject to think of when one needs an injection of beauty and inspiration, so not only I am bringing back the Glamour of Italian fashion, but also some exciting news about the exhibition.

As a part of this fabulous event, V&A and Net-A-Porter have collaborated with Marni, Dolce&Gabbana, Missoni, Etro and Moschino to create an exclusive collection of 22 statement jewellery pieces inspired by the brands' archives to showcase the craftsmanship of Italian design and offer something truly unique to the fashion connoisseurs.

Not only that, the museum was also joined by Marie Claire UK to host a Glamour of Italian Fashion GIVEAWAY and give one lucky winner a pair of tickets to the Glamour of Italian fashion and a chance to own a set of Missoni bracelets, a gold exhibition catalogue and a limited edition print created by Lesley Barnes especially for the V&A. 

So if you love Italian fashion, it's time to play and shop (and should you feel guilty about treating yourself to some of these jewels, remember that 10% of the sales are donated to V&A to support its work)

Marni necklace
Marni crystal, horn & pyrite necklace
Photo source: Net-A-Porter and V&A Blog, Karolina Was wearing Dolce&Gabbana onyx & glass rosary necklace, pendant necklace and gold-plated resin & macrame lace earrings & Marni necklace photographed by Dima Hohlov

Stylish quote

28/05/2014

Natalia Vodianova by Hedi Slimane for V #62 2009
"There's nothing more clean and classic than a white shirt.
It has a twisted elegance to it that is very seductive."

Helmut Lang

Photo source: Natalia Vodianova by Hedi Slimane for V #62 2009

Oh, to be a Cosmo girl

27/05/2014

Cosmopolitan UK May 1999 (photography: Michael Perez, styling: Bryony Toogood)
After much consideration I finally decided to try my luck in Cosmo blog awards. Just because...

At first I hesitated, but the more I thought about it (oh yes, I do marinate my thoughts thoroughly) I suddenly realised that, in fact, Cosmo and I definitely share a story and a good chunk of my past and so it would be a real shame not to use an opportunity to become an item.

If you are short of time to read the entire post, skip to the bottom to get to the point of it all. Otherwise, allow me to entertain you with my musings for a while... 

As far as the story goes, Cosmo was the very first glossy magazine that wasn't about sewing or cooking, but fashion, relationships, beauty and, gasp, sex (and yes, I just printed the word, practically out loud!) The first issue was published in 1994 and sold out so quickly we had no time to realise how wonderful it really was. Each town would receive a certain number of copies and buying one was practically a military operation requiring precise tactics and good level of fitness.

Every month me and my mum spent hours running around town, from one kiosk (news agent if you prefer) to another trying to locate the precious magazine. The process of communication and updates was just as complicated for there was no such thing as mobile phones. Once the magazine was found and brought home, we would fight over it for a few minutes, then allocate time slots for reading (mum always won, obviously). My Cosmo-less friends would come and visit a few days later, too.

We still have all the issues tucked away safely... They were beautiful, with supermodels as cover girls and witty and intelligent stories to mull over. Thought some of you may find it silly, but Cosmopolitan inspired me, a part of me, to love fashion, to be a bit more adventurers, to break the rules and see the world as a grown-up. It introduced me to Cindy Crawford and Elle Macpherson's workouts and, a few years later, Pilates. It showed me a few make-up tricks. Most importantly, Cosmo was the magazine that connected me to fashion - I leant the names of my favourite models, became familiar with fashion brands (both through the ads and interviews), photographers and collections.

One day, out of the blue, I got a copy of a foreign Cosmo with Valeria Mazza on  a cover (and a pair of gigantic candy pink Havana flip-flops as a freebie). It was  British! The issue was so different compared to my native glossy, something from another planet almost. Needless to say, it joint my collection and is still around.

In a way, Cosmo was once my big sister I've never had, the oldest and, emotionally, the dearest one, for it was my only fashion magazine at the time. (Russian Elle was published in 1996 and Vogue - in 1998) The longer I thought of it all, the more I felt that I wanted to hang onto that memory, keep it alive and take it with me into the future. I also wish my blog, if chosen by Cosmo, would become  a big sister or just an interesting read for the girls who love fashion and style.

And this is why I really want to take part in Cosmo Blog Awards 2014 and need your help in order to get as far as possible.

If you think that Fashioned by Love deserves to be the Best Established Fashion Blog of 2014, please follow the link and nominate it.

Thank you so much for supporting my blog and tolerating this practically endless story! Love you forever and ever for being out there for me.

Photo source: Cosmopolitan UK May 1999 (photography: Michael Perez, styling: Bryony Toogood)

A kiss, in black and white

Emma Balfour in Baisers cine / Glamour France May 1989 (photography: Tiziano Magni, styling: Anne Severine Liotard) via fashioned by love british fashion blog
For me, this story called "Baisers cine" is just incredible.. So much love,

Timeless fashions, dreams and sunshine

26/05/2014

Good vibrations and the Tods dress

25/05/2014

How do you tie your scarf? A few style lessons from Hermes

23/05/2014

Angela Lindvall photographed by Darius Khondji for Hermes Spring/Summer 2009 campaign
I may not own any Hermes scarves (yet), but it doesn't stop me from using my own silk squares

John Galliano & L'Etoile creating beautiful future

22/05/2014

Stylish quote

21/05/2014

Lily Donaldson wearing Alexander McQueen couture in Erotica editorial, Vogue Paris May 2010 (photography: Steven Klein, styling: Carine Roitfeld)
"Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment."

Alexander McQueen

Photo source: Lily Donaldson wearing Alexander McQueen couture in Erotica editorial, Vogue Paris May 2010 (photography: Steven Klein, styling: Carine Roitfeld)

5 minutes with... Melina Gesto

20/05/2014

via fashioned by love | Melina Gesto in Russh #60 October/November 2014 | Exclusive interview
Whenever I think of the words to describe Melina, I have to take a deep breath and then

Gisele Bundchen in Elle 2000

19/05/2014

Gisele Bundchen in Hot ticket editorial / Elle US May 2000 (photography: Gilles Bensimon)
I often feel that we are subconsciously programmed to choose our favourite models based on

White dresses. Spring/Summer 2014 edit

16/05/2014

Julie de Libran becomes Sonia Rykiel new creative director

15/05/2014

Julie de Libran becomes Sonia Rykiel new creative director / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
Julie de Libran whose impressive CV includes working for Vuitton and Prada is named the new creative director of Sonia Rykiel, one of the most charming and oh-so-Parisian brands. "I'm confident. I just want to make beautiful, desirable clothes. I think there's a space." de Libran replied when asked about her new role. 

She will reveal her first Sonia Rykiel ready-to-wear collection in September during Paris fashion week.

Photo source: Telegraph / Fashion

Inna Zobova, Peter Lindbergh & Bruno Aveillan join forces for The Heart Fund

Inna Zobova and Peter Lindbergh behind the scene working on a campaign for The Heart Fund
Live your day as if it was your last... A great statement to adopt as a motto if only everything was as simple as it seemed. When Inna Zobova was

Bag of the month: May is for Forzieri

14/05/2014

Forzieri leather bag
All the lovers of woven bags and admirers of the Bottega Veneta unique interecciato creations, I've got something for you. Feast your eyes on this luxurious bowler crafted from the softest leather and adorned with two charmingly chunky tassels. Designed by Forzieri as a part of their own collection, this bag can be yours for £630 and may somewhat satisfy the need for a pricier Bottega. Just imagine how wonderful it would feel to carry this baby around to perfectly compliment your spring and summer outfits. Available from forzieri.com 

Stylish quote

13/05/2014

Gemma Ward photographed by Craig McDean for Christian Dior Spring  2007 ad campaign
"You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. 
The real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet."

Christian Dior

Photo source: Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2007 campaign (photography: Craig McDean)

Linda Evangelista in Vogue Australia

12/05/2014

Linda Evangelista Vogue Australia October 1993 (photography: Pascal Chevallier) via fashioned by love
Oh, Linda, the beautiful chameleon, she has always been one of my favourite models. First time

Designer look for less: Michael Kors Spring 2014

11/05/2014

Raise your hand if you loved Michael Kors Spring 2014 collection. Wasn't it just beautiful?! Everything on that runway was worthy of a wish list. If only money grew on trees... 

In reality we have three choices. The obvious one is to buy the original look including the feminine bow sweater, lady-like pleated midi skirt, hazelnut coloured Crista platforms and oversized Stanwyck clutch. If not, then wait for a special sale nervously playing with that wish list of ours and hoping for a miracle or simply shop my selection below. 

Michael Kors designer look for less

For the love of Michael Kors style I couldn't help but include that glowing make-up look Kors models are famous for. After using the base foundation of your choice, add the warmth with Sporty Bronze Powder in Glow dusting it along the hairline from temple to temple in a horseshoe shape. Accent the cheeks with rosy Sexy Bronze Powder in Flush. Cover the dark circles around the eyes with MAC eye shadow in Brule and use Glam lip lacquer in Dame on your lips.

If you don't fancy the products used for the show, recreate the look with RMS Beauty uncover-up, bronzer and Lip2Cheek in Illusive and Demure.

Now my job here is done. The most dangerous part of creating this kind of posts is that I always feel tempted to shop as soon as the post goes live and today may be exactly one of those occasions when I will be treating myself to a few goodies. Ah, we only live once after all!

Photo source: Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2014 via style.com

Santa Barbara for the weekend

10/05/2014

Vogue UK June 2014 (photography: Josh Olins, styling: Clare Richardson)
And so the two friends continued travelling until they reached their final destination... That would be the way to describe the Santa Barbara editorial from the June 2014 issue of British Vogue because, to me, it somehow echoes and completes the Un Weekend story perfectly.

Vogue UK June 2014 (photography: Josh Olins, styling: Clare Richardson)
Vogue UK June 2014 (photography: Josh Olins, styling: Clare Richardson)
Vogue UK June 2014 (photography: Josh Olins, styling: Clare Richardson)
Vogue UK June 2014 (photography: Josh Olins, styling: Clare Richardson)
Photo source: Vogue UK June 2014 (photography: Josh Olins, styling: Clare Richardson)

Christian Dior Resort 2015

09/05/2014

Christian Dior Resort 2015
When I first started this blog, I wanted it to be a love affair with life and fashion celebrating the immortal union of the two elements that make me feel complete. Whenever the invisible connection didn't seem to work, my heart would crumble into pieces and suffer - after all, any form of visual dissonance is so difficult to accept, especially when the crowd has a different, often PR-enhanced, opinion. 

At the end though, it was my love for fashion that saved me from insanity. I've leant to accept mishaps and minute imperfections without giving up hope or loving something or somebody less, and instead document the process of never-ending fashion evolution that, without a doubt, is absolutely fascinating.

Christian Dior Resort 2015
Christian Dior Resort 2015
Christian Dior Resort 2015
It's been three years since John Galliano left Dior and so far my emotional relationship with the brand has been a real roller coaster. It wasn't an easy ride, but I took it and am very glad I did. With the Pre-Fall 2014 came the light of hope and the most recent Resort 2015 presented by Raf Simons on 7 May  at the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Duggal Greenhouse turned that light into a dreamy fantasy filled with air, romance and beauty. 

I liked most of the 66 looks, the number that apparently coincided with the Dior USA anniversary.

Christian Dior Resort 2015
Christian Dior Resort 2015
Christian Dior Resort 2015
I loved the idea of a scarf as the starting point for these designs - after all, it is one of my favourite accessories, so I welcome any reincarnation of the precious le carré. The way the archive-inspired printed silks softened the architectural and modern shapes was truly wonderful... Almost ethereal if you mute the sound. 

And lets not forget the fringed melange coat, sleeveless jacket, dresses made of lace and haze-like organza, and gorgeous shoes that completed this truly beautiful, youthful and wearable collection, my favourite Simons pour Dior so far.

Photo source: Christian Dior Resort 2015 via style.com

Stylish quote

08/05/2014

Natalia Vodianova wearing the Oyster dress by Alexander McQueen in Age of Innocence editorial / Harper's Bazaar US March 2003 (photography: Peter Lindbergh, styling: Jillian Davison)
"There is no better designer than nature."

Alexander McQueen

Photo source: Natalia Vodianova wearing the Oyster dress by Alexander McQueen in Age of Innocence editorial / Harper's Bazaar US March 2003 (photography: Peter Lindbergh, styling: Jillian Davison)

Noche en vela {On long weekends and late night shopping}

05/05/2014

It's a boy! Natalia Vodianova welcomes baby Maxim

04/05/2014

Natalia Vodianova in Elle France April 2014 photographed by Nico
Slightly belated, but nevertheless sincere congratulations are in order for Natalia Vodianova and Antoine Arnault who welcomed their baby boy Maxim at 2:45am on 2 May 2014. "The baby and I are doing beautifully well to the delight of the proud Daddy" Natalia said when she shared a heart melting picture of the newborn on Instagram.

Natalia Vodianova and Antoine Arnault welcome their baby boy Maxim
Photo source: Elle France April 2014 (photography: Nico, styling: Marine Braunschvig), Instagram 

Un weekend

03/05/2014

Andreea Diaconu & Edita Vilkeviciute  for Vogue Paris May 2014 (photography: Mikael Jansson, styling: Anastasia Barbieri)
I admit, this was one of those very few occasions when I bought a magazine purely because I loved the editorial. And how could I not? As soon as I saw the first photos from the Un Weekend story photographed by Mikael Jansson for the May 2014 issue of Vogue Paris, I thought how much they looked like a Chloe ad campaign. Every shot is absolutely perfect and the styling is impeccable. Such a beautiful story to hold on to, literally and emotionally...

Andreea Diaconu & Edita Vilkeviciute  for Vogue Paris May 2014 (photography: Mikael Jansson, styling: Anastasia Barbieri)
Andreea Diaconu & Edita Vilkeviciute  for Vogue Paris May 2014 (photography: Mikael Jansson, styling: Anastasia Barbieri)
Andreea Diaconu & Edita Vilkeviciute  for Vogue Paris May 2014 (photography: Mikael Jansson, styling: Anastasia Barbieri)
Andreea Diaconu & Edita Vilkeviciute  for Vogue Paris May 2014 (photography: Mikael Jansson, styling: Anastasia Barbieri)
Andreea Diaconu & Edita Vilkeviciute  for Vogue Paris May 2014 (photography: Mikael Jansson, styling: Anastasia Barbieri)
Photo source: Andreea Diaconu & Edita Vilkeviciute  for Vogue Paris May 2014 (photography: Mikael Jansson, styling: Anastasia Barbieri)