Helena Christensen in Vogue Paris 1994

30/06/2014

A whisper in the grass

28/06/2014

Mona Johannesson in Elle Sweden May 2008 (photography: Oscar Falk)
It's a beautiful morning, though I can already see a few clouds gathering on the horizon planning their shower party, so am going to rush out, take the dogster for a good old run in a country, through the fields of wild flowers and whispering grass before the rain finds us.

Mona Johannesson in Elle Sweden May 2008 (photography: Oscar Falk)
Mona Johannesson in Elle Sweden May 2008 (photography: Oscar Falk)
Mona Johannesson in Elle Sweden May 2008 (photography: Oscar Falk)
Mona Johannesson in Elle Sweden May 2008 (photography: Oscar Falk)
Photo source: Mona Johannesson in Elle Sweden May 2008 (photography: Oscar Falk)

New must-have apps for fashion lovers

27/06/2014

Richard Avedon foundation iPad app
I find it hard to believe that once upon a time I was very indifferent about an iPad. I didn't want it.  Full stop. I believed I'd rather have another pair of shoes, maybe even two or a handbag... I am sure you know the drill of financial prioritising techniques. The story was exactly the same as the one about me and my first PC - at first I said "What's the point?" (I was young, used to handwriting and we didn't have the internet, mind you!), fast forward (quite) a few years - my life would not be complete without it. The iPad was a gift from my husband, a surprise kind of gift. Of course, I was happy to receive it. Not because it was an iPad, but because I love presents and sleek beautiful gadgets. Needless to say, me and iPad got on pretty well from the start for I suddenly realised the world of possibilities I could get out of it, including shoe shopping and, indeed, the world of apps.

Richard Avedon foundation iPad app

I played with a few of them, picked the best, wrote a blog post and haven't really been excited about any new ones until last week when I heard about the Richard Avedon catalogue. Launched by the Richard Avedon Foundation this elegant application contains some of his most iconic works organised by themes including Fashion, Portraits, Reportage, Exhibitions and Magazines as well as never-before-seen contact sheets and work prints for those who truly admire his talent.

I downloaded mine as soon as it became available and truly enjoyed browsing the photos and taking a trip down the memory lane, back to the 1940s where it all began. An absolute must-have if you love fashion. Available on iTunes and is free.

Hermes Silk Knots ipad app
Another gorgeous interactive "toy" I've been lovingly attached to is the Hermes Silk Knots, a new app that combines the famous Hermes knotting cards and a catalogue that includes the brand's most recent collection of scarves, advertising campaign and a few videos.

Hermes Silk Knots ipad app
Hermes Silk Knots ipad app
The Knots was my favourite, of course. I have always adored the cards, so having them as an interactive high-resolution step-by-step guide is not only extremely helpful, but also very inspiring. The only problem I seem to suffer from is wanting all of the scarves for myself - they are just so irresistibly beautiful! Available on iTunes for iPad and iPhone and is free to download.

Photo source: Richard Avedon Foundation, screenshots

Stylish quote

25/06/2014

Suvi Koponen in Style hunter | Vogue UK August 2011 (photography: Raymond Meier, styling: Charlotte Pilcher)
"To avoid fashion is just as wrong as to exaggerate it"

Jean de la Bruyere

Photo source: Suvi Koponen in Style hunter | Vogue UK August 2011 (photography: Raymond Meier, styling: Charlotte Pilcher)

My favourite organic makeup products

24/06/2014

RMS beauty organic and natural make-up | Buriti bronzer | Uncover up | Lip2Cheek | Lipshine | Living luminizer
It's been two years since I wrote my first post about natural and organic make-up products. Two whole years. It may seem like a long time or a brief moment in life, but some things certainly did change. My approach to make-up remained a constant - I don't use much and frankly prefer going bare face whenever I get a chance. When I do apply some extra coverage and colour I turn to my pots, a couple of pencils (one for the lips and the other one - for the eyes) and a mascara. That's all.

I know some may find it shocking, but the reason I prefer to stick with my mini collection is because it works, never overloads my skin cells with unnecessary chemicals and does the job wonderfully. Perhaps, I should have a powder, but since I don't use it in summer, it will be added comes September.

And here are my little miracle workers. All are from RMS Beauty, my most favourite make-up range created by Rose-Marie Swift who is know for her all-natural, no-nonsense, no-rubbish approach to beauty. My love affair with RMS began with an Un-cover up and then slowly moved to the lipsticks, luminizer and, finally, the latest addition to the range, the Buriti bronzer. The most brilliant thing about these formulas is that the products are based on raw food principles, can work in synergy, almost interchangeable, give you a flawless finish and take care of your skin in the process. Although the jars are small, they lasts for ages - in my case, for about a year, making the line both ergonomic and affordable.

Now lets talk about the content...

RMS Beauty Un-cover up (bottom right). My very first RMS product, which I have now used for over two years and would not swap it for anything. It is a foundation and concealer in one. I use it to cover little imperfections, under my eyes and from time to time - all over my face. Once applied it looks like the second skin and is invisible. I do feel that the oils (coconut, cocoa, jojoba and castor) make my skin smoother, especially if I wear the product for a few hours, and also provide some natural SPF. 22 works best for my Eastern European complexion, though I've also tried 11, which worked during winter or when used under my eyes. Available here and here.

RMS Beauty Living luminizer (top left) The cult product loved by fashion models, the luminizer does precisely what it says on the box. It illuminates your skin making it look as if it glows from within, but doesn't make it look greasy or glittery. You can use it as a highlighter, sparingly on its own or on top of Un-cover up. In addition, I also mix a little bit of liminizer with a touch of un-cover up to create an organic version of touché éclat and use it under my eyes. Available here, here and here.

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Illusive (bottom left). I picked the Illusive because I wanted a matt lipstick with a cool rose/plum hue and this one didn't disappoint. You can make it look very natural and barely there, just enhancing the natural colour of your lips, but gently dubbing a tiny quantity on your lips or build up with layers because it really is very pigmented. I also use it as a blusher (again, you need TINY amount - literally dab the lightest dot with your finger and then blend-blend-blend...) and eye shadow (just a hint, followed by an eye liner). Made with coconut, argan, jojoba and castor oils and shea butter. Available here and here.

RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Moment (top right). The brick red shade of this glossy balm was originally created for Giselle Bundchen, but it works for most skin tones changing its original hue slightly depending on the colour of your lips. On mine it looks like toffee with a touch of pink. It is glossy, but has a lipstick rather than lipgloss consistency, and feels really moisturising on the lips thanks to the moringa oil. If you like a no-make-up makeup look or want a natural nude shade, Moment is for you. Available here, here and here.

RMS Beauty Buriti bronzer (middle right). This is my latest acquisition and the first bronzer I bought since 2003 because I just couldn't jump on this whole bronzer wagon mainly because most of them made the skin look orange or too Essex footballer's wife. I ordered the Buriti bronzer because it was made by Rose-Marie and I just knew that her aesthetics she wouldn't produce anything that looks cheap or unnatural. And boy, I love this one! It is very light on the skin and once applied creates a sun-kissed effect, as if it was my natural tan, the browny-pink tint that is light, non-glittery and transparent. Also perfect for contouring and can be used instead of luminizer if you have dark skin. Available here, here, here and here.

And that's all. At the moment I am experimenting with organic and natural mascaras including the RMS Beauty one, so won't talk about the favourites yet. As for the powder, it will be from RMS, of course, no question about that.

Linda Evangelista by Peter Lindbergh

23/06/2014

Linda Evangelista styled by Grace Coddington and photographed by Peter Lindbergh for the Paris Revue editorial featured in Vogue US April 1989
One of the rare moments when sharing a single shot feels better than publishing the entire editorial.

Photo source: Linda Evangelista styled by Grace Coddington and photographed by Peter Lindbergh for the Paris Revue editorial featured in Vogue US April 1989

Up close and personal

22/06/2014

Josephine Skriver in Puglia in Love editorial, Elle Italia July 2014 (photography: Dan Martensen, styling: Eva Geraldine Fontanelli)
It was one of those days when the view outside my window was so beautiful and the weather - so glorious that my computer remained untouched until now. It felt wrong to be indoors... Quick breakfast, and we ventured out soaking up the sunshine and staring at the sky with no particular reason or thought while Oscar explored the whispering overgrown grass sparsely dotted with sweetly unpretentious wild blooms. It was his time and his adventure.

It was one of those days when peaches tasted particularly delicious and there was no better drink than pure water.

It was one of those days when the movies were replaced with a good book and the garden seemed like the best place to enjoy the story.

It was one of those simple, but wonderful days that felt so perfect while it lasted, and way to short when it finally came to an end.

Josephine Skriver in Puglia in Love editorial, Elle Italia July 2014 (photography: Dan Martensen, styling: Eva Geraldine Fontanelli)
Josephine Skriver in Puglia in Love editorial, Elle Italia July 2014 (photography: Dan Martensen, styling: Eva Geraldine Fontanelli)
Josephine Skriver in Puglia in Love editorial, Elle Italia July 2014 (photography: Dan Martensen, styling: Eva Geraldine Fontanelli)
Josephine Skriver in Puglia in Love editorial, Elle Italia July 2014 (photography: Dan Martensen, styling: Eva Geraldine Fontanelli)
Josephine Skriver in Puglia in Love editorial, Elle Italia July 2014 (photography: Dan Martensen, styling: Eva Geraldine Fontanelli)
Josephine Skriver in Puglia in Love editorial, Elle Italia July 2014 (photography: Dan Martensen, styling: Eva Geraldine Fontanelli)
Josephine Skriver in Puglia in Love editorial, Elle Italia July 2014 (photography: Dan Martensen, styling: Eva Geraldine Fontanelli)
Photo source: Josephine Skriver in Puglia in Love editorial, Elle Italia July 2014 (photography: Dan Martensen, styling: Eva Geraldine Fontanelli) 

Summer sales edit: best picks under £100

20/06/2014

Maison Martin Margiela pour H&M Lookbook
Sales... They just get under your skin, those tiny molecules of desire, the shiny marbles made of dreams. I must admit, this sort of bargain hunting for the most beautiful, stylish and affordable buys can be rather exciting. I didn't plan to talk about sales for two weeks in a row.... I posted my first (and what I thought, the one and only) Under £100 Summer Sale Edit last week only to be faced with another wave of freshly presented designer and high street temptations I simply could not ignore. 

Everything on this list costs less than £100 and can be used as a capsule summer wardrobe to suit both work and play times. See what I mean by saying it would be a shame not to share this list? Hope you like it as much as I do.

Spring Summer 2014 sales online, best designer and high street sale picks under £100, designer outlet, designer sales online
Embellished linen tunic | Steffen Schraut / Bohemian crystal & copper earrings | Mouton Collet / Gypsy necklace | Nocturne / Heart shaped sunglasses | KG /  Plaited sandals | Roberto Vianni / Watersnake cuff bracelet | Bastyan / Ombre shirt | James Perse / Multicoloured stripe cotton scarf | Donup / Linen blazer | Whistles / Demi-cup bra & brief set | Stella Mccartney / Brown draped wool skirt | Joseph / Wrap leather bracelet | Meli Melo /  Watch | Karen Millen / Colour block sweater | Baum & Pferdgarten /  Tassel front brown leather sandals | Reiss / Embossed metal cuff | Mango
Cream cross body bag | Nine West /  Wooden cuff | Mango /  Block heel sandals | Carvela

And below are (quite) a few other fabulous shopping meccas absolutely worth a visit. I thought I'd list all my favourites in one place, just so I don't have to keep talking about them like a broken record and eventually annoy you. Enjoy!

Reiss (especially ice blue biker jacket and cutout sandals )
Mango (especially brand's answer to Isabel Marant and silk blend blouse)
Karen Millen (don't miss this gorgeous lace dresscutwork bootiesfloral cuff and classic nude pumps)
MiH Jeans (shirt dress, the prettiest camisolesilk shirt and white perfect cigarette jeans make fab wardrobe must-haves)
Meli Melo (Thela Prep Spex cross body bag and Thela tote are definitely the new classics)

Photo source: Maison Martin Margiela pour H&M Lookbook (photography: Bjorn Jonas)

Maiyet Resort 2015

19/06/2014

I live for collections like Maiyet. For the colours, details, soft draping, artisan-dyed silk and cotton, and just the right amount of "slouchy" when it's most needed. Beautiful and refined, it is so inspirational and timeless.

Maiyet Resort 2015
Maiyet Resort 2015
Maiyet Resort 2015
Maiyet Resort 2015
Maiyet Resort 2015
Shop Maiyet at Farfetch & Ssence

Photo source: Maiyet Resort 2015 via style.com

Stylish quote

18/06/2014

Natalia Semanova by Peter Lindbergh in Giorgio Armani Autumn 2001 campaign
"Finding new elegance is not easy because people want to be shocked. They want explosive fashion. But explosions don't last, they disappear immediately and leave nothing but ashes."

Giorgio Armani

Photo source: Natalia Semanova by Peter Lindbergh in Giorgio Armani Autumn 2001 campaign

Bag of the month: June is for Cédric Charlier

17/06/2014

Must have bags of 2014. Cedric Charlier grey leather tote bag
I love Belgium. I love Bruges, and Antwerp, and Brussels. I love Belgian designers because whenever they come to the fashion scene, they make it exciting. These people know the secret of blending feminine and edgy, soft and architectural, sensual and tough creating a magical elixir that many find irresistible and intoxicating. 

Cedric Charlier didn't simply possess that skill, but honed it for years working at Celine, Jean Paul Knott, Lanvin and Cacharel learning from the industry's best. In 2012 he set up his own brand that became known for the modern, minimalistic and chic designs with an unmistakble sense of Parisian flair. 

And then came the bag... In the most perfect shade of almost pearlescent grey, it brought calmness into the season that can be often overwhelmed with colours, bold patterns and loud sounds. Meticulously designed this slouchy tote will make an ideal companion whether you are running out and about carrying a million things, looking for a perfect alternative to harsh black or high maintenance white, or are simply in need of a beautiful object to hug once in a while. 

Available on-line for £852, but at the moment can be bought for 20% less with a code FLASH20.

Photo source: my-wardrobe.com

Helena Christensen living La Dolce Vita

16/06/2014

Helena Christensen in Kenar 1993 campaign
I often compare past editorials to the movie stills for they seem to tell stories and captivate the way only films capable of - through the artistic work and emotions that grab one's heart, capture it, cocoon in the invisible whirlwind of feelings.

Helena Christensen in Kenar 1993 campaign
I am sure you will recognise the Fellini's La Dolce Vita and the famous fountain scene that inspired this Kenar 1993 campaign featuring the one and only Helena Christensen.

Helena Christensen in Kenar 1993 campaign

Summer Sale edit: best picks under £100

14/06/2014

Shoes in Elle US March 2008
It happens rather often. The conversations about the things I wear. A pair of Pradas, a Nina Ricci bag, a Maxmara coat... People often comment on my collection of designer items acquired over the years probably calculating the cost as they speak... Those little dialogues never go without a wink, rolling eyes or a hint of sarcasm for nobody ever believes my remarks about my investment buys without a heavy price tag.

For a while I tried to explain that I am pretty wise with my shopping habits, but eventually gave up and decided to let those people live in the world of their own imagination. The truth is that I shop during sales, on ebay, The Outnet or Vestiaire Collective looking for the high quality classic pieces and then mix them up with a few beautiful annual additions found on the high street. After all, I am still growing my own business and have to be very careful with frivolities. Besides I am a snob and never forget an old Russian saying "I am not that wealthy to compromise on quality".

I browse. A lot. I really like beautiful clothes and enjoy looking at them. Once in a while, usually once every few months, when it feels absolutely right, I buy something and wear it for years. High street, luxury - my final decisions are never based on the name tag, though, I admit, finding a designer bargain does make me feel rather good.

Summer 2014 sale, best picks under £100
Striped V-neck t-shirt, Zoe Karssen / Frill front camisole top, Dorothy Perkins /  Silk blouse, Weekend by MaxMara / Silk khahi shirt, Wallis /  Red skinny corduroy trousers, Isabel Marant / Metal ball bangle, Carven / Ladybug bracelet, Les Nereides / White dress, Jaeger / Burgundy cross-body bag, Oasis / Boyfriend jeans, Current/Elliot / Embellished t-bar sandals, Dune London / Red embossed leather pumps, Lucy Choi / Tan leather & cork sandals, Michael Kors /  Black suede sandals, Schutz / Tan leather sandals, Carvela / Heat engraved pendant necklace, Mathias Chaize /  Open-knit sweater, Etoile Isabel Marant / Cotton palazzo trousers, Marc Jacobs  /  Perspex cluster earrings, Whistles /  Tan leather bracelet, Alexander McQueen /  White vintage style handbag, Folli Follie 

Photo source: Elle US March 2008

Nina Ricci Resort 2015

13/06/2014

Nina Ricci Resort 2015
Peter Copping took Nina Ricci on a journey around the world, albeit it was the imaginary one inspired by the 125 years worth of National Geographic, the Cuban women and Carribean schoolgirls, the African face painting and the American motorcycle jacket... It was all there, preserved with love and then expertly and carefully tailored into a beautiful Resort collection most women would find absolutely irresistible, wherever they are.

Nina Ricci Resort 2015
Nina Ricci Resort 2015
Nina Ricci Resort 2015
Nina Ricci Resort 2015
Nina Ricci Resort 2015
Photo source: Nina Ricci Resort 2015 via style.com

There's something to know about your sunscreen

12/06/2014

Liu Wen in A place in the Sun, Vogue China June 2011 (photography: Hans Feurer, styling: Anne Christensen)
The sun is out and so are the numerous voluptuous bottles of sunscreens that, as we are told, are designed to protect our skin from the harmful rays, cancer and wrinkles. In theory, this is true. The reality is, however, rather different and may shock quite a few, but you are diligently frosting yourself with layers of SPF creams thinking that it does you good, read on. Not because you have to, but because you need to. 

As a nutritionist I have spent years studying the subject and educating my clients in order to improve their health and lives (as well as help them achieve beautiful skin), so all the findings below aren't just some random thoughts, but the result of experience and scientifically-proven research.

Lets begin with a quick anatomy and physiology lesson and see what really happens when our skin gets that desired golden glow...

First of all, the sunlight activates the precursor molecule required for the production of vitamin D. The molecule is then modified by the enzymes in the liver and kidneys, and the calcitriol, the hormone and most active form of vitamin D, is born.

The tan is a side-effect of sun exposure and simply means that melanocytes, the melanin-producing cells, increased production of melanin, the skin pigment, thus, giving our skin a darker hue. We all have the same amount of melanocytes, however, it is the amount of pigment that those cells produce and bring to the surface that differs from person to person. This is why some people have lighter skin and others develop adorable freckles. 

There are two types of UV rays. The 95% of what we get consist of the UVA kind and the rest is left for the UVB. The UVA are the ones that stimulate melanocytes and are responsible for the sun tanning. The UVB rays cause sunburn, tissue damage and cataracts.

Our bodies are incredibly intelligent and able to take care of themselves unless we disturb this delicate process

One of the most important function of melanin is to protect the body from the UV rays, absorb the radiation, prevent the DNA damage and neutralise free radicals. This is a natural process because our bodies are incredibly intelligent and able to take care of themselves unless we disturb this delicate process. 

How do we do it?

We take antibiotics (Tetracycline), Ibuprofen, Naproxen (and other NSAIDs), herbals containing St Johns' Wort, pop in the pill, blood pressure medications or antihistamines. We wear synthetic perfumes and use non-organic and medicated skincare and make-up. We use artificial sweeteners (and eat foods that contain them). As a result the skin becomes photosensitive to the sunlight and our body's ability to protect itself weakens because we make every single effort to stop the immune system from functioning properly.

The frequent use of most common sunscreens may lead to several forms of cancer as well as cause hormonal imbalances, endometriosis, worsen symptoms of fibromyalgia and lead to depression, weight gain, fragile bones and weakened immune system

In addition we ignore the simple rule of staying in a shade after a while and refuse to cover our skin with clothing should we have to remain outside (even though there are very few things more elegant and chic than a linen summer suit). Somehow the idea of tanned skin is so tempting that any sensibility evaporates and we rush out there, pilling away the layers of fabric and frying ourselves until our skin resembles an old shoe... 

And then we turned to the sunscreens as if it was a panacea. What many people don'tt realise is that while those lotions and creams may prevent the sunburn, they are very unlikely to reduce the risk of cancer. In fact, the numerous studies have showed that the frequent use of most common sunscreens may lead to several forms of cancer as well as cause hormonal imbalances, endometriosis, worsen symptoms of fibromyalgia and lead to depression, weight gain, fragile bones and weakened immune system. 

How is it possible?

If you look at a bottle of an average sunscreen or sunblock you will likely find that the lotion contains either benzophenon (or derivatives such as oxybenzone), retinyl palmitate, or zinc oxide. Whilst these ingredients may reduce the risk of sunburn, the zinc oxide, once exposed to sunlight, may generate free radicals and cause DNA damage, retinal palmitate - increase photosensitivity and cause skin lesions, and the benzophenon, once it is absorbed through the skin, can mimic the effect of oestrogen and lead to endometriosis and hormone-related cancers. 

The only ingredient here that may be used with caution is the zinc oxide because the substance is still undergoing extensive research to support the earlier findings. Just make sure that the minerals are coated with inert chemicals to reduce photoactivity, and apply your suncream in a thin layer. The other substances are best to be avoided completely and especially, when it comes to children, pregnant women and breastfeeding new mothers.

If the sunscreens did their jobs, the risk of skin and other forms of cancer would not be on the rise

The depression, weight gain, poor immune response and increased risk of fractures are the result of vitamin D deficiency - after all, if you constantly (sun)screen your skin from the rays, you will prevent the synthesis of calcitriol molecule! Simple.

In addition, it is worth bearing in mind that the skin cancer was often found in areas that were either never or hardly ever exposed to the sun AND 3/4 of people who had cancer (different types including prostate, breast and thyroid, to name the most common) were severely deficient in vitamin D.

The skin cancer was often found in areas that were either never or hardly ever exposed to the sun

Are there any other ways to protect yourself?

* Start by clearing your diet from junk and replacing everything with organic and fresh produce to support your body's natural ability to heal, rejuvenate and detoxify. 
* Eat plenty of bright coloured vegetables and fruit (fresh, not tinned or sugar coated, of course!) to add those amazing antioxidants to the system and prevent any damage that might have been caused by free radicals. Your best bets are the bright coloured vegetables, orange fruits, prunes, dried apricots, dark coloured berries, avocado, raw nuts and seeds, whole grains, herbs and spices (turmeric, cinnamon, oregano, cloves, garlic, parsley and ginger). Add some super foods to the mix if you like. 
* Include cooked tomatoes or tomato juice in your daily diet for that boost of skin protecting and cancer preventing lycopene.
* Drink green tea and at least one raw vegetable juice
* Live in a shadow once in a while - it really is ok to cross to the dark side at times especially between 10AM and 4PM. Follow the shadow rule - if your shadow is shorter than you, it's time to leave the sunny spot
* Cocoon in stylish linens, cottons and silks, wear a hat and sunglasses
* Take a good multivitamin supplement (but remember to consult a nutritionist on that)
* Stop smoking
* Avoid sunbeds
* Use natural organic oils that work as a natural sunscreen including carrot seed oil, wheatgerm oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, seabuckthorn oil and buriti oil
* Mix a few drops of RMS Beauty oil in your day cream for added SPF and use on its own at night to restore the skin
* Read the labels when picking your sunscreens. Ideally, choose organic and always - free from parabens and synthetic fragrances. The ones to consider are Green People Sun Lotion, Juice Beauty Green Apple Moisturiser (contains zinc oxide), Organic Pharmacy Cellular Protection Sun Cream (contains zinc oxide), Audrey Organics Green Tea Sunscreen and John Masters Organic Mineral Sunscreen
* Stop using make-up and cosmetics containing SPF if they contain the above mentioned ingredients

Do enjoy the sun, just like you would enjoy all the good things - in moderation, sensibly - and remember...
...your body is amazing - take care of it

Photo source: A place in the Sun, Vogue China June 2011 (photography: Hans Feurer, styling: Anne Christensen)

Stylish quote

11/06/2014

Karolina Sikorska wearing Prada & Emilio Pucci in Out of Imagination editorial, Vogue Thailand May 2014 (photography: Nat Prakobsantisuk, styling: Jirat Subpisankul)

"Nostalgia is a very complicated subject for me. I'm attracted by nostalgia but I refute it intellectually. It interests me to be modern, and so I refuse nostalgia, but I still have it. So you see, contradictions and oppositions are maybe what makes the world contemporary, because nowadays we are all composed of opposites."

Muiccia Prada

Photo source: Karolina Sikorska wearing Prada & Emilio Pucci in Out of Imagination editorial, Vogue Thailand May 2014 (photography: Nat Prakobsantisuk, styling: Jirat Subpisankul)

Altuzarra Resort 2015

10/06/2014

Altuzarra Resort 2015
How much I love Altuzarra... The words would not describe. Although the name is pretty new to the blog, it has been embedded in my mind in a manner of the gorgeous embroideries from the last year's Resort and woven into dreams with the metallic threads of the Spring/Summer 2014... One of those dreams I am almost afraid of dreaming for at some point it could break my heart. And yet I absolutely cannot resist the beauty and elegance of the clothes, the lines, the colours, the fit. There is a lot of Carine in these collections - it is easy to see how those shirts, pencil skirts and little black dresses were imaginary moulded on her by Altuzarra who admitted his affection for Roitfeld a few years ago (and there is a sweet moment about it in the Mademoiselle C). These clothes are real and incredibly wearable, but just a touch more classy - a kind that makes you feel incredible, but, unfortunately, adds a few extra zeros to the price tag.

Altuzarra Resort 2015
To continue the subject of finance, after selling some of the stake to Kering last year, the 30-year-old New Yorker who recently received an CFDA's Womenswear designer of the year award was not only able to continue growing his brand, but move into accessories with the newly added collection of gorgeous shoes - so if it's not for those tailored pieces, timeless classics and impeccable hems, we will, at least, have a chance to invest in a pair of those gorgeous sandals. It's time to start saving up, I think.

Altuzarra Resort 2015
Photo source: Altuzarra Resort Spring 2015 via style.com

Natalia Vodianova by Paolo Roversi for Egoiste #15

09/06/2014

Natalia Vodianova by Paolo Roversi, Paris 2002, Egoiste #15
I mentioned this shoot last week after publishing a photo of Natalia and her baby, so it was only natural to share the original Egoiste work she did with Paolo Roversi back in 2002. Here's fashion photography in its art form.

Natalia Vodianova by Paolo Roversi, Paris 2002, Egoiste #15
Natalia Vodianova by Paolo Roversi, Paris 2002, Egoiste #15
Natalia Vodianova by Paolo Roversi, Paris 2002, Egoiste #15
Natalia Vodianova by Paolo Roversi, Paris 2002, Egoiste #15
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova by Paolo Roversi, Paris 2002, Egoiste #15