Dreams and reality

30/08/2014

Sogni e risvegli, Vanity Fair Style August 2014 (photography: Pamela Hanson, styling: Sciascia Gambaccini, model: Elizaveta Adamenko
I am simple in my desires - I just want to be this girl for a moment... wear dainty lingerie, silk and lace mille-feuille, a little cashmere and the softest socks in the world. It's going to be a weekend of wonderful nothings... A bunch of books, a guilty pleasure of a cup of coffee (or two), delicious food and the time with my wonderful men, the cuddles and the sweetest doggy paws.

Sogni e risvegli, Vanity Fair Style August 2014 (photography: Pamela Hanson, styling: Sciascia Gambaccini, model: Elizaveta Adamenko
Sogni e risvegli, Vanity Fair Style August 2014 (photography: Pamela Hanson, styling: Sciascia Gambaccini, model: Elizaveta Adamenko
Sogni e risvegli, Vanity Fair Style August 2014 (photography: Pamela Hanson, styling: Sciascia Gambaccini, model: Elizaveta Adamenko
Sogni e risvegli, Vanity Fair Style August 2014 (photography: Pamela Hanson, styling: Sciascia Gambaccini, model: Elizaveta Adamenko
Photo source: Sogni e risvegli, Vanity Fair Style August 2014 (photography: Pamela Hanson, styling: Sciascia Gambaccini, model: Elizaveta Adamenko) via visualoptimism

Did you hear the news about Ines?

29/08/2014

Ines de la Fressange and Uniqlo collaboration, second collection, Fall/Winter 2014
The perfect trench, the classic pea coat, the fitted blazer... Once the items from the perfect wardrobe according to Yves Saint Laurent that became a signature of most Parisiennes and later - the key pieces for everyone looking to achieve the aforementioned look (or simply wanting to be timelessly chic). 

No wonder that Ines de la Fressange introduced them to her second Uniqlo collection made of 100+ pieces and presented as two lines, the colourful and playful "Petite Parisienne" and classic "Note Parisienne" in muted hues and black.

I don't know the definite release date yet, but will keep you posted. And for now, here are some of my favourites - I really hope I'll be lucky enough to make some of them mine.

Ines de la Fressange and Uniqlo collaboration, second collection, Fall/Winter 2014

Photo source: uniqlo

Why do we shop?

28/08/2014

Christy Turlington in Vive Paris! | Vogue Italia February 1992 (photography: Steven Meisel, styling: Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele)
A couple of weeks ago, the time so hot that it was more about peeling off the layers and baring my pale self than wrapping it all up, I suddenly decided that I most definitely needed a pair of boots - the desire so strong that it turned into a moment of obsession. I search, and browsed, and dreamed, and tried, but alas, as the days went by, remained bootless. Somehow none of the contenders were good enough. I felt somewhat frustrated and temporarily filed the idea until later. 

And then, as the "later" came, I suddenly calmed down. The thought of shopping completely varnished and the peace of mind was restored. I also realised that I was due... 

It made everything clear because, unlike many women who drown their emotions in a tub of Haagen Daz (by the way, many find alcohol more tempting, too!) or comfort their PMS-related cravings by eating copious amount of chocolate, I shop... Or rather - think of shopping...

I noticed this tendency a few years ago. At first blamed my sudden interest in beautiful merchandise to a very stressful job - it was a good enough explanation. As the time went by and my office days became a thing of the past, I leant (as a part of my nutrition studies) that our hormones can play serious tricks with our mind just before "that time of the month" including our increased desire to part with cash and buy something...

The official research stated that it was due to the fact that the hormonal changes made women feel more attractive thus increasing their need to prettify themselves further while another one talked about the endorphins and emotional release... Who knew... Obviously, I would have made the perfect specimens for a case study, should they needed anyone at the time.

And if the hormones aren't to blame... What are the other reasons? It's not as if we have nothing to wear: if the shops were suddenly closed, I am sure most of us would still have sufficient supply of clothes and shoes, right there, in our own wardrobes.

Yet we shop... Because something is too beautiful to leave behind... And because building a perfect wardrobe is a process of trial and error, a practical action rather than theory... Sometimes it can be boredom... Or frustration... At times we shop to annoy other women... or seduce a man... It has also something to do with the love of trends, fashion or clothes... or a therapeutical exercise of loving yourself. And once in a while we simply want to dream... Enhance the reality with the help of fashion. I guess, it's all good as long as we smile at the end... Otherwise why bother? 

And now it's your turn to confess... Why do you shop?

Photo source: Christy Turlington in Vive Paris! | Vogue Italia February 1992 (photography: Steven Meisel, styling: Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele)

Stylish quote

27/08/2014

Suvi Koponen in Michael Kors & Joan Smalls in Dolce&Gabbana | Vogue US January 2014 (photography: Craig McDean, styling: Grace Coddington)
"You don't have to give up anything. You can be chic but have a sense of humour, you can be sexy but comfortable, you can be timeless but fresh."

Michael Kors

Photo source: Suvi Koponen in Michael Kors & Joan Smalls in Dolce&Gabbana | Vogue US January 2014 (photography: Craig McDean, styling: Grace Coddington)

Melina | Made in Heaven

26/08/2014

Melina Gesto in Made in Heaven | Vogue Germany September 2014 (photography: Thomas Lohr, styling: Nicola Knels)
Watching a beautiful - no, scrape that - stunning (much better), girl turning from a gorgeous youngster into a fashion model is a very emotional process. One day she is there, sparkling eyes, shy smile, curls, like Bambi, melting your heart - and then, in a matter of months, no weeks even, in a magazine and walking down the catwalk...  At first, just an editorial here and there, a show or two  (mind you, when your first show is Miu Miu it IS a big deal!) and, comes summer, a Weekend by Max Mara Lookbook, a shoot for French Vogue, then Numero and, finally, a story in Vogue Germany that I wanted to share here... Love her, love her face and adore these photos, especially the black and white ones. Truly girls like this are most likely made in heaven.

Melina Gesto in Made in Heaven | Vogue Germany September 2014 (photography: Thomas Lohr, styling: Nicola Knels)
Melina Gesto in Made in Heaven | Vogue Germany September 2014 (photography: Thomas Lohr, styling: Nicola Knels)
Melina Gesto in Made in Heaven | Vogue Germany September 2014 (photography: Thomas Lohr, styling: Nicola Knels)
Melina Gesto in Made in Heaven | Vogue Germany September 2014 (photography: Thomas Lohr, styling: Nicola Knels)
Melina Gesto in Made in Heaven | Vogue Germany September 2014 (photography: Thomas Lohr, styling: Nicola Knels)
Photo source: Melina Gesto in Made in Heaven | Vogue Germany September 2014 (photography: Thomas Lohr, styling: Nicola Knels)

Pleasure island

25/08/2014

Favourite things

23/08/2014

Julia Hafstrom in Free at last editorial | SSAW September 2014 (photography: Hasse Nielse, styling: Oscar Lange)
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things...

P.S. And most gorgeous, cosy, soft, fluffy sweaters if I may add in a non-rhyming fashion...

Julia Hafstrom in Free at last editorial | SSAW September 2014 (photography: Hasse Nielse, styling: Oscar Lange)
Julia Hafstrom in Free at last editorial | SSAW September 2014 (photography: Hasse Nielse, styling: Oscar Lange)
Julia Hafstrom in Free at last editorial | SSAW September 2014 (photography: Hasse Nielse, styling: Oscar Lange)
Photo source: Julia Hafstrom in Free at last editorial | SSAW September 2014 (photography: Hasse Nielse, styling: Oscar Lange); lyrics from The Sound of Music

Inspired by Pantone: sand

22/08/2014

Bottega Veneta dress in L'Officiel Serbia April 2008 (photography: Jon Compson, styling: Vanessa Bellugeon)

The elegance of a woman wearing a gorgeous biscuity coloured clothes is undeniable. I've always thought that the Italians did it best - after all, those ancient walls touched by softly painted frescos and the golden hues of Venice couldn't have been more inspirational for the eye and refined sense of style.
Essentially beige, sand is just one of the beautiful colours within one of the most scrumptious palettes out there, so instead of focusing on the trendy side of things (and yes, Sand was one of the Spring/Summer 2014 Pantone choices), lets think of the quiet allure of light browns and their timelessness.
And what about the wonderful names, often just as tempting as the garments... From comforting oatmeal, sweet honey (I borrowed this one from Burberry - how clever are they!) and sober ecru to cafe au lait, tan, caramel and camel, they are music to my ears and an absolute delight for the eyes!

Building a perfect wardrobe or looking for some season transitional pieces? Don't forget about these colours because it's impossible to go wrong with a classic camel coat, sand-coloured trench or a light amber dress. Pair with browns, red, burgundy, blues, greys or black. And if you feel that the new favourite hue suddenly makes you look washed out, just add a bit of cream or white to frame the face.

And now - a few beautiful shopping ideas...

Inspired by Pantone Spring/Summer 2014 colour report | Sand | Nude & beige classic wardrobe buys

Photo source: L'Officiel Serbia April 2008 (photography: Jon Compson, styling: Vanessa Bellugeon), sand on a runway at Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2014, Tod's Spring/Summer 2014, Trussardi Spring/Summer 2014, Anteprima Spring/Summer 2014, A.F. Vandevorst Spring/Summer 2014, Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2014, Valentino Spring/Summer 2014, Gianfranco Ferre Spring/Summer 2014, Cushnie et Ochs Spring/Summer 2014, Hussein Chalayan Spring/Summer 2014, Max Mara Spring/Summer 2014, Sonia Rykiel Spring/Summer 2014, Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2014, Daks Fall/Winter 2014, 3.1. Phillip Lim Fall/Winter 2014, Felder Felder Fall/Winter 2014, Tome Fall/Winter 2014, Chloe Fall/Winter 2014, Altuzarra Fall/Winter 2014, Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2014, Hermes Fall/Winter 2014, Christophe Lemaire Fall/Winter 2014, Helmut Lang Fall/Winter 2014 via stylebistro.com, style.com

Pixie cut inspiration

21/08/2014

Benthe De Vries in Tendenze Boyish editorial | Elle Italia September 2014 (photography: Michael Sanders, styling: Micaela Sessa)
Probably the most beautiful pixie hair cut since the reigns of Mia Farrow and Jean Seberg. And I love the smart yet cosy styling and that huggable Cane Corso giant, too.

Benthe De Vries in Tendenze Boyish editorial | Elle Italia September 2014 (photography: Michael Sanders, styling: Micaela Sessa)
Benthe De Vries in Tendenze Boyish editorial | Elle Italia September 2014 (photography: Michael Sanders, styling: Micaela Sessa)
Benthe De Vries in Tendenze Boyish editorial | Elle Italia September 2014 (photography: Michael Sanders, styling: Micaela Sessa)
Photo source: Benthe De Vries in Tendenze Boyish editorial | Elle Italia September 2014 (photography: Michael Sanders, styling: Micaela Sessa) via visualoptimism