Christmas gift guide: every shade of BLUE

28/11/2014

Natalia Vodianova in Vogue US July 2007 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Tonne Goodman)
Light blue, despite it being one of the Pantone 2014 colours and an absolute classic, isn't a hue that you come across on a daily basis. Unless, of course, we are talking blue jeans... It shows up on a catwalk, but hardly ever makes it to the glossy pages of Vogue and, as a result, is never as popular (read: worn to death) as, say, overhyped pink... Honestly, I find it a little odd because this shade is so versatile and gorgeous that it needs to be loved and celebrated.

I adore blue. Always have and always will. Seasonally speaking, it reminds me of a frozen park on a sunlit wintery day and the endlessly beautiful sky above it. Styling-wise, I feel that the powder blue would suit most girls: the red heads, the blondes and brunettes, the English roses, the Eastern Europeans like myself and the girls with olive and dark skin. And as far as the fashion is concerned, this winter is all about pastels, so if you are in love with blue, seize the opportunity to embrace it.

via fashionedbylove | Christmas gift guide & gift ideas in pastel placid blue | pantone colours 2014 | gifts for her

Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Vogue US July 2007 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Tonne Goodman) 

Originally inspired

27/11/2014

Lily Cole wearing Stella McCartney RTW Spring/Summer 2005 in Vogue UK July 2005 (photography: Tim Walker)
Seeing your ideas being copied is not emotionally pleasing. But... It happens. Intentionally or not, you stumble upon a creation that clearly resembles something of your own and, as a result, most likely feel lost, frustrated, fooled as if the ground suddenly moved under your feet... Sounds familiar?

I've been through it myself and in the beginning found those discoveries rather upsetting because, at the end, what one copies within a matter of seconds, often takes a lot of time, energy and emotions to create in the first place. 

You dream up a world of thoughts and images that reflect a moment of your life, an experience, a fantasy and the very realisation of somebody not only stepping into this world uninvited, but taking a part of it away does hurt and makes you feel helpless.

Then comes a new day. With the first ways or the morning sun (or whispering rain, since we are in Britain), it brings a freshly printed copy of American Vogue. Among its glossy pages there is an editorial that makes you pause. You know you've seen this pose, and the stair case, and the blue dress... Back in 2005.

Lily Cole in Stella McCartney gown is leaning against the intricate metal work posing for the one and only Tim Walker. The photo is captured and published in the July issue of British Vogue.

Karlie Kloss wearing Giambattista Valli Couture Fall/Winter 2014 in Vogue US December 2014 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier, styling: Phyllis Posnick)
The years go by... The house is now overtaken by trees and it is now Karlie Kloss wearing Giambattista Valli (a fashion deja vu, a bit of McQueen RTW 2004 mixed with Galliano's Dior Resort 2011 minus the refinerement), balancing on a familiar staircase. It all seems to be there,  the stairs and the blue gown... And yet, it just doesn't work any more. The only response I feel inside my mind is... disappointment.

Because one can certainly copy an object or idea, but never - the energy, fantasy and imagination of the original. 

Photo source: Lily Cole wearing Stella McCartney RTW Spring/Summer 2005 in Vogue UK July 2005 (photography: Tim Walker), Karlie Kloss wearing Giambattista Valli Couture Fall/Winter 2014 in Vogue US December 2014 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier, styling: Phyllis Posnick)

Stylish quote

26/11/2014

Mariacarla Boscono wearing Valentino Couture in Vogue Italia March 2013 (photography: Paolo Roversi, styling: Panos Yiapanis)
"In recent years, the image of fashion has prevailed over traditional fashion, meaning sartorial detailing and workmanship. But fashion designing means creating something using a special technique that might not emerge in a photo, but when you look at it up close, you see that it's stylish. That's a cultural problem. Clearly we live in a time where image is more important than content."

Maria Grazia Chiuri 

Photo source: Mariacarla Boscono wearing Valentino Couture in Vogue Italia March 2013 (photography: Paolo Roversi, styling: Panos Yiapanis) |  Interview magazine

Provoked by Fabrizio Ferri...

24/11/2014

Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)
Oh, yes... I am back to Fabrizio Ferri and his work. One of my favourite. Ironically, it was just before sharing the post when I realised that Tatjana was holding a cigarette... Next I imagined a few  "oh how terrible..." comments that would follow. 

This lead to a series of thoughts spread over the last three decades of my life in a manner of crunchy peanut butter - a lump here, a softness there, a little sprinkle of salty sensation that, in a way, made  it all palatable...

Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)
So, the smoking... It was everywhere... Everyone in my family and some of my friends smoked, all but me and my dog - I preferred chocolate as the choice of drug and he loved chicken. I never thought of trying to smoke or felt bothered by those who couldn't live without it. It was a part of life. What I liked about cigarettes, though, was the packaging, the perfectly shaped boxes wrapped in a glossy layer of plastic. For some reason, I found them beautiful. 

A decade later another experience became one of the favourite memories of mine. The aroma of a good cigar smoked in front of a fire place in a cosy little cottage tucked away among the frozen frosted fur trees. That smell, and intoxicating perfume of cognac. Blended. In a middle of the stormy dark winter.

I didn't smoke, nor drunk... But I remembered that December...

Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)
Another decade passed and the cigarettes became one of the most stylish fashion props the editors would rely on. Being made in the USSR, I wasn't, of course, aware of the Newton's iconic Le Smoking, so it was Cosmo, Elle and Vogue all the way... 

For me, those visual stories have always been a form of art, whether I liked the final result or not, it was there, done for the very idea of stirring some form of emotional response and giving an opportunity of making a choice of my own. To look or not to look. To love or to hate. To smoke or go and have a cup of green tea. To make a conscious decision of being true to myself or following the crowd.

Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)
This is why I don't understand the negative comments when it comes to cigarettes in glossy magazines. In a way it is exactly the same as a claim that seeing a girl drinking wine in a Vermeer painting made one reach for a glass of bordeaux.

Some people smoke. They've always done and they always will despite the realities of scientific research. Some will quit because they'll find a reason to do so. Others will never think of smoking simply because it wouldn't cross their mind. I doubt that any of those decision will depend on the number of fashion editorials featuring a cigarette because, at the end, the choice is yours, and so is the body you live in...

Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)
And just out of curiosity... Do you smoke? Or ever did? And what are your thoughts on the subject?

Photo source: Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)

Christmas gift guide: every shade of GOLD

21/11/2014

Natalia Vodianova in Harper's Bazaar UK December 2010 (photography: Michelangelo di Battista, styling: Sophie Neophitou-Apostolou)
Nothing lift the spirits as good as a sprinkle of gold dust - the beautiful, sparkling, joyful reminder that the festive season is only a few weeks away - one of the reasons why I decided to share my Christmas gift guides a little earlier. Not only it will give you a chance to find a perfect present, but receive it before the holidays, too - such a wonderful feeling, isn't it?! 

Indulge! It adds that beautiful rosy colour to your cheeks and creates the most comforting sensation of happiness inside. And lets be honest the timing to treat yourself (or somebody special) to a little piece of shimmering magic couldn't have been more perfect... 

via fashionedbylove | christmas holiday gift guide in gold | clothes, shoes, accessories, make-up, perfume & more

Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Harper's Bazaar UK December 2010 (photography: Michelangelo di Battista, styling: Sophie Neophitou-Apostolou)

Bag of the month: November is for Cheet London

20/11/2014

Aphrodite Cheet London shoulder bag
Have you heard of Cheet London before? I hope the name is just as new to you as it was to me until a couple of days ago when I saw this bag. Snake skin leather, perfect shape and size, chain detail, beautiful clasp... To be honest, I thought it was a kind of designer bag that would cost a fortune. 

Well, it wasn't. In fact, the hand-crafted Aphrodite is pretty affordable considering all those gorgeous accents and attention to detail. It can be yours for £120. Even better, you have a choice of four beautiful colours including nutmeg, black, chocolate brown and this stunning orange.

Tempted? I am with you... 

Stylish quote

19/11/2014

Natalia Vodianova in Fade to black editorial | Vogue US July 2007 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Tonne Goodman)
"One may become rich but one is born elegant."

Honore de Balzac

Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Fade to black editorial | Vogue US July 2007 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Tonne Goodman)

Laetitia, the Goddess... and random musings

17/11/2014

via fashionedbylove | fashion editorials | Laetitia Casta in Stiletto magazine | No.20 | Fall 2008 (photography: Mark Pillai, styling: Barbara Loison)
Have you ever noticed how wonderful our life becomes as soon as we get away from all the modern gadgets and media? Boy, it's a bliss... I physically felt my brain taking a deep breath and falling into the most wonderful relaxing cloud.

After a week of work, press days and running around London (loved that!), I disappeared from the face of the overcrowded and forever-buzzing universe and instead got out a couple of books I've been meaning to finish for a while, played Vanessa Paradis' Love Songs on repeat in a room filled with the comforting and soothing fragrance of the L'Air de Rien (inspired by and created for Jane Birkin),  browsed old editorials, then dreamed up my Christmas wish list (books, books and more books -  looks like a little lorry will be coming my way soon...) and did it all over again until weekend was finally over.

via fashionedbylove | fashion editorials | Laetitia Casta in Stiletto magazine | No.20 | Fall 2008 (photography: Mark Pillai, styling: Barbara Loison)
And how and where does Laetitia fit into the story, you may ask... Well, she worked with Dominique Issermann a lot, including a photography book that I've been trying to find for a while. Naturally, both the model and the photographer have been on my mind, only at some point I drifted away from Issermann to Casta, and as a result, turned to one of the Laetitia's editorials for my Monday story.

via fashionedbylove | fashion editorials | Laetitia Casta in Stiletto magazine | No.20 | Fall 2008 (photography: Mark Pillai, styling: Barbara Loison)
This one isn't that old, but I love it so much, I don't really care about tiny insignificant details like age... Laetitia Casta has been one of my favourite models of all times since she began modelling in the mid 1990s and became one of the most memorable faces of Guess, then was chosen as the new Marianne, the symbol of French Republic, casted as a Victoria's Secret angel, Pirelli girl and Brigitte Bardot, photographed for every fashion magazine (I first saw her in Elle), and of course, was the model, the vision in roses, who closed the Yves Saint Laurent show in 1998. The mesmerising Laetitia... Here photographed by Mark Pillai and styled by Barbara Loison for the No.20 | Fall 2008 issue of Stiletto magazine.

Photo source: Laetitia Casta in Stiletto magazine | No.20 | Fall 2008 (photography: Mark Pillai, styling: Barbara Loison)

Trends worth talking about | The handbag edit

14/11/2014

Amica Italy August 2010 (photography: Frederik Lieberath)
I think I've always preferred brown leather to black because I clearly remember being a little girl and carrying around one of my mum's shoulder bags feeling all grown-up and fabulous. 

I love the inviting warmth of brown shades, from the delicious tan to the sensual chestnut and although I understand the need for having a black bag (or two), I will always be a brown leather kind of girl in my heart. 

This season I felt spoilt for choice - the brown bags reigned and added a touch of chic to so many ready-to-wear collections that, frankly, I lost count. 

It is such a universal and easy to carry colour! It highlights the pastels, brights the best out of the darker shades of chocolate, warms the olive tones and compliments the sensuality of a classic red hue. Those brown bags would also look so beautiful with the seasons best camel, navy and grey coats.

Michael Kors Fall 2014
Reed Krakoff Fall 2014
Fendi Fall 2014
Prada Fall 2014
Celine Fall 2014
Chloe Fall 2014
Gucci Fall 2014
Fendi Fall 2014
Naturally, I allowed myself to dream a little and pick some of the most beautiful specimens in every shade of brown. One of them is definitely waiting to be yours... 

Trends Fall/Winter 2014-2015 | Accessories | Must-have bags for all budgets

Photo source: Amica Italy August 2010 (photography: Frederik Lieberath), brown bags at Michael Kors Fall/Witner 2014, Reed Krakoff Fall/Winter 2014, Fendi Fall/Winter 2014, Prada Fall/Winter 2014, Celine Fall/Winter 2014, Chloe Fall/Winter 2014, Gucci Fall/Winter 2014 & Fendi Fall/Winter 2014 via style.com

Deitas: exclusive interview

13/11/2014

Josephine Dahlin & Madeleine Engelbert, designer duo and founders of Deitas + exclusive interview
Deitas was born in Sweden in 2012. Founded by Josephine Dahlin and Madeleine Engelbert, two friends united by

Stylish quote

12/11/2014

Amica Italy March 2009 (photography: Ishi, styling: Paolo Turina)
"Discomfort is a trend that should go away."

Erdem Moralioglu

Photo source: Amica Italy March 2009 (photography: Ishi, styling: Paolo Turina)

Life is a journey

10/11/2014

Weekend inspiration

08/11/2014

Anna Ewers in Hamptons | Vogue Paris October 2013 (photography: Josh Olins, styling: Geraldine Saglio)
Anna Ewers in Hamptons | Vogue Paris October 2013 (photography: Josh Olins, styling: Geraldine Saglio)
Anna Ewers in Hamptons | Vogue Paris October 2013 (photography: Josh Olins, styling: Geraldine Saglio)
Anna Ewers in Hamptons | Vogue Paris October 2013 (photography: Josh Olins, styling: Geraldine Saglio)
Anna Ewers in Hamptons | Vogue Paris October 2013 (photography: Josh Olins, styling: Geraldine Saglio)
Anna Ewers in Hamptons | Vogue Paris October 2013 (photography: Josh Olins, styling: Geraldine Saglio)
Anna Ewers in Hamptons | Vogue Paris October 2013 (photography: Josh Olins, styling: Geraldine Saglio)
Anna Ewers in Hamptons | Vogue Paris October 2013 (photography: Josh Olins, styling: Geraldine Saglio)
Photo source: Anna Ewers in Hamptons | Vogue Paris October 2013 (photography: Josh Olins, styling: Geraldine Saglio)

The model to watch: Moya Palk

07/11/2014

Moya Palk (also known as Moya Mardy)
In the beginning there was a campaign and the campaign was Prada. Shot by Steven Meisel, the black and white images were an absolute fashion poetry, but for me it wasn't about the photos or the clothes, but one of the girls with the most beautiful eyes, wavy hair and full lips... Her name was Moya Palk. I forgot about Prada and fell in love.

Moya Palk (also known as Moya Mardy) with Ine Neefs in Prada Resort 2015 campaign photographed by Steven Meisel, styled by Olivier Rizzo

Photo source: Moya Palk (also known as Moya Mardy) with Ine Neefs in Prada Resort 2015 campaign photographed by Steven Meisel, styled by Olivier Rizzo, via Prada, other photos via Supa Model Management London

Timeless chic: Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2005

06/11/2014

Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2005
Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2005 collection is, by far, one of my favourite. Frankly, I could say it is my favourite Vuitton+Jacobs offering. It speaks to me on many levels. I love the shapes of the coats and the figure fitted midi skirt looks - there's something ultimately Dior in those, so much so that it made me wonder, once or twice, what it would be like if Jacobs did accept the job of the brand's creative. I adore the perfect shade of red lipstick. It is so very Parisian - sensual, timelessly elegant, but bouncy youthful.

Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2005
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2005
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2005
And, of course, lets not forget the details - the necklace above, the precious sparkling hair clips, a layer of organza creating an effect of a winter fog over that gorgeous jacket, the skilful use of leather and mink for the patterned mosaic and, of course, the delicate lily-like tassels that add a gorgeous final accent to the gloves.

Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2005
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2005
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2005
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2005
At this point may I remind you that these incredibly luxurious clothes were designed ten years ago! Hard to believe, isn't it?

Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2005
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2005
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2005
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2005
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2005
Photo source: Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2005 via stylebistro.com