Stylish quote

31/12/2014

via fashioned by love | fashion quotes | Sasha Pivovarova in My Space | Interview February 2010 (photography: Craig McDean, styling: Karl Templer)
"What works in fashion at the moment is screaming. The louder you scream, the more people pay attention."

Kinder Aggugini


Photo source: Sasha Pivovarova in My Space | Interview February 2010 (photography: Craig McDean, styling: Karl Templer)

Ultimate New Years Eve style guide

30/12/2014

via fashioned by love | Lily Cole in Vogue UK December 2007 (photography: Ben Dunbar)
Until I moved countries, the New Years Eve was a big deal - it was very much the celebration of the year, the most beautiful and sparkling event everyone, absolutely everyone, was looking forward to. The food was bought in advance to suit the menu. A few precious bottles of champagne waiting for their opening night. And then, once it was all done, we would start planning the outfits - the pretties high heels were a must and the frocks were often made to order.

We were ready to welcome the magic and a new year that, as we always imagined, would be a great one. No wonder that the horoscopes were one of the reference guides to follow and reading them once a year became a habit I refuse to give up no matter what.

With all this in mind, I've prepared the ultimate guide to make the last night of the year the most unforgettable, stylish and delightful... Wherever you are.

Frida Gustavsson in No time for us | SSAW Scandinavia 2012 (photography: Andreas Ohlund & maria Therese, styling: Henrik Haue & Oscar Lange)
THE ASTROLOGY
Zodiac: sheep/goat. Meaning: peace, tranquility and harmony. Mood: creativity. Colours: whites and pastels, blue, green and turquoise hues. Fabrics: silk, cashmere, wool, suede, nothing artificial. Clothes: comfortable luxury, classic silhouettes following lines of the body without restricting the movement. Jewellery: gold or silver jewellery, anything that resembles bells, flowers or animals, stones - amethyst, aquamarine, topaz, emerald, diamonds, pearls; also wooden pieces. Accessories: silk scarves. Make-up: natural colours (with a touch of sparkle if you like). Hair: groomed and classy rather than I-just-rolled-out-of-bed (or hay) look; waves and curls  a la classic-Hollywood-meets-21st-centuty-New-York-blowdry are also good; add plaits and beautify with ribbons, flowers, beads and anything made from wood. Home: cosy and warm. Food: anything vegetarian, lacto-ovo kind. New Years Eve: intimate, in a small company of best friends and loved ones.

And now, lets talk about fashions...

THE ELEGANT DINNER
This could be the ultimate celebration, the time when you can wear a beautiful dress that you probably bought simply because it was too dreamy to be left behind. The dress that made you forget about sensible shopping and instead dream of a Cinderella moment and discover the most impractical, but oh-so-gorgeous, self. Take it out, enjoy and, for one night, live in a fantasy. Because you deserve it. Remember that a dress like this requires some rather special jewellery and gorgeous glitzy high heels.

Shalom Harlow in Tiffany Holiday Campaign 2009 (photography: Carter Smith)
THE ROMANTIC DATE
Ah, the memories... Once upon a time, in a crowded room, there was a boy I liked. Didn't know anything about him or whether we'd ever meet. Imagine my surprise that he turned up at my door step on New Years Eve as a friend of a friend of mine. Oh, how grateful I was for wearing that little black dress! We danced, and kissed, and talked all night. It felt a bit like love for a while. Now I use it purely as an example that a) you've always got to be prepared to meet your destiny b) if the destiny turns out to be insignificant, you'll always remember how wonderful you looked and felt, and that some wishes do come true.

Seriously consider Lanvin at this point. "Men fall in love with a woman in Lanvin" after all. If you want him to put a ring on you - dress accordingly.

Iselin Steiro in Hermes Fall/Winter 2013 campaign (photography: Nathaniel Goldberg, styling: Clare Richardson)
THE COSY NIGHT IN
The moment you've been waiting for... A few scented candles, delicious food, a good movie to enjoy before the clock strikes midnight. The sweater dresses are perfect to cuddle up in a cloud of cushions and blankets. Don't forget about the prettiest silk lingerie - you may be the only one who know about it, but it's a kind of secret that makes a girl feel rather special. The bag is optional - after all, we are not the Queen to carry one around the house. However, as a fashion lover, use it to finish the look perfectly, no further explanations are necessary.

via fashioned by love | outfit inspiration | what to wear for New Years Eve
Shop: The Elegant Dinner - dress, clutch, earrings & sandals | The Cosy Night In - earrings, bracelet, dress, clutch & ankle boots | The Romantic Date - dress, earrings, clutch & shoes

hair & make-up photos from Ermanno Scervino Spring/Summer 2015
hair & make-up photos from Ermanno Scervino Spring/Summer 2015
Carolina Herrera Spring/Summer 2010
Carolina Herrera Spring/Summer 2010
Photo source: Lily Cole in Vogue UK December 2007 (photography: Ben Dunbar), Frida Gustavsson in No time for us | SSAW Scandinavia 2012 (photography: Andreas Ohlund & maria Therese, styling: Henrik Haue & Oscar Lange), Shalom Harlow in Tiffany Holiday Campaign 2009 (photography: Carter Smith), Iselin Steiro in Hermes Fall/Winter 2013 campaign (photography: Nathaniel Goldberg, styling: Clare Richardson), hair & make-up photos from Ermanno Scervino Spring/Summer 2015 & Carolina Herrera Spring/Summer 2010 via stylebistro.com

A sense of freedom

29/12/2014

via fashioned by love | Crista Cober in Glamour France January 2015 (photography: Heather Favell, styling: Nora Bordjah)
I am feeling as if I've got wings, as if the glass cabinet was broken and I was set free. The odd but much welcomed sensation of escapism for the mind that makes me crave colours, emotions and nurture my rediscovered, happier self, right from the start. I know the reason, though will keep it to myself, at least for now. After all, we all need a secret or two. 

via fashioned by love | Crista Cober in Glamour France January 2015 (photography: Heather Favell, styling: Nora Bordjah)
via fashioned by love | Crista Cober in Glamour France January 2015 (photography: Heather Favell, styling: Nora Bordjah)
via fashioned by love | Crista Cober in Glamour France January 2015 (photography: Heather Favell, styling: Nora Bordjah)
via fashioned by love | Crista Cober in Glamour France January 2015 (photography: Heather Favell, styling: Nora Bordjah)
via fashioned by love | Crista Cober in Glamour France January 2015 (photography: Heather Favell, styling: Nora Bordjah)
via fashioned by love | Crista Cober in Glamour France January 2015 (photography: Heather Favell, styling: Nora Bordjah)
Photo source: Crista Cober in Glamour France January 2015 (photography: Heather Favell, styling: Nora Bordjah)

Ultimate sale finds under £100

28/12/2014

via fashioned by love | fashion editorials | Karolina Kurkova in Vogue US October 2006 (photography: Steven Meisel, styling: Edward Enninful)
Ah, sales... Don't you just love this week between Christmas and New Year, the time to lose yourself online and find a few special treats, especially important if the presents under the tree left a long-lasting impression of being a bad girl in Santa's book (which, of course, is an absolute nonsense!)

How do I approach this kind of shopping? With a cup of tea, mac on my lap (slightly pushed aside by Oscar who has a love-hate relationship with my computer), tv or music on the background, blank wish list and empty shopping basket. I never bother with the real shops - the crowds and lack of choice aren't something to be excited about. Instead I choose the virtual boutique with endless possibilities, choice of sizes, home deliveries and easy returns - what's not to love?!

"Mmmm, something..." I mumble to myself before I begin. After all, I am a woman and, as such, allowed to need and want as I see it, in a manner of surprise, a happy discovery I've been totally unaware of until now. 

Here're some of the gorgeous finds I've come across... Mostly designer, all - under £100, and some can even be delivered by New Year's Eve, all beautifully wrapped especially for you.

via fashioned by love | winter sales | best designer finds under £100

In case you are wondering if I got tempted by anything... Then yes, I did find a pair of Ash ankle booties - they are travelling from Italy, I believe and I cannot wait to meet my Dalins. 

Photo source: Karolina Kurkova in Vogue US October 2006 (photography: Steven Meisel, styling: Edward Enninful)

Valentino brings couture to New York

via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca 945 New York December 2014
"I realised that after black and white there was no finer colour." Valentino Garavani

Bag of the month: December is for Anya Hindmarch

via fashioned by love | Anya Hindmarch Tiny Tim red shoulder bag
My childhood New Year celebrations were mainly about the tree ornaments. They sparkled like nothing else around. Opening the box full of tinsel and fragile baubles carefully wrapped in old news papers always felt like releasing a burst of joy and magic into the air. I knew every single decoration by heart and still couldn't help but smile with delight as each of them would proudly take place among the fragrant branches. 

This sale steal from Anya Hindmarch brought back the memories... Not only beautiful, it felt perfect for the holiday season, almost as if it was one of the most special baubles. 

Named Tiny Tim, just like the character from A Christmas Carol, it made me think of the festive season immediately. Even better, the bag will work for the rest of the year, too... I've added a similar sparkling accessory to my collection a couple of years ago to brighten up a monochromatic outfit in autumn or early spring, or add a drop of jewel-like colour to my summer whites and can assure you that it does a wonderful job. 

Love this gorgeous baby... 

Beautiful dozen: pastel blue coats

26/12/2014

Shalom Harlow photographed by Mario Testino for Donna Karan Spring/Summer 1996 campaign
A cherry tree outside my house is blossoming in a middle of December. Just to demonstrate that the life is worth living in the moment. Whether you want to cover yourself in blooms or wear gorgeous pastels, don't wait until spring and embrace them now. 

If you have been quietly admiring the pastel blue coats that have become an elegant answer to pink, here are the twelve wonderful specimens to choose from. Mix them with whites, other pastel hues or mysterious wine colours, from burgundy to marsala, the Pantone's favourite. Use as a stylish alternative to a denim cover-up. Add a touch of plaid of florals. Beautify with metallic accessories. And for the evening, a generous sprinkle of glowing sequins will be absolutely perfect (my blue, red, gold and white gift guides will have everything your need to complete the look)
via fashioned by love | pastels in fall/winter 2014-2015 | trends | shopping | blue coats for winter 2014

Photo source: Shalom Harlow photographed by Mario Testino for Donna Karan Spring/Summer 1996 campaign

Fashion wish list F.A.O. Mr Claus

25/12/2014

Stylish quote

24/12/2014

via fashioned by love | fashion editorials | Ana Beatriz Barros by Ellen von Unwerth Christmas Santa Naughty or Nice Lingerie
 "One should never give a woman anything she can't wear in the evening"

Oscar Wilde

Photo source: Ana Beatriz Barros by Ellen von Unwerth 

Max Mara metamorphoses

23/12/2014

Hanne Gaby Odiele photographed by Zoe Ghertner for S' Max Mara The Cube Spring/Summer 2015 campaign
Here comes {the 2015 version of} the Cube, a sneak preview that has only just appeared in print and

It'll never be over

22/12/2014

Edita Vilkeviciute in Scandinavia SSAW Spring/Summer 2015 (photography: Hasse Nielsen, styling: Lisa Lindqwister)Edita Vilkeviciute, one of my favourite models, shines in a nostalgia-filled "It will never be over for me" editorial from the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of the Scandinavia SSAW magazine. It makes me think all things organic... nature, beauty, love, emotions, art... the fragile quality of being... So beautifully captured on film it becomes a story that gets me daydreaming somewhere deep inside my heart... 

Edita Vilkeviciute in Scandinavia SSAW Spring/Summer 2015 (photography: Hasse Nielsen, styling: Lisa Lindqwister)
Edita Vilkeviciute in Scandinavia SSAW Spring/Summer 2015 (photography: Hasse Nielsen, styling: Lisa Lindqwister)
Edita Vilkeviciute in Scandinavia SSAW Spring/Summer 2015 (photography: Hasse Nielsen, styling: Lisa Lindqwister)Edita Vilkeviciute in Scandinavia SSAW Spring/Summer 2015 (photography: Hasse Nielsen, styling: Lisa Lindqwister)
Edita Vilkeviciute in Scandinavia SSAW Spring/Summer 2015 (photography: Hasse Nielsen, styling: Lisa Lindqwister)
Photo source: Edita Vilkeviciute in Scandinavia SSAW Spring/Summer 2015 (photography: Hasse Nielsen, styling: Lisa Lindqwister)

Dressing up for Christmas

19/12/2014

via fashioned by love | fashion editorials | Iulia Casrtea in Pyjama Party | Glamour UK May 2012 (photography: Matthew Eades, styling: Bijal Patel)
A few weeks ago I have found myself on Motilo, an online platform where one can play a virtual stylist and dream up the most fantastical outfits. And, of course, I got a little bit addicted to it, for both the fun and inspiration. It really got my creative juices flowing again so much so that I've created not one but four different looks for my Christmas post this year.

I was thinking Christmas Eve, followed by the actual Christmas day and Boxing day, plus an extra idea for the famous "ugly Christmas jumper" everyone keeps talking about. 

Look 1 { Christmas Eve }

Pretty pastels, crystal jewels, bows and that gorgeous hour-glass shape the decade was so famous for. Do tuck the sweater into the skirt to expose the bow detail of the belt.

via fashioned by love | Christmas outfit idea

Look 2 { Christmas Day }

I really wanted a bit of glamour for the day, but also the shapes and textures that would let the body move freely (and be fed well if the feast is served). If you feel like eating an extra slice of cake or mince pie, you will still be able to breath and conceal the happy tummy under that clever draping. 
And because there's no Christmas without sparkles, I mixed Marco Bicego earrings with some rubies  from the Diamond Boutique and a precious ring from Astley Clarke.

via fashioned by love | Christmas outfit idea

Look 3 { Boxing day }

The day when a lot of us wake up feeling a bit concussed and too tired to move, and simply dream of having a pyjama day. This outfit will allow you to relax and feel like you are indeed wearing your most comfortable lounge wear, but in the most glamorous way. And how gorgeous are those sandals!?

via fashioned by love | Christmas outfit idea

Look 4 { The way with ugly Christmas jumper }

This one can be an alternative for any of the above looks, especially if you are a bit of a rebel (who, however, still wants to look put together). At first I thought of a simple solution of mixing knits and denims with a pair of Oxygen boots, but, whilst browsing the Mastershoe MyShu, spotted a pair of Dr Martens and created this outfit instead. 

via fashioned by love | Christmas outfit idea

Which one is your favourite?

Photo source: Iulia Casrtea in Pyjama Party | Glamour UK May 2012 (photography: Matthew Eades, styling: Bijal Patel)

Hedi Slimane to replace Giannini

18/12/2014

via fashioned by love | Hedi Slimane move to Gucci
The latest Gucci updates suggest that Saint Laurent's Hedi Slimane may be the Giannini's replacement at Gucci in the upcoming months topping the list of contenders including Joseph Altuzarra and Givenchy's Ricardo Tisci. 

Personally I can see how Tisci isn't going to move from Givenchy any time soon for he seems to be in his element right now, whilst Altuzarra, as much as I like his designs, is a little bit too young and one-dimensional and definitely not experienced enough to take on something as legendary and pressure-heavy as Gucci. 

Slimane may not be everyone's cup of tea, but lets be honest here. Over the last few years Giannini produced several collections that, unless they were highlighted in the press, would not, in fact, be remembered at all and, if you check the Kering/Gucci profit figures, it becomes clear that while generating 55% of the total profits, Gucci made about 90% of that on leather goods, not ready-to-wear or other accessories. 

Hedi, the bad boy of fashion, does like to shock and can be misunderstood at times, but he is creative, he has an opinion and he isn't afraid to break a few rules. What also important is that, unlike Giannini, the YSL designer managed not only offer some new style classics (raise your hand if you want a pair of Jane's), but also increase the company's profits by 28% over the two-year period and made the crowd talk about Saint Laurent. 

So lets take a seat and wait to see what happens next. The question is that if Slimane does move to Gucci who is going to take his role at Saint Laurent?

Photo source: Hedi Slimane self-portrait via hedislimane.com

Meet Ports 1961 new creative mind

Natasa Cagalj Ports 1961 new creative director
The wind of change is sweeping through the fashion industry it seems. Last week we've got the Gucci news and today Ports 1961 announced the appointment of Natasa Cagalj as theirs new creative director. 

Slovenian-born Central St Martin's graduate who has been working in the industry for over fifteen years began her career at Cerruti before spending four years working at Lanvin as Elbaz' right-hand designer, then moving to Stella McCartney in 2007 and, from 2012 consulting fashion brands privately. 

Lets hope that with a head full of ideas and an impressive portfolio to be proud of, Cagalj will transform one of my once-upon-a-time favourite brands from the often awkwardly tailored homage it's become into a completely new, fresh and unique Ports 1961 that leaves us excited rather than confused.

Her first collection will be revealed in February 2015 during the fashion week. 

Photo source: vogue.co.uk

Stylish quote

17/12/2014

via fashioned by love | fashion campaigns | Raquel Zimmermann in Chloe Autumn/Winter 2010 campaign (photography: Inez & Vinoodh)
"Go where you will, and you will see French fashions but only in Paris do you see how they should be worn."

Mrs Frances Trollope

Photo source: Raquel Zimmermann in Chloe Autumn/Winter 2010 campaign (photography: Inez & Vinoodh)

Beauty | Faking it for Christmas

16/12/2014

Eniko Mihalik in Vogue Paris Beauty May 2010 (photography: Giampaolo Sgura, styling: Veronique Didry)
I have a feeling you may find it rather eccentric of me to start talking about fake tan in a middle of winter. 

Think again.

Half of the world is enjoying summer and the rest are getting into the Christmas mood meaning that the first group may be in need of a faux top up before heading to the beach whilst the rest of us would definitely benefit from a touch of sun kissed glow comes the party time. 

Yes, you may choose to go all Givenchy-tights (pardon, stockings)-and-sandals sort of thing. And yes, of course, it can look very chic - Carine Roitfeld is indeed a proof of that. However, party often means silky gowns, topless dresses, splits from here to there (and sometimes beyond) and hosiery, as seductive and gorgeous as it can be, isn't always an option. 

Having experienced the above style melodrama and instead of endlessly comparing my bare pale flesh with various parts of a plucked chicken in need of a personal trainer, I now keep it simple and reach for a bottle of fake tan.

Now, if you see how much sense it all makes, allow me to introduce you to my latest and most favourite beauty trio I've come across so far. 



TAN ORGANIC SELF TAN is a relatively new kid on the block and is the world's first eco-certified self-tanner. Made with 87% organic ingredients it does not only give the skin that gorgeous light caramel hue, but also takes care of it. 

I adored it even before my first bottle arrived because the list of ingredients sounded like the most soothing song for my organic loving heart. Instead of being water based it's made with aloe vera and some other precious extracts including beet root powder, orange, thyme and ginger oils, honey and caprylic acid that make skin soft, moisturised and saturated with precious antioxidants.

The tan is a caramel-coloured solution that you drizzle onto an application mit (mine came with the kit, but sometimes they are sold separately) before rubbing it into the exfoliated skin in a circular movement. Then you sit and wait for a couple of hours inhaling a delicate scent of sweet orange on your skin (Tan Organic never smells like a typical fake tan) and eventually reveal a beautiful light golden glow. 

If you want to go darker, you can reapply it once a day until you are happy with the result and then maintain by touch-ups once every four days or so. 

If you would like something even more natural, just a hint of tan, choose the TAN ORGANIC SELF-TANNING OIL instead. It doubles-up as a moisturiser and can be applied by hand. Being lighter in conscience and colour, this oil would also work better for the face compared to the self tan - just make sure to use it in the evening because orange oil can make the skin sensitive to the UV rays for a while. 

And to top it up, add the OIL ARGANIC as your daily moisturiser. It's a dry oil made with a blend of argan, apricot, avocado, jojoba, macadamia, borage, rose and sweet orange oils and can be used all over the body, hair and nails for that extra nourishment that is especially needed in winter. 

The bottles containing these miracle solutions are made of matt glass topped with a wooden or metallic lid - gorgeous to look at, pleasant to hold and, unlike plastic, free from toxins and hormone-disrupting xenoestrogens. 

Being natural, the self tan and the self-tanning oil last for four months after opening and the oil will keep well for a year, which reminds me to top up my reserves up comes January...

Photo source: Eniko Mihalik in Vogue Paris Beauty May 2010 (photography: Giampaolo Sgura, styling: Veronique Didry)

Pyjama parties

15/12/2014

Sasha Pivovarova in Vogue Paris December-January 2007-2008 (photography: Mark Segal, styling: Melanie Huynh)
Not that this is going to affect my blog, but I am officially off and planning to have the most relaxing time of the year together with my boys. And to celebrate such a monumental occasion (because I haven't really had any proper holidays for a very long time) here is one of my most favourite editorials of all times. Absolutely love Sasha and her sweetest companion, and simply adore the Prada heels (they have been on my ultimate wish list for ages and I still hope to come across a pre-loved pair some day).

Sasha Pivovarova in Vogue Paris December-January 2007-2008 (photography: Mark Segal, styling: Melanie Huynh)
Sasha Pivovarova in Vogue Paris December-January 2007-2008 (photography: Mark Segal, styling: Melanie Huynh)
Sasha Pivovarova in Vogue Paris December-January 2007-2008 (photography: Mark Segal, styling: Melanie Huynh)
Photo source: Sasha Pivovarova in Vogue Paris December-January 2007-2008 (photography: Mark Segal, styling: Melanie Huynh)

Christmas gift guide: every shade of WHITE

12/12/2014

via fashioned by love | fashion editorials |Marie Claire Brazil December 2009 (photography: Isabel Garcia, styling: Pedro Sales)
Can you feel the Christmas magic in the air yet? I promise my final gift guide will get you in the mood. And before it's all over, I need to confess that this year the colours were picked to compliment each other. So whether you are into blues, whites, or reds, the shades will look amazing if you decide to mix them up. Add a touch of gold and you will be good to go.

via fashioned by love | christmas gift guide | gifts for her | white

Photo source: Marie Claire Brazil December 2009 (photography: Isabel Garcia, styling: Pedro Sales)