As the month of love is coming to an end, I wanted to talk about hearts
Nutrition | Foods for healthy heart
More couture for Lagerfeld
Max Mara & Marilyn
Erdem: the canvas of imagination
Best looks from London fashion week
When I was little, my piano teacher taught me the words "crescendo" and "culmination", the gradual, but definite increase in music until it reached the highest point. I no longer play piano, but remember the sensation, the whirlwind I'd get while letting my fingers live the life of their own hitting the keys in an emotional and never-to-be-the-same marathon.
Often I turn to fashion shows tlooking for the familiar feeling. I admit, with the Spring/Summer and Pre-Fall behind, I expected to get rather excited and happy comes the fashion week. More often than not it didn't happen this season.
There were a few collections that I loved - and I sometimes was surprised with my choice (just as I was surprised by my disappointments) - but I will talk about them tomorrow.
Today is about the looks. The beautiful, wearable ensembles that I would love to wear right now. See if you spot anything you like.
THE COATS & CAPES: Paul Smith x2, Margaret Howell, Joseph & Jasper Conran
THE SUITS: The classic by Paul Smith, the tweed by Simone Rocha, the most amazing leather lace gorgeousness by Erdem & the incredibly elegant trouser version by Paul Smith.
THE DRESSES: the fitted tweed mini by Topshop & the cosy luxe version by Pringle of Scotland
THE LOOKS OF LOVE at Margaret Howell & Erdem
Off I go dreaming...
Photo source: Jasper Conran Fall/Winter 2015 & Margaret Howell Fall/Winter 2015 via stylebistro.com, Erdem Fall/Winter 2015, Simone Rocha Fall/Winter 2015, Paul Smith Fall/Winter 2015 & Joseph Fall/Winter 2015 via style.com
Beauty | The ultimate moisturiser
What does it take to find a perfect moisturiser? In my case, two years, four brands and a sample of Oskia Nutri-Active Day Cream. It was a sort of "where have you been all my life? - how foolish of me was not to try it sooner!" feeling.
The sample, packed in a beautiful ribbon-tied cotton pouch, came with the Perfect Cleanser, my absolute must-have then and, two and a half years on, now. I held the little square between two fingers, lightly swinging it side to side, wondering if it's worth a try, hesitated...
I knew there was always a chance that my sensitive skin might not be pleased with a swap. Besides, my other cream seemed like a good choice already. I put the square in a draw and walked away.
48 hours later I gave in.
And let me tell you, it was wonderful! I used the sample twice and ordered the full size bottle immediately. And another one. And another... At the moment I am on my fifth potion - I guess the timing is good for a review in addition to the fact that we are half way through celebrating British fashion (and who says skincare can't be a part of it, especially if it's so good).
Why do you need to consider (or run and order) this miracle worker?
* It's a fantastic product. It's light, almost like a serum or milk, and sinks into the skin very quickly without leaving it sticky or oily.
* It's very moisturising (I have a normal/combo skin that can get a little dry during winter). A morning application provides enough hydration for the entire day (I blend my own oils to use in the evening).
* You need a tiny amount. In summer my "dose" is two pumps (pea size), in winter - three (large pea size). And yes, I use it all year round. A bottle normally lasts for 3 months or a little longer.
* The cream is suitable for all skin types including sensitive, or acne-prone. Some of the ingredients are known to be great for psoriasis and skin irritation.
* Your skin will glow (though you will have to watch what you eat, too)
* The cream also supports collagen production, brilliant for little lines and wrinkles and feeds your skin with 15 essential nutrients including vitamins A, group B, C, E and D, Omega's, probiotics and zinc (life savers if you are prone to spots!) and MSM. In addition to this fabulous cocktail, you get milk peptides, hyaluronic acid, Swiss apple stem cells, vitamin P and yeast lysate that take care of skin elasticity, DNA and rejuvenation.
* The scent is very light. I'd say I can hadly smell it, but the fragrance you do get is very comforting, like a caress or voile on your skin.
* It is natural, so you won't find any parabens, synthetics and other junk here. Some of the ingredients are organic. It is also free from beeswax - something I know I can't use because my skin gets miserable and spotty (and unfortunately, a lot of natural moisturisers have beeswax as a base)
* It's bottled in glass, so you won't be getting any nasty xenoestrogens (PCBs, PBA, phthalates etc.) either.
* Made in Britain. Sold worldwide. Retails for £52 and worth every penny.
* And to conclude, here's the full ingredients list: aqua, MSM, glycerin, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, organic shea butter, organic jojoba oil, rice germ oil, sesame seed oil, decyl oleate, cetearul alcohol, sunflower seed oil, kukui seed oil, rose hip seed oil, glyceryl caprylate, benzyl alcohol, whey protein, glyceryl dibehenate, tribehenin, calendula extract, sodium hyaluronate, malus domestic fruit cell culture, limonium narbonense flower/leaf/stem extract, saccharomyces ferment filtrate lysate, glyceryl behenate, natural fragrance (from lychees and rose oil), citronella, ceraniol, linalool, inulin, alpha-glucan oligosaccharide, tocopherol, lecithin, xanthan gum, dehydroacetic acid, phenozyethanol, sodium lactate
Outfit inspiration: LFW
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SATURDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2015
Jasper Conran 10:00 London | 5:00 New York | 11:00 Paris & Milan | 13:00 Moscow
Emilia Wickstead 11:00 London | 6:00 New York | 12:00 Paris & Milan | 14:00 Moscow
Sibling 12:00 London | 7:00 New York | 13:00 Paris & Milan | 15:00 Moscow
Julien Macdonald 13:00 London | 8:00 New York | 14:00 Paris & Milan | 16:00 Moscow
Holly Fulton 14:00 London | 9:00 New York | 15:00 Paris & Milan | 17:00 Moscow
Lucas Nascimento 15:00 London | 10:00 New York | 16:00 Paris & Milan | 18:00 Moscow
J.W.Anderson 16:00 London | 11:00 New York | 17:00 Paris & Milan | 19:00 Moscow
1205 17:00 London | 12:00 New York | 18:00 Paris & Milan | 20:00 Moscow
Simone Rocha 18:00 London | 13:00 New York | 19:00 Paris & Milan | 21:00 Moscow
Gareth Pugh 20:00 London | 15:00 New York | 21:00 Paris & Milan | 23:00 Moscow TBC
SUNDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2015
Preen 9:00 London | 4:00 New York | 10:00 Paris & Milan | 12:00 Moscow
Margaret Howell 10:00 London | 5:00 New York | 11:00 Paris & Milan | 13:00 Moscow
David Koma 11:00 London | 6:00 New York | 12:00 Paris & Milan | 14:00 Moscow
Issa 12:00 London | 7:00 New York | 13:00 Paris & Milan | 15:00 Moscow
Matthew Williamson 13:00 London | 8:00 New York | 14:00 Paris & Milan | 16:00 Moscow
Temperley London 14:00 London | 9:00 New York | 15:00 Paris & Milan | 17:00 Moscow
Topshop Unique 15:00 London | 10:00 New York | 16:00 Paris & Milan | 18:00 Moscow
Paul Smith 16:00 London | 11:00 New York | 17:00 Paris & Milan | 19:00 Moscow
Vivienne Westwood RL 17:00 London | 12:00 New York | 18:00 Paris & Milan | 20:00 Moscow
Mary Katrantzou 18:00 London | 13:00 New York | 19:00 Paris & Milan | 21:00 Moscow
Jonathan Saunders 20:15 London | 15:15 New York | 21:15 Paris & Milan | 23:15 Moscow
MONDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2015
Antonio Berardi 9:00 London | 4:00 New York | 10:00 Paris & Milan | 12:00 Moscow
Roksanda 10:00 London | 5:00 New York | 11:00 Paris & Milan | 13:00 Moscow
Erdem 11:00 London | 6:00 New York | 12:00 Paris & Milan | 14:00 Moscow
Barbara Casasola 12:00 London | 7:00 New York | 13:00 Paris & Milan | 15:00 Moscow
Burberry Prorosum 13:00 London | 8:00 New York | 14:00 Paris & Milan | 16:00 Moscow TBC
Osman 14:00 London | 9:00 New York | 15:00 Paris & Milan | 17:00 Moscow
Christopher Kane 15:00 London | 10:00 New York | 16:00 Paris & Milan | 18:00 Moscow
Thomas Tait 16:00 London | 11:00 New York | 17:00 Paris & Milan | 19:00 Moscow
Peter Pilotto 17:00 London | 12:00 New York | 18:00 Paris & Milan | 20:00 Moscow
Giles 19:00 London | 14:00 New York | 20:00 Paris & Milan | 22:00 Moscow
TUESDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2015
Ashley Williams 9:00 London | 4:00 New York | 10:00 Paris & Milan | 12:00 Moscow
Michael van der Ham 10:30 London | 5:30 New York | 11:30 Paris & Milan | 13:30 Moscow
Marques'Almeida 11:30 London | 6:30 New York | 12:30 Paris & Milan | 14:30 Moscow
Christpher Raeburn 12:30 London | 7:30 New York | 13:30 Paris & Milan | 15:30 Moscow
Emilio de la Morena 13:30 London | 8:30 New York | 14:30 Paris & Milan | 16:30 Moscow TBC
Ashish 15:30 London | 10:30 New York | 16:30 Paris & Milan | 18:30 Moscow
Ryan Lo 16:30 London | 11:30 New York | 17:30 Paris & Milan | 19:30 Moscow
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Oscar de la Renta F/W 2015: visions still unfold in sweet imagining
The late Oscar de la Renta was a very smart man. He founded a fashion house based on a simple fact that, regardless on how many trainers are worn as daywear or how popular the ugly sandals and street wear become, women will always be women - and secretly, or not, will always search for fantasy and believe in a timeless kind of beauty.
De la Renta built an empire and then choose the perfect man to trust it to. Last night at 18:30 in New York, Peter Copping has finally revealed the much anticipated collection he designed for the house of Oscar de la Renta.
As Ine Neefs in a beautiful black beaded coat made her way down the catwalk, the wave of warmth, lightness and love accompanied by The Trip tune swept across the room... And the women smiled. And nodded. Their eyes sparkled in a silent emotional dialogue with fashion and memories.
"Time has come to go
Pack your bags, hit the open road.
Our hearts just won't die.
It's the trip, keeps us alive...
So many miles away...
They're following some dance of light
Tearing into the night
Watching you fall asleep
The sweetest dove in a dream...
So many miles away..."
Copping did it. He respectfully and carefully preserved the legacy of Oscar de la Renta, the essence of femininity and glamour the house has been famous for, and then he took it into the future.
Perhaps, some of the looks could have been done in a slightly different way and yes, there were unmistakably familiar pleats and shapes from the Copping's Nina Ricci past, but the spirit of de la Renta, his ideas and touches were carefully preserved, too. Among my favourites were the black coat, the ivory pieces, the indulgent furs, the cocktail dresses, especially the frosted white one, and the stunning deep red evening gown. They were spectacular.
With his debut, the new Oscar de la Renta creative gave women exactly what they wanted - a dream to live in, from morning till night... over and over again. Oscar would have certainly approved...
"Watching from a distant constellation
Eyes that can see the world in changing hues
Visions still unfold in sweet imagining
Time reveals that love's the only truth..."
Photo source: Oscar de la Renta Fall/Winter 2015 via style.com and vogue.com, lyrics from The Trip byStill Corners and Dayglo Reflections by Bobby Womack & Lana Del Rey