Back in 2000 Colin McDowell wrote that "if it were possible to create the tune of a dress, the
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On my wish list
It's all good
Last night I realised it's going to be a very short week and my extensive to-do list would have to be squeezed into four days. Luckily, it's beautiful, it's sunny and it definitely smells like spring, which makes everything much better.
So I woke up this morning, finished my Easter shopping (groceries, early supplies of fresh sleepy daffodils, all the simple things), and, while having breakfast, chose this editorial - absolutely loved the suede Ralph Lauren dress, the styling and the rest of the looks, almost as if both Ralph Lauren and Harper's team knew my weaknesses when it comes to the ultimate Spring/Summer 2015 wish list...
Photo source: Erin Wasson in It's going to be hot / Harper's Bazaar Russia April 2015 (photography: Andrew Yee, styling: Oxana Korsun)
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Swayed by suede
Photo source: Giorgio Armani clutch bag in Amica Italy October 2010 (photography: Philippe Lacombe, styling: Vanessa Giudici)
The making of Chloe
Balancing between the seasons right now with my mind firmly set on spring, but the body still demanding the comfort of cashmere. It is a little bit frustrating because the welcoming mellow air of the warm season is so close and yet constantly pushed away by the wintery wind and clouds.
On a positive side, I can share this gorgeous editorial without feeling out of place. Love the purity of it very much. And those oversized cardigans and soft sweaters... Mmmm... I want them all.
Photo source: Louise Mikkelsen in Close knit | Elle Australia February 2015 (photography: Stephen Ward, styling: Sara Smith)
The Italian job
Not that this was a huge surprise, but last week Peter Dundas was appointed as the creative director at Roberto Cavalli, the brand he previously worked from 2002 to 2005 before moving to Emilio Pucci. For Dundas it was "the home coming" and for Cavalli - "the desire to evolve a style that combines glamour, tradition and innovation."
His position at Pucci was swiftly filled by hiring Massimo Giorgetti, one of the Italy's most talented young designers, founder and creative force of MSGM, the 4-year-old brand known for its prints and colours. He will be combining his two roles and reveal the first Emilio Pucci Spring/Summer 2016 collection in during September fashion week.
There's no doubt that Dundas will fit into his Cavalli role perfectly, but I am very curious to see how Georgetti will interpret his love of modern shapes when he designs for the iconic brand made incredibly sensual and very couture by its now former creative director. I really, really hope he won't turn Pucci into another "street style in flipflops vision" - it will absolutely break my heart.
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A bucket full of bags
Bucket bags are my style delight. Even the very thought brings a wave of nostalgia mixed with an anticipation of fun and freedom. I was pleased to see the return of a bucket last year because the shape is one of the best ever created - it gives enough structure to work as a smart day bag, but also plenty of huggable, delicious softness to hold onto when you need a little palpable comfort.
Admittedly, it was the buckets and drawstrings that I carried as a teenager and during my time at University. I had a wonderful collection of them, from solid classics in tan leather to linen, silk and vinyl coated summer styles I ended up loving so much that we became inseparable until I moved countries and left them behind.
Later I've realised how wrong I was because my wardrobe feels rather incomplete without a good old drawstring. So, since this bag is on my bucket list and, as it happens, a Spring 2015 trend, the timing and the choice couldn't have been better. In my mind, it's a medium sized softy in brown leather, but I wouldn't mind the black or burgundy one either...
Photo source: bucket bags at Giorgio Armani, Lanvin, Tod's, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Gucci & Valentino Spring/Summer 2015 catwalks via details via style.com, Marielle Manville with her bucket back in Vogue US November 1989 (photography: Tiziano Magni, styling: Elizabeth Salesman & Susi Billingsley)
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Outfit inspiration: St Patricks day
I recently came across a Victoria Smurfit's quote that read "If you're Irish, it doesn't matter where you go - you'll find family." It had so much warmth and comfort in it, like a cosy blanket that can protect you from elements, fear and doubts. I thought that whoever feels this way is very lucky and then realised that Irish probably know more about luck than anyone else, otherwise we would not have St Patricks day, lucky clover and a few heartfelt jokes to share.
Admittedly, I don't know enough about St Patrick or the holiday to maintain a long intelligent conversation (or bore you with a monologue). What I am aware of, though, is that no celebration is complete without something green and something gold - a perfect little piece of trivia that inspired this outfit idea.
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If you only buy one thing
Think of transitional pieces right now and consider a denim dress. Wear it with suede, turtle-necks (or little neck scarf), floppy hat and knee-high boots to channel the 1970s vibe or add a classic coat and a pair of Mary Janes if you love the 1940s. Use as a light cover-up to layer over cropped cigarette trousers or a skirt (don't button it up - drape, leave the middle part open to show off the said skirt, trousers and top, and secure the entire ensemble with a belt - think Marni circa 2009-2010).
And when the summer is finally here - embrace the beauty of denim by pairing it with the brown or red suede sandals, sweet wedges or pretty ballerinas.
Photo source: Astrid Berges-Frisbey wearing Chanel in About a girl / Marie Claire Australia March 2013 (photography: Nicole Bentley, styling: Jana Pokorny)
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Outfit inspiration: Paris fashion week
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"A lot of brands lost their souls by putting marketing first, but marketing is worthless if there are no good products."
Photo source: Stylist France October 2013 (photography: Marcin Tyszka, styling: Belen Casadevall)
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Outfit inspiration: Milan fashion week
"What to wear to Milan fashion week?" I asked myself while trying to choose between three completely different looks for my imaginary girl. At the end the vintage Prada clutch won over - it would be a crime not to share this gorgeous bag with you - now on my wish list, just like everything else here.
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