Thursday, 29 November 2012
The reason for my absence was brought about by, coincidentally, another M I had been waiting for months. Nine, to be precise :) Matthew is now two weeks old, but growing up fast and amazing us every single day. Coming home with him required a bit of an adjustment, but we're now getting the hang of it and loving and every minute. And just in time for the month of Christmas cheer and warm, holiday spirit. Here's to a magic December and many magic moments to come - plus a blog updated on a more regular basis :)
Thursday, 15 November 2012
I confess I am a little bit biased, as these collaboration is, to my mind, one of the best H&M has done so far. Not that I'm any kind of Martin Margiela fan to begin with - while I like his designs as a concept, there's usually no inner calling to make them my own. Still, his work for H&M is not only creative, but more wearable. I like the way in which the masculine shapes have been adapted to suit feminine shapes, and I like the oversized volumes which impress without swallowing you up whole. The optical illusion of a luxury couture has never looked better in a retail collection. One or two items are certainly going to bring a breath of fresh air to any wardrobe, by decomposing and reconstructing clothes. I admit to being very excited to see how the collection will find its way into different wardrobes and the combinations available to us.
In preparation for today, I've had the MMM for H&M TV commercial on repeat - it's got such amazing visuals, they set off the clothes beautifully.
I guess all that's left to do now is to go shop. My aims for the day? Below are my top 5 looks, but, really, the plexiglass heeled shoes are THE one item I will NOT go home without.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
I already knew of the dramatic intricacies and detailing of the gowns and the tailored suits from the collection photos, I must have poured over them at least a dozen times trying to see if I can imagine something more beautiful. Still, it was mind blowing to see them closer, to understand the texture and the painstaking craftsmanship that goes into the making of a dress, for example, that has a skirt made with over 9000 flower petals - each applied by hand. It's the stuff of wonder, I tell you. Don't you agree?
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
This week's obsession? Alexander McQueen's shearling and leather ankle boots.
Sassy, classy, a little bit sporty, a little bit out there, a little bit Bigfoot :) Just perfect. Ok, maybe just except the price tag. But a girl can dream, can't she? :)
Monday, 12 November 2012
The brand orchestrated another spectacle in the Cour Carré of the Louvre, the site of its big-budget fashion shows for the past few seasons. A red-and-white-striped hot air balloon carrying model Arizona Muse in its basket recently lifted off for the cameras of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who filmed the French brand’s latest push into television and cinema advertising. As original music by British film composer John Murphy swells to a dramatic crescendo, Muse is seen admiring Italian masterpieces at the vast museum, including the Mona Lisa, before using a key on her necklace to unlock a Vuitton trunk she encounters. From the inside lid she plucks a letter, tucks it into her purse and makes her escape into the sunset-streaked Paris sky as a handsome man trails her.
The mesmerizing add is the latest example of Vuitton’s move to bring its travel heritage and artisanal roots forward, as a complement to its fashion advertising. This new film is an invitation on a journey, with the key a symbol that — like travel — opens “the pathways of knowledge, initiation, mystery and curiosity.” Vuitton also announced its intention to let the story unfold further, with the next episode slated to be unveiled in 2013 - and I, for one, cannot wait to see it.
Still, it seems I'm in the minority here not only in my neighbourhood and Christmas has arrived - for retailers, at the very least. The past week has been one of fairy-tale and holiday unveilings.
First, Santa made an early stop at London department store Harrods to help launch its new fantastical festive window. The display plays with different themes of Disney fairytales, featuring much-loved traditional characters like Rapunzel or Cinderella alongside newer cartoon characters like Mulan or Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. Each of the 10 windows, which will remain in place until the end of the Christmas period, was created by a different fashion designer and some of the biggest names as that, including Oscar de la Renta, Versace, Escada and Roberto Cavalli.
Also tied with the unveiling of the new displays was the launch of a new collection of Haute Joaillerie by Chopard - a stunning and magical suite of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and hairpieces inspired by Disney's iconic princesses. Featuring the Chopard unmistakable craftsmanship, the pieces are the stuff of dreams. Fairytale dreams, that is.
Crossing the English channel, Christmas made a stop in the City of Lights, on what else if not an elephant? A Louis Vuitton-clad elephant. The animal took center stage for the unveiling of the new displays, having had the honour to push the button that lit up the famous French department store. As for the Louis Vuitton he was proudly sporting, it is because this year, LV has been responsible for decorating the Christmas window display to match the theme "The Ball of the Century", inspired by the 100 year anniversary of the Art Nouveau glass dome of the Galeries (an architectural gem for the ages).
Saturday, 10 November 2012
This year again, the Victoria's Secret fashion show was the extravaganza we've grown to expect and enjoy, featuring impossibly perfect women in skimpy outfits of the suavest silk, satin and lace, eye-catching and gravity defying accessories, big hair, sultry make-up and A-list music. All sprinkled with juicy tidbits and advice from the models backstage. The perfect recipe for the event that people will not forget, even if they will probably not remember any of the actual pieces shown.
This is the VS show in words. The rest is for the eye alone.
|Aviator jacket from Mango|
Two years ago, when the runways were full with reinterpretations of the classic jacket, from Burberry to Phillip Lim, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven - everywhere I looked, I saw these jackets. And I wanted them all and... none at the same time. Because none was just quite perfect. So I missed out on the moment and lived regretting it ever since. Until I saw this jacket from this year's Mango collection. And fell in love. I love the colour, love the build, the asymmetric zipper, the details on the arms. I need to have it! Now, Santa, if you'd just be a dear... :)
Friday, 9 November 2012
In the wake of Obama's win of a second term in office, the fashion world's eyes are focused, yet again, on Mrs. Obama. Let it be said - I love this woman, her energy, the passion that shines through, the way in which she dedicates herself to her favourite causes, but still manages to give off the impression that, at the end of the day, she's just a regular mom and wife. Hats' down to you, Michelle.
Still, let's put things into perspective a little bit - she is not a Barbie doll, not a Hollywood starlet and not a model. There should be some limits for the small talk about her clothes. Yes, on ocasion, her clothes have been used to highlight some important underlying message about economics or about how women are being perceived, as well as being used as a silent support of one or another minority or as an instrument of diplomacy (something which had not really been done since the days of Jacqueline Kennedy). More often than not, however, I think clothes are simply doing what they are meant to do: highlight her beautiful frame in the best possible way and simply make her look nice. At the end of the day, not every item of clothing is fraught with meaning. And, somewhere along the way, the conversation went from being about whether the outfits were event-appropriate (a legitimate point, given her position) to the gossipy "What was she wearing when she was planting veggies in the backyard of the White House?"
It is clear that the relationship between fashion and politics has and will continue to be very strong. Indeed, the style industry played a major role in Barrack Obama's campaign this year, who counted Anna Wintour as one of his most fervent supporters. I, however, rapidly lost my appetite for it when I read how Diane von Furstenberg (the brand, not the woman) was quick to rebuke Ann Romney for wearing one of their designs because their commitment was to Obama. People, fashion should be indiscriminate, not take sides - this is losing sight of what fashion is all about and should make us all rethink things a little bit more.
I don't imagine, however, that the fascination for Michelle Obama's style choices will fade down anytime soon, more so because it undoubtedly helps boost her husband's popular appeal. And, as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis proved so well, fashion can carry you with your chin up through the toughest of times. So here's to looking forward of another 4 years of Mrs. O style adoration. I sure hope she keeps it interesting.
Thursday, 8 November 2012
- Aline Weber on the cover of Vogue Mexico wearing Lanvin (I cannot even begin to talk about the beauty of that dress or the way in which the colour complements her, I would just never stop. And this would be without even mentioning the accessories!).
- In the most ironic twist of all, given the news we received earlier this week, Kristen Stewart wears Balenciaga on the cover of Glamour Poland. I have to say, however, that this one made the cut solely because of my long-lasting love for Nicolas Ghesquiere; apart from that, let's face it, the styling is appalling for this level of the game.
- Sarah Jessica Parker in a classic, yet edgy cut-out number of Calvin Klein Collection and a beautiful mother-of-pearl collar necklace from House of Lavande on the cover of US Elle (kudos for the magazine for going patriotic with only local designers in election months).
- An almost unrecognizable Arizona Muse in menswear inspired tailoring and a sleek back do for Vogue Russia.
- Naomie Harris rides the Skyfall wave of fame right onto the cover of InStyle UK and sizzles in a fierce number by Amanda Bellan (a designer who really deserves a little bit more exposure and credit).
- Dolce & Gabbana and their baroque trend strike again! After Victoria's Secret angel Miranda Kerr hot cover for Marie Claire Australia last month, this November it's Jessie J's turn for Elle UK. To me this one is a non-compete: Jessie J totally nailed the Sicilian attitude!
- Rihanna looking very un-Rihanna-like in a Valentino class act on the cover of US Vogue. One example that the girl cleans up nice, if she wants to.
- Stepping far away from the Anna Karenina persona she portrayed in last month's Vogue cover, Keira Knightley shows her edgier side, in Chanel, on the front of W magazine.
- Last, but not least, in a style lesson we'd be fools to forget, Eva Mendes shows us on the cover of Glamour France that you can still sizzle in this season's printed T-shirt trend (courtesy of Givenchy).
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
To celebrate the 5 year anniversary, the magazine boasts a beautiful anniversary shooting signed by Alex Galmeanu (a photographer you simply cannot not adore) featuring 15 personalities from all walks of life, from local designers to models, actresses and businesswomen - all strong characters who have helped mold the industry they work in and are an inspiration on a day to day basis. Also inside the pages, I found the most adorable, fabulous, extravagant and classy anniversary wishes illustrations ever, from Christian Louboutin to Alber Elbaz (whom I just adore). I would so frame these and put them on my wall!
Happy Anniversary, Harper's Bazaar Romania, and hope to see many more editions showcasing the most extravagant and inspiring fashion out there. And talking about inspiring, this moment brought to mind another important anniversary, that of Harper's 15 years in Russia celebrated late last year. In true haute couture style, the magazine enlisted the help of 15 legendary designers, each of whom designed their own version of the cover for the special anniversary edition. Moreover, each designer's issue included custom content on the designer in question, including special photo collages and written articles. Below you can find my favourite ones - magic and style at its best!
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Tuesdays, on the other hand, are a very different story. Every Tuesday morning is confusing for me - my first thought when I hear the alarm is if it's broken. After all, I did the whole waking up early thing the day before, so why is it still ringing now? Tuesdays need a whoooole different approach, a stealth way to trick the mind into thinking that it's possible to be in a good mood and that the weekend is really not THAT far away. Tuesday are, therefore, built for small indulgences, treats & inspirational moments. Here are the few that have made this morning sunnier.
Monday, 5 November 2012
Andra Lupu – One of the most pleasant surprises of Autor 8, Andra Lupu’s designs were modern, versatile and so well crafted that you could easily have been fooled into thinking that they came from a designer with infinitely more experience. She also gets a great round of applause for the display, which, through its simplicity, beautifully complemented the pieces and helped showcase them in just the right way. I just love when people pay attention to these details – to me, that’s the truest sign of passion right there.