Author Archives: Sara Brajovic
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In Paris I attended the show of my favourite designers- Valentino. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have an incredible approach to this iconic brand and from season to season produce pure art. Romantic and their red carpet dresses have something regal and ecclesiastic about them.The first part of show was all about pop Art. Italian pop art. A homage to the Italian artist Giosetta Fioroni. I absolutely loved the beauty part of the show in particular the geometric braids.
I wore a soft blue tunic from the Valentino collection with a a Valentino bag to the show. Merci Valentino for dressing me!
During Paris fashion week I popped in to see Serafina Sama, designer of Isa Arfen as am a big fan of her classic but fun clothes. The coats were the first items that caught my attention followed by the incredible grey suit. Influenced by the 1970s fashion icon Tina Chow the collection is very wearable and has a magic touch that the clothes will never get tired of and can be quite timeless.
The Film Noir Persol eyewear collection pays homage to the icons of 1950′s film scene. Think Steve McQueen, think Marcello Mastroianni. Oh , terrible things to think about- the lack of sex appeal is evident- is it not??? In fact the message of the Film noir is the mystery, the uncontrollable attraction to danger and the seduction at its best. The Gangster, Femme Fatale, Detective and Reporter make up the cast of the “Film Noir Collection,” and take us back to classics such as “Double Indemnity” , “The Killers” “The Third Man” and “Gilda”. Recent film noir masterpiece “L.A. Confidential” should have had all their cast wear Persol’s new collection.
Milan. Hailed by Suzy Menkes as the “Celine moment” of Italy, Alessandra Facchinetti’s second Pret a Porter collection for Tod’s was consistent in excellency . My eyes were definitely set on the voluminous coats and mushroom shaped hats. The colour palette varied between regal purple and soft blue with sudden bursts of patterns. A luxurious , classic collection – Alessandra seems to understand how modern women want to dress- combining masculine tailoring with softness. Really loving the combination of dresses and boots , thought it really brought a whole new element to the show.
For the ones that dare to say “I do” the French Delphine Manivet is already a household name. More bohemian , less structured it is ideal for the the woman that does not crave a wax museum wedding. In fact a chic Spanish girl asked me the other day where she should look for wedding dresses in Paris and since I thought I discovered America I could not wait to tell her that she should listen to my “oh so up to date” advice. She replied that this was the obvious first choice and would love to see if there was anyone else as good. Ouch. Who turned on the cold shower, it sucks down here. I am very glad that this is the scenario for Manivet’s sake. During the Haute Couture shows I had the pleasure of visiting Delphine’s incredible atelier in the 8eme arrondisement in Paris. Upon entering one is first struck by the sheer beauty of the the architecture. The high ceilings, interior classicism and the harmony of the essentially French palette are an amuse bouche to what is to come next. I find out that Delphine was the designer for Rochas before setting up her own brand of wedding dresses in 2005. Lately Delphine has branched into proper Haute Couture and has been making wonderful pieces for French actresses. We can now also acquire ourselves this piece of heaven. I browsed through the rails of meticulous garments and took a couple of snapshots for you to savour! Delphine Manivet, 93 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
Ironic sensuality- Grazie mille per questo complimento GQ Italia- mi fa pensare a Monica Vitti e Lauren BacalLeave a comment
On my way to the show which took place at Les Beaux Arts. The setting of the show and the recurring theme was that of a mystical garden. The wedding dress alone counted 25,000 floral appliqués. What stood out for from the whole collection were the high wasted toreador like trouser ensembles. I really think that this is the wearable Haute Couture part of the collection. The gowns were very lush and all the pieces were very grand. In Couture we do like to dream and let ourselves be transported to a world of fantasy. After all how many of us buy Couture? Incredible workmanship and once again a rich collection.
Wearing Zuhair Murad dress and feather coat with Paul Andrew shoes
At Sidaction charity dinner with Chopard. Think GREEN! Chopard Green Carpet Collection- journey to sustainable luxury!Leave a comment
Do we wonder whilst looking at our sparkle the story that it could tell us? Do we think about the effects large scale mining has on our one and only planet? It is perhaps not what luxury jewellery houses would like us to think about first but there is an exception. We can not simply be taking from our planet – we have to give back. It is wonderful to see Chopard, an established and century old family business be the leader in their field in sustainable luxury. I had the pleasure of meeting Caroline Scheufele, the Artistic Director and Co-President at the Sidaction charity dinner in Paris and found out about this great initiative. Chopard in collaboration with Livia Firth’s Eco-Age has unveiled the first ‘Green Carpet Collection’ pieces as part of Chopard’s High Jewellery Collection . And what better way to spread this important humanitarian message than through the power of celebrity. The collection was unveiled at Cannes Film Festival and marks the beginning of a journey towards sustainable jewelry. This is a unique philanthropic partnership of Chopard and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), to support and enable small artisanal gold mining communities in Latin America . Also The Alliance for Responsible Mining focus is not only helping small scale miners, encouraging fair trade, but also to help assist environmental issues caused by large scale gold mining. Equally diamonds used in the jewellery are from mines certified to the high standards of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), sourced from IGC Group.
Sidaction bathroom moment in Chopard jewellery and Ralph Lauren dress
Pierre Berge giving a speech during dinner. It’s really a pleasure to listen to such an institution and who has been in the heart of it all for so many years. I do associate strongly with this cause as many of my father’s friends dies of AIDS. Lots of funds were raised once again this year – BRAVO!
My camera was not really enthusiastic and would not take good pictures during this show. Sorry! I got a great happy shot of Franca Sozzani though (below)
I absolutely loved the Morrocan dresses- I would love to wear those with chunky jewelry and a chignon and sit on a terrace in Rome almost copying a scene from Sorrentino’s Grande Bellezza. Again the workmanship and attention to detail was extraordinary. I love the so far consistent allusions to ecclesiastical and regal costumes in the designers work.
Et voila mon outfit pour Valentino- total look Valentino avec des chaussures Gianvitto Rossi
Once again Elie Saab blows us away with his infinite creativity and consistency for evening wear. From the setting and the lighting during the show I was transported into a fairytale world that Elie knows to create with utter perfection. Everything fitted in perfectly well to paint the perfect picture: from the frosty show lighting that emphasized the spectrum of vivid colours of the dresses to the well timed music beats. I think Elie wants to show us his Haute Couture Grandeur that he is so good at whilst adding the wearability factor to some of his pieces.
En route to the show with my Gabs- wearing an Elie Saab satchel bag
The show can start
Leaving the show….Total look Elie Saab- shoes, bag , cape and dress. Stay up tights by Wolford. I have to say that this look was very much inspired by the chic Begum Aga Khan. And….I am very happy here as am trying to fake happiness and not express the misery pf freezing Paris weather
A chic version of a wife beater (not PC)- Fendi Resort 2014 dress . Why do they call sleeveless shirts wife beaters- Google?Leave a comment
It is always amazing to see design objects that look so fresh and inventive now as they did when they were made by a a still today living artist . Maria Pergay is 83 years old and she arrived in France as an émigrée in 1937. She then studied costume and set design at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques in Paris and took sculpture classes with Russian-French artist Ossip Zadkine. She makes the most beautiful sculptural furniture out of stainless steel.
You can look at other looks from the red carpet of Rome Film Festival here: http://www.gqitalia.it/eros-girls/articles/2013/novembre/festival-del-cinema-di-roma-sexy-red-carpet
Annual Charity Dinner hosted by the AEM Association Children of the world for Rwanda in Paris at Espace Pierre CardinLeave a comment
With the incredible Dolores Chaplin sitting next to me at our table. Such an incredible woman! Thank you Sophie for inviting me!
Out of focus due to …late night and a couple of glasses of champagne…. Karl Lagerfeld and Alber Elbaz in deep conversation.
I really hope that we made this Xmas a little bit brighter for Rwandan children. Thank you Numero’s Babette Dijan for organising this great initiative. You can read more and join the association here: http://www.associationaem.com/association/ . Remember what Winston Churchill said: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Of course I forgot to take pictures of myself (DUH) but thank God for photographers. I have too many pics of myself and it’s really getting boring…. Wearing Dior black tuxedo.
You can read the article here: http://www.politika.rs/rubrike/spektar/zivot-i-stil/Pamticu-u-2013-Sara-Brajovic.lt.html