Category Archives: DESIGNERS
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.
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
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
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
Recently in Rome I met with the elegant Sole Torlonia, one of the three girls responsible for the Milanese label Blaze http://blaze-milano.com . I really like what they do- they make incredible blazers for women. Exatly what every girl needs! Think Katherine Hepburn , Bianca Jagger, think YSL woman – a woman is sexy in a blazer. Powerful. We all know and agree. But their blazers are not just as I love to call it “here today, gone tomorrow” moment in fashion. They are in fact made to order , made from top materials ( not synthetic, beurk) and incredibly tailored . They are here to stay as they are timeless and forever pieces in your wardrobe.( hand it down to your kids!) On top of this I found out that you don’t really need to carry a handbag whilst wearing this blazer- I never do anyway! I hate wearing large bags at night- I would take a small pochette that fits my credit card, keys and Iphone…. max. Inside this blazer there are a couple of secret compartments where you can put your phone, key , money, etc…Smart no?
I don’t know if you remember but I mentioned this fabulous brand to you a year and a half ago and I am so happy that they are killing it at the moment! No wonder…they really are the most comfortable high heeled shoes on the market and their design is impeccable. I only wear their shoes at night now…. King Manolo dethroned? I think so master…. http://www.aquazzura.com/content/c/AQUAZZURA-GIRLS
Boccaccio’70- Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio by Federico Fellini (1962) restored by Dolce&Gabbana @ Rome Film FestivalLeave a comment
During the Rome Film Festival I was invited by Dolce & Gabbana to the screening of the Federico Fellini film they restored to perfection. Boccacio ’70 is an Italian anthology of four episodes each shot by a different director from an idea by Cesare Zavattini. The theme that unites all four films is the different aspects of morality and love in modern times in the style of the Italian Renaissance author Boccaccio. I had the pleasure of seeing The temptation of Doctor Antonio shot by Fellini. It was magical watching Anita Ekberg in vivid colours on the big screen – and don’t forget ….bevete piu late! Have a look at these two short extract of the film here
Regarding my outfit – I was inspired by the film Malena and the quintessential Dolce & Gabbana woman. Think Sicily, think Monica, think churches, think veils, think Semana Santa, think celebration of femininity….but a bit more daring. Let’s say ….that woman but X-rayed! Needless to say that it is a total Dolce & Gabbana look including the 50′s style sous- vetements. After the screening I was whisked off to the Dolce&Gabbana and Vanity Fair dinner at Villa Medici. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
Absolutely in love with the Chloe Baylee bag (in the photo) – it’s useful in the city and also when I travel. It fits most of my “gadgets” that I need for daily meetings and it’s the perfect size when you need to quickly pack and leave the country for a short trip . The French Vogue team came to my flat where we shot the story. I had a long chat with Eugenie Trochu and the photographer Herve Goluza before we managed to catch the last minutes of light for my portrait. I am wearing a Fall 2013 Chloe dress and Aquazzura shoes. If you are curious to see what is in my bag – have a look at the following link :
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Metamorphose- AD Magazine invites 15 interior decorators to transform a 17th Century Parisian Hotel ParticulierLeave a comment
This is what they came up with….
Chahan Minassian‘s Garden below
Above: Pierre Yovanovich‘ Salon de Musique
Above and below : details
Elliot Barnes 1920′s vibe
Below: Bruno Moinard was inspired by Ovid’s Metarmophoses to create mythological sale a manger
Charles Zana‘s sculptural kitchen
You can check out all the outfits of the Chloe front row on this link, there are some wonderful combinations: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/frontrow/S2014RTW-CHLOE
I am a big fan of Clare Waight Keller’s collections for Chloe and was delighted to attend the show. I absolutely love the identity of the Chloe girl and can see a part of myself in her. This collection was a step for the usual Chloe girl in Paris. She is travelling to exotic places. Imagine her clothes blowing in the wind and gently outlining her silhouette. We can all wear these sheer clothes, they reveal just the perfect amount- letting the viewer guess ever so slightly what’s underneath. I have not seen a lot of pleats around lately but Clare made them modern, sexy and safe to wear again. Loving the tunic looks too, the colourful one and the pure white look (my favourite!)- here are some of my favourite things from the show:
The desk clutter in my hotel room before the SS 2014 Tod’s show. My purple note book, the current book I am not reading but devouring and Alessandra Facchinetti’s mood board for her first Tod’s collection. The colour palette , the ponchos, suits, full skirts, crisp constructed shirts, Gio Ponti-influenced color-blocked leather pieces along with the incredibly strong tradition of Tod’s accessories made this a collection one to remember and look forwards to– come Spring!
The interior of the setting for the show- the PAC Museum (the Pavilion of Contemporary Art) in Milan, incredibly elegant interior.
The small private dinner at the incredible Villa Necchi after the show . If the name does not mean anything to you- you might remember it better from the film ” I am love “. A Museum today it is a very well preserved jewel of 1930′s architecture allowing visitors a glimpse into the life of an industrialist Milanese family.
I recently became an Ambassador for Tod’s . I am very happy to be a part of this experience as I associate strongly with the philosophy and esthetics of the brand. I took a flight to Milan to the presentation of the first Tod’s Pret a Porter collection designed by Alessandra Facchinetti. Alessandra is familiar to us in the fashion industry from her days as a designer at Valentino and Gucci but her collection for Tod’s completely blew me away. It is the perfect fit. Somehow brands and designers find each other – the same can be said of its ambassadors. They just bring out the best in each other. It was a very serene show, from the setting to the energy in the room. None of the usual hideousness of strung out PR managers in black clothes, attention grabbing extras or militant organisers were present- all of which make fashion shows a nauseous experience. It was a classy affair. Just in the spirit of the Della Valles. More on the show later. Here I am with all the other global ambassadors: Noor Fares- fine jewlery designer, Hedvig Opshaug- blogger , Polly Morgan – artist and Carolina Gonzalez Bunster- Founder of Walkabout Foundation. All very inspiring women!
Travelling, at Barcelona airport, photo by http://www.daisyvegablog.com
The SWEET Alessandra Mastronardi in Valentino, ready to go…
The elegant Alessandra Mastronardi in Valentino in the boat on the way to the event
Of course I had to go for the classic Valentino red , a clearer shot of the amazing dress below:
The first ball was held in 1932, by the founder of the Venice Film Festival , Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata and remained one of the most important social events until the end of the 1980s. More than 20 years later, at the 70th Venice Film Festival Palazzo Volpi has reopened its doors. Thank you to creative directors of the fashion house Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli ! Check out the rest of the pictures on Italian Vogue : http://www.vogue.it/en/people-are-talking-about/parties-events/2013/09/louis-garrel-per-valentino#ad-image295246
Blind as a bat….I bet you did not know that! If you are in London or heading there soon you should visit this little gem of a shop. You won’t run the risk of seeing too many people wearing the same glasses as you. Made to measure in the most exciting shapes,colours etc… http://www.ebmeyrowitz.co.uk/Contact.html
Be way ahead, 2 cool 4 school- Dresses over trousers Resort 2014 trend- A Manual on how not to be scared and try itLeave a comment
Dresses over trousers. Yes, that’s right. Don’t be scared. It works. It’s a reoccuring look in traditional Indian fashion wear. I see my Indian friends in it and they look ravishing. If you don’t think it is for you read this – it might push you to experiment a bit.
It can look very elegant providing that it is the right cut, right material and maybe right print. To sound less scary let’s call it oversized tops or tunics over trousers. If you are not comfortable start with this version. Chanel
Then go a touch longer…
Giambattista Valli above, Fendi bellow
If you are feeling adventurous and it is starting to grow on you move onto flared dresses and cigarette pants. Givenchy
Hmmm…no? Then just stick to a tunic-y top and go for wide leg trouser
But if you really want to rock out and take this trend to a new level I suggest the genius Roksanda Ilincic. How cool is this?
Accessorised with great chunky jewellery and beautiful cocktail shoes it can give you a very chic oriental urban look. It’s quite a big trend for Resort 2014 but if you can’t wait you can surely do it up yourself with some Fall 2013 pieces and what you have in your wardrobe already . I saw a wonderful electric blue tunic and pencil trousers trousers at SportMax the other day . I cant’t find it anywhere online yet (wierd), but will try and get a picture from the shop. I did not see the price yet but if it budget friendly and the material is great it might end up in my cupboard.
*all designer clothes shots from Style.com
SS2012 above Fall 2013 below
Ana Ljubinkovic above. I’m loving the sculptural shapes, bold colours, patterns and her general play on details. I saw Ana’s last collection somewhere online whilst browsing the net and absolutely loved what I saw. I digged deeper. She is a Serbian designer based in Belgrade. It’s absolutely amazing to travel outside our usual 4 fashion destinations- Milan, Paris, New York and London and discover something outstanding. Globalisation is upon us. In fashion too. It’s important to be curious and to look outside the obvious fashion capitals for new talent. You would be surprised what you find. Ana is a fine example of this.
Whilst at Belgrade Fashion week I also discovered the dark world of Ivana Pilja (below)
Chic, chic, chic…..I absolutely loved her last collection so I was very happy to see her new collection at the Crillon Hotel in Paris. Would wear it ALL! http://isaarfen.com/
Ultimate feminine clothes with signature delicate laces, powdery pastels and sprinkles of jewels. She makes demi-couture evening gowns, to party dresses and fine accessories. Beyond the two branded stores located in Uberlândia and Sao Paulo, plus a further 140 multi-brand outlets throughout Brazil, Patricia Bonaldi pieces can be found in demanding markets such as America, Russia, the Middle East and Europe. Harrods, of London, will be the exclusive UK retailer for the brand for its second season in 2013. At the brand’s HQ, in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, the designer has established her own school of embroidery. Prolonging the tradition for decorative manual labour in the region, Bonaldi’s aim is to empower women by training each person to her meticulous standard. Now with over 105 recruits, the school collaboratively produce the rich embroidery and embellishment that feature on Patricia Bonaldi garments.
Every country naturally tries to nurture their own talents whether they are in the arts, sports, science….or fashion! It was really interesting to see how the city of Sao Paolo supports their emerging fashion talent through business mentoring in areas such as business planning, marketing, sourcing, production and exporting. Some of the designers that caught my eye are below. Gabriela Sakate(above hand below) has such a strong Fall 2013 collection, absolutely love all the pieces!
Below some Trend- T T- Shirts
Der Metropol menswear
I was really excited to see Roksanda’s atelier in East End London. We’ve been trying to meet up for ages but both of our schedules were quite insane in the last couple of months- traveling wise! Finally at the end of January we were both in London at the same time. I was greeted upon my(messy) arrival by yummy biscuits, fruit and tea. True Slavic hospitality!
Last time I saw Roksi was at her SS 2013 show at the Savoy hotel in London . Her deigns are as you might have noticed one of my favourites. Why? The Roksanda Ilincic woman is a lady. With a modern British twist. There is something to be said on how her clothes are oozing femininity by floating around the body. Also her clothes are like sculptures- they would make a great exhibit in a modern art museum. and are real life walking sculptures. One of my favourite dresses of all times is below from the SS 2012 show. Let’s not forget the stunning skirt suit from Fall 2012 too
Pre Fall 2013 was inspired from what American fashion designer Claire McCardel did in the 40′s and 50′s. I immediately fell in love with the small waisted grey dress with a dominant grey skirt and pink collar. I felt very “sage” in it. I usually like how her clothes fall loosely around the body but this dress had a different cut. Roksanda is not afraid of vibrant colours and this collection states that very clearly! Apart from talking clothes we really had “girl’s chat”: which is off the record and certainly NOT for the blogosphere…
Edeline Lee is a London-based Canadian who graduated from Central Saint Martins Womenswear and apprenticed in the studios of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. She then worked as Associate Creative Director for Zac Posen in New York and as Head Designer for Rodnik in London.
I saw Edeline’s first collection in Zurich last year. She was commissioned by my friend, fine jewellery designer Cora Sheibani to design a collection to display her jewellery. The collection was so beautiful and it reminded me a bit of the spirit of the House Of Vionnet. Very feminine shapes, structured with clean modernist lines. What I decided to feature today is her second collection.
Edeline Lee was inspired by “the spirit, strength, and fragile beauty” of the bohemian intelligentsia of the 1930s. Women like Vita Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf, Nancy Cunard, Claude Cahun and the Garman sisters who were artists and writers whilst also being the lovers and inspiration for many of the artists of their time. I have one of her dresses and it makes the body look insanely good, it is SOOO well cut. She is currently stocked at Harvey Nichols and Browns.