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April 2014

Posted on April 27, 2014

Happy Blog Birthday! 3 Years of Romantique and Rebel

Australia/ Dresses/ Italy/ Rebel/ Romantique/ Trousers/ Wardrobe

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3 years ago, we started our fashion blog Romantique and Rebel, borne of our love for  fashion, decor, travel and everything beautiful. It’s been a wonderful journey so far,  during which we’ve been lucky enough to forge friendships with readers, met like-minded people at fashion events and have had endless fun inspiring each other, showcasing our different styles and philosophies.

The last year has been choc full  of life-enriching events,  providing us with a wealth of  inspiration: a wedding for Romantique, travel to Italy, Spain and Australia and even a new job for Rebel. At times, it’s been challenging to update the blog regularly whilst holding down busy jobs and planning a wedding, but the satisfaction of  sharing our passions always prevails.

A huge thanks to all our wonderful readers, Twitter and Instagram followers, and Facebook fans. We love each and everyone of you!

Here’s to a great year ahead!

Enjoy these flashbacks to our most popular posts from the last 12 months.

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Mixing stripes and floral trousers: Rebel wearing Zara

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Romantique honeymooning in the eternal city

Gatti di roma Cats rule the internet: One of our most popular post has been about the cats of Rome, Gatti di Roma

Varsity jacket springbok

Back in August 2013, Rebel was already wearing this years’ biggest trend: The sporty varsity jacket

French weeks, blue white and red outfit As part of our French weeks, we interviewed real Parisians on their style secrets and dressed solely in red, white and blue. Parfait!

Parisian Effortless Chic stripes and pearls

French weeks: Rebel showing us how to do effortless chic a la Parisienne.

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Stripey retro look a la Mad Men on the beach.

Check out our Best of Photos on flipagram.

Posted on April 25, 2014

What to wear on Fridays?

Blazer / Jackets/ Denim/ Rebel/ Wardrobe

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Every day, I get up at 5:45 am.
This is definitely too early to think about what to wear on a Friday!  In such cases it’s good to pick a outfit combination from my wardrobe that works easy- denim, a white shirt, black blazer and white trainers.

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On me: Blazer by See by Chloé, JBrand, white shirt by H&M, Trainers by Tigers

 

Posted on April 23, 2014

The Knotted Belt

Accessoires/ Dresses/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

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A belt is something that can take your outfit from boring to chic.  A looped or knotted belt adds a creative edge to classic belts whilst addressing the issue of excess length.

I’m mixing up my goody-good-girl polka dot dress with a knotted, wide belt. Accessories can make or break your style: I like my belts wide – to define my waist and to pull the outfit together.

How to knot a belt?

It’s easy:

  1. Tie the belt around your waist and buckle it.
  2. Take the tail end of the belt and tuck it underneath near the buckle.

looped belt, max and co polka dot dress

I am wearing:

  • Navy polka dot dress from Max & Co
  • Belt: Gift from Australia (thanks to my mum-in-law)
  • Macaron necklace: N2 Les Nereides
  • Pointy flats: BCBG
  • Leather jacket: Stefanel
  • Lavender pink bag: Bally
  • Umbrella: Moschino

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Style inspiration from Rose Byrne in Michael Kors and Diane Kruger in Ungaro.

Style inspiration from Rose Byrne in Michael Kors and Diane Kruger in Ungaro.

 

Posted on April 20, 2014

Cream Summer Sunglasses

Accessoires/ Rebel

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Do you already have all the colors of the rainbow of sun glasses?  A classic black, a sophisticated brown, a fun red or a  bold white? Consider a cream, beige or nude shade for your spring/ summer wardrobe 2014, just as I did. Cream  sunglassses are just as chic and classy as black sunglasses but your appearance is less mysterious and glamorous. Cream Sunglasses are still very fashionable and elegant but in a very different way than black sunglasses – the effect depends on your complete outfit as we can see above on Anne Hathaway and the others.

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On me: Paul Smith Sunglasses and MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick

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HAPPY EASTER!

Posted on April 18, 2014

Happy Easter in Pastel Pink Denim

Decor/ Denim/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

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For me, Easter time is the promise of summer and the colour opulenceof spring flowers. It’s about catching the first tentative sun rays inan outdoor cafe! So to go with that mood, a pink macaron coloured jeans it has to be. I’ve taken a leaf out of Diane Kruger’s style bookwith my pastel pink jeans, breton shirt and pink ballerina pumps.

For most of Easter, I’m in Berlin for a dental operation, while poor Mr Romantique stayed behind in London. I must admit that all the chocolate and cute Easter decorations in Germany made me recover rather speedily. Easter is almost as much of a big deal as Christmas here. Supermarkets turn into Willy Wonker factories where every chocolate brand, from Lindt to local chocolate manufacturers such as Rausch, compete over who creates the cutest chocolate rabbit.

Guess where this little fella is from...:-)

Guess where this little fella is from…:-)

Shopping malls install Easter markets displaying animated giant toy rabbits who engage in adorable activities such as conducting a classical concert out of an Easter egg or racing in a flying carrot! At home, I like to decorate the flat with bunny and chicken ornaments hanging from willow pussy branches or cherry tree twigs.

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No wonder Germany turns into rabbit land over Easter, the bunny as an Easter symbol has it’s origins here, where it was first mentioned in German writings in the 1500s. The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s. German emigrants brought the symbol of the Easter rabbit to America in the 1700s.

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I am wearing:

  • Pink denim jeans from Just Cavalli
  • Pink handbag from Bally
  • Pink ballerina pumps from Hispanitas
  • Blue cardigan from Max & Co
This fashionable easter bunny on a chair swing ride  is wearing a bang-on-trend vichy/gingham dress. Adorbs!

This fashionable easter bunny on a chair swing ride is wearing a bang-on-trend vichy/gingham dress. Adorbs!

 

Easter Rabbit Decoration at Boulevard Centre Berlin

Animated Easter bunnies at Boulevard Shopping Centre in Berlin

Posted on April 13, 2014

Back to Basics: Navy Blazer & White Tee

Blazer / Jackets/ Rebel/ Wardrobe

Basics navy blue gold button blazer white tee ballet flats

We all become desillusioned with our wardrobe sometimes (“Nothing to wear” anyone?). Our cupboards are bursting with too many trendy pieces and we lose overview. On one of those days,  I fall back on to my essentials. These basics are classic wardrobe items I slip on and instantly feel good and comfortable.

My essential capsule collection includes:

  • Navy blue blazer with gold buttons a la Emanuelle Alt  by Tommy Hilfiger – preppy style always works
  • White T-shirt (Lufthansa overnight kit)
  • Black skinny jeans by Zara
  • Flat ballerina pumps by Pretty Ballerina
  • Chanel-esque pearls by Bijoux Brigitte
  • Big, “Go to hell” sunglasses by Blumarine

 

Basics navy blue gold button blazer white tee ballet flats

For a splash of fun colour, I added a royal blue bucket bag from Badgley Mischka.

Street style Hamburg. Bag from Badgley Mischka

Street style Hamburg. Bag from Badgley Mischka

Emmanuelle Alt wearing a navy blue Blazer with gold buttons from Balmain.

Emmanuelle Alt wearing a navy blue Blazer with gold buttons from Balmain.

Style inspiration Emmanuelle Alt, editor in chief of French Vogue. Her look is classic, sexy, effortless, French. If you stand in front of your full wardrobe, not knowing what to chose, go for timeless simplicity. A tailored blazer, skinny jeans and stylish pointy or ballerina flats will always make you look pulled together without trying to hard.

Street style hamburg. Basics navy blue gold button blazer white tee ballet flats

 

Posted on April 12, 2014

Vogue Festival: Street Style Part 2 and Alexa Chung on Personal Style

Current Affairs/ Icons/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
Romantique at Vogue Festival 2014 London

I am wearing a broderie anglaise coat by Max & Co, Vichy pants from Gant and bag from Moschino

Two weeks ago, a couple of friends and I attended the Vogue Festival on London’s South Bank for a talk on “Personal Style – Do you have it?”; a  discussion roundtable with Alexa Chung, Lucinda Chambers (Vogue Fashion Director)  and Amanda Harlech, Model and Muse of Karl Lagerfeld exploring this sometimes hard to define subject.

During the talk, nothing new, groundbreaking or controversial was discussed. Lucinda Chambers led the discussion for the most part, Amanda Harlech  only chipping in now and then, and Alexa Chung, the real crowd puller,  being too cool for  school. She seemed bored at the event, as if she rather wanted to be  with her cool East London friends.

Lucinda Chambers, Amanda Harlech, Alexa Chung at Vogue Festival 2014

What they wore: Lucinda Chambers wore a Celine skirt and vintage tshirt, Alexa wore Marc Jacobs Heels and Osman dress and Amanda Harlech was dressed in Chanel Couture (head to toe!)

 

They seemed to reach consensus that style is not fashion, hence it’s timeless. You can be stylish at 110 years old, whereas it’s more difficult for an  older woman to be fashionable. Style is not something one is born with,  but something that evolves, just like your personality. I liked their  point about how confidence, grace and the way we hold ourselves, contributes to style.

Street style at the Vogue Festival: Loving the geometric midi tartan skirt and teal coloured Mulberry bag candy

Street style at the Vogue Festival: Loving the geometric midi tartan skirt and teal coloured Mulberry bag candy

Alexa explained that she uses style as an armour. When scared of an interview, she will wear sky high heels, making her taller and in  return, she will feel less intimidated. Her favourite style items are  passed on from her mother: navy blue jumper, black skinny jeans and  moccasins. If she could pick one brand she couldn’t live without, it would have to be TopShop.

Lucinda, ever the British, quirky fashion director, praised the UK high-street stores, which make it possible to dress fashionably on a small budget.  Her favourite shopping haunt is the Portobello flea market.

London I love you! A confidently dressed  street styler

While it’s great that leading fashion ladies (Lucinda and Alexa) promote the High Street, flea markets, and charity shops, I question their  authenticity. Alexa is mostly dressed in high-end couture, and so is  Lucinda. It’s like promoting going grocery shopping at Lidl, whilst only  shopping at Whole Foods! On the contrary, Amanda Harlech took a more honest appraoch. She loves Chanel couture for the  simple reason that it’s so classic and timeless that 15 year old pieces still look relevant today.

The most interesting and controversial contributions of the day came in the shape of questions from the audience:

Question: Why is Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue?

Lucinda: Kim has a large following and is relevant in today’s society. Vogue  does not put constraints or rules on how a person has to be to fit on a cover.

If you have to pick one item of clothing you can’t live with, what would it be?

Alexa: Navy blue jumper
Amanda: Long black lace dress
Lucinda: Earrings

Street style London Vogue Festival Missoni Coat, snakeprint trousers Zara

The lovely ladies from London’s  Merchant 24 shop, which sells pre-loved desigener pieces,  wore Zara snake print trousers and Zara leather jacket, Missoni coat and Chloe bag.

Street style Vogue Festival London. Tara Jarmon, Moschino, Sinequanone

My friends having fun on a day full of girlie indulgence: Gledis (left) is wearing: Gold Moschino bag and chunky, oversized pearl earrings from Karl Lagerfeld. Berengere is wearing top from Tara Jarmon and coat from Sinequanone. Sunglasses from Stella Mccartney and turquoise earrings from a little Parisian shop.
London Vogue Festival street style sunglasses Stella MccArtney and turquoise earrings
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Walking down the Harrods street style catwalk was super fun! Thanks to the Bobbi Brown team who pretty-fied us before the walk.
Posted on April 5, 2014

Exhibition – The Glamour of Italian Fashion from 1945 – 2014

Current Affairs/ Icons/ Wardrobe

Dresses worn in films are seen displayed during a media preview of the "The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014" exhibition, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

It’s been a fashion packed Spring! After visiting the Vogue Festival last weekend, I went to the exhibition “The Glamour of Italian Fashion from 1945 – 2014” at London’s V&A Museum in South Kensington.

The exhibition attempts to answer the question of why the Italians own chic, glamour and produce top designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Gianfranco Ferre, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci and Versace.

It takes a closer look at how Italy’s fashion industry emerged from the poverty of WW2, with the help of the American Marshall Plan, and how it changed Italy’s image and fortune.

The first room of the exhibition is telling the story of businessman Giovanni Battista Giorgini, who  persuaded his contacts in US department stores to travel to Florence for fashion shows displaying designs from all over Italy. The shows were an instant hit and launched the fashion industry in Italy.  Hollywood stars like Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Elizabeth Taylor helped cement Italy’s image as fashion capital with impossibly glamorous performances in ‘50s films shot in Italy.

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Audrey Hepburn in a dress by Fernanda Gattinoni for the movie “War and Peace”. these were the “Glory Years” of Italian fashion

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Above: A stunning 1950s silk cocktail dress in millefeuille layers of scalloped violet silk by Roberto Capucci. Out of the 1950s designers like Simonetta, Capucci and Mila Schoen, only the House of Pucci remains relevant today.

To this day, the “Made in Italy” trademark stands for high quality materials and artisanal craftsmanship. The country boasts strong traditions, hundreds of years old, in industries like spinning, dyeing, weaving, cutting, and stitching. Such skills were often passed down from generation to generation, and laid the foundation for Italy’s rise to the top of the style world.

Exhibition VandA Museum London Italian Glamour 1945-2014 Dress Miu Miu and Prada Dip Dye

Left: Miuccia Prada’s recent design for SS2014. Right: Prada’s innovative dip dye dress, 2004. Miuccia took a home-made colouring process and made it look elegant and sophisticated.

VandA exhibition "The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014" - Fendi Baguette Bag

The iconic Baguette Bag from Fendi. The name Baguette bag derives from size of the bag which is small enough to carry under the arm like a loaf of bread.

This exhibition is also interesting because it’s running during a time of change in Italy’s fashion industry. A short documentary at the end of the exhibition claims that a lot of Italy’s designers are over 70 years old and fresh blood needs to be given a chance to build the foundation and  the future of Italy’s fashion industry.

Exhibition VandA Museum London Italian Glamour 1945-2014 Knitted dress

Knitted dress

 

I love Italian fashion for it’s impeccable tailoring. You don’t need to buy high-end brands like Valentino to get this kind of quality. Shops like Max & Co (Max Mara’s little sister) offer more affordable style whilst maintaining the exquisite artisan spirit of Italy. Here I am wearing a floral dress from Max Mara,  sandals from AGL, Attilio Giusti Leombruni and cross body bag from Moschino.

Max Mara floral dress and AGL shoes sandals with Moschino bag

Posted on April 3, 2014

Vogue Festival London – Best of Street Style (Part 1)

Coats/ Denim/ Dresses/ Wardrobe

Russian girl Vogue Festiva Valentino

Last Saturday, I spent a fun-filled day at Vogue Festival on London’s Southbank, with my lovely  colleagues Berengere and Gledis. We went to see Alexa Chung and Lucinda Chambers speak on “Personal Style – Do you have it?” As it often goes with these type of events, the actual, one hour long talk, was not the highlight of the day.  The real fun was to meet and photograph like minded fashionistas, to be inspired by different, creative styles and to generally indulge in ‘girly nonsense’ (as Mr Romantique would call it).

I’m excited to share with you my Best of Street Style – gorgeous bloggers competed for the photographers attention and the girls were more than happy to pose.

Above and below: Head to toe in Valentino, the King of Glamour. Russian blogger Sofia Serdiukova  impressed with a black lace dress (including sheer panels) and a gold brocade coat. The string of pearls and long, curly hair added even more femininity to the already drop dead gorgeous outfit.

She perfectly epitomises Valentino’s mantra on women’s style:   “A woman must decide whether she wants to look ok or whether she wants to look too much, I prefer it when a woman wears an enormous skirt, a beautiful blouse with simple shoes, rather than a dress that that is too much and not elegant. A dress has to live, it can’t be wooden.”

Russian Blogger Valentino Vogue Festival

The must have accessory of the day was a statement lip: Cherry red, shocking pink or classic Hollywood, lips were bold. It illustrated beautifully how you can transform and add to an outfit with eye catching lips.

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Boyish, relaxed sexyness in torn denim, a hat, black heels and the ever pesent statement lip! Graphic, big prints were popular too.

Vogue Festival Streestyle 2014 London  How cute is this dress? I loved the rural print at the hem and the jewelled collar. No, unfortunately this dress is not from Zara but was bought on holiday in Japan :-(.

detail street style vogue festival London No lack of either creative or colourful accessories: Pointy pom-pom heels and A1 handbag candy. I have style envy!

Vogue Festival London Street style

Last but not least, the fash pack Gledis, Berry and myself.

Gledis is wearing: Top handle gold bag from Moschino

Berry is wearing: Black coat with leather sleeves from Zara. Sunglasses from Stella McCartney.

Romantique is wearing: Vichy Gingham shoes from Marc Jacobs, Vichy trousers from Gant, crossbody bag from Moschino,  broderie anglaise coat from Max & Co and sunglasses from Versace.

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