Style should not be limited by price tags. Outfits should fit your body shape and make you look a million dollars, regardless of your actual bank balance.
My outfits are typically affordable. This outfit set me back less than 100 EUR and goes to show that style does not have to correlate with a high-end price.
You don’t need to be dressed head to toe in Dolce & Gabbana to look the part. Mix high end with lower end for a classy and chic look.
What I wear:
Denim jeans by Zara 39 EUR
T-Shirt by Zara 19 EUR
Sunglasses by TK Maxx 19 EUR
Pointy black flats by Carvela Kurt Geiger at TK Maxx 29 EUR
“Never use the word “cheap”. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.” Karl Lagerfeld
Take three classic items, each made timeless by Coco Chanel:
Little Bouclé jacket
Two-toned ballet pump
Et voilà, the Coco Chanel look is perfect!
I find it fascinating that Madame Chanel liberated women from the constraints of their corsets in the 20’s, revolutionising the way women dress, and nearly a century later, her influence continues to make an impact. This is largely due to the genius of Karl Lagerfeld, who manages to keep Coco’s wardrobe classics fresh by constantly reinventing them.
What is your favourite Coco Canel basic? The long pearl necklace? The tweed suit? The quilted leather handbag? Or the simple breton striped shirt?
What to wear on a first date? Picking the correct outfit can be quite a task. Getting it right will have your confidence sky high. Miss the mark and you risk feeling out of sorts. Follow these simple tips to help you date with style. Remember to keep it comfy and classy.
Get casual & chic style inspiration from the lovely down-to-earth Hollywood couple Diane Kruger & Joshua Jackson. Learn from Diane & Joshua’s Street style and I guarantee your first date will not be afashiondisaster.
Floral print skirts, trousers and tops are perennial staples for summer and winter alike. As different as Rebel’s and my styles are, we both love flowerful prints; each with our own interpretation.
Romantique: True to my style, I like wearing florals with a double dose of playfulness, femininity and romanticism. For my outfit, I’ve gone all Betty-Draper in an A-Line Max Mara skirt and top, scattered with fuchsias. Powder pink cat-eye sunglasses and the obligatory 50s kitten heels are the cherry on the top of this Mad Men-esque outfit!
Rebel: When wearing florals, my first instinct is to clash the flowers with killer heels and edgy accessories to tone down the sugary sweetness as well as avoiding the middle-aged wife look. Try a mens sweater and a chunky, studded belt to inject some coolness into your outfit. Anyone can pull it off!
Sicily – where to start? Our eight day romantic getaway to Taormina, was only enough to sample a fraction of this amazing Island. Sicilian culture is as unique as it is rich, due to its colourful history and passionate inhabitants. Its melting pot of different cultures can be partly attriubted to the various emperors who ruled, invaded & left their mark: Romans, Greeks, Byzantines, Normans and Arabs. All of this is reflected in Sicily’s cuisine, architecture & folklore.
Everything is extreme in Sicily: The sea is bluer, the deserts sweeter and the pasta sauces richer than anywhere else in Italy. In good old “Eat, Pray, Love” fashion, this is not the place to come if you are dieting! Come with an open heart (and stomach) and savour the world famous Cannoli & Cassata!
Traditional Sicilian marzipan fruit is made of fresh almonds.
Sicily’s fashion is both opulent and rich, and is embodied by my favourite designer duo, Dolce & Gabbana. Their signature style pays homage to their homeland; elegant lace, rich brocade, delicate crochet and accessories reflecting Sicilian folklore.
You can buy stunning, Sicilian inspired jewellery from the shop “Nico Design” in Catania, the artesian airport town that lies 45 minutes south of Taormina.
Above: If you’ve ever been to Sicily, you will have noticed the ceramic flower pots depicting Moorish heads of women and men. The town of Caltagirone, near Taormina in Sicily is famous for its traditional tin-glazed pottery, influenced by the Arabic Moors, who ruled Sicily from 827-1110 AD.
The beautiful decorations have a gruesome history: They say that around 1100 AD, when Sicily was ruled by the Moors, a beautiful girl was living in seclusion and spent her days cultivating flowers on her balcony. One day a young Moor passing by saw her, decided he had to have her and entered the house to declare his love. The young girl, surprised by such a gesture, reciprocated him, but just when she got to know him he decided to return to his wife and children. Distraught, she waited for nightfall and as he fell asleep she cut off his head and used it as a vase for her flowers, displaying it on her balcony for everyone to see. This way his love was forever hers. Apparently, the flowers grew lush, the neighbours envious, and they built vases of their own, shaped like Moors’ heads. Or so the tale goes!!
Another typical Sicilian tradition is the ‘Opera dei Pupi’, a marionette representation of Frankish romantic poems. The puppet theatre is inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
You can purchase miniature versions of the ‘pupis’ in one of the many, gorgeous jewellery shops in Taormina.
Dolce and Gabbana honoured the Sicilian marionettes in their SS2013 collection.
I’m wearing a vichy checked dress from Gant.
If you’re standing, I suggest you grab a seat. These earrings were bought in a small jewellery shop In Catania, depicting little …. yes your eyes aren’t deceiving you……straw bags! Awwwwww. Très Romantique!
A beautifully decorated residential home in Taormina, Sicily. The Medusa above my head represents the symbol and flag of Sicily. The ‘trinacria’ (a motif consisting of three bent human legs) is supposed to represent the three points of the island. The flag itself dates back to 1282 and is adorned with the (winged) head of Medusa and three wheat ears to symbolise the fertile land.
Is colour blocking still a trend this year? Yes, but nothing like the ridiculous neon colour-blocking trends we’ve seen in the past.
I love colour blocking based on bright blue in a minimal and architectural way. Mix colours whilst focussing on clean lines and a structured fit. There’s something timeless about bold colours you can tone down with neutrals or tone up with bright, vivid colours.
On me: Dazzling Blue pants by Club Monaco, Red sweater by JCrew, Leoprint High Heels by BCBG Generation, Bag by Ferré, Glasses by Hogan
We’re nearing the end of summer, perfect time to show off our pins in shorts. Here are 6 reasons to show some leg:
Shorts suit everyone. Depending on your body type, you can wear shorts super short and sexy as hot pants, mid-thigh length or knee length. There’s one pair of shorts for everyone
Style it for every occasion:. Wear tailored cuts for work, denim for the weekend and leather for the night
Adapt shorts to your personal style. Are you a rock chick girl? Try the hot pants, ankle boots and fierce tailored blazer combo. Hopeless romantic like me? Set sail with a Peter Pan collared shirt and espadrilles for the sweet look.
Shorts are season agnostic. Transition your pants to chillier autumn days by popping on some toasty tights.
Shorts will youngify your look. Whenever I’m afraid of looking too old-fashioned by wearing very classic wardrobe items like Tod’s loafers or a tweed boucle jacket, I simply combine with a pair of shorts. They instantly transform your look from conservative to hip.
Shorts are seriously cool. Alexa Chung lives in her shorts. And she’s the Queen of cool. ‘Nuff said!
Do it now! Get in on the action and rock some shorts!
London shorts street style
I am wearing:
Dark blue denim shorts from Moschino
Bold sailor shirt with Peter Pan collar from Primark
Orange Miss Sicily bag from Dolce & Gabbana
Tortoise sunglasses from Prada
Alex doing what she does best: Coolest interpretation of Jane Birkin in denim shorts, cropped lace top and leopard print coat
Accessories are a way to communicating who we are to the world. Regardless of whether we are young, old, chubby or skinny – they are an easy and diverse way of expressing ourselves.
Handbags are a traditionally feminine accessoire, worn with natural pride. All of us dream of “the one”: The timeless bag by an aspirational designer, that we long to own. For some, it’s the iconic, quilted leather handbag “2.55” by Chanel, for others it’s a woven leather bag by Bottega Veneta or a very British Mulberry bag.
For me, as an Italian fashion junkie, it’s the “Miss Sicily” bag by Dolce & Gabbana. The bag comes in a variety of sizes and fabrics such as macrame lace, straw or suede, often opulently embroidered, reflecting the rich heritage of the Sicilian Designer Duo D&G.
A finely crafted bag made by an artisanal designer with tradition in leather goods is a lifelong investment worth every penny. In our throw-away-culture, we are trained to buy, consume and buy again. I prefer to own less (not only because I live in a tiny rabbit cage in London!) but to own high-quality garments and handbags that I will treasure for years to come!
I am wearing above and below:
White broderie-anglaise dress by Max & Co
Miss Sicily bag by Dolce & Gabbana in “Arancia”
Pink sunglasses by Dolce & Gabbana
Metallic sandals by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni
Floral gold earrings by Les Nereides
My friend Loan, founder of fashionable wedding dress market place Estella’s Bazaar, is wearing:
Shorts from Zara
Shirt from Mango
Sandals by Levi’s
The Miss Sicily bag can be worn in a lady-like fashion using the top handle or more casually, as a cross body bag.
The Miss Sicily in all it’s glory. Colour “Arancia”
They are all fans of the Miss Sicily Bag: Scarlett Johannson with a cute, black Miss Sicily. Kate Moss prefers a large patent leather bag and Jessica Alba loves the longer version of the bag candy, casually worn across the body. My favourite is the black crochet Miss Sicily worn by Victoria Beckham. Oh. My. God.