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.
Whether it’s lunch in the city, Aperol o’clock on an Italian beach or cocktail hour in the evening, my raffia bag goes everywhere with me in summer.
My Miu Miu basket purse is one of my oldest fashion investments I own: Almost a decade ago, I ordered this gem on American ebay. Clearly not having thought it through properly before feverishly clicking the “buy it now” button, I did pay heavy import tax on the bag for delivery to Germany. Fast forward ten years and I could not be happier with the expenditure. Long before French style icon Ines de la Fressange declared the little straw bag a summer staple, this little bag has been brightening up many of my outfits. Me and my straw bag are inseperable, like Jane Birkin and her little wicker basket!
In the pics I am keeping it girly & nautical with a navy broderie anglaise skirt and Breton shirt.
Straw bag with bamboo handles from Miu Miu
Breton shirt mariniere from COS
Broderie Anglaise skirt from Max & Co
Pointy Ballerina flats from Versace
Style inspiration from our favourites: Diane Kruger (left) carrying an adorbs wicker purse, accompanied with summer floral sandals, skirt and straw fedora hat. Jane Birkin (right) in the epitome of summer chic in the inconic movie “La piscine”: Gingham shorts and straw purse with ballerina pumps. Tres French, tres chic!
Spring is in the air and I’m transitioning into the warmer season in Laduree colours: Fondant pink, nougat brown and baby blue.
If this pink brocade tulip skirt doesn’t scream romantic and girly, I don’t know what will. Rather than going for the ever popular blogger style of clashing girly with rough biker boots & studs, I decided to keep this look cutsy cute: A Bow white shirt is the perfect partner in crime for the embroidered tulip skirt. Delicate kitten heels in baby blue are the cherries on the top. The brown leather jacket provides a slight edge, but not too rock n’ roll! Now let summer commence!
Pink tulip skirt from Alberta Ferretti
Embroidered handbag from Dolce & Gabbana
Bow white shirt from Ralph Lauren
Pointy kitten heels from Logan
Leather jacket from Massimo Dutti
Pink Ballerina Earrings from Les Nereides
Thanks to Mummy Romantique and Rebel for lending this wonderful Dolce and Gabbana flower embossed handbag to me. It’s Romantique personified!
The chain strapped cross body bag is one of my favourite bags as it is so uncomplicated, yet chic. It’s my staple for evenings and everyday outfits.
Thanks to Coco Chanel, who designed her iconic 2.55 bag with double strapped chains which are attached by leather straps inserted by eyelets, many prestigious designers followed. From Mulberry to Valentino, every designer has a chain strapped bag as part of their classic range.
Above: I’m wearing a chained cross body mini bag in forest green by Gianfranco Ferre. There are so many Chanel-esque chain bags out there and many of them look cheap. I love good quality leather and understated, classic colours like black, beige, dark purple, green or navy.
Alexa Chung wearing her chained Chanel mini bags out at night teamed with a velvet LBD and casually styled with a navy pea coat for the day.
Coat from Max & Co. Grey wool tights from Kunert. Shoes by Attilio Giusti Leombruni.
If I’d win the lottery, I want these candies: Left: Pink quilted Chanel chain bag. Right: Mulberry Lily and Medium Lily chain strapped bags
As much as I love my statement winter coats, I’m glad I have my classic black coat to fall back on, especially when I’m wearing striking dresses and accessories.
In my opinion, every girl should own an empire line coat, which is a high waisted coat, emphasized by a horizontal seam. The reasons why are simple:
The high waist creates the illusion of endlessly long supermodel legs
The girly shape of the coat takes years off your age
The A shaped coat looks great both with dresses / skirts and trousers
Pair a black, classic coat with sexy animal print accessories that pop and stand out! Subtle, understated coats and dresses just scream for an injection of glamour with a sexy snakeskin bag. After all, 2013 is the Chinese year of the snake.
I am wearing: High waisted black coat from Max & Co, ankle boots from Goertz, scallop mock collar from COS and tights from Falke. Make sure the faux python print is made of good quality like my leather bag from Alberta Ferretti or you’ll look like Kim Kardashian!
Today, I styled my mom for a mother-daughter quality time day in Berlin. I wanted a new look for her with existing clothes from her wardrobe. I like to see my mom if she wears a pure and clear style with a little young and modern twist. That’s why I selected for her a full basic black outfit and for the twist I added red lace up’s and a Parka.
What she wear: Jacket by Woolrich, Skirt by Marc Cain, Shoes by Fratelli Rossetti, Bag by Cavalli, Sunglasses by Céline
Auszüge Interview Süddeutsche ZeitungBottega-Veneta-Chefdesigner Maier Gestatten, Herr des Nichts”
Abstracts from the interview in Süddeutsche ZeitungBottega-Veneta-Chefdesigner Maier Gestatten, Herr des Nichts”
Which five items should be part of every woman’s wardrobe?
Jeans. T-Shirt. Cashmere Cardigan. Flat shoes.
A functional bag she can carry everywhere and anytime. In the evening, into the office, on her shoulders, in her hand.
Welche fünf Teile muss die Frau von heute im Kleiderschrank haben?
Jeans. T-Shirt. Kaschmir-Cardigan. Flache Schuhe.
Eine funktionelle Tasche, die sie immer und überall tragen kann, am Abend, ins Büro, auf der Schulter, in der Hand.
What item can she ban from her wardrobe?
Fur. No one needs fur. I’m disgusted by how much fur you can see on the world’s runways at the moment.
Und worauf kann sie verzichten?
Pelz. Niemand braucht Pelz. Ich bin ziemlich angeekelt, wie viel Pelz gerade wieder auf den Laufstegen zu sehen war.
Fall/Winter Campaign 2013
Is it true that you remove labels from your clothing?
Stimmt es, dass Sie die Etiketten aus Ihrer eigenen Kleidung heraustrennen?
Can I check?
Yes, in this jumper I kept the label of my own line, “Tomas Maier”. I also cut out the labels from my own line but only when they sit directly on my skin. I don’t like the feeling of the labels on my skin. If a chair has a label on the side, I will cut it out too. If you can remove a label without damaging the product, get rid of it.
Darf ich mal sehen?
Ja, aber in diesem Pullover ist das Label noch drin; “Tomas Maier”, meine eigene Linie. Ich schneide auch da die Schildchen raus, aber nur, wenn sie direkt auf der Haut liegen. Ich mag das Gefühl von Etiketten auf der Haut nicht. Wenn ein Stuhl ein Etikett an der Seite hat, schneide ich es auch weg. Wenn man ein Schild entfernen kann, ohne das Produkt kaputtzumachen, weg damit.
Every time Marc Jabocs gets dressed up, he choses to wear one of your suits. A huge compliment, isn’t it?
That’s nice. I’m thankful. Marc is a nice guy.
Immer wenn sich Marc Jacobs in Schale wirft, trägt er eines Ihrer Sakkos. Ein Riesenkompliment, oder?
Das ist nett. Ich bin dankbar dafür. Marc ist ein netter Typ.
That doesn’t sound very enthusiastic. You don’t like the personality cult, do you?
I’m the living proof that you don’t need this to be successful. I don’t need to know what other people do in their private life, who they date and what they ate for dinner yesterday. For me it’s only interesting what a person does.
Das klingt nicht sehr begeistert. Personenkult ist wohl nicht Ihr Ding?
Ich bin der beste Beweis, dass man das nicht braucht, um erfolgreich zu sein. Ich muss nicht wissen, was andere Leute in ihrem Privatleben machen, wen sie daten oder was sie gestern zum Dinner getragen haben. Für mich ist nur interessant, was jemand macht.
Love my Intrecciato look a like bag.
Is it true that you imported your washing machine from Germany?
No, you can buy them in the US too. Everyone who’s a little bit smart knows that German washing machines are the best.
Ist es wahr, dass Sie Ihre Waschmaschine aus Deutschland importiert haben?
Nein, man kann sie auch in den USA kaufen. Wer nur ein bisschen schlau ist, der weiß, dass deutsche Waschmaschinen die besten sind.
You are very loyal to German products in general. You drive a Porsche 911. How does that fit with your brand aversion?
This car is just perfectly designed. And it doesn’t have a logo.
Sie sind deutschen Produkten überhaupt sehr treu; Sie fahren Porsche 911. Wie passt das zu Ihrem Logo-Ekel?
Dieses Auto ist nun einmal großartig designt. Und es hat kein Logo.
How did you do that? Did you put a sticker over it?
The bob hairstyle is not just a trend but a timeless classic. It doesn’t suit everybody and if you are unsure, go to a department store and try a wig or play around with one of the hair make-over apps.
Above: Rebel has an oval face shape, meaning every hairstyle suits her. Througout the years, she had very short hair to very long “Cher Hair”. I think the bob hairstyle suits Rebel best, it’s the best haircut for her hair structure: Lots of hair, fine and glossy.
Monaco’s Princess Charlotte Casiraghi looks soooooooo much better with an undone bob, what do you think? I noticed that the French ladies love their tousled bobs, effortless chic springs to mind!
Everyone with fine hair is better off wearing a shorter hairstyle: There’s nothing worse then long, thinned-out, split end hair just for the sake of having long hair. A well groomed bob looks so much better. Wear it undone, wavy or graphic and straight, there are so many possibilities within this one hair style. For thick hair, I love a blunt layered bob to show off the structure of the hair.
Browse through our pictures and let us know, do you prefer the bob or the long hairstyle on the celebs shown and Rebel?
French actress and star of the Prada Candy ad Lea Seydoux with girly, innocent long hair and a sexy, undone bob complementing her feminie 50s dress by Dolce & Gabbana perfectly.
Who can wear a bob?
Tips from my hairdresser:
The ultimate goal is to make the face appear to be oval. If you have a heart shape face, go with a side part and a swept over fringe to make the forehead appear smaller. If you have a round face, keep layers on the sides longer to elongate the face. If you have a square face, try a shorter chin length bob.
Stunning French actress Marion Cotillard looks stunning in her tousled bob with a bang fringe
The last time I wore a bob was in my early 20s and I remember I cried for 2 months after the visit to the hairdresser because I hated it so much, enviously eyeballing all girls with long hair. Funnily enough, there are no pictures of me from this time, I really must have detested it. Over a decade has passed since then and I think I might be ready for the chop – especially seeing that since living in London, my hair seems to get shorter and shorter (the hard water and moist weather makes it a nightmare to handle). I’m not experimenting 5 weeks before my wedding though – so stayed tuned for a new Romantique post wedding!
This is the only instance in which I would vote for the longer hair: Margerita Missoni just looks best with long, flowing hair to complement hair free spirit, uncoventional fashion style
Our favourite fashion icon Marion Cotillard never leaves the house without it, on and off the red carpet: The practical and cute square cross body bag, also known as kindergarten bag or pochette bag. We’ve seen it on the runways at Moschino and Armani, the square version of the little bag fits perfectly with the structured 60s and 70s looks of summer 213.
Marion Cotillard and her Dior cross body kindergarten bags
Cross Body Bag Giorgio Armani in green. Seen in French Marie Claire
The elegant version of the small bag features a chain strap so it becomes wearable with a party dress at night. The delicate chain and the structured, masculine shape of the bag are an interesting clash.
Street style Sydney: Ballet pumps from Pretty Ballerina, gingham checked trousers from Gant, cross body bag from Moschino.