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Posted on November 13, 2016

Archive by Alexa – A classic Chung Coat

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emplar coat by Alexa Chung Marks and Spencers and Sicily Bag Straw bag

I’ve always adored Alexa Chung’s French flair. Rebel and I often reference her effortless style. So what a lucky coincidence it was when I visited London on the precise weekend that Alexa launched her Marks & Spencer collection “Archive by Alexa”.

Alexa raided the fashion archives of M&S to hand pick standout pieces and relaunch them, some with a contemporary twist. One of my good friends secured the pea coat coat “Templar” and I was sold instantly. The sailor coat with double breasted gold buttons, velvet stitched collar and princess cut is a French chic dream come true. Originally a children’s coat in the 90s, Alexa upsized and remodeled this gem to give 2016 a much needed boost!

The good news for all Pan European fashionistas is that M&S deliver across Europe! So we can all indulge in a bit of Alexa Brit Chic!

Style this classic coat like me with opaque tights and flat, knee-high boots, or try classic Alexa style with ankle boots and jeans. To make your ensemble even more “Alexa”, pair with a Jane Birkin style Sicily Bag or other straw accessory!

Templar coat by Alexa Chung Marks and Spencers and Sicily Bag Straw bag

Bucket by Sophie Hulme and brown flat boots by Sergio Rossi.

Archive by Alexa Chung Marks and Spencer coat Kensington

Templar coat by Alexa Chung Marks and Spencers and Sicily Bag Straw bag

Posted on October 24, 2016

The candy coloured Jackie Dress or why I love the 60s!

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Max Mara pink wool dress

We all know those days; the ones where you wake, sift through your overflowing wardrobe, and there is nothing to wear. Nothing seems to align with your mood, fit with your new coat, complement your work shoes. The day has barely begun, you’re late for work and already pangs of stress are beginning! That’s the moment where I like to cut through the complexity and grab a simple dress. A dress so that I don’t have to worry about matching top to bottom. No pattern, just a  mono coloured fresh hue complementing my skin, cut in a comfortable timeless shape. This is where classic brands like Max Mara are your best friends. No matter what the fashion fad du jour says, you can always rely on a simply cut dress in their collection. Jackie Kennedy knew that looking flawless is about the classic looks. Mind you she did live in the 50s / 60s , having the best fashion of the decade at her fingertips! Good news for us is that 60s fashion looks incredibly modern today. Look at Twiggy and Grace Coddington below. These two would rock any street style competition in 2016!

I’m wearing bordeaux coloured Oxford lace-ups to prevent this dress from looking too sugary sweet. Hand embroidered metal bracelet by Camille Enrico.  I’m in love with these hand embroidered metal bracelets by the  French designer. A piece of jewellry close to my heart as it was a present from the team I worked with previously in London.

Max Mara pink wool dress pom pom raffia bag

Dress and shoes by Max Mara. Raffia pom pom bucket bag by Sicily Bag. Sunnies by Prada.

Max and Co black coat Street style Berlin

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Grace Coddington and Twiggy in timeless designs

Jackie in the Pantone colour of the year 2016!

Jackie in the Pantone colour of the year 2016!

Posted on April 17, 2016

Casual French Girl Style

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French girl style stripes and straw bag London street style

French girl style at Sloane Square, London

Whenever I feel uninspired, bored or just not too fussed about fashion, I’ll un-dust one of my many stripey breton shirts. The quintessential Parisian style staple always delivers, looking pulled together and relaxed at the same time. Who doesn’t have at least 3 stripey shirts in their wardrobe?  The nautical stripes were made famous in 1917 by no other than Madam Coco Chanel herself, establishing the shirt mariniere as a style icon. Countless celebs followed suit, from Audrey Hepburn to French cool Girl Clemence Poesy.

My favourite look is to go all out on the sailor theme by teaming my stripey J Crew shirt (love the relaxed fit and the boat neck) with a navy straight skirt and white buttons. To finish off the French look, I add a small straw bag for the Jane Birkin flair, St Tropez circa 1967.

What’s your favourite way of styling this timeless Piece? Would love to hear from you!

I’m wearing (mostly French, bien sur):

  • Sailor shirt by J Crew
  • Navy skirt with white Buttons by Claudie Pierlot
  • Sicilian embellished straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag – limited “Limoncello|” Edition
  • Banana earrings by N2 by Les Nereides
Breton shirt and Sicily Bag Straw bag street style London

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Street style London shirt mariniere and sicily bag straw bag

Audrey Hepburn looking chic in the nautical look.

Audrey Hepburn looking chic in the nautical look.

Love how Clemence Poesy mixes up styles: A relaxed sailor tee paired with a boucle tweed skirt. Parfait!

Love how Clemence Poesy mixes up styles: A relaxed sailor tee paired with a boucle tweed skirt on the red carpet. Parfait!

Posted on March 6, 2016

Wedding Season: 6 Iconic Bridal Gowns I would Still Wear Today

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Posted on December 6, 2015

Style Icon Romy Schneider: Be a Romy in a World full of Kardashians

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The iconic Pink Chanel outfit – Jackie Kennedy wore the same in Dallas.

When I was a teenager, there weren’t any table books such as “Fashion Style Icons” – in my time, there were only coffee table books on actresses. I had two huge books on Romy Schneider in which I used to browse, dreaming about the big, wide world out there! Romy Schneider lived in glamourous Paris and dated Alain Delon! For me, this was exotic, mysterious, couragious, self-determined and made a lasting impression on me. Hence, I’m sharing with you my personal Best of Romy iconic style moments.

BE A ROMY IN A WORLD FULL OF KARDASHIANS.

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Romy Schneider and Alain Delon strolling in Paris. Romy is wearing a Leopard print coat (a Parisian staple today!), fishnet tights and black pointy kittne heels.

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Romy displaying 60’s Romantic Style. A favourite of Rebels too!

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70’s Pucci Girl!

70’s Caftan and Carpet Style – LOVE!

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Cat Eyes and Leopard print Style.

Posted on October 25, 2015

Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery

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Chanel Mademoiselle prive exhibtion London Saatchi Oct 2015

Two words are posted on the door of Gabrielle Chanel’s workshop at rue Cambon: Mademoiselle Privé

I’ve been to many fashion and style exhibitions in London, but the current Coco Chanel exhibition at the Saatchi gallery is my absolute favourite and a must-see for any lover of Madame Chanel’s aesthetic taste. Previously, I’ve been disappointed with very small exhibits or shows guarded by rather fierce looking security personnel threatening to confiscate my camera for trying to record memories on my camera or phone ( The “Italian Fashion” exhibit at the V&A springs to mind)!

The Coco Chanel exhibition at the Saatchi gallery not only tolerates cameras and phones, but encourages visitors to walk through the gallery with their smart phone in hand. The purpose built app works with beacon technology; point the phone to any room in the gallery and the app will bring it to life with augmented reality images and videos of Mademoiselle Chanel. A bold move for a traditional brand that still hasn’t entered the e-commerce field.

The haute couture dresses are displayed on lighting rods displaying the details of the incredible fine and skilful craftsmanship.

The haute couture dresses are displayed on lighting rods displaying the details of the incredible fine and skilful craftsmanship.

The show is a subtle homage to Karl Lagerfeld – the man who resurrected a dying, French brand and turned it into a global icon. Year after year, he reinvented Coco’s signature style key ingredients such as the signature bouclé tweed costumes, quilted leather, pearls, embroidery with flowers, feathers and gemstones – all corner stones of the exhibit.

Coco inspired Karl and fascinates people to this day because she was ahead of her time and liberated woman with her designs and taste that are as relevant today as they ever were.

Street style Chanel Saatchi Exhibition Oct 2015

A Chanel fan dressed from head to toe in Chanel. Love the oversized pearls!

Chanel Lemarie workshop Saatchi Gallery Oct 2015

Visitors can attend one of three workshops on Lesage embroidery, Lemarie feather and flower making and Chanel No 5 olfactive workshop.

chanel exhibtion saatchi gallery oct 2015

Stroll through the reconstructed boutique at Rue Cambon, complete with the iconic staircase flanked by mirror walls, through a room full of hat boxes, resembling Coco’s first studio in Deauville.

Chanel exhibition Saatchi Gallery Scented room
Walk into the heady perfume room and watch bubbling, colourful cauldrons open and close, revealing the finest ingredients of the famous Chanel scents blended by olfactory artisans.

Lily Collins Chanel diamond bow necklace Saatchi exhibtion Oct 2015
Coco’s diamonds: In 1932, Coco designed her first and only high jewellery collection, creating innovative new designs, rendering the previous styles out of date. For the first time, she didn’t make the diamond the centre piece, but lines and patterns as in couture . She selected five themes for her bijoux collection: The magic of the stars, the rays of the sun, the fluidity of ribbons, the innocence of fringes and the lightness of feathers. Breaking with tradition, she refused to exhibit her jewels on black cushions, but instead styled them on wax mannequins in  her private apartment at 29 Fabourg St Honore
In the exhibit, portraits of stars such as Lily Collins, Kristen Stewart, Keira Knightly and Vanessa Paradis, are shown wearing the stunning pieces.

Chanel Exhibtion Saatchi Gallery Oct 2015

A typical Chanel boucle tweed jacket worn over a tulle skirt: Coco adopted nonchalant elegance, straight cuts and minimalism at a time when silhouettes of wasp waits and puffy A-line skirts dominated. Her timeless and visionary designs can be worn today whilst looking modern and chic.
Chanel chains Saatchi Exhibition Oct 2015
In the sensory room, visitors can touch and wander through swathes of Chanel couture fabrics including the famous bouclé tweeds. A bucket full of Chanel chains invites you to let your fingers run through the heavy chains.

Posted on July 21, 2015

Jackie Oh 60s Dress

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Jackie Kennedy 60s Dress Millie Mackintosh

Jackie Kennedy’s francophile sense of style is legendary and still being copied today! I’m not ashamed to say that I’m one of those copy cats: Monotone block colours, boxy jackets, straight shift dresses and relaxed riviera style on holiday epitomised the Jackie style and most of these items are represented in my wardrobe.

The other day, I perused TK Maxx and saw this gorgoues sixties dress which screamed “Mad Men” and Jackie. A beautifully tailored shift dress, weaved in a gorgeous emerald green and mustard yellow boucle tweed, all colours that are very much part of the new breath taking Autumn / winter 2016 collection as seen at Prada and Miu Miu.

Jackie Kennedy 60s Dress Millie Mackintosh

I’m so happy to see that the 60s fashion trend, initiated with the Mad Men series, shows no sign of abating. Seldom has fashion looked so flattering. The tailoring, the colours, the cuts, the details: Let this trend never stop!

I’m wearing:

  • Kitten heels by Logan
  • Printed boucle tweed shift dress by Millie MackIntosh at TK Maxx
  • Embroidered beige floral handbag by Dolce & Gabbana
Jackie Kennedy printed shift dress

Jackie Kennedy in one of her iconic shift dresses

Jackie Kennedy 60s Dress Millie Mackintosh Floral embroidered dolce gabbana handbag

Prada Rready-to-wear collection AW 2015/2016

Prada Rready-to-wear collection AW 2015/2016

Posted on June 13, 2015

The Dior Corolla Dress

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The Corolla dress. Raf Simon's first collection for Dior in 2012.

The Corolla dress. Raf Simon’s first collection for Dior in 2012.

My all time favourite dress shape is the “Corolla” dress. With it’s  feminine 50s silhouette, fitted top, emphasized waist and voluminous skirt, it flatters every woman. Most of my Corolla robes are by MAx & Co, as this particular style is part of their perennial line.

So where does the Corolla dress gets it’s name from? From no other than Monsieur Christian Dior. In 1947, Dior introduced the “New Look Corolla” line – featuring round shoulders, hourglass silhouette and A-line skirts, in seductive fabrics such as taffeta, satin and silk. After the austerity and the masculine fashion of the two world wars, Dior wanted to make women feel elegant and ultra feminine again.

Monochrome Corolla Dress Max & Co

Dior’s new look not only went on to revolutionise fashion for decades, the corolla  became a time-less look. Raf Simmons, Dior’s current designer,  paid homage to the corolla dress in his first Haute couture creations for Dior in 2012.

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We were emerging from the period of war, of uniforms, of women-soldiers built like boxers. I drew women-flowers, soft shoulders, fine waists like liana and wide skirts like corolla. – Christian Dior

Max and Co monochrome corolla dress

 

I’m wearing:

  • Monochrome striped Corolla dress by Max & Co
  • Straw bag by Miu Miu
  • Espadrilles at TK Maxx
  • Sunglasses by Prada
Fellow romantique Diane Kruger wearing a corolla dress by Chanel.

Fellow romantique Diane Kruger wearing a corolla dress by Chanel.

 

Posted on March 29, 2015

What to wear on a boat trip?

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We’re dying to say goodbye to winter! We want to move forward to an exciting, yet-to-be-discovered future. Summer is coming and we are looking forward to eating icecream, relaxing on the beach and maybe having a boat trip like Audrey Hepburn photographed by Hans Gerber on a lake in Bürgenstock, Switzerland, in August 1954. Audrey was wearing a long sleeve white shirt and shorts by Emilio Pucci.

Audrey-Hepburn by Hans Gerber

Audrey Hepburn Switzerland by Hans Gerber

In December last year in Sydney, Romantique  was wearing a white dress by Max & Co., a summer necklace with cherries, a cross body bag, Sunglasses by Prada – a similar model which Audrey holds in the first image. 

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Posted on February 15, 2015

The Allure of the Eiffel Tower

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It really is a magical feeling when you first lay eyes on the Eiffel Tower. If you do nothing else whilst in Paris, a trip to the tower is a must!

Last week in Paris, Romantique and I didn’t climb to the top of the tower, but visited the garden of Champ de Mars near the Ecole Militare. A relaxed way to see the Eiffel tower, strolling in the gardens, sitting on the bench taking in the view and jumping to take silly photos.

Romantique at Eiffel Tower

The allure of the Eiffel Tower is the best iconic photo shoot background you can have for your Paris photos. Have look at pictures of Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Romy Schneider or Catherine Deneuve with the masterpiece Eiffel Tower in the back.

Sophia Loren Eiffel Tower

Sophia Loren

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Catherine Deneuve

Audrey Hepburn - Funny Face, Eiffel Tower

Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire in Funny Face

Romy Schneider

Romy Schneider

 

Rebel at Eiffel Tower

Rebel wearing Prada Sunglasses

 

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