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Posted on December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas with Sophia, Joan, Grace, Brigitte and Bette

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It’s the time of year to remember past holidays.  Enjoy these classic retro photos of  Christmas through the years of some our most beloved female Icons.

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Christmas time from Hollywood’s golden age – Joan Crawford adorably elegant.

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The very Sophia Loren Christmas with statement holiday jewelery.

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Better Christmas with Bette Davis.

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Christmas a la Française with Brigitte Bardot.

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Princess Grace with her daughter Stéphanie.

Romantique and Rebel wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and everything good for the new Year 2015!

Posted on June 13, 2014

Anouk Aimeé Style – How to get the Look!

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Anouk Aimeé’s style icon status was cemented as one of Fellini’s leading ladies, appearing in 81/2 and La Dolce Vita. Anouk Aimee had an exotic elegance presence often portraying a femme fatale with a dangerous sex appeal that gave her characters power that other actresses couldn’t touch. In addition to acting the French actress was a well-recognized style icon in the 1960s and 1970s. Sitting on the roof of the Hotel Excelsior in Venice in a simple green sweater, pants and ballet flats Aimée shows that she was deserving of this title.

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I can’t sit on Hamburg’s roofs but nevertheless I’m really into Anouk Aimee’s French style. To get the Anouk Aimeé Style, just wear the good old wardrobe classics – Breton shirt, trench coat, simple denim jeans and tangerine high heels.

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On me: Shirt by ZARA, Trench by Burberry, Shoes by H&M, Denim by For All 7 Mankind, Bag by Longchamp, Sunglases by Jil Sander

Posted on April 12, 2014

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

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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.

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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.
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted on March 29, 2014

Karlie Kloss at Vogue Festival in London

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What a day it’s been! London was looking its best:  Under blue skies and warm temperatures, the Vogue Fashion Festival commenced at London’s Southbank.  At the festival, I attended the talk on Personal Style led by Alexa Chung  (check back for the story on R&R soon). More fun than attending the talk was to mingle with fashionistas and fellow bloggers who strutted their stuff at the Thames river bank. Later in the afternoon, model Karlie Kloss arrived for a photo session amongst the festival goers. Her rather eye catching outfit consisted of a high-waisted, purple metallic leather pencil skirt, purple beaded varsity jacket adorned with lipsticks, kooky cute pink pom-pom shoes and a polka dotted rucksack, all from House of Holland, RTW Fall 2014! Fashion at it’s best, when it’s all about fun.  Karlie will speak at the Festival about what it’s like to be a model tomorrow.

Karlie looked cute, I loved her wild hairstyle. She seemed very open and happy to talk and pose with curious bystanders.

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Karlie’s crazy, loud 80s outfit is from House of Holland, RTW Fall 2014

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Check out her turquoise nail varnish

Check out her turquoise nail varnish!

Posted on March 22, 2014

Fashion Sisters: Imitating our Icons BB & Jackie

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Brigitte Bardot as a Ballet dancer and Rebel practicing ballet at the Ballet School as a 15 year old in East Berlin.

As part of our Fashion Sisters series, we are channeling our favourite fashion icons this week, Brigitte Bardot and Jackie Kennedy!

Rebel: Just like me, Brigitte Bardot initially intended to  pursue a career as a Ballet dancer before she was discovered as an actress. Her style is super feminine yet casual,  I especially love her signature  Capri pants and flat ballet slippers.

Look inspired by BB. Below I’m wearing:

Ballet pumps from Pretty Ballerina, floral jeans from Citizen of Humanity, sunglasses from Céline, headscarf from  Hermés, black jumper from Tk Maxx.

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Romantique: For this week’s sisters challenge, I chose to style myself like Jackie Kennedy! Rebel always says that I look like her, especially my profile. I can’t really see it myself, but I gladly take this compliment on board! After all, Jackie Kennedy personifies  good taste.

My favourite fashion eras are the 50s and 60s, the most flattering time for women. Jackie Kennedy’s style repertoire included all of my favourite wardrobe items of this time: Sleek shift dresses dresses, A-line mini dresses, trench coats, midi-heeled shoes and fabulous sunglasses, all worn with an inimitable elegance.

 I am wearing:

A-line black mini dress from Max & Co, bug like sunglasses from Chloé, trench coat from Max and Co, mini bag from Gianfranco Ferré.

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Posted on March 7, 2014

The fake Parisian : 5 Style Staples of Diane Krueger

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Diane in a flouncy dress, socks and oxford lace-ups

Diane in a flouncy dress, socks and oxford lace-ups

What is a fake Parisian I hear you ask. Well, a fake Parisian is a woman not indigenous to France, who is representing the chic and natural style of France even better than French women do. Diane Krueger, born and raised in Germany and living in Paris, epitomises this casual French chic. I think she’s the best dressed celebrity out there!

Her look is diverse and ranges from innocent Peter-Pan-collared 50s dresses to fierce rock chic outfits complete with distressed denim and high-heels. She is a never-ending inspiration on how to do effortless chic and one of the very few actresses who looks elegant not only on the red carpet, but off-duty.

Her look can be boiled down to 5 ever-recurring basics:

 

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1. The Pink Skinny Jeans – Diane is a master of clashes. She loves clashing romance with Rebel, tailored with voluminous. And in this fashion, she pairs tight-fitting skinny jeans with a casual Leopard shirt, Breton shirt and grey comfy top.

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2. The 50s French Coquette style – The above outfits are my favourite on Diane. The 50s style dress  – fitted at the top with a   flared, knee-length skirt, is so flattering and feminine on her. The cherry on the top is the beret and the Peter Pan collar on the monochrome Chanel dress.  Love!

Diane Kruger Breton style staple

3.  The Breton Shirt – also known as the shirt Mariniere, is a stripey classic. Diane makes this style look young and fresh by pairing it with used denim and high-heeled sandals. She rocks the stripes  as a cropped top combined with a midi-length skirt or Ali Baba trousers. Classic with a twist done to perfection!

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4. The Hermes “Constance” Bag – the cute little cross body bag is quintessential French. Diane herself said she doesn’t like splashing out lots of money for fashion and it took her 6  years to pluck up the courage to buy this iconic but pricey bag.

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5. The straw hat: Rather than banning this cute accessories to the beach, Diane rocks this during the daytime in the city. Like the little straw bag, this is becoming a new summer classic fast!

“The French woman is sufficient, she dresses classically with a twist. She takes less care of herself compared to her American counterpart. American women are impeccable, the French strong point is their casual appearance. The fact she likes fashion and beautiful clothes doesn’t make her a frivolous person, they are part of her heritage and culture”.

Odile Gilbert, Studio Hairdresser. Taken from the book “Parisian Street Style –A guide to effortless Chic” by Isabelle Thomas & Frederique Veysset.

 
Posted on February 15, 2014

Audrey Hepburn on a bike

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I adore Audrey:  Her personality, her style, her movies, her pictures. Biking with grace and style? Take a look at Audrey Hepburn on a bike and get ideas for your next cycling tour.

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Fashion_on_bike_winter_2014 Me on the bike wearing: Clavin Klein Coat, Gant Scarf and Converse shoes.

Posted on November 22, 2013

JFK 50th Anniversary: Jackie Kennedy 2.0

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, shot while riding in a motorcade through the streets of Dallas. German TV programmes honour the anniversary with a lot of specials, movies and other retrospectives on JFK. In recent days I have seen a lot of documentaries on TV about Jack and Jackie Kennedy. While watching I wondered: Jackie Kennedy looks like someone you know, who? And then the penny dropped, my sister Romantique looks like Jackie Kennedy, the similarity of her semi-profile to Jackie Kennedy is perplexing. So, I would say we do have a Doppelganger of Jackie Kennedy in our family, Jackie 2.0 has begun!

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Posted on November 8, 2013

The mystery of Diane Kruger’s Street Style

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Diane Kruger is beautiful and awesome and all that but what’s the mystery of Diane Kruger’s Street Style? She is German and has the infamous sense of style of French women. Like French women, she mastered the art of dressing as if she does not care about fashion at all! Diane Kruger’s fashion secrets are nothing more than the fashion rules of French women. And these are:

1.) French women are effortless,  they go for clashes, combine a feminine dress with a parka, jeans with a tuxedo blazer or a mini with biker boots.

2.) For French women, less is more, they are wearing less makeup and have perfectly mastered the art of the nude looks. They do not wear big hairstyles, but let they hair down, parted in the middle to fall over their shoulder.

3.)  French women do not serve stereotypes, with short skirts, big hair and plunging necklines.

4.) Instead, french women play with androgyny, wearing men’s trousers paired with kick ass heels without betraying the whole emancipation.

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