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Posted on September 27, 2015

It’s a Pom Pom life for Dolce & Gabbana’s Summer Collection 2016

Accessoires/ Bags/ Featured/ Romantique
Wicker basket and dress with pom poms and mirrors. Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Wicker basket and dress with pom poms and mirrors. Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Wow. Dolce and Gabbana’s summer 2016 collection was an explosion of colours and highly embellished clothes and accessories. I was one of the loyal Dolce fans following the live stream of the Milan fashion show entitled “Italia is love”. And the title did not disappoint.

A highly wearable, feminine collection oozing zest for (Italian) life, based on stereotypes of Italy in the 50s. The designer duo presented well tried ingredients from previous collections such as prints of lemons, oranges, umbrella stripes, Sicilian carts and florals woven onto highly embellished brocade and lace. Dresses painted with picture-perfect post card prints of Taormina, Palermo, Capri, Rome and Venice paired with touristy camera shaped handbags.

Photo by swide.com

Photo by swide.com

Stefano Gabbana said that the initial inspiration for the collection came from a book he read on Second World War fashion when tailors turned to traditional handcraft techniques to embroider materials because they were scarce.

Embroidery featured heavily in the show: Rich, decorative Sicilian folklore elements such as pom-poms, mirrors and medallions, usually the domain of the Sicilian straw coffa bag, found their way onto wicker baskets, shoes, earrings, dresses and headscarfs.

Pom Pom Dress Dolce Gabbana SS2016 summer collection

From head to toe richly embellished. Photo by swide.com

Photo by swide.com

Siclian cart dress and pom pom bucket handbag. Photo by swide.com

Critics of Dolce and Gabbana will say they are rehashing the same old Italian / Siclian traditional styles which are getting tired. I disagree: Dolce and Gabbana listen to their customers who love Italian themed fashion and demand wearable, flattering clothes rather than OTT circus fashion.

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Indulge in the Sicilian Dolce and Gabbana mood with Sicily Bag: Featuring pom poms, mirrors, medallions, and bells embroidered onto the cloth showing the geometric pattern of the Siclian cart. Each Sicily Bag is one of a kind. Artisan Luigi takes 2 days to make each bag.

Dolce Gabbana SS2016 pom pom bucket bag

 

Posted on August 16, 2014

Sicily – Heritage & Fashion

Italy/ Lifestyle/ Romantique/ Travel

Moorish head pasticeria taormina, Italy

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.

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.

Sicilian Jewllery Moorish heads

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.

Dolce and Gabbana honoured the Sicilian marionettes in their SS2013 collection.

Strawbag earrings sicily

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.

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YouTube DirektDolce and Gabbana Summer Ad Campaign 2013 Sicily

This beautiful video by Dolce and Gabbana epitomises Sicilian summer, tastes and traditions.

Posted on August 9, 2014

6 Reasons to wear shorts this summer

Denim/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

 

Moschino Shorts, Breton shirt, Miss Sicily Dolce and Gabbana bag 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!

moschino shorts miss sicily bag

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

moschino shorts miss sicily bag breton stripes

Alex doing what she does best: Coolest interpretation of Jane Birkin in denim shorts, cropped lace top and leopard print coat

Alex doing what she does best: Coolest interpretation of Jane Birkin in denim shorts, cropped lace top and leopard print coat

Posted on August 3, 2014

Accessory deluxe: The Miss Sicily Bag

Bags/ Romantique

Dolce and Gabbana Miss Sicily Handbag London street style

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.

Dolce and Gabbana Miss Sicily

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

London street style tangerine Miss Sicily bag dolce and gabbana

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

Dolce and Gabbana pink sunglasses and miss sicily bag arancia
The Miss Sicily bag can be worn  in a  lady-like fashion using the top handle or more casually,  as a cross body bag.

 

Dolce and Gabbana Miss Sicily Bag Arancia

Dolce and Gabbana Miss Sicily Handbag London street style

The Miss Sicily in all it's glory in colour "Arancia"

The Miss Sicily in all it’s glory. Colour “Arancia”

MIss Sicily Bag Dolce and Gabbana. Scarlett Johannson, Kate Moss, Jessica Alba, Victoria Beckham.

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.

Posted on March 26, 2014

Brocade Skirt and Bows

Bags/ Skirts/ Wardrobe

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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!

I’m wearing:

  • 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

Pink brocade skirt Alberta Ferretti London Streetstyle Bow shirt

Thanks to Mummy Romantique and Rebel for lending this wonderful Dolce and Gabbana flower embossed handbag to me. It’s Romantique personified!

Brocade skirt street style

Posted on October 5, 2013

Best of Italy: The dreamy fishing village of Gallipoli

Dresses/ Italy/ Travel

Gallipoli Italy

What is the perfect place for a romantic honey moon? Exactly, Italy, the land of Dolce Vita and La Bella Figura. After 3 days of touring the eternal city of Rome, we spent seven relaxing days on the beautiful coast of Puglia, the southern heel of Italy. Gallipoli is located on a limestone island,  capturing  the romantic charm of Italian fishing villages and the rustic Mediterranean. Reminiscent of Dolce & Gabbana’s ad summer 2012 ad campaign, Gallipoli oozes the essence of Southern Italy. Enjoy the beautiful pics of Bella Italia!

I am wearing: For an overcast but warm day in Gallipoli I’m wearing all Italian!  Vichy checked dress from Max & Co, metallic sandals from Attilio Giusti Leombruni, cross body bag from Moschino and Ray Ban Wayfarer 2140 sunglasses.

Ingredients for Dolce and Gabbana's ad campaigns? Take a gorgeous model, throw in rustic Italian seaside setting, garnished with a little black lace dress and matching lace tote bag.

Ingredients for Dolce and Gabbana’s ad campaigns? Take a gorgeous model, throw in a rustic Italian seaside setting, garnished with a little black lace dress and matching lace tote bag. Viva Italia!

Gallipoli Italy fishermen and nets

Honeymooners!

Honeymooners!

 

Narrow alleyways, a typical site in Gallipoli's historic heart

Narrow alleyways, a typical site in Gallipoli’s historic heart

All Italian! AGL shoes, moschino bag and max & co dress

All Italian! AGL shoes, moschino bag and max & co dress

 

Gallipoli Fishing

Watch the fisher men sell their fish after a day out on the sea after 17.30.

 

Posted on May 12, 2012

My Italian floral handbag

Bags/ Italy/ Romantique

Floral is a big trend this year, as seen on dresses and trousers. My newest love is this beautiful flower embroidered  leather handbag byDolce & Gabbana which Mummy Romantique generously lent to me.

The muted brown and beige colours are great to team with bold colours like my yellow ruffled top by Massimo Dutti.

This flowery petit four of a handbag can be worn casually during the day or in the evening worn as a clutch.

Me in Porto Cervo, worn with the handbag over my shoulder. My skirt is from Esprit, my pink leather shoes with espadrille sole  from Flip Flop.Gingerbread heart necklace from Thomas Sabo.

Floral handbags from Valentino SS 2012, seen at Galeries Lafayette Berlin.

Posted on April 5, 2012

Best catwalk copies

Romantique/ Wardrobe

Apparently, it takes Spanish retail giant Zara 6 weeks to copy clothing from the day of the Fashion show to display in their shops. That’s a quick turnaround!

This year,  Zara  copied heavily from Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton and  put a nice wearable twist onto their clothes.

Here are my favourite  high street lovelies which proves that fashion doesn’t always have to be expensive!

Above: Kate Moss models this sugary sweet broderie anglaise dress with dainty leather detail from Marc Jacob’s Louis Vuitton SS 2012 collection.  Zara’s version is a cute broderie anglaise shirt with a tweed skirt complete with feather detail.

In this catwalk copy version of the embroidered shirts, Zara combined the dainty blouse with a red hot peplum pencil skirt.

Mamma Mia! Gorgeous Italian Model Bianca Balti in a nude lace top by Dolce & Gabbana- so womanly!

German High Street Retailer S Oliver came up with this feminine nude lace dress.

Dolce and Gabbana sent their models in full skirts on the runway for the SS2012 collection with vegetable pattern detail and cropped tops. The Oasis Highstreet version is light blue and decorated with juicy pineapples.

What is your favourite trend this spring / summer?

 

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