The arts & craft fashion movement has taken over the Autumn/Winter 2012 runways with rich tapestry in the form of colourful needlepoint florals and prints!
Yet again, Dolce & gabbana have been at the forefront of this movement inspired by Sicily’s baroque religious traditions with decadent tapestry floral prints.
I love the needlework print as it’s exudes sweetness and is reminiscent of another time, when precious pieces were created by hand with the finest of materials. You don’t have to splash out to indulge in this cute trend: My short pencil skirt with tapestry floral print is from H&M AW 2012/2013.
I’m wearing: Tapestry floral skirt from H&M, powder blue turtleneck jumper from Stefanel AW 2012/2012, minibag from Moschino, blue sunglasses from Chloe.
At Dolce and Gabbana, the decadent scenes of flowers and birds also appeared on handbags and heels. British high street giant River Island, always one of the quickest to copy the Italian trends, made this cute copy of needlework florals.
Tapestry bag from Furla, seen at TK Maxx
My skirt as a tapestry floral dress from H&M AW 2012
This autumn 2012 season, designers have gone crazy for opulent brocade. Dolce & gabbana plucked their ideas from Domenico’s home of Sicily and it’s baroque, religious traditons.
Above I’m wearing H&M’s brocade pencil skirt. I love the classic shape which means this can become my new wardrobe staple that I can still wear in 3 years.
When styling brocade, you can cut the sweetness and balance the opulence with a slouchy boyfriend jumper or a simple cotton top. I’m wearing Mr Romantique’s jumper from Massimo Dutti, tucked in at the waist as the skirt sit’ high on the waist, to empahsize my waistline.
Alternatively you can team lustrous silk with brocade for a truly feminine seductive look.
The H&M pencil skirt teamed with a green silk blouse by Marks and Spencer. Jordana Brewster keeps it ladylike with a peachy pink and gold brocade skirt and silk top, both from Dolce & gabbana.
My pointy kitten heels are from TK Maxx, woolen top with heart detail from Moschino.
Life is not a red carpet but it’s still possible to bring some red carpet feeling into your life without being Angelina Jolie. Black Leather is a huge fashion trend for the coming fall/ winter saison 2012 – the catwalks for autumn had quite a gothic theme, with a lot of leather on show – but why not wearing leather even in summer on a sunny August day? Let all the others wear floral dresses, but not you, if you are in one-spirited sister of Angelina!
Black Leather top by René Lezard, Pants by J Brand, Sandals by Dolce & Gabbana, Bag Falorni
Don’t you just love those balmy summer nights when you can sit outside a restaurant in just a dress without a cardi or blazer? My tiered ruffle little black dress from DKNY and a perfect partner for a night like this. I put my hair up in two buns to match the playful ruffles and to avoid a sweaty neck from too much hair on a hot night!
Brown waist belt from Stefanel and sunglasses from Chloe
My beloved flower clutch handbag from Dolce & gabbana – a generous loan from Mummy Romantique!
My all time summer essential: Espadrilles wedges. The cute polka dots go well with the playful theme of the dress.
All you need to morph into a siren à la Sophia Loren for the upcoming spring and summer season :
- Eyeliner painted with a kitten flick (I Love Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner)
- Printed shift and 50s dresses
The look is so feminine and flattering, it suits every body type! The below printed shift dress by Dolce & Gabbana instantly took 5 pounds off me with it’s fitted shape and stretchy material.
Above: Floral dress in black and yellow by Blumarine
Bee waist and swinging skirt in olive green tull and pink bows – by Valentino Red
Scattered flowers on black and white dress – by Valentino Red
Monica Belluci and Bianca Balti for Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2012 – for the courageous swap flowers with vegetable prints!
Queen of Femininity Sophia Lauren in a flower printed dress in the 50s
A dream of red Millefleurs on white silk – by Valentino Red