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Posted on July 21, 2015

Jackie Oh 60s Dress

Dresses/ Featured/ Icons/ Romantique

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 December 14, 2014

Marie-Antoinette’s Favourite Colour

Bags/ Dresses/ Wardrobe

London Streetstyle peter pan collared dress burgundy puce

Marie-Antoinette, France’s last queen and symbol for the excess of the monarchy, had a favourite colour: She loved to wear reddish brown tafetta dresses with purple shimmer, known as “puce”. This Christmas, French mustard brand Maille pays hommage to the gorgeously decadent colour with a special edition of one of their top end mustards. A true food lover’s delight, this mustard contains black truffle and Chablis wine. Dot this over steak, enjoy with cheese, spread on a brioche, or mix in with a creamy risotto…yum!!

maille les délices de la reine My dad is a passionate hobby chef, which makes Maille’s high-end mustard a perfect Christmas gift for him. Men are notoriously difficult to buy for, so this makes a nice change to the perennial scarf, jumper or perfume. The heavy stone ware pot can be refilled in Maille boutiques around the world. I got this personalised in the London boutique with my dad’s initials – a lovely, personal touch.

Due to my colouring, puce and auburn-y colours are difficult for me to pull off. The dress I am wearing is brightened with a crisp white Peter Pan collar, an accessory I’ve loved for years, even before it was popularised by Alexa Chung.

London Streetstyle peter pan collared dress burgundy puce

Happy holidays!

London Streetstyle peter pan collared dress burgundy puce

I am wearing:

  • Dress in puce by Max & Co
  • Bronze shoes by Max & Co
  • Black doctor handbag by Prada
  • Sunglassses by Prada

 

Marie-Antoinette in her puce dress

Marie-Antoinette in her puce coloured dress

London street style Prada doctor's bag

Disclaimer: I have links to the Maille brand in my current job

Posted on April 5, 2014

Exhibition – The Glamour of Italian Fashion from 1945 – 2014

Current Affairs/ Icons/ Wardrobe

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.

Audrey_Hepburn_in_Gattinoni_per_il_film_Guerra_e_Pace_Gattinoni

Audrey Hepburn in a dress by Fernanda Gattinoni for the movie “War and Peace”. these were the “Glory Years” of Italian fashion

Exhibition VandA Museum London Italian Glamour 1945-2014 Scallop dress capucci

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.

Exhibition VandA Museum London Italian Glamour 1945-2014 Dress Miu Miu and Prada Dip Dye

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.

VandA exhibition "The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014" - Fendi Baguette Bag

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.

Exhibition VandA Museum London Italian Glamour 1945-2014 Knitted dress

Knitted dress

 

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.

Max Mara floral dress and AGL shoes sandals with Moschino bag

Posted on November 6, 2013

Fashion Sisters: Who wore it better? The Checkmate Coat

Blazer / Jackets/ Wardrobe

Rebel checked coat Max & Co

Statement checkered coats are hot this autumn. Stella McCartney’s AW2013 checked coats have been seen up and down the catwalks and fashion blogosphere. The trend is a great excuse for another battle of the fashion sisters.

Who wore it better? The checked wool overcoat in gorgeous autumnal colours and three-quarter-length kimono sleeves from Max & Co. I loved the coat colours, , the detailed sleeves and the half belt in the back (but there are only so many coats a girl can have) ! Rebel felt right at home in this beautiful piece too. The colours complemented her type perfectly, not to mention the nougat coloured penny loafers.

I'm wearing Stefanel jeans and Rouge Bunny rouge ballet flats with the checked coat.

I’m wearing Stefanel jeans and Rouge Bunny rouge ballet flats with the checked coat.

I can’t remember a season when we had such an abundance of bold  patterned and beautifully crafted coats in such a variety of shapes.

Coat max and co

Stella McCartney's checked coat aw2013

Stella McCartney’s checked coat aw2013

Prada black and pink checked coat AW2013

Prada black and pink checked coat AW2013

 

Posted on October 8, 2011

Cats love this blouse

Rebel/ Shirts/ Wardrobe

Herzallerliebste Prints mit Katzen, Hunden oder Mäusen auf Blusen, Kleider, Pullovern oder Schuhen sind so niedlich und super trendy. Die Prada Colletion Sommer 2012 zeigte sogar 60er Jahre Amischlitten, inspiriert von der Farbwelt Miamis auf Kleidern, Mänteln und Badeanzügen!

 

 

 

Posted on September 3, 2011

Streetstyle 3rd Sept, Porto Cervo, Italy

Denim/ Romantique/ Skirts/ Travel/ Wardrobe

The Costa Smeralda is the capital of jet set and Porto Cervo, a marina housing multi-million dollar yachts, is the preferred meeting place of international A list stars who apparently can be seen strolling through the promenade designed by Luigi Vietti.

We did not see any celebs, but had a browse through the swanky stores of Italian fashion, including Prada, Miu Miu, Versace, Malo, Moschino, Blumarine etc. A more detailed report on Italian’s autumn fashion to follow when I’m back!

Above: At a Vespa shop in Porto Cervo, wearing a neckholder top from Pepe Jeans and a pink pencil denim skirt from Esprit.

Posted on August 20, 2011

Degrade Superga

Rebel/ Shoes

Degrade ist nun nicht gerade brand new, vor 4/5 Jahren brachte Prada zuerst den Farbverlauf Look. Im Massmarket hat sich der Trend nie so richtig durchsetzen koennen, deshalb war ich sehr ueberrascht als ich heute die Degrade Superga in Covent Garden entdeckt habe. Probieren geht ueber studieren, und siehe da, angezogen haben sie mich nicht ueberzeugt, obwohl sie im Schaufenster “etwas hatten”, wo mein Auge haengen geblieben ist. Nicht umsonst hat sich Alexa Chung nur mit einem weissen Paar Superga photografieren lassen, nur die sind Kult, alles andere ist Girlie!

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