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Trend SS 2013

Posted on March 6, 2013

Geometric Print Dress

Dresses/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
My silk dres is from Patrizia Pepe, SS 2009

My silk dres is from Patrizia Pepe, SS 2009

Looking at the trends for Spring / Summer 2013, one thing is clear: Graphic geometric prints  are everywhere: Stripes, checks,  diamond pattern and psychedelic pattern clashes. On our first London day in Spring (sun and a boiling 16 degrees, hooray)  I’m wearing a dress from  Italian fashion designer Patrizia Pepe which  features a  drop down waist and small psychedelic pattern. The muted colours tone down the pattern, making it less bold.   The dress is quite short but as always, balance is the key. The long trumpet sleeves and the high collar  combined with the silk material make it look demure and classy enough for the office.

Dasha wearing a psychedelic dress from Carven

Dasha Zhukova’s print dress from Carven sports a white collar to tone down bold pattern. Dasha wearing a psychedelic dress from Carven

2013 geometric trend dresses

2013 geometric trend dresses

Posted on February 3, 2013

Spring Trend Brocade SS2013

Brocade Spring 2013

Brocade Spring 2013

I’m so happy that last year’s brocade trend, initiated by Dolce and Gabbana who drew their inspirations from Sicily’s baroque, religious traditions, is still very much present for Spring Summer 2013. Only this time, brocade comes  in light, pastel colours, making the fabric lighter and more wearable for the daytime than darker colours which appear much more opulent.

Ellen Eisemann Brocade Dress AW 2012

Ellen Eisemann Brocade Dress AW 2012

Ellen Eiseman Brocade Dress 2013

Berlin fashion Ellen Eiseman is a connoisseur of beautifully cut dresses and rich textures and fabrics.

Wear a simple white shirt under your brocade dress like Alexa Chung and you are good to go for a day in the office.

Alexa Chung in a Christopher Kane Brocade dress

Alexa Chung in a Christopher Kane Brocade dress

Valentino Brocade Dress SS 2013

Valentino Brocade Dress SS 2013

Pastel coloured floral Valentino Brocade dress Spring / Summer 2013.  Rock it with a leather jacket if you think a cardigan is to prim and proper. Heels, ballet pumps, ankle boots, lace-ups, all go well with this all rounder.

Marion Cotillard  floral Brocade dress

Marion Cotillard floral Brocade dress

Our favourite fashion icon Marion Cotillard in a floor length floral brocade dress by Erdem. While I love the beautiful fabric, I think the length is too much for this heavy fabric. I love how Marion keeps the character of the outfit playful with a mini wicker cross body bag.

Light blue brocade dress from H&M

Light blue brocade dress from H&M





Posted on January 13, 2013

Summer Sneak Peak 2013: French Chic Dresses

Dresses/ Romantique

The only good thing about gloomy  January and February is the arrival of the new summer fashion! This year, fashion is so varied and fun, there’s something for everyone. I ploughed through various new season Look Books to show you the creme de la creme of dresses.

Above and Below: French Style Vichy / Gingham and stripey dresses continue to rock next summer. Checks and stripes always look fresh and young.  Red checked dress from MAx & Co (Max Mara’s little sister) SS 2013.

Stripes come in classic black and white as well as in all colours of the rainbow in  2013. Photo from Max & Co Look book SS 2013.

Swiss Lace and Broderie Anglaise are luckily here to stay too, cute combined with a chained mini bag in gelato colours. From Max & Co SS 2013.

The thick belt must be one of my favourite accessorises: Vichy / gingham dress with waistslimming wide brown leather belt from La Fée Maraboutée Paris SS 2013.

Below: Swiss lace and eyelet embroidery in innocent whites or combined with pastel colours look angelic. Left: Tromp L’oeil dress from Max & Co in knit and Swiss lace. Right: Summer 2011, I’m wearing a dress from MAx & Co.

Do you like the dresses and are you excited about summer?


Romantique xox

Posted on January 9, 2013

Trend SS 2013: Romanticism, Ballet and Fairytales

Romantique/ Wardrobe

The innocent and romantic trend of last summer is continuing into Summer 2013 – hoooray!  Innocent whites (Chloé),Lace and Broderie Anglaise (Oscar de la Renta) and even Cinderella shoes (Valentino) all feature heavily on the catwalks depicting SS 2013.

So what do the terms “romantic” and “romanticism” actually mean?Romanticism  is an artistry and literary movement that had its peak from 1800-1840.  The movement prized emotion and intuition over rationalism and rejected the principles of rules and the materialistic and aristocratic society. It was offered as a polarised opposite to realism.
Famous authors of this era were the Brother Grimm (Hänsel & Gretel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood) and E.T.A. Hoffmann, author of “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King” on which the ballet is based.
Above: Rebel aged 17 rehearsing for the ballet “The Nutcracker” at the state opera in Berlin.
The fashion from this era was characterised by narrow shoulders, puff sleeves, low waists, ruffle detailing, bell shape skirts with layers of petticoats underneath.
Me on top of the department store Galeries Lafayette in Paris 2011.
Cinderella Shoes at Valentino SS 2013
Little Red Riding Hood is one of the Brother’s Grimm fairytales. The Brother Grimm are one of the most important romantic historians. Their work became not only a central part of German literary identity, but also an important part of world literature. Photo taken at the Christmas market in Berlin.
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