“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” – Coco Chanel. When I’m shopping and I see myself reaching for all those florals, ruffles and puffs, I remind myself of the 50/50 rule by Parisian style icon Ines de la Fressange: Buy 50 % basics and 50 % trendy or unique pieces.
My navy, faberge figured, egg shaped spring coat is one of those work horses and basic go-to-pieces I find myself coming back to when I need something uncomplicated to throw on over jeans or dresses. The three quarter length sleeves and stand up collar are feminine, timeless and desirable features in any spring / summer coat.
Egg-shaped, voluminous coats have been all over the catwalks FW2013 of Celina and Giambista Valli to name just a few. And this shape is not just a fleeting trend but a timeless and playful coat shape.
Voluminous coats are easy to wear, just remember to pair them with something skinny underneath. Fitted jeans, pencil skirts or mini skirts all work well.
I’m wearing a navy and pink striped satin skirt by Max & co, boots “sprinkle” by Kurt Geiger, shades by Chloe and purple woven handbag by Patrick Cox.
“Black has it all, white too” – Coco Chanel. I’ve been inspired by Rebel’s recent post on white coats – a chic, clean look and a huge trend this year. The romantic types like me can combine white and creams with delicate fabrics like broderie anglaise or macramé lace as seen at Valentino’s and Stella McCartney’s runways for SS 2013. The perfect, femine spring / summer coat!
I am wearing a cream macramé lace coat by Max & Co. To not look too romantic, I combined the sweetness of the coat with a robust leather tan belt and manly lace-up oxford shoes by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni. You can clash styles further by adding biker boots, western style ankle boots or wildly patterned silk scarf. Whatever makes you happy!
Miu Miu macramé lace coat 2013 worn by Nicola Peltz. Her sexy cage plateau sandals with glitter heel are a great way to balance the innocence of the coat.
Leave the coat open and wear it like a long cardigan
A huge trend this year: white leather laser cut biker jackets and broderie anglaise bomber jackets as seen at Blumarine. Denim is perfect to dress down lace and give it a more casual feel. Article from the French Marie Claire March 2013
Above: I’m wearing Karl Lagerfeld’s signature look – white shirt with a stand-up collar and black jacket.
Karl Lagerfeld never shys away from controversy. His quotes are better than any newspaper, funnier than any sitcom because in many cases he hits the core of topics.
Enjoy our self-created Karlism cards:
Karl, you are such a snob! Why, can’t Heidi enter your parisian club?
Take not: Anna della Russo!
As Coco Chanel said: “Black has it all. White too.” For this summer season I’m going to change the quote from: White has it all. Black too.
The complete look in white is for me the biggest trend this summer and so easy to do. For example I wear a white shirt by fruit of the loom, which I got from a Lufthansa overnigt survial kit as my luggage was lost from Hamburg to Los Angeles. Today, I combined the white shirt to jeans by Citizens of Humanity and my white Converse.
AfterI brought some food for the weekend I was looking at Zara for white fashion.
Ahhh and of course ZARA has a signature white summer 2013 coat, not only for brides this year a fabulous found!
How did Rimowa manage to transform a piece of luggage into a lifestyle product used by celebs and anyone who likes to travel in style?
Well, the aluminium and polycarbonate suitcases look ueber chic and understated, they are super light and they last a life time. My mum bought her first Aluminium Rimowa 20 years ago, at a time when Rimowa wasn’t as hyped up as it is today. She still uses that one today, although she’s added a couple of new Rimowas to the collection over the years. The original case has not aged, apart from a few almost invisible dents. When I travel with my silver Rimowa suitcase, it’s always easy to spot on a luggage carousel in the midst of a sea of boring black.
Above: I’m at Cape Town airport with mine and Rebel’s Aluminium Rimowa cases. Excuse my grumpy expression, I just finished a 12 hour flight in coach!
Aluminium and polycarbonate are expensive materials, almost indestructible and extremely light. They have become so popular worldwide, that the Cologne based company had to open a new factory in Canada to keep up with the rising demand. A product placement agency ensures that you see the German suitcases in movies such as “Wall Street 2”, “Iron Man” or the “A Team”. Lufthansa for example gives out toilet articles packaged in Mini Rimovas to it’s 1st class passengers. These limited, unique suitcases are being traded on ebay for hundreds of dollars.
The only manufacturer that could viewed as competition to Rimowa is it’s American rival Zero Halliburton. Just like Rimova, they started their business with Aluminum suitcases and later added polycarbonate to their range. Zero Halliburton has one advantage over the Germans: They placed their product somewhere Rimowa will never reach: The “Atomic Football” is manufactured by Halliburton. The heavily guarded briefcase, which is always within reach of the US President, is used to carry the secret codes to launch American Nuclear bombs. You simply cannot get better advertising than that!
Oh how I love a white shirt – for obvious reasons; You can style it in so many ways: casual with jeans, feminine with skirts or elegant with a leather skirt for the evening.
Whether it’s a pencil skirt or voluminous bubble skirt, a printed skirt and a white shirt always works.
I am wearing a white from Stefanel and navy-pink bubble skirt from Max & Co SS2013. White sunglasses from Moschino.
Slogan Tees are attention seeking, look-at-me garnments I steer away from – usually. There are T-Shirts for which I gladly make an exception – like this Anna Wintour Tee with one of my favourite quotes from her: “You either know fashion or you don’t”. For me, fashion is an expression of my personal style and how I want to be perceived by others, and that, you either know or you don’t
On styling the Slogan Tee, I’ve taken a style leaf out of Rebel’s book and combined the Anna Wintour T-shirt with a structured jacket (Bouclé Jacket) with limoncello Jeans from Luella.
Rebel goes Romantique that means I wear skirts and that’s happens very rarely. I can not say why, but I feel uncomfortable in skirts and I don’t have so much talent for styling. Sure, I’m romantic, I love Happy Ends but like less dresses and skirts.
Men like skirts to see beautiful legs and nice legs can be subtle guns. When I see myself wearing a pleated skirt I think: No, that’s not me. Clothing is often just a question of type. No one can just wear anything and looks good in everything.
For all Romantiques get inspiration how to wear a pleated skirt from Taylor Swift.
That picture, a fashion dream for all romantic girls comes true!
Spring is here but it’s still too nippy to leave the house bare legged. This is the perfect opportunity to put on some bold coloured / patterned statement tights and nail the 60s trend at the same time!
Mine are pastel coloured tights from Falke: zig-zag waves knitted together. Pair them with straight lined 60s dresses. If you’re game, clash them with patterned skirts and dresses.
Above: I’m wearing Falke tights, trench coat from Maison Espin, sunglasses from Chloé and hearts umbrella from Moschino.
Season 6 auf Mad Men has started and I’m in the mood for colours and graphics!
Most adorable cat earrings from French jeweller Les Néréides SS2013.