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Spring / Summer 2012 fashion

Posted on April 11, 2012

Pin up!

Dresses/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

I always buy overseas magazines to keep abreast of international trends and to see how different countries interpret fashion in different ways.

I especially liked the 40s pin up spread in the French Elle. Womanly, seductively  grown up.

Enjoy the beautiful photos and my Pin Up Style recommendations!

Above picture: Muslin flouncy ruffle dress from Alexander McQueen.

Bubblegum pink tube lace dress with ruffles at the hem from Valentino.

Full skirt like a flower field: Black skirt with printed pink flowers from Blumarine

Peplum, jacquard pink Yves Saint Laurent vest

Black, flowery printed Bandeau top, skirt and bolero jacket from Marc Jacobs

Les 40s sont tres sexy! Pin up shoes with satin and woven straw detail from Geox

Pink satin peplum shirt and pencil skirt  from H&M

Cream coloured lace dress with puff sleeves from Zara

Ruffles are all around: White flouncy cocktail dress from DKNY

A flowery field of poppies: Colour explosion from Carven


Posted on April 2, 2012

The essential summer classic

Dresses/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

…is the white dress, also known as LWD. White is an ideal choice for every skin tone as you can wear the individual shade to flatter your skin tone from cold  crisp white to warm off-white and champagne.  It looks best to show off a light tan!

You can’t go wrong with a classic white shift dress as seen at Blumarine SS 2012. White is like a canvas so you can add accessories in your favourite colour.

This gorgeous, embroidered shift dress with black contrasting belt is from Max Mara SS 2012.

White embroidered dress from Max & Co. I added a splash of colour with yellow Pretty Ballerinas. Nothing is more feminine than a dress in broderie anglaise and this year is the season to buy it. Invest in a quality one to add a classic piece to your wardrobe that only gets better with time.

Laetitia Casta in a white dress at a film premiere.

White Broderie Anglais dress “Tiffany”  from LK Bennett SS 2012 in a classic, simple shape and a relaxed rope belt for a summary feel.

Posted on March 23, 2012

American Preppy


…never dissappoints! No matter what trend other fashion retailers push, you can always rely on the classic, fresh East Coast look from GANT: Bright and pastel colours, gingham /Vichy /dots and marine stripes on Chinos, shift dresses, capri trousers and  skirts!

I’m wearing a quintessential Gant blouse with pink gingham checks and puff sleeves.

Above: Gingham Capri trousers from GANT SS 2012 collection. Sexy teamed with espadrilles wedges.

The GANT gingham Poplin dress SS 2012.

Timless cut dress and bold fresh colours – synonymous with Gant’s signature look



Posted on March 12, 2012

The summer coat

Coats/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

Comes, of course, in pastel colours, bold prints or in minmalstic white and nude, made from light materials such as cotton and polyester mix. Perfect to complement this seasons dresses and pencil skirts or skinny jeans with high heels as shown above by Cameron Diaz.

Pink coat in A-line shape by Tara Jarmon

Flower power from Tara Jarmon

Classic straight shape and round neck, coat from Zara

Bold printed coat from Miu Miu

Raglan sleeve coat from Zara


Posted on March 10, 2012

Alexa for Vero Moda


Danish and family owned  high street giant Vero Moda managed to get  Alexa Chung, Britain’s coolest girl inspired by French pop,  to embody their brand.  And their is plenty of Alexa-ness in the collection:

  • cream coloured Peter Pan Collars
  • Flat brogues in socks teamed with dainty dresses
  • Alexa’s trademark hair style: tousled, out of bed hair


This cute cream cherry mini dress is also available in black

My favourite in the Vero Moda store was this petrol blue, stretchy pencil denim skirt and the blouse with printed mouth watering watermelons and sliced oranges!

Parisian chic a la Ines de la Fressange: The boyish shorts and parker style is softened with the delicate lace blouse and Peter Pan collar

Alexa doing clean chic with a white blouse


Posted on March 2, 2012

Petit four shoes

Romantique/ Shoes

Spring is already in the air here in London: Longer days, milder temperatures, friendlier people.

How much more fun is it to eye up your new favourites key pieces for the new season when you feel summer is near!    Here are my top picks of ballet flats for the spring wardrobe:

Above: Sweet as petit fours, Pretty Ballerinas in sugary colours such as sweet pink, lush purple, refreshing mint and honeyed lemon. Play princess and team them dainty with 50s skirts, be rocky and pair them with a leather jacket or add some colour to mix up a classic office outfit.

 Femme fatale: Dainty lace Pretty Ballerina


Woven leather Pretty Ballerina a la Bottega Veneta

Letting my feet dangle in lemony Pretty Ballerina at the Zurich lake, Switzerland

Posted on February 5, 2012

Pastel Bouclé Jackets

Blazer / Jackets/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

This spring and summer 2012  is all about oh-so-pretty pastel colours on swining 50ies dresses. And a great way to rock this trend is to inject some colour in a classic Chanel Bouclé Jacket. Think lemon yellow as see at Chanel’s Spring / Summer 2012 collection, or petit-four-pink, or fresh mint!

My pink sunglasses complement the 50ies trend perfectly. They are from Fossil, Model “Jacky Berry”, PS3897649


Posted on January 17, 2012

Decorum in a Kardashian world

Current Affairs/ Romantique

Swinging A-line dresses and nipped-in waists, pencil skirts, floral pattern and Vichy checks teamed with pastel make-up – Fashion’s 50ies / 60ies inspired summer 2012 is an ode to femininity .

This trend resonates with so many women as it eminates decorum and understated, elegant sex appeal in a Kardashian world.

Make a bold statement and differentiate yourself from the obvious Kardashian style with glamourous 50ies dresses, fitted pencil skirts and big prints as seen at Dolce & Gabbana.

Louis Vuitton’s new collection in petit four colours ranging from baby pink to pistachio and yellow in delicate materials such as lace and broderie anglaise will wake up your inner Princess.

Fruit printed Capri trousers and blouse by Riani

I’m wearing an A-line dress in chalky pastel  pink  by Max Mara.

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