Sunday, March 28, 2010

Coffee Shop Extravaganza by Luke Barker

I recently read an interesting article in Elle UK April edition. It was by Luke Barker – a finalist in the Elle writing competition - who works in a coffee shop and shares his observations of female customers. As I read it, I laughed so hard, I woke all the nearby passengers on the plane! Luke was spot on with his portrait of 20-something wannabes who always have one designer item of clothing; 30-something confident & polite career women and crazy artsy types who commit crimes against fashion by “wearing every colour of the rainbow in one outfit”.
I also love watching people and their outfit choices. Style is the most noticeable and often the most impactful form of self expression. You can tell a lot by the way a person dresses and their grooming habits. My friend once said she would only hire a financial advisor with an impeccable appearance: “If she is so nonchalant with her looks, how can I trust her with my money?” I may not have agreed with her then, but I do now. Appearance and personal style are important! And it doesn’t matter if you were born tall or short, not the best looking or beautiful. With a little bit of effort - we can all look our very best!

Purchase of the Month: Miu Miu Sunglasses

I really wanted a pair of purple oversized Miu Miu sunglasses. When I tried them on, I looked a little silly. Not sure I want to channel flower power. So I opted for these gorgeous brown acetate sunglasses pictured in Miu Miu Spring/Summer eyewear ad campaign. Really happy with my choice :)

Economize vs Fantasize: Draped Dress

Givenchy Spring/Summer RTW 2010
French Connection: starting at £110

Look what I found during my last retreat to French Connection: gorgeous frocks which were obviously inspired by Givenchy Spring/Summer RTW collection! FC copied down to the embellished shoulder detail! My final verdict - Fantasize - coz I bet you'll be seeing this dress at every second summer party!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Look of the day: Olivia Palermo at Elle Style Awards

Olivia yet again nails High Street/Designer mix! She is wearing KG by Kurt Gieger shoes and dress by Matthew Williamson. Olivia also injects a little bit of color with this funky alligator clutch! Very unexpected and very Olivia!

Designer Spotlight: Andrew GN

I can't say I loved the entire Andrew GN Fall/Winter RTW collection, but the above were total knockout outfits! The velvet LBD with buckle detail is AMAZING! and I loved GN's LBDs -draping perfection!


Look of the Day: SJP

As SJP starts her promo tour of the loooong awaited SATC film part 2, she is showcasting some killer outfits! Miss Bradshaw - you may be fiction - but this world is sooo damn boring without ya!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Notes on Phoebe Philo: or reworking the Classics at Celine Fall/Winter RTW!

Like a seasoned marathon runner, Phoebe built the momentum in the Celine Spring/Summer & Resort collections and won the race during her Fall/ Winter show! I would wear 90% of her collection! Phoebe knows her customer and she is a genius in creating demand for old classics with a twist! Like this simple LBD with leather pockets, or a classic coat with uber cool shoulders! Celine's collection is just spot on - chic, timeless and oh sooooo beautiful!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Must Haves - key pieces to buy now and to recycle

I’ve listed some of the items I consider buying to update my spring wardrobe:

Harem Pants: There is mid season sale going on and I found these gorgeous harem pants there. You can find a good selection of harem pants at Zara and Topshop.
Shorts: Oasis is bang on trend with every permutation of shorts possible: cotton, satin and even leather!
Tribal Dress: and have the best online selection of tribal dresses and skirts. I would wear one day or night with Jean jacket and platform sandals.
Satchels: I’m sure High Street is full of ok-looking satchels, but to me the only ones worth dreaming of are Mulberry Alexa and Proenza Schouler bags!
Platform Sandals: I’ve already blogged about Clog alert. Below I listed some more of my fav clog sandals. They are very versatile and will last for many more seasons. I’ve tried a pair of Fasionistas at Brown Thomas and have to say, they are super cute & comfortable.
and these are the items I'll be recycling from last season:

Jean Jacket – goes pretty much with everything!
Oversized sunglasses – I’ll be sticking to my Jackie O style Chanels but I really relly want a pair of purple Miu Mius ..sigh
White Shirt – preferably oversized. I could pair it with shorts or harem pants to channel Chloe's utility trend.
Nude Shirt-Dress – I got mine last years in Karen Millen and will definitely be wearing it a lot this summer.
My Khaki capris from Abercrombie will complete my military/sportwear look!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Investment Piece: Bustier LBD

If there was one dress I’d invest into now – it would have to be a black bustier/corset LBD. High mileage guaranteed, as I could wear in summer & winter! It's bang on trend and very timeless! It doesn’t get better than that!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Alice in Wonderland Costumes

Designing costumes for the movie Alice in Wonderful must have been a big treat for Coleen Atwood. As a designer, she could let her imagination run wild and got paid for it! Alice's dresses were so beautiful - they actually looked surreal. I loved the teal dress which changed shape each time Alice got bigger or smaller. Unfortunately the movie itself was very mediocre...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Summer Wardrobe Clearance at!

LADIES - 80% Clearance at is ON!
I adore all the Sonia Rykiel summer frocks…. And how hot are these candy coloured Marni Platforms starting at 127 Euro! They make me wanna sing lollipop lollipop ooh lolli lolli lolli lollipop……

I WANT WANT WANT: Tadashi Shoji shredded dress!

I think I found my new favorite designer! Tadashi Shoji's Spring/Summer 2010 Collection is perfection!

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Best 10 Fashion Moments of Reality TV

1. Olivia Palermo's style in The City
When I think The City, I think Olivia Palermo! When I watched this show, I rarely listened to conversations and mostly admired Olivia's outfits. Frankly, I even forgave Olivia for that backstabbing incident, when she claimed credit for the outfit on the magazine cover. Like it or not, Olivia proves that beauty and style go a long way...
2. Talita getting a job with Marie Claire in Running in Heels

If you have not yet seen Running in Heels - a reality tv show about three interns fighting their way to get a permanet job at Marie Claire - you've so got to! Especially if you want to work in the fashion magazine world. You actually might want to rethink your apsirations after watching this show. There was plenty of drama, backstabbing, OTT competitiveness - which made it one big estrogen-filled freakfest. But as with every cloud there is a silver lining - there was lots of fabulous fashion and a small glimpse of how the magazine operates (I fell in love with editor-in-chief Joanna Coles). To top it all off, I was very pleased to see the underdog Talita get the job with Marie Claire's LA office. I was even more delighed to see the know-it-all Ashley go home empty handed. This girl has earned a BA in Backstabbing Strategy and gave me a nervous twitch each time she appeared on the screen! Go Talita!

3. Daniella Kallmeyer receiving the Judges Choice award in The Fashion Show

In the recent past, there were a number of shows which tried to compete with Project Runway: The Fashion Show and Project Catwalk among others. The sole reason I even remember The Fashion Show is because of Daniella Kallmeyer - the second runner up. Anna McCraney ended up winning the public vote. Thankfully, Daniella got recognition from the judges and recieved their vote. I remember getting goosebumps when Daniella's final collection was shown: it was very ahead of its time and very contemporary at the same time. Daniella brought futuristic shoulder pads back before Balmain even dreamt of them. Her mixing of different textures and handmade accessories was simply genious! I can't wait to hear more of this South African prodigy!

4. William Lazootin's finale show in Project Runway Australia season 2

For those of you who love Project Runway - I highy recommend watching Project Runway Australia. There were some really intersting characters on the show and by far the most memorable of them was William Lazootin. Much like during Daniella's final collection, my heart skipped a beat when I watched William's finale! As the designer himself said, he paid homage to South America: from oversized catholic cross jewellery to the rich color palette - the collection was a masterpiece. It's a pity he didn't win!

5. Kenley Collins' creations throughout season 5 of Project Runway

So Kenley Collins might have been depicted as the underdog and the wild child of season 5 of Project Runway - to me she was among the most memorable designers on the show to date. Aside from being a loudmouth, she stood out for her fantastic personal style and mind blowing designs throughout the show. My all time favorite was her avant-garde dress, which was christened as a Giambattista Valli knockoff by the judges. Give it up Michael Kors - even Picasso said "bad artists copy, great artists steal". I predict you'll be seeing much more of this girl!

6. Nina Garcia's style and Tim Gunn's fashion advice in Project Runway

Tim Gunn & Nina Garcia are the two great personalities of Project Runway: from Tim's always sound fashion advice, to Nina's beautiful outfits - it was always a pleasure to watch them! When you're feeling down, just think of Tim's motto "Make it work!" And if that doesn't help, think of Macy's accessories wall...mmmmm

7. Brix vs Gok Wan in Gok's Fashion Fix

Ok so I have mixed feelings about Gok Wan's fashion sense, but I'm pretty damn fascinated with his on-screen opponent: fashion buyer Brix Smith-Start. I secretly rejoiced each time she won in the Designer vs High Street fashion-off with Gok. Let's be honest - her outfits were always stunning and so much more appealing than Gok's High Street picks.

8. Lauren Conrad and her collection of Chanel 2.55 in the Hills

As with The City, I watched The Hills solely for the fashion. Lauren and Whitney were my favorite clothes horses! But I particularly loved Lauren's Chanel bag collection. If you do a Google image search of Lauren, the first 5 pics will be of her sporting a Chanel 2.55 in every color, size and shape. That's what I call a diversified portfolio!

9. Allison Harvard getting to second place in America's Next Top Model season 12

I was gutted to see Allison Harvard not win America's Next Top Model! This was the first time I watched the show religiously, secretly hoping Allison would win. There was something so honest and innocent about this girl, you wanted her to succeed so bad. I predict a big future for Allison and hope to see her on the cover of Vogue some time very soon!

10. Sean Yazbeck winning the design challenge in The Apprentice season 5

I enjoy the Apprentice nearly as much as I do Project Runway. My all time favorite episode was in season 5 when The Embassy Suites Hotel hired the contestants to design uniforms for their employees. The two-man team led by the self confessed metrosexual Brit Sean Yazbeck (who eventually became the Apprentice) defeated the all-female team. I mean, I have never seen contestants on the Project Runway pick their fabric with so much passion and gusto as did Sean! The man was in his element!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Economize vs Fantasize: Ruffled Dress with Biker Jacket

Fantasize: total cost = £3346

Rag & Bone leather jacket: £1260
Kara Ross cocktail ring: £108
Burberry Prorsum dress: £598
Alexander McQueen clutch: £695
YSL satin sandals: £685

Economize: total cost = £455

New Look faux leather jacket: £25
Kenneth Jay Lane cocktail ring: £40
Lipsy dress: £175
Sara Berman snakeskin clutch: £165

Aldo satin sandals: £50

Style Hit or Miss: Bold Print Dress

MISS: Molly Sims in DVF
The last place on earth you would hope to see this jungle print DVF dress is in the middle of winter in Manhattan. To add to that, Molly threw on an embellished jacket, creating this atrocious clashing prints look. My advice: pair the jacket with a monotone shift dress; wear the DVF dress & golden chain sans top in the summer time...

HIT: Julianne Moore in Dries Van Noten
Julianne Moore toned down this bold geometric print dress with a sleek black blazer. Her black tights and shoes softened the look even more. The end result was a very chic and classic evening look with an edge!


March Wishlist

Look of the Day: Mira Duma in Chloe

I can't think of anyone who could pull this look off better than Miss Duma. I got serious case of fashionista envy!


Miu Miu Fall/Winter RTW 2010

I was dying to see what Miuccia Prada had in store for us in her Miu Miu Fall/Winter collection. She did not dissapoint! This collection had the same flirtatious & girly feel as the Spring/Summer one. The color palette was definitely more monotone with black being the predominant color. As usual Miuccia hit a home run from commercial and editorial standpoint.


Trend Alert: The Little Blue Dress

Forget the little black dress! Nowadays celebrities are sporting bright blue dresses on the red carpet. As mentioned in my review of Spring/Summer RTW, the Little Blue Dress is the next big thing! I adore Ashley Olsen in Erdem and Katherine Heigl in Reem Acra. And as usual, Reese Witherspoon rocks the strapless dress, with this fabulous Jason Wu number.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Oddity of the Day: Keira Knightley's Collar

I can't get enough of Miu Miu Spring/Summer collection. I'ts all about whimsical prints and to die for platforms! Koodos to Keira for pulling off this head-to-toe Miu Miu look! super cute and uber flirtatious )P


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fantasize or Fly to Stockholm: Leopard Wedges

Alexander Wang: 672 euro

Weekday: Uknown (from 50 to 70 euro)

The new Leopard wedge was reintroduced by Alexander Wang in his Spring/Summer 2010 collection and the whole fashion world followed. I may adore AW but those shoes are real odd looking things. From the plethora of animal print wedges I saw on the High Street, the above wedges by Weekday are definitely standing out! Before you get all excited - don't - Weekday is a Swedish label with stores in Sweden, Denmark and Germany. When it looks too good to be true - it is...Then again, I know what I'll be stocking up on next time I'm in the neighborhood (aside from salty licorice of course!).


Look of the day: Posh in her own design

Oh My! I never thought this day would come - but it looks like Posh's persistence paid off - I actually like her latest collection and this dress in particular. Is it just me, or lately Posh has relaxed somewhat and avoids wearing matchy matchy & costumy outifts. For Vanity Fair's Oscar Party she opted for this simple grecian silhouette. The color, the print, the belt detail - I Love everything about it!