Friday, July 25, 2014

"What to wear today?" - Less is more

We often hear the words 'less is more', but what do they really mean? The biggest mistake women make when following that rule is the impact of the outfit - dressing minimal means looking simple, but not plain. Pair a beautiful black bias-cut dress with architectural sandals, go elegant on the acces-sories and remember not to overcook. Always have a matte lipstick on hand in a popular shade - this season it's coral.
Elegant outfit suggestion less is more
1. J.W.Anderson silk satin dress - $1.200 | 2. Miu Miu suede sandals - $650 | 3. Chanel velvet matte lipstick - $35 | 4. Lanvin crystal earrings - $595 | 5. Dolce & Gabbana crystal-embellished shoulder bag - $2.995

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Haute Couture F/W '14 Trend Report: All red everything

A Viktor&Rolf dress from the F/W '14
Haute Couture collection illustrated by me
Each Haute Couture season there is one super-popular color that makes editors and audience members go crazy. This time it was the color red - and we are talking about lots of it, in every shade imaginable.

The most eye-catching parade of all red looks was Viktor & Rolf's F/W '14 show. This season marked the duo's second time making couture after their long break from the extremely creative side of the business and as per they brought their
witty sense of humor along. The collection consists of twenty two red looks that unlike the competitors' garments created
for the red carpet, are actually made of one.

Another successful attempt at the all-red trend was Giorgio Armani's elegant fairy-tale. The classic Italian designer deci-ded to show a tricolored collection that put an emphasis on
the importance of red, thus showing incredibly sculpted eve-ning wear in the fiery color which is surely to turn heads on
the red carpet come awards season.

The color was inevitable in almost every other collection. Hussein Chalayn's first attempt at Vionnet saw the designer play with different shades of red in the form of pleats; Karl Lagerfeld injected the color in his feminine three-piece suits woven with concrete for Chanel; Alexandre Vauthier over-embellished a red mini with sparkling crystals and Russian socialite-cum-designer Ulyana Sergeenko used it as one of the colors for her gradient furs.

Red also found itself on the runways at Schiaparelli in the form of a fuzzy red coat, at Valentino as a long evening dress tied with a leather belt and at Jean Paul Gaultier, Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad used alongside an ombre technique for a more glamorous effect.
From left: Models from Armani Prive, Vionnet, Chanel & Alexandre Vauthier's F/W '14 Haute Couture collections

Friday, July 11, 2014

Haute Couture F/W '14 Trend Report: Ombre looks

Jean Paul Gaultier gown Haute Couture Fall Winter 2014
A Jean Paul Gaultier gown from the F/W '14
Haute Couture collection illustrated by me
Over the last year we've all been witnesses of the 'ombre trend' that took the world of hair styling by storm. An endless number of girls would step out of beauty salons each day, working a newly colored 'do that usually goes from brown to extremely light blonde tips. Well guess what - the ombre technique isn't just for your hair anymore!

There were several successful attempts at ombre featured in last season's collections - most notably Burberry's Resort '15 garments that went from darker blues to white and then back again - but these color transitioning clothes were all over the couture shows from this week.

It all started at Atelier Versace, the first show on the Haute Couture schedule, where Donatella introduced an extremely luxurious version of the ombre trend by pairing gradient spark-ling turtlenecks in blue, purple and black with provocatively cut leather skirts that took the attendees' breath away.

The ombre then took a full swing at Giambattista Valli in the form of grand ballgowns which were actually consisted of ruf-fled tulle skirts and boyish shirt tops, while also appearing on Schiaparelli's runway where the new creative director Marco Zanini showed us how to subtly do gradient by using it on a pink 'Frankenstein' coat. Other notable mentions are Leba-nese designers Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad who as per de-cided to embroider their feminine ombre dresses to death and Russian socialite-cum-designer Ulyana Sergeenko who used the technique on heavy fur and mohair coats.
Atelier Versace, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab, Schiaparelli Haute Couture collections Fall Winter 2014
From left: Atelier Versace, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab and Schiaparelli's F/W '14 Haute Couture collections

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Haute Couture F/W '14 Trend Report: Sculpted whites

Christian Dior Fall Winter 2014 Haute Couture Illustration
A Christian Dior gown from the F/W '14
Haute Couture collection illustrated by me
As per, the Haute Couture fashion week that took place in Paris this fall/winter season brought very few surpri-ses but a lot of memorable looks. Versace Atelier went rock-glam, Raf Simons mixed eight different eras into one show and Uncle Karl traded his luxurious sets for something more intimate.

The question is, 'What did most collections have in co-mmon?' Well, they all played around with voluminous white silhouettes.

Probably the most successful attempt at this trend was Lagerfeld's vision for Chanel. After a few stale seasons, the legendary designer found a new way to impress cli-ents by creating "molded" dresses that barely had any seams. Mostly adorned with exquisite gold embroidery, these garments seem to have already found their way into fashion history - along with those concrete beaded ones, of course.

Others had slightly different interpretations of the 'scul-pted whites' trend but still stayed on point. Simons pre-sented a modern fairy-tale that included Marie Antoi-nette-inspired dresses in shades varying from off to snow white; Donatella Versace decided to dig in the 50s for inspiration and pulled out big deconstructed ballgowns for her namesake brand; Giambattista Valli went with his forte and embroidered the white garments with three-dimensional flowers, while Maria and Pierpaolo insisted on a simplified version of the 'little white dress' for Valentino.
Chanel, Versace Atelier, Giambattista Valli & Valentino Haute Couture Fall Winter 2014
From left: Models from Chanel, Versace Atelier, Giambattista Valli & Valentino's F/W '14 Haute Couture collections

Thursday, July 3, 2014

"What to wear today?" - Anything but Basic

Rules are meant to be broken - and if you are one of those fashionistas with a 'know-how' down your pocket then this is just the outfit for you. It breaks two of the "most important" fashion rules which read: "Never mix metals" and "Jeans and basic shirts are for casual wear". Prove them wrong by pairing the most basic items in your closet with a stellar pair of sandals, a couple of snake-leather accessories and this season's hottest minimal jewelry.
1. Violetta striped cotton shirt - $114 | 2. Rupert Sanderson metallic sandals - $770 | 3. Zagliani python bag - $3.500 | 4. Gucci python belt - $679 | 5. Gucci aviator sunglasses - $495 | 6Inez and Vinoodh 18-karat gold earrings - $2.225 | 7. J Brand boyfriend jeans - $225

Would you rock this look?