Not many people know that I am a massive Art History creep... It's a subject I studied from school right through to my year abroad in college. I'm in love with the Renaissance and anything Baroque.. What can I say, I'm a romantic at heart after all! I'm not sure if this is influenced by my Italian roots and my Summers spent in the south of Italy. Choosing to study fashion in Florence was a no brainer for me. I was surrounded by beauty, even if I was just nipping to the shop to buy milk. I got to see the works of Michaelangelo and Boticelli up close, and admire romanesque architecture daily. My love for history definitely translates into my own personal style. I'm never shy of a red lip, a draped silhouette or gold accessories. It is therefore no surprise that I have fallen head over heels in love with Ralph & Russo's A/W 2016 shoe collection. Tehe.. excuse the pun..
With names like Baroque, Eden and Pendant it's no doubt these heels are the vision of luxury, greatly inspired by Rococo with intricate details.
These would be ideal wedding shoes. Nothing makes a special day like a special pair of shoes! If you're lucky enough to have a pay check triple the size of mine, you can pre-order the above shoes on Ralph&Russo.com.
Now I'm off to dream about stiletto's.. Happy Saturday!
Since the cold has hit us hard there's no better time to think of knitwear. I personally have been dreaming of it in work, where the air conditioning is blasted daily in order to keep the layered up customers from suffocating. Unfortunately in my summertime bliss and ignorance I chose light string tops for my uniform and now freeze on a daily basis.
We sell a cashmere jumper in work that's around the 300 quid mark.. I've been eying it up and am so tempted to invest.. I put it on the other day and felt like I was being hugged by a cloud. Feeling inspired I came home and began looking up my old college knitwear research.. and these are a few of the structural, oversized pieces I found in my archives..
Left: Emdal Knitwear Right: Matilda Norberg
Left: Eli McFadden Right: Chiki Miki
Left: Yumiko Isa Right: Sandra Buckland
If that doesn't make you want to go out and buy a fluffy jumper I don't know what will!
Coming Soon: Some hot knitwear finds that I've spotted this season.
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The red dress is extremely relevant to this time of year. With Christmas just around the corner and work parties, New years eve bashes and reunions on their way, what better shade to opt for than a festive red? A symbol of femininity and sexuality and a colour that works great with all skin tones and complexions; here is some inspiration in the creations of talented couturier Michael Cinco..
If you're stuck on what to wear for that all important Christmas night out, stay tuned, I'm currently working on a post to help you pick out some key pieces this season.
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When I think of glamour today page three automatically springs to my mind. Busty girls wearing minimal bikini's, false lashes and tan, spread across the daily star. I personally find it degrading and a gateway for girls to become famous by objectifying themselves.. Glamour, however, wasn't always this way...
Horst. P. Horst was a German-American fashion photographer whose works were seen as the most artistically significant depictions of elegance, style and glamour from the 1930s all the way up to the 1990s. His sixty year long career involved cover shoots and spreads in American, French and British Vogue, photographing a succession of well known personalities including Betty Davis and Elsa Sciaparelli and photographing the creations of Coco Chanel for over three decades.
In a world where beauty is evolving more and more every day, and icons are famous for plastic surgery and sex tapes, It's nice to take a step back and truly remember what real Glamour is. An art form and a celebration of the real female body.
I hope these photos will inspire you and fill you with confidence for your Saturday night out.
I'll be staying in my PJ's all day and overindulging in some well needed bonding time with Netflix!
3D printing seems to be taking over the fashion industry these days with designers coming up with innovative new ways to translate their idea's into three dimensional masterpieces. Project runway season 14 even featured a 3d printing episode where the designers were challenged to create an Avant-Garde look using the latest technology, 3d printers.
I've already discussed 'Caress of the Gaze' the interactive cape a few posts back and since then I've been in awe of this growing industry.
Now 3D systems, the inventors and leaders of 3d printing, have collaborated with leading footwear brand United Nude to create 3d printed ladies high heels. Working alongside five of the worlds leading architects and designers: Ben van Berkel (UNStudio), ZahaHadid, Ross Lovegrove, Fernando Romero and Michael Young, a breathtaking collection was devised and shown at the Expo in Milan.
The challenge for these designers was to create fully functioning shoes with the largest amount of sculptural freedom, pushing the boundaries of this rapidly growing technology.
How amazingly constructed are these out of the ordinary shoes? Perfect for Avant-Garde
If these looks aren't insane enough, United nude have also collaborated with Iris Van Herpen, One of my favourite abstract designers who has also experiments with 3D printing in many of his collections.
I am in love with fashion tech and am pretty certain that these shoes will be a thing of the future. They're so beautifully made and well designed, not to mention that they look freakily outstanding!
I'm sure you've all heard of Lupita Nyong'o. This Kenyan/Mexican beauty hit stardom in when she won an Oscar in 2014 after her performance in '12 Years a Slave.. Not only was this a huge achievement for her acting career, it also meant a lot to her culture with her being the first Kenyan to win an Oscar, the first African actress to win Best Actress in a Supporting Role and the first Mexican-born actress to win an Oscar.
An inspirational speaker and radiant beauty, Lupita has also blown up on the fashion scene, Dazzling us with her stunning natural looks and chizzled cheekbones, Not only has she turned heads on the red carpet, she has also dropped jaws in some of her stunning editorial work on the cover and within the most well known Fashion magazines, tonight I wanted to take a look back and appreciate some of these beautifully styled shoots.
Prepare to be amazed:
Vogue October 2015. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot. Wearing a sequined Dolce & Gabbanna Alta Moda Cape.
New York Magazine. Photographed by Erik Madigan Heck. Wearing Miu Miu.
Vogue 2014. Photographed by Mikael Jansson. Wearing Rodarte.
Dazed & Confused magazine. Photographed by Sharif Hamza. Remind anyone else of a young Grace Jones?
Vogue Italia February 2014. Styled by Patti Wilson. Photographed by Tom Munro.
It seems Lupita was born for Couture. She has been the face of Miu Miu and Lancome and has been a regular on Harper's Bazaar's Derek Blasberg's best dressed listing since the autumn of 2013. With all of these achievements under her belt the 32 year old still remains humble. Not only is she a global advocate for elephants with the international conservation organisation Wildaid, she also promotes women’s issues, acting and the arts in Kenya.Now that's what I call a role model!
Now that Halloween is over it's time to talk coats. If you haven't got your winter pal yet now is the time, You won't get away with layering knits under your trusted leather jacket this month, the colds'a coming and I don't want to see any of my readers suffering from frost butt!
Your winter coat can be a huge investment and needs to be appropriate and warm. Be sure to consider the weather, your working conditions and nightlife. You want to choose something warm and stylish but it also needs to be convenient, and grabbing a coat that can easily be transformed from a day to night look is always handy.
I nose around the shops every day on my way to work and during my lunch and this year I couldn't help but notice what a wonderful array of different coats there are. Monsoon have a stunning collection of woollen Bohemian ponchos and throw overs, Topshop have a parka in every colour of the rainbow, but I'm most impressed by the variety and luxury in the large coat range in M&S this year. A shop that I barely shop in and just happen to walk through to get sushi for lunch every day.. I am stunned by the different shapes, colours and prints. From black and white stripes to classic houndstooth, there are even a couple of stunning suede pieces I have my eye on..
If you're looking to think outside the box a little this year and add a touch of high fashion to your wardrobe here are three stunning coats that will get you by and the runway looks that inspire them...
Escada's Fall 2015 collection featured a stunning, deep purple wrap coat with a midi length, large lapels and a simple waist belt. This colour is so unusual and I have never seen a coat done in it before. Wrap coats are also great for winter as they're warm, cosy and very chic, think work meetings and special occasions covered for the winter. Lucky for us there's a dupe on the market, Ted Bakers stunning wrap coat is identical in silhouette and colour, with the addition of Rose gold finishings on the belt and an oversized Rose Gold button so that the lapel can be worn high around the neckline, This coat will set you back €420 euro but is of such a good quality, with a little touch of cashmere, it's a coat that you'll be rocking for many winters to come.
Androgyny has always been a big hit for winter runways, what better way to cover up than with a shapeless, oversized mans coat. On the left is a coat that Fendi showed in their Fall 2015 ready to wear collection. Burnt oranges, browns and deep reds are a big hit for the winter and are so easy to match with other colours, particularly if you wear a lot of black. The coat on the right is is from no other than Zara and costs €155. It shares the same slumpy silhouette with a masculine collar, pockets and button closures. This will look great with Jeans or a dress, brogues and a fedora hat.
If you're a pretty in pastel pink kind of lady then this is the one for you. This 60's style coat from ASOS is identical to the one on the left shown in Prada's Fall/Winter collection. It's double breasted with a midi length and oversized collar. This is a great one to take you from work to play and the pop of pink will add vibrancy to your winter wardrobe. You can also ad a brooch to complete the look for special occasions and events.
So these are my top three runway looks and some high street coats to match.
What do you think of the looks above? Which would you choose?
I didn't get a chance to pay as close attention to last fashion week as I usually do..
When I worked in an office for a Fashion company I had all the time in the world to keep updated on the newest collections and upcoming trends.. but now that I'm back in retail my spare time is scarce and usually spent curled up in my bed watching Netflix whilst crying over my aching feet. One collection that did happen to catch my attention though, was Ashish S/S 2016...
I am in love and am seriously considering a little sequin DIY for my Christmas wardrobe.. Maybe a top or a pretty dress? What do you think of this collection?
Do you have any favourite runways from Fashion Week?
Photo Creds: Vogue.com
One of the main reasons that I am in love with fashion is that it, a little like me sometimes, has no boundaries. Some of the most notorious, breathtaking and genius things that I've seen have been on the runway.
Fashiontech is a concept that's fairly new to me. With technology advancing at such a fast pace these days it's no surprise to me that it's being used to experiment with new, innovative fashion creations.
Behnaz Farahi is an absolute genius whose applications include architecture, fashion and interaction design. She also specializes in additive manufacturing and robotic technologies and has even worked on two research projects funded by NASA.
I discovered this talented woman when I came across an article on Dazed & Confused Digital about a creepy cape that has the ability to respond to the male and female gaze, hence the name 'Caress of the Gaze.'
Within this textured, 3D printed piece is a tiny camera which is connected to a micro controller, this sensitises the piece even more and gives it the ability to work out the gender of the person whose gaze is upon it, along with their age and this further changes it's motion.
While I have to agree that the concept is a little creepy, I think this idea is incredible and I can't believe that it was actually executed in perfect working order, and not looking too shabby either.. This piece gives us a tiny glimpse into what future fashion may some day become and is greatly motivational for other tech headed fashion lovers around the world.
What do you think of 'Caress the Gaze?'
That Spook-tacular time of year is coming around again, Not only can you smell the fireworks in the evening breeze, it's also becoming icy cold in the mornings and that familiar sound of leaves crunching under your boots is back.
This year I feel like Halloween isn't as big a deal as previous years... I haven't seen one decoration yet and I'm already seeing Christmas gifts in stores and lights up on the main shopping streets.. What is happening to the world?
Well fear not my friends, Via Serena isn't a place that's willing to give Halloween a skip, The buzz is very much alive and I thought it would be fitting to discuss some spooky, haunted runways...
John Galliano has always been a little nutty in his ways, But his 2006 Couture collection for Christian Dior really takes the cookie. Creating his own parallel universe on a Renaissance themed runway with blood red clouds swirling above, the collection was both surreal and theatrical with the models rocking a goth punk/ warrior look.
After seven years away, Gareth Pugh returned to London with a bang for fall 2015, creating a memorably haunting runway. The whole collection was designed with pagan rituals and self sacrifice in mind, This bleak, dramatic runway saw ladies marked with red crosses and carrying red flags as they strutted their stuff on the runway.
Many of Alexander McQueens runways are costume like and dramatic, but I thought I'd focus on his Fall 2009 collection which took high drama satires from the 20th century and reinvented them with his own Avant Garde Twist... the collection features parodies of the classic Chanel suit and Dior silhouettes, reinvented using things like garbage bags and aluminium cans, All in all this has to be one of the spookiest runway shows i've seen.
If your feeling a little drained of costume inspiration I think the above will help. What do you think of these freaky fashions? Do you remember any haunted runways that spooked you out over the years?