Its that time of year to be grateful, for all of the people in our lives, including those who inspire us. Richard Avedon is known to have shaped the world of fashion and created America's image of style (as was written on his obituary when he died back in 2004. His career spanned over sixty years in which he captured minimalistic yet large scale photographs that took the industry by storm. Shooting for the likes of Vogue and Harpers Bazaar it's no wonder that he is the genius creator of one of the worlds most expensive photographs.
Worth $1,151,976, 'Dovima with Elephants' was taken Christian Diors 1955 collection. The eery contrast between the supermodels youth and elegance against the aged, wrinkled elephants. Despite the addition of the stunning Dovima and the circus elephants, the dress, somehow, still remains the focal point.
Here is a look at some of my favourite shots from Sex Symbols to editorial works for Iconic designers:
Marilyn Monroe, 1956
I'm so in love with that last photo for Versace. How amazing! Have you got a favourite of the above? Or any that I may not have come across?
It's December.. and that means I'm officially allowing myself to start posting about Christmas! I'm a bit of a Grinch these days and can't stand the marketing ploys that bring Christmas in before Halloween even comes.. Once December hits however, Christmas takes over my whole house!
The most difficult gifts for me are the ones with a €20 and under budget and Secret Santa's.. These days it's hard to find anything at that price point and I don't like just handing people one small, irrelevant item, So here are a few bits that I've found and think would make great presents for friends, family and colleagues.
For me, You can't go wrong with a gift set from The Body Shop. I absolutely love their products and they're ideal for someone who loves to pamper themselves. At just €19.95 this set includes some of my all time favourites; Tropical coconut fragranced Shower Cream, Body butter and hand cream, complete with a mini crinkle bath to rub those irresistable scents in.
No girl can resist a shining, metallic nail varnish around this time of year, especially with Deep Reds and Rose Golds being bang on trend this season! That's why this lovely little O.P.I nail varnish collection from BeautyBay.com is an ideal gift for the beauty obsessed one in your life.
I work in Ted Baker and we're currently selling these adorable Christmas Crackers which contain a mini nail polish and a Fragrance. There are a variety of colour but the black would have to be my favourite with a red varnish and dark, bergamot fragrance. They're great add ons to a gift and lovely little stocking fillers at just €14. These are available in store and are currently flying out!
Behold the Accessory Window! Let's face it, we all have that one friend that's accessory crazy.. I'm probably that one in my group and love receiving them as gifts.. If you're willing to go a whole euro over budget this black patterned clutch is a winner! It can worn casual with the shoulder strap or as a clutch for nights out.
For the Crazy Cat lady in your life there's this adorable knitted hat from Topshop. I spotted it in Topshop last week and had to buy it as a little Christmas gift to myself. It's now half price at €14. I just love how quirky yet wearable it is.. Especially in our current weather!
I visit Accessorise all the time over Christmas to get bits and bobs to add to presents.. Instead of giving one ring why not buy a stack? The cross and Ying Yang one above is just €11. The same goes for earrings.. why not go for something overdecorated set complete with some studs, an ear chain and cuff. It will only set you back €15.
For that creative friend that loves to be surrounded by Inspiration, there's the humble coffee table book. I was given the Kurt Cobain Journals as a gift by a good friend of mine last year and it was just so thoughtful and perfect! I've always been obsessed with Kurts music and the story of his life and death.. It can't get more personal than reading your favourite artists own memoirs, song lyrics and doodles.
Banksy wall and piece is another great one to have. It features some of the famous Graffiti Artists greatest works and is a super motivational, funny read! Both books can be purchased in Urban outfitters for just under €20 and also, of course, on Ebay.
So the hardest Gift Guide is up.. What do you think?
Would you like to Give or Receive any of the above?
Stay tuned for more idea's and inspiration on pretty gifts this Christmas..
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