The beauty of a new year is the feeling of starting over, afresh, having a blank canvas at your disposition and a clear mind…LET’S STOP RIGHT THERE. I don’t know about you but my „clear mind“ resembles much more my kitchen after a very successful party than the supposed zen-space. So, with all these ideas, tasks and deadlines, crying for my attention, where am I supposed to start?
Maybe with the 3.1 Phillip 2013 holidays collection and more specifically with the two looks above. The styling (loose T, tucked in hair) is flawless and both jackets are matching my idea of perfect wardrobe staples. But there is more: surprisingly I am finding myself relenting to the idea of wide legged trousers and not any white legged trousers, ladies and gentlemen: white wide legged trousers which are luxuriously touching the ground. A sure nightmare for the hard reality of daily life and a city where a clear coat barely survives two weeks without a visit to the cleaner. Now, add the close relationship between the hem and the floor to the equation…On the other hand there is this perfect silhouette created through the contrast of this unpractical item and the short and beautifully constructed leather jacket. I suppose that the magic of fashion consists in our ability to put the bespoken issues to the very back of our mind or at least relativize them. The dry cleaner is around the corner right?
Images: 3.1 Phillip Lim
The title is not sticking a hundred per cent to the truth (after all there is a golden coloured bag peeking from under the coat). But once I have gotten over the fact how lovely this shot was, I couldn’t help myself but focus on the colour combination. Putting an outfit together by mixing red, white and blue means that one runs automatically and very dangerously close to the fine line of becoming an impersonated flag. In this case the danger has been elegantly avoided and yet. I am not quite sure if I will y remain an admirer from afar or an active part of this particular tricolour movement.
Image: The Sartorialist
When deciding upon the title for this post, several ideas popped into my mind. „Camel & White“ has been one of the most obvious ones. These colours are a match made in heaven — not big news really. Especially not since the camel coat had his big moment a few seasons ago (a quick plunge into the archives of the Sartorialist and you will know what I mean).
„Everything“ would be much more fitting then maybe? As in „Everything about this look speaks to me“. Or: „Everything in this look seems just about right“. There is much more to it than the usual approving nod toward the camel and white combo. Look at all these lovely shades in between: the dusty pink ballerinas and the cream coloured shirt. The perfect cut of every single item. And to top it of: the fringe. It almost makes me want to reach for the scissors on my table and…
Images: Emma Elwin
Although this bedroom is not especially big, it looks all the more cozy. Love how the bed is positioned in front of a window, the all-white look and well, basically all the pieces of decoration (the lamps! the shelves!). Patric Öhlund has created a truly wonderful home and if you want to see more, head over here.
Images: Lovely Life
Current status: missing my bike. Also current status: second winter anyone? It doesn’t look like I’m going to use that bike anytime soon. At least not tomorrow or the day after that. So, in the meantime, I’m going to stare at the stunning white version above…
Another day. Another cape. Or so they say. As you know I’m leaning heavily toward a wool coat investment wise. But then again, seeing all these beautiful capes leave me wondering…
Let’s snap back to reality. And to the picture above. Yes, it is indeed one of these looks which remind me of the Céline aesthetic. Exquisite tailoring and no fuss. Maybe the overall longing for minimalism and less frills have caught on with others designers and translates therefore in a cleaner approach here and there. What counts in the end is that you can still spot the signature of each individual label and as a matter of fact Valentino’s designer duo did this successfully even with an all white and all clean look (the hood, the shoes, the headband, the styling).
Even though I could probably go on and on about this all white look, I would like to direct your attention to yet another eye candy from their fall 2013 collection. Now, who doesn’t want to snatch that dress right from the runway?
Images: Valentino fall 2013 [Vogue.com]
Quite a few great collections were showcased on the Parisian runway and I would like to share a few of my favourite looks during the next few days. A label that caught my attention quite unexpectedly was Chloé. There was elegance and there was toughness. There were bare faces and high boots. There was an edge (piercings!) to an otherwise polished look. Usually those exact words would be found written below another designer’s work. In other words: this season feels tremendously influenced by a Céline kind point of view. More proof to come…
Images: Chloé fall 2013 [style.com]
A beautiful moment captured backstage at the Alexander McQueen fall 2011 collection.
Image: Kevin Tachman
I was this close to name this post „holy cow“ and I must say, I feel a little bit guilty about it. But you have to admit: this picture practically begs for it. The name is not the only thing I should probably feel guilty about. A cowhide print? Am I serious? Believe me, I wish I wasn’t. But sometimes designer are able to do something right what you always thought to be so wrong. And then, bamm! You like something more than you are ready to admit to yourself, to anybody really. But look, here I am, telling you this. Awkward, but true. Hello, I’m Marzena and I happen to like Ricardo Tisci’s interpretation of a cowhide print. Now is your turn…
Image: Givenchy Pre-Fall 2013
Last week I spoke about one of the most classic combinations in fashion town, black and white. I immediately had this image in my mind and yes, I already posted in once, back in the days, but I hope that you agree with me: it one of those pictures that deserves a repost. For me, it represents the epitome of elegance.
I think (and I probably always will) that you can never go wrong when your choice fells on black and white. I also think that rolled-up sleeves are a small change, but always have quite an impact which should not be underestimated. It really changes the look completely, since you can switch the degree of formality in about a second. And then there is the matter of gold and silver, mixed up. It is not necessarily a pair which always works well together, but that picture is definitely a hell of a good proof that it can be done. Finally, there are two objects in this picture which serve perfectly well for two posts coming up this week (and since there are not many options, I think you can guess which ones I have in mind). Stay tuned…
Image: Jak & Jil