Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The final collection: Valentino Garavani

Valentino Garavani is the designer who created the much-respected clothing label, Valentino. Under him, the label became the epitome of elegance and glamour. When he retired in 2008, it was as though an era had ended in the fashion world. It even led to the making of a film called "Valentino: The Last Emperor". After his retirement, the label continued, but under different designers.

The final collection of Valentino's own work was the Spring/Summer 2008 haute couture collection. I also think that it was one of his greatest collections and I don't think I'll ever forget it. Here are some looks.





All images are from stylebistro.com.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Covering Vogue Italia

Vogue Italia is one of the most respected magazine publications in the world, and just a glance at its history of magazine covers makes it easy to see why that is. Photographer Steven Meisel has a longstanding relationship with Vogue Italia and photographed every cover for over two decades. Here are some of my favourite ones from the more recent years.
Daria Werbowy for October 2003
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Doutzen Kroes for February 2005
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Snejana Onopka for August 2005
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Agyness Deyn for November 2006
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Natalia Vodianova for April 2008
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Kirsi Pyrhonen and Daria Strokous for May 2010
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Model streestyle #4

One of the things that's always interested me about model streetstyle is that it tends to show relatable and accessible fashion from the perspective of people who have experienced the inner depths of the fashion industry. Though they don't make artistic decisions about collections and editorials themselves their streetstyle can show a bit of the vision that these models themselves might have. Here are some looks I've been loving lately.
Lara Mullen
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Karmen Pedaru
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Bonnie Chen
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Alana Zimmer
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Mirte Maas
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Magda Laguinge
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Friday, October 19, 2012

The beautiful gowns of Elie Saab

Elie Saab is, without question, one of my favourite designers. I sometimes hear his collections being criticized for lacking innovation from season to season. To me, that's missing the whole point of the label. There is so much beauty, craftsmanship and elegance to those dresses. I can't speak on behalf of everyone, but I think it's fairly simple: he makes beautiful dresses that women would dream of wearing. These are the gowns of fairy tales.
 
 
 
All images are from stylebistro.com.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Fashion of the 1920s

The 1920s, also known as the Roaring Twenties were a definite highlight in the illustrious timeline of fashion history. For one, it saw the rise of a new type of woman called the "flapper". A flapper was a lady who enjoyed herself and dared to embrace the modern and unconventional.
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A designer and style icon of the time was Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. Born and based in France, she started off as a hatmaker and soon expanded to clothing. She opened her first fashion boutique in 1921 and it was not long before the Chanel label also had jewellery and fragrance. She established the "little black dress", which remains popular to today. Her dresses became the epitome of the forward-thinking decade. Here are some examples of Chanel's work:
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20s fashion saw a major change in the way women dressed. Corsets were abandoned and shorter haircuts became fashionable. Hemlines rose to calf length, and in later parts of the decade, dresses were as short as knee length. Waistlines became looser and lower, showing off boyish figures in women. This type of dress was known as the shift dress.
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In addition to the iconic dresses we associate with the 20s, cloche hats and wrapover coats were also popular, both of which are pictured below.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Christine Centenera

Christine Centenera is a stylist whose work I admire a lot. She used to work as the fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar Australia, where the editorials she styled were absolutely incredible. A few months ago, she moved over to Vogue Australia. What I love about her aesthetic is how clean, beautiful, and natural everything looks. Here are some relatively recent editorial images that she styled.
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Not only do I love her taste in styling editorials, but I find her personal style to be impeccable as well. She is always fearlessly cool in her clothing choices.
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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lusting after #4 (S/S 13 edition)

There were so many things on the S/S 13 runways that I wanted to own for myself, so I decided that it was high time for another "lusting after" post. Here's what I've been obsessing over lately:

I was quite frustrated that I didn't have enough space on my favourites list for Cacharel because they had some great pieces, including this coat and clutch.
 
When it came to shoes, Balmain had some of my favourites of the season.
 
For bags, it was Emporio Armani.
 
I can think of no better definition for prettiness than the dresses at Blugirl.
 
And I couldn't help but love the jewellery and shoes Gucci.
 
All images are from stylebistro.com.