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Accessories

The Statement Piece

With the festive season just around the corner, what better way to make a glamorous entrance then with a statement piece of exquisite jewels?

From diamonds to emeralds and sapphires, glisten with irresistible sparkle this Christmas season.

Decked out in some extraordinary gems for Vogue Russia, this editorial featuring the beautiful Jacquelyn Jablonski, captures the innate luxury and grandeur of precious jewels.

But you needn’t break the bank to achieve the decedent splendour of a statement jewellery piece. Costume jewellery can be just as enchanting and beguiling in beauty.

“Costume jewellery is not made to give women an aura of wealth, but to make them beautiful.”

– Coco Chanel

The illustrious Coco Chanel herself was very fond of costume pieces and greatly popularised the use of faux stones, pearls and metals in her iconic pieces {even though she had quite the collection of precious gems}.

Favouring multi-coloured semi-precious stones – such as aquamarine, topaz and amethyst – Chanel would make the stones emphatically larger and bolder in colour for that added drama and mystique. She first introduced costume jewellery to her label in the 1920’s – the simplicity and elegance of her ‘little black dress’ the perfect blank canvas for lavish gems and jewels…

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! xx

Photos from fashiongonerogue.com

Fashion

The Simple Silhouette

Effortlessly straightforward; seductively streamlined– a sharp yet simple silhouette is the epitome of chic.

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” – Coco Chanel

Appearing on the Victoria Beckham Spring / Summer 2013 runway, this sleek silhouette was the height of nonchalant style. With her ever growing portfolio of exquisite designs, Victoria Beckham demonstrated that with a bold burst of colour, a sharply tailored cocktail dress can be heightened from the potentially mundane to très magnifique with that delicate, restrained touch.

Chic Simplicity

Favoured by designers who emphasise modern, timeless designs – just think of Phoebe Philo at Celine and her extraordinary restraint when creating classical pieces women will cherish for decades to come.

Distinctly feminine and wearable, Stella McCartney is another designer who understands a sharp cut can exude an unmistakable ‘grown-up’ allure.

Artfully structured, a simple tailored piece can do wonders for the figure. Tailoring can slim and flatter your body in spectacular ways. Honing her skills with Savile Row tailor Edward Sexton, McCartney became renowned for her precision cuts and distinctly feminine take on simplicity. Her highly coveted trouser suits and cocktail dresses have been worn by many of the world’s most stylish and are the perfect style inspiration for any modern day woman aspiring to achieve that chic, elegance.

Note: When adopting a ‘less is more’ philosophy, be sure to place a strong emphasis on the fit, quality and silhouette.

Will you embrace the ‘simpler life’? xx

Photos from style.com

Fashion

Best Of NY Fashion Wk

My favourite look to appear on the catwalk of New York Fashion Week, was undoubtedly the striped Oscar de la Renta Ball gown…

Classic and elegant, stripes evoke an effortless minimalism synonymous with chic Parisian style.

As one of the most iconic prints of all time, stripes have an unmistakable allure, which has long been favoured by many of the world’s most stylish.  

Oscar de la Renta’s striking Spring / Sumer 2013 collection, was an ode to exquisite ball gown styles and complete sophistication. Filled with charming and refined details, the collection had a playful, youthfulness and retro elegance. The show stopping striped ball gown was the epitome of chic. The duchess satin and silk strapless gown, featured numerous cheerful nautical stripes front and back… Je t’aime!

More On Stripes…

Introduced into the Fashion world by Coco Chanel in 1917, stripes became the effortless go-to for laid-back cool. Inspired by French sailors after a trip to the seaside, the humble blue and white thinly striped nautical sweater, was given a fashion makeover by Chanel. Legend has it, Chanel borrowed one from her lover and tailored it to her body – creating an iconic look that is still just as popular today.

Stripes have since been worn by many of the most influential names in history {from Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, and more}.

Photos from style.com / oscarprgirl.tumblr.com / wikifashion.com

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