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February Inspiration

Time passes by so quickly these days. For the last couple of months I have been carried away creating new artworks for clients; enjoying every possible moment playing and snuggling with my two year old little gentleman; and soaking up special moments spent as a little family; and just like that it is already February…

So from now on I promise to spend more time updating this space! I know, I know, I have said this before but this time I mean it. Truly I do. I want to start sharing more of my artworks, inspirations and weekly adventures with you once again.

So here is a little look at my February inspiration board…

Maybe it’s because February is upon us or I am simply experiencing the joy of pregnancy once again, but my inspiration board is currently feeling very whimsy and romantic. Shades of red and pink are my favourite; ballerinas are blissfully balancing around my board; and butterflies are floating next to Valentino and the prettiest blossoms…

Happy Valentine’s Day xx

But I would love to know, what is inspiring you this Valentine’s Day? xx

Photos from pinterest.com

Accessories

Couture In Bloom

With a hint of Old-Hollywood glamour in his truly breathtaking evening gowns, Giambattista Valli’s second Haute Couture presentation was an opulent, joyous and truly beautiful affair. Showcasing traditional couture techniques Valli’s strapless ball gowns in billowing floral prints and divine berry colour palette, exuded unmistakable elegance and hypnotising magnetism.  

Beyond the extraordinary couture pieces, it was the accessories that caught my eye; particularly, the floral headpieces which also made a dramatic appearance at Alexis Mabille.

At Alexis Mabille large floral paper headpieces and painted faces made the catwalk a memorable moment, all the while never distracting from the masterful couture pieces. Colours and tones relating to couture pieces where highlighted by these bold and bright floral accessories.

Giambattista Valli’s brilliant blooms also perfectly complimented his darling couture gowns. The headpieces matched the gown colour exactly or brought together complimentary shades in hydrangeas, peonies and feathers.

Giambattista Valli

Alexis Mabille

These brilliant blooms are quite simply stunning for spring… Happy Tuesday! xx

Photos from style.com

Espresso News

ESPRESSO SHOT OF NEWS

5 Fabulous Fashion Shots

Bold Colour On The Red Carpet

The black, grey and dark shades for Winter are nowhere to be seen this Fall, with bold intoxicating colour taking the centre stage. In the past week alone, these four beautiful belles have stepped out in ravishing gowns and in extraordinary tones.

Cindy Crawford in Roberto Cavalli  / Marisa Tomei wore Marios Schwab (fall 2011)  / Sarah Jessica Parker chose Giambattista Valli (fall 2011 couture) / Beyoncé in Lanvin

Je t’aime Colour!

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Lanvin’s Valley of the Dolls

French Luxury House, Lanvin, has created a limited edition collection of fabric dolls to raise money for women with HIV in Africa.

The dolls are made in the spirit of Jeanne Lanvin, Lanvin Founder, who would make clothes for children and their dolls. Four limited edition fabric dolls each dressed in its own Lanvin Petite outfit, have been hand stitched and embroidered by women in Swaziland who are diagnosed as HIV positive. The dolls will go on sale in November to coincide with the launch of Lanvin’s first luxury childrenswear range – with each miniature gown a scaled down version from the main collection.

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Valentino The Musical?

Valentino Garavani, the extraordinary Italian Couturier, has announced: “We’re looking at the possibility of taking my story to Broadway, as a musical.”

At 79, Valentino has had a life worth singing and dancing about. Valentino’s life was previously documented during the 2008 documentary, Valentino: The Last Emperor. After originally feeling sceptical about his perception, Valentino said of the experience:  “[At the end of the screening] the applause never stopped and I realised that people liked me as I am. The film was even more successful [at the] Toronto [film festival].”

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Chanel World In Harrods

20,000 square feet of Chanel magic has opened in the legendary department store, Harrods, for the next three weeks.  

A series of mini boutiques within the department store have been packed with exquisite Chanel fashions, accessories, jewellery and a new limited-edition Knightsbridge make-up collection. Chanel’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection has also taken over all of the windows on the Brompton Road facade.

A one-off exhibition, entitled Une Promenade, will showcase the extraordinary work that goes into making one of the iconic 2.55 quilted handbags; a display of haute couture gowns in a replica of Coco’s apartment; and an ode to the legendary Chanel No 5 perfume bottle. Located on the third floor, behind a curtain of pearl beads, shoppers will also discover an enchanted garden (a la the setting for Chanel’s spring/summer fashion show).

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British Fashion Awards Nominees Announced

British Fashion Awards, celebrating the crème de la crème of the style world, will take place in London on November 28th.

The Nominees for these prestigious awards have been announced and some of the hopefuls, include; Sarah Burton, Stella McCartney, Victoria Beckham, Erdem and Mary Katrantzou. Of the Nominees, British Fashion Council Chair, Harold Tillman has said: “This year’s nominees demonstrate the breadth and creativity London has to offer. The fashion brands and designers that are based here set the trends across the globe.”

And the Nominees are…

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Christopher Kane, Erdem and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Pheobe Philo for Céline
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MODEL OF THE YEAR
Georgia Jagger, Kristen McMenamy, Stella Tennant

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Lara Stone
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DESIGNER BRAND OF THE YEAR
Burberry, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford and Victoria Beckham

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Mulberry
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ISABELLA BLOW AWARD FOR FASHION CREATOR
Guido Palau, Katie Grand and Sam Gainsbury

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Nicola Formichetti
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MENSWEAR DESIGNER
Kim Jones, Margaret Howell and Oliver Spencer

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: E.Tautz
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ACCESSORY DESIGNER
Charlotte Olympia, Emma Hill for Mulberry and Katie Hillier

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Nicholas Kirkwood
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EMERGING TALENT AWARD – READY TO WEAR
J.W. Anderson, Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Meadham Kirchhoff
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EMERGING TALENT AWARD – ACCESSORIES
Jordan Askill, Nasir Mazhar, Tabitha Simmons

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Husam El Odeh
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EMERGING TALENT AWARD – MENSWEAR
Christopher Raeburn, James Long and J.W. Anderson

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Happy Tuesday! xx

 

Photos from instyle.co.uk / vogue.co.uk / grazia.com.au / google images

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