Are you a Glitter Bug? Bring some glistening light into your wardrobe with sparkling sequins.
Like shimmering iridescent mermaids or twinkling disco dancers, sequins add an unmistakable sparkle to your style.
Seen on the Spring / Summer runways of Elie Saab, Christopher Kane, Givenchy, and more; this is a classic embellishment too pretty to sprinkle. Embrace these delicate metallic plates from head-to-toe. From this season’s must-have accessory – Miu Miu’s glittery heels (pictured top) to Elie Saab’s glamorously chic bejewelled evening gowns (pictured above); sequins are a timeless feel-go fashion favourite.
And sequins needn’t only come out at night. Case in point: Anna Dello Russo’s extraordinary emerald green Dolce and Gabbana Dress (pictured top).
Some Shimmering Sequin Inspiration…
Will you join The Glitterati? xx
Photos from style.com / thealternativebride.blogspot.com.au / becauseimaddicted.net / google images
Summer & Swimwear
Samantha Gradoville’s striking red lip and dark hair perfectly complements the bold, bright swimwear and accessories.
Wearing divine pieces by Chanel, Bally and Givenchy, the looks feel fresh and inspired. I adore the classic, nautical influences of the striped blazer worn with a simple red bikini. And the exquisite Chanel 2.55 bag worn with glamorous insolence alongside a striking orange bikini and timeless chic black sunglasses… the attire Summer dreams are made of!
Being from the sunny Gold Coast, I have definitely been through my share of swimwear. The quest to find the perfect bikini or one piece that – compliments your body and fits in all the right places; represents your style and personality; is of good quality; while still being on trend – can be really rather exhausting. So here are just a couple of tips I try to follow while shopping for swimwear:
Be prepared to shop until you find that special one.
Don’t go by the size on the tag, choose the swimsuit which feels best on…. even if it is a size bigger. You want to feel comfortable and confident, not worried you are showing too much is skin.
And finally for the colour and pattern…. Bright colours draw attention so highlight your best assets with these. Meanwhile, dark colours are useful for taking the focus away from the areas you are conscience of. For prints, larger patterns can actually make things look bigger than they are, while smaller patterns can be used to detract attention…
Happy Weekend! xx
Photos from fashiongonerogue.com
Luxury Of Haute Couture
Couture collections are some of the most highly anticipated events on the fashion calendar – not to mention the most enchantingly beautiful. But do these seemingly expensive, overtly extravagant and often times very impractical pieces have a place in today’s ‘fast fashion’ society?
Quite simply yes. And Haute Couture is even becoming more popular!
Haute couture, French for ‘high sewing’, refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing made to order. Sewn with extreme attention to detail with hand-executed techniques, Haute Couture is created with the highest quality fabrics, finishings and embellishments. Now a ‘protected name’ there are only a handful of labels that meet the couture criteria. These include: Chanel; Christian Dior; Valentino; Elie Saab; Givenchy; Armani Privé and Jean Paul Gaultier.
The Haute Couture Business
To these powerful luxury labels, Haute Couture is still an important element of business. It’s an investment in the label’s image and global communication.
The dream of Couture fantasy helps to sell perfume and all areas of the brand; but most importantly it is the purest form of fashion, with a growing client base intent on keeping the extraordinary craftsmanship and intangible beauty alive.
Today, Chanel has estimated that there are 1,000 potential Haute Couture clients around the world. With 200 to 300 of these clients attending the Chanel collections each season. Dior too has expressed that their client base is growing. The Dior Couture Spring 2011 collection was presented in front of 800 guests – double that of the previous season. Demand for Givenchy couture is expected to rise by 10%; meanwhile for Elie Saab the couture calendar accounted for 43% of the company’s business.
It is also an imperative component in publicity – with images of actresses walking the red carpet in these spectacular gowns beamed around the world. With Paris Couture Week taking place just before the Golden Globes, Oscars then followed by the Cannes Film Festival – it’s a winning combination for both actress and the label’s image. Remember Cate Blanchett’s unique Givenchy Haute Couture gown or the lavender lace Elie Saab Haute Couture gown worn by Mila Kunis (both pictured below)? These ladies and their gowns will be documented forever.
An imperative element of all fashion is evolution. And Haute Couture is no exception. During the Couture Spring 2011 collections, a few houses broke the convention of traditional ‘Haute Couture’ to present spectacular creations for women of today.
Karl Lagerfeld weaved his magic at Chanel with a collection that was fresh with iridescent sparkle and delicate charisma. This wasn’t Chanel as we know it or traditional Haute Couture either. Skinny black jeans, black ballet flats and sprinklings of ‘cobweb’ like beads, floated down the runway like glistening rebellious ballerinas.
In fantastical shades of the lightest pinks, like delicious sweet macaroons, worn with beaded tulle leggings or jeans cut long and close to the leg – Chanel was seemingly enchanting a whole new generation of couture lovers. Of the collection, Lagerfeld said: “Haute Couture is about modern attitude. You have to adopt to the mood of the moment… this is the way people dress today.”