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6 Fabulous Fashion Shots

Editorial Love… Emma Watson For Harper’s Bazaar UK

OK, I admit it… I have a bit of a style obsession with Emma Watson of late. The darling English beauty, covers Harper’s Bazaar UK and her editorial depicting her ‘good girl / bad girl’ style is enchanting. Wearing heavenly whites and seductive black looks – from Dior, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Pucci and more – Watson’s striking beauty shines throughout the shots…

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Sneak Peek – Karl Lagerfeld for Macy’s

From August 31st, Karl Lagerfeld for Macy’s will be available in over 200 stores and online – & here is a sneak peek. The 45 piece collection is priced between $50 – $170 (US). The first official shot from the collection can be seen in the August edition of American Vogue, which features a dress  Lagerfeld describes as a coup d’oeil to the dresses I designed for Chloé”… cannot wait to see more! 

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Drew Barrymore for Neiman Marcus Fall 2011/12

Drew Barrymore channels ‘Old-Hollywood’ glamour for the Autumn / Winter 2011/12 campaign for Neiman Marcus. The campaign features Barrymore lying on a crumpled car, exuding timeless chic.

The images have caused some speculation online, with some drawing reference to photographer Robert Miles’ famous image of Evelyn McHale, who committed suicide in 1947 by jumping from the observation deck of the Empire State Building and landing on a parked limousine. However, a spokesperson for Neiman Marcus has said,‘”The shoot tells the story of a star’s transformation”…

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Gwyneth Paltrow for Coach

Gwyneth Paltrow’s debut campaign as Brand Ambassador for American luxury leather goods label, Coach, has been released online. Paltrow looks intrinsically beautiful and relaxed in the shots, which were taken by Peter Lindbergh on a New York rooftop.  Of her new role, Paltrow has said: “I grew up in New York City and I’ve always thought of Coach as the quintessential New York brand. I’ll never forget getting my first Coach bag.”

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Dylan Lauren’s Wedding Gown

When Dylan Lauren wed Hedge Fund Manager, Paul Arrouet, of course she would call upon her father to design her gown. Ralph Lauren created a glamorous fitted bodice with voluminous, flowing trail for his daughter’s big day. Combining duchesse satin, tulle, silk and georgette – the handmade gown is romantic, whimsical and timeless chic perfection.  

Of creating a spectacular gown for his daughter, Ralph Lauren said: “I want to just give her something that she’d really treasure and give her something that would be really amazing. I want her to feel fantastic”

Of the gown, Dylan Lauren said: ‘I told my fiancé, I may sleep in it. I might wear it the next day. It’s really beautiful. I know that every bit of his energy and heart went into making sure that I liked it.”

For all the beautiful details, Andre Leon Talley will give a personal account of the day in the August edition of American Vogue.

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Versace Says No To Sandblasting Denim

Versace has joined the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) which aims to improve work conditions in the textile industry.

Sandblasting is often used to give jeans a faded look. The sandblasting technique can cause fatal health risks to workers. It was outlawed in Europe in 1966; however, still occurs in other countries around the world, such as Bangladesh, China, Egypt and Mexico.

The CCC has stated, “After an intensive campaign… the Italian textile brand Versace has just announced that it will join other denim manufacturers around the globe in calling for a ban on the practice of sandblasting.”  Launched last year, other brands who have already joined the campaign include: Benetton, Burberry, Carrera Jeans, Karen Millen, Gucci Levi-Strauss, H&M, Pepe Jeans and Replay.

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Hope you all have a fabulously fashionable weekend! xx


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Fall Campaign Spotlight

Fendi’s Artistic Muse For Fall

Fendi Fall = La Dolce Vita

My Sunday inspiration came in the form of Fendi’s Fall 2011 Campaign…

Featuring Anja Rubik, for the third consecutive season, the photos were taken inside an artist’s studio and were lensed by Karl Lagerfeld.

When first presented during Milan Fashion Week earlier this year, Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi described their collection’s muse as a “buttoned-up-to-the-neck art teacher who was still wild enough to wipe her paintbrushes in her hair and unleash the animal within.”  The collection featured fussy-free femininity with pieces both chic and effortlessly wearable. Practical pieces in sturdy fabrics created a textured, luxe simplicity.  Structured silhouettes were teamed with oversized coats; while ribbed wool stockings in shades of mustard, teal and brick red, brightened the runway and were worn with sweet, chunky Mary Jane heels.

Electric, refined, preppy and mysteriously alluring – love this collection and the campaign!

For those in the Northern Hemisphere; do you know which Fall essentials will you be adding to your Autumn / Winter wardrobe? xx


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Haute Couture Spotlight

Chanel Couture Fall 2011

Spectacular craftsmanship; everlasting beauty; mesmerizing extravagance; opulent desire


There really is nothing quite like a Chanel Haute Couture Show…

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The Collection

Dominated by shades of black, grey and midnight blue; with striking accents of daring fuchsia; the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2011 Haute Couture Collection was an alluringly dark, seductive affair.

Held at 10pm under a starry Parisian sky, the Grand Palais was transformed into the Place Vendôme – complete with sparkling black pavements and instead of Napoleon’s statue, one of Coco Chanel herself now took centre stage.

Focused on the signature Chanel skirt suit, the collection played homage to Chanel’s iconic design with a breath of glamorous fresh air. Jackets were nipped in at the waist with a stiff peplum; while skirts were slimmer and slightly longer than previous seasons. Each look was accessorised with a sweet ‘Victorian-inspired’ hat as well as a lace fascinator worn just over the model’s eyes. Exquisite beading and embellishment added the powerful finishing touches to Lagerfeld’s opulent vision.

The collection exuded old-world elegance and sophistication – the perfect film noir atmosphere accompanied by strong 1940’s shapes – with a refreshingly modern, unmistakably seductive, charm.

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A sneak peek behind the Chanel Couture scenes…

>> Karl Lagerfeld’s original design sketch and the silk fabric
>> The silk fabric is folded, draped and pinned
>> The ‘petites mains’ are delicately folded and twisted to create the perfect effect
>> Attention to detail – delicate silver buttons and white plumes are created
>> The toile and pattern of an iconic Chanel tweed jacket
>> The pattern is placed on a mannequin
>> Tweed fabric is infused with glittering beadwork
>> The lining and hems complete the couture garments

The decadence, the beauty, the unmistakable elegance… oh how I love Chanel! xx


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