March 5, 2015

Spring 2015 Prêt-à-Porter // DVF

As I mentioned in my latest outfit post, gingham is in many designers' Spring 2015 collections, however, the one by Diane von Furstendurg is by far the one for me! Girly, sweet and belted, the DVF looks are definitely my absolute favorites!

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March 3, 2015

Spring 2015 Trends // Gingham

Dress // ZARA, same here & here
Bag // ZARA (old), similar here
Trench // ZARA (old), same here
Headband // Accessorize, same here & here
Shoes // ZARA (old), similar here

As I have said before, I am not a fan of seasonal trends, but I do adapt my favorite ones to my personal style. Gingham print appeared in more than one Pret-a-Porter collections for Spring 2015, from Diane von Furstenberg to Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors, among many others. A cute dress is the perfect piece for me to adapt this trend into my retro & girly wardrobe, but you can also go for a pair of cropped pants, a mini full skirt or even a top

Will you go for it? 

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Photos by The Duke

February 28, 2015

Paris Couture Week Spring 2015 // Ralph & Russo

I first heard (or better, noticed) Ralph & Russo, when Angelina Jolie wore a stunning white strapless midi dress with peplum and metallic panels on the waist @ the Berlin premiere for ‘World War Z’ back in June 2013 (see collage below). Then, she wore a light grey peplum jacket & pencil skirt to meet Queen Elizabeth II to receive an honorary damehood from Her Majesty in October 2014 (see below). Not my kind of fruit, but most appropriate for being named a Dame. The third and most elegant look of Angie in Ralph & Russo was another white midi dress with a bolero cape to attend the premiere of ‘Unbroken’ in London, in November 2014 (see below).

But the one who actually triggered my curiosity and opened my appetite to learn more about the London-based couture label, was Gwyneth Paltrow (Brad's ex-fiance) in her maxi baby pink tube dress @ the 2015 Oscars. However, after doing some thorough research, I discovered that Angelina had gone for a very similar, almost identical, dress in white by Ralph & Russo, three years ago (in February 2012) for her Paris premiere of ‘In the Land of Blood And Honey’ movie! Oops! (see below).

According to Marie Claire UKthe London-based label was founded in 2007 by two Australians and specialises in eveningwear; they’re also the only British couture label to have been invited to show in Paris. Their Spring 2015 Collection was inspired by 50s silhouettes and delicate pastel florals and as you can realize, I WANT THEM ALL! Tamara Ralph (Creative Director) and Michael Russo (CEO) are engaged to be married. A love story that turned into a very successful business or the other way around. Does it matter? I am sharing a photo of them, at the end if this post, so you can see for yourself what a lovely couple they are and I am letting you enjoy my personal picks of their swoon-worthy collection.

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Collection photos via Vogue UK. Jolie's photos via Zimbio.

February 26, 2015

Color Mixer // Black|Cream|Red

Skirt // ZARA, similar here & here
Bag // ZARA, similar here & here
Shirt // ZARA (old), similar here
Coat // Lynne (very old), similar here
Belt // ZARA (old), similar here
Necklace // Stradivarius (old), similar here
Scarf // Tie Rack (very old)
Tights // Calzedonia
Shoes // Sante (old)

I am really excited to announce "Color Mixer", a brand new category I am introducing today on the blog. My outfits are divided in two categories: theatrical & streetstyle, and the latter are mainly based and inspired by color mixing or monochromy. Both are challenging, since it is very easy things to go wrong and the outcome will turn out not as expected.

Like most people, I consider black & cream basic colors. Those two would be fine, but red is the little bit of brightness kept in small proportions that livens up the outfit. I also dared to wear a creamy sandal, in Winter, with tights, but I think it matched perfectly with my floral skirt =)

So, you will be seeing a lot of color mix&match ideas from now on. Now, tell me, would you dare a mixer? What is your favorite color mix?

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Photos by The Duke

February 24, 2015

Oscars 2015 // Red Carpet Favorites

What a glamorous evening! Besides, it's the Oscars, who could expect less? I really enjoyed this year's ceremony, the old Hollywood setting, the tributes, the live performances (especially "Glory" gave me goosebumps), the jokes, the presentation (I am a big fan of the multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris) and, of course, the red carpet. Some of my favorite gals did frustrate me (Scarlet's hair, JLo's boobage, Margot's necklace, Nicole's ill-fitting dress, Julianne's & Kerry's boring whites, Cate's dull black, Naomi's sport's bra) but let's talk about the others, that really made my day!

Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo Couture
One word: Stunning! She is the improved image of herself from 16 years ago, when back in 1999 she wore a barbie pink dress and left with a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in "Shakespeare in Love". The pale pink color matches perfectly with her skin tone, the hair and makeup are absolutely appropriate with this huge flower on the shoulder. Maybe I would remove the earrings, but they don't bother me that much. Well done, Gwen!

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