24/03/2011

VOGUE Paris, Avril 2011

Emmanuelle Alt was announced to succeed to Carine Roitfeld back in December, but she didn't get to sign her first issue until now. If Roitfeld was often accused of not being commercial enough, Alt's first issue's cover features one of the most popular models of our time, Gisele Bündchen in D&G S/S 11. There is no doubt that it is the start of a new era for Vogue Paris. 

- Elodie x

16/03/2011

Style Crush : Olivia Palermo

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In the past couple of years, Olivia Palermo has achieved a lot more than just being a socialite, or another pretty girl on TV, she has become a real style icon and it is not rare to see her sitting front row at NYFW, or on the glossy pages of a magazine. She has even been featured on Vogue's Best Dressed List of 2010. Her outfits are chic and yet really simple, and the fact that she often mixes designer pieces with high street brands makes her style even more approachable. If you like Olivia's style as much as I do, here are some tips on how to incorporate some of her signature look into your wardrobe.

The Blazer
The blazer is without a doubt one of her signature pieces. Actually, if you take a closer look at the pictures above, she is wearing a blazer in every single one of them. Investing in some good quality blazers is something I would recommend to everyone since they are so versatile. But who said blazers had to be plain and boring? Take inspiration from Olivia and pick unusual shapes and materials to give this classic piece a modern twist. A good place to start shopping for blazers would be one of the socialite's favourite highstreet shops, Zara.

The Designer Bag
If there is one thing to learn from Olivia's style, it is the power of a nice bag. It can make even the plainest outfit look amazing, and adds some sense of luxury to the cheapest pieces. Olivia's collection includes legendary bags such as the Birkin from Hermès, Chanel's 2.55, Mulberry's Alexa, as well as an extensive collection of designer clutches to make sure that any outfit is fabulous.

Statement Costume Jewellery
This one is particularly obvious considering she designed a collection of necklaces for Roberta Freymann and if you have ever watched The City, you know that oversized necklaces are one of Olivia's treadmarks, alongside chunky bracelets and statement rings. Maybe it is time to give in and get this YSL Arty Ring that you've been eyeing for months then?

Leather Leggings
Whether she wears them during the day with flats for a casual look, or with a sequinned top and killer heels for an ELLE party, leather leggings are a staple in Olivia's wardrobe. If hers are from Daryl K and cost $895, you can easily find cheaper alternatives in high street shops like ASOS, Topshop or River Island and look just as fabulous.

Flawless Face
Have you ever noticed how perfectly put together she looks? It is not all about the outfit, but also about the makeup. Her skin is always flawless and dewy. To recreate that, try a foundation like Chanel Vita Lumière with a touch of YSL Touche Eclat under the eye for a glowy and healthy look. Although she usually keeps it natural with a bit of liner, she also wears fake eyelashes most of the time. She even confessed that her secret to doe eyes is self-adhesive Revlon eyelashes. Add a swipe of black gel liner and you are good to go.

The Ultimate Arm Candy
This might be the hardest thing to find : a German model boyfriend, but it definitely looks good with everything. I am just kidding here, but I have to say that I will probably never get tired of looking at Johannes Huebl and to be honest, who would?

Now only thing left to do is shop! 

- Elodie x

12/03/2011

MFW A/W11 Highlights

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Roberto Cavalli
The rock'n'roll gypsy woman from Spring has changed : she is now tougher and seductive. If spring was all about delicate femininity, Autumn is all about fierceness, and I have to say that I absolutely love it!


Emporio Armani
Playing on the silhouette, this collection is featuring plenty of variations on trousers, skirts, jackets, coats and jumpsuits. Yet, trousers were belted for a pannier effect, shoulders were ruffled and pieces were layered for an interesting take on 1940s film noir. My favourite part? The jackets. They were exactly what you would expect from Armani's signature urban chic.


Gianfranco Ferré
Classic pieces might have been following each other on the catwalk, but they were never boring. From the very first look, a cashmere coat which buttoned up on one side and had two sculptural, satin-edged lapels and a stand-up collar, we could see how Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi reworked a woman's must haves in a structural and graphic way. 


Fendi
Easy and chic, this is what Fendi's A/W 11 collection was. With pieces like knee-length skirts, buttoned-up blouses or even sweatpants in slouchy cashmere, it might have looked simple, but the colours, shapes and materials made this collection feel extremely luxurious. This is exactly what I was expecting from the Italian legendary house.


Gucci
Gucci's 90th anniversary show was greatly inspired by the 70s, with culottes, pussy-bow blouses and sweater vests or fedoras. To give these pieces a modern twist Giannini went for surprising materials such as fur, python and leather. If this was already a good surprise, the evening wear was the highlight of the show with long, sheer, drapped gowns.


Moschino
Playing on masculinity and femininity, tailcoats, tuxedos and riding jackets were the main focus of the show. If that sounds boring to you, you might want to take a second look. Indeed, most of the looks featured classic, timeless pieces but with an unexpected detail like a velvet bow, revers in a rose print, hot pink cummerbund or a captain's hat.


Moschino Cheap&Chic
Rossella Jardini chose to divide this collection by fashion capital : Milan, London, Paris and New York. Each city was introduced by a shift dress in a photo print of a famous landmark such as the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty. Milan was beige and sparkly, London was all about tartan, Paris was black and oddly enough, anything but chic and New York was sporty and glam. The designer might have said that Milan was "a little boring", but it was the highlight of the show as far as I am concerned.


Francesco Scognamiglio
"This is my favourite collection in the last ten years" said the designer and I have to say, it is one of my favourite too. I can't get over the beautiful gowns with the thight-high slits, keyhole dresses and silk blouses. No wonder Madonna decided to wear one of his pieces to the Vanity Fair Oscar party.

Pictures courtesy of Vogue.fr
- Elodie x