Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Romantic Schizophrenic

This soundtrack, location, glamour and elegance of the Met Costume Institute Gala has me all excited for a summer party. I love the location but more so the video had me excited by the glimpses of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition. It is still on but not for long - it finishes August 7th, so go and take a look at what the stars got to preview at the Met Museum. I so wish I lived in NY to visit what looks like a fantastic exhibition! I hope it tours and comes to the V&A at some point? I live and hope. Whilst I may not be able to visit I can indulge...

Andrew Bolton the curator of 'Savage Beauty' shares his insight and expert view on the exhibition and the self titled 'romantic schizophrenic'. Get a room-by-room sneak peak into the 'romantic' world of McQueen with this video. McQueen was a true genius and someone who never failed to inspire me. This only makes me want to see it more, like I said, I can live and hope. For now this will suffice.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Project Wedding Outfit

I'm due to go to a wedding this summer, and typically have "nothing to wear," yet my wardrobe is bursting at the seams.

This weeks Grazia Look of the Week feature's Olivia Palermo in a simple Topshop midi dress perfect for the conservative occasion of a church wedding but still pretty, elegant and on trend plus versatile enough to wear on plenty of other occasions. Sadly Topshop has run out of my size so I'm contemplating making it.

Its essentially a waisted shift dress with gathered a-line skirt and chiffon top layer - relatively simple right? Maybe I'll make it in a red, I've been seeing a lot of dresses that I want in red too - I'm thinking Halston Heritage orange reds?... However mustard, yellow shades are going to be big come next season. Oh what's a girl to do? 

Friday, 8 July 2011

Sheer Brilliance

If like me your a little bit shy/self concious and always struggle to feel comfortable for an evening occasion when the legs have to come out! I spotted this pic in a magazine a while back now and thought I was a genius way to get your legs out without feeling totally bare.

I've blogged about sheers before, but this little skirt would be easy to make up as a little DIY project to keep for any occasion, to add layers and interest to an outfit. I'm not sure who this was by but Givenchy did something very similar. Also its a way of adding length and conservatism to a dangerously short number! Sheer brilliance what a bit of fabric can do.

Lagerfeld Cuffs

Flicking through the latest Vogue I came across the latest ad campaign from Kurt Geiger.

I love the styling, simple and chic with a POP of red. Anja wears it so well doesn't she? One of the details struck me though, and it was those Lagerfeld cuffs. Synonymous with Mr Karl Lagerfeld himself and a styling tip always mimicked within his shows for Chanel - Coco Chanel herself did love the tomboy style. Here are Caroline Sieber and Poppy Delevigne sporting the archetypal look.

Its all in the details, and whilst it could look very masculine those cropped jacket sleeves with blouson extended cuffs underneath soften the look. Mix it up with texture like lace, leather, velvet and lurex. Whilst I mostly live in black and white I'll happily reinterpret this look with the pop of red... maybe a lick of nail polish, lip stain or ballerina's.

Mac Russian Red lipstick.

 Chanel Dragon red nails.
Ballerina flats from Office.