As the air fills with the aromas of jasmine and cherry blossoms, the days are delightfully longer and temperatures warm, romantic notions take up more and more breadth in my thoughts. These days my indulgence in amorous day dreams translates to my preference in wardrobe — flowing bohemian and ethereal dresses.
Next month in China’s Vogue David Bellemere shoots Vittoria Ceretti (one of the finalists of Elite Model Look 2012 Italy) in Spring’s most romantic and dreamy dresses. Stylist Irina Marie selected the designs of Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, Givenchy and more for the poetic shots while makeup artist Tiziana Raimondo gave Vittoria her natural glow and Maxime Mace her soft upswept hair.
Shop The Look:
Givenchy Lace Embellished Top and Black Pants // Saint Laurent Gold Paillette Embellished Sweater and Floral Print Dress // Vittoria Ceretti Models Spring Romance // Alexander McQueen Lace Tiered Mini Dress // Roberto Cavalli Ruffle Embellished Minidress
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When the weather warms up the color of white almost makes a a daily appearance in my wardrobe. My dry cleaning bills may sky-rocket — I manage to get it dirty in the first few wearings — but the fresh, chic feeling I get makes it worth it.
These days a LWD (little white dress) or two is every bit as much a must have for every au courant fashionable girl’s closet as the LBD (little black dress) is. It’s just as versatile, taking you from dinner to brunch to clubbing to walking along the beach with your favorite beau.
I’d have all of these dresses if I could, but my standout favs are Jonathan Simkhai’s cotton and linen blend knit dress with fringe – love the cutout detail on the sleeves, and Zimmermann’s embroidered cotton dress for when I’m feeling beachy and bohemian!
Johnathan Simkhai Cotton & Linen Knit Dress // Elizabeth & James Melinda Strapless Stretch-Ponte Mini Dress // Alice & Olivia Sofie Lace Up Side Dress // C/meo Collective Small Things Dress With Split Sleeves in White // Zimmermann Realm Embroidered Panel Dress // Zara Dress With Cape Sleeves
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The official start of summer may be a little over a month away, yet it is never to early to start building that summer fun wardrobe. Here are my top ten picks every closet (and bathroom) should not be without his summer.
The items I’m fixated on for this summer are Proenza Schouler’s perfect black maillot — cuts high on the leg, Talitha’s cotton and silk blend maxi dress with side slits — ideal for pool parties as well as lunching and lounging in style, and this summer’s must have off the shoulder top — this one by Pixie Market with ruffle sleeves.
While I highly recommend getting your wardrobe prepped and ready for summer, it is equally necessary to savor every last day of Spring!
1. Madewell The Boardwalk Slide Sandal // 2. Talitha Jaya Cotton and Silk-Blend Voile Maxi Dress // 3. Comme des Garcons Grace by Grace Coddington // 4. Proenza Schouler Solids Swimsuit // 5. Proenza Schouler Striped Tissue Tee // 6. Aquazzura Suede Tulum Sandals // 7. Joe’s Jeans The Charlie Shorts // 8. Mansur Gavriel Canvas Bucket Bag // 9. Pixie Market Light Blue Ruffle Sleeve Off The Shoulder Top // 10. Joie The Nantucket Hat Lipstick – Stila Yumberry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain.
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Major celebrities have descended upon the French Rivera to promote their films in what is one of the biggest film festivals of the world, Cannes, and therefore, one of the most popular red carpets.
So far, Amal Clooney has won the prize for most beautiful dress (as well as being 1/2 of the most glamorous couple) wearing Versace’s spectacular pastel yellow one shoulder chiffon gown. (Naomi Watts is a strong second in Armani Prive.) The festival is in its first few days with almost 10 days to go so there is plenty of time for another lovely celebrity to dethrone her. Stay tuned, only time will tell!
Amal Clooney In Atelier Versace // Naomi Watts Armani Prive // Bella Hadid In Roberto Cavalli // Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive // Celine Sallette // Kristen Stewart in Chanel // Lily Donaldson in Saint Laurent // Diala Makki // Kirsten Dunst In Gucci // Elsa Zylberstein //
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When being thrown back into the dating pool some might like to play it tame and opt for a slightly more conservative look. I, on the other hand, will take the plunge (pun intended) in Onia’s sky blue halter one piece. For a fresh take on denim I’ll keep the main pieces tonal by pairing the one piece with Iro’s Agnette jacket, in a darker shade of the same hue, and Adriano Goldschmied’s Phoebe ultra light cropped jeans. Black accessories will serve up just enough edge to keep this look exciting!
Weigh in: Which bag do you prefer to complete this look? Black or Patchwork denim.
IRO Agnette Jacket // Onia Nina Halter One Piece // Adriano Goldschmied Phoebe Cropped Jeans // Louise et Cie Abri Pointy Toe Ghillie Flat // Hotel Particular Regular Belt // J Crew Petal And Crystal Necklace
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I have embarked on a spring cleaning of my home, and of course my closet comes first. This year I’ve decided to include my lingerie – it needs some major TLC as well. One new designer I’ve taken a fancy to is Fleur Du Mal. Especially the French net lace bra and panty set — so sexy-, and the seamless panty set (both above). I love my lingerie drawer to have a good stock of basic Cosabella boy shorts – BNY has some on sale here!
Free People Slow Dance Bra & Only Hearts Lace Sleep Shorts // Fleur Du Mal French Net Lace Balconette Bra & Lace Panty // Victoria’s Secret Unlined Lace Demi Bra & High-Waist Thong Panty // Fleur Du Mal Seamless Panty Set // Nasty Gal Sheer Up Bralette and Panty Set // Calvin Klein CK Black Sensual Push-Up Bra & Calvin Klein CK Essential Panty
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There were a few other gowns from the Met gala Manus x Machina I liked as well or even a bit better, but these gowns were my favorite in following with this year’s theme.
Calvin Klein (in conjunction with sustainable brand consultancy Eco Age) took the theme “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” literally designing Emma Watson’s gown from reused plastic water bottles. In fact, every part of the garment — down to the zippers and the inside of the bustier — is made with sustainable materials. Check out what Emma had to say about the dress on her Facebook page.
Lupita Nyong’os’ Calvin Klein gown also had sustainable components incorporated into it.
Emma Watson In Calvin Klein // Alexa Chung In Thakoon // FKA Twigs In Atelier Versace // Lupita Nyong’o In Calvin Klein // Gigi Hadid In Tommy Hilfiger // Gigi Hadid In Tommy Hilfiger // Lui Wen In Iris Van Herpan // Naomi Watts In Burburry // Emma Stone In Prada // Nicole Kidman In Alexander McQueen.
Just in the knick of time I snuck in a viewing of First Monday In May. From the first shot of the outside of the Metropolitan Museum I got flutters in my stomach. Two of my favorite pleasures in the world together in one documentary – fashion and museums!!
Last year, filmmaker Andrew Rossi, who directed Page One: Inside the New York Times, followed Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton and Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour as they planned 2015’s exhibition and gala “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Over a course of almost a year they clearly demonstrated the hard, and sometimes tedious, work that goes into creating such a lavish production. Starting eight months out the weeks turn into days and then into hours; as the pressure mounts they work against the clock to ensure every art display is beautifully lit and every hem line is perfectly coiffed.
While there isn’t a red carpet I don’t love (with the Met being my favorite), and I adored looking at all the gowns of the stars as they made there entrance, I would have preferred a little more discourse on the question, ” is fashion art?”. Such a provocative and much debated topic deserves more attention and stronger light shown upon it.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the documentary and recommend trying to see it before the first monday in this May’s new Met exhibit — Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Streaming live at vogue.com this Monday at 7:00 pm (EST).
Some of my favorite gowns from The Met Galas over the years.
Cher In Bob Mackie 1974 // Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell & Kate Moss 1995 // Madonna In Stella McCartney 2011 // Daphne Guinness In Alexander McQueen 2011 // Lauren Santo Domingo In Oscar Del La Renta 2013 // Sarah Jessica Parker In Giles Deacon 2013 // Karolina Kurkova In Marchesa 2014 // Gwyneth Paltrow In Prada 2012 // Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior Couture 2010
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Mum, she changed our nappies, cleared our snot, railed on us to clean our room, often drove us crazy, but more often was our best friend. I often think of all the valuable lessons my mom has taught me over the years (grudgingly at times); all the times she held my hand when I felt like a failure; all the unconditional love I felt from her, and my heart swells.
I can’t wait to honor her next Sunday, May 8th with one of the above gifts! Which ones do you fancy for your mum? Or, is there a different gift idea in mind? Please share in the comments.
Adrienne Wong Pen & Ink Collecetion Deco Arches // Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile Eau de Parfum Natural Spray //Figue Tassel Sandals // J Crew Sailor Pant In Stripe // Mauli Rituals Revive The Senses Set // Samantha Robinson Teapot Individual Green Starflower // Frida Kahlo Fashion As The Art Of Being // Jade Tribe Samui Cosmetic L Puka Tassel Tan // 3.1 Phillip Lim Cotton Shirt Dress // Eugina Kim Bianca Hat
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Stuffed on cheese burgers, chips, wine and the best key-lime pie I’ve ever had, listening to Mr. Jeans radio on Pandora, myself and a few of my uber talented friends (in various subjects) sat (slumped) around the living room discussing the pros and cons of our favorite summertime beauty products. One of the best ways I know of getting the latest and most reliable info on any subject matter!
Below is a list of the favorites from our gab session with the following as the run-out-tonight-and-buy must have’s:
Bare Minerals Bare Skin Sheer Sun Serum – Great as a bronzer or try mixing it with your favorite body moisturizer for a satin glow.
Kerastase – A little too expensive to use twice a week, but every other week this hair mask replenishes lost moisture and elasticity resulting in shiny, silky gorgeous hair. For weekly use try Blow Pro Damage Control Daily Repairing Conditioner.
Julep Tinted Lip Oil Treatment – The perfect light pink shade of shine with treatment oils that smooths and plumps lips from the inside out while increasing collagen production for ultra kissable lips.
Emjoi Micro-Pedi Pro Foot Buffer – Summer is the time when your feet need to look their very best, and that translates to smooth and silky. Gets rid of callouses and dry skin built up over the past winter and keep it off with the top rated electric pedicure foot buffer.
La Roche – Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Sunscreen // Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM // Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne // Blow Pro Damage Control Daily Repairing Conditioner or splurge on Kerastase // Bare Minerals Bare Skin Sheer Sun Serum // CND Vinylux Pink Pursuit Weekly Nail Polish // M-61 Hydraboost Moisturizer // Emjoi Micro-Pedi Pro Foot Buffer // Hourglass Illume Sheer Color trio In Sunset // Julep Tinted Lip Oil Treatment
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Summer night dates are my idea of happiness. You can wear what ever you desire with no worries about the elements. Once I saw this Nicholas cascade frill bustier top it I knew I had to have it — the perfect top for a warm weather date night.
Nicholas Cascade Frill Bustier Top // Zara Faux Leather Pencil Skirt // Uribe Wren Reversible Gold and Rhodium-Plated Choke // Warby Parker Cecily Sunglasses // Stuart Weitzman The Stringdown Flat // Coach Ace Satchel 14 In Printed Calf Hair
My heart is so broken, I am beyond words. Just two nights ago I watched Purple Rain for the umpteenth time and thought I will never tire of it. Such a prolific, brilliant musician. Such a sweet, gentle soul. You will be missed.