Velvet Issue

It is fall/winter 2014/15 prodigious fabric. It is soft, it can give you a stunning shape or just ruin it (it is a very difficult fabric to wear).
But let’s start from the beginning: when Gucci had Tom Ford, back in 1994 (sure I was a little girl, but one with velvet details on her outfits, cause both my mother and grandmother have great taste!) and there was a red velvet suit – the same one Gwyneth Paltrow rocked on Mtv VMA’s.
Back then, velvet was expression of a grunge culture – and Tom Ford was probably the first designer to show how feminine and powerful a woman can look on a velvet tux.
Every year (specially on festive season) we go trough fall winter collections and stare at this magical fabric: it comes in a more conservative way (think about a black tux or a small detail on a shoe) or more audacious and bold (an emerald green dress or the eternal and fabulous royal blue).
Either way, designers gave us enough choices to pick the perfect velvet piece. From Saint Laurent to Alexander McQueen, J.Brand or Altuzarra for Target Collab, Emilio Pucci, Elie Saab and even Massimo Dutti – all offering the best options.
I must confess, every time I hear ‘the 90’s are back’ I tend to be very afraid. But somehow designers lately have taken the worst pieces (the crops, for example) and redesign them in order to achieve something great. Velvet is one of those pieces.
How about you? What do you think about this trend and how would you wear it?

How to properly use velvet
Velvet can be super tricky to wear: in order to give you the perfect shape it mustn’t be to tight nor give much. You must be aware that velvet will start to loose shape eventually.

How to accessorize your velvet
With a full velvet look, I prefer golden accessories. The contrast between the soft dark yet shining fabric and a great golden bracelet and earrings or a statement necklace is beyond perfect. Think about the baroque trend to inspire yourself while accessorizing.
If you’re not much of an accessories person, I suggest another great trend: the silk scarf. Nothing goes better with velvet than the contrast of silk and the variety of padrons of silk scarves.
When It comes to choose the perfect shoes, I’d say stilettos.
Careful when choosing your accessories, you don’t want to take the whole holiday season to much seriously.

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Source: pinterest, vogue.com

Trend – Metallics

Welcome to the future! Straight from the runways to your wardrobe, the metallic trend brings that bold touch you were looking for.
You’ve seen it for Spring 2014 with Yves saint Laurent and Proenza Schouler, and you probably thought ‘Hmm, why not a shimmering touch’. But the real issue will always be how to properly wear metallics without looking like a disco ball – struggle all the time to chose the right piece, pair it with right accessories, make up and hair. So, in the end, I usually keep it simple – choose one metallic great piece (like a pair of boots or a sweater) and mix it with other trends (when that piece is silver, I like to add some khaki or burgundy) or add that shining touch in the details (a statement necklace or Oxford shoes with a gold detail).
How about you? 🙂

Source: Pinterest

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Topshop Unique

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Marni, on MyTheresa

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Alexander Wang

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Stradivarius

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Converse

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Marni

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Alexander Wang

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Zara

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Source: WhoWhatWear.com

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Crazy about accessories

As a very creative person, like I mentioned on a previous post, I seek for detail. Whenever I look at a streetstyle photo, I look for small details that make the person stand out. What is it that makes that outfit unique, besides the person?
Though I always loved (and will continue loving) great statement pieces – an embroidered sweater or printed trousers, a good jumper or even a fabulous dress – there are days when I fell like wearing a simple outfit, preferably with lots of black and White clothing, and make my statement on the accessories department.
This year, everytime I searched for street style photos I chose to see first the accessories selection. After that I did what I like to do the most – searched for the designers of those beautiful pieces.

This post is mainly about bags and clutches – i´m more of a bag than of a shoe person. The ones I wish I had thought of first, the ones I´d love to buy, the ones I take a bow for.

Charlotte Olympia

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Anya Hindmarch

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Mua Mua

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Sarah’s

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REDVALENTINO

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Sophia Webster

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Olympia Le-Tan

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You can find all of these on net-a-Porter.com

Hairstyles – do I dare to cut?

The big question – do I cut it or not? I’ve only had this kind of hairstyle once (and I was 4, so I don’t think I had a vote back then…). I’m one of those girls who really loves long hair, and I’m a natural dark blonde with THOUSANDS of curls. It kills me to take care of my hair everyday, and lately I look at myself in the mirror and feel like a change would be great.

A few weeks ago, I came through an article on VOGUE.pt  about BOB – the mythical Carrie Bradshaw hairstyle – it is the return of a long lost trend, and has been spotted on Beyoncé Knowles, Emma Stone, Clemence Poesy. The difference between Carrie´s BOB and the types of BOB? It is more assimetrical, wavy, and yet, classy than ever!

I never thought to do something like that with my hair, but after going through some pictures, I think I´m convinced to go for a mid-length bob! What do you think about this hairstyle?

Lily Collins for Marie Claire UK

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60´s

Jane Fonda. Brigitte Bardot. Jane Birkin. Françoise Hardy. Edie Sedgwick. Miuccia Prada. Twiggy. I could go on, but I believe you got the idea. They´re all revolutionary women from the glourious 60´s. They all took big risks when decided to wear miniskirts, large sweaters instead of dresses, bold makeup (think about marvelous Twiggy and her eyes) big boots or flats.The A-line dresses and the crazy prints. The colors. It was all or nothing. The feminine sillouette was changing, becoming more feminine and irreverent.

Although you can see this 60´s trend in my previous posts (for e.g. the miniskirt, fall trends or the faux fur coat) I´ve decided to do one really focused on the 60´s, with my personal inspirations (not only related to the fashion industry).

Querelle Jansen, by Sigurd Grunberger, for Grazia France August 2014

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Vogue Portugal September 2014

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Source: Pinterest

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brand – TITLE A

There´s a trend that, from time to time, appears – not only in clothing, but also in accessories; make-up; hairstyles.. we´re talking about tomboys, and the tomboy trend. You can find it in this fall winter sweaters, loafers, small boots, boyfriend jeans, some leather pieces. It´s the way you can mix the pieces that makes me a fan of this trend – one day you can wear a large sweater with skinny jeans and loafers and another day you can use that exact same sweater with a mini skirt and boots. 

We´re talking about a trend that we learned to copy from people like Charlotte Gainsbourg or Jane Birkin. We´re talking about a particular model named Agyness Deyn, and her clothing line – TITLE A. If you think about Agyness, you immediately associate her to what I just described. Knowing her work and especially her style, I immediately knew it had to be great!  

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The miniskirt

Here’s another statement piece you should try on this fall winter. I’m super excited with the miniskirt, probably because it’s the first time I don’t find it tacky… I usually wear miniskirts with oversized blazers or sweaters, it creates a comfy but irreverent look. Matches perfectly with short boots or loafers.

Zara

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Mango

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Mango

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River island , at ASOS.com

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Moschino cheap and chic

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Pinterest

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