IT’S STILL COLD OUTSIDE

…so this looks very fitting right now, where can I get one?

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MONEY SHOT

Balmain Pre-Fall 2015 collection is charged with sex, luxury, and decadence. Olivier Rousteing is going slow and steady with a lot of confidence that I absolutely appreciate and so do his critics.

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ETHNIC NOTES

There has been a lot of ethnic motifs present in the styling, clothes, and embroideries as of late. I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw Olga Vilshenko’s designs appear on the giant net-a-porter.com. Her designs are an homage to the slavic embroideries and silhouettes and they look authentic and at the same time fit in with the ‘now’ aesthetic that Hedi Slimane started with the peasant like dresses, fringed bags and shoes in neutral suede and was followed by Valentino’s emphasis on embroidery in their recent collections. Basically what I am saying is that organic, ethnic, and earthy mood is here to carry us through to fall. And I especially want to draw my attention to the dresses of Vilshenko and Haut Couture Valentino show, let it serve as inspiration to us and put us in the mood to try something new whatever that means for each of us.

Olga Vilshenko

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Valentino Haut Couture Spring 2015

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IMPORTANT DECISIONS

Which everyday bag to own for the upcoming spring has been on my mind lately and after extensive research into what looks ‘fresh’ yet still classic and practical I came out with two options from fashion heavyweights: Chanel and Céline of course. They are both spacious and are able to fit the daily essentials of a busy woman, be it a lap top, iPad, diapers, or baby bottles. I was concentrating also on the comfortable handles because the small top handle is beautiful until your arm is falling off having it bent at 90 degree angel all day. I want versatility that is why for me I think Chanel bag wins the race.

Chanel Large Tote

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Céline Belt Bag in Tan

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INSPIRATION

The gorgeous Aymeline Valade at the Christion Dior show is a lesson in masculine dressing with a very strong color combination. What makes it all work is the classic colors, the red, white, and black and the most important aspect is the tailored proportions. Obviously having slim long legs helps but this could be translated into many different interpretations for different shapes. All a shorter girl has to do is add black stilettos instead of brogues. I am all about relaxed yet tailored looks very similar to Aymeline.

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VERSACE WOMAN

I always love the Versace collections and especially the haute couture one is always distilled into the essence of what Verace woman is all about: power, sex, and strength. The hair and make up are as important as the clothes themselves – in fashion circles when you say Versace hair people will know what you are talking about – it’s the glossy, voluminous perfectly done healthy hair, preferably long but even shorter hair do’s get an upgrade and made to look like a million dollars. The make up is always concentrated on the eye in different ‘smoky’ variations with a nude lip from pinkish nudes to beige neutrals. The formula is full proof and rarely changes. I feel like it is during these fashion shows that models get a lot of recognition and prestige, to walk in a show like this is iconic and reminiscent of the 90’s super model era. Even though most of the clothes that Donatella shows these days are too much for my taste, I love to take away the inspiration to be a bit bolder with my sartorial choices.

Atelier Versace Spring 2015 Couture Collection

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

The bad news is that Alexander McQueen was a rare genius and he left this world too early; the good news is that he has left behind plenty of inspiration for Sarah Burton for years to come. When Alexander McQueen was alive every fashion show was anticipated to be absolutely different yet still magical and equally special as the last; but the key here is that McQueen liked to reinvent himself every season pushing the boundaries further and further. In the end he burnt himself out, but reinvention is at the core of the brand. With Sarah Burton at the helm it is more of a quiet progression of an idea of what Alexander McQueen stood for. She knows the house codes inside out but she is no genius. So it is with nostalgia I look at the collections from her each season and even though I love the silhouettes and the clothes, I cannot help but miss the daring spirit of Alexander McQueen himself.

Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2015

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