Dolce and Gabbana Milan Fashion Week AW 2014

Once Upon a Time in Sicily... There's only one way to describe Dolce and Gabbana's A/W 2014 collection and that is a beautifully told fairy story. With such a decadent and indulgent colour pallet, a beautiful mixture of fabrics and textures, bejeweled, embroidered and adorned, with lots and lots of brocade looking - royal in gold and refined in black, you wouldn't be wrong to assume yourself thumbing through the illustrated pages of a giant fairy tale book. Maid Marion meets Little Red Riding Hood immediately comes to mind as you imagine outer -wear made spectacular embellished with giant golden skeleton keys and sumptuous hoods made from velvet and fur, in that ever so striking blood red or the deep and sensual purple. For those a little less intense, billowing floor length dresses that fluttered were dreamy, sheer midi length corseted dresses were ever so damsel in distress and chic shift dresses were toughened up with metal boots of armour. How could we help but...
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An Ode to the Givenchy Bambi Sweatshirt?

Charms of a Dandizette takes a look at what the Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt says about its wearer... The sweatshirt gained its advancement from gym garb to key wardrobe piece in 2011, emerging as a simple grey sweatshirt. In 2012 the sweatshirt was still trending, however it became bolder and braver, establishing itself as a refined and investment worthy piece of vesture, hence the Kenzo Tiger sweatshirt. Everyone that was anyone was either coveting this tiger headed sweatshirt or were pounding the fashion week pavements adorned in said sweatshirt with the bold Kenzo letters emblazoned across their chests.  Now the world is coveting the Givenchy neoprene Bambi print sweatshirt. The 'It' sweatshirt of the moment, with a price tag of £750, worn by the likes of Beyonce, Milan street style queen Anna Dello Russo and Lilly Collins. You know you're a member of the privileged fashion community if you already own or personally know anyone that owns the Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt, the t-shirt, the...
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The Victoria’s Secret Angels…

For many a reason the Victoria's Secret Fashion show is a very special and unique kind of fashion show. The typical runway show is ultimately all about showcasing the design and craftmanship and style of a new collection, admittedly designers might put on a show with an elaborate set, think Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel with his motif of icebergs and crystals mise en scene,  or use the garments to tell a particular story, think Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton autumn winter 2012 runway show inspired by the golden age of rail travel. But let's be brutally honest - the Victoria's Secret show, although a beautiful show, is not about beautiful garments, imaginative sets or enthralling tales. The Victoria's Secret Show is about the enjoyment of being a woman and feeling beautiful and who embodies this? Well, we all know that at the heart of a Victoria's Secret show is an angel - the Angels, the celebrated Victoria's Secret Angels -  and...
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Balmain a/w 2012-13 Fashionising for the Girl About Town…

Balmain -Winter 2012-13 Runway Show... 'It's over the top, I mean it's very very embellished. I don't know quite where you're going wearing those clothes, but if you have the life for it, I envy you.' Said Cindy Weby Clearly from Instyle Magazine at the Balmain's a/w 2012-13 runway show. As I begin to write this post I am realising how ironic and funny life can be...I am even deliberating the theory that life would have it that we are all literally walking talking contradiction – if you’re not, I know I definitely am. When I first began writing this post I had a future set out in front of me with my partner – marriage, children, a house in Sicily where I’d write my novel and buy beautiful clothes and a house in London where I’d come to see family and friends ...of course these are all ideals and I am summarising. Something happened in between the time I started writing this...
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Gucci a/w 2012-13: The New Direction…

Source: gucci.com via Ayesha on Pinterest Whilst the Fashion gliteratti celebrates the collections of spring summer 2013 the civilians amongst us are still very much in 2012, feeling the weather growing colder by the day. So...the research for the amalgamation of my winter wardrobe has begun. Before I head to the high street or make any major purchases, I get a feel for the key trends and the overall tone for the season by  going straight to the source - the catwalk. So let's start with Gucci - because I always do. Gucci's a/w 2012 collection is sensuous, decadent and opulent. It's a collection to fall in love with, if it were music it would be the perfect soundtrack to an intense winter romance. Regardless of how different this collection might feel to the clean and sharp lines we are used to seeing at Gucci, Frida Giannini never disappoints... Source: gucci.com via Ayesha on Pinterest Source: gucci.com via Ayesha on Pinterest Source: gucci.com via Ayesha...
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Inspired by: PRINT-CESS Mary Kantrantzou

If, like me, you're not tickled pink by the sherbet candy colour pallet seen in the likes of  Louis Vuiton's spring summer 2012 collection, then it's likely that you're all wrapped up in the scarf prints at D & G, blown away by the beautiful floral prints at Dolce and Gabbana or swept off your feet by the oceanic sea star and seashell prints at Versace. The point is...for spring summer 2012, if it's not lace or leather then it's definitely patterned or printed. I've never been one to play around too much with pattern and print, at least not since the devastating logo mania nineties, when it was paramount that all my skirts and jeans had to be from Moschino and had to be covered in crazy Moschino prints! (Please don't judge me...then again isn't that what fashion is all about? Judge away if you will!) Since then however, asides from the staple breton stripes and polka dots, my wardrobe consists...
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Gucci Spring Summer Collection 2012

Never has the drop waist dress looked so fabulous... Gucci SS 2012 When people who work in fashion ask me who my favourite fashion designer is, I always say Balmain or Azzedine Alaia, however, the truth is it's Gucci. It always has been and as long as the likes of Tom Ford and Frida Giannini are behind the design it probably always will be. I say Balmain because Gucci sounds so cliche. There was a time when everybody and their neighbour owned a Gucci wallet, Gucci trainers or a Gucci bucket bag and I should know because I happen to own all three, so I say Balmain to sound a little bit more fashion savvy. I hold Gucci very dear to my heart, it has sentimental value. My first pair of designer shoes and my first designer handbag were Gucci. Gucci made me fall in love with high fashion and since this love affair began a Gucci collection has never failed to have...
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Victoria Beckham a/w 2011-12 – A Stylish Journey

From Posh, to Wag, Fashion Icon to Respected Fashion Designer...This is undeniably a very stylish journey...  Victoria Beckham Collection autumn/winter 2011-12 It was seven years ago that I employed Victoria Beckham as my fashion icon, during the epoch when she championed the trucker hat, baggy jeans and timberland boots ensembles. At the time I was, ashamedly, an avid consumer of OK! magazine. The publication fitted in well with my major consumption of trash culture and my distinct desire to live my life like a celebrity. In my defense, I was nineteen years old, in the early stages of my university studies and had almost no self awareness. I would pull all the pages that featured Victoria Beckham from the magazines and use them as inspiration for my own dress. Her style evolved and I emulated it; I journeyed with her in the Frye Campus boots and denim shorts, the Rock and Republic bootleg jeans worn with men's leather belts, sandals, camisole tops...
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Dolce and Gabbana Catwalk Report: Sicilianita’

It is impossible to speak with the Sicilian artist about their work without them slip into a profound nostalgia of their land and its spirit in their creations. Their devotion is thrilling, poignant and undeniably powerful, all the core ingredients that created Dolce and Gabbana’s collection this season. The two Italians managed to communicate an affectionate homage to Sicily and the fashion house’s core essence by creating classic Dolce and Gabbana; perfect tailoring and seductive femininity. The show was entitled ‘Sicilianita’, translating Sicilian-ness, the quintessence of Sicily. Amidst the minimal chic humdrum, it had seemed that the woman had been robbed of her real meaning. Thankfully, Dolce and Gabbana served up a beautiful myriad of dresses, made from Sicilian lace, velvet and satin that brought sexy back. The dresses were breathtaking to the eye, made from materials that were sumptuous to the touch.  Knee length fitted leopard print and polka dotted dresses, form fitting and to the knee were extraordinary.  Underwear as...
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