Inspired by Bangles: Relish to Embellish…

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” Cecil Beaton quotes I am currently in the process of building my accessories collection. Although I continuously purchase new earrings and rings, I couldn't help but notice that my bangle collection has somewhat fallen by the waist side. Instead of creating a wonderful pile up of bangles and bracelets, cuffs and chains made of leather, metal and mesh. I find myself slipping on the same bangle each and every morning - with no attention to aesthetic creativity at all. I have come to notice that my bangle collection hasn't been updated with any statement pieces in (ashamedly so...) years. So I thought I'd share with you what's inspiring my journey to updating my bangle collection... Relish to Embellish... by ayeshadandizette featuring a cuff bangle There truly is an art to the perfect pile up,...
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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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Oh to be in Fashion…An Ode to the Sheer Black Black Dress

...and just sheer black... Admittedly, those of us that not only follow fashion, but enjoy documenting it by fashioning our bodies with adornment that demonstrates our understanding and ability to keep up with the trends, take a self indulgent pleasure when something, someone or some item confirms our fashion savvy-ness. Admit it! We love it! Moments have occurred pretty frequently for me of recently. Naturally I am going to down play my self praise and my excitement for such moments, because that's the tasteful thing to do. But I was particularly excited when I saw that the peplum was making a huge comeback this season...before I had even been aware of such a trend I had purchased myself a wonderful black peplum pencil skirt from Zara, in fact I wore it to my Christmas party. I take pleasure in watching Zoey Deschanel singing and prancing around like a crazy person in the opening sequence of New Girl in a red skater dress that...
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Spring Bling! – Prada’s Spring Summer 2012 Ad Campaign

Looking through the spring summer 2012 ad campaigns this week, I noticed one particular trend - there seems to be a whole lot of shimmering, glimmering spring time bling featured in many of the designer's campaigns. Being a complete devotee of beautiful blinging pieces, the more extravagant the better, I instantly fell in love with Prada's spring summer 2012 ad campaign - which is pretty telling, considering I am not usually bowled over by a Prada collections (barring the shoes of course), the way I am by Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs or Lanvin. So, I thought I'd pull out the most blinging fashion ad campaigns of the season...starting with Prada! Prada's Spring Summer 2012 Fashion ad campaign was shot by Steven Meisel and features fashion models Natasha Poly, Ymre Stiekema, Katryn Kruger, Meghan Collison, Elise Crombez, and Guinevere van Seenus. These brilliantly dressed women hanging out in the gas station looking super ridiculous and fabulously frivolous is exactly why I ADORE fashion!  I am...
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Live for Fashion, Die for Food…

Inspired by Dolce and Gabbana ss2012 and a hearty consumption of Domino's Two for Tuesdays... In spite of my efforts to sculpt my body, hula hooping to Andylouis's deep soulful house mixes on YouTube, just so I can wear midi skirt and crop top ensembles inspired by Dolce and Gabbana's spring summer collection, I am just so frikkin excited for Domino's Two for Tuesdays.  Live for fashion, die for food. x Bellissima! Be charmed, stay inspired. x  ...
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Lady Gaga – Marry the Night

“For example, those nurses, they’re wearing next season Calvin Klein and so am I. And the shoes? Custom Giuseppe Zanotti. I tipped their gauze hats to the side like Parisian berets because I think it’s romantic and I also believe that mint will be very big in fashion next spring.” Lady Gaga's official music video hit YouTube on the 2nd of December 2011 and as it stands today, has accumulated a colossal 15, 562, 509 viewers. The thirteen minute long self directed music film,  in typical Lady Gaga manner, is a feast of creativity - the mental institution scenes appearing to have taken inspiration from the 1999 film, Girl Interrupted, starring Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder.   For those who are particularly enthused by Lady Gaga for her unique and odd-ball fashion choices, this film is brimming with fashion references and visuals that make Lady Gaga's aesthetic choices a combination of design that is interesting to look at, fused with a sharp fashion knowledge and a desire to be alternative.  Naturally we expect Gaga to sport household designers such as Chanel,...
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Coveted Collars…

The Perfect Collaring... The Perfect Black and Gold Ensemble. Gold Louis Vuitton Collar with Gold Chanel Chain Designers, stylists and fashion enthusiasts have been paying a particular  attention to the embellishment of shirt collars for some time now. However, it would appear that the trend has evolved, in typical fashion manner, and the collar has now graduated from being a mere aspect of a garment, that when accessorised appeared fashion savvy, to being an actual accessory in its very own right. Although the Peter Pan collar has been gracing the high streets with its presence for some time now, the rounded, almost cutesy collar climbed the ladder and reached critical claim amongst the fashion big wigs when Marc Jacobs designed his autumn/winter 2011-12 Louis Vuitton collection that featured a motif of the collar throughout the entire collection. Models walked the Louis Vuitton runway adorned in dresses, coats and blouses that appeared to have been designed with the Peter Pan collar as the leading stimulus. The collar is absolutely huge this season, literally, and walks hand in hand with yet another...
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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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London, Fashion, Weak: A Fashion Anecdote

Without making any impact or holding any significance to the thing, ashamedly, she had noted, she took a revolting pride at her being here. She was aware she didn’t belong, she had no admission, she barely recognised herself in the thing and the thing only painstakingly and reluctantly recognised her. But for the greater good of her life, her success and everything she wanted to embody she challenged the thing every day and the thing challenged her back just as hard. She loved it and uncontrollably embraced it, but as she became better acquainted she began to distinguish the chinks and had forlornly accepted that this was a merciless and non reciprocal love, unhealthy and highlighting the malevolent vanity that resided within her. A vanity so powerful and powerless it fuelled the very ambition that was aflame insider her. She knew that a battle against the thing was one she did not possess the vigour and sanctuary to win, so instead...
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The Black Book

It is undeniable that the female fashion and lifestyle magazine reader of today is spoilt for choice. The abundance of women’s magazines gracing the shelves is phenomenal, sometimes even overwhelming. A visit to the local WH Smiths can last absolute hours and for the enthusiastic reader, can cost a small fortune, or at least a nice lunch. As readers we select our magazines in accordance to the publications that speaks to who we are, or more aptly, who we aspire to be.  A wealth of publishers, photographers, editors, writers, stylists and designers want to give readers the opportunity to see the world through their eyes. They are the vocal-chord of fashion, communicating the core ideals of the industry through their voices. With great creative manipulation they use the shiny pages of their glossy magazines to show us how beautiful, respectable, fabulous and glamorous the world of fashion is. These creatives, however, that assure us fashion is global, multicultural, powerful and...
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