Peter Lindbergh: a Poet of Glamour

Peter Lindbergh’s photography has been published by every major international fashion magazine and he has been commissioned for the campaigns of the worlds’ leading fashion designers, from Giorgio Armani, Dior and Prada to Donna Karan and Calvin Klein.

Peter Lindbergh’s instinct for photography is that of someone who could have been born with a camera in his hand, but the truth is that he didn’t pick up a camera until he was 27 years old, after which he was under the tutelage of advertising photographer Hans Lux.  ‘I got into fashion photography by accident,’ Lindbergh elaborates, ‘I did advertising photography for five years. Then one day a magazine editor called me and said that my advertising didn’t look like advertising. He gave me a fashion story. I did it, then Stern saw it and gave me fourteen pages.’  Then it was on to Marie Claire, Vogue and when Liz Tilberis began editing Harper’s Bazaar, she brought in Lindbergh and Patrick Demarchelier for a small fortune, which in turn starting a bidding war that has benefited even those who stayed with Condé Nast, like Steven Meisel.

Describing his work, American Photo has said: “The most important quality in Peter Lindbergh’s fashion photography is a forthright, almost shocking honesty. His models seem to open themselves emotionally to his camera. Amid the artifice, they seem real.”

He is considered to be one of the world’s preeminent fashion photographers and is credited with helping create the supermodel phenomenon of the 1990s.

He made a major contribution to the optical creation of this worldwide myth with his book Ten Women.  Published in 1996, Lindbergh devoted one chapter each to ten of the most beautiful and most celebrated models of the time: Naomi Campbell, Helen Christensen, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Kristen McMenamy, Kate Moss, Tatjana Patitz, Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington and Amber Valetta.

Lindbergh is also a distinguished television commercial director. Many of his commercials have involved such fragrances as Guerlain “Champs-Elysées” with Sophie Marceau, Calvin Klein,” Eternity” with Christy Turlington, Jil Sander “No.4,” with Linda Evangelista, Giorgio Armani “Gio,” Lancome “Tresor,” Coty “Manifesto” with Isabella Rossellini, and Karl Lagerfeld’s “Sun Moon Stars” with Daryl Hannah. He directed his first documentary-length film in 1991. “Models-The Film,” was shot in New York with Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz and Stephanie Seymour. 

He photographed the 1996 Pirelli Calendar with Nastassja Kinski, Tatjana Patitz, Carré Otis, Eva Herzigova, Kristen McMenamy and Navia, and the 2002 Pirelli Calendar with among others Brittany Murphy, Mena Suvari, Kiera Chaplin and Selma Blair.

Among the many personalities he has photographed are Hilary Swank, Sharon Stone, Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Deneuve, Brad Pitt, Ashley Judd, Uma Thurman, John Malkovich, Charlotte Rampling, Samuel Jackson, Joaquin Cortès, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Gena Rowland, John Travolta, Pamela Anderson, Antonio Banderas, Milla Jovovich, Cate Blanchett, Connie Nielsen, Adrien Brody, Asia Argento, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diane Lane, Jennifer Lopez, Jeanne Moreau, Vincent Perez, Penelope Cruz, Chiara Mastroianni, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Scarlett Johanssen, Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, James Coburn, Salma Hayek and Pedro Almodovar.

In 1997, he was presented the International Fashion Awards prize for Best Photographer, conferred in Paris by a jury of over 400 of the most important names in the fashion industry. His collaborators, Make-Up Artist Stephane Marais and Hair Stylist Odile Gilbert were also awarded the top distinction in their fields. 

Lindbergh was honored with the same award in 1995, when he also became an Honorary Member that year of the highly exclusive German Art Directors Club. In October, 1996, in Berlin, he was conferred the Raymond Loewy Foundation’s Award, Europe’s most important design honor.

Peter Lindbergh seems to be quite taken with this no-makeup, minimal-to-no retouching concept: In April, he captured Eva Herzigova, Ines de la Fressange, and a slew of European actresses without makeup or retouching for French Elle. A month after, he told the New York Times that he was tired of subjects in fashion magazines looking like overly-Photoshopped “objects from Mars”: My feeling is that for years now it has taken a much too big part in how women are being visually defined today. Heartless retouching should not be the chosen tool to represent women in the beginning of this century.

Lindbergh continues to lead the charge against excessive retouching, this time by capturing supermodels Amber Valletta, Nadja Auermann, Helena Christensen, Shalom Harlow, Claudia Schiffer, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, and Kristen McMenamy without makeup or excessive retouching for Harper’s Bazaar‘s September 2009 issue.

Considered one of the great masters of black and white photography, Peter Lindbergh is acclaimed for his cinematic images, which have redefined the world of fashion photography with their compelling realism, lack of pretension and ineffable depth of emotion.

My favourite is the one of the girls on the beach in their white shirts, having fun and looking carefree, enjoying themselves.

Ciao for now,

Hx


Milla Jovovich: Stylish Girl

I have always admired Milla’s style.  I have been collecting images of her ensembles in my mind and in my scrapbooks for years now.  She always looks sexy and isn’t afraid to show off her body, but I guess if you had a body like hers, why shouldn’t you show it off?

Most people will recognise Milla from her modeling work for L’Orèal but she is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and actress.  She isn’t your every day actress though because she seems to have cornered the market in action hero(ine) roles and has become a huge star for roles that see her saving the world in films such as The Fifth Element (1997) and of course the Resident Evil series (which is where she met her now husband Paul Anderson).

Milla on the cover of Elle Italia.

Milla has a natural confidence and this shows in how she dresses, especially in her red carpet choices.

I like dressing sexily, but I dress for me because guys don’t care as long as you’re showing some skin. You can walk around in short shorts and a tube top and men will think you look great. It’s only women who notice your shoes.”
Milla Jovovich was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1975.  She moved to America with her parents when she was five and when she was nine, Milla started acting class which led to modeling at the age of eleven.
Milla didn’t speak English and to ease the feeling of alienation brought on by her peers, Milla developed a fertile imagination and fantasy life and fascination with all things mythical and magical.
“I was obsessed with fairies… I loved them. And I felt like I belonged to the forest.  Life, I thought, would be so much cooler as a wood nymph!”

I am such a fan of stripes!  Especially navy and white stripes.  Even if this dress was horrible, which it’s not – I would still be drawn to it.  My eyes naturally gravitate toward stripes.  I love her hair in the second picture.  If you look at pictures of Milla when she was a lot younger, her hair was very long and had lovely curls.  Looking at her hair in this picture, wow.  Just goes to show how a good hair cut can change your whole look.  She looks sophisticated and grown up.

I love this little Miu Miu dress, it’s always been a favourite.  She looks classy and chic.

Milla’s major responsibility now is to her almost 2 year-old daughter Ever Gabo (such a little cutie too).

Since Ever’s birth, Milla’s style has become more effortless and unfussy – must have something to do with hitting those early 30s, and not having the time to devote to how you look because all of your time is taken up with wrangling children.  I know it did for me.
Casual chic and simple, unfettered elegance.
Layers and denim.
Pretty and street chic.

Milla is natural and funny and doesn’t take herself too seriously, which is a good way to be, n’est-ce pas?

Recently Milla married Paul Anderson, father to her little girl Ever.  Milla designed her own dress and as you can see from the picture below, she chose a bohemian edge but she also still exuded elegance and grace, while all the while remaining classic Milla.

“The most beautiful women in history aren’t always the most interesting. “If men find me sexy, I would have to say it’s about the whole package. Men will often leave a beautiful woman for a woman with a strong personality who is funny.”

Milla’s style influences my wardrobe with her simple elegance and her dare to bare attitude, showing-off a bare shoulder here or her long legs there.  We should never be afraid to show-off our best assets, whether they be your toes, your pinky finger, your décolletage, your lips, your derrière, or your waist, whatever it may be.  Simple elegance is not hard to find in your wardrobe, it is just a matter of taking a second look at something that you may have been too afraid to wear and throwing it on and mixing it up with something you love to wear everyday even – a favourite denim jacket perhaps, or your favourite ballet flats.  Look beyond what you see when you open that wardrobe door.  I promise you, you’ll be surprised every time.

Ciao for now,

Hx

Sources: Life, Garance Dore, Elle, Style.com, Google, Interview Magazine, DailyMail.co.uk,

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Vogue Heaven

So finally I was able to purchase my much anticipated copy of the September Australian Vogue – their 50th anniversary edition.  


Vogue Australia doesn’t arrive in NZ until the last week of the month, so to say I’ve been hanging out for it is quite the understatement!  


I was not disappointed.  It is a triumph!  360 gorgeous pages and I’m not even half-way through after 2 solid hours of reading.


Vogue produced 4 spectacular covers for their special 50th anniversary edition all of which feature our divine Cate Blanchett drawn by the wonderful and very talented fashion illustrator, David Downton.  



Each one is a collector’s edition.  I have many collector’s editions of Vogue Australia, most of which are in mint condition and are treasures I will never part with.  But there is something extraordinary about these covers, they are truly, truly beautiful.  


So HAPPY BIRTHDAY Vogue Australia, I always have and always will, love you the most!

Have a lovely weekend everyone! 

Ciao for now,

Hx

Alexa Chung: Stylish Girl

While researching for this blog on Alexa Chung, I was astounded by the sheer number of links and images available relating to her.  She is one hot topic out there right now, having been picked up by the fashion radar and her star is rapidly rising.  British Vogue has picked up on this because in June this year she became a contributing editor.

I like Alexa because what you see is what you get.  Her style is so accessible, a mix of girly and tomboy, understated and quirky.  She mixes designer, wardrobe staples and High street brands so effortlessly.  She comes across as this adorable, chic and sexy girl/woman.

She knows herself well and this shines through in her consistent choices which feature her favourites such as blazers, satchels, plaid, skirts and knee-high socks, brogues and the nautical theme which she admits to being obsessed with.

Alexa is a British TV presenter living in New York and she can be seen on MTV in her show It’s On with Alexa Chung. Previously she was working for Channel 4 in London working on shows like Gok’s Fashion Fix where, apart from being a roving reporter, she also got to interview designers such as Roberto Cavalli and Vivienne Westwood.  Before being made a contributing editor of British Vogue in June this year she previously wrote for Company magazine and had a weekly newspaper column in The Independent.

It’s her subtle highlights that add to her over all look.  Giving her hand-me-down look a luxurious boost with a pair of killer heels.  Or wearing brogues with tights and a sexy designer dress.

She has featured on the covers of Elle and Harper’s Bazaar in the past year and she has appeared at all the major catwalk shows – even appearing in the odd one for Vivienne Westwood at London Fashion Week.
There’s an effortless “I didn’t really bother” vibe to everything Alexa wears and a laid-back London street chic infuses her entire wardrobe.
Alexa says that she doesn’t like to look over dressed or too neat.
“On TV I wear dresses mostly. If I’m not wearing a dress, then I’m always wearing jeans and band T-shirts. I have doubles of everything because I keep buying the same thing. I have lots of cable-knit cardigans and a variety of blazers”.
Alexa prefers to look like a boy rather than get all dressed up and look overtly girly, which is interesting because I think her look is actually very feminine, and not overtly boyish at all.
“I never think I look that nice. I prefer it when I look like a boy to when I have to dress up like a girl.”
Alexa is all about low-key, low-maintenance, no fuss.  She is not obsessed with designers or trends but does fall in love with particular items in her wardrobe.
“I usually just put on trousers and whatever I’ve been wearing in bed. My cupboards are ridiculous. I’ve got too many clothes and not enough space, so I forget what’s at the back of my wardrobe and I end up wearing the same thing for months, while the rest gets pushed further and further back.”
Dressed up by the team at Elle (top) and Harper’s Bazaar.
Whose style do you admire?
I’m kind of obsessed with the Olsen twins. I find them amazing because they look like little well-dressed animals.
What would you never wear?
Probably a unitard. And I don’t like T-shirts that are cut for girls.
What’s your grooming routine?
I’m definitely low maintenance, but I need liquid eyeliner with me at all times so I look more like a cat. Without makeup, I look about five.
Alexa likes to shop randomly, and by that I mean she is an accidental shopper.  Unintentionally picking up something for her wardrobe when not actually out shopping for clothes.  I have the same problem myself, which drives my husband nuts because I am forever window shopping,
“My life is one ongoing shopping trip. I can always manage to find something to buy – if I’m in an airport, I’ll buy one of those dog-breed bags or something. Yesterday I bought a hat. When I leave my house to get a coffee, I end up wandering into a nearby vintage shop and buying something I don’t really need, or already have.” 
Alexa has in the past had her own issues about her looks, but she doesn’t feel that way now.  I think it’s because she has learnt to be herself and it is herself that has gotten her where she is today.
When I was young I wanted to be blond. I was gutted that I had dark hair. When I was modelling, I always wanted to look like another girl, because you were always being given reasons why you didn’t get something, such as “If you were two inches taller … ” or, “If you were blond … ” but now that doesn’t matter.”
She’s not a typical beauty, but she is beautiful. She doesn’t dress conventionally, but I am inspired by her sense of style.  She is lucky, she gets to do what she loves working in two industries, tv and publishing, – amazing.  I wonder where she’ll go to from here?
Expect to be seeing a lot more of Alexa.
Ciao for now,
Hx
Sources: Garance Dorè, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Refinery29, Denimology, Zimbio, Listal.  If I’ve left anybody out, please forgive me.

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A Spring in Your Step

This week we finally say ta-ta to winter and bonjour spring (at least in the southern hemisphere we do).

While it may mean that officially the sun should be shining and that the weather should also be warmer, it also means that we can be hit with sudden chilly weather at any moment – at least until we are well into the season.

So while we may be ready to pack away our winter wardrobe, it means that we still have to have a few items about for the inclement spring weather.

Here are a few ways to put some spring into your trans-seaonal wardrobe.

Long over the knee socks.  Can’t say enough about these babies because I adore them and have always had a few pairs in my sock drawer to call upon for quite some time now.  They are sexy and cute at the same time.  And it also means that you can wear those short skirts or even shorter shorts that you love so much and can’t wait to dig out!

This is also a good time to explore your wardrobe and anything you may have packed away (or even archived) and see what goodies you may have forgotten about.

It’s also a good time to look at different ways of wearing your clothes.  I love this green dress and the way she has used her cardigan as an obi.  Blue and green, j’adore!

Ye old denim jacket.  Such a staple, n’est-ce pas?  Almost all of us must have at least one of these in our wardrobe, even if we have archived it over the past couple of years.  It’s time to bring it back into the fold and get as much wear out of it as you can people!

Other jackets getting attention this season are tailored jackets or blazers (whichever).  I have dug one out of my archives and purchased a new one recently and both are featuring quite prevalently in my new seasons pickings.

And then of course, is the cardie.  That ubiquitous article that has served us all so well for so many years now.  Long, short, boyfriend or bolero style; they are unbeatable in keeping the cooler weather out when we’ve worn something for the warmer weather.  There are so many to choose from and always add that little something extra to your ensemble.

Doesn’t she look gorgeous? A little bolero, baby-doll dress and knee socks.  Amber, I’m thinking of you when I look at this… (okay, maybe not the pink, but all the same).

A splash of colour with the tights adds va-voom to this jacket and and shorts.  I love the cute little skirt too on Blake, it’s gorgeous with the heels.

Just one of the many varieties of cardigans that you can pair with your jeans, harems, leggings, etc, etc.

Jeans of course are fantastic in spring because you can put your boots away and bring out your heels, wedges, ballet flats, whatever.  Or give yourself an excuse to buy yourself something new, not that you needed one, did you?

Layering is a great way to keep yourself dressed in trans-seasonal mode.  Tights, dress, vest, jacket, it all comes together.  The Parisiennes know how to do it best.  Visit Garance Dorè to get the lo-down.

Layering can be more than you expected.  Not everything has to be knit-wear or tight fitting.

This cardie is divine.  It is like a wrap, coat and cardie all in one.  And the stripes add a lovely zjusz.

How pretty is this?  A gorgeous spring frock paired with a long cardie and lovely heels.  I am loving this look.

Rose Byrne knows how to work the jacket, tights, little dress look.  

Ahh, Parisienne chic at its best.  Am loving those wedges!

So I guess you could say it’s all about the long socks, tights, leggings, light-weight scarf and cardie, oui?

Do remember to look into your wardrobe and revisit anything you may have forgotten in your archives, other cupboards, old suitcases and suitbags.  It’s probably all waiting there for you already, you may not have to buy anything new at all.  But then again, what would be the point of that?

Ciao for now,

Hx

Sources: The Sartorialist, Garance Dorè. ElleUK, JCrew, Google.

Humor Me

This blog was meant to be posted yesterday, but I had iPhoto issues… so please pretend when you read it that it is still Friday for me, ok?

It’s Friday and I didn’t feel like writing something huge today.  I am instead filled with excitement about my new haircut!  I’ve cut off all the old dead energy, erased the bad memories of the past three years and revealed a new me!  Ta da!

Thank you Katrina at Kristina Raffaele in Wellington City.  You are a genius!  And thank you to Sarah from recommending you to me, you are a true friend for sharing your hairdresser with me xx.

After casting off the old (old, old) Heidi, I feel like I want to share some things with you that are inspiring me right now.  Enjoy my lovelies and please, please feel free to share your thoughts with mine by leaving me a comment at the end!

But, first …

I just adore this picture of Demi Moore by Ellen Von Unwerth.  This could be Tallulah, yes?

These two are cool.  Love the Panama, love the skirt and tights and flats, love the leather jacket with the skirt and tights.  Love it, love it, love it!

Can’t wait to see this at the Penthouse.  Come on September 1st!  I feel like I am the only person in the world who hasn’t seen this yet.

Is this jewellery overload?  I guess she likes to be on time?  Maybe each watch is set to a different time zone?  I like it anyway.

I think this is such a cool tattoo.  She could be a designer (she’s a fashionista at the very least) and this is her way of letting it show.  Original, daring, fearless, n’est-ce pas?

Yummy Miu Miu – just divine.  

I hope I am as chic as this woman when I am her age.  She is just sooooo stylish, j’adore!

Try it out this weekend.  (This is for you Mano xx)

Ciao for now, and have a gorgeous weekend.

Hx

Sources: The Sartorialist, Garance Dorè, JakandJil, Julia,

Carolina Herrera Jr: Stylish Girl

“I never thought I’d end up working for my mother, not at all! – I was never that into fashion.”

I remember Carolina mostly for her gorgeous love-seat that she bought on eBay for less than $100. She had only recently settled in Spain and was in need of furnishings for her apartment.  She bought it, shipped it and then had it recovered. I saw this ages ago in a magazine, (which one – who knows), but I loved it too and have never forgotten it. It also of course, introduced me to her and her great sense of style and taste – in fashion and in decorating.

Carolina Jr and a portrait of her mother as a young woman in Venezuela.  

Venezuelan-born Carolina Herrera Jr, was born into style but it seems she is naturally stylish in everything she puts her mind to.  Carolina’s namesake is her mother, fashion designer Carolina Herrera.

Mother and daughter in Venezuela.

Before Carolina became a perfume adviser for her mother’s company, she was a producer of films, mostly documentaries which was where she thought her future was headed.

“I loved it… (but) when I went to college I trained in the sciences and decided to go into research, but then it all took so long… I just decided I didn’t want to do it.”

Then after meeting a film director and taking a job as a production assistant,

“I had such fun, I was on the road every day living out of a suitcase and eating on the run.  but I like to try my hand at many things.”  But her destiny lay elsewhere.

Working for her mother came about because she asked her daughter for help with a new perfume.

“She told me she wanted to do a new perfume for a young, hip Manhattan woman and I guess I was young and maybe hip.  I don’t know!”

Carolina launched her first perfume with her mother’s fashion house in 1997.  

Carolina became her mother’s muse and is involved in everything from the consulting on the creation of a perfume to packaging and advertising.
“My mother taught me that the best accessory is the invisible fragrance.  If you have a scent that makes you feel beautiful, it comes across in your expressions and the way you carry yourself.”

Carolina is very natural and talkative with a wild mane of dark curly hair.  She was born in Caracas Venezuela into a life of privilidge but left there at 14 to move to New York with her Mother and sisters.  Carolina Jr looks very young for her 36 years and wears tracksuits, trainers, shapeless T-shirts and minimal jewellery when not working.

Carolina lives in Madrid with her husband, former Matador, Miguel Baéz and their 3 children, Olympia, Miguel and Atalanta.

Carolina has that gorgeous wavy hair that always looks done, even if she hardly ever brushes it – which she admits to and only straightens it for official photos, but doesn’t really care for how that looks.

And her makeup?  She doesn’t like foundation but evens her skin out with YSL Touche èclat (this is a miracle item – H), curls her lashes and only wears mascara on her bottom lashes.  She also recommends Guerlain Kohl powder eyeliner, having used it for years.

Even pregnant, Carolina exudes style and confidence.  I love this colour, and with the simplicity of the dress she looks serene.  
 
A more casual pregnancy ensemble – chic and simple.  

Here is a little insight into Carolina and her shopping habits (courtesy of The Guardian).

Do you shop much?
I used to. I mainly shop for my children now.
What about for yourself?
I often buy things from the high street – my favourites are Gap, Topshop, Zara and Urban Outfitters. Occasionally I will buy one good thing that isn’t a fashion item but will last and last – some lovely boots or a cashmere sweater. I also dip into the Carolina Herrera closet – that’s the only designer shopping I do.
How would you describe your shopping philosophy?
I hate shopping with people so I always go alone. And I do a lot of my shopping online. I love Boden.
What makes a successful shopping trip?
When I’ve bought something that I won’t regret.
Does shopping cheer you up?
Well, kind of. It certainly doesn’t stress me out unless there are a huge crowds. Oh, and maybe when I’m in Barneys and I’m trying to buy jeans. Jeans shopping stresses me out.  (I hear that!)
What is your guiltiest purchase?
A pair of leather boots I bought in Moscow. I knew that I could get the same pair in suede in New York for half the price. I was thinking, do I do it? Do I not? But I’d fallen in love with the leather pair. I just had to have them.
What was the last thing you bought?
Some T-shirts in Topshop.
What can’t you get through the week without buying?
Coffee. Or maybe the newspaper. I don’t read it every day but I always buy it on a Sunday.

Carolina in Vanity Fair Fanfair, June 2009.

Carolina seems very down to earth and très normalè, oui?  Oh, except for that whole access to the Carolina Herrera closet thing.  But I think I can forgive her that!

Ciao for now,

Heidi x

Sources: The Guardian.co.uk, pinkmemo.com, eluniversal.com, hola.comVanity Fair, Google.com

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Jumpsuits: No Longer Just for Men at Work?



My advice, be very careful when buying them.  While you may be drawn to the gorgeous candy colours, unless you are tall and skinny, stick to black or dark shades and go for a nice deep v-neck, rather than a strapless.  And if you’re curvy, make sure you wear a belt and heels to accentuate them.

Lily Allen rocks her jumpsuit.
One jumpsuit, 2 ways to wear it.  



Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs and Chloè all showed off their take on the jumpsuit and I am sure you’ll find their designs will soon trickle down into high street stores like Sportsgirl, Witchery, Max, Topshop, etc.

Of course the celebs are usually some of the first to jump on a trend.



I think that the jumpsuit could be the new shirt dress… a simple wardrobe staple because you can just throw it on and go.  What more could a girl ask for?



This is such a gorgeous look for summer.  Especially for us here in the Southern Hemisphere where we prefer a more laid-back look and where casual chic is our credo.

As seen on the Preen runway, so über comfortable, n’est-ce pas?




I love how they can be dressed up or down, are all in one, they vary in length from short rompers to long and flowing pantsuits.  And by changing the fabric, you thereby change the mood.


When worn short, they are a great way to show off your legs, you can pair them with heels of any height or you can wear them with your flats, a nice pair of gladiators do the trick every time.


If you want to look fashion forward, feminine and show off your curves, then get a jumpsuit.  There are some that may take a more daring woman to wear, but I promise you, there are plenty out there for those of us that like to remain casual, even in the evening.  Subtle styles dominate the jumpsuit so it won’t be difficult to find one to suit you.



The jumpsuit is another one of those trends (think Harem pants) that have been subtly sneaking back into our wardrobe.  They were super chic in the 70’s; long or short, flowing and elegant.  But,we are NOT talking Elvis here, far from it!
They are fun to wear and chic to boot, there are literally an unlimited number of beautiful colours, styles and designs to choose from, so don’t be afraid.  They are being seen in cotton, linen, flowing fabrics, denim and glitter too.




Bare legs for day look best with your short jumpsuit.  Try it with a cropped jacket or cardigan, gorgeous accessories like chunky bangles and necklaces or a pashmina.  Try flats with your tight fitting jumpsuits and heels with your more flowing numbers.



Jumpsuits are a must for the Spring/Summer season.  I know you’re cringing, but don’t, because if you take a leap of faith and jump in (pardon the pun), you will find these a valuable addition to your wardrobe.  Dressed up or dressed down, they are a trend that isn’t going away and could even end up as a favourite basic of every girl’s wardrobe (shock horror!)


And yes, while the celebs do look very chic and super cute in their jumpsuits, and many of us will look great too, it is important to remember that THE KEY TO STYLE IS TO DO WHAT YOU WANT.  


Ciao for now,

Hx




Sources: Vanessa Jackman, Refinery29, WhoWhatWear, ElleUK, My Fashion Plate.

Giovanna Battaglia: Stylish Girl

I have today started a new style profile series on women I look to for inspiration when it comes to my wardrobe and dressing.

These women offer inspiration in all its guises – their effortless style, their clothes, their hair, their overall look.  It could be their scarf, their trousers or tights, their hat, shoes, skirt, shirt, coat or blouse.

Introducing the first of our Style Innovators…

Giovanna Battaglia, Italian, fashion editor at Vogue L’Uomo and freelance stylist.  I first came across Giovanna on The Sartorialist.  She was wearing these bright canary yellow trousers, strutting down the Champs Elysèes like it was her own personal runway.

Giovanna’s allure exudes elegance, and she has a gift for interpreting many different trends to suit her personal style, which is obviously what makes her such a successful editor and stylist.

Giovanna knows how to get the most from her wardrobe.  She reinvents her daily wardrobe by wearing her clothes in many different ways, which is great for me because this is how most of us mere mortals live from day to day.  We don’t have access to the Vogue “closet” nor do we have vast sums of money to constantly update our wardrobe.  Giovanna gives me so many ideas, every time I see a picture of her on The Sartorialist or on Garance Dorè, I find myself reworking a belt with pants I haven’t worn in a while, or pairing something unexpected with something I wear daily, or even trying something completely different.

“It’s just that Giovanna can wear whatever she wants and she still stays Giovanna. Always, and never the same, with her hair down or up, in a parka or evening gown, never a fault in her taste, she is the incarnation of the famous adage that we are all so tired of hearing, mostly just because it’s true: Fashion comes and goes. Style stays.” – Garance Dorè


She opens my eyes to new possibilities, that’s what she does.

Check out Giovanna’s work here.

Ciao for now,

Hx

Sources: Google, Garance Dorè, The Sartorialist, jakandjil

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Bicycle Ladies: Inspiration, or a Strange Fascination?

So I still haven’t bought myself a new bicycle, but, I think I have found the one I want!  
Of course, it’s ridiculously expensive, but it LOOKS amazing and has everything that I want in a bicycle. I found it at ARTIKEL which is this amazing store I wandered into on Wakefield Street, in Wellington City.  It is an emporium of independent and international design.  It’s filled with kitchy designs from homeware, to jewellery, clothing and stereos to bicycles!  It’s one of those stores that makes you want to buy almost everything in there.  Be sure to visit if in town or go online and have a look at their catalogue because you can order by phone or fax too. 
 

The bicycle they have in store looks a lot like this…



Isn’t it romantic?  The basket on the front, the tan leather seat, the chain cover, the spokes and the style of it, just so old school and it even has a light on the front!  I’m going to have to save for quite a while to buy this baby and so it remains on my wish list until then. I have been going through my collected images and have discovered all these gorgeous shots of girls on bicycles, I can’t believe how many I have collected… and so I have to share them with you because they are just so lovely.  I don’t know why I have such a fascination with girls on bicycles, Freud would have an answer I’m sure, but anyway, here they are, enjoy!

So this is how they do it in Paris, oui?  Doesn’t she look too cool?  Love the boots, très impressive.

And this is how they do it in New York.  Am loving her ensemble, the jacket and dress and she’s even wearing her heels while riding!

This girl looks a little like Scarlett, but I don’t think she is.
Hey, that girl’s got my bike!
Aww, how cute!  An über chic Mother and daughter, only in Paris.
Another gorgeous ensemble, I like her red ballet flats – very practical. 

A lot of Europeans have this innate sense of style – no matter what they are doing, riding their bike, walking their dog, taking out the trash…  I mean, this girl could be on her way to who knows where, but she is rocking her simple biker chic, non? 

Anonymous peddle-pusher, perhaps in the 18th?
Zooey Deschanel and her red bike, red shoes, red lipstick combination.
Famke Janssen and her long, long legs, cruising down town.  
Chic blogger Garance Dorè.

Biker chic is not about lycra and leather.  Not any more.  It seems to me that you wear whatever you want, your bike is your chariot of green-living to get you from a to b.  No one has room to carry a change of clothes so they just put on what they are going to wear for the day because no one wants to look like they are in training for the tour de France?  

Although, I would like to see one of these girls peddling their bike while wearing sky-high Louboutins!


Ciao for now,

Hx







Sources: Garance Dorè, The Sartorialist, styleandthecity.com (If I’ve missed anyone, please let me know). 

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