Seeing Stripes!

These stripy tights remind me of Pippy Longstocking, a childhood literary hero.

Everywhere I look lately I am seeing stripes.  I just love stripes, they feel très Française oui?


Nautical and nice.  From a simple t-shirt dress to a long comforting coverall, like what Naomi was sporting during her last pregnancy.  

Of course, Kate Moss knows how to wear stripes.  They look good with just about anything, don’t they?  Effortlessly looking chic without even trying.




Stripes are fresh, no matter how old the t-shirt, the dress, they always appear to liven up another wise dull ensemble.

Jessica Alba loves her stripes.


Stripes in cardie and jumper form.  Oh, and in Balmain form here on Kate Moss.  


Stripes in Hollywood.  Cameron actually looks classy in this black and red number and Michelle looks considerably demure in her stripes too.


Whether it is the main item to your ensemble, or just a hint of blouse, shorts or scarf, stripes are so easy to wear.

Ok it’s true.  Not everyone can get away with wearing stripes, particularly stripes from head to toe.  But everyone can wear a striped scarf, yes?  I have a striped scarf and I love it.  If you don’t have one, get one!


When I think of stripes, of course most people immediately think of the nautical blue and white.  But of course, red and white stripes are just as gorgeous.  As are black and grey, blue and grey, grey and white, yellow and black, red and black, green and black, blue and black…

In 1995 upon the cinema release of French Kiss, many stores also got on the french theme of the film and put french-striped tops in store à la the one Meg Ryan’s character Kate wears throughout the film.  I remember going into Witchery in Sydney and having a terrible time deciding whether to buy the red and white or the blue and white striped long sleeve shirt.  In the end I bought the red and white because I rationalised that more people would buy the blue and white.  But of course I went back later and bought the blue and white as well, because, well… you know why!

Stripes appear regularly on the ready-to-wear catwalk.  Most designers love to work with them.  There are some wonderful examples of how easy it is to mix stripes into your wardrobe.  Vertical, horizontal, diagonal, wow!


What about vertical stripes I hear you ask?  

Vertical stripes are admittedly a risk for anyone to wear.  I believe it takes height, a slim figure and the right design of both fabric and print (and attitude) to carry it off.  I think the girl in the picture above is a great example of how it can be done.  Note the attitude, the skinny stripes on the fabric (lordy, no wide vertical stripes please!) the ankle boots and well, her slim figure does wonders to make this look good. 


Alexa Chung favours the blue and white stripes and it works well with a monochromatic jean or jacket.  I love how she mixes it up with her jeans and accessories.  Her tan satchel looks lovely against the striped backdrop and black coat.  I think it also is testament to her fabulously laid-back style that she does so well.  

Dress them up and add a feminine twist.  This red and black 80s style dress is so cute in striped fabric.  I don’t think it would be anywhere near as appealing in floral or even black, do you?

Striped tops, striped tights or three-quarter pants or just a whole ensemble.  No matter your age, stripes always appeal.  I love this picture of the little girl and her big yellow t-shirt with the striped leggings.  Of course Gwyneth knows how to do Parisian chic and this lovely ensemble above just blows me away!  Her hair, the bolero-style jacket, the striped scarf worn with the striped mini and those thigh-high boots – whoa!  She is totally confident and carries it off so well because of her confidence (I think those boots help a little though, don’t you?).


Well I’m totally inspired now and I can’t keep thinking of all the striped clothes I’ve parted with over the years.  I’m off now to shop for some more stripes!  Join me?


Ciao for now,


Hx

Sources: GaranceDorè.com, Vanessa Jackman, Style.com, TheSun.co.uk, FashionTimes, Etro.com 

Mothers and Daughters

Today I felt like brooding a little bit about a song that I have been listening to a little obsessively lately.  John Mayer’s Daughters.

Daughters 

I know a girl
She puts the color inside of my world
But she’s just like a maze
Where all of the walls all continually change
And I’ve done all I can
To stand on her steps with my heart in my hands
Now I’m starting to see
Maybe it’s got nothing to do with me


Bebe Buell and daughter Liv Tyler



Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too


Colleen Farrington and daughter Diane Lane

Lisa Bonet and daughter Zoe Kravitz



Oh, you see that skin?
It’s the same she’s been standing in
Since the day she saw him walking away
Now she’s left
Cleaning up the mess he made


Demi Moore and daughter Rumer Willis

Lisa-Marie Presley and daughter Riley Keough



So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too



Goldie Hawn and daughter Kate Hudson


Susan Sarandon and daughter Eva Amurri


Boys, you can break
You’ll find out how much they can take
Boys will be strong
And boys soldier on
But boys would be gone without the warmth from
A womans good, good heart

Marcheline Bertrand and daughter Angelina Jolie


Tippi Hedren and her daughter Melanie Griffith and her daughter Dakota Johnson



On behalf of every man
Looking out for every girl
You are the god and the weight of her world

Janet Leigh and daughter Jamie Lee Curtis


Pearl Lowe and daughter Daisy Lowe


So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too 


Jerry Hall and daughter Elizabeth Jagger

Peggy Lipton and daughter Rashida Jones



Such a great song, I love the live version from Where the Light Is.












Today is the first day of school holidays and I woke up early this morning feeling very unwell… not a good start is it?  Tummy churning, head aching and all I want to do is curl up in a ball in bed and hide… I am doing my best to entertain my girls in between bouts of nausea, this is not a good start – did I say that already?  Wish me luck.


Ciao for now,


Hx




Sources: Google.comI found most of these images on a Thai website and so I couldn’t exactly read it and so I couldn’t note down the source, so sorry!!

Well-Dressed Men

I thought it was time to acknowledge some of the gorgeous and well-dressed men I have come across while researching my blogs.  There are quite a few of them filling up my pictures folder so it is time to do something with them… and of course I just want to share some gorgeous men with you!



Maybe you might get inspiration for your man (I don’t tell my man what to wear, and lets face it, we really shouldn’t try to… but a hint in the right direction always does wonders, n’est-ce pas?)


Photographer Alexi Lubormurski – check those blue eyes!

Tom Brady – lucky Giselle

Eric Bana rocks the plaid shirt

Gerard Butler, doesn’t he just ooze bad boy?

Ryan Reynolds – I just love the gentleman-biker look.  

Robert Redford –  seems the newsboy cap has been a favourite for a while.

Chris Martin – a long-time fan.

I am addicted to his music, his voice, his lyrics, his guitar… makes me weak at the knees every time.

Laid back and casual, love that blue denim shirt with the rolled cuffs and converse.
Cute shorts and polo shirt with again, no socks… hmm


I hope you all have a lovely weekend.  Today is the end of term for my girls and so the next two weeks I will be doing my best to blog regularly, but you know how it is… the girls come first! 
Ciao for now,



Hx


Sources: People.com, GQ.com, Details.com, Google.com, The Sartorialist.

Amazing Grace




So on Monday night night I finally got to see The September Issue!  It was great, very very interesting and by the end of it I was wanting to see more.  More of Grace Coddington, the supremely talented misstress of styling and VOGUE’s Creative Director.  Don’t get me wrong, Anna Wintour is the queen of decision making, she never hesitates.  But is it always the right one?  Most of the time it probably is, but when you see the work (and the money) and the HEART that Grace puts into her stories only to have them treated second-rate or to have important parts of her story canned because they don’t fulfil Anna’s vision is both heartbreaking and infuriating.




I wanted to see more, much more of lovely Grace and her sublime creations.  A truly innate talent that somehow she is able to transfer from her mind to reality with the help of gorgeous models and gifted photographers.


Grace began her work in fashion on the other side of the camera as a model in the late 50s.

Grace has worked as a stylist for more than 30 years and if you think back to any editorial of the past that may have stuck in your memory – chances are it was Grace’s work.


So you might be wondering, what exactly does a fashion editor do?


“Of course, choosing the clothes to shoot is part of it, but it’s also much more than that… it’s playing with everyone’s personalities and making sure that everything is jelling.  When I’m on top of a mountain with a photographer who doesn’t want to shoot something because it doesn’t look sexy, and the magazine wants it in the issue – at that point, I’m the one who has to keep everyone motivated.”  – Grace Coddington



Following is some of Grace’s sublime work for VOGUE over the years and an interview with Jay Fielden of VOGUE regarding her “role” in The September Issue.



You were reluctant to be in The September Issue.But you eventually decided to do it. Why?
I really wasn’t given an option, and I guess R.J.[Cutler, the director] noticed I was the only one who argued. I was even a bit spiky with them. And they wanted that dynamic. I still didn’t want to do it. It’s not what I do, but I gave in. These things do come back to haunt you.
What was your reaction the first time you saw the movie?
Shock! Shock that I was in it as much as I was. I thought I would end up on the cutting-room floor. . . . It has happened before.


Does the movie accurately portray life at Vogue?
It portrays a small part, I think. It showed the racks whizzing by. And it showed us all sneaking into the art department when no one is looking to see what pictures made it up on the board and how they’re jumping around. Everyone does that, though maybe I’m a bit more like a dog with a bone.
I think work is actually busier than it appears in the movie, more frantic. At the time we were shooting the September issue, we were doing shoots for Teen Vogue and Fashion Rocks out of the same office space. There were so many racks in the hall at one point I went on strike. They filmed that, but it didn’t make the cut.
I don’t think you’re made aware of quite how many fashion editors are working here, either. Phyllis [Posnick, Executive Fashion Editor], who you see in maybe one scene, has a very major role in the magazine, but she mostly works with Penn, who doesn’t allow cameras in the studio. Her contribution might be just one page in an issue, but it’s huge in making Vogue Vogue. And besides the Neiman’s breakfast and the Fashion Fund, you’re not given a sense of just how many huge extracurricular projects Anna’s always involved in, such as Fashion’s Night Out.

Of the photo shoots you did in the September 2007 issue, which is your favorite?
The one I make such a fuss about in the movie—the twenties story I did withMeisel, who also won’t allow cameras on his set. He was allowed not to allow it.
The New York Times characterized your most important relationship here as one like that between Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. . . .
What I want to know is which one’s me. Anna’s the leader like Mick. I guess I’m Keith because I’m wrinkled. Seriously, though, a lot of people say Anna’s the business one and I’m the creative one. It’s not true. She’s the creative one. So many of the shoots I do start with her ideas. She was the creative director ofVogue before I was, after all. I also believe that everyone needs an editor. What she does is edit and make my work stronger.
What is your favorite moment in the movie?
I like the part when I’m walking past the feathers and spitting them out. And I loved the bit about Andrè’s diamond tennis watch, I also like the cameos at the end—I hope people stay to watch that part, which comes after the credits have rolled by.
But my very favorite scene is when Raquel [Zimmermann, the model] was eating pies at the couture. She kept looking at them and saying she wanted one, while we were lacing her into this tiny corset and reminding her she wouldn’t fit if she ate one. So she didn’t eat them. . . . and she didn’t eat them. Then when the shoot was over she ate, like, a whole pie! It’s a funny scene, and she looks absolutely beautiful.
What do people who have seen the movie say to you?
Well, I wish people would stop saying to me, “You were great in the movie”—as if I were acting! I wasn’t acting!

What’s it like watching yourself on-screen?
I’d much rather see myself in a still photograph than a moving one, because a still is more controlled and they can get rid of the double chins. I really thought I looked younger than that.
What was going through your mind in the infamous silent-elevator scene?
“Oh, God, I hope it’s not too many floors up.”
What if the movie makes you famous beyond the fashion world?
I’m in denial about that. I don’t think it will happen. If it does, I’ll allow my hair to go naturally gray, and then no one will recognize me.
What’s the secret of surviving for 27 years in fashion?
Twenty-seven! Are you kidding? Do I look that young? Try 50!
There is no secret—just by absolutely loving what you do. Maybe it looks easy in the film to get great pictures. But there’s a lot more lead up, which you wouldn’t want to film because it’s boring. There’s all the wheeling and dealing to get the people to do the picture. There’s making sure you get the best clothes first, getting the right photographer and model, hair and makeup. The precise team is all-important. I do not accept second best. That’s my strength and my downfall, at the same time. Because I’m so stubborn I often do end up getting what I want. Even at school. On my reports it used to say, “Grace has a sweet way of getting her will.” I mean, I AM aware that sometimes I can be very annoying.
So if you haven’t seen The September Issue yet, it is well worth it, for it’s not so much about the fashion, but the working relationship between a pair of alpha females that know their stuff and work day and night to achieve the ultimate in fashion publishing, month after month after month.

Ciao for now,


Hx


Sources: Vogue.com, Style.com, 

Look Book

Well I am at a loss as to what to write about today because it seems that the street in which I live is the busiest street in my little village!  I cannot understand why because it is one of the shortest and one of the skinniest streets too.  But without fail, once someone has finished one noisy job, sure enough another begins – and always within earshot of my house.  I don’t wish to sound like a cantankerous old lady (and of course I’m not), but I have had to put my iPod on to drown out the sound of the jackhammer.  Who knew that a seaside village at the bottom of the North Island could be so darn productive!


So when I am feeling uninspired (or out of sorts) I like to go through my folder of pictures for inspiration.  For today’s blog I have put together a little collection of looks that have captured my attention recently.  

Nothing compares to the look of a crisp white shirt.  Leave an extra button open and show off a little décolletage!  And if you’ve got the legs, leave the stockings in the drawer and show them off too!

While it is still too chilly to wear this look here, I am sure that in other parts of the world the weather is suitably warmer and so I say – partake now!  I will be – as soon as it warms up enough!

Ah, the crisp white shirt, again paired with a skirt, but this time a little more modestly covering up of the legs.  And look how well the length goes with those heels!

There are so many things I would like to say about this ensemble.  She looks so confident in her skin and her clothes.  J’adore this look – think I will leave it at that.

Chic boho.  This woman’s clothes look very high-end but her overall look is downplayed by the sandals and bare legs.  Navy is a colour that always looks sharp, especially when the backdrop is a lovely tan.

To be honest, I am not so sure what she’s wearing as the cape covers most of it up, but the shot is pure genius (thank you Mr Schuman aka The Sartorialist).  Her huge sunnies, the flowing cape, the gorgeous sunny colour of her skirt and those heels, yes, yes, yes!

Simple, unfettered, flats and denim playsuit, so lovely, I want more!  I have been busily scouring the stores for my summer playsuit and jumpsuit.  I just know I going to live in them all summer long.

Green is my favourite colour.  I know that is why I am first drawn to this look.  But after looking further it’s more than that.  The simple wrap dress tied together with a skinny tan belt and paired with simple flats and colourful canvas tote.  Free-flowing hair is gorgeous too.
And now to summer’s ubiquitous maxi dress.  The must-have item of the past few summers, with this summer being no exception.  Here Jen shows us how to wear black and white strapless.  Most maxis come in patterned fabric I have noticed, so choose your pattern wisely so that you don’t tire of it and you’ll get the most out of your dress.

Here is another example of the maxi dress.  Effortless dressing is key on a hot and sunny day, n’est-ce pas?
White is such a iconic summer shade, don’t you think?  White and turquoise jewellery.  Simple, elegant, classic.  Oh, and you can never have too many pairs of Haviana’s, non?

J’adore this gorgeous small blue flower printed maxi.  All she needs is her bag and she’s ready to go.  Très chic!
Bare those legs, shorten those skirts and team them with a tailored blazer, simple tank and gorgeous drop-dead heels.
Hats.  I cannot tell you how much a hat can change your look.  For those people who say “I hate hats, they don’t suit me.” I say un-to-thee – RUBBISH!  You just haven’t found the right one yet!  Get out there and search, search, search!  It’s out there, I promise you!
Great hair, cute flats, frock and sunnies, and a gorgeous companion, need I say more?
I love the colour coordination in this outfit.  Those shorts are spectacular, I love them!  They look fantastic with those heels too.  Love it, love it, love it!
Another wonderful playsuit and heels ensemble.  Be daring, get those legs out of cover and show them off.  Yes, your may be worried that they are looking a little pale after being covered up all winter, but a quick splash of some tanning lotion and voila!  Instant sunshine!  Course, if you can’t be bothered to do that, smooth skin that has been lovingly buffed and moisturised looks just as good!
Love them or hate them (I choose love), harem pants are going to be around for a while, so keep searching for that perfect pair and you will not regret it!  I am wearing mine today with some cute little flats and a turtle-neck sweater.  Soooo comfy!  I like this grey pair she’s wearing with the denim jacket!
J’adore this cute little t-shirt dress, especially the butterfly detail on the back. 

Look I cannot say with all certainty that I wouldn’t ever wear something like this (because I believe that one should always be open-minded about fashion), I just think that these legs look so hot in these python-skin pants (from Zara) that I just had to share it with you.  

I just love this shot.  It reminds me of my little ones being dragged around by me (minus the high-heels of course) – all dressed up with their Disney Princess accessories!  So cute!

I just love how this simple dress is being rocked by these amazing heels!  It could be a boring look otherwise, oui?
Garance Dorè and her Pierre Hardy heels worn with bare legs, looking très hot – must have been a hot day in Paris too when this was taken I think!
I love, love, love this suit!  Just looks so cool on her, wish it was full-length so I could see her shoes too.

Well, there you have it.  I am off to do some housework now… gee my life is so exciting. Oh I almost forgot – I am off to see The September Issue tonight yippee!  I promise to tell you all about it tomorrow (perhaps my life is not all that uninteresting then after all?)


Ciao for now,


Hx






Sources: Garance Dorè, The Sartorialist, Vanessa Jackman, JakandJil.

Nicholas Kirkwood: Shoe Artisan

“I always wanted to make shoes that were the Antichrist to pretty pumps and kitten heels.” – Nicholas Kirkwood


It is this attitude that has Nicholas Kirkwood at the top of his game.  Here is a designer that at just 28 years of age is hitting the dizzy heights of super designer status so early in his career that he is being requested to collaborate with designers such as Rodarte, Chloè, Zac Posen and Gareth Pugh.

“The first time I ever saw his shoes, I knew he was destined for greatness.” – Yasmin Sewell

A very busy designer, Nicholas designs about 350 styles a season, but how did this couture cobbler get started?  While studying at Central Saint Martins College in London, he worked for milliner extraordinaire Philip Treacy in his London store.  “All these ladies would bring in their outfits to try on with their hats… fabulous… exciting outfits, like McQueen.  But horrendous shoes – all girlie with bows on.  I thought, “Maybe I can do something about that.”‘



Following a year in a technical course at Cordwainers (the shoe-making college), Kirkwood took his first collection that he had made on his kitchen table to Paris.  He didn’t sell a single pair but fast-forward four years and not only does Kirkwood have a small artisanal Italian factory making his creations, but he is stocked in 85 stores around the world.  



Nicholas Kirkwood’s menacingly seductive heels are not for wallflowers.  Never a frill or bow in sight, they channel 80s power stilettos with jumped up sex appeal, rejecting ornamentation in favour of sculptural glamour.  Kirkwood uses unusual materials including lizard, stingray, watersnake, python and buffalo horn.  It’s evident that Kirkwood takes an artisinal approach to design, with meticulous attention to detailing and construction.



“Decorating for the sake of decorating is a really old-fashioned notion, I’m more about form and function. Some of my heels look quite aggressive, but they are always feminine – not girly, you won’t find any bows or diamonds.” – Nicholas Kirkwood



Women throughout Europe and the US are snapping up Kirkwood heels in a frenzy.  I don’t know how they can actually stand up in them, let alone walk anywhere in them!  But if Kirkwood is indeed “The New Louboutin” as he is being touted in some circles, his designs truly speak for themself, they are truly daring and original.  


I would love to see what he could do to a ballet flat, wouldn’t you?


Ciao for now,


Hx



Sources: Elle UK, NicholasKirkwood.com, JakandJil.com/blog, Vogue Russia, Oyster Magazine

10 Rules of Style by Sophia Kokosalaki

Known for her elegant and sophisticated take on drapery, Sophia Kokosalaki moved to London after receiving a degree in Greek and English Literature to pursue a career in fashion. Her feminine and Hellenic-inspired designs are regularly worn by the A-list; Chloe Sevigny, Kirsten Dunst, Christina Ricci and Jennifer Connelly to name but just a few.



Of her creations Kokosalaki says: “I like to design functional apparel that also allows you to look interesting.”



The Greek-born, London-based DESIGNER, 36, shares her fashion principles.


1. EVOLVE YOUR STYLE
Growing up in Athens, my look was very rock, but also Mediterranean and sexy – my skinny jeans and T-shirts are remnants from those days.  Living in London for the past 13 years has made my style more urban and dark.


2. WORK YOUR HEELS
For me, good shoes are paramount as they can make and outfit.  I’ve been known to go to work in heels 11cm high – a chunky heel, though; a stiletto for work is tacky.


3. DITCH THE BAG
I’ve noticed a trend of not carrying a bag.  I think you can look more individual without one.  I have a Chanel bag for evenings and that’s it – I’m definitely more of a shoe girl.


4. PROTECT YOUR PIECES
I have a separate wardrobe for my evening dresses and I use every chemical you can imagine to protect them from moths – it’s like a nuclear facility!


5. GO HELL FOR LEATHER
My favourite piece is my leather blouson jacket – it makes a statement and goes with anything.  I also have a pair of leather trousers I’ve had for 15 years; I don’t wear them any more but I love them too much to throw away.


6. MAKE AN IMPRESSION
Before I even knew what fashion was, I saw how the way you dress affects how people react to you.  It’s important to project personality into your clothing – a sense of individuality or humour.  My look often says I’m too busy!


7. LOOKING GOOD IN FIVE MINUTES
Messy and loose is the look at the moment, so I don’t brush my hair.  I add lipstick and sharp, straight eyeliner – but by the end of the night it’s smoky. 


8.STICK WITH WHAT YOU KNOW
I’d never experiment with an outfit before a big occasion – I’d go with something tried and tested.  I experiment less and less now I know what suits me.


9. WEAR JEWELS
I like expensive jewellery but I’m no Liz Taylor.  My weakness is Georgian pieces that I pick up on my travels.


10. CREAT A COLOUR PALETTE
You just know when colours look good on you, so stick to them.  I only wear bright colours when I’m back in Athens and it’s just too hot for my usual dark clothes.   I have never worn yellow, though.



Ciao for now,


Hx





Source: Elle magazine, UK edition, April 2009

I Heart Stealing Beauty

Like most movies filmed on location, the location is a character in itself. The hills of Tuscany are a feature in Bernado Bertolucci’s beautiful coming of age film Stealing Beauty (1996).   

Giorgio Armani designed the wardrobe for the main players and it is a tribute to the simple Italian lifestyle on full display throughout this film.  Giorgio Armani first became known for wardrobe design in the 80’s when he designed Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton’s wardrobes for American Gigolo (1980).  Other movies where Giorgio has contributed to the wardrobe are Gattaca (1997), Double Jeopardy (1999) De-Lovely (2004), Shop Girl (2005) to name a few. 

Lucy (Liv Tyler) heads off for a swim upon arriving at her friend’s villa in Tuscany.

Stealing Beauty is lush and beautifully filmed.  The Italian countryside is without doubt a major factor as to why I love this film so much.  I watch it sometimes when it is cold outside, so that I may feel warm. 

Rachel Weisz plays Miranda, the daughter of Diana, played by Sinèad Cusack.

In the wake of her mother’s suicide, Lucy, a 19 year-old American played by Liv Tyler, travels to Tuscany where she is to have her portrait sculpted by Ian, one of her family friends.  Lucy has reason to believe that her true father is not the man she was raised by and so armed with her mother’s diary which is filled with whimsical verse and enigmatic poetry,  she uses it to help unlock what she believes is her mother’s secret.  

Lucy is still coming to terms with her mother’s suicide and as such her character is introspective, reflective and a little lost.  

Lucy also has an infatuation with a boy she met when she was last in Tuscany with whom she shared her first kiss four years earlier.  She secretly hopes that she will meet up again with Nicolo.

Liv is so beautiful to watch in the film, it is hard to take your eyes off her.
Lucy’s arrival peeks the particular interest of Alex, an ailing playwright (played by Jeremy Irons), who is dying of AIDS with a yearning for the spark of youth so obvious in Lucy.  This is one of Jeremy’s most memorable roles and his character’s friendship with Lucy blossoms into one of platonic love and deep friendship.  Alex’s musings about Lucy’s virginity ends up innocently and unfortunately quite blatantly involving the entire household with their gossip causing  Lucy to be so embarrassed (and I don’t blame her!) that she is appalled and begins to make plans to fly back to America.  But, it is then that Nicolo returns from traveling and she decides to forgive Alex.  “Up here on this hill, the only thing we have to talk about is each other.” – Alex
 
“The incredible frivolity of the dying… You have to allow me a little frivolity” – Alex
 
Lucy herself is a budding poet, although she won’t admit it to herself or anyone else, always writing lines and then depositing them somewhere to be literally carried away be the breeze.
 
 
The three poems we see Lucy compose while in Italy are:
I have her secret deep within for years I’ve had to hide I’ve bought the clues And now I’m hope To bring the truth outside.

 
I wait I wait so patiently I’m as quiet as a cup I hope you’ll come and rattle me Quick! Come wake me up. 
 
The dye is cast The dice are rolled I feel like shit you look like gold.
 
Lucy erupts with feeling and joy when she sees Nicolo for the first time since arriving in Italy, dancing around her studio and singing to her walkman.
Lucy’s presence has a profound effect on the jaded emotions of her hosts and their houseguests, reminding them of the pain and pleasure of youth. Lucy’s innocence stirs up a whirlwind of sensuality which, by the time she has embraced the solution to her own riddle, has changed their lives.  The huge house party held at Nicolo’s parent’s house is decadent, and it is here that I think we see Lucy grow up just a little.

I love this movie for its soundtrack (John Lee Hooker, Portishead, Hoover, Cocteau Twins, Liz Phair, Nina Simone, et al), it’s cinematography, it’s characters, because of Liv, Jeremy and Sinead Cusack also.  I feel like I’ve been on a little trip to Tuscany whenever I watch this and even though I cannot understand what Lucy sees in Nicolo – and eventually she asks herself the same question I am sure), it is still just a beautiful little film.  

Ciao for now,



Hx


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Yasmin Sewell: Stylish Girl

Known internationally for her sharp eye and ability to spot future stars of fashion, Sewell has appeared on best-dressed lists worldwide.  Yasmin Sewell has been at the forefront of fashion since she moved to London from Australia at the age of 20.
Yasmin’s previous role was buying director of style institution Brown’s of London but left there to start her own fashion consultancy business. “I loved what I had access to in Browns… It’s an incredible institution and the respect that people have in the industry for that store is like nothing else, but I love working for myself and I knew that I could do more.”

“I was nervous about getting it off the ground, but I had some savings… as soon as I put it out there, though, within about four weeks I was at full capacity. I took on a six-month contract with Australian brand Saba. And then there’s Liberty, which is a massive, massive one, because it’s a revitalisation of the entire store.”

Yasmin Sewell is one of those clever people that has always been in the right place at the right time. Yasmin tapped into her skills in fashion very early on and has gone on to use those skills and to become known for being one of the most switched on and consistent people in the Industry.

Born and bred in Australia, Yasmin has always harboured a love of fashion. “My first memory is my mum. Not in a ‘borrow Mummy’s Chanel handbag’ way – that wasn’t my life at all. She went through a stage of making her own clothes, and they were fabulous: pink strapless gowns, lots of shoulder pads…”
School played the kind of role educational institutions often do for creative souls – “I would say I was the strongest on dress-down day; I really went for it” – so Yasmin left, at the worldly age of 15. “I was offered a job in a small estate agency McGrath Partners – a young, dynamic under-30 crew working for a psychotically ambitious man [John McGrath]. I spent two or three years with him as his PA, and it was the best higher education I could have had. But when I got ambitious, I thought, ‘No, no, no – fashion, babes.’ Not corporate: don’t tie my hair back, don’t tell me to wear a suit. I wanted to work in a creative field, but a young girl from a corporate industry, people didn’t want to give me a chance.” ( – I can so relate to this attitude, I hated the idea of servitude to the suit and the conformity to that type of career ladder – H)
Yasmin and her good friend, designer Michelle Jank.
Even though they are undoubtedly in her wardrobe, Yasmin doesn’t rely on big time accessories or designer pieces because she knows how to work her natural attributes – her amazing and brilliant smile and her always gorgeous hair!

Why comfort and confidence are key to Yamin’s personal style:

What is your favourite item in your wardrobe?
My grey Christopher Kane cashmere biker cardigan. It always feels right – for work, out for dinner, or for travel.
What is your fallback outfit?
Slouchy jeans, a vibrant-coloured printed T-shirt and a double-breasted blazer.
What is your one piece of fashion or beauty advice?
Invest in a great haircut that reflects your personal style.
What has been your biggest fashion faux pas?
My cappuccino-coloured paisley printed tracksuit with matching hoody that I wear around the home. It looks like an old velour couch.
What aspect of fashion do you dislike?
Unethical, mass-produced stuff.
If you could steal anyone’s wardrobe – past or present, fictional or real – whose would it be and why?
It would have to be Katharine Hepburn’s wardrobe. I’d wear every single piece, none of it would go to waste.
Which part of your body would you like to change?
Longer legs and great posture would be very welcome
What makes your style idiosyncratic?
I suppose I’m really comfortable in what I wear, which translates as confidence. Others react more positively to me when I’m wearing clothes that I feel comfortable in rather than the killer, “just seen in Vogue” dress.
What are your five desert island staples?
An Eres bikini, Bio Oil, an Isabel Marant cover-up, tea tree toothpicks and a snorkel.
What is a day in the fashion life of Yasmin Sewell?
I wear clothes from Braus, a Brazilian label, to pilates. Then it’s high-waisted trousers or jeans by Acne, T-shirts by Balenciaga or Josh Goot, blazers from APC, and ankle boots. I love to be boyish in the day and then wear a dress in the evening to switch my mood.

Sigh… Oh if only I had the access to the stores she has to shop in!  But the best news is that we all can take inspiration for Yasmin because it just takes a keen eye to find alternatives to Balenciaga,Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent – they’re out there, I promise you!

Ciao for now,

Hx

P.S.  Happy 6th Birthday to my darling Chloe Finn, you make me so proud every single day, gorgeous girl! xx
P.P.S Happy Birthday to my dear dear Man and Deb, I hope you have a wonderful day! xx

Sources: timesonline.co.uk, liberty.co.uk, grovemagazine.co.uk, thefashionspot, garance dorè, the Sartorialist, Vanessa Jackman.

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Clèmence Poèsy: Stylish Girl

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Watching In Bruges (2008) earlier this year, I was captivated by French actress Clèmence Poèsy who plays the role of Chloe – and with Colin Farrell in the film, it’s not an easy thing to notice anyone else when he is on screen!  



Clèmence Poèsy is a 25 year-old French actress who until In Bruges, English speaking audiences would only have known her for her role in Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire as the student-witch Fleur Delacour.  



Clèmence was born in a suburb of Paris and considering her natural beauty, she did not stand out at school and has described herself as maladjusted, even “a bit strange”.  I would love to ask her directly why she thinks this is so!  Clèmence will reprise her role as Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in the meantime she can be seen in Heartless and Lullaby for Pi.  



Clèmence’s work as a model has seen her as one of three faces for the fragrance Chloè and she has appeared on the covers of i-D magazine twice, JALOUSE in France, YEN in Australia and America’s NYLON.



I am drawn to Clèmence’s style because she does my favourite thing with clothes – high street labels mixed with high-end designers like Balenciaga, Chanel and Chloè.  


Clemence is blessed with beautifully defined cheekbones and seemingly poreless skin.  It looks as if she’s never been out in the sun ever without SPF 30 and a good sun hat.  Très jalouse! 



And in typical French style, she wears minimal make up and wears her hair loose (most of the time).  And in typical fashion, Clèmence is being hailed as the new It Girl of Paris, appearing in Paris VOGUE and in the front rows of all the prime fashion shows during Paris Fashion Week.



Clèmence is often photographed in the street because her style is a playful mix of high fashion and high-street or vintage, wearing it all with whimsy and originality.  



“She’s got that very French mix of prettiness and charm,” Harriet Quick, the fashion features director of VOGUE explains.  “There is a sense of knowing about her.  She’s not buttoned-up, seems easy in her skin, dresses with wit and has real style.  Designers adore her.”



Clemence has ambitions to marry her love of fashion and film: “I am interested in costume.  Clothes in your daily life are important: your choices say something about you, even if what they’re saying is about non-choice.  And what you wear in a film is crucial.  A film is a great deal about what you see, and the silhouette of a character tells you a lot.  I’d love to go into film costume.”



Clèmence appeals because of her laid-back yet stylish grace and with her casual style, natural make-up and messy hair.  I do believe we will be seeing a lot more of Mademoiselle Poèsy in the future.



Ciao for now,



Hx





Sources: Wikipedia, Style.com, Garance Dorè, Chloè, Gap, Jalouse, Paris Vogue.

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