Give a frock Friday

Linda Evangelista wears a John Galliano for Givenchy Haute Couture, hand-pleated, double-layered mousseline dress with Juliet sleeves.  Styled by Grace Coddington and photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue, December 1996.

I remember seeing this dress in Vogue magazine back in 1996 because I remember many designers taking inspiration from the film Sense & Sensibility which was doing great things at the same time. 


Emma Thompson won an Oscar for her beautifully written screenplay interpreting Jane Austen’s novel so well that I think we all wanted to go back in time and live like the Dashwood sisters portrayed by Emma and Kate Winslet. I still can’t watch Sense & Sensibility without crying a river over the scene when Edward proposes to Elinor. 

I will be off-line all weekend and for most of next week as we are going away to Rainbow Beach to stay at a friend’s beach house, yay! I was only saying the other day how much I would love to getaway and what a surprise, a trip away to Rainbow Beach was offered to us this morning, how serendipitous? 

I wish you a lovely weekend.

Heidi

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Wednesday Delight on a Thursday

I thought I’d surprise you and do my Wednesday delight today instead of yesterday. You know me, just mixin’ it up!


Ciao,

Heidi

Short Hair Rules

Cutting my hair short last year was such a good decision. I’ve been getting the nicest comments too, such as I look younger and how much my cut suits me. I don’t remember getting this much attention when my hair was long? Makes me wonder – how bad was my hair? 
Short hair does save time in front of the mirror and it saves me money on shampoo, but it does require more visits to my hairdresser to keep it at the right length, but as I am not having any foils done, I still win. 

Short hair doesn’t suit everyone of course, and truth be told, if I had magical powers, I would abracadabra myself the most amazing, wavy and luscious locks ever! Alas, I am no magician. Trends bug me though. It’s always the same, when long hair is in, I want to have long hair, and so I’ll start growing it out and, well… I’ll see someone with a fabulous short do and before you know it – bippity boppity boo – I give in and cut it all off. It’s hard work being a girl sometimes!

I read somewhere once that if you want to find the right cut and colour for yourself, the one that suits you best, then you should take a look back through photographs of yourself as a child. So I did that and for a long time, my mother kept it short because it was so fine she couldn’t do anything with it. Then as I grew older and started to do ballet, I had to grow it long so I could wear it in a bun for all those ballet exams. I kept wanting to cut it off, like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, but my mother would always play the ballet exams card. In the end, she would let me cut it into a long bob during the summer and I’ve realised now that my hair suits me best as it is, in a pixie or in a classic bob, and as I don’t have access to large piles of money for extensions, this is why I’m talking it up!

I’ve been saving images for this post for a while now, you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find a nice shot of a beautiful short do. I think deep down, most girls like to have long hair. But for those of us that can and do rock a great short cut, for whatever reason, when it’s done right it can effect your whole self. I often think of two of Audrey Hepburn’s characters – Anne in Roman Holiday and Sabrina in Sabrina. Both these girls cut off their hair and change their lives. Am I maybe going a little over the top here? Little bit. 



My point is, if you’re someone who has been wanting to try cutting off your long locks but are too afraid to take the plunge, I hope that even one of these gorgeous short do’s has helped you to change your mind to do it! You won’t lose your girlish looks, in fact it can enhance them. Think of that gorgeous long neck you’ve been hiding all these years, or those cute and delicate earlobes? Even the shape of your face, your eyebrows, your shoulders can all be enhanced by a great short cut. So for all of you who that think you can’t do it, this post is for you.




Kisses!


Heidi




Sources: The Sartorialist, Vogue.com, Garance Dorè 

Ultra Luxe, and a question of Mad Men

I love the way Mario Testino has captured Karlie Kloss in this luxurious editorial for Vogue UK March 2012. She is all legs, raised eyebrows and big hair, and Lucinda Chambers’ beautiful styling has allowed these ultra feminine clothes to only add to Karlie’s loveliness, appearing more grown up and womanly than I’ve seen her.

 Diane Von Furstenberg with Prada raffia bag
 Marni worn with Manolo Blahnik heels.
 Valentino
 Oscar de da Renta
 Alexander McQueen
 Prada
 Louis Vuitton
Marc Jacobs



The feminine shapes of Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Marni, Chanel and others reminds me all too much of the shape and outlines of the costumes worn by the ladies in Mad Men, of which incidentally, Season 5 premiered in the States last night.  


How long must I wait to watch the new season? Does anyone living on the east coast of Australia know? Not long I hope!


Have a great week,
Heidi




Images via: Istanbul Fashion Addict

Give a frock Friday

Kate Moss photographed by Tim Walker and styled by Grace Coddington for American Vogue, April 2012. Kate is wearing Christian Dior Haute Couture from the Spring 2012 collection. The images from the shoot which took place at The Ritz hotel have been doing the rounds on the internet. I found the image below a while before I saw the gown in all its glory in this beautiful image from Vogue.

This is the gown as it is being lovingly hand-sewn by the talented artisans at the House of Dior.  

I would like to thank you for your patience this week, it has been a very trying time working out the issues with Blogger and why I couldn’t publish anything. It has been stressful and unpleasant, to say the least. But, I am happy to advise that very, very soon, I like, I wish, I heart will be moving to a new home Yippeeee! There is still a few technical details to sort out, and all my work from the last 4 years will transfer across with me to my new self-hosted website, so you will always be able to browse the archives. So until then, 

Have a lovely weekend!

Heidi x

 

Give a frock Friday

Christy Turlington wearing Yves Saint Laurent shot by Irving Penn for Vogue, 1990.

“A show-stopping slip of a dress that simply ties on the side.” Only a model, actress or someone very daring would and could get away with it, but isn’t the lace and the pink bows so 90s pretty? 



Have a great weekend.


Heidi


Image source: here.

Pretty in Print


I am loving the use of digitally printed fabrics, just like this silk Carven dress I found on Elle.com this morning.  I’ve been busy pinning on Pinterest this morning and the day is half over already – what?  Somebody, please drag me away from the computer now!


Kisses,

Heidi

Wednesday Delight

Following on from last week’s post about my weekend Tumblr-ing (is that even a word?), I have put together an eclectic mix of this and that for you. I have decided to call these posts Wednesday Delight in the hope that they delight you, perhaps evoke a memory or inspire an idea, or maybe release any mid-week funk you may be feeling. Anyway, I hope you like them.

Stripes via
Venice via
Marilyn via
Vivienne Westwood via
Red patent heels via
Yoga handstand via
Erdem via
Kate Moss via
Burberry Prorsum via
JCrew via

Hope your week has been going well, happy hump-day everyone!

Kisses,


Heidi

Source: here

Fashion is fleeting, but change is constant

Lately I have been on the hunt for a part-time job.  It has been a bit of a nuisance as I do love being a full-time mum to my girls, but like many families, not everything is as easy as it used to be…

I tend to separate my work life to before-children and after-children. I have worked on and off since having my girls but last year I was able to work from home – what a score! I could set my own hours, work in comfortable clothes and not have to worry about peak-hour traffic. Alas, while the work-from-home job was fabulous on paper, the income wasn’t flowing back to me as regularly as it should have done, and so now I am back to job-hunting, blah.

Lately I have made such a comfortable groove with life at home, baking with the girls, trying out new recipes, cleaning when I feel like it and not to a schedule, basically enjoying the whole motherhood roller coaster but I wonder, how much is going to suffer when I go back to work? I was reading today about Gwen Stefani how she is currently preparing for her music comeback. She said that over the past year she has been working away on a new album with her band No Doubt but her biggest fear is what lies ahead – juggling her home life with her work life. She claims that it is a nightmare for her. I guess she must be one of the Hollywood mums who chooses to do it all herself, to not hire help. How refreshingly real of her. But the truth is I get it because I have hired a nanny and a cleaner in the past and while it has helped reduce stress, there is nothing like the satisfaction of being good at your job and good at everything at home also. Ok, I can leave the toilet cleaning to someone else, but I do love to pick my kids up from school, I do love to read to them before bed and to cook their favourite dinner for them as I only I can. 



Mostly I worry about finding the energy to do it all. Adjusting to the changes I will have to make to keep on top of everything. Why does everything have to change? I know that eventually I have to give in and go with the flow, but boy I don’t give in without plenty of kicking and screaming. It’s not just that life around me changes though, and this is the part that I think makes it so hard for me, it’s that it’s me who has to change along with life. I have to shape-shift with the change that goes on around me. I just like to get in a groove and stay there all safe and warm. 


What about you? How does change effect you? Are you struggling with being a working mother or are you also in the midst of going back to work after having children? I would love to hear your thoughts. 




Kisses,


Heidi

Give a frock Friday

Vogue Turkey’s Editor-at-large, Ece Sukan wearing a vintage dress. So what is an editor-at-large, and what do they do?

Ok, so essentially, an Editor-at-large is someone who contributes content to a magazine not necessarily by assignment. They do not generally take part in or have much say on the layout, pictures or general day-to-day running of a magazine. But the freedom to follow your own interests and not have to pitch ideas to the editor-in-chief must be so much fun. Sounds like my kind of job actually!

The Sartorialist recently spoke to Ece Sukan and here is a little excerpt for you.

Current career?
I’m currently the Editor-at-Large for Vogue Turkey.

How do you creatively approach getting dressed?

Improvisation is so important! It’s not just about how I feel that day, it’s experimental, impulsive and (I think) intuitive. I have a very eclectic style, so I like to mix my feelings with colors, periods and themes. I’m not sure how people plan the night before.

What do you feel best when wearing?
Dresses! I love wearing them at any length; long, short, knee-length. A mannish elegance can be very femme too, but I am one for dresses.
Do you focus on any specific designers or time periods when collecting vintage?
I would be very happy with a retrospective of YSL in my wardrobe, and I especially love the 70s and 80s.  When I saw the exhibition 2 years ago at the Grand Palais I had this feeling that it’s all been done, there’s nothing much left to do. I also collect a lot of Art Deco Bijoux. I search everywhere but find the best vintage in New York, Miami, Paris, and London.
Always make time for…
No matter how busy I am I create time for myself to practice yoga and go to the gym. I also make sure to go to art and design fairs, there is endless inspiration and energy, Art Basel for example.




What do you always make time for? For me it is reading a story to my girls before they go to sleep, always yoga and baking for school lunches on a Sunday. 


It has been a big week. I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend. I plan on making time to have a bit of a lie-in on Sunday morning. 


The sun is shining, the moon is full, the beach is calling me…

Have a great weekend.

Heidi


Sources: TheSartorialist.com, Photography by Courtney D’Alesio via Elle.com 
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