The spring Haute Couture shows are on in Paris right now. These collections are always something I take an interest in because I’m always in awe of the artistry that goes in to a couture collection. From the minds of great designers, and expertly articulated through the fingertips of the highly skilled artisans who put the finished gown together, so it can be sashayed, ever so beautifully down the runway. In my mind, the Haute Couture collections are the most important shows because they are the yard stick to which everything else in fashion that season is measured. Their influence is far reaching, from the ready-to-wear collections, the high street stores, down to the mass produced chain stores like Target, etc. Trends are constantly changing and it’s so easy to fall into the trap of buying what’s considered hot and happening every time you walk into a store. It is no longer seasonal, even though it is still defined as such by the designers designated seasonal collections. Trends outlive seasons because they are a constant movement, an ever changing, living and breathing part of what makes up style, the other side of fashion. Thankfully, the influence of the haute couture is not fast moving, but long and slow and if you pay any attention to street style, you will notice the effects of the couture shows, long after the next collection has hit the runway.
Valentino is always one of my favourites and looking at these frocks, how can you not appreciate their beauty? Moving art, wearable art, oh how divine would it be to actually get to wear one of these exquisite gowns? Dream, dream, dream Heidi… I’ve just notice the shoes on the blue gown above, the one which looks like it has a kite on the bodice. I’d like to see more of those shoes, wouldn’t you? Notice how many of the shoes on the audience are sneakers? I just thought it was interesting to point out, gave me a giggle anyway.
Here’s to a wonderful day, or sweet dreams to you – depending on which part of the world you’re reading this.
love & light, Heidi xo
Lily Aldridge in a frock by Gucci, photographed by Derek Kettela for Glamour France, July 2014.
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.”… I wonder if Shakespeare would have compared his love to a summer’s day had he ever lived through an Australian summer? No, I’m not going to complain about the weather, but I will say this – dressing for humid temperatures in business attire is giving me loads of opportunity to put my past styling skills to the test. I’m loving spending more time scouring the op-shops (aka thrift shops) for work clothes. It’s been so much fun, I’ve even made a game of it – I use the last 5 minutes of my lunch break to find something for $5 – I call it speed-shopping! Last weekend I went through every wardrobe in the house and I found a fab Marc Jacobs frock in a garment bag at the back of my wardrobe. As it was pouring rain today, I spent this afternoon watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Annabel and putting new buttons on it, and it’s now ready to go! Don’t you just love making something old look new again?
Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!
love & light
Glamour France, July 2014
Photographed by Derek Kettela
Styled by Norah Bordjah
Hair by Andre Gunn
Make-up by Valery Gherman
Gisele Bundchen lounges seductively for the camera in this meadow-flower adorned Louis Vuitton frock. The floor-length silk-chiffon empire line frock designed by Marc Jacobs goes so well with the Martin Margiela graffiti trainers – you know how I love it when stylists pair couture with runners! This image is from “The Long Story” shot by Corinne Day for Vogue UK, June 2002 and was styled by the irrepressible Kate Phelan.
As we settle into the New Year with ease and grace, have you kept to your intentions or resolutions so far? I have committed to 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene to get me back in the swing of my practice. I didn’t really let go of my daily practice over the Christmas break, but I felt it was a good opportunity to encourage myself (and others I hope!) to focus on a daily session with someone else guiding me to keep me headed in the right direction… I am working on keeping my authentic self at the forefront and I believe that showing up on the mat every single day for 30 days will contribute to achieving this goal. I’ll keep you posted! 😉
love & light xo
The New Year is a fantastic time for setting an intent to make change or to set goals. True, you could do this at any time of the year, but there is something to be said for the power of a fresh start from January 1st. For the last few years, my husband and I have made a short list of mutual goals, made up simply of things we hope to achieve as a family throughout the year. On top of that we have both set our own personal goal for the year and it turns out they are very similar. Which is kind of nice, because if one of us is struggling, hopefully the other person will pick up on it and be there to offer support. We can learn from each other and offer advice too.
I know what your thinking though. You’re thinking, hmm, these goals sound a lot like “resolutions”, but I believe there is a difference! While a “resolution” may have been made with the best of intentions at the time, they usually end up failing due to the fact that it was probably unrealistic to begin with. Seriously! You know what I’m talk about! Setting an intention for change has a naturally positive connotation. I think the key to success with any change or goal is to be unwavering in your pursuit, to openly talk about your goal, to examine your fear, break it down and push through it and most importantly, to not give up on yourself if you have a set back. Be kind and loving to yourself. Brush yourself off and get back on that horse! You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.
Wishing you a happy New Year and thank you for stopping by, for reading and for your comments and support over the last year. It’s why I keep doing what I do. May your year be filled with lots of love, joy, abundance, fantastic opportunities, hope, good health and prosperity.
love & light xo