Give a frock Friday

Aymeline Valade by Nathaniel Goldberg (At First Blush - Harper's Bazaar Korea May 2013)It’s Valentine’s Day today and so I decided to post this gorgeous red Alexander McQueen frock to honour the traditional Valentine’s colour red. Model Aymeline Valade was photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg for Harpers’ Bazaar Korea’s May 2013 issue. Click through the image to see the more from this beautifully photographed editorial called “At First Blush”. I am quite a fan of Aymeline, she always brings the clothes she models to life but without looking more important than the frock itself.

I’ve been crazy busy this week and on top of teaching Sun Salutations at yoga teacher training yesterday, I had to do it all with a head cold from hell. I’m grateful it all went well, but I don’t want to have to teach like that ever again if I can help it, it’s not much fun, especially trying to give breath instruction when I could barely breathe myself! Don’t recommend it!

I had a beautiful Valentine’s Day – I got to spend it with a very dear friend. We watched my girls in choir practice, then we had coffee, then more coffee, then we took a walk along the beach, caught up with my brother and then shopped together, had some lunch then picked my girls up from school before saying farewell. A very special day with a very special girlfriend.

Tomorrow I’m volunteering at Yoga Day which is going to be lots of fun!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.

love & light xo

 

 

Give a frock Friday

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Karolina Kurkova in Adho Mukha Vrkasan, also known as handstand pose for photographer Steven Meisel from a shoot for American Vogue’s September 2004 issue. The frock is by Alexander McQueen and of course you can guess why I chose this particular image for today’s frock can’t you? Because yesterday was my first day of yoga teacher training! It’s not easy to put into words the experience I had yesterday, I keep reminding myself how grateful and lucky I am to be able to experience this journey. I slept so soundly last night, and I feel very chilled and relaxed to day – although that could have something to do with the fact that my hubby and children have gone to visit his parents for the weekend and so I am home alone with the dog for 3 whole days!! No, couldn’t possibly be that? 😉

I have a bunch of homework to do and I miss my little family already.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are xo

 

Click through the image for more images from the Vogue shoot. 

I Wish, from the Paris Spring Summer 2014 runways

It has taken all week to find inspiration in the collections from Paris this fashion week. Yes the designers always excel at sending avant garde designs down the runways but this fashion week, I honestly think many of them were simply trying too hard. Way harsh maybe, but each to their own, right?

I’ll start with my favourite collection which was at Chloe. Khaki, navy, pleats, shorts, prints, simple elegance.

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Chloe s/s 2014

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Chloe s/s 2014

Valentino was divine as always, there were hints of the 70s, aztec and very boho inspired.

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Alexander McQueen – structured and feminine, and yet not really. I couldn’t decide if I liked this collection because some of the models looked dreadfully unwell, I don’t know if it was the lighting or the makeup. I don’t usually mention things like this but I felt it really detracted from the clothes.

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Alexander McQueen s/s 2014

Miu Miu turned out to be my second favourite collection this fashion week. It was warm and quirky, the clothes very wearable and the gorgeous sumptuous colours and the boots and tights, which I always fall for!

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Miu Miu s/s 2014

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Miu Miu s/s 2014

Finally, Hermes which was delovely and I am posting this picture of Cat McNeil because she evokes memories of Grace Kelly in Mogambo.

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Hermes s/s 2014

The key trend spotted have definitely been shorts, and I love shorts so this is exciting stuff because over the next season we will see more and more in the high street shops. I’ve blogged before about shorts so prepare for more!

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

tumblr_mh1k87Kgh61rnbekgo1_1280I need something bright to cheer me up today and this gorgeous Alexander McQueen frock worn by Daria Werbowy is just the ticket. This image is from an editorial called Trail Blazers which was shot for Vogue UK by Mario Testino in the Andes in 2008.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are 🙂

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

Aymeline Valade is dramatic in red! Alexander McQueen red no less. Photograph by super talented Mario Sorrenti, styled by Emmanuelle Alt and Marie Chaix for Paris Vogue, August 2012.

I hope you like today’s post because I feel that I’ve been toning it down recently, not intentionally, but perhaps I have been a little subdued with my frock choices. Secretly though I have been researching and scouring the internet for incredible frocks for you so be prepared to be taken away to another time and place over the coming weeks!

Enjoy your weekend. xx

P.S. Our new Eames DSW dining chairs arrived today, check my Instagram for photos, they are so comfy!

Give a frock Friday

McQ Alexander McQueen, Fall 2012.

Sarah Burton continues to amaze with her collections since taking control of the Alexander McQueen line in 2010. Burton has certainly allowed for McQueen’s legacy to live on but it is clear that she is quite the creative genius herself. 

While reading this week’s round of blogs regarding the Oscar fashions, I must make mention of Garance Dore’s feelings on this year’s red carpet:
I guess it just seems like most of the time, the Oscars are the antithesis of cool.”

The more I reflect on the gowns of Oscar’s past, the more I agree with her comment. It seems that by the time the Academy Awards come around, all the great dresses have already been given their turn on the dance floor, and what’s left is, well, what’s left.  Do you agree?  

Have a great weekend,
Heidi 

Image source: here.

Tributes to a shy and masterful designer

Tributes flow for Lee “Alexander” McQueen…

Donatella Versace: “Alexander McQueen… The fashion world has not only lost an icon but we have also lost a very special friend”
Philip Treacy: “In a world where every man and his dog is a designer, Alexander McQueen was the real deal. His talent was supersonic.”
John Galliano: “McQueen was daring, original, exciting. He shook up the establishment with his creativity and understood what it takes to be a great British ambassador for fashion. I admired him very much. He was a fashion revolutionary that, like me, made the journey from [Central] Saint Martins to Paris where he put his own unique mark on the industry. He will not be forgotten.”
Diane von Furstenberg: “Today designer Alexander McQueen passed away…His talent was immense and he will remain immortal in the history of Fashion.”
Karl Lagerfeld: “It’s a loss for the fashion industry. His story was one of success and talent, but that may not be enough to keep you alive.”
Jean Paul Gaultier: “I am really saddened by Lee’s passing on a human level, but also on the artistic one,” said Jean Paul Gaultier. “A great talent has left us and we will miss him and everything that he has done for fashion.”
Nicolas Ghesquiere: “I always had a big respect for his talent. My thoughts are with his family and his colleagues.”
Stella McCartney: “Lee was a fashion genius. I don’t say that lightly, and it is a total shock that I am referring to him in the past tense. He was a real friend. I will miss him as a mate, a peer, and as a true British talent, full of life and energy in everything he ever did.”
Frida Giannini: “I have always admired Lee. He had a way of approaching fashion — both as a tailor and as an inventor — that was all his own. He was an enormous talent whose creative genius will forever remain in the history of fashion.”
Giorgio Armani: “This news has come as a shock and greatly saddened me. The world has lost a very talented young man whom I have always respected for his outstanding genius.”
Christopher Bailey: “I am truly shocked and saddened by this tragic news and my thoughts are with Lee’s family. Lee was one of Britain’s greatest designers and was an inspiration to so very many people. His unique vision, charm and warm character will be greatly missed by everybody who knew Lee and by everyone touched by his extraordinary talent. I think every designer’s dream is to have that talent, that vision and that integrity.”
Marc Jacobs: “He is such a great guy and such an amazing talent that it is so devastating to know he is gone. I will miss him, and I will certainly miss the beauty that he created, and his vision and his world.”
Donna Karan: “It’s shocking to think that something like this could happen to somebody of that ability, who has that creativity and expression and love inside of him. There are very few people you look at who are icons of creativity.”
Prabal Gurung: “In a total state of shock about MCqueen’s death. he was inspiring, daring, creative genius and his death is absolutely heart wrenching. RIP”
Sophie Theallet: “so sad……….so much respect for you…RIP Mr ALEXANDER…..”
Jeremy Scott: “I AM FILLED WITH SO MUCH SADNESS TODAY I CAN NOT STOP CRYING MCQUEEN HAD BEEN SOMEONE I LOOKED UP TO IN SCHOOL AND GOT TO KNOW AS I STARTED”
Matthew Williamson: “”I am shocked and deeply saddened by McQueen’s death. He was a genius and his talent was second to none. Like many others, I always cited him as a hugely inspirational leader of world fashion. He will be greatly missed.”

Domenico De Sole: “I loved him. He used to come to the house for dinner — he knew Eleanor and my girls well. At the last McQueen show I went to, the fall 2004 collection, he came up to me and hugged me, and he was crying. He was very upset that I was leaving. He was shy, but once you got to know him he was very open and he had a great sense of humor — he used to make fun of people. He was also a very decent man: He was unbelievably nice to all of the seamstresses in the factory in Novara [Italy] who made his collection. He treated them well and they loved him. He was just a fabulous person.”
Daphne Guinness: “He was the kindest, shiest, funniest person. And when the chips were down, he was there. He wasn’t a flake. You could count on him. I will miss him.”
Francois-Henri Pinault: “Alexander McQueen was one of the greatest fashion designers of his generation. His genius, sometimes provocative, admired and saluted by all, constantly opened new perspectives. Visionary and avant-garde, his creations took their inspiration from both tradition and timeless hyper-modernity.”
Hamish Bowles: “Alexander McQueen’s heartbreakingly premature death, at the height of his creativity and influence, has robbed the fashion world of a soaring and unique talent.”
Andre Leon Talley: “It is a great loss. It’s a tragedy for the fashion world. He was truly an innovator and a master. It’s just an extraordinary loss for all of us and a shock to the fashion world.  He had incredible talents and gifts and at the same time, he was a great poet. There are very few poets left.”
Anna Wintour (via statement): “We are devastated to learn of the death of Alexander McQueen, one of the greatest talents of his generation. He brought a uniquely British sense of daring and aesthetic fearlessness to the global stage of fashion. In such a short career, Alexander McQueen’s influence was astonishing — from street style, to music culture and the world’s museums. His passing marks an insurmountable loss.”
Alexandra Shulman: “McQueen influenced a whole generation of designers. His brilliant imagination knew no bounds as he conjured up collection after collection of extraordinary designs.”

Hx
Sources: Fashionologie.com, Google.com

Long Live McQueen

I have just heard the news.  I cannot believe it.  I am in shock.  



We can be thankful that we have many seasons of his impeccable tailoring and innovative creations to enjoy and pour over forever now.





We shall never see his genius again.  He was incomparable.  Is this the end of fashion?






Hx





A Scarf for all Seasons

Recently a friend asked me for some fashion advice.  She is planning a winter holiday to Europe and wanted to know what type of scarf she should look for.  I love hearing travel plans because I get to live vicariously through my single friend’s lives!  Winter in Europe is nothing like winter here in Australia or New Zealand.  For most of the winter here, it is wet and windy and the snow fields… well, lets just say that I’m sure our slopes are the main reason why snow makers were invented.  Europe is a real winter wonderland with powder snow and there is always enough snow on the ground to make your own snowman. 

A very funky Alexander McQueen silk skull scarf (try saying that 3 times very quickly!)

Hands down, the scarf is my favourite accessory.  I love to knit myself a new scarf every winter because it gives me an excuse to lounge in front of the fire for hours and also the sense of achievement I feel when I finish my scarf is like no other (that’s because I am unable to follow a pattern and knitting in straight lines is the best I can do!) 

 Freha gets it right.

I want to tell you a little story about an experience I had with wearing a scarf.  Some years ago, I was on my way to a job interview and I had tied a silk scarf around my neck to zjusz up my outfit.  But I wasn’t happy with the way I had tied the scarf, and instead of listening to my instincts and taking the scarf off, I went ahead and wore it anyway.  I felt so uncomfortable during the interview, that I still believe I did not get the job because my confidence was so shaken – all because I didn’t know how to tie my scarf.  I vowed to myself that I would learn how to tie scarves properly.  I promise you, if your scarf is tied properly, you will feel more confident which as we all know enhances our natural beauty – what more could a girl ask for?

 

Sometimes it is good to look at how other people are wearing their scarves – this helps to get ideas on different ways to tie yours.

I took this attitude with me when buying a ubiquitous sarong in Ubud when hubby and I were on our honeymoon.  I made a point of having the store owner show me how to wear and tie my sarong in the local fashion.  I remember so well the knowing looks I received from the local women because I was wearing their national dress in the correct fashion, it made me feel distinctive.

By doing justice to the sarong I didn’t look like your typical tourist.  Wouldn’t we all like to feel the same when strolling down the street? (Or the Champs Èlysèe for that matter.)

The weather doesn’t have to be cool to necessitate the wearing of a scarf either, because light weight fabrics like cotton, silk, and linen mean that a scarf is an accessory that can be worn all year round.

Even in the height of summer, a scarf can be a feature of your ensemble.

The Pashmina is a scarf that has become a considerable addition to every woman’s wardrobe over the past decade.  If you own only one scarf, make it a Pashmina. 

Jessica Alba is a huge fan of the Pashmina and of scarves in general – she wears them well.

I think it is important, if you can, to have various types of scarves in your wardrobe.  Silk, Pashmina, fine wool, chunky wool knit, crocheted knit, and in as many different lengths and finishes; skinny, long, short, square, rectangular, embellished with sequins… etc. etc.

Celebs use their Pashmina to keep warm and to keep the Paparazzi at bay (or maybe Jen simply forgot to brush her teeth?)

Fashion trends come and go, but rarely has one appealed to such a wide audience – age plays no part and you don’t have to be a size zero either to wear your favourite scarf. 

 Giselle and Jennifer and their Pashmina. 

If you want to add a little excitement to your ensemble or to change the look of a favourite outfit, a scarf could be just what you need. It just has that knack of adding a little something extra.  Which brings me to how scarves are being worn besides around your neck.

Chic Cameron.

For Autumn/Winter, Dolce & Gabbana, Paul Smith and Jean Paul Gaultier have all sent models down the runway wearing headscarves in manner of Her Majesty.  I want to officially caution you here though, because I think that one would have to be very confident to carry this look off.  I feel that this is not a look for most of us ladies.

 
But, if you want to give this trend a go, take my advice and let your scarf be the only element that embellishes what should be a simple and plain outfit.  Take your inspiration from the only other headscarf queens (also the only others who could successfully carry this look off in my opinion) – Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. 

Give your headscarf a bohemian edge a la Nicole Richie.  These days she is probably the only one of us that is successful in championing the headscarf.

Diane Kruger and her favourite scarf – dressed up and dressed down.

When it comes to silk scarves, there is no finer than the legendary French label Hermès.  I suggest downloading the Hermès handbook entitled “Playtime With Your Scarf” from their website.  It illustrates the many wonderful ways to tie your scarf in easy-to-follow instructions.

 An example from the Hermès handbook, “Playtime With Your Scarf”.

We have now seen why scarves are such a versatile accessory because you can wear it around your neck, tied, knotted or draped.  But have you tried tying one around your hips, or through your belt loops in lieu of a belt for a little added colour?

Balenciaga has sent scarves down the runway over the past few seasons. 

Try wearing a large scarf around your shoulders as a shawl.  I love to carry a light weight scarf with me on warm evenings when I go out just in case the weather turns cool and when it invariably does, I wrap the scarf over my shoulders like a shrug and tie it behind my back between the shoulder blades. 
 

Dolce and Gabbana and Paul Smith following in the footsteps of Hermès.

So Deb, my lovely friend, I hope I have given you some ideas for scarf shopping.  I also hope you will be daring and look for more than one style – we wouldn’t wear just one style of shoe or own just one handbag would we?  Variety is the spice of life, my love!

Ciao for now,
Hx


P.S. Happy 4th Birthday to my baby, Annabel Jade!  Mummy loves you so much – you are my little accessories queen! xxxx

Sources: Hermès, Google, Garance Dorè.

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