Give a frock Friday

d8b59badccfdI’ve been holding onto this image of Natalia Vodianova for over a year because I’ve been trying to source the designer of the frock she is wearing. The editorial, “Fable Attraction” was photographed by Carter Smith for W magazine’s May 2002 issue. Nevertheless, I’ve decided to post it anyway, without a shout-out to the designer.  At least I can give the photographer credit, which is probably more important, but it doesn’t relate to the whole frock Friday theme I’m going for…

Click on the image to see the entire editorial, it’s divine!

I’ve been working hard on part 1 of my final yoga exam. It’s open book, which I thank the gods for because there is soooo much to know, it would be impossible to remember it in a sit-down written exam. I’ve got to practice learning all the sanskrit names of the poses too because we get tested on that at some point, and I think we have to write an 8-week beginner’s course too. All this and more before the end of October! OMG! It’s lucky I’ve got yoga to keep me sane, right? 😉

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are xo




Title: Fable Attraction
Magazine: W May 2002
Model: Natalia Vodianova
Photographer: Carter Smith

Give a frock Friday

prada_grace coddington

“Into the Woods” a Red Riding Hood themed editorial for American Vogue’s September 2009 issue. Expertly styled by Grace Coddington and stars Natalia Vodianova in many crimson coloured frocks but I chose this gorgeous brocade frock by Prada and photographed by the seriously talented Mert & Marcus for today. Click through the image to see more.

This week I got to teach at yoga for the first time and the lead up to it was… let’s just say I was very, very, focused! It was amazing and I had so much fun so I am writing more about the experience in another post because there’s so much I want to say about it I feel it deserves its own post!

This weekend we have been preparing for the girls going back to school next week. The summer holidays are over, they’ve gone by so quickly.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday


Russian model, Mama and fundraiser extraordinaire, Natalia Vodianova wears cotton and silk frock and feather bolero from Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci seen here in the September 2009 UK Harper’s Bazaar, photographed by Paola Kudaki. I admire this woman, her rags to riches story is the stuff of legend, I mean it’s so Disney-esque, I’m surprised a movie hasn’t been made of her story yet – oh wait, it has – it’s called Cinderella!

Seriously though, this woman is one dedicated philanthropist, which is lovely of course, her FB page  has a photos of her and her beautiful brood doing wonderful things with her charity for children in Russia.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

Natalia Vodianova stars in Grace Coddington’s vision of Lewis Carrol’s classic Alice in Wonderland, photographed by Annie Leibovitz for American Vogue, December 2003. In this shot, Christian Lacroix is the March Hare and Stephen Jones is who else but The Mad Hatter.  Natalia wears Christian Lacroix Haute Couture with painted and sulpted mink dickey over lace top and frilled lame skirt and her hat is custom made Stephen Jones, of course.  A classic novel and a timeless editorial. See the whole thing here.

Enjoy your weekend. xx

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. 



Vogue + Ewan McGregor = Swoon!

I came across the July American VOGUE today (with the gorgeous Marion Cottillard on the cover) and while casually flicking through it I came upon a very luxe and beautifully shot editorial.

Photographed by the masterful Peter Lindbergh featuring Natalia Vodianova modeling the best of the Fall/Winder 2010 collection and styled by none other than Grace Coddington.   

What I love most about this splendid pictorial is Ewan McGregor. I have always had a crush on Ewan and seeing him looking so well-dressed in the pages of VOGUE, well, how fantastic is he?  I’m pleased as punch!

The story is a play on a 50s marriage gone wrong, (or is it 60s?  Because with her hair very much styled in 60s fashion, the story seems much more a 60s marriage gone wrong).  It reminds me a little of the famous W shoot by Steven Klein “Domestic Bliss” with Brad and Angelina.  

Anyway, I digress… As much as I believe in Ewan’s character in these shots, I’m not so convinced about Natalia.  Sure she looks amazing in the couture, but she doesn’t carry the role of 50s housewife and adulterer.  She looks too European really and even though she’s the mother of 3 children in real life, she still looks too doll-faced for me to appear anything other than Lolita-esque (sorry Natalia).  I think perhaps a better choice for this may have been Jessica Stam, Raquel Zimmerman, or Angela Lindvall.

Peter Lindbergh’s photographs convey a lot of emotion, and it is divine to see him back shooting for VOGUE for the first time in (I think) fourteen years.  I’m not sure why Ewan was selected for this editorial, perhaps it has something to do with an upcoming movie promotion, but no matter the reason, it sure is nice to see him in a Dior Homme 3-piece suit nonetheless. 

Oh and the couture wasn’t half-bad either.


I Heart Natalia as Alice.

There is no other photographer like Annie Leibovitz because she has the innate ability to bring life and light to the subjects in her photographs.  

Natalia Vodianova in blue flower ruffle dress designed by Olivier Theyskens (as Lewis Carroll) for Rochas. 

This US Vogue editorial was shot in 2003 and stars Natalia Vodianova as Alice.  Honestly, I’ve always wondered what the fuss is about Natalia but after seeing these images I now see her in a whole new light.  What’s bizaar about that is these shots are six years old! 

Vodianova in sky-blue silk satin dress by Tom Ford (as the White Rabbit) for YSL Rive Gauche.

Also featured in this editorial are designers of the couture modeled by Natalia.   Annie has become known for her elaborate editorials for magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair.

 Helmut Lang organza mini-dress.

How great is this shot of Alice after she drinks the potion so she then grows too big for the room.  I love Vodianova’s expression in this shot, and the colour of the dress is gorgeous.

Vodianova with Marc Jacobs (as a mushroom dweller) in his ruffled chiffon mini-dress.

I can only imagine the size of her budget for this scale of work.  Most other photographers can only dream of having the budget she must have to work with.

 Vodianova in blue silk-jersey draped dress by Jean-Paul Gaultier (as the Cheshire Cat).

The logistics of organizing a shoot of this scale is mind-boggling.  Getting the designers to agree to the shoot too would not have been easy I’m sure (the size of the egos involved – can you imagine?).

 Vodianova in Viktor & Rolf multi-layered silk dress.

Brilliant but eccentric designers Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren as Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee is casting genius!  Magically Annie uses her lens to bring these characters to life.  How does she get her subjects to show such depth?  You can see it in their eyes, their facial expression and in their body language.

Vodianova in Christian Lacroix Couture dress of lace and frilled lame.

Alice joins Christian Lacroix as the March Hare and Milliner Stephen Jones as the Mad Hatter for tea.

Vodianova in Dior Haute Couture hand-painted polka-dot dress by John Galliano.

John Galliano (wearing a Dior Haute Couture coat) as the Queen of Hearts looks like he had a ball doing this shoot.  He is accompanied by his King, Alexis Roche.

  Vodianova in Atelier Versace layered silk-tulle and chiffon-organza dress lined in lace.

Donatella Versace as the Gryphon and Rupert Everett as the Mock Turtle, his sorrow is that “once, I was a real turtle”.  Annie’s work is now so stylised that it is not difficult to know you are looking at a Leibovitz photograph.  Much like knowing a garment is made by Chanel, you just know, it’s unmistakable.

 Vodianova in ocean-blue crystal pleated chiffon Balenciaga Couture dress by Nicholas Ghesquiere.

Although these days I’m sure all Annie has to do is turn up and take the picture because all the hard work is done by staff.  But she still has to start with a vision and a concept. 

Did I mention that the couture is to-die-for?  Goes without saying really.

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