Long live Haute Couture!

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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.

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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

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Give a frock Friday

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This beautiful embroidered tulle and lace Valentino frock worn by Alana Zimmer was photographed by Liz Collins for Harper’s Bazaar March 2014 issue. The editorial looks like it could have been shot on a private farm maybe in England or maybe South Africa? South Africa is the obvious choice, but the house in one of the images looks very English, so your guess is as good as mine. I love the idea of a pet Giraffe though, don’t you? Click through the image to view more from this delightful editorial.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.

love & light xo

 

 

 

model: alana zimmer (elite)
photographer: liz collins (dandv)
stylist: leith clark (dandv)
hair: seb bascle (artlist)
make-up: polly osmond (dandv)

Give a frock Friday

 

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In keeping with my theme of Frock Friday images styled by Grace Coddington, I love this image for its romance. It captures a moment in time when life was simpler, a mother and child spending time together – it could be from a hundred years ago…  The frock and the image have a very bohemian quality to them, and it is of course, the highly romantic and naturally carefree spirit of the image which I love. It takes me on a journey, which is the job of the stylist isn’t it, to feel transported. Model Caroline Trentini is beautiful in this star and flower print chiffon frock by Valentino and photographed by Vogue regular Patrick Demarchelier for American Vogue’s November 2011 issue.

Short and sweet this week, too much to do really, on top of which I’ve just come back from a super relaxing and much needed session with my marvellous Acupuncturist – so I do not want to undo all that good work by sitting at my desk!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

love & light xo

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

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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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

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

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Beautiful Daria Werbowy in Valentino hand-beaded tulle frock, worn with Prada socks and shoes. This ethereally inspired editorial “Earth Angel” from W Magazine was photographed by Ryan McGinley and styled by Edward Enninful.

Have a great weekend!

love & light xx

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Denim Does It

Swedish model Frida Gustavsson shows us how to rock the latest in denim style for Vogue Netherlands January/February issue. Is it just me or do we rarely see editorials featuring denim? Jeans are such an important wardrobe staple, I guess high end fashion magazines like Vogue have less of an option to show off denim, even if it is from the likes of Valentino, Chanel and Balmain.

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Photographed by Ingela Klemetz Farago and Peter Farago, with styling by Ingela Klemetz Farago.  

Have a great week, oh and happy 2013!

Love & light xx

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Give a frock Friday

Valentino Haute Couture, very boho and very luxe at the same time. This long pleated, silk chiffon gown I first saw on Kate Hudson at the 2003 Golden Globe Awards and she wore it beautifully – it was the perfect choice for her. I love the mixed pattern and the flowing fabric and I’m a huge fan of strapless gowns as well.

What are your plans for the weekend? I’m hoping to get a chance to visit the beach, but the sun is still not staying up late enough just yet, so I will wait and see.

Hope you have a great one. xx

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Favourites from Paris

The Autumn/Winter 2012 Haute Couture collections may have finished showing in Paris, but I have collected a few images of my favourites which I want to share for their beauty, incredible detail and for the art that is Haute Couture.

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Raf Simons debuts designing for Christian Dior.

Elie Saab.

Giorgio Armani Privè.

Jean Paul Gaultier.

Zuhair Murad.

I still haven’t decided on a favourite yet, although I am drawn to this Zuhair Murad pretty red, lacy number.

What about you? Which is your favourite? xx

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