Monday, 31 May 2010

Gaga's Birkin

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So first she goes and scribbles with a PERMANENT marker all over the holy grail of bags, and now she was seen with a customised spiky black Birkin.  Lady Gaga is one of a kind as  I have never heard of anyone brave enough to customise an Hermes Birkin. Whatever the case, I think the bags look fabolous but this should only be done if you have a disposable amount of Birkins in your wardrobe.


Sunday, 30 May 2010

Carrie's Dresses

All of these dresses are worn by Carrie in the movie and are by Halston Heritage which does not come as a surprise since SJP is the new creative director of the brand. 

And on a completely irrelevant note, I think Miranda's clothes were AMAZING in this movie and she generally looked HOT. This Julien Macdonald dress was so unbelievably stunning, that my mouth remained open for about ten minutes!  Apparently, the dress was initially supposed to be for Samantha, but she couldn't fit into it, so they gave it to Miranda instead.


Saturday, 29 May 2010

Mai Lamore Shoes

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I'm in shoe heaven right now!!! This piece of art is $27, 945 and the reason for that is the 18 karat gold heel, hand-dyed silk petals and a  gold, onyx and agate bee. This takes shoe fetish onto a whole new level, I think.  To explain the concept behind the creations the designer told Vogue UK: ""A shoe, more than any other clothing item, is an object that already exists before even being worn; shoes do not generally fold up or fall lifeless as most clothing items do when not worn. This 'object' quality has a certain mystery to it, akin to a sculpture with a life of its own. A high luxury shoe should look as stunning on the foot as it would in a vitrine"


Tuesday, 25 May 2010

SATC 2 Premiere in New York!!

It's finally here! Yesterday, New York was hit by Sex And the City 2 premiere and this is what the girls wore! London is next, this Thursday! Enjoy! Photos courtesy of BBC.

Kim Cattrall in Naeem Khan

Kirstin Davis in vintage Jean Desses

Cynthia Nixon in Carolina Herrera

SJP in Valentino Couture


Monday, 24 May 2010

Art of the Trench

I love Burberry.  It's just one of those brands that may come accross as quite preppy, and dare I say "posh", but pieces like the iconic lamb's wool scarf or the trench are so timeless, versatile and beautiful.  One thing I LOVE on a man is a good fitting trench, I just think it's so laid-back and sexy.  Luckily, I'm not the only one.  Check out the which is a collaboration between Burberry and The Sartorialist aka Scott Schuman, that consists of many shots of people from all over the world with their own interpretation on how to wear the iconic trench. The photographs are stunning and show creative and stylish ways of wearing a Burberry trench, be it the classic beige version or the updated black or white. Go and check it out!


Saturday, 22 May 2010

Louis Vuitton store opening


Besides all the other amazing things that are due to happen next week (i.e. SATC 2, final degree submission), 25th of May will be a historic day for Louis Vuitton.  On Wednesday, London will welcome over 300 VIPs including Marc Jacobs himself, for the red carpet opening of La Maison of Louis Vuitton on New Bond Street, which claims to be the most luxurious Louis Vuitton store in the world! It's called La Maison for a reason, the place is almost 2,000 square meters and allegedly cost about 10 million to design. It's a concept store, meaning that it caters for a very specific clientele and combines retail, art, culture and luxury. To this day LV had a Maison in New York, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Paris I've been to the store in Champs Elysees and rumours have it that the London store will be just as amazing! It's designed by the same architect, Peter Marino and will have impressive feautures such as a wall made out of LV trunks and glass and LED stairs, a gallery and a bar. It will have a whole floor dedicated to men's accessories, a library with art books, oringinal artwork by Takashi Murakami as well as an invitation-only area for special clients as well as the usual suspects like bags and travel accessories.  I wish they had opened this store a month earlier becuase I'm designing something very similar and could have gotten some inspiration from it.The even will be hosted by Alexa Chung and will be broadcast live at 6.30 pm English time which you can watch on Facebook or your Iphone.  The store will be open to the public on the 28th of May and I can't wait to visit it!


Saturday, 8 May 2010

In the mood for summer!!!

The weather is depressing which is really good because I have loads of things to do for university and have no temptation to go outside.  I can't wait until the sun comes out so I have more motivation to wear colorful things.  These are a few of my favorite pieces from the spring/summer collection.  These studded flats have a red sole, just like all the heels and would add a nice edge to any girly outfit. Maxi dresses are BIG this season and this Kenzo one is one of my favorites.  The only problem would be the transparency in the chest area ha! The colors of the Versace bag summarise everything that summer represents: bright, fun and sexy.  For laid-back chic, these high-waisted beige shorts are the perfect thing, especially if you wear it with a loose white top, a plain leather belt and heels.  And finally, the white broderie Anglaise dress is an everyday staple, plus it would emphasize the tan (although I'll try to stay away from it this summer).
Big Kiss flat by Christian Louboutin

Kenzo maxi dress


Chloe high waisted shorts

DKNY dress

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Best dresses of the Costume Institute Gala 2010

Instead of getting on with my own design work, I've been too busy looking at who wore what on Monday's Costume Institute Gala in New York.  In fact that was the first thing I did when I opened my eyes and read about it from the comforts of my bed. So here they are, my picks of the best dresses on the most fashionable red carpet of the year....

 This Marchesa dress worn by Blake Lively a.k.a Serena Van Der Woodsen is the only cocktail dress that I liked and the colour is so flattering.  Paired up with Christian Louboutin heels, of course.

Eva Mendes in a mermaid Dolce and Gabanna dress.  The huge rose print is so sexy and I think that this mermaid-like shape can often go very very wrong (bridesmaids at weddings etc) but this one is just to die for.  It reminds me of traditional Russian chochloma pattern (refer to my post about Denis Simachev).

Eva Longoria Parker in Marchesa.  This photo doesn't capture the beauty of this dress because you can't really see the enormous trail and all the detailing.  Google it and you will see why I loved it.  Expect a post about Marchesa in the near future because 99% of its designs are to die for.

The whole look is just WOW.  The hair, the make-up, the dress by Zuhair Murad is stunning.

SJP being a walking advertisement in Halston Heritage who shares my love of wearing flowers in her hair.  This dress is almost the same colour as the Chanel one that she wore to the Oscars.

In Russia, we have an expression "A cobbler never has a pair of boots" which is totally applicable to this photo.  The beautiful dress on the left is Vera Wang worn by Mila Kunis.  The lady on the right in a boring, hanging, washed out dress is...Vera Wang.  Maybe she just didn't want to outshine her clients.  Or you know how you always have the best advice and theories in life for other people but never for yourself? It might be that...

I was trying to find out what the men wore as well but there's hardly anything about that.  What a shame, I love a man in a good suit.  I have this perfect picture in my mind about what it should look like and no one seems to be wearing one!  Karl Laggerfield always looks dressed the part (unlike Ralph Lauren who came in jeans) and this is purely dedicated to my friend who has a major crush on him.

Coco Rocha in Zac Posen.  Beautiful dress but isn't it VERY similar to the Elie Saab one that some one wore to the Oscars? Hmmm..

Keeping true to the tradition, I present you with the worst dress of the evening worn by Helen Lee Schifter who looks like a giant macaroon from L'aduree. 
Back to work.


Monday, 3 May 2010

Chanel dolly bag

The Chinese Doll bag by Chanel from the pre-Fall 2010 collection is so cute!  It's part of the Paris-Shanghai collection, insipired by Karl Laggerfield's trip to China.  But the Russian Matreshka Doll bag from last year is much better.  I have no idea why people call it Babushka doll by the way, it's MATRESHKA people!


Sunday, 2 May 2010

Mr Loubi's F/W 2010 Campaign

Christian Louboutin's F/W 2010 Campaing shot by Khuong Nguyen inspired by...guess what? Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.  The fairy-like settings make the shoes the focal point and takes their "fetishisation" to the maximum.  The photographs are absolutely beautiful, I don't remember any other shoe designer doing an ad campaign like this.  Even Louboutin himself is easily recognizable which kind of shifts the role of the designer to a celebrity.  I mean do you know what Manolo Blahnik or Giuseppe Zanotti look like? Nope, didn't think so.  But if you are a Louboutin fan, then you most probably know what HE looks like.   The coyote fur boots are my favorite!