I love beautiful women. Moreover, I love stylish women. I find them inspiring and empowering to look at. I really don't know how I never payed much attention to Ulyana Sereenko, a Russian photographer and designer who has developed her own distinct style with her flowing skirts and headgear. This woman, who by the way is a mother, has a nostalgic vibe about her outfits, a kind of romantic tribute to USSR style with her silk head scarves and puffy ankle-length skirts a la Dior's New Look. For a Russian, this is all quite unusual, I can tell you that. This woman celebrates being a woman! I doubt you'll catch her with grungy hair and denim cut offs. No, she's all about the furs and the stilettos and scarlett lips. Whenever I see someone so immaculate, I always wonder if that's their natural state of being or whether that outfit took days to plan...Check out her blog to see reports from catwalk shows as well as her own vintage inspired photography.
Tell me if this is not the most beautiful dress you have seen in ages! The lovely Marchesa gown that Blake Lively wore to the Baftas a few days ago is so ME. It's a sheer asymmetric piece of goddess beauty! Top marks for the boho braid (which I wore one year ago by the way) that adds a touch of "yeah, I just got out of bed and decided to throw on this little thing" vibe about it.
I think that Arty rings by Yves Saint Laurent that come in a whole array of colours and finishes are the best way to add that little bit of drama to any outfit and emphasise a pefect manicure. They are a good investment but be warned, the prices have gone up by 25 pounds since last year so lets hope that YSL is not planning to go all Chanel on us...
Rings - Yves Saint Laurent
Bracelets - Topshop and a far away place somewhere in South America
Nail polish - Rimmel 280 sunshine
Things that I love when men wear:
1. Blazers. Especially the fitted types that emphasize the waist (which is hopefully existent)
2. Bow ties. The Rolls Royce of male accessories which is difficult to get right, but if you do, it's SO right.
3. Scarves that are not necessarily there for practical reasons. I'm talking silk scarves tied around the neck on the inside of the shirt.
4. Slim ties. Preferrably black or gray.
5. Tods shoes. There's just something about them.
6. Pocket squares. For all those who don't know, it's a little handkerchief that men put inside the front pocket of a blazer which to me, indicates his attention to detail. In men's case, always a good thing.
7. Male arm candy. Very dangerous territory because there's a risk of looking a bit too metrosexual (as if that's a bad thing).
As much as I love men's fashion, the eternal truth remains the same: it's not a sharp suit or crocodile shoes that carry the man, but the man inside who carries all that.
I don't know if it happens to you, but I've noticed that my taste in colors seems to change every few months. These days I seem to be attracted to anything purple/fuchsia/emerald green/sapphire blue. Bright colors help me to delude myself into thinking that summer has finally hit London. The night when the above photos were taken, the weather was more appropriate for jeans and wellingtons rather than a silk maxi and sandals but i refuse to conform to this psycho climate! June/July is marked down as "summer" in my diary and is therefore nonnegotiable.
Mr Louboutin takes the concept of sky-scraper heels to another level! These are 8-inch one of a kind babies that he has designed especially for charity auction whose proceeds will go to the English National Ballet. According to the man himself, "[...] isn't the classical dancing ballet slipper the ultimate heel?"