Can someone please hide my credit cards from me? The Dolce & Gabbana sale has just started and I just love love love so many things! It’s bad enough that I’m a huge fan of Dolce & Gabbana, furthermore their current autumn-winter collection is simply brilliant. These patterns, these materials, these colors! A bracelet and earrings with flowers and cameos? Gorgeous! A purse with a rabbit motif? Adorable! Sensual lace dresses? Absolutely iconic! Even pieces with leopard print (which as you guys know I used to dislike) are tempting…
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Today I’m writing about an old good trend. A trend that was particularly popular in the 80s and was then regarded as a fashion sin and banished from our closets. In recent years it has celebrated such a brilliant comeback that we can now call it a classic. Of course I mean the leopard print, which remains popular in the coming season. Thus, we see wild cats at Anna Sui, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Stella McCartney and Max Mara spring-summer fashion shows, just to name a few ones.
But caution: leopard print can quickly look vulgar and cheap. Therefore, it is highly recommended to use this element sparingly and wisely. The challenge is not to look like a hooker wearing pieces with leopard print. This means that net tights are not quite a good idea. The same applies for red lips, low-cut necklines, mini skirts, sky high heels, skin-tight styles and anything else that looks sexy and wicked. Instead, you should try to “defuse” the leopard print.
So how to style leopard print? There are two possibilities: either in a classic safari style with chinos, shorts and shirt-dresses in colors like sand, brown, beige and khaki, or mixing different styles. For example, make it edgy in combination with distressed denim, chunky knit, loose silhouettes, masculine elements and flat shoes or girlish with chiffon, lace, floral prints, polka dots, bows and frills. Style professionals like Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo show us how it goes.
I must confess that I haven’t really been a huge fan of the leopard print. On one hand I didn’t want to conform to the popular stereotype that Eastern European women have a special fondness for the wild cat look. On the other hand I didn’t really like any garment with this pattern. Thus, I’ve only bought two scarves with leopard print so far. However, when I look at the resort collection 2013 by Stella McCartney, I think that I could still change my mind…
Here is another piece from my green collection. I love this sweater for its deep colour and the extremely warm and cuddly material. By the way, green is quite easy to combine. With black, I’ve chosen the simplest way. But there are many more possibilities. Some women are afraid of colours, because they don’t know how to combine these. And yet all we need is just to look around. There are countless inspirations in the nature. Just imagine an eggplant. Or autumn leaves. Or a field of flowers. Or a tomato, strawberry, cranberry, or any other vegetable or fruit. This way we can find extravagant and yet harmonious combination possibilities: Green with different shades of red, green with orange and yellow, green with blue, green with purple etc. Try it out – it’s fun!
Currently, I am crazy about green. After lime and mint green last summer I have now discovered the wintry shades: emerald green, bottle green, moss green, pine green, frog green, environmental green and all the rest of them. Now I find the Valentino green coat that I bought 2 years ago in Florence more beautiful than ever. But because one thing in the favorite color is of course not enough for me, I have purchased a sweater, a knit dress shown below and a silk blouse in dark green over the past 3 months. To be continued: I already have a Sandro sweater in mind…
Some of you will probably hate me for this post, but I have to get rid of it now: I’m definitely fed up with Jeffrey Campbell’s Lita! These chunky platform booties are simply omnipresent. The darlings of the international street style scene appear every day on blogs, in magazines and on the streets, in black, beige and khaki, in suede and leather, with spikes and without… Are these the only shoes in the world? In my opinion, the Litas look just like hooves and also cause an odd gait. Have you ever seen a foal that learns to walk? This is exactly the way an average Lita-wearer moves. And since I don’t want to look in high heels like a helpless baby horse, I leave the lumps… sorry, the Litas to the others.
Good news for all bargain hunters: The online shop for designer accessories Monnier Frères has started a mid-season sale. Till the 20th of November you will get up to 70% off on about 600 luxury items. My readers can save further 10%, just use the code LUXAHOLIC10!
Jane Aldridge has a truly enviable collection of shoes. Chanel, Prada, Miu Miu, Comme des Garcons, Givenchy, Dries van Noten, Marni and Margiela, just to name a few brands that are in her possession. On her blog seaofshoes.typepad.com she puts her darlings for over five years skillfully in scene by making up beautiful outfits using vintage and designer pieces. And yet is the American only incredible 20 (!) years old.
In addition to the keen sense of fashion Jane Aldridge has also a striking appearance. Just as Cosette Munch she impresses with a red mane, a doll-like face and a flawless porcelain complexion. With her blog Jane Aldridge has actually managed to draw fashion industry’s attention. Thus she was able to design her own shoe line for the Urban Outfitters and has also collaborated with Gryphon.
Although the summer in Hamburg has not yet started properly, it is time to actively deal with the trends of the coming season. Because the fashion year is known to be far ahead of the calendar year and the shops are gradually filling up with the new collections.
So let’s have a look at Stella McCartney. Her winter is all about broad shoulders, creases, Marlene trousers, flared skirts, opulent patterns and hourglass silhouettes. The designer remains true to herself and as always combines sporty, masculine, elegant and feminine elements in one collection.
The dominant color of Stella McCartney ready-to-wear winter 2012 is the electrifying blue, combined tone on tone, with white, black or brown. My personal favorites are all the pieces with the stunning hourglass silhouette, especially the knit dress and the knit suit.
My first thought at the sight of these glitter pumps by Miu Miu: Welcome to Wonderland. And my second thought: Yes, I do. I do want to have these sparkling golden treasures on my feet and never take them off again. I already imagine how great the most boring jeans-sweater combination would look with these pumps – suddenly exciting and suitable for a party. To be precise, pretty much any outfit would get an instant glamor factor with these shoes. Finally, with this pair I would be well equipped for a trip to Wonderland. And I’ve always wanted to go there …
Floral prints are a huge trend this summer and for all those who still lack a cute floral piece, the summer sale of the online store my-wardrobe.com is a real must. There you’ll find the largest selection of designer blouses, pants and dresses with floral prints up to 50% off! Here are my favorites and a few styling suggestions:
Sportmax blouse with interchangable stud collar
Sportmax cigarette trousers with zip details
Sportmax floral dress with patent grosgrain panels
Bartolomea floral print v-neck silk blouse by Malene Birger
DKNY Eva print cropped silk blouse
DKNY Eva print ankle skinny pant with seam details
D&G floral print chiffon blouse
D&G floral print cotton capri
The easiest way to wear floral prints: flowers from head to toe. Whether pants + blouse, blazer + pants, blouse + skirt, matching or with different floral patterns – mixing is allowed and even desirable! It is absolutely in, if you look like a walking flower meadow. Designers, stylists and bloggers show us how it goes.
Another possibility is to mix floral prints with solid color pieces. In combination with neutral colors such as for instance black, white, nude and cream floral prints can be made quite suitable for the office.