Showing posts with label Taste. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Taste. Show all posts

Saturday, 30 April 2011

My Royal Wedding Favourite Best Dress

I have to start with Kate (The Dutches of Cambridge).  I did not know what to expect.  However, I was pleasantly surprised to see her stepping out with this classic 50's look.  I thought it looked familiar, and later on confirmed that it was indeed inspired by one of my favourite actress's wedding dress, Grace Kelly. 

Grace Kelly's Wedding dress 1956

Kate looked absolutely stunning the dress was outstandingly chic. I loved the Vail, drop dead simple, the look totally matched her personality, and fitted perfectly on her body.  Good Choice Kate, well done!

Watching guest making their way into Westminster Abbey, I thought everyone was looking stunning up until Tara Palmer-Tomkinson appeared. I immediately concluded and satisfied that she looked amazingly stunning and her look was exceedingly outstanding!

Monday, 25 April 2011

Iris Apfel Inspirations

The Rare Bird!

This Easter break has yet given me time to rummage through my news paper cuttings. I have a habit of collecting articles that interest me for my references and I am glad I have a reason to use them on my blog.

Anyone who is into style will love Iris Apfel is an American businesswoman, former interior designer, and fashion icon and she is 89 years old. Iris and her husband Carl Apfel owned a textile company called Old World Weavers in the 50's.

Iris has influenced the fashion industry with her spirited irreverence and of course her implacable taste. Iris also made it clear that she is no fashionista but into style.  Love that!

Travelling around the world, Iris fell in love with the beauty of non-Western dresses and its artisanal forms.
"She was a free spirit.  She wore Balenciaga, but she also wore Austrian peasant clothes.  She went to New Mexico and wore native dress and she bought them directly from the chiefs."  

I thought this was funny; according to this magazine (telegraph) cutting, she talks about the Hollywood actresses "are being styled by people who should go into rehab".

I would describe style as having a creative freedom of dressing up or down without having to worry about what will the next trend or latest fashion. To top it up, it can also be dressing with a pinch of extravagant, elegance and personality. Here is what I am talking about.

"Iris Apfel's idiosyncratic, exotic style has for decades been an inspiration to those who dare to look different. Now, at 85, her unique collection of clothes has been brought together in a remarkable book.  By Heather Hodson."

Iris and Carl

I relate so much with her style and what she is all about, well....... apart from bank account that is! What really got me is, like me, loves bargain hunts and says that something beautiful does not have to be expensive and that it is more about taste than cost. How true is that!

Friday, 11 March 2011

Botanically Haute!

Nature, Art & Haute Couture!

The botanical garden that grew on a Paris runway splashed with exotic colours and artistic creation of flowers made into frocks out of sumptuous fabrics such as, silk taffeta's, satin, chiffon, tulle etc....

 I  have gathered Dior's 2010 collection that I really like, combined them with images taken last summer (which I think), create a good story line.   One would ask why 2010 while it is a new season, well, time has no effect on me, as I am more about style and design.

Florist at the Westfield Mall London

 Dior Fall 2010

Dior 2010

Kenwood Estate, Hampstead, London

Dior 2008

Kenwood House Estate

I like how John Galiano,  (former designer of Dior) embraced the idea of Dior's first collection (Carolle Line) that was later on known as the New Look in 1947.  What stood out about the "New Look" was the enormity of scale and proportion of frocks.  Christian Dior used expensive fabrics lavishly to create a pyramid like silhouette, others described it as an hourglass look.

Kenwood House Estate

Dior Fall 2010

Kenwood House Estate

Dior Fall 2010

Christian Dior New Look 

Kenwood House Estate

Dior Fall 2010