Sunday 11 August 2013

    blue white chic + eastern influence

     

    Dreaming:: Fashion designer Tory Burch in her Southampton estate. I love the blue greyish white tones with red accents combined with eastern motifs.

    tory burch in her dining room with paneled walls designed to look like Iznik tiles by Iksel

    Tory wearing a white Valentino dress in her dining room

    with blue printed walls fashioned by Paris based wallpaper designer Iksel

    so they look like Persian Iznik tiles.

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    Saturday 20 July 2013

    Valentino :: Paris Haute Couture spring/summer 2013

     

    Le silence de tournesols ~ the silence of sunflowers.

    Breath-taking dresses of luxe embroidery, crystal beading, cording, lace of multi-colored flowers and hand-painted organza from Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for the Valentino spring summer 2013 Haute Couture collection is magical.  The collection was inspired by  labyrinths, where nature meets architecture and science meets spiritual rebirth.

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    Style revealed the incredible skill involved in creating these gowns.

    One  extraordinary dress featured layer upon layer of organza, embroidered with butterflies and birds, the whole lot wrapped in a tulle cage scrolled with crepe piping. According to the notes, it took 500 hours of hand-rolling to produce the piping in just one dress. One roller apparently developed carpal tunnel syndrome during the production of the collection. There were plenty more such examples of artisanal effort ~ it took 850 hours to embroider an organza jacket and skirt.

    The analogy the designers employed was a garden, where you see the grace and delicacy, but you never smell the gardener’s sweat. “Couture has to be magical,” insisted Piccioli, and that clearly included the power to make the graft disappear.

    Images via Fab Fashion Fix

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    Tuesday 16 July 2013

    a dress to die for!

     

    With so much workmanship to swoon over, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have crafted a gown that is perfect for a sultry princess ~ I’m lusting after this Valentino dress.


    {Photogragher} Vladimir Potop

    Valentino :: Paris Haute Couture spring/summer 2013

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    Tuesday 13 November 2012

    a very valentino halloween

     

    Bows, feathers and lace :: the dark allure and beauty of Valentino

    . . . I just saw this post on This is Glamorous ~ even though Halloween has passed I couldn’t resist sharing it, AND A White Carousel was credited too.

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    {Image sources & credits : bella bella boutiquea white carouselthe terrier and the lobsterstyle.com via This is Glamorous}

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    Sunday 7 October 2012

    Valentino Spring 2013

     

    Delicate embroidery, intricate beading and brocade ~ the valentino spring collection was full of creations inspired by memories of Rome.

    a collection that trod its own path, an authentically Roman road back to a point in the Italian forties and fifties that resonates gently with the the way of the world now. Think of raven-haired, voluptuous “passionatas” in their slips and devout Catholic ladies on their way to mass—and then lay them aside for a second. Sarah Mower, Vogue

    Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccoli’s Spring 2013 collection for Valentino at Paris Fashion Week.

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    {Images : photography by yannis vlamos for vogue.com}

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    Tuesday 29 May 2012

    golden jewelled

     

    Beautiful beading embellishment.

    {Images:  Valentino S/S Haute Couture Show 2012 via Vogue Australia}

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    Sunday 29 April 2012

    twinkle, twinkle

     

    Rich embroidery, sparkling embellishment, and creamy Gauzy Chantilly lace gives an opulent romantic feel to the collection.

    {Images via Vogue Australia}

     

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    Sunday 29 April 2012

    Valentino S/S Haute Couture Show 2012, Paris

     

    Diaphanous, elaborately embroidered and beaded gowns :: delicate handmade lace :: floral prints

    Valentino ~ a dreamy fairy-tale show full of beautiful concoctions in light fabrics and soft pastels colour

    shown in the 19th century mansion once occupied by the Rothschilds.

    Gauzy Chantilly lace the colour of milk or clotted cream was sprinkled with silver beading, washed-out flowers prints were veiled under a layer of tulle, toile de jouys were whooshed up into frothy ballgowns. In keeping with the fairytale, the shoes were charming lace slippers.

    Valentino S/S Haute Couture Show 2012: design team Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

    {Images: Vogue Italia via visual optimism}

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    Sunday 29 April 2012

    little white suit :: Valentino

     

    Classic and classy :: Simple white embroidered suits and dresses with sheer see-through gloves.

     

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    {Images: Vogue Italia via visual optimism}

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    Saturday 21 May 2011

    fashion grid

     

    Mariana Idzkowska by Justin Wu for L’Officiel Ukraine (top) and  Ashley Smith photographed by Sharif Hamza Vogue Russia, December 2010.

    {Images via Fashion Gone Rogue, here & here featuring Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2010.}

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