February 28, 2015

Paris Couture Week Spring 2015 // Ralph & Russo

I first heard (or better, noticed) Ralph & Russo, when Angelina Jolie wore a stunning white strapless midi dress with peplum and metallic panels on the waist @ the Berlin premiere for ‘World War Z’ back in June 2013 (see collage below). Then, she wore a light grey peplum jacket & pencil skirt to meet Queen Elizabeth II to receive an honorary damehood from Her Majesty in October 2014 (see below). Not my kind of fruit, but most appropriate for being named a Dame. The third and most elegant look of Angie in Ralph & Russo was another white midi dress with a bolero cape to attend the premiere of ‘Unbroken’ in London, in November 2014 (see below).

But the one who actually triggered my curiosity and opened my appetite to learn more about the London-based couture label, was Gwyneth Paltrow (Brad's ex-fiance) in her maxi baby pink tube dress @ the 2015 Oscars. However, after doing some thorough research, I discovered that Angelina had gone for a very similar, almost identical, dress in white by Ralph & Russo, three years ago (in February 2012) for her Paris premiere of ‘In the Land of Blood And Honey’ movie! Oops! (see below).

According to Marie Claire UKthe London-based label was founded in 2007 by two Australians and specialises in eveningwear; they’re also the only British couture label to have been invited to show in Paris. Their Spring 2015 Collection was inspired by 50s silhouettes and delicate pastel florals and as you can realize, I WANT THEM ALL! Tamara Ralph (Creative Director) and Michael Russo (CEO) are engaged to be married. A love story that turned into a very successful business or the other way around. Does it matter? I am sharing a photo of them, at the end if this post, so you can see for yourself what a lovely couple they are and I am letting you enjoy my personal picks of their swoon-worthy collection.

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Collection photos via Vogue UK. Jolie's photos via Zimbio.

February 26, 2015

Color Mixer // Black|Cream|Red

Skirt // ZARA, similar here & here
Bag // ZARA, similar here & here
Shirt // ZARA (old), similar here
Coat // Lynne (very old), similar here
Belt // ZARA (old), similar here
Necklace // Stradivarius (old), similar here
Scarf // Tie Rack (very old)
Tights // Calzedonia
Shoes // Sante (old)

I am really excited to announce "Color Mixer", a brand new category I am introducing today on the blog. My outfits are divided in two categories: theatrical & streetstyle, and the latter are mainly based and inspired by color mixing or monochromy. Both are challenging, since it is very easy things to go wrong and the outcome will turn out not as expected.

Like most people, I consider black & cream basic colors. Those two would be fine, but red is the little bit of brightness kept in small proportions that livens up the outfit. I also dared to wear a creamy sandal, in Winter, with tights, but I think it matched perfectly with my floral skirt =)

So, you will be seeing a lot of color mix&match ideas from now on. Now, tell me, would you dare a mixer? What is your favorite color mix?

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Photos by The Duke

February 24, 2015

Oscars 2015 // Red Carpet Favorites

What a glamorous evening! Besides, it's the Oscars, who could expect less? I really enjoyed this year's ceremony, the old Hollywood setting, the tributes, the live performances (especially "Glory" gave me goosebumps), the jokes, the presentation (I am a big fan of the multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris) and, of course, the red carpet. Some of my favorite gals did frustrate me (Scarlet's hair, JLo's boobage, Margot's necklace, Nicole's ill-fitting dress, Julianne's & Kerry's boring whites, Cate's dull black, Naomi's sport's bra) but let's talk about the others, that really made my day!

Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo Couture
One word: Stunning! She is the improved image of herself from 16 years ago, when back in 1999 she wore a barbie pink dress and left with a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in "Shakespeare in Love". The pale pink color matches perfectly with her skin tone, the hair and makeup are absolutely appropriate with this huge flower on the shoulder. Maybe I would remove the earrings, but they don't bother me that much. Well done, Gwen!

February 22, 2015

Cinderella's Slipper

In celebration of the March 13 release of the live-action movie version of the Disney classic, Saks Fifth Avenue commissioned 9 of the world's best shoe designers to re-imagine Cinderella's shoe for a modern "princess": Charlotte Olympia, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jimmy ChooStuart Weitzman, Nicholas Kirkwood, Jerome C. Rousseau, René Caovilla, Paul Andrew and Alexandre Birman.

As a little girl, I was dreaming that my wedding shoes would look like Cinderella's glass slippers. Back in 2006, Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman and the rest of the shoe-making dream-team were not interested in my dreams (oh, but why not?), so I had to find someone else to make them for me. After two appointments followed by long discussions Thomas created a shoe designed especially for me, inspired by my wedding gown and my personality.

The limited-edition shoe line was made using Swarovski crystals and so were mine, 9 years ago! I am sharing a photo of my wedding shoes along with my favorite shoes from this limited edition shoe collection.

Did you have your wedding shoes made? How did they look like? Send me a photo, I'd love to see them =)

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Photos and info via here

February 18, 2015

Gisele Bündchen covers Vogue China - March 2015

Like a sweet summer breeze and with flowers in her hair, Gisele is wearing beautiful designer dresses for Vogue China's March issue, photographed by Mario Testino and styled by Anastasia Barbieri. Swoon...

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Photos via here

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