Tag Archive: Valentino

Jan 16 2015

Fashion: My Top Five SS15 Campaigns

SS15-Valentino-Michal-PudelNormally for me it is the autumn/winter campaigns that really brings the fashion alive, maybe I say that because for me the winter collections are what I love to see on the catwalk, but these five fashion houses are really making me love spring/summer with their incredible fashion ads.

There is a stripped back feel to all the campaigns this season, I don’t mean that there isn’t as much money pouring into them or that they are less creative, just that the clothes are doing the talking rather than a celebrity face, well except Julia Roberts, who even appears in complete contrast to her perfume ambassadors days in a make-up free shot for the Givenchy campaign. There is a hint of darkness in some, especially Valentino and Prada, as well as oozing coolness from the likes of Chloé and Coach.

It was hard to pick just five campaigns to be honest as I absolutely love Kit Harington for Jimmy Choo, Joan Didion showing that age is just a number for Celine and Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn looking stunning for Burberry.

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First up Valentino, not only are they gorgeous, as always, I love the cinematographic vision of this campaign, as well as the darkness and the beauty of the floating models. But what I absolutely love about this campaign is that it isn’t shot by Steven Meisel, or Tim Walker, or Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, which don’t get me wrong I adore, but I am so pleased to see a major fashion house tapping a relatively unknown photographer in Slovakian Michal Pudelka to helm their spring/summer 2015 campaign.

Shot in Tuscany on the beaches and in the woods of Punta Ala, there is something mesmerising and spooky about this campaign, as well as poetic and romantic that I adore and I really think it standouts out from the rest.

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In total contrast with have an uber cool campaign from Coach, shot by Steven Meisel his second campaign for the New York-based accessories and apparel brand, and I really think it showcases British designer Stuart Vevers‘ updated vision for the brand to make it equally about the bags as well as clothes, while adding that laidback cool feel, which really comes across in the muted pastel palette of the group shot. Plus can we please also discuss how incredible Valery Kaufman looks? For me she is one of hot models of the moment.

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Normally ad campaigns are filled with celebrities, not that I don’t like that, but I feel that Julia Roberts for Givenchy, shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott is different, maybe it is because they are in black and white, maybe it is because she isn’t wearing any make-up, or maybe it is down to the fact they deliberately avoid using her famous smile in the images.

Like with Valentino there is a darkness to the images, while still having that sexiness that Julia is known for, as well as a hint of masculinity, the pants suit shot has to be my favourite. But I think what makes this a great campaign, styled by Katy England, has to be how honest it is, which is unusual in the fashion industry.

I just adore that it isn’t the Pretty Woman Julia Roberts that everyone expects and loves, for me this is a so much better, I really think she looks beautiful.

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Prada is always one of my favourite campaigns, do you remember the chic gas station from a couple of seasons ago, and the chess board setting? I feel that Miuccia Prada and Steven Meisel really make a great team and this is another strong campaign that really is a lot moodier than you expect from Prada, which is probably why I like it even more.

I really do love the offbeat details from this campaign such as the wet-look, matted hair, the haunted looks on the models faces, as well as the odd placement of the accessories, which works well with the contradictory storyline of a woman that exudes confidence, is uninhibited and carefree, while still remaining in control.

The black and white images are my favourite, especially the seductive bedroom scene, where she has just casually flung herself onto her bed, as well as the graffiti pastel backdrop you can just about make-out. The campaign really does highlight how strong the Prada bag collection is this season.

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OK, so this isn’t the most creative or technical of campaigns, but it is the one each season I gush over, as one day I hope that I will be a Chloé girl and that I too will be able to pull off that 70’s vibe. Basically I have a serious girl crush not only on the brand but on the perfect Chloé girls that model the campaign, which this season is the gorgeous Caroline Trentini and Eniko Mihalik, who both just have a nymph-like quality about them floating down the sandy beach in their maxi dresses.

As well as the beautiful models, this campaign, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin also has the most stunning setting in Paradise Cove, California, which has so been filed away in my wanderlust folder on Pinterest, the striking horses, as well as the chic Drew bag that is high on my SS15 wishlist.

This campaign is basically the idyllic summer I dream of each year.

SS15-Chloe-2For more SS15 campaigns head on over to the Fashionista Barbie Facebook page

Dec 11 2014

Editorial Loving: Vogue Paris – Real-Life Designer Barbie Dolls

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It has been a while since I have actually posted something on my blog that hasn’t had something to do with my wedding, sorry about that but I hope you understand that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I just had to share. So, before I bombard you with photographs from my UK celebrations that fingers crossed you all want to see, I thought I would showcase this amazing editorial from the latest issue of Vogue Paris with real-life designer Barbie dolls.

I have always dreamed of a collection full of designer Barbie dolls, I have a Karl Lagerfeld, a Dior, a Kate Spade one, complete with a little dog, a Coach doll with the cutest bag I wish I would steal, as well as a trio of Christian Louboutin dolls with better footwear than me, so I literally gasped aloud when I saw this beautiful and creative editorial taking inspiration from the Moschino Barbie collection and dressing up each real-life doll in looks from the likes of Valentino, Chanel, Gucci and Miu Miu.

What I love most about this editorial shot by Giampaolo Sgura has to be the fact that models Elizabeth Erm and Magdalena Frackowiak have been shot like Barbie dolls inside their boxes, it is as though they are sat on a shelf in a toy store waiting for me to take them home.

The styling by creative duo Claire Dhelens and Celia Azoulay is outstanding, not only are they showcasing the designer’s latest collections but they really do illustrate what the brand is about – from the butterflies and flowers of Valentino to the David Bowie vibes of Saint Laurent, and the fun-girl pompoms of Miu Miu, and don’t get me started on the equestrian chicness of Gucci, I basically need Mattel to make that happen stat!!

It is hard to pick a favourite, I do love the total Barbie vibes of Moschino, as well as the accessories of the Louis Vuitton doll, she even has her very own doll-sized trunk, seriously swooning over that, and a Ralph Lauren air-stewardess dressed all in gold is super fun, but I think my heart belongs to Chanel, did you see her make-up, her pearl jewellery and her handbags.

It seems Barbie is very much in fashion at the moment and I love this creative-twist on showcasing the latest collections, it must have taken a lot of hours to build the sets and to meticulously attach all the accessories, and I just love that the models are such great dolls!!!

Which real-life Barbie doll is your favourite?

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[Pics: Giampaolo Sgura for Vogue Paris]

Oct 09 2014

London Film Festival: Keira Knightley In Valentino

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Who: Keira Knightley

Where: At the opening night gala screening of “The Imitation Game” during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square, London

Wearing: A gold lace haute couture Valentino gown from the autumn/winter 2014 couture collection, teamed with red Charlotte Olympia heels and David Morris earrings

Verdict: One thing you are guaranteed with Keira Knightley is elegance and she certainly delivers that in this gorgeous embroidered gold lace tiered couture gown. I love everything about this gown, from the colour to the romantic lace embroidery to the long-sleeves, however I am not frilled by those red suede heels with this look.

As well as adoring the gown, I have to gush over her incredible pink and white diamond Pagoda earrings from David Morris, aren’t they just divine.

I also couldn’t help think that if this gown was in white how it would make an exquisite wedding gown – romantic, modern and stunning. I know, I have weddings on the brain, but I just think it would be perfect for a bride wanting romance and glam on her big day.

Are you a fan of Keira’s gold luxe lace Valentino gown?

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Mar 04 2014

Vanity Fair Oscar Party: Diane Kruger In Valentino & Jaeger-LeCoultre

VF-Party-Diane-KrugerWho: Diane Kruger

Where: At the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2014 in West Hollywood, California

Wearing: A sheer lace Valentino Couture gown featuring cape detailing and three-quarter sleeves from the spring/summer 2014 collection, teamed with black heels, a black beaded clutch and her Jaeger-LeCoultre watch

Verdict: It is Diane Kruger’s ability to bring something different to the red carpet that I missed her from the main event. The actress is like a chameleon she never really goes for the same thing twice and really takes fashion risks that nearly always come off.

This gorgeous Valentino Couture was a look that wowed me and really shows that the Vanity Fair party does bring out the best fashion on the night, the stars can be a little more edgy and sexy and this dress has that and more going for it.

There aren’t many actresses that could pull off this vampy elegant look, I think this is where her model body really works well as she can take something from the runway to the red carpet with ease. I know some people won’t like this look, which makes me go why the hell not, because I absolutely love the decadence and texture of the gown and styling.

As well as wearing a fab dress, the actress went for an intricate braided look done by hairstylist Kylee Heath using Morroccanoil products, which was easily one of the best hairdo’s of the night. It is sweet, charming, while still complimenting the edgy, sexy sheer dress.

I know I am bias, I am a little obsessed with Diane Kruger, but this is one flawless look.

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[Pics: Courtesy of Venturelli/Getty Images for  Jaeger-LeCoultre & Moroccanoil]

Jan 27 2014

Grammy Awards: Katy Perry In Valentino Couture

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The Grammy’s were held last night in Los Angeles and as always I found the red carpet to be a little predictable – metallics, shimmering fabrics, tight, tight and a very tight, and the odd quirky look to showcase the musician on the red carpet.

One star I can generally depend on to wow me has to be Katy Perry, do you remember when she wore that gorgeous sky blue Elie Saab gown in 2012, well last night she was a vision in tulle wearing a stunning Valentino Couture gown that might look a little familiar, yep it is one that I featured on my Couture Bride post last week.

Other that the fact it was fresh off the runway, I love that it seemed to have been made for the Grammy Awards with the embroidered musical notes on the tulle skirt. It is fun, elegant and romantic all at the same time and it really does look like a work of art. Apparently this beautiful gown took 1,600 hours to do all the embroidery – the craftsmanship is sublime.

Not content with just one look from Valentino’s spring couture collection, Katy also looked incredible in a shorter red tulle with a feathered serpent to the after party. As much as I love the red carpet gown, and I do, I think this flirty number is my favourite – I love the rich colour of the dress and the snake motif. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!katy-perry-grammys-valentinoMadonna-ralph-lauren

Another great look I just had to share was Madonna wearing a wide-leg Ralph Lauren tuxedo with a black felt gaucho hat, a sparkly fingerless glove, and a grill, yep if you saw her interview on E! she showed off her mouth jewellery.

If I can forget about the grill, as I hate them, I love, love, love this mannish look from Madonna. I am a huge fan of girlies in suits and this one will be remembered I am sure. Also no-one else works the red carpet like Madonna!!!

Were you a fan of Katy Perry’s and Madonna’s looks at last night’s Grammy Awards? 

[Pics: via Facebook.com/Valentino & facebook.com/RalphLaurenUK]

Dec 14 2013

Nobel Peace Prize Concert: Claire Danes In Valentino

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Who: Claire Danes

Where: At the 20th annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert held in Oslo

Wearing: A floral macramé Valentino gown from the spring 2014 collection, teamed with simple jewellery and a swept-back updo

Verdict: Claire Danes is usually the one to wear a minimal-yet-elegant looks, so seeing her look so colourful in this statement Valentino gown was a very pleasant surprise.

This dress for me is a slice of art, don’t you think that this floral masterpiece would look amazing as a tapestry on the wall? As a gown it is divine, a statement piece and I love that Claire kept the styling to a minimum adding only drop earrings and a diamond bracelet.

This look gives me hope that the up-coming award season we might be seeing a very different side of Claire.

What are you thoughts on this arty-looking gown?

[Pic: facebook.com/valentino]

Aug 09 2013

Cover Loving: Nina Dobrev In Dior For Cosmopolitan

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There have been some different poses on the September issues – there was Kate Perry doing the Flamingo for ELLE UK, the criss-cross legs and arms craziness of Jennifer Aniston for US Glamour, and then a pose I think Tyra Banks would be impressed with – the lovely Nina Dobrev doing the ‘oops my shoe just came off’ on the cover of US Cosmopolitan.

The Vampire Diaries star looks absolutely incredible on the cover in a gorgeous houndstooth Dior dress teamed with matching Valentino heels – this awkward pose isn’t easy to pull off but she really does it with ease while keeping her face and expression looking amazing. Plus I don’t normally care so much about the cover lines, but I do love how Cosmo wrapped them perfectly to show off her flawless figure.

I think I just love how Cosmo this cover is!!!

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Shot by Matthias Vriens-McGrath and styled by Aya Kanai, the cover story continues to impress inside with a fashion editorial featuring looks from Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, more Valentino, and that Gucci dress that everyone can’t get enough of – we’ve seen Jennifer Lopez in it, Olivia Wilde and Chloë Moretz.

My favourite look though has to be this gorgeous Michael Kors with the orange skirt teamed with those hot laced-up boots in front of such a picturesque background – plus her hair, braided to the side is just divine.

Are you a fan of Nina Dobrev’s debut Cosmo cover?

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