vintage leather jacket

Just before I went on my short holidays, I’ve started sorting out my stuff – things I need to get rid off before October (THE date!). Somewhere in the depth of my boxroom (or rather ‘boxwardrobe’) I found a vintage leather jacket.

It’s really vintage – from about 25 years ago, and was bought by my parents and never really worn (!) so the quality is overwhelming. Sadly it’s way too big for me and I have to sell it 😦

But still – it’s a great find and I hope someone will embrace it. Wonder what more is waiting for me? And what treasures do you have in your own boxroom? 😉


H&M collaborates… with Versace

H&M’s collaborations became quite famous and causes a lot of fuss every time the new designer is supposed to be unveiled (eg. it was rumored that this fall collaboration might be with Bottega Veneta).

It all started in November 2004 when the brand offered first diffusion lines’ pieces (in selected stores) designed by  Karl Lagerfeld. It was followed by the collections by Stella McCartney in November 2005 and by Victor & Rolf in November 2006.

However in, this time, March 2007 H&M collaborated with pop queen herself – Madonna, only to collaborate with game developers Maxin in June to create The Sims 2 collection.

But in November 2007 the brand was back with some high-octane fashion, new pieces designed by Roberto Cavalli. In 2007 they also launched a line designed by Minogue (but available only in China).

By the time in 2008 H&M teamed up with exclusive (and unfortunately underrater in Europe) brand Comme des Garçons.

In 2009 we had a pleasure to have two lines designed by Matthew Williamson (one of my favourite designers!) – one for women and one for men (for the first time). Also in 2009 the brand launched collection of shoes and handbags by Jimmy Choo, and also some pieces of clothing designed by him. Sonia Rykiel collaboration was in 2009 as well, the line included ladies knitwear and lingerie.

In November 2010 we had a pleasure to buy some Lanvin, as it was the next collaboration.

For SS 2011 the brand teamed up with blogger Elin Kling, only to collaborate with… Versace for its newest collection! (in selected stores in November).

So… are you as excited to see new Donatella’s designs of iconic pieces as I am?


Royal Ascot 2011 fashion

It’s the most formal and fabulous event of the summer – Royal Ascot – and the dress code is strict and the fashion ante is set to high octane.

Everyone knows the golden rules… DO wear a hat and DON’T swear in front of the Queen.

The Royal Ascot, which takes place annually in UK, is now over and it’s time for a quick fashion review. Judging by the photos one may feel that horse rides aren’t the most important during the five-day-long event. Eg. during the Ladies Day (this year 16.06) every woman who has self-respect wear the Hat. Not any hat. A hat which is the most original (all colors and cuts allowed) and beautiful one so she is featured in the papers afterwards. Consequently we have a great laugh watching the press and looking at, sometimes ridiculous, hats.

14.06.

Isabell Kristensen

Holly Valance

Jackie St Clair

Danielle Linekar

Camille The Dutchess of Cornwall

Princess Sohie of Wessex

Princess Anne of Wessex

The Queen

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York

Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell

Anneka Tanaka-Svenska

15.06

 

16.06 (Ladies Day)

Carole Middleton

Milliner David Shilling

17.06

Princess Eugenie of York

Dame Shirley Bassey

The Queen and the Duke Of Edinburgh

 

18.06

The Queen and the Duchess of Devonshire

 

So… how do YOU feel about the Royal Ascot fashion? It certainly is interesting. The royalty mostly succedded to be elegant and not funny (props to Princesses of York for huge step ahead since Royal Wedding in April). But what about others?

In my opinion some outfits in general and some hats in particular are great and some are just terrible – just like at any other event one may say.

I felt in love with Isabell Kristensen hat worn by designer herself – I can totally imagine myself wearing it. Also peacock themed hat is really beautiful… but hat’s with whole miniature birds sticked to them? No way. Also a huge no-no to an iHat, a balloon hat, a hat with teacups, and all hats which are way bigger than a head, or even in a size of a one’s torso. Ridiculous. It’s not a fancy-dress ball after all.

But thinking about Royal Ascot… I think I may even make a fool of myself and wear a funny hat if it was a condition to get an invitation and one of those hats 😉

Photo credits: Mark Large/Getty Images/Ap/PA/EPA/Splash/Wire Images/Rex Features/Goff Photos

Feeling romantic?

It’s so hot, sultry and stuffy today that I only can wear loose clothes. I also feel quite girly and romantic today. I wanted to mix it all in my new stylization and I think I succedded. What’s your opinion?

I used this loose t-shirt but I think I might put it in the skirt to get a nicer look (loose but not too loose…).  I love quite everything that I used here (I’m not 100% sure about this bag, but it suits this look), especially the snake ring – too bad it costs a small fortune!  (but I will find a cheaper match one day, hopefully )

Full Tilt t-shirt (via amazon)

Opening Ceremony skirt

DressRail wedges

Rebecca Tylor bag

Elise Dray ring

chaoskittens hearts necklace

Disney Couture key necklace

Alexander McQueen scarf


SFA 2011 fashion

This year’s SFA (Scottish Fashion Awards) took place yesterday… and I am quite disappointed by the red carpet looks. I am honestly wondering if all fashion awards became suddenly unformal events somehow (and I missed that moment?!!)? Because it’s what you may feel after seeing outfits presented at CFDA and SFA galas.

Those are FASHION awards, so you might expect to see some spectacular outfits, right? No. But if you did, you are (like me) undoubtfully disappointed. We saw some great pieces – rarely. Mostly we witnessed women lost in the concept of those award shows, trying to look nice (and most of them succedded) but at the same time improper for the occasion (but it was already widely debated in the comments in CFDA post).

Here… I do love Tessa Harman’s dress and Hilary Alexander’s necklace, but their outfits in general – not so much. But then I think that Dame Shirley Bassey, Julia Hannah, Louise Linton (well, here, she might have overachieved the evening look 😉 ), Lulu, Nina Porter and Yasmin got it right 🙂

Julia Hannah

Dame Shirley Bassey: custom Graeme Black dress

Freya Mavor: Pringle of Scotland dress

Laura Whitmore

Lulu

Samantha Cameron (left): Christopher Kane SS11 dress, Jimmy Choo heels

Tessa Harman (right): Holly Fulton dress

Laura MaMonagle

Hilary Alexander

Lizzie Cundy

Yasmin

Louise Linton

Bip Ling

Noelle Ren

Nina Porter: Roksanda dress


Block the color this summer!

Award galas done – blogged, gossiped and reviewed. Now it’s time to get back to real blogging 🙂

One of the main trends of this summer (and spring) is color block. I have to admit I didn’t like it at first, mainly because I couldn’t picture myself wearing anything like this. I thought it’s way too colorfull, way too ‘screaming for attention’ and that it’s just too much for one outfit and people are gonna look like clowns wearing it. It took me weeks and lots of exemplary outfits to become reconciled.

I think this (from the lack of a better word) fear originates from character (if we agree that clothes are a way to describe and show oneself to the world). I used to be quite shy and I still don’t like to rivet anyone’s attention (too much of it at least) so this outfit was a definite  no-no for me. But well… summer came and I had a change of heart. Or maybe a change of character too.

Now I think it does not necesserily absorb attention but it’s absolutely the best way for a cool, funky and summer-ish outfit. It inspired this suggestion for a more elegant color block (pink + turqouise + orange) outfit. Summer garden party anyone? C’mon weekend is nearly here!

Rebecca Taylor sand-washed silk-habotai ruffled dress

Vanessa Bruno suede and rope sandals

Palace Blue Kashmir Paisley Silk Scarf (by The Kashmir Company)

Marc by Marc Jacobs natasha leather cross-body bag

The Row round-frame acetate sunglasses

A Kind of Fine alex’s sterling silver coral wrap bracelet

Orange Rhinestone bracelet and earrings (from Archive Vintage)



Note: I’m going hiking for the whole Friday so I won’t be able to moderate your comments until late evening (GMT time). But please, comment anyway – I love reading them 🙂


GLAMOUR Awards 2011 fashion

There are so many awards’ galas recently, aren’t there? Now it’s time to take a look at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2011, which took place in London day before yesterday. For the list of winners visit their website (and is it pointless to say that I’m quite disappointed with the results?).

Once again we have an opportunity to see celebrities’ style & choices (or their stylists’).

I especially like Katherine Jenkins and Naomie Harris outfits – good job! You?

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: Stella McCartney dress, Salvatore Ferragamo bag, Christian Louboutin heels, Tiffany&Co. earrings, her own ring

Kristen Stewart: Balmain dress

Daisy Lowe: Versace dress

Gemma Arterton: Gucci dress

Kim Kardishian: Dolce&Gabbana gown

Jessie J: Dolce&Gabbana dress

Eliza Doolittle: Sonia Rykiel dress

Pixie Geldof: House of Holland look

Diana Vickers: Tata Naka dress

Katherine Jenkins: Victoria Beckham dress

Davina McCall: Victoria Beckham dress

Fearne Cotton: Miu Miu dress & shoes

Jameela Jamil: Ada Zanditon look

Naomie Harris: Azzaro dress

Kristen Wiig: J.Mendel Resort 2011 gown

Alexandra Burke: D&G dress

Jo Elvin: Jimmy Choo sandals, Nina Ricci dress