The spring season always brings to me a sense of romance. Here are some entre flores pictures, straight out of a fairy tale. Woodsy settings, crystal and tulle covered gowns for an enchanted afternoon. 


The CHARME POUDRE ~ Iris Apfel

This month's issue of Architectural Digest pays tribute to the fashion guru, decorator and cofounder of Old World Weavers, Iris Apfel. Here some pictures in the New York City apartment she shares with her husband, Carl.The octogenarian grande Dame's apartment boasts all the delights of a well-lived life. Here her eclectic fashion sense in some bold and playful ensembles from her extensive wardrobe (Photograph courtesy of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art). "Clothes are not frippery. Properly done, they can be an art form" says Apfel. 


The weather has been acting pretty weird these past couple of days. Yesterday it was hailing and this morning it was raining... Not exactly perfect weather conditions for a relaxing Sunday by the sea. Instead, here are some random seaside pictures I love!


The PHOTO ~ Kate

"There's only one thing the world loves more than a beautiful girl, and that's a beautiful girl who's a little bit bad".


The ART ~ Agnieszka Kurek

The perfect view, 2008, oli on canvas, 140x200 cm
Born on 1984 in Cracow, she now lives in Bassano del Grappa close to Venice. A degree in Fine Art from the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Caracow and a scholarship from Painting Faculty of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. With individual exhibition at ’Salotto Fiorentino’ in Florence, ‘Raven Gallery’ in Cracow and Paris, she's an emerging artist to have eyes focused on.  "While painting, with the very classical medium of the oil paints, I'm creating an extremely esthetic spaces, situations, recently landscapes, or portraits, or just selected fragments of reality. The world in canvas is described with perfect, precise lines. Colours are always intense, contrasting, and saturated.Ultra esthetic paintings suddenly become minimal with surrealistic poetic. 


The MUSTHAVE ~ Walk the Line!

Bold stripes are in for spring. The creations of Prada, Jil Sander, Stella McCartney, Celine, Marc Jacobs and others brings some graphic appeal to the warmer season. Broad or slim, vertical or horizontal, très français or nautical style this season is an highlighting of stripes. There is absolutely no excuse to be looking drab and plain this season, when all of our favorite designers have given us the green light to go. Be bold in the most graphic pattern of the season wearing it head-to-toe.


The PHOTO ~ Lui & Lei

The MUSTHAVE ~ Color up!

With look-at-me hues this Spring Summer 2011 belongs to clashing colors lovers. Here a bunch of random pictures that inspire me at the moment and get me in the mood for sunny days ahead.. Outfits take a dazzling new turn with a palette of neon shades. Select a wardrobe of bold colorful and vibrant pieces and accessories and add a splash of colour to you spring summer!



“It's not the having, it's the getting”.
“I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can't possess radiance, you can only admire it”. 
“I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them”.
“I've only slept with men I've been married to. How many women can make that claim?”.
“It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting”.
“The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues”.


The RUNWAY ~ (Wo)Man Ray

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Fall-Winter 2011/2012 Ready-To-Wear collection takes varied inspirations: Disney's 101 Dalmatians, Dracula and Strangler in the night. Though the expertly fashioned garments, the results it's a lot of confusion and not a main clear theme collection. He should't have let the 101 Dalmatians out of the showroom!  
Castelbajac's show draws upon a surrealism undercurrent with citations of Elsa Schiaparelli eccentric hats, Dalì's mustache and Man Ray's masterpieces. A collection he dubbed "Woman Ray". Nevertheless it's another example that can be added to the long list of the use of art icons in fashion. Unfortunately not a good one. The positive thing is that using famous photographs by Man Ray on the dresses might be an efficient way to practise art history these days. There was no creative effort. Castelbajac creative phase culminated in the presentation of the moodboard. A mere copy and paste on the dress that is symptomatic of a lack of inspiration. Or to be precise, inspiration it's the only thing which he have thought. 'A propos, do you remember Victor and Rolf Fall 2008 collection? ...


The MUSTHAVE ~ Polka Dots

Polka dots were the most popular prints propagated by designers  for the spring summer 2011 season. Polka dots, among the timeless designs used to decorate dresses, is reenergized and feeling fresh again. The print add a hint of summer breeze to your classy dull outfits and provides you to blur the monotony of your look. To have an insight for your sight-pampering outfits, check out some of the hottest and bizarre ideas lined up on the runway I've selected. As seen on fashion frontrunners this spring dots result in spot-on style.  Off the runways, polka dots are already receiving attention from style icons like Alexa Chung, Erin Wasson and Olivia Palermo.


The MUSTHAVE ~ Sweater, belt and long skirt

Angelo Marani
It’s Friday, and we’re in love. Yes, we do happen to be listening to the Cure, but Robert Smith is not the only romantic round here, where next winter's concerned, romance is rife. Next Fall Winter 2011/2012 season one of trends are billowing long floaty skirts to match with sweaters and belts. Better if ballerina-inspired plisse skirts down to the floor. Pleats rule the roost next winter. Also this spring lightweight skirts is a must: long lines that sweep the floor for full-on romance. Take inspiration from Chloe‘s ballet-inspired skirts, Lanvin‘s long flowing and leg-flashers skirts and J. Mendel.


The BACKSTAGE ~ Bizarre Fall 11 12

A photograph selection of the most bizzare backstaging from Fall Winter 2011/2012 shows. A different perspective of people and models attending the shows or hanging around the venue. Remeber the post for the Spring Summer 2011? If you've missed it, check it out here.


The OFF-CATWALK ~ London allure by Tommy Ton

The photoblogger Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil, is back in London. The vibrant and cosmopolitan nature of London make London Fashion Week tickets even more highly coveted than the latest Chloe handbag. The glamour of the event is highly seductive and London Fashion Week tickets offer entry into a world of celebrities, fashion designers, fantastic clothes, beautiful models and vats of Champagne. The fashion glitterati certainly know how to stage an event and every single day of the London Fashion Week is guaranteed to have a sizzling party atmosphere. It runs from Friday 18th - Wednesday 22nd February 2011. Over 25 years  2009's London Fashion Week marked the 25th anniversary of both the event itself, and the British Fashion Council.

The OFF-CATWALK ~ New York Fashion Week by Photodiarist 2

Another fabulous Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2011 has come to an end in New York. Here the second part of  the Newyorker photoblogger The Photodiarist, a few photographs of the people attending the shows or hanging around the venue. The Photodiarist met quite a few of the big name fashion bloggers and a number of well known editors and creative directors, including Anna Wintour, Emmanuelle Alt, Grace Coddington, Glenda Bailey and Anna Dello Russo. As I always suggest you and for those of you who haven't noticed her work, check them out here. For those readers who are less into fashion and more into her usual works, don't worry. The Photodiarist didn't change into a fashion blog. She promised the blog will soon return to normal. 
"I must say, it has been a good fashion week for me. I only wish I had the time (and not as much work) to go to London, Milan and Paris. Since NYFW comes around only twice a year, I must indulge in a little street/fashion week style".


The OFF-CATWALK ~ New York Fashion Week by Photodiarist

Newyorker photoblogger The Photodiarist is in action at New York Fashion Week. I've already written about her  works here and here Interesting to see how this photographer turns her lens on the well-dressed people of New York . She says: "I am a diarist of ordinary moments that move me. I gravitate towards black and white photography but still celebrate color. I love the candid capture but respect the power of the choreographed moment. I study the rules of phos+graphis but am compelled periodically to ignore them". My suggestion? Check out daily The Photodiarist for a new yorker perspective.


The OFF-CATWALK ~ Mr Newton hearts NYFW

Stylist June Ambrose
Street style photographer Mr. Newton turns his lens on the well-dressed women of New York Fashion Week. Here are my personal favorites. 

The OFF-CATWALK ~ New York Fashion Week by Tommy Ton

One of my favourite photoblogger Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil, is back in action at New York Fashion Week.


The MUSTHAVE ~ Black transparencies

Dolce & Gabbana
The transparency is a must this spring summer 2011. Some transparencies as symbols of femininity are everywhere, both in the day or night looks: tunics, pantsuits or evening gowns. And the lace comes back to seduce with sophisticated textures that creates a bold transparency. Lace in all of its possible variants - the kinds that appear on vintage tablecloths, curtains and lingerie. The classic symbol of pure femininity, encompassing the transparency of desire and the sleek aura of modernity. Entire or as a details that break up, the transparency dominate. It's time to seduce with your lingerie.


The INTERIOR ~ Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler is my biggest interior design icon. For those of you who have never heard of her, she's  a distinguished interior designer and tastemaker best known for her enchanting take on interiors and the luxury lifestyle (more). The centerfold model turned interior designer has placed her undeniable style on the swankiest hotels and homes from L.A. to Anguilla. I can't tell you how much i'm loving her projects. Here some of her works, a creative process about experimentation, taking risks and having a free spirit. She says "I approach each project with the intent to make it beautiful and give it soul. I have trays for each project where I gather vibe inspiration like materials from my library, new elements of beauty – anything that catches my eye. Each tray represents a space in a project. They are constantly evolving and keep me organized. The trays become little collections of each project". There’s nothing subtle about Kelly’s designs. You either love it or not. They’re bright. They’re bold. They’re daring. They’re not to be ignored. I admire them and find them to be works of arts and inspiring, especially when combined with antique elements.

The RUNWAY ~ SS 2011 Chanel Haute Couture

The Chanel Spring-Summer 2011 Haute Couture collection has created a dazzling bridge between the 1920s and the 21st century.
Low waists, slender busts and delicate feet encased in ballerina shoes with transparent ribbons have been combined with the colors of clouds or pearls and waves of shimmering spangles, while embroidered shirts have been paired with Couture jeans that lengthen the legs to infinity… It is a younger look that is lighter than ever, rejecting any kind of bourgeois heaviness. The collection is characterized by total grace and luxurious materials that make their mark with skilled understatement, recapturing a style that came as second nature to Coco Chanel… Here some pictures of the backstage photographed by Benoît Peverelli.

The EDITORIAL ~ Audacious pieces

Models Ilse de Boer and Maud Welzen pose for the February edition of Marie Claire Italia where the duo wears the most colorful and audacious pieces from the spring season. Ilse and Maud don voluminous hair and form-fitting ensembles. The duo wears labels such as Valentino, Jil Sander and Versace. Photographed by Taki Bibelas and styled by Ivana Spernicelli. Even if after the first two images this story lost it's energy, the added effects give the feeling of a warm summer sunset.


The CAMPAIGN ~ Chloé

Chloe S/S 2011 campaign features Malgosia Bela and Iselin Steiro photographed by David Sims. The spring campaign give us a simple and clean series of advertisements. Natural, elegant and serene. Simple shapes and silhouettes, earthy nude tones from the latest collection. Elegance in its purest form. There's nothing quite like a Chloe Girl.

The EDITORIAL ~ Marvellous Excess

I've already posted a shot of this amazing powdered editorial here. It's definitely one of my favourite editorials. Is it maybe cause of the main colour used?! Images originally published in Vogue Italia (March 2004) as Marvellous Excess. Natalia  photographed by Glen Luchford.

The CAMPAIGN ~ Natalia for Etam

Natalia Vodianova is the face of Etam’s lingerie and ready to wear Spring 2011 campaigns. The enchanted garden setting reminds me of a famous picture of Audrey Hepburn.


The RUNWAY ~ Elie Saab Spring 2011

Long tulle and organza gowns. Romantic and delicate. Ethereal. Softer delicate femininity. Sparkling details. High waisted silhouette. Fairytale-esque gowns. Soft lavender. Silver and yellow hues. Sequined and lace garments. Flowers at the shoulder. Grosgrain at the waist. Organza flowers and tatters of mousseline. 

One thing that’s always consistent about Paris Haute Couture is Elie Saab. And the spring 2011 season happens to be no exception to the rule. More than this I think that this is one of the best of the last years. I simply adore the latest couture outing.

The RUNWAY ~ Jean Paul Gaultier Couture

I loved this Paris Haute Couture Week. But I couldn't help notice lot of references made to fashion history designers (here Dior SS 2011 Haute Couture). And when I first saw the spring 2011 couture showing from Jean Paul Gaultier, immediately came to my mind a portrait of Regina Relang that I love. Was only a simple casualness?
A stated tribute to those golden glamorous years or a lack in inspiration?

The RUNWAY ~ Jean Paul Gaultier Rock Parisian Couture

Crosses.Punk rock. Parisian glamour. Retro '20 and '50 parisian silhouettes. Faux-hawks. Cinched waists. Form-fitting silhouettes. Sheer materials. Shimmering black. A mix of the masculine and feminine. 

The RUNWAY ~ Valentino Spring 2011

Closing Paris Haute Couture Week. Iridescent materials. Ruffles. Long and loose-fitting silhouettes. A couture dream. Feminine frocks of lace. The magic is in the details. A powdered dream.


The RUNWAY ~ The Dior New Look is back

Dior started off Paris Haute Couture week today showing off retro silhouettes and bold makeup for a strong spring 2011 showing. Voluminous shapes with cinched waists, airy hats . John Galliano gave a runway show of utmost retro opulence and glamour. 
New Look: 64 years ago, those same two words signified one of the most important changes the fashion world has seen. In 1947, the couturier Christian Dior introduced his New Look that transformed women's appearances after years of military and civilian uniforms. New look radical style featuring rounded shoulders, cinched waists and ultra-feminine skirts was a dramatic change from wartime austerity styles. Dior’s lavish use of material was a bold and shocking stroke. His style used yards and yards of fabric.



The PHOTO ~ Erik Madigan Heck

Erik Madigan Heck is not your average 25-year-old in the fashion and art industry’s. This guy has a portfolio and cv that is hard to compete with. Having photographed for designers such Lanvin, Rick Owens, Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rodarte and Helmut Lang. 
Erik’s work as a photographer, publisher and cultural theorist has intertwined significantly with the world of ‘A’ in 2010, as can be seen in Giambattista Valli’s A#10. The work of photographer and nomenus quarterly Erik Madigan Heck is consistently noteworthy. I am personally most impressed by the distinct style of photography he has developed. His shoots have a rinasciment aura.  

The ART ~ Igor + André ♥ Proenza Schouler

Here it is again. 
I love Danny Roberts artworks. And I love how his work turned out even this time. He got inspiration from Proenza Schouler Spring 2011 Campaign. Danny make also a video and put one song of a band called "Foster the People". One of his best friends, Sean Cimino, is part of this band.


The PHOTO ~ Nirrimi

These pictures of the photographer nirrimi are so lovely and wistful and sharp and witty...the recurring pops of vivid red are a fascinating counterpoint to the overall sense of softness. She says about her: 
"teenage gypsy with a camera in my hands and the entire world at my feet. it's a tough job to choose which moments to keep alive forever, but i live for it".
"i have a feeling my pictures will evolve as my life does, into more warmth and realness. i'm finding my feet and planting them in the soil much deeper now. but the gypsy blood still flows. joyous new years. make memories you are proud to keep".



The MUSTHAVE ~ Fuzzy Jumper

Mohair blend jumpers. Love the fuzzy jumper trend. Serenity and nostalgia. Autum leaves. Some hot chocolate. Airiness. Similar to soft refuges. Warm and soft. Voluminous and intricate like a nest. As dense as a cloud. Sea-sponge effect. Delicacy and lightness. Just wrap me up. 


The PHOTO ~ Ulyana

Here some works of the russian talented photographer Ulyana Sergeenko. She brings 1940/1950’s fashion back not only in her personal outfits but also in her shoots.




The BLOGGER ~Ulyana~

Russian talented photographer Ulyana Sergeenko brings 1940/1950’s fashion back to Paris, which is always a good thing. I love her style.







The EDITORIAL ~ Lightweight

Underneath golden light, Sally Gordon strips down for photographer Amie Milne’s most recent work for Pulp Magazine. With beauty by Raeoni Davies, Sally exudes sensuality and seduction in lightweight lingerie pieces.