Haute Couture For Better Times: Vionnet Fall – Winter 2013/4

If there’s something that ALWAYS makes me feel better is fashion; more specifically, haute couture. I don’t know, it makes me think (and believe) that better times will come.

Here, I present you my medicine garments for a rainy day. These are the best looks according to myself of Vionnet’s Fall – Winter 2013/4 Haute Couture Collection.

I summarise this collection in three words: leather, pleats and majesty.

Which one’s your fave?

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Friday is Here! Don’t Go Crazy (Yet)! First, Go Classy: Alexandre Vauthier

I know Fridays are for partying, but before we lose our senses, how about cultivating our Fashion gut? (To balance, you know?)

Alexandre Vauthier’s Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2013/4 Collection is one of the classiest yet sexiest I’ve seen, I highly recommend you to take a look.

Its main characteristics:

  • Colour Palette: Black, White, Pearl Nude
  • Cuts: Skinny Jeans with a Wrapped-Around Touch, polished tailoring
  • Key Concept: Wrap Around
  • Adjectives: Clean, Sexy, Classy
  • Attention To: See how he chooses between cleavage or legs? This way, you give your outfit an alluring touch without losing your poise.

My favourite outfits:

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Alexis Mabille: Petites Seulement (Part 3)

Yellow, crazy diamonds!

Winner’s day today and I’m sure you’re dying to know what the winner design looks like!

Well, why make you wait? Here it is. The winner of the Top 3 of the Alexis Mabille’s Spring-Summer 2013 Haute Couture Collection:

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3) Look C. Formal but feminine. It’s sort of the hybrid of the previous two looks, don’t you think? It includes the innocence of the third place and the seriousness of the second.

The flounces add this sort of royal and romantic air to the outfit, don’t they? Only high-class ladies wore them back when they were in vogue. The walking, as you might notice on the photo, gets enhanced by the delicate and caressing movement of the fabric with every step. Thanks to what? To the layers and the frills.

The amount of fabrics also serves the purpose of lengthening the figure, so you appear to be taller.

Now, the jacket, like the one on the second place, enlarges the torso. Why? Because of the belt at the waist, the buttons on the chest and the crossed neckline.

Pay attention to the way the lower part of the jacket embraces the hips: what does it do? It makes them look bigger.

An important thing to mention is the colour: white usually makes everything look larger than it really is. Again, this is why Mabille designs for petites, because his clothes provide them a silhouette.

Still, a pretty outstanding outfit, isn’t it? Would you wear it for a formal brunch?

Have a wonderful weekend, crazy diamonds. Here’s a challenge for you: I dare you to shine all over and dream on at least 17 times through Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Why? Because.

Take care. Lotta Love. Ciao!

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3rd place: http://wp.me/p2X2CO-h3

2nd place: http://wp.me/p2X2CO-h6

Photos taken from VOGUE Spain: http://www.vogue.es/desfiles/primavera-verano-2013-paris-alexis-mabille-1/7945

Alexis Mabille: Petites Seulement (Part 2)

What’s up, crazy diamonds!

Are you wowing everybody with your outfit today?

The model wearing the second place of the Top 3 of the week is! ; )

Ready or not, here it comes!

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2) Look B. I’m loving this outfit because it’s elegant and serious but sexy at the same time. I mean, look at the aperture at the skirt for the leg. Wow.

Speaking of the leg-aperture, it isn’t there only to make you look hotter; it’s actual function is making you look taller. That’s right! Taller! Because it traces a vertical line that lengthens the body.

Like the previous post, this dress is better for slender figures. Why? Because of the buttons on the chest and the bags on the sides. They make the chest and the hips look larger. This effect is reinforced by the belt on the waist.

See the neckline? How it’s sort of crossed? That enlarges the torso, as well as the little v cleavage.

Also, the fabric is very heavy, so it frowns easily. Don’t believe me? Look at the model’s abs: it seems as if there was a weird bump right there; illogical really, because we all know how the bodies of the runway models are shaped up.

The sleeves are long and adhere to the arms so they appear longer and leaner, just like in the previous look.

What do you say? Would you buy it or not really?

If you ask me, the problem with these designs is that Mabille is too used to design for men, whose bodies are configured by straight lines, unlike women’s whose bodies are shaped by curves. Materials and cuts have to be reconsidered. I guess that’s why he designs for thin women, because they’re similar to males.

Well, I hope this post helped you see what to wear or what not to wear according to your complexion.

Keep on shinning and dreaming on, crazy diamonds. That’s the only way to live.

Take care. Lotta Love. Ciao!

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Previous post: http://wp.me/p2X2CO-h3

Photos taken from VOGUE Spain: http://www.vogue.es/desfiles/primavera-verano-2013-paris-alexis-mabille-1/7945

Alexis Mabille: Petites Seulement (Part 1)

Hello, crazy diamonds!

How have you been lately, huh? Fabulous, I bet!

So, this week we’ll talk a little about Alexis Mabille, the French designer who has worked at Nina Ricci as an intern, designed jewels for Dior, and then turned into the head designer of Dior Homme.

Pretty impressive, isn’t it?

What do you say if we take a look to his Spring-Summer 2013 Haute Couture Collection? Of course, following the tradition of the Top 3.

Here’s the third place:

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1) Look A. If you looked for the word “pretty” in the dictionary, you’d find a photo of this dress. C’mon, you have to admit it! It’s the cutest thing on earth! This is what I would call an innocent lady –like garment.

Now, this is one of those dresses that look better on really thin bodies. Why? Because if you’re a woman with hips, you’d break the vertical straight lines the piece is made of. It’s like the body is already shaped on the structure of the dress.

Another reason this dress is best for skinny people, is the fact that the neckline is really low, and with those frills on the shoulders, the chest, and therefore the ribcage, look thicker; thus, you look bigger.

The long sleeves adhered to the arms make them look longer and leaner.

The belt on the waist marks a division that gives the body of the model a sort of hourglass silhouette. If it were up to me, I’d take away the ribbon.

Finally, the pleats on the skirt and the length of it add to the movement some kind of childish motion, due to the playfulness and freedom of the fabric.

The shoes are cute, though it would look better with pointy nude stilettos.

The colour is perfect for the season and one of the classiest on the palette.

Agree?

Gotta go, crazy diamonds, but you go step outside and be childish and cute like today’s design. Shine all over. Dream on. Who knows what might happen if you do ; )

Take care. Lotta Love. Ciao!

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Photos taken from VOGUE Spain: http://www.vogue.es/desfiles/primavera-verano-2013-paris-alexis-mabille-1/7945

Ulyana Sergeenko: The New Kid On The Fashion Week (Part 3)

Yellow, there!

How’s your day today, huh? Perfect, of course, and you know why? Because it’s Thursday! And Thursdays are “Winner’s Day”! And if you’re reading this you certainly are one of them ; )

Speaking of, ready to meet the winner of Ulyana Sergeenko’s Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2013 Collection Top 3?

Here it comes!

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3) Look C. What a dress, ladies and gentlemen! What a dress! I mean, look at it! It’s the word gorgeous incarnated! * – *

Fabric. The colour of the fabric I just love. Green is the colour of the year and this one brings light to her face, making her features softer and taking years away from her face. Perfect for the season, obviously, I mean, spring equals vegetation and life and flowers and nature in general.

Cleavage/Neckline. Showing the elbows is usually a strategy to make the neck look longer, but it usually makes the ribcage look wider, that’s why there’s a long “V” cleavage on the way, to make the torso look longer and the ribcage small again.

High cut skirt/Waist. The cut at the waist marks it and hides the tummy if any. Also, makes her look taller. Same with the way the fabric falls: it forms vertical pledges that lengthen the figure.

So, happy with the winner? I really am.

It’s almost Friday, which means almost weekend, so brighten up and shine all over and dream on, crazy diamonds! Today’s quite a day!

Take Care. Lotta Love. Ciao!

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3rd place: http://wp.me/p2X2CO-gp

2nd place: http://wp.me/p2X2CO-gs

Photos taken from: http://www.vogue.es/desfiles/primavera-verano-2013-paris-ulyana-sergeenko/7949

 

Ulyana Sergeenko: The New Kid On The Fashion Week (Part 2)

Hi, hi!

How are you doing on this beautiful Wednesday??? Great, I hope!

Well, to match the beauty of the day, let’s bring the second place, shall we?

2) Look B. Oh, wow! Things I love about the outfit:

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The hat. Hats this big can make anyone look like a lady. It brings up some shadows that mark our features and, in general, make them finer.

Scarf. The scarf is really long, creating two vertical lines all over the body and, therefore, giving the illusion of a taller and thinner person. Unfortunately, it shortens the neck, that’s why you have to wear them with a blouse with a low neckline.

Blouse. The low neckline and the shoulders uncovered make the torso look shorter. This effect is reinforced by the high cut skirt that starts right at the waist. Why a shorter torso? To bring out longer legs and seem taller. Still, she doesn’t look that tall because the pattern on the skirt is mainly shaped by horizontal stripes, that shorten us big time.

What do you say? Like it or not?

Time to leave, crazy diamonds! Now get up that chair and go out a bit to shine all over or sit a bit more and dream on. That’s a kind of exercise that will always make you feel better. Aaaand is an easy workout.

Take Care. Lotta Love. Ciao!

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Previous post: http://wp.me/p2X2CO-gp

Photos taken from: http://www.vogue.es/desfiles/primavera-verano-2013-paris-ulyana-sergeenko/7949