The October 2011 Issue of Vogue Hellas presents Ieva Laguna - as if she's just walked off the Gucci catwalk and straight on to a cover! Photographer Koray Birand has captured Ieva with forties flair, styled by Michalis Pandos!
Monday, 26 September 2011
Friday, 23 September 2011
Now as much as I do often try out new fragrances, there's nothing that's really really made it into my list of all time favourite fragrances. I can love a new perfume but there's a difference between love and LOVE... you know what I mean ?! I have those few fragrances that I always opt for : Chanel Allure, Coco Madamoiselle, and Chance; Tom Ford Black Orchid, Yves Saint Laurent ELLE and Belle d'Opium ... and finally... Christian Dior Midnight Poison. I may wear others and love them too, but they never make it into my top favourite list. And that hasn't happened for a while given that the last fragrance to make it onto this list was YSL Belle d'Opium which has been out for a while now...
But it seems one has just tip-toed in and quietly sat amongst the 'special ones' making it's (very secure) place amongst my loyal friends that are Chanel, Tom Ford, YSL and Dior... and it's the Burberry Body Eau de Parfum...
The arrival of Burberry Body seems to have taken me by surprise. Well, just a little. I mean, I never really thought Burberry would be part of my special list - forgive me if I sound somewhat like a partisan, I do love Burberry but I've never loved a Burberry scent ... ever ! Not as much as I love this one anyhow. I'm so in love with this new fragrance that it's causing a thin layer of dust to reside on my other favourites... now that's a first !
With top notes of fresh Green Absinthe, illuminating Peach, and freesia; a warm center of natural Rose Absolute, Iris and warm Sandalwood, and base notes of woody Cashmeran, creamy Vanilla, warm Amber and Musk, this is a feminine fragrance with a rather eclectic combination of ingredients that actually work together very well. It's such a sensual fragrance that I couldn't think of a better name either! It really does cling to your body all day, enveloping you in a feminine beautiful scent that's alluring - but not too much either !
The bottle is not the usual fragrance bottle either. A Rose Gold coloured embossed lid with the the signature Burberry check, and a multi-faceted glass bottle that is super sleek, with clean lines - this is modern Burberry.
The 85ml is priced at £75.00, available to purchase online at Burberry.com and in all major department stores.
The 85ml is priced at £75.00, available to purchase online at Burberry.com and in all major department stores.
Posted by ANITA DARLING at 21:27
Today I've gone for the new shade : Prim and Proper, from the Topshop Smoke and Mirrors Collection... I absolutely love this pretty pink as it really gives nails that healthy well-looked after finish and as I've mentioned before, Topshop nail polishes do leave a nice gloss finish so if I'm really pressed for time, I can skip the topcoat (although you shouldn't really do that)!
The Smoke and Mirrors Collection pulls together great products that can create a sultry autumn winter look and help you to channel that high-glamour of the 1970s! The other Khaki shade you can see above is new to the Smoke and Mirrors collection and is the perfect introduction back into my darker nail shades for this season. It's not too green and has a greyish undertone which gives it that London edge!
Posted by ANITA DARLING at 14:09
I recently attended the House of Evolution show over LFW, hosted by Vauxhall Fashion Scout, which showcased three designers : Das, Math, and Rohmir. The stunning Amber Le Bon opened the Das SS'12 Show, in a beautiful floor-length toga style White Gown. This collection was all about lightweight floaty fabrics and an ethereal look juxtaposed with metallic beading which gave a kind of light, modern armoured look. As each piece was presented, I couldn't help but feel that even the work put into each garment was so delicate - from the slight gathering to the billowing fabrics held in by beaded belts. Everything was very soft - as though even the designer had worked on the collection in a calm delicate manner... and I can imagine that no matter how fierce one might be, wearing one of these dresses would immediately make one feel like an ethereal princess! This really was my favourite collection out of the three, as I felt myself enter a world of pure fantasy as each piece was presented on the catwalk! I cannot wait to work on a shoot with this collection!
The second designer to be shown at the House of Evolution show was the Math Collection. A collection I can definitely see as a huge success on fashion sites such as Asos, Young British Designers and Wolf & Badger. These were wearable modern pieces for today's creative woman, that wants well-cut garments in vibrant colours to mix and match. Two pieces stood out to me and I instantly felt myself gasp with excitement, making a note of what I wanted! A gathered taupe dress with Pink waist (below, top row) which resembled a Lanvin number I've always had my eye on, and an asymmetrical Red Dress that hangs off the body in the most sensual yet subtle manner. Finishing was well-done, and the collection is rather versatile with pieces that will appeal to younger and older women if styled well.
A quick note : Thanks so much to Ellie - I thoroughly enjoyed the show but had to rush off so quickly I didn't get to stop by and meet anyone!
Posted by ANITA DARLING at 11:15
Come what may during Fashion Week, I can always rely on Frida Giannini to bring a high-octane dose of glamour to Milan Fashion Week. Not that Milan isn't already bursting at the seams with glamour and style of course, but Frida always manages to capture glamour in a way that most cannot. For SS'12, Gucci presented a collection of amped up dresses with strong 1920's influences, finished with generous amounts of sparkle and a powerful attitude that a true Gucci girl embodies... Kohl rimmed eyes and slick hair gave it a modern and fierce look, whilst the flapper style dresses were uncontrollably feminine, with drop waists and glimmers of Gold and Black in an artful deco kind-of-way. No surprise then, that this collection is named 'Hard Deco'. Plunging necklines gave it sex-appeal, whilst I couldn't help but think of 'The Italian Job', when I came across the sporty looking leather bomber jackets, in a colour palette of Black, Gold, and Green. This is how an Italian Woman wears a 1920's flapper dress... with attitude, exuberance, and huge amounts of glamour : Gucci Style. Yes, this is my favourite collection so far...
Posted by ANITA DARLING at 01:55
A clash of paisley, prints and bright colours were presented at the D&G SS'12 Show in Milan... dress shapes varied, from pretty peasant-style cuts to sharp micros that we'll definitely see soon on the likes of Anna Dello Russo and fun types like Katy Perry! The dresses that were shown toward the end - mainly floor length ultra floaty silk halter types brought to mind a dress made entirely of pretty silk scarves that is on the central mannequin this very moment in the scarf room, at Liberty London! Infact, it's so similar I did a double take and wondered whether the dynamic designers had called for inspiration from our very own wonderful and very british emporium of Fashion and Style! Well, perhaps not, but you never know! There was the finish and attitude of a vibrant sexy Italian woman, juxtaposed with the feminine floaty cuts of a young Spanish girl - with luxe prints that brought Versace to mind. The signature shades and rather 'bling' earrings finished this collection with a sassy D&G stamp of approval !
Posted by ANITA DARLING at 01:08
Thursday, 22 September 2011
In all the Fashion Week drama, it's been nice to sit back with a glass of Montepulciano and enjoy Harrod's new online magazine : The Review. A brilliant online magazine where I've instantly accessed interviews with designers, trends, style picks and interactive, shoppable pages. Best when sitting with a glass of wine, as it saves you from feeling bad about any new shiny, expensive purchases... did I mention expensive ?
Editor of Harrods.com, Nicola Copping has managed to underline Harrod's authority as a leading commentator on fashion and beauty trends, in this cutting edge monthly online publication - and I'll most certainly be reading every issue... but I'll keep the purse at a fair distance, and only reach for if I really need to...
Posted by ANITA DARLING at 19:40
Photographer and Director Christian Weber has created a second short film for Bottega Veneta's first Women's fragrance : An intense and compelling visual journey which tells the stylish story of The Scent. Enjoy...
Posted by ANITA DARLING at 17:32
Eeeek!!! One of my favourite models - Sasha Pivovarova, wearing one of my favourite designers - Atelier Versace, fronting one of my favourite Fashion glossies - Vogue Paris ! To think this is Sasha's first Vogue Paris cover is crazy, it's well deserved and about time this beauty covered one of the World's best high-fashion magazines. Mert & Marcus are the duo behind the lens, capturing Sasha in an Atelier Versace Gown, with sassy blonde bombshell hair and a rouge full-pout!
Posted by ANITA DARLING at 16:52
Dream Big : Four major faces in Fashion - Carine Roitfled, Lara Stone, Fei Fei Sun, and Abbey Lee Kershaw cover the Fall 2011 issue of i-D Magazine, all photographed by four major names in Fashion Photography : Terry Richardson, David Bailey, Richard Bush and Daniel Jackson. Four brilliant covers of the signature i-D wink! My favourites are Lara and Carine. What's your's ..?
Posted by ANITA DARLING at 16:03
Fashion Week Fashion Week Fashion Week. Anyone that follows these four glorious weeks of new collections, front row shuffling, running from show to show in 5 inch heels, after parties that go on until 4am, celeb spotting, street style and PR 'scuffles' will know it's not easy. Aside from the fact that the only time you get to eat is if you are lucky enough to be offered canapes at presentations and evenings, you pretty much get no sleep (any free time is spent organising what outfit to wear next, feeling consumed by champagne, and convincing your feet they need to wear those heels... just two more days my precious soles...please) !
Decleor Life Radiance (along with the brilliant Graze Box they sent me) is the only thing that has managed to get me through the last 7 days. Yup, I've just worked 7 days straight, 9am-9pm everyday (no biggie usually but that's not including after parties and evenings of organising outfits for clients) and in the few hours sleep I've had every night I've found my skin miracle to be Decleor's Life Radiance - a double action cream with the unique combination of essential oils and a plant prebiotic that treats both inner and outer skin needs. Perfect then, for my tired, lack lustre skin that feels like it needs some serious skin loving... The cream gel formula acts on four key factors of facial radiance:
1. The essential oil of Elemi stimulates the skin's micro-circulation, giving immediate radiance.
2. Soft focus pigments reflect light, again, giving immediate radiance.
3. The essential oil of Saro - a plant prebiotic rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9, boosts the skin's natural defences.
4. Moringa Oleifera Proteins protect the skin from the harmful effects of pollution.
So, I've been given a glow without having had full sleep every night (well it's not exactly cheating when it's good for my skin now is it?!) and I'm not having to do the dreaded 'I'm hiding big dark circles with sunglasses that are too big for me' so allbeit I've had no sleep... I'm actually a little happier at the condition and look of my skin. The Double Radiance Scrub works as a moisture mask and skin polish, with Egyptian Luffa Fibres to gently exfoliate the skin, Madagascan Cardamom Seeds to revive the radiance of the skin, and Jojoba Beads to polish and soften skin - this all made my skin feel rather silky and got rid of the dull veil that was slowly creeping over my face. Not to mention I managed to actually keep myself fed thanks to the Graze Box Decleor kindly sent me. I'm so hooked that I've ordered it and cannot wait to recieve more healthy snacks in the form of a well-put-together set of nuts (ha ha keep to food darlings!) : Bakewell Tart, Limencello and Desert Island Nuts ... YUMM!!
Between shows and all that fashion jazz, these snacks gave me a healthy dose of vitamins, nutrients and minerals as well as essential Omega 3 - Bakewell Tart was my favourite, with Almonds, Cherry Sultanas and Cranberries... So Thank you for looking after me over Fashion Week Decleor!
Posted by ANITA DARLING at 15:47