I am just one voice in this world, there is no end to my journey in sight, only a beginning…
The day I’ll feel totally alive with every bone in my body is the day I have my very own fashion show, but until then, let’s take a moment and engross ourselves in the beauty of traditional craftsmanship that is couture, in the city of lights and romance. Perhaps it was an ode to the Paris terrorist attacks just weeks prior; a seemingly tangible sense of fearlessness whereby Haute Couture has become an expression of national pride. From Giambattista Valli to Dior, the clothes and sets were soaring with ideas bolder and more daring than last season.
When you see motifs of hearts pierced with cupid bows or trompe l’oeil ribbons on a dress, you can’t help but smile and enjoy the whimsicalness of Elsa Schiaparelli’s essence; her surrealistic approach back in a modern day, and despite the absence of a creative director, the in house team surprisingly pulled it off to an on point collection.
It’s incredible how far Dior has come from its Galliano days; Raf Simons continues to unravel Christian’s historical elements imagining the future as seen by the past and the past seen with the future. His inspiration was that of David Bowie reinventing the romance of the 50s, the experimentation of the 60s and the liberation approach of the 70s all meshed into one fascinating concunction of ideas.
Yes there were the floral prints and embroideries that is the very core of Valli but an apparent touch of Gabrielle Chanel and Janis Joplin was pinned to his mood board backstage. It was darkly romantic and oh so fresh, most likely it was the new addition of the silk crepe pants underneath the tulle skirt that was its fresh subtlety. As for the last few pieces, Valli wouldn’t be Valli without the big extravagant gowns and fur capes that took over the runway!
Karl oh Karl, what magic have you reinvented now? Just imagine a time forwarded to what felt like Spring 2515 in a paradise garden that bursts into mechanical bloom. It’s clear that it’s all about the changing attitude, from what used to be of formal elegance has transformed to a time where the garden is wild and free. And just like Dior, Karl gave us flashes of the past as seen by the future; where tweeds are decaying into luxurious fringing. A changing time in couture it certainly is.
You know the drill, day by day when we take a few moments (or hours!) standing in front of our explosive wardrobes trying to pick out an outfit; whether it be for a routine day at work, a first date or a cocktail event and the list goes on; yet we somehow utter the unexplainable “I have nothing to wear.” Well being Fashion Cursed, I go through it all the time, but I have summoned myself to the tedious task of cleaning out my closet by getting rid of the hanging onto items I never wear or the not so great quality impulse buys. It was a tough and long process, but the point is I am trying to make room for essential pieces that’ll make it easier to pull together an outfit for whatever occasion. And so below is what I strive for, hope it helps guide you too.
Right about now, all I want is to dress effortlessly elegant in a not so over the top manner; and that entails everything in this Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Pre-Fall Collection 2015. There is that sense of casualness that makes me want to change the entire feel of my wardrobe. It’s the sporty grunge kind of feel with details that makes you reassess what you dream of wearing and what fashion really means to you; it’s that seventies retro feel in silhouettes, too cool for school yet it’s modern, feminine and oh so dressy without trying too hard.
Some of my favorite looks
Images via Style.com
How often do you see artwork on a building… In Abu Dhabi? Let’s just say hardly ever and because of its rarity, I felt the need to get up close and personal, I mean real close to a canvas of such scale.
And what I wore was a reflection of the urban feel of the canvas, taking a basic shirt in a form of a shirt dress for a more relaxed oversized look. An essential I kid you not, it’s sleek and minimal, and if you haven’t got the time to pick and choose outfits from your closet, a shirt dress really comes in handy for a quick fix, whether casual or dressy.
My casual look
For an Evening look
Credits to a fun location The O1ne Club at Yas Island Abu Dhabi.
Oh dear, a last minute invite to a night out with friends. This is the part we say S*** and think oh dear god “What to wear?”. You know the dreaded moment we approach our closet and stare away flicking through every piece we have; mind you, probably splurged on a shopping spree just yesterday; a closet that is surely about to explode, yet we have nothing to wear! How is that even remotely possible?? Well this short film depicts a comical perspective of just an atom of what it means to be Fashion Cursed. My dilemma, yours and every other woman on the planet!
Hope you enjoy this film as much I did!
If you happen to be celebrating with a Big Bang, and still haven’t figured out what to wear, don’t fret, as I hunted down some great inspirational pieces to get the party started! Who knows you might even have just enough time to shop a set! The notion of New Years and fashion for some reason goes in hand in hand with bling, my version however is a little more subdued, rather than going all sparkly from head to toe; it’s fun and festive and oh so fabulous!
$1,160 – farfetch.com
$440 – theoutnet.com
$430 – matchesfashion.com
$450 – farfetch.com
$530 – avenue32.com
$465 – yoox.com
$3,085 – farfetch.com
$450 – net-a-porter.com
$765 – matchesfashion.com
$370 – net-a-porter.com
$380 – brownsfashion.com
$535 – brownsfashion.com
$985 – farfetch.com
$45 – johnlewis.com
$1,340 – monnierfreres.co.uk
$130 – asos.com
Fashion wouldn’t be fun if you tame it and there are moments in life when you find yourself, well, drawn to pieces a little different to your usual attire; think insensible or perhaps out the the box! And one can end up being fashion roadkill unless you own it!
And with the festive season here, what better excuse than to get into a playful spirit out of my comfort zone and experiment with some explosive bursts of color. Yes beware, these pieces aren’t for the tame; more for the flamboyant and ironically taken in a beautiful and pristine setting like no other than: Asia De Cuba.
This hot pink long ruffle tee number is by House of Holland’s “Debauched Debutantes“, more for the quirky kindred spirit with an 80’s retro feel, and how matchy matchy is it with these red and pink glitter ballerinas by Saint Laurent; how sensibly festive can a girl get!
And then comes this MSGM face print satin skirt, not only is it a statement piece but more like I’m wearing a work of art, not the easiest thing to pull off but I knew it was mine when I laid eyes on it! And to tame it a tad bit, I matched it with a royal blue block color crop top by Essa and super comfy blue suede low heels by Dior; a theatrical dream; perhaps worn in some artsy affair.
So there you have it
Daring but not so daring
Explosive with a tinge of flair
May this season evoke those style elements you ever so crave for
That you never thought you’d wear!