Thursday, 29 November 2012

London: tea time for fashionistas

Just two days till London. And what could be more traditional for a visit in London than attending an afternoon tea. The Berkeley Hotel offers a special Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea for fashion victims like you and me! 

Inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world, the Prêt-à-Portea adds a creative twist to the classic elements of the traditional English afternoon tea with cakes and pastries resembling the latest catwalk designs. 

The new Autumn/ Winter 2012 Prêt-à-Portea collection:
- Manolo Blahnik "Neurotica" pink polk a dot cake pumps with gianduja cream
- Yves Saint Laurent fashionista's favourite "Cabas Chyc" green Victoria sponge cake handbag
- Fendi sell-out maple and ginger ankle boot biscuit with yellow and black icing
- Marc Jacobs double breasted chocolate biscuit blazer with show stopping sparkly pink icing
- Lanvin chocolate and orange mousse topped with mouth-watering French meringue
- Diane Von Furstenberg pink lady apple mousse and kalamancy cremeux topped with playful interlocking sugar puzzles
- Giambattista Valli red macaroon with rose ganache and lavish chocolate ruffles
- Prada red-carpet favourite nougatine and beriolette mousse with geometric pattern
- Burberry Prorsum layered praline, dulcey cream and chocolate mousse trench coat topped with stylish violet umbrella 

The menu is transformed every six months to follow the changing seasons in fashion.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Oulu - different shades of beige

All those pictures were taken during the nearly 5 years I am living here in Finland. The city is Oulu and a bit special for me, because it was my first destination of exploring the country. So there I am holding the hand of the market policeman in 2008 and just one week ago. We both haven't changed a lot, as you can see, his outfit is still the same and my jacket too! It's one of my favorite pieces.

I realized, I like the smokey eyes in the picture a lot. Have to try it again, it's a perfect winter look!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

London Calling - about a story teller and a master of couture

Just one week, and I am in London  for a weekend! I have found two great exhibitions which are both in the Somerset House, which is famous for the London Fashion Week.

The topic is fashion, seen from different perspectives. The first exhibition "Story Teller" takes us to the surreal world created by fashion photographer Tim Walker. Whereas the second one shows us the world of fashion through the eyes of designer Valentino - "Master of Couture".

Tim Walker - self portrait with cakes
Valentino & Red

When you find yourself suddenly surrounded by

80 white rabbits,
20 ballerinas,
17 mirrored geese,
250 ostrich eggs (sprayed gold),
1 box of giant hands,
20 Christmas trees
and 1 Rolls-Royce

you are not dreaming; you might have ended up on a photo setting of Tim Walker. He is one of the most exciting and influential fashion photographers working today and his imagination seems to be sheer limitless. While he claims, that the camera ‘is simply a box put between you and what you want to capture’ the exhibitions shows a glimpse of Walker's surreal world: there are installations and a selection of the extraordinary props and models on show like the giant grotesque dolls for Italian Vogue and an almost life-size replica of a doomed Spitfire fighter plane.


"Valentino: Master of Couture" 

celebrates the life and work of the fashion designer. We all have the famous Valentino Red in mind and the exhibition will showcase exquisite haute couture designs worn by style icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren.


The exhibition gives a private view of Valentino's world through photographs from his personal archive, offering an intimate portrait of the life of the master. The second part takes the visitor on a journey into the secretive world of Italian couture. While walking on the catwalk one hundred and thirty Valentino haute couture designs can be seen.

Monday, 19 November 2012

resort 2013 - a pattern cruise

As the end of year is getting closer and closer the first spring looks from the resort collection make us dream already of lighter and warmer times. One motive throughout  the collections are strong patterns. I have collected here my favorites from Roberto Cavalli, Alexander McQueen and Balmain.

Roberto Cavalli has created a powerful complete look inspired by fine porcelain pattern. 

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The look of Alexander McQueen is inspired by David Bowie. His androgynous look of the 70s and 80s is a source of inspiration for many designer who search for extremes. The look combines high waists, an elongated leg and peaked shoulder to give the female silhouettes a harder and more precise shape with a masculine edge. The colors participate in the game of extremes and vary between a pure black and white and the coolness of silver and the warmth of gold.

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The collection of Balmain takes us on a journey to Miami in the 80s. The soundtrack for this mix is already in my mind... the theme of Miami Vice. We see strong pattern mixes in black and white combined with florals. The shoulders are getting wider. We see washed and pleated denim jumpsuits and pastel shades. 

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Enjoy the journey and don't forget to mix and match!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

working title: Ornella

A short update from the sewing table... I have found this amazing silk fabric and started to work on another dress idea. I have some really great vintage patterns and created a dress out of two different patterns. 

The first pattern is a dress in 50's style, which I have adapted into a skirt, the second one is a blouse from the 40's. I have called the dress-to-be Ornella, after one of my favorite Italian actresses from my childhood. 

I have the first pictures of the sample dress just taken. The lower part of the dress will be made of the printed silk and the upper part gets the plum colored chiffon.
It has been a lot of work for a weekend, but I can't wait to start with the real material.