It’s the New Year !! Let’s look back …

Happy New Year !!  It’s been two months since my last post so please be prepared there might be a bit more coming now …

I found one of my first scrapbooks !!! I mentioned them once in ABOUT section.
It’s interesting and funny at the same time to see what I used to like …
I can see now that some of my preferences haven’t changed through the years !
Let me go back for a while to my fashion heroes of the past …

Małgosia Bela at French VOGUE cover in February 2000 ! I am constantly impressed with her beauty but also appreciate the way she is: modest and professional at the same time.

I loved LINDA ! Do you remember Models, the film by Peter Lindberg? (it’s from 1991 -> with Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Stephanie Seymour).
I so much loved it, watched it million times not only for those amazingly beautiful girls but also for its exceptional climate.
I was totally delighted with Linda’s (Evangelista) beauty, she was just perfect for me. I also admired Stephanie Seymour and Tatjana Patitz, the last one seems to be a bit neurotic but it just adds to her charm …
I’ve just watched the film again and have to admit it has some sentimental value for me. This was one of my earliest sights into the fashion world … (also one of the first available for me at that time – in early nineties).
You have to see the trailer and then the movie !
I love one of the first scenes, when they all are getting out of the car and walking towards camera, all wearing suits …

I used to admire a lot, the style of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, you can see her above on the picture with a dog … she was for me that perfect definition of effortless chic and definitely the person who knew what suited her.

Finally … I was a big fan of Twin Peaks girls: Scherilyn Fenn, Madchen Amick and Lara Flyn Boyle, … but this love did not survive through the years … above you can see some good shots of Lara from the time I liked to watch her …

random thoughts about fashion and style … episode 1

I have in my mind collection of observations related to fashion and style. I do not always remember where do I get them from, sometimes I read about them, sometimes I heard them somewhere, some are my own conclusions, anyway I do not claim the ownership to any of them I just find them quite right:

- women who keep same hairstyle or hair colour for many years seem to look younger – there is something about it, just think … (to be clear – I am not against changes in hairstyle)
I find it true somehow, look for example at Catherine Deneuve

- women with coarse type of beauty look great with delicate make-up and decent clothes, for me it makes them look intriguing !
- and the other way round, those who have delicate and/or a bit naive look can try some more provocative outfits, make-up: both ideas are based on contrast, I’ve seen some examples live and I was always delighted
- again a bit about contrasts – if a person has a bad skin (it happens, we can not pretend it doesn’t) then she should not underline it with strong make up and should take a special care about hair … and the other way round; once I saw a girl in pharmacy, she had a really bad skin BUT was wearing only light foundation and had a very, very nice hair all that made me admire her for a longer moment

- age is not a limit for fashion but you have to be careful, again example (it’s a pity I do not take photos of those people), in the Cafe near the place I live I saw once a lady, definitely 70+, very delicate type of beauty, light hair, she was wearing knee long cardigan … and leggings + converse and she looked stunning … but there is a very thin line which one need to be aware of otherwise the look gets just pathetic (I think jeans are THE thing you can wear with no risk at any age !)

 

 

- I can’t help it but I like either the little detail of beauty or look that I can notice only by careful observation or the total look of everything on the table  (I believe Italian woman are the only masters of the second type)

- the next two hints I already shared with you in previous post, but there are many more … I will continue with them in following entries …

Nina did a good job !

I have to admit I like the current situation with trends … I mean there is nothing new under the sun so all are coming back to basics, classic pieces. Do you know Nina Garcia book The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own ? or maybe Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange ? If not, just have a look and then you know the latest trends already … they turn out to be the very classic ones. I have to admit I like both those books. If you can handle the whole drama about fashion staying cool, it’s a really nice reading then and you can find some helpful hints.
So what do we have in menu now: definitely leather pants (YES!) and tuxedo blazer (best from Balmain or YSL) which actually hasn’t been on my list so far … but I think I could change my mind … oh and of course the stripped shirt (Petit-Bateau is the king here)
and if you remember,  last season -> the leather biker jacket was experiencing the big rebirth, not mentioning the trench coat !
… but coming back to my main thought, Nina did a good job for us (hunting for clothes and never having the appropriate thing to wear) and for the designers – we are all coming back to classic !
There are two thoughts which I totally share and I found them both in Nina’s book (they might be actually from the other book – The little black book of style, anyway) – one is that the real style means you keep wearing same, favourite, meaningful things for many seasons … like for me the ring
and the other is that you can also be one step behind the trends – ha ! which means you do not need to get crazy when sth new appears, you wait until everyone has it, wear it and leave it … and then you come, with half-price paid for the thing and just when everyone is already running after sth new !
just an opinion …

in search of perfect bag …

… almost every women has her favourite part of clothes or accessories, so do I
(in random order): jeans, sunglasses and bags …  and it’s about bags today

bag number one – short story … long time ago, on lazy summer day I was wandering around flea market in search of “nothing special”. I passed couple of times one guy who was selling old bags (this was the time when old bags were just old bags, not vintage) and I noticed one of them but was not really convinced. I did couple of more rounds and finally decided to buy it since it was really cheap. It has been waiting for a while before I finally appreciated it, we’ll celebrate our 10th anniversary this year …

bag number two – short story … not so long time ago I moved abroad, I moved to the place where you can get whatever bag you would like to have; after some important moments in my life it was decided by the family I should be priced with a great bag … so I started hunting, and I think I saw really all bags available in the city, I tried on half of them and seriously get bored and tired with the procedure (yes, it was no longer fun) … shortly after that I went to visit my home town and I found THE bag just like that  … (this story is a real killer isn’t it?… ha!)

bag number three – short story … just recently I was spending my evening going through the offer of one on-line shop with designer clothes (I do it regularly because sometimes they really have great deals and you can get some good piece of cloth for REALLY reasonable price) and I found it (although I was not really looking for it since I have just bought THE bag), there was some kind of special weekend discount so I priced myself again with my very first designer bag. I was so happy when it arrived! I even thought he (the designer) wrote me a short letter which was romantic hidden in the inside pocket of the bag but … it turned out it’s just the warning that if I do not wear the bag with light coloured, soft and delicate clothes only (I do not wear such stuff !!!!!) and do not put it into special dust bag when not using it… then if something happens to the bag, he (the D.) does not care … life is a b…

but I love them all, the first one reminds me how old I am and the other two about very special moments of my life !

poodle is actually a sweater …

I just could not resist sharing another very short post already today … I am obsessed with sweaters, the bigger, the more fluffy, the better … best if it’s with a lot of mohair, wool, alpaca … in many versions: longer, shorter … with jeans, leather pants, leggings … with boots, ballerinas, moccasins …  and I was just drawing one of them, accompanied by a wide-leg mustard wool pants when I realised it’s a poodle …

still I love it !
… there are some real example of my beloved/most wanted clothes … but still on the way, the preparation phase is longer then I expected
Good night !

Style icon or not …

I have a serious question to the world of fashion … Who is the style icon?
Is a person with great amount of clothes already a style icon?
I find it a bit confusing when someone who puts a lot of labels on and goes here and there suddenly becomes a style icon … that might be because for me style is the reflection of character and I need it to speak to me …
My understanding is the following: first a person needs to have a clear style, … how do I know the person has it? I do the “google image test” … enter the name of the suspect and search for photos … then if I am able to somehow describe characteristic features, find some common intention in what she or he is wearing then imho the person has a certain style (whether I like it or not), the next step would be to “decide” whether she or he is an icon. I am not complaining about the fact that there are many beautiful girls hanging around, who without taking a breath can list all the labels they are wearing, I am just wondering who is the style icon and who is not …
Any opinions?