Stunning black and white portraits of Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Stephanie Seymour, Daria Werbowy, Amber Valetta, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell for Interview Magazine's 'Supermodel' issue. Such beauties! Christy Turlington kills it every time. On a side note... my first fashion magazine purchase ever had Christy on the cover and I have loved her ever since.
I always associate turquoise with holidays and – jewellery which matches summer outfits perfectly. Turquoise makes me think of sea, its beautiful smell and summer adventures. Unfortunately, holidays are nearly over and we'll have to change our clothes' colour palette soon. That is why, I chose the turquoise jacket, wedge shoes of the same colour and the Aztec-patterned skirt. I completed the outfit with the silver bag and white blouse. What do you think about it?
Turkusowy kojarzy mi się z wakacjami. Z biżuterią, która idealnie komponuje się z letnimi zestawami. Turkusowy przywodzi mi na myśl zapach morza i letnie przygody. Niestety powoli kończą się wakacje i niedługo trzeba będzie trochę zmienić paletę kolorów w jakie się ubieramy. W związku z tym w dzisiejszym zestawie postawiłam na turkusową marynarkę i koturny w tym samym kolorze, oraz spódnicę w azteckie wzory. Zestaw uzupełniłam srebrną torebką i białą bluzką. Co o nim myślicie?
Posted by Bethan Holt, Junior Fashion Editor at Large
Just casually browsing through M'oda 'Operandi's latest auctions, as one does, I stumbled into the vintage Hermes auction. Clearly with zero ability or intention to buy. It's a wonderful place to be nosy because of course there is only one of each style featured so "Sold Out" effectively means "Somebody bought this". Quite a few of the vaguely more affordable handbags have gone. You know the ones which come in at about $20,000. But then I also noticed a "Sold Out" label on a 35cm Beton Matte Alligator Birkin with a price tag of $79,500.
So there's your proof that when it comes to shopping on the internet, our budgets and limits for what we might have once liked to see and buy in person know no bounds. Maybe the person who bought the Birkin knew it already and had previewed it in advance of logging on? Or perhaps they so implicitly trust the notion of buying online now that it seemed just incredibly convenient to so easily purchase a bag which might usually be so tricky to hunt down rather than astounding in any way.
The $79,500 bag (via M'oda 'Operandi)
Personally, I have my eyes on a Constance. Alas, I'm not sure I'll find the $45,000/ $99,500 in the four days before the auction ends.
The Ficelle crocodile Constance... $45,000 (via M'oda 'Operandi)
The White gold and diamond blue jean crocodile Constance (via M'oda 'Operandi)
Yes, I wore this skirt twice in one week, and no, I don't feel bad about it. This is definitely a new staple in my wardrobe and I can't get over how cute it is! Also, hooray for being able to finally put my hair in a ponytail! [Sort of.] I have decided to grow my hair out during the fall/winter, so we'll see how this goes!
[Oh, and H wanted everyone to know that this was his favorite outfit. ;]
It's been a week already since I've left New York and it's been on my mind every day since then. It inspired me so much that all I want to do every day, the whole day is to create, create, create :)
NYC Fashion Week is kicking off next week and I'm excited to see all the new collections for the next Spring/ Summer. How about you guys?
I'm still in my "Fall cleaning" mood and there's so much to clean and get rid off, so that's what I'll do most of my weekend. Tomorrow I'll treat myself and my girls (sis+daughter) with a lunch downtown and small shopping for the props/ upcoming photo shoots which will, hopefully be a bunch so that I can get all of this creativity out :)
Another great look from Arty Filles. This time instead of minimal chic, she's festival cool in a white crochet top and black cut-off shorts. Make sure to check out her full look here- she tops it off with some cute studded western boots.
Posted by Bethan Holt, Junior Fashion Editor at Large
When was the last time you heard about a young designer doing sportswear? Not fashion sweatshirts and tees but expertly cut stuff which would hold out for a 5-mile run, high intensity circuits class or hard session at the gym. Probably a long time ago, if ever. The sportswear market is dominated by big brands which have huge teams dedicated to discovering the next big thing in technology which is brilliant, obviously. But it's also why I so admire Charli Cohen, a super fit young designer and personal trainer who, with backing from Lycra, has launched her very own high performance sportswear. Charli is a one-person powerhouse whom I first encountered via Twitter. Her ever-enthusiastic responses and advice are often enough in themselves to leave you feeling a bit more energised and a quick glance at her feed is evidence of her awareness that great communication can take a new start-up brand a long way.
A few weeks ago I finally got to meet Charli in person at the launch of her collection, entitled VIS. It's a year since she completed her degree at Kingston University and the flurry of activity which ensued after being nominated for some of the biggest graduate fashion awards including Vauxhall Fashion Scout, Graduate Fashion Week and the WGSN Global Fashion Awards. Now she's pulled together a pretty slick selection of grey and neon yellow sportswear which feels like the kind of thing which would power you through a particularly gruelling spinning class but also beg to be worn just for the suberbly-flattering-hell-of-it on a rest day. One of the most interesting things about Charli though is that her approach is so holistic; she is just as interested in how to eat well as how to dress to do sport. She comes along at the perfect time really, now that your latest juice combination or fitness class discovery carries just as much cachet as a new designer purchase or ingenious styling combination. I asked Charli a few questions about how she got where she is today and how on earth she manages to bring it all together...
Yoga/ Dance demo at the VIS launch
Why did you choose sportswear design?
I was seeking a way to consolidate my two passions - fitness and fashion are often seen as mutually exclusive. Sportswear was a logical outlet and I saw a huge gap in the market for stylish, luxury performance-wear.
You're a personal trainer as well as designer. How does that influence your design decisions?
Movement and physiology are my key inspirations. From a creative perspective, they inform the silhouettes and style lines of my designs. In terms of function, my work as a PT enables me to understand the practical needs of performance wear, how to make the garments ergonomic, supportive and flattering.
Why did you choose to start your own line and how have you achieved it?
I’d never really considered anything else! I started my own T-shirt line aged 15, then had a womenswear capsule collection made before I started uni. When it came to my graduate collection, I decided to create a complete brand identity rather than just designing the clothes - I wanted a strong platform to move forward from after Graduate Fashion Week. I was fortunate enough to be awarded part-sponsorship from Invista (creators of Lycra). This funding enabled me to get stuck straight into my own line a few months after graduating. I was determined about what I wanted to do and it seemed to fall into place!
What sports do you most enjoy?
Weight lifting – I’ve been training for about six years now and I absolutely love it. It’s the ultimate stress relief and the only time I can switch off from everything else that’s going on!
I noticed that your sportswear is Made in Britain, how important and useful is that for you?
Manufacturing my collection in the UK means I can maintain control over both the quality and the accurate development of my designs. I'm also keen to support local industry - fashion manufacture is slowly picking up again in Britain and it's nice to know I can contribute to that in some small way.
How do you balance fashion with performance?
With certain garments – leggings, tank tops etc. - you’re very limited with the silhouette, so it’s about what you can do inside that with colour and panelling. It’s also really important for me to have great, versatile outerwear pieces that can be worn over performance baselayers. Although I create these in functional, technical fabrics, I have far more scope for design and can take more of a ready-to-wear fashion approach to silhouette.
There's been a huge move over the past few years towards sportswear being fashionable as well as functional. I get the impression this has influenced you a lot, can you elaborate?
There’s been a huge movement towards well-being in general – people are now starting to seek a sustainable healthy lifestyle rather than a quick fix. There’s far more fitness and health related content in fashion media than ever before and because we’ve (largely) moved on from diet and exercise fads, it’s not going to go away. Retailers are picking up on this too and an increasing number are adding activewear brands or at least lifestyle/leisurewear brands to their ranges. It’s perfect timing to be doing what I’m doing and that’s very exciting!
What are your ambitions for the future?
Like any brand, I aim to be stocked internationally – a global reach would be fantastic. In a few seasons’ time, I’d like to branch out into accessories and menswear and it would be amazing to collaborate with one or two of the big name brands on footwear or a diffusion line.
You're incredibly entrepreneurial and self-motivated. Do you have any tips or advice for any other young designers out there?
Thank you! My key pieces of advice:
Be super-organised. When you’re running a business (especially a fashion business) if something can go wrong, it probably will. You need to be on top of everything all the time - leave nothing to chance.
Be open to every opportunity: even if you’re not sure it’s right for you or that it’ll lead anywhere, have the conversation and find out more. You never know what might come of it!
And finally, don’t give up! It’s not easy but if you have the talent or product people want, perseverance, determination and passion will take you far.
Charli's VIS collection is available to pre-order now here.
Oh hey, I made another skirt! For those of you who asked if I used any tutorial: I just took a skirt that fit me nicely [my fav Hello Fab skirt] and used that as a guide. Just trace the skirt, sew the two sides together [inside out], and hem the top and bottom! You can put elastic in the waistband, but I haven't yet on this one, which is why the top looks a little unfinished still.
Guess what? Only one more day left until it's Friday!
Came across Rebecca Hall's new asymmetrical bob on Refinery29 - Love! It's a fresh change up from her usual long hair. Wish she would get more recognition. I was hooked after seeing herin Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Beautiful and sunny days are continuing here in Helsinki, which made my transition from NYC to here much easier.
Yesterday I brought bunch of my old and barely used clothes to the 2nd hand shop nearby where I live and hopefully it will sell well, because I've been wanting to get rid of my old clothes for a long time now. Some people have spring cleaning "fever", I'm definitely more of a fall cleaning freak :D
I've been checking some shops in the city for fall and winter clothes and I have already spotted a perfect coat, gloves and scarf. Have you already started to shop for warmer days?
I bought this beautiful white top at Free People store in NY and I couldn't wait to wear it. Today was bit windy/ chilly so I had to get it out of my closet :)
I'm now off for some outdoors time and then I have some house cleaning to do and tomorrow will be all about relaxing and spending time with my daughter, sister and friend.
Have a great Wednesday everyone!
I'm wearing: Shoes - TOMS, Jeans - Diesel, Top - Free People, Sunnies - Celine, Jacket - Zara, Bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ring - Deni design, Necklace - HOH1960