Friday Fierceness!

Marica Pellegrinelli’s Valentino Couture Wedding Gown

Marica Pellegrinelli and Eros Ramazzotti both wore custom Valentino on their wedding day. The groom wore a deep blue two-button mohair wool suit, the bride wore a silk tulle gown with a fitted bustier, a full skirt and a 2-metre long train. The skirt was hand-embroidered with the music and lyrics of the couple’s song
Due mondi by Lucio Battisti. Image INSTAGRAM/MAISON VALENTINO

“It makes sense…When marrying @RamazzottiEros you wear a couture dress with your lovesong embroidered on it #newlywed”

“A very proud Eros Ramazzotti stands beside his wife…Married yesterday both bride and groom wore custom made Valentino designed by Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccolo. #hautecouturelove ❤️”.

-Maison Valentino Instagram
June 22nd

Elie Saab Resort 2015

Models Maud le Fort (far left, far right) and Helena Greyhorse (centre right, centre left) showcase pieces from the 2015 Elie Saab Resort Collection in these shots from 2o15 Elie Saab Resort Lookbook. Image ELIE SAAB/JONAS BRESNAN

A few days ago I came across a fab post on the new Elie Saab Resort Collection by our friends at Island. I’d seen the collection before following the release of the 2015 Resort Lookbook earlier in June, but hadn’t been able to write about it yet. Island’s post reminded me that I HAD the share this label’s new fierceness with you all! The Elie Saab 2015 Resort Collection is a stunner!

Stunning looks in patterned lace and net (left) and candy-striped silk (right) from the Elie Saab 2015 Resort Lookbook. Image ELIE SAAB/JONAS BRESNAN

This collection’s a lot dressier than Elie Saab’s previous Resort Collection, which resembled the traditional idea of Cruise wear with its emphasis on flowing fabrics and breezy silhouettes. The Elie Saab 2014 Collection features halter dresses, kaftans, loose gowns and trousers as well as loosely-tailored sheaf dresses and full circle skirts in a bold colour palette of black, white and red. It’s very streamlined, with many of the pieces being noticeably spare of the brand’s trademark embroidery and lace… really a bit of a departure from Elie Saab’s traditionally ‘dressy’ look.

Four looks from the Elie Saab 2014 Resort Lookbook. The overall look of the 2014 Collection was simpler and more streamlined than the brand’s previous work, with very little embellishment and fuss. Image ELIE SAAB[/caption

Designer Elie Saab was inspired by Impressionist paintings and this has yielded a collection with a beautiful colour palette of ivory, strawberry pink, mint green, blush and lemon. There are rippling prints resembling flowers and vertical watercolor brushstrokes.

[caption width="1837" align="alignnone"] Looks from the Elie Saab 2015 Resort Collection lookbook, showing the floral prints and the impressionist-inspired colour palette used throughout this collection. Image ELIE SAAB/JACOB BRESNAN

It’s a very feminine collection and it provides consumers with a wide choice of lust worthy pieces for this resort season. Evening wear remains the label’s core, and while the designer is keen to expand his line of cocktail and daytime attire, his pieces never stray too far from their elegant evening base (thank God because I’m quite an “evening gown in the middle of the day” girl myself). With that said, this collection is a definite move toward cocktail and daytime wear with the number of separates that are being offered.

Looks from the Elie Saab 2015 Resort Collection Lookbook. Image ELIE SAAB/JACOB BRESNAN

In this 2015 Resort Collection, Elie Saab has produced unexpected combinations by incorporating the luxurious embellishments and finery he uses for his occasion dresses on more casual pieces. This fusion has resulted in startlingly unique pieces such as a pink stretch cady tracksuit with lace insets, a silk crepe Tee-shirt embroidered with matte sequins, a sheer black shirtdress made of bands of beaded lace and net, and a knit halter gown with a delicate silk skirt.

Some of the new separates introduced in the Elie Saab 2015 Resort Collection are seen here in examples from the Collection lookbook; you can see the embroidered silk crepe Tee mentioned above (on Maud le Fort, right in left photograph) and the pink lace tracksuit (on Helena Greyhorse, far right in right photograph). Image ELIE SAAB/JACOB BRESNAN

Elie Saab has expanded his range of daytime offerings by introducing new pieces into his line. This collection boasts the brand’s first trench coat, a dressy version of the Perfecto jacket in black leather, a peplum-waist blouse beaded with matte sequins and tiny shorts in two colours. The are also furred jackets and stoles, beaded cardigans and sweaters that are basically the icing on the cake to any outfit, regardless the occasion.

Looks from the 2015 Elie Saab Resort Collection. Image ELIE SAAB/JACOB BRESNAN

Of course being Elie Saab, the collection contains many glamorous options for evening wear that cater to any type of elegant affair! There are gorgeously draped gowns of flowing chiffon and lightweight silk, floor-length halter dresses encrusted with sequins and beads and elegant sheaf dresses boasting heavy embroidery and panels of lace. Floor-length skirts, lace-paneled blouses, evening jackets and tailored jumpsuits are also featured throughout this collection.

New evening wear offerings from the 2015 Elie Saab Resort Collection, seen here (from left) are examples of the new evening separates: a formal tailored jumpsuit, floor-length silk skirt and lace panel blouse, and patterned evening gowns. Image ELIE SAAB/JACOB BRESNAN

The accessories collection is just as lovely, with 2015 Resort range of handbags, clutches, shoes and jewelry perfectly complimenting the clothing in a rainbow of macaroon hues. Jewelry wise, this season’s offerings are bold: statement necklaces and two-stone rings set with variegated hues of rose and chalcedony blue, strings of pearls and crystals, forged cuffs of gilded metal and elegant bauble earrings.

Some of the jewelry offerings from the Elie Saab 2015 Resort Collection, seen here (from left) are some statement pieces of pearl and crystal, chalcedony and mint in a variety of hues, shades of rose and twisted cuffs of plated gold. Image ELIE SAAB

The shoes and handbags are unexpectedly bold, with their vivid colour palette really providing a refreshing choice of accessories. The shoes boast pairings of brightly-hued leather with strips of clear plastic, metallic leather and bands of beading. There are wedge heels inset with strips of mother of pearl and bamboo veneer, espadrilles with fabric inserts matching the watery striped print seen in the clothing, and a pair of flats that are incrusted with coral beads (I can’t get enough of these)

Some of the shoes from the Elie Saab 2015 Resort Collection. Image ELIE SAAB

The handbags and clutches offer a wide range of choices for both daytime and evening/nighttime affairs. The same colourblocks seen in the shoes are mirrored on bags of ivory, dun, taupe and blush leather boasting bright details. There are envelope bags with patches of exotic skin, metallic panels and plush quilts, and daytime clutches covered in candy coloured plastic.

An array of some of my favourite handbags from the Elie Saab 2015 Resort Collection in quilted leather. Image ELIE SAAB

Evening bags are studded with gilded chainmail and large stones, envelope clutches with padded leather stripes and floral-patterned resin and small box clutches beads and crystals. The hardware is all done in bright goldtone, with some bags boasting metallic snake chain in hues of berry and mint.

Gorgeous evening bags from the Elie Saab 2015 resort collection, seen here (from left) are examples studded with gilded metal plates, resin envelopes studded with stones and swirling floral patterns, faceted candy-coloured plastic and clutches encrusted with crystals and beads. Image ELIE SAAB

My pick of the shoes are the yellow and gold multi-strap sandles, the wedges with the mother-of-pearl veneer and the espadrilles encrusted with coral beads. Bag wise, my favorites are the quilted leather satchel in taupe and variegated shades of pink, the black quilted leather box clutch, the cylindrical clutch covered with gilded chainmail and the blue resin envelope clutch.

Looks from the 2015 Elie Saab Resort Collection Lookbook. Image ELIE SAAB/JACOB BRESNAN

The overall look of the collection is glamorous elegance, but Elie Saab has introduced a lot of fantastic new ideas. Interestingly enough, while I do like the evening options provided by the 2015 Resort Collection (particularly the striped silk V-necked gown and the blush gown with the draped shoulders and beaded bodice), I absolutely adore the separates! My favourite pieces are the strawberry pink paneled lace cardigan, the floor length ivory silk skirt, both incarnations of the Tee-shirt (in black lace and net and in white silk crepe), the black beaded jumpsuit, the black lace shirt dress and the pink dip-dyed fur jacket.

I love seeing these introductions to Elie Saab’s line and can see them being easily incorporated into any woman’s closet. I have very few complaints with this collection and will be stocking up on key pieces for my summer jaunts!

Looks from the 2015 Elie Saab Resort Collection Lookbook. Image ELIE SAAB/JACOB BRESNAN

Too fab Elie Saab!

P.S. We are so in love with this collection that it was kind of hard for us to pick our favourite photographs to illustrate this post- there were just so many too choose from! To see our favourites that didn’t make it to this post, check out our Facebook page!

Felipe Varela, Royal Couturier

Queen Letizia wore this stunning white one-shouldered Felipe Varela dress while attending audiences at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid in 2010. Image GETTY IMAGES

The June 19th coronation King Felipe VI and Queen Letiza of Spain has given the world a new royal fashion icon. Ever since former Spanish King Juan Carlos’ decision to abdicate his throne had been announced, Queen Letizia’s image has been appearing all over international magazines and online as even more of a style idol.

Queen Letizia wore this charcoal grey Felipe Varela coat dress to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall on their state visit to Madrid in 2011. Image GETTY IMAGES

With good reason! Queen Letizia is gorgeous, dresses with elegance and flair and is basically a perfect embodiment of ladylike style. Long praised for being a ‘thrifty’ royal by wearing certain outfits on many separate occasions, Her Majesty has a wardrobe containing options from both the high and low end of the retail market.

Queen Letizia wore this nude chiffon Felipe Varela gown to the June 2010 wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling, Duke of Västergötland, in Stockholm, Sweden. Image GETTY IMAGES

With an upcoming multinational tour on the agenda following their coronation, royal watchers across the globe will be paying avid attention to every movement that the new King and Queen make. It is a prime opportunity for them both to promote the best that Spanish industry has to offer, and in Queen Letizia’s case, much of this attention will be directed toward her fashion choices. This tour will be considered a formal occasion, meaning that she will be wearing mainly high-end designers- don’t expect to see very much Zara, Uterqüe or Mango on the Queen’s person for this trip.

Queen Letizia wore this shocking pink Felipe Varela dress to an inaugural event of 2013 Miami Book Fair International in Florida. Image GETTY IMAGES

I have said before that she is an advocate for Spanish designers, but let me clarify that she champions mainly Spanish designers who have based their houses in Spain rather than Spanish designers who operate out of other countries. So, instead of dressing in Balenciaga, Fortuny, Manolo Blahnik or even Paco Rabanne, Queen Letizia mainly chooses creations from Lorenzo Caprile, Adolpho Domínguez, Ailanto, Hoss Intropia and, of course, Felipe Varela.

Queen Letizia wore this pale lilac Felipe Varela ensemble to the wedding ceremony of Prince Guillaume Of Luxembourg and Stephanie de Lannoy in October 2012. The look consisted of a sheaf dress of lilac silk worn under a pearl-studded coat of pale lilac lace and silk. Image GETTY IMAGES

I know that some readers may not recognize these names, but trust us, you’ll be hearing a lot about them soon. With this royal tour, Queen Letizia will not just be the Queen of Spain, she will become the equivalent of a walking global advertising campaign for Spanish designers. In every part, her role and wardrobe contains the power to change a designer’s worldwide recognition- which in turn promotes the desire of retailers to stock said designer- which changes the designer’s business for the better. Just as The Duchess of Cambridge’s liking for Jenny Packham has opened up even more of an international clientele for the designer, Queen Letizia’s wardrobe choices will undoubtedly do the same for any designer that she chooses to wear.

Queen Letizia in 2011 attending a formal military parade in Madrid. For this occasion she chose a powder blue ensemble by Felipe Varela: silk satin jacket and ruffled skirt, which she wore over a black Tee-shirt. Image GETTY IMAGES

One designer who stands to gain a lot from this opportunity is Felipe Varela, a Madrid based designer who has dressed the Queen for many formal occasions. He is said to be her favourite designer, as she often chooses pieces from his prêt-à-porter collections when holding audiences and hosting formal receptions, while his atelier has provided her with couture gowns for the majority of the black-tie events that she has attended.

It is easy to see why Felipe Varela is one of Queen Letizia’s favorites- his clothing provides her with choices that correspond perfectly with her chic but uncomplicated personal style.

Queen Letizia wore this burgundy Felipe Varela sheaf dress to greet winners of the 2013 Principe de Asturias Awards, in Oviedo, Spain. Image GETTY IMAGES

The Felipe Varela label has been a recognized brand in Spain since the early 1990s and since the start, it has been known for producing opulent but understated clothing of the highest quality. Varela’s occupation with quality stems from his education at the prestigious Esmod College in Paris, where he studied pattern making and design. While in Paris he worked for international couture houses Kenzo, Dior, Thierry Mugler, Lanvin, Angelo Tarlazzi and Torrente, an experience that give him a firm foundation in the running and expectations of a high end couture house.

He eventually went on to study haute couture and textiles at the I.F.M. where he was awarded the Oscar for Young Designer.

Queen Letizia wore this lilac wool Felipe Varela suit to the Ceremony of the European Business Environment Awards in March 2012 in Madrid. Image GETTY IMAGES

In late 1993 Varela decided to return to Spain and establish himself as an individual designer. He moved to Madrid in early 1994 and quickly began setting up his self-named company- Felipe Varela- and has since been tirelessly working to establish himself as a top Spanish designer.

Queen Letizia wore this ruffled red Felipe Varela gown to a state dinner with the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall in Madrid in 2011. Image PA

In 1996, he made his first presentation at the Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week in the Spanish capital. His fashion week début received extremely positive reviews and Varela continued to present his work at the event. He opened his first Madrid store two years later and today this continues as the operational base of the Felipe Varela label.

Queen Letizia wore this crystallized periwinkle blue Felipe Varela gown to the August 2010 wedding of Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Tatiana Blatnik at the Cathedral of Ayios Nikolaos in Spetses, Greece. Image CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY IMAGES

In 2000 he opened a chain of Felipe Varela boutiques in El Corte Inglés department stores, the biggest department store group in Europe. From there his work began to gain recognition all over Europe. This move encouraged Varela to start making his clothing available to the international market and he set up his online boutique soon after.

Queen Letizia wore this black and white Felipe Varela coat dress to the 2012 Miguel Cervantes Awards Presentation in Alcala de Henares, Spain. Image GETTY IMAGES

The Felipe Varela atelier produces both couture and prêt-à-porter collections for the two major seasons, as well as a line of handbags and leather accessories (belts, wallets, jewelry, etc.) in exotic skins. His clothing is simple but elegant and incredibly easy to wear with clean lines, impeccable construction and beautiful details being foundation features of his brand. These attributes are characteristic with any designer producing high-end clothing, but surprisingly, considering the quality of Varela’s products, the majority of them are unusually affordable.

Queen Letizia wore this Felipe Varela grey dress with an embroidered net overlay to the April 2012 Cervantes Awards in Madrid. Image GETTY IMAGES

His couture creations are seen as the epitome of Spanish luxury, with his exclusive designs often made solely on commission. You can see the influence of Varela’s home country in his use of bright jewel tones and dusty pastels. Spanish lace and embroidery are key features of his work, and they are often incorporated into his creations by subtly layering them over silk or pairing them with unexpected trimmings like crystal and opulent beadwork.

Queen Letizia attending the opening presentation of Gaetano Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore” at the Liceo Theater in Barcelona in 2013. For the occasion she chose a black rhinestone-studded Felipe Varela dress and matching clutch bag. Image VANITY FAIR/GETTY IMAGES

As I said above, Felipe Varela’s couture work is highly prized and extremely hard to come by, but his atelier has recently produced couture in limited capsule collections for retail. Not surprisingly, these pieces were all purchased before the scheduled release date.

Queen Letizia wore this black crystal-studded Felipe Varela dress with crochet net overlay to the Prince of Asturias Awards in Octuber 2010. Image GETTY IMAGES

I love this label- it’s simple, it’s elegant and I like how the designer uses unique and locally produced materials. I’m definitely aiming to own a few of his couture pieces, but for now I’ll be satisfied purchasing pieces from his fabulous prêt-à-porter collections!

I look forward to seeing what the next season’s releases will be and hope that the Felipe Varela brand will finally begin to gain global recognition and a much larger international following. He deserves it.

Queen Letizia wore this emerald green lace Felipe Varela dress to the August 2010 Evaluation of the Olympic Committee Meeting at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. Image GETTY IMAGES

P.S. You may be wondering why this post has so many photographs of Queen Letizia- that’s because she is Felipe Varela’s most famous and avid patron, and is basically the one doing all the advertising for his brand. While searching for pictures to illustrate this post it was almost impossible to find photograph’s of Felipe Varela’s work without the Queen (even the label’s Facebook page was sparse!). Anyway, who doesn’t enjoy seeing photographs of the beautiful Queen Letizia?

Queen Letizia of Spain

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain share a kiss on the day of their coronation as the new Monarchs of Spain. Image GETTY IIMAGES

On June 2nd, King Juan Carlos of Spain announced his intent to abdicate the throne in favor of his son Crown Prince Felipe. Since that moment, the ever-watchful eyes of the world have been fixed upon the Crown Prince and his family; particularly his wife, Princess Letizia of Asturias, the then future and now current Queen of Spain.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia attending a dinner hosted by Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands ahead of her abdication at Rijksmuseum in 2013. Queen Letizia wore a black Chantilly lace and silk gown by Felipe Varela, which she accessorized with a silk clutch and suede sandals (also by the designer) and the famous platinum and diamond Mellerio Floral tiara. Image GETTY IMAGES

King Juan Carlos’ abdication has undoubtedly caused a stir. Spain is currently going through a period of economic stress and political upheaval and King Juan Carlos’ decision will most definitely have an impact on the country’s future. The Spanish press, has given the announcement a broadly positive reception, calling it an important moment in democratic Spain since the Spanish Parliament had to approve and pass Prince Felipe’s ascension.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia in Madrid in July 2012, where they delivered the Iberdrola scholarships and research grants to students. Queen Letizia wore a striped dress by Ailanto, which she paired with nude peep-toed pumps by Magrit and a crystal-studded clutch by Malababa. Image GETTY IMAGES

The Spanish Constitution did not previously provide a specific process making abdication and royal succession possible, so the Spanish Parliament created and passed new laws allowing King Juan Carlos to pass the throne to his son. On June 19 Crown Prince Felipe of Asturias was crowned King Felipe VI of Spain, with Princess Letizia becoming Spain’s Queen. The new king’s popularity is high and though there is a faction of Spaniards against King Felipe VI’s ascension- and even the continuation of the monarchy, Spain’s future is bright and the international community welcomes Europe’s newest and youngest monarchs.

Queen Letizia wore this printed silk dress by Zara on two separate occasions: (left and right) during public audiences at the La Zarzuela Palace in Madrid in July 2012 and at a meeting of the Principe de Girona Foundation in June 2011. In both instances she accessorized her look with taupe-coloured belts and patent leather slingbacks by Magrit. Images GETTY IMAGES

Queen Letizia has long been a figure of media fixation in Spain and is thus no stranger to public scrutiny. Being beautiful, a recognized news reporter, a previous commoner and divorcee, and then marrying into the royal family in deeply Catholic Spain has made the Queen a media magnet. Throughout, she’s proved herself with unparalleled grace and has long been one of the Spanish royals’ most influential and loved members, celebrated as the country’s first “middle-class” Princess and admired for being a representation of modern womanhood: independent, cultured, and successful in her career.

Queen Letizia (in Lorenzo Caprile) and King Felipe VI attending the Danish Crown Prince’s Wedding in Copenhagen, in May 2004. Image GETTY IMAGES

Before we start on the Queen’s renowned style, let’s take a look at this remarkable woman’s life and achievements.

Future Queen Letizia Ortiz was born on September 15th, 1972 in Oviedo, Asturias. Her father was a journalist and her mother a registered nurse and hospital union representative. She was the eldest of three daughters. Her parents divorced in the late 1990s, with her father re-marrying in 2000.

Queen Letizia wears a grey sweater and printed chiffon dress by Mango to the opening of an exhibit in Castile and Leon in September 2010. Image GETTY IMAGES/LIFE MAGAZINE

Letizia wished to pursue a career in journalism and attended the Complutense University of Madrid, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree and a Licentiate’s Degree in the Journalistic branch of the Information Sciences. Letizia then achieved her Master’s Degree in Audiovisual Journalism at the Institute for Studies in Audiovisual Journalism.

During her studies she worked for the newspaper La Nueva España and later for the newspaper ABC and the news agency EFE (Agencia EFE, S.A). After completing university, she moved to Guadalajara, Mexico, where she worked for the newspaper Siglo XXI.

King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and their daughters Infanta Lenor of Austurias and Infanta Sofía in July 2012 welcoming the returning Spanish national football team back to Madrid after their victory at the European Cup. Queen Letizia wore a pleated chiffon dress by Max Mara and gold Magrit sandals. Image GETTY IMAGES

Letizia then returned to Spain where she worked for the Spanish version of the Bloomberg channel before moving to the news network CNN+. During this time (1998 – 1999), she married and then divorced Alonso Guerrero Pérez in a civil ceremony. From there, she went on to work with Televisión Española in 2000. In 2002 she was sent to Galicia in northern Spain to do several reports on an ecological disaster that occurred when an oil tanker, the Prestige sank. It was on this assignment that she met Prince Felipe, who was in Galicia dealing with the crisis.

Queen Letizia wore this eggshell-blue satin gown with a glittering train to the 2009 Gala Dinner welcoming the then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy to Spain. This gown was made by Lorenzo Carpile before the Queen’s 2004 wedding and was altered for her to wear to this event. Image REUTERS

Their relationship was kept secret for over a year, before they announced their engagement on November 1st, 2003. They were married in a lavish ceremony on May 22nd, 2004 in the Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid. The now- Princess Letizia wore an off- white gown by Spanish couturier Manuel Pertegaz, her bridal shoes by Pura López and her veil (which was a gift from Prince Felipe) was hand embroidered and made of silk tulle. She donned the same diamond and platinum tiara that her mother-in-law Queen Sofia wore at her wedding to King Juan Carlos in 1962. From the moment of her marriage, Letizia became HRH Princess Letizia, Princess of Asturias.

The Prince and Princess of Asturias in their wedding finery at the Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid. Image GETTY IMAGES

Letizia and Felipe have two daughters: Leonor, Princess of Asturias who was born on October 31st, 2005, and Infanta Sofía, born on April 29th, 2007. The family lives in a residence located a few dozen meters from the Palace of Zarzuela in Madrid.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia on vacation with their family in Mallorca in 2009. Seen here at the Saint Mary of Valencia Cathedral, the Queen wore a loose colour-blocked cotton dress and lilac espadrille wedges. Image GETTY IMAGES

As the Princess of Asturia, Queen Letizia focused her attention on social issues such as children’s rights, culture and education. Among her favourite causes are research into combating rare diseases, education and support for the World Health Organization’s programs on nutrition.

Princess Letizia (in an Uterqüe skirt and Magrit suede pumps) arrives at a conference on Rare Diseases: Urea Cycle Disorders on July 19th, 2012, marking the 80th anniversary of the Rare Diseases Charity. Image GETTY IMAGES

In the last decade she has attended 190 official events and has held 107 audiences without her husband. She has toured extensively on behalf of the Spanish Royal Family, traveling across Spain in representation of King Juan Carlos, as well as visiting other countries like Jordan, Mexico, Hungary, Serbia, Brazil, Sweden, Japan, China and Portugal alongside her husband as a Royal Ambassador of Spain. Queen Letizia has also attended royal gatherings in Luxembourg and the Netherlands for the silver wedding anniversary of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, as well as the 40th birthday celebrations of the Prince of Orange.

Queen Letizia (left, in Felipe Varela) and former First-Lady of France Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (in Christian Dior) meet on the steps of Madrid’s Zarzuela Palace in April 2009 during the French President’s tour of Spain. Image AFP/GETTY IMAGES

With King Felipe she has taken 73 trips to 38 countries.

Since the year 2007 Queen Letizia’s solo agenda has grown in the quantity of events she performed by herself and the King and Queen’s agendas have become more distinct and separate.

Queen Letizia attends a dinner celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Copa del Rey in August 2011. She wore an embroidered silk Hoss Intropia dress. Image GETTY IMAGES

Queen Letizia is highly regarded as a style icon and she regularly tops best-dressed lists at home and worldwide. She has an effortlessly classic style that is complimented and emphasized by her support of Spanish designers. She notably champions Spanish high-street fashion brands such as Zara, Uterqüe and Mango, as well as couturiers like Felipe Varela and Lorenzo Caprile.

Queen Letizia (in a lace shift dress by Mango) visits the Mango Factory in Barcelona in April 2011. Image ZIMBO/GETTY IMAGES

Her style is simply, elegant; she dresses with the sophistication and good taste that a lady of her position is expected to have. When she steps out, every part of her outfit- from her hair to her jewelry and accessories never looks overdone, is always appropriate and always true to her style.

Queen Sofia (left), King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia attending the British Royal Wedding in 2011. Queen Letizia wore a blush lace morning dress by Felipe Varela to the wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Image GETTY IMAGES

For daytime she prefers simple looks with clean lines and minimal fuss, but pieces that incorporate unexpected details such as beaded hemlines, embroidery and bright prints. Think sheath dresses, full skirts, crisp button-down tops, tailored trousers, jumpsuits and (deep gasp) jeans (that are immaculately tailored). She accessorizes with easily-adaptable wardrobe staples like sharp blazers, cardigans, braided leather belts, GREAT bags and clutches, nude heels, platforms and peep-toe pumps galore!

Queen Letizia (in Adolfo Dominguez) attending audiences at La Zarzuela Palace in Madrid in July 2013. Image GETTY IMAGES

Formal events are when she goes all out! Queen Letizia is a lady who was made to wear couture and her black-tie choices never disappoint- she goes for drama! Jewel-toned fabrics, luxurious ruffles, embroidery, extensive beading and flowing layers of lace have all been features of her famous gowns- many of which have been produced by her favourite Spanish couturier Felipe Varela.

Queen Letizia in four stunning Felipe Valera gowns: (from left) in a beaded gown of titanum lace and tulle (and a María Nieto fascinator) for the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in April 2013, in ruffled red silk at the 2010 Swedish Parliament’s concert at the Royal Concert Hall in Stockholm, in an embroidered lilac tulle gown at the British Royal Wedding in 2011 and in an emerald chiffon gown at the 2013 Prince of Asturias Awards Concert in Oviedo, Spain. Images AFP/GETTY IMAGES/REUTERS

Her street style is similarly un-bothered, and she always looks amazing while dressed for comfort. Queen Letizia is often spotted in T-shirts, sweaters, loose dresses and boot-cut jeans. She often pairs these with fashionably laid-back accessories like fringed shawls, slouchy jackets, hobo bags, distressed booties, sandals and sporty flats.

Queen Letizia and her daughters Infanta Sofía (left) and Infanta Lenor of Austurias (centre) on holiday in Mallorca in 2013. The Queen was perfectly resort-ready in an embroidered cotton blouse and turquoise jeans, which she accessorized with the Thela bag by Meli Melo and crystallized Uterqüe sandles. Image AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Queen Letizia is known as somewhat of a ‘thrifty’ royal as she often wears her outfits more than once, mixing and matching key items of her wardrobe to create new looks. Here, comparisons with the Duchess of Cambridge can be drawn, but Queen Letizia has been making waves in the fashion world for far longer than Duchess Catherine- and in my opinion her style is a bit more polished.

Queen Letizia counts this black guipure lace Felipe Varela shift dress amongst her favourite ensembles and wears it quite often; seen here (from left) on a visit to Portugal in May 2012, in July 2013 to a United States-Spain Council Forum dinner in Santa Barbara, California (centre), and in an official portrait celebrating her 40th birthday in 2012 by Cristina García Rodero. Images GETTY/CRISTINA GARCIA RODERO

At her coronation Queen Letizia did not disappoint! On midnight of June 19th, 2014, King Juan Carlos officially transferred the Crown of Spain to King Felipe by signing the Act of Abdication in a public ceremony. Later that day, the official coronation took place at 10 am, with the new King and Queen being presented to the public for the first time. Queen Letizia wore a simple black and white patterned Felipe Varela dress to the Abdication ceremony, while for the coronation she donned an impeccably tailored white sheaf dress and matching coat, also by Felipe Varela. On both occasions jewelry and accessories were kept to a minimum, with only earrings and a black clutch being worn to the midnight ceremony and solitaire earrings, a bow decoration (of the Order of Charles III), and beige clutch finishing her coronation look. She wore the same pair of nude pumps to both events.

Queen Letizia (in Felipe Varela) and her daughters, Leonor, Princess of Asturias (centre) and Infanta Sofía of Spain (right), at the midnight ceremony surrounding the signing of the Act of Abdication. Image GETTY

In today’s world, the roles of the Spain’s monarchs are largely as figureheads who represent the legal personality of the state to their subjects and the international community. The major roles of the King and Queen are to perform ceremonial and official duties as the Heads of State, including representing Spain to the rest of the world, and to provide figures of stability during tumultuous times. They encourage public and voluntary service (i.e. encourage the citizens to join the army and Navy) in the population and recognize and reward outstanding examples of achievement and excellence. The King is the Head of the Spanish Government and has the authority to call elections, announce the start of Parliament and can elect and dismiss Government Ministers on the advice of the President. He also oversees the operation of the Spanish Parliament and ensures that the Constitution and Laws are sustained and that the rights of all citizens are respected and sustained.

Queen Letizia at her coronation. Her outfit was by Spanish courtier Felipe Varela and was a suit of matching white separates: a simple sheaf dress and jacket with a crystal-studded neckline. Image Getty

As Queen consort to King Felipe, Queen Letizia shares her husband’s rank and holds the feminine equivalent of the King’s monarchical titles, however she doesn’t share the King’s political and military powers (the King is the head of both the Army and the Navy). Despite this, a consort is often recognized as being among the King’s most trusted advisers; there are many examples in history of the queen consort has been the chief power behind her husband’s throne. Queen Letizia basically has to act as her husband’s greatest supporter and provide him with unconditional support in his decisions, while upholding her family’s and country’s reputation.

King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and their daughters Infanta Lenor of Austurias and Infanta Sofía for an official portrait marking the Queen’s 40th birthday in 2012. The queen wore a red Mango blouse and white trousers by Hugo boss, which she paired with nude Magrit peep-toe pumps. Image GETTY IMAGES

I’m hoping that the reign of King Felipe and Queen Letizia is a long and prosperous one, and that they do manage lead Spain into a lasting period of prosperity and growth. Meanwhile, I will be paying attention to Queen Letizia’s style and keeping an eye out for more fabulous fashion.

Wishing the new King and Queen all the best!

Friday Fierceness!

Carnival Queen-The Edit Magazine by Net-a-Porter June 19th 2014

Kaftan: Talitha, Shoes: Ancient Greek Sandals, Accessories: (right arm) cuff by Arme de l’amore, (left arm) cuffs by Hervé Van der Straeten. Image THE EDIT/KORAY BIRAND

Model: Elisa Sednaoui Dellal
Photographer: Koray Birand
Styling: Tracey Taylor

Fausto Puglisi: Are You Taking Notice?

Vogue Japan’s ever-quirky editor-at-large Anna Dello Russo rocks this fabulous Fausto Puglisi mini in a shoot by the designer. Image FAUSTO PUGLISI

If you’re like me and get Facebook updates from your favourite magazines, you may have started Monday off by staring at a photograph of Kendall Jenner baring almost all in a Fausto Puglisi gown at the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards.

Model Kendall Jenner (left) in Fausto Puglisi at the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, the gown as shown in the Fausto Puglisi F/w 2013 lookbook. Image GETTY/FAUSTO PUGLISI

Looking beyond the waist-skimming slits, you have to admit that it is a beautiful dress… and that Kendall Jenner pulls it off. Look at the details: the colour combination is beautiful- it’s underside is lined in bright lavender, the beading is gorgeous, and the cut is sharp. With lower slits (or at least taped a little more closely together), it would be an overall flattering look on any woman with the figure and height a gown like this demands. With that being said, the dress is probably best suited for use in editorials and, as in this case- a red carpet look (can’t you just see someone like Izzy Azelia or Rihanna wearing this?).

Paired with beautiful shoes and clutch, good hair and red carpet ready makeup, Kendal’s look gets a solid A on my fashion rating.

A full view Kendall Jenner in Fausto Puglisi (left) and close-ups on the details of the gown. Image WIREIMAGE/GETTY

But this post isn’t meant to be an appreciation of a starlet’s red carpet look, its an appreciation of one of the fashion world’s rising stars- Fausto Puglisi, the talented designer behind Kendall Jenner’s headline making gown.

Ling Ling Kong and Gao Ying in F/w 2013 Fausto Puglisi, by Chen Man for Madame Figaro September 2012. Image MADAME FIGARO/CHEN MAN

Fusto Puglisi was born and raised in Messina, Sicily. From a young age, he had a great interest in the creative arts and fashion, but particularly in photography.

This passion led him to eventually relocate to New York, where he began creating and photographing garments that appealed to his love of imagery and his appreciation for precise tailoring. His work was soon noticed by influential stylists and photographers, who began to use Puglisi’s work in editorial spreads, where his work quickly garnered critical acclaim.

Katja Krivorota in a F/w 2013 Fausto Puglisi beaded jacket, by Enrique Badulescu for Marie Claire US May 2014. Image MARIE CLAIRE/ENRIQUE BADULESCU

Puglisi soon began producing limited collections for exclusive stores in New York and Los Angeles. These collections gained widespread praise and attracted the attention of fashionistas, stylists, editors and fashion bloggers.

In 2010 Puglisi became involved in Demenico Dolce and Stefano Gabanna’s Spiga 2 project, an undertaking that resulted in his line being displayed in the pair’s Milano concept store. From this, the Fausto Puglisi brand was born.

Aymeline Valade in S/s 2013 Fausto Puglisi, by Miguel Reveriego for Vogue Spain May 2013. Image VOGUE SPAIN/MIGUEL REVERIEGO

The Fausto Puglisi brand quickly gained a huge following from fashion’s elite: brand faithfuls included choice individuals like editor Anna Dello Russo, models Coco Rocha, Chanel Iman and Karolina Kurkova, and celebrities such as Fergie, Katy Perry and Kelly Rowland. His fame grew quickly and Puglisi was contracted to design stage costumes for entertainment icons like Beyoncé, Whitney Houston and Jennifer Lopez for their tours and performances. His most famous work came in 2012 when he created the looks for the Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and Madonna Superbowl Halftime Show. Much like Raf Simons’ menswear collections, Puglisi continues to develop a loyal following of buyers and admirers among the world’s fashion conscious.

Nicki Minaj (left), Madonna and M.I.A. perform in costumes by Fausto Puglisi during the Superbowl Half Time Show in 2012. Image GETTY

In 2012 Fausto Puglisi was appointed artistic director of the Maison Emmanuel Ungaro. This move was an attempt to refresh and stabilize the brand after a particularly unsteady and economically disappointing period during which a slew of designers took creative control of the brand’s image and basically, created a mess. Ungaro’s controlling owner, Italian clothing manufacturer Aeffe, hoped that Puglisi’s talent and artistic vision would refresh the public’s views of the brand, boosting its image and sales.

In October 2013, Fausto Puglisi’s first collection for Emmanuel Ungaro debuted in Milan to widespread acclaim.

Looks from the runway show of the Emanuel Ungaro F/w 2013 Collection, this was the first collection that Fausto Puglisi designed for Maision Ungaro. Image GETTY

It’s quite clear why Fausto Puglisi’s star has risen so fast in such a relatively short space of time: his clothing is beautiful! To me, his use of prints, his penchant for neon colour schemes and daring cutouts echo Gianni Versace’s work in the 1980s. His embellishments are reminiscent of the baroque trimmings of Dolce & Gabbana- reflecting his time spent with the duo developing his brand.

Coco Rocha in a Fausto Puglisi F/w 2013 gown, by Yin Chao for Harper’s Bazaar China September 2013. Image HARPER’S BAZAAR CHINA/YIN CHAO

It’s all very Italian- bold, colourful and thoroughly glamourous! You can see that he draws inspiration from his national heritage. He has cited that his interests are encouraged by the folklore, art and architecture of Italy, but it is also clear that Puglisi’s initial love of photography plays a big part in influencing his design, with his graphic prints and colours and his use of light-distorting fabrics and finishes.

Natasha Poly in Fausto Puglisi, by Inez & Vinoodh for Vogue Paris July 2014. Image VOGUE PARIS/ INEZ & VINOODH

A specific source of Puglisi’s design motivation stems from his fascination with the Roman Empire- particularly the uninhibited opulence and open sexual expression of the time. Puglisi describes this interest as more of an obsession, and is known to have stated that it inspires his aesthetic in every way, explaining, “For me, Rome means power, sex, decadence, delirium, skirts, pleats, peplums, embroidery… And these words always inspire my work.”

Miley Cyrus in S/s 2013 Fausto Puglisi, by Jan Welters for Elle UK June 2013. Image ELLE UK/JAN WELTERS

His clothing is certainly not for the faint of heart. Attention-grabbing prints and colours aside, other characteristics of his work include plunging necklines, thigh (and waist) -skimming slits, sharp cutouts and barely-there bandeaux tops. Puglisi is a designer whose work toes the very fine line between being daringly sexy and… shall we say tacky.

Hilary Rhoda in Fausto Puglisi S/s 2014 ready-to-wear, shot by Luigi and Daniele + Iango for Vogue Japan April 2014. Image VOGUE/ LUIGI AND DANIELE +IANGO

It’s a hard thing to do, and very few designers have the talent and the ability to produce clothing that’s that racy without being downright tasteless. So far, Puglisi has navigated this margin well, and I have serious doubts as to whether he could eventually push his work over the edge into this undesirable area. As I said, he knows how to toe the line.

But then again, fashion is all about pushing boundaries…. so we will have to wait and see (and pray he doesn’t cross that boundary because there are ENOUGH trashy clothes around).

Aiste-Regina Kliveckaite in Fausto Puglisi 2014 Resort, by Tony Kim for Glamour Italy May 2014. Image GLAMOUR MAGAZINE/TONY KIM

This Kendall Jenner red carpet look has sparked some serious interest in the direction of designer Fausto Puglisi, and I for one, love it- its glamourous, sexy and everything fierce!

Friday Fierceness!

Zac Posen Resort 2015

A navy blue silk-satin gown from the 2015 Zac Posen Resort Collection. Image ZAC POSEN/WOMENS WEAR DAILY (WWD)

Model: Guinevere Van Seenus
Photography credits: George Chinsee (for WWD), Zac Posen

Do Brasil com Amor!

Models (from left) Raquel Zimmermann, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and Isabeli Fontana (all in Stella McCartney) are Vogue’s Team Brazil, shot by Stephen Meisel for Vogue US’ June Edition. Image VOGUE/STEPHEN MEISEL

It’s the start of the 2014 World Cup, and for the past few months the excitement around the world has grown into something almost palpable! It’s the first time in 62 years that Brazil has hosted the tournament- the last being in 1950. Brazil famously lost that tournament to Uruguay, so now it’s a matter of national pride that Brazil wins this championship…. and after yesterday’s opener, they’re definitely trying to. All bets are off, so expect some magical football during this World Cup!

Gisele Bundchen (in Comme des Garçons and Amir Slama) by Matt Jones for Vogue Italia June 2014. Image VOGUE ITALIA/MATT JONES

I come from a football crazy family and I love football, so saying I’m excited is a true understatement. The World Cup is an event that comes around every four years and is a month of majesty, festivity and the transitioning of world class players into gods of sport. As the tournament is in steamy, glittery Brazil this year, it’s an especially festive occasion. So, to celebrate the opening of the 2014 World Cup (and as this IS a fashion blog), I’ve decided to feature three of my favourite Brazilian designers: Carlos Miele, Alessandra Meskita and Alexandre Herchcovitch in this post.

Put to your suntan oil and bikinis, ‘cuz its kick off time!

Carlos Miele

Looks from Carlos Miele’s F/w 2014 lookbook. Image CARLOS MIELE

Carlos Miele is a self-taught designer who began his career in the art world by producing performance art and crafting installations for museums and exhibitions around the world. Regardless of his success in fashion, he remains close to the art world, drawing inspiration from cinema, architecture and Brazilian art. Miele works very closely with artisans in Brazil’s favelas and indigenous communities to ensure fair trade practices and fair wages are practiced. His clothing often features traditional Brazilian art elements that are supplied by these regional artisans.

Looks from Carlos Miele’s F/w 2014 lookbook. Image CARLOS MIELE

Carlos Miele is noted for his dramatic runway shows and presentations and this flair for dramatics can be seen in his work. He is known to play with and combine elements from traditional handcrafted design and modern technology to produce unexpected results. Miele’s clothes are feminine and sensual, with luxurious figure skimming fabrics, daring cutouts and beautiful prints being characteristics of his collections.

Looks from Carlos Miele’s F/w 2014 lookbook. Image CARLOS MIELE

The Carlos Miele label was established in 2002, and produces prêt-à-porter collections for the two major seasons and resort wear. There is also a line of premium denim. His second label, Miele was established in 2006, this label produces more affordable ready-to-wear collections in a casual style.

Carlos Miele signature clothing is sold in more than 30 countries; as of 2011, there are Carlos Miele flagship stores in New York City, Paris and São Paulo.

Alessandra Meskita

Looks from Meskita’s F/w 2014 lookbook. Image MESKITA BY ALESSANDRA MESKITA

Alessandra Meskita was born and raised in São Paulo. Her artistic talent was recognized and fostered at a young age and, with the encouragement of her mother, she began designing her own clothes at the age of 15. Her career in fashion began in 2007, when she began working for French designer Christian Audigier.

Looks from Meskita F/w 2014 lookbook. Image MESKITA BY ALESSANDRA MESKITA

She worked with Audigier for four years as the Global Creative Director of his company, during which time she developed her use of traditional shapes and tailoring. Meskita left the company in 2011 after deciding the time was right to utilize everything she’d learned toward the creation of her own clothing line.

Her line, Meskita was founded in 2012, and consists of ready to wear, resort, lingerie, swimwear, shoes and household accessories.

Looks from Meskita’s F/w 2014 lookbook. Image MESKITA BY ALESSANDRA MESKITA

Meskita’s designs focus on simple concepts and natural elements. She draws inspiration from Brazilian folklore, cinema and literature and her clothing often incorporates surprising elements like vintage-inspired prints, silhouettes and varying fabric textures. Her clothing is graceful and refined- overall feminine, with classic cuts and glamorous details. Meskita has said that she wants her clothing to inspire strength and beauty while helping women feel confident and independent.

Alessandra Meskita’s clothing is sold in Brazil and the United States, with flagship stores located in São Paulo and New York.

Alexandre Herchcovitch

Looks from Alexandre Herchcovitch’s Pre-fall 2015 runway show. Image ALEXANDRE HERCHCOVITCH
Alexandre Herchcovitch, a Brazilian designer of Polish and Romanian descent, was born and raised in São Paulo. He was introduced to fashion at a young age – ten to be exact, when he requested his mother give him basic lessons in modelling and sewing. His mother then started to wear the clothes he made to parties, which led him to sell his early collections to family friends.

[caption width="832" align="alignnone"] Looks from Alexandre Herchcovitch’s Pre-fall 2015 runway show. Image ALEXANDRE HERCHCOVITCH

As a teenager, Herchcovitch frequently visited the alternative clubs of São Paulo’s famous night life, all the while attending a Religious Zionist Orthodox Jewish school- activities that created great conflict in Herchcovitch’s personal life. As he matured, this discordance had a strong influence over his work, and Herchcovitch eventually began to draw inspiration from this friction.

Looks from Alexandre Herchcovitch’s Pre-fall 2015 runway show. Image ALEXANDRE HERCHCOVITCH

His collections often feature elements of disharmony, and he is famous for his ability to transform classic into modern, simple into glamorous or easy into complex. His design is avant-garde and his use of prints is ingenious and eclectic. Herchcovitch’s design quickly rose to the height of Brazilian fashion, with his trademark skull design becoming an icon of the Brazilian youth in the nineties. His designs have been strutted down the runways of New York, Paris, London and São Paulo Fashion Weeks.

Today, Alexandre Herchcovitch’s products are sold in the US, Canada, England, France, Spain and Australia. He has flagship stores in Brazil, New York and most recently, in Tokyo.

Model Adriana Lima poses with Brazil’s 2014 World Cup Mascot, Fuleco. Image GETTY IMAGES/MIKE HEWITT

There you have it, three of Brazil’s talented designers! If you are visiting Brazil for the World Cup, or sometime in the future, make time to go shopping and discover the local luxury and style that the country has to offer. Its glamour- its Brazil and its everything!

É tudo por agora!


We’re On Facebook!

Like any true diva, Blair Waldorf multitasks in style. Image CW

I can’t believe I forgot to mention this in my last post! I’m putting my forgetfulness down to insomnia- it was past 2 am when I last published!

Nevertheless, as you might have guessed, Screw It. I’m Fierce is now on Facebook!

We’ve only been online a few days, and we’re so excited! On our Facebook page, you can find all of our posts (for when you can’t be bothered to check the blog itself), as well as interesting editorials, makeup and hair tutorials, trendy items, updates from Trinbagonian and international designers…basically everything that we’re loving from all around the net!

Feel free to message us and share your thoughts on our content, suggest any articles that you’d like to see, or even suggestions that you think should be tagged as our weekly Friday Fierceness!

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Dolce & Gabbana High Jewellery 2014

Kate King by Domenico Dolce for Dolce & Gabbana S/s 2014 Jewelery

I will admit that I have been putting off doing this post for a while. I can’t really pinpoint exactly why, but my procrastination has gotten on my nerves until last night, when I finally made up my mind to sit down and write about this fabulous jewelry collection!

Kate King in another shot from Dolce & Gabbana’s 2014 jewelry campaign. Image DOLCE & GABBANA

Believe me- it is a good one. This season’s offering is beautiful and literally bursting with colour!

2014’s collection has been broken up into four categories, each released in separate increments since the start of the year. 2014’s jewelery collections are called
Primavera (designs inspired by Spring), Heritage (pieces that are inspired by heirloom jewelry), Gemstone (statement jewelry) and Rings.

Clip earrings from Dolce & Gabbana’s Primavera collection are shaped to resemble flowers and feature morganites and citrines set in 18K gold. Image DOLCE & GABBANA

It it everything that you’ve come to expect from D&G: bold, glittery gems, eye-catching designs and elegant baroque settings, but this season also features delicate floral patterns with a decidedly ‘spring’ colour palette! D&G have set aside their traditional stones (rubies, onyx, dark sapphires and tanzianites) and have embraced the brighter hues of coloured sapphires, amethysts, citrines, peridot and aquamarine.

Colourful engagement rings by Dolce &Gabbana in 18K gold; (clockwise from above right) 12.60 ct rectangular rhodolite garnet surrounded by pink sapphires, 9.80 ct rectangular peridot surrounded by red rhodolite garnets, 12.60 ct red rectangular rhodolite garnet surrounded by colourless sapphires, 9.10 ct rectangular aquamarine surrounded by yellow sapphires. Image DOLCE & GABBANA

The ring collection is almost entirely comprised of coloured stones, with the only variation being a traditional diamond engagement ring. The other pieces are fabulously hued and while they are marketed as coloured engagement rings, all would work just as well as cocktail rings.

An 18K gold pendant and chain from Dolce & Gabbana’s Primavera Collection. The pendant is in the form of a flower, with a citrine center and five morganite ‘petals’, the chain is accented by a single white baroque pearl. Image DOLCE & GABBANA

It’s a fresher look; this years jewelry still fits in with D&G’s baroque aesthetic, but this season’s simpler designs and bright colours make it more wearable and daytime-appropriate.

This palette really brightens up a lot of D&G’s older designs, like their Byzantine-styled crosses and filigree work, which are included in the Heritage part of the collection. These stately pieces have been given a brilliant facelift by being set with vivid tanzinites, aquamarines and multicoloured quartz. The new filigree pieces are also suitably refreshed, with the scroll work resembling vines and blossom-like jewel settings.

A pair of 18 K gold clip-on earrings from Dolce & Gabbana’s Heritage Collection, features floral filigree scroll work set with morganites, aquamarines, peridots, and amethysts. Image DOLCE & GABBANA

The Gemstone Collection is my favourite!

I get happy while wearing bold jewelry- especially large gemstones, so I’ve always liked Dolce & Gabbana’s statement pieces, but I LOVE these new jewels! I’ve got plans to own every single piece!

18K gold bracelets from Dolce & Gabbana’s Gemstone collection: (from left) 12 different stones of varying cut and shape are mounted on twisted wire, a bracelet set with 8 cushion-cut smokey quartz, an amethyst bracelet set with 10 oval stones and a chain bracelet set with 26 square citrines, every piece is accented with a single baroque pearl. Image DOLCE & GABBANA

These pieces are gorgeously vivid, with big stones being set in simple bezel settings of twisted gold. The plain settings really enhance the large stones, which are geometrically shaped in the flattering cushion and step cuts. Amethyst, peridot, citrine and a variety of quartz have been wrought into earrings, bracelets, necklaces and solitaire rings to produce dramatic jewels that will compliment every outfit. These are the pieces that truly show off the beautiful colours of the different gems, and these brilliant stones are sure to make bright additions to any shopper’s summer accessories.

Two 18K gold pieces from Dolce & Gabbana’s Gemstone collection. The necklace is curved and features twenty-nine different stones of various cuts and settings and a baroque pearl, while the earrings are peridot and citrine. Image DOLCE & GABBANA

This collection is marvelous! Apart from the gemstone pieces, the floral patterns are sure to be a big hit- especially with younger consumers and women looking for nontraditional statement jewelery. The clean, unfussy look of this collection makes each piece adaptable to many ensembles, making the whole collection appropriate for every part of a woman’s day, while the refreshing colour palette will uplift even the most austere look.

This floral necklace by Dolce & Gabbana is set in 18K gold and features seven flowers composed of morganites, citrines, rhodolite garnets, blue zircon, amethyst, aquamarines and colourless sapphires. It is accented with a single white baroque pearl. Image DOLCE & GABBANA

To me, Dolce & Gabbana’s 2014 High Jewelry Collection is the jeweled embodiment of spring and summer- it’s happy, bright and decidedly playful. A perfect personification of this season!