Friday Fierceness!

“Carolina de Monaco”- Vogue España February 2017

Coat, bag: Chanel, Jewelry: Ansorena, Durán Madrid.  Image VOGUEESPAÑA/GORKAPOSTIGO

Coat, bag: Chanel, Jewelry: Ansorena, Durán Madrid. Image VOGUEESPAÑA/GORKAPOSTIGO

Model: Julia van Os
Photographer: Gorka Postigo
Stylist: Sara Fernandez
Hair, makeup: Pablo Iglesias

Friday Fierceness!

“Erotic”- Vogue Ukraine February 2017

Blouse: Off White, Briefs: Maison Close, Jewelry: Lanvin.  Image VOGUEUKRAINE/CHRISCOLLS

Blouse: Off White, Briefs: Maison Close, Jewelry: Lanvin. Image VOGUEUKRAINE/CHRISCOLLS

Model: Anja Rubik
Photographer: Chris Colls
Stylist: Julie Pelipas
Hair: Diego Da Silva
Makeup: Maud Laceppe

The beautiful kitsch of Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2017 Menswear

I’ve been a lifelong fan of Dolce & Gabbana… my folks dressed me in it as a child and it’s among the first labels I remember buying when I started shopping for myself. Their clothes all fit so well and last forever, the excess of embellishment juxtaposing clean, modern silhouettes is exactly my taste and, well, their ad’s are always on point. Furthermore, as a lover of the type of romanticized history the brand bases it’s designs on, I don’t think I’m going to be jumping ship anytime soon.

Following several seasons of in-depth explorations of traditional Italian themes, the Fall 2017 “The New Princes” collection was a slightly more toned down continuation of their recent offerings. Featuring fall’s darker colours, beautifully crafted embellishment and a level of comical kitsch that was on the verge of being too much- but wasn’t. With over 100 looks covering everything from formal, lounge and sportswear to stuffed animal backpacks and embroidered heraldic beasts, there was something for every taste. It was a playful offering, sure to bring out the child in any man.

The overwhelming media attention has focused on the show’s models- superstar millennials Cameron Dallas, Tinie Tempah, Chen Xue Dong, the Stallone sisters, Sofia Richie and others walked among a sprinkling of actual (super)models Lucky Blue Smith, Oliver Cheshire, Aurelien Muller and the like, but for me, the clothes stole the show. True- a good model is entertaining and a star like Naomi Campbell can leave a viewer awestruck, but I look at runway shows so I can see what I want to buy. So, that’s what we’ll be focusing on here.

First of all, I love the embellished metallic suits and coats. The Dolce & Gabbana Alta Sartoria fall 2015 show premiered a literal suit of gold that closed the show in every sense, but this season’s less embellished versions were no less showstopping. The gold, blue and black jacquard suit worn by Tinie Tempah, a gold and red patterned three piece and another in black velvet covered with small golden crowns were my favourites, but really, I like them all. A beautifully tailored gold and black overcoat shown over pinstriped pants and red velvet slippers was another favourite, as was a bronze, gold and black Asian-inspired paisley patterned suit. Yes, they’re not really for regular wear, but I’d definitely wear them to all sorts of parties and club nights as shown, or with other clothing.

Even the darkest non-glittery suits and outerwear were cut of uber luxurious fabrics and were so well tailored that they definitely deserve mention- Cameron Dallas’ show opening deep purple and black number, another of black embriodery, Lucky Blue’s heavy wool coat and all of the looks sent out for the show’s final walk.

Embellished sweaters were another highlight and were definitely where a lot of the show’s kitsch showed up. All manner of snarling beast, heraldic symbols, skeletons, crowned cartoon faces, a ferocious bear sweater with one furry arm and more strutted down the catwalk in Milan. To many, it’s a lot. To me- perfect! I love all the early Renaissance looking animals, Barberini gold bees and endless crowns. Even the pop art caricatures of Domenico and Stefano that were added to a button down jacket were great. True, the stuffed toy looking backpacks and hoodie were too much- and you won’t see them here, but I didn’t mind them on the runway. Though this is coming from someone with closets full of just as kitsch-y clothes, I think Dolce & Gabbana straddled the playful line perfectly.

Printed polo and silk shirts and black ruffle-fronted shirts were also outstanding and beautifully carried the Renaissance theme. The ruffled shirts were mostly shown with embellished suits and somehow didn’t at all seem out of place.

Then there were some pieces that didn’t really fit in, but I very much liked. First was a camel coat that was beautifully tailored and had a pair of embroidered knights in a square off on the chest. The length and fit on this are exceptional. Then there was a beautiful gold edged, oversized black wool tunic that has an intricate coat of arms on the front and wine red quilted lining that I will DEFINITELY be getting. It was shown over a red velvet hoodie with grey pants and looked extremely comfortable. Finally the brilliant yellow blazer and brocade, lion embroidered bomber jacket stood out among the darker shades of the rest of the collection and were definite high points. As were the pants with armor shaped fabric additions at the ankle that were shown in many colours and fabrics throughout the lineup.

Finally, you can’t talk about Dolce & Gabbana and not mention the shoes and accessories. Let’s just say I like all. Shoe wise, the label’s coveted velvet slippers were in full force and were all beautifully detailed, but the simplest boots and formal shoes were just as good. I wish they had sent a good pair of slim toe-d oxfords down the runway because I’m not a fan of boxy, rounded shoes, but even these were of obviously excellent quality. The jewelry and bags shown (minus the animal ones) were great too, and of special note was the style and number of slim bowties that appeared.

Style wise, multiple signet rings and layers of chains turned the models into modern princes and are very easy additions that bring that catwalk style into your personal wardrobe. I’ve been rocking exactly that look for years, but I think I’m going to add a few more. Dolce & Gabbana is all about that lux, so head to toe, the models exuded wealth and a certain polished joie de vivre.

It was great.

Image credits: cover photo- Dolce & Gabbana’s official Instagram page, all others via Vogue.com

My best,

Estevan

Jewel of the Month

Heraklean Knot Serpent Armlet- an ancient gold, ruby and garnet upper arm bracelet

The beautiful Hellenistic period snake armlet. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

The beautiful Hellenistic period snake armlet. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

This Central Asian treasure is dated to the Hellenistic period of Greek history, about 4th century BC- 1st century AD, and is a beautiful and unusual piece. Style-wise, the jewel displays many classical aspects of Hellenistic jewelry, depicting the intertwined bodies of two Asclepian snakes joined in the centre by a Herakles knot, adorned with two inlaid cabochon-cut garnets and a large cabochon-cut ruby. What makes this piece so unusual is the incredible attention to detail that went into it’s construction: the snakes are lifelike, with textured heads and finely detailed faces, their bodies covered in hundreds of individually applied scales. This technique has been documented on several other artifacts, and has been attributed to the Scythian culture, since several pieces of surviving Scythian jewelry are constructed similarly.

This piece was most likely worn as a protective amulet by it’s original owner as it depicts two of the most powerful protective symbols in Greek mythology- snakes and Knots of Herakles.

Underview of the snake armlet. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

Underview of the snake armlet. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

The serpent is one of the oldest and most powerful symbols of fertility and creative life force in the Greek, Egyptian and Roman civilizations. It was associated with wisdom and protection in these mythologies as they often guarded the bodies and temples of the gods. Snakes were considered lucky, and snake-styled jewelry was extremely popular as talismans against evil among the elite of these cultures. Aesculapian snakes were considered particularly special due to their association with Asclepius, the Greek god of healing and medicine, who carried a rod entwined with an Aesculapian serpent.

Detail of the head of one of the armlet's snakes. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

Detail of the head of one of the armlet’s snakes. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

The Herakles Knot depicts a strong knot created by two intertwined ropes, and was another powerful symbol in Greek, Egyptian, and Roman beliefs. Originally used as a healing charm in Egypt, the Greeks and Romans utilized the motif in protective amulets, believing it to avert evil and illness. It was often incorporated in jewelry and clothing (most commonly girdles worn by brides), but has been found in mosaics, sculpture, metalwork and pottery. Although it was a common symbol in Hellenistic jewelry design, it’s use in combination with snake imagery is notably less so, with only two other pieces of jewelry (both armlets) having been found so far.

Detail of the Herakles Knot and gemstones. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

Detail of the Herakles Knot and gemstones. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

Hellenistic jewelry was also quite popular outside of the Greek civilization and was coveted by the nomadic Scythians, Persians and other cultures that traded extensively with Greek settlements. This sparked a thirst for Greek art across Eurasia, influencing craftsmen to adopt the Greek style in their art and jewelry. Some styles were so perfectly copied that it is sometimes impossible to determine who crafted an item, or even exactly where it was made.

Detail of one of the armlet's snakes. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

Detail of one of the armlet’s snakes. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

Such is the case with this piece. Although it has been attributed to the Scythians, it is not known exactly where it was made as the Scythian Empire stretched across Central Asia, into the Eurasian Steppes and up the coast of the Northern Black Sea. Trade within the Empire was extensive and as the armlet is made of widely traded inorganic materials, the conclusive dating and mapping of it’s origin may be truly impossible. For now, we’ll say it’s a Scythian product.

All I know is it’s beautiful and it’s history makes it even more special to me. It’s a perfect Jewel of the Month!

Xx – Ana

Best Looks of the Golden Globe Awards 2017

The logo of the 74th annual Golden Globes Awards. Image HFPA.

The logo of the 74th annual Golden Globes Awards. Image HFPA.

The Golden Globe Awards is the first major awards ceremony of Hollywood’s annual Awards season and is really the most entertaining of the group. With this year’s Golden Globe’s over, we have the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, the BAFTAs (not actual Hollywood, but it counts) and the Academy Awards to look forward to. With so many events following in swift succession, the stars are kicking their fashion games into high gear, and this year, many have started early!

The 74th annual Golden Globe Awards took place on January 8th at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, and there was some seriously fab fashion on show. Many of the stars showed up looking their best, but here are my favourite looks of the night!

Evan Rachel Wood- custom Altuzarra suit, Neil Lane jewelry, Judith Leiber bag, Jimmy Choo heels

My favourite look of the night! I'm always happy to see starlets show up in a suit and this is one of the best examples I've seen. Everything about this look is perfect- from the suit's expert tailoring, to the styling, MUA and accessories.

My favourite look of the night! I’m always happy to see starlets show up in a suit and this is one of the best examples I’ve seen. Everything about this look is perfect- from the suit’s expert tailoring, to the styling, MUA and accessories. Image VOGUE.COM/POPSUGAR.COM

Ruth Negga- custom Louis Vuitton gown, Fred Leighton & Gemfields jewelry

This futuristic gown is one of the best things I've seen coming out of the Louis Vuitton ateliers in a long while, and it suited her perfectly. It's the dress of a scifi-goddess and Ruth has both the personality and bearing to work this type of look. Her styling was incredible too- the hair and makeup is Old Hollywood glamourous and the jewelry is eye-catching enough to be interesting without distracting from the gown.

This futuristic gown is one of the best things I’ve seen coming out of the Louis Vuitton ateliers in a long while, and it suited her perfectly. It’s the dress of a scifi-goddess and Ruth has both the personality and bearing to work this type of look. Her styling was incredible too- the hair and makeup is Old Hollywood glamourous and the jewelry is eye-catching enough to be interesting without distracting from the gown. Image GETTY

Another look at the jewels- a rose gold cuff with white diamond trim featuring a faceted 25.51 carat Mozambican Ruby.

Another look at the jewels- a rose gold cuff with white diamond trim featuring a faceted 25.51 carat Mozambican Ruby. Image TOMANDLORENZO.COM

Olivia Culpo- Zuhair Murad Haute Couture gown, Rubeus Milano bag, Schutz shoes, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

She committed to the Frida Khalo look and it worked in an over the top way. I like seeing prints on the red carpet and this abstract floral pattern is really great.

She committed to the Frida Khalo look and it worked in an over the top way. I like seeing prints on the red carpet and this abstract floral pattern is really great. Image VOGUE.COM

Here's a closer look of Olivia's floral yellow gold, yellow sapphire, orange sapphire and white diamond earrings. Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Here’s a closer look of Olivia’s floral yellow gold, yellow sapphire, orange sapphire and white diamond earrings. Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Natalie Portman- custom Prada gown, Tomasino clutch, Jimmy Choo heels, Tiffany & Co. jewelry

Natalie Portman has been channeling Jackie Kennedy Onassis's classic style for a while now, and it's a look that suits her well. She looked lovely.

Natalie Portman has been channeling Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s classic style for a while now, and it’s a look that suits her well. She looked lovely. Image GETTY IMAGES/TOMANDLORENZO.COM

Jessica Chastain- custom Prada gown, Piaget jewelry

This colour is absolute perfection on Jessica Chastain, and is one of the main reasons that I love this look so much. The fit is also spectacular on her, and the details are gorgeous On the whole she is red carpet perfection.

This colour is absolute perfection on Jessica Chastain, and is one of the main reasons that I love this look so much. The fit is also spectacular on her, and the details are gorgeous. On the whole she is red carpet perfection. Image APC/GETTY IMAGES

Here's a closer view of Jessica's floral lariat- style diamond necklace.

Here’s a closer view of Jessica’s floral lariat- style diamond necklace. Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Caitriona Balfe- Delpozo gown, Jimmy Choo bag, Loriblu heels, Neil Lane jewelry

This look was a personal best for Miss Balfe's red carpet style, and stood out as one of the chicest looks on that red carpet. The gown is understated but elegantly bold, and she works it! Image GETTY IMAGES/VOGUE.COM

This look was a personal best for Miss Balfe’s red carpet style, and it stood out as one of the chicest looks on that red carpet. The gown is understated but elegantly bold, and she works it! Image GETTY IMAGES/VOGUE.COM

Also, I love her after party look: a gunmetal lamé Maria Lucia Hohan gown, an Emm Kuo bag, Jimmy Choo heels and Amrapali silver, diamond and enamel earrings.

Also, I love her after party look: a gunmetal lamé Maria Lucia Hohan gown, an Emm Kuo bag, Jimmy Choo heels and Amrapali silver, diamond and enamel earrings. Image TOMANDLORENZO.COM

Claire Foy- custom Erdem gown, Fred Leighton jewelry

I didn't like this gown when I first saw it on the red carpet since it seemed to wash out Ms. Foy's colouring under all the harsh camera lights. Then there's that sash... but it grew on me the more I saw it. It was love once I saw it on stage though. It's an interesting, eye catching, glamourous gown, and one that's perfectly suited for a lady portraying a young Queen Elizabeth. The sleeves and the colour make it a hard look for most women to pull off, but Ms. Foy looked absolutely gorgeous.

I didn’t like this gown when I first saw it on the red carpet since it seemed to wash out Ms. Foy’s colouring under all the harsh camera lights. Then there’s that sash… but it grew on me the more I saw it. It was love once I saw it on stage though. It’s an interesting, eye catching, glamourous gown, and one that’s perfectly suited for a lady portraying a young Queen Elizabeth. The sleeves and the colour make it a hard look for most women to pull off, but Ms. Foy looked absolutely gorgeous. Image HARPERSBAZAAR.COM/POPSUGAR.COM

Meryl Streep- custom Givenchy Haute Couture gown, Harry Winston jewelry

An absolute queen, she looked stunning from every angle. I can't say much more than she was fantastic and I love her!  Image VANITYFAIR.COM

An absolute queen, she looked stunning from every angle. I can’t say much more than she was fantastic and I love her! Image VANITYFAIR.COM

Zoe Saldana- custom Gucci gown, Bulgari jewelry

This is perhaps one of the best Gucci gowns I've seen in a while and I'm happy that I'm first seeing it on Ms. Saldana. It's such a hard style and colour to pull off that only someone with her unique style personality, beautiful colouring and bearing could ever do it justice. She looks like a chic bohemian princess in a gown that could so easily make a lesser actress look like a sad pile of frumpy chiffon. Image GETTY IMAGES/VOGUE.COM

This is perhaps one of the best Gucci gowns I’ve seen in a while and I’m happy that I’m first seeing it on Ms. Saldana. It’s such a hard style and colour to pull off that only someone with her unique style personality, beautiful colouring and bearing could ever do it justice. She looks like a chic bohemian princess in a gown that could so easily make a lesser actress look like a sad pile of frumpy chiffon. Image GETTY IMAGES/VOGUE.COM

Gwendoline Christie- Vivienne Westwood gown, Ara Vartanian jewelry

I love this look- it's simple, it's chic and it's fabulous. She looks great. Image VOGUE.COM

I love this look- it’s simple, it’s chic and it’s fabulous. She looks great. Image VOGUE.COM

Naomie Harris- custom Armani Privé gown, Jimmy Choo heels, Tiffany & Co. jewelry

I really, really love this gown! It's a quintessential Hollywood look- extravagant, sexy and beautifully detailed, but Ms. Harris' glamourous styling made it even better. Image VOGUE.COM

I really, really love this gown! It’s a quintessential Hollywood look- extravagant, sexy and beautifully detailed, but Ms. Harris’ glamourous styling made it even better. Image VOGUE.COM

Her fringed while gold and diamond earrings were also some of the best jewelry I saw on the red carpet.  Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Her fringed while gold and diamond earrings were also some of the best jewelry I saw on the red carpet. Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Naomie's after party look also deserves a special mention (and I kind of wish that she'd saved this stunner for another award ceremony). She wore another Armani Prive gown and Tiffany & Co. Jewelry. Image GETTYIMAGES

Naomie’s after party look also deserves a special mention (and I kind of wish that she’d saved this stunner for another award ceremony). She wore another Armani Prive gown and Tiffany & Co. Jewelry. Image GETTYIMAGES

Amanda Peet- custom Bottega Veneta gown, Ana Khouri jewelry

A clean and stunning look, she's gorgeous. This colour is also amazing on her.  Image GETTYIMAGES

A clean and stunning look, she’s gorgeous. This colour is also amazing on her. Image GETTYIMAGES

Millie Bobby Brown- custom Jenny Packham gown, Edie Parker clutch, Sophia Webster sandals

Pretty and age appropriate... and I love her shoes!  Image VOGUE.COM

Pretty and age appropriate… and I love her shoes! Image VOGUE.COM

Thandie Newton- Monse gown, Harry Winston jewelry

I love the flame effect those orange sequins created along the bottom of the skirt, leaving her looking like a glamourous phoenix!  Image VOGUE.COM

I love the flame effect those orange sequins created along the bottom of the skirt, leaving her looking like a glamourous phoenix! Image VOGUE.COM

A better look at her platinum and white diamond earrings and necklace. I don't like the trend of wearing necklaces back to front, but this was an exception, all the drama at the front of the gown (the flame effect rose higher at the front) would have distracted from the beautiful rivière style necklace- worn this way, it's much easier to admire. Image THECOURTJEWELLER

A better look at her platinum and white diamond earrings and necklace. I don’t like the trend of wearing necklaces back to front, but this was an exception, all the drama at the front of the gown (the flame effect rose higher at the front) would have distracted from the beautiful rivière style necklace- worn this way, it’s much easier to admire. Image THECOURTJEWELLER

Lola Kirke- Andrew Gn gown, Chopard jewelry

A pretty, if simple look. I wish she'd gone with a more elaborate hairstyle.  Image HARPERSBAZAAR.COM

A pretty, if simple look. I wish she’d gone with a more elaborate hairstyle. Image HARPERSBAZAAR.COM

Kirsten Bell- Jenny Packham gown, Harry Winston jewelry

This is one of her best red carpet looks. She look ah-may-zing! Image GETTYIMAGES.

This is one of her best red carpet looks. She look ah-may-zing! Image GETTYIMAGES.

Ms. Bell also wore some platinum and white diamond cuff bracelets, but her earrings were my favourite accessory. Harry Winston's diamond triple hoop earrings have long been some of my favourite designs.  Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Ms. Bell also wore some platinum and white diamond cuff bracelets, but her earrings were my favourite accessory. Harry Winston’s diamond triple hoop earrings have long been some of my favourite designs. Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Viola Davis- custom Micheal Kors (gasp) gown, Judith Leiber clutch, Harry Winston jewelry

Viola Davis looks best when she takes a simple approach to her red carpet styling. This vibrant yellow sequinned gown looked spectacular, especially with it's sleek styling.  Image REX

Viola Davis looks best when she takes a simple approach to her red carpet styling. This vibrant yellow sequinned gown looked spectacular, especially with it’s sleek styling. Image REX

Teresa Palmer- Armani Prive gown, Jimmy Choo clutch, Sophis Webster heels, Niwaka Collections jewelry

I love seeing velvet on the red carpet as it pushes the luxe factor of any garment up a few notches. Teresa Palmer looked Old Hollywood glamourous in this draped midnight blue number, and I loved her sleek styling and minimalist diamond and sapphire jewelry. Simply gorgeous. Image GETTYIMAGES/VOGUE.COM

I love seeing velvet on the red carpet as it pushes the luxe factor of any garment up a few notches. Teresa Palmer looked Old Hollywood glamourous in this draped midnight blue number, and I loved her sleek styling and minimalist diamond and sapphire jewelry. Simply gorgeous. Image GETTYIMAGES/VOGUE.COM

Brie Larson- custom Rodarte gown, Tyler Ellis bag, Roger Vivier heels, Forevermark jewelry

She looks so gorgeous in this colour! Image VOGUE.COM

She looks so gorgeous in this colour! Image VOGUE.COM

Emma Stone- Valentino Haute Couture Gown, Valentino bag, Jimmy Choo heels, Tiffany & Co. jewelry

I would have liked this gown much more had it been in a deep jewel tone since I had a hard time determining if this colour was peach, pink or ivory. Imagine it in emerald green or a sapphire blue! Still, it's beautiful, and Emma looks great.  Image VOGUE.COM/POPSUGAR.COM

I would have liked this gown much more had it been in a deep jewel tone since I had a hard time determining if this colour was peach, pink or ivory. Imagine it in emerald green or a sapphire blue! Still, it’s beautiful, and Emma looks great. Image VOGUE.COM/POPSUGAR.COM

A closeup of Emma's gorgeous Tiffany & Co. archive white diamond necklace and earrings.  Image THECOURTJEEWELLER.COM

A closeup of Emma’s gorgeous Tiffany & Co. archive white diamond necklace and earrings. Image THECOURTJEEWELLER.COM

Issa Rae- custom Christian Siriano gown, L’Dezen by Payal Shah jewelry

She looked so gorgeous! I loved everything about this look from the styling to the makeup, and especially the hair! Image VOGUE.COM

She looked so gorgeous! I loved everything about this look from the styling to the makeup, and especially the hair! Image VOGUE.COM

A closer look at Issa Rae's gorgeous diamond drop earrings.  Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

A closer look at Issa Rae’s gorgeous diamond drop earrings. Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Gillian Anderson- custom Jenny Packham gown Sophie Hulme bag, Jimmy Choo shoes, Chanel Haute Joaillerie

I love this lady, she looks so fantastic!  Image GETTYIMAGES

I love this lady, she looks so fantastic! Image GETTYIMAGES

Annette Bening- Pamella Roland gown

Stunning in this glittery striped number! Yaass gorgeous Ms. Benning!  Image VOGUE.COM

Stunning in this glittery striped number! Yaass gorgeous Ms. Benning! Image VOGUE.COM

Georgina Chapman- Marchesa gown, Marchesa bag, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

It's a beautiful gown and I love this colour on her, but I wish she'd worn her hair up because it's distracting from her gorgeous jewelry.  Image VOGUE.COM/GETTYIMAGES

It’s a beautiful gown and I love this colour on her, but I wish she’d worn her hair up beacuse it’s distracting from her gorgeous jewelry. Image VOGUE.COM/GETTYIMAGES

Regina King- Ramona Keveza gown, L’Dezen by Payal Shah jewelry

She looked so fabulous! She knows it, and it showed.  Image GETTY IMAGES

She looked so fabulous! She knows it, and it showed. Image GETTY IMAGES

Winona Ryder- custom Victor & Rolf gown

I can't critique Winona Ryder's look because it fits so well with her personality. This is the essential gothic princess gown, and it looked so good on her because it fits that dark, quirky look that she constantly wears. Had this been any other actress, it probably would have come off as frumpy and awkward.  Image TOMANDLORENZO.COM

I can’t critique Winona Ryder’s look because it fits so well with her personality. This is the essential gothic princess gown, and it looked so good on her because it fits that dark, quirky look that she constantly wears. Had this been any other actress, it probably would have come off as frumpy and awkward. Image TOMANDLORENZO.COM

Sofía Vergara- Zuhair Murad Haute Couture gown, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

I don't like sparkly flesh coloured gowns and I deplore 'cold shoulder' type sleeves, but I'm making an exception because it's such a departure from Ms. Vergara's usual red carpet fare. She looks great! I'm glad she chose slicker styling to tone the whole look down. Image VOGUE.COM

I don’t like sparkly flesh coloured gowns and I deplore ‘cold shoulder’ type sleeves, but I’m making an exception because it’s such a departure from Ms. Vergara’s usual red carpet fare. She looks great! I’m glad she chose slicker styling to tone the whole look down. Image VOGUE.COM

Her 'nude' diamond fringe earrings were gorgeous!  Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Her ‘nude’ diamond fringe earrings were gorgeous! Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

So, which were your favourites?

Xx – Ana

We Love: Alena Akhmadullina Pre- Fall 2017

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017.  Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017. Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

For Pre- Fall 2017, designer Alena Akhmadullina continued her decade-long tradition of translating traditional Russian folk tales into imaginative collections full of gorgeous craftsmanship and magical imagery. Ms. Akhmadullina is a designer who tells stories through her work, and this season she drew inspiration from The Firebird; a beautiful tale involving a magical bird, a resplendent palace and a royal garden with enchanted golden apples… how fab!

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017.  Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017. Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

This translated into hand-painted prints of leaves and apples, embroidered birds, feathers and flowers, furry patchwork appliqués and elaborate intarsia knits. She based her looks in rich shades of blue, deep green, ochre, gold and black, and constructed them out of lux velvets, cashmere, silk tulle, satin, dupioni silk and fur.

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017.  Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017. Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Silhouettes were also suitably plush, with relaxed, slightly outsized shapes that echoed the look of pyjamas, nightdresses and robes- a look that pushed the sumptuous, dreamy feel of the collection even further. There were some traditionally regal touches to be seen in the form of sweeping robes, ruffled dresses and enormous quilted Mongolian- style coats, while cozy sweaters, soft trousers and sheer button- front blouses added a modern edge that brought all the fantasy into our time.

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017.  Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017. Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Oddly enough, the pieces that I was drawn to the most were the simpler ones- plainer knits, separates and the embellished slipdresses- these were the pieces that I could see people turning to time and again. Who wouldn’t love sumptuous, luxurious staples that would add a little fantasy to every day situations.

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017.  Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017. Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Alena Akhmadullina’s Pre- Fall 2017 collection was a beautifully illustrated ode to Russian culture, like a Faberge egg of the fashion world. Apart from being fabulously designed and immaculately constructed, it allowed really Ms. Akhmadullina to showcase her extensive couture training to best effect. The painted patterns were beautiful and imaginative, while all the fur embroideries and layered knitwear were spellbinding in their precise execution.

Gorgeously done!

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017.  Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017. Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Our Favourites: a bright blue handpainted slipdress, a black sweater with a furry patchwork wolf at the front, a dark green quilted coat with a painted apple print, a gold handpainted brocade slipdress, a black silk coat with a painted apple print and fur collar, a black silk coat with intricate Firebird embroidery at the back, a long dark green cashmere robe with feather embroidered lapels (love the blue version as well), a gold handpainted brocade robe with satin lapels, a yellow slipdress with an embellished black tulle overlay, a black button- front jacket with embroidered birds on the pockets, an embroidered blue cashmere sweater with matching trousers and a bright blue handpainted overcoat trimmed in fur.

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017.  Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017. Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017.  Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017. Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017.  Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017. Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017.  Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

Alena Akhmadullina Pre Fall 2017. Image ALENAAKHMADULLINA

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We Love: Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Sparkle, sequins, metallics, and even gold- tipped feathers ran a festive-looking thread thread throughout Chanel’s 2017 Métiers d’Art collection, the brand’s sixth and final runway show of 2016.

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Called Paris Cosmopolite the collection was inspired by all the glitz and glamour of Paris’ Hôtel Ritz, or rather “the evening dresses that women used to wear to dine at the Ritz” (which has just been given a fabulous facelift by the way). To Mr.Lagerfeld, The Ritz is “the cosmopolitan spot par excellence”, a place that buzzes with life, glamour and joie de vivre- qualities that every one of his Chanel offerings have maintained… it makes sense that he would focus on these particular feelings to excess throughout the collection.

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

“The Ritz is very gilded. Look, white with gold!” Karl Lagerfeld remarked after the show, gesturing at the lobby’s décor from his throne of a plush velvet couch. Maison Chanel has had a long history with the hotel, Madameoselle Coco famously lived there for 35 years, and the Chanel’s atelier are literally steps away from it’s back door. However, despite this famous connection, Mr. Lagerfeld emphasized that this offering was not based on Mademoselle Chanel herself, but the elegance of the hotel and its fabulous patrons who have visited throughout the years. “[There are] people from all over the world who’ve come to the Ritz. There were hundreds of dinners in the ’20s and ’30s, where women wore incredible things.”

And he truly produced some incredible things!

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Everything sparkled- almost every look was covered with some sort of glimmering adornment, and Mr. Lagerfeld piled on even more shine with metallic fabrics and glossy leather inserts. He based the majority of his looks in black and white, with deep tones of rose and dusty blue, and girly shades of blush and metallic silvery- lavender adding richly coloured accents.

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

It was all gorgeous: beaded jackets, embellished blouses, capri trousers covered in sequins, crystal- encrusted evening gowns with gold embroidery and feathered trims…showstopping things that showed off the work of Chanel’s ateliers to best effect. Glammed- up versions of Chanel classics appeared as well: tweeds that dissolved into trailing fringe, slim tweed suits covered in glimmering trim, and bouclé jackets shot through with gold and embellished with pearls, tweed roses, floral embroidery and gilded Plexiglass buttons.

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Plainer items like relaxed knits, tweed coats, leather trousers and sleek pantsuits were no less impressive. Their trim Parisian silhouettes and immaculate construction gave them a classic look and offered a refreshing interlude from all the glamour. A little modernity was added here and there in the form of outsized knitted cardigans, sleek knitted slipdresses, embellished crop tops and even a silky black puffer jacket- the perfect thing to wear when it’s just starting to get very cold.

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

It was a great collection. Chanel’s 2017 Métiers d’Art offering was a beautifully vibrant, elegant and glamourous ode to The Ritz and it’s fabulous aura. IT was also one of the house’s most polished collections in years. Mr. Lagerfeld hit every right note and it’s bound to be an offering that resonates well with loyal brand followers and new customers.

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Our favourites: a black and white tweed jacket with black leather sleeves and a draped shawl neckline, a black leather jacket with cape sleeves, a puffy white waffle- knitted coat, a gold leather jacket and matching trousers, a fringed black and white tweed coat with a matching scarf, a black tweed jacket with multicoloured fringe, a long beaded black evening jacket with a matching embellished sweater and pair of embellished trousers, a black tweed skirt suit with multicoloured beaded embellishments, an embellished black evening dress with an ostrich feather skirt, a knitted metallic silver slipdress, an outsized pink waffle- knitted cardigan, fringed gold tweed dress with a pink tapestry bodice, a black evening jacket with multicoloured sequin embroidery, an embellished gold evening gown with a gold feathered skirt, two white evening suits with floral appliqués, pearl beading and gold embroidery, a red tweed overcoat, a white skirt suit with whip- stitched detailing, a gold pailette- embellished ensemble with a cropped blouse and long skirt and a black velvet evening jacket with a matching bow- embellished organza skirt.

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d'Art 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

We Love: Sally LaPointe Pre- Fall 2017

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017.  Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017. Image SALLYLAPOINTE

For Pre- Fall 2017 Sally LaPointe continued her tradition of creating smart, polished garments with an easygoing New York attitude, releasing a collection that was full of sleek tailoring, luxurious materials and chic activewear. The lineup was full of cozy knits, softly- tailored trousers and skirts, bold outerwear and a plethora of gorgeous evening wear.

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017.  Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017. Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Basing her looks in her signature outsized silhouette and sumptuous fabrics, the designer’s take on sportswear proved to be more leisurely than athletic, with subtle sporty references turning up throughout the collection through prints, colours and decorative details.

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017.  Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017. Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sporty staples like hoodies, loungepants, tee-shirts and pullover sweaters were cut from luxurious cashmere, fur, and silk, and covered in intricate beaded adornments and sequinned embroidery. Worn with elegant pencil skirts, relaxed trousers, knitted slipdresses, fur shrugs, patterned coats and capes, she created a look that truly reflected a modern take on elegant chic.

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017.  Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017. Image SALLYLAPOINTE

As is usually the case, Ms. LaPointe’s most impressive work was seen towards the end with a captivating array of exquisitely- detailed evening wear that offered options for every kind of event. While her slinky gowns with low necklines and high slits were absolutely showstopping, some of her most intriguing work was seen in her exploration of evening separates: embellished trousers, sheer blouses, sparkling jackets and beaded sweaters that can last from cocktail hour into the night. An updated version of the evening pantsuit- a sheer black duster, silky blouse and a pair of sequinned trousers- were also ravishing.

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017.  Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017. Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Simply put, Sally LaPointe’s Pre- Fall 2017 collection was a lesson in how to create the perfect wardrobe for today’s woman. It’s the select mix of elegance and urban chic, with just enough punch to keep fashion lovers satisfied until Fall.

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017.  Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017. Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Our favourites: a grey bustier with front lacing, a patterned knitted bustier with a black turtleneck yoke and sleeves, a simple black cape with wide grey stripes, a black sequinned cocktail dress with a knitted turtleneck yoke and sleeves, blue and orange shibori patterned rabbit fur coat, a checqued bronze black and white sequinned evening jacket and trousers with matte black panels, a pair of structured grey sweatpants with crystallized ankle cuffs, a silver textured leather jacket with a detachable fur collar, a black sequinned evening jacket and trousers with white leather panels, a pair of pleated royal blue evening pants, a pair of black trousers with a matching chiffon tee-shirt embroidered with peacock feathers, a white outsized cable knit sweater with high slits, a pair of black and white cashmere knit trousers and a evening gown with peacock feather embroidery.

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017.  Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017. Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017.  Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017. Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017.  Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017. Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017.  Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017. Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017.  Image SALLYLAPOINTE

Sally LaPointe Pre Fall 2017. Image SALLYLAPOINTE

We Love: Elie Saab Pre-Fall 2017

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017.  Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017. Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab isn’t a designer who usually follows trends, but this season he followed suit by channeling inspiration from the past for his new releases. For Pre- Fall 2017, Mr. Saab locked on to re-surging ’80s trends with a collection that captured the era’s irreverence, exuberance, and love for over the top glamour. The 80’s were an age of decadence in fashion, and this Elie Saab brought it all back beautifully!

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017.  Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017. Image ELIESAAB

This season marked the label’s continued emphasis on daywear and cocktail looks, with the designer’s ongoing experimentation with prints, pop-art florals, sequinned garden-trellis motif, and plenty of hearts. He cut his vision in luxurious fabrics like velvet, lace, chiffon and fur, sumptuous colours of rich forest green, turquoise blue, and black, and covered them heavily in crystal embellishments, bright embroidery and sequinned appliqué.

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017.  Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017. Image ELIESAAB

The collection featured everything from daytime dresses and leather jackets to showstopping evening gowns and embellished jackets. Paired with platform heels, velvet pumps and embellished mini bags, it’s clear that this season’s Elie Saab woman is all about glamour all the time.

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017.  Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017. Image ELIESAAB

The lineup started on a youthful note, with a series of puff- sleeved Madonna- esque swing dresses in printed silk, velvet and lace, dreamy chiffon skirts, ruffled blouses, printed peasant dresses, leather vests and silky catsuits with huge rhinestone embellishments. Gorgeous 70’s-esque bottomed trousers, fur gilets, capes and maxi-length coats, added some extra fabulousness to the lineup, while luxury tracksuits and hoodies in silk velvet, lace and fur added a little modernity.

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017.  Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017. Image ELIESAAB

Mr. Saab’s trademark extravagance came out in full force for the evening, with his showstopping crystallized evening gowns and sumptuous lace bodysuits being updated (or should I say retro-fied) for the new season.

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017.  Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017. Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017 was an all-round gorgeous collection, and one that played perfectly into Mr. Saab’s strength at providing gorgeous, luxurious garments. Long- time brand lovers will be thrilled with this season’s array of embellished party dresses and evening gowns, but the plethora of breezy day dresses, outerwear, separates and accessories will appeal to a whole new host of consumers. Younger buyers will love his swingy dresses, full skirts and fluttering chiffon blouses, while the elegant 70’s inspired looks cater directly to those who want pure glamour. There’s really something for everyone to be found.

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017.  Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017. Image ELIESAAB

Our favourites: a crystal- encrusted black velvet hoodie, a beaded turquoise column gown with structured shoulders and a narrow leather belt, a deep green velvet swing dress with black lace inserts, a sheer sequinned floral blouse with a black tie- neck, a black 70’s styled bodysuit with chiffon sleeves, a striped black and turquoise chiffon dress, a black silk maxi- length coat with velvet and lace insets, a black leather and velvet patterned miniskirt, a striped black and white fur mini jacket, a black velvet and lace cutout evening gown, a black fox- lined nylon parka with crystal embellishments, a sheer black evening blouse with crystal appliqués and waterfall sleeves, and a trio of evening dresses covered in multicoloured confetti beads.

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017.  Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017. Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017.  Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017. Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017.  Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017. Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017.  Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017. Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017.  Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017. Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017.  Image ELIESAAB

Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017. Image ELIESAAB

Friday Fierceness!

“The Collections”- Harper’s Bazaar UK February 2017

Gowns, cape, shoes: Gucci.  Image HARPER'SBAZAARUK/ERIKMADIGANHECK

Gowns, cape, shoes: Gucci. Image HARPER’SBAZAARUK/ERIKMADIGANHECK

Models: Nyasha Matonhodze & Lulu Valentine
Photographer: Erik Madigan Heck
Stylist: Leith Clark
Hair: Seb Bascle
Makeup: Andrew Gallimore