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Black VS. White

The next Spring/Summer is all about mix and match but not duel will be as big as black vs. white.

Why choose when you can have both? You really can!

Black for Spring, you ask? Of course, even during the day. How? Opt for layers, sheer pieces and shadows. You can go for the total look or pair with white.

As for white…well it’s Summer after all.

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From left to right, top to bottom:

Stella McCartney, Salvatore Ferragamo, Balenciaga by Nicholas Ghesquiere, Moncler, Marni, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and bag by H&M

Chloé’s “Edition Anniversaire”

Ever since it’s beginning in 1952, Chloé‘s key words have been more attitude and realism than any fashion trend.
The fashion house is celebrating it’s 60th anniversary with a special collection called “Edition Anniversaire“, that features 16 iconic pieces created during the years by many of the designers who have worked for the brand.
Among the creators, we can find Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, Hannah McGibbon, the current designer, Waight Keller and, of course, Gaby Aghion, the founder.

Celine’s current designer, Phoebe Philo, is the one with the biggest number of icons, gathering 8 garments that have marked the brand forever.

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1. The blouse with buttoned collar and satin cuffs, 1960;

2. The shirt dress (on the same picture), 1960;

3. The Pineapple t-shirt – designed by Stella McCartney, in 2001;

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4. The high-waist jeans, 2004;

5. The Paddington bag, 2005 (same picture);

6. The camera bag, by Phoebe Philo, in 2003;

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7. The A-line blouse with English embroidery, by Phoebe Philo, in 2006;

8. Wedges with raw materials, applied to luxury items, 2006 (same picture);

9. The Galaxy dress, designed by Lagerfeld in 1978;

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10. The cape, by Hannah MacGibbon, in 2009, paired with 11. shorts marked the beginning of a very masculine era;

12. The python boots, 2004;

13. Silverado, the python bag, with oversized flaps and ethnic inspiration, also 2004 (second picture);

14. The paisley scarf, usually tied to the bag 2004;

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15. The violin dress, by Karl Lagerfeld, 1983;

16. The evening clutch, 1979

To celebrate the anniversary, the brand has created this website.

26 on the 26th

Today is my 26th birthday and I though I should share 26 things I like. Here’s my list (not necessarily in this order):

1. Family

2. Friends

3. Fashion

4. Music

5. Laughing out loud

6. My nephews

7. Singing out loud

8. Sea

9. Movies

10. Rain

11. Candy cotton

12. Dresses

13. Handbags

14. Hair accessories

15. Flowers

16. Surf

17. Summer festivals

18. Alicia Keys

19. Big rings

20. Tattoos

21. Sunny days

22. The Eiffel Tower

23. Coffee

24. Cats

25. High heels

26. Maxi skirts

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Portugal Fashion Spring/Summer 2013

And so another Portugal Fashion SS’12 has started.

In a different room and with the presentation of 3 collections, the night was marked by the rain and a slow  pace in an organization that should be perfect, at this point.

Luckily the exterior and interior design, created by the agency Soochy and the Resort collection by Luís Buchinho saved the night.

E assim começou mais um Portugal Fashion Primavera/Verão 2013.

Num espaço diferente e com a apresentação das coleções de 3 designers, a noite foi marcada pela forte chuva e um passo lento numa organização que, a esta altura, já devia ser perfeita.

Salva-se o design no exterior e no interior do espaço, a cargo da agência Soochy e a coleção Resort de Luís Buchinho.

 

Exterior design and poster by Soochy/ Design exterior e poster criados por Soochy

Story Tailors:

The show at Story Tailors could have been better if it was only for the initial designs, with nice cutouts and the mix of fabrics (first two pictures). The main problem was when the dresses started looking like they were made of pinafore fabrics, whether in red or blue. The fabrics started to look cheap even when they were lace, the silhouettes were a bit messy and the clothes stopped making sense. Probably the worst show I saw from the two designers, I truly hope they can find their original magic in the future.

O desfile de Story Tailors poderia ter sido melhor se fosse só pelos estilos iniciais, com bom corte e misturas de tecidos (primeiras duas fotos). O pior foi quando os vestidos começaram a parecer feitos de tecido de bibes, ora em vermelho, ora em azul. Os tecidos começaram a parecer baratos até quando se tratava de renda, as silhuetas eram confusas e as peças deixaram de fazer sentido. Provavelmente a pior coleção que vi dos dois designers, espero sinceramente que consigam encontrar a magia inicial no futuro.

 


  

Anabela Baldaque:

I liked this show, because it was an heterogeneous collection. Bright colors for summer, a selection of sparkling items very well designed, patterned pieces, fluid maxi dresses, some of them with colorful backgrounds others with white, jumpsuits, some inspiration from Prada and Vuitton and one or two black dresses.

Gostei por ser uma coleção heterogénea. Cores vivas perfeitas para o verão, uma seleção com brilhos muito bem concebidos, algumas peças com padrão, vestidos maxi e fluídos em fundo colorido, outras em fundo branco, macacões, alguma inspiração Prada e Vuitton e um ou outro vestido negro.

 



Luís Buchinho Resort:

Definitely the best collection! Very well tailored trousers and jackets, very very feminine with lots of pastel shades and the cuter shorts and skirts I’ve ever seen, designed by a Portuguese creator.

You could tell the pieces had a great quality just by looking at them, the back of the tops were great and the dresses were very sexy.

Definitivamente a melhor coleção da noite! Calças e blazers muito bem concebidos, muito muito feminino, com muitos tons pastel e tinha calções e as saias mais giras que já vi, desenhadas por um estilista português.

Podia ver-se que as peças tinham uma ótima qualidade, as costas dos tops eram fantásticas e os vestidos muito sexy.

 

  

Pictures from Vogue‘s Portuguese website.

Fotos do site da Vogue portuguesa.

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Xperimental Shoes – the brand

For those of you who don’t know, Portuguese shoes are known worldwide for their quality and great design.

We have two sisters (twin sisters!) who have just landed at the footwear world and seem to be here to stay.

Xperimental Shoes is all about passion for fashion and communication of two young designers who believe they can express their ideas suiting experience and know-how of each one.”

They have this amazing collection that can be personalized (!) – you can choose your favorite colors to apply to their designs who are very inspired by the Oriental world. Some of their styles have this Samurai-esque and are yet avant-gard and perfect for your every day life.

I already chose my pair, they call it Sakura and it was love at first sight. The best part: they’re as comfortable as they seem and they look great on my feet.

(Gorgeous in red, even though I’ve purchased the black color – it goes with every thing on my wardrobe!)

Lots of bloggers are as in love with the brand as I am. Go find your favorite pair! HERE!

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Boneca – AW’12 showroom

In Portuguese, Boneca means doll and in this case, it means a boutique with very good taste and sense of style.

This where I spent part of my Saturday afternoon, looking at the beautiful AW’12 collection they presented.

Em português, doll diz-se Boneca e, neste caso, significa uma boutique com muito bom gosto e senso de estilo.

Foi aqui que passei parte da minha tarde de Sábado, a ver a bonita coleção de Outono/Inverno que apresentaram.

These were definitely my favorite pieces, especially the sequined pumps and the patterned handbag.

Estas foram, sem dúvida as minhas peças favoritas, especialmente os pumps com brilhantes e o saco com padrão.

The store has lots of accessories, mostly necklaces or pendants, especially from the well-known brand Manoush.

A loja tem muitos acessórios, principalmente colares e pendentes, especialmente da muito conhecida marca Manoush.

The accessories bench, that features shoes, clutches, bags and beanies.

A bancada de acessórios, com sapatos, clutches, carteiras e gorros.

The showroom was nice and well attended, of course there was music!

O showroom foi agradável e bem frequentado, claro que também houve música!

One of the views from the clothes and a close up from the sequined pumps.

Uma das vistas das peças e um close up dos sapatos.

I finally managed to take some time for an outfit pic. I’m terrible with posing, so I keep goofing around. :p

Consegui finalmente tempo para uma fotografia do outfit. Sou terrível a posar, por isso faço figuras de pateta! :p

One of the oldest and best friends I have: Maria, wearing a lovely Zara dress (too bad I didn’t took a full outfit picture).

Uma das melhores e mais antigas amigas que tenho: a Maria, que veste um vestido lindo da Zara (pena que não consegui tirar uma foto ao conjunto inteiro).

I was wearing a Pepa Loves dress and Zara brogues.

Vestia um vestido da Pepa Loves e uns sapatos da Zara.

For more information about Boneca, click the link.
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Company Magazine

Have you ever heard about the fashion magazine “Company“? It’s a fashion magazine that focus mainly on street style and has several articles about fashion bloggers in every single issue.

I discovered this magazine a few months ago, in Madrid – I’m Portuguese and I had never found it on the newsstands in the country – it was love at first sight. It’s a very cool and relaxed mag, nice fonts and loads of street style pictures.

Whitney Port, star from “The City” and “The Hills” and now judge of this year’s “Britain and Ireland Next Top Model” is cover and interviewed for the September issue.

Strongly recommended! 🙂

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Fall Winter 2012: Seen and In

The TROUSER SUIT: last winter, we were flooded with the skirt suit, this year, it’s all about the trousers. Whether to go to work, on a formal look or more relaxed, the suit is meant to be used with trousers. The most important thing to remember is that, contrary to the examples below, it doesn’t have to be a matchy-matchy suit. You can try different patterns or solid colors. Play with colours and textures and remember: the boyish, the better.

Pictures below: Miu Miu (top) and Prada (bottom)

MIDI-HEELS (kitten heels or demi-heels): no more need to “kill” your feet, whenever you go out at night or to work during the day. Fashion is adapting to reality and heels are getting lower, more specifically, 3cm to 6cm. Midi-heels, kitten heels or demi-heels, as you prefer, are here to stay and were mainly seen in Valentino‘s show.

Completely adopted by Giovanna Bataglia and Alexa Chung, you can opt for the low cost version by going to Zara or Topshop or buy luxury.

(Picture by Dressing Miss Dolly)

On a cold Winter , we need warm clothes and as much clothing as possible. Don’t be afraid to overlap, look at Marc Jacobs collection and follow the example. Trousers, then dresses, then blouses then coats. It’s all about staying warm and cozy.

CROPPED trousers/jeans: Dsquared was all about cropped jeans and trousers. Different fabrics, colours and textures. Paired with a cropped jacket and always with a sweater or shirt below.

STUDS AND EMBELLISHMENTS: perfect for a rock mood, the studs will be seen in every single piece, from accessories to small embellishments, whether on the collar of the shirt or the pocket of your denim shorts.

From left to right and top to bottom: Burberry gloves; Street Style; Burberry Fall/Winter 2012 campaign; Valentino bag; Louboutin shoes; Jenny Packham dress; Isabel Marant Fall/Winter 2012; Studded loafers; Katie Nehra Simone label collection; 3.1 Phillip Lim berry wristlet; Saks ring; Topshop shorts; 3.1 Phillip Lim top; Louboutin bag; studs; studded shoes; studded trench; boots; studded DYI pockets .

Different moods: if, like me, you don’t have a very specific style that defines whether you are romantic, avant-gard or more the New Look kind of girl, you can create different personalities with your clothes the next season.

If you opt for Goth (pictures 1 and 6), Gucci tells you how to do it with loots of sheer and transparency games – in black, of course. Dolce & Gabbana created the perfect Religious woman, so if you are more into religious iconography (pictures 2 and 3), this is the perfect collection. Brocades, black, gold, hot pants, capes and cloaks with lengths that go from mini to bellow the knee.

The equestrian trend has been transversal to last Falls (pictures 9, 10 and 11). If you are into uniforms, this will be your mood. After all, who doesn’t love a quircky cap? Same thing happens to flowers. Floral is probably the most seen pattern on the catwalks for the past 4/5 seasons and it is here to stay, but this time it gains texture and less delicate flowers.

Do you remember Memoirs of a Geisha? The Samurai look has been taken to the catwalk by many designers, whether in quimono-esque dresses, large belts or patterns.

Characterized by sand tones, lots of hats, long coats and lots of fabric – leaving lots of space to imagination – the “granny” look was perfectly represented by Louis Vuitton or Marc Jacobs.

1 and 6. Gucci; 2, 3, 4 and 5. Dolce & Gabbana; . 7. Proenza Schouler; 8 and 9. Jason Wu; 10 and 11. Hermès; 12 and 13. Louis Vuitton

Which one is your mood?

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It’s London, baby!

Last week, I travelled to London to work and train two girls who started working with me at the company. I had  5 days for myself, worked for 3, then took the remaining 2 to go to each and every market and store I found – literally!

I’ve always felt amazed by London for the way people live and dress for their every day life. I just had the chance to confirm once more how different Londoners are. Love the styles I saw at the street from the more casual to the more preppy. I also took some pictures from the places I’ve been to – unfortunately not many pictures of me.

On a next post, I’ll also show you some of the things I purchased there.

It’s been a while since my last post and I really missed the blog. Thank you for keep visiting! 🙂

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Snow White Series (#3) – Ballet Preljocaj

And the show goes on even in ballet. The staging of the “Snow White” story with the choreographer Angelin Preljocaj  had the privilege to have Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry Leproust-designing all costumes.

Gaultier is not new on the music and dance scene: he was the designer who created the iconic cone bra Madonna wore in her early years as an artist and he is also known for designing Dita Von Teese‘s iconic burlesque corsets.

Don’t expect to see pink tutus and tearas, like the movie Snow White and the Huntsman,  the costumes for the ballet are all about the dark side of the story, with a twist of eroticism.

Above, images from the ballet, with the evil queen wearing a long black and red dress with an headpiece. Below, the same asymmetry and the headpieces on Gareth Pugh‘s collection. Contrary to the other characters, the stepmother is the only one wearing shoes. She wears mostly spiked heels and tigh-high boots.

 “She has a train and a corset, with the effect of blood on the hemline. This is because in her memory, she has some blood. She is primitive, menacing.” , said Jean Paul Gaultier. Source: Washington Post.

The princess being poisoned with an apple in her white pleated dress. The dress, with embellishments on the shoulders, makes her look a lot like a Grecian goddess.  Below, two dresses from Lanvin and Ellie Saab Spring Summer ’12 collections.

“There was something very tender and beautiful between her [Snow White] and the prince. Sensual but beautiful and pure. I try to make an outfit that is white, innocent, in jersey, but that drapes. It’s attached with a kind of elastic you don’t see. It clings to the skin like a . . . a . . . Like a miracle! Like she’s wearing nothing”