For the frill of it

One of the summer trends 2013 is ruffles & frills. And who would have thought there are so many ways of wearing ruffles: from the dramatic black/white looks of Balenciaga, to the more romantic versions from Chloe and the very colourful bright frills on the Gucci runway. It’s definitely a way to add some frivolity and femininity to your look. But keep it moderate and keep the frills on top of your dress or blouse, unless you are a flamenco dancer…
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Man of Style TOM FORD

I’ve done a couple of “Woman of Style” posts and finally here is my first “Man of Style”. The one man who is on top of that list (for me at least) is TOM FORD. He like no one else understands what beauty and style is and can translate it to all of his creations.

TomFordTom Ford was born in 1961 in Texas. Tom tried out many different schools and universities to finally end up at Parsons to study Interior Architecture after a successful modeling career in New York. During his final year, he did an internship and Chloe and discovered there his love for fashion. After graduating he stayed in the US for a couple of years working at Cathy Hardwick and Perry Ellis, but soon realised that if he wanted to become  good designer he had to leave America.

Gucci_TF_1996At that time, there was a job opening at Gucci. Which might sound huge nowadays, but in 1990 the brand was at a very low. He started as the designer of menswear and shoes and in 1994 he was promoted to creative director. He put the glam back in Gucci and achieved the turnaround of the fashion house (increasing sales by 90%). It is Tom Ford and no one else who deserves all credit for putting Gucci back on the fashion radar. When the fashion house was bought by LVHM, he was also named creative director of YSL.

tom-ford-tom-ford-grey-vetiver-perfume-adIn 2004 he decided to leave Gucci, based on artistic differences. It was a hard break-up for Tom who had invested a lot into this fashion house. But, when one door closes…another one opens. And in 2005 he founded his own label, starting with beauty and menswear. It’s not until 2010 that he returns to womenswear, with a spectacular fashion show starring Beyonce, Lauren Hutton and close friend Julianne Moore. He once again showed that he is a perfectionist and great tailor, creating real clothes for real women. It’s all about the fit!

Tom-ford-a-single-manIn 2005, he realised his dream by founding his own film production house and launching his first movie – A Single Man – in 2009. It is definitely one of the most beautiful cinematic movies I’ve seen. The film got a lot of positive reviews and received several Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Colin Firth and Julianne Moore deliver brilliant performances. According to Mr Ford: “Everything you need to know about me is in that movie”. And if you want to know more about this artistic talent, watch the documentary Visionaries.

Most Beautiful… from Milano

After my Most Beautiful list from Paris, is here my Most Beautiful list from the fashion shows earlier this year in Milano.

In regards to most beautiful full collection, I am torn between Jil Sander and Gucci. Both collections are so different, but in their own style equally exquisite: Raf Simons excels with his perfect tailored silhouettes and Frida Gianni with an ultra-chic feminine collection.

Mila or Blake? Dior or Gucci?

With London 2012 going on right now, it’s all about competition.
So in this battle, who will it be? Mila? or Blake?

The 2 movie actresses are both starring in top fashion brand campaigns.
Do you prefer old glam in the black and white video from Dior featuring Mila for the Miss Dior bag collection?
Or new glam in the sexy video from Gucci starring Blake for the launch of the new perfume Premiere?

  

Followers of my blog know that I have a soft spot for Dior right now, so my choice is easy… What’s yours?

Loafers: how to wear them

Loafers have made a big comeback last Fall and they are still around this season. I believe there a 3 looks that work well with loafers: chic, preppy and hip. One look I definitely would stay away from, is the asian schoolgirl look with white socks! If loafers are not your”thing”, you can also experiment with Oxfords. Although, a classic loafer from Prada or Gucci will always be in style.


PS: Post on request of Marga. Here you go girl :-)

Gucci and Guess in court

The battle is on! Gucci and Guess faced off in federal court for the first time this week. Gucci sued Guess in 2009 for selling items with “studied imitations of the Gucci trademarks” including a green and red stripe design, a square G, the designer’s name in flowing script and interlocking G’s in a diamond pattern, all details commonly found on Gucci products.

If Gucci wins the case, Guess not only needs to pay them 26 million dollars…but  give them also part of the earning made with those pieces (estimated 98 million dollars).

We should know more in a couple of week. Looking at the pictures here, Gucci has a pretty good case if you ask me…