Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dilek Hanif Egyptian Haute Couture Spring Summer 2012

Dilek Hanif is an Istanbul-born Turkish designer who launched her fashion line 22 years ago and moved in to Haute Couture since 1997. Dilek Hanif is the first Turkish designer, who prepared couture collection in Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week and is known for her traditional hand embroidery pieces.

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The pearl and beaded hair pieces which circle around the model's head is adorned with lovely beads and crystals fit for a confident and self-aware Cleopatra queen.

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At the Dilek Hanif Spring Summer 2012 Haute Couture Paris show, a large puffy ballerina skirt with a sheer delicate beaded bodice became the highlight of the show.

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Classic evening or occasion gowns were given a modern touch at the Dilek Hanif Spring Summer 2012 Haute Couture Paris fashion show with sexy, beaded bodysuits.

Background Image Source: Wilson's Almanac - Goddess Hathor

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Vlada Roslyakova Vogue China Reprise

24 year old blonde hair blue eye Vlada Roslyakova loves her fair skin and never sunbathes. Vlada looks radiant like a fairy with doll-like features and dewy fresh skin with a soft glow in the Vogue China 2008 editorial.

Source: Fashion Gone Rogue: Morning Beauty - Vlada Roslyakova by Vincent Peters

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Anorexic Model: Abby Lee Kershaw

Abby Lee Kershaw on Elie Saab Spring Summer 2012

Abby Lee Kershaw on Hakaan Spring Summer 2012 

Abby Lee Kershaw on Hakaan Spring Summer 2012 

Abby Lee Kershaw on Hakaan Spring Summer 2012 

Abby Lee Kershaw on Hakaan Spring Summer 2012 

Abby Lee Kershaw on Hakaan Spring Summer 2012 

These are some weighty issues. 25 year old top Australian model Abby Lee Kershaw seems to be putting on some womanly curves around her hips yet she is spotting a skeletal-like, waif-thin upper body and facial features including sunken and pronounced cheekbones at the Hakaan and Elie Saab Spring Summer 2012 runway show.

Some may speculate that Abby Lee Kershaw's career may be heading the way of fellow Australian former top supermodel Gemma Ward whose career was torn to shreds after she was on a hiatus from her modelling career, unseen on most of the Milan Spring Summer 2007 catwalks; and finally when a picture of her on the Chanel Spring Summer 2007 runway show surfaced, the same fashion industry that brought her to her success also ripped her modelling career mercilessly apart when she gained a few pounds.

Fashion industry news and media articles such as A not so itsy bitsy teeny weeny Chanel bikini: Gemma Ward and the fashion circus mirror eventually brought the angel down to earth. 

Gemma Ward is currently an aspiring actress.

Read more about Gemma Ward on her career success to her downfall: Gemma Ward; Supermodel Betrayed

Abby Lee Kershaw image source from Abby Lee Kershaw Fan site

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2012 Cosmetics: Rocking Candy with Ginta Lapina

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Ginta Lapina is back in the Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) cosmetics campaign again, this time for the YSL Spring Look 2012 cosmetics campaign featuring candy and bubble-gummed coloured lipstick and eye-shadow palettes.

Lloyd Simmons, Creative Director of Yves Saint Laurent Make-up said his inspiration for the YSL Spring Look 2012 cosmetics collection were summer fruits such as melon and pomegranates and colourful rock candies.

Below is the complete YSL Spring 2012 cosmetics collection (except for blush as I swear by Chanel for that)

YSL Spring 2012 make-up collection: 'Vinyl Candy' eye-shadow palette. I am very excited about this the colours - pinkish purple and the bluish purple as both colours are great for highlighting and accentuating Asian eyes. The lavender and cherry blossom pink serves as perfect highlighters for the area under the brow and the round (above your eyelid) of the eye.

YSL classic 5-colour eye shadow palette - Ombre 5 Lumieres introduced in a new Spring 2012 shade No13. Personally, I would not go for this eye-shadow palette as the colours are too light. I prefer going for an eye-shadow palette with a good mix of dark and light colours for duo purposes - lining and highlighting.

YSL Rouge Volupté Perle creamy and moisturising lipstick in new Spring 2012 shades (from left to right): N0113 Iridescent Burgundy, No114 Sparkling Fuchsia, No115 Shimmering Coral and No116 Milky Pink.

My choice of the YSL Rouge Volupté Perle Spring 2012 collection would be Shimmering Coral and Milky Pink. All the shades would complement any skin type for different occasions. Let me know how you which shades you would use for what occasion!

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YSL Volupté Sheer Candy, gloss lipstick Spring 2012 collection new shades (from left to right): N°7 Figue Gourmande (dramatic red), N°8 Prune Frappée (moody purple), N°9 Goyave Sorbet (pink guava) and N°10 Mandarine Acidulée (mandarin orange).

I love the scent of the Volupté Sheer Candy gloss lipstick and would go for the moody purple for my emo days and pink guava for everyday use. 

YSL signature Golden Gloss with sparkling 18K gold flakes inside, the glossiest liquid gloss I have ever purchased in new Spring 2012 collection colours of (left: No40 Golden Violet and No50 Golden Peach)

Golden peach would be my definite choice from the new YSL Spring 2012 collection.

YSL Manucure Couture Duo with "Manicure spelt incorrectly? If not, pardon my French. The new YSL Spring 2012 shades include (top: no. 7 brown and melon bottom: no.8 orange sorbet and milky pink) 

I am not a big fan of nail polish as I deem these harmful to my already brittle nails. However, the orange sorbet and melon colour have caught my attention. I will not be getting the nail polish as annoyingly, the shades I want are from different sets and that would mean I would have to get both!

Tell me what you think about the YSL Spring 2012 make-up collection and which shades you would get.

YSL make-up images source: YSL Beauty USA, Makeup4all

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fashion Spotlight: Gemstone Bustiers, Dolce&Gabbana Spring Summer 2012

Gemstone embellished, sheer lace, beaded bauble knickers, rising hemlines on large floral print dresses, sexy sheer Pollyanna inspired dress, great for kicking your shoes off and running in endless grassy meadows. These are the only few runway items I liked from the Dolce&Gabbana Spring Summer 2012 runway show.

At the end of the runway show, the models did their classic encore walk-through in lingerie, Dolce&Gabbana style. This time however, innocent lace white undergarments or classic black lace granny lingerie gave way to super snazzy gemstone embellished corset worn by Polish model Magdalena Frackowiak and shiny fringed peek-a-boo skirts on Canadian veteran hottie model Jessica Stam, lace cut-outs on stunning platinum blonde Australian mode Abby Lee Kershaw, intricately put together piece worn by Joan Smalls, a Burberry Prorsum Fall Winter 2007-2008 Milan Fashion Week inspired warrior armour bustier with large matte black gems on Dutch model Bette Franke, a beautiful matching gold beaded two piece lingerie worn by Latvian newcomer Ginta Lapina and the ruler of all runways - Natasha Poly and a sexy silver piece by Dutch newcomer and upcoming model Nimue Smit.

Credits: Background image from Dallas photographer David Kowlowski's Flickriver site.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dolce&Gabbana Wants You To Dress Like That Strange Old Woman

Pasta earrings dripping with coins, onion and tomato print lace trimmed bags and granny-cut-neckline dresses and skirts, crochet lace panties and sleeveless figure-obscuring granny tops. Even the youthful Anja Rubik looked aged at least twice her original age in the drab garb on the Dolce&Gabbana Spring Summer 2012 runway show.

Velvet shoes in light green, wicker picnic baskets painted in shaded of blue, gold and orange, oversized lace coats that looked moth-eaten with goant flower bulb prints that some might mistake as eggplants, large painted onion print bra and knickers and cucumber print matching top and bottoms, fabric shoes that look as if they were cut out from a worn-out smelly dog carpet, nude patent strapped sandals with a few randomly placed crystals all made the Dolce&Gabbana Spring Summer 2012 collection look cheap and tacky.

Welcome to the Dolce&Gabbana Spring Summer 2012 slumber party, complete with plush bunny pink velvet colour pumps, a see-through PVC wet market tote, wicker basket shoulder bag complete with all the condiments you can find on a pizza - garlic, pepper and chilli in the shape of charms. Risk looking like a Mongolian tribal dancer in a shearling and pom-pom trimmed dress that not even the sternest looking face of a model can help prevent any onlooker from laughing to death upon spotting an unfortunate soul in one of Dolce&Gabbana's worst creations to date.

Credits: Background image sources - Carnival lights taken from Wasaga beach by Sean. Wordless Wednesday: Carnival Lights by mamikaze.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sink Into the Caribbean: D&G Dolce and Gabbana Spring Summer 2012

A whirlwind clash of colours is how I would describe D&G Dolce and Gabbana's Spring Summer 2012 runway collection. Every single piece of dress, pants, skirt, top, bikini or jumpsuit, be it knotted at the bust, waist or midriff, cinched as a belt or skirt or floating loosely at the hems like delicate petals of a wilting flower, was silk with beautiful Italian painting prints. 

To complete the summer look, the D&G power designer duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana added their signature hints of denim to the fabric and matched each summer statement piece with a giant sombrero-inspired straw sun hat.

Jewellery influence from their parent brand Dolce and Gabbana's Fall Winter 2010 collection in the shape of traditional Italian gold coins could be seen in the form of earrings, choker necklaces, bracelets, chain trimmings for clutches and bags and even flat sandals.

Striking royal yellow and gold emblazon each and every piece be it a pastel peach silk dress or a sparkly emerald green dress that resembles a renaissance painting's frame. 

The Spring Summer 2012 D&G Dolce and Gabbana collection reminds me of a grown-up girl in a candy shop. She is no longer a child but she still craves candy, fun and a playful yet sexy touch to her fashionable wardrobe.

Credits: Background image sources: Bakers Royale - Banana Split Mini Bites and - Berry Banana Split

Monday, January 16, 2012

Just Cavalli Spring Summer 2012 Boho-chic Campaign starring Lindsey Wixson, Jac Jagaciak and Ruby Aldridge

At least the girls - top fashion models Lindsey Wixson, Jac Jagaciak and Ruby Aldridge, all look their age in fun, flirty, frilly and mini shorts, skirts and dresses in the new Just Cavalli Spring Summer 2012 ad campaign shot by cheeky American fashion photographer Terry Richardson.

One of my favourite models - 17 year old gap-toothed and pouty Lindsey Wixon in a Just Cavalli signature snakeskin print swimwear in bright and cheery spring colours. The swimming trunk for boys are equally cool in a repeated "Just Cavalli" logo print in light pink all over the bottom leg.

Lindsey Wixson, Jac Jagaciak and Ruby Aldridge with simple and stylish watches and jewellery from Just Cavalli.

Lindsey Wixson, Jac Jagaciak and Ruby Aldridge having fun again. I like the racoon tail fur key charm which is coloured like a tiger's tail. I cannot get enough of romantic bohemian floaty floral print tops and silk butterfly print dresses from Just Cavalli.

The laced-up patchwork long jackets are reminiscence of the Just Cavalli's parent line - Roberto Cavalli's Spring Summer 2011 runway collection which was neo-bohemian chic.

These are just some of the best pictures I have chosen from the complete set of Just Cavalli Spring Summer 2012 ad campaign pictures taken from Fashion Gone Rogue - the number one site for fashion spreads, ad campaigns and editorial scans.

Watch the exclusive Just Cavalli Spring Summer 2012 full runway show and see how Italians do sexy, sheer , billowy silk tops and dresses in wild colours and prints. My favourite piece from the runway show would have to be the multicoloured fur vest.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Style Secret: Prada Fall Winter 2011 Peach rimmed Yellow tinted Sunglasses

I am not usually a big fan of designer sunglasses and I do not pay much attention to such eye-wear campaigns. However, after viewing the Prada Fall Winter 2011 runway show with the dramatic, dark and futuristic notion, undertones and music, I was completely enthralled and taken in to Prada's Fall Winter collection of mystical fish and reptile creatures wearing oversized shades that resembled scuba diving masks. 

I loved the dramatic python jackets in understated colours and fur trimmed coats accentuated with clumsy big buttons. 

Strangely, I found balance in a little absurdness. The haunting video ad campaign tagline whispered in every Prada Fall Winter 2011 campaign video - 

" one members of unknown species.

slogan has never left my mind ever since.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lindsay Lohan Spring Summer 2012 Philipp Plein Ad Campaign

Looking like a Versace ad campaign with Lindsay Lohan in peroxide blonde locks and Thomas Wylde inspired skull perforated studded chain bag

Notice how the star print black fur jacket next to Lindsay Lohan in the Phillipp Plein Ad Campaign uncannily resembles the Dolce & Gabbana Fall Winter 2011 Goat Hair Star Print Mongolian Shearling Collar Jacket below from Net-a-porter?

Like an old Roberto Cavalli ad, Lindsay Lohan between palm fans dressed in a classic multi-colour leopard print maxi dress

Star spangled banner-tastic clad Lindsay Lohan in micro shorts and killer red heels trying to evoke a Napoléon Bonaparte styled harbour shot

If you don't know who Phillipp Plein is, you are not alone. The 34 year old Munich born German fashion designer sells overpriced copies of apparels and accessories inspired by renowned fashion designers such as Dolce and Gabbana. 

I was shocked to see an upcoming and hardly known outside of Germany designer selling T-shirts for a couple of hundred euros online. Perhaps he is trying to pull a Christian Audigier.

In 2009, Christian Audigier whom part of his fashion apparel success was owed to his "Celebrity Wear" concept or paying paparazzi to photograph celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Jessica Alba, Mariah Carey, Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Usher, Madonna whom he had met in Los Angeles, published his autobiography: My American Dream: From the cities of Avignon, to the City of Angels. 

In 2011, Christian Audigier sold the brand Ed Hardy to Iconix Brand Group Inc. for $ 62 million, following which, I have lost interest in the now mainstream for wannabe masses Ed Hardy label.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Style Secret: Patrizia Pepe Off-Shoulder Jewel & Tribal Print Dress

I managed to snag the Off-Shoulder Jewel & Tribal Print Dress from Patrizia Pepe which I spotted at Printemps along Boulevard Haussmann, Paris, France last year in December. 

The Patrizia Pepe Jewel & Tribal Print Dress is modelled by none other than sizzling hot Lithuanian model Edita Vilkeviciute for the main campaign shot for Patrizia Pepe's Fall Winter 2011 collection.

The Patrizia Pepe Fall Winter 2011 collection was photographed by the acclaimed duo Mert & Marcus or Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott who shoots fashion advertisements for fashion behemoths such as Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Fendi, Kenzo and Miu Miu as well as fashion magazine editorials for Vogue USA, Vogue Italia, W Magazine, Pop Magazine and Numero.

Verdict on the dress? Love it or hate it?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Unfurgivable: Gucci Smilla Racoon Fur Bag with Bamboo Key Charms

Gucci Fall Winter Handbag Obsession: Smilla Racoon Fur (Netherlands) Handbag with bronze chain and matching twin racoon key charms on signature Gucci polished bamboo handbag attachments. 

The Gucci Smilla handbag is the ultimate bohemian accessory, pity the petite size and annoying narrow handbag opening. The Gucci Smilla Racoon Fur Bag size resembles more of a pouch, smaller than a clutch. Just enough to hold a medium size wallet and your mobile phone before it gets too packed.

Retail price: 1600 euros, now on sale at 1120 euros; available online at Gucci Smilla handbag is also available in 2 different leather variations - tan leather and pink mauve without racoon fur. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

John Galliano New Fragrance: Parlez-Moi d’Amour Eau de Parfum

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(Picture of the 2010 ad campaign of Parlez-Moi d’Amour ~Talk to me of Love~ Eau de Toilette version with Taylor Momsen which caught my attention and made me buy the perfume)

Ex-Dior designer John Galliano launched the second fragrance, Parlez-Moi d’Amour (Talk to me of Love) Eau de Parfum version in December 2011. I was happy to discover the new Parlez-Moi d’Amour in the John Galliano store near the Madeleine metro in Paris on the glitzy Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré street.

The new Parlez-Moi d’Amour Eau de Parfum (EDP) is in a darker shade of pink with a different floral stamp. The scent is said to suitable for a more mature audience. I find it quite similar to the previous Eau de Toilette (EDT) version which has a scent that quickly dissipates in less than an hour.

Although the Parlez-Moi d’Amour EDT version has a lighter, fruitier scent, the new EDP version has a stronger and deeper tone which lingers far longer than the youthful EDT version.

In the new Parlez-Moi d’Amour EDP ad campaign, my favourite actress cum talented singer Taylor Momsen, is featured once again in a hastily put together video done by Ellen von Unworth which I found not really appealing to the "older audience" but more towards the classic "teenagers trying to grow up faster and appear or smell older than they really are" audience.

The Parlez-Moi d’Amour EDP is available in 30ml, 50ml and 80 ml sizes. If you ever purchase a bottle, do let me know what you think of the EDP or EDT version.