Picture Credit: Postcard taken from etsy.com
Two weeks of sun, surf and beautiful people...we are off to Miami and will be leaving you online fanatics for a bit...but we will be back with even more amazing and awe-inspiring streetstyles to warm up the season and your hearts...so, till then, adios!
Picture Credit: Postcard taken from etsy.com
October, the season is changing and we have a wonderful new face of the month. To see more of Samare, simply click on the 'Bombe du Mois' button above...
No other item of clothing takes a woman from the boardroom to the bedroom like the common blouse. Long overlooked for all its fussiness, it has over the past few seasons become a staple. Think of that gorgeous Balenciaga pure white blouse all were fighting over, and you get the idea. The blouse has come a long way and it is here to stay. Our next model, spotted in all her finery on the streets of Milan takes this cue rather well and presents us with a wonderful off the shoulder number. She pairs this with yellow jeans, coral painted toenails and hippy jewels that make us long for the sun. Did we mention that amazing hair?
Picture credits: blouse pictures from acnestudios.com, mango.com & unger-fashion.com
Yes folks...it's almost time for our 'Bombe du Mois' and here is a teaser to whet your appetites...in a few days, she will be launched in all her splendour...
Meeting a designer can go one of two ways. Either they take themselves far too seriously and are convinced that their work is so important that they lose sight of the joy and pleasure of creating something fresh and new, or they are relaxed and marvelous company, open to questions and able to laugh at themselves…and nothing warms our hearts more than the latter of the two. Thankfully, Nathalie Jean is exactly this.
It is on a mid-warm morning that I stumble into Nathalie Jean’s jewelry boutique in Milan, with the hope of meeting the designer and asking her the questions I had formulated on the early morning train ride from Lugano to Milan. I am surprised that she is excited and clearly taken aback that our blog would be interested in her line of custom made designs.
She hails from Canada, now based in Milan, with a wonderful boutique on via Solferino 48 and her wonderful creations are presented in lit boxes throughout the cosy store. She is an architect by training, and this is evident in her style…having been based in Italy for almost 30 years, she is established, but understated…a rarity in the industry where bling and big brand advertising are call of the day. But, this is exactly what drew us to her label.
So, there I sit, with my blue notebook, at the glass table (that she of course also designed) and fire my questions away…
DG: Is it important to have had an architecture background for jewelry design?
Nathalie: When I started 12 or 15 years ago, I thought what a pity that I didn’t start sooner with a career in jewelry design. Why didn’t I start 20 years earlier so that I could have had more experience in the field? But I see it as important to have studied architecture. It is part of the background of my designs. I started on such a large scale: huge buildings! Then I branched out into interior decoration and design but when you look at it, it is all the same. You can indeed scale it up or scale it down. It is a process after all. It takes a full year for a jewelry collection to be completed. From the idea on paper (I draw everything) to the computer, to the prototype, to the finished piece. It’s like having a baby (here she smiles broadly and I have a sense of how happy she must feel when she holds the jewelry for the first time, as a mother holds her infant for the very first moment).
I quit architecture because the clients were always difficult and getting in the way and with jewelry, it’s me from start to finish. I have the luxury to do what I want.
DG: Plans for a men’s line?
Nathalie: For me, men’s jewelry should be limited to cufflinks and wedding rings, the only mens pieces I make for my brand. In the consultancy part of my work, I did design some men’s pieces for Versace, for example. I have just designed a line of men’s bracelets for Cerruti and I have to admit that despite all my prejudices, I had fun doing it!
DG: Do you think your line is for older or younger shoppers?
Nathalie: I love it when a young person comes into my boutique and buys something. For some it is their first real ‘jewelry buy’ and it is special. Of course the older customers have the financial means to afford my work, but I love that my designs appeal to both and this makes me very happy…to see a 20 year old buying something and then later a 70 year old as well, this is indeed satisfying.
DG: Are you a fan of online social media?
Nathalie: Facebook is not for me because it is not personal enough. My designs are unique and I cannot present them online on such a platform. I guess I am old school in that I am not online that much! I do have a nice site though, obviously!
And with that, my interview with her is over and she then takes me on a tour of her current collection…and I could buy everything (of course for the special women in my life!). Her designs are bold and timeless. In an age where everything is mass marketed and we are over indulged with everything our hearts desire, it is a welcome relief to have someone designing for a niche market…and if old school means timeless elegance, then I’m also in Nathalie’s boat.
For more information, please visit nathaliejean.com
Okay, so a bit of nepostism is allowed now and again...and when my sister stepped out in this outfit, I had to post it. For a number of reasons: 1. it was a momentous occasion, 2. monochrome on such a night is not that easy to pull off without looking like a waitress, and 3. she worked the moment to the max by pairing her vertical lined dress with her boyfriend's jacket, downsizing to a box clutch and revving up the glam factor with her trusty pair of oversized sunglasses...Anisha, you did good!
We do a bit of one-stop shopping with our favourite monochrome dresses from zara.com,
Try this jacquard dress, a steal at under 40 euros
Or show some 50’s style with this number, at under 50 euros
or go feminine with this printed dress at under 50 euros
Picture Credits: Anisha’s photo courtesy of FB, all other dress images taken from zara.com
We are having a fashion moment, but not the kind we can be happy for. At the ripe age of 82, Oscar de la Renta passed away today. More than just a designer, he started designing in the 1950’s and ever since has been the mastermind behind so many beautifully clothed women, from Michelle Obama to actresses like Audrey Hepburn . For those who are unfamiliar, he is the fashion designer behind that gorgeous pink cocktail dress Carrie wore (almost) to the opera in Sex and The City…the stuff pure dreams are made of. The fashion world has indeed lost a major light today. Here are a few of our favourite styles…
banner from lafulafu.com
All other images: tsum.ru, askmystyle.com, redcarpet-fashionawards.com & z33mi.wordpress.com
Okay, so perhaps I am killing two birds with one stone...first up I have a birthday and Jürgen is taking me to my favourite city in the world...and at the same time, when in Paris, I am at the epicentre of streetstyle and fashion and that is good for the blog..so, while I am contemplating outfits (the Margiela denim jacket or the waistcoat?) and deciding on a book (think I will finally bite into the second Larsson after the hype has died down), I am saying adieu for a few days...tomorrow, via train it's off to the city of light and I am already excited!
Picture credit: image taken from freehdwalls.net
For those clued in, David Bowie is too cool for school and we adore anything with his image slapped on it. Case in point this great skirt, available at a 20% reduced price through Nylon's website..and there are of course other great Bowie t-shirts, a make-up purse and even sunglasses! So till midnight you all have a chance to snap up some super fabulous gear, inspired by the man who brought us Ziggy and made us dance! Check out the selection at http://shop.nylon.com/collections/david-bowie
Picture Credit: Nylon Magazine
When you have had weather like I have had today then you will understand just why I had to post something a bit festive. It has been drizzling all day and my mood needs a desperate ‘fun’ injection. I spotted this amazing outfit in Milan and I had to have it for the blog. When I timidly asked her who the skirt was by, she raised an eyebrow rather dramatically and exclaimed, ‘Why, Dolce & Gabbana, of course!’ It was wonderful…me, foolish streetstyler, should have known better than to ask an Italian about fashion! The wonderful teaming of see-through sandals and an oversized blouse is like pairing good wine and cheese. And of course, the striped Chanel bag is the final feather in her fashion cap!
We love a good, full skirt, so try these on for size:
We adore this bonded monochrome number from cosstores.com, retailing at 79 euros
and try on this black love patches skirt by MSGM, retailing at 449 euros through our fave Hamburg style store, anitahass.com
and wow them with this Sharne midi silk skirt by the god of print, Dries Van Noten, selling at 805 pounds through brownsfashion.com
Picture Credits: Banner taken from egl-comm-sales.livejournal.com, monochrome skirt from cosstores.com, black love pattern skirt from anitahass.com & red and blue skirt from brownsfashion.com