My Look: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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Why wear just one or two colours when you can shove seven plus into one outfit?

My look: Rainbow cotton and silk-blend dress iconby Christopher Kane, paisley-print cotton-poplin jacket iconby Jil Sanderresin bead necklace iconby Marni, bag and shoes by Miu Miu, earrings by Bulgari.

LoL, Sandra

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Trend Report S/S 2012: Paisley

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Paisley, the Indian heritage print of swirling curling shapes finds new style currency this S/S 2012 season.

Silky pyjama pieces present an alluring eveningwear option as seen at Stella McCartney.

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Paisley-print shirt by Stella McCartney

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Paisley-print silk pants iconby Stella McCartney

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Matthew Williamson retained a boho air to his paisley pieces with beautiful embellishments in vibrant colours while Haider Ackermann added coolness to the classic print.

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Embroidered feather-trimmed silk-organza dress iconby Matthew Williamson

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Jil Sander was the master protagonist of the paisley trend, stamping swirls across demure, tailored shapes for a fresh way to wear the print. The neon-style colours are a fresh addition to your summer wardrobe.

Emilio Pucci famed for its swirls of pattern, splashed psychedelic paisley on floor-sweeping skirts.

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Lunetta paisley-print woven dress iconby Jil Sander

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Appliquéd cotton-blend voile maxi skirt iconby Emilio Pucci

Stay tuned for an upcoming post with me wearing paisley-print pieces.

LoL, Sandra

Confirmed: Raf Simons to Take Over at Dior

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According to the New York Times today, it is confirmed that Raf Simons, 44, will take over immediately as artistic director at Christian Dior. Supposedly, the Paris fashion house will announce the news on Wednesday officially. Simons will be replacing John Galliano, who was fired from Dior last year after he made anti-Semitic remarks.

His first collection is planned for July at the fall haute couture shows. The Belgian designer, who worked for the house of Jil Sander before, will be in charge of haute couture, women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, while keeping his eponymous men’s line.

“I feel fantastic,” Mr. Simons said by telephone from his studio in Antwerp to Suzy Menkes. “It is one of the ultimate challenges, and a dream to go to a place like Dior, which stands for absolute elegance, incredible femininity and utter luxury.”

So my guess in February was right… click here for the previous post.

LoL, Sandra

Must-have: The Veiled Beanie

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When my eyes spotted the net-trimmed ribbed knitted beanie icondesigned by Stephen Jones on the Jil Sander S/S 2012 runway last fall, I was asking myself why had nobody before come up with the idea to combine a casual beanie with the glamourous feel of a veil. The outcome is so outstanding. Needless to say, this veiled hat has been on every fashion lover’s shopping list and it made its way into my closet, too. As the Jil Sander version (available in blue and white) is pretty expensive, you might want to try doing it yourself.

What do you need?

A sloughy knitted beanie, French veil netting (Available at fabric stores. To order, please click here), sewing thread of a similiar colour, a sewing needle and a pair of scissors.

How to do it?

This is pretty easy and doesn’t require advanced sewing skills. Just attach the French veil netting inside of the turn-up of the beanie. Turn the it over and sew the bottom edge of the netting to the beanie with a single stitch to the middle point.

I attached the photos of my beanie below for you to see it more in detail!

Have fun sewing!

LoL, Sandra

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More News from the Fashion Musical Chairs

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Here are more interesting fashion news!
Yves Saint Laurent
‘s press office announced earlier: “Today we announce the departure of Creative Director Stefano Pilati, who since 2004 has stood at the creative helm of the house. Please join us in saluting him for his extraordinary work and his determination in forwarding the awe-inspiring heritage of Monsieur Saint Laurent.
Stefano’s final fashion show – F/W 2012 womenswear – will take place next Monday, March 5, 2012 in Paris.”

Raf Simons, who showed his final collection for Jil Sander in Milan, was rumored to have been Pilati’s replacement. While French newswire AFP and French magazine L’Express both had reported Hedi Slimane, who designed menswear at YSL in the late 1990s before taking over Dior Homme, will replace Pilati. Let’s see you will make it!

The fashion carrousel is turning fast at the moment…

LoL, Sandra

Designer Spotlight: Raf Out, Jil In

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It is Milan Fashion Week but the buzz is all about something else. As you know, I am in Florence with Gucci at the moment and during the day all those twitter messages came in that Raf Simons, Creative Director of Jil Sander since 2005, has confirmed he will be stepping down following the F/W 2012 show this Saturday. This is breaking fashion news!

Rumours are out and huge that the avant-garde Belgian designer will take over Dior succeeding Galliano who left last year after his anti-Semitic comments. Looking closely at Raf’s S/S 2012 collection for Jil Sander, you could totally see some Dior references (see above), so let’s see if the speculations are true or not… At the moment, Dior collections are created under the supervision of Bill Gaytten, Galliano’s former studio head.

But it gets better: It is looking more and more like Jil Sander, herself at age 68, will return to the eponymous label that she founded in 1968. All good things go in threes: The German designer, who sold in 1999 75 percent of her company to the Prada Group, left the label in 2000 after a falling out with the owner, Prada’s Patrizio Bertelli. Later, following a brief return in 2003, she departed again and began working on other projects, such as the very popular high street collaboration with Uniqlo. If she comes back now, it will hopefully be for good!

This will be a very interesting week…

LoL, Sandra

Street Style Milan: Marcella

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Yesterday outside at the Ermanno Scervino S/S 2012 show, I spotted Marcella, a Stockholm based editor, in such a cute outfit that I had to share it with you.

Marcella’s look: Linen shirt by Uniqlo, sandals by See by Chloé, sunglasses by H&M, clutch by Jil Sander and watch by Marc Jacobs. The colourful mini skirt is a souvenir from Africa.

LoL, Sandra

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NYC Fashion Week Style: Miroslava Duma

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Meet beautiful Miroslava Duma, the former fashion editor for Russian Harper’s Bazaar. Today, she works as a freelance writer for numerous publications. Miroslava, daughter of the Russian senator Vasilay Duma, has become known as an international fashion icon. I think she is absolutely stunning. Here are some photos of her that I took after the Lacoste show.
Isn’t this look divine?

Her outfit: Waistcoat by Jil Sander, Clutch and Shoes by Prada, Jewelry by Tom Binns.

LoL, Sandra

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Shoe Special S/S 2011: Wedges & Flatforms

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Chunky heels and wedges, this is what the summer 2011 is all about . Being more comfortable than high heels (especially if you live like me in a city plastered with cobblestones) and giving you a more casual and effortless look, those shoes will be surely bestsellers.

Enjoy those creations for this summer that are bold, daring and definitely different.

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The footwear innovation for S/S 2011 is the flatform – a ballet flat elevated on a high platform heel, that gives you extra hight. Kind of reminiscent of summer espandrilles, but only higher. Designers are loving them at the moment.
And what about you? Are you a brick-like shoe lover?

LoL, Sandra

S/S 2011: Colour Blocking

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The catwalks were a riot of dazzling brights this season, worn in boldly clashing combinations. Colour blocking is ultrahip! It means combining two, three or more bold colours together to create a graphic look through the different shades.

The trend has started already a few seasons ago but has definetely reached its peak this summer. Raf Simons is among the forerunners with his beautiful S/S 2011 collection for Jil Sander.

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Loud and proud colour combinations make for a dynamic, confident look. Start infusing your wardrobe with a colourful vibrancy for the ultimate warm weather feeling.

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Some rules that might help you:

1. Three is the magic number. More colours together could make you look like a Rubic cube.

2. Don’t be afraid to combine colours you usually wouldn’t wear together like red and pink for example.

3. Opt for the bold bright colours, this trend works best with the most vivid shades.

4. Keep the rest simple. Never attempt to introduce prints or patterns.


Get your colour splash!

LoL, Sandra