The Met Gala for 2011: Savage Beauty

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Starting from today, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, is on view until July 31, 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum’s second-floor Cantor Galleries.

So if you just can’t get enough after having seen Kate Middleton’s bridal dress, that was made by Sarah Burton for the house of McQueen, you might consider a trip to NYC. The designer’s costume institute retrospective features approximately 100 ensembles and 70 accessories from the late designer’s prolific 19-year carreer with some outstanding pieces from the Givenchy Archive in Paris, custom-made items from the closet of Isabella Blow and even his graduate collection at Central St.Martins among others.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, the Museum’s Costume Institute Benefit took place Monday night with high-profile guests in high-profile fashion. The Met gala has anyway become over the years the fashion community’s biggest red carpet night. It was no wonder to spot some McQueen tributes to the mix.

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My favourite two looks by Alexander McQueen were Gisèle Bündchen who looked so radiant in her red gown next to her husband Tom Brady

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… and Anna Dello Russo, known for her eclectic style, showed up in a pant suit from the S/S 2011 collection, divine!

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As for me, the ultimate highlights were the „Stella Girls“ with Stella McCartney herself making an appearance in a black and white tuxedo gown of her own design. It was a modern, probably experimental but uncoventional look. The British designer is also a Co-Chair for the fundraising event.

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The Stella McCartney parade was led by Madonna in a silky blue gown with a beautiful embroidered train. With her 50’s hair and make-up, she looked very Hollywood. Wow!

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Very pregnant Kate Hudson glowed in her champagne-coloured Stella gown and long tousled hair.

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This is my favourite. Gwyneth Paltrow chose to go with long sleeves which was a popular trend at the gala. So simple and absolutely stunning. The actress is good friends with the British designer.

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Rihanna in a one-shoulder black lace gown, an iconic Stella look!

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Adding some colour drama, Eva Mendes enhanced her complexion by wearing a cobalt blue plissé dress by Stella McCartney. So beautiful!

What a night!

LoL, Sandra

Wardrobe Astrology

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On the last day of the year, I would like to give you a reading on what you’ll be wearing in 2011. Each zodiac sign has a style all it’s own. Here’s your wardrobe astrology, not just what to wear, but how to wear it. Don’t get dressed without it. And enjoy your birth flower and stones, they tell a lot about you, too.
Sometimes people choose a fashion style that represents more their rising sing (ascendant). Enjoy finding out what describes you best.

Acquarius

AQUARIUS (Jan 21 – Feb 18) – They are the first to find it, wear it and probably create it, too. Their own sense of style is indespensable for them. Aquarius are trendsetters, they mix and match everything and break all fashion rules.
With their urge to be different, they don’t mind to be called quirky and unusual, they even enjoy those comments. Aquarius are the most free-spirited, individualistic zodiac of all, always ahead of the fashion pack.

Birth flower February: Violet (faith, wisdom and hope)
Birth stone February:  Amethyst

Famous Aquarius: Jennifer Aniston (Feb 11, 1969)

Pisces

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20) – Many fish absolutely adore shoes and tend to have a full closet of them. They are the daydreamers of the zodiacs and love romantic fashions, especially dresses in chiffon and shimmering materials, mostly in aquamarine shades.
Moreover, fish adore jewelry and often wear much at one time, adorning themselves with gold, silver and precious gemstones. Eclectic would be the best word to describe them.

Birth flower March: Daffodil (rebirth, unrequited love and vanity)
Birth stone March: Aquamarine

Famous Pisces: Drew Barrymore (Feb 22, 1975)

Aries

ARIES (March 21 – Apr 19) – Aries is an early adopter, who adds her own twist to what’s new. They are very independent and love colour, first and foremost red, and clean, dramatic lines. The part of the body that Aries rules is the „head“, many wear stylish hats, scarves and barettes.

Birth flower April: Daisy (innocence, purity and royal love)
Birth stone April: Diamond

Famous Aries: Elle MacPherson (March 29, 1963)

Taurus

TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20) – Taurus love clothing that is comfortable and chic classics that don’t date or scream but do mix and match. Bulls seldom go for the latest fads. They like high quality items but want to get them on sale. Discount designer stores are their favourites. Being an earth sign, neutral tones and earth shades are the best for a Taurus.

Birth flower May:  Lily of the Valley (happiness, humility and sweetness)
Birth stone May: Emerald

Famous Taurus: Michelle Pfeiffer (April 29, 1958)

Gemini

GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 21) – Ruled by Mercury, Gemini – considered the smart and versatile planet – has a fashion editor’s eye. Anything goes here! Gemini’s dual personality favors all kinds of looks and styles. Their closets are brimming with outfits for every occassion.
They enjoy wearing a pair of jeans with a tank as much as they love to dress up. Gemini also have a weakness for purses.

Birth flower June: Rose (love, gratitude and appreciation)
Birth stone June: Pearl

Famous Gemini: Heidi Klum (June 1, 1963)

Cancer

CANCER (June 22 – July 22) – Cancer adores girly, ultrafemme shapes and soft, beautiful fabrics. They like anything vintage, pastel colours, especially white and shimmering tones.
In regard to their jewelry, they usually prefer silver, rubies and pearls. It is also considered the domestic sign.

Birth flower July: Larkspur (joyful, fickleness and lightness)
Birth stone July: Ruby

Famous Cancer: Jessica Simpson (July 10, 1980)

Leo

LEO (July 23 – Aug 23) – Leo, the Lion, loves luxurious things, they love designer labels and tend to have a closet full of expensive outfits or those that at least look rich. Leo’s style reflects her healty ego and major confidence. With her, nothing is halfhearted.
Glittery, sequined, rock pieces, animal prints and bold colours are staples in the Leo’s wardrobe. They love to stand out of the crowd and always look for drama.

Birth flower August: Poppy (remembrance and moral integrity)
Birth stone August: Peridot

Famous Leo: Madonna (Aug 16, 1958)

Virgo

VIRGO (Aug 24 – Sept 22) – Virgo always has a „put together“ look, neat and polished describes her best. She wants things to be productive, multifunctional; she appreciates tailoring, beautiful embellishments, and a solid investment.
Her love for conservative outfits is strong, she doesn’t like anything too flashy, too tight or fashion fads that go out of style quickly.

Birth flower September: Aster (daintiness, patience and magic)
Birth stone September: Sapphire

Famous Virgo: Claudia Schiffer (Aug 25, 1970)

Libra

LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 22) – Libra loves clothes! They are fashion-conscious, polished and well-groomed; being supersocial also makes her trendy and creative. It is the sign of balance and scales. She stands for real style. Since Libra is such a romantic sign, many women opt for lacy shirts and skirts, pretty florals and lots of jewelry.

Birth flower October: Calendula (grief, hopefulness and grace)
Birth stone October: Opal

Famous Libra: Bridgitte Bardot (Sept 28, 1934)

Scorpio

SCORPIO (Oct23 – Nov21) – Sensuous, sleek and authoritative, Scorpio keeps life simple with a few well-cut, smart „uniforms“. Scorpio has the reputation as the sex sign, many Scorpio tend not to wear underwear but those ones who do, report lacy bras and thongs as their favourites.
They like to leave „something to the imagination“ when they dress up but still opt for clothing that entices. Sexy high heels and thigh high boots are among their must-haves along with dark sunglasses that help them look so mysterious.

Birth flower November: Chrysanthemum (compassion, friendship and abundance)
Birth stone November: Topaz

Famous Scorpio: Julia Roberts (October 28, 1967)

Sagitarius

SAGITTARIUS (Nov22 – Dec21) – Fresh-faced and natural, Sagittarius prefers comfortable, relaxed, and unpretentious clothing that allows for ease and speed – she’s on the go!
Sag are freedom lovers. They love jeans and sweatshirts, everything casual with a stylish attitude works for them best.

Birth flower December: Narcissus (sweetness, self esteem and vanity)
Birth stone December: Turquoise

Famous Sagittarius: Katie Holmes (December 18, 1978)

Capricorn

CAPRICORN (Dec22 – Jan 20) – Capricorn’s look is well-bred, they always manage to look like they come from wealth – the old-money kind – even if they don’t.
Goats are serious about their wardrobe. They look for quality clothing and often designer labels. They enjoy attention getting outfits but not the flashy fashions. Rhinestones and glitz don’t work for them. Understated elegance is the Goat’s leitmotif.

Birth flower January: Carnation (love, beauty and fascination)
Birth stone January: Garnet

Famous Capricorn: Kate Moss (January 16, 1974)


I hope that you have enjoyed my little wardrobe astrology. By the way, I am aquarius and I think this is kind of evident in my fashion sense.

Wishing you a wonderful New Year’s Eve and a Happy 2011!

LoL, Sandra

Big Shots

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It is August and the majority of fall campaigns can be seen now in the new fashion magazines, ads just keep coming out of the woodwork and so I wanted to give you a brief summary of the most important ones and by whom they were shot.
It is funny to see that this world in particular is pretty small and some photographers are ahead of the game.

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My personal favourite is Bottega Veneta`s strong expressive F/W 2010 campaign. Shot by the godfather of energetic graphic photography himself: Robert Longo. The artist has became famous in the late 1970s and early 1980s with his series „Men in the Cities“ that depicts men and women in business attire contorted in extreme positions.

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Roberto Cavalli 40th Anniversary featuring Gisèle Buendchen

The winner this season seems to be renowned Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. The dream team that has defined the look of the past decade, shot the most campaigns. Enjoy my preview:

Calvin Klein featuring Lara Stone

Calvin Klein featuring Lara Stone









Calvin Klein Jeans featuring Lara Stone

Calvin Klein Jeans featuring Lara Stone





Miu Miu featuring Lindsey Wixon, Ginta Lapina, Siri Tollerod, Daphne Groenweld

Miu Miu featuring Lindsey Wixon, Ginta Lapina, Siri Tollerod, Daphne Groenweld

Stella McCartney featuring Natalia Vodianova

Stella McCartney featuring Natalia Vodianova







Iceberg featuring Carolyn Murphy

Iceberg featuring Carolyn Murphy







Gucci featuring Nikola Jovanovic, Joan Smalls, Raquel Zimmermann

Gucci featuring Nikola Jovanovic, Joan Smalls, Raquel Zimmermann




Giorgio Armani featuring Edita Vilkeviciute

Giorgio Armani featuring Edita Vilkeviciute







Bulgari featuring Julianne Moore

Bulgari featuring Julianne Moore












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Mulberry featuring Abbey Lee Kershaw, Hanne Gaby Odiele

Mulberry featuring Abbey Lee Kershaw, Hanne Gaby Odiele

The American photographer and long-time protégé of both Franca Sozzani and Anna Wintour, editors-in-chief of Italian and American Vogue is also a big shot in the world of fashion photography. No wonder, Steven Meisel shot all those gorgeous campaigns.

Lanvin featuring Mariacarla Boscono, Anja Rubik, Magdalena Frackowiak

Lanvin featuring Mariacarla Boscono, Anja Rubik, Magdalena Frackowiak








Balenciaga featuring Eliza Cummings, Freja Beha Erichsen, Julija Stepanoviciute, Kirsi Pyrohnen, Karen Elson, Meghan Collison, Mirte Maas, Stella Tennant

Balenciaga featuring Eliza Cummings, Freja Beha Erichsen, Julija Stepanoviciute, Kirsi Pyrohnen, Karen Elson, Meghan Collison, Mirte Maas, Stella Tennant

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Prada featuring Daria Strokous,  Angela Lindvall

Prada featuring Daria Strokous, Angela Lindvall






Louis Vuitton featuring Karen Elson, Christy Turlington, Natalia Vodianova

Louis Vuitton featuring Karen Elson, Christy Turlington, Natalia Vodianova











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YSL featuring Daria Werbowy

YSL featuring Daria Werbowy

Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinood Matadin, a fashion photographer duo that is well known for their independent art work. Most of their photographs are both critical and slightly disturbing as you can see in the campaigns they shot for F/W 2010.

Moschino featuring Alessandra Ambrosio

Moschino featuring Alessandra Ambrosio










Balmain featuring Kate Moss

Balmain featuring Kate Moss

Jean Paul Gaultier featuring Kelly Moreira, Crystal Renn

Jean Paul Gaultier featuring Kelly Moreira, Crystal Renn








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Mango featuring Scarlett Johansson

Italian-born Mario Sorrenti is a photographer and director best known for his spreads of nude models in the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.


Kenzo featuring Lily Donaldson, Sasha Pivovarova

Kenzo featuring Lily Donaldson, Sasha Pivovarova









Emporio Armani featuring Karmen Pedaru

Emporio Armani featuring Karmen Pedaru







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Versace featuring Iselin Steiro, Anna Selezneva, Valerija Kelava

Versace featuring Iselin Steiro, Anna Selezneva, Valerija Kelava

Peruvian fashion photographer Mario Testino has shot many fashion stories and celebrities. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums.

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Burberry Prorsum featuring Nina Porter, Lily Donaldson, Rosie Huntington Whitely

Burberry Prorsum featuring Nina Porter, Lily Donaldson, Rosie Huntington Whitely




D&G featuring Simon Nessman, Travis Davenport, Vladimir Ivanov, Nils Butler, Oscar Spendrup, Simona Andrejic, Diana Farkhullina, Elena Melnik, Anya Kazakova, Regina Feoktistova

D&G featuring Simona Andrejic, Diana Farkhullina, Elena Melnik, Anya Kazakova, Regina Feoktistova















Roversi

Hermès-Fall-Winter-2010-Ad-Campaign2Hermès has come up with another really beautiful advertising campaign shot by Paolo Roversi. I love his romantic, vintage looking photos that always seem to tell a story. To me, a perfect choice for the French house!

Hermès featuring Constance Jablonski

Hermès featuring Constance Jablonski






Alberta Ferretti featuring Monika Jagaciak, Sigrid Agren

Alberta Ferretti featuring Monika Jagaciak, Sigrid Agren











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Salvatore Ferragamo featuring Stella Tennant

Salvatore Ferragamo featuring Stella Tennant

Bruce Weber is a well-known face in the world of advertising photography. His career really took of in the late 1980s and early 1990s with his famous advertising images for Calvin Klein.








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Céline featuring Sigrid Agren, Emma Balfour

Céline featuring Sigrid Agren, Emma Balfour

Juergen Teller‘s work is extraordinary and with a distinctive design. His raw style makes him one of the most influential fashion photographers working today.


Marc Jacobs featuring Monika Jagaciak, Frida Gustavsson, Ann Kenny

Marc Jacobs featuring Monika Jagaciak, Frida Gustavsson, Ann Kenny







Marc by Marc Jacobs featuring Ruby Aldridge

Marc by Marc Jacobs featuring Ruby Aldridge










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Chanel featuring Brad Kroenig, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Freja Beha Erichsen

Chanel featuring Brad Kroenig, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Freja Beha Erichsen

Multi-talent Karl Lagerfeld likes to keep everything in his own hands. So no wonder that he shoots the advertising campaigns for his own collections for Chanel and Fendi.


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Fendi featuring Anja Rubik, Baptiste Giabiconi

Fendi featuring Anja Rubik, Baptiste Giabiconi




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StevenKlein

dolcegabbanacampaign1Steven Klein is an American photographer that shot many high-profile advertising campaigns for various clients. This season he was hired by Dolce & Gabbana to capture a close knit Italian family with Madonna as the matriarchal figure through his lens.
Great job!

LoL, Sandra

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Dolce & Gabbana featuring Madonna

Dolce & Gabbana featuring Madonna

Rock the Eighties


Can you guess where we are in time-travelling after my lastet posts about lace and rocking hot black leather? Yes, we have arrived in the `80s. For some people, the golden decade was the worst one fashionwise but since a few seasons designers have relied on some of the worth recycling styles. The leggings  and skinny jeans came back around 4 years ago and who would have ever imagined their ongoing success?! They have definitely conquered my closet and I never want them to vanish again as the modernized versions are stylish and comfy in one.

Designers have returned 20 years this F/W 2010 to find the `80s ma-ma-material beauty and so can you. Let`s begin!


You might feel like a virgin in a sharp leather pencil skirt, sequined blazer and fishnet stockings. Add lots of accessories like the iconic safety pins, stacked bracelets and big cross pendants for the ultimate killer look!


Balmain launched a real boom with the return of the shoulder pads. The last seasons, fashionistas have crazed all over the world for the must-have blazers and jackets. The hype is definitely not over yet! Party like it`s 1982 in those brocade and patchwork nightclub nostalgia pieces from the F/W 2010 runways. Absolutely screaming hot are red leather leggings, another must for this winter!


The `80s encouraged self-expression with eyecatching neon colours and rainbow dyes. I would not do the complete look but you can easily embed one sparkling bright piece into your daily wear. One thing I am not so sure is about the über-teased hair…. probably a little too much retro-style. But nevertheless the point of fashion is that girls just wanna have fun! So let`s start experimenting….

In case that you are looking for your personal Jesus, try black leather and fringes. So hot! Sequined leggings combined with a denim jacket would turn you also very fast back to the `80s without looking disguised.


If you want to find the fashion cure for this winter`s style heritage, you could opt for a goth look with an asymmetrical cropped sweater or some cut out off-shoulder-tops. And I am sure that this Friday, you will be in love.

 

99780_in_lMy personal `80s-inspired object of desire is this gorgeous suede buckled V-neck dress by Balmain. Available from today at net-à-porter. This is rock glam chic at its best! Hard to beat it.

LoL, Sandra

Divine Liaison

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What a divine liaison: the “Collection Créateur” – an collaboration between Jean Paul Gaultier and La Perla.

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Madonna 1990 in Gaultier

I could not think of a better designer to join forces with the Italian house. Gaultier has lingerie in his blood being the godfather of the very pointed conical bra cups that became famous due to his creations for Madonna`s 1990 Blond Ambition Tour. He loves to use underwear as outerwear.

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During the ongoing haute couture shows in Paris yesterday, two special limited edition garments were already presented at Gaultier`s show: a backstitch satin bra with a shoulder-strap motif and glove-holding strings plus a suspender belt, demonstrating the stylish union between haute couture and lingerie. Dita van Teese walked down the aisle as the finale, what a match!

The 27 creations of the capsule collection will go on sale in November 2010 at La Perla and Gaultier boutiques worldwide, and select department stores.
So pretty and soooo hot!

LoL, Sandra

The Tiniest Trendsetters


Yesterday I showed you the first sketches of the Gucci Kids collection that will make the hearts of the tiniest trendsetters leap with joy. I am at the moment in L.A. and this might have inspired me to today`s post. Celebrity offspring following in their parents` stylish footsteps is seen here everywhere. Photographed by trendhunters, the kids have an already well-established look like their style-icon mums and dads.


With Suri Cruise leading the way at the ripe old age of 4, who would have thought the little girl that newly born already graced the cover of Vanity Fair magazine would become such a fashion superstar?! There are blogs devoted to her style, designers send her presents (remember Ferragamo`s Sofia tote) and it might be only a matter of time before Hermès creates the “Suri” bag. You can argue about the „high heels“ she is wearing but the mini fashionista definitely rocks the Burberry check and ballet tutus. Malicious gossip has it that she is pushed by her parents. Regardless of the veracity or otherwise of that account, I can assure you that my love for fashion started very very young, too. I drove my mum crazy with my strong attitude towards my own style.

The little fashion icons also play a pivotal role in the advertising concepts of their actress-designer-mums that mostly have their own fashion lines. Doesn`t Suri looks adorable in her mum`s Holmes & Yang dresses?


Or let`s look at No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani who designs the stylish L.A.M.B. collection and dresses her son in the subsequent line for little L.A.M.B.s.


Ex Beverly Hills 90210 star Tori Spelling has turned her style into a clothing line for kids age 0 up to 4 years named Little Maven. The mother of two also wrote a book about fashionable motherhood.


Another book author is Nicole Richie whose second novel “Priceless will be in stores this fall. She is probably the most experienced and successful designer of all these fashionable mums. Her two lines are named after her daughter`s three names: The accessories and shoe collection is called House of Harlow 1960 and the clothing line Winter Kate. Nicole has a great vintage inspired boho-chic style with a modern edge. She also got a lot of credit for her maternity line that she created in collaboration with A Pea in the Pod.


That the tiny trendsetters can become grown-up “Material Girls” shows the example of Madonna`s thirteen-year-old daughter Lourdes Leon who is co-designing with her mum a juniors clothing line named after Madonna`s 1984 hit song for Fall 2010.  It is a mix of fierce and cute elements with a lot of references to the singers former look like a tutu dress paired with studded combat boots. The Material Girl collection will be sold exclusively at Macy`s for back-to-school-season starting August 3rd.

LoL, Sandra