November 30, 2011

The Great Designers: Barbara Bui

It's time for the Wednesday designer spotlight and today I chose the French-born Barbara Bui. Her first venture in fashion was the opening of a boutique named Kabuki in 1983. Originally it was a retailer of other designer's collections but Bui started to introduce some pieces of her own work and just four years later she presented her first collection to the international fashion press and this is how her main line was born. In the same 1988 she opened her first Barbara Bui shop in Paris. Ever since from the very beginning the core of her work have been strength and elegance. What Bui admires is femininity and the is emphasized by the use of delicate embroidery against block tonal leather. By 1998 her diffusion line, Barbara Bui Initials, was translating the classic style from the main line into daywear. In 1999 the designer temporarily moved her shows from Paris to New York before removing her collections all together from the catwalk. She returned to the Paris catwalks in 2004 with her signature fur leather and killer heels. Today Bui presides over 4 collection and shops in Paris, Milan and New York.

She defines her signature designs as balancing elegant simplicity with the freedom of rock'n'roll romanticism says that with her work she's trying to give an expression to a womanhood that is at once touching and true, fragile and fearless. The designer is inspired by encounters, music, films, thoughts, moments of grace, cities, women in general and soaking in the natural environment. What's very interesting is that the main influence to her career is an Yves Saint Laurent exhibition she visited in the very beginning of it. Beauty to her is "the simplicity of being: an innate beauty that is not dependent on the beholder."


Here are my favorite designs from the Fall/Winter 2011/2012 RTW collection. I love the structured, sexy and tough looks and the use of classic black, white and beige with metallic accents! Don't you?








"Don't be impatient. Be demanding and trust your intuitions." 
~ Barbara Bui



And I know that this post is quite long already but this is really important! Google are canceling Google Friend Connect for all non blogger websites since March 2012, it's not clear yet what's going to happen with  the blogger followers so please follow me via Bloglovin just in case if you want to keep track of my blog! (source: IFB)

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November 29, 2011

Sneak Peek in Wardrobe: The mustard sweater


Hey loves! Lately I really love wearing cozy knits and warm colors, so today I want to show you the latest addition to my sweater collection! The mustard one! It's entirely handmade by my grandmother and I love it so much more than any sweater I've bought! I'm also wearing Only skinny jeans, my favorite rubber boots and huge purple purse that I bought in Venice and hat and scarf made by my talented mom!







Don't forget to join my GIVEAWAY to win this unique handmade scarf/poncho by FashionRose! It's warm and it's beautiful so do not hesitate! :)


And I know that this post is quite long already but this is really important! Google are canceling Google Friend Connect for all non blogger websites since March 2012, it's not clear yet what's going to happen with  the blogger followers so please follow me via Bloglovin just in case if you want to keep track of my blog! (source: IFB)

XoXo
Plami


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November 28, 2011

Giveaway! Handmade scarf/poncho!

Happy new week, loves! Over the weekend I've reached and passed the milestone of 500 GFC followers! Thank you so much for being so supportive! It's really what motivates me to continue this adventure!


To celebrate this really exciting moment I decided to announce a GIVEAWAY!
This beautiful cozy scarf/poncho by FashionRose is entirely handmade and unique! It's cozy and warm and the color is absolutely beautiful! If you want to accessorize your outfits with it all you have to do is:

1. Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin
2. Leave a comment with your e-mail so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner!

For additional entries (one entry each):
1. Like my facebook page and leave your facebook name in a comment
2. Share this post on your facebook wall

Open Worldwide!
I will announce the winner next Monday!












Have a beautiful week!

XoXo

November 27, 2011

Shoot of the week: Princess of Monaco

Hey loves! It's a lovely Sunday afternoon and it's time for you to see my favorite shoot this week! :) Vendela Johanssen is relaxing on Gucci's Aquariva boat, wearing the gorgeous designs from their Resort 2012 collection. The color palette is classic black and white featuring metallic accents that reflect the sun rays. Don't you too dream of being the graceful Princess of Monaco? Here she's captured by Dennison Bertram.








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November 25, 2011

My favorite Fashion Documentaries

Happy Friday loves! We're hours away from the weekend and I have a very special post for you today! My favorite thing to do on a cold-almost-winter-weekend is watching movies in bed, so I decided to share my favorite fashion documentaries that really inspired me and my love for the fashion world! 


Behind the scenes of the biggest September issue in the history of Vogue. You can see the way Anna Wintour rules her fashion empire and how much she has achieved thanks to her great discipline and ambition. Her huge influence is obvious, there's one queen in this world and it's definitely Anna!


Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham is not just the very first street style photographer, he's the most inspiring person. You can see his love for fashion and for what he does in his eyes, you can feel it! Bill Cunningham is a person who dedicated his entire life to fashion and does not regret it even for a single minute!






 



Valentino: The Last Emperor

The story of Valentino, the emperor of Haute Couture! Watching this gives you the opportunity to peek in his world and see how fragile he really is!  



The passionate eye: The secret world of Haute Couture

A short documentary that lets you in the world of high fashion, the runways, the secret buyers, the process of making a single dress. Pure Magic! 










If you know any other great fashion documentaries please let me know, I'd love to see them! 

Have a great weekend! 

XoXo

November 24, 2011

The Wardrobe: Alberta Ferretti inspired dress


Hey loves! Today I want to share with you a dress that I made myself inspired by the Alberta Ferretti Fall 2011 collection. The clean and elegant lines are in a perfect harmony with the material and color. Sometimes simplicity really is the key to brilliance ... even in fashion! 


I am also wearing H&M bracelet, collar and floppy hat, that I absolutely love! I associate floppy hats with timeless femininity and I am so happy they are back in fashion! The purse you've seen a thousand times! It's my favorite not just because it's very beautiful but also because I bought it in my favorite city - Milan! The lovely and comfortable boots are by a local brand and are perfect for this weather!







XoXo

November 23, 2011

The Great Designers: Jil Sander

Jil Sander is a name associated with pure fashion and clean lines. The German-born designer is famous for the development and use of high-tech, yet extremely luxurious fabrics and rigorously considered proportions, which gained her loyal customers among the sophisticated working women who value graceful, clean and elegant lines, instead of the obvious sex appeal. 

Jil Sander launched her first collection in 1973 and opened her first store in Hamburg, at the age of 24. In her women's clothing she used fabrics typical for menswear, demonstrating androgynous aesthetic that became her signature. The designer says that her "ideas are transported trough the strict aesthetic proportional relationship of form, material and color." She believes that in fashion with every step you ultimate goal changes a little and this is the drive to continue, because if you achieve it, if you create the ultimate collection than it is all over. According to this inspiring woman you cannot produce beauty just for itself, it's created when all the parts are in a relationship to each other and is also connected with the dignity of the wearer, because both the ethics and the aesthetics are important for beauty.

The history of the company is very dynamic and interesting. In 1999 the Prada Group acquired a majority holding and the following year Sander left her own company. Milan Vukmirovic was appointed at the position of creative director of  both men's and women's collection in November 2000. However, in 2003 Jil Sander returned to the company she founded for three seasons , but in November 2004 she exited the brand and the Prada group once again. The team of studio designers took over until May 2005 when Raf Simons was announced to be the new artistic director of the brand.    

Today I decided to do something different and instead of showing you images of the Fall 2011 runway I'm gonna let the people who were there talk about it! Let me know whether you want to see more videos like this or you prefer pictures? :)



"It is a good thing to stay true to your original impulse."
 ~ Jil Sander

XoXo
Plami

November 22, 2011

The Wardrobe: Cozy knits


Hey loves! How are you today? I'm kind of sick and still in bed, so I hope you're doing better! :) I want to show you one of my favorite fall/winter outfits that I wear all the time when it's cold! The cozy oversized sweater/dress is entirely handmade by my talented mom and I absolutely love it! It's so warm and so versatile! I can wear it with so many different accessories! The hat was also made by my mom as well! :) I love the tights that I got in a random store, but the color and the detailing are just so beautiful! The lovely, girly gloves and scarf are from one of my favorite accessories brands - Parfois, and I bought the boots when I was in Venice! There's nothing better to wear on a rainy or snowy day than rubber boots! 









Have a lovely day!

XoXo

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