Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty




Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of Alexander McQueen's work to be shown in Europe and it is simply the best exhibition I have ever been to...his creative genius and vision and the dramatic staging and runway shows is simply breathtaking...if you haven't been yet buy tickets now...the show ends in August and it really is a 'must see' show.  The hologram of ghostly Kate Moss taken from his 2006 show 'Widows of Culloden' is a beautiful, evocative and emotional finale.





The day was made all the better by enjoying it with two of my oldest girlfriends...we've known each other from the age of 13 and we still have as much to say as we've always had...hence the hours in the garden cafe at the Victoria and Albert Museum...friendship, glasses of wine, sunny days and culture...what could be nicer...and a present for me of the book from the exhibition as a birthday gift...the perfect day!









THE ART OF STYLE: MODERN ELEGANCE



Reading the Summer Edition of Porter  net-a-porter.com magazine this morning I read a fabulous article on the rules of modern elegance by Valentino's Maria Grazia Chirui and Pierpaolo Piccioli...I hope you enjoy it too...here are a few edited highlights...

Remember that the story starts with you...
"Fashion is all about telling stories, but the story doesn't finish with the piece - it is where a woman takes it that is the exciting bit.  A woman may dream and she may dream of a dress, but when she puts it on, she goes back to her life almost instantly.  We don't think that she should think about the dress at all when she is wearing it.  The woman is always the most important part of any outfit, and we only create something that is an instrument to make her beautiful.  We might design something with romance in mind, but someone who wears it might add a gothic attitude, because fashion depends on how someone interprets it, and ultimately what they want it to be in the end.  That is the surprise that we love - we make the clothes, but it is the woman who makes the decision."


How you feel is integral to fashion...
"We don't think it is important how a woman appears; rather, we think it is important how she feels.  If she feels beautiful, everyone will look at her in a different way.  We want to give elegance, purity and dignity to women. We don't think of a specific woman when we are designing, it is more of a spirit."


Don't worry about trends...
"We don't do anything to please other people.  We do it because we believe in it.  Not in the moment, not for trends, not to please the audience at the shows.  And that is how our clothes should be worn: for the love of them, not for the approval of anyone, or anything else.


Leave a little to the imagination...
"A woman doesn't need to expose everything in order to be seductive.  We are like the directors of a film, and we know that a good movie is one that you are still thinking about, and reflecting on, long after you have left the cinema.  When everything is done, wrapped up and offered to up to you, you don't think about it as much, because it is finished. It is better to sense something than to see it all immediately."



HAPPY WEEKEND















THE ALLURE OF CHANEL



I can't remember a time when I didn't love Chanel...I've worn their perfumes for years; never a fan of Chanel No 5 but years and years ago I wore Chanel No 19...hoping I too could find the allure of the beautiful Yasmin Le Bon who if I remember correctly was 'the face of No 19'...and apparently it's still one of her all time favourite scents.

There is something quintessential about the House of Chanel...pure beauty and perfection...simply stunning creations year after year...enjoy the allure of Chanel...










As much as I would love an outfit from Chanel...I have had to be content with their perfume and make up and always their glasses...I love my new pair, here...maybe one day...


PINK DELIGHT...here comes the weekend




With the busyness of the last few weeks my time on my mat has been either shortened or not at all...not a happy place for me.  Why is it that when times are busy we fail to do the things that make us feel infinitely better?  As I rolled out my mat this morning...I made a promise to myself to prioritise and my yoga practice has to come first... albeit a little earlier in the morning...I feel like me for the rest of the day...no guilt, no rushing...there is calm and progress; I always get a lot more done, I can see clearly.

My top selling colour this week has been pink...it must be thoughts of Spring and Summer...so I thought for the weekend we'd have a little pink delight...


Preen


Nina Ricci




Manish Arora


Lela Rose


Daks

Have a wonderful weekend...not forgetting to...





Christophe Josse


HAPPY WEEKEND









STYLE SPOT: BLACK AND WHITE




The most striking of combinations is black and white; well, for me anyway, nothing looks quite as sharp, dramatic and simply stunning as the black and white duo...here are a few of my favourites...


Balenciaga


Bouchra Jarrar


Donna Karan




Jil Sander


Victoria Beckham





Stephane Rolland





HAPPY MONDAY...say it with a little black and white...
















BICYCLE DAYS...



You know the days when you realise just how lucky you are...well, today has been one of those days.  I dusted off my bicycle this morning loaded up my packed orders and whisked off to the post office...the weather was beautiful; I had spent most of the morning talking to customers and wrapping and packing orders to be sent...I knew the rest of the day had in store a quick coffee and croissant with a friend, a dog walk along the river and back to work; for me the perfect day.




It's good to appreciate those moments when you feel truly blessed and happy and it's always the little things that make you feel that way, isn't it? I think being aware and in the present makes you stronger for the inevitable times when things are not going quite so smoothly and happily...I think cycling brings out the 'child in me'...I do love to ride my bicycle.





BY INVITATION ONLY: FLOWERS AND FASHION




This month's 'by invitation only' post is flowers and fashion...two of my most loved subjects...my home is full of tulips my favourite flower.  I love their squeakiness, their tall, proud elegance...a bunch of tulips wrapped in brown paper...it has to been brown paper...is a chosen gift for myself and friends; delightful beauty I cannot resist...




My style hasn't really changed since my twenties, I guess, it has just matured, a little...I've always loved a simple elegance...I like layers, coats for spring, wide pants, stripes are my favourite and if we are fortunate to have a warm spring, here in the UK then it's my favoured white linens...I enjoy wearing white, there is a purity and calmness I feel when wearing it...I have more whites in my wardrobe now than ever before...I'm not a fan of floral designs in clothes...all too busy, for me!

My 'go to spring outfits' are always pants, sweaters, blouses, jackets and spring coats and of course a fine cashmere scarf...I adore this look...


















Please pop across to Marsha @ http://splenderosa.blogspot.co.uk/ and read the posts from the 'by invitation only' fabulous females...happy reading...






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