FRIDAY! This is the best editorial I have seen in VOGUE US for a while.. LOVING Natalia! I am in the process of moving back to NYC and will return to the blogging world in NOVEMBER!!X
HAPPY FRIDAY!!! Love this editorial
Earlier on today during my yoga class a thought came to mind, I know I am not supposed to be thinking about anything else but yoga at yoga-but it is very hard to control my mind at times .I am constantly a prisoner to my countless thoughts and ideas trying to calm my mind and stay present….ughh. Anyways, one of the thoughts that came to my mind was wear my yoga clothes during the day, as I have quite the collection of chic looking sleek athletic wear- I realized that I want to always be this comfortable. Jeans are comfortable but not this comfortable…I feel so light and free in my excercise gear and love the designs and styles in my collection. They are also very flattering .
When I moved to Barcelona I came across this brand OYSHO. I am extremely obsessed with their athletic gear and accesories. They have great designs, in amazing fabrics, each garment beautifully designed in ways to flatter the figure and accentuate some parts and hiding others (check out their online store to see what I mean). The clothes make me want to work out!! Not only are they stylish, they are super inexpensive. I used to love Stella McCartney for Adidas clothing but the prices were always a bit too high for something I would end up sweating in ( even though now I will be strutting in work out gear as well). I am hoping that once I move back to NYC they will open a store there. Until then I am going to be stocking up on my work out gear. If you live in Europe then head to your nearest store and try on some gear (if you have not yet already), if you will be visiting Europe soon I highly recommend stopping in. They also have a great collection of lingerie and sleepwear.
Back to my thought about wearing work out clothes…a few hours later after my yoga class I was super excited to come across this editorial in Numéro Magazine’s October 2014 issue. I love the athletic gear sprinkled through out and styled in such a cool and not so casual way. Showing fall 2014 rtw sporty runway trends in wearable every day looks. I also really love the hair and makeup, very natural and clean with a drop of glamour. I am going to fulfill my idea and mix some athletic pieces in to my daily outfits–stylish and comfortable– also will remind me and give me the extra push work out in in the evening..
MONDAY’S INSPIRATION. I love love love this editorial and styling. The eye makeup is so striking.
What The F To Wear To Fashion Week?!!
- 4 / 5 Button down shirt’s (white/light blue/think classic ) *some can and should have pockets on the bust
- Jeans -any kind of denim will do (white-yes white–i don’t believe in the no white after labor day rule/blue/black/grey)
- Shoes-comfortable pumps/booties/ ballet flats/loafers
- Blazer (navy /black/ grey) *over sized/fitted
- motorcycle jacket
- Teeshirt (i like white best but.. grey, striped, navy, black)
- Belt (one great belt )
- Bag (simple, chic, black and can fit things you need to bring with you–bottled water, makeup, tissues….)
- a light scarf (neutral)
- Monochrome is always a good idea (yes I love all black everything, it looks so smart)
- bigger is better--a loser fitted button down shirt partially tucked in in the front and belted –bonus if there are utility pockets on the chest
- layer shirts (oxford over tee-shirt)
- roll with it-cuff your jeans /(just once) and the sleeves of your tee shirts’/button down shirt/blazer –adds a nice touch and it’s more comfortable. Non?
- dress up your wrists with some gold bangles
- always bring a sweater/scarf
- you CAN wear a trench coat even though its not raining
- DO NOT wear uncomfortable shoes–well you can if you have your driver taking you from show to show/door to door
- LESS is always MORE
- mix black and brown and or navy and black -it’s a statement a can be done very beautifully
CAPUCINE SAFYURTLU and EMANUELLE ALT
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I always get so excited for each issue of Vogue Paris, it is by far my favorite magazine. It has been since my freshman year at Parsons School of Design when I began living in NYC and international magazines became available to me. Prior to that I thought W Magazine was the best magazine in the world. When I came across French Vogue it was like a whole new world of fashion, layout, design… I was truly mesmerized. From then on I began subscribing to the magazine. Ever since my first encounter with the magazine- each time I open a new issue of Vogue Paris, as stupid as it sounds, I have that same feeling of excitement and curiosity. I learn something new each issue, wether its styling, conceptual, etc. Yesterday I purchased the September 2014 Issue.
One of the many things that caught my eye in this issue was the editorial “Frenchy“, photographed by David Sims and styled by Emanuelle Alt . I am not only in love with the images, the styling is terribly inspiring. I will certainly be attempting to dress like this–starting today. I found some more affordable options to get the look, and even made some purchases while doing so. (see below)
Vogue Paris September 2014 Photographed by David Sims
I just purchased a pair of black super flared jeans at Free People. I had to look around a bit more while on the Free People’s site, they have so many awesome pieces this season. I also purchased this amazing shaggy sweater that I will probably wear as a light jacket this fall, I may even belt it. I was in search of cowboy boots I came across a cool and affordable pair at topshop. I also love the double breasted coat featured in the editorial, I found one at J.Crew, it’s classic and stylish (J.crew always makes a good Pea Coat). For the hat, check out my post on hats of the season here.
Details can make or break your outfit or piece of clothing. the details I ALWAYs tend to be fixated on. The fabric, it’s texture color and how it feels or the cut of a tee-shirt (I am very fussy about my tee-shirts—I obsess on the fit, cut, where the sleeve cut’s my arm and the feel of the cotton). Details make an outfit work, a jacket fit, and embody a designer’s aesthetic and craft. A detail I am quite in to is the frayed edge of garments this fall. A frayed hem adds quite a bit of character to a piece of clothing and a touch of texture to an over all look–it also keeps your outfit from being too perfect –adding the whole modern ‘I didn’t try hard’ touch. It’s nice to look effortlessly amazing..no?
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Calvin Klein, Altuzurra, Organic by John Patrick, and one of my favorite collections of the season Marques’ Almeida kept the edges of their garments unkempt and a bit raw (click on images above). Others, like Céline showed jackets accented with trims of frayed fabrics, using the fray as some what of an embellishment.
The trend is also apparent on the street (see below). I do not know why but I am really in to the way the subtle fray looks..
I got a bit crazy after seeing these shows and took the scissor to 3 pairs of jeans and tried to do the same with one of my denim jackets (however it was very hard to cut through the denim some how I did). I found out how to fray properly here. The next garment that will be trimmed will be my grey sweat shirt and maybe one of my old button shirts (I really love the way the one above looks). Cotton is a great fabric to fray with..!
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Lately I have become quite obsessed with hats as a part of my daily look. They have become as essential to me as my hand bags is in completing an ensemble. After moving to Barcelona, I became very aware of how different the strength of the sun was here in comparison to New York. Even from just walking around doing daily errands I noticed that my skin appeared to be bit dryer, and freckles and sun spots arose on my cheek bones as well as on the bridge of my nose. For quite some time I have been using (since I lived in NYC) La Prairie’s anti aging emulsion spf 30, and their anti-aging spf 15 eye cream— but soon realized spf 30 was not enough protection for the sun here in Barcelona. I continued to use these products but added another step to my daily routine, Sisley’s sunscreen of spf 50 ( which is now part of my daily skin regimen). I noticed that this was much better protection for my face, however, I still felt as though I needed another way to shield the sun. This is when I decided to buy a hat. One hat lead to 3, and now I have some what of a collection (I have a tendency of collecting things!! Especially clothing, books, bags, shoes, makeup, ..umm everything).
I have always loved a hat, and style with them quite a bit. Just by placing a hat on a simple outfit adds a bit of sophistication and style. Whenever I see a lady in a hat walking down the street/ in a store, wherever– I always find me self a bit interested in them. There is something so mesmerizing and interesting, I can not explain but I am sure the next time you see a lady in hat you will look again and understand what I mean–it sounds silly but it’s so true. There is a certain confidence one wearing a hat exudes (I am sure, without a hat, many of these ladies I have done double takes at were not as interesting without the hat). Every iconic, stylish woman (just about) has worn this accessory, one in particular wore one to her wedding. See the style icons below:
Being 5’10 I thought it would be a bit too much to wear a hat. Clearly I have gotten over this. I now think it’s terribly stylish. A hat is not only something to wear to the beach, it can be worn daily: out to dinner, to work. In the summer accent a long dress and grecian sandals with a hat. Heading towards fall wear a black blazer, black pants with a white tee, pumps, and hat. See below for street style inspiration:
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Hats can save your skin, and make you look a little bit more stylish. Why not invest in one. *I recommend starting with a black felt hat so you can wear it in to fall–it’s a bit more practical once winter rolls in. I found a great selection of hats that are not too pricey here. xo
Just recently I moved to Barcelona. In July my boyfriend at the time asked me to marry him. I said yes, then he got accepted to his dream Business School in Barcelona- the next life changing question he asked was “will you move to Barcelona with me?” At first I hesitated- leaving my work family, friends,city and life– I thought it over long and hard and gladly accepted. As a person who loves to travel and explore different cultures, foods, art and of course fashion designers—I came along with him. It is temporary and when would I ever have another opportunity like this again?
So here I am. I have been scouting out Barcelona’s shops, museums, spas, streets, architecture, restaurants, studying Spanish, discovering this new world of Spanish fashion magazines, fashion labels, photographers,designers and life in general. I have met so many wonderful artists, designers and photographers from here and worked on some amazing shoots. In the midst of all of this was I recently styled a shoot for one of my favorite publications located here in Barcelona, IT fashion. This online magazine featuring fashion news, art, new designers (both internationally and in Barcelona), and features the work of new talent photographers and stylists in their editorial section.
In preparation for a shoot I styled for IT I came across and exceptional label, Martin Lamothe, by Elena Martín. A brilliant designer, creative director, teacher, and person. I met with her in her studio here in Barcelona on an appointment to select clothing for this shoot. I was astonished by not only the designs and quality of the garments, but the textiles and for some —functionality . One of the various works of art I tried on was a stunning black cape made of a parachute like material — Elana proceeded to explain and show me that this garment was not only a cape. She pulled a few ties and snapped a few buttons— and vôila –the cape turned in to a pair of wide leg trousers. We began talking more as I tried on other pieces from her incredible collection archive. Being the curious one I am I had countless questions-she began to tell me that not only is she a designer for her own label, she also makes her own textiles and teaches fashion courses at a post graduate school here in Barcelona. In addition, Elena develops textiles and does design direction for other international brands. Last week I received a message from her inviting me to attend her Fall/Winter 2014 show in Madrid, I happened to be going there for the weekend so it worked out wonderfully—either way I would have attended!
The show began with a curtain slowly opening to 7 silhouettes lined up with wide brimmed hats beautifully contrasting against the white background. Presenting another version of the strong slightly masculine yet sexy Martin Lamothe women. The lights slowly rose and the ladies began to trot down the runway one by one. I was on the edge of my seat—my eye’s devouring every detail in a trance as each mysterious lady walked by.
This collection was a perfect mesh of sporty elements turned in sexy yet sophisticated shapes. Brilliant black textures —rubbery, leather,shiny and matte textiles with the perfect finishes. Kimono like jackets of leather translated in to clean geometric lines paired with wide leg leather pants that just hit the ankle. Leather tops with interesting pleated necklines, paired with leather skirts that just skimmed the ankle – also trimmed with this fine interesting pleated trim at the bottom. Tops and coats of leather were finely detailed resembling a sort of armor-perhaps something that Joan of Arc would have worn if she existed today. Wonderful over coats of leather paired with skirts that just hit the knee and beautiful turtlenecks in various black textiles paired with incredible over the knee leather boots and pointed toe loafer like heels.
The shoes were also stunning designer by Pilar Burgos —especially the boots designer by —I LOVE them, they were pointed toe leather boots that went over the knee in a geometric gray, white and black almost tile-like pattern. The show closed to the Velvet underground’s Shiny boots of leather. The perfect song for this collection in terms of feel, the girl this season and of course—the boots and shiny leather.
Each one of Martin Lamothe’s pieces (even the most basic–or those that appear to be) have a story, having so many special and subtle details in each and every garment. Martin Lamothe’s pieces are modern yet timeless, and each one special and unique. At the moment I want a pair of the leather pants for sure, one of the black leather skirts, and definitely a jacket (I have a jacket obsession) I can not wait to go in to the studio and select some pieces of my own and analyze every piece—I will certainly keep you posted.