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Currently in love with everything Zuhair Murad. His style and attention to detail is just exquisite and I can not get enough of it. Murad’s unique designs, together with the carefully selected material used, are beyond b-e-a-utiful!

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For me, its the delicateness that he brings to each design as well as the “2 piece” look (often a floor length, sensual figure hugging dress, accompanied by an optional/ removable Cinderella-like skirt, train or cape; phsyically adding visual depth to each garment and in turn; creating absolute perfection). Where a gown can look sexy and sophisticated; I’m all for it and Zuhair Murad has a way of doing this like no one else! His collections have a consistent trend and continuity; with a majority of his peices having a sheer finish, very femine structures, hemlines and necklines, hand embroidered overlays in sequin, floral, brocade..etc, as well as a core sense of glitz and glam meets elegant.

His designs are unique enough for the catwalk (season after season), jaw-dropping and beautiful enough for walking down the aisle and certainly glamorous enough for the red carpet. From Bridal collections and Ready-to-wear, to Resort and Couture; Murad is faultless. Absolutley aaa-mazing!

Watch this space, there is definetly more Zuhair Murad to come!

photo 2 copy 2 Next March the V&A museum will be showcasing a World McQueen exhibition. Like so many out there, I couldn’t be more excited.

For 4 months, the exhibit will be Europe’s first and largest retrospective of McQueens work. From his MA graduate collection, to his unfinished AW collection in 2010 (-including his work as chief designer at Givenchy); the showcase will represent the late British designer’s originality and creative flare. With plenty of sparkle, extravagant designs and unique structures; the exhibition is going to be one to remember.

The above piece, is a dress made entirely from Swarovski crystals-how exciting!

Bring on March 2015!

I don’t know if its because of the orange and my new likening to the fluorescent colour, the fact that it matches my Marc Jacobs watch, or now because it is on sale, but I really love this Pied A Terre clutch. The clear one I absolutely adore and that’s probably because its the closest I am going to get to a Chanel- clear lego clutch, in a while. I can’t quite pin point my fascination but I am definitely adding a square/rectangular/ cube clutch to my wish list. ooh yhh!

As much as “I heart NY”, may heart also belongs in a designer bag. Currently on a cheeky trip to New York, I came across these BEAUTIES, in the city’s most luxurious shopping district; Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue! With block after block of designer flagships, I knew I was in the right place. Now in this concrete jungle, I’m just waiting for ” my dreams to comes true” so I can purchase a bag or five!

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what is beauty? :To BUY (fashion) or to EAT?

They say Beauty is in the eye on the beholder, but when it comes to fashion there seems to be a consensus! I’m sure everyone agrees that anything Mr. Largerfeld designs and produces is nothing but ‘beauty’, yet we judge the people who own such beauties.

Are they beautiful because they wear Chanel? Are they beautiful because they earned it, through status and reputation? Are they beautiful because they fit the criteria? ; hair, face, make up and body size? Or are they beautiful because no matter the dress size, wealth,  hair or skin colour , beauty is infinite?

It is common knowledge what Karl Largerfeld thinks of body size and there place in the fashion industry. Having called Adele “fat”, stating how unacceptable it is for women to be overweight and claiming models are not that skinny, Chanel’s creative director expresses his view on beauty.

Chanel or a Big Mac? why not BOTH?

Chanel or a Big Mac? why not BOTH?

why as women, are we obsessed with losing weight and trying to look the perfect part? Whilst fashion may be an inspiration,its society that fuel the drive to be “skinny”. But since when was skinny more beautiful than being curvy?

A message from Marilyn

A message from Marilyn

Marchesa S/S 12

Marchesa S/S 12

So over the Christmas/ New years holiday, I went to the “Ball Gowns, British Glamour since 1950s” Exhibition at the V&A, but have not had time to upload anything until now due to the exams that took over my life.

“From debutantes and royalty to charity balls and red carpets, this exhibition highlighted the styles, silhouettes and colours that have been perennial favourites for many years…

(FULL POST ON THE “Ball Gowns Through the Ages” PAGE>>>>>)

Ralph and Russo Couture

Ralph and Russo Couture

The center dress above was worn by Beyonce during Obama’s first inauguration back in 2009, and i love it. It is sexy yet still very sophisticated, classy and ooh so glamourous!

'Zemire' evening ensemble, Christian Dior, A/W 1954

‘Zemire’ evening ensemble, Christian Dior, A/W 1954

Dior Bodice and under-petticoat-A/W1954

Dior Bodice and under-petticoat-A/W1954

Roger Vivier (1913-98) for Christian Dior

Roger Vivier (1913-98) for Christian Dior

When it comes to couture, I have mixed feelings; I’m in love with it, yet because I am not at the point in my life that I can afford it, I’m a hater and envy every one that can. A recent trip to the V&A made me come to this realisation.

Take me back to the beginning….(1947-1960) #history lesson 1

“Haute Couture garments often existed in several versions. The original version would be made to fit the house mannequin and modeled at the seasonal collection. The largest fashion houses often produced several hundred designs for each collection. Couturiers such as Christian Dior named each design…”
[V&A 2013]

When the day comes that I can in fact afford Haute Couture, Christian Dior is definitely first on my wish list; from a Miss Dior bag to a gorgeous gown; I am waiting for that day from now.

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