Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen have formed a formidable design team. Their fashion line- The Row is a true reflection of their own personal style. Their Fall collection is extremely impressive to say the least. Undeniably inspiring!
Did you know that Free people ship to South Africa?!! Visit their online shop here. I love Ruby Aldridge rocking their stuff and whatevs, who cares if it's Winter, they're awesome!!
Tommy Ton is a genius! He captures detail so effortlessly, he's a legend.
We all know that if you love fashion, you love Coco Chanel. I've been reading up on her simply out of interest so I thought I'd do a blog post on her life. Here's a little information on her life story.
Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel was born in 1883 in Saumur, France. Her mother died at the age of six, leaving her father to raise five children,he had promptly left them in the care of their relatives. She had a brief career as a concert singer at a Cafe and had been nicknamed 'Coco' during this time. She was a mistress to two wealthy, aristocratic men and the advantage of this had paved the way for her to open her own millinery shop in Paris in 1910.
In the 1920's she had moved onto couture and her business had grown, in 1922 she introduced her very well known perfume, Chanel No.5. In 1925 she invented the cardigan jacket and the little black dress or as it is famously known as these days; the LBD. She had also introduced the androgynous trend which was interesting to women.
During WW2, she had stopped running her business in Paris, Coco had an affair with a Nazi officer. This had affected her popularity but in 1954, she had a comeback in Haute Couture. Her casual designs such the famous Chanel suit were popular amongst women. She had continued working until her death in 1971. Her legacy lives on!! x
Love, love this!!!!! Salvadore Dali and Coco
Ryan Novelline is a Boston based fashion designer. He made this gown using illustrations from discarded and recycled children's books and it's sewn together with metallic gold thread. How amazing is that?
Inge Jacobsen is a talented 24 year old artist. She cross stitches Vogue covers by hand, Inge apparently had always loved the magazine. She wanted to experience Vogue in different ways other than just looking at the beautiful images, therefore, stitching allowed her to immerse herself in the magazine. It's pretty cool!!!
A quick post before I go to bed I just watched this and I'm feeling the poncho love. Going to raid Mom and Granny's cupboard. I'm loving this trend.
Caroline from Caroline's mode in a H&M poncho, dreaming of that Celine bag.
Top left- that Celine bag
Bottom left- that turban
Top right- that chignon and being able to pull it off so well
Bottom right- that beard, not fashion related but oh well.
Top left- that movie La Dolce Vita
Bottom left- those classic Chanel ballet flats
Top right- tribal printed pants
Bottom right- a grammarphone
and the La Dolce Vita soundtrack- just a tad obsessed with this masterpiece. x
I've had most of these images for a while, so I don't know where I found some of them. I usually give credit, if it's a problem, I'll remove it asap.
It's inevitable that if you love fashion, you love The Sartorialist. The first image I saw was of this beauty on a bike, I'm totally girl crushing here, look at her hair and her derrier. I'm 100% heterosexual but I'll admit she made me smile. :)
La SAPE stands for “Societe des Ambianceurs et Personnes Elegantes” which means the society of atmosphere setters and elegant people. La Sape traces back when the French colonists arrived, they brought their style with them which was an inspiration to the locals. Despite the many issues Congo is facing, they put fashion way ahead of it all,they enjoy prancing around in their streets in their designer suits, entertaining their fellow men. They rent their designer clothes for a living and they make fashion their lives. In my opinion, it may be a form of escapism.
These images are part of Francesco Giusti's collection.
Images via: Viewbookphotostory.com
The name is Romy Alfino, I reside in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a personal blog about fashion, vintage, art and photography. I share images for your visual pleasure
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