Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Contest | Mother's Day With GUCCI

All tied up and ready for the contest?

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, the 11th of May and I have the perfect surprise for you ... Ready for the voting to get the chance to win this 'Heartbeat Leather Charm' by GUCCI!

Heartbeat Leather Charm by GUCCI S/S '14
Bordeaux and pink leather heart;
light fine gold hardware;
clasp with interlocking G detail;
W6.5cm x H12.5cm.

This wonderful 'Heartbeat Leather Charm' has a value of € 95.00
and one lucky Lady can win it!

'What would you wish for Mother's Day' 
To participate in the contest, please take a view at these wonderful
Spring 2014 accessories by GUCCI by clicking the link:

Mother's Day With GUCCI: what would you wish for?

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here on my blog, and send me an email with your postal address
to with the header:
'Mother's Day With GUCCI' 

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Take In the Sun

Playful prints and bold patterns welcome summer’s arrival ... And, finally: Shoes. Let the other houses do their takes on the clunkier styles of the seventies, namely chunky, wooden-sole clogs and flat, tread-sole sandals. Gucci will always take the path most glamorous, which in this case is laid with platform, ankle-strap sandals, either made of printed scarves that wrap around the leg or vivid leather with a horse-bit embellishment.


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Of course, this being Gucci, the collection was also undeniably luxe. Laser-cut suede. Another oversize tee came in tooled leather. As a counterpoint to the sports references, Frida Giannini looked at the Art Nouveau illustrations of Erté, and the large-scale scrolling flowers, in silk jacquards or Lurex, decorating most of the pieces nearly glowed.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

New York Style for 'Kendra's Night Out'

Some days ago I was contacted by travel Guru Kendra Thornton and she was asking me for the challenge to create her 'Kendra's Night Out' New York-style. I was completely fascinated of this task, but before arriving to my styling proposals, I'd like to introduce you Kendra's bio for more to know of her very interesting career.

 About Kendra

Kendra Thornton is a travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman. Kendra has been packing her bags and traveling the world since she visited the Bahamas at 3 months old. She comes from a family of travel agents and founded Thornton Public Relations LLC in April 2005. Kendra also appears regularly as a travel expert on ABC, CBS, NBC and CW affiliates across the country to share travel trends, tips and deals with millions of viewers every year. Actually she lives in Chicago where her family is her number one priority in everyday life.

Prior to starting her own business, Kendra was the Director of Corporate Communications at, one of the nation’s largest travel agencies. In this role, Ms. Thornton was responsible for the company’s external communications strategy and program execution. With a proven background as a creative and results oriented media strategist, Ms. Thornton successfully planned and executed public relations campaigns for Orbitz that covered new product/service launches, crisis communications, executive positioning and brand and product marketing communications for business, trade and consumer audiences.

Kendra grew up in the travel industry with parents who own Royal Travel & Tours, the largest travel agency chain in north central Illinois. The family business afforded her the opportunity to travel the world and experience first-hand the evolution of the industry – from OAG being the single source for airline schedules to airlines first cutting commissions to the birth of the Internet for booking travel.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She’s active in a number of professional and philanthropic organizations, including the Society of American Travel Writers, Young Professionals of Chicago and the Junior League of Chicago. Actually Kendra lives in Chicago where her family is her number one priority in everyday life.

So, Kendra was asking me ...
"I don’t need anyone to give my regards to Broadway because I’ll be traveling to New York City myself soon. A group of friends and I will be spending a few fun days in the Big Apple, and I’ve had a ball planning for our trip. I’ve chosen to book our stay at the luxurious Dream New YorkCity hotel, and I know we’re going to have all kinds of fun together there. Before we leave, I need some help from you.

New York City is famous for fashion, and I don’t want to step out on a night in the Big Apple without looking absolutely gorgeous in the latest styles. As a mom of three kids living in the Midwest, I could certainly use some fashion tips before my trip.

The Bar at Dream New York City - When staying at a trendy Midtown hotel like Dream New York City, you don’t have to go out in order to enjoy a night on the town. One evening during our visit, my group of friends plans to enjoy some time relaxing, drinking and people watching at The Bar. Located in our luxurious hotel, this lounge, reminiscent of a classic Midtown Manhattan bar, features comfortable elegance and sleek finishings accented by the occasional well-placed antic. Perhaps we’ll while away the hours drinking at the marble-top bar as we watching the city pass by outside The Bar’s windows. We’ll definitely enjoy selecting drinks from the Beer Manual, which features traditional favorites as well as a full selection of craft beers. The two huge flat-screen televisions in The Bar make this a perfect place to catch a big game as well, and if the munchies strike, guests can order decadent tapas or light small plates to go with their drinks.
Like every world city, New York City has its own unique style, but few cities hold as much sway over global fashion trends as the Big Apple does. That's why I'm super excited to be getting your expert advice concerning what fashions I should sport on a night out in New York." - Kendra Thornton 

Kendra's first look is out of one of my favourite American designer-duo KAUFMANFRANCO, the newest collection for Fall/Winter '14/15 which is actually only to get by order.  But, this amazing collection deserves to be mentioned here as an edgy New York-Style.


597 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone 001 - 212 765 3900
Fax 001 - 212 765 9659

As all my readers might now, I'm very attached to Paris, so my second look for Kendra is Parisian-inspired, a very soft shaded and feminine one, here to discover. By clicking the highlighted links you'll find the shop-items - enjoy!

(either you take the skirt with the Biker jacket or the dress)

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Kendra's MakeUp could be by DIOR, for this reason you'll discover here pictures of my latest visit in Paris, where I loved so much the DIOR beauty-showroom at Galeries Lafayette,  and you'll find the new DIOR 'Trianon' Spring 2014 MakeUp Collection, as well as the Pandore Look by DIOR  for Spring/Summer 2014 - so amazing!

DIOR Beauty at Galeries Lafayette, Paris

 Kendra's 3rd look is a more 'patterned', and a typical NYC-Style  ...


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Dear Kendra, I hope you'll love it and I can't wait to receive your comment! 
And all other readers, please leave me yours' too. 

Love, Andrea 

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 Kendra's comment via Twitter:

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'KAUFMANFRANCO Fall/Winter 2014/15'

KAUFMANFRANCO's mix of sophistication and edge, luxury and function, handcrafted and high-tech offers up a body conscious sensuality as complex and provocative as the modern woman they dress.
"Although our aesthetic is trained in a similar way, interestingly enough, it is always the tension between us that pushes us creatively," says Isaac Franco.

Monday, 28 April 2014

KAUFMANFRANCO Fall/Winter 2014/15

KAUFMANFRANCO describes themselves as 'The New Sensualists' 

KAUFMANFRANCO's mix of sophistication and edge, luxury and function, handcrafted and high-tech offers up a body conscious sensuality as complex and provocative as the modern woman they dress.
"Although our aesthetic is trained in a similar way, interestingly enough, it is always the tension between us that pushes us creatively," says Franco.

This combustible mix of the raw and the refined, the spontaneous and the controlled, produces heat and balance, imbuing their work with a visceral energy. Simplicity is a unifying element of the KAUFMANFRANCO brand.
Franco comments, "We deliver clothes that are deceptively understated, but when you take a closer look at them, they are actually quite complex, not based on decoration but on the cut, fabric and meticulous detailing." Kaufman adds, "This detailing continues from the outside in, manipulating the construction of each garment in order to create an inside-out sexiness."

There's often a divided nature about Kaufmanfranco collections. At their best, Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco walk a fine line between sexy and restrained, flashy and minimal.
Backstage before their Fall 2014/15 show, the designers summarized this season's artful contrasts: "If it was going to be indulgent, it was going to be very restrained more badass, but a little good girl, in keeping with the DNA of who we are." 
The first look out was a sleek white wrap dress cut from a flattering, compact material that hugged all the right curves. Granted, Diane von Furstenberg had a lock on the wrap dress category this week, but Kaufmanfranco's sharp take on the iconic style kicked things off on a high note. The duo continued to update classic staples such as tuxedo jackets, pencil skirts, and slim sheaths (in either double-face wool or napa leather) with discreet cutouts, high slits, and clean metallic accents. A "glacial blue" series felt particularly fresh, "like the icy top of a martini," Franco said.

Moving into eveningwear, the designers channeled a slight nineties vibe with long bias-cut slips they said were a tribute to Kate Moss. One in herringbone-printed silk had graphic appeal topped with a matching wool duster coat. Meanwhile, a similar periwinkle-colored number felt modern paired with a gauzy cashmere pullover that shrugged off the model's shoulder. Casual yet sophisticated, these standout slips added a needed softness to the lineup, and encouraged ample layering.  
"We wanted that intimate lingerie feel but also a protective shell. It's about mixing that vulnerable thing with the 'nobody's getting through this,'" said Kaufman.
Hence, a handful of high-tech parkas lined with plush mink. You could imagine a pretty young starlet wearing one in the car on her way to an event. She waits until the last moment, then whips it off just as she hits the red carpet, revealing a dazzling dress underneath there were plenty that fit the bill here. The finale group of high-wattage embellished gowns had definite bling factor. Several featured allover crystals that appeared to have been slashed, and the thousands of tiny bugle beads covering a long-sleeved column had a liquid silver effect that lit up the runway.

597 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone 001 - 212 765 3900
Fax 001 - 212 765 9659

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Photo Credit / Source: VOGUE & KAUFMANFRANCO

One-part Native American, one part Inuit, one part American Hustle and all of it skimpy, slinky, sexy, ultra-sizzling, slightly seventies stuff. Fashion is always skating on thin ice when it starts naming indigenous peoples as inspiration, one would have to say.

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