Thursday, 18 December 2014

Modern Chromatic Furs by FENDI Pre-Fall 2015

Fendi has caught the fun-loving bug. The Made in Italy contingent has pressed hard in recent years to recapture the contemporary shopper’s now rather harried attention span (indeed, even Fendi’s showroom has its own hashtag, #Fendishowroom, emblazoned on its stylish walls) with tales of a former time when people shopped alongside artisans working an awl at a bench.

The storied Roman label’s latest collection puts a new, youthful twist on sentimental legacies, pushing the current craze for creative fur into higher realms and a far wider social context. Courtesy of a small fuzzy leitmotif, and no it’s not Choupette... yet Karl Lagerfeld rather cleverly managed to disprove the notion we may no longer live the kind of life that requires a mink coat, or indeed a hot pink fox-trimmed pair of sneakers.

His collectible fur Bag Bugs handbag charms, which fast became part of the street style set in fall 2013, were smartly incorporated into the ready-to-wear collection and accessories for pre-fall, singlehandedly elevating the design, and raising fur’s fun standard. Mr. Lagerfeld is most certainly not one for nostalgia, and furry faces on moon boots, a shearling bomber, and cashmere sweaters stated very clearly that he believes furs should follow fashion trends. Pretty new takes on organza cocktail dresses came adorned with microcrystal and sequin “bug” embellishments, and a powder pink version, accessorized with a sleeveless matching hued mink vest and a gold leather lining, underlined the designer’s love of a surprise element.

Even the Baguette and its new reincarnations, like the 3Baguette and its miniature versions, peered out from the shelves, some quite literally with their new bug eyes, seemingly readying themselves for a new generation of owners. Stripes of all denominations were the centerpiece of the multicolored coat collection. Intarsia, the intricate cutting and matching of different elements, lent itself to statement outerwear pieces that underlined the house’s pole position in the current graphic-fur craze. Minuscule strips of fur, deftly assembled into modern chromatic prints, like those that recalled a piano’s keys, or a standout wool blanket-style coat with graphic shearling intarsia-striped inserts and contrast leather belt, and buttery soft leather-striped dresses. The outer layers set the tone for the rest of the outfits, such as plissé-patterned long skirts or cute sixties-esque geometric dresses.

Oversize and relaxed silhouettes, including some ponchos and loose, kimono-like jackets, expressed Lagerfeld’s predilection for casual understatement. As did replacing bourgeois buttons with languorously belted styles, sports zippers, and finishes like leather piping and a fox style painstakingly constructed on an organza tulle, so light and flexible it could be rolled up and placed in a backpack (a multicolored shearling one, naturally, with a bug’s face).

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Photo Credit/Source: The House of FENDI

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Next January, Fendi’s new global headquarters will be located in the 1953 Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome, whose graceful, stately arches were inspired by the paintings of the Metaphysical artist Giorgio de Chirico. There’s always been an easy and seamless coexistence of past and present in Rome and, coincidentally, at Fendi too, where cocreators Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi have long fused time-honored artisanal techniques with hypermodern technology ...

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas Beauty: The Collector's Edition by Dolce & Gabbana

With Christmas Parties just around the corner we're all out to find a show stopping yet alluring makeup look. Dolce & Gabbana Collector's edition makeup brings you the perfect golden hued look.

Inspired by the unique heritage of the Dolce&Gabbana world, Dolce&Gabbana Beauty introduces two new Collector’s Editions infused with signature themes at the heart of the Designers’ creative vision: The Iconic Red and The Ancient Coin.

For the perfect holiday look, discover this beautiful line with my beauty tutorials and Dolce & Gabbana's 'Enchanted Woodland' Christmas tree for The Claridges Hotel Mayfair, London!

LoL, Andrea

Celebrate the glamorous world of Dolce & Gabbana with the Make Up Collector's Edition, adorned in rich red lacquer and embossed with the image of an Ancient Coin

The Collector’s Edition contains the limited editions of The Bronzer and The Illuminator, an illuminating powder, and The Shine Lipstick in the new Real Red shade offer a unique and special insight into the creative heritage of the Designers through the Ancient Coin and the Iconic Red. The Perfect Mono Eyeshadow in the new Pure Bronze and Pure Gold and The Nail Lacquer in Lover complement the collection and add the final touch to your look for the holiday season.

For naturally sensuous lips, apply The Shine Lipstick in Real Red using your finfertip. Add a touch of light by using The Illuminator in Eva on the Cupid's bow.

For a healthy look, apply The Bronzer in Desert with The Powder Brush and blend up to ears.

Want a luminous look? Use The Illuminator in Eva as a highlighter on the eyebrow arch, on the inside corner of the eyey, and on the cheekbones. 

Use The Eyeshading Brush to apply Perfect Mono Eyeshadow in Pure Gold on the eyelid. Add depth by applying Pure Bronze on the crease and on the outside corner of the eye.

Some more Christmas sparklings by Dolce & Gabbana ...

This year Claridge’s legendary annual Christmas tree has been created by designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, long-time friends and guests of the hotel.

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce posing 
for the 'Enchanted Woodland' Claridges Christmas tree

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Discover the making of video of the Claridge’s Christmas Tree designed by Dolce&Gabbana. A magical enchanted forest that brings together all the different cultures from around the world.

This year’s tree is surrounded by a magical enchanted forest, and decorated with many woodland animals such as: foxes, deer and squirrels that gather near the fire. Adorning the tree will be hundreds of hand painted blown glass spheres that illustrate the cities’ most famous landmarks, symbolizing the many Christmas traditions from all over the world. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are dedicating this tree to all the children of the world. By doing so they recall the many happy Christmases cherished from their own childhoods. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are dedicating this tree to the Children of the World.

Dolce & Gabbana and The Claridges Hotel in Mayfair, London, celebrates Christmas together ...

Santas little helpers are here sprinkling some Italian festive fairy dust for the Claridges Christmas tree ...

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Photo Credit/Source: Dolce & Gabbana 

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“A passion project” - that’s how Frida Giannini describes Gucci Cosmetics, the first ever makeup and skin prep line. To celebrate the glamorous new collection, Frida hosted an equally glamorous party at The Carlyle in New York in June 2014 in honor of Charlotte Casiraghi the face of the line. Here, a sneak peek at the makeup-line, which was launched in September, available now in stores and on my blog.

The philosophy of this exclusive line and the label 'ANDREA JANKE | The Luxury Brand' is the small exclusive product range - purist in its implementation in the finely-lined tanning of the calf-leather and its imaginatice, and at the same time minimalist composition with the noble material fur.
Enjoy your shoppings! LoL, Andrea

Shades clash, eye shadows electrify… As every year, the house of Dior presents a Christmas Makeup Collection with its typical 'Winter Gold' (DIOR 'Golden Winter' 2013 Christmas Makeup Collection)  ... This winter, Dior beauty provides women with a radiance, a makeup master stroke that revisits the House classics and infuses them with gold sparkle.

 With this wonderful campaign, GUCCI (#GucciHoliday) takes the art of gifting for Christmas 2014 to a higher level. From pretty pastel pumps to chic mini bags, gifts that will make her swoon this holiday season.

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