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I WANT TO BE THE GIRL WITH THE MOST CAKE

Posted on June 21, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Despite being a lover of basic, sturdy bags (it’s not a case if most of my bags are black or brown Balenciagas), quirky styles always attract me. I would never leave the house carrying an unusual piece because I actually use bags and don’t really consider them as simple fashion accessories, but the power of imagination (and a bit of sparkle) is hard to resist. Take this cake slice crystal minaudiere by Judith Leiber, for example: I would keep it as a work of art, but I don’t think I would use it in real life.
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WE ARE ALL MADE OF STARS

Posted on June 19, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

The unique charm of wedges is totally underestimated: many women use them as a good compromise when they don’t feel like wearing high heels, but still want shoes to give them some extra height. The problem is that I don’t think they’re aware of wedges’ pragmatic beauty. Far from being the less sexy sisters of high heels, wedges speak of exotic travels, summer fun and of the 40s, the decade which made them famous. These Riviera starfish-printed canvas wedge sandals by Yves Saint Laurent, from the spring/summer 2012 collection, are a perfect example of everything wedges should be.
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WE BITE AND SCRATCH AND SCREAM ALL NIGHT

Posted on June 14, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Among the weirdest things I’ve ever bought there’s an Emily the Strange cat-shaped bag, which I purchased in the early 2000s. For some inexplicable reason, I thought it was super-cool, but it soon ended up in the darkest part of my closet, until I decided to sell it on eBay to another cat-shaped bag lover. I don’t think I’d buy something similar again, but I wouldn’t mind having this adorable Meadham Kirchhoff Kitty embroidered silk clutch in my bag collection.
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SUMMER SUN, SOMETHING’S BEGUN

Posted on June 12, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Don’t you feel like the arrival of summer is so late this year? Rainy days in June are sometimes romantic, but everybody is waiting for the sun to peek through clouds and to shine, so as to let summer in. Despite the October-like weather we’re having, there’s a way to pretend hot weather is already here: paint your nails neon! This trend comes from the 80s and is here to stay, as shown by many nail polish brands which have recently launched neon colours for real and fake nails. China Glaze, one of the most famous American brands, has taken the brightest summer shades ever and put them in bottles: the result is the summer 2012 collection, aptly called Summer Neons.
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NO NEED TO GO HEELS

Posted on June 9, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

As a woman, I must admit I don’t understand most of women’s obsessions – the desire to stay young and thin possibly forever, for example, or the habit of wearing high heels all the time. I own some high-heeled shoes, of course, but I wear them rarely and, most of all, I don’t pretend they’re comfortable. That’s the worst part: some women look surprised when they see you wear flats and trainers, and even dare to tell you high heels are comfortable. No, they are not, and those who tell you so are liars, just convincing themselves their foot pain is not that bad, after all.

Someone in the designer heaven must have listened to the prayers of flat wearers and realized there’s something else beyond the valley of the high-heel vixens. Among these, Azzedine Alaïa, who has always celebrated the feminine body in all its glory, without punishing it with severe lines, nor showing it off with skimpy dresses.
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WHO OWNS THE CROWN?

Posted on June 7, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Incorporating ancient traditions into modernity is one of the biggest and most exciting challenges of our times, especially in fashion. Almost everybody tries to find the right balance between old and new, but the results are – in most cases – disappointing: one of the two elements often ends up with getting the better of the other, and then the costumey effect is just around the corner.
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REACH OUT FOR THE MEDAL

Posted on June 5, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

After the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, Great Britain is getting ready for another important event, which will put its capital – London – at the centre of the world: the Games of the 30th Olympiad. Butter London, an iconic British beauty brand, has often released limited-edition nail polishes to celebrate special occasions – just think of No More Waity, Katie (a sparkling greige lilac dedicated to Kate Middleton) and Lillibet’s Jubilee (a silver metallic foil for Queen Elizabeth II). Now that July 27th is quickly approaching, Butter London has produced a commemorative Olympic Heavy Medal set, inspired to the three medals given to athletes.
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GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

Posted on June 4, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

A Diamond Jubilee is a very special event for a country and Great Britain, which is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Elizabeth II, has taken it very seriously. Many British fashion brands have produced limited editions of their classics, but Anya Hindmarch has brought things on a higher level. The project Bespoke Maud is fascinating because it turns back time to a period when bespoke evening bags were a must-have accessory for ladies.
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LIZARD BONES BECOME THE CLAY – AND THERE A SWAN IS BORN

Posted on May 31, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Fashion journalists and buyers are often skeptic when a celebrity decides to widen her horizons and design clothes (or to put her own name on clothes, which is what happens most of the time). It’s true in many cases the efforts of these celebrities-turned-designers are destined to fail, but there are some rare examples of success. The most notable is surely The Row, the brand founded by Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen in 2007. The unique sense of style of the former actresses served as a starting point for their brilliant collections. Continue Reading →

PUT ON YOUR RED SHOES AND DANCE THE BLUES

Posted on May 27, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Fashionistas and fashion bloggers are so un-imaginative at times! Whenever they see/wear a pair of red shoes, the comparison with the iconic sparkling red pumps worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz is always there. As if those were the only memory-worth red pumps. 

It’s true those sequined pumps are part of collective imagination, but there are other noteworthy red pumps in pop culture, such as those featured in Let’s Dance, a famous 1983 music video by David Bowie. Miuccia Prada is likely to have seen that video before designing these patent red pumps. Continue Reading →

SOON TURNED OUT HAD A HEART OF GLASS

Posted on May 19, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

I’ve always firmly believed in the importance of the strong connection between fashion and other arts. Nowadays fashion is business,but there are rare examples of designers who keep on pushing the boundaries of their creativity. When they include a reference to a work of art in their designs, or use traditional techniques (think of the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, used by Alexander McQueen and later by Sarah Burton in Kate Middleton’s wedding dress), you realize you’re witnessing the creation of something special.
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A MARK CROSS OVERNIGHT CASE, ANYWAY. COMPACT BUT AMPLE ENOUGH

Posted on May 11, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

It’s intriguing to see how cinema can turn simple items into icons. Many accessories have become objects of desire after appearing in a film – from the red Azzedine Alaïa bandage dress seen on Alicia Silverstone in Clueless to the Chanel Rouge Noir nail polish sported by Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, for example. Cinema is a form of artistic expression which feeds on human dreams, and symbolical objects in films can surely fuel this fire.
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FLOWER, GLEAM AND GLOW

Posted on May 10, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

There’s nothing that screams “summer is here!” more than raffia accessories. Along with other natural fibres – just think of linen – raffia has the unique quality of giving any outfit an instant vibe of understated relax.
Charlotte Dellal, the designer of the brand Charlotte Olympia, used raffia in these handmade wedges, aptly called Rapunzel.
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