Style icons II.: Blake Lively

Blake Lively became famous around 2006 after appearing in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and playing the role of Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl. A role that she played for 6 years and Serena’s name became a synonym to IT girl. Later on she played in the Green Lantern movie where she met her future husband, Ryan Reynolds. They have two beautiful daughters, James and Inez. The last three years have been very busy for Blake but she played the main role in The Age of Adaline, The Shallows, All I See Is You, A Simple Favor and debuted in her first Woody Allen film, Café Society.
Blake uses her fame to protect children and put an end to child pornography and sex trafficking.

Pregnant and powerful. The actress chose to wear this Frozen inspired Versace dress to at Cannes in 2016…

Let It Glo

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…with this beautifully detailed handpiece. Blake takes a time to consider her accessories.

Not a footprint to be seen…

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There isn’t many women who can rock green leopard trousers but Blake certainly can! This white blouse shows off her flawless back.

🌈💄🌈 mom’s night out

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Is that you, Cinderella? She also this dress to the 2016’s Cannes Film Festival. The dress was designed by Vivienne Westwood.

👠 (throwback)

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She attended Cinema Con this year by wearing a Sonia Rykiel designed suit jacket and Christian Louboution shoes.

…Who wore it better?

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She manages to dress comfortable, elegant and feminine at the same time even outside red carpet events.

…Honey badger don’t give a damn.

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The actress wore this magnificient Versace dress for this year’s Met Gala. The dress took 600 hours to make!

Winter is coming 🏰🐉❄️🐺🏰

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But this wasn’t Blake’s first Versace creation on the Met Gala. She also wear a phoenix inspired golden one in 2017.

Met flashback (more things I didn’t post but now have the excuse to!)

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And details again. Clutch with matching nails and rings.

Subtlety is my forte.

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She decided to support her husband on the Deadpool 2 premier by wearing the superhero’s red&black costume colours. The dress was designed by Brandon Maxwell.

Propagating her newest film, A Simple Favor, where she portrais a very classy lady.

Sustainable fashion

The world has gone through a lot of negative changes lately. We can all feel climate change on our own skin, smell air pollution and see nature struggle. Many people has woken up and decided to try to make a change while we can. Al the things happening around us made an impact on fashion as well. It has been a long time ago, when lavishment was acceptable. Wasting is not chic anymore. Besides other industries, fashion said yes to being eco-friendly.

Eco-friendly fabrics
The most plausible step to a better tomorrow for fashion brands is to use organic materials for their clothes such as bamboo, organic cotton, silk or cashmere. By achieving this we can reduce one fourth of the world’s pesticide consumption. H&M made a basic collection from organic cotton. Stella McCartney’s stores are not only powered by wind energy but she often uses recycled materials and her clothes are animal-free.

And there are some other initiations:

Adidas
The sport brand introduced a shoe to the market that was made from recycled ocean waste in association with Parley for the Oceans.

Calvin Klein
CK designed a dress for Emma Watson that was made from plastic bottles to the 2016 Met Gala.

H&M
The company launched a new campaign called Conscious that means you can bring all your used or ruined clothes/towels to an H&M store, and your clothes will have a new purpose later. In return the store will give you a discount or coupon.
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The brand presented its Conscious Exclusive collection that contained dresses made from plastic shoreline waste.

Vivienne Westwood
The British designer takes the protection of environment very seriously. She supported the Green Party on the Elections and she teamed up with Farms Not Factories and launched a line of bags and T-shirt that were all made of organic cotton in 2014.

6 of Hearts #VWPackOfCards Photo by Juergen Teller.

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Dr. Linda Thomas
The British doctor became famous with the Wave of waste dress that was made from 100 body boards.

World Earth Day. So why all this focus on Ocean Plastic? Many think Blue Planet 2 was responsible and as incredible as that was, it aired at a time where we had already reached a tipping point. We have allowed Climate Change to keep going on in the background. We really have learnt to look the other way as the polar ice melts and chaotic weather patterns are already being seen. We can get on a plane with enjoyment not realising that each person on a long haul flight has undone the carbon saved by each person living completely off grid. And there aren’t that many people doing that. The Ocean won’t let us do that. She is spewing up the plastic big and small on our Coastlines. The scientists can tell us anything but if you do a #2minutebeachclean anywhere in the World you can find plastic. It is in our water, it is in our food. It’s killing. Now the good news. When I went to the Ocean Plastic Crisis Summit in London a few weeks ago and listened to experts I really understood everything works. Bad news, we need to do everything . Good news, everything makes a difference. So whether you are a child and thinking about writing a letter or an adult who is going to stop buying plastic (polyester/nylon) clothing, just do it. My current struggle is plastic packaging. In the comments let me know what areas you’re struggling with and let’s help each other. Image by @symagesphotography of @emmajaneskinner wearing Wave of Waste dress by @linda_eco_design from 100 dumped bodyboards collected by @beachcaresw of @keepbritaintidy Eco Hair by @clairswinscoestudiocouture Eco make up by @rebeccarosemua and using @ecostardust #lovepeopleandplanet #worldearthday #oceanplastic #marineplastic #thereisnoplanetb #waveofwaste #waveofwastedress #plasticfree #take3forthesea #surfersagainstsewage #greenpeace #keepbritaintidy #plasticfreecoastlines #thetimeisnow #litterati #joinedupthinking #systemschange #wecanmakeadifference

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Style icons I.: Emma Watson

‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’ /Emma Watson/

Although everybody associates Emma Watson immediately with Harry Potter, she has became so much more than a child actress.
She was born in 1990 in Paris but was raised in England. She got the iconic role of Hermione Granger in 1999. After the series she played in The Bling Ring, The Perks of being a wallflower, The circle and most recently Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She made sure that Belle herself was an inventor in the movie, not just her father.
She graduated from Brown University in 2014 and now has a degree in English literature.
In the last 4 years she focused on being a feminist activist and became an ambassador for UN Women, the HeForShe campaign and even has time to set up the Our shared shelf website for encouraging people to read more.
She worked with Burberry, Lancome and took part in the People Tree’s 2010 fall collection.

In the Met Gala of 2016 Emma wore a Calvin Klein dress that was made from recycled plastic bottles.

Emma always makes sure to choose her clothes according to the brands’ main purpose. Fairtrade and the environment are very important for her.

She likes wearing the classic black and white combo for red carpet events.

Serious and pretty at the same time.

Oxford shoes look fabulous on a British girl.

Emma wants to send a message with her choice of clothes.

Marc Jacob teaches fashion design

‘My grandmother would buy me Vogue, French Vogue sometimes if I was really lucky and I was just whirling through these images. That was my first introduction to fashion…
I’m not recommending you to cut school and to go to trunk shows or fashion shows but I did a little bit of that when I was younger too. I’m sharing what I know. I hope that it will inspire you to create and express yourself through fashion. I will be discussing things I wish I knew starting out. The heart of my class is sharing the technical process. Once in a while it’s a fabric that inspires the dress and other times it’s the dress we want to make inspires the fabric. The runway show is very important to me. You can transmit not only ideas of that texture and proportion but also about spirit and emotion.
I was brought into Louis Vuitton to shake things up and it didn’t always sit with the people who were there before me. A lot of ideas that I had early on, I was told: You can’t put this on the runway. And it really was when I stopped listening to everybody and did what I thought was right, that I was brought in to do. I personally feel good when I take a risk, I’m proud of myself when I take a chance and I think you should too. I hope you’ll learn fashion is not art, it’s the art of living. See what you really love and what you feel you have some kind of connection to. Create your own voice, your own vision, your own style. Taking creative risks is what fashion is about.’ /Marc Jacobs/

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Szeged slippers

We can state that the slippers of Szeged are one of the most important Hungaricums. They are used since the Turks invaded the country and legend says they sometimes became friendly to fight the Turks. Before the slippers women mainly wore boots.
The special features that make Szeged slippers unique are:
1. They have a small (3-4 cm) heel.
2. The head part of the slippers go all the way to the heels and does not end at the peg.
3. They come at many colours but there is always embroidery on the front.
4.  They can also be decorated with pearls or a pom-pom.
The slippers became so popular that every region developed its own version of it, such as ‘Matyó’ or Serbian slippers. Although they had their golden age in the 19th century, when the industry was blooming, there days there are only 2 traditional shoemakers left.

Today I went to the Móra Ferenc Museum In Szeged to see an exhibition that is dedicated only to the famous slippers and I absolutely loved it! It tells the history, the preparation process in a very interactive way with pictures of women wearing the slippers . The highlight is a pink design of a current artist.
Click here to find out more about this exhibition!

Click here if you want to see how the slippers are made:

Official website of Szeged slippers

Fashion history I.: Medieval noble dresses

As I was walking around in the Castle of Siklós, I couldn’t help but notice the amazing dresses that were displayed on wax statues everywhere. Those big skirts made me think how lazily we are dressing ourselves these days compared to that.

What did I learn from the exhibition?
Velvet, baize, linen, silk, lace and brocade were the most common materials for noble clothes.
There was no difference in the colour palette of men’s and women’s clothing. Green, yellow and red were the most populatar colours.
All of women’s dresses had a massive puckered skirt and the sleeves of the upper gament were getting wider from the elbow to the wrist.
The decorating elements on women’s clothing in general were lace, embroidery and pearls.
Decorated headpieces made the outfit complete. Only maidens could walk in the town with uncovered hair.
Jewelry were made of gold, silver and gemstones.
Men wore tight trousers with shirt and a coat on top of that.
The coat’s margin was covered with some kind of fur (such as marten, sable or ermine).
The accesories of men were the decorated buttons on their jacket.

Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s wedding

Yesterday Prince Harry married the former American actress, Meghan Markle in St. George’s Chapel. Meghan’s new title became Duchess of Sussex. We can state that the world’s tearful eyes were watching this beautiful event. Now let’s take a look at what people were wearing.

First of all let’s talk about the wedding dresses. The first one is a Givenchy design and with this neckline and headpiece it reminds me of the one Audrey Hepburn wore in Funny Face.

The second dress is very simple but more modern than the first one. It was designed by Stella McCartney.

Ready to 💃🕺🏻 #royalwedding

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge wore this light beige outfit for the event.

Prince George reminds me of little Mozart, we have to say that he looked very elegant and Princess Charlotte was a true lady who stole the event with her angel-like looks and sweet waving.

Amal Clooney’s marigold dress is also the design of Stella McCartney.

Tennis player, Serena Williams wore a Versace gown.

Victoria Beckham wore one of her own designs, a navy blue midi dress with red heels.

Oprah also wore Stella McCartney for the wedding.

And now you can watch the wedding ceremony by clicking to the video. But I warn you, take a box of handkerchiefs. Try not to cry when Harry tells Meghan she looks amazing!

Wishing this lovely couple all the happiness in the world!