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.

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.

Best fashion movies of all time

Number one has to be The Devil wears Prada! It takes place at the editorial office of a fashion magazine, Runway and its boss is played by Meryl Streep, whose hairstyle inspired a lot of women when the movie appeared. Anne Hathaway has to adapt to a whole new lifestyle and decide what are the most important things in life. Paris Fashion Week, photoshoots, amazing dresses… a classic!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s dresses take an honourable place at the history of fashion. The little black dress, the beige trench coat, the pink coctail dress and a man’s shirt worn as a nightgown became classics.

Coco before Chanel commemorates how Gabrielle Chanel became the world’s most famous designer. Beginning with a wild woman, who refused to wear a corset and decided to wear pants for riding a horse. She revolutionised the fashion industry.

Sex and the City 1 and 2 are not exactly fashion movies in a serious manner, though we can not avoid them with the amount of Manolo Blahnik’s and designer dresses appearing in both of the movies.

Funny face is about a girl who works in a bookshop and suddenly becomes a model even though her face doesn’t seem to fit in the current beau ideal.  The main characters are played by Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.

Yves Saint Laurent, who first became the assistant of Christian Dior kicks the doors of fashion with his haute couture collection. His best friend and his muse also appears in the film who followed his career from the very beginning. Fun fact that the movie was shot in Hungary.

Coco Chanel from 2008 is a biography based on the designer’s life. The elderly Chanel, who narrates the whole movie is played by Shirley MacLaine.

Phantom Thread is a movie with Daniel Day-Lewis playing a very popular dressmaker who meets a young woman, Alma, who becomes a great inspiration for him. But what happens to Alma? Is it enough to be a muse or being a real partner would be better?

There is another movie about YSL titled Saint Laurent. The movie came out in 2014 just like the first mentioned one. It was shot in France and it captures the designer’s life from 1967 to 1976.

10 rules of always being stylish

1. Never wear more than 3 colours at the same time.
2. A hat or a scarf can make a whole new outfit.
3. If you are wearing tight jeans, your upper clothing should be loose and vice versa.
4. Make sure to wear nice underwear and tights every day.
5. Hoodies (or anything with a zipper in front) and soft bottoms are for the gym or for at home.
6. Instead of wearing fake labels, make sure to invest in good quality key pieces.
7. Huge prints scream for attention.
8. Never mix silver jewelry with gold at the same time.
9. Don’t wear too much jewelry. Choose between a watch or a bracelet. Moderate earrings and a necklase can work together though.
10. Have a signature look that is typical for you.

Fashion books I.

If you are interested in famous designer’s lives: 

Henry Gidel – Coco Chanel
Vivienne Westwood, Ian Kelly – Vivienne Westwood
Patrizia Gucci – Gucci
Patrizia Gucci – Charme
Laurence Benaim – Yves Saint Laurent

If you want to know more about French chic:

Inés de la Fressange – Parisian Chic: A Style Guide
Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest, Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan – How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits
Tish Jett – Forever Chic: Frenchwomen’s Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance

If you are interested in the history of accessories: 

Carmel Allen – Handbag: To have and to hold

 

 

The basic clothes every woman should own

Although I believe everyone has to find her own style, I still think there are some wardrobe essentials that are must-haves. They are great to combine and by selecting your personal favourites with a twist, it will give you the ‘forever stylish but unique’ look.  

‘For ups…’:
– a white shirt
– a black silk blouse
– a black and white striped blouse (Because it’s great for combination.)
– something blue (A shirt made of jeans, for example, because this colour looks great on everybody.)
– a pullover that has the perfect fit and perfect colour (For example, I have very plain skin and dark hair and to these features I can’t put on anything pastel, because that would made me look even paler. Instead I prefer vivid colours like red, green and blue.)
– a tweed jacket or blazer
– a jacket made of jeans
– a trench coat (Mine is green one from Marks & Spencer with buttons in the front and it is slim at the waist.)
– a winter coat

‘…and for downs’: 
– the perfect jeans (This item requires the most consideration, because it is the most frequently used one.)
– a pair of black trousers
– a pair of white jeans/trousers for spring/summer
– a pencil skirt (Mine is a black leatherette that is high waist and shin length.)

And what about shoes…?
– black high heels
– ballerinas
– moccasins or Oxford shoes for longer walks
– sandals
– leather boots

…and accessories?
– pearl earrings
– a statement necklace
– a watch
– a scarf for winter and one for autumn and spring
– a bag for everyday use
– a clutch for formal occasions