Return of the little black dress

Rosie Huntington-Whitely looked flawless at a Pre Oscar Party, wearing a black Chanel mid length dress with sheer detail. Just when I thought the LBD couldn’t get any better, Chanel create the perfect conservative yet sexy dress.

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Another celebrity that I will never get over is Diane Kruger, seen here at the Vanity Fair Oscar After Party wearing Valentino. Perfect!

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Saint Laurent (SLimane)

When Hedi Slimane took over the rains at Yves Saint Laurent from Stefano Pilati, he was not going to be subtle about it. Not only did he change the name of the brand, but the direction taken proved the YSL we once knew was evolving rapidly. A brave move? Definitely. The right one? Well, it may be too early to speculate. But this is where we are so far:

His first collection (Spring 2013) for the now-known ‘Saint Laurent’ was a 70’s inspired affair, filled with Marianne Faithfull look-a-likes, immaculately dressed in pussy bow chiffon blouses, tuxedo jackets and tailored pants. There was definitely a rock and roll vibe  throughout the collection, and I feel confident many women would feel great wearing his pieces (including me, at the expense of my bank account). 

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I have to say, the collection that followed (Autumn 2014) for me was the anti climax of the season. Grunge was the evident theme of the collection, and to me it resembled more Courtney Love than Kate Moss. It screamed LA from a mile away, but the clothing resembled something you could buy at the op shop, or Topshop if you were willing to spend the extra bucks. I felt like Slimane was losing touch.

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However, this season, Silmane proved himself yet again with highly covetable pieces for fall, including patent leather knee high boots, paired with sequinned coats and mini dresses. The occasional cape was on debut, and tuxedo jackets plus an array of thigh length coats in all different textiles and finishings – tweed, fur, wool and herringbone to name a few… The next trip for me will be to the op shop, and I will be destined to find the perfect thigh length coat to pair with black stockings and knee high boots. 

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Words can’t describe how much I enjoyed watching all three Roshambo videos from the Free People campaign. A beautiful love story with fantastic styling and clothing choices. See part two and part three here.

Ps. How beautiful is the white dress/necklace in part two?

Beauty routine

As much as my beauty routine evolves and changes over time, with old favourites becoming forgotten and new products taking centre stage, some aspects stay the same. God knows I can be lazy, but even I can find time to incorporate these four steps into my day:

1. Cleanse – cleansing my face when I wake up and before bed is the perfect way to start and end the day with that ‘clean’ feeling. My skin is far better off for it and it is the only way to remove the dirt we can’t even see from our face. I use Kheil’s, a little goes a long way.

2. Exfoliate – three times a week I use Fresh Sugar Face Polish in the shower to fight off blackheads and the like. This product is so luxurious, and the sugar melting into my face feels very calming after a long day. My next task is to make this exfoliant at home, I’ll keep you posted.

3. Moisturise – Twice a day, at least. Morning and Night and sometimes in between, my favourite product is Kheil’s Ultra Facial Cream for its non-greasy, light formula that makes my skin what it is!

4. Sunscreen – I’m not taking my chances, I apply Jurlique’s SPF 30+ it’s light and transparent, what more could you want? (Sidenote, I don’t actually spend $70 on sunscreen, thank god for family discounts)

Marant Girl

Isabel Marant makes clothing so covetable, when they become accessible (Isabel Marant for H&M) girls resemble that scene from Mean Girls.

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Images via Vogue

Trend formation

Can we talk about Burberry for a minute? Christopher Bailey, you genius! The styling was centre stage in this collection; with long scarfs hung around the neck, positioned on top of printed dresses and cinched in with a thin printed belt, secured with a twist for that extra oomph. I love the idea of high fashion (that is so unattainable to most of us), being attainable with the use of simple but purposeful styling. Although you may not purchase a Burberry scarf, belt, or one of those highly coveted poncho’s, it’s childs-play to adapt this to your everyday wardrobe.

Sidenote: the mid-calf length hem is all the rage.

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The cycle

Fashion is a cycle; what is new will eventually become old, and what is old will become new. This inevitable revolution of style is telling, and can be unpredictable and reinvented at any moment. And that’s what I love about it.

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