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Next level fashion armour seen this week at LuisaViaRoma in Florence

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womensweardaily:

Fendi to Fete ‘Karl’ Charm
Photo by Antonello Trio
Fendi is crashing the couture party once more, marking the imminent arrival of its Karlito bag charm with a party Tuesday night at its Avenue Montaigne boutique in Paris. For More

Screw all the other furry pom-pom bags on the market. THIS.

womensweardaily:

Fendi to Fete ‘Karl’ Charm

Photo by Antonello Trio

Fendi is crashing the couture party once more, marking the imminent arrival of its Karlito bag charm with a party Tuesday night at its Avenue Montaigne boutique in Paris. For More

Screw all the other furry pom-pom bags on the market. THIS.

One thing she really wanted was lots of fabric and movement, so the focus was on the skirt and designing it in a way that it appears effortless.

It’s great to see something different from the designer other than her signature prints. She’s been moving away from her graphic prints in her last few collections, but I think what’s really neat here was how she was able to give so much character to the full skirt. 

The layers that show underneath, and the pleats and ruffles at the bottom are so feminine and fun! But what’s most important, is that the bride shines through in her gown and isn’t lost in her dress. 

Despite this first dress being such a success, and even though she admits she really enjoyed the process of designing this dress, she’s on record for saying that it’s a really intimate and time consuming process, so she’s unsure of whether or not she’d start a bridal line. 

Personally, I think it’s great if you can reach out to a designer who you love and if they’re able to take on your request. I truly believe that a bridal gown should be unique and one-of-a-kind. Of course, I recognize that this could be a very expensive process, but none of us are identical, so why should we wear identical dresses on a day that celebrates a journey and love story unlike any one else’s? 

Olivia Palermo recently got married and she had a custom dress made. Most people suspected Palermo would take an original approach to her bridal look, and she did not disappoint. In fact, the bride wore shorts…with a cinched tulle skirt overlay with floral patterns, and a thigh high slit exposing the shorts underneath; both by the chic, Carolina Herrera. A cashmere sweater and blue satin Manolo Blahnik heels finished off her look. 

After all is said and done, the most important things for brides is that they feel like themselves on the day of. By staying true to who they are, their confidence is bound to be apparent and that, at the end of the day, is the best thing anyone can wear. 

You know that beauty rule where if you’re emphasizing your eyes, then you tone it down on your lips, and vice versa? Well, I apply it sartorially as well. It’s rare I ever show too much skin these days. Instead, I either bare above the waist, or below the belt.

I prefer the woman to the clothes. I prefer someone to say I look beautiful than to ask what I’m wearing.

—Carine Roitfeld

petit h

I’ve always said that Hermès is genius at finding ways to stay current without straying too far from its roots. 

In an era where fast fashion reigns, it’s great to see a known luxury brand finding ways of (re)creating items from “scraps” or leftover materials into something new. This type of craft also allows Hermès' artisans to stretch their imaginations and think outside of the box when it comes to designing new wares. 

Established in 2009, Hermès launched petit h: a “re-creativity laboratory” under the guidance of Mme Pascale Mussard, great-great-great-granddaughter of saddle maker Thierry Hermès. 

Originally, petit h was a travelling show of products. petit h was unveiled, naturally, in Paris, but then travelled to Tokyo and Manhattan in 2012. The items on sale at the time ranged from $40 to $100,000 so really, it allows people to buy a bit of real luxury at a possibly affordable price range. But the best part is that these items, despite being made from salvaged or “ruined” leathers and skins, the Hermès craftsmanship, exclusivity and standard remains. 

A retail space was finally constructed on Rue de Sevres in Paris in 2012 where patrons can find seasonal and occasional installations. I sadly missed visiting the store on my last trip to Paris but I won’t miss it the next time I’m in town. 

Style is attitude, attitude, attitude. It ain’t what you do, it’s the way how you do it.

—Iris Apfel