Kamis, 23 Mei 2013

Rockstud Rouge

Who knew that tattoos and Valentino were such a good combination?

I didn't and I'm truly in love with the result.
It's the first time that designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have worked with Terry Richardson.
'The sensual yet elegant nature of our accessories, described as object of desire.'
I love that contrast. The pictures are edgy but have enough class to showcase a brand like Valentino.

P.S. Can I have that bag pretty please? *drooling*

Sabtu, 18 Mei 2013


On monday, May 6h, the annual Costume Institute Gala, also known as MET Ball, took place in New York. 
The MET Ball is a gala that celebrates the opening of the fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The dress code of this year was 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' (a.k.a. a lot of black, leather and studs). Of course Vivienne Westwood was present to, how punk is that, support WikiLeaks soldier Bradley Manning. She explained: 'When I did punk years ago, it was all about the same thing: justice and trying to have a better world.'
The exhibition is a tribute to and an overview of the term 'punk' both fashion and music, as the era and the political statements.
'No other movement has had so much influence on fashion.' - Andrew Bolton (curator)

Here's my best dressed list:
Rooney Mara looked angelic in a white lace Givenchy Couture gown of the fall 2010 collection.

I love that Hailee Steinfeld kept true to her style with this tea-length Donna Karan Atelier gown. Nice detail: the golden starbursts are made of safety pins. Amazing!

Gwen Stefani and punk are a match made in heaven. She looked stunning in an custom made Maison Martin Margiela design. The monochrome gown which includes an asymmetrical bodice was inspired by a look of the spring 2013 collection.

Anne Hathaway looked stunning in this vintage Valentino Couture embellished gown with feathered cuffs.

Emma Watson in a cutom made Prabal Gurung gown inspired by the fall 2013 collection. She looks very confident in her black silk crepe satin gown with cut-outs and a thigh-high slit.

Cameron Diaz is wearing this beautiful custom made electric blue gown by Stella McCartney which features a cape with open back and a gold spiked belt.

Elle Fanning made quite a statement in this psychedelic tie-dye Rodarte gown. The striking eyeshadow kept her youthful spirit.

It surprised me that on a huge event where it's all about punk, there were just three people wearing Vivienne Westwood (including mrs. Punk herself). Thumbs up for Christina Ricci for wearing this tartan ball gown.

Does Kate Bosworth ever something wrong? She looks radiant in this fully embellished hot pink Balmain dress with gold belt.

Sienna Miller was wearing a white gown with a gold-studded cropped leather jacket by Burberry. She accessorised her look with a spiked headband (and of course her handsome fiance Tom Sturridge).

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked impeccable in her black-and-gold Gucci gown of the fall 2013 collection which includes a netted tulle top with metallic degrade embroidery and a satin skirt.

As the face of Givenchy's new frangrance there was no doubt of Amanda Seyfried wearing the brand. The dramatic printed gown with draped back is a vintage copy of the spring 2007 couture collection.

Blake Lively opted to wear a dramatic gown by Gucci Premiere which features a pale green bodice, a skirt with layers of black organza and feather motif embroidered details. 

Miley Cyrus fully embraced the theme in her long-sleeved black mesh gown with a nude underdress from the Marc Jacobs fall 2013 collection.

You can trust Paloma Faith for some high dose of glamour at the MET Ball. She did, with this fully embellished blood red, ombre-effect Michael Cinco gown featuring built-in gloves and an open back. The headpiece by Philip Treacy was the icing on the cake.

Allison Williams looked perfect in her sexy long-sleeved black Altuzarra gown with a sheer skirt and lace panels.

 Anne Hathaway wasn't the only one who underwent a transformation, so did Nicole Richie. She wore a white fully embroidered gown by Topshop.

Florence Welch looked fierce as always in this black fringe gown by Givenchy Couture of the fall 2012 collection.

Sarah Jessica Parker made a great entrance at the MET Ball in a paint-splattered Giles gown of the fall 2013 collection. To finish the look she wore a custom made Philip Treacy headpiece and over-the-knee velvet tartan boots by Christian Louboutin.

I always like Leelee Sobieski's minimal approach on dressing. For this occasion she opted to wear a white strapless bustier gown with a black t-shirt and long sheer sleeves with gold embroidery by Christian Dior Couture.

Who was your best dressed of the evening?

Kamis, 02 Mei 2013

Queensday 2013: Style File

WHAT? Abdication
WHERE? Royal Palace, Amsterdam
WHEN? April 30

This tuesday was an memorable and historic day in my country. We welcomed our new king, Willem-Alexander, as his mother, Beatrix, ended her reign.

Maxima was looking fabulous for her first public appearance as our queen. The short, airy dress with an exaggerate bow detail on the shoulder is from fashion house Natan and was designed by Belgium designer Edouard Vermeulen. The fabric was powder pink gazan, which she got from her mother-in-law. The bottom part of the dress is semi-sheer embroidered silk with crystal sequins. 

Upon the abdication, princess Catharina-Amalia, on the left, bacame the Princess of Orange (the first in our history) and heir to the Dutch throne. Along with her sisters Alexia and Ariane she wore a yellow jaquard dress with a boat-neck collar, a ribbon at the waist and fastened down the back with crystal buttons, the skirt enhanced with a flounce of tulle, the matching headband was crowned with a flower. The dresses are from the Spanish children's luxury fashion company Pili Carrera.   

WHAT? Abdication State Dinner
WHERE? Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
WHEN? April 29

On monday was the farewell dinner of Queen Beatrix in the Rijksmuseum. The gala was held in the Hall of Fame of the museum. The Queen sat in front of the famous Night Watch.

 Princess Maxima looked outstanding in this Valentino Couture fall 2006 red strapless gown with tiered ruffles and an embellished waist. The jewelry included a diamond bandeau tiara, a diamond necklace and bracelet. She completed the look with a matching scarf and satin cluutch.
Fun fact: Maxima wore this gown before on Prince Charles's birthday dinner back in 2008.

 Princess Mabel, on the left, looked quirky as always in her fully fringed Viktor & Rolf custom gown inspired by a dress from the spring 2007 collection. She styled the look with a smaller version of the Mellerio Sapphire Tiara, which was her wedding tiara. 
Princess Laurentien was looking great as well in a soft blue dress with three-quarter sleeves and a chic bow brooch on top. Pinned up hair with the Aquamarine Tiara and a silver clutch made her outfit complete.

Princess Victoria of Sweden in a purple Elie Saab gown with a satin rosette.

Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wore a floral gown of the spring 2013 collection by Giambattista Valli.

Princess Mathilde of Belgium in an assymetrical light-colored satin gown. Most probably by Natan.

Princess Letizia of Spain in a black embroidered lace gown by Felipe Varela.

 Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in an off-shoulder blush gown with an embellished bodice and satin waistband by Birgit Hallstein.

Crown Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg looked marvellous in a fully embellished light-blue gown by Elie Saab. 

WHAT? Inauguration
WHERE? Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam
WHEN? April 30

The official ceremony in which king Willem-Alexander took the oath, in the Nieuwe Kerk.

 Queen Maxima exceeded all expectations in her royal blue dress by Dutch designer Jan Taminiau. He was widely praised for his design. The floor-sweeping gown of silk crepe and chiffon with delicate embroidered motifs was slightly covered by a matching cape draped over her shoulders. 

For the inauguration the three princesses changed into royal blue dresses and mathing hair bows designed by Natan. Just like their grandmother who also wore a beautiful blue dress by Sheila de Vries.

Royal guests:
Princess Mabel wore another creation of designer duo Viktor & Rolf. A simple black dress with a very striking white bow accented sleeve, a symbol that refers to the absence of her husband Prince Friso.

Princess Laurentien wore a striking red robe with a matching hat.

 Princess Aimee borrowed the maternity gown of (then) princess Maxima.

 Princess Marilène in a beautiful fuchsia lace dress by Natan with a matching hat and clutch. 

 Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, in a light-blue long-sleeved gown by Bruce Oldfield with a Philip Treacy feathered hat.

 Princess Mary in a Charlotte Lunggaard kimono-inspired gown silk gown with floral print on the skirt and waist.

 Princess Victoria in keyhole dress by Escada and a flower-accented Philip Treacy hat.

 Princess Letizia pale-blue lace Varela gown with sheer sleeves. She coordinated the look with a Maria Nieto hat. 

 Princess Sarah in a beautiful embellished lilac lace dress with matching headscarf. 

 Princess Mathilde in a sugary pink dress by Natan.

 Princess Mette-Marit in a custom made Valentino gown. Her fall 2013 white-and-blue gown with beaded embroidery was presented on the runway as a mini dress. The collection was inspired by portraits of Dutch masters and had references to, for example, tulips and Delft ceramics.

 Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al Missned wore a navy ensemble with matching cape of the spring 2013 collection by Valentino Couture.

WHAT? Water pageant + inauguration party
WHERE? IJ, Amsterdam
WHEN? April 30

Maxima in another custom made piece by Jan Taminiau. The burgundy-and-nude lace gown was embellished with crystals and roses by Maison Lesage. Due the cold she added a wine-colored shawl. To finish the look she wore the diamond stars of her wedding tiara scattered through her hair. 

left to right: Mabel, Victoria, Sheikha Mozah, Mette-Marit, Mathilde

Some of the guests of the inauguration party:
Princess Mabel once again in Viktor & Rolf. Her two-toned dress with yet another bow was from the spring 2013 collection. 
Princess Victoria wore a shiny gold with a cropped fur jacket.
Sheikha Mozah in another Valentino Couture gown, this time from the spring 2013 collection. A matching turban and an embellished waistband added extra glamour to her silver gown.
Princess Mette-Marit in a mint-green gown she also wore to her own wedding. She completed the look with a contrasting light-pink jacket.
Princess Mathilde in a cream embellished (Natan?) gown with sheer sleeves. She carried a matching feathered clutch.

WHAT? Inauguration Brunch
WHERE? Royal Palace, Amsterdam
WHEN? May 1

To close off all the festivities, a brunch was held at the royal palace. For this occasion Maxima looks lovely in a pink coat/dress by most likely Natan.

WHAT? Official portraits by Koos Breukel
WHERE? Royal Palace, Amsterdam
WHEN? earlier in April

 Queen Maxima in a beautiful burgundy gown by Natan. It was striking that she didn't chose to wear a new dress.

 Maxima wore the high-necked dress before in 2011 and on Prinsjesdag last year.