Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton

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The images of the Louis Vuitton ‘city’ bags collection starring Michelle Williams has been released, and they’re gorgeous. Styled by Carine Roitfeld and shot by Peter Lindbergh, the images are clean and bold, with the emphasis on black, white, nude and red. They perfectly match Michelle’s classic style, so I’ve gotta give kudos to Carine for that.

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Now I’m quite excited about this new collection. I’ve never been that big a fan of Louis Vuitton handbags, even though my first designer handbag purchase all those years ago was a bronze Mahina XL. I personally hate the classic Louis Vuitton pattern, the Monogram Canvas and the traditional check pattern, but when they do bags without the trademark check and interesting styles I actually quite like them.

The new collections sees an updated versions of the Alma, the Capucine and the Lockit; and as expected I find myself drawn to the red Capucine of the first image. I might even consider buying one.

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All images courtesy of fashionista.com. Shot by Peter Lindbergh for Louis Vuitton

 

This is Michelle Williams’ second time promoting Louis Vuitton, with her debut collaboration for autumn/winter 2013 being just last September. It was also shot by Peter Lindbergh, and even though her close friend, Marc Jacobs, has left the brand, I’ve got a feeling we’re going to see more campaigns with Michelle Williams and Louis Vuitton.

So what do you think of the images? Do they entice you to buy any of the new bags? If you’re interested, the images will debut in the May 2014 issues of fashion magazines.

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Alexander Wang X H&M

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Well this has just made my week! Though it’s not officially been confirmed yet by H&M, looks like we know who the next collaboration is with.

Yep, it’s the favourite of chic young urbanites, New Yorkers and bloggers alike; Alexander Wang. I for one can’t wait!!!! I haven’t been this excited about a designer collaboration since Mary Katrantzou.

In even sneakier style, the brand announced the collaboration on their brand new Instagram account, making it also their very first post. They have also in the meantime posted another video from Coachella, seemingly confirming the upcoming collaboration.

From the video we can guess that the date the collection is launched is the 6th November 2014, which is typically around the time these designer collaborations are released. Either way, this will be awesome beyond words and I can’t wait until the first images of the collection hit the web.

What do you guys think of this news. Are you as excited as I am? Let me know what you think.

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Inspiration for ‘Look of the Day’ Orange Crush

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In today’s inspiration post I thought I’d show you the concept behind yesterday’s ‘Look of the Day’ Orange Crush. It has quite a bit of inspiration coming from some very diverse places, so I’ll try and explain it easily. Here’s an image of the shoot just to remind us of the finished product.

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The first thing that really inspired and influenced this shoot was Zara’s ‘Orange Mood’ trend that they focused on their website a couple of weeks ago. Here’s a screen grab of the image.

Image courtesy of zara.com

Image courtesy of zara.com

This is probably what set me off on the idea in the first place. I just love the strong colour; it’s not quite orange and not quite yellow but somewhere in between. This season, as we see so often in spring, the tendency is to go for muted shades of colour and pastels and I loved that this went against the grain. That and I’ve always been a fan of Zara’s clean lines and simplistic style, and this was no exception. I just had to have something of this collection. I naturally went for the trousers, as I always do shorts and the coat was a bit long for my taste. I am 5’3″ and long coats generally swamp me, so the only thing left were the trousers, and frankly I really don’t do enough shoots with trousers in them!

The second thing that inspired the shoot are two editorial shoots from Elle Denmark April 2013 and Elle Vietnam December 2011. Both feature orange and both really put the emphasis on the colour, which I loved.

Image courtesy of fashiongonerogue.com

Image courtesy of fashiongonerogue.com

Image courtesy of designscene.net

Image courtesy of designscene.net

And the last image that helped inspire the shoot was this one shot from Harpers Bazaar China, July 2012. I love the combination of the orange backdrop and the cold blue dress, and it shows what a brilliant match blue and orange are. Zara done this a bit too in their ‘Orange Mood’ trend, but Harpers Bazaar China were the ones that really put the oomph into the colour combination. It brought about the idea of using my old royal blue coat in the shoot and I’m really glad that I did as it really makes the colours pop.

Image courtesy of loveisspeed.blogspot.com

Image courtesy of loveisspeed.blogspot.com

The last thing to inspire the shoot was the No Doubt album Tragic Kingdom. I love the cover with Gwen Stefani holding the orange to symbolise Orange county where they’re from and where the album was recorded. It was this image of Gwen holding the orange that made me think of incorporating that into the shoot.

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So that’s how I came up with the ‘Orange Crush’ shoot. What do you think?

Until then,

Franzi

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Look of the Day: Orange Crush

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Today’s shoot was done at one of my favourite places in London; Greenwich. If I had a limitless supply of money I wouldn’t go and live in Hampstead or Notting Hill or any of those other celeb-style places, I would live in Greenwich. I’m a massive history buff so there’s plenty there for me, and it honestly feels like a little village tucked away from London. There’s a simple way of gauging how good an area it is, and that’s how good are its transport links. The worse they are the better the area, and Greenwich is no exception.

I’ve been wanting to do a shoot here since I moved to London, but I never seemed to have the time or the right outfit. I finally said, screw it and done one and I’m really happy with the results.

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The shoot was done at the Royal Observatory on top of a massive hill and the Queen’s House. They are both definitely worth a visit for any tourist coming to London, although I will recommend you don’t try and climb the hill in heels! It was a lesson I had to learn myself. :-)

IMG_9249 IMG_9050_2When I first spotted these trousers in Zara, I knew I had to have them! I’m not really one for wearing smart trousers; anyone who regularly reads my blog knows I’m firmly a dress and skirt kind of girl, but these are fab! They are so bright and clean that I knew I had to pair them with something bold too. The top I paired them with is an old one from H&M with the mesh panels, which surprisingly is back in fashion. You gotta love how cyclical fashion is.

IMG_9079_2 IMG_9140I decided to go for a metallic finish to really accentuate the bold orange trousers. I’m loving the silver trend that’s so big for spring/summer 2014 and I wanted to do the trend in a way that’s more office-wear and daytime. I done another shoot at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, which I will post in a week or so, that does the metallic trend in an evening/party wear.

Getting a metallic clutch that was just clean lines and no added detail was actually quite hard to find, until I spotted this little baby in Primark. I love that it reflects everything and it reminds me a little bit of a disco ball.

IMG_9171IMG_9160I love this photo above. It got taken with me standing in between the Greenwich Meridian Line.

IMG_9180The last photo I do love quite a bit. It’s quirky and fun and when I was first thinking up the outfit for the shoot the album cover for No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom came to mind and I had to take an orange with me to try out the idea. It worked quite well and the orange ended up being  tasty treat for when the shoot was done. :-)

Coat: H&M (old)
Trousers: Zara (current season found here)
Top: H&M Trend (old)
Clutch: Primark (current season)
Shoes: Zara (old)
Necklace: H&M Trend (old)

So what do you guys think of this shoot?

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

TBT Look of the Day: Black Lake

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This is yesterday’s Throwback Thursday Look of the Day post, because my laptop had to be repaired and I only got it back last night. So sorry about the delay in this post.

Well this shoot is from the very start of my blog, a good three years ago! This was when I was still getting my mum to do shoots for me and I really didn’t have the confidence to do shoots of this nature. I loved looking back at these photos and remembering how awkward but cool the entire process seemed. :-)

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To be honest, I’m not quite sure why I never posted this shoot. I think I wanted to create a really dramatic and dark image and I just didn’t know how to use Photoshop well enough to pull it off, but looking back on the images three years later and I really don’t think the images need it. I still can’t do the images as dark and dramatic as the first image, which my mum done for me. Just goes to show, mummy knows and can do better!

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The dress is a hilarious one. It cost me €5, I bought it while living in Berlin for a summer and it has got to be the cheapest dress I have ever bought! But surprisingly, it’s very flattering on and looks like it’s worth a lot more in the photos. The feathered bolero is from Next, and from a shoot I done for SCOPE magazine called ‘Feathered Queen’ found here. I loved it so much, I went and bought it for myself afterwards! This was also my feather phase when I was obsessed with them!

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So that’s this week’s TBT Look of the Day. What do you think of this simple, but rather dramatic shoot? I really like it, though I do look quite squinty eyed in most of these. It just goes to show, I should stop being so self conscious and not hold on to images for so long. IMG_1443Dress: Tally Weijl (old)
Bolero: Next (old)
Bracelet: Vintage
Ring: Forever 21 (old)
Necklace: Jimmy Choo for H&M (old)
Shoes: New Look (old)

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Lolita Striped

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This is just a small ‘Look of the Day’ shoot, that was heavily inspired by Lana del Rey. I love her 50′s girlish style and when I spotted this striped pencil skirt I knew exactly what I wanted to shoot it with. IMG_8514 copy

This is just a simple shoot on my bed, as I wanted the focus to be on the striped skirt and the bold red necklace. A busy background would have just taken away from the two contrasting colours and I love that the main emphasis on this shoot is white. Plus I look really pale, but for once it looks good!

The bralet is from H&M Trend, and I shot it already in the Sequins and Waterfalls shoot here.

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Just a close-up of the necklace. I’ve had this baby for about four years, ever since the H&M for Lanvin collection came out, but I’ve never gotten the opportunity to wear it. I’m loving how I’m lately just finding all these amazing pieces in my wardrobe that I’d completely forgotten I own. It might have had something to do with the fact that it stank for the first year after I bought it, whether it was the glue or the paint coating the necklace, I’m quite sure but that might have been a reason why I never wore it. I do remember, even wanting to sell it on eBay and taking the picture for it, but thank God i never went through with it, as it’s such a unique piece now. Plus, when do you ever see a red necklace around?

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I love this image above. I tweaked on it so long on Photoshop it just ended up this white mess, but I strangely like it. You can’t see a thing of what I’m wearing, and my nose seems to have disappeared into the white light, but I think it looks funny so I had to put it up.IMG_8496 copySkirt: H&M (current season)
Bralet: H&M Trend (current season)
Shoes: Zara (old)
Necklace: Lanvin for H&M (old)
Belt: Zara (old)
Bracelet: Forever 21

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Inspiration for ‘Look of the Day’ Summertime Sadness

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This is a bit of a new one, but I thought I’d show you guys a kind of behind-the-scenes look at the concept behind a ‘Look of the Day’ shoot. Now most of the ones done for it are just a beautiful outfit shot on a street, but some have a bit more thought put into them. For those of you who’ve been following this blog for a few years, you’ll know that I not only worked as a stylist’s assistant at Irish Tatler, but styled all the shoots for our magazine, SCOPE. From time to time I like using those skills I learned there to create something a bit more professional than a standard outfit shoot.

That was the idea behind the shoot I posted online yesterday.

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I thought I’d show you some of the inspiration behind it, so you can get a bit of a better feel of what I was trying to create here. It was inspired by two shoots in particular, the first being Vogue Russia July 2011 shoot with Erin Heatherton by Enrique Badulescu. I loved how dark the images are, and how the image editor really highlighted the bright colours by making them seem almost lurid. It always stuck in the back of my mind as a beautifully extreme example of Photoshop.

Image courtesy of lostinvogue.com

Image courtesy of lostinvogue.com

Image courtesy of fashionista.com

Image courtesy of fashionista.com

The second shoot that acted as inspiration was a shoot I helped on myself, Irish Tatler’s July 2011 shoot with Charlotte Carter Allen. It was shot by Barry McCall and styled by the wonderful Sarah Rickard.

I loved how the Irish Tatler shoot just had something as simple as a coloured wallpaper as the background and then created the effects by hanging palm leaves into the light to create those dramatic shadows. I wanted to create that myself, and thankfully I managed to catch the light at the right time. The place I shot my ‘Look of the Day’ was actually the garages behind our house and instead of doing the shoot early in the morning when the light is the best, I waited until 3pm when the sun was starting to set and thus create such dramatic shadows by just filtering through some trees. I also tried to up the colour balance to replicate the effect they have on the Vogue Russia shoot, though maybe not to the same standard.

So that’s how I came up with this shoot. As always let me know what you think.

Until then,

Franzi

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Look of the Day: Summertime Sadness

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Today’s shoot is all about me dreaming for summer days, hence the name. The sun is finally back, and it’s got me dreaming of hot days spent lying next to a pool and eating summer fruits. With the start of April, we’re also getting the first of the summer pieces hitting the shops, and that is very exciting too. I spotted this blazer and shorts combination in Primark the other day and I was just itching to create an outfit out of this.

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I’m loving the bold orange and pinks in the fabric and the cheetah print. Together they make such a strong statement, and I thought why not pair it with another strong colour, like blue.

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IMG_8647I absolutely love this shot of me skipping. It actually wasn’t the hardest thing to shoot, surprisingly, and it was actually the best way to showcase my bag. Plus, not to sound too smug, but my legs look fabulous here! :-)

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IMG_8644 copy IMG_8638These Kurt Geiger pair of sandals I’ve had in my wardrobe for well over a year, but I’ve never found a good time to wear them. In fact I had to peel the label of the back before I wore them for the shoot. That’s what happens when you have a child; your good shoes are relegated to the back of the wardrobe. I’m quite surprised that the sunflower theme is something that has cropped up again for spring/summer 2014. I’m thinking of a future shoot that will be sunflower themed, and these shoes are definitely going to make an appearance again.

IMG_8610-2Blazer: Primark (current season)
Shorts: Primark (current season)
Top: New Look (old)
Shoes: Kurt Geiger (old)
Bag: Hermès Constance in Fuchsia
Sunnies: Primark (current season)
Necklace: H&M Trend (old)

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

TBT Look of the Day: Decorative Day in Kensington

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This post might need some explanation, so I’ll try and make it quick. When I discovered I was pregnant two years ago and decided to put this blog on hold, I still had quite a few different shoots left on my laptop that had never been published. Some are ones that I thought weren’t high enough in quality to deserve to go on the blog, some only had a couple of images and some were perfectly fantastic like the one I’m posting today. It seems foolish not to eventually post them online, but I can’t just throw them up any time of the day as the clothes are definitely not in the shops anymore and some trends are out of style by now.

That’s where the idea of ‘Throwback Thursday’ comes in very handy. I’m not much of an Instagram user, so I don’t know if I can use the term on a blog, but we’ll just go with it.

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Today’s shoot was done about a month before I was pregnant and the skirt I still have in my wardrobe, waiting for the day I can finally fit back in it. It was a lovely morning spent wandering through Kensington gardens and enjoying the May sunshine, eating the most delicious chocolate orange cake I’ve had in a very long time and drinking fancy tea at the Orangerie and photographing the swans.

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I was such a big fan of this trend. Louis Vuitton encapsulated this trend the best with their spring/summer 2012 collection and I was a huge fan of it. I loved the mixture of candy colours, decorative lace and the emphasis of the décolletage. So I had to emulate it, and it wasn’t very hard as River Island heavily featured this trend for their spring collections. It was such a feminine and easy trend to follow, and I have to say that before this I never paid pastels much heed, but I still love them to this day.

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IMG_6657Blouse: River Island
Skirt: H&M Trend
Ballerina pumps: H&M
Bracelet: Vintage
Bag: Chanel 2.55

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Pushing Daffodils

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Today’s ‘Look of the Day’ is inspired by spring finally arriving in London. The daffodils are out in bloom, the sun is shining and it’s actually somewhat warm! It’s the first chance I’ve gotten to wear something summery and pull out all my skirts again and I intend to make the most of it.

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I’m loving the return of the midi skirts. This one here is so Dior spring/summer 2014 and I honestly thought I couldn’t wear it, what with being so short and pear-shaped. But I was surprised to see that a pair of heels and a nipped in top overcame me looking short and stumpy. I also love the texture of the full skirt, which unfortunately the photos don’t adequately show. It also came in peach, but I thought the black was so much more classic.

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I decided to go for basic colours; there’s nothing quite like matching black, white and red to create a strong look.

I loved the red bustier from H&M. It’s unfortunately no longer on their website, but should still be available in stores. It also gave me a chance to use my Hermès Birkin and it complimented well with the entire outfit.

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My fiancé calls this my fifties housewife look, but I honestly think this outfit is smart enough to be worn in the office, teamed with a blazer. It’s very formal in one way, but also quite youthful with the bustier. The white heels, from Primark, just complete the look.

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So I hope you like this outfit. I’m absolutely loving the skirt and I’m already thinking up more outfits that I could wear it with. Let me know what you think, as always.
IMG_8834Midi Skirt: H&M Trend, found here
Bustier: H&M Trend, similar one found here
T-shirt: New Look, found here
Heels: Primark (current season)
White Flats: River Island (old)
Bag: Hermès Birkin, one found here
Cuff: Hermès Collier de Chien
Bracelet: Forever 21 (old)

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

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