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Jean Louis Sabaji, Summer 2014

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We need a doze of good summer vibes to enjoy this beautiful Sunday and start Monday fresh with strength and determination. I decided that the best to cheer ourselves up is by indulging in overly romantic fashion designs by Lebanese designer Jean Louis Sabaji, whose summer 2014 collection is an ode to the beauty of nature. Floral patterns pave the way into a world of feminine sophistication and delicacy, which is so perfectly accurate for how I feel about the summer. But enough with the talking, these pictures speak enough for themselves! Enjoy!   (more…)

Dutch Inspiration, Valentino Fall 2013

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It was Dutch & Flemish painters’ work that represented a consistent source of inspiration for Valentino’s creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. Vermeer’s work, in particular, has been reflected in the aesthetic that the two designers have envisioned for this fall’s ready-to-wear collection. “Girl with the Pearl Earring”, for example, has been masterly interpreted and reproduced in very calm and serene looks, two attributes that Chiuri and Piccioli found in the Flemish masters’s work. The white collar – a representative element of the seventeenth-century Dutch fashion, the Delft pottery motifs, the velvet, the Dutch still life paintings, the neckline cuts, the one side braid hairstyle, the delicate and simple headbands, all merged into an outstanding well-executed collection. My favorite look is a black gown enlivened with floral motifs that is pure Valentino perfection. See it and more below:

Oh, by the way, even if you have already seen the film starring Scarlett Johanson as the girl with the pearl earring and Colin Firth as Johannes Vermeer, I wholeheartedly recommend you Tracy Chevalier‘s “Girl with the Pearl earringbook as well.

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