Bianca Balti is the face of Dolce Gabbana's recent campaigns including the one for spring (also starring Monica Bellucci). It's on their billboards I discovered the beauty of this Italian model/actress. Her eyes are captivating, it's the first thing that strikes you when you lay your eyes on a photo of Balti. When I've looked through street style and party pics of her, most recently at NY fashion Week (Purple Magazine had a party with BLK DNM, she attended, see photo below), I had no doubt she had to be this month's icon.
No one really sexed it up like Prabal Gurung at NY fashion week, he created a vibe of glamour that few do, if you're not in Milan or of course at "Couture Week". When the last looks came down the runway - the evening gowns. If I had walked into the room just that second I would have thought it was Roberto Cavalli or Pucci's show. You heard it from me first: when the two fashion houses come looking for a replacement, when Cavalli retires or Peter Dundas creates his own label, then Gurung will definitely be on the top of the list. He and Zac Posen might be two of the designers that seem somewhat mal placé in the hipster city and would fit better in a place of elegance and glamour: Milan... but don't leave Paris out of the equation.
Was it Proenza Schouler's show or Balenciaga's S/S 2012? No, I'm not totally serious, I mean the two have created similar silhouettes and jackets with over-sized arms. But that's one of few resemblances. Just looking at a few photos of the looks, you can see that Asia has inspired and more specifically Japan, one thinks of karate and kimonos with a new twist.
One should never underestimate Vera Wang, she's been in the business much longer than many of her equals showing at fashion week. One easily feels that an old fox can't create the hip fashionable clothes the NY crowd is looking for. But this is untrue to say the least, it's within Wang's last season she's evolved and become more modern, all of the garments feel fresh. It's hard to believe a woman who's done bridal wear for such a long time, who's famous worldwide for her classical dresses, can be so diverse...
Valentine's Day started off with a stroll alongside the water, and who knew squattered pieces of ice floating on the water surface could look so beautiful. The view is truly stunning when your standing on the same side as the castle, you can see the National Gallery and Grand Hotel. This part of town and the architecture gives me some satisfaction when I'm longing for Paris. We later visited the Swedish castle, which has the perfect atmosphere for this day in particular. While walking in the beautiful halls one easily dreams. What if a Swedish designer would have a fashion show in this magnificent historic place, it would be like Paris Fashion Week. Why has no one thought of this...? Afterwards we went to Studio L2 where a photo exhibition is taking place, colored photos by the last Tsar's photographer , taken in the beginning of the 20th century. The gallery is housed in a small space but it's worth taking a trip to Old Town to see it. The evening we spent watching a movie and eating different cheeses and drinking wine. As desert we dipped strawberries in melted white chocolate.
Rookies showroom was a tiny fair where a selected few up-and-coming designers could display their creations. The Swedish fashion council each year choose twelve designers and of them two were Finish, the rest were Swedish. My favorites were Bedazzled with her stunning jewellery, Ida Johansson with her glittering grey collection and last but not least Johanna Pihl with her square patterns on a black shimmery fabric but also on dark blue and white (see photos below).
1. Book: Visionaire 40 Roses +Visionaire 38Love includes Tiffany & co charm 2. Lace and satin bodysuit: Kiki de Montparnasse 3. Necklace: Robert Cavalli 4. Chocolate: Forget Johnny Depp 5. Tote: Thursday Friday Diamonds 6. Ring: Marc by Marc Jacobs