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I have started to realise that my free days (aka days spent out of meetings but in my office) are controlled by comfort. It is a cardinal freelancer sin that I love to break. Though so-called ‘work attire’ is supposed to motivate you into a business frame of mind, nothing makes me getter done like easy separates that are sunshine ready.

And yes, I look like I don’t have eyeballs in these photos.

What I Wore: Handmade floral shorts (similar here), old baby pink dress from Topshop – worn as a top (similar here), and platform sandals from TK Maxx.
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Valentino SS12
Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri are quite the dream team. The Valentino designers took risks this season, utilising what some would consider to be far too many flowers and far too much lace and embroidery. In fact, it was – as Goldilocks said – just right.

Of the ultra-fresh collection, Piccioli said “fashion is a dream, and in this moment we need dreams”. Especially dreams for Hollywood’s greatest, who can find a year worth of red-carpet dresses in their Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

Inspirations came from Georgia O’Keeffe, Tina Modotti, and photographs by Deborah Turbeville, which inspired me in turn. I am lusting beyond belief. Valentino hand-painted florals and inset lace into paper-thin leather, for chrissakes. They even used it on a trench-coat! Faint. View Post

Peter Som SS12
Peter Som showed a kaleidoscope of colour and playfulness for his Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The spectrum was gorgeous; shocking fucshia, khakis, tantalizing tangerines, and cobalt hues danced around strong patterns and florals. Watching models walk brightly down the runway to “Heart Is a Beating Drum” by The Kills and “Face in the Crowd” by Cat’s Eyes, not a second of the show left me dissatisfied. With the risk of a truly floral collection becoming overly girly, Som used sixties mod shapes with an optimistic edge. I would wear everything. View Post

Armani Prive Fall Couture 2011
Thus far, I have been relatively unimpressed by the showings of Fall 2011’s Couture Fashion Week. Giorgio Armani‘s collection for Armani PrivĂ© – “Hommage au Japon” – however, is an exception.

As the title suggests, Giorgio was profoundly moved by March’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and thus dedicated the collection to the refinery, aesthetic and beauty of the troubled country. Vivid florals were paired with heavy velvets, obi belts, shapely silhouettes and directionally profound shapes. Though it came at the very end, the tangerine embroidered top and black sequin skirt was the collection’s perfection. Absolutely beautiful in every way.

Ashley Greene Glamour

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Though I’m always happy to throw a “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking” out there, I am compelled to love these three May 2011 covers of Glamour. The gorgeous, young actress trifecta of Ashley Greene, Emma Stone, and Freida Pinto introduce us to the latest issue thanks to the lens of Matthias Vriens-McGrath. View Post