My Personal Style is Romantic and Feminine

ROMANTIC AND FEMININE

  • You have a love for all things pretty and feminine and this is visible in how you dress.
  • You prefer muted or pastel colours, floral prints and tend to choose unstructured pieces with ruffles, flounces or lace in soft floaty silks, voiles and velvet.
  • You know how to layer and normally wear layered clothes with different colours and textures, but always look well put together.
  • Your accessories are usually floral themed, in natural materials such as wooden beads, crystal, pearl, marquisette or any other girly natural materials.
  • You will often wear decorative details not just as accessories, such as a bracelet or necklace, but will take it further and wear decotations such as brooches in your hair etc.
  • You would choose a fringed shawl, pashmina or soft cardigan over a structured jacket and would seldom wear anything tailored.
  • Your look can also tend towards a behemian style, giving you a free-spirited hippy or ethnic look.

Examples are Kirsten Dunst, Kate Hudson, Nicole Richie, Nicole Kidman, Serena van der Woodsen (Gossip Girl).

(Images from Google Images, Concept/Words from The Wardrobe Academy)

 

My personal style is Creative / Eclectic

CREATIVE / ECLECTIC

  • You enjoy an unique and interesting look and have a flair for combining unusual pieces.
  • You most likely work in a creative field such as design, music, art, etc. expressing your individualism through clothes.
  • You don’t really follow fashion, but rather look to the avant-garde designers for inspiration.
  • You often adopt a look that is vintage in nature, combining different styles such as 50′s bombshell, goth, retro, punk, rocker, new romantic etc.
  • Your outfits tend to be busy, consisting of many layers, bold unusual accessories such as hats, lots of costume jewellery etc.
  • You favour black, bright colours and loud prints, often combining pieces that clas, but somehow make it work.
  • You enjoy shopping, but are not fond of chain stores, preferring smaller boutiques as well as rummaging through second hand stores for vintage finds and interesting onc-off pieces.

Examples are Vivienne Westwood, Helena Bonham Carter, Sharon Osborne

(Images from Google Images, Concept/Words from The Wardrobe Academy)

Great Gatsby

I am so excited and can’t wait for Leo DiCaprio’s latest movie: The Great Gatsby, set for release later this month.

The movie premiered last night at Cannes Festival, and I saw this morning it is ‘Coming Soon’ at Eikestad Mall Ster Kinekor.

Tobey Maguire, Baz Luhrmann, Carey Mulligan, DiCaprio and Amitabh Bachchan at the Cannes Premier.

Tobey Maguire, Baz Luhrmann, Carey Mulligan, DiCaprio and Amitabh Bachchan at the Cannes Premier. (Image fromhttp://news.sky.com/story/1091561/the-great-gatsby-premieres-at-cannes-festival)

If I could choose (fashion & music wise that is) when I wanted to live, it would either be the roaring 20′s or crazy 80′s.  Yes I know…80′s with the horrible fashion!  To me the 80′s represent experimentation, renewal & crazy fun.  Never has fashion been this (awfully) creative and expressive.  So yes…the 80′s.

Back to the the Roaring 20′s.

It was all about glitz and glamour. It was decadent and divine. Those were the roaring 20s. Fashion’s on-going love affair with this rebellious (i’m noticing a pattern) and glamorous decade is evident this spring. Laden with drop waistlines, flapper dresses, fringes and frills, hats, head/hair adornments and of course elaborate jewellery.

I am also a huge fan of Art Deco design, as in furniture & architecture.  Art Deco was  an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s, flourished internationally during the 30s and 40s, then waned in the post-World War II era. The style is characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation. New York City (where I so want to live) has the most amazing Art Deco buildings, such as the Chrysler.  Even our beautiful Cape Town has a couple of stunning Art Deco Buildings.

Mutual Building with interior, Cape Town http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_Building)

Mutual Building with interior, Cape Town
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_Building)

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With the upcoming release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, fashion lovers are in for a vintage treat, thanks to an array of 20s-inspired pieces worn by Carey Mulligan, who stars as Daisy Buchanan.  The movie is a remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel.  I can not wait.

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Did the movie follow this season’s fashion trends as seen on the Spring 2013 runways, or did fashion inspire the movie?  Who knows.

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(Images from http://www.ifashion.co.za)

Lastly, my avant garde makeup representation of 1920′s, the start of the SMOKEY EYE.

(Makeup by me, 2012)

Oscars 2013

LITTLE BLACK DRESS (LBD)

The 2013 Oscars was held last night, and of course all the stars and starlets were (mostly) dressed and groomed to perfection.

Confession: I have not watched ANY of the nominated movies.  I basically go to the movies maybe once a year.  Don’t know why.  Oh yes, now I remember.  I would much rather spend that money on a nice dinner and bottle of wine at my favourite restaurant.

Back to fashion.

I’ve noticed a bit of an ‘Old Hollywood’ theme for the ladies, with some of the more popular colours being blush/nudes, and of course black.

Black is my favourite colour, so that is why I’m singling out my favourite black gowns from last night.

Nicole Kidman a L’Wren Scott creation

Sandra Bullock wore Elie Saab Couture

George Clooney wore a Giorgio Armani tuxedo, his girfriend Stacy Keibler a Naeem Khan dress

Halle Berry wore a Versace gown

Kelly Osbourne wore Tony Ward Couture

Kelly Rowland wore a Donna Karan Atelier

It must be so much fun getting ready for a red carpet event, kitted out in your favourite designer’s latest creation, being beautified by your team of stylists, and then not to mention the numerous after parties.

 

 

 

 

My personal style is Sophisticated and Chic

SOPHISTICATED / CHIC

  • You enjoy a stylish, contemporary wardrobe consisting of classic basics and a few seasonal pieces to keep your look up to date and chic.
  • Your style is sexy without being overt and modern without being too trendy.
  • You could be described as a minimalist.
  • You favour clean sleek lines and uncomplicated cuts in a palette of mostly black, white, grey, or monochromatic colour schemes, while adding a bold accessory such as a bright handbag or scarve or shoes for a splash of colour.
  • You enjoy shopping, preferring high-end boutiques to chain stores, as they tend to stock good quality, beautifully cut investment pieces.
  • You always look modern and chic, even when dressed casually.
  • Well cut jeans and trousers, jackets and high heels and a variety of handbags are big features in your wardrobe.
  • You always manage to look occasional appropriate.

Examples are Jennifer Arniston, Katie Holmes, Gwyneth Paltrow.

(Images from Google Images, Concept/Words from The Wardrobe Academy)

 

My personal style is Classic/Conservative

CLASSIC / CONSERVATIVE

  • You tend to have a formal wardrobe and like to appear well turned-out, neat and elegant.
  • You most likely lead a professional, high profile, upper class life and or work in a corporate environment.
  • You prefer tailored pieces and timeless basics in neutral colours with simple clean lines and minimal fuss.
  • Suits and co-ordinated separates in high quality fabrics are the basis of your look.
  • Your casual style could be described as preppy: classic chinos, polo shirt or a twinset and pearls.
  • You will very rarely wear jeans, but then only if it’s a classic,well cut and good fabric.  No washed denim with rips etc.
  • You are not all that bothered with seasonal fashion trends, and prefer to invest in good quality staple pieces when necessary.

Examples are Hillary Clinton, Jane Fonda, Princess Diana.

(Images from Google Images, Concept/Words from The Wardrobe Academy)