I am reading again the fantastic book about Coco Chanel where she tells the story of her life. It is a great read because of the honest and harsh words she has for the world she lived in. “L’Allure de Chanel” tells about hard work, respect for your employees, how the high society of Paris got mad about Chanel and about the inner circle Coco Chanel was wandering in. I adore to read about her wisdom for life and the fun she makes of other Couturiers of her time.
Back at the fashion party at OhCarlotta at Carmencita Bar, they took some pictures of the best looks. Last thursday the winner got announced and I made it with my outfit.
I put on my woolen pants from Vanessa Bruno, Chanel-like ballerinas from Cortefiel, a silk vintage shirt, a necklace from Cristobal Benitez and my latest acquisition the turban from La Modethêque here in Madrid.
A hat may not be everybody favourite accessory, but if you know how to wear it and do it with confidence, your style can change from good to chic in a second. Here in Madrid hats are mostly seen at weddings and then in many eccentric styles and colors. At Fitting Room I have seen quite some designers concentrating their talents on hats and one of them was Jimena Rilova. Here hats are more than just accessories to accomplish the look, they are more like jewelery that makes you shine more bright.
Last saturday at the hotel Petite Palace, C/ Jorge Juan 17, Fitting Room a fair for art, fashion and design took place. On two floors designers did show their latest collections to the public before they are in the stores.
This week From Madrid with Style will present some of them.
ISumaBCN a brand of jewelery from Barcelona did show some pretty pieces. The great thing about them is, that you can design them yourself. By buying different pieces and putting them together to unique necklaces and earrings.
Carmencita Bar, known for its fantastic hamburgers, delicious hums, wide range of Gin Tonics and the excellent Mango Bellinis, turned yesterday evening into a show room for the shop OhCarlotta. Free Bellinis were served with little tapas while we could browse through the arrangements of clothes, bags, scarfs and accessories.
The room was filled with different styles. From the black and white Belle de Jour dress, to colorful leather bags, striped logo shirts to great fashionable shirts, skirts and dresses it was great fun to look through all the things. The prizes are low, I have seen nothing over 32€ and this makes the shopping even more fun. Continue reading
I have some rules when it come to shopping, which I generally obey:
- Not to buy low quality, with some exceptions like the black-white ballerinas from Cortefiel last summer
- Never to buy things you only see once, I prefer to go home and come back if I think the stuff is worth buying
According to this rules it is pretty difficult to buy at all sometimes. It happened to me that I put an outfit together at a shop, that looked fantastic. I went home to thing about it and didn’t buy any of the pieces including shoes, pants and pullover.
This decision saved me more than 300€ (as I said, no low quality).
Another ending had the story when I saw me latest piece of jewelery. I passed the shop more than once until I finally tried it on. It costed a pretty amount of money (125€) but when I finally got it, there was no regret. I may have made the decision to buy it the first time I saw it but the more times I saw the more convinced of the decision I became.
I am a big fan of Garance Doré and love the inside view videos to fashion she is now doing in collaboration with Net-a-Porter. The video about women showed a stunning look of Charlotte Olympia wearing a Louis Vuitton Pyjama outfit. When I first saw the pyjama pants on the catwalk, I was not convinced at all.
Seeing Charlotte Olympia in those pants made me think. She reminded me of movie divas from the 30’s and also of the look Audrey Tautou was wearing in Coco Chanel. Stunning, stylish, ahead of her time and très chic.
I could definitely imagine to wear one of the following designs: Continue reading