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Francesca Castagnacci

Posted in Italian Fashion Designers by Gregory on May 5, 2011

“Style and Fashion designer” is what she introduces herself as. For the 60’s beat was coming to an end the fibre optic lamps were set to travel into the modern room into the 1970’s when bedrooms were adorned with the posters of Genesis and Pink Floyd…so my father tells me ! Well Dad, things have moved on a little over the past 40 or so years and we can know wear fibre optics to look great on the dance floor.

Francesca Castagacci’s name tells you about her Italian roots, a key factor I might add looking at the flamboyant nature of her designer shoes. She has taken a retro concept and incorporated it into a modern wearable fashion accessory. It would also be an affordable concept that could work its way down to street level shops, I can see these making for an exotic night out at any Student Union bar.

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Versace pink leather handbag….is, Versace in the Pink

Posted in Italian Fashion Designers, Latest fashion Trends by Gregory on February 10, 2011

Versace in the Pink


Lady-like… yes, girly… yes,want one…YES. This must be the pink bag of the year and its only February. If  you want a Valentines day gift to bring tears of joy, then this pink leather handbag with gold fixings should be a MUST.

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If you would like this lilac beauty, net a porter is selling them at £870, With a chunky chain-link strap and designer-stamped gold hardware, Versace’s lilac leather shoulder bag is a bold feminine style.The twist metal locks on the front are “in” for this season, I have seen them on Mischa Bartons “doctors bag” which is this years spring collection, I will get a picture soon for you to take a look.

See you all soon.

Top 4 Designer Clutches 2010

4 Top Designer Clutches 2010

1.Balmain Rock leather and crocodile patchwork clutch £2190Balmain rock leather and crocodile pathwork clutch,leather clutch,Balmain designer handbag,Balmain designer clutch,

2.Bottega Veneta, Lacquered silver knot insect clutch.£4985

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3.Anya Hindmarch Marano glitter clutch. £295Anya Hindmarch glitter clutch,anya hindmarch designer clutch, anya hindmarch designer womesns bags,voulue.com,

4.Alexander McQueen’s Hell’s Knuckleduster £1295.

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Why not the  top 10 designer clutches, well that simply makes it easier to do, less hand wringing and gnashing of teeth. The cost of the designer piece was not a criteria of my selection, it was the overall aesthetic value…and yes it’s definitely subjective to my likes, I’m sure you may have chosen differently to me. Now, if I was going to whittle down the odds down to the best 2 clutches, my choice would go for the Alexander McQueen and Bottega Veneta.

For the outright winner…If only I could take it home …I would go for the British Alexander McQueen’s Hell’s knuckleduster, I love the embossed black leather clutch. It is the clutch that I could use more than the others, whether day or evening it would go down a treat.

Sfrangiato…Shiny Calf Knot Clutch…Bottega Veneta clutch

Posted in Italian Fashion Designers by Gregory on January 25, 2011

Bottega Veneta Sfrangiato

I am unashamed at bringing another Bottega Veneta clutch for you to ogle and drool over….and who would blame you, it’s definitely better than any take away meal. This is a feast of artisans talent …the Sfrangiato, its name alone should surely carry a price tag, it’s worth it. I am sure this will meet the criteria to be included in the best clutches for 2011.Could this be better, yes, when it comes with a free Lamborghini! ( that’s fantasy, it doesn’t come with the car)


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As for the size 6.7″ x 4.1″ x 2.4″/17cm x 10.5cm x 6cm will fit comfortably in your hand, once you have paid the premium price of £1255.00. This is not for your average Banker, looking  to dress to impress… you will definitely need the full package of designer wear to carry this with any comfort. I may be a little snobbish, but if you are going to look the part , please don’t do it without your full committment…a Matalan T-shirt, Primark leggings and a pair of flip flops…will not work.

But above all, I’m thinking  that a warm summer will add the finishing touch, a natural illumination of your treasured designer clutch wherever you are.

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Balenciaga’s Chicken Feet

Posted in Italian Fashion Designers, Womens Designer Fashion by Gregory on October 19, 2010

Balenciaga’s Chicken Feet

Pied-de Poule patterns dominate next summers Balenciaga fashion feast. This design is  also known as ” pied de coq”, which roughly translated means chicken feet… having spent many a summer’s day feeding my Uncles’ chickens I cannot recall seeing these patterns, but truly speaking I was more interested in collecting the fresh eggs than looking for  patterns made in the dust.  Balenciaga have grasped and expedited to great effect  a pattern which originally was introduced by Chanel… and the decorated coats will pick you out from the crowd. Quickly glancing at the images will give you an overall impression,but do spend a little time to look at the subtleties of the design on each of the individual pieces.

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French designer Nicolas Ghesquière, has dispensed a collection based on strong geometrical lines and symmetrical patterns. I can see a benefit for girls who think their body shape isn’t flattering for the tight tailored cut coats,as these  coats are very forgiving for the figure. Now that’s just increased my coat collection then!  And with at least half a dozen choices to wear, my choice of stunning designer coats is going to rise exponentially next summer.balenciaga summer 2011,designer clothes for women,designer clothes online,ladies designer clothing,balenciaga online clothes shopping,fashion designer clothes,buy balenciaga designer clothes online,balenciaga designer clothes shops,Balenciaga clothes online,    As for the striped tops, well they wouldn’t have been my first choice if I was trying to gather ideas for an outfit to accompany one of the coats. But what a “mistaka to maka” as are really effective. The juxtaposition of these two bold patterns definitely do compliment each other, whether you choose the bold stripe or the narrow, they will both go well with a pied de coq pattern. So do experiment with your wardrobe, it may pay dividends!balenciaga summer 2011,balenciaga designer womenswear,balenciagas shoes,balenciagas,black handbag,

Personally I cannot wait to shop for Balenciaga’s next selection of trousers and shirts, I could comfortably add any of  these designs to my ready to wear casual collection. They are so cool…by the way, have you noticed…no high heels. Do remember to grab your brogues for your summer Balenciaga look.

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I feel very uplifted with these clothes, just add some rock music and strut your stuff… especially if its Queens’  “Dont stop me now” cus  I’m having a good time…I hope you are have a good time too… Bye for now.

Prada 1960’s Fashion Imagination

Posted in Italian Fashion Designers, Womens Designer Fashion by Gregory on October 18, 2010

Prada 1960’s Fashion Imagination

Prada’s giving us a bright future for  Spring Summer 2011 and the future is more than orange, it’s also blue, fuchsia, and jade . Add to the base formula of stripes, prints and embellishment you will delight in next seasons ensemble. Add to this the music  of the sixties and you will see exactly that Prada is reviving the 60’s. This whole collection is absolutely stunning, and  even when some of the music industry are reaching their seventies …”Happy Birthday Cliff Richard”… or should that be “Congratulations…” the sixties wouldn’t have been the same without you. Though I must say, that the lyrics of one song were the most prophetic words Cliff  ever spoken,… “Son you are a bachelor boy until you’re dying day”.

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There is certainly a bright colour palette for this S/S11 collection, and do you remember the Louis Vuitton handbag which Marc Jacob’s designed with the fox tails….did you ever wondered what they did with the rest of the fox.Well, Prada has used them, added stripes and  then dyed them with exotic bright colours. I’m not too sure if they are quiet my thing, but I said that about the LV bag and it grew on me , so perhaps Prada’s bag will become “poetry in motion” to  add a gentle motion to your image.PPrada Spring Summer 2011,online clothing stores,womens fashion clothing,vintage clothes stores,designer clothes,fashion designer clothes,designer clothes sale,voulue.com

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Looking at Prada’s ad campaign instantly brought to mind  images of Helen Shapiro, with her chart topping song “walking back to happiness” in 1961, and she does carry a stylish behive hair-do. This music is such a toe tapper, do enjoy.


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Fashion designers have gone “down town” to offer you  a palette of beautiful colours, and as you can see with Prada, there are some interesting combinations. Prada have delivered a clear inspiration of the life and times of sixties imagery… I can hear the music of the period as I type this article… that’s because I’m listening to “sounds of the sixties” on BBC Radio 2, so I’m not going to apologies for the music titles you may find here in this post…Prada set designers have successfully built a set I would predict loosely built on the night club scene of the 60’s . That here in the UK means “The Cavern” night club Liverpool. And if you didn’t know, it is the  John Lennon tribute season at “The worlds most famous club…The Cavern“, the club is open everyday, so if you would like to take in a tribute Beetle band, do let us know. I have also found out that in 1963 The Beetles were the support act for Helen Shapiro, now surely that must be more than a coincidence!!

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Is that real dancing we see?  do you think it beats todays raves?  This is a an activity which definitely needs to go on my “to do list”, it really looks fun and a girl needs fun especially when she’s wearing Prada.Prada Spring Summer designer clothes ad campaign,Prada designer shoes,designer shoes online,mens designer shoes,ladies designer shoes,designer shoes uk,Prada designer shoe brands,designer wedding shoes,designer fashion shoes,voulue.com

Take a look at the shoes, I love them, the trouble is I will need to buy a new house for all the shoes I am dreaming of buying. I will have to be a little less obsessed with collecting shoes…”mmm” I don’t think so!

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I haven’t forgotten about the boys , and as you can see, Prada does give them a showcase platform. These are boys in brogues and high neck knitwear, bedecked with stylish jackets…smart, attractive, and clean. What happen to the clean look, it is more attractive to the girls…take note boys.

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The black and white photography really sends you  back into the 1960’s, not that I was ever there! So you are going to get an offering of Prada’s interpretation of vintage designer clothing,”mmm” does vintage label apply here or should it be retrospective, I feel vintage should apply more to the Victorian or Edwardian eras…OK I will call it retro 60’s inspired clothing.

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Romantic isn’t it, if our lives were full of this it would be a “………..” place to live, …do put your own word in the space, as it may make some people feel rather unwell, to say the least!!

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Love the mens sunglasses, I can see the lads going for these, even if they can’t manage to put on the clothes to go with them. Overall it’s a resounding thumbs up for Prada and their team who deliver the clothes and the fashion images to woo us all…it works. Hope you enjoy…bye for now.

Schiaparelli’s 12 commandments of Women

Posted in Italian Fashion Designers by Gregory on August 7, 2010

Elsa  Schiaperreli was a early 20th century scholar of philosophy, and in addition to brain power she had an acute dress sense when it came to fashion, but what has intrigued me most is  Schiaparelli’s “12 commandments of Women”.  Take a look and let me know what you think?

1. Since most women do not know themselves they should try to do so.

2.  A woman who buys an expensive dress and changes it, often with disastrous result, is extravagant and foolish.

3. Most woman (and men) are colour blind,  They should ask for suggestions.

4.  Remember 20%  of women have inferiority complexes.  70% have illusions.

5.  90% are afraid of being conspicuous, and of what people will say.  So they buy a grey suit, they should dare to be different.

6.  Women should listen and ask for competent criticism and advice.

7.  They should choose their clothes alone or in the company of a man.

8.  They should never shop with another woman, who sometimes consciously or unconsciously, is apt to be jealous.

9.  She should buy little and only of the best or cheapest.

10.  Never fit a dress to the body, but train the body to fit the dress.

11.  A woman should buy mostly in one place where she is known and respected, and not rush around trying every new fad.

12.  And she should pay her bills.

What do you think, are they still applicable today, or are they too old fashioned? Shall I  put them back in the filing cabinet. Though I would have a problem with No.8, as I love to shop with my friends…or is this where I have been going wrong ! Another accolade to Elsa, was her perfume line called “Shocking”, do you see any resemblance with Jean Paul Gaultier!! mmm… I think I do. Unfortunately I am unable to make any comments on the perfume in either.

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