Today, in the middle of Fashion Week nostalgia (I have only recently discovered a completely unexpected fascination with men's fashion and men's Fashion Week... But I will no doubt talk much more about this subject in upcoming posts) I came across this series, called Lady Grey. It was featured a while ago in Vogue Italia: the pictures are by Tim Walker, the styling by Jacob K, and the models in it are no less than miss Stella Tennant, Imogen Morris-Clarke and my friend Charles (Guislain). Every time I see these pictures I can't help but stare at them for hours, they are simply breathtaking! And I love Charles' ambiguity and strong otherworldly presence in them. The thought of all the talent thrown into each one of these makes my whole week!
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Yes, I am already dreaming of sea breezes, sun rays and relaxation. Oh, the carelessness of holidays! However, I read an article the other day which stated that women spend more money in their holiday wardrobe than they actually do on the holiday itself... How can we be surprised that men think we are crazy? I was shocked to find that out; however, I am a woman myself and I understand that being on holiday is no excuse for not having any style. So I thought I'd make a little guide with some easy and relaxed hair and makeup styles to be ultra-chic during holidays, whatever your chosen vacation spot might be!
Saint-Tropez is synonym with Brigitte Bardot. It's sexy yet bourgeois. Prada's ponytails and pouting mouths are perfect for any femme-enfant. This look is super easy to acomplish, and it looks good on everyone.
I love a bit of dry heat and Sicilian drama during holidays, and so do Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. A strict foundation, a touch of burgundy matte lipstick and an apparently half-made chignon pinned-up with all the family heirlooms you can find (the older the better) and you'll be a Rossellini heroine.
It's the favourite holiday spot for stylish New-Yorkers (ask Anna Wintour). Sporty, laid-back style is more than welcome. As good New-Yorkers, the Calvin Klein team have chosen the perfect look for it: a low ponytail fixed with gel mixed with water will give you a wet look. You can even wear it with no make up.
Before it became famous as a good place to start Soviet revolutions, Odessa was the most luxurious holiday spot in the Black Sea, where all chic Russian families used to go. Nowadays it has a sort of faded grandeur and it's a bit decadent... But what is a holiday without decadence? Marni's Gipsy-de-luxe look is simply perfect for it: chunky earrings and a foulard carelessly attached to your hair and you're ready to enjoy the sea.
Near Los Angeles is one of the loveliest beaches in California, ideal for tanning, swimming and having fun. Just remember to keep up with American tastes: wear wavy hair and soft lilac eyeshadows, like Versace's models, and you'll be the talk of the town.
"Why would anyone want to spend their holidays in Britain?" I know, I know; but Cornwall is a really lovely place and hey! Britain is chic in its different way. Nothing better than to get inspiration from Burberry and get a very natural look: straight hair and a very worked-up foundation. Beige tones combine really well with British light.
Elegant but not too dressy is the code for enjoying the Capri sea. Copy Bottega Veneta's style: an easy chignon with an Alice band will keep the hair out of your face when sailing. Purple lipstick will add the perfect touch of sophistication when it's Campari time.
Mexico is a tropical paradise. And you can make it still more heavenly if you dress up in Oscar de la Renta: an exotic line of eye-liner combined with braids and flashy colours and jewellery will turn you into a Frida Khalo-esque mirage.
Remember those weird plastic-stud Alice bands that were so in fashion when we were about 14 (and which we afterwards wondered how on earth we could have liked)? Well, Yves Saint Laurent has found the perfect use for them: just pile several of them up on a high chignon and combine that with a pristine make-up. Suddenly you're ready to enjoy the exoticism of Egypt!
Of course none of us is tacky enough as to want to go to Vegas during the summer for real, but I know many people who spend the entire summer travelling through the States, and how would they miss the chance to see the most surreal city in the world? A bad-ass look is mandatory here. Gucci provides: clear, feminine make-up contrasting with an austere hairdo. Lots of gel and hairspray and casino dramas will not even affect you.
Personally I'm just looking forward to leaving Paris, but I admit it's a nice city to visit all year long. And Montmartre has all the faded charm and poetry of the late XIX century. These John Galliano looks might seem a bit excessive, but Paris is filled with fruitcakes and Montmartre especially, so you will only be regarded as a freak by tourists.