The italians have style. Whether it’s because of the hot weather, the siestas or even the abundance of delicious food, they’ve got it. Cool to the extreme, painfully stylish and confident – they own it all.
It is no wonder why, then, that many-a-fashion house has been born and nurtured in Italy, resulting in the take over of the rest of the fashion world. Exhibition Masters of Style: Celebrating the Stories behind Italian Fashion at Somerset house has encapsulated all the most influential Italian haute houses; Gucci, Missoni, Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, Ferragamo and Prada (to name all six that feature) through images. With all houses having personally hand-picked images from their collections, advertisements and photo-shoots, they are going on a journey looking back through their image archives. Masters of Style is on a mission to breath life back into these iconic fashion moments, bringing an insight into the influences and evident passion behind their most iconic work.
This exhibition coincides with the 150th anniversary Italy’s unification in the whirlwind that is the fashion industry. Curated by Peroni Nastro Azzurro in partnership with esteemed fashion commentator and Daddy Fashion himself, Colin McDowell.
Image courtesy of Style.com
Do not worry Tellusfashion followers, I haven’t been utterly spellbound by Harry Potter mania…As featured in the Fall 2011 collections from Tracy Reese and Elie Tahari, bell sleeves are the newest celebrity trend but we’re not talking the kind of sleeves worn by Merlin, Maid Marion or the dodgy outfits lurking at the bottom of your fancy dress box. No, the bell sleeves as worn by the A-list beauties are delicate and dreamy, just take this lot for inspiration…
Jennifer Hudson performed in Central Park wearing a Givenchy bell-sleeved white blouse with sheer black shoulders tucked into a full volume high-waisted black flare skirt. She finished her monochrome look with red popping Mary-Jane heels.
Lily Allen’s made like Kate Middleton and wore not one but two wedding gowns on her big day earlier this summer. The incredible empire-waisted Chanel gown designed by Karl Lagerfield featured sheer bell sleeves adding to the romance of the dress.
Kate Moss looks the picture of happiness on her wedding eve earlier this month. Her aqua vintage gown with flowing skirt and bell sleeves created a 70’s hippy princess look although I’m not sure on the crushed velvet Tabitha Simmons boots, a pair of embellished flats would have added a gorgeously laid-back glamorous twist to the look.
Want to get your own unique take on the trend? Then head on over to Tellusfashion and check out this Button up Blouse with Draped Pleated Sleeves. Designed by Nai, brains behind the brand Nadia Ivanova creates “wearable conceptual fashion with story line.” Perfect for work or play, team the blouse with a brooch detail necklace and a tight-fitting pencil skirt or pair of cigarette pants to balance the volume of the sleeves and a look that screams ladylike chic. Check out Ngone Creations, for more intricately detailed pieces of jewellery like the brooch detail necklace.
This weekend the world was rocked by the news of Amy Winehouse’s tragic death, aged only 27. Many will be reading numerous posts on blog sites, just like this one. As a journalist I write about what is happening in the here and now; many have been quick to say “but if she were still alive you wouldn’t be honouring her style.” Granted, this is true, but I would rather write this than be badgering her over problems, which were out of her control, as that was well documented and scrutinized already. We live in the here and now; this is happening now.
Here at Tellusfashion, we want to celebrate the life of an extremely gifted individual; she may have been troubled but there’s no denying her talent, heart and that voice.
From beehives to black eyeliner, Amy put her own mark on the fashion industry and refused to go to fashion rehab. This is our small, but poignant, celebration of some of Amy’s style yes’s and also the no no no’s.
Amy didn’t just go back to black on her album, but also with her fashion choices. Above she is seen wearing a Fred Perry playsuit from her own collection.
Here is she pictured looking elegant at The Elle Style Awards, but still keeping her signature style with her back combed beehive and striking black eyeliner.
Girly and glam aren’t two words usually associated with Ms Winehouse, but the above pictures put the Hollywood Elite to shame. We particularly like the bright yellow dress teamed with the gorgeous red heart patent bag. Amy’s style was 50’s with a Camden edge, and it showed in everything she wore.
This picture shows Amy at her fashion finest, working the leopard print, letting her hair down in oh so cool waves and keeping it real with that eye make up, which everyone has tried to recreate atleast once; go on admit it… it’s ok.
Of course Amy wasn’t always pictured looking her finest, but that just makes us love her all the more, and if anything, actually see what she was going through. Who would be dressed up to the nines when they are battling an addiction?
Fred Perry and the fashion followers…
In the Autumn of 2010, Amy collaborated with Fred Perry; bringing her unique style together with a label she loved, and that happiness can be seen in the below pictures. Amy was quoted as saying, about the collaboration “if I died tomorrow, I would be a very happy girl” and according to reports Amy has designed all the way up to 2012, and we cannot wait to see what else she has up her talented tattooed sleeve.
Amy influenced the world of fashion more than many realise, with legendary deigner Karl Lagerfield using her as his ‘muse’, and even styling his models for the 2007 Chanel show based on her look.
Even gorgeous super model Adriana Lima donned the Winehouse get up for a Vogue photoshoot.
Releasing your inner Amy
If you fancy taking a piece of Amy’s style with you on a night out, but aren’t feeling too daring, then why not pop on this gorgeous lipsy cocktail dress, £60, www.lipsy.co.uk, team it with some killer River Island heels, £85 www.riverisland.com, and a lush Topshop statement clutch £35.
Amy, we will miss your music, your style and your fighting spirit; your problems will never over shadow your talent. x X x
Amy Winehouse 1983-2011
Blow up things pop. It’s a scientific fact. And Pandemonia has done just that. The biggest thing to appear this year and blow up all over the Fashion Week front rows and your glossies and rags, is the larger than life (literally, she is seven foot tall) platinum blonde walking, talking post pop conceptual artist. With more plastic than Page 3 and enough helium to cater to a dozen 5 year olds party’s, it is TellusFashion‘s pleasure to introduce to you, Pandemonia…..(interview by Alice Grace Carroll)
“I’m like a play within a play”
Apart from being in the right place at the right time, I am tall and slim – fashion magazines will always like that. I’m like an extra spin on celebrity, event and media. It could be that the glossies love me too because, like them, I am glossy. My self sculpted image is unique. I’m am art.
“It’s visual conceptual art”
My post pop art show is a combination of art, fashion and social critique. I’m currently looking for sponsorship so the show can go ahead.
“My inspirations are adverts”
I have always found it fascinating how they can influence. I have taken their lead and used the tools of the media and advertising. Images say so much.
“I edit myself into and out of the media by choosing what events I go to”
My favourite event o far was the fabulous PPQ Autumn Winter 2011 London Fashion Week. From the moment I stepped out of my black cab, I was well received. The press I got following that appearance was amazing.
“It’s important not to overdress”
When I turn up on the front row of these fashion shows, I don’t want to steal the limelight from the designer, so I try to blend in. But as you can imagine, that doesn’t always go to plan.
“I would say an umbrella”
That is probably the only thing that will never go out of fashion. Especially in this country. It is always raining!
“This is the age of escapism”
Seeing myself in the Sun Newspaper and in print in general, is a dislocation.
“Social media is changing the world”
Who was it who said ‘We have the means of production’? Well, we do now. I have my own blog, it’s a brilliant form of communication. Using my blog I can broadcast ideas, be easily found and comment on things I would otherwise not be able to.
“My night ended in disaster and my speech bubble burst”
I did a charity event for the Haitian Earthquake disaster. I won’t say where it was, but the ceiling was way too low. I won’t ever be going on stages with low ceilings ever again.
Unlike the archetypal socialite blonde bombshell she encapsulates, Pandemonia will never age – and boy, does this make the fashion world stand up and pay attention. Challenging what people perceive as art, she is truly breathing a breath of fresh air, or helium, to the typical London Fashionista.