I just wanted to share this lovely TED talk with you (I'm a big fan of those) and share with you some of my thoughts about the topic and it's increasing threat in the blogging industry.
Cameron Russell talks about her photos being "constructions", carefully put together by teams of hair stylists, make-up artists and photographers. She describes her face and body being carefully shaped to suit the demanding requirements of today's fashion world, and her fear that her character is becoming secondary to her looks. My big fear is that our modern-day mania with perfection has slowly made it's way into so many fashion blogs. I used to follow a number of bloggers, yet throughout time it seemed that their photos got more and more polished, their outfits more and more generic, and the posts they wrote more and more impersonal. Now, it's absolutely fine to improve and grow, however I have always thought that perfection belonged on the pages of Vogue while blogs were written by real women for real women. Now I am not going to sit here and say that I don't enhance my photos however I DO NOT photoshop my body or airbrush my skin to a point where Annie Leibowitz would want to eat her heart out.
I believe that the magic of blogging is in it's accessibility and honesty, so why are blogs progressively becoming more and more "constructed"?
Several days ago I was invited to the La Redoute press day to see some key pieces from the SS 14' collections carried by the online store. My Playground, the PR agency responsible for the event, organised the event flawlessly and with taste (complete with adorable hors d'oeuvres). I even fell in love... with a dress, no, with THE dress. When I saw this gorgeous garment that looked like it fell out of a 50's tea party I knew it was special, the petticoats, the lightweight material, the soft off-white colour. Thank you Ms. Delphine Manivet for bringing effortlessly bringing back a very classic feminine elegance, your pieces were definitely a big crush for me.
I also liked Cedric Charlier's structured and crisp pieces, spiced up with bold colours. The clean lines of the garments made even the boldest of colours seem extremely wearable. Another collection I loved was Gat Rimon which was a mix of sporty materials and shapes juxtaposed against traditionally feminine elements like sequins and silk. This concept has been attempted by many designers, however sometimes the effect isn't ideal, Gat Rimon's collection perfectly plays with the opposing styles, creating an intriguing outcome. Shop all of the pieces on La Redoute!
I have been gone a while but in my defense I have had a very eventful few months. I have really exciting and life-changing events coming up and I am very excited to keep working on the blog and share those changes with you. As you might have noticed I am not too liberal with colour in my outfits. I shy away from colour blocking and exciting patterns and shades and with this outfit I wanted to embrace the most colourful of trends - pastel colour block.
I have been working with SheInside for a while now and I love their pieces, theres some wonderful items on their website and with a small search there is something for everyone. This time they gifted me with a gorgeous wool mint coat. Its slightly oversized but its very warm (seeing as Swiss temperatures are unforgiving that's a big bonus). I paired it with a lavender Massimo Dutti sweater and some light blue H&M jeans. I am also wearing my awesome beige Isabel Marant sneakers that I splurged on a few weeks ago. One piece of advice, beige suede can be a nightmare, so invest in some good leather cleaner and protector. As for the accessories, the necklace is from Zara and the bag form Ferragamo.