Monday, 14 April 2014

Links à la Mode: Letting Fashion Out Of It's Gilded Cage

A big thank you to Independent Fashion Bloggers and Links à la Mode for choosing my blog post last week on "Letting Fashion Out Of It's Gilded Cage". Check out the other fantastic posts and the bloggers who got chosen by clicking below.


Shoe In

How do you dress for success? Do you dress for the job you want or the job you have? Are your shoes made for walking or climbing the ladder of success? Well, you know upward mobility is always on the mind of an avid blogger. This week we take the plunge into Spring and Summer trends, but not in the way of dressing down but more buttoning up. Does that mean we have work on the mind? Maybe. You'll just have to see for yourself.

Links a la Mode: April 10th

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Letting fashion out of it's gilded cage and into the real world

Vogue Italia's April 2014 Issue

Vogue Italia's April 2014 Issue

VICE Magazine, There Will Be Blood 2012

VICE Magazine, There Will Be Blood 2012

VICE Magazine, There Will Be Blood 2012

VICE Magazine, There Will Be Blood 2012

VICE Magazine, There Will Be Blood 2012

This week in fashion news, there was quite the scandal over a certain Vogue cover. No not THAT cover  (I am sorry Kimye your 5 minutes is over), but Vogue Italia and their editorial spread, photographed by Steven Meisel. Entitled Horror Story, amidst the fine silks and next season's finest, it seemed to depict a scene of domestic violence. The over all reaction was that Fashion had no place to comment on issues such as violence against women. The Internet was outraged at Vogue Italia's editor Franca Sozzani, for even attempting to portray a real-life subject.
However what was more shocking to me was people's, perhaps, narrow-minded view that everything has a box and that is where it should remain. There is no room for mixing an idea as frivolous as fashion with that of real life issues and world problems. It is to say that fashion should be portrayed only in glamorous settings and around beautiful things.
I on the other hand find it thought provoking and I can't see what is so taboo about the whole thing. I for one am sick of some people considering those who either work in fashion or have an interest in fashion to be less intelligent, or to have a less valid profession than some let's say in the "real" world. Shunned as air headed and image obsessed, to say that Sozzani had no place in addressing Domestic Violence is to only reinforce these preconceived ideas.
VICE Magazine is another publication which has been deemed controversial for it's graphic and, according to some, out of place commentaries on real life. Take for instance the photo shoot above. Instantly shocking, the idea of portraying the female menstrual cycle was stepping over the line for some, but I say what is taboo about addressing something as natural as the female capacity to create life. Again the idea goes back stimulating the brain, to get us thinking rather just flicking from one pretty, seemingly perfect object to the next and in a society that is more obsessed than ever with the surface appearance, I say maybe we need a little provocation.

What are your thoughts?

Friday, 4 April 2014

Travel Diary: Venice part 2

Lorenzo and I at Cafe Florian

Teatro La Fenice

Part two of the Venice Travel Diary includes my three must dos in Venice.

First up is breakfast at Cafe Florian, which is Italy's oldest cafe, having opened in 1720. The ornate interiors in gold with lush red velvet seating trasnport you back to a bygone era. They do beautiful pastries and specials teas, all with silver service. Dig deep because the prices are high, but I reckon it is worth it for a once in a life-time experience. Next time I would try their afternoon tea.

My next favourite thing was Il Teatro La Fenice. Although we didn't see an opera or ballet, we could still visit this famous theatre. Keeping in theme with Cafe Florian, the interiors were spectacular. Gold detailed ceilings with crystal chandeliers and hand painted motifs. I can only imagine the atmosphere when there is a show on!

Finally the gondola ride. Ok, so I admit at first I thought it was a bit cheesy and I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it, but again I figured when in Venice.... A gondola trip is pricey, especially when you are only in two, however we manged to bargain a little. It costs more at night-time aswell. I would suggest to walk a little outside the centre and then get a gondola as we did. This allowed us to see quaint little Venetian houses as we quietly drifted down the canals. There will be no tourists around staring at you (and quite possibly taking a picture of you) while you enjoy your romantic ride.

If you didn't see part one click here

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Links à la mode: Zimmermann's Summer 2014 Collection

A big thanks to the editors at Links à la Mode who included "The Perfect Bikini from Zimmermann's Summer 2014 campaign" post in their round-up of the top 20 blog posts this week.
You have until Tuesday to submit your own links for next week, if your a blogger or you can just check out all the other great posts by clicking below.


Born to be Styled

You know how it is, every season there's something new to get into... new trends, new styles, keeping up appearances. As I get older, I notice how some things come cycle in and out, and how some things stay with us season after season. That biker jacket, that classic black and white ensemble, that perfect suit. It's just a matter of finding that thing that resonates with you and your life year after year. We all have our fleeting musings, but what really strikes our fancy time after time? That's what I call style.

Links à la Mode: March 27th

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Perfect Bikini from Zimmermann's Summer 2014 campaign

Australia is the home to a population of surfers and beach lovers, so it is only natural that they would give the world one of the best swimwear brands, Zimmermann.
I remember when I was working in Australia, for another Australian brand, I used to spend my lunch break fondling the delicate, printed bikini's at the Zimmermann shop near by. Out of my budget of course, however it did get me thinking of the idea of investing in swimwear. I usually buy a couple of high street bikini's each year and then toss them to the side when they have had their share of salt water and sun cream stains.Only once did I invest in a Seafolly red striped. nautical, cut out one piece. It lasted me a good 3 years or more. So it was worth the price tag.
One of the reasons that Zimmermann is a great bikini brand to choose from is it's wearability. Normally designer swimwear lines are all sequins, awkward cut outs and closely cut bikini lines. Great for posing in St Tropez or partying in Ibiza but not very practical. Zimmermann's bikini's are on trend with unique prints and flattering cuts, but without the heavy fashion details. Their Summer 2014 collection is to die for and has me dreaming of an exotic trip to The Cook Islands, where they did this shoot.

Oh Summer do hurry up!!

Love Dani xx

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Outfit Post: White coat


Last Sunday the sun was shining so I went for a walk in Villa Pamphili, the biggest green space in Rome. This open space is home to beautiful Palazzos and a lake full of turtles. One of my favourite things is the maze garden, which you can't enter unfortunately.
I worked this look around the white biker coat, which I got when I was home in Ireland last Christmas. I am always afraid to purchase anything white, but this coat was a stand out piece that I couldn't leave behind. I decided to pair it with all black, in an attempt at channeling a mod look.

What do you think of this look?

Love Dani xx