Spring/Summer 2015 Alberta Ferretti

Spring/Summer 2015 Albert Ferretti Spring/Summer 2015 Albert Ferretti

ALBERTA FERRETTI’S show  was like opening the gates to the garden of Eden and seeing what lies behind. Well, a tribe of bohemian nymphs in sheer barely-pink coloured gowns with petal appliqué, of course. One, even had the latticing of a pagoda, its pink flowers seemingly weaving in and out of those lines. Other shorter, just as romantic styles boasted blooms of crochet florals and raggedy, leafy hemlines.

Pocahontas was also skipping around in there, in tan-coloured ankle-grazing suede waistcoats with whip stitching and decorative punch-outs, and elsewhere in all that fringing and criss-cross lace-up gladiator sandal-boots.

Spring/Summer 2015 Albert Ferretti Spring/Summer 2015 Albert Ferretti

The thing about Alberta Ferretti is this: these looks are never going to be cutting edge – that isn’t what she has built her brand upon. And I’m sure she doesn’t mind a bit about that, because her successes are in making women look and feel pretty. It’s as simple as that and she did that again with this collection. Any one of these dresses would work at any summer function, day or night. A garden party? Why, of course. A guest at a wedding? Look no further. A gown for a trio of bridesmaids? yes, she had those by the dozen. A bohemian bride? Yes, a couple of those were in the offing too. Doing pretty – that sells.

Spring/Summer 2015 Albert Ferretti Spring/Summer 2015 Albert Ferretti



How To Prepare for Valentines Day

Let’s start with How to have the best Valentines Day…

1. Have a plan

No matter whether you’re spending Valentines Day with your partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, ‘friend with benefits’, or simply just your friends, make sure you have a plan! There’s nothing worse than having huge expectations and ideas for a beautifully romantic, or absolutely hilarious valentines day, only to find out that everything you wanted to do is now unavailable… be organized, plan ahead and you’ll have a great day.

2. Book early

If you’re planning a meal out for this special evening, make sure you make a reservation because every other couple has the same idea. It’s the traditional and romantic thing to do on valentines, but it won’t be so great when you have to make a 5.30 reservation and are sitting amongst screaming kids or alternatively, have to wait until 10 to eat and fall asleep at the table. Having the perfect date at the perfect time will make your valentines day… well… perfect!

3. Valentine’s Transfer Deadline Day

Think of it as transfer deadline day in football, you have just under a week to get your act together and get sorted. Some people like to go for the buy-back clause and resign their ex’s, while others like to dip into their ‘friend zone’ in order to secure a free transfer. New profile pictures and last minute grafting can also go your way but just make sure you put in the work before it’s too late!

4. Make sure you feel good

High self-esteem is a must when the 14th Feb is approaching. There’s nothing worse than not feeling happy about yourself, especially on a day when you either want to impress someone else, or are very aware that you are still single. Spend the week eating healthy and looking after yourself. Statistics show it only takes just under a week to notice a difference, so get started now! Gym a few times, have early nights so that you feel refreshed and rejuvenated, even go to a spa, just make sure that when valentines comes around, you’re the best you that you can be.

5. Get the perfect gift

This doesn’t necessarily mean for your significant other. Although if you are lucky enough so be spending valentines day with someone that you love, turning up without a gift, or with a truly awful one, is a sure way to put a bum note on the evening. Once again it all comes down to planning, make sure you think ahead, and get something with sentimental value. As for the rest without a date to get a present for… get yourself one! This is the perfect opportunity to hit the stores and treat yourself, it’s a day all about love and affection, so buy yourself that top you’ve been wanting for ages, or get a manicure, spend some time and money on yourself!

And now how to have the worst…

1. Spend the day inside with Netflix

If you want to make yourself truly lonely and upset then spending the day inside, preferably still in bed, with Netflix thinking about how single you are or how unfair it is that your boyfriend / girlfriend isn’t here to spend the day with you, will do the job perfectly. Netflix is not your friend and watching episodes back to back will make you not only hate all of the characters and their annoyingly happy lives, but also yourself.

2. Make food your valentines date

It is common knowledge that the worst valentine’s date is food, excessive amounts of food. Even the first satisfying bite of a dairy milk bar, or dominos delivered to your door, is not a stronger feeling than the pure guilt and sickness when you realize you’ve eaten two pizzas, Doritos, dairy milk and four diet cokes. Bottom line is, you along with the shock and horror at your absolute greediness, you’ll wake up with bad skin weighing a lot more than yesterday… great Valentines Day present right?

3. Don’t think

For the unhappily single person on the 14th of Feb, going to a cute restaurant is probably one of the worst ideas. Especially if it has been done up super romantically for this special day and is full of horrendously cringe couples staring into each other’s eyes other over a candle lit dinner. You, on the other hand, are waiting for a table to be set for you and your equally as unhappy single friends as the restaurant “wasn’t expecting parties of more than two tonight”. Alternatively, you could be in a very happy relationship and have just not bothered to think. Forgetting to book a nice restaurant will leave you either eating at some ridiculously early or late hour, or worse, squashed into a booth at MacDonald’s because no restaurants have room for your unorganized self.

4. Get absolutely smashed

If your valentines hasn’t reached it’s low yet, then there’s nothing worse (or in this case better) than drinking obsessive amounts at dinner, just to make sure your drunk alter-ego can embarrass you even more. If you manage to then throw up all of your romantic valentines meal just after you ate it, you know you’re close to rock bottom… absolute floor level bad is if you throw it up on your date’s lap…

5. Hook up with an ex

If you’re feeling lonely on this romantic day, then hooking up with an ex will not cheer you up or make you feel better, it’ll leave you feeling empty and much lonelier than you were before you had this crazy idea. Let’s face it, they’re an ex for a reason… so let’s keep it that way.

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How would you prepare for Valentines Day? Let me know your advice below…

Spring/Summer 2015 Valentino

FOLLOWING on from their couture collection, which channelled the Pre-Raphaelites,  Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli presented a collection that took its cue from the 18th century tradition of the Grand Tour, a trip taken by young Europeans to explore the art, culture and traditions of Italy. Rome and all-out classicism, views, ruins, and souvenirs were all tapped, even, right down to a soundtrack that felt like a tourist board melody and a palette that in parts looked to be informed by Neopolitan ice-cream – a fluttery sheer silk dress floated its way around the body in vanilla, strawberry and chocolate stripes.

It was romantic, artisanal and all out beautiful – from the simplicity of those double linen coats and backless pinafores, to the overwhelming intricacies of their eveningwear (as usual, it was one look more breathtaking than the next). Gowns were embroidered in wispy gold starfish, or watery seascapes, elsewhere, they came heavily encrusted with feathers, bugle beads and embroideries and shuffled barely an inch off the floor (a Valentino hemline is a thing of absolute precision and perfection).

What is perhaps even more remarkable than all that finery, and that extreme level of craftsmanship – which it’s no exaggeration to say is comparable to couture – is that these clothes are imbued with such a sunny youthfulness, everything is apparently so effortless to wear. Those scarf print silk jumpsuits and devastatingly pretty white eyelet lace dresses and skirts are the sort of summer pieces one could happily slip into in five seconds flat – and go anywhere.

It was all anchored with flat knee-high gladiator sandals – ideal for exploring the ruins, perhaps – some boasted dangling charms that looked like they had been picked up while browsing bazaars. Half-up, half-down hair was intertwined with precious gold marine trinkets such as seashells and starfish. Spectacular.

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