Embroidery is cool again

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Embroidery is an old art, that has passed through generations and generations until today. It was forgotten in Fashion for a while, until last year it started shyly invaded runaways and collections.

For me, embroidery means tradition, evokes the sort of thing that grandmothers, mother and aunts used to do as a hobby, embroidering mostly bath towels, bed linen, table linen to use themselves or even to offer a birthday or wedding gift. The colourful and folklore type type also reminds me of home – the small village, the skirts of the old ladies, their scarves, the shawls. This is probably why at first I was very reticent with it. And I still am with some pieces that bring me back to my village in ways I do not really like.

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However, shops are now full of pieces decorated with embroidered details – from jeans, denim jackets, to shirts and leather jackets. Even shoes, all kinds: boots, loafers, trainers. Embroidery is incredible versatile and what I mostly enjoy about it is the contrast it gets within some pieces, mainly when in denim or leather.

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I am enjoying the mix between the modern and the traditional. I personally like when the bright red is embroidered against a black background. I got a shirt from Zara exactly like that, which I like to wear with black or denim jeans, with no more color in me entire outfit. I feel like any piece with embroidery details ends up being an statement item, unless it is a very small detail.

All the pieces I chose for my collages are from Zara and Topshop which, in my opinion have the best embroidery pieces of the season.

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The big problem with this is how more expensive this pieces are. Something that we can do is to recycle some old clothes that you have, applying embroidery details, like patches. See these from Stradivarius:

And what do you think about this? Do you already own a few pieces or it is a definite nay for you?

 

Love,

nic

 

 

 

Early Spring Inspiration

Spring is not yet here, but shops are full of new awesome collections that almost make my heart ache. My inbox is full of irresistible newsletters and my Instagram feed full of amazing fashion editorials. And even though it’s the season of color that’s coming, I am still faithful to my greyish, neutral wardrobe. These are my fashion crushes at the moment:

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Fashion is also cultural

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Allowing myself to enjoy the thrills that come with Fashion Weeks is something that goes beyond a simple guilty pleasure. Fashion has been much more than that for me. A form of Art, of liberation, and most of all a form of expression that exists in every single one of us. It doesn’t matter what you might say, but the way you dress says a lot about yourself. Is a bit like the sort of music you listen to.

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MoMu – Antwerp’s Fashion Museum

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As a fashion lover, not going to Antwerp’s Fashion Museum being in Antwerp (just Belgian style capital), would be a sin. And if you do go to Antwerp and you are indecisive about where to go, I must recommend this museum. Do go. Do enjoy. It is a small visit, but it would be worth it. It is a demonstration of great design that can also tell you a lot about Belgian culture. Fashion, as a form of Art, is surely a medium of values, attitudes and ideas.

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H&M vs Kenzo: another great partnership

It has been a while since I post anything related with Fashion or Style. Well, as all of you fashionistas know, this weekend was the official launch of H&M vs Kenzo collection. the collection is basically sold out by now, but I still advise you to go on their page and read about the inspiration behind the collection. The theme is obviously around the jungle, and the patterns and the colors chosen go really well together – it is indeed an unexpected choice with great results. The collection launch show in NY looked absolutely dreamy – at least as far as I could read or see on H&M social media.

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The Dressmaker

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You probably have heard about the movie The Dressmaker, with Kate Winslet in the lead role and Liam Hemsworth. I’ve seen it last weekend and I never thought I’d love it so much. The Dressmaker is not about fashion uniquely. It goes far beyond that. It is about being different, about living limited to what others think of you, succumbing to the criticism, be molded to what is considered to be ‘normal’, to be blinded by narrow mindedness. It makes us think how the environment where we live in has the power of shaping us, even changing the perspective of who we are and who we want to be.

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It smells like Spring: Off-the-Shoulder Trend

This weekend the sun has come out and temperatures have finally increased a bit in London. It does smell like Spring, and nothing could work better as a mood booster. Aren’t we all tired of thick jumpers and heavy coats, wool and hairy scarves? The time of showing some skin has arrived, ladies and gentlemen. And I just love the comeback of the off-the-shoulder trend.

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The first image coming to your mind when you think about off-the-shoulder trend is immediately summer, music festival with a hippie vibe. But off-the-shoulder is not only about that. The trend has become an unique element for dresses, jumpsuits, jumpers, even shirts, that can give you that formal look you can still use in the office. You can have it with patterns, flowerish style, stripes, plain… it is definitely adaptable to any style and any situation. Undoubtedly one essential piece in your wardrobe this season!

Share your thoughts about this trend 🙂

With love,

Nicole

Am I less than a feminist because I like to dress well?

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I was lucky enough to have been brought to a world where a woman had the right to wear trousers, to access education, to build a career, to have a say through the vote. But when you come to a world where everything seems to be given, we tend to accommodate to ideals and values that are not that right.

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