Gucci & Her Shoes

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The creative director behind Gucci, Alessandro Michele, revives classics in the most refined, yet eccentric way that’s possible. To celebrate the season’s shoes that are on everybody’s lips, I’m happy to release the photos I took during my May vacations by the Polish sea-side. I thought that Ciekocinko Palace, with its splendour, 100-years old wallpapers originating from San Francisco and a respectable collection of historical books would perfectly match the elegance of Michele’s must-have shoes. The double G hardware, styled in a gold-toned, antique fashion, is set on the famous “jet-set” striped strap of these mid-heel loafers.  The devil is the detail – both heels are embellished with pearls and studs, and the back is designed to be worn with the heel folded down or up (a comfortable shoe-trick favoured by Italians). Don’t they look like an irreplaceable detail of the palace’ interior?

Shop them here#GucciGram.

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All photos by me.

Isola by Ania Kuczynska

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Amada mia amore! la la la la la – la la la la la

Julia Struzycka, Ania Kuczynska‘s brand manager, commented on my Instagram photo, “floating all day in a turquoise Capri sea”. It’s a precise description of how I felt, when I saw the spring-summer revamp of my favourite Polish designer’s boutique on Mokotowska street in Warsaw. Indeed, the blue velvet curtain made me dream of an Italian summer, scented with lemons and limoncello. And that was Kuczysnka’s aim behind her summer collection, entitled Isola. Sentimental about her days as a fashion student in Rome and her wonderful island vacays, it’s a fact that Ania loves Italy, Italian design and Italian people. As she said in the latest Zwykle Zycie issue, “maybe that’s why I feel good in Italy. Good taste and Italians’ fantasy, present in design and in cuisine, are close to my heart“. The moodboard behind Isola is filled with vintage pictures of Jackie Kennedy and Rudolf Valentino, photographed by paparazzi on Capri in the 70s. Well-tailored, white pants and shirt with shoulder-exposing cuts – a perfect choice for a breezy day in Portofino, or at least, a very warm, summer day in Warsaw. Then we’ve got a line of care-free dresses kept in a monochrome colour palette, which is Ania’s consistent choice if you look at her previous collections and capsules. The accessories of Isola ooze with vibrancy, though – gold hoop earrings and handcrafted wooden bangles are coated with wax fabric from Senegal. A quite nod to the current migration problem and the beauty of cultural nomadism, or rather a simpler message – the joy of wearing colourful bracelets on a beach?

See some of the look-book polaroids shot by Karol Grygoruk below, and the full collection here.

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And a song, with a very Italian dedication…

A Big, Chic Bag by No21

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N21 it-bag exclusively available at Concept 21 Store in Poznan.

Alessandro Dell AcQua and his succesful Milan-based label, N21, is storming women’s wardrobes around the world, with its signature, feminine twist. Now, it’s the time to conquer the bag industry. Although it’s not the first season when N21 does bags, spring-summer 2016 is a break-out moment. The extremely functional, voluminous and comfortable “cabas” tote is everything. The soft calfskin bag comes in three colours (brown, burgundy and beige), and you can literally style it with anything. If you are skeptic whether you will be able to find your iPhone, chocolate you’ve taken from a brunch or other thing that saves your daily routine there – no worries. The design team thought of a perfectly fitting pocket inside. Basically, it’s a big bag, but looks as chic as a clutch. And it’s definitely much more realistic! See how was it styled back in Milan

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Elusive Glamour. Hillier Bartley SS16

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The beginning of London Fashion Week for autumn-winter 2016 season begins with… a spring-summer 2016 collection coming straight from Hillier Bartley‘s studio. The brand, formed by Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley, breaks the fashion system with the philosophy of “see it now, buy it now” – but don’t mistake this statement with Jeremy Scott’s Moschino sweatshirts which appear on-line a few minutes after the fashion show. Hillier Bartley looks at retail in a very realistic and smart way – the summer collection appears right now in the stores, and it feels just as fresh as the AW16 outings we see now from the other designers – the thing is that you don’t need to wait six months for one of these divine silk blouses or adorable tassel bags!

The London-based label’s second collection is as desirable, as inspiring One thing’s sure – David Bowie is present in these beautifully decadent, alluring clothes. As Luella Bartley told Vogue, “Talking about Bowie’s influence on myself or any other creative person is like talking about how oxygen influences the breathing process. Bowie, as the Thin White Duke in a double-breasted linen suit, felt particularly apt to illustrate a vague idea we had to imbue the Hillier Bartley woman with a louche ’30s glamour.” Just like the legendary musician, the Hillier Bartley woman has a fashion tendency of androgyny – note the importance of English tailoring, from the linen blazers to high-rise trousers. However, the designers behind the brand introduced something much more feminine, like the satin skirts and fringed crepe dresses we’ve seen in AW15 look-book. Hillier Bartley redefines “sexy”, but in a totally different, very elusive way.

The collection is available here.

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HC – Eclectic Candy. Valentino SS16

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I must admit – this time the haute couture week in Paris dissapointed me. It distinctly feels that the designers are frustrated with the speed of fashion industry, and such time-consuming, uncommercial collection like couture seems to be missed with the point. However, the only brand that made me sigh was Valentino – and that’s strange, because I have always ignored Maria Grazia Chiuri‘s and Pierpaolo Piccioli‘s pastel-pink-princess-dress vision. BUT, few of their last collections are great and absolutely different – and it’s visible that this designer duo push their boundaries, putting their Insta-famous rockstud stilettos and camo bags aside. The couture spring-summer 2016 collection is indeed a candy for the eye. There was an exotic, “Venetian-pagan” romanticism about this collection, from the sculptural, golden harnesses to ornamental gowns with meticulous floral embroideries and monarchy-like coats with fur-linings. I loved the sensual, sheer gowns with delicate Victoriana collars as much as the body-dresses which were more built-up and excessive. This bi-polar and eclectic outing, covered with white rose petals, was also all about the barefoot models, which looked like Grecian goddesses in their snake-themed crowns and neck-lines. Totally into this one, Valentino.

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