This week’s style icon is an icon in front of the camera as well as behind it. Why it’s the very talented Sofia Coppola! Her directorial work is always beautiful (yes, we’ve watched her work besides Marni for H&M!) and inspires us to the next level. Who can resist watching great films like The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette?
Here she is behind the camera, looking chic in a simple button up and a natural look
Her work not only inspires us here at Shoppalu, but major fashion houses, especially Louis Vuitton have taken note of Ms. Coppola and worked with her extensively.
Here she is in one of their campaigns in 2007
Like father, like daughter (with Francis Ford Coppola - love the LV Core Values campaign
And again, supporting the house at their Spring presentation.
Here with one of her famous designer friends in 2009 at the Met Gala
Despite, being the daughter of Hollywood royalty, that didn’t exempt her from a bit of an awkward phase, which really adds to her charm as an adult.
Our lady Sofia covering Vogue Paris, day and night from her Vogue Italia cover
Here we’re going to take a look at some bloggers who have showcased wearing our very own Shoppalu pieces. With every piece that is worn amongst the bloggers, it is definitely visible that they each have their own style and aesthetic, which we admire more than anything. The blogger we’re going to look at today is Barbro Andersen from http://barkatt-barbro.blogspot.ca wearing a beautiful vintage lace dress from our website. Check out some photos of Barbro looking adorable in this fabulous vintage find.
Be sure to check out Barbro on herblog for some other fantastic outfits, and definitely be sure to check out our site for some other fantastic vintage finds!
Hello fashion lovers! As many of us know, one of the most recognizable patterns in fashion is polka dots. Big, small, coloured, or black and white, polka dots can be found on all different articles of clothing which can help a little flare to the outfit. This season, designers brought polka dots to the runway which helped bring their collections to life. Check out how designers such as Anna Sui, Luca Luca, and Tory Burch added their own modern twist to such a classic and timeless pattern.
We get on an easyjet flight this week and hop over to Vienna for a little Q&A pow wow with Borjana. Hailing from Bosnia, Borjana now lives in Vienna, documenting her love of fashion and travels through her blog Beeswonderland. There’s always been distinct flavors of style when you cross a border in Europe, but when styles meet through varying cultural backgrounds, ones addiction to the internet, and appreciation of inspirations that weren’t available to our parents’ generations, a new layer gets added onto style. I love B’s take on punk rock and the clean shapes and lines that dominate the runways of 2012. Check out our Q&A with her below and I think you’ll see just how appealing her cool aesthetic is to me.
1. How long have you been blogging for? What made you start?
I was following a lot of blogs for years and when I moved to Vienna 6 months ago finally got the courage to start my own.
2. How would you describe your aesthetic?
I’m a mix of everything,because I dress up depending on my mood-girl, edgy, androgynous, chic, you name it.
3. Your does perfect outfit consists of?
High heels.Even though I’m pretty tall (1.80m) I love to wear high heels.Good shoes give to a simple outfit a twist
4. A favourite trend you try to incorporate into your style…
Prints.Huge trend for spring/summer and I’ll give my best to wear it on my way
5. One thing on your bucket list you have to do
Definitely travel as much as I can and visit world’s wonders.
Natalia Vodianova has done it all: A successful career on the runway, in editorials and advertising campaigns for big fashion names like Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Versace, and Chanel. She is the key ambassador for Sochi’s Winter Games in 2014. Natalia has also acted in films including Clash of the Titans where she played Medusa? You want more? She’s done it. After visiting Russia with her son, she was inspired to start the Naked Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe and inspiring children to play in. In honour of all this, it’s no wonder that Harper’s Bazaar awarded her with the Inspiration of the Year award in 2010.
Vogue US March 2012
We can’t decide what’s more gorgeous - the outfits or Maria Testino’s home
At Paris Fashion Week
Isn’t this just stunning?
Stella McCartney Spring 2012
Love her green eyes in this editorial for L’Officiel Ukraine
These ladies did not shy away from making it look like they just rolled out of bed while out and about on the streets. However, they did so in the chicest way possible, looking awesome in pajama inspired pieces.
Everyone knows that summer is a time to be relaxed and easy going. However, this season, designers brought a whole new meaning to “easy and relaxed” when they introduced pajama inspired outfits on the runway. This included over sized silks, slouched silk pants, and robe inspired pieces. Check out how designers such as Adam, Diane von Furstenberg, and The Row and others created new and chic inspirations to the “just got out of bed” look.
Liya Kebede is one of those prolific models who’s been on more Vogue covers and in high profile ad campaigns than we can count, but still manages to remain low key. Not only is she great at what she does, she also has a heart of gold starting her own foundation to reduce women and infant mortality rates in her native Ethiopia. How’s that for model behaviour? (excuse the cheesy line)
We like her style because it’s chic, simple, and always looks effortless. Here are some of our favourite images of Liya Kebede.
Looking fresh for spring on the street.
One of Liya’s many, many Vogue covers with fellow supermodels (May, 2009). She was featured in the magazine for the first time in 2001
Liya’s front row style - looking very Alex Wang might we add
Gorgeous in H&M
On the runway for Givenchy RTW
With friend Jonathan Saunders in his design
One of her iconic Estée Lauder ads. We think we need to get some of that foundation to look half as good as Liya
Loving that gorgeous hair in Marie Claire, February 2011
Vogue, May 2005 - just casually being gorgeous
The definition of “working it” in Vogue Italia (where else would you find such a fun editorial?)
We have been on a Portuguese blogger spree the past two weeks since the end of Lisbon Fashion Week. I’m a firm believer that just because you don’t live in NY or London or Paris, does not mean you don’t dress like you do. Ivania from Ivania Diamond, has the rock and rock style that pushes this mantra to a T. Her varying style and (beautiful) image-heavy blog shows off her wonderful closet and especially, her tude.
1) How long have you been blogging for? What made you start?
I’ve been a blogger for 2 years but only last year I started to dedicate myself to define goals with the blog. I started blogging because fashion is one of my big passions and I wanted to share my vision on it with the world.
2) How would you describe your aesthetic?
My aesthetic doesn’t necessarily have a definition, neither can I describe it. The only thing I know is that what I do is real and I do it because it’s what I like. Everything is very “Ivânia”, very genuine.
3) Your perfect outfit consists of?
My perfect outfit depends on the style I adopt but it should show my personality on it. That way I feel like the outfit is perfect.
4) One thing on your bucket list you have to do
Something I have to do shortly is to attend as many fashion weeks worldwide as I can!
Not often do I ever talk about flats - I’m a firm believer that heels are a woman’s best accessory, instant glamour, a heel makes or breaks an outfit. But, I understand that we’re not all on a runway and you’re all not attending the events that we have to go to, our modern day lifestyle and hectic schedules will constantly be at the forefront and heels are quite going to work.
Now, from what I hear both from friends and clients at Casual Affairs Clothing, flats can be difficult things to find - from too narrow to the uncomfortable thin soles many flats are made with. Casual Affairs Clothing has recently starting carrying a selection of foldable flats from Ma Lu and it’s received an amazing response that I’d thought I’d share with you guys! But, the shoes themselves aren’t the only reason why they’re getting such a buzz - they help a many great initiatives!
A line of shoes founded by Maria Campodonico, a high school teacher who lives in the GTA, developed the shoes to benefit children in developing countries.
Designs by Malu is sold at various boutiques in the city (with new retailers coming in Montreal and Niagara-On-The-Lake region) which donate 5% of their sales to a local community charity of their choice. Casual Affairs is proud to support Girls On The Run, an initiative to educate and empower girls at an early age in order to prevent the display of at-risk activities in the future. At risk activities include substance/alcohol use, eating disorders, early onset of sexual activity, sedentary lifestyle, depression, suicide attempts and confrontations with the juvenile justice system.
The all Italian leather flats in varying styles have a convenient foldable feature for a quick purse-to-feet accessibility. I know all you party animals will enjoy these - dancing around in heels can be torture on your feet!
This season on the runway, designers looked all the way back to the Roaring 1920’s for inspiration. Bringing their own modern edge to the era, designers kept with the dropped waistlines, sequins and longer hemlines. The 1920’s were a prosperous time for fashion, and seeing this vintage feel on the runway makes our Shoppalu hearts melt. This is definitely a trend to look forward to this season. Check out how designers Alberta Ferretti, Gucci, Ralph Lauren and others have brought back in the 1920’s in a bold way.
Don’t you hate getting an item and only wearing it with a specific pair of jeans…and that’s it? What about getting called out for having a fav sweater when you swear you only wear it twice a week to the office. Those are the fundamental ingredients for making one hate her own closet. Using one piece of clothing from our site, the Press Liya Cream Blouse (on sale), we put together 2 outfits that will take you from day to night easily.
We paired the blouse with the ideal pair of vintage dress pants, a simple blazer from Urban Outfitters, and the Holland necklace from Beth Lauren to give you an easy day outfit for the office. Add in a top knot and some tie-up Volatile pumps and you’re ready for your 10 am.
For apres work, we put the same blouse together with this season’s easiest maxi skirt, the Mink Pink Kaylen maxi, and added in our favourite necklace of all time right now, the Beth Lauren Gato Necklace. Top it off some JC wedges and you’re good to go for a night out.
Vanessa Santos is the name behind the brand and blog, Pure Lovers. This Portuguese beauty combines a strong style of her Mediterranean influences and the trends of the West Coast and Australia of today. Vanessa’s beautifully stylistic back drops, attitude and of course a fierce closet of clothing makes this blogger one to watch.
Vanessa’s wearing a Shoppalu vintage sequin top.
1) How long have you been blogging for? What made you start?
1 ) I’ve been blogging for two years now. The fact that I loved fashion so much, was my main reason to start blogging because when you blog you can share what inspires you, what captivates and fascinates you, with the entire world. I really wanted to share more about my passion with people around, so that’s why I’ve started it. Everyone of us have a particular vision about something and fashion is all about being creative and being unique, so I thought “why not?” and it was the best decision ever.
2) How would you describe your aesthetic?
2) Well, I’m really mixed. I have a passion for vintage… because I think by wearing timeless pieces and adapting them to your own style, you’ll be creating something unique. I also love leather jackets, some great heels and blouses. In fact, I think I like pretty much everything because I like the feeling of trying and experimenting something new all the time.
3) Your perfect outfit consists of?
3) My perfect outfit consists on a leather jacket, some heels, high waist-ed pants and a blouse or a little black dress… and last but not least, a dark or red lipstick. It can make a difference.
Love our stuff? Wanna see it in person? If you live in TO, free April 14th and wanna come to our friends and family shopping party, (filled with sangria) just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come hang out with the Shoppalu team and enjoy a night of shopping and some major discounts. Hollaaaa.
Emmanuelle Alt, the successor to Carine Roitfeld’s place as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris, wears her signature outfit - a pair skinnies, a blazer or jacket and a pair of towering heels like no one else. Her appearance looks effortless and has a makeup free youthful appearance in front of the cameras. But it’s no wonder she’s so well-versed in the fashion industry since her mother Françoise, was a Lanvin and Nina Ricci model in the 1960s and 1970s.
In 2010, Alt contributed to the successful circulation which increased by 40,000 during the global financial crisis. How did she do it? Her love for nudity. As she puts it, “I am super French. It’s the body, it’s sexuality, it’s part of life.”
With Carine Roitfeld
Some of her handy work
prima donna for Vogue Paris, November 2011
Kate Moss for Vogue Paris, May 2011
More than a Woman - Arizona Muse for Vogue Paris, December 2011