Monthly Archives: September 2013

Trending Tuesday #12 Kids at NYFW

tumblr_msssdrPd4u1rqmldyo1_500WAN_1819.450x675Hey loves, NYFW has been in full swing for the last couple of days now and whilst the designers are competing for the best critiques and street-style pictures are now as important as the models looks from the catwalks, it seems there is also a new trend in town …….. super dressed kids. Ok, I think we can all agree there is no way Aila Wang would not be on best dressed list but, a look that is directly from SS14 how cooler could she be? I also love how she is also sporting a Balenciaga bag ….. how supportive of her Uncle’s work!  Of course, as I already blogged about the other day at Victoria Beckham all eyes were on Sir David Beckham and little Harper even caught the eye of the fashion queen herself…. click here to find out who I m talking about!

I love nearly everything Mr. Wang creates although, I am still a little skeptical on his Balenciaga work however, I have no doubt that SS 14 in Paris will wow me. I am such a fan that the other day I was out for dinner with a girlfriend here in Amsterdam and she was discussing with me that she wanted to buy a new handbag and was thinking of going designer and I said “definitely Alexander Wang”. No hesitation in that recommendation”

Alexander Wang is right to put a Parental Advisory notice on his clothes, I need my parents to make sure my credit card doesn’t burn up when his SS 14 line goes on sale ….. I LOVED EVERYTHING!

What do you think of the little fashionista’s at NYFW …… I think they are adorable.

Ciao for Now xx


Wintour Smiles

BTpsk-oCMAAqbrmHey loves,  Yes, its NYFW and I have been watching carefully all weekend at the shows but, before NYFW even closes I think we can all agree this is the best look ….. Ever. Whilst all eyes are usually on models and catwalk this morning at Victoria Beckham it was all about the FrontRow. The most Stylish man, with a beautiful daughter sitting next to the powerhouse of fashion! Here is the breaking news …. Anna Wintour smiles! Who knows what she thinks of Victoria Beckham’s SS 14 show but, one thing is for sure she clearly has a soft spot for Harper Beckham or maybe its David 😉

Do you love this photo too?

Ciao for Now

Picture, Courtesy of Victoria Beckham on Twitter.

Fashion Photography

dropped flowersshrimpton cuyellow carPonte de Vecchio, Florence, Vogue, 1962binHey Guys, Hope your all having a good weekend, sorry for the delayed post today but, I have been having a few issues since yesterday, Anyway, I think this is one of the posts that doesn’t show my style but, probably is a good insight to one of my all time favourite things in life ….. Fashion Photography. I know many of you read blogs and folllow fashion however, I am sure you will agree there is nothing better than pure fashion photography. As I mentioned in my previous post this week I love photography and I don’t think there is anything better than brilliant editorial work. Its for this reason I buy magazines and love to see how fashion is showcased in the fashion pages. Brian Duffy was at the forefront of fashion photography in 1960’s working for Vogue magazine as well as Elle and other influential publications.

I am sure you agree with me that the above pictures are just spectacular, if I could own gallery space as in my own private gallery (when I get the mansion 😉 I would for sure want to own these beautiful photos, they show not only the natural beauty of the models. but, the wonderful fashion of the era. Its hard to imagine that capturing the beauty had to be calculated with just light adn skill as Addie (Gallery Vassie’s owner and Curator) said “there was no photoshop in those days”. If you think of Bardot, Shrimpton and Twiggy they have aged so well too, and to me, without surgery  and just natural beauty is what makes a model.

Today, fashion photography is changing with the rise of street-style and bloggers however, it was Duffy, Bailey and Donovan that were the hip guys in the 60’s who in some way were more famous than the models they took photos of. They were indeed so cool they could persuade their models to step out of studios and be photographed on the ‘street’. To me, I love nothing more than photography that can capture someone in a moment. I hope you will agree too, that the last photo could be straight off the page of a September issue for AW13 and this is what makes Duffy’s work magnificent.

I was so privileged to see these beautiful prints and I want to say a BIG thank you to Addie at Gallery Vassie for sharing this selection of pictures for you all to see.  If your interested in buying any of Duffy’s work including the wonderful Duffy book, the first publication of this wonderful photographers work then please contact Gallery Vassie through their website.

What do you love about Fashion Photography?

Happy weekend and Ciao for Now xx


InvitationstreetWIWIron girlMini Fashion girlVogue NLmodelgoodbyeHey All, So last night was probably one of the hottest days we have had in Amsterdam this summer and to top it off it was also Vogue’s Fashion Night Out. The pictures are a snap shot of all the funny happenings from the PC Hoofstraat and Bijenkorf. I wanted to bring you a mini video today but, Murphy’s Law means my video editing is just not working for me today!

For me, the most fun thing about fashion events or indeed fashion weeks is of course, the people watching and last night didn’t disappoint. I think I said to at least 3 people last night I couldn’t believe how dressed up the Dutch girls were, if you have ever been to Holland you will understand this is a rarity! Dutch readers, I mean no offence but, compared to other countries you tend to be the most dressed-down and over layered! However, last night I saw fashionista’s, Hipsters, Beautiful Girls and was blown away by the style on most of the girls. Hopefully, this a new Dutch style and its here to stay.

Talking of style stay tuned to the blog for the coming weeks for my favourite looks straight from the catwalks to the blog!

What I Wore (sorry no live pic): Top: HM, Skort: Zara, Bag:HM Jewellery: Day Birger et Mikkelsen, Tiffany & Co and By Sophie. 

Do you love people watching?

Ciao for Now xx

Trending Tueday #11 Bowie

aladdin sane negHey All, I am sure you have all read in publications or on social media how the Bowie exhibition at the V&A was ‘the’ must-visit exhibit of the summer. If like me you sadly missed it in London you can still catch some of the best of Bowie at the & Foam until October.

I was lucky enough to sit down with Addie Vassie the Curator of the & Foam exhibition and owner of Gallery Vassie which is located close to Central Station in the historic heart of Amsterdam. You may not know this about me but, having been in the corporate world for most of my career my creative escape was being able to indulge in photography exhibitions. Its my favourite art medium so, this was a real treat for me.

Galley Vassie1Talking with Addie, was a great education in photography and especially that of Brian Duffy who of course was one of the pioneers of modern day Fashion photography. Addie, has been living in Amsterdam on and off with a stint in USA for over 10 years. After graduating at University Addie’s CV is a glimpse into working at the best photography galleries having been Curator at V&A and the Photography Gallery in London. Since moving to Amsterdam she continued working within the best photography spaces such as Huis Marseille and Foam as well as being the owner and Curator of her own space.

Like most times in life I came across Addie and Gallery Vassie through a couple of degree’s of separation and one might say just at the right time to see the best of Brian Duffy’s work. I would highly recommend making an appointment to go and see the rest of Brian Duffy’s work that is not Bowie and therefore not on exhibition at & Foam. I will show you some of my favourite Duffy pieces in another post as today is all about Bowie. You can also purchase prints from Gallery Vassie.

Ziggy Stardust

The ironic part of Duffy’s career or some could argue the genius was that he allegedly had burned all his work when he had ‘just had enough’. He famously said “I don’t give a f**k what anyone thinks about me……why? For what? so the doorman at Harrods can recognise me.” I think it was this attitude that made him sincere to his craft. However, later in life it was his son Chris who had also followed his father’s footsteps and become a photographer himself who had said when his father became ill that it was a shame he had burned all his work …. well, of course it turned out he had kept all the negatives of his best work! Thank god for us.

Scary Colour

Duffy as one of the ‘Terrible Trio’ that included Terrance Donovan and David Bailey as they had been nicknamed by British Press in 60’s, had been responsible for not only capturing the swinging 60’s but helping create it. Duffy had worked with Bowie a number of times however, the famous album covers came about after Bowie and his manager had asked the Record company what they were going to do with album cover and very nonchalantly had been told to ‘just’ get a photographer. Rather insulted by this blase attitude Bowie decided to contact his friend Duffy and therefore, work with one of the most expensive photographers! We know the result ……. fantastic!

aladdin saneThis week I will also bring you a post on Duffy’s fashion photos and of course, give you a bit more insight into his work. I also will hopefully be able to follow up with Addie on their latest exhibition; ‘Benghazi: Home of the Brave’ by Annette Den Ouden  that will be in the Gallery from this Saturday and you can come to Gallery Vassie between 1 – 6pm.

What do you think of the iconic Bowie pictures?

Ciao for Now xx


September Issues

ReadingHey All, September 1st is here and its a Sunday! I think Sunday’s are truly made for relaxing and that means hanging out at home. I can’t think of a better way of welcoming a new month by recharging the batteries and catching up with some essential reading 😉 Yes Vogue, and I must say I am loving the fall fashion looks and can’t wait to show you some of my new looks for transitioning from summer. There will also be some exciting interviews and of course some travel posts too.  Stay tuned!

What I m wearing: T-shirt: Massimo Dutti, Shorts: Maje and Nail Varnish: Essie Nothing really Metals

Wishing you all a relaxing and fabulous Sunday

What do you like to do on Sunday’s?

Ciao for now xx