Tagged: Valentino

The 2017 Oscars..


Well the 2017 Oscar night was a one to remember. Maybe not for all the best reasons….But Emma Stone, resplendent but slightly safe in gold Givenchy obviously didn’t let it ruin her evening.


Always a treat for the eyes, The Oscars is like watching a living shooting range: Ruth Negga in Valentino…miss..


Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive: Boring colour..but hit.


Janelle Monae: Wrong era…miss.


Dakota Johnson in Gucci: What IS that thing at the front? Miss.


Jessica Biel in Kaufmanfranco: For some this was a winner..maybe you needed to see it in the flesh. For me, moth eaten and mangy. Miss.


Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton. Why?


Emma Roberts proving that black and cream is never the way to go.


Scarlett Johansson gets the grannies curtain prize.


Whilst the sack prize(As in looks like rather than would be good in…) goes to Felicity Jones in Dior.


The doing-something-different-and-succeeding award goes to Sofia Boutella.


Proving that simplicity works: Sting and Trudie Styler.


And best dressed award of the night goes to Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford..


I’m sorry, that was a mistake. Best dressed award goes to Karlie Kloss in Stella McCartney?


Damn it. Best dressed award goes to Halle Berry in Versace for being sassy, hot and totally in the zone.

Laters, Kate x

True Love x


It’s the season of the couture shows when material transforms into an artist’s palette and cost becomes no object to imagination.


Valentino showcased their collection last night at the sort of event us mere mortals can only drool at – it started with a magical treasure hunt tour of the places in Rome  where Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli found inspiration, from the Bibblioteca Casanatense, a public library lined with books with it’s deep aroma of learning to a marble bath from 1840 sited in a private palazzo, ending with a majestic open air catwalk show at dusk.


Their muse was Rome, a monster of an idea, held together across time by the golden thread of fairytale…


Because Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have that singular ability to take the concept of inspiration and find the person deep inside.

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Their designs represent the model of languid self-possession.


(All pics from Style.com)

Always with that romantic touch of magic, intriguingly bathed in clouds.

I covet.

Laters, Kate x

Stylishly Street..


Cool has no age limit.


Accessorise Valentino with trainers and a jumper.  Good to go.


Roaring back to the eighties..high waisted bleached jeans worn with pride.


The effortlessly hip Sarah Harris.



There’s still room for humour.


And your Grandmothers dress can re-live again.


First impressions…cool..look closer..uber cool..


You remember why you love polka dots.


(All pics by Tommy Ton from Style.com)

Double denim is so yesterday..

Laters, Kate x

Bag of tricks x


Valentino is Maria Callas singing Casta Dive from Norma, at sunset on the cliff tops of Cinque Terre.  It’s where the magic happens…(and it rips my heart out that Jean Paul Gaultier got their first…)


How unrepentantly this dazzles and drips with impeccably luxury..it’s exclusive enough to buy a true designer handbag..how very, very to buy a matching skirt as well..and what a stroke of genius to create the art of illusion between them, the designs responding to context with no limits to the possibilities.

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Those little touches, like the initials of the models, quietly embossed on..


(All photos Valentino)

It’s that moment when the clouds part and a golden ray of sunlight streams down.

Laters, Kate x

Game of Thrones x


I think I have a genetic disorder that reacts to Valentino..every time I see the work of  Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri my heart starts pounding and I start reaching for my credit card..and mortgage statements..

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Their Valentino couture show was exquisite, drawing on references from across the board: Byzantine, monastical, peasant, ecclesiastical and more, then tying them all up together with a beautiful cohesive ribbon.

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This shirt for the summer with a pair of faded shorts..

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The achingly wonderful workmanship: It’s not avante garde, pushing the boundaries of wearability.  It’s time and craftsmanship with a quiet, deep down confidence.



(All pictures Style.com)

This Collection adds one more cog to their star-making machinery..

Laters, Kate x

Design Hero’s x


Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s  Valentino are serenely working a rich thread of inspiration which carries through to their Resort 2015 Collection.


I look at their work and wonder what it is that always makes my heart beat so.  And every time the answer is the same: The workmanship.


When you read descriptions of dresses from centuries past: delicate silks caught in a web of tulle with stitches made with fairy hands…you think it’s a quality of work that’s been lost forever…until you see Valentino.



It’s also fascinating that these exquisite clothes are not based on the clothes from the Ball room or Drawing room, but are drawn from bohemian and peasant designs.  Every-day-wear now elevated to the heavenly.


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The incredible embroideries and textiles have a soul of their own, harking back to that time when only the very best would do, when skill named the price and craftsmanship mattered.


And like sorcerers, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have conjured up and captured that magic.

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There’s no pretence..it’s hours and hours of layers of care and dedication.

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With a little bit of cool thrown in.



But the truth is, for reasons beyond the concept of modern day sheep-street Brand these clothes are the representation of true luxury…they are literally works of walking Art. And they blow my mind.


Laters, Kate x

Stud Star! x


Look what walked into my house last night…a genuine pair of Rockstud Valentino’s!  Such a greatly, brilliant bit of inspiration.  We all felt the power, that special bit of magic..and we all tried them on..and they were FABULOUS..the heel height is divine, the ball of foot is softly padded, cankles distracted, the colours magical.  It goes to show – find a way to own the best because it’s worth it – and if it takes a bit more pain, then it makes the treasure even greater.  Choose carefully, choose wisely – choose once if you have to –  and you too can walk with fairy feet…driferreiravalentinoflats2 P00087319-Rockstud-leather-espadrilles--DETAIL_1

The latest Rockstud offering is the studded textured-leather espadrille…but choosing carefully, I know where my heart belongs…

Laters, Kate x

Spring Edition x


The February edition of UK Vogue landed with a plump thud on my doormat yesterday.  Such a thrill to flick through the pages and drink in the professional visuals.  I always have to look through first..then I read, starting from the back, last article first.  Lord knows why, it might be something to do with being left handed, but that’s the way I like it. There’s a feeling of freedom and stepping away from the norm..which is what this edition is all about…enjoy the mismatching matching, the return of colour and the championing of the midi, whether it be in skirts or trousers. Pure lush.

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Laters, Kate x

Feeling the Love x

IMG_0155How I love these sandals by Valentino! Let me count the ways..the studs are perfection, the colour sublime and the advert? So cool! – the manly hand resplendent with tattoos wearing the straps like a macho bracelet.  I’ve always had a thing about Greek sandals and I’ve been lusting after a gladiator style pair since the summer.  Happily I was lucky enough to receive a pair for my birthday in November, all the way from Athens from the very shop  recommended by our lovely blogger Lia.

IMG_3087My father, looking rather Greek  (he’s not, he’s Scottish (although he was born in Athens)) standing outside said shop.

IMG_3050Pantelis Melissonos third generation sandal-maker and designer holding my very shoe.

IMG_3081The ‘Mycenean’.

I’m not the only one that has loved/loves the classic, timelessness of these shoes that just get better and better with age..


IMG_3088 IMG_3089So I’m now the proud owner of a pair of ancient shoes, bought in Greece through the power of the blogging world, walking in the same footsteps as many of my icons and sharing the love with one of my favourite brands. Could it get much better??

(Now all I need is the maxi-denim skirt (dropped waist Valentino style) and white-rolled Palazzo pants I can see in my head to wear with them…and of course..the sun!!)

Laters, Kate x