These couple of past weeks, I’ve been receiving some comments asking me to share more of my workouts with you, because as you know, I share some of my workouts with you on my Stories as they are an essential part of my daily routine.
So, I started thinking what kind of workout to share with you guys, because I wanted it to be special and useful for you and I finally ended creating a whole routine just for you, and I have to say that it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite ones. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:
Warmup: 1 minute Inchworm
30 seconds: Jump Rope
1 minute: Downward Pushups
30 Seconds: Power Skips
1 minute Forward Lunge Bicep Curl (legs and arms)
30 seconds High Knee
1 minute Crab Kicks
30 seconds Ski Jacks
1 Minute Side Lunge (Outer thigh and shoulders)
30 seconds Squat Jumps
1 minute Renegade Row
30 seconds Mountain Climbers
1 minute: Plie V Raise
30 Seconds Skaters
1 minute Sit Ups
You can do this workout 2 or 3 times a week, alternating with other workouts. And don’t forget to drink a lot of water! Why don’t you send me your videos doing this workout and I’ll share them!
This was another collection focused on going back to the essentials, the brand’s core, and as the other brands have done during this Couture Season, Alexandre Vauthier’s return to the brand’s core is translated into pieces of undiluted beauty and exhuberance.
In its short film we can see the models on the street, or on a club, shots alternating between Paris and the Hamptons, a rock chic vibe mixed with freedom, evident. The palette of black, blazing pink, green, purple and gold that gave the whole collection a certain air of eccentricity. The collection had 24 looks with feathers, ruffles, sparkles, sequins and vibrant colors everywhere.
I thought this collection was made to celebrate and dance all night, maybe with a little reminiscing from the 80’s. “It was great to see that things were possible despite an extreme situation. I didn’t want to leave anyone [on my team] behind, and I also needed to dream.” Said Vauthier, and I guess we all can identify with that need to dream and explore new possibilities and keep creating at the same time.
My two favorite looks were these ones:
With this bold purple dress I’m sure I’d party all night long feeling free and pretty and with the other look I can see myself walking through Paris again, it’s so ad hoc! What about you? What looks would you choose from this collection and where would you wear them?
So far, I think we’ve been seeing a certain “return to the origins” of all the brands that have been participating in this Fall 2020 Couture, and Giambattista Valli’s show was no exception to this trend, returning to its essence and presenting what seemed endless yards of tulles and chiffons, in a show dedicated to “La Ville Lumiere” or The City of Light: Paris itself!
One of the things that I liked the most about this show, was the mix between closeups of his creations and shots from his Iphone that let you lose yourself in the mini film and the beautiful dresses that have become the new fantasy for a lot of us, as they frame an hyper feminine silhouette. And being completely honest, what woman doesn’t love to let that hyper feminine side of her go out and play from time to time? And that’s exactly what Valli’s show seemed to me: an invitation to embrace the exuberance of our very feminine side. “In the horror of what we’re passing through, there was beauty blooming at the same time,” the designer said, and through his collection, he has invited us all to celebrate beauty and why not? life itself.
My two favorite looks? This white creation that seems made of a piece of cotton candy that is absolutely gorgeous and this pink one, with yards and yards of tulle in a sweeping waterfall skirt. With any of these designs I find it difficult for any woman to feel anything but feminine and completely alluring herself!
I want to heat what you’re thinking about Fall 2020 Couture so far, what have you loved the most about this new experience? Maybe by the end of the week I’ll tell you what was my absolutely favorite thing of this season!
The first show of the day today, was Chanel, a show I was kind of impatient to see and I must tell you that it went beyond my expectations. “I was thinking about a punk princesscoming out of ‘Le Palace’ at dawn,” said Virginie Viard, and what a way to accomplish her vision! Le Palace was the Studio 54 of Paris, a nightclub where big personalities like Mick Jagger, Jean Paul Gaultier, Grace Jones and Andy Warhol among many others, partied all night from 1978 to 1983.
And the result was an outstanding collection, opulent, vibrant, sophisticated and unapologetical, full of fancy dress parties, high jewelry and simply spectacular shoes. As Virginie Viard said, this was a collection inspired by the iconic Karl Lagerfeld and you can’t help but think about him when seeing the deeply textured and colorful tweeds and the big and bold retro looks.
The collection was presented in a very short and bold video that captures essentially five looks shot on just two models, although the whole collection is of 30 looks, and I was completely fascinated by the pieces shown, because it wasn’t just the perfectly crafted pieces, but a combination of accessories like shoes and high jewelry that created an experience completely hypnotizing where I couldn’t help but think about a party…. and all the parties I’d love to attend with more than two of the pieces I saw in the show.
As difficult as it was for me, my absolute favorite look were this two:
This dress was completely gorgeous! Elegant, sophisticated, the kind of dress that turns you into a punk princess (as intended) immediately and without effort. And can we please talk about the absolute perfection of the shoes of the second look? Definitively this was a collection very much expected and completely loved once I saw it! Which one was your favorite look? I’d love to know what all of you think about this show.
My next show for today (July 6th if you’re reading this later) was Ralph & Russo’s show and it was amazing! I’m enjoying very much the way every house is showing what makes them unique and reminding us through every step the things we love about the brand.
Ralph & Russo presented their muse for this collection: Hauli (a traditional Swahili name signifying strength and power). What’s different about this muse? That she’s an avatar! Tamara Ralph commented: “Hauli is so much more to us than the means to show digitally this season; she represents the brand and all of the values that we stand for. She is the ultimate modern woman; fusing both old and new, elegance and strength, and stands with the brand as a positive force for change”. And I don’t think that there’s a better way to describe Hauli, you need to see her to be able to appreciate what she transmits!
And if that was not enough Hauli presents the collection against the seven contemporary wonders of the world: Petra, Taj Mahal, Chichen Itzá, Machu Picchú, Christ the Redeemer, Great Wall of China and the Colosseum. And the effect when mixing technology and nature, creates a different kind of fantasy.
The collection was outstanding, and although due to the pandemic it was impossible to have the 52 pieces of the collection tailored, we are able to see the 52 sketches of the whole collection, and I’d recommend that if you want to remember the artistic part of fashion, see each one of these sketches and pay attention to the level of detail in each one, look how each feather was meticulously drawn and placed where it should be, how each fold is measured and placed exactly where it needs to be, who said fashion is nor art? (And how is it you make a sketch glow?)
My two favorite pieces of this collection were the ones featured in the Colosseum and Christ the Redeemer.
There’s only one word to describe this white dress: astonishing. I’m sure that a lot of women started fantasizing with this dress (me included of course!) exactly the way we used to fantasize about that perfect dress when we were just little girls!
And this little pink dress, looks sweet and fierce at the same time. And I think that would be the perfect way to describe this collection: beautiful, inspiring and strong.
Did you see this show? And the sketches? Which were your favorite pieces? Were you as excited as I clearly am?
Definitively this was no ordinary Couture Fashion Show, there were no catwalks, no customers, editors, celebrities or stylists gathered at one venue, instead we were transported to a fairytale garden and we were able to see mermaids, nymphs, fairies and a magical trunk that looked like Dior’s Avenue Montaigne headquarters, and inside this trunk the most amazing pieces scaled-down to look like a doll’s size, but as detailed as any other model-size gown, as we all could see at the beginning of the short movie, titled (very aptly I think) Le Mythe Dior.
What can I say? Dior’s always been one of my favorite brands and I’ve always enjoyed their shows in past fashion weeks and I need to tell you this show, as completely different as it was, was not the exception and I’m actually excited with the collection and the way it was showed.
The film was inspired by the “Théâtre de la Mode” that was an exhibition during 1945 were designers decided to show the most beautiful and detailed representation of fashion splendor, “perfection in miniature” using 1:3 mannequins instead of real women. This exhibition was a way to show the world what the designers and their ateliers were capable of in order to reignite an industry so damaged by World War II. And precisely that spirit is what you can see in Maria Grazia’s interview, I particularly loved to hear her say that she was excited by this new way to work with couture, excited to find all the new and different possibilities that were there waiting to be discovered, to keep the same emotion as attending the actual show. And I must say Dior did it!
For this collection, she was inspired and influenced by Surrealist authors like Lee Miller (photographer), Dora Maar (photographer) Leonora Carrington (painter) and Jacqueline Lamba (painter), all of them recognized artists in their different fields. “Surrealist images manage to make visible what is in itself invisible,” said Maria Grazia.
And we can see this influence in that certain etherealness of the pieces presented, silks and volume, embroidered tull, chiffons and laces, all these materials belonging to fairy tales and adorned with feathers and floral embroideries, completely impossible to resist, as even the mermaid picked a gown by the film’s end.
My favorite piece was this midnight blue shantung hand-pleated and fringed coat. Trivia fact: three petites mains worked for a total of 150 hours on this coat and it required 35 meters of fabric!
The magic of this online event is that you can see everything I’m describing to you! And I’d really recommend you to watch the film, as it only takes 10 minutes, and its beauty is really something worth seeing, you can go to dior.com and watch it and once you finish watching it and reading the information that you’ll find there, why don’t you tell me what you think about it?
Yes! The Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2020-2021 Collection is just about to start next Monday, 6th July, and I’m so happy and excited! This edition will be completely different to what has traditionally been, as the brands will show their collections online, due to the situation with the pandemic we’re going through, and I think adapting the format of an event of such magnitude, is the perfect example of the saying “The show must go on”.
I agree that seeing the shows on line doesn’t compare to experiencing Fashion Week on site, cause even when the schedule is sometimes downright frantic, it also has that magic that you only get to experience once you’re in Paris, in the show you have been waiting for and experiencing it surrounded by people that are passionate about fashion. However I think the decision to go online with this events, reflects the capacity we have to adapt and innovate, even when the circumstances are not the ones we want.
This will be the first time ever that the shows will be open almost to everyone as everyone will have access to videos, interviews and mini documentaries, with interactive material that the public in general will have access to. So, even if you didn’t have in your plans going to FWHC, you’ll still be able to experiencing it, even if you can’t be in the actual catwalks.
I’m actually excited to see Dior’s collection on Monday, along with Ralph & Russo; Tuesday Chanel will present its collection and on Wednesday we´ll get to see Valentino among other wonderful and iconic brands. I’m sure that even if I’m not going to be running from one show to the other, the time difference with Paris, will prove to be a different challenging situation.
The content will be available at Hautecouture.fhcm.paris/ where you can check the calendar to see the shows that will be presenting, and I don’t know, maybe we’ll be seeing the exact same shows at the exact same times! I’d love to know your opinions of the shows, so why don’t you send me a DM or message so we can all talk about our favorite pieces?
Women have a very special relationship with makeup, it helps us out to amplify our beauty and we have been using it since centuries ago, for example Greek women used charcoal as eyeshadow and white powder to lighten their skin. Some people criticize using makeup saying that it’s an attempt to hide behind a “mask” and that is related to confidence issues, I think that in some cases that might be true, but a lot of us wear makeup because we love it and can be as confident with or without it.
For me, makeup is another way to express myself, just as fashion. Through makeup I can change the way I look giving a wide variety of options: I can choose an everyday, very light look or I can choose a very dramatic sexy look. And like a lot of women, I’ve personally experienced the empowerment of wearing a red lipstick and knowing that I look great!
Some of you have been asking me about some tips for doing my makeup and I really want to share with you some very useful tips that I’ve learned from some of the best makeup artists that I’ve had the pleasure to work with. While I was writing this, I realized that I, in fact, have a lot of useful tips, so I decided to make this a two-part post so you can have all those tips! And without further delay here they are:
- Before applying your makeup, take a moment to appreciate the “you” without makeup, fall in love with your features as they are uniquely yours.
- Try to get in the habit of using your makeup time to drink a glass of water (or two)
- Be sure to apply your makeup in a well-lit area, meaning make sure you have light on both sides of your face. Applying your makeup in front of a window is a great idea!
- Pick one feature you want to emphasize and the go for it
- Good brushes, like good makeup are worth the investment.
- If you’re dealing with a pimple or a breakout, apply a couple of eyedrops to the irritated spot. This will reduce the redness a little… but it’s nor acne killer, it’s just a temporary fix so you can cover it more easily with makeup.
- If you want a smooth, flawless finish on your skin, blend, blend and blend. The best blending is achieved by moving your brush in a circular motion.
- When applying your foundation remember that you don’t want people to see it when you leave your house!
- To choose the right color for your foundation match it to the color of skin of your collar bone or chest, not on your neck as it is lighter.
- You can apply some contouring underneath the tip of the nose to give the illusion of shortening the nose.
- To find the apples of your cheeks, simply smile!
- Applying blush on the apple of the cheeks makes up the face more youthful, applying blush under the cheekbones slims the face and makes it appear drawn.
- Cream blush can be used on the lips for a softer and more natural look.
- When lining your lips, you can also use a pencil that’s labeled as “eyebrow pencil”, if you like the color, you can use it for lining your lips, in fact, it might last longer!
- Always be sure to line directly on the lip border or just inside it, but never outside the lips!
- When choosing your eye shadows try to pick the ones that contrast with your eye color, instead of trying to match the color of your eyes.
- For eyelashes that stay curled, hold down the eyelash curler for a count of 20 and then apply mascara immediately.
- You can warm up your eyelash curler by rubbing the part you apply to the lahes back and forth between your fingers
- Don’t pump the wand into the mascara as that incorporates air into the product and dries it out. Instead swirl the wand in the tube.
- When applying liquid eyeliner first remove the excess liquid on the palm of your hand, so that it’s not so wet and you can have more control when applying the line.
- If you mess up your liquid liner, just grab a q-tip, put a drop of corrector and wipe away the liner.
- Sometimes you can accentuate your eyes just with false eyelashes instead of putting eye shadow.
- If you want your makeup to last longer, spay a hydrating mist after you apply your setting powder.
What do you think? Do you have your own useful tips for make up? It’d be great if you’d share them so we all can learn more tips!
The events of these past week have been filled with worldwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality after George Floyd’s death. I’ve been trying to process the shock and sadness this news brought on, I’ve been trying to find the right words to express the thoughts and feelings the death of this innocent man and countless others has left. Like many others, I haven’t experienced the fear many black people go through every day, I’ve never have to worry about explaining my children what they should do in case they get detained by the police, however is heartbreaking to know that someday I’m going to have to explain to them racism and how it’s possible that some human beings can treat other human beings with such disdain and cruelty.
I could keep talking about the injustice of all this, however, I don’t want to contribute to generate more violence and hate. Like many others, I want a different world for my kids as there is more than enough hate in this world as it is, and I know that I want to do whatever I can to be a part of that change we so much need!
After much thinking about how I could actively contribute, I realized that Black voices have been silenced for a long time in a lot of our society’s aspects, so I decided to make a little research about what I’m passionate about: fashion and beauty , and share with you the Black-owned brands we can support, because I think that besides educating ourselves about racism, we can look at where we spend our money and I think right now there are a lot of very talented Black designers whose high-end fashion, sustainable clothing and products need to be highlighted:
CHRISTOPHER JOHN ROGERS. The Washington Post said “His work is boisterous, deafening and dramatic. Sometimes it’s extraordinarily, proudly gaudy. He is the fashion industry’s latest obsession” and has some gorgeous pieces! @christopherjhonrogers
CUSHNIE. Cushnie is a New York-based label run by Carly Cushnie t can easily be described as a red-carpet favourite, but the label is also one to bookmark for elegant day-to-day pieces including silky bodies, midi dresses, sharp blazers and chic jumpsuits. @cushnie
BENEATH YOUR MASK. After Dana Jackson, Founder of Beneath your Mask was diagnosed with and battled a severe form of Lupus, she looked for a product to help repair the damage done to skin and hair. She found only products that contained harsh chemicals, sytntheic fragrances and harmful toxins. She was inspired to create safe, non-irritating products that would not challenge the immune system and created products for herself made from the most potent, organic and wild-harvested botanicals available. @beneathyourmask
LAUREN NAPIER BEAUTY. Lauren Napier makes facial cleansing wipes with a difference – each comes in an individual sachet that’s perfect on-the-go and won’t dry out. Available in sets of three to 50, these disposable sheets have a textured finish and are enriched with soothing Aloe and Cucumber to calm and refresh your skin. @laurennapierbeauty
I think these are times where solidarity an empathy are in high need and we all as human beings, need to do better, but I’m an optimistic at heart and I’m sure we’ll get through these stronger than ever.
This quarantine has changed all our lives in ways that we never could’ve imagined and many of these changes have been for the best. Among other things, this pandemic has brought to life the generosity, solidarity and empathy from many people, brands, industries and businesses, a side that some time we forget exists in every one of us.
As you well know, I adore fashion. I’ve said many times before (and will continue to!) that for me fashion is a way of expression, of making a statement, of individuality. through fashion you can have that extra confidence boost we all need at certain times! And I’m aware that for some people, fashion and the fashion industry (luxury brands specially) seem superficial, frivolous and for the most extremely opinionated, downright unnecessary.
And that’s exactly what I want to talk about with you today! It’s undeniable that this pandemic changed the way things have been done in general and of course, the fashion industry wasn’t the exception, but it also wasn’t the exception when we talk about how this pandemic brought out the best of this industry.
During this times of uncertainty and of need I’m so happy to have witnessed how many of the brands I’ve collaborated with, and whose creations I’ve admired for a long time, have raised to the challenge and organized themselves to help.
Here are some examples: Burberry produced 100,000 medical graded masks and stopped its iconic raincoats’s production to produce medical gowns and masks. Kering Group, the corporation that owns brands as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Bottega Veneta, among others (yes, those brands that you’ve read about during my trips to Fashion Week!) used their workshops, production equipment and supplies, to make medical gowns and medical masks and donated millions of dollars to World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
And not only the fashion corporations and brands were interested in helping. Fashions icons such as Donatella Versace, Michael Kors (personally) and Giorgio Armani among others, have also made generous donations directly to hospitals (Giorgio Armani donated 1.25 millions of euros to Milanese’s hospitals) and different funds. Ana Wintour and Tom Ford launched a fundraising called “A Common Thread” to help struggling fashion businesses amid the pandemic.
These are just some examples of what I was talking about before, I’m amazed and humbled to see all these iconic brands and people, united by the desire to help. It makes you wonder what we could all accomplish if we’d leave behind all those judgements of what’s frivolous and what is not, and use all that energy to see what we can do to contribute to our communities, our countries and the world in general. At least for me, this was a great show of altruism and unity, and has made me look for the places and situations where I can contribute to, what do you think?