Saturday, October 23, 2010

Take me to Palm Springs!

Ever since that episode when the kids of The O.C. visit Palm Springs, I have became obsessed with the place. The producer of The O.C. and Gossip Girl, Josh Schwartz, also created a show set in Palm Springs called Hidden Palms, although unfortunately the show was cut after the first 8 episodes were aired. 

Palm Springs is known for it contemporary mid-century 20th architecture, beautiful warm sunny weather, world class golf courses and  luxurious spas. The desert city, located in California, has been a celebrity hang out for years and had been visited and enjoyed by the likes of Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra. Today's celebrity fans of the place include Clint Eastwood, John Travolta,  Halle Barry, Leonard DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway and Dakota Fanning. I love the mix of retro and modern buildings, immaculate streets and gardens, and the tall palm trees. I would love to visit one day soon to check out the amazing retro inspired architectural and relax by the pool. While I can admire the beautiful green golf courses, anyone who has seen my swing, knows that golf isn't the sport for me. I would simply be subjecting myself and those around me to a high degree of danger. Perhaps I could try my luck at croquet...

Here is a collection of pictures of hotels, homes, editorials and campaigns shot in sunny Palm Springs:

The Parker Hotel:

 Gingham - enormous trend of the moment.

 Croquet! And those chairs are divine :)

This place is so amazingly beautiful!

Viceroy Resort:

Such a sweet editorial shot!


Wow! This place reminds me of The Ivy, in Sydney with its mix of Moroccan and modern white furnishing, and yellow accents.

Golf Course:

Palm Springs Homes:

Loving the modern, retro-inspired homes, complete with desert inspired gardens, turquoise pols and sky-high palms.

Cameron Diaz in Vogue US editorial shot in Palm Springs:

Cameron Diaz looks stunning in this editorial. Clean, crisp clothes, in white and shades of nude and tan work so well up against the Palm Springs backdrop.

Daria Werbowy in Oroton Spring/Summer 2010 Campaign

Like I said, the nude works wonderfully against the Palm Springs backdrop :) In definite need a some more tan accessories for my spring/summer wardrobe now!

Well I'm off to spend a couple of hours at the beach with my dear friend Sam to soak up some of the fantastic Sydney weather about today, and probably lay by the pool afterwards - hey, it may not be Palm Springs, but it's still amazing. There are little pieces of inspiration I can take away from these pics to create my own slice of Palm Beach at home - white modern furnishing, mixed with Moroccan accent pieces, perhaps a few dashes of canary yellow from the Viceroy Resort and not to mention some light weight casual chic clothes, topped off with some tan leather accessories :) And maybe play a little croquet - but no golf!

Pics from Dirty Blonde, Fashion Gone Rogue, StyleFrizz and Google Image Search

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Happily Ever After - Anna Hathaway

Anne Hathaway
Vogue US November 2010
Photographed by Mario Testino
Styled by Tonne Goodman
Fashion Gone Rogue

Anne Hathaway is an incredibly sophisticated, yet down-to-earth actress. Her style resembles that of old Hollywood glamour. She has come such a long way since her role in the Princess Diaries. My favourite movie of hers is the Devil Wears Prada. I'd kill to the wear that wardrobe! She is naturally exquisite and isn't your average bleached blonde, fake-tanned Hollywood star. This shoot suits her wonderfully, dressed in Isaac Mizrahi, Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera. Mario Testino can do no wrong. My favourite shot are last shot with the Dalmatian dog, and the 2nd last where she is decked out in diamonds - very Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. It's the perfect shoot to brighten up my gloomy Sydney day!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Swimsuit Sensation - Adriana Degreas | Sao Paulo Fashion Week

One morning, having a lazy breakfast while watching FTV (joy of being a student), I came across this fabulous Brazilian swimsuit designer Adriana Degreas. My jaw dropped as I watched these fantastic creations come down the Sao Paulo Fashion Week runway. The silhouettes are incredibly flattering, complete with high-waisted numbers and sheer & cover-ups. The colour palette is incredibly sophisticated and chic consisting of shades of nude, black and silver. And there are a variety of textures too - silky lycra, sequins, sheer panels and ruffles, not to mention that fantastic black embroidery on the nude number above. 

Wow! Loving these cover-ups.


Blazer adds sophistication

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2011 | Milan Fashion Week

Dolce and Gabbana's Spring 2011 collection is breathtaking. A lovely, white cotton dress is definitely on my spring/summer essentials list now, along with a pair of white espadrilles. The black maxi is fantastic too, along with the print maxi with the white embroidery detailing, all revealing crisp white lingerie under the sheer fabrics. The essence of Italian coastal dressing, complete with dainty gold cross necklaces. White seems to be the seasons colour of choice. Ahhh I'm sighing in delight :) The words "La dolce vita" come to mind. Perfection!
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