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The new style icon…Amal Alamuddin Clooney

4 Oct

Hi guys,

So it was the wedding weekend of hollywood star George Clooney and London-based British-Lebanese lawyer/barrister, activist, and author, Amal Alamuddin and from the pictures we have all seen of their magical weekend in Venice, Italy, her fashion and style is so amazing!

She is truly the epitome of elegance, class and grace and is absolutely stunning. I absolutely adore her style and taste! Every single one of her looks is to die for, and her and George Clooney look like the happiest couple.

Take a look at some of my favourite recent looks on Amal, or should I say Mrs. George Clooney, during their wedding weekend in Italy.

Amal Alamuddin's fashion during her wedding weekend

Amal Alamuddin’s fashion during her wedding weekend-(Image taken from http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2014/10/01/favourite-amal-alamuddin-wedding-weekend-look/)

In this picture, she is dressed by classic and top designers, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Giambattista Valli Couture and Stella McCartney. I love how classy she looks in the hat to match her super-chic, Stella McCartney, wide-leg cream jumpsuit/trousers.

The red gown is absolutely stunning on her olive skin and the Giambattista Valli Couture floral design is simply beautiful!

She also looks very elegant in the black and white striped dress.

These are just some of my favourite looks on Amal Alamuddin during their wedding weekend and there have been many more images of some of her past amazing looks, which you can check out by “googling” her name.

Now I can’t finish this post without mentioning her stunning custom-made, off-the-shoulder, Oscar de la Renta wedding gown.

It was made of French lace, hand-embroidered with pearls and diamanté accents and featuring a full circular train, worn with a cathedral-length, lace-edged veil.

The lace on her gown was crafted at the Sophie Hallette factory in France, one of the oldest lace factories in the world, which also provided the lace for the Duchess of Cambridge’s, Alexander McQueen wedding dress.

Take a look at some pictures of this spectacular gown here:

Amal Alamuddin in her custom-made Oscar de la Renta wedding gown

Amal Alamuddin in her custom-made Oscar de la Renta wedding gown-(Image taken from http://nypost.com/2014/09/30/amal-alamuddin-dazzles-in-oscar-de-la-renta-wedding-gown/)

Amal Alamuddin with George Clooney in her custom-made Oscar de la Renta wedding gown

Amal Alamuddin with George Clooney in her custom-made Oscar de la Renta wedding gown-(Image taken from http://girls4look.com/see-amal-alamuddins-oscar-de-la-renta-wedding-dress.html)

Amal Alamuddin with George Clooney in her custom-made Oscar de la Renta wedding gown

Amal Alamuddin with George Clooney in her custom-made Oscar de la Renta wedding gown-(Image taken from http://girls4look.com/see-amal-alamuddins-oscar-de-la-renta-wedding-dress.html)

What do you guys think of this super stylish and intelligent woman?

They are such a hot couple!

Do you all agree with me?

Until next time,

Steph xx

Jennifer Lopez sparkles at the 2014 World Cup Opening Ceremony in Brazil in Charbel Zoe Couture

16 Jun

So the World Cup has begun in Brazil for 2014 and the Opening Ceremony will be one to never forget thanks to the amazing Jennifer Lopez.

Not only did she kill the performance of the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup song ‘We Are One (Ole Ola)’, alongside Pitbull and Claudia Leitte but she wowed and sizzled in a stunning custom-made, sparkling green leotard which was fun, flirty and all things sultry! The sparkling green outfit was Swarovski crystals and sequin covered.

The leotard was custom-made especially for her for the performance by Charbel Zoe Couture, a Lebanese born Fashion Designer who was also the winner of International Fashion Designer of the Year in 2013.

The latino superstar paired her green playsuit with a pair of golden coloured Christian Louboutin booties and a pair of nude colored sparkly stockings, in true Jennifer Lopez style.

This isn’t the first time Jennifer Lopez has worn a Charbel Zoe design. She rocked a sparkling blue leotard when she performed her new single “First Love” on the American Idol stage during the finale, a few weeks ago.

And it’s no secret that she loves a Lebanese Fashion Designer, wearing not only Charbel Zoe designs, but many many Zuhair Murad frocks in the past and still today which I have posted about on here before. Zuhair Murad is a Lebanese Fashion Designer who she has a very close relationship with and frequently collaborates with and who designed every stunning and amazing fashionable piece that she wore on her ‘Dance Again’ World Tour in 2012 and all of the tour’s costumes in fact.

Take a look at this magnificent Charbel Zoe creation for the World Cup, Opening Ceremony performance.

Jennifer Lopez in a sparkly green custom-made Charbel Zoe Couture leotard during her performance at the 2014 World Cup Opening Ceremony

Jennifer Lopez in a sparkly green custom-made Charbel Zoe Couture leotard during her performance at the 2014 World Cup Opening Ceremony-(Image taken from http://glamroz.com/jlos-world-cup-playsuit-by-lebanese-designer-charbel-zoe/)

Jennifer Lopez  alongside Pitbull and Claudia Leitte in a sparkly green custom-made Charbel Zoe Couture leotard during their performance at the 2014 World Cup Opening Ceremony

Jennifer Lopez alongside Pitbull and Claudia Leitte in a sparkly green custom-made Charbel Zoe Couture leotard during their performance at the 2014 World Cup Opening Ceremony-(Image taken from http://glamroz.com/jlos-world-cup-playsuit-by-lebanese-designer-charbel-zoe/)

Jennifer Lopez in a sparkly green custom-made Charbel Zoe Couture leotard during her performance at the 2014 World Cup Opening Ceremony

Jennifer Lopez in a sparkly green custom-made Charbel Zoe Couture leotard during her performance at the 2014 World Cup Opening Ceremony-(Image taken from http://glamroz.com/jlos-world-cup-playsuit-by-lebanese-designer-charbel-zoe/)

Jennifer Lopez alongside Pitbull and Claudia Leitte in a sparkly green custom-made Charbel Zoe Couture leotard during their performance at the 2014 World Cup Opening Ceremony

Jennifer Lopez alongside Pitbull and Claudia Leitte in a sparkly green custom-made Charbel Zoe Couture leotard during their performance at the 2014 World Cup Opening Ceremony-(Image taken from http://glamroz.com/jlos-world-cup-playsuit-by-lebanese-designer-charbel-zoe/)

And this is the sparkly blue Charbel Zoe leotard which Jennifer Lopez also sizzled in on the Idol stage during he performance on the Finale show a few weeks ago.

Steph xx

Second Wedding Dress Revealed for Kim Kardashian West

16 Jun

Hi guys,

So when I posted on the Kim Kardashian and Kanye West wedding a few posts back, I spoke about her first incredible wedding gown by Givenchy Haute Couture and mentioned the second frock that she changed into for the after-party/reception. I have finally found a photo of this gown to share with you!

It was a cream-coloured, party-ready mini Balmain dress. Custom-made for her by one of her best friends who just happens to be the head of design of the fashion label Balmain, Olivier Rousteing. The dress was white/cream beaded, with pearls and crystals all over it and with a plunging neck line.

It looked equally as gorgeous on her as her wedding gown did. Take a look.

Kim Kardashian in custom-made Balmain  at her wedding reception in 2014

Kim Kardashian in custom-made Balmain at her wedding reception in 2014-(Image taken from http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/columns/bibby-sowray/TMG10889916/The-two-wedding-dresses-trend.html)

Steph xx

J’Aton Couture strikes yet again!

29 May

So it’s no secret, I absolutely love J’Aton Couture and all the magnificent work these boys create, and they have done it again!

This time dressing Nadia Coppolino for her Bohemian-themed wedding  to Geelong AFL star Jimmy Bartel, earlier this year.

Take a look at these two stunning bohemian gowns and let me know if you love them as much as I do!

The intricate detail in all of the designs is just on another level and I am always in awe!

 

Nadia Coppolino in J'Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014

Nadia Coppolino in J’Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014-(Image taken from http://oncedailychic.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/wedding-ah-mazingness.html)

Nadia Coppolino in J'Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014

Nadia Coppolino in J’Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014-(Image taken from http://oncedailychic.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/wedding-ah-mazingness.html)

Nadia Coppolino in J'Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014

Nadia Coppolino in J’Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014-(Image taken from http://oncedailychic.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/wedding-ah-mazingness.html)

Nadia Coppolino in J'Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014

Nadia Coppolino in J’Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014-(Image taken from http://oncedailychic.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/wedding-ah-mazingness.html)

Nadia Coppolino in J'Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014

Nadia Coppolino in J’Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014-(Image taken from http://oncedailychic.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/wedding-ah-mazingness.html)

And this is her equally amazing second gown for her big day…I loooove this one!

Nadia Coppolino in J'Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014

Nadia Coppolino in J’Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014-(Image taken from http://www.pinterest.com/pin/445223113134218188/)

Nadia Coppolino in J'Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014

Nadia Coppolino in J’Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014-(Image taken from http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/2e/15/6a/2e156ac6890877f0fddcfc2345144707.jpg)

Nadia Coppolino in J'Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014

Nadia Coppolino in J’Aton Couture at her Wedding to AFL star Jimmy Bartel in 2014-(Image taken from
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/445223113134218194/)

I just love the detail that goes into these magical creations!

Steph xx

 

Kimye Wedding 2014

29 May

So Kim Kardashian and Kanye West tied the knot a few days ago in Florence, Italy where the ceremony was held in Forte di Belvedere, and I have a feeling this marriage will last longer than her previous one to Kris Humphries which only lasted 72 days! I made a similar post when she tied the knot in 2011, expressing how much I loved her wedding gown and more specifically her after-party gown, and I have to say I am in love again!

Her Wedding gown this time was an absolutely stunning custom-lace Givenchy Haute Couture  white wedding gown. Givenchy is one of her favourite labels and creative director Riccardo Tisci, is one of her best friends.

I have to say lace is timeless and feminine and you can’t go past white for a wedding gown. I love the detail in the back, the addition of the thin belt and I have always loved a long-sleeve wedding gown. I also love the super long train and how the dress fits her curves perfectly being very figure hugging, mermaid style. I also love how parts of her skin in the back and front show through the lace. Absolutely breathtaking! She also wore a long, silk veil which added to her already amazing overall look.

The new Mrs. West went for simple hair and make up which completed her look to perfection. Going back to her natural brunette coloured hair, the white coloured gown sparkled on her.

There has been no sign yet of what her other dress looked like for the night which she changed into after the ceremony but word is that it was a short, cream-coloured, custom Balmain dress, which is also one of her favourite designers.

Do you guys agree with me and do you also love this wedding gown?

Take a look and let me know…

Kim Kardashian marries Kanye West (2014) in custom Givenchy Haute Couture lace gown in Florence, Italy

Kim Kardashian marries Kanye West (2014) in custom Givenchy Haute Couture lace gown in Florence, Italy-(Image taken from http://www.fashiongonerogue.com/kim-kardashian-wore-custom-givenchy-wedding-dress/)

 

Also, just to mention, my favourite Aussie designers who I regularly post about on here, J’Aton Couture, also made an appearance at the Kimye Wedding, on socialite Amber Ridinger. Amber Ridinger is the daughter of big American, entrepreneurs Loren and JR Ridinger who are best friends with the Kardashian clan. Amber Ridinger wore one of their spectacular creations on her wedding day and also chose them to dress her for this special occasion, in not one but TWO gowns!

The first (lavender coloured) gown she wore was featured on our very own Rebecca Judd at the TV week Logie awards this year and the second gown did not fail to impress either. Both absolutely stunning! Take a look at these gowns as well as her spectacular wedding gown in 2013.

Amber Ridinger at the Kimye Wedding in J'Aton Couture

Amber Ridinger at the Kimye Wedding in J’Aton Couture-(Image taken from http://ink361.com/app/photo/ig-728516190596257181_480391812)

Amber Ridinger wears J'Aton Couture to her wedding in 2013

Amber Ridinger wears J’Aton Couture to her wedding in 2013-(Image taken from http://www.adamalex.com/amber-ridinger-duane-mclaughlins-celebrity-wedding-in-puerto-rico-pt-2/)

Amber Ridinger wears J'Aton Couture to her wedding in 2013

Amber Ridinger wears J’Aton Couture to her wedding in 2013-(Image taken from
http://www.adamalex.com/amber-ridinger-duane-mclaughlins-celebrity-wedding-in-puerto-rico-pt-2/)

Bec Judd wore the same gown this year and looked equally stunning  in it. Take a a look.

Rebecca Judd at the 2014 Logies in J'Aton Couture

Rebecca Judd at the 2014 Logies in J’Aton Couture-(Image taken from http://pottymouthmama.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/logies-2014-paula-abdul-someone-in.html)

Let me know your thoughts….

Steph xx

The Mad Hatter: Turning heads since 1992

4 Nov

“It’s an addiction, it’s in my blood and I just can’t stop.”

The ability to create a piece of art using a combination of rare vintage trims and unique materials and colours keeps millinery designer, Marilena Romeo hooked.

Her design studio in Thornbury, Melbourne is bursting at the seams with hundreds of hand-made and exquisite hats, fascinators and other styles of millinery.

The sound of 1950s music plays in the background.

Marilena and her business partner Liza Georgia, who is dressed in a hat which she made by hand, hold needles in their hand, sewing new creations, as Marilena tells me her story.

As a child, Marilena dreamed of pursuing an artistic career.

After graduating with a degree in Public Relations and Media from Swinburne University of Technology, she worked in public relations for local councils, but her aspirations lay elsewhere.

“I loved working in Public Relations and worked for the council, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Melbourne. I would organise major Gala events, major fashion parades and raise money for different auxiliaries and causes,” she says.

Fashion had a large presence in her childhood. “My aunty was a dressmaker so I would always be surrounded by materials and trims.”

In 1992, while catching a tram to work on St. Kilda Road, she saw an immaculately dressed lady. This sparked the beginning of this long and very successful career in millinery for Marilena.

“She was wearing a hat, gloves, a coat and she was holding an umbrella, all done up. She just looked absolutely magnificent and I thought, that is amazing, look at her and look at me. I’m dressed okay but she turns heads and looks really classy. She looked like she had just stepped out of a movie.”

Marilena looked for a course to do, but there were not many around.

She completed a one year course, but her main lessons came from studying under another milliner for six years, who did an apprenticeship in the 1950s.

“I found a milliner and she had been designing millinery since before the 1950s and she taught me everything I needed to know. It was fantastic for me.”

She started dabbling in the industry to gain knowledge and experience. Back then:

“Hats weren’t important and it wasn’t about what accessories a lady would wear. It was more about the horse races, betting and the dress.”

“Today it’s the other way around. It’s all about the hat because not many people wear a hat every day, so when they do it has to be spectacular.”

“Ladies come in with up to five dresses, they lay them all out and we think about the occasion and find a hat design that really suits one of the dresses. Most importantly we design a hat that suits the person, as it’s all about facial structure, the neck line and the person’s skin tone.”

Marilena, referred to as the ‘The Mad Hatter’, experienced immediate success when she entered a contest called “Le Grand Prix of Hats” (the outstanding Millinery Design Award). It was established in order to recognise millinery design and the importance of millinery in Australia. Out of 200 entries, three of Marilena’s hats were placed in the top ten.

Many of her creations have been featured on catwalks across Australia. Having a great interest in theatrical millinery, she has designed theatrical hats for performances and also designs bridal hats and accessories.

Marilena gets her inspiration from the simple things that occur in her everyday life.

“I had my niece come over a while back and she was blowing bubbles and from watching her do this I made a hat that resembled the shape of bubbles and a while after that, we bought a telescope for my son and we were looking at the moon and from the moon I created a hat,” she says.

Marilena’s styles are infused with the glamour of the 1950s. “It’s just something a little bit different, it can be anything you see or any experience in your daily life that you can take something from.”

“It could even be like watching trees outside and the movement in their leaves which you might base a hat on.”

Marilena, who is also a busy mum, works every day.

Her boutique and studio in Thornbury which has been opened for just over a year, opens to the public on weekends and according to bookings during the week. Marilena also stocks her creations at selected boutiques in Melbourne.

Liza Georgia, who has also been a millinery designer for many years with her own label, has collaborated with Marilena for over ten years.

Liza grew up around her sister who was in the bridal industry which inspired her to pursue a career in fashion.

“I was always a bit of a fashion coup, buying magazines and clothes from overseas and my parents when I was younger would always make sure that we all looked immaculate for weddings or wherever we were going and so I was very fashion conscious all the time.”

Marilena and Liza who describe themselves as “sisters” met at a Melbourne Millinery Association meeting.

“Our work, as distinctive as it is, it works well together because we add a European edge to our designs, it’s different from other Milliners. We hear this from our clients around the world. They always say there’s something about our creations that are a little bit different,” Liza says.

“It’s art it’s not just a hat that you pop on your head. It does something different,” Marilena says.

On a typical day off, Marilena likes to spend time with her family however during this time the sewing and stitching continues and she doesn’t put her needle down. “That’s us, that’s what we do, we live and breathe millinery.”

When they are not working, Marilena and Liza like to go out and have a look at what other people are designing.

Each year Marilena and Liza are the only two Australian milliners invited to the International Millinery Exhibition in Dubai and Dubai World Cup for three weeks, which is one of the big events on many milliners’ calendars.

Marilena and Liza work long 12-13 hour days on their trip and their clientele ranges from the royal family to a model for the exhibition.

They could call us at an odd time in the middle of the night or early in the morning to create a hat,” Liza says.

“It’s really funny, we will be sitting and making a hat and people will just look and think it’s only a hat but they don’t know who the hat is for.”

Marilena won the best hat at the Dubai World Cup Millinery Award in 2007. “Last year out of 500 competitors we came in the top 10.”

Marilena and Liza have also been in the finals at competitions in Dubai and Melbourne for 2008, 2010 and 2011.

“Overseas is great for us, because we get to see what colours are in trend before they come to Australia and to use in our next collection.”

Marilena and Liza spend the first two days researching when they arrive in Dubai. They go into store after store, noting down what designers are doing and what materials are being used as they are expected to know their latest designs and collections.

Amongst some of Marilena and Liza’s clientele are some famous names who have been featured in the media wearing Marilena’s designs, such as Kate Ritchie, Anna Koran, Brodie Harper and Giaan Rooney, just to name a few.

“I’ve also made a hat for the cousin of Camilla Parker Bowles,” Marilena says.

“Today it’s the other way around. It’s all about the hat because not many people wear a hat every day, so when they do it has to be spectacular.”

There have been some tough moments over the years Marilena admits.  “A memory that sticks out for me is when I burnt a hat that I made for the Mayoress about ten years ago, the night before she was meant to wear it.”

“It took me about a week to do and I thought it looked fantastic and she was going to love it. I decided to steam it and iron it one more time just to make sure everything was okay at about 11pm and all of a sudden my iron over heated and I burnt the material. I had to stay up and redo it so that it was ready for the next morning. I got it done, it looked exactly the same and she had no idea.”

“Channel Nine comes in all the time and we work with their stylists. They trust us enough and they let us run with what we think because we’ve done it for so long. They show us who is wearing what on TV and ask us to design a hat around it and they are happy with what we do.”

Marilena Romeo & her model wearing Marilena Romeo hat at 2011 Oaks Day

Marilena Romeo & her model wearing a Marilena Romeo creation at 2011 Oaks Day

One of Marilena’s long-time customers, Therese Gardiner says she is “drawn to Marilena’s cutting edge style, originality and attention to the finer details of her creations.”

“When you put something on your head because you don’t do it often you want it to be stunning and amazing and you want people to stop and look at it.”

Therese attends at least two race days over the Spring Carnival and occasionally some other race meetings.

“Marilena’s designs have provided me with the opportunity to enjoy some very important aspects of the Spring Racing Carnival, fashion and fun.”

Marilena Romeo and Liza Georgia Millinery models at 2011 Oaks Day

Marilena Romeo & Liza Georgia Millinery models at 2011 Oaks Day

“I always have people ask who created my design and it is with pride that I say “Marilena Romeo Millinery”.”

Therese entered the ‘Fashions on the Field’ competition in 2007 and was in the final 20 wearing one of Marilena’s creations. “The attention her design generated was amazing,” Therese says.

“She pays particular attention to detail in incorporating the complete outfit and is not happy until the client is completely satisfied, and in my case, thrilled with the end result.”

“Her designs also stand out because of her use of amazing textiles that have been sourced from around the world.”

“This is why I think she is so successful and why she will continue to be at the forefront of the millinery industry,” Therese says.

“I feel privileged to be one of Marilena’s clients and to wear her designs.”

I asked Marilena about her opinion of Princess Beatrice’s famous hat that caused quite a lot of controversy and she responded by saying that. “I loved it and it was designed by Philip Treacy one of the greatest milliners ever, who we have met, however I thought it was the wrong colour for her and too big for her. It didn’t suit her complexion and I would’ve done a different colour, something a bit darker, it washed her out, like she came back from the dead. She needed to really think about that a little more.”

“Melbourne milliners have a different edge compared to milliners overseas. In the UK hats are not as modern and there is no pazzazz.”

“When you put something on your head because you don’t do it often you want it to be stunning and amazing and you want people to stop and look at it.”

Marilena also finds time to teach fashion students at the Gordon Institute of TAFE during the Spring Racing Season.

Marilena and Liza attend the Spring Racing Carnival each year making designs for themselves and also designs for Fashions on the Field Contestants, many of whom have come in the finals.

The busiest time for Marilena and Liza is during September and October, before the Racing Carnival.

“People come in, they look around, try to match their dresses or get an idea of colours and try things on, so it gets pretty busy.”

“We could make a hat in an hour or it might take four days or three weeks, so it just depends on what it is that we are working with and the structure of the hat.”

“Everything is hand-made and hand-stitched here in the studio and we don’t use sewing machines for anything,” Marilena says.

Despite the millinery design trade slowly dying, Marilena and Liza aim to keep it alive for as long as they can. It’s all about the HAT!

Check out Marilena Romeo here: http://www.marilenaromeomillinery.com/

OR

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marilena-Romeo-MILLINERY/201968053184271

Or visit her studio in Melbourne and feast your eyes on her amazing designs and collection.

786 High St Thornbury, VIC 3071

Mob: 0438 269 359

Steph xx

Zara Melbourne Opening June 15th!

9 Jun

Hey fashion lovers,
Just a reminder that the wonderful international boutique Zara is opening next week, June 15th! Don’t miss your chance to score some goodies on Tuesday at the Melbourne store on Bourke Street in the CBD!

Steph xx

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