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Vogue Festival 2016

Vogue UK has been celebrating their 100th anniversary with a multitude of notable festivities, including a celebrated Kate Middleton cover and a dedicated museum exhibit at The National Portrait Gallery. But what centennial is complete without the names who have contributed to the magazine’s 100-year history? From models who have starred on the cover, to designers who have created the clothes that have graced its pages, the photographers who have been behind the lens of its most famous shoots and the editors who have shaped Vogue. Step inside with us, to catch up with all the action from this year´s two-day extravaganza.

We would need 1000 pages to describe everything we learned and saw, so we will try to keep it simple as much as possible. But one thing is certain, was a hell of a weekend and we are back with a lot of ideas from attending such an inspiring festival.

Vogue Festival is always intense, and this weekend wasn’t different. We can hardly believe what we have done in just one day. The programme was amazing, there were a lot of things happening at the same time, so we had to choose wisely 😉

The most interesting parts were definitely the talks and the masterclasses. On the talks we had the opportunity to hear the big names in fashion, such as Grace Coddington, Lucinda Chambers, Isabel Marant, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, just to name a few, talking about their experiences, tastes, opinions about a particular subject, and most of the time was impossible not to laugh with them about their hilarious visions or comments of simple things in life.

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Photo: Lauren Santo Domingo and Derek Blasberg, Alexa Chung, Caroline de Maigret and Isabel Marant

When asked about her favorite thing about the fashion industry, Alexa Chung responded: ‘They put your name in front of you at dinner so you remember who you are.’ :)

The talk with Alexa Chung, Derek Blasberg and Lauren Santo Domingo, was hilarious. It was like you were in an English pub chatting and having fun with friends. They are incredibly fun and cool, but they are also very professional. One thing that the three of them told us, was that we have to work hard and always give our best at work to become relevant in such a competitive world. Yes, we all know that, but did you really think that Lauren, Derek or Alexa had to work so hard to become the successful people that they are now?!? In magazines everything seems so easy to achieve.

The talks were definitely a must, because not only you have the opportunity to meet so many famous faces, but also to ask them the questions that you always wished for. 😉

In addition to the all-star talks, this year’s masterclasses offered the opportunity for face time with leaders in their respective fields of the fashion and beauty industries. And we were there to attend the Masterclass “Breaking into fashion journalism”, and met five Vogue Editors. Nine of us sat down with one of the editors in the same round table, and every twenty minutes Editors changed places between them. Was really interesting. Here we got the opportunity to know everything about getting the story, from quick-turnaround fashion show reports to long-form features for Vogue, newspaper writing, breaking online stories, and snappy style points, learn how to find our voice, how to write original, engaging copy – and what makes an interesting pitch.

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Photos from Masterclass: Vogue Crew: Nicole Mowbray, Violet Henderson, Joana Branco from our team, and Sarah Harris; a guest and Lauren Milligan.

The editors were: the Vogue’s Fashion Features Director Sarah Harris, that was wearing a killing louis vuitton leather jacket; Contributing Editor Christa D’Souza, Acting Features Editor Nicole Mowbray; Commissioning Editor Violet Henderson and Vogue.co.uk News Editor Lauren Milligan, that even with a baby belly with her Mac on the top, was there to share with us her experience.

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But Vogue Festival didn’t end there, we could also immerse in all things fashion in the Vogue World Tent, in which guests had access all day, in our case between talks and masterclasses.

The vogue tent was a delight for every Fashion addict like ourselves 😉 We could feature styling sessions from Vogue’s own fashion and beauty editors, like Lucinda Chambers; makeovers, manicures from Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford, Jo Malone, CND Vinylux. We could also go to Kérastase salon and do the braid that we always dream of, by Kérastase professional team.

We have to say, as we experienced this one, that the professionals from Kérastase work all day long doing non-stop braids. And all of them look so perfect that was hard do believe they were made in fifteen minutes. What a team! An exclusive fashion drawing class with David Downton and Erin O’Connor; the Vogue Cover Shoot with Harrods; the book signings, that was crazy crowded when the one and only Grace Coddington appeared to sign her big orange book, that was for sell at the Vogue Shop, here we bought some “souvenirs”, after all this was an event to remember, like a Levi´s Jacket special edition for Vogue UK 100th Birthday, this jacket is insane! T-shirt customizing, Tote Bag signing by the great Desingers Dolce and Gabbana.

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Because we didn’t have a lot of free time, we decided to lunch at the Vogue Café, where we could charge our Phones, Computers, cameras… which happens to became very helpful, and we chose to lunch a super tasty, light and energetic couscous.

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As you can imagine, after a long day of such an intense fashion day, we were exhausted. But it was worth every minute, after all we were breathing fashion all day. What more could we have asked? 😉

 

Dress for success – The ONG

Hi everyone! Today we are really excited to share our latest project, and tell you what we have been doing. A few weeks ago, our team partnered with MU.BU, a solidary platform where every months challenges are launched for those who want to inspire to do a good deed, and where important issues are shared for Mothers and Women, and together we had the pleasure to be part of this Worldwide successful project   – Dress for Success.

Each year, Dress For Success, a non profit Organization, provides interview clothing and accessories to about 70,000 job-seeking women worldwide and also offers training in résumé writing, financial literacy and wellness, along with other programs. Since its launch in 1996, the nonprofit has opened branches in more than 140 cities in 20 countries, and Portugal is one of them.

Our Team and MU.BU went to Lisbon, where the Portuguese affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide is operating, and there we met Teresa Durão, Vice- President of Dress For Success, and her incredible team of volunteers that every day dedicate themselves to work with woman and give them confidence and the right tools for their interview and also make them look great and professional.

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Our challenge was to do a makeover, using only donated clothes. Célia, a full of life and very positive person, who owns a catering company wanted our help to study her image in order to be more confident and secure in the meetings with new clients. Célia felt that sometimes her image created a barrier with new clients, and our mission was to break that barrier.

With rooms full of donated clothes, we start “shopping” and looking for the most flattering items to Célia´s elegant body. In the middle of our “shopping tour ” we tried to know a little bit more about Célia´s life and tastes, and with that in mind we chose same simple and elegant pieces, that could perfectly work with other clothes very easily.

Thanks to the help of hairdresser, makeup artist and Dress for Success volunteer Gabriela Dias,  the results were a total success, much like Célia herself.

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The future of many women could be in you closet! 😉 So if you have clothes that you are not using anymore, but have already made you fill powerful and successful, remember to donate them to this incredible Organization – Dress for Success.

Chanel hosts first-ever Fashion Show in Cuba

When it comes to far and incredible destinations, no one can quite top Chanel and its cruise collections. There has been Seoul, Dubai, Singapore, and this time Karl Lagerfield has chosen Cuba as the venue for Chanel´s latest extravaganza, making this runaway show a historic event.

In 35-degree Celsius heat and what felt like 100 per cent humidity, the evening began with 170 iconic vintage and colorful cars from Cadillacs to Chevrolets to transport guests to El Paseo Del Prado,  the chosen show venue in central Havana. One of the city’s most emblematic thoroughfares, and the divididing line between Old and New Havana who was redesigned in 1928 at the request of the Cuban president by French landscape architect, Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier. The street is decorated with eight bronze lions by French sculptor, Jean Puiforcat, and Cuban sculptor, Juan Comas, which perfectly illustrates the ties between France and Cuba, hardly a more fitting venue for a Chanel show in Cuba.

Aside from the scenery, that was incredible perfect, highs will no doubt include a handful of A-listers like Gisele Bundchen, Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Paradis, Carine Roitfeld, Vin Diesel, who is in Havana filming the The Fast and The Furious 8, and Fidel Castro´s grandson, who were in attendance. Interestingly, Lagerfeld presented his line wearing a jacket designed by Hedi Slimane, who it’s rumored that is going to be his heir, from Saint Laurent’s Spring 2016 Men’s collection. We just have to wait and see.

Another rumor, that was being whisper in Cuba a few weeks before the show, was that Chanel was bringing in Wi-Fi, but unfortunately it didn´t. If Karl Lagerfield can pull a show like this in the other side of the world, why not bringing in Wi-Fi, he´s definitely the right guy to make it?!? So we can totally understand the rumors 😉

Before the show, guests were taken to a tour of old Havana town; a visit to a cigar factory and to Ernest Hemingway’s house hidden at the end of a mango tree-lined driveway in the poorer, southern suburbs; and dinner at Atelier, the very same restaurant that Michelle Obama and her daughters dined at during the president’s historic visit in March.

Stella Tennant  have opened the show, dressed in boyish monochrome pinstripe trousers, brogues and a black tailored blazer topped with a straw trilby.

Maria Carla Boscono, Lindsey Wixson, Soo Joo Park and some local girls who were cast as models, all took the catwalk wearing tiered ballerina skirts,  Che Guevara-style berets rendered in black sequins, retro-looking T-shirts emblazoned with “Coco Cuba” layered under tweed suits, and one of our favorites, a print of juicy-coloured Cadillacs worked into silk maxi dresses, PJ’s and dressing gowns, and Cohiba-cigar-smoking male models. Other highlights included khaki army jackets with tweed backs, tobacco sweater dressing, and black crochet dresses and backpacks, and at the end sequin mini dresses in spearmint, yellow, and peach matched the cars were guests arrived in.

For the show’s grand finale a troop of drummers moved through the streets, turning the catwalk into a giant dance party. Models invited fashion show attendees to join them in the festivities as the locals watched on from the balconies of their houses lining the street.

After the show Chanel’s guests were invited to the after-party held at the Plaza de la Catedral and join Karl himself for a tango under the black sky. Only Chanel! We can´t wait for the next big show 😉

 

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What to wear to a festival season

Festival Season

Festival season kicks off this month with Coachella, our favorite music event when it comes to style. So it’s officially time to embrace the spirit of festival madness and give some consideration to our wardrobe, because we all want to be able to dance energetically, walk for miles without being in pain and being festival-fabulous at the same time. Nothing better then get some inspiration from Celebs and It girls who demonstrate the look impeccably well, rocking different variations of outfits, with its mud-covered wellies, denim shorts, floppy hats, bohemian sundresses, and incredible accessories that can totally make or break an outfit.
And we know that as much fun as music festivals can be, they also have a tendency to drain our bank account well before we step into the venue. However, this doesn’t mean we can´t add fabulous options to our packing list. Look ahead for our affordable picks and we promise you’ll look cool-as-hell while you’re having fun.

Let festival season begin!

 

Festival Season Shopping List:

 

 

 

The insane Dolce & Gabbana Pyjama Party

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Today, we had a great source of inspiration to choose the chicest sleepover. Dolce & Gabbana threw the coolest party ever. Taking over the Penthouse Room of the Chateau Marmont, the Italian Brand celebrates their sleepwear – inspired capsule collection, titled Pyjama party. The collection of silk is inspired by men´s tailoring  with bright colors and a lot of huge flowers. Don´t be surprise if you see this designs in the red-carpet, because this collection is meant to be worn outside of the house.

We all like to be comfortable and warm when we go to sleep specially after an exhausting and stressing work day,  after all we are not going to Dolce & Gabbana Party.  However this is not an excuse to put a old sweater and leggings.  I always imagine if something happens and I have to leave in a rush, well OMG! So, to avoid this awkward situations there are a lot of options when it come to Pyjamas, with very elegant designs that make us feel dressed up and at the same time very comfortable and ready to take over the Chateau Marmont Pyjama Party;) Have you ever been in a Pyjama party? Feel free to share your craziest pyjama party.

Shopping List Pyjama Party inspired:

 

Valentine´s day

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From Kate and William to Lady and the Tramp here are some of the iconic kisses that we all dream of. With Valentine´s day right around the corner, we have the perfect excuse to make a shopping wish list (as if we need an excuse 😉 ) and maybe we´ll be lucky.

A lot of brands made special editions for this time of year, the difficulty is not finding a gift, but to choose the right one. And in doubt choose a Valentino and you´ll be the star of the day 😉

Fall in love with our Valentine´s gift suggestions, and fill free to share with us your dream kiss moment, and the sweetest gift that you have received from Valentine´s day.

Shopping Love List suggestions:

 

 

Sequins, Glamour, Parties, and Lot´s of fun New Year´s Eve is coming

I know is kind of a cliché, but I love sequin outfits for New Year´s Eve. I probably think if I start the year shining like a Star, the year will be great. Kind of a fashion superstition 😉 To celebrate the New Year, get inspired by this suggestions. What´s your favorite? Happy New Year guys, hope your dreams will came true!