STYLEME MARTA

Fashions fade, style is eternal

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THE OWLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM

Wait, how did this happen to me again?! How did I get sucked into the off-beat, quirky, coffee-loving, donut-eating, giant-talking, fire-walking soap opera that is Twin Peaks all over again? Is it because the 90’s are back? Is it because David Lynch looks like a wonderful mad scientist? No idea, but the obsession is certainly worst the second time around!

Taking a trip back in time I had forgotten how bonkers and lovable the characters are (is that really you? Hank Moody in drag?) and the fashion is just so … Twin Peaks. 

From the over-sized cardigans all the female characters seem to wear all the time (it never even snows but everyone is always wrapped up warm, which gets bonus points in my book) to the orange lips and strong brows. The plaid skirts (so now!), the flat shoes, the baseball jackets, the shoulder padded suits and the wood, the wood is everywhere (you can even cuddle it as your own pet, like Log Lady does). The neat geometric lines, the spooky light, the crazy camera angles and of course the mesmerizing music.

Above all, my personal style crush has to be Audrey: the brunette Marilyn, sexy yet innocent, mysterious and dreamy. 

In Twin Peaks, nothing is what it seems, not even Leo Johnsons’ hair. 

Oh Diane, I almost forgot. if you ever get up this way that cherry pie is worth a stop.

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THE RETRO CHIC SCARF

The headscarf is making a comeback. Fact. And I love it, not only because it reminds me of when my mum used to make me wear it on windy days at the beach but also because there are endless iconic pictures of beautiful actresses wearing them. And so impeccably! The gorgeous, luxurious silk frames their head beautifully, not a hair out of place, their eyes gazing into the unknown. 

Of course I can’t think headscarf without thinking Jackie O: she truly made it her trademark style and wore for all kind of occasions, from official travels to holidaying in Capri. And so did BB and Audrey and the Queen!

 The headscarf is timeless yet playful, iconic yet modern, elegant yet handy (you know, for those in-between hair wash days).

 Just one question though: how do you keep the damn thing from sliding off your head every 2 minutes?! Is there a device or something? Some mysterious invisible pins? Come on you members of the secret headscarf society, unveil your trick once and for all! 

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MESSAGE IN A CLUTCH

The Furry Clutch says “Look how cuddly fluffy and huggable I am!”

The Clear Clutch says “Yo, look as much as you want, I’ve got nothing to hide” 

The Book Clutch says “I’m not just a pretty face, I like the classics and stuff”

Your clutch tells us everything we need to know about you: what your favourite show is (no, I’m not over the end of Breaking Bad), what mood you’re in (stop pulling that face at me, you Acne clutch!), or what your hobbies are (yep, we got the message loud and clear Riri!) 

I personally like to just spell it out on my clutch so there is no confusion (and yes, apparently size does matter, who knew? …only when it comes to clutches though)

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THE NYFW MYSTERY

It’s all over the news, it’s trending on twitter, everybody knows the New York winter has been incredibly cold this year with Polar Vortex and all.

Yet there’s a seemingly unsolvable mystery: why does the thermometer say -2°C, when New York Fashion Week’s picture say 12°C?

 I’ve been through thousands of “street” pictures and you can definitely see it with your own eyes: there it is right next to the Céline heels, peaking up behind the Max Mara’s super seized coat, waving from the sidewalk eyeing up the mini Chanel bag: it’s snow. And it’s over a thick layer of ice.

 So please do tell me: do the fashion editors / bloggers / bunnies / istas grow some sort of bespoke thermal layer inside their skin? Is there a youtube tutorial on how to effortlessly walk barelegged in the icy streets in high heels (and avoid the bambi-learning-how-to-walk effect?). What is wrong with wearing a real coat? I mean wearing it like a coat and not just throw it over your shoulders (like I want to make sure my shoulders are really really warm you know, don’t want them to get a cold).

 It seems to me like if you are wearing an appropriate outfit on top, then you have to wear a short skirt with no tights. Or you are wearing boots but you’re only allowed a jumper on top… is this about balancing things out? Is it some sort of clothes karma? Or maybe wearing sunnies counterbalances the frost? And what’s best to walk in the snow than a pair of flip flops. Really?

 I read Alexa Chung’s secret to keep the NY cold away is wearing a coat. As ground-breaking as this sound, does it still count if the coat is made of aluminium foil? (Oh no I didn’t just write that!)

 I’m not concerned for you guys, you all look awesome and totally not-on-the-verge-of-freezing in almost every picture. Mine is just a case of body temperature jealousy. 

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I’M PREPPY, BITCH!

The preppy style is technically Ivy League territory, originating from the term prep school and adopted for decades by the privileged north eastern upper classes in America. However, I am convinced that the very first adopters of this style are indeed Wednesday Addams and her doll Marie Antoinette. The cutsie short black dress with the white collar has become a staple for the fashion bunnies (yes, I’m borrowing your catchphrase, Victoria). It’s simple and proper yet comfortable and elegant, we still see millions of replicas on the catwalks every season.

The Peter Pan collar dresses and shirts are super easy to wear and still have that college girl appeal, especially if teamed up with socks as seen in pretty much all fashion mags. Add a headband for the Charlotte York Upper East Side effect.

The preppy look works like a charm on men too: monogrammed blazer, perfectly ironed trousers, coloured socks, nerdy specs, groomed hair, what’s not to like?!

Personally, I also don’t object to the modern, grown up father and daughter preppy approach: coat, over blazer, over cardigan, over shirt, over Ben Affleck…it kind of works! 

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