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Admiring from the Backseat: Miroslava Duma in Zara

Russian socialite Miroslava Duma is one of my street style favourites. Whether she’s looking chic and sophisticated in Prada or relaxed in an Acne leather bomber, she always seems to be having fun with her fashion choices. Mira recently put aside her designer duds and stepped out in a colourful floral-print dress by Zara. With the lovely tulip skirt, oversized Louis Vuitton sunglasses and tousled hair, she looked downright adorable.

Mira wore the dress better, too, than that other expert mixer of designer and high street fashions, Olivia Palermo, don’t you think?

xx, S

Images via TFSredcarpet-fashionawards.com

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Admiring from the Backseat: Alexa Chung in Erdem

I’ve been obsessed with Erdem all season, so when I spied this shot of Alexa Chung in a white lace frock from the Spring 2011 collection, my heart nearly stopped. Model Constance Jablonski looked positively angelic on the runway in the same dress, but Chung’s styling took the lace number to a whole other level.

She belted the lovely dress, topped it off with a fierce Burberry black leather jacket, and threw on some fantastic flats and not one but two designer bags (Chanel and Longchamp, of course) for good measure. I love the contrast of the tough biker jacket against the dainty lace dress; no one mixes feminine and masculine pieces quite like Chung.

In fact, I’m feeling rather inspired. I have a Manoush white lace dress sitting in my closet that has yet to see the light of day. I’m thinking I might just have to give it some airtime this weekend, thanks to Miss Chung.

xx, S

Images via Glamour UK, Vogue UK, Style.com

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Admiring from the Backseat: Naomi Campbell in Givenchy and Alexander McQueen

In the second royal wedding of the summer, Charlene Wittstock wed Prince Albert of Monaco yesterday in a religious ceremony attended by the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Naomi Campbell. The Princess looked the part of a beautiful bride in her Armani Privé wedding dress, but it was Campbell’s ensemble that caught my eye.

The supermodel chose an elegant Givenchy mint green one-shoulder floral gown for the occasion, accessorizing with gold leaf open-toe pumps and a snakeskin clutch, both by Alexander McQueen. She donned the requisite fascinator, too, in a lovely shade of peach. When she’s not busy growling for Givenchy, Naomi Campbell cleans up quite nicely, it seems.

xx, S

Images via TFS

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Admiring from the Backseat: Caroline Sieber in Valentino Couture

Caroline Sieber‘s look at the Burberry Serpentine Summer Party this week takes my breath away. The stylist and Chanel ambassador donned the loveliest ruffled gown from Valentino‘s Spring 2011 haute couture collection, managing to blow the original runway styling completely out of the water with an unassuming ponytail and fabulous bag.

While the shoes may be an odd choice, no one’s noticing (other than me), since Sieber’s also toting around the Charlotte Olympia Pandora box clutch. Made of transparent plexiglass, the clutch leaves nothing to the imagination. It’s not a good storage spot for your gum wrappers, but definitely a chic conversation piece. The combination of the gorgeous gown, cheeky purse and simple hair and make-up made for one stunning Caroline Sieber.

xx, S

Images via Vogue UK, Zimbio, Style.com

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Admiring from the Backseat: Julia Sarr-Jamois in Christopher Kane

In case you’ve ever wondered how one styles a neon yellow lace skirt, Julia Sarr-Jamois has got you covered. The fashion editor of Wonderland Magazine showed up at the Milan Spring 2012 menswear shows last week in a variety of perfectly mismatched ensembles and this particular outfit, featuring one of my favourite Christopher Kane Spring 2011 pieces, was a standout. 

Balancing the neon yellow with neutral t-shirt and booties, Sarr-Jamois threw on an incredible pair of Prada Minimal Baroque sunglasses too to kick the outfit up even a few more notches. And how about that midday sunglasses change? Too good.

The skirt is currently on sale at Net-a-porter. Or, give the equally fabulous oversized clutch a try instead.

xx, S

Images via Fashionologie, TFS

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Caught in Charlotte’s Web of…Shoes

There’s been a lot of Charlotte Olympia on the blog lately. First, I bought my new Banana Is My Business fruit-themed pumps. Then, I wore them not once, but twice. And now, I have the audacity to post about these Dolly canvas platform pumps that I just scored on sale at The Room at the Bay. It’s like I’m addicted or something.

My pocketbook rues the day I met Charlotte Dellal. Me and my shoe closet, on the other hand, are deliriously happy.

xx, S

Image Credit: Net-a-porter

Retail Therapy

Eddie Borgo for J.Crew Collection Now Available

Last month CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up Prabal Gurung‘s capsule collection for J.Crew sold out in mere days, and now it’s fellow runner-up Eddie Borgo‘s turn. Borgo’s six-piece accessories collection for the retailer launches online today and is likely to sell out just as quickly as J.Crew’s last collaboration. Prices range from $38 for a studded bow brooch to $175 for a fringed mesh pocket necklace, much lower than the going rate for a Borgo piece, which can cost you up to $995.

Shop the J.Crew collaboration here and Eddie Borgo’s Spring 2011 collection here.

xx, S

Image via Refinery29

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Coveting from the Backseat: Bridal Shoes – Spring 2011 Edition

With wedding season in full swing and this year’s brides-to-be in the final stages of planning, they just might find that one of the details they’ve left to the end is the shoes that will be adorning their feet. The dress has been ordered and the make-up artist and hair stylist booked, but which fabulous shoes will she don for her walk down the aisle?

I already danced my first dance almost four years ago in blinged-out Stuart Weitzmans, but if I were getting married this summer I’d do it in these Valentino leather and tulle-embellished mesh sandals (pictured above) in a heartbeat. They’re a reissue of a Spring 2010 style in white, and are available only at Net-a-porter.

In fact, from ornate Alexander McQueens to trendy Charlotte Olympias, the online retailer has stocked exclusive styles by the world’s top shoemakers for the bride with some room in the wedding budget…and likely an existing shoe problem.


Miu Miu crystal heel silk-satin sandals ($895)


Valentino bow-embellished satin sandals ($1,195)


Charlotte Olympia Paloma satin pumps ($840)


Alexander McQueen sculpted resin and leather leaf sandals ($3,495)


Alexander McQueen resin leaf silk-satin peep-toe pumps ($1,675)

xx, S

Image Credits: Net-a-porter

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Admiring from the Backseat: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Jenny Packham

Over the month and a half since the royal wedding, you’ve likely become either obsessed with the new Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa’s respective styles or completely turned off by the incessant reporting of their grocery-shopping outfits. Whichever side of the fence you happen to be on, Kate’s ensemble to the 10th annual Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) Gala Dinner yesterday at Kensington Palace is definitely worth a gander.

The Duchess looked absolutely stunning in a Jenny Packham Spring 2011 sequin-embellished gown and matching LK Bennett bow sandals. Evidently, I wasn’t the only one to think so, because the dress, which was still available on sale for $3,515 (regular $5,015) yesterday at mytheresa.com, has now since sold out. And no, sadly, I wasn’t one of the buyers.

xx, S

Images via TFS

Retail Therapy

Banana Is My Business

When Charlotte Dellal was in town last year for The Room at the Bay‘s The Next British Invasion event, she sported a certain pair of fruit-themed peep-toe pumps from the Charlotte Olympia Spring 2011 collection. From an elegant evening look to a chic day ensemble, the surprisingly versatile pumps brought a pop of colour and some cheek to both of her outfits. I’ve been dying for a pair ever since!

After an arduous 7-month wait, I finally acquired the most coveted pair of shoes on my Spring 2011 wishlist yesterday, thanks to The Room and Creative Director Nicholas Mellamphy‘s ingenious buying. I wanted to take my very first pair of Charlotte Olympias out for a spin immediately, but with a pair of fancy new kicks and nowhere to go, I settled for an impromptu photo shoot instead.

Sadly, some of my models won’t be making it past this weekend, but my new Charlotte Olympia Banana is My Business pumps will be in my shoe rotation for a long time to come!

xx, S

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