Tuesday, February 19, 2013

True Fashionista

If I ask you to name a true fashionista of today, what would be your answer? 

Olivia? Paris? Kim? Alexa? 

Well, you all have a reason, yet a famed fashion designer Alber Elbaz of Lanvin believes that her name is Minnie. Yes, Minnie Mouse. Two modern stars - the face of Disneyland and the brain of Lanvin - paired together to develop an extra special dress for a cartoon hero. Finally our beloved Minnie can exhale and throw her polka dot dress away (the further the better, in fact). A brand video shows a not-so-skinny Minnie selecting the fabric and working with Elbaz on the design idea. 

Her new outfit is a TESSful blue piece decorated with dazzling jewels and shinny sequins, that go fully in line with Minnie's style. Disney has announced that Minnie will be leading a fashion show held at the theme park on March 23rd, 2013.

All images/video are courtesy of Lanvin

***So, how do YOU FIND MINNIE's MAKEOVER?***

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Your Tess

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Rouge et Noir

Even though the name of this post might sound as a reference to the historical novel in two volumes, written by Stendhal in 1830 (i.e. Le Rouge et le Noir), in practice I just want to share with you some TESSful pics. The connection between two is the same red&black palette. Well, I guess, you might have already seen these photos in bits and pieces, but I've just realized that I never shared with you the full portfolio. True, shame on me.

So, have a look at my version of Le Rouge et le Noir, lensed by a wonderful photographer Daniel Lopez-Paullada:

So, TESS of the day: 
Scarf - Tara Jarmon
Sunglasses - Prada
 Watch - Karen Millen
Pumps - Christian Louboutin
Glasses - CHANEL.

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Your Tess

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Stay TESS 24/7

Ok, no long posts today - anyways, you won't have time to read :-)

Wish you a TESSful Valentine's!
Keep it classy, chic and safe tonight... (*hint, hint*)

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Your Tess

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Gucci S/S 2013 Ad Campaign

Gucci goes bold and colorful for its Spring/Summer 2013 advertisement campaign, featuring returning model Karmen Pedaru (Estonian) and the brand’s very own Anja Rubik (Polish). Clement Chabernaud (French) became a male face of this season. 

Two years in a row the Gucci S/S campaign has been lensed by Mert and Marcus, namely prominent photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, who always work together. All shots are extremely minimal and clean, what gives a maximum focus to the outfits and accessories themselves. 
So, stay bright and enjoy the TESSful colors!

All Images are courtesy of Gucci

And don't forget to check-out CHANEL S/S 2013 Ad Campaign, in case you missed it!

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Your Tess

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Heat it Up!

Valentine's Day is on the horizon... And we all know what that means: chocolate candies, heart-shaped cards and sexy lingerie. Here comes the main question: have you already found a perfect set to 'gift' your special someone?! Well, I've just read recently that in Japan girls give gifts on St. Valentine's Day, while boys - don't. Instead, they do it almost one month later - on St. White's Day. So, make sure, ladies, (whether you are in Japan or not) to prepare a stunning gift for your beloved sweethearts. 

Personally, I was bothered by this question almost the whole day today, so I came up with this TESSful sexy outfit. Well, you are right. It is not really an 'outfit-outfit', because there is not that much clothing, yet still - it is an amazing look to seduce your man and sweep him off his feet. 

Featuring a daring sheer tulle and a delicate black lace, Helena Christensen's body instantly gives you a luxurious look and feel. Even though I am not a big fan of pink color, this particular rose shade makes this set look TESSfully feminine. On the contrary, suede stiletto heels with gold-tone conical studs give it certain edginess, making a man of your dreams expect the unexpected... So, TESS it up to heat it up!

Heat it Up!
CLOTHES: Black Kimono Sash Jacket 3.1 Phillip Lim318 (TESS), Dahlia Stretch Tulle Body Helena Christensen For Triumph, €147 (TESS), Glam Stay-Up Stockings Wolford36 (TESS
SHOES: Black Studded Suede Heels Alexander McQueen590 (TESS)
ACCESSORIES: Park Avenue Necklace Manhattan Pearls460 (TESS), Three-Strand Baroque Pearl Necklace with Sterling Silver Blue Nile126 (TESS), 'Aqua' Glass Pearl Stud Earrings Givenchy20 (TESS), Velvet Rose Brooch Accessorize12 (TESS)
COSMETICS: X Eau de Toilette Jean Paul Gaultier€79 (TESS), Glitter Eye Shadow Napoleon Perdis, € 20 (TESS)

*** So, what's YOUR OUTFIT gonna be for St. VALENTINE'S Day (and Night)? ***

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Your Tess

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Be Matte, not Mad

I love matte nails! They are so TESSfully chic. Matte palette is also the easiest and the fastest way to add a solid sophistication to your manicure, independently on the color itself. Whether you prefer bold or pastel shades, the matte layer on top will give your nails that impeccably sleek and posh look you always wanted to have. 

Said that, let me share with you my TESSful girlie secret. My biggest craving of the week is... yes, this astonishing grey nail polish you see below. It was a love at first sight. The color looks so warm and cozy on the nails, yet at the same time, it shows ambitions and certain toughness. This shade definitely dispel the myth that grey is a color of depression or apathy. No way! Instead, it screams confidence and a strong personality behind. Style-wise, it is quite neutral and can TESSfully complement any of your looks. 

(Now, when I re-read the post, it sounds to me as an ad, but believe me it is not! I am just sharing with you my sincere ...ahaaa and ...hmmm about my new find.)

If you fancy this particular color, it is a Matte Grey Nail Polish by ZOYA ($19.99). TESS it here.
If you prefer wearing other colors, have a look at my TESS-list below:

All pictures were kindly provided by Google Images.
In case you know the authors, I will be happy to put a copyright.

***So, what do YOU THINK of MATTE nails?***

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Your Tess

Friday, February 1, 2013

Fur and Feather

Ok, this question has been bothering me for quite some time, hence I decided to seek for your opinion. So, to fur or not to fur? I mean, to wear fur or not to wear. 

Whoa-whoa, wait... Before I get attacked (physically or verbally) by all those PETA fans, let me make an official disclaimer. TESS, personally, possesses no fur coats; however, I see plenty of them 'walking' around. And it seems like fur remains in favor with a modern fashion (despite all ethical and moral reasons that we hear 24/7).

We all know who ignited the whole industry for good or bad a couple of decades ago: "Nobody was wearing fur until she put it on the cover in the early 1990s", says Tom Florio (former publisher of Vogue magazine).

Clearly, he means Anna Wintour. Who else, at the end, has this ultimate influence on the fashion business? But well, let's not put all the pressure on her shoulders. Let's revisit instead some of the Pre-Fall 2013 catwalks and see a visual proof of the enormous popularity of natural fur among fresh and established designers:

TESS  #1: Alberta Ferretti
Photo by Donato Sardella
TESS  #2: Lanvin
Photo: Courtesy of Lanvin
TESS  #3: Alexander McQueen
Photo: Courtesy of Alexander McQueen
TESS  #4: Sonia Rykiel
Photo: Courtesy of Sonia Rykiel
TESS  #5: Mugler
Photo: Courtesy of Mugler
TESS  #6: Alberta Ferretti
Photo by Donato Sardella
TESS  #7: Maison Martin Margiela
Photo: Courtesy of Maison Martin Margiela
TESS  #8: Celine
Photo: Courtesy of Celine
TESS  #9: Alice + Olivia
Photo: Courtesy of Alice+Olivia
TESS  #10: Michael Kors
Photo by John Aquino
TESS  #11: Cédric Charlier
Photo: Courtesy of Cédric Charlier
TESS  #12: Matthew Williamson
Photo: Courtesy of Matthew Williamson
TESS  #13: Viktor & Rolf 
Photo: Courtesy of Viktor & Rolf
TESS  #14: Vera Wang
Photo by John Aquino
TESS  #15: Vera Wang
Photo by John Aquino

So, what are your thoughts on the above - to FUR or NOT to FUR?
Keep TESSTaste.Elegance.Sophistication.Style!
Your Tess