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A life of glamour and style makes everything that much more exciting and that much more appealing. I am a woman who has a deep love for all that is glamorous and embraces the new whilst appreciating a timeless style. My style combines classic timeless pieces with a hint of bohemian flair.

My love for the 70s hippie/bohemian vibe, from flares and suede jackets to kaftans and statement jewellery is inspired by my mum’s quintessential 1970s style. With her long hair, draped jackets and cheese cloth clothes, my mum’s vintage glamour and her free spirit persona has helped pave the way I dress.

My aspiration and fantasy life were further informed by style icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. I would get lost in watching Audrey Hepburn’s role as Holly Golightly in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s whom I’m sure has inspired women from all around the world. From the enormous sunglasses to the pearls and cocktail dress, Holly’s look is timeless and still copied today. For this reason, I have used this iconic style and incorporated wardrobe items such as the LBD and replicated outfits including the mid-length beige trench.

Looking pulled-together is a priority for me, that’s why classic, timeless pieces are important. Separates and smart, tailored styles that are transeasonal is what you will find in my wardrobe. I invest in quality classic pieces with good quality basics in the best colours for me to ensure I always look elegant and put together.

As I have a fair autumn colour palette, to complement my skin tone, I also tend to wear colours that are earthy and warm, such as camel, beige, olive, orange, gold, dark brown and even grey.

Not only do I choose styles that I love, I choose styles that complement my body shape as well.

My wardrobe staples include:

  • Several impeccably cut suits in neutral shades of navy, black, charcoal, and chocolate and extra pants and skirts for more options
  • Cashmere crewneck sweaters
  • Trench coat
  • Cocktail dress including the LBD
  • A stainless steel Gucci watch, which goes with everything
  • Black knee-length wool skirt
  • Jeans (a dark and light pair)
  • White button down shirts
  • Tunic
  • Heeled pumps and ballet flats
  • Belts
  • Oversized handbags
  • Chunky necklaces help to make outfits pop and add a touch of colour to wardrobe basics.

In the end, a gorgeous outfit is nothing without that perfect accessory. I always aim for something that elicits that wow factor be it chandelier earrings, sunglasses or a glomesh clutch in my quest to achieve that glamorous style.

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2011 Spring/Summer Fashion Trends

A key characteristic of popular trends is that they occur in 20 year cycles. The Milestone years to pay attention to this year will be the 70s, 50s, and 1930s.

But for the 2011 Spring/Summer collections displayed, it’s the 1970s that are due for a reinterpretation. The fully-fledged 1970s glam vibe championed by Tom Ford in the 1990s is finally back!  Think of the rock hard parting 1970s rock stars and Studio 54 regulars such as the gold dust women like Bianca Jagger, Diane von Furstenberg, Diana Ross and Stevie Nicks.

For women in the 1970s, hip hugger jeans, pantsuits and hot-pants were worn with chunky platform shoes.  Rachel Zoe has perfected the 70s look —part hippy chick, part disco. Rachel uses bold prints, earth tones and cultural styles which were very popular in the 1970s.  Rachel shows her love for 70s fashion by wearing everything from the wooden platform shoes through to carrying the boho hippy bag.

Portman’s ambassador Abbey Lee Kershaw for the upcoming Autumn Winter 2011 campaign also shows her sporting a 70s luxurious vibe wearing beautiful prints that evoke the bohemian glamour we all think of when we read or hear about the era.

Key designers to draw 70s inspiration from are Yves Saint Laurent, Zandra Rhodes, Jean Muir, DVF (wrap dress), Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe, Cacharel, Halston, Geoffrey Beene and the Gucci by Gucci 2008 advertisement directed by David Lynch.

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