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One Step Closer to Reflecting Myself [Part IV]


Autumn is slowly coming and gently asking us to enter our hearts and closets and homes. Though being gentle in announcing oneself it rather intrudes us in a way we actually don’t want it to for we crave summer, sun and heat. But still, autumn is coming and so I think, ‘Embrace change. Embrace the chance to get yourself all dressed up in a new wardrobe, a new mood, a new interpretation of who you are. AND, embrace the wake up call to finally get your apartment done and ready for a colder season to follow, winter.’

Elle Decoration UK October 2012

Elle Decoration UK – October 2012 Cover

So after three phases and a short break I finally arrived in number IV: One Step Closer to Reflecting Myself

Phase I: On the Hunt (for the Perfect Apartment) [Part I]

Phase II: Designing a Happy Home [Part II]

Phase III: Bit by Bit [Part III]

To me, a home is where the heart is! Ergo: where my heart is there am I. Further ergo: Where I am there should be the real me; my own reflection; my own interpretation of who I am and who I want to be. Not just to myself but to anybody who comes into my private walls as a guest. Therefore, my personal space should be an addition to what I represent. When I enter the room I should feel as if it underlines my personality rather than projecting something that isn’t there, or presenting myself in a light that doesn’t fit the part. It would feel like someone trying to fit into an Alexander McQueen Couture gown though one knows one is completely Atelier Versace; meaning less feathers more sparkle. (Don’t get me wrong here: Alexander McQueen IS a part of my religious belief. Trust me, I worship him and now Sarah Burton for what they’ve created!)

Alexander McQueen Spring_Summer2013

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2013

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2013 Detail

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2013 Detail

Decorating and furnishing come together to be a process – a long lasting one. Not just a rush of emotions and motions that overwhelm your senses to tell you to simply get it done as soon as you can to get it over with. NO, if you want your apartment to reflect your innermost, your character, your ambitions, your motivations, your style, your fashion, your love and your passion for life; it takes some time to evolve.

That is what I did – I gave myself time to evolve within my new environment. For three months I have my own place now and it feels more like a home to me than anything has ever done. Every single day it comes closer to where I can say my heart is… but it isn’t perfect yet. To be honest, I don’t think it can ever be but at least it can be close to what I want it to be – a place where I can relax once I have entered the double doors; a place I can call home; a place where I can be myself without compromising, without having to apologize, without the necessity of defending flaws. Here I am perfect, if I want to be. If I feel like it.

Autumn calls for action – it calls for inspiration! And so I took my best friend ELLE Decoration out for some last walks in the sun trying to get inspired by what is around me; colors, shapes, shades, street signs, maps, people. I felt like a child in a candy store being surrounded by all those fabulous colors, spirits and voices. With a little help of VOGUE and GQ I always feel perfectly safe when it comes to my fashion choices but with my apartment I still feel like I do not have the grip on what is my style yet. At least not completely. BUT, every time I open ELLE Decoration I feel like I have IT, the one thing that makes me visualize fabrics and shapes, color schemes and patterns in a way I have never imagined before. Fashion isn’t just who or what you wear; it is how you live, how you furnish and how you decorate too!

So, for my bedroom I always felt white, completely – a white bed, a white big open closet, a white standing mirror and a white dresser. I always added color with just my clothes, the bedding and my big purple Prada box. But now I feel like those white walls finally need something new – I feel shapes, well, more like pattern. A mathematical pattern of triangles on two walls in an L-shaped constellation to surround my bed and my door while on the opposite wall only the closet with my beautiful clothes sets the tone. This, to me, sounds like a perfect equilibrium of fast moving, ever changing fashion versus unwinding, calming body and mind.

For the bedroom my eyes is on this triangle patterned wallpaper in Charcoal Grey/Off White called ‘Goldsmith’ by Custhom, £170 per 4m roll, Green and Fay:

ELLE Decoration UK Pattern Book S/S 2012

ELLE Decoration UK Pattern Book S/S 2012
(picture: ELLE Decoration iPad APP)

For the bedroom as well as my living room I still have to find the perfect fabrics to decorate the windows but I am sure that these ideas will come up in no matter of time since I find myself to be in a very creative mood and a very inspired place right now. So, stay tuned for more and get yourself a little bit inspired by the last summer days until autumn conquers our hearts, wardrobes and homes.

XOXO

Mr.StrictlyIntimate

P.S.: Inspirational Song of the Day

JEM – Amazing
(as featured on the Motion Picture ‘Sex and the City: the Movie)

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a beautiful Vogue UK memory: Natalia Vodianova in State of Grace


What I really love is to take an evening to scan through all of my epic and nostalgic issues of Vogue that are perfectly arranged in appearance date and language. Somehow I thought back on the wonderful Jessica Stam campaign I have posted a week ago and thought about posting on of the most beautiful and in my mind – Haute Couture historically important shootings that I found again in a 2009 issue of British/UK Vogue featuring an immaculate editorial with leading parts of Natalia Vodianova and the most perfect Haute Couture dresses of a season. Well – right now of a quite passed season but hey damn it – it is Haute Couture and that never goes out of style!

When you look at the pictures it is one of those feelings that come up that make up realize why you love fashion. It is pure femininity, purity, sophistication, elegance and absolute decadency: Natalia Vodianova in State of Grace.

Photography by Mario Testino
Model: Natalia Vodianova
Fashion editor: Lucinda Chambers

Hair: Sam McKnight
Make-up: Val Garland
Nails: Lorraine Griffin
Set design: Michael Howells
Location: MC Motors courtesy of Airspaces.co.uk
Digital artwork: R&D

LET THEM EAT CAKE: GALLIANO GATHERS SUGAR RUSH OF PINK ORGANZA AND FLORALS FIT FOR VERSAILLES
Silk bustier dress with printed silk underdress, Dior Haute Couture, Paris. Bra, £27.50, What Katie Did. Silk and lace knickers, £280, Rosamosario, at A La Mode. Tights £8, Falke. Crystal and pearls drop earrings, £234, Erickson Beamon.

DEFY THE DARKNESS IN CHANEL’S CHARMING FLOWER BODICE
Silk and tulle petal bodice, Chanel Haute Couture, Paris. Headpiece (in hand), Chanel Haute Couture by Kamo for Mod’s Hair. Silk bra, £210. Silk and lace knickers, £280. Both Rosamosario at A La Mode. Tights, £8, Falke. Diamond Earrings, £14.375, Diamonds by Erickson Beamon.

VERSACE’S CONSTELLATION OF CRYSTALS BECOMES A MODERN MASTERPIECE WITH A BOLD BLACK BRASSIERE
Boned silk-tulle and georgette evening dress embroidered with crystals, Atelier Versace, Milan. Silk bra, £210, Rosamosario at A La Mode. Rhinestone and chain tassel earrings, from £165, Winifredgrace.com.

LA VIE EN ROSE: SET OFF ELIE SAAB’S ROSE-STREWN GOWN WITH ORNATE JEWELS, NYLONS AND CURVE-HUGGING LINGERIE
Strapless silk-tulle gown hand-embroidered with organza flowers, Elie Saab Couture, Paris. Silk bra £210. Silk and lace knickers, £280. Both Rosamosario at A La Mode. Tights, £8, Falke. Crystal and pearl earrings, £234. Crystal and pearl bracelet, £570. Both Erickson Beamon. Crystal Necklace, £1.640, Tom Binns at A La Mode and Dover Street Market. Shoes, £480, to order, Bora Aksu.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER’S CORSET DRESS IS RICH WITH HISTORICAL NUANCE, ADORNED WITH CHAINMAIL, PEARLS AND LACE FRINGING
Satin and lace corset dress embroidered with fringe beading, fine chainmail and pearls, Gaultier Paris, Paris. Bra, £27.50, What Katie Did. Silk and lace knickers, £280, Rosamosario, at A La Mode. Tights £8, Falke. Diamond earrings, price on application, Boucheron. Shoes, £480, to order, Bora Aksu.

RHINESTONES TRACE THE COTERIE OF PETALS ON ARMANI PRIVÉ’S DELICATE FLORAL GOWN
Silk-organza evening dress with floral rhinestones embroidery, Armani Privé. Silk bra £210. Silk and lace knickers, £280. Both Rosamosario at A La Mode. Tights, £8, Falke. Diamond earrings, £39.100, Diamonds by Erickson Beamon.

CHRISTIAN LACROIX MASTERFULLY PLAYS WITH LIGHT AND SHADOW. DELIGHT IN HIS GRAPHIC TULLE POUFS AND GIANT, GLITTERING JEWELS
Chiffon tunic dress with black tulle sleeves, worn with jewelled satin belt and earrings, Christian Lacroix Haute Couture, Paris. Bra, £27,50, What Katie Did. Shoes, £480, to order, Bora Aksu.

TREMBLE WITH THE PASSION OF TISCI’S DREAM – A FLUID, BIAS-CUT, FISHTAIL GOWN, ARTFULLY DRAPED AND FASTENED WITH A CRYSTAL BROOCH
Long, draped washed-crêpe and silk-organza dress fastened with crystal and glass brooch, Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, Paris. Silk bra £210. Diamond earrings, £39.100, Diamonds by Erickson Beamon.

VALENTINO’S EMBROIDERY NEEDS JUST THE SIMPLEST OF BEAUTY ACCENTS
Long mousseline sheath dress embroidered with silk and crystal threads, Valentino Haute Couture, Paris. Bra, £27,50, What Katie Did. Crystal and pearl earrings, £234, Erickson Beamon.

Every time I see this shooting it reminds me of how beautiful and wonderful handmade, embroidered and exquisit Haute Couture pieces can be and it gives me an inspirational chill that I just wanna sit down and draw the whole night through – and this is what I am going to do for now.

I’ll draw and sketch and make the most beautiful dress…just for you.

XOXO

Mr.StrictlyIntimate

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