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ModaLisboa No.50 (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

The biggest event in Portuguese fashion, Moda Lisboa, took place from 8 - 12 March 2017 at the newly renovated Pavilhão Carlos Lopes. This year, the fashion week celebrated its 50th edition and it won't be an exaggeration to say that it was better than ever before.

From all-black looks at Aleksandar Protic to futuristic plastic details at David Ferreira and Imauve, Autumn/Winter 2018-19 season will be highly inspiring, bold, and creative. Let's have a look at some of the most memorable fashion trends presented at the event!

1. New Romantic

1. New Romantic

Duarte, David Ferreira, Filipe Faísca © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera

Pastels (often combined with darker colours), soft lines, white blouses, slip dresses, plush velvet, satin, lace up, puff sleeves, ruffles, and moody florals – that's New Romantics trend in a nutshell.

According to Fashion Snoops, "the New Romantic woman believes in leveraging the past to bring us closer to the future". Key accessories include pearl earrings, fishnet stockings, statement ring set, embellished mini bag, optical cat eye, and updated Mary Janes.

This fashion trend (shown mainly through clothes, not accessories) was present in many collections for Autumn/Winter 2018-19 including Duarte, Filipe Faísca, Carolina Machado, and Ricardo Preto.

2. Plastic Dreams

2. Plastic Dreams

David Ferreira (L,R), Imauve © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera

"The most out-there trend of 2018 is transparency, or plastic to be particular", says The Guardian and we couldn't agree more.

From transparent boots at Imauve to ultra-bold tops at Luís Carvalho and see-through coats at David Ferreira, this futuristic trend seemed to be quite popular with Portuguese designers.

3. Statement (faux) Fur

3. Statement faux fur

David Ferreira (L,R), Imauve © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera)

From fur trims, sleeves, collars, tippets, scarves and stoles, to statement jackets and coats – all (faux) fur lovers will be able to choose something for themselves next season.

Our favourite looks included elegant black fur details at David Ferreira, stylish white stoles at Imauve, and feminine coats at Luís Carvalho.

4. Black Is The New Black

4. Black is the new Black

Ricardo Preto, Dino Alves (R) © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera

Classic black was seen in many Autumn/Winter 2018-19 collections including Aleksandar Protic who presented all-black looks, Federico Cina (black mixed with bright red), Isidro Paiva (black combined with white or brown), Carolina Machado (thigh high boots and black accessories), and David Ferreira (black fishnets and voluminous sleeves).

Eye-catching colour combinations such as black with golden beige and apricot orange could be seen at Dino Alves show. The versatile Autumn/Winter collection featured a lot of hats and colourful sunglasses as well.

5. Kaleidoscope Of Colours

5. Kaleidoscope of Colours

Gonçalo Peixoto, Awaytomars, Imauve © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera

Some designers went in a totally opposite direction and presented bold colourful looks featuring colours traditionally associated with spring such as pink, bright red or yellow.

While in many of those collections colour was taking centre stage, some of them were also enriched with the use of unique prints and patterns (Awaytomars, Kolovrat).

If you are not sure how to wear this trend, there is only one rule that applies: use your imagination and mix various colours and patterns together. The brighter, the better!

Sunday, 17 December 2017 15:19

Holiday Shopping - Gift Ideas for Her

ELENA Earrings by DM Jewelry Designs
 Photo courtesy of DM Jewelry Designs

It's not a secret that women love jewellery. Receiving it makes them feel and look special. ELENA Earrings by DM Jewellery Designs will make an unforgettable gift for someone who appreciates high quality, artisan products and timeless chic. Made with imported Black Onyx which beautifully accents the sterling silver filigree beads and finished with sterling silver earring findings, this beautiful piece of jewellery is an accessory staple in every woman's wardrobe like the LBD. "The best part of gifting jewellery is that whatever it costs, once gifted it becomes a piece on which you simply can’t put a price tag. It works like a photograph, the memory associated with the gift will carry through with the person for life," says Urban Cocktail and we couldn't agree more.


Based out of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, DM Jewellery Designs was established as a result of a life-long enchantment of manifesting visions of radiant jewellery including custom bridal designs. Their mission is to create exquisite pieces of jewellery that celebrates every aspect of a woman. Debora Ann Malouf, owner and creative designer of DM Jewellery Designs, explains, “I will design and re-design a piece until it perfectly captures not only my vision, but also the vision of the client who is involved in the entire custom design process. I refuse to finalize a piece until each one of us experiences what I term as the “WOW” factor.” She continues to state, “Nothing excites me more than manifesting the visions of designs that capture the essence of a woman.”

Photo courtesy of Claycult Cambodia

Bring back those holiday memories and a carefree beach mood with a limited edition of Rudraksha Seed and Ceramic necklace. This stunning long, slightly chunky style necklace, uses three silver capped Nepali seed beads in combination with the specialty ceramic beads. This unique item of jewellery, featuring a beautiful palette of earthy colours, makes a memorable gift which will be treasured for years.


Claycult Cambodia brings the culture of the Khmer people and the colours of Cambodia into their designs. The brand offers a range of exquisite necklaces, bracelets and earrings in addition to ceramic beads. All items are handcrafted at their studio / workshop in Siem Reap, home to Angkor Wat and the great Angkor temples.

They employ mostly women and adapt the workplace to their lives as much as possible, outsourcing to those who are unable to come to the workshop because of family commitments. Claycult Cambodia encourages education and their staff is paid a fair wage, many of them being the sole supporter of an extended family.

Photo courtesy of LaBante London

Red is officially l y the hot test colour for Fall /Winter 2017. This gorgeous handbag by LaBante London, a Peta-Approved Vegan Brand, will brighten up gloomy winter days and add a touch of glamour to even the most simple outfit.

This elegant and compact bag is perfect for a day (wear it with a casual jacket or coat) or evening out (as a striking addition to an all-black ensemble). Finished with a bow detail to give an extra twist of femininity, it comes with two handy inner compartments to help you stay organised. The shoulder strap can be detached so that the bag can be used as a hand held clutch. Two in one, how smart!


Established in 2009, LaBante London designs and produces accessories with an ethos of 'Fashion With Respect.' What do they mean by that? Their bags and jewellery are not only covetable but also vegan, environmentally friendly, and ethically produced. The brands want to give consumers the experience of luxury, of the finest craftsmanship, of a timeless aesthetic, while respecting the world we live in.

Happy holidays! :)

Saturday, 20 May 2017 12:06

Travelling In Style - Summer Essentials

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Eva Fydrych wearing Bôhten sunglasses (Cefalu, Italy)

Stylish Sunglasses

Sunglasses, an essential summer accessory, are an important element of a trendy outfit. This season, the bigger and brighter, the better!

Founded in 2012, Bôhten manufactures and designs eco luxury glasses made from reclaimed material sourced from West Africa. All frames are super light and go well with various outfits. Perfect for travelling!

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Bohten sunglasses (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Ripped Denim

Be it skinny, boyfriend, flared or cropped, ripped jeans is one denim trend that is still going strong.

Whether you pair it with a floaty blouse and sneakers for a daytime look, or a silky camisole and killer heels for a night out in town, ripped jeans add a definite edge to your outfit.

For more styling ideas, click here 

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Photos courtesy of Pinterest, Vogue, and Pull & Bear

Slip Dress

This is arguably one of the most versatile piece of clothing you can bring. A slip dress can be worn various ways. Throw it on and pair with comfy sandals for a day of sightseeing, with a sweater for a lovely dinner, or even over your swimsuit for some cover up for an evening stroll on the beach.

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Photos courtesy of Pinterest and French Connection

While the floral print trend has been in full bloom for as long as we can remember, it is still one of the best ways to freshen up your wardrobe and get ready for the summer season. Fabulous florals combined with simple, minimalist accessories, will never go out of style.

If you are looking for a more edgy look, try mixing florals with other prints and adding bold accessories such as statement jewellery or oversized sunglasses.

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Duro Olowu Spring/Summer 2017 (Photo courtesy of the designer)

For more travel essentials, click here Happy Summer!

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 16:55

4 Reasons to Look Forward To Autumn

Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi Hadid Collaboration
Launching on 9th September at the Tommy Hilfiger shop on 5th Avenue in New York City and on tommy.com, the new capsule collection features nautical inspired designs with a sexy twist.

Have a look at my favourite pieces from TommyXGigi collection below:

Gigi Hadid

Photos courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger

London Fashion Film Festival 2016 (LFFF)

After my trip to Mexico City and attending the inaugural Mexico Fashion Film Festival earlier this year, I can’t wait to see the latest fashion films in London.

“Each year the London Fashion Film Festival host a variety of screenings centred on the subject of fashion and film, giving Londoners, film and fashion enthusiasts the chance to watch a number of iconic movies in the heart of the capital. As well as the main Festival, there will be a number of warm up events leading up to the Festival and the opportunity to take part in master classes and discussions with some of the industry’s most well-known names and faces."

- LFFF LFFF takes place on 14 September and you can see the official program here: lfff.co.uk/programme-and-tickets


Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

New (and Old) Fashion Trends Leopard print is making its mark on the runways (again!) “Leopard print is a symbol of sensuality, confidence, and a liberated state of mind.” says Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci in the latest issue of Vogue magazine. “When a woman puts on a leopard-print coat, she is unapologetic in all that she stands for.”

Other trends to look forward to: plush velvet suits, pleated skirts, oversized coats & jackets, punk-inspired details, high-end streetwear, eclectic mishmash, colourful tights, bold embellishments, hats, and pretty in-pink vibe.

Gucci FW16

Gucci Ready-To-Wear Autumn/Winter 2016 (Photos by Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv)

A Wearable Fitness Tracker Public School’s collaboration with Fitbit, the Silicon Valley brand, may be one of the coolest partnerships this season.

Launching in October, the Type III Paracord bracelet (inspired by military parachutes) allows users to customise the Fitbit Alta and track their fitness progress: calories burnt, activity levels, and even hours slept each night. The device also offers call and text alerts and promises to keep you motivated during (and in between) your workout routine. Unlike many tech gadgets on the market, this smart accessory has a genuine style and it may become super popular with both fashion and fitness crowd.

Have a fabulous Autumn! :)

Sunday, 08 May 2016 10:19

3 Reasons to Visit L.A. this Summer

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Downtown Los Angeles (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States after New York City, doesn’t really need an introduction. Famous centre of the American film and television industry, L.A. is a popular tourist destination all year round.

“The sun and palm trees in L.A. are so great for lifting the mood. It’s always nice coming over the hills and seeing the ocean.” - says celebrity stylist Kemal Harris.

This summer, discover the stylish side of Los Angeles and explore downtown’s Fashion District, vibrant art scene, and unique architecture.


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Shopping in L.A. / Broadway Street (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

LA Fashion District features hundreds of wholesale showrooms, textile stores, and retail boutiques.

“The LA Fashion District’s designer showrooms are located at the intersection of 9th and Los Angeles Streets. Our designer showrooms host five market weeks yearly, where buyers and retailers come to shop the latest in contemporary apparel and accessories. There are over 1,200 showrooms representing over 4,500 fashion lines.” - fashiondistrict.org

Santee Alley, located between Santee Street and Maple Avenue, is best known for its vibrant atmosphere and amazing bargains.


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Tulips by Jeff Koons, The Broad (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

“Los Angeles is often billed as the "Creative Capital of the World", because one in every six of its residents works in a creative industry and there are more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians living and working in Los Angeles than any other city at any time in history.” - Wikipedia

Recommended Museums: The Broad (221 S Grand Ave), MOCA / Museum of Contemporary Art (250 S Grand Ave), and LACMA / Los Angeles County Museum of Art (5905 Wilshire Blvd) - currently holding an interesting menswear exhibition: www.lacma.org


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Broadway Street / LA Fashion District (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Downtown Los Angeles has lots of interesting buildings and trendy restaurants, stores, and hotels to explore. Many places feature unique interiors and combine traditional style with bold, modern influences. One of the best examples of the stunning downtown architecture is Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by a Canadian-born American architect Frank

Gehry (see it on Instagram: www.instagram.com).

Have a fabulous summer in L.A.!

Thursday, 31 December 2015 10:58

Stylish Winter

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Hudson’s Bay, Toronto (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Winter doesn't have to be boring! Below you can find a selection of 5 fabulous coats that not only look very stylish, but will also keep you warm. Trendy patterns and bold colours will brighten up long winter days and won't allow you to disappear in the crowd.

USEFUL TIP: If you are wearing a statement coat, remember to keep the rest of your outfit simple. Choose your accessories carefully and opt for classic black or calm, neutral shades. Recommended colours for Fall/Winter 2015: red, pastel pink, camel, yellow, black combined with other colours. “Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

 Narciso Rodriguez

1. Reversible colour-block wool coat by Narciso Rodriguez

AWAKE Faux Fur Coat

2. AWAKE Faux Fur Coat - designed by Natalia Alaverdian

Red Coat

3. COACH teddy bear coat - warm and cozy!

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI Paneled shearling coat 

4. GIAMBATTISTA VALLI Panelled shearling coat

MIU MIU Python trimmed boucle tweed coat

5. MIU MIU Python-trimmed bouclé-tweed coat

For more winter inspiration, have a look at the bright colours of MOSCHINO AW 2015 collection.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 13:32


New York City


The Lexington NYC (Photo by Eva Fydrych/ Fashion Studio Magazine)

With New York Fashion Week just around the corner, it is high time to think about the hotel accommodation for September. While there are many luxury hotels in the city, only some of them offer a truly memorable experience and combine both comfort and style.

One of my favourite properties, ultra-modern YOTEL, has already been featured in the “Fashion Diary - New York”. You can read more about this funky hotel here.

Below you can find three more options that I would recommend for a stylish stay in New York City.



Photos by Eva Fydrych and courtesy of Element Times Square

During my recent trip to New York, I had a chance to stay at a very interesting hotel - Element New York Times Square West. Inspired by nature and created to be an oasis of natural light, this eco-friendly hotel is a perfect place to unwind and relax(especially during busy events such as the Fashion Week).

Unique design elements of the hotel include flooring and furniture made from recycled fabrics, wall art mounted on a base made from recycled tires, low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint to improve air quality, energy efficient light bulbs,and low-flow faucets.

Each room features a flowing, functional layout with multi-use furniture which allows you to adjust the space to your own needs and make the most out of your stay. Nature-inspired colour palette encourages relaxation. According to some design experts, such as Barbara Huelat, "exposure to natural materials and images have the benefit of reminding humans of their evolution and connections to nature".

Bringing earth tones into the hotel interior provides a soothing, calming environment that promotes the sense of well-being.


View from the rooftop patio (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

One of the hotel's main attractions is a rooftop patio overlooking the bustlingMidtown Manhattan and a fully equipped gym, where you can maintain your healthy lifestyle when away from home. Element Times Square also offers complimentary Bike Lending Program, available on first-come, first-served basis.

There is also a really innovative service which is becoming more and more popular with the hotel guests. "We offer a special stationary bike in our fitness centre that has a pedal-powered generator. This lets our guests charge their tablet or smart phone as they exercise." - explains Lynn Woods, Assistant General Manager.



Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

As a member of the exclusive Marriott Autograph Collection, The Lexington NYC won’t disappoint you. This trendy hotel has not only excellent location, but also veryinspiring interior design. You will experience personal service and world-class amenities that exceed your expectations.

“The Lexington New York City itself is a work of art, melding high-end architectural design with chic, historic accents to maximize style and comfort.

Rows of winged lions decorate the building’s façade and terracotta figures flank the Lexington Avenue entrance, reminiscent of those adorning Notre Dame.

The spacious marble-floored living room features sky-scraping pillars and plush décor echoing the glamour and sophisticated style of the 1920s, while the hotel’s hallways present Soho-style black and white prints of the city’s most notable landmarks.

The artists featured in the Lexington New York City’s collection are both local and internationally renowned and work within a wide range of mediums – murals, photography, three-dimensional installations and more. Through curating this magnificent collection, Powell has commissioned works that reflect the property’s commitment to preserve its uniquely New York jazz age past while also providing fresh new perspectives on classic works.” - lexingtonhotelnyc.com



Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

If you are looking for something a little different for your next stay in Manhattan, the Library Hotel may be just what you need. This luxury 4 star property is conveniently located on Madison Avenue, just a few blocks away from Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park, and unlimited shopping on Fifth Avenue.

Featuring a trendy rooftop terrace, an impressive collection of books, and lots of complimentary amenities (including super-fast Wi-Fi internet access), the Library Hotel is a perfect destination for both business and leisure traveler.

The concept behind the Library Hotel is unique and inspiring. The hotel follows the Dewey Decimal System - there are 10 floors dedicated to one of the 10 majorcategories of the system: Social Sciences, Literature, Languages, History, Math & Science, General Knowledge, Technology, Philosophy, The Arts, and Religion.


Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

Every room is decorated with carefully selected books and art pieces exploring a topic within the category it belongs to. The Library Hotel’s collection consists of over 6,000 books. You can experience a different room theme every time you stay at the hotel... How exciting!

Located on fashionable Madison Avenue, just steps away from the famous Fifth Avenue, the hotel is in the middle of all the action. There are several shopping and dining options waiting just around the corner.

You are within walking distance to major NYC attractions and close to several subway lines. It simply can't get any better than this.


Eva Fydrych in New York City, September 2014

See you in New York! :)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:58

Stylish Destinations - Cape Town

1 South Africa Menswear Week February 2015

South Africa Menswear Week, February 2015 (Photos by SDR Photo)

South Africa is one of the most diverse and captivating countries in the world. Last month, I had a chance to spend three fabulous weeks travelling around the country and getting to know its vibrant and cosmopolitan cities.

Cape Town is the second-most populous city in South Africa and Africa's most popular tourist destination. It is a city of contrasts, where old colonial buildings stand side by side with architecture from the 1960s and contemporary designs. It is easy to get around on foot as most of
the major attractions are concentrated within the walking distance.

"Cape Town is the quintessential melting pot: it is a city alive with creativity, colour, sounds and tastes. While walking through the city's streets and meeting its people, you will fall in love with its natural beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit. Cape Town is a city where
the unexpected is always just around the corner." (Source: Cape Town's tourism website)

2 - The Table Bay Hotel

The Table Bay Hotel (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


In February 2015, Cape Town hosted inaugural South Africa Menswear Week (SAMW) featuring the collections of over 25 leading and most sought after menswear designers.

The line-up for the fashion showcase in February 2015 hosted an impressive list of South African and African fashion designers, ranging from emerging talent, Rich Mnisi, Jenevieve Lyons, to the up-andcoming,Lukhanyo Mdingi and the more established designers, Craig Port, CSquared, and Shaldon Kopman's Naked Ape.

This initiative was the first men's focused fashion platform in Africa,showcasing three days of menswear on the runway.

3 SA Menswear Week February 2015

SA Menswear Week, February 2015 (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


Long Street is lined with fashionable shops, street cafés, dance clubs, and some of the best wine bars in the city. The area is constantly buzzing with activities and it's one of Cape Town's best spots for browsing during the day or for a big night out with friends. Try Mama Africa for tasty food and live music performed nightly by young local

Cape Town boasts many upmarket malls and shopping centres where shoppers are truly spoilt for choice. Adderley Street is not only the city's most historic main road, but also one of the busiest shopping areas. The Adderley Street Flower Market adds a splash of colour to the historical city centre. For the last 100 years, the flower market has sold an inexpensive selection of fresh blossoms to the people of Cape Town and has become a must-see attraction for visitors to the city.

4 Local jewellery label PICHULIK

Local jewellery label PICHULIK (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

5 - Shopping at OR Tambo Airport Johannesburg

Shopping at O.R. Tambo Airport, Johannesburg (Photos by Eva Fydrych)

A nearby St Georges Mall, with a combination of street stalls, traders, art galleries and African souvenir shops, is an interesting shopping destination. Once a busy city street, it is now a comfortable pedestrian area with a wide range of live entertainment, stylish restaurants and
coffee shops.

Maya Prass is a young label offering bright colourful clothing and accessories. Their pumps are hand made locally and are available in a wide selection of prints and colours. Each shoe is made with a tan resin
sole, low heel, and functional ties. They are 100% cotton, comfortable, and what's really important, animal friendly. Maya Prass designs are available at upmarket retailers across the city.

6 The Bromwell Boutique Mall Albert Road Woodstock

The Bromwell Boutique Mall, Albert Road, Woodstock (Photos by Eva Fydrych)

Unique and captivating, The Bromwell Boutique Mall offers a great selection of limited edition and one-off pieces of art, jewellery and highend fashion and accessories from South Africa and abroad. Located in the up-and-coming Woodstock district - one of Cape Town's oldest suburbs - this fashionable place should be a must-see destination for every fashionista visiting the city.

Happy shopping!

Monday, 20 October 2014 09:14

Fashion Diary - New York

Brooklyn impressions (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

During my recent trip to New York I managed to take some time off and do a little bit more than usual running from one fashion show to another... And I must admit it was such a refreshing experience! I had a chance to explore hip shopping scene in Williamsburg (Brooklyn), discover one of the coolest hotels in Manhattan and attend the opening reception of 'Killer Heels' exhibition at the impressive Brooklyn Museum.

All about Heels

Sharp stilettos, wedges and platforms inspired by architecture, historical and contemporary heels - you can see all of them at this amazing fashion exhibition that runs until 15 February 2015. The exhibition is divided in six thematic section and looks at the high-heeled shoe's rich history and its enduring place in popular culture.

Some of the designers featured at 'Killer Heels' include Chanel, Prada, Nicholas Kirkwood, Julian Hakes, Georgina Goodman, Masaya Kushino and Winde Rienstra. There are also some inspiring fashion movies including provocative 'La Douleur Exquise' (2014) by Nick Knight.

Highly recommended!
Winde Rienstra, Bamboo Heels, 2012 (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Manhattan's Most Futuristic Hotel

YOTEL is a trendy high-tech hotel located near Times Square. It has a vibrant atmosphere, modern design, and a very convenient location perfect for exploring Manhattan on foot.

YOTEL is all about innovative, flexible and smart design. Occupancy sensors automatically turn on/off the heating/lighting and cooling systems when the cabins (rooms) are empty. The colour palette is fresh and in tune with the latest fashion trends - radiant orchid is the official PANTONE Color of the Year 2014 and YOTEL has been featured on their social media website as one of the influencers. So it is hard to think of a more fashionable hotel for 2014 - YOTEL ticks all the boxes. 
YOTEL New York (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

First Impressions

First thing that strikes you after arriving at the hotel is its ultra-modern technology.

Innovative self-service kiosks (open 24/7) allow you to check in and check out quickly and without any hassle. They are located in the hotel's Ground Control area, which is also staffed with a team of helpful crew members around the clock.

There is also a robot that takes care of your luggage. You can see it in action here > 

YOBOT is the world's most radical approach to storing left luggage – it's fun, it's efficient, and it's the most modern baggage management system in the world. Very impressive indeed!
YOBOT at night (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Second thing that grabs your attention is YOTEL's unique vocabulary. There is Mission Control instead of your regular reception desk, guest rooms are called 'cabins' and all employees are 'crew members'. Welcome on board.


The hotel was designed by Rockwell Group of New York in collaboration with Softroom of London and features 20,000 sqft of flexible and dynamic entertainment space including the largest hotel terrace in the city.

"A key design challenge with YOTEL New York has been to develop a personality that strikes the right balance between efficiency and warmth" explains Softroom Director Oliver Salway, "This is not another designer 'boutique' hotel - it's more like product design on a giant scale than architecture or decorating. Every detail contributes towards the comfort and convenience of the guest, while at the same time being elegant and emotionally appealing".
Mission Control (Photo courtesy of YOTEL)
VIP Suite living space (Photo courtesy of YOTEL) 
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 21:56

8 summer trends to try

1. Floral Prints
Window display in Paris (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Flowers are everywhere this summer. If you are bored with traditional floral dresses, invest in a statement bag or a stylish swimsuit instead.

2. All Shades of Orange
Window display in Paris (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Orange is the new red. This energetic colour was present in many Spring/Summer 2014 collections. Don't be afraid of taking it to the next level - with the right accessories it will also look very stylish in the evening.

3. Mixed Patterns
Window display in Paris (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Perfect for everyday! Colourful prints & patterns are still in fashion and they will instantly brighten up your mood.

4. Fuchsia
Window display in Paris (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Bright pink is one of my favourite colours and I was happy to see it on many SS 2014 runways. It looks amazing combined with black and white accessories.

5. Marine Style
Window display in Paris (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Marine style is no longer reserved for your sailing vacations.

It looks great in the city too. Easily combined with jeans, shorts or A-line skirts, this look will make you feel young and full of energy!

6. Cartoon Prints
Window display in Paris (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

This look is all about strong vibrant colours and interesting prints. The bigger and bolder, the better.

7. White + Sport Chic
Window display in Paris (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

White doesn't need a special introduction. This season however, try it in a new sport luxe version instead of the usual romantic look. Choose sportswear basics and simple dresses in luxe materials. Go for an all-white look or spice it up with a splash of colour.

8. Oversized Handbags
Window display in Paris (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Chic oversized handbags come in a variety of colours and patterns. Good news for women who love carrying their world with them.

Enjoy your summer!
Friday, 26 July 2013 11:47

Fashion Highlights 2013


FashionCamp is an annual event promoting emerging designers, fashion bloggers and new technologies in fashion. This year's edition took place on 7 and 8 June at the historic Steam Factory (La Fabbrica del Vapore) in Milan.

Highlights of the event included handmade glass jewelry by Contessa Rosafosca, unique dresses by a Bolognese artist Antonella Cinelli and circus-inspired artwork by Patrizia Fratus.

The industrial area around Via Procaccini, which has been now refurbished and utilized for a new purpose, makes an interesting destination itself. So don't forget to put it on your Milan itinerary next time!

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

Find a stylish hotel in Milan: www.fashionstudiomagazine.com


Dior showed a strong Autumn/Winter 2013 collection on the second day of Paris Haute Couture.

Creative director Raf Simons was inspired by 'women from different continents and cultures who wear couture'.

'My aim has been to bring a sense of reality back to haute couture,' explained Simons. 'And this collection is about focusing on the reality of the woman herself, including her culture and personality; how she chooses to wear them.'


19th edition of Amsterdam Fashion Week was dedicated to talent and innovation. Many young Dutch designers and established labels showed their collections to international fashion professionals.

Rebecca Ward presented unconventional shapes and a toned colour pallette, while Winde Rienstra opted for structural elegance and futuristic touch. My favourite designs included white minimalist pieces by Claes Iversen and a fresh and edgy collection by iNDiViDUALS. All in all, this year's edition was a great showcase of a new generation of creative fashion designers.

Backstage at iNDiViDUALS Photo Peter Stigter

Rebecca Ward Photo Peter Stigter

Shoes at Winde Rienstra show Photo Peter Stigter


On the first day of Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring/Summer, Hong Kong Trade Development Council invited Catriona MacNab, Chief Creative Officer of WGSN, to host a seminar titled "Fall/Winter 2014/15 Macro Trends, Design Directions and Beyond", giving industry players a glimpse into the upcoming fashion revolution.

Modern Myth will be one of the major trends for Fall/Winter 2014/15. The style uses fashion to convey a future folklore narrative, with creative styling, regal designs and cultural colours stitching it all together. Dark red, indigo blue and gold will form the key palette. For women's wear, jacquards from the 70s will project a tough, masculine look. Patterns could also be combined with bold, folklore-inspired patterns to add a layer of cosmic mythology to the clothing.

Modern Myth (Photo courtesy of WGSN)

To view Fall/Winter 2013 macro trends, please visit Fashion Studio Magazine www.fashionstudiomagazine.com


080 Barcelona Fashion took place from 8 - 12 July 2013 at the ultra modern Disseny Hub Barcelona (DHUB) building. The event, which aims to promote Catalan fashion on the international scene, featured over thirty runway shows and presentations.

Both established and emerging fashion designers showed their Spring/Summer 2014 collections over the five-day fun-filled event. My favourite collections included colourful designs by Escorpion and stylish swimwear by Guillermina Baeza.

Escorpion Spring/Summer 2014 (Photo courtesy of 080 Barcelona Fashion) 


Mara Hoffman presented a colourful Resort 2014 collection on the third day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Exotic prints and patterns took us on an inspirational trip to India. Once again, Mara Hoffman managed to cause astonishment with the wide variety of her sensational swimsuits, cover-ups and accessories.


Mara Hoffman, born in Buffalo, NY is a New York City based fashion designer. She graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City and studied at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London before launching her first ready-to-wear collection in 2000.

Photo by Randy Brooke
Saturday, 30 March 2013 21:52

Highlights of Lisbon Fashion Week AW 2013

ModaLisboa / Lisbon Fashion Week is the biggest fashion event in Portugal. It takes place twice a year – in March and October.

Nuno Baltazar AW 2013 (ModaLisboa / Photography: Rui Vasco)

After spending three wonderful days in Lisbon, watching the shows and getting familiar with the Portugese fashion industry, I can say that Portuguese designers are not only extremely talented, but also not appreciated enough on the European fashion scene!

One of my favourite shows during ModaLisboa Trust was Nuno Baltazar's show (see picture above). The designer proved that his high position in Portuguese fashion is well-deserved. Excellent tailoring and attention to detail make this collection stand out from the others. Strong, confident look and timeless elegance - fashion at its best!

Valentim Quaresma AW 2013 (ModaLisboa / Photography: Rui Vasco)

Valentim Quaresma is a jewellery designer based in Lisbon. After 20 years of collaborating with an avant-garde fashion designer Ana Salazar, he started his own line in 2005. His futuristic and innovative style quickly brought him a lot of popularity and recognition.

In 2008, Valentim won "Accessories Collection of the Year " award at ITS competition in Italy. He is currently considered as one of the top jewellery designers in Portugal.

Valentin's creative process concentrates on the specific function of the objects he works with, which, once transformed, are given a new functionality and meaning. His conceptual art has been exhibited in many cities including Lisbon, Porto, and Barcelona, as well as in international galleries and art biennales. 

Ricardo Dourado AW 2013 (ModaLisboa / Photography: Rui Vasco)

Born in Portugal in 1980, Ricardo Dourado finished his education at CITEX Porto in 2003. Since 2004, Ricardo presents his work at Lisbon Fashion Week. He is also part of the design team at Polopique, a fashion company with studios in Portugal, Spain and Brazil.

The collection, inspired by the daily life of Soweto, featured colourful African prints combined with black and white elements. Skirts and dresses had interesting cuts and were accompanied by asymmetrical tops and coats with oversized shoulders.

Ricardo presented looks that were uncomplicated and versatile enough to last several seasons. His show was one of the highlights of Lisbon Fashion Week and proved that the Portuguese designer has a great potential and doesn't blend in with the crowd.

Pedro Pedro AW 2013 (ModaLisboa / Photography: Rui Vasco)

Pedro Pedro presented stylish collection featuring oversized coats and longer skirts inspired by Indian and North American portraits of families. The designs are strongly rooted in nature - the colour palette is toned and all details are kept to a basic minimum. Our prediction: fur handbags will be a big hit next season! 

Luis Buchinho AW 2013 (ModaLisboa / Photography: Rui Vasco)

Luis Buchinho, an established Portuguese designer with over 20 years of fashion experience, opened the second day of Lisbon Fashion Week. The show took place under the historic arcades of Pátio da Galé and attracted a lot of people.

Luís Buchinho is one of the most respected names in Portuguese fashion. He has been designing for the past 20 years and has participated in several international fashion shows such as São Paulo Fashion Week and the official calendar of Paris Fashion Week. His clothes are modern and
cosmopolitan, featuring feminine silhouettes and structural forms.

The designer, inspired by the Portuguese revolution in the 70's, presented strong graphic lines and geometric shapes. Bold colour combinations (black-white-red) gave the collection a characteristic touch. The designs were accompanied by over-the-knee boots and long leather gloves. 
Alaxandar Protic AW 2013 (ModaLisboa / Photography: Rui Vasco)

Simplicity, lean silhouettes, and strict colour palette - the key elements of Alaxandar Protic' style - were all present in his latest collection. The result is magnificent: modern and wearable designs suitable for every occasion.

As we can see, Autumn/Winter 2013 will be mainly black and white with occasional colour combinations of browns, reds, and greens. Plain, simple fabrics are definitely dominating the next season's look. The silhouette is changing – winter coats and jackets have broad, oversized shoulders. Invest in key accessories such as long leather gloves, round sunglasses, and stylish handbags – they will make your look complete!
Sunday, 09 December 2012 11:21

Fashion Highlights of 2012

Julien Fournié, French Couture Week 2012 Singapore (Photo courtesy of Fide Fashion Weeks)

As we are approaching the end of the year, I decided to feature some of the most memorable events that I had a chance to attend in 2012. From fashion exhibitions in London to various fashion weeks in Asia, they were all truly amazing and inspirational. Have a look at the pictures below and don't forget to leave a comment with your favourite fashion event of 2012!

Wolf & Badger Launch Party - London

Wolf & Badger window display at Dover Street (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

In April, Wolf & Badger celebrated the opening of their second boutique in London. The launch party with live DJ, animated installations, cocktails and a fashionable crowd, took place at their new location, 32 Dover Street, and attracted a lot of interest from the industry insiders.

A trendy store in Mayfair carries mainly British designers, unique fashion accessories and luxury beauty products. There is an exhibition space downstairs, The Gallery, which hosts parties, fashion shows and product launches.

Christian Louboutin Exhibition - London 

Design by Christian Louboutin (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

In May, The Design Museum presented the first UK retrospective of iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career which has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design.

Louboutin's exquisite shoes, with their instantly recognisable glossy red soles, are a unique fusion of fashion, craftsmanship, engineering and sculpture. The exhibition celebrated Louboutin's career to date and showcased twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejewelled pumps. Louboutin's shoes are the epitome of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance.

Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 - London 

Design by Gareth Pugh (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Also in May, one of the most exciting fashion exhibitions came courtesy of Kensington's newly renovated fashion gallery at the V&A museum. And the good news is, you can still see it until 6 January 2013.

The exhibition covers over sixty years of a strong British design tradition that continues to flourish.

Eveningwear from the V&A's vast collection, by designers including Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan, is on show alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.

A selection of royal ballgowns is on display, including a Norman Hartnell gown designed for Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Princess Diana's 'Elvis Dress' designed by Catherine Walker and gowns worn by today's young royals.

Show stoppers include a stunning Gareth Pugh dress made of mosaic metallic leather (created especially for the exhibition) and an Alexander McQueen dress made entirely of ostrich feathers, worn by Daphne Guinness at 2011's Metropolitan ball.

Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration - London

Cristian Grossi (Courtesy of the artist)

Another event in May - a small, but really outstanding exhibition held at London College of Fashion.

Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration was the second in a series of exhibitions, which showcased the brightest young talent across the field of fashion. The series featured makers who, though not yet widely known, are some of the most outstanding of their generation - whose work takes its place among the best of contemporary practice, while also defining future directions, agendas and tastes around fashion creation.

The exhibition brought together more than sixty works by thirteen international fashion illustrators who execute work in a variety of media, from the digital to the hand-drawn via the physical. Most of the illustrators brought influences from other disciplines including fashion design, graphic design, photography and film, which provided an insight into a creative field that is truly multi-faceted.

International Couture Fashion Week 2012 - Bangkok 

Frederick Lee, International Couture Fashion Week 2012, Bangkok (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

In September, Top Thai and international designers have come together to create a first-ever international couture event in Asia. International Couture Fashion Week 2012 was held at Siam Paragon in Bangkok and it proved that the Thai capital has become a new important destination on the international fashion map.

Frederick Lee, a Singaporean designer known for his sophisticated and extravagant fashion shows, presented modern ethnic pieces combined with exotic accessories at the fashion week in Bangkok. The collection was inspired by African and Asian ethnic clothes, mainly from Kenya, Burma, and Northern India.

"These gowns can be for ordinary people but for special occasions. As a fashion designer, you have to be a very good storyteller, you can be whimsical or you can be dramatic. It's all about entertainment to me." - commented the designer in an interview before the show.

Amber Lounge 2012 - Singapore

Jerome d'Ambrosio / Lotus-Renault, Amber Lounge Fashion, Singapore (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Also in September, I had a chance to attended one of the most glamorous Grand Prix parties in Singapore - Amber Lounge. The unforgettable night at Temasek Reflections was full of attractions: from an exclusive performance by Lemar to La Perla lingerie show and F1 drivers walking the catwalk in Brioni and Stefano Ricci suits.

An English R&B artist and record producer Lemar gave a powerful performance at Amber Lounge as he presented one of his biggest hits "If There's Any Justice". A luxury lingerie brand La Perla showed their Autumn/Winter 2012 collection entitled 'Perfume of the Orient'. Asian inspired details, obi belts, kimonos, and lacquered screen patterns were elegant and very feminine. Delicate fabrics from lace to satin and silk gave this collection a touch of seduction and glamour.

R&B singer Lemar and Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine (Red dress by a Singaporean designer Sabrina Goh) Photo by Alvinn Lim

After La Perla catwalk show, six F1 drivers, including Sebastian Buemi, Sam Bird, Esteban Gutierrez, Jules Bianchi, Dani Clos and Ma Qing Hua presented exquisite designs by Brioni and Stefano Ricci. It was definitely a night to remember!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week - Tokyo

SOMARTA Spring/Summer 2013, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week TOKYO (Photo courtesy of WWD)

In October, SOMARTA presented her Spring/Summer 2013 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week TOKYO.

The collection featured an eclectic mix of fabrics, from delicate lace to rich knits. Graphic prints contrasted with plain textures and all skirts and dresses were paired with tights and fishnets (a signature item of the label). The models sported creative hair styles and futuristic makeup.

The designer behind the brand, Tamae Hirokawa, is a graduate of Bunka Fashion College and was mentored by one of the most famous Japanese designers Issey Miyake. While working for Mr Miyake, Tamae Hirokawa created her own design firm called Soma Designs and SOMARTA was part of this umbrella organization that also included graphic design and sound direction.

"Thanks to Issey Miyake, I could manage to look at fashion as a creativity of design or art. From fashion point of view, it was a superb experience for me to be in a process to complete clothing from just one piece of string." - said the designer in an exclusive interview for Fashion Studio Magazine.

Japan Couture Evening 2012 - Singapore

Yumi Katsura, Japan Couture Eveening 2012 Singapore (Photo courtesy of Fide Fashion Weeks)

In November, Singapore witnessed an array of exciting fashion events. Japan Couture Evening 2012 (part of Fide Fashion Weeks) featured three of Japan's most respected Couturiers – Somarta by Tamae Hirokawa, Junko Shimada and Yumi Katsura.

"We have carefully selected these elite Asian Couturiers with very determined objective of showing to the world that Asia contributes substantially to the fashion industry than just being the world's
consumers and manufacturers of fashion, that we will indeed be a very important force in taking global lead in determining the future of fashion." - commented Dr Frank Cintamani, Singapore's Chairman and Founder of Fide Fashion Weeks.

Yumi Katsura, a Japanese fashion designer who has become a legend designing bridal dresses for the past four decades, amazed the audience with spectacular wedding gowns that were glowing in the dark (see the picture below).

Yumi Katsura, Japan Couture Eveening 2012 Singapore (Photo courtesy of Fide Fashion Weeks)

French Couture Week 2012 - Singapore 


Yiqing Yin, French Couture Fashion Week 2012 Singapore (Photo courtesy of Fide Fashion Weeks)

French Couture Week 2012, a highly anticipated fashion event showcasing exquisite pieces from Parisian Haute Couture houses, took place last week at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

The catwalk shows were attended by both local and international celebrities including a Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, a fashion critic Suzy Menkes and Mr Didier Grumbach, President of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. The opening night started with a showcase of Yiqing Yin, a Chinese designer based in Paris. It featured amazing dresses with ruffles and folds like origami, luxe fur jackets and statement gowns with crystal embellishments. Other designers taking part in this glamorous event included Maurizio Galante, Julien Fournié, Christophe Josse, Gustavo Lin, Alexis Mabille and on aura tout vu by Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov. 
Monday, 11 June 2012 22:17

Tokyo Fashion Diary

My last months have been really busy and unfortunately I didn't have much time to write for the Fashions Finest. For all those curious what I have been up to, here is a short list...


Tokyo Midtown Hall exhibition (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week TOKYO was officially launched on 18 March. The opening event, that included kagami-biraki*, a traditional Japanese ceremony, took place at Mercedes-Benz Connection in Roppongi and was followed by Yuima Nakazato fashion show.

* For those of you who are not familiar with Japanese culture, here is a short explanation: Kagamibiraki is a ceremony performed at celebratory events in which the lid of the sake barrel is broken open by a wooden mallet and the sake is served to everyone present. Kagami refers to the lid of the sake barrel and biraki means "to open" sokagami-biraki literally means "opening the lid." Because of the lid's round shape, the kagami is a symbol of harmony. The kagami-biraki, therefore, represents an opening to harmony and good fortune.

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The opening night was really exciting and there was an opportunity to meet two Japanese supermodels: Ai Tominaga and Rina Fujii. They both attended the party that took place after the official opening ceremony, posed for photographs and gave interviews.

Highlights of the second day included fashion shows by Kamishima Chinami (pictured above), The Dress & Co. and Hiroko Koshino. Selected pieces from the previous collections of all participating designers could be seen at the small exhibition held at Tokyo Midtown Hall.

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Waiting for the show (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Hiroko Koshino is one of Japan's most famous designers. She has been designing for almost fifty years and has shown her work around the world. Her Autumn/Winter 2012 collection "Dream of Sicily" included diverse pieces in the whole range of colours. Dramatic silhouettes, beautiful patterns and creative styling made this show the most interesting event during the whole Fashion Week.

Below are some shots by a very talented German photographer Michael Steinebach, who currently lives in Tokyo and works as a freelancer for different print and online publications. I had a pleasure to meet him after the show and while we were walking to the subway station together, we talked about his life in Japan, travelling, and photography work.

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The schedule of the Fashion Week was really intensive and sometimes it was impossible to be in two different places at one time. The shows were well-organized and with a few exceptions, always started on time.

But what was even more interesting then attending the shows, was snapping pictures of some amazing Japanese street fashion. There is probably no other place in the world where you can see so many creative and unique outfits. In Tokyo everyone seems to have their own personal style and people aren't afraid to stand out from the crowd.

Some of these styles are extreme and avant-garde, similar to the haute couture seen on European catwalks. There are some major fashion tribes like Gothic Lolitas, Ganguro and Cosplayers that are very easy to distinguish. However, the Japanese street fashion is constantly evolving and creating new trends.

Below are some Gothic Lolitas that I managed to capture after one of the shows...
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Karl Lagerfeld paid tribute to Chanel's little black jacket in the amazing exhibition that opened on Wednesday 21 March in Tokyo. There were over a hundred photographs on display and the celebrities that attended the event included Sarah Jessica Parker, Vanessa Paradis, and Alice Dellal. The images for this project were shot in Cannes, New York, and in Karl Lagerfeld's studio in Paris.

The exhibition showed 113 prints spread over two floors (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Below is a small selection of pictures featuring the most stylish guests that attended the opening night in Tokyo, including a Japanese actress Kiko Mizuhara and a Dutch model Saskia de Brauw By the way, Saskia can be seen in an amazing Vogue Japan editorial, shot by one of my favourite fashion photographers Patrick Demarchelier. Here is the link to the photoshoot.






Before I left for Japan, I had an opportunity to meet Rana Wehbe-Flinter, an international stylist and fashion blogger who currently lives in Singapore. Rana is really passionate about discovering up-and coming local designers and also has a great personal style herself.

I managed to organize a short photoshoot in Chinatown with her, where she played a role of both a stylist and a model. Makeup and hair was done by Saydanar, a truly talented artist specializing in Bridal and Fashion.

Mural in Chinatown, Singapore (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

The concept of the photoshoot was a tribute to a Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, known not only for her paintings and a stormy marriage with
Diego Rivera, but also her personal style and colourful wardrobe.

Have a look at the sneak preview of the shoot below and stayed tuned for the next round of the fashion news!

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 19:06

The ultimate bikini guide

With summer holidays just around the corner, June is a perfect month to shop for your ideal piece of swimwear. There are a lot of different styles on the market. What you should take into consideration when choosing between different types of swimsuits, is not only the current fashion trends, but most of all your body type. Have a look at our quick guide how to choose the perfect fitting piece and look fabulous this summer.

Photo courtesy of Vogue China

Whatever your body issue, you can look stylish and sexy at the beach or pool. It starts off with knowing your figure - the good and the bad. You can find the perfect suit to flatter your look if you just understand a few things. The very first thing to know is that there are very few perfect bodies out there.Everyone has something they are trying to deal with.

Looking amazing in a bathing suit is all about flaunting your assets - sexy shoulders, toned abs or leanlegs - and playing down your weaknesses. It is also about finding the right style and feeling confident.Here are a few tips.


If you are small on top, try fringes, ruffles or frills. Embellishments will pump up the volume and create an optical illusion. You may also go for a demi-cup top with plenty of padding.

Photos courtesy of Shan & Simons.ca

Try to find a top with adjustable straps at shoulders and around back so that you can tighten and adjust things, to help fill out the top line. Avoid tops with too much fabric or have a poor fit. Opt for separates, where you can choose your top and bottom separately and create the look you want.

Don't be afraid of bright colours and vivid prints. Horizontal stripes are also an ideal pattern for giving your small bust a boost.

Photo courtesy of Prelude Swimwear


Try a V-neck. This style shows just a right amount of cleavage and elongates your figure, minimizing the fulness of your breasts.

A thick-striped halter is a better choice then spaghetti straps or strapless tops that will accentuate your top-heavy chest in an overwhelming, unflattering way. Look for styles that are banded around the midriff and can be tied in back and around the neck. This style will give you some lift and will allow you to make adjustments for a personal fit.

Photo courtesy of Elite Fashion Swimwear

Look for one piece swimsuits with some structure in the bust, such as soft foam cups or at least, a shelf bra. Straight cut bust styles such as a classic tank can look clean and sporty.

A top with an underwire will support your bust when you are active. Try to find one that ties in the back to minimize the chance of your top coming undone. Structure and support is crucial for busty girls.


 V-neck Sky Love by Rebecca Swimwear


Look for ruching and small, busy prints to visually whittle away pounds.

Gathering can hide lumps and bumps and horizontal seams or stripes are naturally slimming. Wrap suits are also really flattering.

Tankini or a beach coverup will hide a few extra pounds. Make sure your top isn't too tight and is long enough. Wearing a loose fitting suit doesn't translate to sacrificing style.

Photos courtesy of Prelude Swimwear & Vogue

A belted one piece will be a great choice for you. Cinching your waist creates an hourglass shape that distracts from other, unflattering curves. Some swimsuits are designed with a control panel (a ruched design made from innovative fabric for all-over control and support) to make tummies look flatter.

Jazz Fusion Monokini by Prelude Swimwear


Boy shorts with a few extra inches of fabric will cover you up, but still show off the curves. The newest, mini-skirted bikinis are made just for you. Don't go for a super frilly one, though. Instead, pick a smooth, skimming skirt that is short and sweet, but covers what it needs to.

A plunging neckline or a ruffled or highly decorated top is OK though. The details will draw attention to your top half and help balance out your figure.

Photos courtesy of Jolidon Fashion

Wear darker bottoms with a brighter top: dark colours have a slimming effect and minimize the look of your hips. But make sure you don't wear tiny prints, even if they are dark.

As a general rule, avoid too skimpy bottoms, or lots of ruffles and details at the hips. 

Fashion statement high waist monokini from Prelude Swimwear 2012 collection


Find it BEFORE you go

Cindy Alpers. the owner and president of an online swimwear retailer Tropi-Ties Inc., advises: "Find your suit BEFORE you go on vacation. Prices at resorts can be astronomical and you don't want to spend all of your time looking for a suit that fits, especially in a foreign country that considers a size 6 "average".

Make sure you take your measurements before you start shopping and use those, not size numbers to find your best fit. Choose your tops and bottoms separately so that you can create a custom tailored suit. What ever you do, don't just sit there on the deck or sand. Get out there and enjoy your tropical adventure!"

Jessica White in the 2011 Swimwear Issue of Sports Illustrated

Be honest

"Be realistic," advises stylist Bridgette Raes, author of Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want. "Some women hope that a bathing suit is going to completely eradicate a figure flaw.

Unfortunately, bathing suits don't have magical powers. Instead, a more realistic goal is to find the most flattering swimsuit that will do the body the most justice."

Personal Advice

If I would have to choose a brand that I recommend, I would definitely go for Australian swimwear. Two of my favourite companies are Billabong and Watersun. They have not only great selection of products at very reasonable prices, but most of all, it's really easy to shop online and choose the right size. Tried & tested! :)


And if you are one of the lucky ones and don't have anything to hide, make a bold statement this summer. A tiny, designer bikini looks good on so few people, that if you've got it, go for it! Style your look with unique accessories and have fun with different shapes, fabrics and patterns.

Let's face it; you work hard to keep your body in perfect shape, so now it's time to get some attention and make a few heads turn. Enjoy the sunshine!

Warrior Queen Monokini by Prelude Swimwear

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Photo courtesy of Vogue
Friday, 27 January 2012 13:05

The Year Of The Dragon

Qi Gang's Joyful Dragon' collection shown during Hong Kong Fashion Week, 16 January 2012 (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Chinese New Year inspired a lot of fashion designers to create unique pieces with dragon motifs.

Shanghai-based designer Qi Gang showed beautiful ready-to-wear and haute couture collections during the Hong Kong Fashion Extravaganza on 16 January 2012.

"The Chinese believe that something major usually happens in the Year of the Dragon. I hope my collection can deliver a positive message that 2012 will be a joyful Year of the Dragon. The collection conveys an extravagant feeling with rich Chinese elements and craftsmanship."- said the designer.

Qi Gang is considered one of the most talented Chinese designers. His precision, attention to detail, and unlimited creativity never cease to impress.

Qi Gang's Joyful Dragon' collection shown during Hong Kong Fashion Week (Photos courtesy of HKTDC) 

Qi Gang's Joyful Dragon' collection shown during Hong Kong Fashion Week (Photos courtesy of HKTDC) 

 Qi Gang with one of the models at the end of the show (Photo courtesy of HKTDC)

Qi Gang presented a spectacular collection that was both dramatic and theatrical. Beautifully designed pieces, innovative shapes and forms, influenced by traditional Chinese costumes, made bold statement on the catwalk and proved that the designer truly deserves all the attention that he is getting.

I had an opportunity to meet Qi Gang after his show. He was surrounded by journalists and photographers who were queuing in order to get their five minutes. From all four international designers that participated in Hong Kong Fashion Extravaganza that evening, he was definitely the one who was most popular. Have a look at the fabulous ring that he was wearing!

Qi Gang being interviewed after the show (Photo by Eva Fydrych) 

Eva Fydrych with the designer Qi Gang and his models
Monday, 31 October 2011 11:12


Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week (Photo by Getty Images)

Spanish capital is one of Europe's most underrated cities. During my recent trip to Madrid I had a chance to get to know the city quite well. It is, in my opinion, one of the most stylish places in Europe.

With beautiful architecture, modern interior design, excellent restaurants, well dressed people, and lots of luxury shopping places, you will be spoilt for choice!

Madrid is one of those cities where people pay a lot of attention to the way they look. Both young girls and older women wear makeup and have a perfect tan. Last summer you could spot not only bright colours and funky patterns, but also simple, minimalist dresses in solid colours like green or red; jean shorts with simple T-shirts and short girly dresses.

Spanish women wear a lot of accessories: bold jewellery (earrings!), sunglasses, scarves and statement handbags. Shoes: flat ballerinas, strappy sandals and elegant high heels. In comparison with other countries, Spanish girls look very feminine and no matter what they wear, they always have a lot of confidence and style.

Spanish street fashion (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Madrid offers a lot of shopping opportunities and all the main stores and shopping malls are within an easy walking distance.


La Latina is located in the heart of old Madrid. It is a charming district with narrow streets and old buildings, famous for its outdoor flea market "El Rastro", where you can buy a great variety of products - both new and used. El Rastro takes place every Sunday from 9am to 3pm. Many bars in this area (especially along the Cava Baja Street) serve fantastic tapas. 

Spanish tapas (Photo by Eva Fydrych)

Helena Rohner is a Spanish jewellery and home décor designer based in Madrid. Her stylish boutique is located in the 19th-century apartment building at Calle Almendro in the Latin Quarter (Barrio de LaLatina). Unique pieces for women, men and children, made of silver and gold, some set with wood,ebony, porcelain or colourful stones. “They are made to be worn, to adapt to your body, to be comfortable, well made and not trendy.” - says the designer.

Rohner was born in the Canary Islands and educated at the London School of Economics. Between high school and college, she spent a year in Florence, where she got interested in jewellery. Her style is simple yet very elegant. “Jewellery is a question of light, the light you add to your body.”

ADDRESS: Almendro, 4, 28005 Madrid 

Helena Rohner jewellery (Photos courtesy of H.Rohner)


Elegant Salamanca district is located to the northeast of the historical centre of Madrid. It has beautiful architecture, wide streets, luxury shopping malls, and high-end boutiques. Calle de Serrano, the mainshopping street in Salamanca, is listed as the third most expensive street in Spain. Between Calle JoséOrtega y Gasset and Calle Claudio Coello lies an area in which leading fashion houses and the most prestigious Spanish and foreign designers display their latest creations. 





Agatha Ruiz de la Prada is a fashion designer who started her career in 1981 by taking part in a small collective show at the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid. Shortly after, she opened her first studio in the Spanish capital and began to participate in fashion shows in Madrid and Barcelona.Today the unconventional designer has more than 40 licenses, including perfumes, sunglasses, shoes,stationery, furniture, and jewellery. She has exclusive stores in main fashion capitals: Milan, Paris, New York, Barcelona, Madrid, and Porto.During my recent trip to Madrid, I had a chance to visit the designer's colourful boutique at Calle deSerrano. The store has interesting contemporary design, simple pieces of furniture, and a lot of mirrors.Have a look at the pictures:

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada boutique in Madrid; Photo by Eva Fydrych

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada is known for her distinctive style, using bright colours and mixing different patterns: dots, stripes, hearts and flowers. Her collections are always full of surprises turning the catwalk into a gallery of art.

In February 2009 the designer was given the Arts Gold Medal Award for her brilliant career and for bringing Spanish fashion to other countries, being this way the Ambassador of Spanish Art. In March2011, on the 30th Anniversary of her first fashion show, she has inaugurated Agatha de la Prada 
Foundation. Her future plans include store openings in China.

ADDRESS: Calle de Serrano 27, 28001 Madrid. 



OTHER ATTRACTIONS Yves Saint Laurent – Retrospective is an excellent fashion exhibition, which was shown in the Petit Palais in Paris in 2010, and has now arrived in Madrid. The exhibition explores in detail the work ofone of the greatest fashion designers - Yves Saint Laurent. There are 150 haute couture and prêt-àportermodels and a wide selection of photographs, films and drawings on display. You can visit the exhibition till 8th January 2012.

ADDRESS: Paseo de Recoletos 23, 28004 Madrid. 

Saturday, 20 August 2011 12:53


„Gorgeous and sophisticated... Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains. It’s a liquid city, a tomorrow city,equal parts India, China, England, France and the Pacific Northwest. It’s the cool North American sibling." – The New York Times

Photo by Eva Fydrych

Vancouver is a coastal harbour city in British Columbia. It is the third largest city in Canada and it routinely tops the lists of the world's greatest places to live. With beautiful landscape and natural environment, interesting architecture, great restaurants, museums and galleries – it is definitely a destination worth visiting. Major film studios in Vancouver have turned the city into the third-largest film production centre in North America after Los Angeles and New York City, earning its film industry the nickname Hollywood North. Fashion scene in Vancouver has grown rapidly in the last couples of years, showing some fresh talent and innovative ideas. Local designers like Jason Malto, Malene Grotrian, Catherine Regehr or Obakki by Treana Peake are becoming more and more popular and recognized in the international markets.

Jason Malto Spring/Summer 2011 campaign


Robson Street – the main shopping street in the city – carries both designer brands and high street clothing chains. It is in fact one of the hippest shopping spots in Canada, where you can find everything from top-end vintage to fresh-off-the-runway. Robson street starts at BC Place and runs over 1.5 miles to Stanley Park. This unique street was named after John Robson, British Columbia provincial premier from 1889 to 1892, and it is considered one of the most expensive and trendy retail areas of Canada (next to Bloor Street in Toronto and Ste-Catherine Street in Montreal). With the eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, it is probably one of the biggest Vancouver attractions and a must-visit place for anyone interested in fashion.

Popular shopping malls in the surrounding area include: Pacific Centre Mall, Sinclair Centre, The Bay and Sears department stores, and exclusive Holt Renfrew.


Window displays at Sinclair Centre & Holt Renfrew in Vancouver, August 2011; Photos by Eva Fydrych

Yaletown – a trendy downtown  neighbourhood. Many of Yaletown's former industrial brick warehouses have been converted into super-hip clothing stores, designer furniture outlets and showrooms. This is one of the best downtown spots for locating the latest fashion: clothes, shoes and accessories.

Don't miss Atomic Model Boutique (1036 Mainland Street) – that offers young contemporary designers such as Alice & Olivia, Blur, Harkham, La Rok, Sass & Bide, and collections from all main fashion capitals. It is a one-stop shopping destination for trendy haute couture. Eden (#104-1042 Hamilton Street) – a high-end boutique with a vintage Victorian feel – has a great selection of fashion from the US, UK and Europe.

John Fluevog store in Gastown; Photo by Eva Fyrdych

Gastown – the City's oldest neighbourhood – has changed enormously over the last ten years and is experiencing a true renaissance of style and design. This historic district is now home to independent art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs, souvenir shops, and stylish fashion stores with very unique interior design. Popular annual events that take place on the cobblestone streets of Gastown include the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the Tour de Gastown international bicycle race.

John Fluevog store in Gastown; Photos by Eva Fyrdych


Chinatown – in the heritage area around Main Street and Keefer, you will find everything from fine embroidered linens to silk robes, exotic fresh products and delicious Asian cuisine. The summer weekend night markets are always popular and attract both locals and tourists looking for the freshly prepared Asian delicacies.

Chinatown in Vancouver is Canada's largest Chinatown. The “China Gate” on Pender Street was donated to Vancouver by the Government of the People's Republic of China following the Expo 86 world's fair, where it was on display. In addition to Han Chinese from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and
Mainland China, Chinese Latin Americans have also settled in this area.

Chinatown gate on Pender Street; Photo by Eva Fydrych


Chinatown; Photos by Eva Fydrych


Vancouver is not only a stylish cosmopolitan city, but also a perfect place for all art lovers. The city offers a great selection of museums and art galleries with permanent and visiting exhibitions. There are many interesting sculptures located in the streets, and some great examples of modern architecture and interior design.

You can find many galleries specializing in Native Art, and offering some of the largest collections in Canada. Masks, clothing, prints, and carvings – the rich tapestry of cultures belonging to the Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast.

“The surrealist revolution in art” exhibition; Photo by Eva Fydrych

Street sculpture: Photo by Eva Fydrych


When it comes to local transport, there are many great ways to explore Vancouver. One of them is taking a funky tourist bus, painted in pink or red, that can take you to all main city attractions. Have fun!

Pink sightseeing bus; Photo by Eva Fydrych

Find out more about Vancouver.
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 22:29

Trend Report 2011

Are you ready to think about your wardrobe for the next season? Let's have a look at the hottest Autumn/Winter 2011 trends. Latest looks from the runway – London, Paris, Milan, New York.

Get inspired and create your own version of every trend. Make sure that you keep your own style and stay true to yourself. The most important thing is to feel comfortable in your own skin, whatever you are wearing. Even the most beautiful outfit can look awkward if you don't really “feel it”. Although changing your whole wardrobe every season isn't probably the best idea. As a celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe said: “I don't believe in changing my style because something is a trend ... People are mislead: They think because it's a trend, they should do it. And it's not going to work.”

D&G Autumn/Winter 2011 women's collection show at Milan's Fashion Week February 24, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

Trends should be seen as a source of inspiration and treated selectively: take what you like, leave what doesn't suit you. And don't forget that fashion in general shouldn't be followed or treated too seriously.

Most of all, it should be fun!

Winter doesn't have to be boring. This season's fashion gives you the opportunity to be a little bit more creative and try a few things that you haven't try before. White fur? Floral coat? Shiny suit? Let's forget about being practical for a while and enjoy the fashion life to the fullest. Clothes are such a great tool to create different moods and to express our own personality. They create our image and tell the world who we are. You may like it or not, but people constantly judge us based on what we are wearing. So make sure, your outfits create a great story and make you hard to forget...

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” - Cecil Beaton (English photographer and fashion designer).

From micro dots to exaggerated spots – polka dots made a return on retro dresses, hats, tops, tights and belts. Dots are this season's stripes!

Fascination with fur and with white colour continues to turn up on many runways, often in unexpected and innovative ways. Fur in snowy shades, white jackets, coats, trousers and dresses paired with black belts and simple accessories. A lot of designers put the emphasis on statement sleeves and decorative shoulders. Keep warm and look stylish at the same time.

3. THE '60s
The swinging sixties are back! The “Mod” (for modern) look of the 1960’s was characterized by innovative, creative, bold and brash outfits. Mini dress was also made popular in this era by Mary Quant. Clean-cut A-line skirts, dropped-waist tunics, mod mini-shifts and bell bottoms. Think: Jean
Shrimpton, Edie Sedgwick and Twiggy.

Bold prints, abstract patterns and tribal motifs, often mixed together to create a unique eclectic look. If you are confident about your styling skills you may try to coordinate various patterns in one look.

However, the safest option is to combine printed items with monotone ones. Fresh and funky, this style will make you look and feel much younger...

Create your own garden in the middle of winter. This season bright flowers can be seen not only on dresses, but also on coats and jackets. Bold, vivid and unexpected. Styling tip: Go for opaque black tights to winterize the look.

The hottest colour of the season comes in variety of shades. Red catches people's attention and in many cultures symbolizes good luck. Spice up your life!

Tartan plaid and checks in different combinations. Classic pattern gets redefined and comes in all shapes and forms. Styling tip: Be creative, but make sure you keep all your pieces in the same colour family.

Clean lines and graphic stripes. Futuristic forms and unique shapes. Strong and confident look that doesn't require a lot of accessories.

Add some glamour to your life. Shiny fabrics in all shades of gold and pastels. A lot of designs come with exquisite embellishment and decorative details. Mirrored mosaics and shimmering sequins.

Perfect look for the evening.

The longer, the better. Floor sweeping skirts and dresses are this season's must-haves. You can either go simple with a solid color or opt for bright colours and playful prints. Long dresses look elegant and chic.

Bright up long winter days with some bold colours. This season's coats come in simple form and in all shades of the rainbow. Don't be afraid to stand out from the crowd, this winter your coat should make a statement.

Tight fitting skirts and corsets, leather bondage straps, high neck collars, over-the-knee tights and sophisticated high heel platforms. Colours: mainly black with some white elements. Mood: dark, edgy and seductive. It's time to reveal you inner dominatrix!

Minimalist sportswear – simple yet sophisticated. Mostly neutral colours, clean lines and simple silhouettes. Effortless and practical look when you get tired of too many prints and colours, or want to look stylish and elegant without being too aggressive. Neutrals are versatile and can be easily combined with other pieces, both neutral or bright. Perfect look for a weekend away or a shopping trip in the city.

Sometimes less is more...


Celebrities in some of this season's trends:
From left: Mischa Barton, Kate Moss, Paris Hilton, Julianne Hough, Taylor Swift, Claudia Schiffer, Jessica Biel, Solange Knowles, Katy Perry, Leighton Meester, Chanel Iman, Rihanna

Source: Elle, Flare, Getty Images, Harper's Bazaar, Reuters, Vogue.
Sunday, 10 July 2011 14:41

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - the most prestigious fashion show in Germany - combines an exciting mixture of top international designers and young ambitious new talent.

On July 06 – 09, 2011 MBFW staged its ninth season. The Spring/Summer 2012 collections were presented in a tent on "Strasse des 17. Juni", with its main entrance facing the city's most famous landmark: Brandenburg Gate.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2012; Photo credit: Brauer Photos

In addition to the already well-known catwalk venue, for the first time there was a presentation space, the Studio, where designers could give free rein to their creativity without being bound to a classic catwalk. The Studio opened the possibility to build unique scenery, and allow the professional audience to roam freely; giving them the opportunity to view the collection up close.

“For emerging talent, the Studio can be a first step to present their work to media, buyers and key fashion influencers,” explained Peter Levy, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of IMG Fashion. “Also for established brands that would like to vary from a classic catwalk concept, and find a unique way that is more personal to showcase their collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, the Studio is the perfect fit.”
Eva & Bernard Spring/Summer 2012; Photos courtesy of MBFW

Let's have a look at some of the highlights: stylish and refreshing collections by Lena Hoschek, Frida Weyer, Rena Lange, Anja Gockel and Minx by Eva Lutz.

Lena Hoschek showed her designs on the first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin. The collection, as usual, is highly distinctive and clearly far from the dictates of fast changing trends. Girly dresses, hats and hair accessories create a romantic, yet confident and sophisticated look. Vintage inspirations and a ladylike class. Designer's website.

Lena Hoschek Spring/Summer 2012; Photos courtesy of MBFW

Frida Weyer Spring/Summer 2012; Photos courtesy of MBFW

Frida Weyer Spring/Summer collection presents a wide variety of ready-to-wear pieces from casual shirts to the perfect cocktail dress. Everything for “summer in the city” - 24/7. Designer's website.

Rena Lange Spring/Summer 2012; Photos courtesy of MBFW

Rena Lange presented his collection on the second day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin. Artistic brushmarks with the powerful colours of the Jardin du Luxembourg. Playful and happy like the "Demoiselles de Rochefort". Parisian attitude with a French lightness and elegance. Designer's website.

Anja Gockel Spring/Summer 2012; Photos courtesy of MBFW

Anja Gockel new Spring/Summer 2012 collection is titled "The spirit of the smile". It is inspired by an old Chinese saying: "Master your life with a smile on your lips – or not at all". Designer's website.

Minx by Eva Lutz Spring/Summer 2012; Photos courtesy of MBFW

Minx presented relaxed, loosened volumes, modified proportions and up-to-date midi and maxi lengths at the centre of its 2012 collection. Precise lines contrast with smooth, floating silhouettes which Minx displays. Alongside with these innovations, exciting material alternations, different transparencies and lively structures define the fresh new summer look 2012. Designer's website.

For more information about the event and to see more catwalk photos and videos, visit official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week website.

Source: MBFW Press Materials

Saturday, 11 June 2011 14:48


Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean island chain, all on it's own with the Atlantic Ocean to one side and the Caribbean Sea to the other. This beautiful island is not only a perfect holiday destination, but also a great place for shopping and catching up with the latest fashion. Because of its location and hot tropical climate all year round, Barbados focuses mainly on beachwear, casual resortwear and formal "summer in the city" look. There are many fashion and hair shows throughout the year held in world class resorts, and of course Barbados Fashion Week – the biggest event on the island – attracting both local and international designers, models and photographers.

Andromeda Botanic Gardens in Bathsheba, Saint Joseph; Photo by Eva Fydrych

The latest Fashion Week took place in October at the Concorde Experience - Christ Church and was showcasing many talented designers from New York, Los Angeles, London, Canada, Miami, Trinidad, St Vincent, Jamaica, Barbados & St Lucia. High Fashion After Parties hosted by Allure Entertainment, Savvy Jamz & Events Unusual, offered the best fashion atmosphere with champagne, lounging in VIP and enjoying great entertainment by Barbados Best New Artists.

Barbados Fashion Week 2010 – backstage; Photo by CaribFashionTV.com

The Runway at Da Costa Mall, Broad Street; Photo courtesy of The Runway

Barbados attracts the world's rich and famous and therefore you would expect to find high-end goods to cater for this type of clientele. However what you may not expect is that all of these designer goods can be purchased at a fraction of their usual cost as all visitors to Barbados benefit from duty free prices. Just remember to have your passport, ticket for travel and know the address of where you are staying to get the discount.

Main shopping destinations include Bridgetown and Holetown where you can find everything from famous designers like Moschino, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren to world-renowned lingerie icons like Agent Provocateur or La Perla.

Broad Street in Bridgetown, the capital city of Barbados is lined with duty free shops where you will find designer brands on sale at heavily discounted prices. If you want to buy ornaments, crystal, fine figurines then you will find these items on sale in The Royal Shop, Cave Shepherd or Little
Switzerland, here you will find brands such Lladro and Swarovski.

Dingolay Boutique in South Coast, Barbados; Photo courtesy of Dingolay

If you want to go shopping while you are in Barbados and are looking for something really unique thenyou should go to one of the many boutiques that sell clothing, accessories, jewellery and cosmetics.

Known for its classic chic attire and ever-changing range of stock, Dingolay (located at Sheraton Mallin Chirst Church) always has an amazing array of the latest styles and hottest resort collections. Thechic and elegant Gaye Boutique in Holetown is especially known for its fabulous lines of imported
designer beachwear and swimwear. Agabhumi brings to Barbados “the best of Bali”. Their shop at #3Chattel Village in Holetown offers a selection of jewellery, sarongs, handbags, sandals and more with an eastern flair.

Casual chic – Dingolay Boutique in South Coast, Barbados; Photo courtesy of Dingolay

Street fashion, Bridgetown; Photo by Eva Fydrych

On the south coast of Barbados you will find boutiques selling designer clothing at the Shak Shak Complex on the South Coast Main Road.

On this same road you will also find Quayside Centre, which is home to Lazy Days, a surf and sport wear boutique. There are also a couple of really nice ladies boutiques here such as Kartushe, which sell some very high-end ladies fashions. You can also pick up some really nice shoes, which are original and very reasonably priced.

The London Boy Fashion in Christ Church; Photo by Eva Fydrych

Also on the south coast is the Sheraton Centre, this is located just off the highway and this large shopping centre has a number of boutiques selling everything from fashion, accessories, shoes, cosmetics, perfumes and jewellery. This mall is more used by locals and doesn't really cater to the highend designer goods that you would find on the west coast, however, there are some great bargains to be had and there are some great boutiques for original dresses for special occasions.

Barber shop in Christ Church; Photo by Eva Fydrych

Window display in Speightstown, Saint Peter; Photo by Eva Fydrych

If you are searching for some local designers and don't want to spend a fortune on clothing and accessories, Swan Street in Bridgetown is the place to be. A vibrant shopping street comes to life every morning with locals browsing through the endless small boutiques, many of them hidden in the narrow alleys, and street stalls selling colourful jewellery and accessories. The street is noisy and crowded, but with a little bit of patience, you can find some real gems out there.

D'Mood boutique in Bridgetown; Photo by Eva Fydrych

D'Mood – a small boutique run by friendly Dionne Coppin – sells “a bit of everything”. Colorful and sexy summer dresses, bold jewellery and stylish handbags. The owner created a unique and cosy atmosphere that makes shopping there a real pleasure.

Well-established Fashion City Boutique offers a big selection of ladies wear, in all shapes and sizes.

Their unconventional ways of attracting customers, include spontaneous fashion shows in the streets with gorgeous models presenting their latest arrivals.

There is also something for the shoe lovers – many boutiques at Swan Street offer great selection of sandals, flip flops and evening high-heels at very reasonable prices. D's Meets Styles Inc. located on the ground floor of the Norman Centre has an amazing collection of fashionable shoes for every

Maker's pink suede platforms from D's Meets Styles Inc, 45 USD; Photo by Tropic Beauty

Shoe lovers paradise at the Norman Centre, Swan Street; Photo by Eva Fydrych

On the west coast of Barbados you will find shopping malls in Holetown. There is the Sunset Crest shopping mall, which has a number of boutiques for ladies and gents fashions. There are also unique boutiques selling silk clothing, designer sunglasses, handbags, facial and hair care products, many of
which are all designer brand names.

Also on the west coast in Holetown, you will find the Chattel House Village; these quaint little shops are all housed in traditional Bajan Chattel Houses, which provide excellent shopping space for boutiques. Here you will find clothing and accessory stores along with some souvenir shops.

Colorful local fabrics at Bathsheba Beach, Saint Joseph; Photo by Eva Fydrych

For the best gifts and souvenirs you have to head to the Pelican Craft Centre, located just next to the Bridgetown Port. Here you will find plenty of shops selling hand crafted goods and you can also see the workmen in their studios creating goods in leather and clay. The Pelican Craft Centre is a lovely place to stroll around and you can pick up some really unique pieces at a great price.

Of course Barbados is not only about fashion and shopping. Most of all, it's a premier holiday destination with the best beaches in the Caribbean, delicious seafood and rum cocktails, great reggae music and friendly locals. Birth place of the famous R'n'B singer Rihanna, Barbados attracts many
celebrities and is definitely one of the most interesting destinations to visit at any time of the year.

Atlantic Coast in Bathsheba, Saint Joseph; Photo by Eva Fydrych
Model presenting the latest collection at the Fashion City Boutique, Photo by Eva Fydrych

Model presenting the latest collection at the Fashion City Boutique, Photo by Eva Fydrych
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 22:41


"Elegance is a question of personality, more than one's clothing." - J.P. Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier
is celebrating 35 influential years in the industry with a new exhibition launching on June 17th at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk will showcase about 120 haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces for women and men from 1976 to 2010.
Jean Paul Gaultier – one of the most famous fashion designers of our times– was born on 24 April 1952 in Arcueil, Val-de-Marne, France. Gaultier studied at the Lycee d'Arcueil. Although he never received formal training as a designer, he was considered a prodigy when it came to fashion design. At age 13 he designed a collection of clothing for his mother and grandmother.

When only 14, in 1964, he started sketching his fashion ideas on paper and sending sketches to famous couture stylists. Pierre Cardin was impressed by his talent and hired him as an assistant in 1970.

Gaultier worked for Cardin for two years. He then spent a year designing for Jacques Esterel before joining Jean Patou, the famous couture house, as an assistant to Michael Gomez, then Angelo Tarlazzi.

Then in 1974 returned to manage the Pierre Cardin boutique in Manila, Philippines, for a year in 1974, where he designed clothes for Imelda Marcos.
In 1976 several of Gaultier's sketches were published in Mode Internationale, a French fashion magazine. The sketches were favourably received by the design world. That same year Gaultier launched his design career under his own label for a company called Mayagor, as well as continuing to design freelance ready-to-war furs, swimwear, and leather clothing.
In 1976 in October, he presented his first individual collection under his own name, at the "Palais de la Decouverte" comprising articles such as furnishings, table sets in plaited straw. Many of Gaultier's following collections have been based on street wear, focusing on popular culture, whereas others, particularly his haute couture collections, are very formal yet at the same time unusual and playful.

In 1977 he started his own Haute Couture firm. In 1978 he produced his first collection with partner Kashiyama.

In 1981 Gaultier changed his partner and Kashiyama went back to Japan, where he still produces Gaultier products under licence for Japan and the Far East. Sales in Italy were handled by Gibo for woven goods and Equator for knits.

In 1984 Gaultier achieved recognition world wide with his men's collection "men in skirts" In Brigitte Bardot's famous film "God Created Woman" men wore trousers like pencil skirts. This inspired his collection.

In 1987 Gaultier received the coveted French designer of the year award (the French Fashion Oscar Award).

In 1988 he launched a lower-priced sportswear line called Junior Gaultier, at first carried exclusively in a small store located in Les Halles, a funky area of Paris, and later sporadically sold in U.S. department stores. His other store, located on the chic Right Bank of Paris, contained his men's and women's readyto- wear bearing high price tags ($1,200 for a suit). These clothes were also sold in boutiques in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.

In 1988 Gaultier launched his jewellery line.
In 1990 Gaultier's talents were viewed by a wider, less fashion-conscious audience when he designed the entire wardrobe for the controversial British director Peter Greenaway film "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover". Long a fan of Greenaway's films, Gaultier and he decided that the clothing
for this modern day morality play should change colours as the characters moved from set to set. Four sets of clothing were made: red for the dining room, blue for the parking lot, white for the bathroom, and green for the kitchen.

One of his most devoted fans was singer Madonna, who on her 1990 Blonde Ambition international tour wore nothing but Gaultier suits with sliced open breasts covering a torpedo bra corset over menswear pants. She was also one of the first to adopt his lingerie-over-clothing trend in 1985.

In 1993 Gaultier launched his perfume "Haute Perfumerie".

In 1997, Gaultier collaborated with French movie director Luc Besson to design costumes for the movie "The Fifth Element", a futuristic sci-fi thriller. Although the film received less than enthusiastic reviews, the costumes were referred to as "body-conscious" and "outlandish" in reviews in National Review and People Weekly.

Although in 1997, Gaultier displayed couture for the first time in a Paris show. In an article in Interview, he stated that: "We are in a world where many people are staying at home on the Internet, not doing anything. I think the moment now for couture is right because it's a small fantasy. It's special, and for only one customer at a time."
Gaultier was the only designer in the show to feature couture for men as well as women. Also noteworthy in the 1997 Paris show were corsets for men. Gaultier rationalized in Interview that: "I am for equality of gender. I say there's couture for women, so why not for men". Although Gaultier derived his inspiration for design from the street in the past, and couture is generally perceived to be in the realm of the elite, he attempted to respect the tradition of couture with fabrics not normally used in couture.

On June 15, 2000, Gaultier was given the International Award at the American Fashion Awards, presented by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Gaultier has been known for using unique looking models in his shows of all different shapes, sizes and ages, like older men and full-figured women, pierced and heavily tattooed models, and by playing with traditional gender roles in the shows. This earned him both criticism and enormous popularity. In Interview he explained that: "I have never really cared about what fashion's ideal was. There are different kinds of beauty and I always try to show that." Renowned as perhaps the most avant-garde fashion designer of his time, Gaultier was sometimes called the Prince of Perversity. He was known for keeping a keen winking eye on young London and New York street fashions, reinterpreting them with a dash of Parisian panache, then pushing them out on his runways.

Some of his most recognizable cutting-edge designs are jackets, dresses, and jumpsuits with indiscreet cutouts that make the garments resemble cages. His unique designs also include dresses and tops with sliced open breasts and bra-like torpedo inserts, fichu off-the-shoulder tops, multi-coloured Lycra, vinyl and leather bike pants, and kilt-ish skirts for men.
Although Gaultier's designs are sometimes considered over-the-top, there is no question among the fashion historians or the retail fashion world that his multiple talents greatly influence the work of other designers. Gaultier imitations and sometimes blatant thefts of his somewhat insane designs often appear in more moderately priced department stores mere months after his runway shows.

Gaultier currently designs for three collections: his own couture and ready-to-wear lines, as well as the newly relaunched clothing line for Hermes, a French leather goods company well-known for their equestrian background, scarves, and expensive handbags.

Source: Bookrags, MMFA, Wikipedia

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk - From June 17 to October 2, 2011, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA).
Monday, 02 May 2011 09:13

Canadian Fashion

LG Fashion Week is the biggest fashion event in Canada and takes place twice a year – in March and October. Last month's event in Toronto attracted some of the most talented Canadian designers and top models.

Izma Fall/Winer 2011; Photo by Eva Fydrych

Fashion duo Izzy Camilleri and Adrian Mainella presented their ultra-glam '70s inspired collection on the opening night of LG Fashion Week in Toronto.

Decadent with a disco flair, sexy and fun, the designs showed on the runway were very feminine and full of interesting details like crystal trims and leather accents. Think: Old Holywood and Studio 54 feel, and fashion icons like Bianca Jagger or Jerry Hall. Elegant mixture of luxurious textures: fur with silk and velvet with a touch of glimmer. Rich colour palette. Looks like '70s Glamour continues to be the look-of the-moment.

For more information about the designers, visit their official website: http://www.izma.ca

Izma Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by Elle Canada

Joe Fresh - the most accessible clothing line in Canada - showed a bright, simple collection on the second day of the show. Stylish and versatile looks influenced by the seventies, lots of miniskirts and bold colours. The collection will be available in stores across Canada in September.

Joe Fresh Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by Elle Canada

Shan - stylish and luxurious designs; classic black & white colours, pink and blue floral patterns; interesting accessories - strappy wedges, round hats and statement handbags.

Shan Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by Filler Magazine

LOVAS was founded in 2008 by Wesley Badanjak - a talented designer with a distinctive style and interesting vision. Inspiration for his designs comes mainly from music, history and his Croatian heritage. This year collection entitled "Sisters" was inspired by his mom and aunt, their experiences of immigrating to Canada and adopting to a new culture. Elegant, classic pieces; modern silhouettes with detailed finishing; excellent tailoring and use of good quality fabrics. The modern look created by Badanjak is sophisticated and fashion forward, yet wearable and unpretentious.

LOVAS designs are available in Toronto at Apoline (2892 Bloor St W), Eleven Boutique (116 Cumberland St) and Puh Nash (2420A Bloor St W).

LOVAS Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by Stan Behal/QMI Agency

Wesley Badanjak (LOVAS) Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by Stan Behal/QMI Agency

Floral patterns, geometric shapes and vibrant graphics - simple and very feminine - were the highlights of the Comrags Fall/Winter 2011 collection shown on Wednesday. Judy Cornish and Joyce Gunhouse (the design duo behind the Comrags label) presented classic, timeless silhouettes and clean, elegant lines; stylish, but modest at the same time. Main colours included mustard, olive, turquoise and black. All the designs from the latest collection called "Wrest" were simple and wearable, not tied to any particular era or season, and not overdoing the major trends.

For more information about the designers and to see their previous collections, please visit the official website: http://www.comrags.com

"Wrest refers to the process of extracting information which is part of the back and forth process that goes on between us as we create our designs." - J. Gunhouse

Comrags Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by Bernard Weil/Toronto Star

Rudsak, Canada's leading fashion brand, showed its "city-chic biker look"collection on Thursday. Edgy, motorcycle-inspired designs. Main colours: black, camel and white. Leather jackets and coats with stunning fur collars were paired with fashionable footwear and stylish handbags. More info: http://www.rudsak.com

Rudsak Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by George Pimentel

Designer Evik Asatoorian (Rudsak) – backstage; Photo by George Pimentel

Wednesday, 13 April 2011 14:49


"The only rule is don't be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in." - Paris Hilton

New York City is a fashion lover's paradise and probably one of the best shopping destinations in the world. City that never sleeps, a melting pot of cultures and foreign influences, New York has to offer anything you want both in terms of fashion and entertainment. High-end department stores at Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Saks Fifth Avenue, West Village, Barneys, Macy's, Madison Avenue, Bloomingdale's, Century 21, vintage stores, flea markets... and the list goes on. It is impossible to see everything that New York has to offer in just one trip.

Times Square at night; Photo by Eva Fydrych

There are a lot of trendy boutiques in SoHo, designer houses in Meatpacking District, and some really unique places in Brooklyn. Usually locals are the best source of information and can often show you some interesting spots that aren't mentioned in the tourist guides. New York is a place where fashion, fun, and fantasy blend into an unforgettable retail experience.

Window display in SoHo; Photo by Eva Fydrych

MACY'S NEW YORK – is the largest department store in North America. Macy's flagship store in Herald Square has eight floors and several different departments offering everything from clothes, accessories and jewellery to lifestyle essentials and furniture. You can find all the big brands here: Guess, Esprit, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and many more. Luxurious shoes by Enzo Angliolini, BEBE and Betsey Johnson, elegant handbags by B. Makowsky and Michael Kors, latest fragrances and beauty products, make-up demonstrations and professional skin care advice. The company organizes the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which has been held in New York City since 1924. It is also famous for their spectacular Christmas window displays, fashion shows and celebrity appearances.

Macy's logo at Harold's Square; Photo by Eva Fydrych

"Our customers rely on Macy's for fresh fashion that is reflective of what the leading designers are showing on the runway." - Jeff Gennette, Macy's chief merchandising officer.

BEBE shoes at Macy's window display; Photo by Eva Fydrych

FIFTH AVENUE – luxury, style and wealth - a world famous street where you will find the high-end department stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Henri Bendel or Saks Fifth Avenue. This busy shopping strand is home to designer shops like Bulgari, Escada, Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Hugo Boss, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Vercase and Louis Vuitton. As one of the most expensive streets in the world, Fifth Avenue is a premier shopping destination and one of the top New York City attractions.

For those on a budget, there is also a huge H&M store, Gap, American Apparel or Zara.

Bergdorf Goodman window display; Photo by Eva Fydrych

One of the things worth noticing at both Macy's and Fifth Avenue are amazing window displays that attract thousands of spectators each year, especially during the holiday seasons. Bergdorf Goodman displays are stylized and sophisticated. They feature latest couture fashion, as well as authentic antiques. Many of them are unique pieces of art, original and innovative. There is a book by Linda Fargo called "Dreams Through the Glass: Windows from Bergdorf Goodman" featuring the most creative displays throughout the years.

Bergdorf Goodman window display; Photo by Eva Fydrych

SoHo – the cobblestone streets, beautiful people and chic boutique shops - this fashionable district has become a famous destination for shopping. SoHo is filled with everything from art stands on the street to high-end designer boutiques, including Catherine Malandrino, Anna Sui, Kate Spade, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Steve Madden, La Perla, Karen Millen, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, Ralh Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Vivienne Tam, Kenneth Cole and DKNY. There are many interesting art galleries like Opera or Ward-Nasse and vintage shops in this neighbourhood.

SoHo district in New York; Photo by Eva Fydrych

„Fashion is a way of life. Everything is fashion!! It's a lifestyle that is immeasurable. What is unique about fashion in NYC is the fact that this city is a big melting pot. There are so many different cultures which equates to so many different fashions. If you pull all the looks from the different cultures here, and make it into one; that will be a magical experience." - Natasha, Model & Fashion Designer from New York.

Shopping in SoHo; Model: Bridgitte; Photo by Eva Fydrych

And if you ever get tired of shopping, there is an excellent Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) located at Seventh Avenue. It has regular fashion exhibitions, workshops, lectures and book signings. Past exhibitions include Japan Fashion Now and Balenciaga: Spanish Master. On May 12, 2011, Kate Betts - the former editor of Time magazine - will present her latest book: "Everyday Icon - Michelle Obama and the Power of Style".

Seventh Avenue runs through the Garment District and is referred to as Fashion Avenue due to its role as a centre of the fashion industry in New York.

Fashion Avenue sign; Photo by Eva Fydrych

"New York has been the undisputed center of American fashion since the mid 19th Century when the development of mass production led to the growth of the apparel trades. The birth of the Fashion District, also known as the Garment Center, occurred in the 1920s, when a large group of garment manufacturers relocated to Seventh Ave. New loft space was developed especially to accommodate "modern" manufacturing and to satisfy labor's demands for safer working conditions. By 1931, this District had the largest concentration of apparel manufacturers in American design. A project of the Fashion Center." - Quote from the Fashion Walk of Fame at Seventh Avenue.

Window display at Broadway; Photo by Eva Fydrych

Sunday, 03 April 2011 11:02

My Life In Fashion

I moved to Toronto in September 2010. Although the fashion industry here is not as big as in London, Paris or New York, somehow being here inspired me to stand on the other side of the lens and get involved in photography. I have been shooting for a while especially when I travelled to other countries, but my main goal was to get into fashion photography. Since I remember, I was always fascinated by images in Vogue magazine and the work of great photographers like Richard Avedon or Mario Testino... Having worked in the fashion industry for a while and having some modelling experience, it seemed like a step in the right direction. And yes, it has been a great adventure so far. I had an opportunity to collaborate with many talented models and make-up artists, learn about the studio lighting and practice my styling skills.
My first photoshoot with a NY model & actress – Roxanne Wright Dress: a great purchase from a local market in Mui Ne (Vietnam)

My first opportunity to shoot catwalk was very interesting – LG Fashion Week – the biggest fashion event in Canada, showcasing top Canadian models and designers. The show takes place twice a year – in March and October. Somehow I managed to get to the photographers pit for some of the shows, so I could really practice my photography skills. I was surrounded by some of the best people in the industry who were shooting for magazines like Elle or Flare –"Canadian version of Vogue".

LG Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011; Photo by Eva Fydrych Designer: Amanda Lew Kee

Although LG Fashion Week is a great event, Canadian fashion in general is quite conservative. People don't really like to be different and stand out from the crowd. They like to see simple designs on the catwalk, regular clothes that they can wear on the street. Many designers have similar attitude and they are not willing to experiment too much, but rather produce a collection that can easily sell here. I would say fashion here is not very artistic or creative; it is very practical and down to earth.

Behind the scenes at Joy Couture Fashion Show in Toronto; Dress by Canadian designer Joy Couture

Shooting events and fashion shows is quite exciting as you never know what to expect and every time you learn something new. It is a great opportunity to meet people from the industry and see the latest beauty and fashion trends before anyone else. However, there is a lot of competition between photographers as everyone wants to get the best shots and you need to have a thick skin in order to survive...

Studio or location photoshoots require more preparation and a lot of work is done before the actual shoot takes place. Part of being a photographer is coming up with the concept/theme, organizing the wardrobe, casting a model, discussing your ideas with the make-up artist and the hairstylist, finding the right location. It is a very creative and rewarding work, where you can use your imagination and have full control over your project from the very beginning to the very end. The best photographers, in my opinion, are the ones who are innovative and think out of the box. It is important to be open-minded and ready to experiment. You never know which idea will work out best.

Beauty Event organised by Chacha Cosmetics in Yorkville, Toronto; Photo by Eva Fydrych

It wasn't hard to start photography, but I guess I had a lot of luck in the beginning and met some amazing people who were willing to help me out and share their knowledge and experience. Without them everything would be much more difficult.

I still have a lot to learn, it is just the beginning of a journey, but as Paulo Coelho said: "Impossible is just an opinion".

Studio 400 photoshoot; Photo & Styling by Eva Fydrych; Model: Kikunda
Sunday, 27 March 2011 18:31

Top Trends For Spring/Summer 2011


Colour is the new black! The palette for this season is super intense with bright orange, red, turquoise, pink, and yellow. Loud and proud colour creates a dynamic, confident look.

The bright colour trend was seen at the Spring 2011 runways at Peter Som, Karen Walker, Christopher Kane, Rachel Roy, Jil Sander, Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung, and Z Spoke.

"The best colour in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!" - C.Chanel

What is "colour blocking"? Basically, it's the concept of mixing and matching the bold colours. Bold single block colours are a key look for the Spring/Summer 2011. A lot of designs seen on the catwalk had a very clean cut and a super intense eye-popping colour palette: vermillion orange, fuschia pink, royal blue, daffodil yellow, purple and lime green. This season we are going to brighten up the look and wear two or more vivid colours together; mix colours from the same family or go one step further and use the contrasting ones.
This trend is a fresh breeze of inspiration and one of the loudest and boldest catwalk looks.

It's all about fun, imagination and creativity. Be brave and adventurous – forget the rules and experiment with your new look.
  • Don't wear more then three neon colours together. The look you create should be eye catching and attention grabbing, but not too shocking.
  • Keep your accessories simple and in neutral colours. You don't want to overdue it with too much jewellery.
  • Don't be afraid to use colours that usually don't go together - like pink with red, purple with lime green or orange with yellow. Remember: "The brighter, the better".
Colour blocking trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Sophia Kokosalaki, Lanvin, Dries Van Noten, Marni, Sinha-Stanic, Salvatore Ferragamo, Josh Goot, Richard Nicoll, Luella, John Galliano, Ossie Clark, and Gucci.


Minimal white trend - made popular by Michael Kors - will be one of the top trends this season. Classic clean cuts are a wonderful alternative for those who are fans of a simpler and more versatile look. The classic lines and undeniable elegance of these items have
determined many famous designers to include variations of this trend in their collections in many different forms: from romantic outfits to clean geometric lines and futuristic or postmodern influences.
Minimal white look is fresh, youthful and very stylish. It doesn't require many accessories as it's all about form and shape. Simple dresses, trousers, shirts - you can combine different pieces together as long as you stick to one rule: don't add another colour. Keep it all white
and simple.

This trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Alexander Wang, VPL, Rag & Bone, Calvin Klein, D&G, Chloe, Celine, BCBG Max Azria, Versace, Sportmax, Stella McCartney and Michael Kors.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Leonardo Da Vinci

A lot of designers got inspired by East this season and included many elements of traditional Asian (mainly Chinese and Japanese) wear in their Spring/Summer 2011 collections. Think:

sophistication, luxury and elegance. Very fine and luxurious materials like satin, silk, velvet. Sleek tailoring, delicate lace, hand-sewn embellishment, mandarin collars, high leg slits and kimono jackets. Traditional cheongsam shape and Art Deco influences.

Orient Express trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Haider Ackermann, Sonia Rykiel, Alberta Ferretti, Marc Jacobs, Celine, Louis Vuitton, Carolina Herrera and Chanel.
5. '70s GLAMOUR

When it comes to '70s, there are two main looks that can be distinguished in this trend: '70s bohemian and '70s sophisticated glamour. This season fashion is concentrating on the latter and brings back some key elements for this look like long dresses, huge round hats or highwaist pants with elegant blouses.

Sophisticated '70s look could be seen both on catwalk and in many Spring fashion editorials. It can bring that desired vintage look to our wardrobe. AN underlying confidence is the key to this look. There is boldness, independence and an air of sexuality (think: Bianca Jagger at
Studio 54 or Ali MacGraw). Exotic jewellery and super-high platforms are the must-have accessories for this look.
Key elements of '70s Glamour look:

• fabrics like silk and satin (shimmering version with a metallic thread at night)
• high-waisted wide-leg trousers
• jumpsuits
• hot pants
• neat-bow blouses
• roll neck sweaters
• sexy classic halter tops
• vests
• long dresses
• platforms
• round hats
• beaded necklaces
• big, statement ;leather belts
• hairstyles: long flowing hair, a sleek longer bob or masses of bouncy curls

This trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, Thakoon, Rodante, Derek Lam, Tory Burch, Paul & Joe, Anna Sui, Andrew GN, Etro, Emilio Pucci, and Roberto Cavalli.


Maxi skirts and dresses. Easy-flowing gowns. A refreshing change from the usual short minis. The new lean silhouette is sexy and elegant at the same time.
This trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Diane von Furstenberg, Jil Sander, DVF, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Givenchy, Dries van Noten, Proenza Schouler, Blumarine, Roberto Cavalli, Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Victoria Beckham, Alberta Ferretti, Max Azria, Halston, Lanvin, and Nicole Miller.


It seems that denim will never go out of style. It is just one of those fabrics that seems to constantly show up in different trends and fashion scenes. Denim fashion is timeless, partly because denim is extremely comfortable and durable, can be worn casually by everyone
regardless of age and can be bought on just about any budget. This is a trend that everyone can relate to.

Must-have buy for this season: denim shorts.

Blue jeans trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Derek Lam, Celine, Thakoon, D&G, Celine, Iceberg, Stella McCartney, and Moschino.

This Spring/Summer trend has a playful and fun feel to it and it's perfect for those who treat fashion less seriously and are open to experiment with different looks. Colourful stripes appeared on catwalk on everything from clothing to accessories. Sporty and nautical, skinny to bold and bright, black and white to technicolour, they were often seen mixed with a contrasting print.

This trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Jason Wu, Jil Sander, Marc Jacobs, Sportmax, Prada, Versus, and Vivienne Westwood.

From tribal-inspired and animal prints to bold geometrics, vibrant abstract patterns and the sweet fruit prints at Suno and Prada. Think bigger, more playful and expressive than ever.

This season many designers expertly mix head-turning prints together. Adding just one printed piece to your Spring wardrobe works just as well. But make sure it's loud and bold!

Eclectic chic trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Burberry Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler, Prada, Givenchy, Diane von Furstenberg, Suno, and Z Spoke.

The lounge wear-inspired trend with flowing long skirts, sheer loose-fitting tops and pajamastyle pants. Casual and fluid, sexy and very appealing, however not that easy to pull off as other trends for the season. Colours: white and pastel, a cool palette of icy and
monochromatic neutrals like sand, bone and nude. Think: loose and comfortable, yet still sexy and feminine.
Key elements:

• nightgown-esque slip dresses
• drapey weekend trousers
• matching printed tops and bottoms

This trend was seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Karen Walker, Vena Cava, Thakoon, Ralph Lauren, BCBG Max Azria, Proenza Schouler, D&G, Donna Karan and Narciso Rodriguez.

Photos courtesy of: Elle, Fashion Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue.
Monday, 21 March 2011 17:24


There are some cities in the world where fashion is just in the atmosphere and wherever you go, you find well dressed people who look like they just stepped out from the pages of the fashion catalogue... Singapore is definitely on this list. The small island in south-east Asia has a growing fashion industry and amazing shopping opportunities. Huge air-conditioned shopping malls just wait to be discovered and it's so easy to get from one place to another.

Iluma Shopping Centre – Bugis; Photo by Eva Fydrych

Shopping is actually one of the main activities for most Singaporeans. Because of the well-established economy and a high-living standard, people tend to spend a lot of money and they do care both about their appearance and the clothes they wear. Orchard Road – the main shopping street in the city – offers something for everyone. From high-end designers and established brands like Dior and Prada to smaller local boutiques and high-street chains like Zara or GAP. You can find both luxurious and affordable items in one place.

Orchard Road – main shopping street in Singapore Photo by Eva Fydrych

Singaporean style is mostly determined by the weather – hot and humid all year round – so the local designers concentrate mainly on Summer collections, using light fabrics and simple cut. Young women in Singapore have a very feminine and girly style. They wear mostly dresses and skirts, in light colours, flat or high-heeled sandals and a lot of make-up. They are very fashion and beauty conscious, always on top of the latest trends. A lot of girls have their own fashion boutiques or sells clothes online. They often import them from other Asian countries like Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Korea. In many cases the owners of those small businesses travel to all the places themselves to make sure that they pick the most interesting and unique pieces for their stores.

Lola – small boutique in Kampong Glam Photo by Eva Fydrych

ION shopping centre; Photo by Eva Fydrych

One of my favourite Singaporean brands is a chain store called Bysi which won a Singapore Prestige Brand Award in 2008.Their collections are unique and refreshing, following the trends, but somehow a little bit different then what you can find in other mainstream stores. Good quality fabrics, interesting cut, great merchandising and excellent customer service – they all make a shopping experience at Bysi a truly unforgettable experience.
Behind the scenes of the fashion photoshoot with Jay Nodalo Dress: Bysi, Shoes: Aldo. Location: ION Orchard

Advertising materials; Source: Bysi.com

I was working in Singapore as a model and all together I spent more then six months over there. It was probably one of the best experiences ever and I can't wait to go back... It's actually kind of hard to live anywhere else as you get used to everything around you being so perfect – clean streets, polite people, efficient transport – Singapore has it all. And beautiful sunshine all year round... When you get tired of shopping and the city life, you just take a train to Sentosa Island and spend the weekend on the beach.

ION shopping centre at night; Photo by Eva Fydrych

Window display at ION; Photo by Eva Fydrych