Zip It !

My post from the last week, “Istanbul the Magnificent”, ended with the picture of all of the purchases I made in that beautiful city. One of those purchases is this beautiful, flower printed dress. I love to wear flower prints in all the seasons, but you cannot miss with them in hot summer days.

I was especially attracted to this dress because of one little detail which makes her a bit more special – zipper on her front side. It is quite normal to put hidden zippers to the back side of the dress, but this obvious, “in your face” front zipper was that final touch why I fell in love with this dress – he is not there just for function – he is there to make a fashion statement of his own!

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Istanbul the Magnificent

I was fortunate enough to spend one week of my summer holidays in one of the most fascinating cities in the world – Istanbul. For a long while I wanted to visit this beautiful city, a perfect mix of Europe and Asia, old and modern. How many towns are situated on the two continents and are so rich with often unpredictable, but important history behind them? Once known as Constantinople, Istanbul was the capital of four great empires. Being located on the Bosphorus waterway, one of the worlds busiest passages between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, it has a great cultural, economical and strategic position.

This travel was even more special because I was traveling with my mother – this was her first time outside Croatia! – and with two Marija’s – my sister and my longtime high school friend.

The moment we entered the city with our taxi I knew I will love it! Fascinating mosques, busy and colorful streets, amazing food and sweets…what is there not to love 🙂 ?!

Hope you’ll enjoy these pictures, and I hope I will return to Istanbul once more…

 

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Classical start – Duty free shop :)….and air view of Asian side of Istanbul

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London the Fashionable

You may think Paris is the fashion capital of the world, but London is immersed into fashion beyond fashion shows and couture clothing shops. It’s a city that lives effortless urban style, a city that serves as everlasting inspiration to designers and consumers, a city dedicated to exploration of fashion. It is no wonder that during my time of visit back at the end of May there were at least four fashion exhibitions taking place at the same time, not to mention several permanent exhibitions of fashion and costumes! From the famous wedding dresses and history of Italian fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum, to Paul Smith at the Design Museum, and Prada at Harrods, there was something for everyone. It was impossible to visit them all, but I was on a quest to see as many as possible.

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014

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Lilacs and Parasols

Couple of weeks ago I received  a beautiful gift  – gift so precious that I’m still amazed by it and honored for receiving it. My friend and photographer Stela, together with her mother, gave me an old vintage cocktail dress that once belonged to her grandmother.

From a very early age I had fascination with fashion, but not only in terms of combining everyday outfits and eventually, taking pictures of some of them for this little blog – I love history of fashion, fabrics, stories behind various fashion items and people that made them.

Stela’s grandmother was a first class old school seamstress, and also a true fashionista. This beautiful dress with delicate lilac print has so much history behind her. It was made by vintage clothing firm Haroú, for which I found the following quote:

Not yet in his class is William Pearson, also a designer of talent. Mr. Pearson has had his own business for six of his 36 years before that working for Haroú, a California concern. His clothes have a young, contemporary look.” (1966) So, Pearson designed for Haroú”.

When I decided to do the post with this amazing dress my first thought was ” I gotta get myself a parasol! ” Truly, in my mind, no summer vintage look is complete without that perfect little accessorize. Now definitely a rarity in our everyday fashion, parasol is slowly making his return on fashion runway – and I hope it is here to stay 🙂 !

All the pictures were taken in the front yard of “Ivan Mestrovic Gallery” in my hometown Split. This beautiful gallery is actually a family palace of one of our most famous sculptors, Ivan Mestrovic – if you ever visit Split you must check it out!

Enjoy!

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She is so….. Desigual

My dear visitor – If you just occasionally check this blog, or even better, if you know me and often meet me on the streets of my hometown Split, you have learn by now one fact – I love colorful, quirky clothes and I adore Spanish fashion brand Desigual.

I first saw Desigual clothing item – a coat – maybe six or seven years ago on my faculty colleague, and I found out she bought it in Barcelona. I was literally stunned by the beauty of that coat – and was hooked forever 🙂 !

In those days it wasn’t easy to find Desigual in Croatia, but my faithful friend E-bay was quick to help, and my collection started to grow. To this day it remains my favorite fashion brand because represents everything I love in fashion : bold colors and patterns, amazing materials, and cut that emphasizes female curves and figure.

Desigual was founded in 1984., the year of my birth, and the Spanish word desigual translates as : different, unequal….Something I can easily relate to… Coincidence? I don’t think so 😉 !

 

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