Category Archives: Fashion & Style

Fashion Spotlight: Ulyana Sergeenko

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This week, the fashion spotlight is on the Russian photographer, designer, part-time model and Fashion Editor of Glamour magazine (Russia). For the past few months, she has been poppping up in almost every ‘fashion’ search for her immaculate style and since then I have been sheepishly stalking her.

It was her debut collection that first caught my attention and from there I was instantly directed to her personal blog (http://ulyanasergeenko.com/) and FB page (http://www.facebook.com/ulyanasergeenko). From her work and styling, I must tell you, what a talented ‘lady’ she is.

Frankly, more than her own designs, it was her personal style quotient and poses that fascinated me. Voluminous skirts paired with sheer-lacy tops, 50s/Audrey Hepburn-style wrap scarf teamed with a dress, or (as simple as) a white shirt tucked in high-waisted wide leg trousers – Ulyana beautifully juxtaposes the old Hollywood-esque fashion with the 21st century contemporary designs.

One might complain that she is a billionaire’s wife and thus has access to the best fashion labels in the world. But, then we can’t buy fashion sense. And let’s not forget, we have plenty other millionaire (and billionaire) wifeys’ who walk around looking like a trash bag. Bleh!

From my observation, Ulyana loves to accentuate her unique doll-like beauty with accessories. Like any other ‘girl’ we see her tick-tocking in high heels. But it’s her headgears that are always a topic of discussion. Though, she is blessed with beautiful long tresses, she loves to hide them under a big hat. Also, from what I’ve heard, she is famous for her extremely lady-like walk, which is full of grace and poise.

While one day you’ll see her floating around in a long gown, the very next day, you’ll see her pictures in a mini. It’s her continuous changing up that keeps everyone interested. Not a slave of trends, for me she is a mix of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe with a hint of SJP.

Ulyana after Jean Paul Gaultier Couture l Paris

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Beating The Summer Heat!

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As we are about to hit the peak of summer and going to come across soaring temperatures, it is time to give our wardrobe a facelift. Going by the trend reports, last year mini dresses and skirts ruled the ramp stating it as the fashion to be followed for summers. This year, however long-flowing “Maxi Dresses” have been crowned as the winner – a style that will allow any lady to look chic and classy, attractive and fun. Stay in vogue with summers must have fashion!

They can be worn by anyone, whether tall or short as the trademark of these dresses are: One size fits all! And trust me, when I, all of 5’1” can wear it, then anyone can wear them. Although, one needs to be smart enough to chose the right shape and fit. For instance, a petite figure should ideally opt for empire line maxis with stylish A-line cuts, while some standing tall at/above 5’5” can select from umpteen shapes and styles.

What’s more – maxi dress can be perfect for any occasion. From casual to dressy to classy and sophisticated, all kind of appearances can be attained by this versatile dress. Depending on the design, one can accessorise it with the chunky jewellery, colourful handbags and funky chappals. And with the entire colour palette available, this apparel can make the racks of your closet glisten apart from keeping it up-to-the-minute.

Fill the summer days with floral or artistic geometric patterns which look adorable in a long flowing maxi. But remember when purchasing it, know your body shape and select the style that will make you look statuesque. Small and less busy prints are favoured over large gaudy designs. Short/petite women should stay far away from gypsy style maxi dresses as they further shorten your height. Slightly body-hugging maxis paired with high heels are great for beautiful womanly figures, while flats are the most appropriate shoes for taller females.

Whilst preparing for the hard-hitting summer that is just around the corner, I have already stocked my almirah with two (though eyeing many more) gorgeous looking maxis in sap green and white. Besides they are worth every moolah.

Get trendy this summer… go grab an elegant maxi and look chic!