New Romantics

Francine Gacrama - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Here at YStyle, 2016 is all about embracing the nouveau even if it means the departure of one of fashion’s favored designers, Alber Elbaz. In today’s “Look of the Week” we give you the lowdown on Lanvin’s pre-fall collection and one of the stellar looks that caught everyone’s attention.

“She is about fun and likes to express herself — she is a real woman,” says Chemena Kamali, the womenswear designer who had a four-year stint at Chloé and is now presiding over ready-to-wear alongside Lucio Finale, who heads the accessories department at the longest-surviving couture house. The designers focused on the Lanvin woman and who she could potentially be. It isn’t hard to miss that the evolution of the house is also the end goal of this collection and is very much visible in the execution and styling. The presentation showcased raw hemlines, an abundance of frills, sheer tops over slip dresses, boxy trousers and a play on velvet and PVC fabrics. Fur and masculine-shaped coats covered bare shoulders and shoulder-grazing earrings and beaded chokers proved to be an eclectic and opulent mix altogether.

The collection showed off a wide range of influences and, in our book, Kamali and Finale hit the spot with the brand’s transition despite its uncertain future. Be inspired by the mix of masculine and feminine pieces from Lanvin’s pre-fall 2016 collection in this week’s Look of the Week.

HOME: Neo Lantern

Marble is the pattern to lust over this season so it’s only ideal to furnish your home with a candleholder that has just that.  

Apparatus recently debuted a new collection entitled Neo Marble that’s made from solid Italian marble. The collection explores function and has a bold, robust aesthetic garnering inspiration from structural relics and antiquities. The Neo Lantern comes in two finishes, black and white. It contains a single candle that lights up a frosted glass orb for that faint glow. Available in three sizes, layer the marble bases for a fuller look.

SHOES: MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Pre-Fall 2016

The trick to building your wardrobe is to fill it up with the basics — even if it means buying boots despite living in the tropics.

The ankle boots from Margiela comes with details worth drooling over. Two-toned and armed with buckles, these steppers will take your look further no matter the fit.

HAIR: Stella McCartney spring 2016

Embrace your natural hair texture this season and celebrate your individuality with a look that’s basically iron-free.

Headed by hairstylist Eugene Souleiman, the look is all about emphasizing the natural texture of your hair by using products from Aveda to get an inherently cool look. A thickening tonic was evenly distributed from the roots to the ends of the hair for full volume and the finish was a spritz with Aveda Control Force Firm Hairspray for a long-lasting effect.

REGIME: Rodin Olio Lusso Facial Cleansing Powder

Created to customize your cleansing routine, the luxe cleansing powder by Linda Rodin is the ideal prep for your skin needs. The ingredients include jasmine, neroli oil, rice bran extract and red algae to help keep your skin feeling refreshed and glowing. Each ingredient contributes to restoring and softening your skin and can help improve your skin’s elasticity.

Start out by pouring a small amount of powder into damp hands. Depending on the volume of water that you add, you can either get a deep exfoliating cleanse or a rich, foamy lather that you massage over your face. 


If you’re looking for an entirely new dining experience while in Stockholm then keep on reading. This Michelin star restaurant boasts that it uses only fire — no electric cookers or gas burners. With its Scandinavian roots, the traditional restaurant lets all the elements do the work while giving you flavors bursting with rustic elegance. Serving only a set menu, you are given the choice between a four- or six-course meal that can be paired with an ambitious selection of wines.

The entire experience will leave you gushing for more and the service itself is said to be impressive. You can book online through their website but only up to one month in advance.

BEAUTY: Alberta Ferretti spring 2016

Think of a very natural Veruschka — she’s dreamy and, without a doubt, ethereal. This was the inspiration for head makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury.

She’s bronzed and beautiful and everything we wish to be in the summertime. To achieve this look Tilbury suggests adding a gold toned shade to the lid to be paired with the skin for a desert light at sunset finish. A warm-hued foundation is applied on the entire face down to the neck, bronzer on the lower cheekbones and finally a pink highlight for a nice strobe effect. Brown mascara was used instead of the usual black for a natural look and the brows were kept bare but brushed up.

PERFUME: Byredo Hair Perfume

Find yourself running out the door with no time to even check the state of your mane? Keep this Byredo Hair Perfume in your purse at all times and you won’t even have to worry about whatever’s going on up top. The 75ml size comes in a nifty little can that’s formulated with a unique silicone and polymer formula to create a light, invisible veil, leaving you with an irresistible aroma that will linger throughout the day. The hair perfume comes in three of Byredo’s signature scents: Blanche (a clean floral), Bal D’Afrique (a zesty citrus) and Gypsy Water (a woody vanilla scent).

BAG: Chanel Boy Bag pre-fall 2016

There’s a bag that every woman should have in her closet and, in this case, it should be Chanel.

The classic Boy Bag from the pre-fall 2016 runway turns out to be a complete show stopper with its intricate weave and striking gold hardware. The blood red velvet detail adds a contrast to the flat black body of the purse making it a foolproof combination that can be worn at any given time and place.

TRUNK: Assouline Goyard Trunk Book Set

Dress up your home with a trunk that’s a collaboration of Goyard, one of fashion’s most mysterious luxury brands, and the premiere book publisher, Assouline. The custom book trunk was crafted by hand, using centuries-old techniques, and contains 100 volumes from Assouline’s Memoire Collection. Each book contains photographs of world-renowned fashion designers, jewelers, artists, architects and watchmakers.

A true work of art — and a rare one for that matter — this trunk should be a part of your wish list this year.













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