Does the post title sound familiar? Probably it extends to every weekday morning.
Eventually, shortly after the first interview, a week review of the office culture patterns and the wardrobe exploration we simply give up and end up with, lets face it, a dull office attire.
I know it, because every day I help both ladies and men to put together a healthy, alive set of attire precisely customized to their work life (and what's equally important - to their budget).
Most of you ask for a wardrobe that would be optimized for both - office and the after work lifestyle and I love this challenge. The trick is, and I cannot stress enough how magical, accessories (a tiny example in a middle look below).
Do realize the potential of accessories and do not be afraid to use it.
Of course, companies differ and this is our starting point because they define how much of "me" can be mixed with "we". However, irrespective of how strict the dressing code is, individuality can be saved.
What's interesting - it is observed that in the businesses with smart attire regulations employees have rather solid work wardrobes and despite the boring "suit" rule there's still creativity in what they wear to their offices. It's usually the relaxed dress code that makes us lazy and uninspired. Like zombies, who follow the masses we end up merging in the crowd in black jersey tops, oversized cardigans and slim fit New Look trousers.
It's always such a pleasure to hear from my clients that after their transformations they are noticing the pattern of people slowly getting out of their shells and wearing bolder colours, heels or makeup; the place seems brighter and employees happier. Seems like a Disney style fairy tale but it is true.
Therefore today I decided to present three very easy outfits for the smart casual culture and each look was inspired by a celebrity.
Don't we want to start the week as professional as we can - the message can be conveyed with a traditional black-and-white motif and here it is. None of the items are new and I can guarantee I can put something like this together from the wardrobes of most of my clients.
Both Skirt over Trousers and the Shoes - Zara.
Bag - Karen Millen
Chain - Aldo
Watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs
Nail Polish - Chanel
Anyone has a clue who was my inspiration here?
If you said Victoria Beckham - you're of course right. The genius of simple elegance.
After work drinks with a couple of best friends.
My next inspiration is Miroslava Duma - a petite style guru from Russia. Since I saw the spring summer 2014 collection by Valentino I have been obsessed with a blue shirt and when I saw Mira parading in the whole outfit from the catwalk I must admit - I felt rather upset that I didn't get a blue shirt first...
A while back, I ran to Reiss to get one and I really love everything about it - although without a bow, this Lagerfeld-style high collar, curved hem and slightly puffed shoulder shirt is stunning and can be worn for various occasions. I matched it with jacquard trousers and a Ted Baker blazer from a couple of seasons back. The flats (perfect for running in between the offices or getting your boss a cup of Starbucks) are Cheap Monday Point Cut Creep Flat Shoes from ASOS For many of you this look might seem rather brave but I can guarantee you - you will never go back to your lifeless clothes once you get so many eyes on you (and maybe even some snaps from fashion bloggers).
And what do you do to look fab at the evening out with your besties? You take out your chunky earrings, chunky ring and platforms just to feel a little bit more spectacular.
The earrings are amazing - a one off purchase from Sophie Bandur Atelier
And finally Casual Friday
Some companies allow jeans but that privilege should be treated with respect - no scruffy, baggy, Primark denim please. Invest in some neat pieces. Just at least give it a go. Take example from the Duchess of Cambridge - a good quality denim will make you feel like a royal.
Both - the top and the jeans are from Ted Baker.
The latter is absolutely amazing - the quality and the tailoring create some sort of magic - legs turn into these two beautifully sculptured objects of perfection so I must warn you - you might never want to take them off your bum. 100% worth of investment
Also - please accept my apologies for quality of the below photos. It looks like my husband experimented with the medium on the shoot which of course means that he will no longer work as I A.M. the Brand photographer. Unfortunately, Mr Moodley - you are fired.
So, do you dare...
To all Poles: Remember Pan Tadeusz?
To all non-Poles: Sir Thaddeus, or the Last Lithuanian Foray: A Nobleman's Tale from the Years of 1811 and 1812 in Twelve Books of Verse is an epic poem by Adam Mickiewicz. It probably doesn't tell you much. To Polish youth today it's just compulsory reading, to all Polish teachers - it's the Bible, to our Polish ancestors - it was the symbol of what's Polish through and through, to all immigrants - it's been a an essence of patriotism.
The book is a beautiful snapshot of elite life in 1811-1812 - the cultural gems that we learn about include black soup, mushroom picking, bear hunting, banquets and Jewish concerts
but this time ( :-) ) it's not about food or music. What is it then? Oh, come on... There's Zosia. There she is - the one with a green coronet on her head - a 14-year old orphan who eventually marries Thaddeus.
The idyllic life, the abundance of unspoiled nature, the young minds against the stubborn and belligerent elderly - all that captured by A. Mickiewicz seems so distant, leaving me with a nibble of nostalgia every now and then.
And there I was in the heart of South Kensington, above a Polish Restaurant Ognisko - in Sophie Bandur Atelier where in my hands I'm holding another Bora Aksu dress from autumn winter 2013 collection and this familiar nostalgia comes back. A delicate flowy tulle overlays on swishy A-line dress with a stunning lace high-necked lace necktie brought me back"To those soft woodland hillocks, those meadows, green, gleaming,
Spread wide along each side of the blue-flowing Niemen,
To those fields, which by various grain painted, there lie
Shimmering, with wheat gilded, and silvered with rye;
Where grows the amber mustard, buckwheat white as snow,
Where, with maidenly blushes, clover flowers glow,
And all as if beribboned by green strips of land,
The balks, upon which scattered quiet pear trees stand."
And a day later:
This feeling when you come across an old, dusty album in the pile of Bric-a-brac in the dark, spooky attic. The scent and touch of a leather cover mixed with sepia. The first page. And then you see a little girl with cute pony tails standing there, looking so familiar. Then you get shivers because it hits you that the girl might be you. But you realise that when at the time of your childhood the photographs were in colour. Oh, yes, that's your grandma. A big smile appears on your face and then a certain melancholy. Her thoughts, her childhood, oh her cat near her. What was her life then. How did she feel. And look at these trees - they must have been apples. You're sure they're apples cause you saw them in the garden you pass by every day when passing by a neighbouring house when leaving to work. Look at her dress. She looked so cute. What colour was it. Her hair. So long. Just one photo, so many questions. Which year must that have been? 1920s, 30s? Trying to calculate back...
Back in 2014, in February Bora Aksu presents his autumn winter collection and I get emotional. He made my grandma glamorous. With her plaits, boarding school dress and dirndl lace dresses she must have looked like a star. Such a tribute to family.
A week ago, at Sophie Bandur at South Kensington, I enter the room and run towards the rail with Bora Aksu pieces. Yes, I did say: "O!M!G!" . Grabbed a few and swishe chose a couple for my blog. Couldn't resist the temptation - I had to recreate the vibe of my family past.
The life back then was exactly the same as yours now. With the same sky above, and the soil underneath your feet. You only felt what you experienced, you only knew what you saw. You were as happy as you wanted to be.
The blue, the green, the spider web.
Dress & Vest: Bora Aksu aw2013-2014
Shoes: Platforms from Topshop
Necklace: Folli Follie
Cat: Stylist's own
The life back then was exactly the same as yours now. With the same sky above, and the soil underneath your feet. You only felt what you experienced, you only knew what you saw. You were as happy as you wanted to be.
The blue, the green, the spider web.
I always find it fun to create outfits inspired by great designers and love training my clients to do it themselves.
This time I chose Alexander McQueen's Spring Summer collection. Sharp, strong looks, metal embellishments, feather. Almost like women-soldiers from a sci-fi movie
I chose Coast dress (now on sale) which can of course serve for an occasion as well as a street look. Coast is an awesome high street brand whose pieces should be bravely worn as a part of street style. I dare you...
And Aldo sandals completed the base.
And then you're dressing the base up.
With feathers, metal belt and cuffs (try two or three sets).
Clare applied pale make-up and the sleek side parting - suits the style perfectly..
I finally did it. We're finally in our own house. It took us three months of stress, one severely scared kitten and probably a gazillion of boxes but we made it. And for the first look in the new pad (where, by the way, will be the I A.M. the Brand studio, shhhhhhh, it's still a secret) I decided to go 60s and pastels as promised.
For some reason, my spirit lingers in the 60s and 70s, the decades I've never been given to experience and yet it feels I belong to them. I am however not the nostalgia smitten girl who on every occasion tries to recreate the passed eras, so you won't see me stuck in bell-bottom jeans, go-go boots or wide-collar shirts looking like an Abba fan or Twiggy. The representation of the times we live in should be incorporated in our everyday look and lifestyle. It's part of evolution and without it, we would still be sitting in the trees (and not for fun, but for survival).
The house move was a revolutionary shift towards freedom, more creativity and futuristic perspective, just like the 60s - when Mary Quant introduced the mini skirt a woman was never the same - the childlike dresses pushed away the stiffness and aloofness.
So there I am, in my first beehive and a boxy dress, just covering my bum (just) but instead of florescent colours the soul of the pastel Spring 2014 is piercing through.
Dress: Cici at Topshop Oxford Street
Ring & Bangles: Aldo
Nail Polish: Dior at House of Fraser
Shoes: Stylist own but loving more but could have not get in time (searched in the whole London): Miu Miu Mary Jane Pumps in Net-A-Porter
Tights - absolutely in love with them: MyTights
Tip - if you're buying the tights, they are quite small sizes so it might be tricky. I normally wear S UK but these ones caused a bit of a trouble so if you're on the boarder of sizes - go for larger. Also - the effect of creasing at the bottom of your foot is absolutely amazing:
ROYAL Ascot on Ladies' Day is the perfect excuse to find a good hat and dress up. On no other day of the year can you have quite so much fun - when else does anything go in the headwear department (providing it complies with all the necessary rules)?
What's charming about Ascot is that it's the place of British Heritage, Style and Grace where etiquette is the key therefore all its rules should be followed. It's absolutely adorable to watch prim and proper attire and hats out of this world. Creativity and uniqueness are on the show here as hats and fascinators parade through the alleys, because it's all about the headpiece.
And here's another regulation, probably the most important when in Ascot - hats and headpieces must have a base of at least four inches (10cm) or more in diameter, and must be worn at all times.
What I also strongly believe in is that your hat should represent the elegance and femininity of your nature and humour is certainly not a faux pas, as long as goes hand in hand with the style. High-street pieces are the last to consider as the character and individuality should be sought at milliners, boutiques and vintage shops. Irrespective of your budget you will surely find the perfect match and if Ascot is in your diary this year, do contact me if you would like me to help with your dilemma.
And now I admit (regretfully) - I have never stepped into the Royal Ascot world and I'm hoping that this time this will change.
I contacted Carrie Jenkinson - a milliner and hats & fascinators designer from Wiltshire whose unusual and stylish pieces are absolutely stunning and asked if I can feature one of her pieces in my blog. And here it is - the Giselle beauty that I was privileged to wear today.
In awe with the white French Lace on a blocked gold base and white silk feather both on the top and underneath over the headband, I held this beauty in my hands for a few minutes admiring the creativity and attention to detail. Once put on, the effect was amazing. I knew that the coral MSGM gown will be perfect match. And it was. It really was ;)
The look reminded me of the faded pages from the 1930s fashion catalogues - see the ruffles? See the hats?
So now, I'm so thrilled to present to you my Ascot look.
Hat: Carrie Jenkinson Millinery
Bracelet: Biba (not available in stores)
Nailpolish: Barry M Gelly Guava
Hair & Make-up: Clare Nixon
As always - very happy to help so please email me with any questions.
Very often, when asked about their work wardrobe, my clients state that they would love to dress "more me" but nobody in the office does.
Why couldn't it be you who sets up the new trend among your colleagues. I can guarantee you that it will spread like wildfire and you will be the part of the office history. I'm guaranteeing you that because I've seen it and I heard it. Many clients after their transformation sessions got back to me with a triumph smile on their faces because they managed to add a smudge of colour and character into their workplace. Not only in the attire department but also - personality-wise. Greater happiness, self-confidence and value of the other team member, not because of their skills (which we had already been aware of ) but because of understanding of their self.
Sounds utopian, isn't it. Not to my clients. Not too me. And yes, of course, the level of change varies from an organisation to an organisation but the mark is made.
As social species, we succumb to the perception of ourselves on the canvas of a group - we obey, we blend in, we follow, whether consciously or subconsciously but we do, whether in a few aspects of our social life or all. Because there are boundaries in life, laws and regulations, official and less official, clear lines and blurred lines... This is what makes us human - the ability to create and abide by the rules in order to live together.
The same human nature however tears us apart screaming: "I'm different" and we are and we try to distinguish ourselves in the spheres of life which matter to us the most or the importance of which we are aware of (not necessarily fully agreeing to it).
And the art of expressing yourself through your look is one of them. And the office, although pretty controlled and regulated environment, shouldn't steal our identity. Adding a colour or a style here or there into the monotony of our work wardrobe routine is allowed and I'm always excited to show you all how to.
As always - please drop me a line or two if you have any questions or comments.
I have been waiting for this talk for ages and today came the day of excitement. For some reason, I woke up pretty late and some time in late March it occurred to me that Vogue Festival was coming to town. What is wrong with me???
I browsed South Bank Centre talks and almost got a heart attack - Miroslava Duma was among the panelists discussing fashion in the digital world. I could have my cake and eat it... OK, I just read it - not really the best simile... What I was trying to say is that not only could I see my all time ultimate fashion icon but also listen to 4 influential people in fashion talking about the evolution of its image.
Let me tell you a bit about Miroslava Duma. A 28-year-old petite ( I swear to you, she's much, much shorter than me, and I'm 5 ft 3") Russian businesswoman who with a little help of her charm and beauty supports the talent of Eastern Europe, extending it further towards Middle East, Central Europe and the kingdoms far far away. She founded Buro 24/7 to promote créme de la créme of culture, music and fashion and her fashion sense: OMG (I'm sorry I had to say OMG). I could describe it as cutely stylish and cleverly picked. I'm not a celebrity follower so asking for photos is absolutely unfamiliar to me but this one had to happen. And it did.
Here's the Vogue Hall of Fame (I probably own 90% of the Vogues displayed here and outside the photo) with Mira's Team. Her very stylish coworker, I believe from Kazakhstan, also presented herself in a very stylish attire, I would imagine, of an Eastern European Designer.
The talk was given by, not only Mira Duma, but also Mary Katrantzou (the goddess of print), Nick Knight (digital photography pioneer) and Pixie Geldof (of Funky Offish) - the set of digitally immersed business people, perfect for the topic.
Our package - the outfit we wear is presented to us in a digital form - Instagram, Twitter, online version of our favourite magazine; we browse thousands of photos online (whether it's our friends outfits, our enemies attire or highlights of the latest collection of the Fashion Week) and make a decision online. However, the digital is going further, as we still want to feel it, experience it, have connection with it, "because clothes are designed to be seen in movement" (Nick Knight).
"Everything is going to be digital soon," said Mira Duma. "Cars, kitchens - our whole world. When people first started to become interested in me it surprised me but I realised that it wouldn't last forever so I took advantage of it by launching Buro - then if a company was interested in me I tried to divert their interest to the business."
We need to realise it and adapt to it (although most of us, already are). We need to understand that it gives us opportunities, wider choice and more freedom of speech.
"Fashion needs a good critical platform and a base from which people can communicate about it," said Nick Knight. "Elsewhere people are afraid of upsetting advertisers so they can't say what they think, so fashion becomes a moribund artform. Digital allows fashion's freedom of speech."
What's important for I A.M the Brand is that digital allows us all to explore what's "me". Explore the brand, that I can take and apply to me.
Slightly delayed but as promised - I twitted some time ago that I was going to blog about my Zara look.
I was so looking forward to my next photo post that I didn't wear it until today. The clothes I used are of course from Zara and if you read some time ago, I did mention that I've got a bit of a crush on this brand simply because Zara's getting stronger and aiming high for a reasonable price. It's great for trends (not for long-lasting classics classics). The collection available now in the shop absolutely stuns with design copied from the high fashion runways and there are very few pieces that I would not like to wear.
The look put together for today was a love from the first sight. I saw the pieces and I knew that this is the set for this blog as it fuses my big 3P - prints, pastels and pleats - together.
Here's the set:
And as a massive Roksanda Illincic fan I added a pinch of the chic form & function character of her design with a smudge of folklore (or so at least that was the intention). Clare Nixon helped tremendously to achieve this look by applying a subtle, natural makeup and adding a plait to complete the majestic look of an Eastern European princess in her off-duty look.
This photo is my favourite. Can you see my shadow silhouette? Standing up there, almost like my alter ego.
True, I haven't been to many places so I don't have many in stock for comparison but so far Italy is the closest to my heart. Capri, Verona, Lake Garda, Milan... My dream land... There's something about that place that speaks to my soul. Was I Italian in my previous life? Probably yes, but I was also a white-magic witch (that's for a different post)... My busy lifestyle stops me from holidaying among the Romans as much as I would want to and all I have left is pictures, memories and plans for future trips. I must say, Dolce & Gabbana is not making it easier for me. With each and every collection the designers capture the whole essence of my utopia of "la dolce vita" and my obsession with it is rather worrying. Yes, it is worrying because I don't believe in copycats, I don't believe in look-a-likes. I'm a supporter of the unique and the utilitarian purpose of fashion but here I am - a little girl who begs her mum to buy her the Disney princess outfit just to feel like that Snow White she watches every evening before sleep. I wasn't that girl when I was 5. I am her now. But my princess dress is Dolce & Gabbana. I want to look exactly like the ladies in the designers show. I want to be the girls in the campaign photos.
So I did it. You have no idea how excited I was wearing this outfit. Over the moon. To be able to express what's in your soul is the most amazing feeling I know.
I put on my Dolce & Gabbana top Accessorise earrings (got for free when purchased another pair) - not available online, Jimmy Choo pumps Topshop leggings (last season), Karen Millen bag (last season) and Beauxoxo gold ivy leaf trim head crown which I blogged about in my last post.
I'm just rather lousy with makeup and hair but next time my lovely MUA - Clare Nixon from Charmed Events & Styling will hopefully help me with the Dolce&Gabbana inspiro look.
I spotted Beauxoxo on ASOS marketplace while browsing for fashion talents. It's very hard to amaze me (my husband knows something about it) so when it comes to inspiration & fashion I do persevere in my search. I so crave the amazement in life. However, after plunging tens of boutiques (mainly vintage selling 80s oversize jumpers or 50s dresses), I started to get bored and there I saw... Beauxoxo... Absolutely stunning hair accessories. Garlands, butterflies, bows and berets. I got even more intrigued because the flower head bands were perfect for my next photo post. So there, I purchased the White Floral Hair Crown with Gold Ivy Leaf Trim Head Crown for my Flowery shoot.
It arrived today (just two days of waiting) and my amazement continues as I opened the box. As a stylist I do care about the packaging (duh), what's outside counts as much as what's inside, right. I smiled like a little girl kissed for the first time by a boy. I must have looked so cute (no one at home to confirm) :) The crown was in a blue paper in glitter with a postcard stuck to it. And a lollipop fell out of the box too.
If you're planning your festival outfit or a wedding, are a flower-power enthusiast or a butterfly lover (like me) do browse Beauxoxo.
My next purchase will definitely be one of the fluttering section
And you stay tuned - my flowery look post will come soon.
Every season Zara amazes me more and more with its high fashion look-a-like pieces on high street budget. Each and every dress, top and shoe looks like a perfect copy of the luxury label design. I am amazed and happy. Zara is my trend update resort. I go in there, purchase three or four pieces, pay less than £100 and I'm sorted. True, ZARA - as a mass brand - will not give you that exclusivity level as unique boutiques or luxury designers but hey, it can very well mix & match them. And one more thing - very rarely will it serve you for months! If you need classic long lasting pieces (I always advise) - reach for solid quality from the price range outside your monthly budget. ZARA is the place to shop for trends and current style.
Get some flavour here:
Celine is written all over Zara this season. Here are some more examples:
Which ones are your favourite pieces? Soon you will see which ones are mine in I A.M. the Brand post next week. Stay tune...
Spoilt alert - it will involve this pleat beaute
UK is not necessarily the sunniest place on Earth. Let's face it - it's somewhere at the end of that list but hey, sunglasses should be part of your outfit in first instance and then sun shades. Just one ray of shine can be an excuse to wear them. Ok, but what are funnies? Funnies in ianmthebrand vocabulary are sunglasses with humour twist. If you're one of these girls who like to sweeten up your life, who doesn't take every day too seriously, funnies might be a great accessory to express your fun nature.
Here are a few from Nasty Gal which I find so sweetly cute.
Do you dare?
Get them here: Nasty Gal
Inspired by the black & white trend at the New York Fashion show and still coming
Layering and incorporating leather... To be honest - this one was spot on, on predictions, when prepping my outfit for the show of Jean Pierre Braganza
(By the way the model showing above - amazing face)
And my recent fascination on Shades of Purple I put together the look below.
The pleated black & white skirt is a hit of the season and can be observed in a few brand stores - Asos, Zara, Whistles, Donna Karan, Christopher Kane, or Kenzo.
I came up with the below - leather look trousers matched with a pleated black&white skirt, river-island leather look bomber jacket, ASOS leather burgundy oversized clutch, purple snood, Marc Jacobs watch and Ted Baker belt bracelet.
And to finish my blog I would like to thank the American Express Staff for all their help (had a large umbrella held over me by a very friendly staff member to protect me from the pouring rain, feeling like a V.I.P.). Their capes cleverly thought through and designed by Christopher Raeburn - inspired by the collection piece below.
Until my high school years Valentine's Day had been exciting. Checking my mailbox (at those times - the traditional, good all mailbox) just to find a card from a secret admirer. Yes, there were a lot, but most of them - to my sister. Gosh, that girl knew how to play her charms. 14th February was the time of the year when we had to fix or replace the postbox and the intercom because of my sister's popularity. And there, among all these heart-studded letters, kiosk-rings, flowers and chocolates, there was always one or two cards for me. Until I had my first long-term relationship I had never known the sender. Excited but envying the record holder - my sister.
Then I reached my 20s and Valentines Day became less important. I guess I gave up. When in relationships I never had a need to celebrate love on that day(perhaps scarred by the past:) ); the idea of mass celebration of love was somehow off-putting. A few years later, as a married woman, deeply in love my "philosophy of the Love Day" slightly changed. Still not keen to get into the all-together-flowers-chocolates-romantic dinners romance festivity 14th Feb became a signpost for love nurturing. We need this day to remind us all to care about love, to express our love, to cherish love and loved ones here and there. Not always... Because it becomes mundane and worn-out. From time to time. To keep it exciting...
And now when the D Day is approaching I put together a few looks for the evening romance.
Have a look...
Have you seen 2014 fashion shows? If you browse random photos just for one minute you will see one pattern irrespective of the season - SPORTS SHOES is the link. It was bound to happen. All designers aware of what happens on the street finally acknowledged the trend and decided - if we can't get a woman out of a flat shoe, we must make the flat shoe worth it. And they did. It has been around for quite a while, but when Chanel designs a sports shoe to rule the catwalk for spring couture 2014, come on, even those not interested in trends must follow the pattern.
And we will, because we already have. Now, time for making sports shoes worth it.
It's not that Cara Delevigne (in picture) - the coolest model of the 2010s made it happen:
We did. The underground was full of women wearing in their best dresses matched with slightly worn out NIKEs (used for jogging in the morning) was a common sight a long time ago. It just never looked graceful, stylish or feminine at all.
And all hail designers - designers helped to join the two.
Google "street style trainers" and you will get such an inspiration on what with and how to wear trainers.
First of all - get a few types - white adidas by Stella McCartney, funky colourful Nike, a pair of tennis style trainers any shade but white and match them with long coats (it's still winter), pencil dresses and a-line midi skirts. The furthest your outfit is from sport the better.
For some ideas check out this blog: A tangerine inspiration.
And now, here it is. Joining strengths with awesome Jade Broom - a Make-up Artist whose work you will see more often in this blog I decided to put together the sporty stylish look. One foot still in winter, the other driven by spring trends - visible in the match of colours and styles - disheveled pony tail, maroon and deep blue, short sleeve & tennis shoes (shiny, oh how shiny they are, and on a platform sole - will love them this spring), quick on the go but still feminine enough. What do you think.
Nü Woman is a way of thinking about clothing that will allow every item in ones closet to match perfectly with its fellows, essentially rendering a bad outfit wholly impossible.
Sounds familiar if you're an I A.M. the Brand client.
This philosophy is taken now a bit further and evolves into a sort of wardrobe feng shui.
Read more here:
We've seen them at Spring Summer Fashion Shows, we've seen them at Golden Globes, we will see them more often. We have to have at least one. They will be the hit of the season and this is not the only reason why we should own one. Well, not so much own one, but wear one. They are soooooooo romantic and "princessy" and now finally we will be incorporating them into a street look. Sooner or later - we will. Believe me on that. I have predicted many things before it was loud on them in the media. High-street will translate the red carpet beauties into their market, then it will move towards designer inspiration on a bigger scale. But enough on preaching, let's see some stunning examples.