Elcy Cortorreal Fall 2021 Collection at Couture Fashion Week New York
Funny Face is an iconic fashion-forward movie that features Fred Astaire as Dick Avery, Kay Thompson as Maggie Prescott, and of course, Audrey Hepburn as Jo Stockton. The film revolves around Jo Stockton and her incredible fashion sense that lands her a lucrative career as a model. The outfits worn by Audrey Hepburn are just as memorable as her performance.
If you want to add a little bit of that Audrey Hepburn flair to your wardrobe in a way that suits your personal style and body type, these ideas are sure to impress you and your friends.
Audrey Hepburn’s Body Type: Boyish, Straight, Short Torso
Men and women come in all shapes and sizes. All body types can express themselves in different ways and even in a similar fashion to a different body structure, but some garments will fit better on a specific frame. Since Audrey Hepburn has a boyish, straight figure, you may need to tailor the outfit, so it brings out your best features.
Create Your Own Outfit From These 4 Classic Looks
“More Flowers” Dress
When Audrey dons her first photo shoot outfit, she and photographer Dick Avery go into a local flower shop to shoot. In the scene, real flowers line the foreground to compliment her outfit’s printed-on perennials. Topped with a sun hat and gloves, Audrey looks summery and high-class.
You can add an extra element to this outfit for a start. For example, the dress features one type of flower, but you can use a different plant for your dress, like roses. To complete the dress, add real roses from Bouqs.com as accents for your hat or to create a corsage. This style of dress with the kimono cap sleeves can look great on almost anyone, even if you have a large bust.
Bonjour Paris! and Jazz Club Outfit
One of Audrey’s most iconic outfits in the film is her Bonjour Paris + Jazz Club ensemble. The overcast skies are perfect for a beige trench coat and black clothing as it suits the mood while staying fashion-forward. Beige trench coats are a French staple and should be in every woman’s wardrobe.
A black turtleneck, black pants, and black shoes are underneath her coat. All black can appear plain on some people, but Audrey pulls the outfit off with her winning smile. Curvier girls may want to wear high-waisted pants over their turtleneck instead of the above. Add an extra “wow” factor and with a neon-colored bag or add a statement necklace that hangs lower than the armpit.
Anna Karenina Suit
Audrey wears the Anna Karenina suit for her Paris photoshoot while a train engine blows steam in the background. Her frame and demeanor make her look like royalty, and the muted grey suit complements her skin tone. A medium-sized hat frames her face and looks dramatic.
Not everyone can wear skirts that long without looking short. If you’re under 5’7”, you should wear a skirt that sits above the knee. The suit jacket can be longer than the skirt as long as it’s A-line and not fringed. It may be difficult to find Audrey Hepburn’s hat, so go without one. If you’re putting your hair up, don’t forget to add studded earning or hoops for a more modern look.
Bird of Paradise Skirt/Dress and Crop
It’s unclear whether or not the Bird of Paradise outfit is a skirt with a cropped top and train or a dress with a floating panel. Either way, the layered high cut front that shows off the waist, tiara, gloves, and long skirt looks incredibly high fashion, but would be difficult to walk in for daily wear.
Cropped blouses are still incredibly fashionable. If you remove the floor-length train, the top would fit right in for daily wear. You can choose to layer the top over a dress, but it may be easier to wear a white skirt or burgundy pants if you’re walking. Feel free to wear the long opera gloves or tiara for the high fashion finish. To modernize the look, wear motorcycle gloves or barrettes.
There are few things a woman needs in life to be truly happy: good friends, easy access to a decent rosé and a capsule wardrobe filled with clothing options you know are going to look good on you. Granted, that last one is a little easier said than done. But, with a little research and some general know-how about flattering your body shape, you’ll be well on your way to “best dressed diva” in no time. Check out our list of eight pieces of clothing that look good on everyone and stack your closet with simply the best this season.
- Boyfriend Jeans
If you’re only going to have one pair of go-to jeans this season, you better make them boyfriend jeans. While boyfriend jeans aren’t meant to fit tight, they shouldn’t be loose either. The perfect pair of boyfriend jeans would give you comfortable room in the thighs, outlining your legs, and start to loosen up slightly around the calf. And, even though they don’t hug every curve like skinny jeans, they are universally flattering on all body types as long as the fit is right. Pro tip: Achieve the most flattering look from your boyfriend jeans by cuffing the leg right above the ankle to create a long–and seemingly taller–straight line. Pair them with high heels and a cool moto jacket and you’ll be ready for a night on the town in no time.
- Crop Tops
While crop tops may have been synonymous with belly shirts once upon a time, showing a little navel is no longer a requirement for this flirty look. The relaxed fit through the shoulders flatters every frame and the cropped length allows you to highlight your waistline (or simply helps create one). Of course, since the crop top falls at your waist–not below–you’ll want to pair them with high-waisted pants to give the illusion of longer legs.
- Midi Dresses
Every girl needs at least one cute and sassy midi dress in her closet. Not only are they easy to dress up with a belt, high heels or a stylish blazer, but you can also wear them to brunch with the girls in flip flops and a jean jacket just as easily. A true midi dress outlines your form without hugging your curves and hangs somewhere between your knee and ankle, just above your calf muscle. Dress it up by adding a belt at the waist and strappy sandals to elongate your frame. With the right layering and use of accessories, you could wear a stylish midi all year round. How’s that for versatile?!
Okay, we know this one isn’t an obvious choice, BUT we promise you that you can wear a jumpsuit or romper regardless of height or shape. The trick with one-piece fashion is to highlight a waistline without causing a bulge or cinching. If you have a curvy frame, then you’ll want to highlight that natural waist. Think elongated necklines and a wider leg to feature that hourglass silhouette. For an athletic body type, try creating a waist by adding a belt around the navel, or opt for a sleeveless slouching V with a tailored cut to show off those long legs. Petite women can enjoy the comfortable style of jumpsuits, too, with a little help from a good tailor. Opt for a tailored, straight pant leg to give the illusion of height and pair it with high heels for an added boost. And, as for color, when it comes to stylish jumpsuits and rompers, you’ll find it’s more flattering if you stick with either one solid color or a subtle pattern throughout. Trust us, heads will turn regardless–and they won’t want to look away.
- Moto Jackets
There’s something about a cropped moto jacket that takes just about any outfit to the next level of cool. Whether you’re wearing it with jeans and a sassy tee or layering it over that jaw-dropping LBD, a chic moto jacket brings a stylish edge to any outfit. Add the illusion of height to your frame by sporting a jacket cropped at your waist. Not only will it help you look taller, but if you have a larger bust, it’ll balance out your torso as well. Like all jackets, though, you’ll want to make sure it fits comfortably across your shoulders–not too tight when you cross your arms.
- Jogger Pants
Don’t let the name fool you–jogging isn’t a must-do in order to enjoy these comfy bottoms. Versatile and comfortable, a good pair of joggers is a valuable asset to any wardrobe. Not only can you blaze those hiking trails in style, but you can also dress them up in an athleisure look that is to die for. Show up at your next friendly cocktail hour in comfortable style when you pair your joggers with heeled ankle booties and a chic moto jacket layered over a sassy tee.
- Two-Piece Sets
What could be better than a ready-made outfit at your fingertips? That’s the beauty of a fashionable two-piece set. Not only will you look put-together in a matter of moments, but think of all the time you’ll save yourself in the morning agonizing over what to wear. From flirty fun to stylishly professional, there’s a two-piece set out there fit for every occasion.
- Bodycon Dress
Trust us. Every fashionista needs a figure-flattering bodycon dress hanging in her closet. The type that hugs every curve and smooths every lump just right, giving you that jaw-dropping effect every single time. The beauty of bodycon is that they’re made to hug and flatter that sexy figure of yours. Wearing your true size is an absolute must-do. The last thing you want is for it to hang loose. If you need a little added assistance in smoothing the curves, consider dresses made from a weightier material or use a form slimming undergarment to help achieve that flattering silhouette you’re after. Pair this sexy look with your favorite high heels and diamond earrings for a night on the town you won’t soon forget.
While it’s no secret that what you wear can affect your confidence, we still seem to throw that knowledge out the window when it comes to our workout attire. After all, how many times have you worn a pair of ratty sweats or an oversized T-shirt to the gym? What about those embarrassingly sheer leggings that finally revealed to your whole yoga class which side of the “thong vs. no thong” debate you landed on? When it comes down to it, the act of exercise itself isn’t always pretty (burpees, we’re looking at you!). But that doesn’t mean we need to subject ourselves to some ugly duckling wardrobe while nurturing that beautiful swan within. Read on for six easy ways you can look cute while working out and burn those calories in style!
Yes, You Can Flatter Your Figure
Much like your everyday wardrobe, you want your workout clothes to fit your body. When shopping for athleticwear, opt for clothes that comfortably flatter your figure while offering a little bit of give with every stretch. Avoid clothes that are too tight in any one spot as this could seriously hinder your workout–and possibly cause a wardrobe malfunction (yikes!). If you feel the urge to pull or tug at any part of your outfit, then put it in the “no” pile. Exercise is hard enough without the added stress of feeling self-conscious about your clothes. And, while you may feel tempted to wear big and baggy clothing while huffing and puffing on a treadmill, outfits that are too loose can cause chafing and discomfort as well. Keep your gym wardrobe simple and trade in those ratty college sweatshirts for some cute and trendy hoodies instead. Remember to wear a workout tee or tank top underneath for when things get too hot to handle.
Keep the Sweat in Check
Nothing beats the satisfaction you get from a super intense workout. What’s less satisfying, however, is trying to enjoy a post-workout smoothie while sitting in stinky, sweaty clothes. Whether you live to exercise or simply tolerate it in order to have that extra weekend mimosa, moisture-wicking workout gear is something you need in your life. Workout clothes made from high-tech synthetic fibers, like polyester and nylon, pull the moisture (read sweat) from your skin to the surface, allowing it to evaporate quicker than cotton. It also helps to regulate your body temperature, unlike cotton tees that can leave you feeling chilly during cooldown. Plus, breathable, moisture-wicking athleticwear takes care of that unflattering “wet” look that happens during exercise. Hey, anything to eliminate that underboob sweat look, right, ladies?!
Treat Yourself to Some Fancy (and Functional) Footwear
Step up your next workout with a new pair of cute sneakers. Not only will some stylish sneaks help you feel a little extra snazzy for that 6 a.m. workout, but they’ll also help you deliver on a truly successful (and safe) workout. After all, not all sneakers are created equal. In other words, the shoe you use for trail running isn’t necessarily the best choice for an intense HIIT workout in your living room. Do a little research on the right shoe for your workout style and your body will thank you for it. You’ll want to consider things like exercise preference, comfort level, tread and sole cushioning, just to name a few. Then, of course, you can consider the aesthetics. If you have a hard time getting motivated, consider a shoe with bright colors to keep you smiling through the pain. Yeah, we hear it. But no pain, no gain. Right, ladies?
A Little Makeup Goes a Long Way
If you tend to get a little red-in-the-face during your workouts, then you might want to think about adding a tinted moisturizer or mineral foundation to your workout look. Of course, the last thing you want to do is pile on the oily makeup only to sweat it off moments later. The beauty of mineral makeup is that a little goes a long way and significantly reduces shine while offering coverage. Plus, it doesn’t block pores, reducing your post-exercise breakout possibilities. Couple your base with a little tinted lip balm and some waterproof mascara for a natural look you’ll love. Not to mention, one that won’t come off on your towel at the end of your workout.
Wear Your Hair Up
We get it. You’re proud of your hair. With all of the love and attention you give it, you deserve to have it look its best at all times. That’s why we’re asking you–nay, begging you–to wear your hair up when you work out. Letting your hair get all sweaty during a workout can lead to a flaky scalp and clogged follicles. Not to mention the frizz. Incorporate an updo into your workout look to keep your hair looking healthy and fresh. Avoiding tight ponytails and damaging hair elastics are a good idea, too. Opt for forgiving hair accessories that don’t snag your tresses like fabric hair ties or scrunchies. Mixing up the hairstyles you wear on a daily basis can also help save your locks from breakage and frizz. Swap a top knot for a braid on occasion or even a side ponytail from time to time. Essentially, not pulling your hair back in the exact same spot every day will save you the headache of expensive products and hair repair down the line.
Keep It Colorful
Dress for a successful workout by incorporating fun, vibrant colors into your exercise attire. Try pairing a cute pastel top with black leggings or a neon sports bra with grey joggers for a subtle pop of color that will keep you motivated when the going gets tough. Wearing colors that you love can give you the confidence boost you need to do hard things (squats included). And really, when you think about it, exercise is all about realizing our best selves. So if your clothes can help get you there, don’t you think they’re worth the investment?
Throughout your lifetime, you will be invited to a series of daytime events such as business parties, weddings, networking events, interviews, barbeques, and more. As you can see (and probably know already), each of these has a different degree of formality and requires different styles.
While the casual ones are easier to appreciate and prepare for, the formal ones can be a bit confusing and make choosing an appropriate outfit a bit difficult. Things get even a bit more challenging if we take into consideration all the factors like the venue, the location, or the weather.
Still, you can use a few sartorial standards as general guide lines. Read on for some of the most common ones.
A Black-Tie Event
Whether it’s a charity gala or a fancy wedding, this event asks for glam and elegance! Therefore, shimmery fabrics, imposing gowns, tuxedos, and ornate details will be everywhere you look.
For women, it is best to select a column or A-line dress that fits the requirements. Of course, you can also choose a less shimmery dress, but then accessories must compensate for the lack of glamour.
Now, for many of us, it can be difficult to justify the cost of buying an ultra-elegant dress that will only be useful for one event – but there is a solution for this. For example, if you are invited to participate at a black-tie event in Australia, you might consider dress hire in Sydney, which can be a lower-cost and easy method to get a fantastic gown without getting saddled with it for good.
Cocktail Parties, Engagements and Weddings
In this situation, you have to ask for details about the event, in order to know the dress code. After all, each of these events (especially as daytime events) can range from a small gathering between friends and family to an all-out event.
In short, if it’s a fancier party, you won’t go wrong with “cocktail attire” (a little black dress will go amazingly well). On the other hand, if it’s a more casual event, you will be fine with an elegant top with tailored pants or an classic skirt. The outfit can be paired with heels or fancy flats, depending on your degree of comfort.
As long as you stay away from fabrics considered casual like denim, jersey, or chino, you should be fine.
A Bridal or Baby Shower
These are happy events where people gather to celebrate and feel good. In addition, this means you can be more casual with your choice of clothes (as long as you opt for something with an elegant touch).
These events go well with cute, feminine dresses, large prints, or flowey materials. Of course, you can also wear pants (the more elegant ones) and dust off your cute footwear (heels or flat). Still, keep in mind that, if it’s a bridal shower, white is a big no-no for guests. Of course, it’s best to avoid an all-black outfit as well, since it may send the wrong message.
Overall, finding the right outfit for an event is all about paying attention to the type of event and the people who will attend. As long as you follow the guidelines and select an outfit that fits your body type, you will fit right in!
The latest collection of exquisite creations by designer Geraldina Shabani for her signature label features her trademark attention to detail, classic silhouettes and outstanding craftsmanship.
Geraldina’s Couture brings over 25 years of high fashion and couture design experience to one-of-a-kind wedding dresses, high-end gowns for special occasions, unforgettable prom dresses, vintage designed garments, and custom-designed clothing.
A native of Albania, now based in Hartsdale, NY near New York City, Geraldina’s design message is “Bring your dream dress to life!” She has had a lifelong vision of artisan fashion, tailored to the unique and specific nature of every wearer through tasteful style and impeccable construction.
Born into a family of tailors and seamstresses, Geraldina started making her own designs as a teenager, and even designed her own wedding dress. By age 18, she managed a full staff at her uncle’s fabric business in Albania. But the Albanian civil war in the late 1990’s forced Geraldina and her family to flee to Greece, and later to move to the United States.
After moving to New York, Geraldina worked with top fashion houses including Dolce and Gabbana and Peggy Jennings Couture. Geraldina went on to launch her own successful boutique and brand catering to a growing clientele who appreciate the designer’s vision and impeccable workmanship.
Geraldina’s Couture is part of Couture Fashion Week New York’s ongoing ancillary projects to present extraordinary designers from around the world to its audiences and the international press.
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Whether you’re the bride, the maid of honor, or participating as a guest, you’ll need to make sure you have appropriate footwear. And, given that this aspect can make or break your wedding experience, you also need to choose something comfortable, that will help you dance your way through the night.
Therefore, we think a pair of Valentino shoes may be the best option for such an important and joyous occasion. They are well-designed, gorgeous, and will treat your feet with love and care. Moreover, the range is so wide that anyone can find the right pair of shoes for their needs. But since we’re talking about weddings, let’s have a look at some of the best designs that will work amazingly at events organized this year.
Shoes for the Bride
As the bride, you will be on your feet all night long, dancing, chatting with guests, and making sure everyone is having a good time. Therefore, your shoes must be accommodating and comfortable.
Of course, they must also fit the dress and look good, since you’ll be the center of attention. Still, you have options besides the classic high-heeled stiletto in white. For instance, Valentino has some beautiful ballerina flats that work nicely with floor-length dresses and may become your friends once the party starts (and the official pictures are over). However, if your dress is tea-length or shorter, you may want a pair of elegant heels that fit the dress and help elongate the legs. Luckily, this year’s offerings include a wide range of stilettos in different lengths and designs, so you can have your pick.
Shoes for the Maid of Honor
Since your job is to help the bride navigate the day smoothly, you may have an even tougher time. Not only will you have to look stunning, but you’ll also have to put out fires and run from place to place in order to make sure everything is going well.
So, while you prepare your wedding emergency kit, you may also want to prepare a second pair of shoes for when things calm down. Or, it may be enough to get a pair of block-heeled shoes from Valentino! These shoes are comfortable, easy to accessorize with an elegant dress, and quite in style nowadays.
If block heels are not your style or they don’t fit your dress, the new collection also has a beautiful strap heel design with covered stiletto heel with rubber injection (for extra comfort). They look great on your feet and the straps can accommodate even wide feet.
Shoes for Guests
Since you won’t be on your feet that much and you can always take a rest after a dancing session, your options are wider. Therefore, if you want to look fabulous, you can indulge for one night and wear a pair of high-heeled Valentinos with a pointed toe. They look amazing with both short and tea-length dresses and can easily be the star of your outfit.
If you’re going for something more comfortable but still elegant, we recommend their slingback heels. These shoes have an air of refined style that goes well with a beautiful dress that charms the world through its simplicity. In addition, as the heel is smaller, it will be less problematic to keep them on all night long.
At the end of the day, all that matters is that you feel good in your outfit and role at the wedding. Luckily, there are plenty of cute shoes in a variety of designs, colors, and heel heights in the new Valentino collection so anyone can have their pick. So, don’t be hasty, especially if you’re buying for your big day!
Besides being elegant home decorations, rugs are also a form of investment, and you must take care of them to preserve their beauty. Cleaning a rug may seem a bit difficult. It’s heavy, dusty, and dirty at the same time. However, cleaning it does not always have to be too hard. Little did you know that it only needs serious effort and a bit of time. Maintaining a rug will not only keep it clean, but also increases its life expectancy. Your rug has the power to remain elegant and show its true beauty for many years to come.
To learn more about how to take care of your rug, here are some useful tips to keep your rugs elegant as possible.
Clean It Regularly
There are times that cleaning a rug needs professional help, but you can also contribute to the cleaning process yourself. According to our colleagues at Oriental Area Rug Cleaning New York, you should vacuum your rug regularly. It will eliminate any dirt and dust trapped inside the fibers. Plus, it will also remove allergens.
Rotate It Once a Year
Rug quality deteriorates over time due to the sunlight and the amount of foot traffic it takes. However, it is your job to ensure that the wear is perfectly even. If not, your rug will look uneven, run down and messy. To prevent that from happening, most experts recommend you rotate the rug once or twice a year to ensure that the wear is not in just one area only.
If you accidentally spill something on your rug, even if it’s just a small amount of juice or any liquid, or your visitor spills their coffee or tea, you need to clean it right away. Depending on what type of liquid was spilled, there are different cleaning styles you could definitely use. You may use a towel to dry off the spill. Then use a mild soap with warm water to remove the stain and clean it. If the stain can’t be removed on the spot, it is best to bring it to a professional cleaning service for help.
Do Not Apply DIY Tips
Thorough cleaning of a rug is best handled by professionals because they have the right tools and knowledge to get it properly cleaned. It may be tempting to apply different cleaning hacks you find online, but that can do more harm than good. It can damage the fibers in your rug. Avoid using any chemicals or even natural cleaning solutions that you are not sure of to avoid causing any damage to your precious rug.
Keep your rugs in perfect condition. Follow these useful tips if you want your rug to maintain its beauty for many years to come. If you are not sure how to clean it, ask for professional help immediately and avoid doing any online hack as it can ruin the quality of your rug, and it is the last thing anyone wants to happen with their precious rugs.
Award-winning designer and artist Laia Mauri launched her distinctive fashion and costume brand in 2003. Her highly-creative designs feature top-quality fabrics and elegant finishes with a focus on “awareness of the new era.” All pieces are hand crafted, either one-of-a-kind or part of a limited edition, created with the Soul, a transforming energy in each garment that inspires the wearer. They are also non-toxic, eco-friendly and animal friendly. Laia Mauri designs are not manufactured, they are made, creating garments that last over time and leave great memories.
All Laia Mauri pieces are made by hand in Barcelona, Spain.
Laia Mauri’s latest collection is “Nature”, inspired by the transformation and a woman’s expression of herself as nature. It is an homage to the beauty and renaissance of the wearer. Each piece is an expression of the intimate relationship between the wearer and nature, and how this connection creates harmony, love and well-being for the earth and the planet. See the collection.
About the Designer
Laia Mauri is a young Catalan designer, the granddaughter of a tailor. She studied fine arts and fashion design and is an expert in stage arts: theater, dance, film and TV. She has participated in numerous prestigious fashion, art and costume projects, exhibitions and events including the Route of Art in Castelló d’Empúries, Artbox.Talent Together We Are One at SwissArtExpo (Zurich), 1st International Contemporary Exhibition in Monaco (2020), Art Basel Artweek (Miami), 25th International Art Exhibition of Valmy (France), the Cannes Fashion Festival, Fashion Week Valencia, Bridal Week Barcelona, the Spanishthaifashionawards Competition (Madrid), and films/series including Loco por tí, El mismo día a la misma hora, Love gets a Room, The Vampire in Martorell, El inocente (Netflix), Hache (Netflix), The Practitioner (Netflix), The Inimitable 1920 (Vodafone 2) and Los Europeos, as well as working with tops brands such as BMW, Coca-Cola, Huawei.
Laia Mauri Spring-Summer 2021 Collection