Mario Testino’s Alta Moda

Alta Moda is a personal project for fashion photographer Mario Testino. It brought him to his home of Peru to capture the Peruvian culture and traditional dress – the Mario Testino way. “So much Peruvian history lives on in these clothes,” said Testino. “I have become aware on my travels that when a country loses the connection between its history and its traditional dress, something truly precious is lost.” Some of these gorgeous garments are costumes for the Carnival of Ccatca, Qhapaq qolla dance costume, and traditional women’s dress from the Province of Espinar, Cusco. As I’m planning my trip to Peru this fall, these images absolutely excite me. The Alta Moda exhibit is at the Dallas Contemporary Museum from September 21- December 22. This is a must see!

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Spring 2015: Braids, Braids, Braids

It’s officially time to step up my braid game. From Suno’s herringbone braids to Vera Wang’s discreet braids to Giamba’s braided parts to Donna Karan’s lanyard style braids, 2015 is certainly the year of the not-so-average braid. The easiest to replicate and most wearable looks have to be the lived in and tousled plaits spotted at Michael Kors and Mara Hoffman. Just knead a normal braid loose and set it with lots of dry shampoo. However the rest of the braided looks we love will require a bit more practice . . .

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The Collecteur

Ok guys, get ready to bookmark this newly discovered gem. The Collecteur is a series of eye catching fashion still lifes created by photographer and master manipulator Giulia Scalese. What started out as simply a visual diary for her favorite garments and accessories has evolved into an incredibly quirky yet brilliant collection of images.

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Spring 2015: Waisted

Whether it be a sash loosely tied around a lightweight coat or an obi style belt wrapped around a jacket or dress, it’s all about waist accentuating belts for spring. We’re particularly loving the loosely cinched trench coat look, effortlessly revealing a bit of what lies beneath. Trés chic!

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