Valentino Spring 2014 Couture

Let’s all take a moment and swoon over the fantastical couture magic, inspired by the Roman Opera, that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have created. Have your jaws dropped yet?! The usual, romantic lace and chiffon affair (the gold thread dress is embellished with 4,000 gemstones that took 2,500 hours to affix) was taken up a notch this season with short, ballerina-like frocks and capes and gowns decorated with jungle animal motifs – both themes inspired by Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin” and Amilcare Ponchielli’s “The Dance of the Hours” respectively. Should we start making guesses as to which of these gowns we will be spotting at the Oscars this year?

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Hotel Endémico

Scattered among boulders above the wine region of Valle de Guadalupe, just one and a half hours from San Diego, is Hotel Endémico. Each of the twenty eco-loft rooms have their own private terrace with a chiminea, walkie-talkies, ATVs, and stunning views of the scenic valley below. Don’t you just want to grab a glass a wine and sit by the fire and star gaze?

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Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Spring 2014

Its hard to believe Ulyana Sergeenko is only on her fourth season as a designer. Feels as though we have loved her forever. It’s her old-fashioned and wonderfully over-the-top looks she ever so perfectly achieves season after season. The spring collection was inspired by an imaginary trip on the Orient Express, with stops in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Stepping off the train is a movie star – or femme fatale, donning hourglass corsets, capelets with hand-painted fringe, pants with intarsias of narrow bands of silk, silk jumpsuits with hand-embroidered cotton buds, and billowing skirts. Check out all the intricate details that went into the collection at Vogue España.

Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Spring Summer 2014 Paris

Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Spring Summer 2014 Paris

Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Spring Summer 2014 Paris

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Cover Girl

Our week was MADE after seeing this crazy adorable video Vogue put together with their February cover girl, Lena Dunham. The Girls’ star is riddled with anxiety about her very first Vogue cover shoot. I mean, what normal person wouldn’t find themselves in the same predicament?! Have no fear. Editor-in-large Hamish Bowles is to the rescue, dishing tips from supermodels past. Love this funny girl!

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