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Fashion, Street Style, Travel

Depero Il Mago – inspired by Futurist trends

I never say no to any opportunity to visit Italy – as soon as I received the invitation to see the exhibition of Depero – one of Italian leaders of Futurism I was ready to go.

My art has been inspired a lot in the past by Constructivism and Futurism, but Depero’s name appeared new to me. After briefly familiarizing with his iconic works I knew it would be an inspiring trip – both for my art, as well as for fashion sense – as the use of colour that Depero used and how geometrically played with is truly inspiring and remains very modern in today’s aesthetics.

I wanted to wear something bold and graphic to match the theme of the exhibition, but also glamorous to keep my inner Italian chic sparkle. Therefore the jumpsuit sewn with a lot of detailed embroidery felt like a perfect choice for the occasion – the blend of avant-garde with a strong feminine touch.

Upon arrival you are greeted by unusual hosts – graphic characters from Depero’s artwork in the garden!

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Who’s more graphic?

The exhibition is held at Fondazione Magnani Rocca and it’s located in the midst of the beautiful region of Parma. Surrounded by the spacious fields with the distant sight of the hills, the palace shines in the early spring sunlight and made me feel of being invited to an intimate private view held for true art connoisseurs.

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The exhibition was a fantastic retrospective on Depero’s evolution in futurism as an artist. I was truly impressed by the perfection and cleanliness of his cuts and lines in graphic works and very adventurous use of colour and geometry. I admit, that as much as I am familiar with futurism, I think it was Depero where I have seen most vibrant and almost ‘pop’ use of colour, which made a lot of his designs timeless and still modern.

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It would be hard for me to select which artwork was my favorite, as the exhibition was very diverse across the decades of the artist’s work. However, my eyes were naturally most drawn to later work of Depero, which included his famous covers for Vogue and Vanity Fair. I truly enjoyed seeing his commercial work influenced by the architecture of New York, which is also one of my beloved timeless inspirations.

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And what would be an italian celebration without a party? Especially where you find out some art trivia like the bottle of Campari has been designed by Depero himself. That was followed by some Italian Parm ham (would be a sin not to eat while in Parma region, despite I stick to vegetarian diet), cheese and tortellinis!

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Grazie Depero and Kreativehouse for as usual beautiful, lasting memories!

Visit: 

Depero Il Mago – Fondazione Magnani Rocca

What I Wore: 

Jumpsuit: Miss Selfridge Premium Collection

Shoes: Kurt Geiger

Choker: Swarovski

Photography by:

Kreativehouse

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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, London Fashion Week, Street Style

3 Last Minute LFW Must Haves

Are your LFW outfits all ready to go? Or you’re not quite there yet? Trust me, it took me a while to finally decide what to wear to my favorite weekend of the year, making sure I check the boxes for current season hot style, comfort and that effortless stand out factor. I always invest in my LFW key pieces while making sure that these will be the items I will love to wear not only during the event. After researching in stores, observing street style in London and what really looks cool and chic I made the selection of 3 key items that are LFW must haves (and beyond!) Bonus? The selection I picked actually will go along with all the other products… so if you’re still searching – here you go!

1) METALLIC / WHITE SNEAKERS

Effortless, comforable to run between shows – nothing beats a good pair of sneakers. I do love heels, but since last year I allowed myself for the first time (!) to wear flats – I discovered a new world. And those sneakers just look so plain good and simple. And that metallic + white combination is super chic and look fantastic both with wide leg trousers as well as jeans.

My buy: Lacoste

2) Luxury brand Logo Top

Gucci broke my heart. I bought my dream Gucci t-shirt with 80’s logo replica (not mentioned, as it’s sold out 🙁 ) only to find out a day later that it’s been out of stock. It was my major fashion investment for this year and key piece with my outfits. I had to let go off my pain (practice non attachment!) and find a back up plan asap – and found the alternative in Balmain. A great investment in practical luxury, that will go beyond fashion week days and keep a luxurious tone with casual wear.

3) Collar Fur Coat

Even though winter in other parts of the world is much harsher than in London (reminder when I went to Liverpool last week!) – fur coat is also welcome in warmer weather. Especially if we are considering and focusing on fur more of an accessory and attachment, which almost looks like a scarf. I especially love the nude and rose tones or just keep in simple black with oversize fur collar.

My buy: Karen Millen

What are your top 3 buys for LFW? Do you agree with my selection? Watch out for the street style looks where I am wearing my top 3 buys and enjoy LFW!

 

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Fashion, Motivation, Street Style

Look Up High – Move On. Happy 2017.

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I was disappointed, drained and confused. In fact, in the midst of the NYE party with friends, I burst into tears.

I felt overwhelmed and hopeless. Despite the new dream job I had I was very stressed with it, I felt like I was losing my purpose and felt like I won’t be able to get out of where I was. I was stuck.

So here we go a year later…

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I feel empowered. I feel joyful. The sense of purpose of my passions is back and I evolved.

I made so many necessary steps to move on, with small steps I committed in 2016 to heal myself. I knew that state of mind on beginning of 2016 was temporary – my heart kept telling me – there MUST be a way to get out of it. Even though my mind felt stuck – my heart kept whispering that I would be able to get out of that dark place.

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And there is and was – I don’t own it all to myself, but also to many wonderful new friends I made, beautiful adventures, travels and celebrated success.

The major ones were undeniably my One Day video – my most beloved, personal project – to achieve so much success over the world on the fashion film festivals. These were the seeds that I planted with so much sweat and pain a year before – only to see them grow in 2016.

This was such an inspiring process that helped me to heal and grow – and move on.

Even if you feel stuck – keep working, keep believing. Rest, observe, analyse and step back if you need to. That’s what I did – I needed to reevaluate my dreams and goals in order to make necessary and beautiful new changes happen.

I have so many ideas to share and plans already to be done in 2017, but that energy I thought that would have never been back is with me – and I am so thankful for the beautiful and inspiring lesson I received in 2016, that also marked my dreams coming true.

One of my goals is to finally be more open and inspire – and be more committed to my art. I have so much to tell and if you are willing to read and listen – I am here.

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Have an inspiring and full of blessings 2017 – full of positive signs from here and above.

Skirt: Topshop

Top: Minkie

Shoes: River Island

Bag: Lulu Guinness

Photography by Zac Mahrouche  

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Fashion, London, Street Style

White Mist – Collab with Luxemme

Officially we may have a calendar spring, but you can hardly see it in London. Rain, cold temperature, grey sky… not much has changed since February!

However, it is definitely a lot of brightness coming up in my heart due to exciting projects I will be releasing in May.

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A lot has been going on in my career – juggling it with my full time role as graphic designer at Lulu Guinness – but I am definitely positive to say, that things are moving and also had a couple of exciting comissions, which I will soon write about.

I feel like received a touch of light wings when I found out, that my unreleased video ‘One Day’ (premiere 6th May) has been nominated at Bokeh Fashion Film Festival by Mercedes Benz in Capetown. This is my absolute debut as a musical art director and I am thrilled to see, that dreams started to see reality…

But! I will be more writing about it in next posts – as there is a lot to share!

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In the meantime I am glowing in a beautiful dress from Luxemme, the beatiful sheer draping in white made me feel like a dove. The dress is of an excellent quality and I definitely think it is a strong piece that could make a good entrance at a cocktail party (If only it became a bit warmer!). I matched the matte white with holographic accents to give the look a classy, shiny statement.

All photos were taken by my favorite street style photographer Zac Mahrouche, who I am extremely proud of for recently getting accepted at London College of Fashion. Well done!

What I wore:

Dress: Luxemme

Pouch: Lulu Guinness

Shoes: Simple

 

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Fashion, London Fashion Week, Street Style

London Fashion Week AW16

Do you remember that feeling as a child when you were waiting for Christmas? How excited you were about decorating the Christmas tree, Santa coming to town bring you presents, the joy and excitement, feeling as if world was turning into fairy tale?

Not that I am no longer a Christmas fan, but the feeling I used to anticipate during holidays when I was little around  I discovered again a couple of years ago, when I first attended London Fashion Week. I am always so much looking forward to that time, because this brings out the emotions in me as if I was living in a chapter from fairy tale. The shows, running around through showrooms, spotting vibrant street style, bumping into old and new fashion friends… This is what makes my heart race!

I have been regularly working with 55 Factory aka 55 Pages and I became a regular contributor to the magazine with my fashion illustration trends, which allows me to get to enjoy the LFW to the fullest.

MY LOOK – DAY ONE

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Day one always has been the busiest for me – so I know that I had to wear something comfortable (meaning no high heels!). I decided to wear for the first time trainers from Max Mara – I invested in them with the thought of LFW and since I am a devoted shine lover I knew these need to belong to my wardrobe. I combined these with a long t-shirt / cape from the Ragged priest – (which I also thought is a weird LFW kind of thing when buying) and mermaid sequin skirt from Mohito.  My style is always about mixing something extravagant with elegant, therefore I toned it down with a shirt (Cos) which I thought nicely layered with shiny fabric and  grey hat (Miss Selfridge ) . The silver shine continued with jewellery and disco ball pouch from Lulu Guinness – of course I had to promote the brand I work for!

 

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I knew my outfit worked in the crowd of greatly dressed fashionistas when I was spotted by L’oreal and Label M street style photographers – I hope to find my photos across their blogs, if you do please do not hesitate to let me know!

THE SHOWS

J. JS Lee

The day started off with attending the show from J. JS Lee which was held in the official BCF space. I have seen the last season’s show and the designer introduced bolder elements in her AW16 collection. I especially loved the suits that matched with the shoes in the same cross patch, colorful fabric. The whole collection was elegant, showcasing classic and well-toned silhouettes- I definitely think it was a stronger collection than last season.

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Clio Peppiatt

After that I rushed into presentation of one of Clio Peppiatt – designer I am very happy to see evolving. I spotted for the very first time her collection a year ago in Freemasons Hall showrooms. I see a great progress in her branding, design and art direction. Since I have been a fan ever since I met Clio I love to attend her presentations, which are quirky, fun, retro and bring a lot of glamorous shine! I have a sweet spot for kitsch in fashion, therefore Clio wins my heart every time.

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This season Clio invited her audience to her vision of motel – 60’s extravaganza in embelished motives, colorful furs shades of pink but with a fiery spirit (prints with matches!). It almost felt like as if her motel was taken over by Nabokov’s Lolitas, giving flirtatous looks in black berets with veils. The guests were served tiny cupcakes with a glittery cherry on top, which only later I found out was actually edible… (after long contemplation whether I should eat it and have my lipstick ruined wind made the decision for me – it blew it away!)

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The collection was also a collaboration with Tatty Devine, famous for laser cut colorful jewellery (which I am a fan of also). I am very keen on seeing where Clio’s art direction goes and her brand definitely is on fashion radar.

Edeline Lee

Edeline Lee’s AW16 collection took a monochrome minimal direction and oversize shapes. I mostly admired the white, heavy weight fabric oversize dress with slouchy pockets which definitely was the focal point of the collection. I could see that dress look amazing in white snow scenery (if there is going to be any next winter?). However, it worked extremely well with the set design which was created for the presentation. It was an art form on its own – the geometric shapes mixed with mirror triangles, large chess pattern looked as if were taken from the edgy music video. There were also piles made of torn out colorful paper… I must admit that the props took my breath away, and it was hard to leave the spot once you finally could get into the front row of excited crowd taking pictures of this beautiful scenery.

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Point Blank

Point Blank was a curious case. The invitation spoke of invaders, cosmos, toys and aliens… The presentation was held at one of the rooms of ICA. It was a show which you could attend at one time only about 15 people with allocated seats. In the small space there was a big round prop of some unknown planet filled out with toys and odd tiny objects. In the middle of the room – big ladder… The show started with model riding on the scooter, very high glittery boots were the focal point of her look. Another model would carelessly join playing a phone, or with a plastic rod, fishing plastic old school fish toys from the weird planet that started to spin around… Sounds abstract? I loved the idea and the concept, but it wasn’t well executed. The presentation was way too long and it was almost as if there was an amazing promise of great art direction which unfortunately got lost in the middle. I loved the initial concept of theater play – something that designers could be definitely taken further – but don’t make the audience stuck too long!

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Manuel Facchini

Faccchini’s collection was breath taking. I would definitely put it on the list of top 3 I have seen live over this season. The structural game of pattern cutting, elaborate knitwear, innovation in shoe design and execution of detail was a sign of mastery and fashion design of highest quality. The geometric, sharp silhouettes were brought out beautifully in a peaceful surrounding of library and among the large mirrored triangle props. There was an element of gothic darkness and disturb hidden within the strong textiles of these designs, which were masterfully brought out in advanced design craft. I was truly inspired by this collection.

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Fyodor Golan

Fyodor Golan is a designer duo whose new collections I am always looking forward to seeing. Known for the bold neon colors, shiny fabrics and pop approach to fashion they do win my heart and the collections are entertaining to watch. This time Fyodor Golan claimed to be inspired by the theme of birth of Venus  – but enhanced by 60’s pin up and industrial pop.

The motif of Coca Cola, Pin up girls appeared on the looks, following the trends from Moschino or Anya Hindmarch… In my opinion these weren’t the strongest and most innovative designs. However, the collection definitely had its break through with super shiny, large pattern cutting coats or heavy embellished trousers had their entrance to the catwalk. I also loved the bald model who appeared in the show – it was an interesting twist in the show and was a curious interlink between the concept of Venus and industrialization.

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Paul Costelloe

The final show of Day 1 for me in a beautiful scenery at one of the London’s old hotels, where Costelloe’s large fashion illustrations on canvas were on display. The AW16 collection is ‘…Armed for adventure, (…) adding a dramatic edge to the classic style’ (press release). The jaquard, check prints mixed with leather was definitely for a strong woman. The music from Joe Cocker evoked the subtle sexual context and models definitely were bringing out an alluring tease wearing the short dresses with lace. Nevertheless, the collection remained its elegance and the designs were of Italian fashion design great craft. I think that it was the great tailoring kept the collection on higher level, otherwise it could have gone into a wrong direction of too ‘provoking’… Which fortunately wasn’t the case.

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Day one of London Fashion Week was a day to remember and soon I will be posting my fashion reviews from Day two – stay tuned!

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Fashion, London, Street Style

Seeds of 2015

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This post will be slightly different – and it will be the first step to the new direction of my blog, where I will start sharing thoughts and experience. This is an urge driven by my soul – I feel that by being honest about my past and journey I could help and uplift. I hope that my reflection can be universal, but I have a special intention to inspire creatives and artists – those, who often need the support the most on the path, that often is full of road blocks. I am still on mine – and I constantly follow my heart – and by surrounding myself with like-minded creative tribe I receive energy that helps me keep moving forward as well.

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So let’s get to the major theme of this post…

Highlights of 2015 for Adriana Deco

  • winning a competition and creating illustrations for H&M Oxford Circus
  • I became a head graphic designer at Lulu Guinness
  • recording my EP ‘Destiny’, completing Urban Development course
  • filming two professional music videos with top notch film makers
  • discovering new passion – live fashion illustration – leading to top clients like Tod’s, Moet Hennessy, H&M (Vogue Fashion Night Out), Mahiki Club
  • starting this blog and eventful London Fashion Weeks
  • I was hesitant about X Factor, but I decided to include it as a bullet point – it’s a twisted and unfair story, but making it to the Wembley was still an achievement – and greater achievement was overcoming the pain and getting back on track
  • meeting a lot of supportive people, who shared their talent, wisdom or advice with me.

It is quite a long list and for each experience I am extremely grateful; however, my most beautiful realization is that my music videos – projects that come truly from my soul – are the ones I am mostly proud of. Even though I haven’t received any applause, exposure or financial rewards (yet! 😉  – these are the projects that make me feel most connected to my soul purpose.

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I can’t wait until official campaign of my Destiny project starts – it is more than an EP – it is a personal story, where my music and visuals finally create together a vision. To bring it all together to this point the roller coaster of emotions definitely paid off.

Wishing you all a prosperous, inspiring, fulfilling year – full of positivity and strength to create your DESTINY in 2016!

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Wearing:

Dress: Guess

Heels: Kurt Geiger

Clutch: Lulu Guinness

Scarf: Miss Selfridge

Photos by Adam Kaniowski
www.adamkaniowski.com

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Music, Performance, Street Style

Metro Acoustic – Live at Metropolis Studios

A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Metro Acoustic to perform over at their acoustic night promoting unsigned singer songwriters and bands.

To me it was a great experience, knowing that in the large halls of the building my idols have recorded their songs – Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson are just a couple to mention.

I was performing a set of my original songs, including the acoustic premieres of my upcoming singles. It was truly special to me to sing these songs for the first time in a place of such musical history importance. One of them is Destiny, which video you can watch below.

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Many thanks to Yasmin Mirdamad, who took the video and photos – being a great saxophone player and musician herself.

 

Fascinator – Hania Huzarska

Jacket – Simple

Skirt – Lazy Oafs

Sandals – Topshop

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Fashion, London, No category, Street Style

Gypsy At Heart

Last night I ended up on a long bus ride all the way from East to West London.

That night bus trip that makes you realise that with most of the street/corner of the city you have associated memory and feeling with. I guess at that point most people settle down and feel comfortable they have tamed the city and already developed a bond, closeness and relationship with it.
For me this is the point where I get tempted to discover new alleys and allocate new memories with it and rebuild foundations.

I come to the conclusion that I’m a gypsy at heart?

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I like to mix prints and patterns and I was feeling a bit bohemian – the hat always adds that feel. The elements of gold in it and also on the heels added a bit of electric feel to the boho feeling and brought out the spark.

Again with Zac Mahrouche we were exploring the Notting Hill. Enjoy the last day of bank holiday!

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Fashion, London, No category, Street Style

Eyes On Top

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It looks like the spring has finally come to London and I always get so happy when the sun visits the streets of this vibrant city!

I am an absolute fan of graphic black and white and I continue the journey of this combination before the full blossom of flowers arrives. The Kenzo cap is definitely the focus of the look, but I decided to tone it down with a loose, semi-elegant shirt. The shorts and knee highs added a bit of playful element. In total I achieved a look which is sexy, quite elegant but also playful.

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I am a huge fan of vintage and I could not help to have a peek into a pop up shop with absolutely beautiful selection of unique vintage garments. The extremaly large mirror encouraged me to strike some poses!

 

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Enjoy the beautiful sun!

I am wearing:

Cap: Kenzo

Shirt: Zara

Shorts: Zara

Heels: Guess

All photos by Zac Mahrouche

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Fashion, London, Street Style

Girl from Paddington

I have been a Londoner for last 3 years but only recently moved to the West side of London. Once the sun started to come out it encouraged me to explore more of my neighbourhood. I must admit I am falling in love with Notting Hill area every day – after living 3 years in Highbury & Islington.

This is my very first look that I combined with the elegant white architecture of Paddington streets. I am wearing black and white to bring out the boldness of the architecture.

All the photographers were taken by a rising street style photography talent Zac Mahrouch – watch out for him, he is a real pleasure to work with and has a great eye and skills for very young age! http://www.zacmahrouchephoto.co.uk/

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Street Style

London Fashion Week – my looks

It is also a real chance for me to try my best in styling. I am not a professional stylist, this is something I have been doing for my own pleasure and passion – therefore it is always a great test for me to see what feedback I get from Sommerset House visitors. And it was a truly great one! I had gained a great interest and feedback this year on my looks and encouraged by positive words I decided to create this blog.

DAY ONE

The customized bow made by Anna Kostina was a true sensation. It has been my signature headpiece I have been wearing on my gigs and performances and I was sure it would gain excellent exposure at LFW – who doesn’t love the quirky there?

I combined my pop bow with truly pop T-shirt / dress from SS15 Moschino – I thought the pop culture of big bow and striking M (as a symbol of McDonald’s) would work together great as a playful, pop arty match.

 

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In addition that I wore a faux fur from Bershka (Black & White always works great with red) and my secret weapon which was coresspondance to Moschino and the bow – golden camera bag from Accessorize (true bargain I must admit!). The whole look was completed by the elegant touch of my Guess stilettos I got in NYC.

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This look made me feel bold, quirky and extravagant – all that I love most about fashion.

DAY TWO

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