Glamorous Gucci

Good day to you my fashion loving followers,

If you are in the Southern Hemisphere like myself then you also will be experiencing the winter weather synonymous with the Christmas period approaching. What better way to warm your hearts (and toes) than by going to the cinema to watch the newest release of the incredible house of Gucci?

(All images courtesy of google images)

As soon as I saw the trailer for this movie, I knew I had to watch it. Gucci has always been one of those powerhouse brands which I admired as a young child – the infamous GG’s emblazoned on handbags, belts and shoes to name a few.

Like so many people I’m sure however, I was completely unaware that Maurizio Gucci was assassinated on the steps of his Milan office by someone I did not expect! (No spoilers don’t worry!)

The movie originally is set in the 1970s through to the 90s and straight away the chic Italian style of the main characters are apparent. I love the bold colour blocking and head scarves worn by Lady Gaga. It reminds me of that bygone era of women driving in open top convertibles ensuring their hair stayed picture perfect under a scarf.

Her wedding dress was utterly breathtaking too with beautiful vintage lace and a timeless high/ low design. The long sleeves kept it elegant and appropriate for a church venue.

I felt completely saddened about the circumstances of Maurizio’s death especially as he did not initially want to take over his family legacy. Patrizia really helped him to make the decision as she wanted their family name to move with the times and bring the fashion house back into the forefront of people’s minds and wardrobes.

The best decision to help turn the Gucci name into what we know and love today was Tom Ford taking on the role of creative director. His first catwalk collection under the Gucci guise caused shock and admiration to rumble through the audience but he truly infused some je ne sais quoi into the brand.

All the Gucci family wanted was to keep the label within their family as many houses try to do but it is a lot easier said than done. Versace managed to do this with Donatella stepping into the hot seat but unfortunately for that family also it was plagued with an assassination of Gianni Versace.

The movie truly did not disappoint though and I hope if you do get to watch it, it will prompt you to go and research the true story as I did directly afterwards. Even amongst the death and destruction, there is a true beauty to Patrizia and Maurizio’s love story.

Until next time,

Keya x

Christmas in New York

Good morning my Christmas carolers, 

It is the week of Christmas and the excitement is truly building all around London Town. This really is my favourite time of year, and as the days dwindle down, I wanted to share with you the wonderful time I had in New York last week.

 

My best friend turned thirty yesterday and to celebrate we booked to go for a short break to New York. With each week passing we gradually were building an ever impressive “to do” list whilst we were in the Big Apple, and we actually managed to work our way through the majority of it during our stay. 

The weather was unseasonably warm when we arrived and we fully took advantage of the blue skies and mild days in the city. We managed to experience all of the major sights – The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park and we had an excellent night out at Le Bain on Saturday evening 😊 We also went to watch the Christmas Spectacular show starring the Rockettes at Radio City Hall which was truly magical. Their legend truly doesn’t disappoint, I have never seen such a well orchestrated, slick stage performance anywhere else in the world. 

  
   
 My favourite part of spending time in NYC however is definitely making the most of the incredible shopping (surely that doesn’t surprise you haha). We really shopped till we dropped and if you are looking for those special items still, I would wholeheartedly recommend visiting Macy’s or Bloomingdales -perhaps not on the same day walking between the two as we did (ouch to our poor feet) but by subway they are only a hop, skip and a jump away.

   
 Fifth avenue was an absolute delight to behold also. The shop fronts were all decorated to perfection and even the biggest Scrooges around would find it hard not to feel festive walking along this famous road. My all time favourite display however although it really is hard to pick, was the Saks building. Rigging the lighting to coordinate with the music from the classic film Home Alone was breathtaking and something I will never forget.   

  
 
   If you have some cool hipster teenagers or young adults in your family you still need to buy presents for, I would definitely check out Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. There are some really quirky, interesting boutiques in this area which I am sure will be the ideal place to find the perfect gift. 

 

I really do feel if even after watching the ever hilarious Elf, putting up your tree and decorations or purchasing your Christmas pudding, you are struggling to find that special festive feeling I would get on over to New York for a long weekend. The decorated shops, Christmas shows, characters to have your picture taken with in Times Square and the atmosphere in general in the city, it really is a place you need to see in person to believe 😀

  

I really hope you and your loved ones have a fabulous Christmas period, enjoy the break and thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing to spend your time with me this year each week. 

  
Speak to you soon take care,

Keya x