Photoshooting with The Vintage Corner – dressed from head to toe in vintage. Not everything must be new and super expensive. One can look fashionably great, in affordable and chic vintage clothing 🌟
For the Football lovers. Shirt: Rodarte, Skirt: Ganni, Shoes: All Saints, Sunglasses: Dior, bag: Saint Laurent
shoes: Chanel, bag: Saint Laurent, necklace: Lanvin, jacket: Escada, skirt: MSGM, sunglasses: Balenciaga, shirt: Acne Studios
Dress: Matthew Williamson, Bag: Miu Miu, shoes: Marni, scarf: Gucci Ghost, sunglasses: Balenciaga
Ever since I was a child, I have felt a strange connection and pull to the tartan pattern. As an adult, I have spent many nights fantasizing of a past life, where I was a Scottish princess, wearing a beautiful tartan gown and dancing the night away with a strong, masculine Scottish warrior. Unfortunately I always wake up as the fun part stars, when he begins to readjust his kilt… You now understand why this dream is so tempting – what does the warrior wear underneath his kilt?
Now back to reality, this spring / summer 2016 will see a lot of this fantastic pattern! Vivienne Westwood, one of my favorite designers, featured tartan in her SS16 collection. Everything from dresses, bags and even tartan sunglasses! http://www.viviennewestwood.com/shop/tartan
Many other designers have worked with tartan, such as Burberry, Alexander McQueen, dsquared2, Gucci, and yes, even Chanel! This is a timeless pattern that is beloved by many. It shows class, style, heritage and tradition.
Growing up in the 80s and 90s, I had many pieces with tartan and loved wearing them, while admiring my punk neighbors’ wild lifestyle. This pattern is very adaptable. It can be combined with many different looks. In the photo shooting below, you will see that I combined it with 3 different styles. It can also be worn as a 1-piece dress to the office or on a night out in the town, topped off with black high heels. You can wear tartan to meet your parents-in-law, or go to a punk concert. It is one of the most versatile patterns of our fashion history!
The tartan pattern has a long royal Scottish history behind it. In 1471, the treasurer to King James III purchased tartan cloth for the king and queen. King James V wore tartan whilst hunting in the Highlands in 1538, and King Charles II wore a ribbon of tartan on his coat at his wedding in 1662.1
Tartan leggings were found on the 198 cm handsome “Cherchen Man”, a 3,000-year-old mummy found in the Taklamakan Desert2. Looks like I am not the only one obsessed with my tartan leggings! The Cherchen Man was obviously a very stylish and modern man, back in his dessert days.
What’s good for royalty is also good for us! So my dears, go out there are get yourself some tartan love!
And for my single ladies, even thought the handsome giants are dead for already 3,000 years, at least we still have our tartans to enjoy this summer! ;-)
Have a lovely Wednesday!
My vest is by Burberry – The Scotch House
Photos by: Polina Brener
If you asked me some years back what I thought about this edgy type of boot, I would answer you with a quick and definite “No way!”
I always identified over-the-knee boots with the Pretty Woman movie – Julia Robert’s infamous working the street outfit, and pulling Richard Gere into her sensual spider web. In other words, I never thought that I could wear such a boot on the streets of old school and classy Europe. Over time I watched carefully as the trend grew and realized that more and more women are jumping onto the over-the-knee boot bandwagon. Slowly these boots were coming out of their red light district image, and making their way into posh offices around the world.
An interesting fact according to Wikipedia is that, “Over-the-knee boots first became popular as riding boots for men in the 15th century, when extra protection was required for the legs when on horseback.” So ladies, these boots are almost as old as the oldest profession in the world.
Pierre Cardin brought the boots into fashion again in 1968, featuring them in his futuristic couture collection. They also made a reappearance every decade after that!
Finally in 2010, Auntie Gali thought to herself, “If it’s good enough for the riders of the 15th century, then it’s good enough for us too!” So I went to try on my first over-the-knee boots. I remember buying my first pair in a small family-owned shop in Florence. I tried them on with a pair of tight skinny jeans and an oversized sweater. I was surprised at how cool they looked and bought them.
Upon my arrival at home a few weeks later, I couldn’t bring myself to wear them. I thought that perhaps I’m too old fashioned after all to wear these screaming boots. And so these sad Italian stallions were locked away in the closet for 6 years! Some might consider that shoe-abuse. And for some like myself, clothing and accessories never get thrown away. I lock them up and they wait patiently for their big day to make a comeback. To be able to see the light again. Such good and devoted shoes – never complained, not even once!
A few months ago, when cleaning the skeletons out of my closet, I found these boots again. I dusted them off tried them on. They fit like a glove. I decided that it was finally time to do the knees. The time has arrived for our relationship to begin. I was then given a lovely pair of Gucci boots as a gift, and added them to my over-the-knee collection.
I must admit that I can only wear this type of boot with a block or thick heel. I could never wear the stiletto version. I would feel like I’m auditioning for the main role in the second part of Pretty Woman. This is not my cup of Earl Gray tea. However, the block heels look pretty damn cool!
So if asked again, would I ever wear over-the-knee boots? My answer after 6 years would be: “Absolutely!” Yes I’m a turtle grandma sometimes and it took me “only” 6 years to jump onto the over-the-knee boot bandwagon. But I’m finally there and enjoying every minute of it!
- Lampshading: Means wearing over-the-knee boots with an oversized sweater / dress.
- Classy: Little black dress with over-the-knee boots and a cropped tuxedo blazer.
- Casual: Skinny jeans with over-the-knee boots and your favorite rock t-shirt.
- Gali Style: Chanel-look tweed shorts, over-the-knee boots, turtleneck sweater and fringe scarf.
Have fun wearing your boots my darlings!!
My outfit: Boots: Gucci, Chanel-look tweed shorts: Dress Affairs Boutique Frankfurt, sweater: Zara, fringe scarf: Spratters and Jayne
Photos by: Polina Brener of Who Would Think?
Thank you dear David Hello of Frankfurt Fashion, Edwin Kaufmann – Make-Up&Hair, Luzius Ziermann and Ethno Princess for this amazing photo shooting! <3 It was a wonderful day with you all!
Make-Up&Hair: Edwin Kaufmann – Make-Up&Hair
Model: Yes, No, Maybe? by Galia Brener
Photo: David H. Stylefederation – www.frankfurt-fashion.com
Location: Frankfurt Ostend
Luzius (please see Luzius Ziermann)for the car and atelier.
Paulo for the lovely ice cream truck.
Big Hug to the whole Team!
Pattern mix – outfit of the day boucle jacket:@chanelofficial, military boots: @gucci, dress:@ferragamo, sunglasses @dsquared2, handbag:@burberry #Galiainaction #Galiaoutfits#Galiaccessories #fashion #style #chic #couture #ootd#Instafashion #picoftheday #colorful #frankfurt#instagood #instago. Photo by @leonardotrento
The last day of the Tbilisi Fashion Week has arrived. I wish it would last all month! ❤️ My outfit for today is: dress – a gift from my bff Jasmin, bag “Ladies First” – Chanel, boots – Jimmy Choo, bracelets – Hermès, key necklace – Tiffany and Co. Photo by Azizayes. #Galiainaction #Galiaoutfits #Galiaevents