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CONDÉ NAST INTERNATIONAL LUXURY CONFERENCE

Last week I flew to Florence for the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference.

Hosted by international Vogue editor Suzy Menkes, the conference involved a series of discussions on the challenges and opportunities faced by luxury brands today. It was held at the spectacular Palazzo Vecchio, which was the perfect setting for such an inspirational few days.

Marc Newson and Jonathon Ive, two of the men behind the new Apple watch, opened the conference and set the tone with their debate on technology and the luxury market. Over the next couple of days I heard from speaker’s such as Jeremy Scott, Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye and Tory Burch, who all touched on the importance of social media in the luxury market.

So much of what the speakers had to say was really inspiring and thought provoking, but my personal highlight has got to be Karl Largerfeld. His conversation with Suzy Menkes on not looking to the past included some fascinating personal details, as well as how he translates these ideas into his business. Those of you who follow me on snapchat (@MrsRodial) will have caught parts of this conversation on my story, but I don’t think it could quite capture the atmosphere in the room, as he received a well deserved standing ovation at the end.

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I also went to some incredible parties and met people whose work I have followed for a long time, including the fabulous Edgardo and Ricardo of Aquazurra. I thought this was very appropriate for one of my favorite quotes of the conference, which was by Suzy Menkes

‘Luxury today is as much about high-tech as high heels’.

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Maria x

My Top 5 Spring Essentials

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Spring is finally here, for me that means one thing spring wardrobe time! There are a number of must have essentials I count on through spring and summer.

My Top 5 Spring essentials

  1. My boyfriend jeans. During spring when it’s not quite warm enough to bare my legs. I love how versatile boyfriend jeans can be. I dress them down over the weekends with jewelled flat sandals and then with courts and cool graphic shirts to meetings. Perfect jeans for any occasion. Super stylish & comfy.
  2. My sunglasses are attached to me at all times. I mix up the style depending on my outfit that day. Although my favourite shape has to be the Aviator, they are stylish and go with everything.
  3. Rodial Instaglam is my favourite tinted moisturiser, during spring I don’t like to cake my face with foundation. I find Instaglam light weight, easy to apply and gives my skin an even flawless finish.
  4. I have a few firm favourites when it comes to shoe styles. Wedges are great for spring; you can wear them with pretty much anything. I wear them in the office and then out for dinner and I’m not suffering the next day like you do with stilettos. I have my eye on a number of cork style wedges for summer.
  5. Rodial Brazilian Tan Dark, all you need is one layer and your skin glows. Perfect spring essential, when you’re on the go like me there isn’t always time for laying in the sun.

Have a great weekend everyone!

The 5th Rodial Beautiful Awards

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Last night was our 5th Rodial Beautiful Awards. It was an amazing night, the best yet!

I would like to start with saying a huge thank you to the amazing panel, as each one really helped us showcase the best and most beautiful winners. The panel this year was a mix of designers, makeup artists, models and dear friends.

A big congratulations to all our worthy winners, each one of you helped us to celebrate the beautiful and talented individuals and publications within the beauty industry. Jameela Jamil, our ‘Most Edgy Look’ winner looked super stylish as always, in an all-white Topshop skirt suit with a light pink Lulu Guinness clutch and suede platforms. Our ‘Most Stylish’ award was bagged by no other then the stunning Pixie Lott, she lived up to her award by turning heads in a black mini Saint Laurent ra-ra dress, and she looked fabulous.

My best dressed has to be our big winner of the night, ‘The Woman of the Year’, Daisy Lowe. She wowed in a two piece that showcased her figure perfectly, creating both a demure and sexy look. The sensational two piece was vintage by legendary fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa.

I wore a floor length strapless red vintage Halston gown from Decadesinc. I teamed the dress with my hair in loose curls, red wedges and gold cuffs. I felt wonderful.

I cannot help but mention what a fantastic job Laura Whitmore did presenting our awards this year. She was full of energy, fun and most of all a very funny beautiful lady. We thank you Laura!

An extremely successful night to celebrate our 5th Beautiful Awards, now we will look forward to next year!

FROW @ LFW: MARY KATRANTZOU AUTUMN WINTER 2014

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This season Mary decided to make a few changes to her usual style and approach to designing, rightly so as the best designers always experiment to break into new ground.  Experimenting with a more muted colour palette this season, which gave a more grown up feel, and seemed to give the sense that this is the start of a new generation for Mary. Not to totally stop the colour, there were still injections of colour baby blue, deep red, forest green all feature throughout the collection.

The real unique and spectacular thing about this collection is the complex construction process used. Mary has used a number of technical processes including bonding, laminates and embossing. Her use of jersey in full length gowns as a platform for the embroidery is really clever and takes great skill.

I love this collection, it shows a different spin to Mary Katrantzou’s design ability and fashion design flair. Congratulations on a diverse new collection Mary!

ELLE STYLE AWARDS 2014

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The Elle Style Awards is always a glamorous event packed with endless stars, with everyone from the fashion and beauty industry present. Last night was no different with stars pulling out their best frocks and suits to hit the red carpet.

There is always an exciting buzz inside the awards, with the flow of cocktails and champagne being non-stop. My best dressed star was Suki Waterhouse who bagged ‘The Model of the Year’ award. She dazzled in a floor length Burberry panel dress, looking sexy but understated. Her make-up was flawless with smokey black eyes, dusted pink cheekbones and soft pink lips.

It was a great night, I can’t wait for next year!

FROW @ LFW: HOUSE OF HOLLAND AUTUMN WINTER 2014

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On Saturday I was lucky enough to attend Henry Holland’s House of Holland A/W 2014 show.

The collection was called “Debauched Debutantes” resembling the 1989 house scene look.  His collection was spectacularly loud and vibrant as always. The collection featured full metallic skirts, quilted sequin jackets,structured full collars and injections of his signature prints. Lots of the pieces where bold and most defiantly made a statement.

My favourite look was the Metallic blue trousers; Henry teamed them with a long quilted style bomber jacket. I love this look as it’s very glamorous but also very wearable. Very well done Henry, another triumph. The whole collection is original, bold and glamorous.

FROW @ LFW: JULIEN MACDONALD AUTUMN WINTER 2014

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Julien Macdonald’s show was fabulous, and did not disappoint.

The endless different style dresses Julien included were extremely impressive. Each dress was very unique and the show was a pleasure to watch.The models looked incredible with their hair pulled back into a messy ponytail, so all eyes were on the dresses. The collection included a number of different style dresses mini, floor length, one shoulder, thigh high splits and geometric panelling where used frequently. One thing all the dresses had in common they where dripping –with-beading and metallic embroidery. The amount of work man-ship that went into this collection was clear.

It’s hard to choose my favourite dress as I truly loved the whole collection. But I think it will have to be this dress. I love the shape; classic fitted to the knee, with sheer panelling through the front, heavy black and silver embroidery mirroring fragments of broken glass and crystallizing ice.

I cannot wait to see some of Julien’s creations on the red carpet. I don’t think it will take long, with the Oscars coming up!

New York Fashion Week: Victoria Beckham

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New York fashion week is now in full swing, we have seen some incredible pieces walk the runway so far. I have fallen in love with Victoria Beckham’s A/W 2014 collection. The collection still screams her classic style but she has moved away from her signature fitted dresses and introduced some bold shapes. Cocoon jackets, ruffled tunics and body-swamping gilets are my favourite looks. Trousers also made a strong showing in loose, below-the-knee versions, a shape I have loved this season.

One front row outfit on everyone’s minds was Harper Beckham. She looked adorable sitting on David’s lap in a pleated green shift dress. I can’t wait for London Fashion Week to kick off so I can start planning my wardrobe essentials!

Maria’s Diary: BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund

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Last night I attended the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund at The Grill Room at the Café Royal Hotel in London.

Peter Pilotto deservingly won the award, I am huge fan of their designs and I have several pieces in my closet. The competition was fierce with Emilia Wickstead, House of Holland, Osman, Zoe Jordan and my friend Mary Katrantzou all up for the honour. It was great to catch up with Henry Holland at the event. Henry is on the panel for the 5th Rodial BEAUTIFUL Awards, along with Mary, so we got up to speed with all of the VIPS that will be attending in March. Can’t wait!

2014 Golden Globes

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I was glued to the live coverage of the Golden Globes last night,as usual the fashion did not disappoint. I have to say that I loved the fact that people were taking fresh and interesting risks on the red carpet.

Julia Roberts and Zoe Saldana broke the mold of the typical awards ceremony dress which I really liked, however my best dressed of the night has to be Emma Watson in Dior! I loved the fact that Emma took a huge risk by pairing a blood orange chiffon dress with a pair of black cigarette pants, the look was bold and eye-catching on the red carpet. Kate Beckinsale was another of my top picks, as usual she looked gorgeous in a metallic silver mermaid style gown.

I have to mention huge NIP+FAB fan Amber Heard who looked amazing in midnight blue, along with ultra sculpted legs!