ANDRIASDOSE CREATIVE BIPOLARISM X MAXMARA | THE COAT EDIT [4]

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It's no brainer that what the Kelly bag is to Hermès and the loafer is to Gucci, the coat is to MaxMara. The first camel coat was designed in-house in 1981, and still thirty five years later, the brand still holds the league on everything overcoat, with the classic camel being the most copied item in fashion history. 
Immovable heritage meets powerful re-invention and I am now hitting buttons that form words like puffer jackets, shearling lapels, buttery leather and rehabilitated hooded coats.

The other day, I read an article with Mr. Maramotti, MM chairman stating: “The history of the coat is about the development of the position of women in society''. “It came in when women started to live differently. In the history of men’s fashion the coat is related to war, but for women it became a portable home and the ultimate protection.”
Coats for girlbosses. Fascinating innit?

 

 
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Drop-proof satin jacket on top of velvet and silk? Yes please. This is when miss DOSE feels powerful and creative. She couldn't sleep until 4 am the night before. because of some unstoppable insomniac brainstorming but had to wake up at 9 and hit the road for an important meeting. Can-do, will-do mood. Blame red and fuchsia for that. White for the balance and a black puffer for ultra luxe par excellence and the art of high lows.
Yep, meetings. Why the hell not.

wearing: fuchsia blouse SPORTMAX, red velvet trousers MAXMARA, satin padded coat S MAXMARA, fur stole from the coat, see more in THE CUBE // all via Maxima Boutiques

 
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I am in love, I am in love, I am in love, I am in love, I am in love
I am in love, I am in love, I am in love, I am in love, I am in love
I am in love, I am in love, I am in love, I am in love, I am in love
I am in love, I am in love, I am in love, I am in love, I am in love
I AM IN LOVE - clear enough?

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After Liu Wen and her A/W17 strut in Milano, Miss Dose slips in denim and a hoodie and lets the alpaca monster rule her styling game. This is when her creative juices flow the most. It's around 7am, ready to start her day. Her morning is quite easy so she grabs her Mac and moleskin and heads to her favourite coffeeshop. A freshly brewed black coffee, Beth Hart tunes and the latest issue of Vogue with her, in case she needs a hand with inspiration. It could be a Monday, Tuesday or any other day for that matter. Consider this a ritual.
Double breasted, check. Colour palette, check. Warmth levels above average, check. 

wearing: Alpaca and wool coat MAXMARA, kitten heels SPORTMAX // all via Maxima Boutiques

 
 
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Friday night. She doesn't really go out that often but tonight she will.
She thought she'd dress 'for any occasion', as her friends always try to convince her to go clubbing with them after dinner. Silk black dress, a pair of heels, a warm coat and off she goes. Hendricks tonic and the usual sex and the city orientated chat commences.
'This city isn't single friendly'. 
[ Now that I think about it, perhaps there should be a column on that? Discuss.]
Anyhow - iPhone reads 1am.. too late for her usual bedtime habits. After a couple of drinks, she says goodnight, takes her car and heads home. Although she arrives, she decides to drive around for a few more minutes; it's her favourite song.. and she always needs to hear it. 
Hits 3 on the elevator and gets in. Calls it a night. 
 

wearing: coat MAXMARA / via Maxima Boutiques
 

 
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It's Sunday. Buuuruuunch. And magazines. She usually likes to dress in a way that she will feel comfortable yet again she always looks for that lil' something extra. She used to think that S is the most boring day of the week but as she gets older, she likes to argue that your Monday is only gonna be as good as your Sunday - so it better be a good one.
Brunch and priceless time with friends and family in the morning, netflix n' chill in the evening. 
Who can relate?

 
 

wearing:  white trousers and kitten heels all by SPORTMAX , hooded coat by S MAXMARA // all via Maxima Boutiques

photography by Elias Tiggis
A. x

 

HOW TO CUTCUUTUR

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Ready for a styling session with CUTCUUTUR aka everything laser - cut. The brand invited me to style three of their new collection pieces - I chose something red (you all know I have got deep feelings for red) , my must-have piece for mastering the art of hi-lows and some metallics game strong. Read along.

 

 
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Red and ready!
Unless you have been living under a rock, then you know that red is da sh*t this season. Either you go red-to-toe, colour block it or add it as an accessory, red is your way to go if you want to be far and wide ahead of your game. Miuccia, Donatella, Fendi, MaxMara and Givenchy were only some of the many who joined the bandwagon. Asymmetric and artful options, head to toe looks, oversized coats, silky dresses or playful accessories - red was the king on all Fall FW. They say - three is a trend - then what do you call dis?
I had a few slices of the pie, quite a few times myself - proof is in the pudding - here or here!
Anyhow - back to CUTCUUTUR and on another love (another love
all my tears have been used up - la la la!), red with camel - j'adore. Tartan to spice it a bit up, white sneaks to balance the act and gold jewellery for the top up. 
Tada! yes or no?

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Metallics are here for good! The optimism and high shine of the Space Age have proliferated and electrified the catwalks this Fall. Saint Laurent’s,  DON Vaccarello majestically took us back to Studio 54 and Chanel, Dries, LOEWE and JW Anderson amongst others are saying this new year will definitely be a shiny one. Needless to say much about Paco (Rabanne that is) and their trademark chain mail in silver and gold - l'obsession.
Well I am ready for liftoff.  
As for me; I usually have two options when it comes to metallic outfitting. I either like to tone it down with some denim (or any other sporty-ish fabric) and pair with bright colours or go with all metallics everything. 

 
 
 
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The sweatshirt - I currently count 11 hoodies and 4 of them are black. I guess I can call it a wardrobe staple pour moi?
I am head over heels for pieces that combine comfort and style and this is one of them. An outfit transformer as it can be paired and layered with oh - so many looks. It has taken me to meetings, dinners and even on a date. Love wearing them with my metallic skirts or pants to tone the look down and make it day-appropriate and I won't deny loving me some athleisure action with a good tracksuit pair (always upgraded with a fur jacket or a statement bag, of course. *winks). The art of high lows someone said?

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ANDRIASDOSE X MARELLA

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As part of my usual Monday / Tuesday duties (aka an attempt to put myself back in order), I am currently briefing new projects (many exciting things coming up), editing finalised stories as I multitask dividing my fingers between the laptop and the hangers, jiggering samples back into order. Lingering between tasks of the deadline variety, I am already on the 3rd double espresso. Fyi, it's 11 am.

(Finally!) time for the dotty land edit with MARELLA! 

Our bet with Maxima is still going strong and I am loosing big time. Marella is yet another brand to add to my yes please! portfolio (raised hand emoji, hashtag gimme gimme). 
Black and white dots, right to the point, the flowy Autumn dress I was hunting for longer than eternity.
An - always on trend - parka to take a bite out of all the femininity and a dreamy bucket bag to top it up. Nice n' easy.
One thing’s for sure: The Italians know a thing or two about good fit and how to make a woman feel awesome in their clothes.

Si, si! Lo adoro!

 
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In this photo:
Polka Dot dress and drop-proof parka jacket
all by MARELLA

 
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In this photo: bucket leather bag by MARELLA

 

 

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photography by Harris Kyprianou
wearing: MARELA dress, parka jacket + bucket bag via Maxima Boutiques

 

Così ... when the brand invited me to host their upcoming event letting me play with styling, guess what my answer was. Duh!

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All about this season's coat, and oh believe you me, Marella does the trick.
This Thursday.. You are all invited if you are around!
Drinks, chit chat and clothes! Sounds perfect to me. 

See you?
A. x

 

TO THE MAX-MARA

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photography  by Harris Kyprianou
wearing: dress & necklace BY SPORTMAXboots by MAXMARA
all via MAXIMA BOUTIQUES

Bonjour! Currently in Paree, ready to hit the sack for my oh-so-fatty but oh-so-nice croissant a Café de Flore! If you are following on Instagram, then I am pretty sure you already know I spent the last week in Paris for Fashion Week. Blisters in the sun, crying feet, 3 extra kgs and a few more souvenirs with me, ready to fly out today!
Promise to share my coverage from the shows and everything else that happened - in my favourite city in the world - next week.
Until then, I am so very excited to share this look.
Again, if we are Insta-pals, you should know that I am very fond of Maxmara and Sportmax lately! Oh boy, haven't they gotten me by surprise!
Up until now, I thought that they were too 'classic' for my likes! And how very wrong I was.
I came closer to the brands recently through Maxima group and their mission to prove me wrong.

Challenge accepted.

And bet lost.

Young, playful and super fresh perfectly contrasting the everlasting chicness we all know by the names of Maxmara, Sportmax, Max and Co et al; the brands have earned a frow seat on my go-to outfit picks.

And as it is no secret I love me some good silk, it was gimme gimme by the sight of this one.
La-la-love the bull necklace and arghs, hmms and grrrs for the boots. 
Thoughts?

À bientôt.

A. x

FIRST LOOK AT FALL

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This has started way too early dis year; with a caption that said 'I kinda miss Winter' on August 10th. Need I say more?

The whole thing is polarising.

On the one hand, I love the life in no clothes! And that beach/hendricks/food/sleep - repeat routine is too good. The cut-offs and off-shoulder dresses / flat slingback combos aren't bad either. But when you are located on an island and you live in high Summer since May, then August is just the right time to start feeling Fall-sick.
And oh how I miss to dress up (translation: layering, textures, sweaters, furs, jackets et cetera).

I have already messed up my Summer feed with a few outfits but sorry not sorry, my fashion brain tells me it's time!

Anyhow, I am currently on the hunt for my new season's favourites.. and thankfully, someone (otherwise known as MaxiMa) shared my vibes!
 MaxiMa carries MaxMara, Sportmax, Marella, Marina Rinaldi and Max&Co and together, we have decided to curate a few looks for this Fall. 
Meet the first drop and look number one - the suit.

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Wearing: Suit and sneakers by MAXMARA, both via MaxiMa

Over time, you get to learn what brands make a flattering pair of leather pants, who to go for the perfect slip dress, whose shirting has the right sleeve volume and who makes a suit that feels like a second skin. Pour moi, the latter has one name; and it is MAXMARA
Never have I met a suit I didn't like and trust me I've worn too many over the years. 
MM never disappoints me >> case in point!

With time, you also get to identify what pieces you should invest your hard-earned cash from those late nights at the office. Although, in general, the answer for me is shoes, ladies - always shoes - there are some classic pieces that just have the perfect quality slash price correlation that I always give my yes vote, i.e. a well tailored suit!
In all my styling/consulting experience with a big spectrum of brands, I can put my hand in fire for the MAXMARA suit. The fabrics, the fit, the design. Just YES!

And although I am one to usually pair my suit with trainers I am also a very well known 'moody' dresser so I could easily replace them sneaks with a pair of sexifiers (aka black pumps), 2-inch sling-backs, or even a pair of pointy spandex.
So many different outfits with one piece, always depending on the vibes. And that's exactly the reason, it is indeed a perfect investment. 

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Look number two >> the printed sweater/ cropped pants / furry slippers outift. Comfortable as ever and pretty much transitional. 
Come on, gimme me some credit here, you can still see some bare legs!

 
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Wearing: Sweater and cropped trousers by SPORTMAX / Furry Slides by MAXMARA
All via MaxiMa

Speaking of sweaters - this season (exactly like the last) we will be talking out loud. Logos, slogans, prints. Me likey!

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

BTW, I am beyond happy to get my hands on this one. Blogger-approved it was one of street style stoppers last season. 

Much more to come with MaxiMa as their new collection lands and I am falling more and more in love.
Stay tuned! 

A. x

 

NIKE AIR #VAPORMAX (is back)

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Ask me ten years ago if run baby run was anywhere on my to-do list. Don't take me wrong, I liked me some sort of training but that mostly consisted of shopping for shoes for 4 hours straight and finger muscle training up on Net-a-porter. 
Buuuut...gone are those hot summer days when I could order triple scoops of ice-cream topping sea-salt french fries just because I could - fluorescent adolescent. Out, are the thoughts that fleeted into my brain, mocking that I would be young forever aka speedy metabolism amongst others. My early twenties was in fact, punctuated with poor choice in food: Mac had me at hello. Damn those fries are good. Anyhow!
One decade after and body cells turn over, metabolism abates, you suddenly think the Olympics could be your next goal.. and your nevers become… well.. forevers?

Maybe it's life's Yin and Yang but now my fridge mostly consists of avocados, fresh greens et al and I own a huge load of trainers.. usually form Nike. Just (makes me) do it. 
Here, Vapormax.. oh Vapormax you have been oh-so-real. Doing the work a lot more fun and easy as it actually feels like walking on air (at least my Aero cravings are compensated *rolling eyes emoji) - anything that contains bubbles and isn't fun anyway?!
Lightweight, revolutionary, knitted (fashion alert), feeling like running on air. Check, check, check and check.

 

 
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All good with gymnastics food and all but let's be a real for a minute — this is a fashion blog.. and please do remind me when are we not looking for a pair of photo-worthy pair of shoes?
Needless to say, it feels like these kicks can match anything in my closet.. but first thing's first, you know I love me some co-ordinating action.
All purple everything and... #kissmyAirs!
Sold out globally in no time, Vapormax launches again today with a black / anthracite game changer - and I already see the pairing; 'never have I met a suit I didn't like' or an off-shoulder dress it is.
Shopping card ahoy!