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Courant Sauvage: Luxury Beach Umbrellas for Perfect Summer Aesthetics

June 26, 2023 in Design & Décor

In recent weeks, Sophisticated Spectra has been filling up with photos of branded beaches with bright sun loungers and umbrellas. The correct and photogenic selection of these items can significantly help a hotel (and, as we now understand, a fashion brand) in promoting on social networks. A good beach umbrella is expensive, and there are luxury players in this genre. One of them is the French manufacturer Courant Sauvage in Landes. The price for their umbrellas in fruit sorbet colors with thick fringe (immediately reminiscent of the luxurious resorts in Slim Aarons' photos) reaches up to €1000. The company works with suppliers of the best materials in their class, many of which are included in the list of France's Living Cultural Heritage. Courant Sauvage also accepts individual orders, although it is worth taking care of this not at the peak of the season.

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Symphony Lighting Collection by Milan Iluminación: A Melody in Light and Form

July 9, 2023 in Design & Décor

The Symphony collection by Milan Iluminación is a harmonious fusion of design and functionality. This Barcelona-based company has been crafting beautiful lighting fixtures for six decades, sourcing locally for its materials and parts.

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American Pop Culture in the 1970s and the Aesthetics of Playboy Covers

July 15, 2023 in Photography & Visuals

The 1970s in America was a time of immense cultural transformation. It was a decade marked by the birth of new music genres, the rise of a counterculture that challenged societal norms, the continuation of the civil rights movement, and the impactful emergence of feminism.

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Chu Wong in Vogue China's August Issue: A Trend towards Fantasy Backgrounds

July 23, 2023 in Fashion & Style

Chu Wong, the eminent model, graces the August edition of Vogue China with a fresh and innovative photoshoot. A growing trend noticeable in glossy photoshoots, particularly highlighted in this issue, is the use of fantasy backgrounds that infuse an augmented reality effect into the photography.

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Vans x Goodfight Unveil OG Style 93 LX: A Fusion of Sneakers, Mary Janes, and the Season's Must-Have Orchid Motif

Aug. 26, 2023 in Fashion & Style

What do you get when you combine sneakers, Mary Jane shoes, and an orchid with aspirations to be the flower of the season? The answer is the latest collaboration between Vans and Goodfight: the OG Style 93 LX. This new collection, which also includes t-shirts and sweatshirts, captures the essence of high school nostalgia and is now available for purchase.

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Timberland x A-COLD-WALL* Collaboration Reinvents the Classic Boot—Laces Not Included

Aug. 27, 2023 in Fashion & Style

For those who have ever found the laces or classic hue of Timberland boots less than appealing, a groundbreaking collaboration with A-COLD-WALL* may be just the upgrade you've been looking for. Both brands have combined their aesthetics to release an eye-catching, all-black boot—sans laces and adorned with silver hardware.

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Unexpected Fusion: Repetto x Noir Kei Ninomiya Drop A Punk-Inspired Ballet Flat Collection on Mytheresa

Aug. 29, 2023 in Fashion & Style

In a world where the unexpected often becomes the most talked-about, the new collaboration between Repetto, the epitome of French classicism in ballet footwear, and Noir Kei Ninomiya, a Japanese brand curated by Rei Kawakubo, is stealing the spotlight. The collaboration has premiered on luxury fashion retailer Mytheresa and it's already creating a stir in fashion circles.

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Sydney Sweeney Graces the September Issue of S Moda El Pais, Styled by Fabio Immediato and Photographed by Thomas Whiteside

Aug. 29, 2023 in Fashion & Style

The September issue of S Moda El Pais is turning heads, thanks in no small part to its stunning cover star, Sydney Sweeney. The American model and actress was styled by the gifted Fabio Immediato, who selected chic ensembles from top fashion houses like Miu Miu, Alexander McQueen, Carolina Herrera, and Marni. Captured through the lens of acclaimed photographer Thomas Whiteside, Sweeney emanates a unique blend of elegance and contemporary style in the shoot.

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Plan Ahead for Holiday Gifting with Diptyque’s New Le Mondes de Diptyque Candle Collection

Sept. 2, 2023 in Design & Décor

Thinking about holiday gifting already? The renowned fragrance and lifestyle brand Diptyque has just the solution for you. Their recently released collection, Le Mondes de Diptyque, brings to your home a selection of scents inspired by some of the world's most enchanting but lesser-known locations.

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Leather Ties and Double Shirts: Mattheu Blazy Sets the Business Mood in New Bottega Veneta Shoot

Sept. 6, 2023 in Fashion & Style

When it comes to business wear, the traditional suit-and-tie look has dominated for years. But Bottega Veneta, under the creative direction of Mattheu Blazy, is challenging that notion in its latest shoot. The Italian luxury brand presents office wear as you've never seen it before—filled with bold choices that include leather ties, double shirts, and even all-knit ensembles.

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Fashion Week Whisperer: The Prada and Miu Miu Effect on Altuzarra

Sept. 12, 2023 in Fashion & Style

Hey, you fashion aficionados! Did you feel the Miuccia Prada effect reverberating through the runway this Fashion Week? Because we sure did, and Altuzarra was all ears—or should we say, all seams and stitches?

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Olivia Rodrigo: Rocking Versace and Making Waves on Rolling Stone

Sept. 13, 2023 in Models & Actresses Photos

You can't escape Olivia Rodrigo today, not that you'd want to. She's gracing the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in a stunning archival Versace piece that has everyone doing double-takes. But the Versace dress is just the tip of the fashion iceberg.

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Mowalola Spring-Summer 2024: Fetishizing Pain and Revolutionizing Fashion Norms

Sept. 16, 2023 in Fashion & Style

Last night at London Fashion Week, all eyes were on Mowalola Ogunlesi as she unveiled her much-anticipated Spring-Summer 2024 collection. The showcase featured an unusual mix of elements—ranging from classic oxfords with long socks to double skirts and "two-in-one" t-shirts. Even supermodel Irina Shayk graced the runway, intriguingly sporting a black eye.

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The Awaited Debut at Milan Fashion Week: Sabato de Sarno’s First Collection for Gucci

Sept. 22, 2023 in Fashion & Style

The most anticipated debut at Milan Fashion Week has finally occurred. The first thing we saw in Sabato de Sarno's debut collection for Gucci was unabashed curiosity. It seems he wanted to try everything that had ever been created in the fashion house before. Therefore, next to evening mini dresses adorned with a cascade of rhinestones and towering platform shoes, there were branded hoodies and white sneakers, and beside shimmering bustiers and coats with sparkling fringe—bombers.

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Kylie Minogue Graces the October Cover of Australian Vogue with "Tension" Album Release

Sept. 23, 2023 in Models & Actresses Photos

Kylie Minogue, the owner of the new album "Tension," shines as the cover story for the October issue of Australian Vogue. The Australian pop princess, with her unmatched charisma and musical resonance, is back, gracing the fashion world with her presence in conjunction with her latest musical endeavor.

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Dior Reveals a Different Facet: Anya Taylor-Joy Graces the Cover of Odda Magazine

Sept. 26, 2023 in Models & Actresses Photos

Anya Taylor-Joy, with her undeniable charisma and versatility, has illuminated the cover of Odda Magazine, bringing forth a distinctive representation of Dior. The styling, immaculately curated by David Martings, intertwines with the delicate yet profound lens of photographer Alana O’Herlihy, rendering an image that transcends conventional aesthetics.

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Acne Studios Spring 2024: A Truly Textural Collection

Sept. 28, 2023 in Fashion & Style

Acne Studios has revealed a truly textural collection for Spring 2024, pushing the boundaries of conventional fashion aesthetics. The collection stands out with its innovative use of materials and designs, featuring minty, cracked leather, presenting a visual feast of distressed elegance.

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Gabriela Hearst’s Chloé SS2024 Collection: A Serene Dance of Color and Texture

Sept. 29, 2023 in Fashion & Style

Gabriela Hearst’s most recent collection for Chloé, although less jubilant compared to her ending dance, still harmoniously adheres to her signature style: sleek and tranquil. Executed in conjunction with the students of the samba school Estação Primeira de Mangueira, the designs form a structured and serene array featuring a base of black and white, coupled with ruffles, leather, and iridescent fabrics. Orange floating dresses and red bags serve as the vibrant accents in the collection.

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The Trend of Diets: From Historical Practices to Modern Obsessions

Oct. 29, 2023 in Arts & Culture

The world of nutrition and weight management has always been dynamic, characterized by evolving trends, new discoveries, and, inevitably, fads. Dieting, as a concept, has transcended mere health necessity to become a cultural and social phenomenon.

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Kate Moss: Defining Fashion and Iconography Through the Lens of Playboy

Dec. 28, 2023 in Models & Actresses Photos

Kate Moss is an iconic figure in the fashion industry, renowned for her distinctive style and enduring influence. Born on January 16, 1974, in Croydon, London, she was discovered at the age of 14 and rapidly ascended to supermodel status in the early 1990s. Moss's waifish figure was a stark contrast to the curvaceous models of the time, which helped propel the "heroin chic" fashion trend.

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