4.18.2014

Hommes Fashion 2: Alessandro in L.A.

I've been browsing the net a lot lately, to find some inspiration for my hommes fashions, it's not easy finding something feasable and not boring, yet something one can actually use.....I've  found some very weird things, and then I discovered something it's going to be a big hit around here: Urban Safari!

Among the many things, the first that caught my eyes was this beautiful outfit by Diesel as I thought it would be perfect for the guys!

So, Alessandro can finally leave his hotel room and  do some wandering around L.A!
For the sweater I used a piece of polyester scarf (which happened to have a diamond pattern very similar to the one of the original outfit) and wool jersey for the sleeves, the same scarf and jersey for the jacket. The trousers are made of a gabardine fabric. Boots by Paul Zangby.

Rodeo Drive - Picture by Billa
Hollywood Blvd - Picture by Billa
Hollywood Blvd - Picture by Billa
Santa Monica Pier - Picture By Billa

Los Angeles Pueblo - Picture by Billa
Alessandro feels like a star, so he's going to spend the afternoon at Universal Studios!!

Universal Studio - Picture by Billa
Well, this outfit was real fun, and I like the fact that I shall interchange pieces with other things I'm working on....more hommes fashions to come!

Ps. will Alessandro meet some of the girls around Universal Studios?

See you soon
Billa

Phantom Planet: California here we come

4.12.2014

Alessandro: Mad about the boy 2

Time has come to introduce Alessandro, I've decided that each guy shall have his own "place" so, as Carlo is based in San Francisco, Alessandro shall be based in LA. As I don't have a favourite hotel in LA (I had one but they closed it, too bad they had the most exquisite breakfast buffet I tried in my life) I had to choose one. After much browsing on the net I picked the Raffles l'Ermitage in Beverly Hills. It looks very comfortable, and its huge rooms fits very well Alessandro.





Alessandro is a sexy thing, I like the way he has to look straight into the camera....so self confident!


I also appreciate his sweet side, looks like he's very versatile: he has  boyhis but manly looks! I've been already working on Alessandro's wardrobe, and I think I've found his "stile"......before leaving him, here's one last shot:


Of course he's a true Sampdorian too.....(happy Sasha?)



Soundtrack: Billie Holiday - The Man I love



4.07.2014

Travelling dolly 6: Odette in China - The south: Guiling, Li River and Yangshuo

After her visit to the two capitals, Odette is now in the south of China, here we have a huge change in the background, as she's going to see some of the most amazing natural landscapes of the world!
In Guiling she's pretty close to the tropics, so the climate is hot and damp, she's going to have to drink a lot of water to keep the pace!

This wonderful painting is the main reason why Odette wished to go to the south, to see the wonderful River Li


For her visit to the south Odette is wearing a jersey silk dress, I loved this patter at first sight, with a matching cloche hat and paul-zangby shoes. She's going to do a lot of walking but it seems like she doesn't care....Carlo has reached Odette on this trip, he's wearing a cotton casual outfit, with a pique t-shirt. I think they make such a lovely couple!

Guiling is a nice town, there's an incredible market going on until the late hours where you can find everything, and after Odette and Carlo took a straw along the river banks.

Guiling - Picture by Billa
Guiling - Photo by Billa
In the early morning they visited the zoo, to meet Mr Panda in person!!!!
Guiling - Picture by Billa
Mr. Panda is a bit of a lazy fellow, so they had to go early in the morning, while he's having his breakfast, and before he begins his nap!

Before their cruise on the river they are taking a bus ride to see the Longji (Dragon Backbone) rice terraces: among the many great things about China are the evocative names of the places. They  plunge you into the magic of nature, in a parallel universe where dragons, fox-women, and spirits are possible and live among us.

Longji village - picture by Billa
China is not only rich in diverse landscapes and attraction, but for its PEOPLE! This is a lovely Miao Lady showing her traditional dress....

Miao tratitional costume - Picture by Billa
Longji rice terrace - Picture by Sasha
Longji rice terrace - Picture by Sasha
Before leaving Guilin for their cruise on the river Li a brief stop to pay a visit to the Elephant hill. In fact the whole area of Guilin is very rich of wonderful caves, they are just too difficult to photograph for Odette and Carlo, so you'll just have their word for it!

Elephant hill - Picture by Billa
Now they are ready for the climax of this trip: the cruise on the river Li! There are no words to describe it, Odette and Carlo hope that the photographs shall give you at least some of the emotions of this place

River Li - Picture by Sasha
River Li - Picture by Sasha
River Li - Picture by Billa
The Cruise reaches Yangshuo, a beautiful village (300.000 inhabitants) among the river and fields. Once upon a long ago they were peasants and fishermen. Today they also are merchants!!! Here there's everything you need for a whole day of compulsive shopping!!! You can see the mountains in the background of the village.


Yangshuo - Picture by Billa
Yangshuo - Picture by Billa
Climate is tropical so rain can set in quite suddenly!

Yangshuo - Picture by Sasha
A brief vistit to the rice fields neraby, to take another glimpse of this incredible landscape!

Yangshuo - Picture by Billa
And before leaving they can't miss this incredible show: Impression Sanjie Liu.  The performance utilizes the natural surroundings to create a spectacular outdoor theatre which is the largest of its kind. The Li River itself is the stage and twelve mountains serve as the backdrop. The first show opened in 2004 and was directed by Zhang Yimou. This picture cannot do justice to it, as it is simply GREAT!

Impression Sanjie Liu - Picture by Billa
Impression Sanjie Liu - Picture By Billa
Odette and Carlo adored it! Such a great way to take leave from this amazing part of China.

On the next instalment Odette is going to visit the East of China and Shanghai

Previous Instalment: Odette in China part 1

4.03.2014

A satin working outfit for Giovanna

It was time for a new "original" design, and for Giovanna to come back as model with an article on her own, she's such a gorgeous lady, and also my "Cover Girl"!
I've made for her this working/shopping outfit in old-rose satin, with underskirt and matching purse.
It has big collar and a tie, with a high waistline. The fabric is satin, while the purse is made of linen and satin.
I tried to come up with something legant and comfortable.

shoes by Paul Zang-by
She looks very easy in it, I think she loves it.....



Ok Giovanna, what about a couple of shots with Nasty?

Uhmmm, not quite sure about this
Come on girl, don't be a  chicken....

Something is going terribly wrong.....
What the heck?!?!!?!?

.....terribly wrong!!!!!!!
Sorry Giovanna, he's incorrigible

Oh, Nasty.....
Ok Nasty, next time you want a closeup, try to bark first.....

sooooo cute.......
Nasty will never learn!

See you soon
Billa

3.27.2014

Hommes Fashion 1: Carlo in San Francisco

I managed to finish my first homme complete outfit, I started with some casual clothes and pants, so that the guys will not have to stay naked all around the house (it ain't proper).
As Carlo was already in San Francisco - Carlo Mad About the boy - he immediately went out in his new clothes to show off. He' wearing a cotton jacket and jeans and a pique t-shirt. You always need a jacket in the San Francisco summer!!!! I believe this colour enhances his features.

Carlo is posing in some of my favourite San Francisco's spots:

Sausalito - Picture by Billa
Golden Gate Park - Picture by Sasha
Golden Gate - Picture by Billa
Painted Ladies - Picture by Billa
Union Square - Picture by Sasha
Now he's going to join the rest of the girls and I expect him to pop up in Odette's travels!!!



See you soon!
Billa

3.23.2014

Versatile Blogger Award nomination given by Nymphea


My dear friend Nymphea of The Doll Barn nominated me for this nice award. It was such a  suprise!!!


To accept  this nomination I have to post seven things about me and give the award to 15 Bloggers I follow and inform them about it, then post a comment with my nominations on the VBA Blog. It looks like fun so here I am!

Seven things about me:

1. Right afther Sasha (my boyfriend) the thing I love most in my life is travelling around the world as often as       I can (with him)
2.I've been a collector of something for my whole life
3. Love classic movies from the 30's, 40's and 50's and movies in general
4. I'm an avid reader, mostly classics (here too...he he)
5. I'm a lousy tennis player
6. My favourite season is summer 
7. My favourite sport is sunbathing

And my nominees are:

1. Heather at The Travelling Twig
3. Miranda at One Sixth Avenue
4. Muff at Hey It's Muff
5. Vanessa at Van's Doll Treasures
6. Cindi Montersen at Moreville
9. Cat at A doll affinity
10. Roville
11. Miss Jay
12. Dominique at Domidoll
13. Mrs Roberts
14. Everyday a Dollie
15. April at Fashion Doll Stylist

See you soon!

3.20.2014

Little Black Dress 3: the 40's Dior and the New Look

After two decades in the 40's the rise of the Little Black Dress came to a halt. In fact during war time there was not much time to think about fashions. Anyway women favoured two pieces suits  or floral dresses. The line that prevailed in the first half of the decade was still the siren of the late 30's. An example is  the dress I made for Costanza: Costanza 40's dress

But in 1947, the war finally over, Christian Dior in his very first collection introduced the "New Look": characterised by a small waist and a full skirt. This style was immediately embraced by the most stylish women of the era. In fact it became extremely popular, influencing fashion well into the 50's.

This is the classic Dior line that we all know and love so well

Dio's New Look: The Bar Jacket
The Little Black Dress, born in the "no waist line" 20's, was back!!! 

This  fashion I choose is  from 1948, and is called "Drag". I think it has a line that Greta Garbo or Katharine Hepburn would have loved:


The most "garboesque" among the girls is definitely Veronica, so she's going to model this one:



I think that these neoclassic columns emphasizes the timeless style of this  Dior design




This issue's sountrack is "la vie en rose" 1946 by Edit Piaf




On the next instalment:  the 50's, Enter Givenchy