Sunday, April 13, 2008

keira knightley

Picture in Elle magazine, courtesy of

I love this picture from a feature on Keira Knightley in Elle magazine a few years ago, especially for the bright contrasting colors, the flowers, the simplicity and yet fantasy-like quality of the setting (who wouldn't love to be getting room service in such an amazing hotel room?), how good the pasta she's eating looks... (never blog when hungry!) But mostly for the amazing blouse that Keira is wearing, which looks like the perfect luxurious but light-as-air thing to wear when lounging around the house (or a gorgeous suite). A bright color like this is sure to look unique and attention-getting in any outfit, but I love the way the sheerness of the fabric mutes the effect a little bit, so it isn't so overwhelming. It could be played off more boldly, or more casually in a variety of different ways.

The blouse is from Alessandro Dell'acqua's S/S 2005 collection, which had a number of tops and dresses in this electric/Yves Klein blue chiffon with white Wedgwood-inspired embroidery. The collection as a whole got sort of mixed reviews because this look was only one in a number of strong ideas among the outfits, so there wasn't an overall focus. But I really think this look alone (which opened the show) was original, interesting, and yet somehow classic enough to carry the whole collection. The blue was combined, and contrasted with other outfits in between, with neutral khaki and nude colors as you can see in the picture below on the left (I think you'd have to be really careful about mixing this with another strong color).

The blouse and other designs on the runway (with quite a different color based on light):

And here are some blue silk chiffon pieces available this season, in case you're feeling inspired to give this look a try:

Top row - Stella McCartney and Chris Benz
Bottom row - Catherine Malandrino and Vanessa Bruno


WendyB said...

That Vanessa Bruno is so pretty.

Wendy said...

I don't know if I'm right but the inspiration kind of comes from Mexican embroidery.

Jen (MahaloFashion) said...

I've never seen that picture
it's a great one of keira
she's on of my favorite fasionistas
I'm a sucker for anything that's colorful and visually stunning

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JuliAM said...

i love the stella tank...sadly, out of my price range. i actually have a chiffon dress in that shade but i'm obsessed and want more pieces

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