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In Accessories, British Fashion, Design, Fashion, Fashion photography, Shopping, Street fashion, Trend on January 13, 2013 at 2:11 am


Flames!  My stay in London did not just have the sole purpose to attend the London Collections:Men – there was something else that I already had impatiently been waiting to show you. I was granted the great honour to model the Spring/Summer 13 collection by iconic and modern British fashion house REISS for my blog!

In my last preview of the SS 13 lookbook I made no secret of how fond I am of the collection- which is dominated by candy hues and pastel colours like baby pink, coral and sky blue with contrasting khaki and tomatoe tones, that add depth and a certain grown-up-ness – exactly the shades of my dreams.  Stylish, wearable, directional, with a subtle sexiness, is what REISS wear always meant to me since I discovered the label in 2006. It was interesting to hear, that the company, which launched in 1971 started producing women’s clothing only in 2000!

Experiencing the quality and softness of the fabrics, which were floaty and silky  and felt luxurious yet comfortable against the skin (mainly tencel -very light viscose – and silk were used for the dresses, blouses and shirts) made this a valuable experience. The down side of this experience is that I am left way more indecisive about what I would love to get for myself and this summer (thinking that obviously I won’t be able to have it all….;) ) When it comes to tayloring, I’d always rely on Reiss designs and it seems that the design team behind it all exactly knows what a young women living in a buzzing world metropole wanst: sophisticated – chic – effortless. Don’t you just love it when you throw on a dress and instantly look like the well dressed , self confident woman you are?

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All photographs thanks to: Philipp Ueberfellner

Eye catching details of the accessories are large flower applications on bags and clutches, adorable square stud details and the mix of materials like raffia and suede. I also immediately noticed the soft as butter quality of the grosgrain leather used for jackets and handbags, that had me craving for both badly.

Part of the SS13 collection already is available in stores and online. For all of you savvy and budget concious shoppers (like myself mostly ) I also wanted to give you the hint that sale is coming to an end – which really is the best time to shop, because it means that prices drop down to the lowest. Reiss is now offering up to 70% off the Autum/Winter collection and free shipping when more than 150 Euro spent or 300 USD (free standard shipping in the UK on all orders). To give you a hand, I have a pre-selection of the best pieces of the sale for you, those that would really make sense to have in a well assorted wardrobe:

Hadden Jacket  Was £225 Now £90

Joyce Refined Track Pants  Was £89 Now £26

Bella Skirt  Was £135 Now £40

Felicity Coat  Was £295 Now £88

Greneta Shoes  Was £149 Now £44

Since we have been talking men’s fashion a lot lately, I thought I’d  let you know that the choice of men’s wear is on sale is eclectic offering suits and jacket from classic, clean- cut tayloring to a more fashionable approach in colour and fabric. (Who knows, you may have an ultra stylish hubby or boyfriend). Here you can  Shop the Men’s Sale at Reiss.com. I am also working on my next giveaway for all of you, gorgeous readers, in cooperation with Reiss, so make sure to check back for that!

Now I am just left wondering which one of those outfits did you find the most striking?

xox, the Flamboyante

Reiss UK


In British Fashion, Celebrity, Fashion photography, Men's fashion, Trend on January 12, 2013 at 9:42 am


photo credit: Leroy Dawkins

He was the most photographed man during London Collections: Men and in case if you’ve ever wondered where you saw this pair of steel blue eyes before, here is a little hint – he was the face of the Dolce and Gabbana light blue fragrance commercials.

I am talking about male super star model David Gandy, who hosted a press event at the Hospital Club, the main venue of the London Collections: Men. It was a rather exclusive event and the location rather small and intimate. After the event the charismatic heart-throb had been so kind to stay around for a while to take  pictures with those, who didn’t get a chance in the first run – including myself.

It was only thanks to the lovely Leroy Dawkins of Diary of a clothes horse, that I got a picture with David Gandy. I think I would never have asked, I imagine it to be difficult to say something meaningful, when transfixed by such steel-blue eyes. Leroy took this amazing photo for me to remember this wonderful moment forever and he also did a fantastic write-up on meeting Mr.Gandy, that I enjoyed reading so much.



Flames, now I’m impatiently awaiting your comments! 😀

xox, the Flamboyante


In British Fashion, Fashion Week, Men's fashion, Trend on January 4, 2013 at 12:09 am

Flames! As promised I will be announcing the winner for my December Smythson notebook giveaway today. Before I do that I must tell you that I won’t be announcing a new giveaway today. I made some lovely experiences the last year with my blog giveaways, but sometimes it didn’t work out so well (parcel’s were returned or I had no reply from the winner). I’ve realized I need to work out properly the logistics of these giveaways in order to provide you giveaways that are fun and run smoothly. I am working on it and will be back soon with fabulous prices that add dazzling excitement to the whole Flamboyante experience.

And now the winner (drumroll): ALICIA ZIMMEY – you are the winner of my December giveaway! Alicia is a writer and book lover and amongst my dearest readers and commenters – so it is a well deserved win!

To keep you up with what I am up to next I want to share this little teaser with you – can you guess where my next travels will lead to?

It seems to me that 2013 will be full of surprises and although the past year I blogged, posted, photographed and written about all things girly and womanly, I decided to take a peek into the men’s world of fashion this time.

Are you intrigued?

xox, the Flamboyante


In Trend on January 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm

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I hope your New Year’s Eve 2013 has been as fantastic, delightful and beautiful as mine and that you enjoyed yours to the fullest!

Are you familiar with the custom of lead-pouring [New Year's Eve custom of telling fortunes by the shapes made by molten lead dropped into cold water] at New Year’s Eve? For me it has been a tradition ever since my childhood and this is being practiced here in Austria to get a peek into what the New Year holds for you.

I was being asked how I’d spend my NYE. There were a couple of friends around at my flat and we decided to document this year’s lead-pouring at my home:

First I chose a luck charm shaped piece of lead, which will molt over the fire of a candle:

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The piece has melted and…

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now it’s time to quickly drop it into a bowl of cold water

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Voila, the fortune-telling piece has formed

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We are trying to analyse the piece and are baffled

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This ‘pinky ring’ is an amazing side product and I think it stands for a very stylish 2013 😉

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And now for you to peruse the piece and draw your own conclusions

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In this post:
Isabel Marant Star light glass crystal ring (now on SALE)
Deborah Lippman Ray of light 3D nail varnish

After a serious and profound analysis the wise men at my place and myself could get results for how to interpret what Fortuna has planned for me in 2013.  Google has shown the following results: In 2013 I will find my pearl!

Of course it leaves vast room for interpretation – but I have one or two intuitive ideas what this could mean: In October I dreamt of a trip to Antwerp and maybe even get my hand on a little diamond since Antwerp is the diamond domicile of Europe. This trip, like the Paris trip planned in December did not take place. I love traveling and hope to be able to be doing more of that in 2013 – that would be a true pearl to me! But maybe it means I shouldn’t be chasing diamonds (can you blame a girl?) as I will be finding pearls (maybe even real ones) in the next year and understand that sometimes we must give up chasing after certain things in order to receive other things that were ment for us.

Do you know the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy? Of course you do –  Captain Jack Sparrow’s pearl in the film is his ship the Black Pearl and he is in constant search for it or defense of it. I love the films to pieces as I have severe affinity for the Caribbean and just love pirate stories!

I hope you enjoyed this little psychic reading. What has your fortune-teller predicted for you in 2013?

xox, the Flamboyante


In Trend on January 1, 2013 at 4:52 am

**************HAPPY  2013!!!*******************

Music by: Alicia Keys: ‘New day’

dress: TOPSHOP Limited edition dresses

xox, the Flamboyante


In Trend on December 26, 2012 at 2:50 am


I hope you had a dazzling feast so far, dear flamboyant friends! I promised myself not to use the computer at all on the 24th, but I was so pleased seeing all the very lovely Christmas posts, photos and videos from all of you today!

To keep the spirit alive – because Christmas isn’t something that should be celebrated on one single day, but the day after and even after, and two days of recovery should be considered as well – by that time we should already get ready for New Year’s Eve – well, to keep that spirit alive, I’ve put together a fun quiz, to determine what type of Christmas girl you are. My best girl Katy is around, I would have loved to show you pictures of the most delightful bakery alongside delicious coconut cream cupcakes that look like snow balls but they wouldn’t over last the time I would have needed to have my camera ready. Instead I am trying the most fabulous head pieces, that only make sense this time of the year – and am inviting you to take this fun poll:


The Angel Girl:

The Angel Girl loves to organize big gatherings at her house or at a special location. She is getting enthusiastic when mingling at an event that she has pulled together but her true passion is for decorating and all the work she does beforehand. She knows that Christmas is about the family and friends coming together but she also loves herself a stylish little treat underneath the tree. After all she deserves it!

The Santa Girl:


For the Santa Girl Christmas is solely reserved for the family and dearest and in that special time the rest of the world may turn on without her for a while. The Santa Girl is a grounded person and may seem a little conservative at first sight – but she has no problem turning into Bad Santa after midnight, when all the little folks are already sleeping…

The Reindeer Girl:


The Reindeer Girl is easy going, to her Christmas means touching base with everyone she knows and cares for. She is always up for a little adventure for Christmas and doesn’t mind celebrating on a park bench with a bottle of beer – as long as she is surrounded by her friends. Material things mean very little to her, after all friendship is the greatest gift!

Now I am really left wondering:

Are you

A) The Angel Girl

B) The Santa Girl

or C) The Reindeer Girl ?

Drop me a line and have an amazing Boxing Day!

Party on fabulous sister, and don’t forget to enter my December giveaway, where you can win a lovely red Smythson notebook, that says: ‘Everyday I love you’.

If you haven’t done so, I’d be as giddy as a schoolgirl if you follow me on those networks:




and now on


xox, the Flamboyante


In Austria, Fashion, Fashion photography, Street fashion on December 23, 2012 at 1:28 am


I would have loved to have written this post from Paris. The plan was to go there for three days and returning back home the 24th just in time for Christmas.The tickets were ready and everything was packed – but then somebody in the family got sick and we all canceled it. Well, I guess that’s reality –  it may happen.

For me this would have been my only journey for these holidays – how amazing would it have been to send greetings from the tour d’Eiffel on world’s end day? As much as I would have been thrilled to see wonderful Paris again, I said to myself: well how many of you would love to be in my home town Vienna right now? – in fact I heard many people saying how much they would love to visit or visitors saying how much they loved it.

So instead of sightseeing in Paris, the family and I went on a little excursion tour to the Schönbrunn palace,amongst the most famous tourist attractions of Vienna. It has been the Empress Sisi’s summer residence in the 18th century and is surrounded by a breathtakingly beautiful vast baroque park. On this occasion I was wearing a mint oversize coat from TOPSHOP combined with grey tones – a combination that really works for me – and the shirt dress by Ksubi I would have loved to wear in France on my ‘French style holiday’, but I also can’t wait to rock in summer as a beach dress.

We took photos for about fifteen minute in front of the palace, it is unbearably cold here at the moment. There was also an annual Christmas market and we treated ourselves to punch and then moved on inside the palace. Before we went home I captured the Gloriette, which served as a point de vue to overview the impressive park and took a last impression of beautiful Schönbrunn castle – by night, at Christmas.


I was wearing:
Ksubi printed cotton T-shirt dress
black and grey coatigan (similar style)
TOPSHOP coat (similar)
Stella McCartney golden Falabella bag
H&M faux leather leggings
grey suede Le Silla platform pumps (similar grey platforms)
Isabel Marant alpaca  blend beanie (similar in mustard)
Isabel Marant ring


I hope you enjoyed our little getaway to the Schönbrunn castle today. I also hope that everything is going well and running smoothly for you in this hectic time of the year. I personally am positively looking forward to my next getaway – and in the meantime I am enjoying myself at the most beautiful place to be at Christmas: at home. I usually am not a superstitious girl but one thing I know for sure: I will never again book a flight ticket, when it has got ‘the end of the world’ marked in the calendar!

xox, the Flamboyante


In British Fashion, Design, Edgy, Lookbook, Street fashion, Trend on December 19, 2012 at 2:33 am

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It is so good to be back on my blog 😉 –  I did in fact take that time out, as I mentioned after coming back from my last trip to London. So therefore it has been really quiet – here on my blog as well as on my social media channels. I took the past five days to intensively spend with my beloved ones and recharging my batteries a little in order to get a fresh view and new inspiration as well as new motivation.

I have plenty of good things to share with you – some things I promised to bring a little bit earlier already, but better late than never. When it comes to the following article about Jessica_Au and her JAU LABEL I am in fact way too early, because – you may already have guessed it: we are talking fashion future trends again! In September it has been quite a hot topic on my blog and I focused on and tried to detect what is awaiting us in the world of fashion in our near future – to me a highly interesting subject, because in one or the other way it is reflecting a collective us or humanity. Ofcourse fashion would be just an aspect of the trend of community spirit or to put it in other words –  to answer the question: where are we going? I believe with fashion always comes so much more, other than just new colours, new tailoring, pattern, prints and fabrics – it stands for the time we live in, the music we hear, the status of environment, economic situation and even political stability (or not). Looking back in fashion history we can divide it into different eras – from the flappers in the Twenties to the Flower Power era with its hippie culture over to punk, grunge up to today’s fashion. It sometimes seems hard to see through, when at the moment the world of fashion seems to be overflowing with choices as well as information, but I have very clearly gotten an idea of some key trends that describe our current time – in terms of what fashion may look like in the future as well as in a more communal way of thinking. That’s why I think London-based designer Jessica_Au’s  JAU LABEL lookbook is so interesting to look at together today.



Her influences range from the neo-trash movement to Japanese street styles over to glamorous personalities such as sex idol Brooke Candy or Mykki Blanco, a rapper with multiple personalities including the female version of himself. Her collection ‘Neon’ came from a love of going out and clubbing , Jessica Au says herself, who can’t quite put her finger on what this collection is about except it is definitely intertwined with the lightheartedness and humour of her boyfriend Kaidy, and the things he introduced her to. Her collection sold out this year at the London Fashion Week in September at Somerset house and it has been housed in Japan’s TEKKNOPOLICE alongside some of today’s most sought after designer’s. Her label is set to expand at an incredible rate in the next few years to come. She has teamed up with film director Rob Heppel to create a fashion film, that accompanies her collection (click here)

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I talked about how I detected many trends in the past few months. When it comes to materials, I could definitely and delightfully see that designers currently seem to love to play and experiment with the use of organic materials like wood, fabrics and leather combined with industrial materials such as perspex and PVC. Deconstructed and deformed – or exaggerated forms of tailoring seems to appeal more and more and there is a general vast expressiveness wether it be in detail or eye-catching and bold. To make a long story short: I see fashion becoming way more deliberating, tolerating and a form of articulation, while we all learn to think out of the boxes.

Now doesn’t that sound like a sweet future? With all of that I think we’re looking into a bright 2013.  Can’t wait to hear what you predict – or wish for!

xox, the Flamboyante


In British Fashion, Celebrity, Trend on December 13, 2012 at 12:36 am


photo credit: Paulina Villalpando

It was a truly inspiring moment hearing Stella McCartney’s speech at this year’s British Fashion Awards, when she took on the award for British Designer Brand 2012. In fact it has been a very special moment in my life, that I will always remember.

In her speech Stella McCartney talked about how she struggled in her beginnings as an independent designer and how hard it was to follow her intuition and heart, when it seemed that the most influential people in her life at that moment turned their back on her. I tried to describe with my own words what Stella McCartney has said in my post: My British Fashion Award Experience, but no one could describe it better than herself. I can only say that in this moment there was triumph in the air. We can never be reminded too often to believe in ourselves and in our gut feeling – that’s why this speech is so important and inspirational:

The above photo of myself sitting in the audience of the BFA has been taken by fellow blogger and jewellery designer Paulina Villalpando from Mexico. She wrote a beautiful and extensive feature about her evening at the BFA’S on her blog PAAR. It is always great having someone with a professional eye taking a photo – as for usual I would ask my friend Katy or another friend available,  and none of them are professional photographers (yet they are great!). I really appreciate she captured that special moment in my life for me.

I hope to have given you some inspiration today. Not only has Stella McCartney taken home two awards, she has been announced the most popular fashion brand online by British Vogue and British Elle.

Can you feel the triumph?

xox, the Flamboyante


In Giveaway on December 3, 2012 at 4:16 am

Just in time and as promised I have a very special December giveaway for you lovelies! On my way back home from the British Fashion Awards I stopped by the Smythson shop at London Heathrow to update my collection of luxury notebooks. I found this little red beauty and eventually decided to give it to one of my beloved readers as a present!

Who is the lucky winner of my November giveaway I hear you ask? (Drumroll) KRISTY SAMONE! Congrats! I will be in touch with you shortly. Kristy is amongst the most fashionable Flamboyante readers, who is never too shy to share her thoughts on my blog,  so she really deserves it. Plus she has her own blog Kristy Samone, a news style fashion platform for the demanding fashionista that – if you haven’t already- you must check out!

Smythson is known for refined stationery and luxurious handbags – whilst I am dreaming of one day making a Smythson handbag my own, I’m stacking up on note books to carry in said bag. However, the red ‘Everyday I love you’ note book is reserved for one of you.



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3) Let me know you followed my blog and commented on one post  (preferably tell me which post you commented on)  by commenting on this post – and that’s your entry ! (for example: I commented on  ‘The early bird spies on Reiss’ – I want to win the notebook)

The price draw is open to anyone worldwide – no restrictions. If you didn’t follow the above rules (not commenting on a post or not following my blog) your entry won’t be accepted.

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Winner for this price draw will be announced 3rd of January on my blog and on facebook!

Fingers crossed for you all! Don’t forget to concur every life’s situation in style – and what can be more stylish than love?

xox, the Flamboyante

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