MARTAN 2010 - 2019



Alina Baikova - Vogue Australia March 2011

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Vogue Australia adds a bright splash of colour for the  March cover. Model Alina Baikova is dressed head to toe in Prada from the 2011 Ready to Wear collection.

I'm love love loving Vogue Australia's move for a more minimal cover, though I think that the choice to have 'Colour Fiesta' in yellow doesn't work. Besides that though this slight cover redesign being introduced is very chic and reminiscent of covers from Vogue Paris and Italia. 



My Travels - Paris.. Again

After falling in love with Paris on my tour in August, and unfortunately falling asleep on my only say there I had to go back to this amazing city. So my final stop before London was Paris just for two days, well really one day with trains and flights it cuts it down. Back to Paris, I wanted to get things done like climb the Eiffel tower, go up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and go to the Louvre. Luckily I did it all, and even shopped so a very eventful day. Love love love Paris.

 - This is my last travel post well for a while (until I earn more money). From Paris I went to London, where I burnt a large chunk of my remaining savings and now I'm in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia relaxing in the heat eating nice food right before going home. 

Follow the jump to see more photos of Paris

Looks of the Week - 24-30 January 2011

Caroline Sieber: Noted stylist attended the Chanel Couture Show in Paris wearing none other than Chanel coupled with thigh high Louboutin boots. Note the adorable Chanel China Doll Clutch, it is so cute I love love love. (Bigger picture of the clutch over the jump)
Diane Kruger: Appearing twice on the list this week. First Kruger was front row at the Chanel Couture Show wearing none other than a nude jeweled lined Chanel dress from year's previous couture collection. Wearing a highly detailed black halter Gucci mini dress, Kruger went to the Vogue Paris Dinner honoring creative director of the brand Frida Giannini. Love love love the gold fringe on the lower of the dress.
Leighton Meester: At the premiere of her latest film 'The Roommate', Meester showed up in a black Michael Kors dress. The fitted leather bodice on the dress is tres amazing, a very chic look.
Rose McGowan: Adding colour to this week's line up McGowan wore a green print Juan Carlos Obando dress to the People's Stylewatch 'A Night of Red Carpet Style' event in LA.


Fall Menswear 2011 Picks - Part 3

Versace and Salvatore Ferragamo
Enclosed is my last set of picks for Fall Menswear for 2011. Finishing off strong with famous names like Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Versace, etc... Texture is a key element found in these picks, I particularly the detailing on the Versace Jackets. The leather leggings in Agnes B's collection I love love love.


Helena Christensen - InStyle UK March 2011

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Danish supermodel, Helena Christensen is on the March cover for InStyle UK. 

Christensen is looking chic with her slicked back hair. I've become fond of InStyle UK, it's a good and cheap read without excessive ads or puff pieces. I'm eager to read Christensen's article and the 'BAFTA Exclusive'. 

The covers are being revealed so early, it's not even February yet and I want to read them now. 



Rosie Huntington-Whiteley - Vogue UK March 2011

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Victoria Secret Model and Transformers 3 Actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks red hot on the March cover of Vogue UK.

The cover actually reminds me of Beyonce's Heat fragrance ad campaign, the fiery colour palette and Huntington-Whiteley's natural sex appeal make this cover irresistible and a step up for Vogue UK this year cover wise. Love love love


Nicole Kidman - Harper's Bazaar Australia March 2011

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Nicole Kidman is looking fabulous on the March cover of Harper's Bazaar Australia shot by Alexi Lubomirski. 

American readers might be seeing double however as the cover shot was taken from Kidman's spread in her February Harper's Bazaar USA issue. I must say though Australian Harpers has made a great cover, unlike its American counterpart. The cover welcomes Autumn gracefully, love love love. 

Click the link below to see shots from Kidman's USA spread which will undoubtedly feature in the Australian issue. 



Keira Knightley - Elle UK March 2011 Subscribers Cover

Keira Knightley gets another magazine cover for 2011, this time she's on the March cover of Elle UK entitled 'Keira by Tom Ford'. This is her subscribers cover, scanned images of the newsstand cover have been low quality, when I find a good one I'll post it.

Knightley as recent is starring in
The Children's Hour at the Comedy Theater in London opposite Mad Men star Elizabeth Moss. 

I love love love this cover, a definite plus from her January Vogue UK cover. Knigthley is wearing none other than Tom Ford looking tres intense in the bat wing catsuit. 

Can't wait to pick up my copy.


Fall Menswear 2011 Picks - Part 2

Etro and Costume National
Part two of my Fall Menswear Picks for 2011, see the suit being reinterpreted with new prints and colours. Metallics feature prominently in Jean Paul Gauliter while hints of leather and fur also are evident in others. Leggings and the drop crotch also are rising in collections, things I'm currently in love love love with.



My Travels - Lyon

From the sunny Barcelona, I went to Lyon, France. It's such a nice more quieter French city than Paris. There is plenty of places to shop and the view from the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere. I even went to a cute little French restaurant, delved in the cuisine and I never knew how many courses and types of cheese one could eat! Good memories.

Note the new MARTAN Main layout, I'm still getting used to it, hope you all like it.


Fall Menswear 2011 Picks - Part 1

Dolce & Gabbana and Balmain
Menswear unfortunately isn't the biggest area of the Fashion Industry. Hopefully in time it'll soon rival womenswear though I see it taking a long time, more guys need to develop taste and personal style. Anyway I've been through the entire Fall 2011 collection, I see trends of Leather, Detailed Textures, Primary Colours, Bronze and Black of course. Here are my first lot of picks from this season. I'm in love love love with these Dolce & Gabbana suits, the pants in Alexis Mabille and the sillouettes from Ann Demeulemeester

Follow the jump for more of my picks...


Gwyneth Paltrow - Harper's Bazaar UK March 2011

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Gwyneth Paltrow is looking tres intense on the March cover of Harper's Bazaar UK. Having reinvented herself over the past few months from 90's star and mother to a popular singer and actress notably appearing on Glee and SNL. Love love love the cover and I'm uber excited to read the article 'On tour with GaGa' and of course Paltrow's 'Super Diva' spread. 



Tom Ford - Interview Magazine Cover & Spread February 2011

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Designer Tom Ford is on the February cover of Interview Magazine. The headshot cover is cut up, like the spread which I love love love. I love the black and white cover with the contrasting bronze writing and colour second layer. Ford's womenswear collection features in the cut spread.

Follow the jump for Tom Ford's Interview Magazine Spread...



Midweek Fashion Gossip

Rafael Nadal's Armani Underwear Campaign Shot (Credit: Armani)

- Georgia May Jagger, model of Hudson Jeans is now going behind the scenes to create her own collection. cont.

- Scraps from the Lanvin H&M collection have been used to create the new H&M Waste line. cont.

- Heidi Klum joins the large list of celebrities with their own fragrance. The scent is rumored to be titled 'Shine'.cont.

- Following in the steps of David Beckham and Christiano Ronaldo, Tennis Star Rafael Nadal's Armani Underwear campaign shots have been released. Love love love. cont.

- Burlesque Actress Kristen Bell is the new face for Neutrogena. cont.



My Travels - Barcelona

On my final leg of travel I started in Barcelona, Spain. Being one of the only countries I hadn't been to on my European travels coupled with my two free weeks, I thought I'd visit the Spanish city. Though it wasn't peak season Barcelona was really nice. Having street performers and extensive Spanish art and architectural design easily found within the city I found this place to be fun and cultural. I visited the Picasso Museum and Gaudi Museums and Parks, Love love love.

Follow the jump for more photos of my travels...



Looks of the Week - 17-23rd January

Camilla Belle: Featuring twice on the list, Belle first attended the Art of Elysium Gala in LA in a feathered Alberta  Ferretti mini dress. Then for the premiere for her latest file 'Prada to Nada' Belle opts to show skin in Jason Wu, I love the contrast between the strong structured suit with the light and feminine bandeau. Love love love
Jennifer Lopez: The newest American Idol judge sported this nude feathered Marchesa dress, at the Fox Searchlight Golden Globe Party.
Kirsten Dunst: Attending the Art of Elysium Gala, Dunst wore a floral and mint Rodarte print dress.
Michelle Obama:The First Lady wore this amazing Alexander McQueen dress to a State Dinner for the Chinese President in Washington. Loving the bold choice, though risky Obama pulls it off well.


Hello Ann

Credit: IMG Models
I'm chronicling the journey of America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 winner Ann Ward. Winning the new  Top Model package, she lands a Beauty In Vogue Cover and a Vogue Italia spread. Finally Ward's IMG polaroid has been released. Moving forward, her editorial spread is rumored to feature in the February issue I'm eager for a copy. Updates have they come.


Leighton Meester - Nylon February 2011

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Gossip Girl and the face of Missoni Leighton Meester bags the February cover of Nylon Magazine. 2011 promises to be a big year for the star with three films and campaigns from Missoni and Vera Wang to be released. Meester's cover is cute, though I find that Meester's expression is a bit lackluster. I still love love love the girl and her fashion sense.



Golden Globes 2011 - Best Dressed

With the beginning of award season comes with accolades and fashion exposure. This years Golden Globes saw a trend of black, body capped sleeves and and form fitting dresses. Not to mention the pregnancies. I chose five of the best dressed ladies of the night featured above.

(Left to right:)
Anne Hathaway: Armani PrivĂ©
January Jones: Versace
Leighton Meester: Burberry Prorsum
Angelina Jolie: Atelier Versace
Natalie Portman: Viktor & Rolf

I love love loved how these ladies dared with their fashion. A great start to the awards season.



Style Diary - MotorJacket

I got this jacket from Topshop a month ago, I love love love it a lot. It's just something a bit tough but fun to play around with. 
Follow the jump for my look...


Katie Holmes for Ann Taylor

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Elle USA's February cover girl Katie Holmes lands a campaign with American fashion brand Ann Taylor. Love love loving this campaign photo of Holmes, looks tres intense. Holmes will feature in the upcoming 8-part television series The Kennedys. 


Kristen Stewart - Vogue USA February 2011

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Twilight star Kristen Stewart bags the February cover of Vogue USA. Stewart trades in her Twilight brunette for her natural blonde. The cover though awkward looks tres intense, I love that Vogue stripped her Twilight image so that we see Stewart and not Bella. I love love love her blue eyes. Good choice Vogue.



Leighton Missoni

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With her co-star Blake Lively being officially announced as the face of the new Chanel Mademoiselle Handbags, images from Missoni's Spring Summer 2011 collection featuring Leighton Meester have surfaced. The campaign is fun and culturally inspired also featuring member of the Missoni family. Love Love Love the fun aspect to the shoot it reminds me of a British Vogue spread with Gemma Ward, mixed with a more exposed look. Follow the jump for another shot of Meester in Missoni Eyewear. Love love love

Follow the jump...


Style Diary - Sporty?

I bought this sweater from Topman a while back and while mucking around with my camera I took a few shots. The top vaguely reminds me of Alexander Wang's sportswear collection, its probably the closest thing to sportswear you'll see me in.



Miss Portman Cherie

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Mentioned previously in my Midweek Fashion Gossip posts Natalie Portman was chosen to be the new face for the Dior fragrance Miss Dior Cherie. Her partnership of Dior led them to redesign her shoe collection to be totally vegan, if only we were all as lucky as that! Now images have surfaced for the print campaign with the companion film ad believed to surface in March. The ad is tres intense Portman whom is topless looks chic and sexy, bringing a new look to the fragrance which has been previously marketed as more cute and whimsical. I can't get enough of Portman I love love love her! Updates as they come. 


Rumer Willis for Badgley Mischka

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It seems that now is the time where all of the celebrity designer spreads are being leaked. The latest is Rumer Willis for Badgley Mischka. Three images have been released of the actress by the sea in beautiful dresses. I love love love the photos, I find that Willis is an unconventional beauty she just oozes sophistication in these photos. More photos will surface soon.

Follow the jump for more photos of Rumer Willis for Badgely Mischka ...


Natalie Portman - InStyle USA February 2011

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Black Swan actress Natalie Portman lands the February cover of InStyle USA. The star has also revealed that she is pregnant and is engaged. And if that isn't enough with Awards Season and Portman's spectacular performance in Black Swan she is a favourite clean up well. The cover shot is nice, focusing on Portman's face with a rich colour palette of reds and wines. love love love.


Style Diary - Cest la Vie

This Cest La Vie singlet I found at Topman is pretty cute, though normally I stay away from printed wording. 
Follow the jump for my look...


Michelle Williams - Marie Claire USA February 2011

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Blue Valentine Actress Michelle Williams bags the cover of Marie Claire USA for February. The cover is whimsical and fun, the issue features Project Runway's Mondo so I'll be intrigued to read that article. Williams never fails to impress me, hopefully her spread will be tres intense. love love love


Nicki Minaj - V Magazine #69

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Rapper Nicki Minaj has landed the cover of V Magazine. The rapper works it out with black hair instead of her famous blonde locks. The issue contains former Vogue Paris Editor in Chief Carine Roitfeld's daughter Julia in Tom Ford's womanswear collection, as well as the new faces in hollywood including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's sister Elizabeth.



Style Diary - Mickey...? You're so fine

Who doesn't like Mickey Mouse? I got this sweater from Topman, just because it's fun and the cut suits well. Normally I'm not a big fan of sweaters just because I normally swim or look too shrimpy in them, but this one is cut well. 
Follow the jump for my look...



Katie Holmes - Elle USA February 2011

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Katie Holmes looks clean and chic on the February cover of Elle USA. The Dawson´s Creek star will feature as the iconic Jackie O in an upcoming television series. The cover is a tad plain with Holmes just in a fitted jumpsuit, but heck she does look good. Her spread has more edge than the cover, I´ll post that soon.