[ peaked-shoulders of Antonio Berardi ]

I received a comment on yesterday’s post that, despite its good intentions, made me a little disconcerted and concerned. In the post I mentioned that I did some modelling the day before and the reader had some assumptions/questions that I wanted to address. The first had to do with my occupation and the idea that I must be a professional model. And the second assumption was that this must be the source of my designer clothes. If this is a common belief, I’m afraid that I might have mislead some of my dear readers or somehow mystified who I am. I want this post to dispel any such mystery or confusion.

I am simply a student who has always had multiple interests and fashion happens to be a huge one. I don’t call myself a model because I don’t identify with being one and I very rarely do it professionally. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, as was the case with the We Love Colors feature, I buy all of the designer clothes myself and finding them at great prices is something of a passion in itself for me. I just love adding another couture treasure to my collection and gradually watching that collection grow.

What most concerned me about that comment was its underlying implication that the reason that I am able to own these pieces, or look a certain way, is somehow outside the reach of “non-models.” Or the misguided notions that it is a common practice for models to receive designer clothes for free. This is simply not true; 99% of models get their standard hourly rate designated by the agency and only those at the absolute top of the game might walk away with something extra.

Part of the reason that I started the blog is because I want to show couture on someone who is outside the fashion industry. Just a future law student making her way through the world and trying to enjoy it fully. Couture is not elusive or unattainable anymore. Knowing where to look or what to look for while staying open-minded is a huge part of it. The other part is to constantly evolve, learn, and explore. Lets explore together my dear fashionistas!

Love Lida

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What I’m wearing:

  • Jacket by “Antonio Berardi” from the Fall 2006 collection
  • Silk skirt by “Miu Miu” from the Spring 2008 collection
  • Satin bow pumps by “Report Signature”
  • Feather headband by “Marciano”
  • Pearl/gold 5-strand bracelet by “Mirale & Aya”

I’ve included some runway pictures of similar pieces from the same collections. I am crazy about this Antonio Berardi peaked-shoulder, nipped-waist jacket and that exquisite detailing in the fabric just makes me want more Berardi.

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29 Replies to “[ peaked-shoulders of Antonio Berardi ]”

  1. Like the others above, I love the look, and much more than that, I love what you're saying about fashion+beauty not being “out-of-reach” for non-models (or anyone really). I agree completely, and love that your passion for fashion brings you treasure 😀 There are so many ways in the world to achieve goals and desires, it blows my mind. Only when someone holds the belief that they can only access fashion in one specific way, do we become limited, and opportunities shrink. Thanks for sharing Lida.

    1. I fully agree with you and thank you for letting me know what you thought about the subject. I really appreciate the feedback.
      Love Lida

    1. Thank you very much for your feedback. I agree, the engraved detailing is insane and I wonder how they did it – such craftsmanship.
      Love Lida

  2. great outfit.

    Re the other comments, so great to find another law student from TO! I just finished my LLM – been a longgggggg journey – what school do you go to?


    1. I'm starting in August at Santa Clara Law School in Cali. It is pretty awesome that you're going into law too. And you finished your LLM already – Congratulations!!!!

      Where did you go? and are you going to get a JD too?

      1. Congratulations – long road ahead. haha. Yes, finished my LLB last year and finishing my LLM this year in arbitration/litigation.

        Currently at Uni of London – in London UK. Hoping to return to TO eventually to practice…

        Anyway – have a great time! it's only just the beginning…



  3. Hear, hear, Lida!

    Just because you're not a model doesn't mean that you can't be fashion conscious. You have a great sense of style that's completely your own.

    And most of all, being a law student proves the best thing ever: that you can be gorgeous, fashionable, AND smart!!! (and blonde, but I don't really want to go there).

    Great post!



  4. You said it so well. Absolutely agree with you. I believe people judge fashionable people to be either 'rich' or have a profession which allows them to be 'fashionable' while that is not true. Everyone can find means to stay within their budget and yet be at the top of their game. You have a fabulous blog and amazing pictures! Keep going and not be weathered by such comments 🙂

  5. I check your blog everyday and absolutely adore your personal style. I also admire the way you handle things gracefully. Even though you do not consider yourself to be a model; the camera loves you. That and you have a great photographer. Wish you the best and hope you don't stop shopping and showing us your daily outfit. Thank you!

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