Another exclusive! Luxury London on Swide by Dolce & Gabbana

New for 2012


I have spent the last 9 months writing style and beauty features for Dolce and Gabbana's Swide online luxury magazine..I am now happy to announce that I have been given my very own column  -  Luxury London - An uber cool column focussing on events, hotels, spas and people. London lifestyle in a nutshell. As a born and bred Londoner I couldn't be happier to represent my city.

This is an exciting progressive development in my career. I hope you all can share it with me. Please read, like, feedback, suggest relevant ideas for the column. I'd be eternally grateful. My aim is to be writing this not only in 2012 but for a very long time.

Without further ado here is the launch edition of Luxury London by Karma-Style...

Launch edition of Luxury London - read all about it here

Thanx Camillea

Exclusive sneak peak! Dolce & Gabbana SS12 Menswear campaign

For Spring Summer 2012, Dolce & Gabbana are firmly going back to their roots. Following on from the SS12 womenswear collections, the menswear campaign plays homage to family, tradition and true love. Shot by Mariano Vivanco with an Italian cinematic and comedic vibe in Portofino - Italy.

In these times of austerity and uncertainty, Domenico and Stefano intuitively capture real life scenarios - and what we the public want - no more fantasy, we want the real deal, and they are given us just that so beautifully and eloquently. 

Real actors were also used, so those of you familiar with Italian TV and cinema I'm sure some of your faves are here. Chiara Francini is breathtakingly beautiful.

Sicilian/Southern Italian spirituality through the art of fashion and cinema. 
Art imitating Life. A brilliant campaign - I love it.

A letter to the great (fashion) loves of my life

After attending the British Fashion Awards on Monday and hearing about the Marni/H&M collaboration.  I became nostalgic about my past loves and conquests. Not the male kind, but the fashion designer kind...

So, dear readers, I hope you don’t mind if I take a trip down memory lane….

I remember the heartache of losing two medusa-head buttons on my Versace military coat – my 1st ever Versace purchase circa. the Gianni era.  And falling in love with Jasper Conran and Jean Paul Gaultier at the same time! The reality is, there is no fidelity/monogamy in fashion. 

I would like to say thank you to Boyd & Storey for my first ever catwalk piece. It had to be mine; a black velvet, full-skirted 50s style corseted dress. I wore that dress until it literally fell apart – my mother helped to mend the damage many times over the years.

Then there was Versace – Mr Gianni Versace who lit up my life – he made me feel so glamourous and beautiful! Donatella has done you proud but after all these years you are still sorely missed.

I remember vividly the first time I was seduced by Jean Paul Gaultier – he was French after all, how could I resist the technical genius of his designs that charmed me during my 20s more any other.

JPG Jeans taught me all I know about double denim – these days so called fashion pundits proclaim it to be a no-no haven’t got a clue. Double denim forever I say!!
90s JPG Jeans <3

My first true British love was Jasper Conran – the tailored wit of his brightly coloured silk satin dresses turned me into a bonafide fashionista.

For the record, I have never been or will be a fashion victim for any of my loves – past or present. I always knew I had to be true to myself.

Vivienne Westwood, I'm grateful to for showing me how to explore my sexuality with my red velvet bustier - every time I wore it, it made me feel sexy but not hoochie mama. She defined my transition from a girl into a young woman.

Oh what memories…who else… Way In at Harvey Nichols for educating me on European designers. Thinking about the accessories still makes my heart swoon ..My obsession with hoop earrings has grown more and more over the years...Will never forget Harvest boutique on the Kings Road and for my most special love affairs...Hyper Hyper and Kensington Market where I got my freak on and the various boutiques on East Street Market, Walworth Road and around London, all got my creative juices flowing through style and customizing clothes; Dexter Wong, Pam Hogg, Red or Dead, Chantal, Pure Fabrication, Pyramid and Danny’s leather store there's a special place in my heart for you all.
Soap Studio outfit from Harvey Nichols back in the day <3
Marni and Fendi, you have been my rock through the noughties; you embraced my increasing size and age and never stopped putting me on a pedestal.

Finally - to all whom I’ve loved. Thank you for the good times during our worldwide travels to places like Italy, New York and beyond.

Love always and forever.
Camille xoxo

1. My London Fashion Week SS12 Faves

My personal blog is similar to London buses. You wait ages and ages for one, then, five come at once! Apologies, busy times. There are FIVE new posts for you! All London Fashion Week related...

Five days of traipsing around central London trying to look like I’ve just stepped out from my chauffeur driven car with not a hair out of place, or bead of sweat in sight – is no mean feat! As I’m not a senior editor at Vogue, glamourous it is NOT. A constant fashion show it IS! Everyday, my outfit is carefully thought through; full face of make-up courtesy of New CID cosmetics, all with the aim to look and feel my best. Being around models all day long, I have to stay strong and remember all that self-love that is within. Otherwise I’d crumble into a pile of dust upon laying eyes on all the pretty, skinny young things.

My schedule was filled mainly with the off-schedule shows with a sprinkling of A-list shows in the main tent at BFC Somerset House..

We have the off-schedule designers and the die-hard A-list who’ve chosen to stay in the UK, such as John Rocha to thank for keeping LFW alive. British fashion sets the standards for all others to follow. It’s the other stuff we fall down on like investment, logistics and strategic marketing and thought processes. New York may have its big budgets and end-to-end A-listers on the front rows - but we laid the foundations.

Today has been bliss; harems and a t-shirt with no make-up just chilling writing this and articles for Notion. I quickly ran into the West End to pick up some Euros and managed to not get seen by anyone in the ‘industry. I fly to Italy in the morning, am looking forward to a nice break and meeting my team at Swide.

Getting back to LFW. This season I had a partner in crime; my good friend and fashion photographer Yohanna Akladious. It was very strict entry this season but we had legitimate backstage access and entry to the shows. It was a lot of hard work but so much fun. He has brought my copy to life. 

Hope you all enjoy. 

Peace Cxx

Here are my favourites of LFW SS12

Fashion Mode:

Carlotta Actis Barone

James Hillman

Florian Jayet

Backstage shots: