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Airs and graces

airs and graces

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Airs and Graces

We are so happy to introduce a brand new collaboration with the beautiful and talented Alexia Petsinis from pascal et al.  Be prepared for some amazing photos and wonderful words as we present the results of a most wonderful collaboration!


Grace – first and foremost a noun, a suggestion of the refinement and elegance that radiates from a dew-dotted Lily standing proudly in gleaming perfection. Secondly, a woman, an icon of style and pure class that characterises the essence of the true feminine spirit. When one ponders ‘Grace’ for a moment, there emerges from the milky spaces of the imagination, a vision of all things serene – a shy smile revealing fleeting glimpses of a mellow persona, the crisp whisper of silk as it moves with the body. Grace is simplicity – it is light and beauty captured in moments when nobody is looking.

Those among you who journeyed to the Bendigo Art Gallery in 2012 to see the ‘Grace Kelly: Style Icon” exhibition will know what I mean when I talk of this serene presence, a kind of comforting aura that filled the rooms of her iconic clothing. It was as though, through the arrangement and display of many of her most notable outfits, Grace had very much been brought back to life. It was rather astonishing. Every sequinned bodice, every pleated skirt, every plain satin shift dress that she had worn still spoke of her essence, exuding the elegance of her personality as if she were still wearing them.

What I noticed about many of the haute couture pieces on display (from designers including Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent) was the utter simplicity of their style and cut; with the main emphasis of each outfit being in its clean silhouette and elegant lines accentuating the female form. Surface adornment and decoration were often minimal, proving that memorable colours and simple cuts of dress will always remain Classic, no matter what the decade.

On that note, I was drawn to this handmade blue vintage 1950’s creation from Dear Gladys. With a delicate ‘V’ cut neckline, neat fitting sleeves and a small cinched waist, it seemed to exude all the elegance of the way women used to dress – simply and classically. We concluded that it was very ‘Kelly-esque’, even perhaps the same vivid shade of blue as her mesmerising eyes. I’m sure you’ll agree that Val’s soft focus lens captures its refined lines perfectly, and the art direction from Vess (with an incredible sense for bringing delicate sentiments to life) had me feeling like an oh-so-elegant specimen.

My tip: If you’re a Classic kind of gal….be Classic! Honour that element of your soul with dresses that speak to you from decades gone by. In doing so, you will be connecting with fashion on a far more meaningful level!

(Fragrance Note: Fleurissimo by Creed)

 -Alexia Petsinis (pascal et al.)

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  • Rachael D.F. 26/01/2014 at 12:12 pm

    Gorgeous as always! 🙂

    • Val & Vess 04/02/2014 at 11:55 am

      Thank you Rachie!

  • Danielle L 01/02/2014 at 11:27 am

    What a beautiful shoot. I love it!

    • Val & Vess 04/02/2014 at 11:54 am

      Thank you Danielle! It was an amazing day!