Velvet is the new must-have!

Sometimes we want to prolong the feeling of celebration so much. We know how to do it! Nothing will give you a sense of conviviality like VELVET! This material has already won the hearts of many, including our hearts at Marina Anouilh Gstaad! We have prepared a wide selection of wonderful and stylish VELVET positions that will not leave you indifferent!

Classy, chic, and beautiful. Sophie dress is so unique! Especially in Velvet. It can be transformed according to any outfit you want! Presented in different colors!

What can be more Iconic than a fabulous Marina dress in Velvet? Surely nothing!

Even an already familiar Sylvinha jumpsuit can shine with entirely different colors in Velvet!

Isabelle blazer looks truly royal in Green Velvet! Adding it to your outfit will not go unnoticed.

Margot velvet shirt is a representation of contemporary extravagance. Perfect for cocktails and parties! Presented in different colors.

Gaby shirt expresses the paradox between masculine and feminine accents and will add colors to your outfit, whether casual or cocktail.

Caroline pants are the easiest way to bring chic to your outfit! The elasticated waist makes them easy to wear again and again. 

Sophie blouse has become a highlight of the Marina Anouilh collection! Simple but still elegant. 

Yours sincerely,

Marina

Yvonne

1)When did you realize that you were interested in blogging? 

I realized at the end of 2014, beginning of 2015

2)How did you start your blog

I started with three posts and I asked my best friends if I should post 4 pictures of me and they all said that I should chop my head off, at which point I decided if I’m going to do a blog I mustn’t ask anybody I must just do it. 

3)What difficulties have you encountered? (If there were any) 

In the beginning, it was getting people to take me seriously. Many people still think this is a job that doesn’t need to be paid.

4)Why? 

It was difficult for others to see what I was doing and the real value add. Many people used to think you are strange if you say you are a Blogger. Initially my family too but this has since turned around and they are super proud of me and what I have achieved.

5) Does your daughter help you with blogging? 

She is very busy getting her goals in life in order, with lots of studying and research being done. So it’s not so easy for her to devote too much time to help me but she has taken the odd photo and comes on a trip with me at least 1- 2 times a year. These are super cute Mother/Daughter moments.

6)You travel quite a lot. Which of the countries you visited you remember the most and why? 

My press trips to Singapore have both been amazing. We did so many things in a few days. I’ve always loved Singapore and gotten to know it so well from different aspects. There is a special place in my heart for Singapore – perhaps too it’s because my first trip there was when I was 14 and now one of my best friends lives there – always another reason to visit.

7)Which country would you like to visit the most where you haven’t been yet? 

There are so many places. I would like to go to the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, Mexico, Africa and do an African safari, Vietnam… the list goes on.

8)What’s the next trip? Do you have a plan already? 

Tomorrow, I mean today, I’m going to Bern. And when travel restrictions are over, (i.e. the minute I can), I will go back to New Zealand to visit my mom.

9)One of your blog categories is recipes. You love cooking. Have you been passionate about it since childhood? And why blogging about food? 

Yes, I love to cook. And I’m famous among my friends for my cooking. At first, they all wanted me to start a food blog, not a fashion/lifestyle blog. My father was a well-known pastry chef in New Zealand. Hence mainly sweet food on FunkyForty.com as a tribute in memory of him.

10)Based on the previous question, do you prefer restaurant or home-cooked food? 

I love going to restaurants, nice restaurants because you get ideas of new things to cook.

11)There are also car reviews on your blog which was something that surprised me. Why cars? Where does it come from? 

I don’t normally publish this but I’m a baby petrol head. I even have my own racing helmet and have driven on race tracks. Although these days I prefer to photograph than drive on the race track itself. I’ve always loved cars starting with my own matchbox collection as a child and yes I drive a Porsche. I have done it for many years but I keep it quiet. There’s something about not telling all.

12)You also give a lot of tips about maintaining health. Which lifestyle is preferable for you? Some people love to do exercise, some don’t do any and take pills instead.

I would say exercise, healthy food, and a positive mindset are the three key elements to maintaining a healthy life and aging well.

I also believe in supplements. My husband has an aunt who is 91 and top fit. Having seen her take many supplements over the years I now believe they really do help. 

13)You do sports? 

Yes, I do.

14)What sports besides racing? 

I haven’t done any car racing for a long time. I go running about three times a week and once a week I go to an indoor cycling class.

15)What are the three most important life hacks for maintaining health that you can highlight based on your own experience? 

Oh, yes, so there’s sports, eating well, and having a positive outlook on life. I think these are seriously important.

16)How does your day start? What are three things you do in the morning? 

I drink a cup of hot water which my husband gives me, shower and then I do my Instagram.

17)Who is a chic woman for you? And what is a chic woman for you? 

A chic woman is a woman who has her own style. She is just a stylish woman. She doesn’t necessarily have to follow fashion… I think Marina is a very chic woman.

18)What is fashion for you? How would you define fashion? 

I think fashion is comparable to art in a way. There is always something changing, something new and yet it repeats at the same time. Different trends repeat years later. It’s a way in which people can express themselves, a way of expressing your personality.

19)Who is your favorite designer and why? 

Hmm… my favorite designer… I don’t have a specific favorite designer… 

20)Maybe you have several? 

Yes, I have several… Once again, I love Marina’s collections, because they are classic pieces that last. Timeless with a certain edge to them at the same time.

21)If you had to pick one of the big names? 

Big names…Well, I am a great fan of Prada, I have to say, I like it because timeless has a certain edge to it. I love Dior as well.

22)Before or after John Galliano?

Also after.

23)What is your favorite style of clothing? Casual, Formal, Casual chic? 

It depends on where I am and on the situation. If I am in New Zealand I love to do this casual, beachy, fun look. My husband calls it my New Zealand style. And otherwise, I love sort of a city chick. At home, we are talking leggings and tops. These days I wear a shirt, especially in winter to feel a little dressed whilst working.

24) Now many people are increasingly supporting sustainable development in the fashion industry and not only. How would you define sustainability? 

For me, sustainability is not necessarily about buying sustainable brands. For me, sustainability is buying wisely. So if you do buy something it is something that you really do love, it is something that you will wear and it will last a long time. I think though it is a brand’s responsibility to think about sustainability these days.

25)Is the future of fashion is sustainability? and why? 

Definitely, it’s the only way to go. One day we’ll all be in some sort of uniform.

26)What is your favorite piece of clothing? 

My Red Dress from Marina. I love it! Sorry, now it’s the green velvet dress. If I only owned two dresses it would be these two.

27)Which bloggers do you find interesting and perhaps read yourself? 

Unfortunately, I don’t read that many blogs, I scroll through them. I get inspired by Instagrammers, I think Zoe Pastelle has a super beautiful Instagram. From a blog perspective, I scan through them, though there is one… she is my favorite blogger, it’s true, InTheFrow, she is fabulous, check her out!

28)What is your passion? 

My passion is fashion, travel, food, outdoor sports, art, cars, and my family… not in that order, of course!

29)What inspires you? And where do you find your inspiration? 

I used to find my inspiration in print magazines and watching people on the streets. Now I find my inspiration during fashion weeks. I recently realized these days I rely heavily on fashion weeks for the street style and shows…for me they are like a drug…fabulous! 

Read More on Yvonne’s Bog or follow Yvonne’s Instagram.

Why hats are necessary for your wardrobe?

Did you know that hats appeared in ancient times when people felt the need to cover their heads from the sun? Over time and fashion trends have changed not only the shapes but also the purpose of this accessory. People realized, that by wearing a hat they not only protect themselves from external factors but also add a very beautiful accessory to their outfit today!

But there is a common opinion that hats do not suit everybody. That this is a kind of accessory that is hard to pick up right for yourself, because of individual face shape or preferences in style. This accessory may look just amazing on a mannequin, but, to your disappointment, when you put it on your head, it will seem completely unsuitable. You don’t need to worry about that!

I selected a great variety of hats from different designers and me personally so every woman will find her own ‘perfect match’ to wear, not depending on your age, your own style, or appearance! All hats are made universal, they have an untypical shape. This means they are a great addition to any outfit: casual, classic, even sport. 

But for those who are still not sure that the hat will suit you, there are simple techniques for choosing the right hat. You just need to pay attention to the proportions of your face: the larger the facial features, the wider the model’s margins should be in order to balance the proportions, the smaller the greater the choice of styles! Today, especially in everyday outfits, a slightly ironic attitude has taken root to these models – this is a bright addition to comfortable and practical outfits. The best answer to the question “why do they wear a hat?” gave none other than the great Mademoiselle Coco Chanel: “because only a hat turns a woman into a lady.”

Today not every one of us has an opportunity to travel. And wearing a hat, especially a straw one, will prolong the feeling of vacation and holidays even if they are over. Combine them with a T-shirt, a light jacket, and jeans or a dress, and feel you’re on vacation all year round!

With love,

Marina

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Thalia

– What is your favorite place?

Gstaad for the burgers at Wally and Portofino for the seafood

– What is fashion to you?

Fun, comfort, daring, and outrageous! ‘One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art.

– Name a chic woman?

A chic person is a woman or a man who knows who they are and what they wish to showcase to the world.

– What is an elegance to you?

Subtle appreciation. Giving the impression of effortless grace to all.

– Hobbies?

In my spare time, I like to cook it’s soothing and I love to read.

– Favorite painter?

Egon Schiiuele. Love him.

– Music?

Rock’N’Roll

– Animals?

Liger! Who doesn’t want a Tiger and a Lion?!?

– Favorite food?

Beef stroganoff or Penne Vodka at the palace.

– City or countryside?

City. I love the noise.

– Sea or mountain?

Both. Hiking is the best thing in the world for me as I like to be active and the ocean is my home.

– Sparkly or tonal?

Tonal as you can do so many things with it. Mix and match as I say.

– Muted or bright colors?

I adore muted colors though every now and then a splash of color goes a long way…

– Heels or flats?

Heels all the way. They make your legs look stunning, enough to knock a man off his feet!

-What is your favorite piece from the Marina Anouilh collection?

Caro Capri jeans

Alia

– Favorite place?

Planet earth

– What is fashion to you?

Self Expression

– Name a chic woman?

The Bovier sisters, Jacqueline Kennedy and her sister Lee Radziwill.

– What is an elegance to you?

From within.

– Hobbies?

Anything where my mind and body are working together.

– Your favorite painter?

The one I encountered last so for today it’s a Sudanese artist called Salah el Murr.

– Favorite music?

Latino of any kind makes me happy.

– Animals?

Horses

– City or country?

Italy!

– Sea or mountain?

Almost equals but sea wins

– Sparkly or tonal? Both?

Sparkly

– Muted colors, bright colors, or both?

Bright.

– Heels or flats?

Flats for day heels for the night but yet again depends on my mood !!

-What is your favorite piece from the Marina Anouilh collection?

Sylvinha Jumpsuit

Caroline

– Favorite place?

My beautiful apartment!

– What is fashion to you?

Inspiration, elegance, class

– Name a chic woman?

Amal Clooney, Jackie Onassis

– What is an elegance to you?

Timeless

– Hobbies?

Being in Nature, animals, spending time with girlfriends.

– Your favorite painter?

Miró

– Favorite music?

Lounge moods, classics

– Animals?

Dogs

– food?

Italian

– City or countryside?

Munich

– Sea or mountain?

Mountain

– Sparkly or tonal?

Tonal

– Muted or bright colors?

Muted colors

– Heels or flats?

Both each has their time and effect!

-What is your favorite piece from the Marina Anouilh collection?

Marina oversize red-white stripes shirt

Catherine

– What is your hobby?

Being alive

– What is an elegance to you

Something you can’t see, it’s inside a behavior, a vision of life, a state of mind.

– A favorite place?

Therewith my family and where friends are

– What is fashion to you?

Karl Lagerfeld

– Favorites?

depends on the mood and can change from one moment to the next to its opposite.

-What is your favorite piece from the Marina Anouilh collection?

Catherine white men shirt

Gigi

– What is your favorite place

Gstaad and Sevilla. Totally different!

– What is fashion for you?

Fashion is something that must never be blindly followed, but a reminder of passing time and the result of a million influences. It is also whimsical. I prefer individual style, each woman’s personal assemblage.

– Name a chic woman

A chic woman is not necessarily very beautiful, or very rich. But she is smart enough to be well-groomed and polished, and she only wears things that show off her best features. She’s clever with accessories too.

– What is an elegance to you?

Looking your best, effortlessly. Never look uncomfortable or “dressed up”. You own the clothes, they don’t own you.

– Hobbies?

Drawing and painting. A bit more than hobbies, I take years to complete anything!

What is your favorite painter?

Although I admire many artists, having studied Art History, my favorite is Henry de Toulouse Lautrec, his mastery of line and color and his sensuality still shine through.

– Music?

Jazz. On a desert island, Jazz of all ages. In case of sadness, Chet Baker.

– Animals?

I love cats but have always had dogs too.

– Favorite food?

A good platter of cheese, crisp baguette, and great wine.

– City or countryside?

I live in the country but miss the city, except when it’s very hot.

– Sea or mountain?

Mountain first but only with water to swim in: lake, river, pool. I’m a water baby!

– Sparkly or tonal?

Both

– Muted or bright colors?

Both

– Heels or flats?

Both. The only two things I won’t wear are white boots or miniskirts. There’s a time for everything, that’s all, folks!

-What is your favorite piece from the Marina Anouilh collection?

Isabelle velvet blazer in purple!

Kathrin

– What is fashion to you?

Fun.

– Favorite place?

Gstaad and Pietrasanta

– Name a chic woman

Donna Karan

– Elegance is?

Innate. style and grace, class and simplicity.

– Hobbies?

Collecting contemporary art and ceramics. Rock crystal

– Favorite painter?

Cy Twombly for his paint and brushwork, for his lyricism. His work speaks of memory and oblivion. epic and intimate. Edmund de Waal for his love of WHITE porcelain.

– Favorite music?

Francesco De Gregori, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, Dee Dee Bridgwater, the great Ennio Morricone

– Favorite animal?

Deer.

– Favorite food?

White truffles from Alba, Harry’s lemon meringue pie, and abundant cream cake.

– City or country?

New York, London, Paris, Venice, and Gstaad (my countryside).

– Sea or mountain?

I adore the sea, the mountains are my DNA.

– Sparkly or tonal?

Love sparkle but wear tonal.

– Muted colors or brights?

Sands and whites, love orange.

– Heels or flats?

Riding boots.

-What is your favorite piece from Marina Anouilh?

Marina White Shirt

Marina

– What is your favorite place?

Gstaad and my secret Greek island.

– What is fashion to you?

For me, it’s a state of mind, and came into my life totally “par hazard” the search for special talents and authentic products when I go treasures hunting is so thrilling !!

– Name a chic woman

I have many all my clients!

– What is an elegance to you?

the one which comes from the heart, sincerity which can be applied to the way you choose your wardrobe.

– Your hobby?

I am hyperactive, I have many…

– Your favorite painter?

Klimt for his colors

– Your favorite music?

The one I can dance to and the one that gives me goosebumps.

– City or country?

Italy!

– Sea or mountain?

Almost equals but sea wins

– Sparkly or tonal? Both?

Sparkly

– Muted colors, bright colors, or both?

Bright.

– Heels or flats?

Flats for day heels for the night but yet again depends on my mood !!

What do you consider your main achievement in 2021?

BONJENIE Grieder pop-up store opening!

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