2011/12/21

Future Couture Liveshoot at SHOWstudio with Daphne Guinness



I just stumbled across this, which should be pretty interesting:

"Watch Daphne Guinness live in Nick Knight's Future Couture shoot on 21-22 December 2011, modelling creations by Paco Rabanne, Gareth Pugh, Maison Martin Margiela, Junya Watanabe and Rick Owens to star in the Spring 2012 windows of Paris' Le Printemps department store."

Now live at Showstudio The Home Of Fashion Film. 

2011/12/19

Best Buy 2011






































Sometimes your favourite purchase doesn't necessarily have to be expensive to be great. My best buy this year were some lovely faded black skinny jeans for just 29 Euros from Zara, that I wear a lot. They are the perfect colour, a lovely comfy fit, just the right length, nice and sturdy material (I don't like Zaras thin material jeans), just the right amount of stretch (1%Elasthan), and they don't ride down if you wear them without a belt. Truly brilliant! Best jeans in a long time! Wanted to have them in grey and blue but they were sold out in a whim. Thank you Zara! Please make them all like this in 2012!

What was your best buy in 2011?


2011/12/15

Gift Idea: Bangles from Frosted Willow





These lovely handmade bangles from Frosted Willow make a really nice gift for Christmas and the good thing is, they don't cost a fortune! So you can go crazy on them and stack them for some serious arm party! Get them here, or if you live in Düsseldorf, you can get them in Heike and Gisele's lovely shop Kleine Botschaft!


2011/12/14

Hot or Not? Graphic-Knit Sweaters

Céline
Jil Sander

We have seen them at Jil Sander, Céline and Chloé for a/w 2011 and even the high street is doing their own takes on graphic sweaters. What do you think? Have you seen them about? Are they spicing up your wardrobe, or are you passing this trend?


COS
COS

2011/12/12

Mad About Cosy Knits





1. COS Multi Knit Jumper 2. T by Alexander Wang 3. Stella McCartney Stripe Knit 4. Isabel Marant 5. COS Draped Roll Neck Jumper 6. PREGO Mares Pull 7. Whistles Military Button Detail Jumper  8. Whistles Ingrid Stitch Detail Jumper 9. Whistles Calista Bold Stripe 10. COS Puffed Sleeve Jumper 11. Whistles Leila Raglan Sweater 12. Whistles Military Detail button 13. ZARA Leo Collar Jumper 14. Whistles Camilla Stripe Cashmere

Got to have a few cosy knits come Winter time. Some thick some thin, but with lots of wool and cashmere, here's my selection. Neutrals fit with everything, a splash of colour - why not, some bold stripes - definitely, black and white - classic, a little military inspired with epaulettes - always welcome, slouchy and soft a la Marant - gimme gimme gimme, leo collar - yep. Already tried and approved is the Prego version that just hangs and looks effortlessly cool on. Hard to pick my favourite as I wouldn't say no to any of them! 

2011/12/08

Kate Moss as Ziggy Stardust for Vogue Paris


For their December Christmas and Music Issue, French Vogue transformed Kate Moss into David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, complete with the orange spikey mullet! What a great cover! This is not the first time that Moss has done a Bowie, have a look at the cover of British Vogue in May 2003, where she posed in the style of David Bowie's Aladdin Sane with a lightening flash superimposed over her face and payed tribute to him by dressing up in some of his original stage costumes inside the magazine. Suits you, Kate!


2011/12/05

Everybody's Starry Eyed...

... and everybody glows!
Stars are everywhere this season (actually they don't really go away). Remember the Kate Moss collections for Topshop? Right! So here are some more, folks! I guess Dolce & Gabbana kickstarted it this time! Star printed fabrics immediately inject some Rock'n Roll vibe and coolness into your outfit, so you can safely go along with them. Team a star print blouse with faded black jeans and ankle boots, or burgundy coloured pants. Wearing stars on top I like to keep my bottom half uni and vice versa, but if you like, you can go mad on them and do an Anna dello Russo!



4. Topshop Star Knit Tights


2011/11/30

Isabel Marant Beckett Sneaker Spring 2012 Preview





While everyone is trying to fullfill their dream of the Dicker and Beckett before Christmas (I know you're absolutely mad about both, and I am mentioning them for the umteenth time now),  feast your eyes on the s/s 2012 collection! Tadaaaa...

Oh and coming up, I found the absolutely best Dicker boot look-a-like, so stay tuned!!!! To everyone else, who's really sick of'em, just ignore these posts ;)

2011/11/29

Marni for H&M Spring 2012




Now here is a cooperation to look forward to! H&M announced this today:

"H&M is proud to announce a spring designer collaboration with the Italian brand Marni. Famed for its original prints and inventive spirit, Marni is one of fashion’s most-loved labels, and its Founder and Creative Director Consuelo Castiglioni has created for H&M a spring collection for both women and men which capture the essence of Marni. Available from March 8, 2012 in around 260 stores worldwide and online, the collection features both clothing and accessories all at H&M’s prices, meaning everyone will have the chance to enter Marni’s world." 

What are your thoughts on this?

2011/11/28

12 Fabulous Knee High Boots


Here is my selection of some classic and timeless knee high boots that one can always do with! Which one is your favourite?

Just click on the links below:

6. Zara
7. Topshop
8. Topshop BABY 70s Leather High Leg Boot
10. Chloé
12. Zara

2011/11/26

Today At The American Apparel Cologne Warehouse Sale...


Actually I'd call it a warehouse road show sale. After stops in London, Amsterdam and Berlin, now it's Cologne's turn. I must say, I was never that crazy about the leotard aerobic clad look that was happening a few years ago, but occasionally I do buy stuff at AA, mostly sweatshirts and hoodies. Their leggings are quite good, too. As Cologne is really close to Düsseldorf, I thought I'd pay it a visit. AA hired one of Colognes' biggest venues for this "event". Normally you'd go to the Palladium to see bands like The Strokes and Bloc Party perform, but today it was a clothes gig. Via Facebook AA anoounced this: 

2011/11/25

Me? I've been a good girl!

Christmas is not only the season of goodwill and giving, it's also the season of tacky Christmas decorations! I don't know about you, but that Angel standing in front of Mr. Santa looks a bit like Chucky with a wig on! Have a great weekend!

2011/11/23

Zara TRF & Young Evening Lookbook 2011



If you are looking for some beautiful and on trend evening wear for the upcoming party season, take a look at Zara's TRF & Young Evening Lookbook. They seem to get it right every time! 

2011/11/21

The Knitted Turban

ASOS £12.00
ASOS 15,65 €
VERDEL £202.21
ASOS 19,57 €


















Anat Fritz 159,00 €
Anat Fritz 159,00 €






















With temperatures gradually decreasing, I've been thinking of what to wear on my head this winter, because I am not a person who can go out in below zero temps without a protected head. I major freeze!  A little bored of normal knitted hats and beanies, I like the wool and felt fedoras, but they don't really keep my ears warm. I am quite liking the turban trend though, it is a subtle but fashionable alternative, and I spotted some fabulous knitted ones at Asos, Verdel and Anat Fritz. There are lots of varieties and colours and I think I might try one of them. The Asos Turbans are quite inexpensive so you could get them in different colours. The one from Verdel is made of 100% cashmere, and the Anat Fritz Turbans are handmade.

2011/11/18

Marc Jacobs' Entire S/S 2012 Collection Stolen In Transit

Marc Jacobs s/s 2012
Marc Jacobs s/s 2012

























Marc Jacobs may now officially be called a "fashion victim". Last night CNN reported that Marc Jacobs's entire s/s 2012 collection had been stolen of a train in transit from Paris to London. The collection included 46 looks of yet to be produced samples and was on its way to a European press day in London that had to be called off. Now, who knicked it? Is it already on its way to be mass produced in some factory far away or could this even be a publicity stunt? Speculations are running wild...


2011/11/16

H&M Designer Collaboration Ramble

Versace for H&M
Versace for H&M

























Getting excited about the Versace for H&M collection? I like colour, but I guess you have to be a proper Versace girl to get all excited about this one, with all due respect to hugely creative Donatella Versace, who is running an empire and seems a very kind person. However, there was one dress that caught my attention, namely the blue silk figure-hugging pinafore dress. Yes, it's not all loud and kitschy and I reckon this one is going to be a hit!
The Last collaboration I personally got really excited about was Stella McCartney. It was H&M's second collabo with a designer after Karl Lagerfeld (the one where sizing only went up to a 38 (UK10), because he didn't want to see "big" people in his designs). I remember going to H&M in my lunchbreak to check out the collection - it was mayhem! The shopfloor was a battlefield. People were raking in the stuff regardless of size and item, only to sell them on ebay for more than double the price. The stuff was all over the place. My pick from the floor from the collection was a fabulous 100% Wool Blazer, nipped in at the waist with a belt and a stand up Mao collar. It's such a great quality and fit, I am wearing it to this day! Then last year, there was Sonia Rykiel. One of my favourite French Designers, who always manages to make quirky Parisian wearable clothes and fun knits. No more battles on the shopfloor in this case, as you could check out and buy the collection online. 
Actually, I haven't bought anything from these collaborations for a long time. It was exciting in the beginning, but it's wearing off now. There are others that I find more interesting, like the J+ for Uniqlo collection, that is sadly coming to an end. And I am curious, as to how Mary Katrantzou's designs for Topshop will translate to a mass market next year!

Who would you like to see collaborate with H&M in future?

For everyone else, H&M is surprisingly doing another collaboraitis collaboration, slightly on the rougher side, with costume designer Trish Summerville, who was responsible for the designs in Stieg Larsons "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo". Inspired by antihero Lisbeth Salander, the collection features leather biker jackets and pants, casual tops and accessoires and will be available in the Divided departments from December 14th. I guess, there is no need to go for the whole bikerchic look as in the advertisement, but if you pick a jacket or a pair of pants alone, then I think there might be some nice pieces to team with the rest of your wardrobe. Take a look:










2011/11/11

To UGG Or Not To UGG?


source: Wall Street Journal, photograph by Stephen Lewis


It's that time of year, when they are gradually waking up from summer hibernation. The ubiquitous UGG boot. Taken out of their natural habitat, I know, that Australians (and probably the sheep as well) laugh their heads off at us wearing them out in the cold, especially in the snow, whereas Aussies, would never be seen in them outside their homes, dead or alive. With one exception though - the beach, to keep those feet warm after surfing. Because, little did we know, ice and wet weather don't do them or us any good. Wear UGGs in the rain and they will soak up the water like a sponge, and anyone who has worn them in the snow and hasn't nearly broken their leg....well, keep your fingers crossed! Not to mention the trashy fake UGGs you mostly see kids slumping about in (you know, the cheapo versions, where the top of the shoe rides over the sole, because there is no heel support, plus, bad soles that wear off quickly and make them walk slanted). Not only have the cheap ones upped the trash factor, but also the ultra expensive studded versions available at Jimmy Choo last year - they made me speechless. Then there is the UGG vs. Emu group, that will be able to tell you all about the pros and cons of each label (google it and you will be amazed). All made in China anyway, albeit with Aussie sheepskin. And what do you think of men wearing them? 
That said, I do rely on them in dry and cold weather, the classic short chestnut coloured version, that does save my feet from going blue. Ugly? A little. Cute? Well, yes, if you haven't got boat sized feet that make you look like a Yeti, then I think they are. AND they are sooooo comfy! Do men like them? What the heck, who cares...mine even likes Harem pants, so I cannot speak for others! 

What's your opinion on UGG boots?

2011/11/09

Dress For Less: The Hi-Top Wedge Sneaker à la Isabel Marant

TOPSHOP
TOPSHOP



Asked, if I knew an alternative to the hugely popular Isabel Marant Bekett Hi-Top Wedge sneaker (Mrs. Marant and all the copycats must be making a fortune with not only the Dicker boot, but this one, too) that I wrote about earlier, I came up with these. There are 3 versions at Topshop and one with a hidden wedge from Ash. Take a look.


Ash Birdy Wedge
TOPSHOP

2011/11/07

Wanted! A Bathing Ape Leather Biker Jacket



I am still looking for the perfect biker jacket to replace my old one that is falling to pieces, and this one quite fits the bill. It can easily compete with its rivals from Acne. I am thinking the Rita jackets. And it's got epaulettes with star studs on it, which wins it extra points! So, if this is part of the relatively new BAPE womenswear line - then bring it on!!! I hear, the collection caters for women who are sometimes bored with off-the-peg clothing, and for whom high fashion is to pretentious or let's say showy! Classic, casual and quality clothes with a twist! Bingo, that's me! Oh yes, and don't forget to make this one in chocolate and black, please!

source: Fräulein Magazine

2011/11/04

Dress For Less: The Stella Tuxedo Dress

Stella McCartney Resort 2012
Zara


I love this simple but elegant and chic sleeveless black tuxedo dress with grey lapels by Stella McCartney from her Resort 2012 collection. If you fancy the look for less, I spotted a quite good alternative at Zara for 99,95 Euro. Jazz this version up by wearing a nice pair of leather leggings underneath and off you go! Definitely something for that New Years Eve Party!


2011/11/02

Azzedine Alaïa Interview

source: Vogue UK





I thought you might like to read this great interview with Azzedine Alaïa at style.com, as part of their Fashion for Future series. As once said before, I love his attitude, it's quite Punk! Did you know that he goes shopping at H&M and Zara for his cousins and nieces?

Moose Mittens

ASOS






































I went on my bike this morning, and for the first time I got really cold hands. Thought I might get these cute and fun Moose Mittens to grab the handlebars. They even have knitted antlers!

2011/10/31

Dear Coldplay,



Paraaaa...Paraaa...Paradise..oooooh...! Finally, your new record is out! At first, I feared you might bring along all your friends, but thank God it's only Rihanna. I first listenend to Paradise, and thought what the F..., wasn't too keen on it (seemed a little flat, ok, so I am hard to please, and I like records I need to work myself through, to appreciate them even more in the end), so I gave it another good listen, and I actually like it, I like a good tune! In fact, I can't get it out of my head now, thank you (replacing Noel Gallaghers "If I had a gun")!!! It is going to be a mad stadium hymn, and yes, I do think you are rivaling U2 on that. In Charlie Brown you even sound a bit like Bono and Gaslight Anthem (who sound like The Boss), but I love it! We will be ok with that, and, as long as you leave Bono his tinted shades and him to do the preaching, I think I'll give Arcade Fire a little break and listen to this one for the moment!  Mylo Xyloto (what?) is out now. I highly recommend!

2011/10/27

Colour and Style Autumn Moodboard

velvet, cape and knickerbockers blue/black
leather jumpsuit with cape and houndstooth lining


looks like chloe but its H&M
shape and colour



wide 70s style pants and belted tunic
super wide leather pants and jumper


Miauw

the midi

minimal
body control


that collar
Mr. Missoni


sequin blazer

dotty tights

that coat
acne jumpsuit under burgundy blazer/long socks


wide chanel pants stuffed in boots

baggy denim

burgundy/ parisian
velvet


Corduroy/Burgundy/Blue
Dreamy/Pastels


Louis Vuitton and that dog

Cord culottes/with socks

Aggy in Dr. Martens Loafer

Mulberry brown duffel


Enjoy some cuttings from Editorials and Ads that have inspired me recently, whilst flipping through magazines. Consider it an autumn Moodboard and be inspired as well...

source: Vogue UK, ELLE UK, ELLE Germany, Vogue Germany, Maxi, Fräulein Magazine