2012/01/25

The Revival of the Hi Top Sneaker



Not long ago I asked myself, what ever happened to sneakers? I had the impression that in the Blogosphere everyone was neglecting them (apart from classic Converse) and seemed to freak out at the mere sight of heels (freak out factor hightens if sole is red) the uglier and higher, the better. Look, heels! OMG -> screech -> faint! Then I thought, oh well, it's just a bunch of overexcited kids that think they are expected to do so. As a former plimsoll addict I thought, where has the cool and laid back plimsoll chic gone to? I read things like, „I don’t do sneaker“. Hell, why not, I thought, you might even look cooler, than in your heels, that make you look like cheap pray. Ok, so let’s take a closer look. Hi-tops obviously are the rage du jour! Converse fall in this category and who doesn’t like them. But the craze started last year with Isabel Marants' Beckett and its recent follow up for spring, the Willow. So with the Beckett and Willow everybody's freaking out because it's obviously leg lengthening due to the hidden wedge. Clever, ey? Imagine the sneaker without this exquisite feature, would it still be this popular with its air bag tongue? I think probably not. But there you have it, they are cute heels in disguise. Then there are what I call the mock sneaker, like Leather Crown, Golden Goose and the sneakers from the Blonde Salad girl, that come with heaps of studs. But would you really want to spend up to 300 Euro for these kind of sneakers? Then there are the multicoloured street savvy Nikes like the Dunk (you can even create your own colours on the Nike site) or the oldschool Nike Blazer that is quite popular right now. Don't let me even get started on adidas (I used to collect Adria, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Nizza...) This time, I think I might be going for New Balance -  with a touch of Neon. 

What about you? Which sneaker girl are you?

2012/01/23

Current Obsession: Denim Shirts


I haven't done that many posts on denim, although I wear LOADS! My current obsession are denim shirts. I like these simple ones from H&M with pearly popper stud fastenings. After I got a grey one that I've worn quite a lot recently, I bought this one in light washed blue which will look great come spring with white culottes and bermudas à la 3.1 Phillip Lim. There aren't that many in the webshop (yet), but go and check them out in their store, and you'll be able to choose from numerous colours and styles!

2012/01/18

"The Day Before" by Loic Prigent








source: youtube

This is definitely a must see for everyone in or around fashion! The absolutely fantastic series "The Day Before" published by Arte and directed by Loic Prigent! 
It captures 10 fashion houses 36 hours before the seasonal runway show with all the hustle and bustle that goes with it at this particular stage. You can catch a glimpse of the fittings in the ateliers with the designers making last minute alterations meaning more sleepless hours for the loyal and dedicated seamstresses, which is particulary mad in the Jean Paul Gaultier episode. Experience the work chemistry between Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler, watch Sonia and Nathalie Rykiel choose and discuss the runway looks and set up a giganto runway show, and experience iconic and never short of words Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi. I like the interaction between designer and stylist at Diane von Fürstenberg, where in one scene Diane makes a suggestion for a runway look, and the stylist rigorously dismisses her idea, stating that she already did that in the last show, with Diane respecting and accepting her decision. 
This series is as enjoyable as it can get, it's great entertainment and a reality check for anyone wanting to enter the fashion world, and there is so much to discover that it's a pleasure watching them in repeat.

Box Set 1 features: Jean Paul Gaultier, Sonia Rykiel, Proenza Schouler, Fendi

Box Set 2 features: Versace, Diane von Füstenberg, Nina Ricci, Narciso Rodriguez, Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang

Available at Collette.



THE DAY BEFORE captures 10 differents fashion houses 36 hours before a show. The backstage, the ateliers, the designer in studio, the fittings, the stress and the dramas occuring in this specific period of time. Each episode is totally different but tells the same story: how to create in a state of emergency? This is a never seen before full access story.
THE DAY BEFORE captures 10 differents fashion houses 36 hours before a show. The backstage, the ateliers, the designer in studio, the fittings, the stress and the dramas occuring in this specific period of time. Each episode is totally different but tells the same story: how to create in a state of emergency? This is a never seen before full access story.
THE DAY BEFORE captures 10 differents fashion houses 36 hours before a show. The backstage, the ateliers, the designer in studio, the fittings, the stress and the dramas occuring in this specific period of time. Each episode is totally different but tells the same story: how to create in a state of emergency? This is a never seen before full access story.

2012/01/16

Pick of the Day: Zara Black Studded Shopper






































Made from a sturdy leather it offers lots of room for your bits and bobs and the black studs add a sublte Rock'n Roll touch which I like. A bag that goes with everything. Available at Zara.

2012/01/11

Pre Fall Collections 2012! Stop! Rewind! Pre Fall?

Celine Pre Fall 2012
3.1 Phillip Lim Pre Fall 2012























Stella McCartney 2012
Chloé Pre Fall 2012

























Pre Fall 2012? What are you talking about?! It's not even proper Winter yet and here are the Pre Fall 2012 collections popping up everywhere! Come on! What is this? "Pre Fall" like the "Cruise" or "Resort" collections is an interseasonal collection that hits the shops in May. The smaller Pre Fall collections may be regarded as a teaser to the proper autumn/winter collections that are shown in March and are available before, well, fall. They don't involve the usual hustle and bustle of runway shows as the clothes are presented on static models. With Pre Fall the fashion industry cleverly bridges the gap between the spring/summer and autumn/winter collections. Whereas the resort collections have a raison d'être (jetting off to warmer climates during winter months), I guess the pre fall collections were created to secure the fashion houses' cash flow and get those credit cards bending in between the big seasons, and also give those editors and bloggers something to write about (great fillers if you don't know what to write about)! And living in the Northern Hemisphere where the weather doesn't change that dramatically year round, this is stuff you can wear regardless of seasons. Actually I admit it's quite wearable stuff. Confused? I bet! Do I sound like I'm talking to myself? Oh well, here is a small edit of my faves.


2012/01/09

Bin these 2011 Trends in 2012!


After overindulging and watching too many reruns of James Bond and some Ab Fab during the holidays - let's talk about New Year's resolutions!!! No, just kidding, cause ultimately they are only made to be broken a nanosecond later. Spend your money on those ultra cool running shoes and a Stella running spandex outfit (to ring in the Olympic year and get that extra flab off) only to throw the stuff in the most deserted corner of your cupboard 2 weeks later, right? So, New Year's resolutions aside, it's time to put those trackie bottoms and sweaters (I mean the ones you were lying about in) away (no, wait, don't bag the trackies, I feel a revival coming along). It's a new year and it's time to make some sartorial choices. I'll start with last year's trends that I am not keen on seeing in 2012. Your choices might be different, but here are mine:


I know a lot of you like them but I don't: The Platform Creeper/Brogues hybrid with the colourful sole. Remind me of Clowns shoes, and Clowns are not funny. Choose between Brogues, Creepers or Espadrilles.

Mulberry Alexa: Cannot understand the fascination with this bag. It certainly isn't special when everyone's carrying it (quite a few tacky versions about, too). I think even Alexa is embarrassed by its popularity (although if she gets a fair share out of it, her bank account must make her smile). Time to put this one -  into the dustbag! Better dig out Mulberrys other girls like Phoebe, Jaquetta, even Roxanne!

Hermès Birkin Bags on 20 year olds: Makes me cringe whenever I see this (not the bag but the combination). Who are you fooling, it's probably most certainly Mums and it's a bag that doesn't suit this age. Go out and experiment, get some vintagy stuff and gradually up the bag ladder, live the life, and when you've ripened like a good wine and lived a bit, maybe then you deserve to carry this one.

Colour blocking: No really, we've had enough!

The ubiquitous "Henry Holland" hairstyle (you know that quiff) on men that comes with tight skinny jeans, vintage style half laced boots and long asymmetric flowing cardigans over low cut V-neck Tees. Oh, I forgot the cotton tote bag over the shoulder!

Oversized crop tops that are longer in the back and show the midriff.

Moonwashed jeans. Remind me of East German garb ca. 1989. 

Burberry scarfs in my hometown Düsseldorf (or pick any other rich city in Germany where this seems to be an epidemic): When temperatures drop, please wear something different than the Burberry camel check scarf around your neck. I get tired of counting them in the streets. I know you want to be recognized by the "right" tribe with this "status symbol", but your fellows drive to nearby Roermond Outlet where they bulk buy them half price along with those Ralph Lauren Polos. Please stop this Burberry abuse! Come on, be a rebel, Burberry also does other nice colours and stuff, you know?!

Did I forget something? Let me know!


2012/01/02

Happy New Year




Wishing everyone a Happy New Year packed with love, happiness, success and health! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a fabulous New Years Eve Party and are now recovering from overeating and oversocialising! xxx