ARTE Fashion Week

If you are not suffering from fashion week overdose by now, then here is something I'd like to recommend. The ARTE Fashion Week that simultaneously accompanies Paris Fashion Week. ARTE is a fabulous bilingual German/French cultural TV channel for those who have never heard of it. This time there will be brand new episodes of "The Day Before" by Loic Prigent, who I talked about earlier, featuring Isabel Marant and Alber Elbaz for Lanvin. The three day fashion extravaganza will kick off with "The September Issue" on March 2nd.

So if you're in Germany, France, Belgium or wherever you are able to receive ARTE make a note and don't miss out on this!


Full Beards are the Punk

The Dude Beard

The Karl Marx Beard
The Lumberjack Beard

 Images sourced from the The Nyanzi Report and The Sartorialist.

It's been going on for a while now. The full beard thing. Have you noticed it on men? The once stubbly hipster beard that comes with black Wim Wenders specs has grown into a full one. There's the ZZ Top versions that are long and pointed, the lumberjack ones and groomed versions. A full beard can make a young face look more manly and make a manly face even more masculine. My man has grown a massive one as well, it's quite Afghanistan and certainly doesn't go unnoticed. It also involves a different kind of grooming. You have to cut the hair hanging over the top of the upper lip, you know why. So why are men doing it? Obviously not for the ladies. It's prickly and it's not good for my skin. Need a peeling? I get it for free. More like derma erosion. I hope it's a seasonal thing, and as soon as the sun comes out and the temperatures rise it will come off! Are you keen on it?


Best of British

Did I say I wasn't celebrity obsessed? Oops. Oh well, I guess I am not that impressed by some movie star clones and artificial manufactured singing sensations, but I am definitely music obsessed. So this weeks appearance of Blur at the Brit Awards (even though Damon's voice was quite crappy) got me excited and brought back some great memories of how we used to party away to some of their great brit pop tunes in the 90s. Yes, they are ageing and making cheese (that's what ageing musicians like to do, or want to grow wine like mine. Merlot, please!) but they can still rock a great party! And they are rocking it in Hyde Park this August at the Olympics closing ceremony with New Order and The Specials (ace!) There's still enough time to get that voice back on track, Damon. 


Hot or Not? The Mulberry Del Rey Bag

Courtesy of Mulberry

What is white and was presented at London Fashion Week on Sunday? Well, the Mulberry "Del Rey" bag, named after "Video Games" singer phenomenon Lana Del Rey. I know what you're thinking, is it really white? Yes, but there will be other colours available as well. As someone who is not terribly celebrity obsessed at all I will hold back my opinion for now and let you decide. So what do you think? Obviously Mulberry is hoping to turn this one into an equally profitable bag as the "Alexa". Does it appeal to you or are you not that impressed?


Pick of the Day: COS Peplum Waist Top

COS top with peplum waist €89

The peplum will be everywhere come spring, and this one is a very subtle and cool alternative if you're not to keen on the colourful exaggerated 40s style versions that sometimes look quite retro. This one has a beautiful jersey and leather fabric mix, it's clean, modern and keeps the silhouette narrow due to its loose shape. Pair it with some black slim pants like the ones below, also available at COS, and you're ready for fashion week or anything else really!

COS Zip deatail slim trousers €59


Some Crazy Stuff from NYFW

Marc Jacobs left me surprised and confused with
his least commercial collection to date. Bizzare.

doing the splits. Ouch!
Betsey Johnson

Flannel cut out fox shawls at Thom Browne
Thom Browne

I thought I'd never say this, but what was this Marc Jacobs? Usually I can spot dozens of items in his collection that prove to be big hits, but this collection left me slightly confused. Pilgrim shoes, huge witchy hats, babuschka doll silhouettes over unflattering cropped pants. I mean they might suit the fairytale theme, but if they look unflattering on the models, mere mortals in the real world will stay well away from this. Or was he hiding the proper garments underneath for a secret after runway show for buyers only? There certainly was enough room...
Then there was crazy Betsey Johnson doing the splits at the end of her show. Wow, I hope I'll be able to do this at her age. Bonkers but funny!
And then there was Thom Browne with his Lady Gaga-esque collection. Yes, it was very strange. But those cut out flannel fox shawls with dangling legs made me smile!


My Faves from New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 Part 1

Loved this coat at Alexander Wang &
it's time to slit that leather skirt! Fantastic!

L.A.M.B Jumpsuit; I'd happily wear this one Gwen!
L.A.M.B's Punky Parka with Patches; Love!

Catherine Malandrino
Derek Lam

Altuzzara; blue and black military
Rachel Zoe does 60s inpired monochrome

DvF's deconstructed skirt
Victoria Beckham's military chic

Prabal Gurung's fairytale dress
Clean sihouettes at Tibi

Y-3's urban cool streetchic with sneakers

Lava print at Helmut Lang
Print clash & pleated harem pants at Suno


source: style.com

Have you been following NYFW a/w 2012/13? There is such a sheer amount of designers showing their collections, that even style.com cannot keep up with their reviews. Here is an edit of some fab looks that caught my eye so far! And there's lots more to come....

Favourite Magazine Cover Part 2

This one is another firm favourite of mine. The Vogue February cover from 1990 came straight after this one I talked about last year, featuring a young Christy Turlington (remember her? she was the brainy one amongst the supermodel squad) with a pixie haircut, shot by Arthur Elgort. I loved these arty covers with not so much print plastered all over them.

Other great covers from the late 80s featured another great supermodel of the era, namely German Tatjana Patitz. My brother used to cut her out of the magazines I had lent him and then returned the skeleton issues. I guess he was "secretly" in love with her.
This was her on the March Vogue cover in 1989 shot by Sante d'Orazio:


"The Client"

It's stinking freezing outside, and it's official: It's colder here than at the Northpole! At least that's what the news said last night. I am having serious thoughts on escaping somewhere hot! 

In the meantime I'd like to keep you entertained with "The Client" by my favourite fashion documentary producer Loic Prigent for W Magazine. It features Carine Roitfeld, former Editor in Chief of Vogue Paris, at the Haute Couture Shows. But this time she is "The Client". Charming, stylish, oh, and charming again. See for yourself. "Zis Iz Ze Luxe!"

And I love these quotes:

At Armani: "The champagne's flowing and it's only 10am. I wonder who drinks champagne at 10am?"

At Chanel: "Your models are a bit fat, Karl!"

At Jean Paul Gaultier: "It waz comme ca?"

At Alaia: "I'm an Alaia Barbie!"

In a bit.


Aloha Hawaii!

Stella McCartney Resort 2012
Stella McCartney Resort 2012

Preen Resort 2012
No. 21

No. 21 Resort 2012
No. 21 Resort 2012

source: style.com

Ok, so Hawaii makes me think of: Paradise, exotic birds, kitschy Hawaiian motif shirts, palm trees, hula hula, sunsets, hibiscus, surfers and Thomas Magnum. What's not to like, right? It's always good to bring some colour and fun into clothes, especially if it's some beautiful Hawaiian prints. The resort collections 2012 offered quite a variety on the theme. I liked Stella McCartney's kaleidoscopic prints, Givenchy's earthy tones, Preen's subtle take on the theme, and No.21's almost Phoebe Philo-esque minimal silhouettes with delicate prints. You can do it from top to bottom, or just pick one element like a flowery pair of tapered pants and team them with a white buttoned up blouse or a tee. Do I like this "trend"? You bet! So excuse me, I've got to go and kiss my flowery Roxy Aloha board shorts alive and check out some new editions as well! Oh and Vans, please reissue the Palm Tree and Hibiscus slip ons, they always make me smile (even in Winter). Aloha


How to do Neon the subtle way


If you're not keen on doing full on and in-your-face fluoro à la Christopher Kane, but would like a nod to the trend, then why not wear it the subtle way. A touch of Neon in contrast coloured drawstrings, edges and fabric trims will keep you updated but not make you look like a fashion victim.

Markus Lupfer at Asos
American Apparel at ASOS