Saturday, May 2, 2015

Excuse Me, I've Been Working...


....without a single break lately! As mentioned before, I started styling a bit (a lot) when I'm not working at the office - I started feeling "stuck" in my work routine a while ago and needed to "get out"; meet new people and faces and feel motivation to build something not for money but simply out of passion. The word "for free" feels good from time to time when it comes to your passion - something that once used to be totally for free but as soon as you work in the business; well then there's money. It's nice to keep a balance, the things that you do for others, to earn money and the ones that you do selfishly for yourself. I've started drawing again 2 years ago for the same reason, to have something that I just do for myself and that nobody can take from me. After a while as a designer you wonder from time to time if there's an "anti-commercial" bone in your body left, to the point where I thought that my creativity and my individuality was gone. Little things like drawings, snapshots, faces I see, remind me every day that I'm still there, with my very own point of view of beauty.


Now the actual point of all this is: I've been starting to put my "out-of-work" adventures on a Tumblr website to share them with you. I love the idea that on a Tumblr, all posts randomly mix together into one big flow - a little bit of this, a little bit of that, like it is in the head of each one of us. It is exactly this random mix of things that defines us all in the end of the day. Plus, if you like what you see you can just reblog it. Perfect, right? 
Now all you have to do is to take a look and hopefully enjoy.



Sunday, April 19, 2015

Aymeline Valade for Vogue Germany April 2015

Aymeline Valade wearing all Georgio Armani in the newest issue of Vogue Germany. Styled by Christiane Arp and shot by Giampaolo Sgura, no need to say how much I love the layering and oversized menswear going on here. As for the hair - not too excited to see her with a short cut: her face and attitude are already very androgynous, long hair suits her better - it makes the androgyny less obvious, more subtle. 

all pictures via Vogue Germany.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

High Top Madness.

Ankle Boot vs. High Top Sneakers, Heels vs. Flats, Leather vs. Neoprene. So different yet the same: my two favorite cravings available at the moment. I strongly recommend the Saint Laurent red heeled boots in case you feel like some sort of fierce but "too cool to wear stilettos" Wonder Woman on a friday night (possibly other days too if your ego allows it.) The Dior Fusion reloaded 2.0 high top version aka the coolest haute couture sneakers ever (yes, let's not forget where they made their debut) are for all the other days of the week since they are SO comfy you can sleep in them, climb mountains in them, walk through the rain in them - mine did it all. And not a single hand embroidered flower fell off. Big win. 

Saint Laurent: shiny leather star embellished ankle boots with contrasted heel, available on the internet only - Saint Laurent stores only sell the knee high version of these. Hurry up, they sell out super quick.

Dior: High Top version of the Fusion Sneakers, in stores mid May in a range of new colors and cuts - if they sell out as quickly as their low top colleagues, you might want to put yourself on a waiting list. 

saint laurent picture via sssense.com and dior picture via special request.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Loewe Fall Winter 2015

Since last season, Loewe has been on my radar like almost no other brand. As a big fan of J.W. Anderson's work it's not really much of a surprise how great the brand has become in only 2 seasons, even though I think nobody was prepared for such a huge boom - another proof that the designer makes it all, let's think about the major downfall of Balenciaga with Wang and Louis Vuitton's explosion with Ghesquière. 
This season, at Loewe everything was on point: the tinted glasses, the makeup, the glossy hair, very 80ies - means very modern right now. From the location choice to the earrings everything was absolutely fun, bright, young yet elegant and edgy, every silhouette was perfectly finished with amazingly futuristic jewels, knee high boots or the already infamous new classic of the house: the puzzle bag in dazzling bright colors. So good, so good.

all pictures via style.com

Monday, March 30, 2015

Vetements FW15 - Details.

I'm quite enjoying the ideas Vetements come up with - from the oversized blazers to the embroidered "collar" turtleneck, it's exactly the fun approach to fashion that I love. Same thing for this look: a simple white logo Tee cut in half, a double belted denim detail. It's really all in the obvious details, mixing different sizes into the same garment - a game they often play at Vetements. 
The only "not-so-fun" thing about all of this: A pair of awesome two sized jeans sewn together into one crazy piece for over 1000 euros. Awesome, fun, unique, the quality and craftsmanship - with all my love for fashion and all the excuses I usually make up to buy (often) quite overpriced pieces, yes even with all that big huge never ending love, over a 1000 euros for a pair of jeans is just not even an option. I could see myself wearing so many pieces of this brand if they would only decide to put more reasonable and fun price tags on their even funnier pieces. Thumbs up for the ideas, thumbs down for their financial fun. And this comes from a fashion obsessed person. Just sayin'.

all pictures via style.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2015 - From My Angle.


I had the enormous pleasure to attend Nicolas Ghesquière's fourth collection for the maison Louis Vuitton. It's been a year already since the fashion world discovered his first, low-key collection for the brand and ever since the concept becomes ever more clearer. 

I usually take a bit of time to think about a collection, look at it a few more times and only then I’m comfortable sharing my thoughts - it just feels right to digest all the information first. This time it took longer- to be precise 3 seasons. We've seen the first collection, we've seen Resort and after the Spring Summer 2015 show and various stops at LV stores the story got more realized. 

After a year of following the brand closely it is clear to me that Mr. Ghesquière is mainly doing one, big and new thing: building an entire wardrobe rather than focusing on each season. It seems to be a long process of looking into the future in this fast-fashion world we live in and damn - thank you for that. 
Sure, each season has some sort of leading "theme" but each collections core ideas remain unchanged: traveling, a must when it comes to LV and how personality is reflected by how every single woman puts on the clothes differently and mixes elements together individually. It's about being unique. Clothes that reflect every aspect of the multi faced life of the modern woman from romantic lingerie inspired blouses to strict work wear, clothes that grow with the woman and that have the capacity to be used in various situations depending of how they are styled.

It’s shown the best at the newly opened Louis Vuitton Store at avenue Montaigne in Paris: instead of replacing older collections by the newest one, you go from room to room and have all the collections in one shop, starting from the first one. You can find a big sweater from one year ago if you’re looking for it and 5 minutes later you can mix it with the newest Spring Summer 2015 pants only a few steps further away. Brilliant if you ask me – it’s like walking into a huge closet where you can pick and choose the pieces designed by Nicolas Ghesquière so that they reflect you best.

Personality is another big theme in this whole concept, the idea that every woman is different and is going to interpret the same pieces differently. Ghesquière mentioned before that he took some inspiration from Edie Sedgwick, the queen of breaking conventional rules and mixing everything from vintage to high end brands back in the sixties and seventies. If Edie is known for one thing then it is how her way to dress reflected her quirky, capturing personality.

What is interesting about Ghesquière’s concept of Louis Vuitton is that photography is so closely interwoven with the actual fashion here: Juergen Teller captures the girls in random moments where they are introduced by their first name, THEN only the list of what they wear starts. It gives you the impression of being close to the showed girl, it shows some kind of personality coming through just by one single word: the name. The girls are no longer just models, they are themselves wearing clothes. Again – the pieces fit to the woman, not the other way around.

For the Fall Winter 2015 collection the idea of showing personality was taken to a new level by Ghesquière and Teller yet again: the series “Ladies at the bath” don’t show any LV pieces but they focus on the girls, their faces, the way they move. With the casting of the women ranging from the coy looking Rianne van Rompaey to the domineering look of Mica Arganaraz it is to me a huge homage to women and individuality.

So, rather than talking about each collection as I usually do – not here. It feels so much more important to see the bigger picture and what happens: for the first time in a long time we have an actual counterpart to the fast food fashion society we’ve turned into and that we live in. For the first time we’re offered a collection that pays homage to the woman in every situation of her life, a brand that puts girls names, faces and personality into the foreground.

Is it too much to say that instead of writing another chapter in fashion history Mr. Ghesquière rather writes a chapter in the book of how to celebrate every one of us out there, an homage to each woman?

all pictures by me.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

On The Wishlist: Ports 1961 FW15 Sneakers

Good times for people who have no particular love for sneakers! I'm not quite a fan, but with the huge success they had lately lots of designers come up with more and more creative versions and ideas. You certainly know about my Dior Fusion obession; I recently added a pair of plain black runnings to my tiny collection and these here are going to be next on the list: the white leather knot detail gives them a really minimalistic yet fun look. 

At least they are not Stan Smiths - can someone explain me that hype around these trainers lately?!
They've just been around since 1971. Calm down folks.

picture from instagram.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cheetah Is Back: FW15

How many people I work with always tell me that cheetah is "déjà vu" and totally "out" ?! I hate the idea of something being "in" or "out"; it personally never occurred to me to like or dislike something just because of what people around tell me. If I like something, I truly do and it stays like that. Cheetah is one of these typical prints, it's something I never get tired of, as shirts, as pants, shoes, coats. It's one of my favorite big classics for a woman's closet, it's so versatile to work with and to wear. As a designer it always makes me dream how you can turn around this simple pattern: fur, colored, jacquard, printed, leather, jersey, handbags, shoes - you get it: there are no limits on how you can use it. It remains a classic you can freshen up however you want, and somehow it feels like even if I buy a bright blue cheetah coat - it's still going to be awesome and modern in 10 years. It's easy enough to wear everyday but yet bold enough to add something cute/sexy/refined to your outfit. It lifts everything up. You understand: I truly love cheetah. Ironically I'm still looking for the perfect cheetah coat. Now firstly I'm well happy to be able to tell all the people who tried to get me away from that feline love that it makes a huge comeback and secondly I think that this winter my perfect cheetah coat is finally going to be a part of my wardrobe. Now the only question is: rather colored or natural? Maybe both. Here are my personal favorites from the parisian shows.

Louis Vuitton: hairy knitwear/jersey mix (little surprise) transformed into a light yet warm coat without lining, bright yellow and orange jacquard. The cut gives you round & small shoulders visually - for a preppy, rigorous look. Mr. Ghesquière works on building a wardrobe at Louis Vuitton: here is your bold yet easy coat for every day. Some color, très cute & très strong, très wearable.

MiuMiu: I loved the MiuMiu show this season. This coat was my absolute favorite, printed, flat fabric for a graphic silhouette. That would not be very MiuMiu without some retro touches: round shirt details on the lower sleeves to break the sharp body shape, big retro buttons in plain blue. The perfect touch: natural python on the collar. Did I mention that I feel the same about snake prints than I feel about cheetah? The two together are killing it. A real fun touch that never goes out of fashion. We've seen the mix tons of times before, yet it never gets boring. Big statement coat, maybe not for "tous les jours".

Saint Laurent: A-line, slightly long cape or coat (I was not able to tell what exactly it is because of the big volume of the body that opens up nicely while walking) in natural cheetah printed on pony fur. The length and A-line shape don't make it very easy to wear but the natural colors bring it back to the streets: A good classic, even if I would rather go for a straight body shape for a less girly look, a sharper and more masculine cut is more my cup of tea. The pony fur adds to the price tag - but definitely a gorgeous piece, the colors are in perfect shades of natural. Yes, because it is actually difficult to find "good" natural colors and create a good balance between them. 

all pictures via style.com

Print Paradise: Marc By Marc Jacobs FW15

Marc By Marc Jacobs has been close to my favorites ever since Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier have been named creative directors. Their mix between classic prints, bold writings combined with little details such as punk inspired velvet lacings brings a fresh air to the brand and adds a bold streetstyle note to it - revisited basics you just want to include into your everyday wardrobe. After all we can all use a splash of youth and color.

all pictures via style.com