In usual order; I am obsessing over some items at 1st Dibs. Print called ‘Boating in Antigua, 1961’ from Slim Aarons, ‘Double Onos 55’ pendant brass lamp from Florian Schulz, steel contract bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller, chair and ottoman in velvet with chrome motif in bamboo, monumental vase by Nils Kähler, coffee tables from Karl Springer, and Italian chairs with nickel balls.
Anja Rubik sitting in a sheer tank top and underwear smoking a cigarette in issue 38 of Self Service Magazine. Classic right? I got inspired by her boyish look and put together some t-shirt that are available online and in store for the moment. From the left: white short knitted muscle tee from T by Alexander Wang, tank top in nude with ‘Music’ print from Acne S/S13, black v-neck from Acne (love this model), sheer tank from Acne, satin bralette and black leather bra from T by Alexander Wang and black mesh underwear from Weekday. The creme white satin bralette is just gorgeous and would look great to style with a white power suit.
Love this belted kimono/robe/gown in printed satin and jersey from the S/S13 Haider Ackermann collection. The dots are intervened with a beautiful diamond print – a print that is also seen on shirts and trousers in this collection. You’ll find it at Browns Fashion.
There has been a lot of black and white graphics at New York Fashion Week this season, and Proenza Schouler is no exception. The exccentric duo behind the brand, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, has been working with tweed bouclé (with implemented leather) and guipure lace in this collection, a more sophisticated side that hasn’t been seen before. We could spot a lot of laser-cut details in the collection, both dresses and shoes. One laser-cut material looked like a fusion between leopard and hearts and made a beautiful pattern – a pattern that also was printed on the leather clutches in the model ‘The Large Lunch Bag’ (love the name). For this collection they have implemented fur details in the bags – we could spot shearling and black pony-hair (again!) that created a lovely combination between the coat and bag. There was one piece that was just absolutely amazing and that was the chain dress with hundreds of thin threaded chains all worked together in modern armour. Over all the collection was amazing and I love the idea of a slight more sophisticated vibe over Proenza Schouler but still remaining the playfullness and the utterly cool looks.
For this pre-fall collection, Alber Elbaz has integrated a beautiful leopard and zebra print throughout big parts of the collection. The boots in the same print are fantastic, as well as the oversized clutches. There are some classical pieces as well, like the coats, and of course some very Lanvin-ish ones as well, like the huge embellishments on everything from coats to tops and the statement necklaces. The laced-up ankle boots with platform heels are amazing, but my favourite piece of them all is the creamy white waist-short goat fur paired with a black turtle-neck and a gorgeous clutch.
This round-frame acetate model above, from Illesteva, is one of my favourite styles in the Illesteva family of sunglasses. Totally dig the new print with olive, grey, creamy white and brown – although it reminds me of a pair of glasses from Céline S/S11. Anyway, if you have the same cravings as me, you can get the hip glasses right here.
Pics from the Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2013 collection is now out. I was very excited about the PS pre-collection since their previous collections has been amazing. Overall the collection looks pretty great – very Proenza Schouler. A trip to Fuiji influneced the designers behind the brand, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. A black and white graphical printed pair of trousers, a skirt or a dress (a print that acutally is formed as the Proenza Schouler logo-print), black and white boxy leather jackets styled with thin knitted turtle necks and pointy black pumps and heeled sandals. I dig the blue and green-ish pieces in a metallic texture because they utterly breathes PS. The newest piece in the leather goods-section (a bag that is available in stores now) is the clutch called The Courier – a quite simple design that will probably become one of the brands cash sales hits.
The Stella McCartney leopard pieces from her Resort collection 2013 has just hit the stores. Go get the leopard here! Super cool stuff, really. But I think I would get tired of them immediatley, especially since the leopard prints pieces has already gotten so much publicity everywhere, mags, blogs, events…. Love the things though. But I would wanna wear it all together, the top with the jacket AND the trousers!
I read this very spot-on article, written by Lisa Dougan. The head topic was the secret logomania trend that is back. Bold logotypes were huge in the early 2000 when it was all about conspicuous consumptions or showing off. Todays is all more about the graphic shapes of logos being a part of high-fashion brand communication. Now we are looking for something more refined and pieces that makes us feel classy. For an example, the french brand Kenzo has worked with their logo from a K to this season’s almost graphic symbol (read the Tiger sweater embroiderment as well as the Eiffel Tower print – sweaters that by the way has become too over-exposed and just too boring…). This so called subtle logo fit right in with the current wave of post-minimalist fashion. Even Christian Louboutin’s red sole confirms that a pair of shoes are their design. It’s about symbols – symbols that are being received with like-minded people, rather than sirens-blazing, look-at me statements. So these small details, sometimes tiny fashion details, are true important factors of todays consumption of fashion. These details can have the magical power of making you feel real good – which always shows on the outside as well. It’s a so called subtle and secret logomania of today. It is very interesting to watch this kind of transformation and see in which way the industry and ourselves are heading. For a long time it has been ‘cheesy’ to show off you logo-printed leather goods, clothing and shoes. For an example: you wouldn’t wear the classic Louis Vuitton print on your wallet but definitely Bottega Veneta – just as expensive but more subtle and nobody ‘knows’ and recognise the classic braided leather except you and your sphere.
But I believe that the logo’s are truly coming back, in new shapes, but also as in original forms and designs. Like the Yves Saint Laurent label that turned to their roots with the name svitch to Saint Laurent (and the logo as well). I kind of dig the idea, especially if it comes in a slightly more classic and original designs and shapes of the products. In a time when you don’t want to show off your exclusive taste – in case of bags, shoes, clothing and accessories (the label shown as little as possible) – you actually DO want your like-minded people to know.
For the moment I am obssesing over the grunge look. It was a quite hot trend several years ago. I recall Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen being the fashionistas that always nailed the look perfectly, and Marc Jacobs was the man on everyones lips. For this fall and winter season it hasn’t been any grunge vibes, but for RTW spring and summer 2012 there were two huge actors on the fashion scene who applied the grunge look in their collection – Phillip Lim and Dries Van Noten. Of course, the designers translated grunge in their own ways. I instantly got hooked on the patterns, the checked shirts, the layering – a leather on top of a shirt on top of a tee – the shoes, the trousers and the mixing of prints, patterns and materials (read silk with wool, cashmere with jeans). Hopefully, this will be more than a one hit wonder. The grunge look has become a classic style that always push itself back into the fashion world.
I am in love with this combo – patterned pyjama-look-a-like pants, styled with a heavy piece of leather, and topped with a classic western belt with silver details. Underneath are the amazing Dries Van Noten RTW S/S 2013 collection. It’s slightly a bit more sophisticated than the 3.1 Phillip Lim, since Van Noten has mixed more delicate materials and feminine patterns. As you may know by now, one of my weakness is leopard pattern so that is why I absolutely love the leopard printed clutches in this collection. I think it’s cool how the have styled the leopard – not as a eye catching piece but more like one among many other prints (flowers,, checked ans stripes).