I suppose the name, Madeleine Vionnet sounds rather familiar and recalls the good-old fashion history lessons, where Vionnet‘s name was taught as a dogma, and truly, without doubt she was no less person than an architect among dressmakers, the queen of bias-cuts. I’ve found it important to mention this as after more than 100 years of heritage, Goga Ashkenazi – the house’s creative director – managed to reprise some elements from the classic Vionnet archives – you can still spot the delicately draped backs and closed fronts among the pieces. There was also a well thought-out expression of ease and effortlessness, a great flow of elegant minimalism that has been a little pushed into the background in the season. Instead of stiff volumes and edgy shapes, relaxed and lightweight pieces ruled the line-up creating soft, floaty, flattering silhouettes in the palette of light blues, yellows and natural, stony hues. The soft sky palette blended ease showcased a frankly charming demi-couture collection, that would fit in every woman’s wardrobe.
Der Name Madeleine Vionnet klingt ziemlich vertraut und erinnert an den guten alten Unterricht in Modegeschichte, wo Vionnets Name wie ein Dogma gelehrt wurde. (more…)
London Fashion Week Day 3 was shorter than short. We only got the time for a presentation by Tata Naka, and just like last year the designer duo took the adventurous and romantic approach, with a great sense of humour and yet again created their own unique style. The collection showcased bubblegum pinks, strong yellows and turquoises, star-shaped patchworking, lingerie-like fabrics; recalling beautiful dolls, whereas sometimes the whole collection seemed as much performance pieces as they did actual clothes. Another show we saw was the Ong-Oaj Pairam, who launched his collection for the very first time at Fashion Scout. His inspiration was drawn from the character of Gertie, from Stephen Spielberg’s blockbuster – E.T, inviting us to a beautifully childish world of summer flowers and rebellion in the air. I have to admit that the models looked amazing with all the hair-dos and walked so gracefully. Thank you London for having us, see you next season!
London Fashion Week #Day 3 war mehr als kurz. Wir hatten nur Zeit für eine Präsentation von Tata Naka und genau wie letztes Jahr hat das Designer Duo den abenteuerlichen und romantischen Weg mit einem großen Sinn für Humor gewählt und sie haben es wieder geschafft ihren eigenen einzigartigen Stil zu kreieren. (more…)
So here we go again; yesterday we safely arrived in London and headed to the buzzing scene of fashion dreams, to the Somerset House. Oh I almost forgot, from now on I’ll briefly introduce you our daily happenings, which you can otherwise also catch up with on Instagram in terms of visual treats. Today’s is called about and around – scenes, places and faces. So yesterday was kind of short day due to the lots of travelling, but we made sure to have our daily dose of London Fashion Week.
My favourite corner so far
We first arrived to the Eugene Lin show at the lovely Freemason’s Hall that spoke of clean, precise and deluxe aesthetics, then headed over to Somerset House to spot some streestyle in the pouring rain and get our fast track pass to the showrooms. Unfortunately I was not allowed to take photos there, but I’ll make sure to introduce you our new personal favourites through longer posts later on. Streetstyle-wise I had a crush on this chinese beauty wearing vintage autumn hues while playing the textures hard (image 1.). Isn’t she just lovely? Well, gotta rush now and let the images speak instead of words, but will be back with fresh news tomorrow;)
Es ist wieder so weit, gestern sind wir gut in London angekommen und haben uns gleich in die geschäftige Welt der Modeträume aufgemacht, zum Somerset House. Oh, ich habs fast vergessen, von nun an werde ich euch kurz unsere täglichen Erlebnisse präsentieren, die ihr außerdem auch auf Instagram verfolgen könnt, vor allem was das visuelle Vergnügen betrifft. (more…)
Despite the strong Scandinavian roots, Cheap Monday has conquered the world; the brand is currently available in more than 35 countries through about 2000 stores across the world. Ever since the time when the first 800 pairs of jeans with the characteristic skull logo hit the market, Cheap Monday has had a rapid growth and development while staying loyal to their signature denim goods and customer friendly price range. Smelling a tiny hint of rebellion, the Spring/Summer 2014 collection – that was shown during Stockholm Fashion Week last week – suggests confidence with an in-your-face aesthetic, channelling bold artists from the 90s and customers from the 21st century. Daring to take the coolest approach, the strong street-wear vibe didn’t fail to take over the collection, showcasing collage prints, prints on prints, patchwork looks, cut-outs, large details and gold – just like nowadays’ young crowd demands.
Neben den starken skandinavischen Wurzeln hat Cheap Monday die Welt erobert! Die Marke ist aktuell in mehr als 35 Ländern und über 2000 Stores weltweit erhältlich. (more…)
3.1 Phillip Lim Pre-Fall 2013 (All images: Fairchild)
I guess we are in a little post-and pre fashion week panic in terms of finding the right bag that ‘swallows’ all the necessities such as laptops, iPads a bunch of origami invites and a pair of comfy shoes for the end of the day. While busy searching blogs, I bumped into the brilliant 3.1 Phillip Lim pre-fall 2013 collection and I couldn’t resist sharing with you some of my favourite snapshots of this sight-pleasing simplicity that the collection carries. The range of accessories include hip and chic pieces inspired by tough bikers, and urban allure through the eye of the statement-making Phillip Lim. I particularly appreciate the ease of achieving such beautiful toughness by cleverly dealing with colour and texture that flawlessly completes an outfit but it is also a functional piece for your day-to-day essentials. The collection discovers an array of cool, while staying certainly loyal to the Lim-like woman and yet satisfying sartorial cravings in terms of accessories such as bags, shoes, sunnies and iPad cases. Fashion Week season, here we come!
Ich fürchte, wir befinden uns in einer kleinen Post und Pre Fashion Week Panik, was das Finden der richtigen Handtasche angeht, die alles Nötige ‘schluckt’, wie zum Beispiel Laptops, iPads, einen Haufen Origami Einladungen und bequeme Schuhe für das Ende des Tages. (more…)
Because the Finnish knows how to colour up your lives – Finnish brand Marimekko provides you not only with clothes for the body but with clothes for your home as well. The lifestyle brand has just shown its Spring/Summer 2014 collection during Copenhagen Fashion Week and opened its awaited store on the shopping street of the Danish capital last week, showcasing both garments and interior goods. Asymmetric stripes, endless flower prints and intense colour mixes ruled the catwalk at the Radhus for a moment – providing the brightest refreshment among the Scandinavian designers together with Moonspoon Saloon. I believe that a Marimekko piece is a must have in every woman’s wardrobe with an attitude to enhance a joyous life. No matter what the next season’s trend forecast is, Marimekko’s imagery always take the fun approach in terms of colours and shapes while predicting the idea of ‘always look on the bright side of life’ feeling.
Weil die Finnen wissen, wie sie euer Leben bunter gestalten – die finnische Marke Marimekko bietet nicht nur Kleidung für euren Körper sondern auch Kleidung für euer Zuhause. (more…)
Barcelona, Summer, Adriana Lima and Desigual are the keywords of these next few lines of text, despite I’ve got the feeling that this time the images speak better. I’ve shortly referred to Barcelona in my previous post but nothing in details. Barcelona Fashion Week is a bit like Barcelona itself; it’s loaded with energy, it’s romantic arty and colourful; it’s vibrant just as the features Desigual carry. Desigual is renowned of its unique vision of mixing and matching prints and colours – each piece has a spirit and promotes the perfect attire for the Spanish climate while constantly aiming to emphasise female beauty. The core message of Desigual is that the brand envisaged an image in which people dressed in a different ways; in clothes that helps to generate positive feelings and are affordable to all. Besides the colour and print invasion no one less than Adriana Lima spiced up the atmosphere during the show! Well done Barcelona and Desigual, you know how to attract attention!
Barcelona, Sommer, Adriana Lima und Desigual sind die Schlagwörter der nächsten paar Zeilen des Textes, abgesehen davon, dass ich das Gefühl habe, dass die Bilder diesmal viel mehr Aussagekraft haben. (more…)
Achtland Spring/Summer 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Embroidered showpiece bomber
I don’t know what about you guys but every time it comes to Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm or Barcelona Fashion Weeks I’m keen to catch up with the latest talents who tend to take a different view on the new ‘in-s’. Berlin definitely has a special place in my heart; it’s fresh and young and through a constant progress, the fashion week provides a great vibe of cool and authentic designs just as did again among others Hien Le, Augustin Teboul, the ever rebellious Patrick Mohr or the newcomer Achtland. I’m quite conservative when it comes to relationships, in contrast I do enjoy falling in love with different designers in each season and I guess the latter predicts that I sort of fell in love with Achtland – at first sight.
The designer duo with the creatives: Oliver Lühr and Thomas Bentz behind the label recalled a beautifully pure collection that spoke of perfectly shaped pieces, layered textures and rich embroidery visualising a bird-paradies and Japanese cherry blossoms that draw upon the inspiration of the Prinzhorn Collection (go check out the wonderful art collection mostly drawn by pencil or crayons by patients in psychiatric hospitals at the dawn of the 20th century.) While the collection balanced sophistication with cool, effortless with structured where blue hues and pastels took over, there was also a hint of rough seams, an allure of strong yellows and a story behind. To add some more of an up front touch, Achtland teamed up with no one less than Christian Louboutin for the perfectly matching flat menswear-inspired shoes that contrasted and yet completed the looks perfectly, as well did the John Lennon-like sunnies. If you’re asking me, the Achtland duo have created the most stand-out collection that was both eclectic and coherent and would have also come through in Paris or Milan, thus have assuredly set the new one-to-watch for the press, the tastemakers and not least for us.
Ich weiß nicht, was mit euch ist, aber jedes Mal, wenn es um die Berlin, Kopenhagen, Stockholm oder Barcelona Fashion Weeks geht, bin ich gespannt, mich über die neuesten Talente zu informieren, die oftmals eine andere Sichtweise auf das, was aktuell In ist, haben. (more…)
Just like our comfort zones craved so, we can finally enjoy a real summer where bikinis and tanning oils absolutely took over and made up all the inconvenience the bad weather caused. From the position of a tanning bed I really don’t mind looking back at some of the greatest Autumn/Winter 2013 collections, such as Carven’s was. Creative Director Guillaume Henry – who’s known for his quirky volumes and fabrics – created coats that were oversized and reminded of teddy bear textures while showcased some of the prettiest colours of the season: baby blue, pink, camel and blush. The size wasn’t the only twist in the collection, after the sugary palette a bunch of sexy animal prints followed as well as rubbery jacquards and graphic prints. The dresses were dreamy yet carried a great deal of edge, especially a black-on-black, zebra-stripe pencil dress cut high on the neck with an open back framed by wide collars. It all felt minimal yet richly flavoured in quality, volume, elegance and freshness. If I would have to address a message to the whole collection itself I would say ‘Come as you are’.
Genau wie wir es uns gewünscht haben, können wir endlich den wahren Sommer genießen, wobei Bikinis und Bräunungsöl die Überhand gewonnen haben und uns für die Unannehmlichkeiten des schlechten Wetters entschädigen. Von der Sonnenliege aus stört es mich nun nicht mehr, auf die großartigsten Herbst/Winter 2013 Kollektionen zurückzublicken, wie zum Beispiel Carven. (more…)