Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter!

with a look back to the 1940s and the American actress, dancer and comedian Olga San Juan.

OLGA SAN JUAN, 1946


Saturday, 30 March 2013

mmmh... like mämmi

Probably one of the most questionable Easter dish especially for foreigners in Finland is "mämmi". I will show you a picture of this baked malt pudding and you will understand why!
before
It reminds me especially of my practical training on building site, where I had to help sealing a basement against water... The paint you use equals a bit in color and texture.

after
But it simply belongs to Easter and I have learned to like it, especially after visiting Ravintola Juuri last year with my cousin and his girlfriend. Amongst other delicious traditional food, they served mämmi with whip cream and blueberries. So if you you are sceptic but also curious try it this way!


Monday, 25 March 2013

80s Rock with The Cult

Nice 80s metal with some fashion glam. The right thing to relax on a Monday evening!
The Cult and "Edie"

Sunday, 10 March 2013

fashion week special II- New York, London, Paris

As promised, here comes the second part of the fashion week special, before I will show you how my own creations are proceeding. Let's start with New York where the fashion circus begins every season.

_New York

Every city has an own style and I would describe the New York look in general as rather casual compared with Paris and Milan. There is also a more visible tendency of deconstructed clothes and draping. 

          
Prabal Gurung #1
Prabal Gurung #2


The first two looks are by Prabal Gurung. The emphasis lies on a structured daywear with military elements. I especially like the contrast of the floral elements which break the strictness of the silhouette. The color palette includes olive, navy blue, black and red.

           
Oscar de la Renta #1
Oscar de la Renta #2

























Oscar de la Renta made headlines when he invited John Galliano to be designer-in-residence for the last collection. As expected there was a huge gossiping about who designed which look. The collection does have elements which have a hint of French handwriting, but that's all speculation and I especially liked the exaggerated toile prints and jacquards as shown in the two pictures above.

           
Diane von Furstenberg #1
Diane von Furstenberg #2

























Diane von Furstenberg said "Every woman wants to be glamorous and rock 'n' roll. (...) It's not about going to a party. It's life as a party." On the hunt for inspiration, she probably just has to browse to private photo album. The collection included golden shades for the glam and some animal prints for the rock 'n' roll.


_London

The London look continuous with the Burberry Prorsum show the trend towards animal prints in combination with the transparent latex.

           
Burberry Prorsum #1
Burberry Prorsum #2

























The kinky details in the choice of material showed a nice contrast to the elegant pencil skirts, sweaters, and belted coats. 


           
Mary Katrantzou #1
Mary Katrantzou #2

























Mary Katrantzou shifted away for her new collection from the prints and color palette that have fueled her rise and put a strong focus on shape and silhouette. Which meant that color was almost completely back-seated this season. She opted for the architecture of asymmetry, with obilike folds and drapes of fabric. 

_Paris

French Fashion is associated with freedom, skill and lightness. Miuccia Prada made a light and cheerful collection based on the "typical" french elements, with a lot of stripes and dots which showed a connection from past to present.

           
Miu Miu #1
Miu Miu #2

The venue was again the Palais d'Iena, but altered by Rem Koolhaas' OMA. By slicing the show space in half, raising the floor and lowering the ceiling with industrial grid-like grates, they tried to submit the idea of "cutting through the past," as the designer explained.

           
Valentino #1
Valentino #2

And another Italian designer duo impressed with their collection. For the Valentiono show the duo around Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli took Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring as an inspiration.
Main element of the collection was a white collars which was added to many familiar Valentino looks. The collars came in laser-cut leather encrusted with beads or in "Calvinist" plain cotton piqué, and they decorated the simplest pieces, like long-sleeve A-line shifts in wool and short alpaca coats, as well as more ornate creations, including a creation in Delft ceramics pattern.


Sunday, 3 March 2013

fashion week special - autumn winter 2013/14

I love to watch fashion shows and the last couple of weeks where filled with new trends and inspirations for the coming fall and winter. I know the snow hasn't even melted yet up here, but therefore it is even more exciting to enjoy a good show wrapped up with a hot cup of tea in your hands.



Though the shows in Paris are not yet over, my favorite shows so far came from Milan this time. For the Dsquared² show, the Caten brothers rebuilt the jazz club which was already the setting for the men's show to celebrate a glorious show inspired by the 1940s. Under the title "les dames masculines" they showed an amazing contrast of how to emphasize femininity with glamorous evening gowns and suits in dandy style with bow ties.


            




Traveling back in time seems always to be a great source of inspiration in design. And while talking of femininity, the other show I loved for its glamour was the Dolce & Gabbana show "tailored mosaic". 



Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have a great skill to tell stories and this time they took us to the Cathedral of Monreale close to Palermo with its amazing byzantine mosaics. The colors and details were just amazing and all those great red dresses in the end made me nearly speechless.


            






But as every city has its own style, let's have a look at the others too!