Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Face To Watch: Rianne Van Rompaey

Current favorite of mine and pretty much everywhere: Rianne van Rompaey, casted for Louis Vuitton ever since Nicolas Ghesquière took over: she closed his very first show for the maison, opened the Resort Show in Monaco and was an exclusive for the latest Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Oh - and then she was a Prada exclusive for Spring Summer 2015 and closed the latest Miu Miu show. That's pretty much all you need to know to understand why the fashion world is going crazy over this fragile and elegant little (in fact rather tall) lady. She captures the light like nobody else, things are already going more than well for her but it's pretty safe to say that the best is yet to come: new icon.

pictures courtesy of french vogue, british vogue and models.com

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Celebrating 160 Years In Style.


If you consider it, it's rather crazy that The LV monogram has been around for 160 years and still as popular than ever. What girl didn't crave a Louis Vuitton monogram bag at some point in their lives? It's rather a good idea to make hat craving even more insatiable by creating the above shown little works of art; the result of a collaboration between influential icons from a variety artistic disciplines and Louis Vuitton. Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, Cindy Sherman, Marc Newson, Rei Kawakubo and last but certainly not least; Frank Gehry created individual pieces, each reflecting their personalities and style while always keeping the birthday child - the monogram central. That sounds like a damn tempting project on paper if you ask me, and so is the results of it: a fun, yet personal point of view on a classic bestseller. Mission accomplished: major craving alert - not as though Louis Vuitton didn't already have too many of these lately!

Personal favorites are Cindy Sherman's Trunk including a little chair and oh- so many details here and there: stickers, drawers, mirrors, a separate handbag, it's all there. And another one: I guess I got that little architectural spark from my father, an architect himself, so it comes without surpsrise that Gehry's "twisted box" is the actual number one on my list. The interior is embossed with a hand drawn interpretation of the LV logo and in a beautiful shade of catalina blue - little mirror included. But actually - If I could, I would take them all... After all, who wouldn't?

Another very inspiring, refreshing and young project from Louis Vuitton - ever since Nicolas Ghesquière took over the brand, it's never looked invigorating and more energizing. Keep it up guys!

all pictures from louisvuitton.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Winter Coats; Céline.

Finding a good winter coat is a real mission this season. I'm currently obsessed with the low sleeve construction of the Winter2014 Céline Coats. Slouchy but yet constructed. Also - the buttons are quite interestingly spread over the garment. Talk about intelligent and creative clothing.

all pictures via céline.com/fr

Friday, October 31, 2014

Prada Resort 2015 Ad Campaign.

The new Prada Resort Campaign has been out for only a few days and hours but I simply was not able to wait: one of my all time favorite campaigns ever for sure, of course by my favorite Steven Meisel.
Oh and the Prada effect strikes again: I didn't enjoy the contrasted topstitching during the show but here it's just perfecty odd enough to crave it. Future favorite pants and sweater in sight. Oups, Miuccia did it again.

all pictures from fashiongonerogue

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Winter Coats; Melitta Baumeister.

I'm currently really trying to keep my summer clothes on for as long as possible but I'm starting to crave the warm company of a nice coat. 
This super sized Perfecto from german talent Melitta Baumeister is number 1 on my list - but unfortunately impossible to find. Major love.

all pictures from tumblr.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Striking Innocence.

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I love it when the subject and the background seem to melt together in photographs. It makes the girls stand out even more here, ironically. This purposely accentuated, "flat", 2 dimensional style and analog photography create a somehow creepy ambiance as well. How amazing are the locations here? Note the Michael Jackson plate in the first picture. Big like.
Self Service S/S11 styled and photographed by Venetia Scott.

all pictures via Self Service Magazine.

Monday, October 13, 2014

I Totally Would...

...use this Chanel Basket from the Fall/Winter 2014/2015 show as a decoration object for my apartment if it wouldn't have the (not so) humble price of 7000€. I can already see it giving shelter to my favorite magazines, such an incredible object. I'll put this one on my "things I'm never going to be able to afford"- list, check.

picture from chanel.com

Friday, October 10, 2014

Givenchy Cravings.

I haven't crossed a Givenchy piece I truly loved for a while now..until I stumbled on this beyond gorgeous, light and ultra feminine (yes! can you believe that?!) dress the other day. Embroidered mesh butterflies on the sleeves, a big satin band in the back, a heart shaped bust detail and these slouchy front pockets, a true masterpiece when it comes to craftsmanship and creative details. To top it off I'd love to add a "Rave" bag to my selection - I like how it looks like a plastic bag. It exists in plenty of colors and prints but I especially love the silver and black vinyl leather version. 
Find the dress online at Bergdorf Goodman and the silver "Rave" on net-a-porter...but be warned about the price tag.
Just sayin'.

all pictures by bergdorf goodman / net-a-porter.
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Monday, October 6, 2014

In The News.


So the rumors were true! The man responsible for my falling in love with fashion (well, besides sailor moon.) is finally getting his second chance. I am genuinely happy about the decision to put him back into the game because honestly - was he ever out of it? Ever since his famous and unfortunate outings people started guessing again when and how he's going to come back to the fashion scene. He's a genius and he should take care of himself - because what personally shocked me the most in the now infamous video is seeing such a great man in such a poor state. Margiela feels like a good and very creative home for him - we all know what he is capable of doing: from opulent Dior to crazy John Galliano to timelessly elegant Hermès. 
Welcome back Mr. Galliano!
headlines from wwd.com

Friday, October 3, 2014

Copycat; Meow.


DKNY S/S15 vs. Prada S/S11
Balmain S/S15 vs. Givenchy Haute Couture 97.

Now that the Fashion Month has finally come to a close, it's time for my favorite copycats of the season. I only use that term for its slight association with the feline persuasion, as most of you may or may not know i love cats.

Usually you experience a degree of déjà-vus' when you look at some collections, but some are more obvious than others. The question is: when can "drawing inspiration" be called "copying" and couldn't it be that two people just randomly had two similar starting points or ideas? A question I deal with on a daily basis, as a fashion designer. We surely always take inspiration from somewhere and something, its inevitable, whether we realize it or not. Rather often it is, unfortunately, from clothes that already exist. What I think is interesting is that you can call the act of close reproduction "inspiration" and "copy" at the same time. Legally the the case might be clear (the people at Zara know) but when it comes to real life the lines are often blurred. Maybe it's just a strange coincidence, maybe strong inspiration. What I think is sad is that people made quite a fuss about Balmain this season. Hey! it's one look. It happens to everyone, fashion designers included. They are not some kind of magic bottomless well of ideas that are able to pull out timeless classics and innovative ideas season after season.They all have to (ideally) open books and archives to get the fuel. Enjoy the magic while it's there. And that's coming from not the biggest Balmain fan! 

all pictures from style.com