Friday, 28 March 2008
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
She was an art collector with great taste. Louise constructed the domain which has been completed in 1888 and included several sculptural art works. Until today the cave hosts contemporary exhibitions and installations in memory and honor of une grande dame.
And now the reason why I am actually posting about this:
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
Susanna Mars is one of my favorite bloggers, because she is sarcastic, critical and has the excellence to tell real fashion stories. My favorite post so far is the one I read this morning, about which I think that it is so informative that should be read by everyone who gives a sh... about L.A. Fashion Week (pardon my wording, I am only converging to the whole ambiance). It is also interesting for those who deal with culture in general because it contains some sociological aspects which might lead to further conclusions upon closer research.
I recommend to watch this before reading:
Would you buy this shirt for £35.00?I definitely wouldn't. It does not look like much except for the little stars which have been copied from the latest runway collections.
Now look at this. Would you like to buy it now for £35.00? I definitely would.
She wears anything, really anything well!
Monday, 17 March 2008
There might be one canditate participating in Germany's Next Topmodel 2008 who would be really gifted to become a model with regards to appearance as well as behavior (I need to mention this because the main part of the candidates seems to be not familiar with good manners). In the series last week Vanessa won the casting contest to appear as cover girl for BREE BAGS. BREE is a german based brand which has been started in1970 by Wolf Peter Bree. BREE bags stand for quality and functionality as well as real value for money. My first satchel was made out of leather and my mum baught it at their shop. I didn't like it when I was young because all the other kids used to wear SCOUT satchels but my mum insisted because she was never interested in ordinary things. That was my first and last experience with BREE and I think they did not change much since then. This goes along with the negative aspect that the company indeed exists until today but has not been really innovative in let's say the last 15 years. According to my opinion it kept its head above water because of more conservative buyers who look for great quality and less design for a smaller amount of money (I mean the contrary of so called "IT Bags).
I am not a marketing manager but I would assume the collaboration with Germany's Next Topmodel could be a measurement to make this brand more attractive for a younger and trendier group of buyers. The result of the photos is being shown here:
The photos are sexy, colourful and provocative and absolutely controversial with what I would expect from this label. With regards to the model I think Vanessa has done a great first job and Schloss Bensberg (near Bergisch Gladbach, Heidi's home town) has been a beautiful location to do the shoot. Now that I noticed that the "Germany's Next Crew" also produces valuable stuff I am bit reconciled about this casting show, which is the only casting show I ever followed. I am still not convinced about the concept because none of the models who won, ever appeared on a "high class" campaign. Not sure if girls apply for this show being aware of the fact that they will advertise for desperate housewifes catalogues later on in their imminent "career".
I currently follow the discussion about Anke Schipp's article "Stilbildung im Internet" for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (published on the 17th Feb) with exitement. Mahret, one of my favorite bloggers and owner of F&ART Guide made a statement with her letter to the editor criticizing several aspects of the article, mainly the bad research. I totally agree but I already noticed this problem in other german publications concentrating on fashion. Their goal is to deliver up-to-date information which comes either a bit late or fragmentary. Nevertheless, criticism is valid but I prefer to avoid exaggerated strictness. Anke tried, failed but bloggers should forgive her.
Finally a few words concerning the pleasures of blogging. In her letter to the editor, Mahret pointed out that no designer would still invite bloggers without one's own initiative to fashion shows. This is true. But it is also true that blogger's opinions have become more and more important. Personally I was happy to discover today that hair stylist David Mallett uses my irrelevant blog as a reference for his significant work. This lighted up my grey work day.
Thursday, 13 March 2008
Jewellery Design has never been as charming and feminine as this spring. Until now, I was never addicted to pieces of the big guns like Tiffany's or Van Cleef & Arpels, which recently turned into obsession.
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Julia Restoin-Roitfeld is the new model for the Miu Miu Spring Campaign shot by Marc Segal and styled by Elisabeth Sulcer.
I like the idea of putting on the scene in an unoccupied house. It adds a misterious something to the campaign which matches with the collection. With regards to the make-up and hair-style I am a bit disappointed. I have to admit that I am getting bored of the "Amy Style". You see these girls everywhere on the street copying her and now you even recognize her style in a Miu Miu campaign which stood for creativity all the time. Besides it is amazing to see that a healthy and happy looking girl like Julia got involved to promote two very different labels. It can be argued that arises from the fact of being the daughter of Carine, but I would reinterpret it in a positive way. No one needs to stick to the unhealthy and skinny look most of the models count on these days, but one needs to have a certain something - not only for creation but also presentation.
Preview (Source: Blackbook Magazine)