30 March 2014

Cat People

I love my cats. All four of them. Visby. Murashka. Bamboo. Steshka. But none of them ever told me to publish a magazine about people who love cats.
Bitches!
Now I wasted so much time writing about fashion that someone else came up with that idea first and called the publication Cat People.
Pure genius.


It has been published in English and Japanese, and is apparently available at Colette, which is a good thing since I just booked a Paris round-trip. Meowing of joy!

24 March 2014

Carven winter introduction

 
I am once again incredibly drawn to the Carven pre-collection. Last year I made my winter wishlist in March, but come August I was able to fit only one piece of clothing into the budget - the coat.
This year is no different - head to toe Carven is the new black!

 
I love the boxy navy jacket in combination with a classical Carven A-line skirt, the nude dress, the huge coat with a captivating wave print worn with boyish flats and a mini-bag, the uneven knitted fisherman sweater tucked into another lovely A-line skirt with a lot of accent on the waist, a beige suit with shorts...and a great styling tip for my Acne shearling jacket - I'll wear it with a pretty printed blouse and a dress.





18 March 2014

Framed

Sometimes I just love to feed you yet another crappy mirror shot. But sometimes the details are missing and the way I take pictures does not do my clothes any justice. Today I'm wearing two new things - freshly out of a package that arrived yesterday from &Other Stories webshop - the black neoprene quilted bomber and an ear frame. I've ordered the bomber once already, but it was too big and I had to send it back. Now I have finally decided that I cannot live without some quilted neoprene and placed a new order which arrived promptly and fits like  glove!  Who would have known that neoprene can be so warm and light?!
As the obsession for jewellery continues to grow, browsing through &Other Stories becomes dangerous.  There's just too much choice. This time around I stopped mine at a very peculiar object - an ear frame. We've heard of ear cuffs in all shapes and sizes, but an ear frame is something new. It's a kind of flat frame that repeats the ear shape and hooks onto it so that a subtle golden shine is coming from behind your ear. If you look closely to the right-hand side of my head you can almost see it. The hair needs to be pulled back to wear such an accessory,  oh well, why not?

&Other Stories bomber and ear frame
COS t-shirt
Dries Van Noten skirt
Acne Studios shoes
Culoyon ring

16 March 2014

Happy sausage chillin'

What else do you do on a Sunday in the garden covered in bloom? You get the two white sausages (i.e. legs) out of the eternal winter shade into the sunshine, go say hello to the fish in the pond and share pictures of the cherry blossom on Instagram. Then you chill some. Pastel+neon hedonist.

Stella McCartney sweater, Cedric Charlier neon pink skirt, Nike AirMax trainers, Culoyon cat ring, &Other Stories nail polish in Moire Green.

la boum

 
Cotton candy coloured skirts and sweaters, sporty visors and 3D ice cream... that sort of girly joy of life that I am constantly drawn to. But I have a mixed relationship with Jacquemus because I'm not even sure if those clothes are meant for wearing or is it a certain spirit of nowadays captured within a garment, reflecting what we live in - so it's more than clothes, but less than something wearable. Weird! Looking at the massive three dimensional ice-cream applique on this huge cotton t-shirt I don't see clothes, but a perfect disguise for a round trip to the Perfectland where I'll go skateboarding down the Rainbow Road and handing out with my little ponies.
A strange feeling of exuberant happiness overwhelms me when I look at Jacquemus Spring Summer 2014 collection, its sporty bubblegum dresses, cropped tops and mini-skirts.
The same strange feeling washed over me when I saw the ice-cream t-shirt on my brief visit to Hunting and Collecting yesterday - I'm sold! I'll be the ice-cream girl forever.

 
Now that Hunting and Collecting have celebrated the store's 4th birthday, I would like to dedicate that  feeling to them - the very store that always leaves me in awe of all things new, joyous and unique. Brussels would probably be a sad boring hole without them, and for 4 years already Hunting and Collecting's Aude and Niels are making sure that it will not happen - just like next Saturday, when we'll all celebrate the shades of bubblegum pink, alongside Simon Porte Jacquemus who will be presenting his collection, and alongside the true hunters and collectors.
Be there!

14 March 2014

wearing today


3.1Phillip Lim phoenix sweatshirt, woodgrain print trousers, Pashli backpack
A.P.C. visor
Dries Van Noten shoes
Claire's double-sided earring
 
People in the city stop and stare at this A.P.C. visor like as if protecting your face from the sun (having forgotten the sunglasses at work) is a crime. No one even glances at a baseball cap either...but the visor! The visor is like the latest model of a Porsche in matte black finish - tourists take pictures.
 

Sense of direction

 
3.1Phillip Lim wood grain print trousers
Zara bandeau top
 
 Now that the sun is completely out of control (and I'm still blaming The Flaming Lips for that), it is the perfect time for printed cotton trousers, light knitwear and some leather jacket of sorts. None of it has been on my official wishlist, but having revised it a little bit according to the weather and to the need I came up with an idea that I should own something only once - so buying a pair of jeans too similar to what I already have is not an option. Plus the weather has been asking for something more fun and crazy...
Here it is - my idea of fun!
These beautiful printed trousers have a very straight masculine cut which is rather new for me. I used to favour the high waist shapes, but somehow an idea of a relaxed mensy trouser with a slight drop crotch started to mix up with the idea of comfort. The comfort of wearing what feels right. And in the whiff of sentiment the 3.1Phillip Lim trousers made their way into my wardrobe. I'll wear them with chunky Acne Studios sandals or with pointy loafers - good thing they are slightly cropped, so even a flat shoe suits the style.
The Zara bandeau was a weird buy, but I really wanted something similar to style over a shirt, just like in the Acne Studios Pre-spring lookbook. At home I realized that I don't have a shirt that could be worn underneath this top. The moral - think before you buy!
 
 
 
This very strange single earring from Claire's is a raw DIY material for me. Now I just need black Swarovski crystals to glue instead of those ridiculous plastic eyes . It ain't no Sophie Bille-Brahe, but it worth a try.
 
Now feeling all summery I would like to escape Brussels for a while...for a long while even. My sense of direction is letting me down. I need a mathematician who can help me out with an old probability question, yet he would be most likely to come up with complex matrices or multiple variable integral equations just to give me an answer I think I know already.

10 March 2014

carbonized

Last Saturday night I went hanging out with my mate Joe and his new solo project band - Vin Blanc/White Wine is two people now. They opened for Deerhoof at VK in Brussels, which was the first show of their European tour, and now they are off to France I believe...so if you find yourself near any of the venues, go see what Joe Haege of 31Knots and Tu Fawning is up to.
When a girl escapes to the bathroom to touch up the makeup, boys start talking about music. And I guess during one of those moments The Flaming Lips got into the conversation. So the Sunday morning was dedicated to their last album 'The Terror'. I always saw The Flaming Lips as a band with a brickwall production where all sound went much too saturated. When I wandered why are we listening to The Flaming Lips on Sunday, my boyfriend said that Joe recommends it...well, ok then! Half way through the second track I could hear the sunshine burning my skin. One minute into the third track and we were both carbonized.
Yes, carbonized.
This is the only way to describe 'The Terror's sound that hoovers somewhere beyond light and dark. Sunlit and haunted all at once.

This is 'You Lust' track featuring Phantogram - a band I've been paying utmost attention to lately. Enjoy!
But don't forget the sunscreen.

09 March 2014

stirr-me-up! Autumn/Winter 2014/15

 
I know that judging the clothes by a picture is like judging a book by the cover, but when the 'looks' is what you look at, I allowed myself some madness to have actually looked at every collection available on style.com, sometimes quickly browsing through, reading the reviews, sometimes stopping for a while to carefully study the detail shots. This whole lot of catwalk pictures may seem random, but after consuming the nth amount of samey same images just about anything seems random. Yet there's a red thread through the seemingly endless Autumn/Winter 2014/15 season, well, at least to me. Stirrups, wiggly things and a pallette ranging from  dusty pastels to Black Watch tartan, sportswear shapes cut in luxury skins and normcore...
Normwhat?
 


 
Not wanting to discriminate, I'll talk through the surprises of the fashion week in alphabetical order...but just to discriminate a little, I'll start with Acne Studios. You all know about my tender relationship with all things Swedish...yet, I look at Acne but see Dries Van Noten, the way he is now and the way he was circa 2009 or 2011 in his winter collections. It is a good thing though, not only because those were great collections, but also because the swedes did it in a fresher way, referring to the surf culture for the winter collection and pulling it off in abundance of beautifully worked leathers and knits.


 
I am also a sucker for all things laid-back, like Creatures of Comfort collection that shows a perfect relationship between colour lilac and Prince of Wales and a winter version of check layering, where everything is somewhat 'anti-fit' and slouchy.


 
I have a strange relationship with Jacquemus...can't call myself a fan of normcore...
Normwhat again?
But the rounded shapes and blobs of colour look pretty and hilarious at the same time. The collection is anti-fit too, may be anti-styling as well - a child could have drawn that and cut it out of paper, but no - a man made that and styled everything with white socks and sneakers.



 
I don't spontaneously shout 'Nicolas!', but the new Louis Vuitton is something magical indeed. Understated but magical - somewhere between ski wear and haute couture...or should I say haute-tech couture? This is one collection I would love to touch, smell, taste just to admire the craftsmanship, which cannot be admired through an internet image.


 
More dusty lilac and sporty quilts? The Opening Ceremony collection is supposed to be about Antwerp, but for me it is about brief but notable presence of my new favourite winter colour.
A dusty lilac coat with white quilted lining is on the wish list.
 




 
Now, one of my favourite collections of the season is Stella McCartney and her wiggly embroidery, star embellished platform shoes and stirrup trousers. The latter being my new true obsession! I go searching the second-hand shops for stirrups, which I remember were my mom's wardrobe favourite piece back in the 90's. She looked fantastic in them and worn them to the ground, those carrot shaped Lycra stirrups. And that's exactly what I love about the cut of Stella's trousers - those are not leggings, they hang somewhat loosely and seem to be made out of beautiful wool. I'm afraid I'll be investing into a pair of those come autumn - nevermind the visa cracking up the seams.



 
I've been following Jun Takahashi's Instagram and was intrigued by the images of the work process - it was a great collection to expect, but it was even greater when unexpectedly the models came down the catwalk with red eye-drops instead of makeup sporting intricate hair crowns. But don't be fooled - Takahashi's moody queens have UFOs printed on their dresses! Watching this was like a weird trip to outer space and back, passing all kingdoms of present, future and past. Looking closely at the clothes though I see sportswear - sweatshirts and track pants at most. I'll go to the edge of the world to see this collection in person!

 
Just one image, but I found the combination of hairy mohair tartan and iridescent plisse absolutely amazing when I saw the collection in the showroom. The show proves that Veronique Branquinho is still true to her best self as it was before she closed the company in the late noughties. I'm glad to see her mixing her strongest references into the collections again and not only doing the commercial white shirts and trench coats. There's even a baby blue oversized satin bomber with neon orange lining! Mouth wide open, I'm waiting for this collection to be delivered to Stijl - good six months to wait though! 





And last but not least, this Christian Wijnants collection is absolute madness! How can anyone make a collection where I can't even choose between favourite looks, scrolling up and down the images, wanting to post the entire collection and just say nothing but 'The Best!'
Quilted pastel blanket-like coats were always right up my alley, now combined with quilted mustard cropped trousers and dusty blue boots and my knees begin to shake. Or that dusty blue mohair co-ord with acid yellow gloves and a matching acid yellow backpack with shimmery finish. If you ever had a chihuahua, you know that when that dog gets excited it pees a little... well, I'm turning into a chihuahua. Good god Christian!

21 February 2014

colour genius


 
If someone can do an oversized bomber at its best, that's Phillip Lim. And only Phillp Lim can do a pale mint bomber coat with hairy textured pink check without making it look like a tablecloth at a Chinese takeaway. Then he can also combine chocolate brown fur with vanilla and lilac, add pink shoes and block it all out with black tights. There's something very appealing in every colour combination of his.
Standing in front of the mirror, I try to find as many matching colours as possible, and not more than three colours for one outfit - it is not a general rule, but it works for me most of the time and helps to keep the outfit simple, because if I could pile up the colours, I definitely would, but then I'd end up looking like a Christmas tree. So here's a lesson on colour/garment matching, learned from the Fall/Winter 2014/15 3.1Phillip Lim show.
  • Monochrome outfit where shoes, tights and bag match being three different shades of one colour. Legs are the darkest one. Coat is the lightest with coloured pattern.
  • Bag match tights, the rest is colourblock of soft pastels in similar texture. Outer garment in contrasting texture and a neutral darker tone.
  • Match bag and shoes. White skirt, taupe jacket. Shimmery copper tone accessories.
 
If I could have all the fortune of the universe, I would be dressed like this next winter. I am constantly amazed at those few designers who send the models down the runway in those looks you can just associate yourself with - non-fussy but put-together casual looks. Not something that sets your imagination completely afloat, but something much more down-to-the-ground, when every garment tells a story of your own comfort and not someone else's idea of it. I guess I'm just tired of the fussy fashions, and more I see them twist and turn in front of the street style cameras, the more I grow fond of the clothes that speak to me - the wearer - and give me a personal challenge, make me play and have fun with colours and styles.
And look - no bare legs! In the name of what fashion were the New Yerk's stars of street style showing us so many goosebumps?





12 February 2014

Zombie Ton

Oh, someone photoshop zombies into this photo! There-there, in the background, chasing after the street style photographers. You run or you die.
 
Photo by Tommy Ton for style.com
 
Upon seeing this, I am glad to go to Paris only for one day, only for buying. No shows, no cameras, no weather small talk - I don't do it anyways.
Zombies, please!

A Foreshadowing


So here's a geek in me counting two months to go! It all seems doable with a help of a new 15 minute long teaser. Thank you HBO.