Paris Fashion Week – SANGUE

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Paris Fashion Week just came to an end and what a Marathon it was! I wouldn’t have done it right had I not been to the Capsule show on Sunday. Brands from all over the world have come together, showing their best and latest 2016 S/S collections.

It was my first Menswear-Capsule I have attended and first on my list was SANGUE the very new Italian brand based in Puglia. SANGUE’s main inspiration hides literally in the city itself and its environment. To paint a better picture see here how SANGUE brilliantly finds its inspiration in Puglia’s alleys and consequently develops its items.

What is particularly intriguing with its work, is the intertwined variety of urban-freshness and rural-folklore in its prints. SANGUE’s S/S 2016 collection was particularly vibrant and brought back some of that sun-kissed 70s allure. This collection gives us a break from the less approachable strait cut and edgy glamor, that most Italian brands are known for. It has in fact, so much more freshness and relaxedness which is more resemblant to modern men and Italian youth.

ANGELO MILANO has done pretty good since he debuted SANGUE 3 years ago, which was surprisingly triggered by a challenge his friends set up! His creative techniques and brilliant eye for design has no doubt put SANGUE on the fashion watch list.

One great way to customize your 90s Look

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Nothing is hotter this summer than the 90s! The comeback of the Dad Jeans and Cara Delevigne’ W Magazine photo have totally made that official and next thing you’ll know, we will be watching the new season of Home Improvement. Let’s face it fashion has been going through what one would call a repetitive cycle. Some would even say that fashion reached its creative peek with Alexander McQueen and after his death it was just a whirlwind of repetitions. I doubt however, that the lack of creativity is the problem and if creativity is at all involved, it might rather be its price tag that has got us going back and forth with the 20th century’s eclectic trends.

One might have seen this coming after D&G first Byzantine collection in 2013 and Nicolas Ghesquière’s 60s-inspired show in 2014; Time has finally come for the prosperous 90s and its Prince of Bel Air wardrobe. Great news for those who – like me – were long diagnosed with 90s’ nostalgia syndrome! Don’t get me wrong the 60s were the epitome of  elegance but those years were simply turbulent! On the other hand the 90s – despite the tackiness – were prosperous and particularly uniquely peaceful; the war has just ended; the wall had fallen down and Clinton’s economic boom! So if you’re a 90s’ Kid and excited about this year’s fashion, here is a summer outfit you might like!

Some of you might know this already but I am a shameless eclecticist! I can never be inspired from one movement and I can never have a conformist style. I like to break down elements and make a collage out of things. Yes it’s 90s but I don’t want to look like a flashback from Boy meets World! I accordingly chose to break the 90s look with a little throwback from the 50s. All what you need is a colorful America-Cut T-Shirt (widely popular in the 90’s) and Bell knee-length skirt (a 50’s must).  Now you want to keep this look modern and neat.  The downside of 90s’ fashion is that it was too chaotic and messy, so for a modern look keep the design concentrated in one place, like in my awesome personal custom made T-Shirt by SignYourName. It is perfect because all what you need to see is carefully laid out and concentrated in the center. The design is perfectly retro inspired and processes in the same time the 90s colorfulness. Remember the point is to keep it minimal and modern so when you wear it with a Bell Skirt make sure you chose a pattern-less one with earth-tone colors. I chose white in this case because I didn’t want to take away the value of the shirt, but if that’s not important to you just chose the least dominant color in the shirt as an attribute to the skirt.

For some final touches, throw on a simple beaded short necklace for a spark and white sneakers because it screams 90s’ comfort.  For this look always shoes your flats’ color the same as your skirt’s.  You don’t want to confuse people when looking at you. You can complete the look with a matching Tote Bag and thanks again to SignYourName for the mega cool custom Blogger Tote!

If you want to see different variations of the 90s’ eclectic look, I will be showing you throughout this month, the different options for your 2015 summer. Remember, for this look keep your T-shirt wide and fold the sleeves up. The tight body combined with the Bell skirt has become less popular this season.  And if you have fallen in love with my custom pieces than stay tuned for a SignYourName special this week; Find out all about the brand and how you can get your own custom signed accessory!

Get The Look | The Pencil Skirt

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I am going to Paris in a couple of weeks and just like everyone knows it, packing is the Hölle!! Luckily I’m going there by car, so I don’t have to worry about space nor creases! Nevertheless knowing what to bring along remains a big dilemma for us all. If it helps the lost souls out there, I will share with you some of the items you could also pack.

My first look is a combination of glamor, Cocktail-Chic and Swank. What you need for this look is the classic trio: Pencil Skirt, a matching Blouse, and a complimenting Gilet. You can always upgrade this trio the way you like, but if you are a fan of calm pastel looks, here is how you do it.

I  am waring a hard-cuted pencil skirt by “& Other Stories” with a Luxzuz Blouse.  This skirt is very particular, I would make sure not to wear cheap material with it. It is made from really good fabric and any cheap material next to it will look awful.

Because I love the skirt so much and its distinctive cut I want to highlight it. The color is also tricky. To put it En Relief I need to wear a very calm pastel blouse, preferably a sister-shade of Mauve.

This duo might be enough for an office celebration but to “italianise” it I would throw a Faux-Fur Gilet on – in any case a pastel colored one.

Pastels can make you feel dry, for a little vibrance through on a nice Silver/Gold-Collar necklace.

Now you have the Hauptsache done! The rest follows one rule and only one rule: wear only nude and pastel accessories to this outfit, unless your name is Nicki Minaj.

If you are a b.c. b.g. person pull up a hair bun for a fresh pampered look and if you are a Left-Bank gal then let that hair drop down for a more bohemian allure (soon).

Paris is all about femininity but I always like to break the softness with bulky Eyewear. This is it for now. Stay tuned for my full Paris Special to see what else I’m packing along. Let me know what you think in the comment box bellow and if you have any suggestions for my trip I am all ears!

Oh by the way! Car travel can be boring! If you are lucky enough to be in the passenger seat make sure you take some good quality entertainment with you! My Bazaar comes everywhere with me!

4th of July | The Casual Flair

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The clock is ticking and 4th of July is just a few hours away! I am hitting it casual this year with a dash of patriotic flair. If you want to hop on, just pair a striped tie-waist tank with mini denim shorts and a lovely U.S.-Themed hair bow from Bows For Your Bellas.IMG_9338-Edit

If you are celebrating back home, then don’t forget to decorate your yard and enjoy the lovely fireworks.
Happy 4th of July!

Paris Fashion Week – Capsule Diaries

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Our Capsule diaries went forward with MEG company and SATORU NAKAYAMA from YUKETEN. The 20-year old, LA based company has been mesmerizing us with their hand sown shoes and leather goods for quite a while, and still is with their S/S 2016 collection inspired by Native American motives. The company’s main goal is to provide products that can bring heritage, craftsmanship and forward looking designs together.

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Yuketen by Clara Abi Nader for Moda Styletelling

Next Stop was KIYO KAKEMIZU from BIG JOHN since 1940. The very first Japanese jeans company has been providing durable denim for more than 50 years now.
It all started during the war with the US, importing jeans through the military to Japan and selling it as second hand. The founder then went to California to Levi’s factory and learned the craft there. In 1967 Jeans were made in the US then sold in Japan. In 1971 everything was made in Japan.

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The brand’s aim is durability through the use of special cotton and extensive work on details such as perfect stitches and strong pockets.
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The Capsule diaries would not be over, before we made a little stop by Scandinavia with KAIBOSH EYEWEAR by HELGE FLO from Norway and ENTER BAGS by MAGNUS BJÖRKÉN from Stockholm. These brands might produce different things but both speak Scandinavian Simplicity. Many products rely heavily on practicality, comfort and modern clean cuts/frames.
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Kaibosh © Clara Abi Nader for Moda Styletelling

Kaibosh © Clara Abi Nader for Moda Styletelling

About The Florals

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Its June and probably in most parts of the world, the sun is shining brighter than heaven! However, if you happen to be in north-central Europe the case might differ. I have been craving for warmth for more than a week now! I barely got to use my summer shorts, now I am back to my demi-saison Dad pants and light Pullis.

In the name of the 7 kingdoms, I beg you June bring back the sun!

I was lucky enough to be in Prague right before the weather turned, so I was able to stack up on some warm sunny vitamin D! Now after weeks of seeing and feeling grey, I decided to fight the blues and get into the summer mood even under the little rain droplets.

Not to be cliché but nothing speaks summer better a flowery head piece and light pastel colors! Flower Crows are this year’s hottest trend but what I love about my Bows For Your Bellas Floral piece is how it carefully measures minimalism and romance in one recipe. Most crowns in the market are either too big or too little, too feminine or too bulky; I prefer balance and this two flower set does it just right for me. If you want to wear floral crowns make sure you keep the rest of your outfit very simple otherwise the look could appear very costume-like. You also don’t want to look plain, so you could match a pink léger with a grey (matching colors) Dad pants to give the whole thing a meaning.

This look is quite easy, casual and trending with this years 90s madness. If you happen to be traveling to Europe soon this would be a perfect for the constant weather changes and quite comfortable for city walks!

Hotel Zur Blauen Blume

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I often get it right when it comes to good quality theater and once again I made the right choice attending Hotel Zur Blauen Blume’s Premiere!

It was a wonderful atmosphere right form the start till the end. It started with an adorable interaction between the cast and the guests; the guest were welcomed in the waiting room by members of the play as if they were actually entering a hotel lobby. Room service dealing with VIP hotel guests, bell boys greeting around and waiters offering “fake” drinks. It was indeed a very amusing and comforting atmosphere!

The play later on offered a wonderful collaboration between live theater performance and cinematic acting as well as intriguing film projections by the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar students; A series of short clips demonstrated every weird stories that were happening in the hotel rooms on that night, intertwined by casual appearances of the blue mystical flower.

The entire mood of the films was a mix of comedy and mystery. It was very hard not to be enchanted by the Hotel Zur Blauen Blume’s performance especially under the wonderful 360 degree projections.

SignYourName | All about the brand

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So I have been receiving great feedback on my customized 90s look and precisely on my custom Blogger Shirt, Tote and Cards. I am not surprised! There is nothing more delicious and more personal than custom signed assets.

It was fate that brought me and SignYourName together. I saw their sparkling work and I had to get my hands on a custom piece so I got my “Blogger” signed…and it made everybody drool! But Its not just the custom things you get for yourself that matter but also the ones you get for others. From a personalized jewelry box to a baby-body, SignYourName will have your item stylishly printed with any word you like. All you need to do is contact them with the name and details you desire and they will print and ship you the package with perfection. I got myself a Blogger signed shirt and bag and signed playing cards as a gift for my mom. The package arrived exactly like I ordered and the quality of the products was undoubtedly great; it even arrived with a sweet thank you card form SignYourName.

SignYourName’s concept is based on the birth of Charles Sykes’ “Rose” photo collection… “Years ago, as he was killing time waiting between two events at a small pub in New York City’s Greenwich Village, he was struck by an iconic, bright, neon sign across the street of his daughter’s name, Rose – so, he took a photo of it for her. Coincidentally, a few days later, he was shooting an event at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the Museum of Natural History, and took a photo of that sign as well. And, so began the idea… the collection of thousands of photos of names in signs from all over the country (New York, Wyoming, California, Montana, Florida, Illinois, etc.) and the world (Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Virgin Islands, etc.)”.
When I first understood where this inspiration comes from I was blown away! SignYouName is not that brand that just prints some name on a mug for you; SignYourName is a sweet message to that special someone and a family locket you wouldn’t possibly want to loose. If you are eager to get your signature order your piece here.

Theater with a Kick

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You know theater is not dying, when you get invited to Jena’s Fulldome Festival – better yet to the “Hotel zur Blauen Blume”!
The Fulldome Festival is a theatrical show with a kick. It is a mesmerizing collaboration between theater, cinema and 360˚ projections. I had personally experienced one of the outstanding performances at last year’s festival – “Kometentanz” – in Jena’s Zeiss Planetarium. The entire concept was based on a modern theatrical interpretation of Paul Scheerbart’s Kometentanz poem. The show was comprised of a theatrical performance, a dance show and a series of animated 360˚ projections. The show was so intense, that I am ready to catch this year’s “Hotel zur Blauen Blume” performance.

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“Hotel zur Blauen Blume” will be an interpretation of Novalis’ “Blue Flower” roman and a reflection on the romanticist era and it’s insatiable yearning for love, beauty and transcendence. The performance will be realized by the Students of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in a collaboration with Zomaner – a Jena based performance group. Knowing what the producers realized back in 2014 I am completely confident about this year’s “Hotel zur Blauen Blume” production! If 3D cinema gets you high, this performance will get you tripping! Don’t miss the rare opportunity to watch some good quality theater and book you ticket here.

Fashion Photography at it’s best | Christine Kreiselmaier

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There are many talented artists in the world of fashion but only very few leave a mark on us and only a few we remember. Photographer Christine Kreiselmaier made her mark on me, as I discovered her work through some of SteinRohners previous campaigns – most noticeable in Lass Waksen.

Out of the endless lists of fashion photographers, Christine delivers more than photographs, she delivers a soul. After the digital boom, nearly anybody can pick up a camera and make good photographs but only a few can actually produce something of value and Christine does that. She is an extremely skilled photographer no doubt but she doesn’t stop there, she takes up art direction and she does it wonderfully. Whether it subconscious or not, I love the way she combines eclecticism with retro-minimalism together and still deliver extremely modern work. What fascinates me more is how even through simplicity, she is capable to induce glamour and wildness. She gives us a little to see but a lot to feel and this is what real fashion is about – Feeling! A photographer’s work is not any less than a director’s, as both must bring out a character in the subjects they shoot. Christine Kreiselmaier is definitely able to provoke her subjects – experienced or not – to bring out the emotions, the beauty and the character needed to complete the story.

Her academic background is as impressive, she has completed a BA degree in Art History and English Literature from the University of Berne (CH) and a degree in Photography from LCC (London College of Communication) and an MA in Fashion Photography from LCF (London College of Fashion). She has worked with labels like SteinRohner, Catherine Wales, Aetheree, Volpone, It’s Lauber, PAMB and was published by Harpers Bazaar, Madame Figaro, L’Officiel Ukraine, L’Officiel Switzerland, Vogue Italia, One Magazine, Fault magazine, Noctis, Guise, 1883 Magazine, Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and the list goes on.
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I wish Christine much success and hope to work with her some day.

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