Monday, June 29, 2009

Lil Kim, La Chapelle & LV

Yesterday I came accross this photo of Lil Kim covered with the LV monogram. It was taken by David La Chapelle for Rolling Stone magazine back in 1999. I still LOVE this pic. I can't believe it's been 10 years!

Saturday, June 27, 2009


I am in shock. I can't wrap my head around it. It's unfathomable...

I'll admit that I haven't been a fan of Micheal Jackson's music since the 90's. But I LOVED Off The Wall and I'm still quite partial to a "heeheeee" and a "shummone" from time to time...

I will never ever forget Micheal Jackson or how much I wanted, no needed, that red leather jacket with the multitude of zippers when I was 8...

R.I.P. Micheal.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

It's official, it's a trend, well... a half-trend.

It's the half shaven head half-trend...

First Alice Dellal did it:

Then Kesh did it:

Then Cassie did it:

Then Carmen Electra did it:

Then LaLa Vasquez did it:

I like it! Who's next?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

What an odd little man.

I have a confession to make... I don't like Karl Lagerfeld.

Shock, horror, fashion blasphemy! Yes all that I suppose, but it's true.

I think he's a genius. I think he's one of, if not the, greatest creative fashion mind(s) of the 20th century. His body of work is absolutely astounding. I think he's an extremely accomplished and well rounded individual outside of the fashion arena as well. I have the utmost respect for him... but I don't like him.

Then again, who is he? Really? So little is known about this man. Yes, we know a great deal about his work, but what do we know about him? Even his correct date of birth is uncertain. He says he was born in 1938, yet according to the local christening register in Hamburg he was born in 1933. Typo maybe? :) His name is actually Lagerfeldt. He had it changed to Lagerfeld as that "sounds more commercial."

And these are just the facts. What about personality? Who is he as a person? When I see a someone: the way they speak and move, I get a feel of their character even if it's just one aspect. With Karl I get nothing, nothing real anyway. It all just seems so contrived, studied even. He has a sort of built in "deflector array" that clears everything in his path. All energy flowing to him either bounces off or is neutralized, nothing is absorbed. I suppose the dark sun glasses that are seemingly welded to his face help a lot.

He is a self made man. That is, his public persona is of his own making, carefully created by him and presented to the world with an über confidence that says: "Take it or leave it, I don't really care. It's not even the real me, but it's all your going to get."

So when I say: "I don't like him." What I actually mean is; I don't like the persona he presents to us and I don't like his blatant lack of authenticity.

That said... does it matter? Not really. Considering our obsession with celebrity and celebrities in this day and age, maybe it's a good thing that he keeps who he really is to himself. He is first and foremost a fashion designer and what he creates is very real and very, very good. Who he is and what he does behind closed doors is beside the point and really none of our business.

P.S. Though I might not like Karl's fakeness, I do like Fake Karl. Well his blog anyway, it's always a good laugh.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Jimmy Choo for H&M

H&M released today that Jimmy Choo will be their next designer guest collaboration!! This is the best news since.... since... well I don't know, but wow! Affordable Jimmy Choo's?! I now understand why people camp out on sidewalks to be the first person in the store.

The Jimmy Choo for H&M collection will be available from November 14, 2009 in around 200 H&M stores across the world. And yes, I will be needing the day off to get my hands on a pair.

"It is the first time that H&M is collaborating with an accessories brand, and to celebrate Jimmy Choo will extend its design vision for this collection to women’s clothing to complement the accessories. Further exciting news is that this collaboration includes a men’s collection of shoes, bags and accessories."

“We are privileged to be among the fashion greats who have been affiliated with H&M so far, and to be designing a collection appealing to fashion savvy, street smart women, and to be including some great pieces for men, too. Jimmy Choo will bring to H&M a sophisticated, fashion forward, accessible and glamorous collection - the perfect party pieces to buy now and then wear out that night!” Tamara Mellon, Founder and President, Jimmy Choo.

“We adore Jimmy Choo’s shoes and bags. They are glamorous and sexy, and they add instant style to the simplest of outfits. I like the way we have worked with clothes to accessorize the shoes and bags rather than the other way around. This collaboration is particularly exciting because it’s our first shoe designer collection. It’s a joy to be able to offer top end designer shoes and bags of excellent quality to our customers.” Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor, H&M.


Click here for a sneak peek of the collection... I've already got my eyes on a special pair.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

More Carine!

I found this mini CNN documentary about Carine Roitfeld on You Tube. She's so elegant, so fashion, so french, so chic, so wonderfully fabulous. I like her, can you tell? Anyway, enjoy!

Monday, June 8, 2009

More Dash than Cash?

I buy British Vogue every month, religiously. I don't ever miss an issue unless my life is in some serious turmoil and even then... Plus, I prefer it to the American version for reasons beyond my understanding and eloquence at the moment. Maybe one day I'll figure it out and if I do, I'll let you know.

British Vogue reintroduced their "More Dash than Cash" feature in the April '09 issue. Alexandera Shulman, the editor, sort of tries to make an attempt at explaining the return of this feature in the editor's letter, but not really. She writes:

"When I was a teenager, I would spend hours poring over the more Dash than Cash pages of Vogue. Not only might I conceivably have been able to afford the clothes but it was the styling of the models that particularly en gaged me - the twist of a headscarf, the roll-up on a trouser - lever tricks for free. I remember still the bliss of discovering that a coat came from the army surplus store du jour, Laurence Corner, and would only set me back ₤5 - the combination of talents of Vogue's then fashion team and photographers such as Terence Donovan (red: Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love video) made it so utterly desirable. I hope that our revisiting of "More Dash Than Cash", on page 103, will be as enjoyable this time round, and provide not only some inexpensive clothes to scoop up but some aspirational styling details as well. with editors Miranda Almond and Emma Elwick working on the looks and imaginative tips and creative director behind the lens, they've made me take a fresh look at safari chic. Certainly the days of more cash than dash are over , don't we agree?"

Seriously? Sure the economy is on a downward curve and most people a scared out of their minds.... But seriously?

Dear Editor,

Certainly the majority of Vogue's readers have always had "more dash than cash". And frankly it's a bit irksome to read that this feature is being reintroduced now that some of the elite find them selves on "our" side of the fence.

I found out (on that this feature has been in the magazine of and on since September 1974. A little more digging turned up some interesting information. Let's just say, I see a link between the initial introduction and subsequent reappearance of this feature and times when the British economy was, shall we say "troubled".

How sad! How sad and elitist of Vogue to only run this feature when a small group of their readers, women who (in good times) can actually afford the clothes featured and advertised in the magazine, can no longer do so. Surely Vogue understands the aspirational character of the magazine. Most women buy Vogue to escape, to dream, to be inspired. A feature like "More Dash than Cash" offers them information as well as inspiration on how to create the looks they see in the magazine on their own budget without having to save forever or put themselves in (credit card)debt.

Don't get me wrong, I am glad to see the return of "More Dash than Cash". And I am well aware of the fact that most women who can't afford designer clothes, can find their way to the nearest Zara or Topshop without the help of Vogue. But in the past 3 months since this feature has been running, I also see a lot of items in the "More Dash that Cash" pages from stores that most women, might not have thought of to look or shop at.

I just hope that "More Dash than Cash" is here to stay.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I ♥ Make-up Guru's

Though I love playing with my hair (I change hairstyles at least twice a year), I've never really been a make-up girl. A little foundation, some mascara, lip gloss and that's about it.

That was until a few weeks ago when I stumbled upon a tutorial video by Fafinettex3 and now I'm hooked. Not so much on make-up, I haven't been out "hauling" as they would say, but I'm definitely hooked on make-up video's and slowly but surely make up blogs as well.

My top 3 favorite guru's are:

*Fafinettex3 of course. I think I've seen all her video's. One of my favorite lazy Sunday afternoon pass times is watching You Tube, I don't like TV much... But anyway, Fafinettex3 is a bit of a girlie girl. She likes experimenting with bright colors. So if you like to mix it up a bit, you should definitely check out her channel.

*Richie Nickel. Richie is really Glam Rock and so so sweet in a very Glam Rock way of course. He does tutorials as well reviews of mostly make-up and make-up related products. He is very entertaining and basically just fabulous. And he kinda reminds me of Brian Molko from Placebo. (who I love by the way) His channel is called "What Style is to Nickel" You should check him out, I think you'll like it.

*Lollipop26. Laura is the best! She's done lots of reviews on a variety of skin care products as well as make-up. She also does a lot of haul videos, love those. She's is very informative, thorough, professional even. Her look is more classic or timeless. Lots of smokey eye tutorials. She also has a blog that she updates almost daily. Her blog is: lollipop26writes.blogspot. Which is great for when you really need a quick cosmetics fix.

As a result of this new addiction, I've been getting into wearing a little more make-up. Tutorials are an excellent source of information and inspiration. I may not be ready for smokey eyes (not sure if I ever will be), but at least now I know how to apply my foundation properly. ;-)
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