Monthly Archives: September 2013

Hermès app for Apple

You think Hermès is an archaic company for people who wear silk scarfs? (And those are Anna Wintour and Helen Mirren).  Well, let me surprise you again! (how full of surprises am I recently?… :D)

First of all, Anna Wintour and Helen Mirren aren’t the only women who wear silk scarfs and certainly they shouldn’t be, because those scarfs are chic and can make you look classy even if you have a sweatshirt on you (it’s not going to be easy, but it’s possible).

Anyways, I’m not here today to convince you about the great value that comes with Hermès products, I’m here rather to discuss the new value that has been appreciated by the Hermès management – Apple products users. Why only Apple? Because the application that has been released works only on IOS system. Ok, now, what the hell am I talking about?

The app is called ‘Silk Knots’ and you can find it under that name in the App Store. What good does it do for us? It shows us how to tie the scarfs, turns out it’s an art and there are more than three ways of wearing them…

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The other section, ‘Knotting Cards’, familiarizes you with the other suggestions for tying the scarfs (here we’ve got much more of them).

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And they are visualized by the drawings:

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Apart from that, you can also see the past Hermès add campaigns with adorable Karlie Kloss:

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And more mature, but equally stunning Polish model Malgorzata Bela:

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Another surprise is the Maxi Twilly video – absolutely lovely, I’m crazy about it now! (yes, I admit I haven’t seen that before, but I hadn’t seen the Dior Homme with Robert Pattinson vid until yesterday, so sometimes I just don’t follow… there’s too much out there :P). Back to the topic – does anybody know who is the model from the video? Can’t find the info anywhere!

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And the last thing – new collection! The best thing about that part is that you can change the photo of the scarfs by blowing into the microphone – it really works! Yes, the collection is very nice, but it wouldn’t be even half that fun for me if not for this app.

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On the first pictures the scarf goes away (blown by me into the microphone of course), and then the next one came! Amazing.

Is this app good? Well, for me it is, because I think that generally this whole thing with fashion world reaching out to the virtual world is sweet. But aside from that part, I think if you have a lot of scarfs and you really like wearing them, the ideas you’ll find inside the app will be usefu (some of them are quite obvious, but some of them quite not). The photos of Karlie and Malgosia can be found in the Internet, but rarely in such a good quality, which is a very beautiful gift for photo-maniacs like me. The video? Maybe unnecessary, maybe not – as I mentioned, I’ve never seen that before, so I’m glad they put it there.

I just think they could have expanded it to work on more than one operating systems.

But the overall impression is very positive, I hope for more!

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Crazy little thing called coffee

Coffee is a simple drink that I value more than any other (maybe except orange juice… tough choices everywhere). But some time ago I realised that very often it’s not about the coffee itself, it’s about the ritual of sitting down with best friend, ordering the hot beverage from the menu, gossiping and going through the latest trends (or having a completely fashion-unrelated conversations – yes, I can have those as well :)).

The cosy feeling has to be completed with an appropriate, comfortable clothes which I present today to you. Nothing out of your minds, just a simple idea how to dress on this lazy Sunday afternoon…

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Anya Hindmarch on her own Planet

Have you ever heard of this marvellous handbags designer, Anya Hindmarch?

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She does an outstanding job, she has an exceptional eye for details and sense of what’s stylish, but will last for sasons. As you can read in the ‘About‘ section at her website, top models and artists love her – you can see her little pieces of art (some of them not so little actually :)) on some quite famous shoulders such as Alexa Chung’s, Florence Welsh’s, Kate Moss’s, Cara Delevingne’s or Catherine Middleton’s. That’s quite a company to brag about!

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Anya hit this year’s London Fashion Week with an amazing show – you can watch it right here and I strongly recommend that move, you won’t be disappointed. Seeing all the handbags slowly rising up to the ceiling, forming a star constellation – well I could only wish I had seen it live instead of online…

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Although this year Anya Hindmarch went beyond her creativity and created a whole marketing strategy for new collection around Solar System! If you were a guest at her show, you got a card with the Planet you come from, your Zodiac sign, Chinese animal from the year you were born, with whom you share your birthday, which movie received an Oscar that year, what is your birth stone… But don’t be downhearted – even if you weren’t an official guest at Anya’s show, there is a virtual version – you just put your name and date of birth! (Click on the photo below to visit this website)

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If you were following my blog from the very beggining you might remember the story of me checking out October ’91 issues covers instead of checking my birthday-mates. So this is the first time I’ve actually heard that I share my birthday with… Rita Hayworth! This is for some reason a ridiculously nice news for me, since she is my favourite 40’s actress! (I couldn’t believe this, had to double check on Wikipedia!)

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I know some will say that this is preposterous, but let’s not forget that this is a part of a consequent campaign which was build around galaxy and all of it’s content, so go and have fun with your own Voyage of Self-Discovery!

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Get the London look

I’ve visited London a lot as a kid. I haven’t been there for a while and I don’t exactly know the city, but I still remeber it takes about 15 minutes to get from Victoria’s Station to Buckingham Palace, about 25 to Big Ben and a one-hour walk to Camden from the same place. Never not once before or atfter I felt like I loved the city from the very first moment and that I could just stay there forever (Milan was close to that though). Anyway, I think London is my place in the world and I will be working hard to create myself an opportunity to live there for a few years after I finish my studies. So if anybody says to me that ‘London stinks’ or ‘London’s trashy’ I reply with the Bad Teacher movie quote: ‘Keep saying sh*t like that and you’re gonna get punched!‘.

What is so crucial about London are the people. The way they behave, the way they speak (the accent…!), the way they welcome you if you’re ‘new’ to their town and – yes, I was slowly getting there – the way they look. London street fashion is amazing for so many reasons, one of them being you can find a niche for yourself for sure – smart style, casual style, boho style, hippie style, hipster style – whatever suits you, it’s all out there.

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I guess what is so subversive to London fashion is the attitude of those people – they wear their clothes perfectly, but like they didn’t care. If you pay them a compliment I imagine they say ‘Oh, excuse me, I didn’t realise I was wearing any clothes at all!’.

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Lately I was feeling a bit nostalgic about London (maybe it’s because I think the city looks best for autumn, the season that is about to come?…). So I tried to make it more ‘Londony’ in my hometown by fixing an outfit that I imagined would be the look I choose for busy a day in London town:)

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Quite windy over here as well!

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Project Run(a)way: part 2

Are you curious how’s my dress going? Well, I’m taking baby steps, but it has moved on.

A little family history – my grandmother used to be a seamstress, she created costums for theatres and operas (she had to design them, so technically I have a member in my family who could call herself an actual designer :)). I obviously didn’t know her during the time she spent working, but I’ve heard that she was one and only, exceptionally talented, irreplaceble. Unfortunately, my mom always kept saying that she herself has two left hands for sewing, which I believed and didn’t question (although, she did sew lot’s of cool stuff for my Barbie’s, the wedding dress could have been worn by Kate Middleton…). Anyways, even if my mom is a little challenged on the creative side, she does know the technique. At least she knows the basics and it was enough to tell me, that everything I’ve done so far was pointless…

It turns out that you do the hem stiches as a final touch, so given the fact that they were the hero of my first post – I really couldn’t have chosen the worse order… 🙂 still, nobody knows better than my mom that if you criticise, you have to do it costructively, so here’s what I’ve done, following her further suggestions.

Hem stiches are out, but the shape of the bottom is created – I knew exactly which shape I wanted and it was essential to fold the material properly. I chose to do it like that:

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The lenght of the foldings, as well as the gaps between them, must be even, so you have to measure each and every one of them. Then I measured my waist, measured the lenght of the fabric I need, added extra 4 cm for the zipper and cut the fabric all the way down.

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Then I secured the foldings with the thread (I think it’s called ‘tacking’). As you can see, there are two ‘lines’ of thread – it’s because you secure the fabric from left to right and from right to left.

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So changes have been made, a lesson has been learned. Now I’m hunting for a perfect top fabric and the zipper!

imagePS. Have you seen Burberry show? It was streamed on-line 20 minutes ago, I think it’s stunning!

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The Superpower of Transformation

Last week had past marked by the news on New York Fashion Week – whichever website (even slightly connected to fashion) you visited there was always at least a short note about on-line streaming shows, the hottest pieces from presented collections, important people’s comments, photos of the supermodels… I don’t really feel the urge to summarise all that, simply because you can find all informations somewhere else and I’m not  particularly fond of re-writing notes (and that’s what it would basically be). What I am fond of are different approaches and I would love to share that with you. There it goes!

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Yep. That’s Lisa Simpson in chic, adult version of her. Wasn’t Marc Jacobs just the perfect pick for her?

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And the coolest of the coolest – Captain Planet all hip and trendy with a little hint of SWAG, straight from any modern artists’ must have list!

Are you wondering what’s going on? The pictures are the result of collaboration of the Italian designer Michele Moricci and the creators of a website with a peculiar adress swaggernewyork.com (if you want to ask the question, how I even got there – don’t. There’s just no good answer to that question, it was a lazy afternoon and I was bored…). Where did the idea come from? Let me quote: ‘while we’re excited to see new looks from the new season, we are not excited to weave through the hordes of bloggers standing around Milk waiting for a street style snap’ (to read the whole thing, click on the Lisa Simpson picture). Fair point, very consistent with my opinion.

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imageI think I love Beavis and Butthead the most – how accurate to choose Jeremy Scott for them! Any favourits of your own? 🙂

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The Dreamers

Did you like to build tents with the blankets as a kid? I enjoyed that very much, but the ‘blanket houes‘ are no longer so innocent to me since I’ve seen the very famous Bertolucci film ‘The Dreamers‘. The plot is based on the book written by Gilbert Adair and contains a lot of controversial scenes, which resulted in the movie being criticised for the amount of nudity presented.

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imageThe story of two siblings and their American friend was a little bit confusing, but for the purpose of this post I will leave it for you to judge and move on to more essential matter – clothes. Isabelle, portrayed by Eva Green (who, by the way, next to Cara Delevingne is my beauty icon), was a classic example of the late 60’s Parisienne.

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The most distinctive element – red beret. And a cigarette maybe… Isa didn’t wear a lot of clothes, but when she did – those were simple dresses and skirts, combined with flat shoes and some particular French charm 🙂

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Below you can see my effort to just slightly resemble the promiscuous Isabelle (but in her fully-dressed-moments!).

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See you on Thursday!

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P.S. Joyeux anniversaire, Karl Lagerfeld! 🙂

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The Bikini Controversy

Every summer comes with fun and relax, but also with the same problem that every girl and women struggles through – to buy a perfect swimwear piece. The problem is even bigger if you’re not a size 0 model and your breasts doesn’t fit into A cup. Somehow, even in the ‘stores-for-everyone’ like H&M or New Look you will have a hard time finding sizes for fuller figures.

It doesn’t get any better if you’re generally slim, because while it happens for the designers to think about curvy girls with bigger breast (rarely, but still), they certainly almost never consider the possibilty that size 8 might wear a cup in size bigger than B. It brings some of us to the point of great frustration and it usually brings all of us to the views of mismatched bikinis on the beach…

About 6 years ago I met a girl on a language camp and we became friends, but unfortunately we lived on two different ends of our country, very far away for each other. We stayed in touch by talking on the phone and sending e-mails. Finally, after a year, my parents let me go and stay at her place for a week. I brought my camera and one time we sat at the computer and watched the photos I took earlier this summer. I must say my friend had a pretty enigmatic face expression when the pictures of me on the coast appeared. I knew she wanted to say something that would probably make me feel uncomfortable – maybe I’ve gained some weight since the camp or grew my hair too long? I was too afraid to encourage her comment, but eventually she just couldn’t resist herself and burst: “Don’t get me wrong – you look good, but buy youself a new goddamn bikini. The one that fits!”.

So I’ve learned two things from that painfully honest situation – yes, it looks badly, and yes, people can see it. Now that I’m on vacations I spend a lot of time on the beach and I see mistake after mistake, too small, too big (but mostly too small…), it’s unusual to see someone with perfectly fitted swimsuit (and surprise – very ofted those ‘perfect-bikini’ cases are skinny girls with small breasts. But just to be clear – I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a silouette that isn’t androgynous,, I’m still blaming the swimwear designers. For example – yesterday me and my friend that I’m spending the vacation with, saw a lady, an older lady who was more than curvy, but she wore a classic black one-piece swimsuit. It covered the strategic places and the lady looked very nice in it – in fact, she looked so nice that I decided to mention her as an example that it’s possible to look great on the beach, aside from the shape of your body. You only need to take your time and find a proper swimsuit). I don’t want to sound too radical, but I think it’s better to wear a t-shirt or cropped t-shirt on the beach than the bikini that reveales too much… After all, you wouldn’t wear a jacket with too short sleeves or a skirt that doesn’t zip, would you?…

Another thing that gives me shivers on the beach are thongs. What is it about them that even women with an obvious problem with cellulite wear them?… When I see that, I always have this almost irresistable urge to comment on it with Top Gun’s character Stinger words: ‘Son, you’re ego’s writing checks that your body can’t cash.’ I know cellulite is a natural problem, but if you can wear regular bottoms, why wear thongs? And girls with flawless legs and no cellulite – still, why thongs?… Don’t do that. Seriously.

Those are the few thoughts I had on my trip to Bulgaria, and I would like to leave you with a photo of P E R F E C T two-pieces black swimsuit with a retro touch (high-waisted bottom). Never saw a swimsuit that even resembles the one in the picture though you might think that it’s the simplest thing you could ever imagine… Well, I’ve already figured out that the simplest is always the hardest to find, no matter what you’re looking for… 🙂

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