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The Scarf Season

I must admitt that when it comes to accessorizing I’m a comitted minimalist – I never wear too much jewellery. But I’ve recently came to notice that accesorizing is not just about sparkly details added with or without any reflection, there’s much more to the subject than that (of course I am aware of the fact that shoes and handbags are also accessories, but it’s hard to be a minimalist regarding those two elements, I mean – I can’t walk around town barefoot, can I?). Up until now I considered scarfs to be the typically winter-season neccesities. Well, that’s over now – it’s gonna be a scarf sason!

When I say ‘scarf’, fashion passionates would usually think of the most iconic scarfs there are, designed by Hermès. Hermès International S.A. was first established in 1837 in France (obviously), by Thierry Hermès. As Wikipedia informes me – wrought harenesses and bridles for the carriages were the first wares he manufacured, so not exactly a feminine mecca – I sometimes get the feeling that everything that’s now most associated with female attributes was at first created for men! (If still in doubt, see the previous post about cheerleading…).

To be completely honest – I’ve never came across any good biography of the Hermès founder or any book about the history of maison Hermès in general – can you think of any? I don’t exactly feel like feeding you with the informations you can easily find by typing ‘Hermès’ into Google search, but I would love to know what happened to the harenesses and bridles. After all, they’re not so close to scarfs, perfumes and RTW collections!

I remember when Hermès released it’s application for iPads and iPhones – I wrote an extensive post about it somewhere around October. The app showed how to tie a scarf in 20 different ways, and I still haven’t learned the lesson! Two weeks ago I went into a thrift shop and saw a big scarf (it’s probably a pareo) in great colours. Bought it. Wore it ever since 🙂

Scarf’s my absolute number one accessory for the upcoming summer season!

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The showing strap – real people problem… And a regular-irregular silly face, all documented by Janina Jungiewicz 🙂

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How I became a rebel

I bought an asymmetric green dress two years ago when they were a big hit – I didn’t particularly like the cut in general, but this one looked really beautiful. The purpose of this purchase was to wear it for New Year’s Eve party and guess what? I wore the dress and everybody else wore sweatshirts and sneakers. To make it all even worse I didn’t know majority of the people participating in the party, to be completely honest – I didn’t even know the host (it was one of those times you wake up on 31st of December and think: “Holy shit! It’s New Year’s Eve. What do I do?”). So, naturally, all the guests thought I was a terrbily overdressed terrible stuck-up, and I was number one avoided person for the rest of the night. Thank God a few of my friends were there for a rescue… It was, nevertheless, the worst New Year’s Eve party of my life.

After that incident I thought I had to be more careful. The dress looks incredibly festive so next time I wear I really have to make sure it’s a proper occasion. And so last week (two years later) I was searching through my dresses, pulled this one out and caught myself asking questions: will I ever wear it again? Is it even still fashionable?…

I must say I’m really digging the idea of trends getting blurred and that we should wear whatever feels true to us. I tried the dress on (“Does it still fit me?” was a question that came right after the other ones…) and I immodestly decided that I look pretty damn good in it. If only I had some sort of “special occasion” coming up so I can wear it as an outfit for my blog… And there came a revolution. Why not wear it casually?

Such a common mistake women make is they keep their best clothes for celebrations and galas – what a waste of great outfits! I’ve heard this one before, but I guess I had to learn it on my own – wearing that dress with casual accessories made me feel less overdressed on an average day on the street than I felt on a New Year’s Eve party. A party that should be all about elegant gowns and black suede shoes! SO: to your closets! Find whatever you always felt was too decorative for every-day wearing and wear it tomorrow. Be a rebel.

(Correction: I didn’t feel just less overdressed while shooting this outfit, I didn’t feel overdressed AT ALL.)

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This ivory lacy vest was made by my Granny (she used to be a seamstress and costume designers for theatres ans operas). My mom needed it for a party when she was just about my age! It’s real vintage 🙂

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I guess I should have eaten a smaller breakfast…

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Thank to Janina Jungiewicz for taking those beautiful pictures, yet again 🙂

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PINKY SWEA(TE)R

Generally, for major part of my life I used to be one of those people who claim that black looks good with any color, especially black. But then again, I read reports on Challenger catastrophy for fun so you can imagine I wasn’t exactly the ‘style digger’ type of person. I wore black in my world of editing Wikipedia film reviews, but didn’t mind colors in my surroundings, except for one. Nothing was as repulsive for me as a pink piece of clothing. Yuck!

Why did I hate the color so much? I guess it all goes down to the Barbie dresses, trousers, blouses, coats, sweaters, bikinis, shoes – pretty much anything a Barbie doll is accesorized with is pink, which I think creates a stereotype of some sort, or at least some negative associations. I remember my mum trying to talk sense into me by kindly offering to buy me pink clothes and reasoning that they are actually very, very pretty. The way I saw it, she was trying to force her sweet vision of me by holding me captive in a world where watching “Legally Blond” was legal (and that was not the world I wanted to live in back then). Anyways, as you can see from the pictures below, the situation has dramatically changed – not only am I wearing both pink sweater and pink jacket, but I combined them with white skirt. And peachy heels. And, well, pink handbag. Pink lipstick. Could this get any more cute?… (Yes, it could, if I was holding a white sleeping kitty with fuchsia ribbon.)

So somewhere in the process of acknowledging colors and adapting them into my wardrobe I also started to see pink as something more than just phenolphthalein getting all raspberry in alkaline solution. I adore this hue, I think it goes well with my skin tone and when I wear pink my heart feels warmer. Or you could say I sold my soul to become a conformist member of a cuteness culture (yes, it’s really a thing, it started with Japanese Kawaii and it expanded). Either way, enjoy the outfit and “Keep it cute!” (which once used to be a note that Walt Disney pinned over each of his animators’ desk – see, this cutneness culture is no joke…).

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All the photos are taken by my friend Janina Jungiewicz, who turned out to have an amazing eye for fashion photography as well as enough free time to spend it with me and, you know, the clothes stuff 🙂 Thank you Jane, those pictures are amazing!

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THINGS are happening

As the title shows, something has been going on – something that for a while made me drop my beloved blog! Not for much longer (I hope), since I have enjoyed sharing my thoughts with you guys a lot!

But I guess a little bit of explanation wouldn’t hurt… So I have been working for a new on-line fashion magazine – Mess Magazine! If you haven’t come across it, here are all the informations you need:

Mess Website

Mess Facebook Fanpage

Mess Instagram

Mess 1st Issue

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Actually, those are not all the informations you need. So here’s more – all the felietons you could have read on my blog are now being published via Mess website or Mess issue (only one has been released yet, in January, but we’re trying to keep it monthly!). That’s why I needed some time to think about reorganising Pepper Issue a bit, so I don’t have to cover the same topics twice. I came up with the solution – I think I want Pepper to be more of a ‘lifestyle’ blog from now on (but still within the boundaries of good taste, so don’t expect daily selfies or what’s on my menu for lunch…).

Take a look at what the first issue of Mess Magazine looked like. I wrote a piece about Karl Lagerfeld (but don’t get the wrong idea – it’s not another song of praise, quite the opposite…).

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I also played a little ‘fashion police’ with the Golden Globes looks (it’s kind of addictive, you know – judging…).

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And tried to be a pro describing some of the Spring/Summer 2014 collections 🙂

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My writing is not the only reason for you to take a look at the current issue of Mess Magazine – this is just a tiny sample of many beautiful editorials featured!

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And once you’re done with reading and appreciating the issue, you can go for a daily update on the website (comes in handy especially during the big fashion month):

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That’s absolutely all of advertising for tonight (although it doesn’t feel wrong – I love MessMag and I hope for you to love it too!). I think I know how to get back on track with this blog – tomorrow I’m going on an amazing trip to Paris with my best friends and I hope there will be a lot to share with you! But for now I am in a bit of a trap, the one that you all know very well – what to wear? Hopefully you’ll see for yourself soon on the blog! Keep on checking for the new post.

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You can also follow me on the Instagram!

All the photos, except for the one with my chaotic suitcase, are courtesy of Mess Magazine.

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Moschino’s doing it right!

On Tuesday Jeremy Scott has been announced the new Creative Director of Moschino. How do you feel about that decision?

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Personally, I’m good with it. Though Mr Scott’s pieces are too expensive for my student budget, I’m a great fan of his designs!

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If the name rings a bell, but you don’t know exactly who to link it to, Jeremy Scott is the guy who dressed Britney Spears for her Toxic music video (the stewardess suit!). As you can see a ove, he also did many collaborations with Adidas, setting a new trend – the teddy bear shoes and jumpers (and many other pieces that are now desired by those who fell deeply for fashion).

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Do you remember the post about cartoon characters wearing top labels? Beavis and Butthead ‘appeared’ in Jeremy Scott then:

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And this is my favourite of all time Jeremy Scott piece – the Mickey Mouse sunglasses!

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Crème de la crème – BFA 2013!

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We’ve got the list of this year’s British Fashion Award for Model of the Year nominees! Among them Edie Campbell, Sam Rollinson and – won’t be a surprise to anyone I guess – Cara Delevingne.

Do you have your own pick? If not, maybe this little sample of some of those nominated models’ work will help:

1. Edie Campbell

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2. Sam Rollinson

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3. Cara Delevingne

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If you’ve been following this blog you know with no shadow of a doubt that I keep my fingers crossed for Cara Delevingne! I know her omnipresence might be tiring to some of you, but we can’t deny that she’s doing an amazing job as a model – the number of campaigns she starrs in is ridicoulously high, not to mention how many catwalks she walked through during the last two seasons. And the most salient thing – she still surprises! Remember my favourite fashion video? Yep, Cara for YSL!


 

It’s also worth noticing that if she wins the award it will be her second one in a row.

For the Brand Of The Year category the nominees are Alexander McQueen, Burberry and Victoria Beckham. Another category that I’m looking forward to hear the verdict is Accessory Designer Of The Year, with nominated Charlottle Olympia, Nicholas Kirkwood and my beloved Anya Hindmarch (go Anya!).For the full list of runners for each awards look here!

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An average post

Every once in a while fashion world meets a major dilemma that is absolutely impossible to be solved. The most up-to-date problem would be the matter of plus size models. Interesting thing have been said about that during one of my university courses (completely unrelated to the fashion subject – it was psychology of mental disorders). We were talking about new beauty canons in the context of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia – of course it’s nothing new to say that current model of perfect silhouette encourages young girls to try just about any method to achieve that arbitral perfection, so why won’t the fashion industry save some lives by promoting the new, fuller body shape? As it turns out, it’s pretty easy – I have never thought about this that way, because I’m not too passionate about photography, but the lenses in the cameras are convex, which means whatever stands in front of them seems wider in the picture. That’s why the models have to be so thin – so that they look just right in the photo. Another simple explanation (also pointed out during the same psychology class!) was that the cheek bones need to be as visible as possible, because that’s what makes the face so plastic. If a model has a round face, it’s going to look the same on every picture and every catwalk, despite all the make up and hairdos. And, obviously, what makes a model so valuable is his or her ability to trasform and be unrecognizable and surprising in every photoshoot they work on. Simple matters of technicality and optics!

Ok, let’s leave the professional models alone and let them be skinny, because that’s not what I wanted to discuss. One of the posts on my Facebook wall recently draw my attention – one of the fanpages liked by me shared a cover of a new Dior Magazine with Jennifer Lawrence on it. I looked at the comments and read many opinions, most of them stating that talented Miss Lawrence is… too average for Dior. It got me thinking – surely she may not be the most beautiful woman in the world, especially since it’s mostly the matter of one’s own opinion, but what do we exactly expect a modern woman to look like? Didn’t we go just a little too far with our standards?

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Let’s look at the cover. Jennifer’s face is cute, she’s got nice blue eyes, her skin is clearly taken care of, there are no flaws visible at the first sight and quite frankly, I don’t think there are any visible at the second one. She can’t be denied a very nice figure (maybe not Coco Rocha figure, but that’s why I told you to leave the models world for a second – we’re talking about an actress here. It’s worth to mention that Jennifer is strongly against loosing her weight just to please others who suggest so, and she emphasizes that in her interviews very often). And I don’t know how about you, but there’s one hell of an attitude coming from that picture! I don’t see average, I see other kind of beauty – strong, determined and successful.

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So if you ask me, Dior made a really good move with hiring Jennifer Lawrence. When we look at photoshoots with professional models we can be awed, we can guess what the story behind the shoot is, what is supposed to be exposed, but usually we know very little about the model herself – what she values most, what she does in her private time, what are her opinions. With other artists – just like actresses or musicians – it is more likely that we read interviews with them, know what kind of films they choose to act in or what kind of values their songs bring to the table. It gives a simple impression of ‘knowing’ the person and identyfying with them. Jennifer doesn’t want to get thinner? Neither do I! But there’s really more to appreciate here than the PR pros. We should sometimes take a little while longer before calling someone ‘average’, because I think we use that word a lot too often.

I think I got a little carried away with with my thoughts on appreciating our surroudings! (I went from Dior cover to enjoying little things – very inspiring and also very corny!). Anyways, let me leave you in this idealistic mood with the average outfit shot in the outstanding weather conditions, among the most beautiful autumn colours you can imagine!

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Have a good week everyone! Stay with me for the next post!

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Not a thing to be argued with!

Over the summer I’ve read one of many, many biographies of Gabrielle Chanel (the one written by Lisa Chaney, in case if you were interested). I must say I had in my hands lots of books about that peculiar woman, but none of them were ever finished by me – every single time I was immediately bored by reading the same schematic phrases over and over again. ‘Coco Chanel was so incredible’, ‘Coco Chanel was a revolution to the fashion’, ‘Coco Chanel came from nothing’, ‘Coco Chanel was miserable’ – for how many times can we read the same sentences, especially in the era of Internet? I have all the basic stuff from Wikipedia, if I decide to go for the book, I demand some more informations and some less recurrence.

Anyways, the author of ‘Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life’ didn’t totally avoid triviality, but it also didn’t punch me in the face on every page of the book (it was slightly too long though). I don’t want to write a review, I can only mention that this particular biography does stand out – first of all, I’ve read the whole thing. Then the second reason to choose this one would be that it really contains valuable informations that exapand our knowledge about Chanel in the way that is not too speculative (only a little) and rather objective I think.

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Well, why the Chanel post anyway? Because of the quote I’ve read in the book mentioned above that made me think:

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Personally I love colours, because they make me happy – I know this is cheesy, but when I wake up and there is a very vivid and literal version of ’50 Shades of Grey’ outside the window, I wear my fuxia blazer and I have summer in my heart again… (this is getting cheesier and cheesier). But I completely share the opinion that if we want to make a great impression and maybe get some attention – black and white is a perfect combination. So for today I have prepared a slightly Chanel-alike outfit (although I just couldn’t resist myself and HAD TO add some colours, but they’re very soft so that black&white are still number one here).

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Have a good night everyone!

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Tradition vs Contemporaneity

When somebody asks us about our favourite desginers, there’s a specific bunch of them that comes to our minds automatically: Miuccia Prada, Coco Chanel (or Karl Lagerfeld for that matter), Cristobal Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and other big names of the industries. But is this really still the truth? Do we really blindly follow the fashion icons or do we search for a sense of a personal style in the creations of the young individuals? Is there a place for Hussein Chalayan and Prabal Gurung on the fashion market?

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Chalayan’s hat-umbrellas… Want one badly!

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Emma Watson in Prabal Gurung…

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…and the Dutchess herself in Prabal Gurung as well!

I’m far from stating that I don’t admire the work of the greatest names in fashion industry – they are on the top of the top for a reason. Not to mention, some of those couture houses hire fresh rookies to continue the good job, the perfect example might be Alexander Wang’s time at Balenciaga. But those big brands come with some history, established targets and certain expectations which very often are concidered as a limitation to the young designers’ creativity. Unless, of course, their creative vision is 100% compatibile with all the conditions I’ve mentioned above – a combination like that is a hit that allowes 100 years old couture houses to retain their top title (another example – Christopher Bailey for Burberry).

Nevertheless, the question still stands – how do we feel about fresh ideas, not necessarily written about in Vogue? Well, I think I speak for the whole fashion industry when I say that the situation has changed – we seek for new, for individual, for something with ‘it’ element. And since the strict lines between what’s trendy and what isn’t are blurred, we no longer have to fear about being scrutinized, rather prepare for being praised for having a good eye for interesting accessories or new talents out there.

New talents. That’s where I was heading towards this entire time since today I present the outfit that was designed by my insanely talented friend, Ania Strelau. Every piece, except for the green blazer (thrift shop trophy), are created by her (also except for shoes, but she did the make up AND took the pictures!). For what I’ve seen so far, Ania doesn’t really go crazy with form and colour – she’s a fan of simplicity in those matters, but what she likes to play with are textures. Combining different kinds of them is also my thing, so I’m very fond of her creations!

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Do you have any favourite soon-to-be-big designers?

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The Big Return (double meaning)

Forgive me for the long break but new academic year has rised new challenges from it’s very beggining. But now all has been settled and I can calmly go back to my favourite spare time activities, one of them being writing this blog!

I will put some more outfits and I will surprise you with one very specific – you’ll know what I mean quite soon.

But just for today – the news that spreads around the world in the speed of the light: Kate Moss is bringing some more of her awesomeness for us by launching a new collection for Topshop. Given how stunning her previous work has been, I’m all excited (probably with at least half of the people who have any interest in fashion).

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To describe the style that we should all expect, the most appropriate would be the following equation:

BOHO + GLAM + LONDON ATTITUDE = KATE MOSS ESSENCE

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Do you remember when I wrote about ‘getting the London look’? I suppose I didn’t add any Kate Moss photos then, because it seemed like such an obvious choice and I wanted to go beyond obvious. But the truth is – if you’re a fashion person, you say London – you think Kate Moss. She just seems like she really doesn’t care and yet her looks are strikingly fashionable and detail oriented.

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Does my description mean that the line would very probably be predictable? None of that sort, I can only imagine that would be the last word to put under the photos of items she will design. Now all we can do is wait until April (that’s when the collection will hit the stores) and see for ourselves!

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