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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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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 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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