DIY Love .....





Ivania Carpio is one of my favourite bloggers. Her blog called LOVE AESTHETICS demonstrates her fabulous minimalistic, futuristic style but my favourite thing about her blog are her DIY posts. Here she takes a burgundy shirt (burgundy is so hot right now!) and makes cut two cutouts from the collar down to just about the bust. It looks so easy but it totally transforms this simple shirt into a really edgy piece. I'm off to get a vintage silk shirt to have a go myself...........

Pleez don't make me sit beside Her!




Anna Wintour and Nicki Menaj looking uncomfortably seated next to each other at Carolina Herrera's show for NYC fashion week! Oh and look Anna's dress and Nicki's gross shoes totally match. Hilarious!

Kinder Love.......



































Kinder Aggugini is a Milan born, London based designer who has previously worked for household names such as Versace, Galliano and Vivienne Westwood. He is slowy becoming a household name himself, being the first to sign up for Macy's Impulse line last February, which is something similar to what Target has previously done with Rodarte. It has given him a presence in the US when he was previously totally unknown. He describes his signiture design style as Coco Chanel marries Sid Vicous. What an awesome combination.....
Some pics from his A/W '11 collection courtesy of style.com

Ciao Venice....
























This dreamy shoot starring model Marloes Horst for the brand Free People's August catalogue really hits the right notes for this coming winter. Berry hues, warm knits, chiffon and gothic jewellery,and of course some navajo print to boot. Relaxed and Beautiful.
images from fashiongonerogue.com



Louboutin and Creative Ownership.......

I was really sad to hear of Christian Louboutin losing his injunction against YSL for the use of his trademark sole in their Spring '11 Pallais collection. I have seen and read a few Christian Louboutin interviews and he always comes across as such a genuine person unaffected by his fame, which is rare. He is now preparing to fight his biggest battle and many feel he may loose with the Manhattan Federal Judge Victor Marrero stating:

“The court finds that Louboutin is unlikely to be able to prove that its red out sole brand is entitled to trademark protection, even if it has gained enough public recognition in the market to have acquired secondary meaning.”

The French are known for being fiercely protective of their intellectual property. So much so, that they even trademark their grapes with a system called Appellation. Now, Christian finds himself fighting to trademark the colour Pantone 18 Chinese Red, the colour he chose because he wanted people to see the red sole and identify his shoes.
The case has raised a very interesting issue and it will go down in history as, it will now change the landscape in fashion design. Many brands have an identifiable colour, examples being Tiffanie's who use Pantone 1837 Tiffany Blue, a colour trademarked by them. The difference between the case of Louboutin red and Tiffanie's blue, is that whilst Louboutin chose his colour from an existing palette, Tiffanie's made this colour and then trademarked it. And by doing so no-one else can use this particular shade. What Louboutin is fighting for is to trademark the Pantone colour, but also the exclusive use of red soles. By doing this he is trying to stop other designers using red soles and this brings us to the argument of colour depletion. As in - if every designer trademarked a colour, then there would be no colours to use. And after all, everyone is working from the same limited colour palette.

I do believe that a company should have ownership on visual creative ideas and that YSL should not have used the red sole on this basis. Fashion needs fresh ideas not copied successful ones. I feel it sheds bad light on YSL's integrity. There should be some unwritten design rules. Legally though they cannot be stopped. I look forward to hearing the outcome... Apparently, Chloe Green is now designing a Topshop shoe collection with green soles (a play on the family name). Can't wait to see those....

Label Love in Berlin....


While browsing the amazing Mauer Park flea market in Berlin last Sunday, a girl's bag caught my eye amongst the many hip and cool young peeps that were there that day. It was a cloth bag covered in squares of amazing holographic, sequined and colourful fabric. I asked her where she got it and she directed me to a store called StarStyling on Mulackstrasee 4 in the Mitte district of Berlin. Mitte is the fashion district in Berlin and there are so many little streets with cool stores it's easy to miss one unless your in the know. Kai Seifreid (who owns the store with his partner in love and business Katja Shlegel ) was there with a warm greeting and stories of his love of the West of Ireland. The store I have to say blew me away. It's contemporary fashion for someone who wants something unique and doesn't take themselves too seriously. Everything in the store is of their own design with Katja designing the collections and Kai looking after the business side. I got my bag which I am really happy about and will definately be back for more...
P.S Berlin is frikin A.M.A.Z.I.N.G nice weather, cool people, great fashion, lifestyle, music... OK you get it!
Have a look at their webshop and blog @ StarStyling

Here is my Mosiac bag each one is unique and handmade.



























The piece I am lusting after at StarStyling is their holographic kaftan mmmmm...



Chanel's Harrod's Pop Up...






















Outside Harrod's the Chanel flags are flying proud. Congratulations to my colleagues in the Chanel Visual Display Team who have put so much hard work into creating the amazing new Chanel Pop Up store called 'Une Promenade' in Harrod's, Knightsbridge. The installation is arranged in several sections, based around some of Chanel’s famous numbers. The main room is a garden scene based on the SS'11 show decor inspired by the gardens of Versailles that then seperates into different sections: 2.55 for the bag where you can watch a video installation that takes you through the history of this iconic and coveted bag, The 31 stands for the address 31, Rue Cambon, which was the first Chanel store in Paris. This room is devoted to Chanel Haute couture. The 54 room stands for the legendary Chanel tweed jacket, 5 stands for the Nº5 perfume. There is a beauty parlour with limited edition products designed by Peter Phillips Chanel's make up creative director , photobooths, Karl's library and many exlusive Chanel pieces designed in Harrod's signature colour green, such as the new Liberty Bag and cocoon boots. Really a feast for any Chanel lover, the store is only open for 3 week until 24th September. An experience not to be missed, if you are visiting London town make sure to go .......







New Mod ....

Karolina Zmarlak LookBook Spring 2012
















































Karolina Zmarlak Spring 2012 lookbook's images really encapsulate the new mod look that has begun to emerge. It takes the sleek tailoring that has dominated the catwalks by designers such as Celine and mixes it with a some mod 60s's A Line silhouettes and colour. Hey presto we get the new mod. The colour orange a signiture 60's colour has been mixed with a lot of leather, a perfect example being seen in Acne's prefall '11 collection.
The new mod look we will be trying to achieve has whispers of the 60's in clean colour and shape but mixed with modern shoes, easy hair and make-up to give a modern feel.




Tali Lennox in Acne Prefalls Lookbook