The possimpible just happened

Thursday, 30 September 2010

I just went through a major emotional crisis about two hours ago... I went at this party organized by my university and on my way out I found out that someone had stolen my jacket from the cloak room... My perfect ZARA knitwear military jacket that I had bought just a month ago and that was sold out in every store within my reach... My ZARA jacket that perfectly encompassed this fall's military and knitwear trend. How can that even be possible?

I went to get my jacket and instead of that I found the scarf that I had tucked in inside the sleeve of the jacket. So clearly someone just wanted to steal it, you don't just trip and accidentally fall into a jacket that's not yours, remove the scarf, put it on the rack where the jacket was and then leave with something that doesn't belong to you. I don't understand this country. I've travelled through so many cities around Europe and some small parts of Africa and Asia and I didn't get mugged once and it happens to me here, in a developed country, a country way over the standard of life of many other countries. Plus, I had to bike home without my warm jacket and it was really cold outside...

There is a good part in all this though - it helped me realize how much I appreciate some of the small things in life, like a great warm jacket on a cold autumn night. Great thing is that I found in one of the few ZARA online stores, so I'll have it back in about 10 days!

Has something like that ever happened to you? Feel free to share your story with me, so I can feel less stupid about it!

Paul Smith at LFW

Monday, 27 September 2010

As it's fashion week time, I'm going to focus on that in the next few days. Today it's all about the Paul Smith fashion show in London last week. He returned to what made him famous - menswear for women and it was great! The designer himself described his collection as looking "like you borrowed your boyfriend's shirt, your boyfriend's jacket, your boyfriend's trousers". 

The colour palette is really beautiful, mixing tones of orange, purple and grey for the most part. The choice of styling for the girls was a mohawk, to set them on the same page with the menswear-inspired looks. Polka dots and the men's shoes seem to be a recurring detail that unifies the entire collection. As interesting details I would cite the polka dot cuffs on a pair of pants, the neon men's shoes, the juxtaposition of belts and of course and of course the cardigan wore the other way around. And guess what, one of the girls in the show is a Romanian model, Diana Moldovan. She's the one wearing the stunning purple polka dot dress and the neon shoes.


Is fur the new it fabric?

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

So sorry for being MIA for the past month, but many things have changed in my life these past weeks and it's been hard for me to keep up with everything! I've been meeting new people and experiencing a different fashion perspective, all this from a new city... I moved to the Netherlands and now live in Maastricht, but that's a story for my travel section. What I wanted to share with you is what I think is becoming a new craze in fashion: FUR. It seems as it's everywhere, from collars to jackets and boots, but what most caught my eye were the sandals. Yes, you heard me right, fur is even on sandals.

CFDA vice president, photographer and designer Reed Krakoff presented his first collection at the New York Fashion Week a few days ago and it was full of interesting mixes. In the shoe department the furry sandals clearly stood out, but the collection also had some show stoppers like the midnight blue long dress with a racer back paired with two-tone boots, the sheer blouse worn with a fur tube scarf or the clean cut dresses that reminded me of minimalist french chic. He is definitely a designer with a lot of potential.

Here are some pics of the fur mixes on the runway:

And of some of the garments paired with the furry sandals:

And finally the midnight blue dress I was talking about:

The setting of the show was also quite interesting, the U-form catwalk offering more visibility of the collection from different angles:

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