Monthly Archives: August 2009

Fashion at your Fingertips

Just a littled something that made me smile.

Rubbish Magazine in London is introducing a collection of finger puppets in the shape of  famous international fashion figures. There are about 20 puppets, divided into four sets that represent the fashion capitals of the world.

The Paris version:

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And the Milan version (hmmm, not sure what Viktor & Rolf are doing here):  

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Well, Karl is a bit bald and the sweater Viktor & Rolf are wearing isn’t very fashionable, but otherwise it’s pure genius! Even Donatella’s skin colour is true to life.

There’s also a London edition (with Giles Deacon, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Luella Bartley) and a New York one (with Donna Karan and André Leon Talley). Each set, in a limited edition of 100, costs £ 75 / $120 (……ok, I guess I won’t be giving these to my nieces for their birthdays this year), and will be sold at Liberty of London and Selfridges, and online at fashionablefingerpuppets.com.

Source: nytimes.com

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New Brand for Me! Velvet Leaf to make cool fall wear!

Talking bout leafs falling of the trees!

Velvet Leaf delivered some really yummy stuff! check this out:

You can cop it at oa at Shopbop.

Or at their own online store.

And just look at their classy looking website: Velvet Leaf.

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Dutch Beat Girl: Mariska Veres

Sometimes living in the Netherlands can give me a sort of complex. Yes, the Dutch are know for tulips, windmills and drugs, but definitely not for fashion icons and/or music. But then I remembered that one of the best bands from the sixties, and the coolest girl from the sixties are actually Dutch! I’m talking about Shocking Blue, the Dutch beat group from The Hague and their lead singer Mariska Veres. The band started in 1967, in 1968 Mariska joined them, in 1969 they recorded Venus, and scored a number one hit in the US. The band split up in 1975. Unfortunately Mariska died in 2006 because of cancer.

Their music and Mariska’s unique voice still sounds great after more than 40 (!) years. Mariska is to me in the same league as style icons like Nancy Sinatra and Marianne Faithfull. Some great pictures of her and the band are added to this post. If you want to know how to get great hair like her, there is a simple solution: wear a wig like she did (she was always very open about that). She hated being seen as a sex symbol and was never the standard bad girl of rock:  she never smoked and she did not like alcohol (favorite drink: tea).

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View Mariska in action (wearing a beautiful coat) in the video for Mighty Joe (we all know Venus, but they had so many great songs, I wanted to show something different). Just don’t pay any attention to the weird ostrich in the first 15 seconds of the video.

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Kate Moss for Topshop Fall 2009 Collection

The campaign pictures of Kate’s new Autumn collection for Topshop are here! I’ve fallen deeply in love with this collection, except for the sweaters and the coat on the last picture (reminds me of a hedgehog), but everything else, aaah…..pure unconditional love. But I don’t know the prices yet 😉

The collection will be available at Topshop from the 27th of August, so don’t forget to set your alarm clocks!

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Pictures from www.teenvogue.com

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Our House, in the Middle of the Street!

Finally, we bought our own littl crib, our own condo, our new appartment is gonna happen on October 1st!

And what you have to think about when you bought an appartment or house is how to decorate it!

This French website offers the most amazing Wall Stickers to decorate every room! From kitchen to bedroom, from living room to studie!

http://www.domestic.fr/index.php

The website is divided in several sorts of wallart, wall drawings, one strip stickers, mirror art, plates, whole wall landscapes and more!

The pictures used on the stickers are provided by several great artists from all over the world!

As Tado, Fafi, Ich&Kar.

And to show you what it will look like:

I’m in love, now to convince my boyfriend!

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Dear Creatures Autumn 2009 collection

This year’s Fall collections all seem very much alike: lots of black leather, skinny’s, leggings, boyfriend blazers, thigh high boots, studs and sequins. So when I saw the Autumn collection of Dear Creatures,  I was pleasantly surprised. Not a hint of Balmain! Dear Creatures took their inspiration from “outdoor activities”: 1960’s girl scouts, camping in the forests and mid-century Americana. Well, that certainly is something different! Their campaign pictures are also very orginal, I love the retro looking drawings in the background. Cute! I can’t find a lot of information about this brand. Their designer is Bianca Benitez and there have been two collections untill now. It seems Zooey Deschanel is a fan and wears their clothes regularly.

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image_10image_09Check their website: www.dearcreatures.com and myspace: www.myspace.com/dearcreatures. A webstore will be opened soon, but if you can’t wait that long check out www.anthropologie.com, www.modcloth.com or www.80spurple.com (or other online stores). The nearest store for Dutch girls is Belgium store Mieke, Baudelostraat 23, 900 Gent.

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The new face of fashion photography: Corinne Day

One of the photographers that changed fashion photography in the 90’s is Corinne Day. Before Corinne we had glossy, airbrushed images of supermodels (Cindy-Naomi-Linda-etc). But in 1990 some pictures of a 15 year old girl were publised in the third Summer of Love editorial for the FACE magazine. The girl was Kate Moss.

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Corinne didn’t focus on the clothes,  but wanted the photo’s to look like a documentary and wanted to get the character of the model in the pictures. From then on, Kate and Corinne became an instant succes, resulting in working for all the large fashion magazines. The next picture is from 1993 and was published in British Vogue, Kate is photographed in her own flat by Corinne.

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There was a lot of controversy about this shoot. Critics accused Corinne of being an anti-glamour snob and encouraging anorexia, drugs, even paedophilia, and promoting “heroin chic”.

Despite shooting covers for Vogue and influencing catwalk couture, Corinne grew disenchanted by commercial success. She said she “aspired to reportage” and started producing more intimate, sometimes brutal, portraits of her friends and the un-orchestrated stories of their everyday lives. The result was her first book, “Diary” (2000):

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After Diary Corinne continued to work as a photographer for fashion magazines. Her work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Modern and the Saatchi Gallery, just to name a few. Some of her more recent work:
 
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Sadly, ten years ago she also found out she had brain cancer and has been battling the disease ever since. She is currently in a clinic in Arizona undergoing expensive treatment that could save her life and her friends in the fashion industry have come up with a unique way to help her pay for it. In an effort to raise money for her fight against brain cancer, some of the photo’s of Kate will be sold. Prints will be limited edition and will be signed by Kate. The photo’s will cost circa 100 pounds and will be released in September, October and December. For more info about the pictures and how to order, check the blog of Premier Model Management: www.premiersandpremierettes.blogspot.com. Let’s hope the cash will flow in and Corinne gets better soon!

All pictures by Corinne Day: www.corinneday.co.uk.

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