Monthly Archives: August 2009

Classic Wardrobe Staple: Lace Dresses

I know lace dresses were on every runway for autumn 2008 / winter 2009, but to me it’s a classic that never goes out of style. I like the versatility of lace: easy to  dress up (heels) or down (boots), suitable for summer (bare legs) and winter (black opaque tights), and it can be worn with denim or leather jackets, blazers and cardigans. Throughout the years I’ve collected really great  lace dresses. I never get bored of them and wear them again and again and again…..   

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vogue_sep08Karen Elson wearing Prada on the september 2008 cover of Vogue UK.

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Model Amber Valetta in innocently white.

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Disque d’Année: Primary Colours by The Horrors

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My favorite album of 2009 is Primary Colours by The Horrors. I know the year isn’t over yet, but the album is so incredible fucking fantastic. I’m surprised that I like it so much, because I wasn’t impressed by their first album. My thoughts before listening to Primary Colours: an overhyped band, they spent more time on their looks than their music and any link with Peaches Geldof is, too put it mildly, not really a pro. My thoughts afterwards: WTF??? Huh? Is this the same band? horrors

A friend of mine, who used to be a music journalist, once said that he didn’t like listening to new rock bands in general, because they all imitate bands from the past.  Altough I understand his point of view, I don’t agree with him. Yes, Primary Colours is very 80’s new wave/shoegazey, but in my opinion this record is even better than records from that period. And that is really special.

Check out their (first?) single from their new album: Sea within a Sea.

More info on www.thehorrors.co.uk and www.myspace.com/thehorrors.

Live dates: 02/11/09 Melkweg Amsterdam, 03/11/09 Doornroosje Nijmegen, 04/11/09 Tivoli Utrecht.

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A piece of Summer Darkness

I’ve done some posts about what to do on a boring sunday, well, I can ad “visit the Summer Darkness festival” to my list. It’s an annual lifestyle festival about “dark underground lifestyle” (gothic, industrial, electro, and other stuff I haven’t got a clue about). Altough this “dark underground lifestyle” is not my cup of tea, there’s one thing I like about it: suddendly the streets of Utrecht are crowded with extravagant looking people. Hurray! Finally some diversity in the looks on the street!

The following pictures are from a “Gothic Lolita” themed fashion show at the Summer Darkness Festival. I took them myself so they’re not professional pictures. The monumental gothic church “De Dom”,  is in the background, but unfortunately there’s also an ugly rainpipe I couldn’t avoid (and lots of other people too).

What I like about the Gothic Lolita look is the attention for detail: not only an übergirly dress, but also matching handbags, veils, umbrella’s, stockings, shoes, hairbows, gloves, etcetera…. like this:

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More info about SummerDarkness: www.summerdarkness.nl

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Kate’s fourth fragrance: Vintage

Besides modeling, creating collections for Topshop and doing a lot of karaoke, Kate also has time to launch her fourth fragrance: “Vintage”. And ofcourse we want to know how the advertisement campaign will look:

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About the name of the fragrance Kate has said: “I am fascinated by vintage pieces because they not only have a remarkable beauty but also an innate sense of history. I love the fact that each object has its own story to tell. And yet vintage items can be reinvented with a modern twist to make them very fresh and relevant today. That’s why vintage looks have inspired my personal style, my work as a fashion designer and, now, my fragrance.”

Personally, when I think of vintage clothing, the first thing I do after buying it is putting it in a washing machine with lots of perfumed softener! My clothes need to smell fresh and clean and not like a musty basement. But we can smell Kate’s interpretation of vintage this September, when it will be in stores. Apparently Kate’s vintage items smell fruity and floral (white freesia, mandarin and pink pepper).

In footage aired at the scent’s launch, Moss described her love of vintage styling, but added, ‘I love anything old… except old men!’

Pictures from nymag.com

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70’s style by Christiane Felscherinow

This weekend I watched the movie “Christiane F., Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo” (1981) for the second time. The movie is based on a true story about a German girl, Christiane Felscherinow, who lived in Berlin. The story is about her experimenting with drugs at an age of 12, to fit in with a group of older friends. At 14 she was addicted to heroin and worked as a prostitute at a Berlin train station (Bahnhof Zoo). I watched it for the first time when I was 11 or 12 years old and it made a deep impact on me then. After seeing that movie I thought drugs were disgusting and wanted to have nothing to do with it.

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After reading some interviews with Kate Moss and Chloë Sevigney, in which they both mentioned Christiane F. as a style icon, I was curious about the looks in the movie and watched it again. After I saw it I couldn’t care less about the outfits, the story is so tragic and sad and made me aware how easy it is to become attracted to the “glamorous” side of drugs when you are young. And made me realise how sick it is that a skinny 14 year old girl, who prostitutes herself to be able to buy heroin, is considered an “icon”.

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Natja Brunckhorst as Christiane and Thomas Haustein as Detlev.

The movie is absolutely brilliant because it captures the atmosphere of being young really well: wanting to wear your mother’s heels, going to gigs/disco’s for the first time, and falling in love with guys who treat you like shit…..  Anyway, although I don’t want to advertise the junkie look for the reasons mentioned above, it’s nice to see what how people dressed in the late seventies. Not only Christiane, but also Detlev and their group of friends are all dressed simular nonchalant: skinny jeans, satin bomber jackets, waistcoats, skinnny belts and necksarves and lovely ankle boots.

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Rodarte for Target

Exciting news: Kate and and Laura Mulleavy from Rodarte are going to be the next guest designers for Target’s Go International line!  The 55 piece Rodarte for Target collection hits stores and target.com on December the 20th, staying through Februari the 6th. No sneak preview yet, but a  Target spokesman has said that the collection stays true to the Rodarte spirit: “What you’ll notice is an amazing eye for detail. It’s very feminine, yet very modern. The collection incorporates a rich mix of patterns and fabrications and everything from sequins and bows to faux fur. The key with Rodarte is layering.” The range in prices of the collection run from $9.99 for knee-highs to $79.99 for a leopard print jacket. Also included are a variety of holiday dresses. Can’t wait!

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Picture from fashionista.com

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