Monthly Archives: December 2009

Vivienne Westwood Wallpaper

For all Vivienne Westwood fans out there, here’s a great opportunity to have your home in iconic Westwood-style. The great British designer has cooperated with the company Cole & Sons to create a collection of wallpaper, with prints from her previous fashion collections. The fabulous result:

The Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son wallpapers are all based on signature designs from her fashion collections such as the iconic ‘Squiggle’ print from the Autumn-Winter 1981/1982 ‘Pirate collection’ and the more recent ‘Cut-Out Lace’ from the Spring-Summer 2007 ‘I am Expensiv’ collection.

Some examples of the prints:

‘Absence of Rose’: a print that first appeared in a recent collection of Westwood’s knitwear

‘Squiggle’: taken from Westwood’s A/W 82 Pirate collection

‘Magnolia’: inspired by a paper cut-out design, executed in a very small scale, then used as a print on silk and wool in subsequent fashion collections

‘Cut-out Lace’:  from the Spring/Summer 2007 ‘I am Expensiv’ collection

‘Paper jewellery’: inspired by the jewellery from Westwood’s Autumn/Winter 2001 collection, made entirely from paper, based on technical drawings of royal jewellery

Available from Liberty, John Lewis and Heal’s.


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The Wardrobe of a Hollywood Queen

One of the things why I love London so much is that there’s always some great exhibition going on. To my excitement this Spring/Summer the Victoria & Albert museum will have an exhibition about the beautiful clothes of Grace Kelly. And the good news is, I will be in London this Spring together with the two other Three in a Crowd ladies! (Yes, this means I’m dragging you along to the Victoria & Albert).

Grace Kelly In Rear Window (1954), dress by Edith Head

With her mother in the fifties

At the Oscars in 1955, behind her is Audrey Hepburn

On display will be dresses from many of her most famous films, including ‘High Society’ and ‘Rear Window’; the gown she wore to accept her ‘Best Actress’ Oscar in 1955, for ‘The Country Girl’; the outfit she wore for her first meeting with Prince Rainier of Monaco; and pieces from her opulent haute couture wardrobe of the 1960s and 1970s by her favourite Paris couturiers, including Christian Dior, Cristobal Balenciaga, Hubert de Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent.

In High Society(1956)

With Alfred Hitchcock on the set of To Catch a Thief (1955)

‘Grace Kelly: Style Icon’ will be arranged in three sections, tracing her evolution from MGM and Paramount silver screen star to real-life Princess. Three costumes designed by MGM’s Helen Rose, for Grace Kelly’s performance in ‘High Society’, in 1956, will be on show, including a Grecian-style bathing robe, and an embroidered evening gown, along with the black chiffon dress, designed by Paramount’s chief costume designer, Edith Head, for the Alfred Hitchcock classic, ‘Rear Window’.

Wedding dress, designed by Helen Rose

A second section will focus on the dress Grace Kelly wore for the announcement of her engagement to Prince Rainier and the clothes designed for her trousseau and dazzling wedding, in 1956.

The final section will illustrate her growing sense of style as fashion and culture ambassadress of the principality, and will include many couture gowns created for official royal engagements, such as the purple YSL, worn in 1981, to a Royal Opera House gala in London, where Princess Grace met the then Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles.

With prince Rainier

With the  Hermès ‘Kelly’ bag

The exhibition spans fashion across four decades, and includes eight dresses by Christian Dior, an extravagant, beaded Balenciaga jacket, Yves Saint Laurent’s ‘Mondrian’ dress of 1965, Coco Chanel suits jewellery by Van Cleef & Arpels, and, of course, the famous, original Hermès ‘Kelly’ bag.

Grace Kelly: Style Icon, April 17th-26th September, Victoria & Albert Museum, London; admission £6.


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Geronimo Spring 2010

I’ve fallen in love with the Spring 2010 collection of Los Angeles brand Geronimo. The little jackets and shorts are so pretty! No connection with native American Indians, thank god! Geronimo is the middle name of designer Jenny Reyes. For years she traveled the country with bands like Rilo Kiley and Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins, designing the latter’s now iconic stage outfits they wore on the 2006 world tour for the album Rabbit Fur Coat. The collection is about clothes that are sexy and playful but with a sophisticated nod to the well tailored vintage pieces that inspired her. The Spring 2010 collection is her second. Before Geronimo Jenny was an intern at, surprisingly, Rodarte.

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From Bunny to Mouse

The Louis Vuitton bunny ears are sóóó 2009, darling. If you want to be on trend, forget the bunny ears and start wearing Minnie Mouse ears. To complete the look wear a fifties polkadot dress with cute little pumps…

No, I’m not kidding, the mouse ears are everywhere at the moment. It started this Fall with the Mochino Cheap & Chic collection, then Luella came with the bows-dress-pumps look, and in the December 2009 issue of Vogue Germany, model Chanel Iman stars in a fashion spread influenced by miss Minnie Mouse.

Here’s the proof:

Luella, Spring 2010 collection

Dolce & Gabbana Minnie Mouse t-shirt, don’t know what season…..

Moschino Cheap & Chic, Fall 2009

Vogue Germany, December 2009

Vogue Russia

Minnie in real life, pictures from 

 (B., show this post to your boss, he obviously doesn’t know what he’s talking about!)

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Madonna in Domestic Bliss

Dolce & Gabbana have used Madonna, the perfect housewife and caretaker, as their model for the Spring – Summer 2010 campaign images. The pictures are shot by Stephen Klein and show Madonna doing the dishes, eating spaghetti and doing something creative with bread, apples and milk.

The campaign takes inspiration from the days of Italian Neorealism. Madonna herself recalls the strong, raw sensuality of actress Anna Magnani. Another source of inspiration was actress Monica Vitti, who is Madonna’s favorite actress.

Great photographs, but what’s really getting my attention is the pretty interior with the lace curtains and tablecloth…..


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Tempo of a Restless Soul

Tonight, at 22.50 h tv-station Canvas will show the documentary “Tempo of a Restless Soul” about the ultimate Belgium sexgod, also know as Tom Barman, frontman of dEUS. Well, actually I don’t know if he’s truly a sexgod, famous people are used to being adored so they don’t need to excel in bed, right? Anyway, the documentary follows Tom during two years, around the period of the release of dEUS-albums “Pocket Revolution” and “Vantage Point”. So no sex, but his mother will appear in the documentary…..(?) Must see for dEUS fans like myself!

“Tempo of a Restless Soul” is made by Manu Riche and Renaat Lambeets and will air on the 16th december 2009 at 22.50 h on Belgium tv-channel Canvas.

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Girls on Film: Kate & Vivienne

What do you get when you get two living legends in front of the camera:  amazing tv!

Watch Kate Moss and Dame Vivienne Westwood together at a British Fashion Council party. Kate received an award for being the winner of the London 25 award; a one-off honour to celebrate 25 years of London Fashion Week, voted for by the public, to find someone that makes “London a cultural force in the global fashion industry.”


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