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Monsieur Charli, elegance for men

Monsieur Charli, elegance for men

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn Fashion, there are big brands doing good or bad quality and there are small brands doing what they can. And there are promising brands that have the aim to propose a qualitative and essential work. And that is Monsieur Charli. When Virginie Lépron had the idea to create Monsieur Charli, she basically realized, by just observing the men who surrounded her, that they all had a urgent need for a Brand, proposing good qualitative accessories for them. As men, we do not have much accessories to play with (compared to women) so the few ones that we have are simply key to our look. So that was her motivation and that is why she created a line of men accessories as practical as elegant. Monsieur Charli collection is segmented in 3 lines: The Elegant men, the Globe-trotter and the trendy urban men. So the philosophy of creation is quite…

Diary of a Carafe by Bib&Sola

Diary of a Carafe by Bib&Sola

Reading Time: 1 minutesThe creative brand Bib&Sola is launching this month a new collection called “Diary of a Carafe“. One simple idea: “For all the talk and noise, it is often the simplest messages that can change your outlook.” This collection is crafted from the finest hand-blown Murano glass, Carafes come accompanied by Glass Sets, each bearing a signature statement that skips from classic to quirky and plays upon Bib & Sola’s fundamental brand ethos – the love and appreciation of water. Inspired by the effortless composure of female water bearers across the globe, the collection is both striking and evocative, yet underpinned by a lighthearted tone of humor and irony. 10% of proceeds from each sale go directly to WaterAId. You can see the entire collection here: http://www.bibandsola.com/collections/diary-of-a-carafe   Water never seemed so self-expressive ! LA   Info sourced in the Brand official press release. All images are copyrighted with no reproduction rights available. 

Karl 2012 Olympics capsule – at Selfridges.

Karl 2012 Olympics capsule – at Selfridges.

Reading Time: 2 minutesSelfridges customers will be exclusively introduced to a temporary and dedicated KARL LAGERFELD space as the fashion house unveils a unique ‘pop up store’, in the heart of the 3rd floor within the store’s Contemporary Womenswear Department. This will allow customers and fans to experience and be part of the KARL LAGERFELD world. Karl Setting high standards of quality and accessible fashion, Selfridges is proud to debut the Autumn Winter 2012 KARL collection. The more casual of the two lines, this luxury yet affordable range, for men and women, offers the wearer sharp tailoring and fresh silhouettes without compromising great fabrics and durability, that can only compliment the modern wardrobe. Karl Lagerfeld Paris As part of this great occasion, Selfridges’s customers will also be exclusively introduced to the debut of KARL LAGERFELD PARIS MAN, a luxury ready-to-wear range reflecting the strong style and personality of the modern man. This contemporary…

Elīna Garanča sings songs of love and despair.

Elīna Garanča sings songs of love and despair.

Reading Time: 2 minutesElīna Garanča is launching a new album in september 2012 called Romantique. A collection of songs of love and despair. According to Deutsche Gramophon it is an album for the fans! You can listen to the high class Diva singing works by Berlioz, Donizetti, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky and Vaccai. Elīna Garanča is accompanied by the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna – Yves Abel. The impressive track list : – Gaetano Donizetti, La Favorite, Act 3, “Oh! Mon Ferdinand” – Camille Saint-Saëns, Samson et Dalila, Act 2, “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” – Peter Llych Tchaikovsky, The Maid of Orleans (sung in Russian), Act 1, “Farewell you native hills and fields” – Charles Gounod, Sapho-opera in 3 acts, Act 3, “O ma lyre immortelle” – Charles Gounod,  Faust, “Faites-lui mes aveux” – Nicola Vaccai, Giulietta e Romeo, Act 2, “Giulietta! oh! mia Giulietta! Ah! se tu dormi” – Hector Berlioz,…

New Balenciaga Flora Botanica – disappointing

New Balenciaga Flora Botanica – disappointing

Reading Time: 3 minutesIt is true that we cannot succeed everything, and with the launch of the new fragrance by Balenciaga – Flora Botanica – it is precisely the case. Basically we cannot understand why such a launch. Is Coty Inc, the owners of the Balenciaga fragrance license putting pressure on Balenciaga ? Or is it just “Ok, we got it wrong”. As we can see the new “egerie” is Kristen Stewart. And here already troubles start. Why her? She is the typical “non-active” girl, sulky and without too much energy. Finally the perfect victim of vampires :-). I am a little hard here, sorry. But essentially she is a cliché and that is what I criticize the most Balenciaga’s choice. After a magnificent Charlotte Gainsbourg, completely out of the mainstreams, they just go 360 degrees on the cliché-girl. The name now. FLORABOTANICA. Probably they tried to stick to a certain heritage and…

Stasha, Colour, let’s paint the rainbow in London.

Stasha, Colour, let’s paint the rainbow in London.

Reading Time: 3 minutesFollowing Stasha’s last sell out exhibitions REACTION in 2005 and SOFT in 2006, she is once again taking the London art scene by storm with her new vibrant collection of work, simply called COLOUR. Stasha – Rainbow 250cm x 200cm, Acrylic on canvas Her style is a complete freedom on the movements. Her creative mind liberates the artist paintbrush to a very original artwork. In this new exhibition, colour is honored. It is an interesting work, between abstraction, expressionism and the courage of Rothco in terms of colours. When compared to her last two shows, Stasha explains why this collection is so different: “I stood in this bright white room, a total blank canvas…so unlike the past two exhibitions because they were both painted outside in the garden…REACTION – a burst of energy and passion…SOFT – inspired by the beautiful spring blossoms that fell as I painted…but here I was,…

Jitrois: Artists, Lovers and Decadence.

Jitrois: Artists, Lovers and Decadence.

Reading Time: 2 minutesJitrois presents its new Fall-Winter 2012-2013 campaign called Artists, Lovers, Decadence. A beautiful and classy inspiration from the 20’s intellectual bohemians. The campaign is shot by Rankin, who collaborates with the fashion house for the past 6 years. For memory, John Rankin Waddell is a british fashion photographer. He founded together with Jefferson Hack the international magazine Dazed & Confused. We can say that Jitrois is not only back but they are now moving forward with a beautiful elegance and modernism. This new collection shapes the forms in a quite cutting edge design, highlighting the body anatomic volumes. Leather and other materials blend in an interesting alliance. Between avant-gardism and neo-retro. Love it. Here a mood video based on the official visuals: The style is done by Katie Shillingford, the fashion editor of Dazed & Confused. She knows very well Rankin and they understand each other on a style and…

Jessica Zoob’s PASSION.

Jessica Zoob’s PASSION.

Reading Time: 3 minutesNext month we will have the London Olympic games, so you will probably visit the british capital during that time. There is not only sports in live, art too. So if you will be in London then, you need to visit an interesting exhibition by Jessica Zoob. It is called Passion and  it will take place at NEO Bankside. The style expressed in this collection is amazing and electrifying. Passion liberates the artist. It make her get rid of barriers and feel the freedom under her brush. What is interesting here is that we could see an amazing reference to impressionism but in a more modern and liberated way. On this, we could link Jessica Zoob’s work here as Contemporary art. She got her freedom from the mainstreams to create her own. Here some of the great artwork you can see during the exhibition. Jessica Zoob trained at Central School…

Parvez Taj, The white Barn Collection

Parvez Taj, The white Barn Collection

Reading Time: 2 minutesParvez Taj, canadian artist, has released a collection of 50 artworks called the white Barn Collection. A series of hanging wall art pieces using reclaimed wood siding scored from white barns around the country. These barns were built from the mid 1800’s through the early 1900’s.  The siding varies by age, exposure to weather and wood type as most were built utilizing the stands of wood closest to the structure. Parvez philosophy is to make Art accessible. He uses water paints, photographs, UV cured inks and even computer softwares. This makes him quite unique on his style. In 2003, he founded Parvez Michel, Inc, an art design company that produces artwork and accessories for contemporary living. The rich and varied history of the siding combined with their authenticity and product texture provided Parvez the inspiration to use his signature UV cured inks to create unique, eco-friendly art.  Each piece is hand signed…

Prada Autumn winter 2011 – The Video

Prada Autumn winter 2011 – The Video

Reading Time: 1 minutesPrada revealed the mood video inspiring the new women collection for autumn and winter 2011. The video displays a more dramatic and sensual facet of the collection that we could not spot out  on the printouts. On the video we can see Ondria Hardin, Antonia Wesseloh, Kelly Mittendorf, Julia Zimmer and Frida Gustavsson. Steven Meisel put on stage these young teenagers in a very sophisticated way. Around the web, some people think the video is subversive as the teens are seen in very suggestive sexy positions… scandal? Not for me. Everything stays in an absolute control, very arty. We can see that fashion houses explore much more elitist art codes and each film edges contemporary art. For aficionados then… Here some of my preferred illustrations of the collection. Photo source: Fashion Gone Rogue LA

Dior Resort collection 2011

Dior Resort collection 2011

Reading Time: 1 minutesThis year the Resort Collections are under the glamourous inspiration of the 60’s.

Chanel, Dior… they all decided to get some glamour under the sun. I specially liked the Dior Cruise collection. by looking to the silhouettes, I had the feeling of sunshine.

Rosa Cha… Lingerie Fall 2010!

Rosa Cha… Lingerie Fall 2010!

Reading Time: 1 minutesThe young yet talented brazilian brand, Rosa Cha, revealed its new collection for these fall 2010… about Lingerie. Rosa Cha is a very well know brand in the world about Swimsuits.

MAC Lipstick Viva Glam with Lady Gaga

MAC Lipstick Viva Glam with Lady Gaga

Reading Time: 2 minutesMAC launched in 1994 a program called VIVA GLAM. This program has the aim to support women, men and children living with AIDS. Each edition of this special MAC product has been successful over the years. The 2010 edition sees two new products limited editions.