Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Most Unique Stores??!!

Agora Theatre - Netherlands

Do not let the IKEA-yellow exterior fool you – the multifunctional Agora Theatre, is not displaying home furnishings, but bustling with performances and new media works. It is located in Lelystad, the capital of the province of Flevoland in the Netherlands. The city, established as recently as 1967 and known for its controversial and forward-thinking city planning, is boldly building its center, the Centrale Zone, according to a master plan by West 8. In turn, West 8 is known for planning a vast array of exciting 'cityscapes', including a luxury village near Moscow and the waterfront revitalization project in Toronto. The Agora Theatre building is the work of UN Studio, a group with theater, museum and art establishment expertise. The building itself is worth a visit, even if no performances were taking place (previews are already taking place). The tranquil cafe, open during the day, offers beautiful views of the square outside. The startling pink curving walls of the staircases resemble magnificent silk ribbons. And the deliciously red concert hall with its unusual wall surfaces will give you something to look at, even in the rare case that the performance doesn’t interest you. This is one building that will change the vibe of the city, both day and night. By Tuija Seipell.


As you’ll no doubt have seen on the pages of the cool hunter over the past few weeks, we’ve been paying homage to wall-art from all over the world. From bars in Baghdad to clubs in Cairo, we’ve been trawling buildings looking for the finest illustrations the art-world has to offer. And for this next one, we had to scurry around the trendy backstreets of Jingumae in Tokyo to find it. This small live in studio and salon has been decked in black paint with a beautifully elegant mural, depicted from the salon’s own brand to engulf its two exposed walls. The hand-painted pattern is reminiscent of an inverted Rorschach inkblot drawing. Yet the symmetrical display blends perfectly with the centre piece - a woman overwhelmed by the surrounding plumage. And while the windows are large and severe, they don’t distort the image. Instead, they perforate the design with different levels of intensity, revealing larger and smaller details of what lies beneath.Inside, the space has been deliberately simplified, so as to not compete with the eye-catching exterior. Blackened wood surfaces sit quietly against the enlarged windows, decorated with cream-coloured blinds. While the theme of masculine and feminine remains true throughout. The angular planes of the structure repeat in the harsh lines of the furniture and the effeminate fresco is imitated by the soft lighting inside. A smart yet simple piece that respects the duality of the building – somewhere to live and work – while playfully intertwining the two. By Matt Hussey

Uniqlo Cashmere Now in Pantone Colors

Pantone has always had a special place in the hearts of designers, but about a year ago the NJ-based company realized its brand could use a little boost with the non-artsy set. Smartly, they started by opening a Japan division, and began partnering with a slew of companies to create products splashed with their signature colors.
Coming on the heels of their t-shirt collaboration with Uniqlo earlier this year, the latest is a line of delectable cashmere sweaters by the always-on-trend Japanese clothier. The sweaters come in 20 delectable Pantone colors (yes, it’s too indulgent to by all twenty, even though at $130 a pop, they’re still quite affordable), and the launch is set to coincide with Uniqlo’s London store opening in November.

Art, fashion, and music collide at this anti-Hollywood retail escape

Nestled in the heart of L.A.'s Chinatown area sits one of the city's best-kept retail secrets—Ooga Booga. Creating a storefront set-up focusing on her personal aesthetics rather than seasonal trends, owner Wendy Yao opened Ooga Booga in 2004 with the sole purpose of supporting independent, underground culture by consolidating fashion, art, music, and DIY publishing all at one destination.Carefully selected, the store merchandise consists of rare and unique items and serves as a hybrid of equal parts boutique and art space. A rack of garments designed by Opening Ceremony, Susan Cianciolo, and hard-to-find pieces from European design collective, Bless, are thoughtfully merchandised alongside sneakers from Keep, a Los Angeles-based label. Making it even more interesting, Yao likes to mix up the super new with worthwhile finds from the past. "I'm interested in archive pieces along with seasonal merchandise," she says. "Rather than focusing on trends, I like to come at it from a different angle by having a selection to filter through."Soccer ball-shaped handbags by Bless and decorated ceramic mugs by Los Angeles artist Pentti Monkkonen exude just the right amount of urban kitsch. In keeping with the independent spirit, Ooga Booga also stocks mix-tapes compiled by Calvin Johnson, legendary hero of the underground band, Beat Happening, and founder of K Records. New releases from Los Angeles underground post-punk band, No Age, share a space with zines and accessories created by local artists, along with art books by Paper Rad and Wolfgang Tillmans. Beloved by art collectors, style renegades, music aficionados, and the like, this haven for all things indie is a refreshing detour off the typical L.A. routes. Says Yao, "I hope to communicate with people by supporting different kinds of creative culture that I believe in."

favorite looks

After sweating out a slow, safe New York Fashion Week, it was off to Britain where the temperature was down, but a new generation of young designers and labels was just warming up. Almost a celebration of the city's fortunes, London Fashion Week emphasized color, quilting and layers upon layers of layers. From tuxes to tie dye, here are our favorite London looks.

1. Layer Cakes—Famous sweet-tooths, British and London-based designers turned out collections of crafty, confectionery looks including profiterole evening wear by Nathan Jenden, pure candy from Giles, layers of ruffled icing from Christopher Kane and tiers of both stiff and supple pleating from Modernist, Erdem, and Richard Nicoll. From left: Christopher Kane, Nathan Jenden, Richard Nicoll, Erdem.

2. Fruit Cup—Looks like those sherbet tones smuggled aboard our plane as the same blush pinks, opal blue, melon, and fuchsia cleared customs and met us on the runways at Louise Goldin's phenomenal display of virtuoso knit design and colorful shows by Aquascutum, Erdem and the always playful Jenden. From left: Erdem, Nathan Jenden, Louise Goldin, Aquascutum.

3. New West—Alexander Wang beat the Brits to the punch, apparently, with his New York collection that owed as much to trailer-parks as West Broadway. Richard Nicoll tapped the cinematic Western for his fall line, but Christopher Kane's so-bad-it's-good '80s denim pieces and Nathan Jenden's clogging costume truly brought the frontier home. From left: Christopher Kane, Danielle Scutt, Nathan Jenden, Christopher Kane.

4. Jacket Policy—From unstructured blazers to the alluring three-piece suits, workaholic New York designers spent a great deal of time and yardage providing the quiet strength and precise tailoring of formal menswear to women's lines. Continuing the trend, Todd Lynn, Jens Laugensen, and Paul Smith Women, all experts in the code of Saville Row, continued the trend with matched jackets and skirts, relaxed blazers, evening-appropriate trousers and slick, sexy tux tops. From left: Todd Lyn, Jens Laugensen, Jens Laugensen, Todd Lyn.

5. Quilting Bee—Ethic prints, batiks, and Native-American motifs have been seeing creeping into a lot of collections on both sides of the Atlantic in resent seasons. Leave it to London and pacesetters like Christopher Kane and Marios Schwab to move a back-burner trend to center stage with extremely bold print choices and tribal-inspired quilting effects. From left: Christopher Kane, Christopher Kane, Marios Schwab, Marios Schwab.

6. Killer Queen—Bordering on costume, a number of our faves presented varied takes on underground princesses including Erdem's diaphanous chiffon gown with a punky cropped vest, Jenden's full-skirted number with a striped blazer and black baseball cap or Giles' shredded scrap gown with Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die studding. From left: Nathan Jenden, Erdem, Erdem, Giles.

7. Optic Fiber—With enough frenetic op-art to make Bridget Riley dizzy, designers like Matthew Williamson, Eley Kishimoto, and the precious Kane used these boldly graphic abstract and nature-inspired prints to make themselves heard over the competing volume of Native-American and ethnic-batik prints. From left: Matthew Williamson, Eley Kishimoto, Matthew Williamson, Eley Kishimoto.

8. Backtracks—Always obsessed with sport and velocity, racerback tops, shirts and, dresses have been big on the streets and in the studios of New York for years. Again, the Brits have trouped and twisted another colonial trend by moving the racerback to the front with cut-away pantsuit by Modernist, swimwear-inspired layered dresses by Louise Goldin, and a particularly flirty little black dress by House of Holland. From left: Modernist, Modernist, Louise Goldin, House of Holland.

9. Stardust—Get out your rhinestone applicators and sparkle glue; editors loved Alexander Wang's sequined sweatshirt with denim cutoffs in early September. Weeks later, the disco decadence continued with Anne-Sofie Back's use of fist-sized silver paillettes on cocktail dresses and shoulder wraps and Richard Nicoll's light refracting sequined pants. From left: Anne-Sofie Back, Ashish, Richard Nicoll, Ashish.

Dream Academy

It's not always the case that family and business go hand and hand. But the three sisters behind up-and-coming Stockholm-based line House of Dagmar have successfully made their fashion gig a family affair, too. Named after Kristina Tjader, Sofia Malm, and Karin Soderlind's shared hero, their late grandmother, House of Dagmar brought the trio together over their love of fashion and their desire to give their similar style a distinctly familial twist. "Our grandmother was very feminine and chic," says Tjader, one of the two designers behind the label who, along with Malm, built the brand from its knitwear beginnings the full collection it is today (Soderlind opts to stay behind the scenes as the line's main press contact). "This is something that we remind ourselves of everyday."

Always looking to the past to find classic silhouettes to renew and retool, this fall the sisters took inspiration from "after-ski retro glamour of James Bond," says Soderlind, who along with her partners, mixed rich wools with classic winter cuts. The result is long, luxe cardigans in updated alpine patterns, modern variations on the skinny ski pant, and ribbed knit jumpers. And, it's their upcoming collection where the sisters hope to shine. Selected by Gen Art to present their spring/summer 2008 collection at the Fresh Faces fashion show during this past New York Fashion Week, the girls once again took cues from a bygone era, looking to the work of Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock. The collection features neutral-toned egg-shaped silhouettes, a nod to un-worked beige canvas, splattered with bright prints reminiscent of one of the Action painter's dribbles. "The common thread throughout the collection is the idea of a work in progress," says Tjader.
And with the collection already picked up by Opening Ceremony and Fred Segal, it seems that House of Dagmar has itself come along way from the trio's days growing up in Gothenburg, learning how to sew from their grandmother. "To see our clothes in New York and America is a dream that we never thought would come true," says Tjader. "It's amazing."
House of Dagmar is available at Opening Ceremony in both New York and Los Angeles. For more information, go to

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Take a Tour of Coco Chanel’s Apartment

Shortly after naming Keira Knightley the new face of Coco Mademoiselle (replacing a debased Kate Moss), Chanel has released a beautiful short film starring the actress as “a modern day Coco Chanel — a mysterious and independent woman that takes destiny into her own hands.”
You can watch the film on the perfume’s new interactive microsite, which also allows you to go behind the scenes of the filming, and – most impressively – take a tour of Coco Chanel’s actual Paris apartment. Coco was a revolutionary figure in her time, and her persona remains a powerful force in the fashion world to this day, so to get a glimpse into her apartment is a real treat.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Unforgivable Woman fragrance launch to broadcast live on MySpace

Sean "Diddy" Combs will make history on Wednesday, when he launches his first women's scent, Unforgivable Woman. It isn't that the rapper has stumbled upon a never-before-used top note, but rather, the launch party at a $35 million townhouse on New York's Upper East Side will be broadcast live on MySpace. Starting at 10 p.m., viewers who log onto will have unlimited access to red carpet arrivals and select insider moments from guest celebrity hosts, who will guide viewers through the party with cameras set up on each floor of the manse to capture all the excitement and beats courtesy of DJ Soul. There goes the neighborhood.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Fashion Week - Spring 2008

After seeing the high lights of Rodarte collection, my conclusion is.... none, in other words, in my point of view nothing is new. It does not surprises me, I am not saying that nothing is pretty, on the contrary, the problem here it is just that, nothing is worthy of adjectives like brilliant, magnify or surprising.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Colour Mood Boards for Fall 2007, Winter 2008

Green Tones Mood Board
This year designers opted to show in a wide range of colours. As well as the usual monochrome schemes of black, white and grey the freshest feel to new colour for autumn is green. The most prominent green fashion tones are sea green, jade to citrus, chartreuse and moss. Dusty citrus lime tones are especially popular hues this autumn. Peridot, emerald and jade jewellery or Venetian glass green beads provide the green glow of an accessory that really picks up an outfit.

Coloured bags and matching shoes are the accessory statement this autumn. It is now perfectly acceptable to have matching bag and shoes again.

We always know when a colour will be a big fashion trend when top fashion houses like Dior produce shoes and handbags in the green colours as shown in the first mood board. This workboard also shows texture a winter feature of fashion.

Purple Tones Mood Board
Purple has been key through summer 2007 and now ranges from a wine purple that has a hint of red present to a violet purple that verges with royal blues and French navy. Notice how in this board shiny colours are set against matt textures. Texture is key to autumnal fashion vocabulary.

On the colour page we saw that the key new fashion colours for Autumn Winter 2007/8 are as usual darker tones than the summer palette. Purple is now a key colour in the Fall 2007/8 fashion colour palette.

Golden Terracotta Tones Mood Board
This is how designers have used golden tans and rich terracotta colour for autumn 2007. Leathers and suede take naturally to tan tones. Texture is important with croc effects and slippery satin tops that shimmer and shine. Watch how this fashion trend for tan soon encourages you to purchase orange and rust based clothing.

Silver Greys Colour Mood Board
Silver and greys are also part of the metallic trend. Grey knitwear, silver toned jewellery and diamante fashion jewellery will be in all the high street shops.


A/W 2007-2008

September arrived already and with it is time for us to think about what we are going to buy for the next season. I must confess that normally, for this time of the year I would be already being missing autumn cold and its clothes, but this year I’m not. Perhaps because the summer in Portugal is a little unstable, as well as in the rest of Europe. But as I’m a fan of fashion, I’m already seeing what are the hot things. Here is my opinion:

Key Fashion Trends for Fall 2007 & Winter 2008

Major New Fashion Looks for Fall 2007 Winter 2008
Top Twenty Key Trends

1. COATS - A major trend is for coats - seek Cocoon volume, Trapeze A-lines or masculine lean tailored fitted coats.
2. PLAIDS AND CHECKS - Big tartans and checks create punk influenced jackets, dresses, bags and coats.
3. ARMY & NAVY MILITARY - Sgt. Pepper - braids, brass, ornate pea coats, martial lines in black, navy, cream, olive.
4. GLEAM & SHEEN - METALLICS, LEATHER, PATENT, PLASTIC, RUBBER - shine, sheen, glow, glimmer and gleam.
5. BIKER BABE - Leather multi zipper biker jackets, sans studs. Supple leather knee coats worn with skinnies.
6. ARMORIAL - Clothes with hardware or reptilian textured leathers make the perfect warrior women.
7. 1940s GLAMOUR GODDESS GOWNS - Grown up dressing for girls who emulate 1940s satin clad sultry sirens.
8. SECRETARY DRESSES - Figure hugging midi dresses for hourglass bodies. Try sack, trapeze or pinafore alternatives.
9. OPULENCE - Pailettes and embellishment bulks-up to become passementerie. Deluxe gold trim overlays black.
10. SKIRT SUITS - Formal dressing made easy with matchy matchy jackets and full or pencil skirts.
11. SHOOTING PARTY - Lighter weight country look tweeds, moleskin and corduroy separates, but for town wear.
12. EQUESTRIAN - Sporting touches in boots and trousers. Think jodhpurs, crisp shirts, caps and riding capes.
13. MAN ABOUT TOWN - Androgynous dressing in high-waisted man tailored pants, or tuxedo masculine trouser suits.
14. GLOBAL NOMAD - Ethnic Mix - tribal look that evolves, refuses to die. Melting pot traveller clashing prints, patterns.
15. WINTER WARMERS - BIG KNITS - Every wardrobe will succumb to at least one item from oversized knit ranges.
16. QUILTED, PADDED & PUFFA LOOKS - Practical glamour for winter cosiness. This is edgy when styled well.
17. MONOCHROME - Black with white optical effects, grey knitwear and tailoring.
18. BLACK ON BLACK - Black texture is laid beside other textures. Matte against shiny, or dull against shimmering black.
19. COLOUR - Jewel colours, bold brights - orange, coral, pink, red, emerald green, amethyst and purple.
20. PURPLE - Any tone, any shade as long as it's purple. Amethyst, aubergine, puce, purple, mauve, lilac, lavender.

Window Talent

As I like fashion and design in general, I always had a secret love for show windows. I think that with a well designed shop window and a good speech, it is possible to influence the persons, so they don’t look like clones, and that, my friends it is something that terrorizes me. I believe that when we are born we bring with us our personality and it seems to me that we are all equals. I realize that for many people, to have a style implicates some expense, but nowadays we are not obliged to spend rivers of money to be well. This put up, I think that a shop window can move mountains, i.e. can open mentalities, end fears and above all, can make new talents appear.
I ´ve done a search in the Internet and discovered a site with some works done Japan. I leave some for you to see. Enjoy!!!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Fall 2007 Ready-to-Wear

Alexander McQueen

Alberta Ferretti


Friday, July 20, 2007

Haider Ackerman Fall 2007

PARIS, March 1, 2007 – "I wanted to take a motorcycle and escape to Tibet," said Haider Ackermann, the peripatetic Colombian-born, Belgian-trained designer whose subtle, sometimes stark clothes are still flying under the radar in the U.S.

With this rather abstract concept in mind, Ackermann layered and draped leathers, suedes, and velvets in a deep palette of plums, sage greens, and grays. The most challenging of his looks was a tunic that twisted and bunched at the waist: not an easy area to wear extra fabric ("for some it will be too heavy," he admitted backstage). Modified biker jackets with zippers that twisted from one shoulder to the opposite hip were more user-friendly.

The jersey dresses that floated to the floor from gathered and ruched necklines were dramatic in an unembellished, perhaps almost monastic, way. Ackermann was at his best working in this idiom of austerely cool draping. When he added details to the collection's more tailored pieces, though, the results were slightly off: Bands of sequins on walking shorts, and a pair of chiffon pants with a gathered hem, worn over another pair of shorts, were impractical and fussy. That said, a bronze one-button suit was sexy and edgy and way too sophisticated for the windswept wilds of Tibet .


Sunday, July 15, 2007

Join Me

If you have anything you think should be in this blog, please send me. I’m starting a collaboration with all of those who like me love fashion and photography. But it´s not only about fashion that this blog is made of. I found out that I also like interior design. So if you have a word to say, email me.

I´m Back

Hi!! I’m back from my holydays. It’s good to be back and I have a lot of great news to tell you, so don’t miss anything.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

The Fashioniste

Last week, I suppose, I received an email from The Fashioniste. His name is Todd and he has a site about Fashion, well for me it's a site about style, because he gives us, the readers, his perspectives about Fashion. But it is not only about Fashion that he speaks. On his site we take a trip on Fashion, Art and Literature, "brought together by someone who's passionate about all three", as he says.
As you may or may not know, I have a passion for Fashion and Photography, and on The Fashioniste's site, we can see and "feel" the very latest pictures from the world of fashion. This for me is crucial, because I need to see, and not just read.
As I said, he sent me an email, we spoke a little, and discovered that the two of us have the same mission--promoting great style, as he says. Let me tell you that this is a very hard mission to carry on, for a lot of reasons, but it's not an impossible one. So, Todd, keep up the great work! As for the rest of us, we won't miss a single update.
Thank you!!!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

I was lead to believe that the days of patchwork pieces had gone with the 2003 hippie trend. I was so wrong! Because if Miss Selfridge is stocking it, it has to be a trend… again, right??? Well, I don’t know what to think about it!