More for your money - Marni plastic bags

With two visionary artists working together the outcome usually tends to be great. The latest proof for that is the collaboration of Marni and French artist Claude Caillol.

Consuelo Castiglioni, creative director at Marni (and one of the most visionary fashion designers of our time - in my opinion!) invited Caillol to the headquarters in Milan to do, what made him famous - paint naive paintings onto recycled plastic bags...

Using Marni's PVC-bags as canvas the French painter customized them with various motives, some of them abstract and some figurative. The results were printed onto other bags and leather handles and metal studs were added to them.

So if you ever wanted to shop at Marni you should wait until June - then the Marni Winter Edition 2010 Plastic Collection will be available, and you'll get a nice gift on top of your purchase.

(Pictures from Marni)

Style icon on display - Grace Kelly exhibition at V&A museum in London

The Victora and Albert museum is showing an exhibition on Grace Kelly from 17th of April until 26th of September 2010.

The extraordinary exhibition on the wardrobe of Grace Kelly traces the evolution of her style from her days as one of Hollywoods most popular actresses in the 1950s and as Princess Grace of Monaco.

Over 50 of Grace Kelly's outfits are shown together with hats, jewellery and the original Hermès Kelly bag. Dresses from her films, including High Society, are on show as well as the Oscar-gown she wore to accept her award in 1955. These are accompanied by film clips and posters, photographs as well as her Oscar (!). The display also includes the lace ensemble she wore on the day she got married to Prince Rainier in 1956 and 35 haute couture gowns from the 1960s and 70s by her favourite couturiers Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Yves St Laurent.

(picture burrowed from http://www.vam.ac.uk/ - taken by Erwin Blumenfeld, New York, 1955)

Let's get to work - Levi's 201 collection

Levi’s recently unveiled the first pictures of its new 201 product line, which will be available from fall 2010.

With an undeniable work and heritage theme, the 201 line as you would imagine involves the focus on one Levi’s popular workwear choices, the 201. The original 201 was already worn as workwear two centuries ago! Now it's coming back to revolutionize the jeans market (e.g. with 3 pockets, not 5 as usual).

The 201’s main characteristics of the past include a single pocket, donut buttons, linen patches and a relatively lower-quality denim (compared to the Levi's quality of today). However in this modern update, similar features have been maintained as well as the use of Levi’s quality denim. Aside from jeans, the collection also includes various shirts and jackets style.

(pictures burrowed from http://hypebeast.com)


Great Editorial - Style and the family tunes

My collegue and friend Kathrin Schäfer created the following editorial for the Look du jour on the website of Style and the family tunes - www.stylemag-online.net

I think it's absolutely brilliant! It was shot at FriedrichsLust antique shop, which is located in the same building as the magazine - Schönhauser Allee 8, Berlin.



Shopping for the good cause - H&M Fashion against Aids

Summer is full of outdoor activities - we all like to be outside when the sun is shining and the city's buzzing. There are festivals to be attended, outdoor movie screenings to be taken part in, beer gardens to be visited and the sunday walk in the park will surely be an important element of this summer as well.

From the 27th of May H&M offers us the chance to do all that looking good - in their new Fashion against Aids collections. From that day it will be available in most H&M stores with a Divided department. After some lousy FAA-collections - collaborations with dubious musicians - this years collection seems to be pretty good.
The items that will be available look interesting and special and the prices will be reasonable. There will be ethnic inspired tops, dresses and jewellery, golden cycling shorts, leather jackets and headphones. Festival fans will even be able to get new tents and sleeping bags (with Paisley prints) at H&M. And if you spend way to much on the FAA stuff you can still feel pretty good, because 25% of the earnings will be donated to Aids-awareness programms for juveniles.

(pictures by H&M)


Flash sneaker store now open in London - GUCCI X Mark Ronson

On the 22nd of April a pop-up store in London opended its doors - the Gucci Icon-Temporary Flash Sneaker Store. (37 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London WC2)

There were two other Gucci pop-up stores before, last year. One in New York and one in Miami. Now the London crowd has the chance to shop the limited edition shoes for three weeks - until the store moves on to its next location.
The interior of the stores was designed by Frida Giannini - creative director of the fashion house.

For the project Giannini worked together with world-famous music producer Mark Ronson. They designed a line with 17 limited edition sneakers. 15 for men and only two for women. Each city has its own model, you can only buy in that city.
Each Gucci Icon-Temporary sneaker features typical Gucci attributes, like the GG-logo and the green-red-green Gucci-stripe (some cleverly hidden - so it's not so much "in your face").

So Gucci-Fans everywhere better check if your passport's still valid and get ready for travel!

(pictures by Network Public Relations)

Bible of fashion ads: "20th Century Fashion – 100 Years of Apparel Ads"

In today's estimation and perception each decade of the 20th century had it's own special style. Architecture, product and fashion design - it is almost always clear in which decade something was created. If the same goes for fashion ad campaigns can now be checked by a fabulous new book published by Taschen Verlag: "20th Century Fashion – 100 Years of Apparel Ads".

On 460 pages you get an overview of groundbreaking changes in fashion within the last century and how they were promoted to the public. Until the mid sixties hand-drawn illustrations were the common thing, then they were displaced by photography.

Whether it comes to hairnets for "immaculate" housewives of the fifties, Stretson hats for their husbands, glasses of the seventies thought of as dodgy nowadays, colorful Benetton ads of the eighties and various underwear campaigns - this all-embracing retrospective gives you insight in loads of advertisement - full of nostalgic moments!