"Your clothes may say disco, but your eyes say rock'n'roll"


Lindsey Wixon's Lips T-Shirt

First thing that came to my mind when I saw these t-shirts in Romwe was Lindsey Wixon.
Is it just me or there might be some kind of model inspiration here?



Prada Suits Everyone

Dior and Guy Ritchie, Chanel and Martin Scorsese, Gucci and David Lynch...
And now Prada takes Roman Polanski. 

Roman Polanski directs this viral fashion film starring Helena Bonham-Carter -looking rather
gorgeous-  and a phenomenal Ben Kingsley, who gives the story the funny ending twist.
Only Prada could make Kingsley feel like good on a furry purple coat.


Weekly Buy: Tropical Print

image source: Jak & Jil
If you dream about Hawaii, bungalows, palm trees and parrots but you can't afford Stella McCartney or Marteen Van der Horst, I hope you find something here to quench your exotic thirst. So get your piña colada and ukelele ready, and take a look at this Top Tropical Under £50 Picks.

1. Playsuit   2. Dress   3. Dress   4. Shorts   5. Trousers   6. Skirt   7. Dress   8. Dress   9. Playsuit

1. Shirt   2. Playsuit   3. Swimsuit   4. Shoes   5. Bag   6. Flask   7. Sunglasses   8. Cushion

1. Bikini   2. Swimsuit   3. Playsuit   4. Shorts   5. Bag   6. Trousers   7. Shorts   8. Bag

1. Jacket   2. T-Shirt   3. Skirt   4. T-Shirt   5. Dress   6. Shorts  


Eva Herzigova in Cannes

Eva Herzigova, in a nude Dolce & Gabbana dress and Chopard 
necklace, casting elegance and the iconic Cannes glamour.


The Hacienda’s 30th Birthday Celebrations Polo Shirts

The Hacienda, the legendary Manchester club who spread
the acid house, celebrates 30 years of its inauguration.

The Hacienda before the opening.

Founded by members of New Order and Factory Records boss Tony Wilson, The Haçienda was more than a nightclub. It was a concert hall, a café, a meeting of the tribes of northern post-punk England, a refuge and a catalyst for creativity. The club opened six days a week and did not understand music labels contributing to the eclectic musical scene. While in other parts of England people went to raves in fields, in Manchester they could dance under the roof of The Haçienda.

The Hacienda circa 1988

The disappearance
of the physical space has not prevented the celebration of 30 anniversary of the club. 21st of May marks three decades of its opening and that day a party 
is organized in the parking lot of the apartments that occupy the site. Also, the 2nd and 4th of June in Manchester, Laurent Garnier -a former Hacienda resident dj - will be in Sankey's club. All these events are accompanied by a photo exhibition and launch a collection of limited edition clothing.

As part of The Hacienda's Birthday, three special shirts designed by ellesse heritage are being launched.
As well as the Hacienda’s cedilla logo, individually designed tags and a canvas badge personally signed
by Peter Hook, the designs also feature branded brushed metal buttons made out of the very material that made up the Haçienda’s metallic floor. The "Label" "Legacy" and "Location" shirts, limited to 51 of each design, also come packaged with a surprise addition of a limited edition 12 inch vinyl which features specially commissioned Haçienda remixes.

Leo B Stanley wearing the Identity t-shirt in The Sunday Times in 1988.

There are some easier to get your hands on options if you want to endure The Hacienda's legacy with a piece of clothing. Here you can get a replica of the iconic "The Sixth Day" T-Shirt by Identity, first sold in Manchester's Afflecks Palace in 1988 and which became identifying symbol of the movement.


Flame-Haired Tilda Swinton Cover

Candy Magazine #4 Issue: The Extravagance Issue presents us Tilda Swinton as
we have never seen her. The androgynous and minimalistic actress -considered a cult fashion
for her personal style- appears in the cover as a flamboyant provocative flame-haired woman.

 This issue is suitably released today, on the International Day Against Homphobia, and it
has bold content such as photoshoots featuring male pregnancy or drag superstars. If you want
to look at what else you will find inside this always groundbreaking magazine, click here.


Guerrilla Girl

This V Spain editorial demonstrates how important is having a story behind a photoshoot so the
result is consistent and interesting. They are not just pictures of nice Céline, Ralph Lauren or
Margiela clothes on a beautiful blonde model -Edita Vilkeviciute this time-; they are a way to
narrate a story. I would say this is a socialité gone revolutionary tale, very much à la Patty Hearst.

This well-dressed rebellion pictures are dedicated to "all the courageous women who defend their ideals. They are masters of their own destiny, their voices songs that celebrate the beauty of freedom."
 And even though Edita gived us a powerful glaze, pulls off berets and holds a semi-automatic, there is still a melancholic and out of place vibe. Maybe it's hard to fight for equality while wearing Céline pumps.


Pick'n'Mix Style

Do you feel like you need new ways to mix patterns, styles and textures? Do you want to give a fresh twist
to your same old clothes? Maybe checking  MSGM lookbooks will get you some sparkling ideas. This
Italian brand has mastered the pick'n'mix look and their clothes and outfits are the stylish evidence of it!


Vintage Photography: Marianne Breslauer

If you love photography and you feel melancholic at your most while you flick through
black and white pictures, I think you should check Marianne Breslauer's work.

Born in Berlin, she admired portrait photographers such as Frieda Reiss and André Kertész, but she always saw her future as a photographic reporter. She travelled to Paris and was Man Ray's pupil in 1929, in 1934 her photos were already being published in many leading German magazines. That same year, her photo Schoolgirls won the "Photo of the Year" award in Paris.

Marianne always confronted the anti-Semitic practices, that's why her employers wanted her to publish
her photos under a pseudonym.. As the strong woman she was, she refused to and decided to emigrate to Amsterdam, where she met her future husband, the art dealer Walter Feilchenfeldt. He was a brave soul too, in defense of the arts and the freedom. Walter had previously left Germany after seeing Nazis break up an auction of modern art. After the war, the couple set up an art business specializing in French paintings and 19th-century art.

 Her pictures release have a candid but fierce manner. Delicate, stylish and strong women who pass on a story, the story of their personal lives amidst the virulent time they had to live through.


MET Gala 2012: Vintage Schiaparelli

This post is a expansion to yesterday's review of the MET Gala 2012.
Generally, it seemed like apart from the mature and experienced fashion insiders
-Anna Wintour specially-, almost nobody had a clue about who Elsa Schiaparelli was.
The closest they got to keep into account the Gala's theme was to wear a bunch of Pradas.

Luckily, looking through many image galleries I have found two tasteful ladies who wore vintage Schiaparelli dresses.

Farida Khelfa (left) and Linda Fargo (right).

And even though there is no reference to the male assistants in the previous post -mainly because they stuck to the classic smoking-, I have also found two gentlemen who added the surrealist touch to their outfits.

Cameron Silver with vintage Schiaparelli walking stick (left). Hamish Bowles with eyed loafers (right).


MET Gala 2012

If you have been reading this blog for a year or so, you might already know I am a big fan of the MET Gala. Not only because it's like the fashion equivalent to The Oscars red carpet, but also because it is the chance to see flamboyant dresses that otherwise would be relegated and stuck in the catwalks for being too risky.

This year's theme was Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada's Impossible Conversations. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias’s satirical “Impossible Interviews” for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, it explores the striking affinities between these two Italian designers from different eras,and their most innovative work. 

A lot of Prada, long dreses, shiny golden paillettes, feathers, transparencies and -shockingly- orange as one of the prefered colours of the night. Though as every year there were many attendants who didn't understand that "risk" is the dress code in this gala, there were some other many pleasant surprises and vibrant homages to the iconic designer women of the night. Here is the last night's review.

The White
Amy Adams in Valli Couture, Anja Rubik in Anthony Vaccarello, Amber Valetta in Prada, Claire Danes in J Mendel.
White had recently been chosen like the new black. A classic for those celebrities who want to get it right but think black is too safe. Last night seemed like it was losing its place as one of the most chosen colours for galas, but it still helped many look stunning, just look at Anja Rubik.

The Black
Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen, Mary Kate Olsen in The Row, Rihanna in Tom Ford, Linda Evangelista in Prada.
Black is black, and there will never be a red carpet without someone looking beautiful and elegant in black, right Cate Blanchett? It was one of the model's favourite (Gisele Bundchen, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Carolyn Murphy), and it was sported in several kinds of fabric: from rocker leather (Rosario Dawson) to delicate lace (Rooney Mara).

The Orange
Eva Mendes in Prada,Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte,Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuilier,Kristen Wiig in Stella McCartney
One of the suprises of the night. Orange took over red and the red carpet. From Emma Roberts lovely tangerine Escada dress to Kristen Bell's Tommy Hilfiger choice or Katharine Mcphee's Elie Saab. It was the last night's star without any doubt. My favourite one? Kirsten Dunst.

The Golden
Bianca Brandolini in Dolce&Gabbana, Dree Hemingway in Philip Green, Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe, Jessica Pare in Versace
Nobody can resist a bling-bling dose of golden paillettes or lamé. Careful here, you can suffer a shiny overdose, just like it happened to Bianca Brandolini; or be compared to Kate Moss, or even worse, mix it with Greek inspiration and look dispensable (Jessica Alba). Dree Hemingway knew how to do up the look.

The Mini
Chloe Sevigny in Miu Miu, Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada, Stella Tennant in Chanel, Carey Mulligan in Prada.
I critised Alexa Chung last year's dress for not suiting the occasion, but it seems that short dresses are becoming a more acceptable choice in red carpets, and I have to admit there were some great choices. If we're talking mini dresses, we're talking some Balmain (Joan Smalls). Even Emma Stone's endless Lanvin alliance went short this time. Still, Chloe Sevigny and Gwyneth Paltrow were the best dressed ones in this category.

The Inner Style
MIA in Stella McCartney, Sarah Jessica Parker in Valentino, Alexa Chung in Marc Jacobs., Florence Welch in McQueen.
 And there is always those people who don't really care about dress codes or what's appropiate to wear. They follow their inner style, choose clothes of their taste and pull off incredible looks. All of the ladies in this section looked stylish and individual, and that's something to admire.

The Dark Lips
Kate Bosworth in Prada, Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren, Rachel Zoe, Lana Del Rey in Altuzarra

If we talk make-up and hair, we can point out most of the assistants went for natural looks, even though hair down is not always the best match for a gala dress. Diane Kruger's hair, for example, along with the Prada dress she chose, made her look far less remarkable than she uses too. Dark lips were the salient beauty detail. A bold pick that can make you look unique (Camilla Belle) or dangerously like a witch - I'm sorry Rachel Zoe and Lana Del Rey-.

The Wrong
Kristen Stewart in Balenciaga, Leighton Meester in Marchesa, Beyonce in Gucci, Scarlett Johansson in Dolce&Gabbana.

Before we check the best dressed of the night, a quick look to the worst dressed. Who adviced Kristen Stewart than she could wear that? The Balenciaga outfit is difficult enough itself, and she clearly didn't had what it takes to make it look good. Whatever it was, she didn't look comfortable in it. Leighton Meester and Scarlett Johansson didn't look better in those nude chiffon gowns. Let alone Beyonce's feathered nightmare.

The Fashion Insiders
Grace Coddington in Prada, Giovanna Bataglia in Dolce&Gabbana, Anna Wintour in Prada, Franca Sozzani with Adrien Brody.
These women know what it was all about. Giovanna Battaglia looked great in her Dolce&Gabbana total look. Franca Sozzani payed tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli wearing a butterflies headdress, but it was Anna Wintour who really mastered it. The Vogue US editor wore a Prada dress inspired in Schiaparelli and Dalí's lobster dress collaboration, refering the two italian designers in the same look. Brilliant.

The Surrealists
Chanel Iman in Tom Ford, Coco Rocha in vintage Givenchy, Elizabeth Banks in Mary Kantrantzou, Diane Von Furstenberg.
Modern art, particularly Dada and Surrealism, provided a significant source of inspiration for Schiaparelli. She worked with a number of contemporary artists to develop her imaginative designs. From these artistic collaborations, Schiaparelli’s most notable designs were born. So here is my top 5 best dressed according to the Gala's theme. Number one for Angela Lindvall's Prada dada look.


Get The Look: Goo

Sonic Youth's sixth album, Goo, has one of the most iconic covers of music history.
This early 90's wonder can be found in most record stores and, if you are a music lover,
I bet you have had it in your hands thinking if you should buy it in that moment or not.

But in those moments when you were pondering if you should finally add it to your brand-new record collection or leave it for another time you come across it, you probably didn't realise you were looking
at an artwork inspired by a photograph of the witnesses of a serial murder case.

Sonic Youth have always liked to rely their covers to artists: Richard Prince, Gerhard Richter,
Richard Kern, Mike Kelley... This time it was Raymond Pettibon's work, known for his
comic-like drawings with disturbing, ironic or ambiguous text. He based this work on a
paparazzi portrait of Maureen Hindley and David Smith, witnesses in the trial of Moors Murders.

If you feel like today it is all whirlwind, heat and flash and you want to dress appropiately for it,
and a dark bob wig to become a real kool thing.

Kool Thing by Sonic Youth on Grooveshark


Tattooed Lady

Pastels, flowers and pencil skirts.
Seems like current trends encourage us to look like perfect polished ladies.
But this Blackbook Magazine photoshoot you can still give it a twist, toughen up and pair it
with a rougher attitude. That's what Katie Fogarty does pulling off Jenai Chin amazing body art
and the finest pieces (Louis Vuitton, Prada, Jil Sander, Rochas and Marc Jacobs) at the same time.

Photographer: Jason Kim                  Stylist: Christopher Campbell

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