What to wear Spring/Summer 2012 – Fashion Inspirations from the Catwalks

I have been going through the fashion book of Elle España March and found some looks for Spring/Summer 2012 I would like to share with you. Many of the looks I can put together from things in my closet but some things I regard as “new classics”!

1) a white leather jacket combined with elegant pastel colored skirt  à la Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton S/S 2012 via Style.com

2) a long black blazer combined with a white shirt and a black summer hat à la DKNY

DKNY S/S 2012 via Style.com

3) luxurious pants worn with big shirts and fine jewelery

Antonio Berardi S/S 2012 via Style.com

4) simple dresses worn with leo-print boots and a hat in a complementary color to the dress à la Paul Smith

Paul Smith S/S 2012 via Style.com

5) a jeans shirt worn with a golden skirt or bermudas and black shoes à la Balmain

Balmain S/S 2012 via Style.com

How much do you care about trends for summer in general? Isn’t it enough to possess a few pretty dresses made of linen and silk to cheer up the day? Here one of my favorite summer dress which I regard as timeless:

Summerdress with flowers

What do you think?

Henrik Vibskov in Madrid at IED: telling us how to be a good designer

Yesterday Henrik Vibskov was giving a talk at IED Madrid, the design school in Spain’s capitol. For all those who never heard of him, Henry Vibskov designs in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has three stores around the globe in Copenhagen, Oslo and New York City. He graduated some 12 years ago from St.Martins in Mens Wear and describes himself as a worker on the body. In his talk he expressed his love for textiles by showing us some of his exhibitions in Amsterdam and Paris as well as how creative a designer sometimes has to be. One of the most important points in a life of a designer is that you have to be prepared that not everything works out perfectly, things get lost in customs or disappear otherwise. At his store opening in NYC he ended up with 5 people trying to fix the store where 700 cool New Yorkers were expected in 5 days and all his stuff for the store was stuck in customs for two weeks.

Getting to know his stories and experiences as a designer was a great experience especially in times when fashion is becoming so important and often the real behind the creations gets forgotten too often.  Continue reading

Antoine Peters @ Museo del Traje Madrid

During the “Semana Naranja” the embassy of The Netherlands organizes many different activities in Madrid. One of them took place yesterday at el Museo del Traje. Antoine Peters, one of the most important young designer from Holland gave a talk about his work and vision of fashion and Carlos Diez would be telling about one exceptional organisation which is working with people in Africa. The general topic of this year was “Quality of Life” and the concept of sustainability in fashion was explained in this discussion, which was open to the public.

Antoine Peters was talking about his projects like the sweater for the world, a one-size sweater which would fit everybody. Other projects like “Fat people are harder to kidnap” and “Making an Elephant out of a mosquito” promise a very creative touch of the collections.

Carlos Díez told us about Edun.com, a fashion brand, created by U2′ Bono which is working together with people in Africa and giving many women there the opportunity to make a living. Other topics were “Ethical Fashion Networks”, “Health”, “Education” and “Wealth”.

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It’s good to follow an unreachable Icon: Coco Chanel

I am reading again the fantastic book about Coco Chanel where she tells the story of her life. It is a great read because of the honest and harsh words she has for the world she lived in. “L’Allure de Chanel” tells about hard work, respect for your employees, how the high society of Paris got mad about Chanel and about the inner circle Coco Chanel was wandering in. I adore to read about her wisdom for life and the fun she makes of other Couturiers of her time.

Coco Chanel 1937

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An the Winner is…me!

Back at the fashion party at OhCarlotta at Carmencita Bar, they took some pictures of the best looks. Last thursday the winner got announced and I made it with my outfit.

I put on my woolen pants from Vanessa Bruno, Chanel-like ballerinas from Cortefiel, a silk vintage shirt, a necklace from Cristobal Benitez and my latest acquisition the turban from La Modethêque here in Madrid.

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OhCarlotta presents at Carmencita Bar

Carmencita Bar, known for its fantastic hamburgers, delicious hums, wide range of Gin Tonics and the excellent Mango Bellinis, turned yesterday evening into a show room for the shop OhCarlotta. Free Bellinis were served with little tapas while we could browse through the arrangements of clothes, bags, scarfs and accessories.

The room was filled with different styles. From the black and white Belle  de Jour dress, to colorful leather bags, striped logo shirts to great fashionable shirts, skirts and dresses it was great fun to look through all the things. The prizes are low, I have seen nothing over 32€ and this makes the shopping even more fun. Continue reading

Amor a primera vista – Love on first sight

I have some rules when it come to shopping, which I generally obey:

  • Not to buy low quality, with some exceptions like the black-white ballerinas from Cortefiel last summer
  • Never to buy things you only see once, I prefer to go home and come back if I think the stuff is worth buying

An Eye-catcher on Madrid's Streets for 25€

According to this rules it is pretty difficult to buy at all sometimes. It happened to me that I put an outfit together at a shop, that looked fantastic. I went home to thing about it and didn’t buy any of the pieces including shoes, pants and pullover.

This decision saved me more than 300€ (as I said, no low quality).

Another ending had the story when I saw me latest piece of jewelery. I passed the shop more than once until I finally tried it on. It costed a pretty amount of money (125€) but when I finally got it, there was no regret. I may have made the decision to buy it the first time I saw it but the more times I saw the more convinced of the decision I became.

Bronze, Gold and Quarz

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