Sunday, August 31, 2008

Walk This Way!

Aerosmith and RUN DMC

Tea Party!

It's Sunday and I would like to invite you to a can of tea. Hope you will join me, cause I plan to use the good can china!

This is the work of Chinese artist Lei Xue. What he wanted to tell the world with this piece I can't really say. For me, it's an example of the way modern life manages to include our cultural heritages.
What can I say? Love them: cute and urban!

Nastase, Ilie Nastase

For me, he is one of the greatest personalities in the world. Lets just say, I adore him. He inspires trough the way he played tennis and trough the way he lives his life!
Plus, a real fashion icon! Don't you agree?:

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Eugenio Recuenco Again and Again...

I hope you do remember is a little cold weather, fall elegance mood:

Art Nouveau Inspired

Because...La Vita e Bella

My one true love! Always and forever!Plus...the ad in not too shabby! :))
Let's be serious, this is the greatest fashion accessory! So geeky but yet so trendy...yes, the Italians knew what they were doing. From this, the question: what's cooler then a plane? A Vespa!!!! Stop For Nothing!
p.s. To get that last part, google for Vespa's history!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dirty Pleasure

Oh, now this is a messy sport, especially during fall! But even if this is a sport usually preferred by men, this photos show you that it's better fit for the girls!
Sorry guys! But I'm sure, after looking at these ads you will agree with me!

This is an ad for ZatteVrienden, a company in the lingerie domain. Doesn't it make you wanna go outside (it is preferred to be raining) and mess up you best clothes! AAAAH!!! Let there by dirt!

What's the point in having perfect white outfits during fall?! Get them looking as they are suppose to! Remember what I said a few days ago!->Paint it black! (a dark drown in this case)

OK, at home it's raining like there is no, I'll see you all later!

And It Shall Be Long!

This fall, the trends are telling us we should go long - as long as possible. Not a bad idea if you think about the cold weather, right?Yes, the skirt size is the most dramatic change. If you didn't see this size in trends in the last few year, now you're going to get more then enough visual information. The waist in hight and the length under the knees of lower (much lower).
As you can see, even the short ones are still pretty long. I find it a bit shocking the transformation, but I guess change is good sometimes (even if I'm not a big fan of this length). It's just that it's not very youthful as far as I think. You know, it has that bit of conservatory in it...maybe even a reminiscent oh the Catholic School skirt. Ups! I've just remember guys find it sexy!
It must have something to do with all the fabric covering something (and they must find out what, right girls?). Well, then let the long skirt come!
My favorite as far as dresses goes is still the house of Balenciaga. I won't debate on it, so I'll just tell you what Nicolas Ghesquière said:
I wanted something austere, but with a bit of Spanish drama. It's quite cinematographic, an idea of film noir, like Simone Signoret in Les Diaboliques—but it's really me exploring the DNA of the house, with my sci-fi things going on with the plastics and latex.
Again, Balenciaga has a superb collection!(the Balenciaga dress is the 3ed black one above).
For the evening, all is well, especially that this length is, I shall say appropriate! The soft textile helps creat a mirage look that is oh so well fitted for a winter blizzard.
My all tine favorite type of dress. It needs no more description.
So, get shopping. For this look I recommend vintage. Have fun!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Recognize Them?

Oh I know it's not hard!!! But common...they looked funny :))


Cold Weather...Fur?

I won't tell you what I think about this, 'cause it doesn't matter. What matters is to know what are you wearing: were it was made, how, by whom and at what cost...
Even if the info is brutal, the cartoon is great and the song adorable.
The cold weather will soon be here, so make a choice!

Beatles Saved the French Fashion World

Thank God for this guys, otherwise we would be unemployed today!

Killer Milk

Drink it, or it will kill you. For all you fashion-industry girls (except for the lactose-intolerant ones):

What won't we designer do in order to get a great photo-shoot?

Karl Used to Rock..Now He RAPs!!!!

I just love this guy! Check this photo from Harper's Bazaar:
Believe it or not I love rap.
Karl Lagerfeld.
From: kanYe

Visiting Maramures (part III)-The Merry Cemetery

This is something you won't see anywhere in the world! It the most beautiful and at the same time creepy thing ever!The Merry Cemetery is a cemetery in the village of Săpânţa, Maramureş county, Romania. It is famous for its colorful tombstones with naive paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives. The Merry Cemetery became an open-air museum and a national tourist attraction.
The cemetery's origins are linked with the name of Stan Ioan Pătraş, a local artist who sculpted the first tombstone crosses. In 1935, Pătraş carved the first epitaph and, as of 1960s, more than 800 of such oak wood crosses came into sight.
Just look how beautiful they are. It's the proof that naive art really is the purest!
Sorry, if you don't know Romanian you won't really get the enscriptions, even if they are translated. Here is an example (remember, in Romanian they rime and have a melodic rhythm):
Since I was a little boy
I was known as Stan Ioan Pătraş
Listen to me, fellows
There are no lies in what I am going to say

All along my life
I meant no harm to anyone
But did good as much as I could
To anyone who asked

Oh, my poor World
Because It was hard living in it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Visiting Maramures-The Map

It's only for the Maramures region. If you will look at a larger map (one of Romania), look for Baia Mare as the common point! :)
Don't hesitate to ask me for more infos.

Visiting Maramures (part II)-The Pain Memorial

When justice does not succeed in being a form of memory, memory itself can be a form of justice - Ana Blandiana (contemporary Romanian Poet and initiator of the Memorial)
This was the most intense experience of my life. A place where you must go, when you will be prepare to face the true reality of communism. The Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance is now a museum in Siget,Romania, but before 1989 it was one of the most important communist prisons.
Behind the ex-prison walls, you can visit every cell and learn of the red-Romanian history. Be prepared, 'cause you'll find out things that are not that easy to digest (like torture methods, surviving techniques the prisoners used etc.) The Memorial aims to rebuild the memory of certain nations, particularly the Romanians, who for half of a century have been misled with a false history.
You can see there portraits painted in blood, priers written on textile materials in gem, blood or even sown (religion wasn't well seen by the communist regime). There are many more thing to see, like the cell where Iuliu Maniu died (click for more info), or the yard with interesting works of art.

After you visit the majority of cells (that offer you a view from all perspectives, regarding how people were affected by communism) you get to the rooms dedicated to everyday life and kitsch communist art. Well...most of them I know...most of them I still have at my grandparents home...
A reacquisition deep inside the soul. - a possible hiding place of the middle-class enemy!!!! oh...!!!
For more info please visit the site and then, if you can find the time, visit the place!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Visiting Maramures (part I)-Surdesti Church

Here is one of the must-see things around the Maramures-Romania area (a map will be available soon-promise):
The wooden church of Surdesti was built in the year 1721. It measures 72m hight and it is considered to be the heights wooden construction in the world. The patrons of the church are the Archangels Michael and Gabriel.An interesting thing is the fact that the church still functions as a normal, lets say new one, for the village people.
The interior is decorated with towels wooden by the women of the village and the walls are painted directly on the wood (in 1784). They haven't been reconditioned, but believe me, they look amazing (sorry, we weren't allowed to take pictures of the inside). So, what did I like? Well, I just love the roof! It looks fantastic and it also offers an optical illusion effect! I couldn't help thinking of a skirt made with a type of plates that would imitate the roof. Maybe I'll make a sketch of it!
Who says architecture doesn't influence fashion?!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Paint it Black

Here is the Spanish designers' uncanny ability to conjure a dark, rich and Gothic grandeur. Surely this has everything to do with the influence of Catholicism and its preoccupation with pageantry, death and black lace.
So meet Paz Villar, who is only a student if you can believe it!!! This collection won first prize last year, at the Loida Competition, Spain.
Yes, it's clear black is take the Rolling Stones advice and...PAINT IT BLACK!

Lomography - a Life Style

As some of you might already know, Lomography comes from Lomo - the so famous Russian snap-shot camera. I my self enjoy sometimes the magic of film cameras, but believe me, this one is the best.

This is the new Lomo, a result of the collaboration between Austrian artists and the Russian Factory. It's user friendly and can resist the hardest journeys! For more info about Lomo (new and old) visit the Lomography website.
You must keep in mind that it is a SHOT-CAMERA! So no too much thinking! Yes, that's the art of Lomography...something like this:

I just love it! It's the perfect example of modern-urban photography.
This is for all you Globe Takers! (and it's pretty cheep)

I'm BACK!!! Missed me?

I just got back from my trip in Maramures (a region of Romania) and I came with goodies. Not so fashion-like goodies, more of artsy ones! But I'm sure you'll enjoy everything I gave prepared for you.Baia Mare,Romania - street art
A hint regarding what can you expect: meet my country! This way, you'll get to know me better! As Discovery Channel says: Connecting trough culture, celebrating diversity!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

I'll Be Back!!!

Yes...I'm going away for a few days! Relaxation, here I come!!!
See you soon! Until then, I've left you some interesting things to look at!:)

Hasta la Vista Baby!

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Magical World

Jean Charles de Castelbajac’s AW08 catwalk collection is dominated with the iconic 70s smiley face logo. The French fashion and accessories brand Smiley Collection has teamed up with French designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac and the line is referred to as Jean Charles de Castelbajac + Smiley.
The clothing and accessory collection, for both men and women, features the Smiley logo on knitwear and jersey pieces staying true to the non-conformist identity of both brands.
Nicolas Loufrani, MD of Smiley Collection says, I am a big fan of Jean Charles de Castelbajac’s creations and his cultural approach to fashion. He really is a master of graphics and I was sure he would find great ways to reinterpret Smiley.
The collaboration will be sold through the Castelbajac’s worldwide network, including the new concept store on London’s Conduit Street.

Pleas, take the time and look at this collection. I know it will take a while, but believe me, it will be worthy! Enjoy! I know I did!

Here are some detail shots, so you can see how beautiful and (very important) well executed the pieces are. This usually doesn't happen when fashion and the cartoon world come together.

You can see the Fashion Show (video) here.
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